Sometimes the smartest thing to do is just spend less. Forget about acquiring debt and paying it off later, because you never know what “life” will bring you. When M and I were ready to get married, a few months after I’d started planning, some of that “life” stuff happened and my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. Long story short, we decided to get married a lot sooner, so that my mom wasn’t on chemo and could participate. Total planning time for our wedding…..THREE WEEKS. Needless to say it was a smaller wedding (which was my heart’s desire anyway). Check out some of our ideas below:
The site and reception were not only in a beautiful setting that I was enchanted with, but also being that it was at a friend’s house….major money saver #1!!
Flowers can become a money snatcher very quickly, knowing that ahead of time prepared me to do some brainstorming. Admittedly, I am not a huge flower girl, and I didn’t like the idea of just throwing away a bunch of flowers at the end of the night. So for my bridesmaids, I purchased some annuals that I liked from Home Depot, bought some baskets from Old Time Pottery and lined them with some Ziploc bags. Adorned with some gold ribbon, they were a cute a greener alternative to traditional bouquets. FYI, I did use some of the baskets and flowers that my bridesmaids either didn’t want or were flying and couldn’t take and used them in my house and planted some in my yard…I LOVE a dual purpose!!
I loved the idea of eclectic plates and centerpieces and I never thought it would come true, this was perhaps my favorite detail of the wedding. The best part was that my friend already owned enough plates and silverware!!! Yes, I know I had some connections—and that’s the thing, work with the connections you have, especially if it’s what you like!
Even if you’re not planning a wedding in a short period of time, it is good to enlist friends that are willing to use their talent (for a fee, if they accept it). An ex-coworker of mine has desires of being a pastry chef, so she offered to do our wedding cake and it was simple and cute, just the way I like it! She surprised me with the wedding cake topper above (I thought it would just be plain red strawberries) and I could not have been happier, thanks Rhonda!!
As long as there is food and dancing, I can’t complain. Oh and the final personal touch….a bonfire, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. Complete with christmas trees saved from the holiday season; I like to call it our enormous unity candle.
I had such a blast at my wedding and I wasn’t worried about a thing….there are always little hiccups–like forgetting the goodbye bubbles! But when things like that happen, you get spontaneity and unforgettable moments, like when everyone started cheering, shouting, and clapping like from one of those Greek weddings to usher us out–way cool!