Post # 1
So, I lost my job today. I’m really not upset about the job loss – I was a clerk in a convenience store, and I was really considering it to be a job just until I started college again. But, Fiance and I got food poisoning this weekend, so I called in sick for Monday. Apparently, no one covered my shift, so now I’m out of a job.
The budget is now very very tight for a wedding that is one month away. We have the following choices for budget cuts:
Chairs: We had reserved white resin chairs with padded seats, the garden style ones, at $3.50 each, for 125ish guests. The venue provides metal folding chairs, but they are brown, which I hate. Chair covers at $1.50 each are also out of range. White folding chairs are available for $1 each, which is barely in range.
Wall Coverings: The venue is an American Legion. The walls are covered in military memorabilia, which cannot come down. I had also reserved a pipe and drape system, similar to what you see at conventions, in white. The cost on that is $450.
So, which chairs, and is it ok to cut the wall coverings? Will people really care that our walls are covered in military decor? FI is a retired sailor, fully disabled, so we actually totally support the decor that is up, I just didn’t want to see it at my wedding, but now, I’m on the “whatever happens happens, I’m getting married” boat.
Post # 3
Really hate to bump, but…..anyone???
Post # 4
I would go for the white folding chairs… But it does sound like the wall coverings are kinda essential….
Post # 5
if you are going for the over all look of the room and having a formal wedding I would say not to cut the drape system. and go for the $1 white chairs. especially becuase it is only going to cost $125 total for them, which is much less than the $3.50 a piece chairs.
If your wedding is just goign to be a fun informal adventure then don’t worry about the drapes and still go for the white chairs. It is kind of fitting if he was in the navy that you would have military decor, I bet people would think you meant it like that.
Post # 6
I would choose the white folding chairs.
If you don’t want to see the memorabilia, the coverings would be a must. Unless you are crafty and then you could somehow hang tulle (purchased cheap at a fabric store – Joanns (with a coupon) and rig it to cover the areas that have the memorabilia. I bought 50 yards of tulle for about $20 to cover some walls for a company holiday party. It was a drop ceiling so we were able to just tuck it into the ceiling in the areas we wanted covered. We also hung battery operated christmas lights behind it to give more light. All total was around $40 and some time. (discovered the idea on pinterest)
Post # 7
I’m so sorry to hear about your job 🙁
Are these the only places you can cut?
I would go with the white folding chairs to save some money. I hate chair covers (slippery). Do you have a crafty person that can sew/make wall coverings? If you don’t have the money for the coverings, you can maybe incorporate them into your decor. For example, if you haven’t printed your programs/menus you can put a military icon on them or if there is a lot of one color, you can get some ribbon to add to things to make it a part of your other wedding items.
You can also maybe DIY a few things (flowers, deserts, or printed items).
Post # 8
Some of the most fun weddings I’ve been to have been at a local VFW or similar location….it is the people who are there that matter the most! I wouldn’t worry at all about the walls! If you want a backdrop behind the cake or something for pictures, you could rig up something for that one area 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - county fairgrounds
i’d go with the $1 chairs and if you really want to go with the formal feel cover the walls but i don’t really think anyone’s going to complain about the walls otherwise especially if they know about your Fiance
Post # 10
I wish there were more places to cut! We’ve cut every single thing possible so far! Programs are necessary for our church, and I’m DIYing those. Cake is paid for in full, catering is only $1350. Flowers are DIY. Sweets table is DIY. Favors are paid for. DJ is a friend for free. So really, there is no place left to cut.
The room is huge – 60×60, so buying enough tulle for the walls, which are totally covered, would be really expensive.
The reception is 2:30 to 5:30ish, and is a throwback, family style reception. Appetizers, cake and cookies, lemonade and iced tea bar, aunts are cutting the cake for us. So, really casual. I said I wanted a 1980’s family wedding!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@nyscpa2be: I’d nix the wall coverings. Hell, I’d just go with the free chairs from the venue too.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I agree with Eagle, I think you’re ok with cutting out both, esp. since you’re going for an more casual feel to the day. If I were a guest, I would expect an American Legion to be decked out in military style.
Post # 13
I’d cut renting chairs entirely and also cut the pipe and drape.
No one other than the bride notices the chairs. If you want some pics of the tables without the chairs, just have someone pull the chairs from a few tables so your photographer can take pics before the reception.
I don’t know where you live, and what resources might be available to you, or the color/theme of your wedding.
You could buy some balloons, rent a helium tank and place bunches of balloons around the room- hiding some of the wall decor.
You can go out and find some large branches ( maybe contact a landscape or arborist company), pot them up with plaster of paris and add tissue paper flowers. we made these covered with cherry blossom tissue paper flowers at work last week and they look really pretty.
Post # 14
If you have any walls that are flat and bare, go to the local newspaper printshops and buy roll ends of newsprint. Tape them up on the walls, if you are allowed, or use poster adhesive, and have buckets of sharpies available for people to write wishes for the bride and groom.
Post # 15
You can buy crepe paper at the $ store and use it for a bacjdrop behind the head table. Just attach it at the top of the wall and let the roll sit on the floor.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for the great ideas! We actually have the head table in the center of the room, or I’d use the crepe paper idea – that’s great! I’m fine with the chairs that come with the venue, and basically say that anyone who doesn’t like it, oh well. Only brides notice, right? And I can totally ask for the chairs to be pulled away for photos.