Post # 1
I was reading a thread about what seemed to be a waste of money and the guest book popped up. I never really wanted a guest book. If I were to do one, it would be an alternative for it like the signature frame but even that can rack up a nice cost. I’m also not doing a limo (got a VERY nice luxury car that I drive daily), DJ (ipod reception), videographer (fam will film it), and no alcohol. What did you ladies do without and did anyone notice?
Post # 3
Bump for curiosity. We are skipping the limo (doesn’t fit our more casual wedding vibe, seems like very unnecessary expense) and the videographer (might get a static video set up for the ceremony). I am also borrowing jewelry for the day of from a friend of FI’s that I love – she was thrilled to be asked. Most of our other savings are from negotiation (free champagne toast, 2 free nights for us, etc.) or handmade (made my own invitations, mom made my veil, etc.). That said, I did handmade for the personal touch more than to save money.
@lindseyl06: I’ve forgotten to sign guestbooks before so I’m sure I wouldn’t notice that. I would notice a wedding with no alcohol, though I wouldn’t make a fuss about it. I would notice an ipod wedding, but it wouldn’t bother me.
Post # 4
I went to a wedding where they skipped cake and I didn’t notice. There was something dessert-y, but I was too busy dancing to pay much attention, and they didn’t do a cutting or anything.
I’ve also forgotten to sign guestbooks so don’t think I’d notice that. And I don’t think anyone would think anything of not having a fancy or different getaway car.
Post # 5
I had no guest book, no string quartet for the ceremony, no aisle decorations. Everything was dandy!
Post # 6
I’m skipping guest book, favors, and toasts (we are having Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man read an irish blessing and italian blessing instead).
Post # 7
we didnt have communion at our catholic mass and I think people appreciated it!
Post # 8
We didn’t really do favors. Our dessert was homemade cookies which people could take home, so those I guess ‘counted’. We also didn’t do fancy programs – just printed them on nice paper in the church office. People toss or leave those anyway. We also didn’t get anything personalized, like a cake cutting set or etched glassware. Nice, but expensive, and something we didn’t really need.
Post # 9
Okay, recently I ran into the best of luck! I contacted a DJ that was going to be cheaper than renting equipment for music so I’m booking him. He is so very helpful he also had a friend of his contact me about wedding planning services and she is helping me with that. She has her own team of florists, caterers, photographers, and cake bakers and she also designs my centerpieces and everything else for me so I will not have to worry about that. I am meeting with her the first Sat of June so I am excited to be relieved of tracking down reputable vendors. Now I can focus on things that are more important.
Post # 10
I was thinking of doing the photo booth instead of guest book!