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After the Day Was Done, We Owed No One Anything

  • Posted on March 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

After the day was done, we owed no one anything unless we missed them at the end of the night to pay them.  That my dears, was a great feeling. There was nothing hanging over our heads to pay off for the next year or next 10 – 15 years.  Once one of has gone into the planning mode sit together and make the decision to save more rather than go into debt by getting married.  Think about what is important for your new life to talk about; money or everything else in life.

Make it a point to pay cash or use your debit card to pay for everything pertaining to your wedding event.  The exception is when making online reservations.  For your protection of false advertising, or something that is undelivered or a mishap, or even a dispute you want that reservation to be insured.  Before you get to that happy place about using your credit card, the best thing to do is make a cash payment on the reservation immediately to your credit card company, so again you are NOT using future money.

You still want to experience that sense of freedom from owing anyone anything, especially immediately after your relaxing honeymoon.  So even if you do have to pay some things with credit card you will reimburse your card company with some budgeted wedding cash.

Money-saving” Ideas That Will Cost You Your Dignity BY APRIL WINCHELL

  • Posted on March 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

The following article are the opinions of Ms. Winchell.  It is fun, funny and informative, but not all of her ideas coincide with my own.  Enjoy the article.

Years ago, I went to France for the first time. And while I was there, I visited the Palace at Versailles.

It was incredible. Room after room of the most mind-blowing opulence you can imagine. I was absolutely spellbound.

For about an hour.

Then I hit my saturation point and stopped being impressed, or even caring at all. I found myself shuffling from room to room, walking over priceless mosaic floors just looking for the gift shop. And I suddenly realized the original occupants must have felt the same burnout. That’s why each room was more over-the-top than the last—it was the only way they’d feel anything at all.

That’s the downside of luxury: At some point you reach a plateau, and it’s all the same. There might be a difference between 900- and 1,000- thread-count sheets, but who can feel it?

I think this is a very real trap people fall into when they plan a wedding. You can only have so many flowers. The steak can only be so big. The linens can only be so fine. You hit a wall after a certain point, so the spending itself becomes the gesture. And ultimately, it’s meaningless.

Of course, there are people on the opposite side of the spectrum. A friend of mine recently told me about a wedding invitation she’d received that said guests were welcome, but they’d have to pay $20 at the door. They were also asked to bring cash for their own food, and cash for the couple, to help fund their trip to Burning Man (naturally, family and special friends were given wristbands allowing them “access to a VIP area with seating”).

Like most of you, I’m somewhere in the middle. I’m not going to fly everyone to Tahiti, but I’m also not going to make them sit at card tables and eat Hot Pockets. It’s all very nice to be a bride, but to have a great wedding you also have to be a gracious host and a relaxed guest. And that’s all about attitude—not a mile-long list of things you have to have.

Here’s my wedding wish list: |

ILLUSTRATION. MONTANA FORBES

1. A nice dress
2. A picturesque location
3. A good meal

That’s it. No attendants, no separate gown for the reception, no unicorn. Just a nice, middle-of-the-road event for about 100 people. So imagine my surprise when the hotel cheerfully quoted me $600 per person.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never eaten a $600 meal. The most I ever paid was around $1,000, and that was for five people. With drinks. A lot of drinks.

But let’s just say, for argument’s sake, that the hotel can reasonably charge $200 a plate. In fact, let’s say they can get it up to $300 by putting pearl earrings in the mashed potatoes. Every guest would still have to drink $300 worth of alcohol. I don’t even think that’s scientifically possible. In fact, I don’t think you could get up to $600 apiece if you catered the whole thing out of the mini bar.

And this is when the hotel explained that the price they’d quoted didn’t really reflect the food or drink as much as it did the day of the week. This same wedding on a Friday would be $20,000 less. And there’s your plateau: The extra $200 per person doesn’t get you anything except the privilege of writing a bigger check on a Saturday.

My search for cost-cutting ideas also turned up another surprise: Saving money is as subjective as spending it. My reasonable expense might be your ridiculous extravagance. Your sensible cost-cutter might give me a headache from rolling my eyes. For example:

“Fake your cake with an icing-covered foam cake rental. You’ll get the look you want, and you can purchase a sheet cake from a bakery that can be cut up in the kitchen.”

This is insanity. It’s like that Twilight Zone episode where Carol Lynley and her husband wake up after a party and find themselves in an alien child’s dollhouse [spoiler alert].

To me, the tiered wedding cake is nonnegotiable. You have to keep the top so you can eat it on your first anniversary, or your husband will leave you for a massage therapist. Or something like that. I’m not clear on the subtleties.

“Toast with white wine instead of Champagne: Champagne can get expensive, and not everyone likes the carbonation.”

I’m sure lots of people will strenuously object to toasting your marriage with Champagne. “How was the wedding?” “It was okay, except for the carbonation. That was a downer.”

You know, some people don’t like dressing up, either. Maybe you should ask everyone to come in sweatpants, and you can all eat pizza over the sink.

“Do you have a friend who brews their own beer? Ask them to provide beer for your wedding at cost!”

Fantastic. You can get your uncle to make up a batch in his bathroom, and when people start complaining of lead poisoning and blindness, you can blame it on the foam-rubber cake.

“Better yet, do away with alcohol altogether and have a coffee bar! Guests can get cappuccinos, espressos, or even decaf.”

Sheet cake and decaf! It’s like Saturday night at the nursing home, only not as fun.

And now that you’ve ruined dinner, how about saving the planet?

“Instead of wasting paper, send your announcement via email!”

Your wedding invitation is a waste of paper. It’s perfectly okay for the Thai restaurant down the street to shove menus in your mailbox every day, but those wedding invitations of yours are going to turn this planet into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Okay, maybe the five cards with two envelopes is a bit much, and I can do without that weird, arcane piece of blotting paper that looks like you’re supposed to roll your own cigarette with it. But the wedding invitation is a wonderful keepsake for some people—what are they supposed to do, print it out at Kinko’s? Oh wait, that would be a waste of paper. Well, maybe you can just send it to their iPhone and they can look at it while they’re on the bus.

“Don’t pay your florist big bucks to put together your centerpieces. Make your own with supplies from the dollar store and a little ingenuity.”

Finally, a sensible idea! After all, they have so many high-quality materials at the dollar store. How about a car-deodorizer centerpiece for the bride’s table? And with “a little ingenuity” I’m sure you could work in a few pencils and a bottle of discontinued shampoo.

“Share decorating costs: Find out if another bride books your venue for the same weekend, split costs on shared flowers, décor and other expenses.”

I love the idea of another woman’s used, wilted flowers at my wedding. But why stop there? Use her bridesmaids and none of your friends will have to buy dresses. Serve leftover Champagne from her reception—it’ll be flat, so that’ll please the carbonation haters. What the hell, why not marry the same guy? You can all chip in on a family compound and lower your mortgage.

“Consider an intimate destination wedding: You’ll be able to slash the guest list and combine it with your honeymoon.”

Combine your wedding with your honeymoon, so everyone you know will be there the whole time. Won’t that be fun? You and your husband can have a romantic dinner while your entire family sits at the table behind you. Then you can all go back to your room and watch Grown Ups on pay-per-view. Better yet, get some roll-away beds and your parents can split the room with you.

To be fair, I did learn something from these horrible ideas: It all comes down to what you can live with. It’s the same strategy I use when I vote: I choose the candidate who’s the closest to my way of thinking on things that really matter to me, then just try to let the other stuff go.

Revised wedding wish list:

1. A nice dress
2. A picturesque location
3. A good meal
4. Paper invitations
5. Real cake

April Winchell has been a talk radio host, a sitcom writer, an advertising executive and the voice of hundreds of animated Disney characters. In October of 2009, she created the hit websiteRegretsy.com, which led to the publication of “Regretsy: Where DIY meets WTF” in April of 2010. Even though she has been writing professionally since 1989, she still finds talking about herself in the third person really uncomfortable.

A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $15,000 Or Less, Is It Possible? Part III – Tips for you, too.

  • Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  1. Car Rental for the weekend: Go Green with http://www.ConnectbyHertz.com $160.33/weekend day whether it is for 6 hours or 24 hours. Go with the 24 since you can use it for those last minutes things that come up before the wedding. That is for a smart Fortwo, talk about making an entrance. Keep in mind with Hertz you can pick the car up at one location and drop it off somewhere else, as long as they have a lot. That could save you some time. For instance: pick up at a Hertz on the upper west side and drop it off at one of their hotel locations especially if you’re not going away to your honeymoon right away..
  2. Car rental for the 3-day weekend from Speedy-Rent-A-Car $205.00
  3. Rental from Zipcar.com or DriveMint.com are by the hour from $11.00 – $17.00 for the weekend depending on the car. A Scion Xb or smart Fortwo on the low end hourly or a Mercedes on the high end hourly at DriveMint.com
  4. You can also offer your relatives and/or friends some money to use their cars, or perhaps they could offer their services and their car as a gift, to chauffeur you and your wedding party around for a couple of hours.
  5. What if you want to have your wedding catered, it is still possible to do it economically in a big city, whether it is in New York City or Chicago, or even Boston, you just need a bit of ingenuity to stay within your budget. If you’re a curious detailed oriented person like I am, then you’ll decide this is the fun part, the chase or the journey to your end destination is what you really want. It is actually the magic part about the entire wedding, I think, because you are at the stage where you are shaping the outcome of the day. It will take patience and possibly lots of legwork, to see just what you might be getting for the day of event, but the hunt (for the guys) is on and it can be a great deal of fun. Here are a few tips:
  6. Decide on the type of wedding and plan your food accordingly. The food, reception space and beverages will be the biggest part of your budget, no matter how large or small it is.  Such as casual, spiffy-casual, or formal, (usually sit down) While casual and spiffy-casual may come very close to looking like the same thing, they really are quite different when it comes to food. I have seen casually catered events start as low as $12.95 per person or just under $1200 for 85 people. This is strict buffet style, no seating provided usually, put stand-up cocktail tables in various spots with food arrangements on them along with some passed appetizers, can be just as elegant as a formal sit down affair as well.
  7. My friend’s wedding although it had a very high-church of various cultures feel to it had a casual reception, since all the guests were expected to bring something. With her committee of  ‘wedding corralling ladies’, the guests with each acceptance of the invitation, was then asked what they could bring to the reception. By doing it that way, my friend saved all sorts of money and even had leftovers. Wedding party paid nothing, zero, zip, for that feast. Their reception had everything from appetizers to desserts including rum balls, (YUM!).  Some of us were getting high just from the fumes of the rum balls; additionally there was even a fruit bowl.
  8. Another casual reception could be to have a stand around party with a huge sandwich or various pizzas or have your new mother-in-law make something for the crowd. You can probably strike up a deal with your favorite pizza store once you pass 10 pizzas. Figure at 3 slices per guest and you’ve got it made. For instance, a pizza usually has 12 slices and for 80 guests, you’d have to have 20 pies feeding each person 3 slices each. My neighborhood pizza store sells a large pie for $16 each, but if I ordered 20 pies for 85 guests, my budget for food would be at around $350. Even with spending $350 on the pizza, you must give your guests something to wash down the pizzas, so add $50 – $75 for some sort of beverages.  Have a variety of beverages and pizza flavors and you have a batch of happy guests.
  9. For more organic less oil, use whole grain flat breads; American or Italian version with different toppings, as your starter rather than bread and cheese.

10. Don’t forget to include something for your vegetarian friends or even people allergic or staying away from wheat.

11. Perhaps as I did you can get a combination price with another feature of the wedding. My limousine company managed a caterer and so     I able to receive a combination price. Plus, my new mother-in-law, made something special in large quantities at her son’s request. We had 85 guests, so with the 4-hour use of the limousine and the caterer  it was $625. My new mother-in-law’s food was gratis. Ours was a casual formal of sorts. It was buffet style with seating.  There was enough seating for everyone, but the only things passed were the Hors d’Oeuvres.

12. The formal caterer or sit down with service is where you’ll have to weigh your options on how much is too much. These types often run    as low as $27 per person and up into the tens of thousands. If you’re trying to do a wedding for under $15,000, as I am advocating then you’re probably priced out of this market unless you can strike a deal with one of your favorite restaurants. Perhaps Carmine’s, in which the food is served family-style, but everyone is sitting. This could be a possibility. My friends took me there for graduation and we ordered one full meal and had left-overs for two additional people.

13. If using Carmine’s works for you, I am betting that they can work for your budget as well. Think about it, a main dish for a meal is $21 – 25, which easily feeds 5 – 6 people. If you have 12 tables of 8 could still be less than pricey, but your guests will be full and have potential doggy bags to take home. Roughly your pricing could still be under $1000 ($400), even with the addition of salad, garlic bread, beverages, and dessert. YUM! A pure feast to behold.

14. Decorations are another item that can run into lots of pennies. In this instance, I am talking about the flowers for the bride and the wedding party and the extras for the reception to make it a wedding themed event. The extras could include tulle and floating candles, or almost infinite ideas as motifs or table decorations of some kind. Here are few of my favorites with pricing of the day:

15. Check any of the websites that sell pre-made flowers and you’re good to go. Flower arrangements start as low as $29.95 and go $79.95 for our purposes. Flowers can, of course go into the hundreds from these websites and upward if you use florists.  There are florists who offer budgetary wedding packages, but you will have to ask specifically.

16. To cut cost further, the bride and matron/maid of honor could be the only people to carry flowers and then everyone and everything else could be decorated at the ceremony venue with tulle, or aisle candles.

17. At the reception venue, the theme could be carried further with floating candles on the tables as centerpieces instead of flowers. If, like we did, you have a water feature, add some floating candles, larger than the table candles, to it and call it a day. Candles at the reception venue could run you a whopping $100 to start, unless you want or have a half an acre to decorate.

18. Additionally you could have:  balloons, silk roses, candy, vases of things (marbles, fruit, etc.) at your reception for decorations.

19. Add some special candies or other cheery items for the table; M&M’s or Jordan Almonds or Junior mints. We went with special made-to-order M&M’s. I bought 3 bags and that was all I needed, at $11 per bag, [The price per bag has gone up] it was a steal. And you get to choose your colors so they can coordinate them with your wedding colors. Pretty cool, I think and inexpensive, too.

20. Don’t forget those disposable cameras, so your guests can snap some fun pictures as well. Check out various websites and you might be able to get 9 cameras, all for $35, just like I did.

I hope some of these tips will help and they are useful to bring down the costs  on your dream wedding event.  So, it can be done with a bit of ingenuity, verve, and flair. Dreamers can

Saving Money As A Wedding Guest

  • Posted on March 13, 2011 at 12:32 am


Saving money as wedding guests can sometimes be as hard as the couple saving money on the wedding event.  Brides can sometimes in their quest for their perfect day forget that their guests have not saved up for this specific day like the bride and groom may have over a significant amount of time.  When their wedding guests get the invitation, depending on its formality it may represent a crunch of both time and money.  Because of this forgetfulness, wedding guests often feel the pinch of having to buy something special to wear to the event, or to participate in the many pre-wedding and post-wedding events, especially if they are an integral part of the ceremony.  Or even to purchase an expensive gift, just because they have been invited to the wedding.  Friendship is one thing, but the wedding couple, must remember that their guests do not want to spend the rest of their lives paying for the happy event in collusion with them.

When planning the wedding the couple must take into consideration their guests’ range of attention-span during pre-wedding events.  Especially if these are also their out-of-town guests.  Just because they are out-of-town, in for the wedding, does not mean they want their days and evenings filled with wedding event socials.  That is holding your friends and relatives hostage from out-of-town hostage to your desires.   Shortening or eliminating them altogether is a plus for the wedding guests.  Not everything should or has to be mandatory and revolve around the wedding event.  That alone, will cut down on outfits to purchase.  For my husband and my wedding, we dispensed with the rehearsal dinner, which saved both our wedding party time and money, especially since the pre-wedding gift was no longer “an expectancy”.  In actuality, we hadn’t expected it, but with the traditions of the rehearsal dinner, the wedding party usually is expected to buy an additional gift for the couple who they are attending and vice-versa.

Since my husband and I were well into adulthood, we did not expect nor need any of the big-ticket items that have become the norm for most wedding gift registries.  A few additions were set-up, but not entire stores-full of items.  Gift certificates of small denominations were encouraged and although no one took us up on the gift certificates or really even the registry, Amazon and Bed, Bath, & Beyond were our picks.  Most of our guests gave us money of varying combinations, which is always a plus, and a time-saver for the guests.  Our wedding was on a Saturday mid-afternoon in a church which cut down on wearing apparel cost for most of our guests.  Since it was a June wedding, buying or having dressy formal wear is easy for most folks.  Summer weddings are easy apparel re-wear, with most people being able to wear it again to a barbecue.

  • An afternoon wedding set in the summer especially can save on the guests having to purchase items to wear, that may never get out of their closets, again.
  • Summer weddings are especially easy because dressy summer apparel can easily fit into anyone’s closet.
  • The wedding invitation will denote a great deal to the couples’ guests as to what type of attire is expected.
  • The later into the evening the more expensive the attire and unless their guests go to a great many cocktail parties for work, that one bit of wedding-wear may set them back a pretty penny.
  • Plus, an afternoon wedding is or can usually be casual enough that women do not have to have special hair at premium prices added to their attire.
  • Spring and autumn weddings loosely follow the same constrictors and sometimes can feel even less money constraints, but with a twist for weather related attire.
  • A winter wedding depending on where it is held is the most formal attire but if the couple dispenses of a strict color code or theme of their wedding their guests may be able to wear the outfit again, as well.  Winter weddings do not usually have the playfulness of summer weddings, when it comes to attire for guests.

The choice of where the wedding will be held will also bring the cost of clothing for the attendees down as well.

  • A hall on a Friday or Saturday night denotes very special or formal attire.  Think date night or prom.
  • For weekend weddings; Saturday, and if the church lets you, a Sunday night and afternoon is less formal, followed by a Saturday afternoon.
  • Weekday evening at someone’s house; even less formal, with garden parties weddings being the less expensive for the guests.

In the couples’ burst of enthusiasm for their great day, it would do them well with their friends to also remember their friends’ pocketbook, which does not mean they have inexhaustible supply of money for their friends’ wedding day nor should they have to take the hit either.

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  • Posted on March 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm


Our Do-It-Yourself Wedding in NYC For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Still Possible? – Yes, you can still do it.

  • Posted on March 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

Bride & Groom Cake Figurines – A Better idea  See below:

It mostly depends on the strategies you and fiance have decided prior to determining, even your budget. Then you must make a pact between the two of you to stay within budget.  Only go outside the budget if you both agree and after you’ve slept on it overnight, if it’s a big departure.

For our wedding, way back in 2005 I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception.   In my book, New York City Budget Wedding:  Elegant and Affordable,  I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for our wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

Now most of the pricing is almost nine years old, but these are for you to get other ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our (Pearson-Fulcher) costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)  – It was a $3500.00 dress, originally.  I miss that store, but now there still others even in NYC that you can YOUR dress.

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)  – Men have it SO easy.

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – in the favor boxes.]  Guests love that, nothing to dust, just eat and remember.

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom) Cliff Weissman 

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel  Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)  Dr. Forbes is back for 6 mos. or so.

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)  So many other options now in 2014, but you still get fresh flowers of your choice, here.  Plus, they are SO helpful.

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn).  They are now located in DUMBO’s first LEEDS building and 10 times the above amount, plus the liquor.  Just think I helped give them the idea to market as a wedding venue.

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator) Always check that they have your music.

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation) Beautiful papers and the staff is so nice.  Sara is the manager.

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Vocalists during ceremony:  Diana Solomon-Glover and Andre Glover (A gift from both)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)  I’d recommend the person I used, but she has since retired.  She was SO helpful and patient.

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Definitely, but we did use  money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but was an extraordinarily beautiful cake, too.  Plus, it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep our wedding well under $15,000, WAY under, and that is an achievement, especially in New York City.  I would hazard to guess if we did the whole thing over again, it was STILL be way under $15,000.  Let me help you do the same.   Dreamers can.

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If you need help with strategies for your wedding:  Contact me via email cpf@budgetweddingsnyc.com.

 

 

 

Winter Wedding Favors

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

The pricing is almost six years old, but these are for you to get ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – favor]

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom)

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn)

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator)

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation)

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Oh contraire, but we did spend money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but is an extraordinarily beautiful cake too.  Plus it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep it under $15,000, WAY under, and that is a feat, especially in New York City.  Dreamers can.

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Unique Wedding Ideas for the Last Minute Wedding

  • Posted on March 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

The following article is one that I saw on EzineArticles.com by Brad Maverick, that I thought you might enjoy.

There are many unique wedding ideas that are being done today. People today are doing less traditional things in regards to getting married. Some people do it because they want to be unique and stand out from other types of marriages out there. Others do it because it can be a way for them to save money. Weddings can be expensive and you can do something to spend less about it. Others do it so that the big event can be memorable from the rest.

Here are a few unique ideas that you can try for your big day. Instead of using expensive flowers and vases as your centerpiece, you can do something on your own and make them instead. You can choose cheaper flowers and choose some inexpensive materials. It can make your centerpiece unique.

For your wedding favors, why don’t you try giving out seeds? These kinds of DIY wedding favors are the rave today because it is unique and inexpensive as well. There are a lot of do-it-yourself favors that you can try as well.

For your gown, you don’t have to have one made or buy an expensive one. Did you know that you can rent a gown or you can choose an inexpensive one? There are a lot of stores that sell affordable gowns that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on.

Another way to have a unique wedding is to have a theme that is one of a kind. Find an activity or object that you and your future spouse enjoy doing and you can base your wedding theme around it. For example, if you and your fiancée love baseball then you can choose a baseball theme wedding. These are the few unique wedding ideas that you can try.

CharLena’s additions to the Baseball Theme:

All wedding party is part of the line-up with the Bride & Groom choosing between Catcher and Pitcher.

Everyone is dressed in some form of baseball related attire or equipment, except the Bride, Groom, and Officiant.

The wedding party could be dressed as bats.  (This is just silly, but could be fun, too.)  Or wear their favorite baseball team’s hat.

Everyone is dressed in their favorite baseball jersey or warm-up jacket depending on the time of the year or whether the wedding is outside.

Move the theme outside and have tail gate party (reception) just like you would for the playoffs.  (Inexpensive and fun, what’s not to like?)