A social media influencer revealed exactly how she pulled off her wedding with a mere fortnight’s planning involved – all for a spend of less than $3,000.
Six months after Natalie Zfat, 33, became engaged to Brad Farber, 45, they decided to forgo a big, lavish wedding in favor of a small intimate ceremony.
The New York-based pair wanted to put funds towards travel in the future instead. And thus, within two weeks they had said ‘I Do’ in front of everyone who mattered to them, without spending an arm and a leg.
I Do: Bride Natalie Zfat revealed exactly how she and her husband Brad Farber pulled off their wedding with just two weeks to plan and a budget of $3,000
Dress: The social media agency boss, pictured, picked out her lace and embroidered wedding dress just two days before the day
How it’s done: Entrepreneur Natalie, pictured, explained exactly how she and her husband of one year Brad pulled off their wedding with just a fortnight’s planning
On the one-year anniversary of her Thanksgiving weekend 2018 nuptials, Natalie shared the details with Domino.
‘We’d been engaged six months, and the reality is that neither of us was super inspired to do a big wedding,’ Natalie said.
‘Travel is more inspiring and exciting to us than having an expensive celebration.’
The couple decided to get married at the groom’s parents home in Lutz, Florida, where they were heading for the holiday. With the venue not costing them a cent, they managed to keep the bill for the celebrations under $3,000.
‘It was Thanksgiving weekend, so we already knew family members had their flights booked,’ Natalie explained.
They themselves flew out on Thanksgiving Day, which cost them approximately $500 for a First Class flight.
Family: The couple’s intimate guest list was predominantly family, whom they surprised with only days’ notice before the ceremony
Travel: Brad, 45, and Natalie, 33, had more interest in putting their funds towards future travel instead of a lavish wedding
Before they caught the flight out, they headed to the Manhattan courthouse on Wednesday to get their marriage license, and called their parents to tell them what was to happen that weekend.
‘We purposely didn’t give them enough time to do anything other than pack what they wanted to wear,’ Natalie revealed. ‘Otherwise, I think they would have made it a whole ordeal.’
With just 14 people on the guest list, a big priority was securing the Rabbi.
Two days before the wedding, Natalie opted to pick out her gown.
‘I went to the Yigal Azrouël showroom and I tried this one on two days before the wedding,’ she said of the floral lace frock.
She also opted to wear sandals she already owned and did her own hair and makeup.
Taking a leaf out of his bride’s book, Brad also wore a custom blue suit found in his closet.
The most expensive element of the wedding was the photography, Natalie said.
On budget: The couple managed to spend just $3,000 on their intimate wedding in November 2018
Entrepreneur: Natalie, pictured with Brad, is a social media influencer and entrepreneur
They hired Storyline Collective to capture images of the special day for $1,500.
After sneaking in some pizza during the day to keep their energy levels up, for the reception, the couple ordered food from a kosher caterer.
Brad’s dad also made skirt steak and grilled veggies on the barbecue, bringing the food tab to less than $1,000 – including wine and liquor.
Priorities: Natalie wrote that the couple are more interested in spending money on saving for children or travel
Sharing her wedding photo on Instagram, Natalie said it was ‘on brand’ that the simple, understated ceremony was also picked up by CNBC.
Explaining their decisions to keep costs for the wedding low, she jokingly said, ‘I heard a rumor that children are expensive.’
‘Whether you choose to have a 1,000-person wedding or elope for a 15-person wedding, it’s important to consider the goals you and your partner have for the future – and not what society has dictated an engagement or wedding should be,’ she told the outlet.
‘That choice can often have financial and emotional implications for couples (and their families) for years to come.’
Entrepreneur Natalie previously said that she makes more money than the President through her social media company.
She proudly shared: ‘I earn a mid-six-figure salary that allows me to pursue the projects I care about, make investments I believe in, and take time off when I need to.’