You've definitely made me curious. However, I am very opinionated myself so I know what you mean. This is my 2nd marriage but first wedding so I'm really excited! I am boring my daughters to death with all of my various thoughts and ideas and my MOH is in St. Louis. My Mom thinks weddings are a waste of money but I've made it very clear that I always said that if I ever got married again; I'd do it "right" and to keep her opinions to herself. Needless to say, finding people to share this experience with me has been challenging, to say the least. I have a limited buget as we are paying for it ourselves. My goal for my wedding is for people to eat, drink, and celebrate. I'm not so concerned with all of the minute details as I am on people having fun.
That is so ridiculously refreshing to hear. This is my first wedding and my fiance's second. I've always planned on having a wedding.. but we're on a tight budget as well since we're paying for it ourselves.My only goal for the entire day is to walk out with a signed legal document saying that I'm married to the man of my dreams. All else is just frill... I've turned into a huge DIY machine and am doing pretty much everything on my own since my entire bridal party lives out of town and my mom stresses me out. haha. I just read some of these posts on the other knot boards and am floored at how some brides are behaving... I actually saw someone post that they had a $2000 budget and planned on spending $1200 of it on the dress. I just wanna shake some of these girls and be like.. "get a grip!"
I am sadly DIY deficient so I have nothing but respect for the craft inclined. I'm also almost 40 and having been married before, I have a different outlook on the process. I had a $35 justice of the peace wedding before because that's all we could afford at the time. My fiance and I aren't loaded but are a bit more financially comfortable than I was at 22. I never thought I'd get married again, truth be told. I was married for 11 years and I've been on my own for the last 7. I don't need a Platinum Wedding because 1- I can't afford it and 2- there are so many other things I need more. However, the girl in me has always dreamed of the dress and the wedding. The adult in me realizes I can have that without taking out a 2nd mortgage! Here is where I have cut costs.My site is the Marriott Riverside Verandah. They have pretty good wedding packages that are all inclusive. The outdoor patio is gorgeous with gorgeous views and I can have: 10 hours, all of the setup and teardown, tableware, and food /drink for $8k (including gratuity). That includes also a wedding coordinator for the day, an ice sculpture, chairs, linens, table decorations and 4 hotel rooms comped. There's more, believe it or not. If anybody is interested, feel free to email me for the info.I'm doing a small wedding cake and Costco sheetcakes. I would love to learn how to make my own cake stands so if you have any DIY for Dummies ideas, please pass them on.My wedding favors-- small jars of Marrionberry jam from Moppethill Farms. She is at Saturday Market and she will custom make your label at no charge. The small jars she quoted me at $1.50 each. I wanted my favors to be functional and fun and Oregon-y. Plus, I freaking love Marrionberry jam.
The site provides clear glass fishbowls for the tables. I plan on going to the flower farms and picking dinner plate ,or large, dahlias to float in the water. As I anticipate only 10-12 tables, this isn't very expensive. I plan on buying submersible floralytes as well in pink for evening. 12 of those are only maybe what, $36? Not too shabby!
I plan on hitting New Seasons as recommended to check out the costs of flower for bouquets, bouts, and corsages as recommended! Other than the bouquets, the rest will be hand-picked or bought at a store in bunches.My overall budget is $15k. Is it set in stone? No-- but I plan on making every effort. So any ideas on how to cut costs I'd welcome!!Keep the ideas coming!
What day in September?! September is my favorite Oregon month... just becuase it's REALLY the end of the summer and not so much the beginning of the fall