Cut the guest list!
CostOfWedding.com, each guest can add $183 to $224 to the
cost of a wedding in our area. There is a tendency to invite
never or rarely seen friends and relatives, people from the
office, parent's friends, too-young children, exes, old
college mates, and dates for your single guests. While you
may desire to share this happy time with everyone, consider
very carefully just who really needs to be at your wedding.
Have a friend or family member with personality DJ your
affair. You can rent our PA system, and even a laptop full
of tunes, or bring your own mp3 player. On our "Useful
Stuff" link there are some DJ scripts you can download, and
wedding music playlists are available online.
PHOTO & VIDEO -
Have your friends and family take your wedding photos and
videos. So many people have such high quality cameras
nowadays. If you put the word out in advance, and ask
everyone to send you CDs of the pictures and video they
take, you should have more than you need, to remember
the occasion. Our niece did this and was very happy with the
results. Many guests even fancied the role of photographer
and took this quite seriously. Another possibility is to
find a photography student from a local art program. They
will be glad to help you and at a substantially lower price
than a professional. OR if you wish to hire a professional,
tell them you want the digital files only, and make the
prints and albums yourself.
THE BRIDAL GOWN
Shop the sales, buy off the rack, order a white version of a
bridesmaid gown, or buy a simpler dress from a formal shop.
Given this will be an outdoor wedding, you will find a
simple dress will free you up to move about and enjoy the
grounds more. You definitely don't want a too-long dress or
a train that drags on the grass or forest floor. Also, if
you don't mind a used or "never used" dress, check
craigslist for bridal gowns, or second-hand shops. You'll be
surprised at the beautiful selections.
Create your own. If you rent here, you can use the image of
our painting “Two Hearts Entering a Fairytale” (with your
first names inserted) on the cover. This will be absolutely
unique. Print on white parchment using medieval or fancy fonts,
or write something fancy by hand.
(Make your own place cards too.) You also do not need RSVP
cards nowadays. Instead start an account on a wedding
website such as
ourwedding.com and ask your invited guests to RSVP
there. They'll appreciate this too, because on the same site
they can see your pictures, learn how you both met and how
he proposed, look at your gift registries and links, and
even find lodging info and directions to the venue.
FOOD & DRINK
Offer only two entrees, rather than three. Serve comfort
foods, such as barbeque or mac and cheese. It’s fun and often cheaper. Offer
beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
Skip the champagne toast.
Order a smaller cake and supplement it with a larger sheet
cake hidden in the kitchen. Keep the decorations simple and
use real flowers instead of sugar ones. OR skip the cake
entirely. A nice selection of baked goods will please every
FLOWERS & FAVORS
Include non floral items, like balloons and bows. Use more
greenery and avoid costly flowers. Perhaps you know someone
with a garden or field where you can collect your own. Make
your own favors. Check out our suggestions on the “Theme
Use bigger tables, so you need fewer centerpieces and
tablecloths. Long style tables are more medieval-looking and
appropriate to a castle environment and they also save tent
space, perhaps allowing you to rent a smaller tent.
Our Two Towers tent site is $500 cheaper than the Garden
site and is more convenient to parking if you have elderly
or handicapped guests.
Hold your ceremony and reception
at the same place - it cuts travel time for vendors you pay
by the hour. It also eliminates the need to rent a limo for
the trip after the ceremony.
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