(Closed) What wedding "frills" did you do without?

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I think the way you’re doing things is great! Decorations aren’t really needed if you’re having the reception at a restaurant, it’ll look great as is. Ditto for the library. Ours is in a tent, so we kind of need decorations to liven it up a bit. 

I skipped fresh flowers and a florist. I made all of my centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets, corsages, and such from silk flowers and I love how they turned out. Built a bunch of stuff from inexpensive wood. Ordered tablecloths for cheap, paper plates, plastic silverware too. We’re having BBQ, so no need for expensive tableware. Skipped a limo for us (but did get one for his family, who will be traveling 1600+ miles to be there). Skipped a DJ in favor of ipod music. Our favors are also their glass for the evening. No open bar, just wine and beer. Found a photographer who hasn’t really reached the professional level yet, so saved money there. Cake and cupcakes will be from Wegmans. 

We wanted to have a nice wedding, but definitely on a budget. It’s only one day after all and the most important part of the whole thing is marrying my best friend. 

Sounds like you’re off to a great start!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

It sounds like you will have a beautiful wedding! Candle centerpieces are beautiful, I have seen some beautiful photos on pintererst of candles on mirrors for centerpieces. It should be very easy for the caterers to put candles on the tables if you provide them. 

The frills I bother with were STD’s, when we called friends and family to tell them we were engaged, we gave them the date over the phone. I also didnt bother with the favors. I fidgured, we were paying for our guests to have a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvre, a three course gourmet meal, an open bar and entertainment, why did I need to buy my guests a present as well?  There were definately some frills that we wouldnt have had if they werent included in our reception package, eg. I only had floral centerpieces as they were included. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I have been so obsessed about having specific color (navy) table cloths and gold chivari chairs in our reception ballroom for the past year…now that it’s come time to write the check on Thursday, I suddenly feel like I’m going to throw up over spending $750 on those items when the venue already comes with white table cloths and black chair covers.  Of course if I had all the money in the world, it wouldn’t be an issue.  I just have so many things to pay for coming up, so this is definitely one “frill” I’m cutting out! 

Also, here’s a picture of the ballroom just for reference (our centerpieces will be clear glass cylinders with all white hydrangeas, surrounded by mercury gold and clear glass votives)

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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CakeSniffer:  I didn’t do Save the Dates, ceremony programs/menus, videography, a real DJ. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

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CakeSniffer:  Your wedding is going to be beautiful and amazing no matter what happens. As long as you tie the knot with the love of your life, everything else isn’t all that important. From the sound of it though, you’ll have a wonderful day.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

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alysee:  yep, I cut out the menu and programs too. Only spent about $100 on STD and invitations, so that wasn’t bad.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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CakeSniffer:  $5 for 30 invitations? How’d you swing that?!

Some of the frills I’m skipping: veil, garter, bouquets (may skip altogether, may use fake flowers), signature cocktail, programs, & fancy wedding shoes. I think part of picking what to skip and what to focus on is what makes each wedding personal and unique.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Also ditching the getting ready props…or gifts as some people call them. No matching outfits, bedazzled shirts that say Bride, etc, no matching clutches, jewelry, or whatever else people buy. Not even getting hair and makeup professionally done. I’ll be getting dressed in a bathroom once we done setting up the venue, haha

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

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jelly3:  silk flowers can look amazing. I spent maybe $250 on silk flowers as opposed to thousands on real flowers from a florist. Couldn’t fathom spending so much on something that will just wilt and die.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Skipping real flowers, no DJ/band, no video, DIYing our food, no save the dates/menus/programs, so many DIY projects it’s even making my head spin… 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

No STD’s, flowers other than my bouquet, limo, bridesmaids,  and all the pain associated with them,  bachelor parties for both of us, rehearsal dinner.  

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