My daughter just got engaged to be married July '07! She's into doing things well, but inexpensively, and (duh) I want to help her on her quest. Any ideas?
KLJohn from Crawford, CO
When my daughter married 5 years ago, we set a budget and did not exceed it. We went to the florist and purchased the flowers that were leftover for the week of the wedding (april) and bought a few calla lilies to accent. My niece arranged all the flowers; we purchased the ribbon from a local dollar store; we made victorian cones filled with the flowers and they were hung with ribbon on the pews - it was very pretty; we also filled small victorian cones made from paper doilies and got leftover rose petals from the florist; filled the cones and the rose petals were thrown at the bride & groom at their exit from the church.
We had a friend who was a caterer and she was told of our budget; for her gift, she supplied all the food for the small reception and arranged it.
Let friends and family know of your plans and your small budget; they will help you! We did it and people offered their help.
We bought a bolt of tulle and used it everywhere; we had english ivy growing in our yard and we used it to decorate the candelabras which the church furnished; the finishing touches on the candles was the tulle (the netting)
Good luck and it can be done - have fun! (12/25/2006)
She needs to pick out her colors asap. This way you can start shopping for all of the little extras. After holidays you can always find ribbons and lights to decorate with. My brother just used purple lights that were purchased after Halloween at his wedding this last year. Valentine's day and Easter are coming up so pick a color and use your imagination.
Easter grass is wonderful as a decoration along the tables if you get the shiny stuff people won't even know it wasn't purchased at the decorating shop. Use it in glass bowls with a fake flower on top for a centerpiece. Or you can scatter around a pillar candle on a plate. Easter grass comes in almost any color now days. (12/27/2006)
There are some wedding items available through www.orientaltrading.com that are very inexpensive. They have candle votive holders that can be personalized and they don't cost very much. (12/27/2006)
Get the book "How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget". There are lots of ideas of every kind and a planner & organizer companion also. Author-Diane Warner. I got done meats (brisket, this is Texas, potato salad and beans from the grocery store- HEB), bought material on sale all at same time on sale from Hobby Lobby, patterns too. Found an older woman who sewed like a dream. A friend from church did all the floral arrangements. We were married in a Wedding Chapel who provided the cake, music, minister, garter, chairs and so on for a fee. A whole lot cheaper than us doing that part. Candles were ordered at a candle factory. Very nice and fairly inexpensive. I was a student, had 4 children and living on minimal money. Plus, a second marriage for me. Have fun and good luck! (12/28/2006)
Unless your family is very religious and feel the wedding must be in Church, get married outside in a park or garden. My son and d-in law did this for the their wedding, they were married in her home town in the beautiful Rose Gardens. It was summer, so the roses, other flowers, trees and grass were all the 'flora' they needed. My d-inlaw, made up her own and the bridesmaids bouquets from flowers she purchased, and they looked beautiful. Her dress was a classic white 'off- the rack- and she looked lovely.
They printed out their own blue and gold wedding invitations on the computer. (12/28/2006)
We had a very inexpensive wedding. I think the best thing we did was have a friend with a really nice camera do our pictures. We purchased high quality film and took it to Ritz camera for high quality developing. We could choose to have as many copies of as many pictures as we wanted and we still have all the negatives. Now, a high quality digital camera would probably also be a good option. (12/29/2006)
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