Costco’s Big Secret
When it comes to weddings, we all know that they end up costing a pretty penny. If you do some Googling, some Pinterest searching, and some DIY Ways reading, you can save a ton of money.
Exhibit A: the perfect wedding cake, made from Costco cakes and Trader Joe’s flowers… for $50. You read that right. For only $50, you can have the cake of your dreams.
Jessica Hoyle-King from San Antonio, Texas was one of the people who helped her brother create an amazing wedding on a DIY budget. The $50 cake was the star of the show at their wedding.
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Y’all this DIY cake! It is no secret my bother is frugal…but this wedding took frugality to a whole new level. They bought two @costco cakes, cut them, stacked them, re-iced with buttercream icing, and covered with $10 @traderjoes flowers. Boom a $50 DIY Cake! Displayed on the stand I built using stuff from @hobbylobby …beautiful on a budget! The wedding was fun, but a sigh of relief we can get back to regularly scheduled projects around here. 🙌🏼 . . . ETA: My sister-in-law’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley was in town from England for the wedding and took their idea of the cheap wedding Costco cake and threw it all together in a couple of hours at the venue the day before the wedding! Go follow him! (Didn’t know he had an IG, or I would have tagged him!). . . #hoylewedding2019 #countryweddingstyle #countrywedding #countryweddings #weddingcake #costcofinds #costcodeals #diycake #diycakes #diycakestand #costcodoesitagain #costcocake #traderjoes #traderjoeslove #traderjoesfinds #traderjoesflowers #hobbylobby #hobbylobbyfinds #hobbylobbyfarmhouse #hobbylobbydecor #hobbylobbywedding #hobbylobbylove
With two Costco cakes ($18.99 each) that were cut apart, stacked, re-iced with buttercream icing, and covered with $10 of Trader Joes flowers. There ya go, a $50 cake. Genius, right?
Jessica’s new sister-in-law’s brother-in-law, a chef, (@chefjwarley on Instagram, if you’d like to see his work for yourself,) was in town from England and got to work on the cake.
Apparently, he threw it all together in a couple of hours at the venue the day before the wedding, using what was given to him.
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My most liked picture! Swipe to see other pictures from the wedding on a budget! My brother and my whole family are very hands on DIY and save money wherever we can. Jeremy and Gosia love to travel (they met while touring Chernobyl!) and wanted to save for their honeymoon (they ended up honeymooning in Rome!) and not spend too much on a wedding. Their flower budget was zero. Their cake budget was “let’s make cupcakes and freeze for the wedding”. Two weeks before the wedding, they handed the wedding coordinator position over to me. With my moms help, we bought a few things from @hobbylobby and used a few things I had in my decor closet in order to bring my vision of a rustic wedding reception to life. My parents have bees and sell honey so we had a ton of mason jars we were also able to use for center pieces. We picked wildflowers on the side of the road, flowers and rosemary from my mom’s garden, and we literally stopped at @traderjoes on our way to the reception venue, @shadysprings to decorate the day before the wedding. I bought flowers for all the bouquets, mason jars for 24 tables, hair flowers, and cake. Trader Joe’s even gave me some greenery that looked a little wilted but I still thought looked pretty. And the cake…I was able to talk my brother into just “getting Costco cakes and throw some real flowers on it”. They ordered two of the $18.99 sheet cakes with cream cheese filling and picked up on the way to the venue before the rehearsal dinner. With the help of Gosia’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley (who happens to be a chef in England), the cakes were cut into tiered squares, stacked, re-iced, and arranged a few of the real flowers from the piles of flowers used for decorating (About $10 worth). All displayed on a rustic looking cake stand made with supplies from Hobby Lobby. Oh and should I mention they did not hire a DJ and used Spotify on an IPad for the music for dancing? It really was a beautiful reception on a budget! Cake tutorial coming as soon as we get back from vacay! 🙌🏼 #costco #costcofinds #hobbylobbyaddict #hobbylobbyfarmhouse #hobbylobbylove #costcodoesitagain #costcocake
Jessica explained her brother and her whole family are very hands-on and try to save money by DIYing as often as possible.
The happy couple, Jeremy and Gosia love to travel and they wanted to save for their honeymoon in Rome rather than spend on the wedding.
Regardless of how little they spent, they ended up having a gorgeous wedding nonetheless. Lots of the wedding was made thanks to recycling, help from friends, and Hobby Lobby sales.
Jessica and her mother picked wildflowers on the side of the road, flowers and rosemary from her mom’s garden, and they literally stopped at Trader Joes on the way to the reception venue for some greenery.
It’s crazy what you can do with a resourceful mind and a knack for DIY! Need some more DIY wedding ideas? We’ve got you covered.