Small and less expensive wedding plans.
Is a large wedding with all the elaborate trimmings a bit much for you? Is this your second time around, and a big bash wedding just isn't what you're looking for? Then here are some ideas for you.
Wedding Attire- Try going for the casual wear theme. It still looks nice, but without all the extra trimmings.
The Wedding Gown- If a wedding gown is too expensive, or just a little more than you need, a second hand gown works just as well; especially for the fact that it is only going to be worn once and then tucked away in a box or closet.
The Wedding Tux- Leave off the frills, the cumber bun and tails, and go for the more leisure type suit. Slacks, jacket or vest, dress shirt, bow tie and nice shoes.
We all know a church wedding is good, but when you combine it with renting a hall for the reception, it can be quite high in price. More so if it's catered. Go for the back yard wedding and have a Bar-B-Q for the reception.
For the Wedding Ceremony- An iron or wooden arch purchased from a garden center is decorative and works very well. No time for growing climbing roses? Silk roses and other flowers on plastic vines work just as good. Ten to one, the guests won't even know unless you tell them. You can even give them a fragrance by spraying them with air freshener.
As for organ music, try finding someone who can play a keyboard. You can get many wonderful sounds from a keyboard, and it's safe to take them outdoors.
Bar-B-Q Reception- Borrow chairs and tables from a local bingo hall or church. Ask the guests to all bring a covered dish. There are several dishes that are wonderful at a Bar-B-Q. There's cold meat and cheese platters, grilled burgers, hotdogs, and chicken, steamed clams, salads, shish kebabs, and assorted veggies. You can even add in appetizers.
Wine or Champaign- Use plastic stemware.
Dishes and utensils- Heavy-duty plastic ware is great and even comes in many styles and colors to choose from.
Wedding Favors- Instead of having specially made or purchased place favors for your guests, make your own. It's really not hard to do and the expense is much cheaper too. You can purchase the netting, twisting wire, ribbon, and little frills such as flowers or plastic rings at any store that carry's craft supplies.
Filler- While we're on the subject, how many people do you actually know, that really eats those candy coated almonds? Try substituting them for something else. Mini peppermint patties are a good choice. Even candy sticks are great. They come in a variety of flavors, all individually wrapped, and your guests can swap them with the person sitting next to them if they don't like that particular flavor. There is also those little after dinner mints and chocolate kisses that work well, and even certain trail mixes would do the trick.
The entire theme can be very simple and easy to put together. Think of it as a big get together in your back yard. There are endless possibilities.