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My advise would be to keep it small and simple. Invite those closest to you for a meaningful intimate gathering. This will allow you to maximize your budget. Focus on the three things that are most important to you, i.e. food, location, decor. and splurge on them, then be frugal with the other items.
*Venue: Consider a Friday or Sunday have the ceremony and reception in the same place, re-use arrangements. Check your Parks & Recreation department for community centers.
*Photographer: Request an unedited disk, as well as a written copy from the photographer for the rights to reproduce your photos for your own personal use.
*Cake: Work with a good supermarket bakery. Do not say WEDDING cake at all. Request a 8", 10", 12", & 14", this will be enough for 100 guest. Place the cake on a stand, decorate with flowers &/or topper. Enlist the help of a trusted friend to pick up and assemble on wedding day http://www.weddingcakestand.net/
*Reception: Consider using culinary students from a local college or trade school to do the food. Give them a fixed budget. Use bulk store when possible. Agree on a reasonable rate they will gain valuable experience. Sample menu---http://www.maccallumhouse.com/pages/weddings/wedding_menu.html. Check back they always have great menus.
*Centerpieces: Check places like Craig's List for ready made centerpieces or containers.
*Bouquet: Fresh--single flower wrapped with ribbon for BM i.e. calla lily
*Favors: Send your quest off a sweet treat, this is a great DIY project for your bridesmaids. 2 cookies in a wax paper bag with a custom label, http://www.nashvillewraps.com/ShowSku.ww?Class=005&Type=634 or 2 Hershey kisses in an organza bag with a tag. http://www.efavormart.com/tulle-and-organza.aspx
I hope these ideas help. Best Wishes!
Daphne of Elite Design~~Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2883 days ago