(Closed) What was the best thing “money couldn’t buy” in your wedding?

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Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

What, regardless of cost, was/will be the most beautiful part of your wedding?

My dress and hiring a makeup artist! I felt very beautiful that day!

 

What was/will be the most beautiful cheap/free thing?

My groom’s face when I walked down the aisle! He was crying when he saw me and I will never forget that sweet face as long as I live!

 

What was/will be the least necessary high-money-value thing?

Hmm…not sure on this one. I think everything came together to make it a great day! I wouldn’t necessarily take anything back.

 

What did your guests comment favorably on the most, and how much (percentage of budget or dollar value) did it cost?

The food and the band which was good because it took up most of the money! Both of these things really amped up our celebration and I couldn’t have been happier with them!

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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What, regardless of cost, was/will be the most beautiful part of your wedding?

 Our ceremony. My husband and I wrote the entire ceremony (sitting on the lake we got engaged/married on) a few weeks prior. We were married in a non-denominational church but used a lot of Christian/Catholic elements. We made it personal (but did not include any “inside jokes”) and tied it heavily into the location. I think our collaboration allowed us to reflect on importance values in marriage. The review from our guests was there wasn’t a dry eye in the church. 

What was/will be the most beautiful cheap/free thing?

 Our friends and family coming together, without asking, to make sure everything was as awesome as it could be. We had bad weather the day before and everything immediately went to plan B. We had tons of people, in the hailing rain and snow (in August!), setting up giant party tents, tables, chairs — laughing and making the most of it. We couldn’t have done what we did without our people. 

What was/will be the least necessary high-money-value thing?

 we kept to a strict budget and watched all of our dollars. We almost signed with a photog for $3500 but found a friend for $700. We knew pics were important but we couldn’t spend *that* much. In the end, we had phenomenal photographers (as well as great candid pics from guests). I think talent does not equal money.

What did your guests comment favorably on the most, and how much (percentage of budget or dollar value) did it cost?

Food/location were the most commented on. We were married in Stanley, ID – location costs was probably 10% of our budget for park rental/back up center. We did add party rental stuff too (15% of budget). Our caterer was 30% not counting beer/wine (18% of budget). They were awesome – we did apps, dinner buffet, and dessert. Their style is high-end Texas BBQ which totally rocked in flavor and uniqueness. 

 

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper

1. What, regardless of cost, was/will be the most beautiful part of your wedding?
2. What was/will be the most beautiful cheap/free thing?
3. What was/will be the least necessary high-money-value thing?
4. What did your guests comment favorably on the most, and how much (percentage of budget or dollar value) did it cost?

1. The location!  We had our wedding at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs and the view was amazing!
2. See number one?  Definitely the view and the venue setup!
3. The food…we spent waaaaaaay too much on fancy food…not that we had a choice since our venue doesn’t allow outside food and drink
4. My guests loved our vows…every mentioned them because one word stuck out: “lover.”  One of our vows mentioned being “your lover, your friend” and everyone said they were surprised to hear the word, that it was the first time they had heard it at a wedding.  My Darling Husband was so tickled that they liked it!  That was definitely the best part for me-that he was proud of something!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The whole atmosphere! The gorgeous weather. Low seventies, blue sky with a gentle breeze. I loved our vows (all WE had to say was I do!) and the ceremony itself – which was a mix of Unitarian and Native American. Really good vibe.

The condition of the garden. The garden is located at the college where I teach, and the college’s landscaping crew freshly mulched, trimmed, weeded, and cleaned the area just prior to the wedding. They even laid fresh sod in the area next to the garden! Facilities formed an aisle with velvet rope and stands and IT rigged the garden with sound for the music and the ceremony. All done by college co-workers for free.

Definitely over-estimated the amount of food needed. Went by the number of guests but some apparently ate very little or left early! It was an evening wedding and I imagine some people came right from work and wanted to get home!

Guests commented oon how relaxed and classy the wedding seemed which is pretty amazing considering only less tha 5K was spent on the whole thing. Next most commented on – my dress. Ha ha and it was purchased from eBay for a mere $100!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

One of the beautiful things that is free that I am looking forward to about our wedding is the importance of family and the importance of our marriage and our life together. My fiance has three children, two daughters and a son, and they will all be in our wedding party. I am very excited to surprise his children with the sand ceremony and I know it will show them how much they mean to us and that they have a part in this wedding and our marriage. We’re going to be a family!! It’s the best gift I could ever ask for.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

  1. What, regardless of cost, was/will be the most beautiful part of your wedding?
  2. What was/will be the most beautiful cheap/free thing?
  3. What was/will be the least necessary high-money-value thing?
  4. What did your guests comment favorably on the most, and how much (percentage of budget or dollar value) did it cost?

1.  I think any part of our ceremony that involves my twins-unity candle with Fiance and I, having pictures of the four of us around, & having all of both our families together for the first, and probably only time.

2.  Our pastor’s wife sings beautifully-she is singing two songs in our ceremony. She sounds just like Patsy Cline

3.  I don’t know what to say about this-we’re on a major budget-with the entire thing, except for my e-ring for under $5K-this includes wedding dress, wedding bands & honeymoon.

4. We haven’t gotten married yet, but we’ve had LOTS of super positive feedback about our invitations (simple, ecru with an embossed maple leaf around the border, ginger ink) and the late morning wedding with a brunch reception-“refreshing”, “relaxing”, “not like every other wedding I’ve been too in the past 6 months”. 🙂

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The things we heard over and over again were how personal, heartfelt, romantic and intimate our entire day was.  Almost everything, had our thumbprint on it or someone very close to us.

People in general like to feel connected to something.  Try to find ways to make people feel a part of your day rather than a spectator.  People also like timeliness and appreciate good food, these are easy ones.  Lastly people like to have fun, if you’re having fun, likelihood is good that your guests will be too.

We tried to make our day a big celebration or party with a wedding theme.  We didn’t want anything that resembled the formulaic.  As well, we are incredibly lucky to have many family and friends that have unique talents that offered their talents to us on our day, so we had virtually no “vendors” which is pretty incredible.

A couple of items that got a lot of attention:

  • Our invites – Invitesite.com – Dierdre.  We DIY’d our invites as a way to save costs.  I heard time and time again that our invitations were the most beautiful and unique people had seen. $450
  • Cermony site – Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor.  I was terribly worried about having a standing ceremony, but people LOVED it!  I heard time and time again that the surroundings were so beautiful it added to the moment and because people were standing around us, felt really connected.  $150
  • The Cermony – written by us and a close friend was our officiant.  Again the personal and romantic  touches that only you and yours can add are priceless. $60 – Ordainment fee
  • Wedding Certificate- We asked an artist friend of ours to create a “quaker’ish” certificate for our guests to sign after the ceremony.  People loved the idea that they were ALL wittnesses and supporters of our union.  FREE as our gift
  • My surprise for my Groom – I had asked a band that we saw in concert  when we were dating to come and play a surprise acoustic version of a song they sang that night for our first dance.  FREE as our gift
  • FOOD – Our reception was at a private dining club that is managed by a close friend of the family.  People loved that we had a chips/salsa/gauc bar for the cocktail hour and their dinner was piping hot, plentiful and AWESOME!  We loved that our guests like the food, but even more, it was local growers and suppliers for the majority of it.  $3800
  • DRINK – A friend who is a brewmaster brewed 5 specialty beers for us and then we had signature drinks (plus a full bar)…but the full bar, really got no attention.  People LOVED having specialty beers and drinks picked out and named for the occassion more than the full bar.  $1600
  • CAKE – Just Baked, Livonia.  We did a variety of cupcakes…one a MI favorite (Bumpy Cake) which got all the raves.  Our cake to cut was designed like a tree stump with M + S “carved” in it.  This was quite a hit.  $250
  • Portrait Booth – Agirlinlove.com – Melissa Squires.  We created our own backdrop and provide tons of props, and Melissa being Melissa did the rest and our guests LOVED her and all the pics she took. We got a mega deal on this cause she was running a promotion at the time we booked
  • MUSIC – We loaded our ipod and hired a friend of the family (a kid I used to babysit) to run the ipod.  Because it was filled with our guest pics (via the response card) the dancefloor was packed all night long. – $150
  • CENTERPIECES – Mother-In-Law is a potter, she threw dish bowls and lanterns for us to plant succulents in.  People loved that they were so unique and LIVING.  FREE gift to us
  • Last and most important – how happy we were.  People commented time and time again how smiles never left our faces and how over the moon in love we are with each other.  That’s the priceless part of the day for me.

The whole day, 85 guests, cost less than 10K.  And we paid for the whole thing that day.  But…we couldn’t have done it without all the help we got from family and friends.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

1. What, regardless of cost, was/will be the most beautiful part of your wedding?
2. What was/will be the most beautiful cheap/free thing?
3. What was/will be the least necessary high-money-value thing?
4. What did your guests comment favorably on the most, and how much (percentage of budget or dollar value) did it cost?

 

1.  The pictures!! OMG we loooved our photog and are glad we paid what we did for them.

2. Our water blending ceremony… specifically my husbands face when he realized I had gotten water from antarctica for him!

3. The full bar. If I had my say (and I didnt as my dad overruled me) we would have gone with beer wine and champagne adn thats it.

4. That they had a great time partying. The DJ was great and everyone was acting like a kid with the photobooth.

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