Any wedding ideas out there?

United States
December 9, 2007 9:14am CST
As many of you know, my daughter is engaged and is planning her wedding for October 2008. We need to try to keep it as inexpensive as possible, while making it look sort of rich. We don't want it to look like we didn't have any money to spend. We have a few ideas, we decorated for my sisters wedding and it looked real nice, so we have a few ideas of our own. With my sisters wedding we used tulle for draping and bows, as it's not too expensive but has a nice effect. We put together all of the table arrangements ourselves too. I just wondered if anyone else had any ideas they could share.
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9 responses
• United States
9 Dec 07
For a cheap wedding, your friends are Wal-Mart, ebay, wedding forums(there are always girls selling they're unused or gently used items for cheap, as well as some great ideas to be found; brides.com and theknot.com), any inexpensive store and Do-It-Yourself. Also, I'm not sure what your friends and family are like, but a great way to cut costs without cutting corners is to see if anyone you know is either a professional or semi-professional who can donate their handiwork or help as a wedding gift. My wedding is in May and I have a very low budget as well. I'm making my own Save-the-Date cards, place cards, wedding favours and centerpieces. Some other things, too, but I can't really remember lol. If it weren't for itemized lists I'd go insane. What theme or look are you going for?
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• United States
9 Dec 07
Thanks for the ideas, I'll check out those sites as well. I'm not sure what "theme" she's looking for exactly, she did tell me that their favorite season is Fall, so they may go with a completely fall theme.
• United States
9 Dec 07
Hm...That's pretty much the exact opposite of mine lol which is a underwater theme in spring. I'll see if I can't find any fall ideas.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
28 Dec 07
You might want to try the craft stores, AC Moore, Michael's, etc. They have a lot of wedding stuff that you can buy. Now if you go to the local paper and penny saver's they have a 40% off of one item every week, you can get your neighbor's and friends to save them for you as well. They can be used to purchase a lot of things like flowers, glasses, make centerpieces etc. Also, AC Moore will accept Michaels 40% off and Michael's will accept the AC Moore 40% off if one store has what you want or one is more convenient.
• United States
28 Dec 07
That's a great idea. I hadn't thought of asking people to share their coupons. Thanks.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
28 Dec 07
Where i worked before I left an envelope stuck to the door for them and people just put them in the envelope. I used to teach and used sometimes 20 or 30 of them in a week.
• United States
7 Jan 08
One thing me and my hubsand did to save money was bought alot of our plates and things at the discount party supply store. It saved all kinds of money plus they had lots of differant colors to chose from too. Congrats!
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
31 Dec 07
we saved a bunch by having balloon bouquets in place of floral arrangements at the tables. They were remarkably well done and attractive in the colors of our theme (Teal was the main color) at the gift table was an extra large teal balloon with a white ribbon netting covering it - which led down to a basket (looked like a hot air balloon) this was to put the cards in. Everyone commented on how beautiful and fitting the balloons were. I think it cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $200. We had a large reception. My maid of honor and I also made up the little placesetting gifts instead of expensive jordan almonds we used peanut m n m s with the pastel candy coating (bought them on clearance after easter, wedding was in may) the wedding party carried simple flower stems tied with ribbons of teal and white the groomsmen had a carnation with small amt of babies breath - the best man had a rose along with the carnation. the girls wore a simple flower wreath in their hair again with dangling ribbons of teal and white - this also served as their memento of the occasion as they are easy to dry and preserve. our band was a local group and they played 4 hours for 250 dollars...not bad and we liked their sound greatly. though they did massacre our first dance song. we should have had them perform that one for us before we settled on it. have fun and I hope the marriage is a happy and fruitful one.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Dec 07
I don't have any specific ideas right off hand but on my website I have a list of tips and such to help with planning a wedding on a budget. http://byfaithonly.com/WeddingPlanner/
• United States
10 Dec 07
We made some of our things for our wedding too and that saved us some money. I made my own cd of songs for them to play too before I walked down the aisle and then the pastor's wife played the wedding song for me to walk down the aisle to. My cousin sang for us too. My aunt does catering, she's a florist, and she does wedding decorating so she gave us a really good deal and she made my food for just the cost of the supplies. She also made my wedding bouqet and I just used fake flowers that looked almost real. We did lots of little finger foods because I didn't want to have to pay a lot of money for a sit down dinner. You can also go online and try to buy things in bulk to get them cheaper. We did bubbles at my wedding so I bought lots of bubbles online and then just hot glued the front/top of the bottle with ribbon with the champagne bottles on the front of the ribbon. And I bought these little bags and filled them with candy kisses, tied them closed with a little saying on them and we gave them to the people that came to our wedding. So you can make it look really nice and not spend a ton of money on it.
@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
10 Dec 07
Definitely go to the cheap shops for bargain items. If you buy several things you can make them into a item that looks like it came from a flash bridal shop. Ebay is great too for bargain items. I sold a lot of my wedding things on ebay and if I'd had the net and knew about ebay when I was getting married I would have saved a lot of money. And for pressies at the wedding you can always do a wishing well where you receive money instead of gifts. As my ex husband and I lived together before our wedding we already had most household items. My Dad made the wishing well for us and since my wedding we've used the wishing well for many other people's weddings.
• United States
9 Dec 07
Well I have to tell you gapeach, my daughter was married in August last year, but she had her reception in October because of the hall, long story. But anyway, this probably isn't something you're looking for but she had a Halloween Reception and everybody just simply loved it!....It was like a masquerade ball. We had a little party the night before, so everyone could cut out pumpkins to put on each table with candles in them, we made up little Halloween treats with the netting around them and bows, we had decorated everything and even had a couple of 10' monsters hanging around (cute one though) standing by the DJ....I can't remember everything at this moment but so many people told us it was the best wedding reception they ever went too. Everyone was just thrilled to go out and buy their Halloween costumes, dress up, and party! (By the way, we made it clear to everyone to dress appropriately, haha)....My daughter dressed as an Angel, and her husband was the Devil. Just thought I'd let you know about this and how much fun everyone had...they still talk about it all the time. I wish I had pictures to show you......take care.
9 Dec 07
hey that good that you are coming up with nice and creative ideas. to make a marriage inexpensive than try to call less people i mean that who are close friends only. Moreover you can use the small but beautiful place that is not much expensive could be in little in outskirt so that other people also feel a change.try to use simple theme but rich one