(Closed) Things you could live without for your wedding…

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmm, this is the question I’m constantly asking myself as well and what I keep coming back to are:

* chair covers – unnecessary waste of money and time

* favors – no one even notices

* save the dates – unless it’s a destination wedding or a popular travel time (I did them more than a year in advance as 90% of our guests have to travel a significant distance)

* ceremony decorations – we’re getting married outdoors on a golf course, right next to a lake and we’re doing absolutely nothing to decorate the area, other than providing basic white folding chairs for people to sit on.   I think the same can apply to a church – no one notices those details anyway.

That’s all I can think of right now but I know there is a lot more that can be ditched…

Post # 4
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

A wedding, LOL. : D (I would be totally up for eloping, but my FH is a diva and wants a party, plus I feel like I have to do it for my grandparents, so….)

Things that we’re doing without include transportation (our ceremony & reception venues are literally a 1-2 minute walk apart), bouquets/corsages/bouts/etc. (we’re each carrying a blue rose for the rose ceremony), an expensive-ass dress/suit (I’m focussed on finding a dress under $250 so that alterations & other attire won’t run me over $500, and he’ll probably wear clothes he already owns with a new tie), and gifts for parents/each other. We’re also DIYing a shitload of stuff, having a hors d’oeuvres reception, and re-using decor from the ceremony in the reception venue.

ETA: We also aren’t doing favours, and since we’re having a grazing reception we won’t be having chair covers (or as many rentals total). We are doing Save the Dates, though, because 85% of our guest list is Out of Town.

ETA 2: Oh, also, two words: Cash. Bar.

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Fancy centerpieces. We just went with the very simple centerpieces offered by our venue and our guests ended up moving them to see each other across the tables. Good for photo ops, but totally not necessary.

Also, chair covers, sashes, and long tablecloths. Our venue had Chiavari chairs and short tablecloths, so we just went with those. All of our guests loved our setup and those things, imo, just aren’t necessary. They make for good photo ops, but that is about it. If we would have had chair covers and long tablecloths, I am sure that people would have got caught up in them. And as long as your chairs are decent looking, you don’t really need to cover them.

Another thing that isn’t necessary, imo, is a huge selection of alcohol. We had one type of wine, two types of sparkling cider, water, root beer, coffee, and tea. Our guests were more than satisfied with our choices.

And, imo, you don’t really need fresh flowers. We used real touch and silks and everyone thought they were real. The venue had some silks in their centerpieces and I made some silk hydrangea balls that were set in vases for aisle and other decor. My daughter made our bouquets from real touch roses. No one knew the difference, until they touched them.

Fancy dinnerware, cutlery, glasses, etc. We went with simple. Everything was glass, but understated. Sometimes less is more and for this, it was. We did use gold charges that set off the place settings, but other than that everything was the less expensive option. And again, everyone loved how we put it together.

Post # 7
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

There are some good ones here already! Hmm.. I guess I’m skipping an expensively-decorated cake (I don’t like eating pretty things), though there still will be cake that looks like it was made for eating. Also probably nice shoes… might even go completely barefoot for the ceremony (on the beach), and then nothing too fancy for our outdoor reception. Overall, going kinda low-budge on a lot of things, like doing an inexpensive buffet from a local grill rather than a catering company, DIYing the flowers rather than hiring a florist, considering an iPod reception instead of a DJ, etc.

Post # 8
849 posts
Busy bee

For me, what’s probably gonna get cut out is

– A sit-down dinner

– Fancy, pro-made invitations with 5 different envelopes. One piece of cardstock is all you’ll get from me.

– Gifts for bridesmaids, but also I’m not asking much from them either, so I think it’s okay.

– Real cut flowers

– Wedding planner

– Professional hair and makeup

– Chair covers, like Ree said, and elaborate table settings

– My dress is under $200, my shoes are $60, I’m making my own veil

– May be doing a backyard venue, not sure yet, venue’s a real mystery ATM

– Tons of other stuff XD My budget is like 3k but I’d like to be under. I’ll think of the other things.

Post # 11
849 posts
Busy bee

Ok I totally have more

– A DJ/band

– thousand dollar cake, I’m going to learn fondant and do a super simple one myself

– guest book, escort cards, a bunch of those little thingies like that


Post # 14
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Fancy centerpieces, favors and a candy bar.

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