- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
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I have only just got married and I made a LOT of stuff myself, including invitations, programs, menus, signs, favours, bathroom baskets, table names, table plan, welcome bags, flip flot baskets … and so much more. It was very very time intensive but i enjoyed the process and I had so many people tell me that they loved all the little touches i put into the wedding.
What went down well –
Toilet basket – i had lots of comments on the toilet baskets. People loved that but i dont think they are common in the UK so no one had seen them before.
Flip flop basket – all of them went pretty much. I had about 3 pairs left out of about 40. They could have been left out to be honest though but they were cheap and really pretty. I got wedge ones and i saw lots of people wearing them.
Kids packs – i put a lot of time and effort into these and the parents loved them (and the kids too!). I included an activity booklet that i tailored to each child (ie i knew one girl loved Disney so i had that as a theme). I put in crayons, toys, bubbles. It went down well but it took so so long to make personal booklets. I wouldn’t do that again!
Welcome bags – in these i put 2 bottles of water, some headache tables, chocolate, crisps (ie chips in American!), mints and tissues. These went down SO WELL. I literally had
everyone tell me these were amazing.
What i wouldnt bother with again – i would not buy was disposable cameras. I put one on each table and put a sign telling people to take pictures of the guests at their table. The cameras were either half used, had no flash on (so pics didnt turn out) or were generally really bad pictures. I think i got maybe 5 that i liked! Cost so much to put the pictures onto disks and was a waste of money.
Straws – i bought paper straws that matched my colours – complete waste of money. I don’t think anyone noticed them and i dont have a picture of them either.
TIPS – i just wanted to include a couple of tips that i wish i had done. I forgot to give the photographer a list of family and friend pics and we missed out a lot. Also, i bought giant round balloons and we forgot to take pictures with them 🙁 also, we had a balcany at my venue and i wanted a picture on the balcany but i forgot so make a list of must have pics!!!!
DRINK LOTS OF WATER – i was given so many drinks (alcoholic) that i ended up getting a llittle tipsy at the end of the night. I still made it until 2am but everyone else was up until 5am! i wish i had managed to stay up so make sure if you do drink, you follow every drink with water.
watching this one, keep the great advice coming ladies! 🙂
My wedding hasn’t even happened yet but I wish so bad that we had not done save-the-dates. I was too excited to share our news & it ended up making the guest list enormous.
bumping! want to hear more wonderful opinions 🙂
Since we’ve had some April and May weddings… bump.
I could have done without the favor boxes that I overspent on. People didn’t take them home, they just ate the favors out of them LOL. I still have the extra boxes though so I can use them for something else in the future.
Also a few thiings I could have gone without but don’t regret: programs, menu cards, mocktail hour snacks, mini candy buffet.
I wish I had not put so much planning into music selection and speeches and picture lists… I just let things flow day off and it was the best thing ever. More relaxed.
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Ok, I am only halfway through this thread, and I see that it is up to each individual what they choose to skimp on. It appears that it is based on what is important to us. Thanks so much for creating and responding to this thread ladies! I have decided to skimp on most things. I will do save the dates if I can get them for free. I found a site that always has sales on invitations when I am ready to do that. I am only going to do some very cheap mini candles as decorations for tables. There probably will be a DJ, they do provide light background music, but I really love to dance. There will not be a limo, liquor (except maybe for the groom and I) favors, bathroom baskets, or welcome bags. I will have something I saw on another thread, an “oh sh*t kit” which is sort of a mini bathroom basket in a bag, available if need be. I will only have a small, cheap, and delicious wedding cake to cut for pics and to eat (the rest of it will be taken home). The venue includes a variety of dessert. I am keeping it EXTRA simple! I will do my own hair and I will probably have my Maid/Matron of Honor do my makeup. I will be using fake flowers (easy to use, are cheap, and easy to keep). I will get some fun little trinkets for the few kids that will be at the wedding from the dollar store and/or five and below to keep them busy. I may do a unity candle. I will have a photographer, but if I cannot afford a videographer I will purchase a camcorder and stand it upon its own, or have a guest hold it, or if all else fails tell folks to bring their smartphones and record the ceremony. I have not been to a lot of weddings, but I am certain no one remembers the little extras or even the big extras for that matter. Folks come to see the happy couple and enjoy some food!
I’m pretty lucky, because my partner and I nixed all the ideas for wedding stuff that we didn’t think was essential, so we don’t have too many regrets on overspending. There’s a lot that we’re happy about, though!
Glad we did
Wish we had
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