Last month I promised I'd write an article on planning a
wedding. However, unless the bride and groom just show up on a
pre-planned day with two witnesses and stand before the minister,
who says traditional vows, I've decided there is no such thing as
Let's change it to say unless they elope.... This
wedding, though labeled "simple," was far from what I was
simple. It was lots of hard work...but oh so worth it. It was a
wedding and cost probably less than $1,000, which included the
of the dress, tuxes and the gorgeous three-tier cake on a
with a working fountain. This allowed the newlyweds to have more
spend on their Mexico honeymoon.
This is a great opportunity to pool friends and relatives talents
gifts. The three of us working on the wedding, the bride's two
and I all work to get the best bargains we can everyday. So off
start and remember we only had once month from the announcement
to pull this together.
First we got together and decided what the bride wanted to have
the reception. Simple meant cake, nuts, mints and punch. We then
proceeded to make a list of other ideas she had. We wanted to
this a dream wedding for her.
We started by making a list of the brides' desires and went from
Our list included:
The wedding color, which for us meant what color the bridesmaid
was wearing. This was a little difficult because she was coming
out of state and we wouldn't see the dress until the big day.
lots of shades of purple so we accented with pink.
- The bride needed her dress which she found on clearance
- The bride ordered the cake from a fellow Church member who
her a wonderful price.
- Flowers cost retail, but one sister who is a gifted
barterer was able
to BORROW a trellis and three rolls of white mesh netting (tool,
florists call it) from the floral shop to decorate the church at
additional cost. We purchased silk hanging flowers for the
intertwined it with the borrowed white netting. Beautiful!
- Our Church has seen many weddings and we've footed the
many, so over the years we've acquired lots of silk plants,
various wedding decorations. One talented former member made
bouquets and hair rings, which we've used over and over and used
more time for this wedding. A little soap and water will clean
flowers inexpensively and easily and they can look as good as
Another member of the Church whose daughter just got married let
borrow two large trash bags of large white bows. All this cut
expenses. We used pieces of all these plants, flowers and
decorations in the Church and reception hall.
- The bride always wanted an oute-mail box every Friday wedding so we
best thing and brought the oute-mail box every Fridays to her. One sister has
fountain in her yard and disassembled it and brought it into the
the sanctuary. Picking flowers from her garden we used those on
bride and groom table and floated some in the fountain. What an
awesome addition, with the running water, so peaceful.
- The reception hall needed decorating. If you read last
I explained the food table. I did the same thing for the
the table was twice as long even though we still had simple food.
had a castle made from styrofoam and painted white, which
up nicely. We used the bottom of two planter pots and made a
drawbridge go from the castle over the two pools of water. It's
to describe and make it sound as beautiful as it was. The table
decorated with various items I picked up from my house and items
church had. We used pink to accent the table. The walls needed
of help. We used white plastic diamond-shaped skirting we had on
hand nailed loosely to the wall that we strung with white netting
flowers. So simple but so elegant. It added just enough.
- One additional touch was lots and lots of candles. We did
rent 2 tall
candelabras and decorated them up with white bows, netting and
simple flowers. We have two friends who are PartyLite Candle
consultants and they loaned us boxes of holders and candles to
It was a candle light service if I ever saw one and just what the
The bottom line on pulling together a great wedding at little
cost is to
make a list, assign tasks, follow-up weekly to see where you are,
all your resources, borrow and barter as much as possible and
that it all works out. No one, especially the bride, was terribly
stressed over the whole thing. She took things in stride. We were
exhausted, learned a lot, were blessed beyond imagination
all happen and would do it all again, we just hope it's not too
Copyright 1999, Ronda Asta.
When planning a simple and elegant wedding don't forget to pick from
wedding rings for your loved one. After all, this is a once
in a life time occassion and you want to make sure the
diamond rings you choose from have the best
diamonds and make sure to choose from the best style of engagement
rings for the diamond
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