Things we’re cutting for our cost effective, anti-debt, celebratory love fest:
-pro-flowers/heavy floral centerpieces/boutineers. Instead we’re diy’ing simply bouquets for myself & the ladies, My FH doesn’t care about bout’s, he said he’ll ‘think about it’ meaning, if the fancy strikes him and our Cala lilies are in season he might pick one and put it in a button hole.. oh boys..!
-catering/plated meal. We’re opting for either a ‘brunch’ time reception of mid afternoon [working around main meal times to avoid having to spend a buttwhack of cash to feed the masses].
-DJ/Videographer. Just no. Ipod & two actual pro DJ’s in my circle of friends is enough for a collaborative, continuous, [hopefully fool proof] playlist for ambiance.Also my G-pa is a bit of a video whizz. Even though he’s 76, he still INSISTS on being THEE GUY to make the family home movies, and he has already implied on the sly that he’d like to do this for us as his gift.
-limiting alcohol/going dry. My FH & i are not drinkers by any means of the imagination. We’ll have a drink on occasion, but not every night/weekend. Due to the times we have in mind for our reception, we don’t feel that alcohol is really necessary [really, who plans on drinking themselves blind at 10am or 2pm?]. If we do have anything, it certainly won’t be open bar, and if we run out? Oh well, it’s not like we’re dancing the night away.
Which brings me to my next point of learning to live without:
-Selecting a venue sans dance floor/ball room. J& I are the couple that dance only when no one is looking, or when we’re TRYING to look as ridiculous as possible. It is just not our thing, graceful we are not, haha. So, by narrowing our venues to those that are ‘less fancy’ [not really, just ‘simpler’] we’ve already seen a large pprice variance.
-Likely no pro-MUA/Hair etc. A very good friend of mine is studying to be a MUA, and my cousins wife IS one, so while I don’t intend on ‘hiring’ them per se, I do intend on asking for tips/recommendations before the big day. I will likely end up doing my hair/make up/nails etc myself.
-10k couture gown. Lovely? Yes! Practical? No. Would my FH run screaming from the room tearing his hair out a la Homer Simpson? Yes. 10k couture gown, not for me!
-favors. We’re going edible on this one, likely DIY, more money for my pocket..err, mortgage payment 😛
The one thing I really want to splurge on is photography, but that is also the one thing J&I disagree on most. I plan on using some networking skills to try and find a decent [who am I kidding I want an AWESOME] photog with a good price range.