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Our first question of 2011 comes to us from Jill. She is the author of Strawberry Freckles, super cute blog, check it out.
Q: Is it possible to have a ceremony/reception for less than $1,000. no flowers, no attendants, no frills...just people and food and music.
A: Of course it is Jill! The first thing you are going to have to do is accept the fact that you are not going to have a lavish event. I have helped give MANY wedding/events that are "do it yourself" and on a strict budget. The key is to PLAN AHEAD here are some tips:
1) Utilize your "network of contacts" If you are having a ceremony, get someone you know who will perform it as their gift to you. If you are already legally hitched, there is no need to have someone ordained, just someone who can give a nice ceremonial address. IF you are not legally hitched already, you can look into having a friend ordained. Either way, getting someone you know to "gift" you the ceremony helps eliminate the cost.
2) Another way to utilize your "network of contacts" is to get your people to help out. Have the event at home or a relatives home (saves the facility rental cost). Ask your family and close friends to help cater your event. Almost potluck style, but better organized!! This is another area you can ask for "gifted" items. If you know someone who makes cakes, ask for their help!
3) DJ your own event by creating a your own music play list. You may need to borrow or rent sound equipment, but that's ok! Ask an energetic friend or family member to MC the event to keep it rolling.
4) If table rentals are out of the question, start collecting borrowed tables/chairs ahead of time. Sometimes your church will let you use them =) Same goes with table cloths.
5) Make your own giveaways. A great idea for a giveaway is a homemade CD with a personalized photo cover. You can make them yourself and package them really cute. Here is one we did:
6) Make your own centerpiece. Keep it simple. Here are ones we did a t a wedding with the flowers from Costco and the vase from the 99 cent store. The photo frames were also home made. Photos printed by the maid of honor and the frame was painted black. Super easy!
7) Put up LOTS of white lights! That makes any event better and sets a great mood. I would steer clear of balloons...those belong at birthday parties, not weddings. Also add your own touch. Tulle is nice touch. We even made chair bows with ribbon from the 99 cent store and flowers from the dollar tree!
9) Ask a friend to take photos. I know that these are your memories, but it is hard to find a photographer when on a strict budget. If you know one who is a friend...ask them to gift it! OR try trading for service. It is also fun to create a "photo op" to keep things fun. Here is one we did at an anniversary party:
and last but not least...
10) HAVE FUN! Make the day about you and your new hubby. The event should reflect YOU two as a couple.
Here are a few website links that are a great resource:
Good Luck! Let us know how it turnes out =)
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