Who is invited : Family that the couple has seen in 5 years ( about 50 to 75 guests)
What they are wearing : She is wearing white shorts or a skort with a white dress shirt and vail, Maid of honor is wearing a red skirt or skort with a white dress shirt, 1 brides maid only that will be wearing a red skirt or skort with a red dress shirt. The groom will be wearing white shorts and white dress shirt, best man is wearing red shorts and white dress shirt, 1 groomsman wearing red shorts and red dress shirt. The flowers will be cut from a family garden of red roses and made into bouquets by the mother of the bride. Attire Total $60.00 for all.
Wedding and reception will take place in a pavillion at the park with a falls and fire works at dusk. No need for entertainment after the buffet type dinner catered by the mother of the bride, as well as the wedding cake, picnic table setting with plastic cover and rose petels with teacup center pieces and tulle drapery and lighting Total cost $300.00 for all including pastic wear plates napkins wrapped in ribbon by the brides mother.
The ceramony will take place at the pavillion as well with an ordained minister from Universal Life Ministries cost $100. Hair and makeup done by the bride and the groom. Cost $0.
Shoes are all whites tennis shoes that everyone has a pair of Cost $0. As party favors each guest will recieve a sparkler and a book of matches in white that has been stamped with a double heart stamp from the craft store, cost $5.00 Leaving the couple with $35.00 for the entire wedding guests to get into the falls part of the reception during the whole night of festivities. The photography done by the uncles of the bride. There will be trails to walk, playground for the children, paddle boat rentals, geese to feed, fishing pond, and even 2 golf courses for those who golf. Now is this a great set up or not? I need some input from others out there please help and thank you for replying
July 31, 2010
I would confirm that the Universal Life minister is not only legal in your state, but competent to do your wedding. An officiant who works for 100.00 may not be professional enough to perform a service.
August 1, 2010
Very good point I am not sure if she has checked up on that, I will make sure to do that for her through the county clerks office.
Thank You for your thoughts great thinking.
August 1, 2010
I agree with the last posting. Usually that cost in an average of 350 per ceremony
i cant get over the matches and sparklers,
I disagree with the postings about prices. I've chosen to keep my prices low because I know that times are tough and secondly, this is not my only source of income. My low price has nothing to do with the quality or creativity that goes into my work.
Where is she getting married?
In rural central Illinois, many, many ministers/pasters do a ceremony for free, asking for a small donation to their church if the couple can afford it. Small town living is sometimes the best....
Do you have plans in case of rain?
I think your wedding plans are wonderful. Congratulations on all of the talent (and obvious love) in your family.
I have one more suggestion...if the couple have established houses (either lived on their own or with each other for a period of time) they probably already have enough toasters, dishes, linens. Why not do a food drive for your local food pantry? Or, if you're PETA minded, have guests bring cat/dog food & supplies. We have done this for many of our get-togethers and it is VERY rewarding!!!
p.s. It's not how much you spend on the wedding, but how much love you give to each other that makes a marriage a success.
August 6, 2010
The plans sound great! I am sure it will be something that they remember for the rest of their lives together. My two concerns are do you have plans if it rains? My second concern is making sure she has beautiful wedding photos that she will be able to look back at in 10 years. I was going to have a family member do my photos, but decided against it because I knew this was going to be my one and only wedding. So we decided to go ahead and find a wedding photographer that would work with our budget and found a GREAT one. What happens a lot when family does photography is if they are not professionals, they don't know the important photos to get or get distracted eating or enjoying their time as a guest. Maybe see if there are any photographers if your area that are willing to be there for a low coast. Just a suggestion and I wish you all the best of luck. The person touches sound great!
I agree with the last comment. After it is all said and done what do you have? 2 Rings, Memories and Pictures. Wedding Photography is the hardest and most challenging type of photography. Constant Light changes, correct angle, and exposure are important. not only that you said fireworks, that means the party will run late and you MUST have a pro flash to accommodate. A pro would know how to capture and the angles to get the couple with the fireworks in the background.
The correct lens is important and knowing what makes a flattering picture. The camera adds 10 lbs is a myth. The wrong lens adds weight. This includes every lens on a point and shot camera.
I highly recommend reconsidering the uncle photography.
August 9, 2010
I am with Greg and the other person that mentioned photography. Be careful with a family member taking your photos!!! My cousin got married a few years back and was on a tight budget so she decided to let her friend, who had just taken a photography class take the photos. She didn't have a single good photo from the entire day. She ended up having to hire a professional a month later and rent a tuxedo again so they could get a few formal photos taken.
Maybe some of the family could pitch in and help her find an experience photographer, because at the end of they day they will have each other, the rings and the photographs to remember the day.
I saw that the wedding got moved back to give more time. If you want a cheap wedding when it comes to favors and stuff check out orientaltrading.com they have plates favors decorations all kinds of stuff in bulk for great prices they have all kinds of stuff there.
I agree you want to be careful with your photography. The memories are so important. Other than that...I think it is fantastic. I've suggested something a bit more laid back to couple's I have talked with when they are really want to save. I think this is perfect (do have plan B if the weather turns bad), but if you can make this happen...I want you on my team! Have an amazing time!
"He does not need a table setting (if you have assigned seats) as he should be up and working the entire time."
I am a professional photographer, and I can tell you that if you really want to add "tacky" to your wedding album, then by all means, ensure that you get photos of all of your wedding guests eating. Put toothpicks on the tables for the follow-up shots...really...it would be a nice touch.
Oh, and by all means, starve your uncle. Nothing really says "thank you" like forcing someone to fast at a party while they are doing you a favor...
September 15, 2010
to some people I think this would be a nice day but I choose to put just a little more in it and give her a real treat that don't cost much more just some thinking