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Most weddings are a waste of money. Most end divorce. I was married in Las Vegas in 1977 and spent less that $100.00. I am still married. I was married there because I lived there, so I did spend any money to travel there. Just get married by the Justice of Peace and use the money for something worth wild. The wedding does not make the marriage.
I own a bridal shop,its a budget shop, not to be compared to a thrift store. I opened my shop because a friend wanted a nice wedding and we could not find any stores that were something she could afford
I can honestly say that we have put together a bridal party for under 800.00. This included weddingdress,1 maid of honor, 3 bridesmaids, 1 flowergirl,and 1 ring barrier, and a veil. The dresses were all new and she had a beautiful wedding, We got her in contact with a person that likes to bake and decorate she made the cake and cupcakes for her, and another friend of ours did that ceremony, and another contact did the pictures. We made some phone calls and some crafty senior citizens did the arrangements. Music came from an I-pod of the bride and grooms favorite songs. She had a pay bar of 1.00 a drink. Finger foods and snacks were available. Had the reception at a pavilion at a park and her total wedding was 1400.00 so I really don't think that was bad at all and she still gets compliments about her wedding.
So shop around and appreciate those that want to help.
My daughter still gets compliments on her wedding dress - $75 at JC Penney outlet and I did a little tailoring - ripped off the sleeves, gaudy bows, etc. Ended up much cheaper and easier than if I had made the dress as we first planned. Look at the basic bones of the dress, a lot can be done very easily to de-fancy it or fancy it up. Some added lace can do wonders if it seems too plain.
No DJ--my son-in-law's 15 year old cousin did a great job playing music.
No caterer, the whole family brought pot luck with my sister and I making huge amounts of tuna salad, potato salad, meatballs, shrimp dips, etc. A friend gifted their cake from her dad's bakery and another friend, a restaurant owner gifted the ham.
My sister and I did the flowers, and a lot of the family helped with decorating.
I read in a journal from a Jesuit University one time that many of the "grooms to be" are so stressed out behind the expense of a fancy wedding the brides plan that many are confessing that it is frightening to them and feel it is a sign of things to come (and they don't even have a bed to sleep on or a table to eat dinner on after the wedding). They are extremely worried about the debt they are about to face instead of a "debt free" beginning with someone they love.
Many expensive weddings are just for "show" and there is a lot of sadness after the wedding for the brides because it is all over within hours and she is usually exhausted afterwards.
I say spend the money on a small and CHIC wedding with just FAMILY and a very few friends (if possible). Cake and Champagne and potluck is what I had and everyone had a great time at our wedding in the park
I was able to work a deal in Fall, the colors amazing! The church ceremony was nearby a rustic barn, by the mountains of Vermont (beautiful). No site fee for the barn! Than all I had to do was network. I got a $2,000 dollar gown on sale for $150. I even had a ukulele group play and sing, 3 course dinner and wine, cake, flowers.. everything. I put a chunk on photography quality pictures are important. I live in LA nothing like the view of VT. Dream wedding on a low budget!
Advice: Negotiating and Networking!
Blasting your own IPOD = wedding disaster!!!
Cut Corners on music/DJ/band = wedding disaster!!!
DIY Weddings = disaster!!!
Everybody Remembers the Music!!
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