Weddings are often associated with being unnecessarily costly. Newlyweds Kiara and Joel prove that it doesn’t have to be that way. Through a series of creative cost cutting measures, the couple ended up spending only $500 for their wedding.
Kiara told Good Morning America that being as minimalistic as possible had been their goal from the start. The couple were married off the Angeles Crest Highway with Southern California's San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains as a beautiful backdrop. Because they had no permit, they only invited 40 relatives and close friends. The couple only paid for the seats and arches. Kiara's godmother gifted the couple flowers, and her Godsister and aunt chipped in with a cake. For her wedding gown, Kiara wore a $47 dress she got from Shein.
The big day continued with a reception at Misty’s Lounge, where guests paid for their own food and drinks.
“They understood the things that we were trying to do, and they really supported us," Kiara said.