Before hearing about Emily and Zach’s nuptials, I thought ‘budget wedding’ meant opting for finger food instead of a three-course sit-down dinner.
Well, I couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out getting married (with a big guest list) can be done for less than a plastic green hundy note!
I didn’t believe it either, but Emily, 32, says she made her big day possible by crowdsourcing everything from the catering to her hair and more.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the bride explained being from the tight-knit community of Norfolk Island - a tiny island nestled between Australia and New Zealand - meant her neighbours were more than happy to pitch in time and resources.
"Zach and I are from a tiny island where we know everyone, so we had to have a big wedding," she said.
"We started going to friends and family to ask whether people could gift their services or food.
"We didn't intend to do the whole thing for free, but the project really snowballed and the whole community got involved."
Locals didn't only help set up the venue - a local restored barn that cost $90 to hire - they also contributed hairdressing and makeup services, a wedding cake, fruit and vegetables.