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These are cost cutting measures:

~ make your own stationery.you can spend hundreds on invitations,response cards etc.check craft or stationery stores such as staples for kits.you can also buy the stock you need and make from scratch – google wedding invites for inspiration.here is one to get you started:

http://www.confetti.co.uk/shopping/stationery/selectstyle.asp – i have chosen milan because its very simple and i can make them myself easily

avoid embellishments such as bows that can add bulk (and therefore postage costs!).do your RSVPs by phone/e-mail and avoid return postage costs

~ cake:either make your own,have a friend/family member with skills in that are make it as a wedding gift OR buy some simple iced sponge/fruit cakes and decorate with ribbons/buckles/topper

~ flowers:keep to a bare minimum.you only really need bouquets and bouts.if you have a flower girl,she can carry a flower wand rather than a basket of petals.buy wholesale and in season to take even more costs off,and you can always make your own (look for on-line master classes).if you have centrepieces,then think about using fabrics,greenery and vases with fruits or candles in place of flowers.another idea is to have a stand of cupcakes/mini pastries instead

~ skip the favours – nobody will notice you don’t have them!instead,spend the money you would have spent on favours on an extra dessert or drink option

~ a buffet may be a cheaper option rather than a plated meal

~ skip/limit the alcohol if open bar is the norm where you are

~ check e-bay for certain items second hand (birdcages,table numbers,etc).if you buy new,then sell on afterwards and earn some cash back

~ could you share costs with another bride?i read about a bride who split the costs of the bay trees she wanted with another bride – all of them were used in both weddings and then each took half each afterwards.she saved about £200

~ high street is your friend.departments stores such as debenhams have great bridesmaid dresses without the price tag attached and they have some great flower girl/page boy outfits

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A Scratch Card Buffet
The tackiest wedding I went to was my ex’s cousin. The theme was “ribbons in the sky” some stupid horrible song that was played every 5 minutes. The ceremony was two hours late in the smallest church in toronto on the hottest day of the year (41 with humidex) and they were “instructed” not to turn the ac on because the bride likes it hot. The ceremony was long, overdone, and “ribbons in the sky” played 5 times through the ceremony on repeat! You couldn’t hear anything at all during the ceremony except the bride tell her daughter to “shut the hell up before I smack you one”
Because the ceremony was 2 hours late the reception was three hours late!! We all waited at the hall while the bride had her makeup redone from scratch for the pictures. When they finally did show up at 7:45pm (was supposed to be at 5) we had to wait while they introduced the wedding party one at a time, to “ribbons in the sky”.
Then speeches which were very long and drawn out and so full of inside jokes that they stopped making sense. Then the first dance to….you guessed it “ribbons in the sky”. Then a “break” so the bride could go for a smoke but no guests were to leave the room, a lady was directed to sit her kid down and wait to use the bathroom until the bride came back.
THEN the food was served, buffet style chicken and rice and all the guests had to sit and wait while th entire wedding party was served and ATE their first plate, so we got to sit and watch them eat and listen to 30 kids screamng and crying from hunger and heat and boredom. THEN we could start to line up for food table by table.
The dj was so bad that not one single person danced (even though the dancing started at 10:30pm) and this was a jamaican/guyanese wedding……..they demanded money not gifts, and no desert because the bride decided last minute that she wanted to save her wedding cake. Not sure what she planned to do with it exactly.
They handed out the cheapest ass vinniger tasting wine as favours and not even a thank you card after the fact. The best part was her sister holding her hand out for the card I bought before she handed me the nasty wine!!!!!
I also saw the maid of honour going through the cards people put down and counting the money inside them IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
I’ll never forget it!! As far as weddings go I have been to worse but I don’t even think she noticed her third hubby was even there that day! Oh yes…THIRD WEDDING!!


A Scratch Card Buffet
Suzie,

How many people are you expecting to invite? What is your sisters color palate for the wedding? I would go with those colors for napkins and table covers. Are you going to have individual tables, or a buffet? If a buffet, Have a seperate table for the cake and cookies.

For food I would serve finger tea sandwiches, elegant cookies, and of course tea. Make a tray of assorted regular and decaf flavored teas, and borrow a coffee urn and have it filled with hot water. Go around to the local thrift shops and second hand stores and look for tea cups and saucers. They have beautiful pieces and you can pick them up for a song. You can go on line to English tea store, they have teapots in a variety of colors for as little as $3.95, as well as wholesale pricing on teas and accessories (these items can be given as gifts to the guests)

For a centerpiece I would do something whimsical like pastel colored daises, and maybe do them in silk, in a teapot or clay flower pot. For the wishing well, I would have each guest bring either a spice, a recipe card and a box to put them in, or a kitchen gadget, ie potato peeler, dish cloths, dish detergent scrubbies, sponges, you catch the drift.

Decorations—how about wooden spoons and forks, spatulas, oven mitts, pot holders etc, put each item together and tie therm with either some curly ribbon, or some raffia around them and hang them around the room.

As for invites, make the invitations into a kitchen shape, like a blender, or a stove, or a cabinet, and put the info on the inside. You could also use a recipe card. Make the front look like a regular recipe card and on the back, Put the invitation information make it look like a recipe.

Games—get one or two little door prizes and wrap them up. you ask a series of guestions (4 or 5) whoever answers the last question get the prize.

Cake—-I don’t know what kind of a budget you are working with, but you may want to check Cake Alchemy. Laurie has been on weTV and she can pretty much do anything you want. The cakes are a little pricey, but are well worth it. Everything is done by hand and made from scratch.

Since the bridal party usually goes in on a group gift, why not make a basket with a bone china tea set, some teas, and accessories.

Hope this helps. Use your imaginationn and have fun!


A Scratch Card Buffet
-Your house moves but your twelve cars don’t.
-You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
-You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
-Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
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-The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
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-You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
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-You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
-Anyone in your family ever died right after saying: “Hey watch this.”
-You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
-Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
-Your junior prom had a daycare.
-You think the last words of the Star Spangled Banner are:
-Gentlemen start your engines.”
-You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
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-You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
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-You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
-You think “loaded dishwasher” means your wife is drunk.
-Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.


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