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apldumplin 03-13-2011 09:38 AM

Need help with wedding ideas!
Hello everyone! I just got engaged :lovestruc and I need lots of great ideas for my wedding decor and the reception...but on a shoestring budget,lol. My daughter and I are doing most of the food and decorating ourselves and any ideas are greatly appreciated. My theme is hearts,lime green and pink. Thanks to all who reply :hearts4:

sweetnell3 03-13-2011 11:25 AM

I don't know if you'll find anything you can use but the Dollar Tree usually has wedding theme things.So if there's one in your area I would check it out.Hope this helps a little.Congrats!

DeBora4BobbyL 03-13-2011 11:46 AM

Have you checked consignment shops or thrift stores for wedding dresses and other stuff? For the reception, you can try some recipes that can be served cold and made ahead of time. That way, very little cooking the day of the reception. You could have finger foods like little sandwiches, salads, or anything that can be made ahead of time and set on the table the day of the wedding.

To save money on a photographer, or videographer, you can get several disposable cameras and place them all around at the wedding for guests to take pictures from their perspective. You will not only have pictures, but they will be sentimental being that your friends and family took them. You could get a family member to do the video.

Mints are easily made. Take 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, 1 2lb package powdered sugar, 10 drops of peppermint extract, and food coloring.

Mix the above all together. It will be dry. You can half it and make it in 2 colors if you'd like. Take some candy molds, in your case, you can get heart shaped, and grab a pinch of the dough, dip it in granulated sugar so mints won't stick to molds. Pop them out and place in serving dish. Keep refrigerated.

cat lover 03-13-2011 01:01 PM

Love your mint recipe DeBora! Would you mind posrting it in candies so others can find it too?

ajrsmom 03-13-2011 01:32 PM

:fireworks Congratulations!! :fireworks

You could make chocolates for favors, too. For my daughter's birth, I made pink chocolate rose lollipops, wrapped them in lollipop bags and ribbon. I wrote up a saying, printed it on paper and cut them into strips. Then I punched a hole in the end of each one, slipped it through the ribbon and tied it to the pop.

In your case, you could make heart lolliopops - lots of stores now carry chocolate molds. You could write your names and the date on tags and attached them to the pops. Or you could buy mini heart molds and put a few (about 10 depending on size) in little bags and attach a saying to it.

How many people are you inviting? What type of setting...casual or formal? DeBora's mints are great! I like her idea for informal foods, too, if the setting will be casual. Heart shaped finger sandwiches, salads, some simple desserts like puddings or even fruit cups. Cupcakes instead of a big cake. (You can still have a wedding cake if you want one). Serve iced tea and lemonade if it's during the day.

If it's a little more formal, you can't go wrong with pasta to save $$. Baked ziti with meatballs or hot sausage, a salad, rolls and some simple desserts, along with cupcakes.

Our Dollar Tree has some really cute wedding things. Be sure to check the clearance isles of party stores and Target, too. Also the $ section of Target. Go in with an open mind. You never know what you might find. ;)

Even place "want" ads on Craigslist and FreeCycle for things. Lots of times people have pink ribbon, napkins, ...etc left over from baby showers or girls' bd parties.

Love the disposable camera idea. You could have journals at the tables, too, so that everyone can write you well wishes.

ajrsmom 03-13-2011 01:52 PM

How cute these would be with hearts on them!

Look at the colored sand in these glasses. You could easily color salt or sugar (cheap!) to make it pink and lime green. You can find glass vases or bowls at the $ stores and then you could layer them, green, white and pink. Fill with a tea light candle.

I love these Epsom Salt Luminaries by Crafty Amanda. (Amanda from here at FC!). You could make a bunch of these pink.

apldumplin 03-13-2011 06:49 PM

I am LOVING the ideas ladies!! We have a dollar tree and some other dollar stores too..most of them aren't in my colors but some of the things I can use for sure. Love the idea of chocolate suckers...I make my own candy and David is diabetic so I can make some especially for him as well...and LOVE the mint idea too!!
The bus manager where I work is making my cake..he used to be a wedding coordinator for 16 years and we are designing a cake..thats a huge task lol. I was a baker for 3 years and its a BIG job!!
I am using lots of and cute. Finger foods are for sure cause I dont want to cook and slave and be too tired for the wedding lol and Im thinking of doing tall glass vases with colored rocks in them and a fish in each(pink or green,yes them have them lol) and a floating flower on top on the reception tables. Oh and the wedding is informal...2pm on July 30th. We are getting married at a friends church that was built in the 1800's and the reception is hopefully going to be where I work.
I really appreciate the helpful ideas. I will be using them!

DeBora4BobbyL 03-13-2011 07:11 PM

Some ideas that you might like for the reception is:

Goat cheese on bruschetta topped with a hint of olive tapenade
Finger sandwiches with cream cheese, jelly, and ham. (The sweet of the jelly goes so well with the salty of the ham and you can tint your cream cheese in pink and use a green jelly or vice versa)
You can slide and toast some French bread and mix some diced Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, basil, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Top the toasted French toast slices
Bite size fruit
Deviled eggs can be decorated and are high in protein
Pinwheel sandwiches (mix together 1 package sour cream, 1 package cream cheese, softened, 1 small can diced green chilies, drained, 1 can chopped ripe olives, drained, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup diced green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste, and 5 flour tortillas.

Mix all ingredients together, except for the tortillas. Smear the mixture on a tortilla, roll it up, wrap in plastic and allow to set in refrigerator. Repeat process until out of mixture and tortillas. One firm, slice and place in plate.

I hope that gets your creative juices flowing. All the above can be made well in advance so you aren't panicking the day of the wedding.

apldumplin 03-13-2011 08:13 PM

Thank you Debora.....creative juices are flowing lol !!

DeBora4BobbyL 03-13-2011 08:46 PM

I bet you are getting so excited. I did my DDs wedding. The only thing I would do different is check to make sure bird seed to throw was acceptable where the wedding was located. They had a bird problem so no bird seed allowed. I spent so much time making those bird seed bags in my DDs wedding colors. lol

Take pictures every step of the way! We'd love to see them.

Coll 03-14-2011 04:43 AM

Congratulations apldumplin! AS soon as my creative juices start flowing I'll come back and add some ideas.

RobertaD 03-14-2011 05:14 AM

I would ask stores to see what they have left from Valentines Day to get any hearts or pink items that you would like. Valentines Day M&M's are red, pink & white bought on clearance you could seperate out the red ones and save the rest. St Patricks Day decor generally is a darker green but you might be able to find some holiday candies that could be frozen for the big day.

Most punches can be made in your colors so the drinks can be easy. Ask around to friends about borrowing punch bowls.

You can make heart shaped baked goods by putting a marble on the outside of a cupcake paper which will cause the food to have an indentation at the top. Could do individual meatloafs this way also with the foil papers.

Some easy do ahead food would be tossed salads, pasta salads, finger sandwiches, chips, veggie & fruit trays. Enlist friends to help out with the food prep and serving so you and your daughter don't have to worry about it on the big day.

I would ask a friend that takes good pictures to be the photographer as their gift to you and also put out the disposible cameras on the reception tables asking the guest to take pictures and left them for the wedding couple.

Do you have a friend that could provide music at the reception? Or make a couple of cd's with favorite music and ask a friend to be responsible for keeping the music going.


DeBora4BobbyL 03-14-2011 03:55 PM

Roberta, such a great idea. I have seen so many Valentine stuff on sale every where.

apldumplin 03-14-2011 04:41 PM

YES I am getting excited..and nervous,too! We are thinking of doing satin flowers with bird seed inside...I dont think there is a problem where we are getting married...its out in the country surrounded by horse farms and lots of birds are around. Im planning to take pics and I will post them..thank you for all your help!

apldumplin 03-14-2011 04:43 PM

Thank you so much Roberta...great ideas!!!

apldumplin 03-14-2011 04:44 PM

Thanks Coll..I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Denahowy 03-15-2011 09:12 AM

For our wedding to save money, we got silk flowers and made the bouquets for the wedding as well as boutionerres and flowers for the bridal party and Mother's and grandmothers and such. Also instead of having to pickup petals we got a basket after Easter and used it for the flowers and we put a silk flower arrangement in it and we didn't have to clean up, pickup petals that the flower girl dropped going down the aisle. It saved in cleanup by my family afteward. I went to a wedding where they had m&m's in the colors of the wedding and they put them on the table in little Easter mini baskets, you can also use silver or tin mini buckets, or mini buckets in the wedding colors. Oriental Trading has some great items for weddings. Also they can do personalized items too. Also Dollar Tree's carry a nice line of wedding items. Also check the craft department in any Walmart near you and they have wedding items too. You can find silk flowers at dollar stores and the local Walmart in their craft section for cheap. Bouquets can be as simple as using florist tape to bind the stems of the flowers together and then tying a ribbon in a bow around the flower bouquets. The boutonnieres can be done with florist tape too, and then pinned on with pearl head flower pins, or safety pins whichever you prefer. We use pans in a shape to freeze ice for the punch. We had bell shaped pans, but you can use heart shaped pans to freeze ice for keeping the punch cold. We bought things a little at time and saved so much money. Thrift stores are great for dresses, as well as target and other stores that have great dresses cheaper, or if you are like me and have someone who can sew they can make the dresses for the wedding party. To save money at our wedding we had the men in the wedding party wear dress shirts they already had and dress pants and if they had a suit jacket they wore it. My Dad had a nice 3 piece suit he had for years that was in great shape and that is what he wore to give me away. My husband had a suit that was tailored for him that was black and it great shape, so that is what he wore. He just bought a dress shirt and a blue tie to wear for the wedding. Thrift stores and department stores are great places for dress wear for weddings. Also some stores rent clothing for weddings too. We didn't go that route, but we had a niece who rented all the dresses for her wedding and that way they all matched well. To save on photography find an amateur photographer that takes digital photos and have them do the photos for the wedding. Also you can put disposable cameras out for guests to take photos too. Although, be aware unless you have enough light coming in the disposable cameras aren't of much use. As they have no flash. So make sure you have enough lights on for the church and reception area not to be too dark. Also if curtains, or blinds can be left open do that. It helps. I had a cousin who just had a reception that was causal at their parents house, they had a bbq there. They just had a cake at the church. Most weddings I went to they had cake, mints, nuts some had cupcakes. Sometimes people have groom's cakes too, but we didn't do one of those, at our wedding. You can even get bride and groom baseball caps to wear at the reception if it is informal, or to set on the bride and groom table for decoration. I have even seen candlebras that people bought from stores for the candle lighting if they have that in the ceremony. We just had people light a double heart candelabra for the background for the ceremony. It looked great and it is in all the photos. We rented the candelabra for the wedding with candle lighters and snuffers. One wedding I went to they have fish in glass bowls on he table sit on top of glass mirrors/mirror tiles. One wedding they had candle hurricane lights on the table too. Also I had a cousin who had a wedding with chocolates at the reception that her Mother and her made and froze. They were great, they also had balloons as the reception in the wedding colors. Her colors were Green, white and gold I think. For video we had family members who had camcorders take the video and they gave us a copy as well as the Mother of the Groom and we made a copy for my parents. One wedding we went to they had a tripod setup with the it recording the wedding and an usher in the wedding taking photos of the bride and groom at the wedding. Hope some of this helps. Congratulations, on you upcoming wedding.

Coll 03-15-2011 09:57 AM

For my dd's wedding she wanted Gerbera daisies in Tangerine. Easy to find but not allowed to use real ones on the cruise ship they got married on.
So what I did was save up toilet paper tubes to use as holders. I covered each one with a lightweight fu foam then silkie fabric, both white. Then took tangerine ribbon in different widths for each bouquet and crisscrossed it. Then where it crossed I glued pearl beads to it. Then added the flowers into the top. If the flowers didn't fit tightly I wrapped some white batting around them first.
They turned out so nice.
For center pieces I bought tin pails and glued tangerine ribbon around the center, I used upside down terra cotta pots to the inside and glued the flower stems to them.
Only had to do 6 since the budget for the reception was tight. The groom
s mom and I framed pics of the kids to sit around the reception all. If I can locate the pics I have on disc I'll post them for you.
They may be posted in the photo albums but I can't remember

Sammi1961 03-18-2011 07:18 AM

My best friend's daughter just got married this past fall and tried to do things as inexpensively as possible. One thing they did was make their own invitations. As it was fall, they used a beautiful fall photograph and bought a kit to make the invitations (computer needed) and they came out beautifuly. For reception favors, she bought these tiny glass jars and filled them with Dove chocolates with stickers on the covers that said their names and the wedding date. They bought paper fall leaves from the Dollar Tree and scattered then on all the reception tables and used gourdes and small pumpkins. The dinner was a catered buffet with things like pasta salad, veggie trays, meatballs etc. that were very inexpensive. She used flowers that were inseason which is cheaper than ordering flowers that need to be shipped. She had a relative who was into photography do the wedding pictures. Also, have you thought about renting the bridal attendants dresses? That not only saves money, but also means the attendants don't have to buy a dress they will probably never wear again. Candles can also make any place seem elegant!

RobertaD 03-18-2011 10:13 AM

I picked dresses from the JC Penney's catalog when I got married as two of my attendents lived out of state so they could order it in their size. I think they were $40 at the time plus shipping. I picked mauve tea length dresses which could later be wore to church or dinner as they weren't "offical" bridesmaid dresses and were a color that looked good on most of them and I had them wear white pumps which most already had.

We didn't have reception favors just bought something for the wedding party.


Debwestbury 03-18-2011 10:14 PM

I am assuming this might be a second wedding and as it is in the afternoon, you might want to think of a short dress...for mine I went to Cato Plus$30) and got a very nice day dress(it was my first, but being on the larger size none that were ordered for me fit...and we were paying for the wedding) We farmed the cake out to a local grocery store...90 people cake a little over $100...the rest of it we did...we did the Alter Flowers from buying nice silk flowers and left them for the church to use for Sunday service...the silk flowers we from I believe Walmart...the boutonnieres were made with silk carnations and leaves with florist tape...the bouquets were made by buying the base from Micheals and then using a candle ring to do the outside of the flowers and filled in with matching single flowers...because I have the flowers from other weddings I attended mine looked as good or far as the reception went because it was in the afternoon...we did finger foods that I did by myself...and the music was a cassette player as well as an 8 track player(dating myself) that we just switched out the music ourselves...we did have a photographer from where my hisband worked, he did it on the side...but where my dh worked called a strke, but he was nice to send a friend of his to cover and he cover paying him...and of course the donation to the minister for him doing the service...$ we did everthing for well under $500 from invitations to cakes...for the invitations we went to the Hallmark store and bought ones that just had to be filled in...we did purchase the book and pen...Have fun doing it, make it fun....and do not stress over far as chocolate unless you are indoors with air conditioning leave melts...

cat lover 03-19-2011 05:27 AM

One of my sons at his first marriage, we did ourselves. THey got married in June so we bought lots of valentine reduced items, a heart shaped pillow served as the ring bearer's pillow.
We did all the food ourselves: the menu was: ham and turkey sandwiches on small deli style buns, pickle & olive tray, vegetable tray and dip, potato chips, potato salad, large bowl of tropical fruit (from a can at Sam's club), chcolate dipped strawberries, mints, mixed nuts and the cake (the cake was made by a friend that does cakes for weddings and that was much cheaper than any bakery. We did have to rent an American legion hall for the reception and we decorated it ourselves the night before. We bought 2 liter drinks and supplied cups and ice.

Debwestbury 03-19-2011 06:07 AM

No alcohol is key also...can get costly...1 great idea and of course some needs to be done ahead of time...freeze some ice in molds of the ice molds add some fruit of slices, cherries, ect...then on the day of the wedding just before the reception, tke some sherbert and ginger ale ( all can be purchased ahead of time and when on sale) and mix together with some orange juice, or some juice of choice...

I do not think you have mentioned if the reception is indoors or how many people are you looking to have...this information may help out...ex. if out you need to stay away from mayo or anything with mayo especially in July...

ncjeepster 03-19-2011 02:23 PM

Congratulations, My daughter got married 3 years ago, then came baby. You can order online in large qtys from the dollar store. But my favorite place is You will be amazed at the prices!! I used them for the wedding, bridal shower and baby shower. They even personlized free. Just go online and order a free catalog. We have a lot of children in our family so we had 15 children/grandchildren. We had a special table for them and I order wedding boxes and had crayone, sticker sheets, etc.... I did make a centerpiece a little silver bucket long and put in styofoam with Cookies on a stick (one for each child. and added some candy around the cookies and and I think they are called windmills the little star shaped plastic on a stick and you blow on it to make it go around... I know sometimes I have brain breaks. I will try and upload a picture. I used to own my own business and did all kinds of parties and weddings. I'm so amazed at what you can get online. I'm trying to get myself together to put demonstrations on you tube. But with MS I have been just trying to exist. Anyway you could make cookies on a stick for your decorations. We were lucky enough to rent a location that did our food, and we ordered a chocolate fountain and everyone loved it. But a table with vases of candy all kinds for your guests to take home. Also if you have a lot of kids, throwing the bouquet can be a chore, but what we did was have a teddy bear toss for the kids, which help keep children out of the mix when you toss your bouquet. I'm working on some medical paperwork right now, but I will try to get some other things together. Hope this helps a little. I'm so excited for you!!!!!!

ncjeepster 03-19-2011 02:28 PM

Whopps,, forgot one thing, you can go online and some sites will let you print our stickers and you can wrap your own candy. Also ebay had a lot of party sites you can find some things. I couldn't find any round plastic tableclothes and found them on ebay.

A punch receipe that seems to always be good for any occasion if you are using punch.

1 pack kool aid your choice you can get lime and it would probably match your colors, I have used lime and strawberry.
prepare the koolaid according to the package, add 1 can pineapple juice and a bottle of ginger ale. Mix all together, and you have punch. I don't know how large your wedding will be. If you want to use this I will check my books and find out how much you need for specific number of people.

ajrsmom 03-19-2011 10:48 PM

For our "Meet the Teachers" this year at school, I made a punch with premade fruit punch, gingerale and lemon juice. It was really good. I have the recipe if you'd like it.

I love the chocolate fountain idea. That would be great if you could do something like that.

Love the vases with candy in them for favors, too. You could use jellybeans in your colors or pastel mints. Dollar Tree online or Oriental Trading...both are great places for surplus things!! :) Sam's Club, too.

Denahowy 03-20-2011 12:01 PM

Oriental trading Company, Dollar Tree and other dollar stores, as well as thrift stores, and craft stores like Michaels and the craft section in Walmart and other stores are great help when planning and doing a wedding on a budget. I know from experience. Also my niece when she got married she got a lot of things from the Dollar tree, which also has an online site. Also terrys village is a great site for all kinds of wedding stuff. There are so many ways to save when putting together a wedding. Like when I got married my Mom sewed all the dresses in the wedding with fabric we bought at Walmart, including my wedding dress too. She also made her own dress to wear to the wedding too. She also made the heart shaped ring bearer pillow we had at the wedding. As she can sew very well. Our wedding invitations were ones we filled in that we bought at a dollar store and they were even on sale. It saved so much money that way too. I still have a copy in our wedding album of the wedding invitation. A dollar store was the best place to get those and thank you notes on a budget too. We saved even more money as we didn't have meal at our wedding just cake and snacks and if people wanted to eat, their was a restaurant right next door they could get lunch from. We just had a late lunch that day. We just had nuts, mints, punch and such to drink. You can also have tea or coffee at a wedding and other drinks from sodas/sod pops and such. My Mom and I and my husband made our wedding cake. We bought cake mixes on sale and made our own icing/frosting and decorated the cake. It turned out great. It was also a unique cake too. As I had heart shaped layer on top and 3 heart shaped cakes that were separate for others, including one for diabetics to eat from, as well as a diabetic punch for diabetics too. Since I had diabetics at he wedding it was nice thing to do. We bought a diabetic cake mix for that cake and just used the regular frosting/icing and it turned out cute. If on a budget and you can't bake, just buy a sheet cake with flowers on it from a bakery section of a grocery store/super market and you can save money. Even some round cakes from a grocery store that are decorated and put some extra flowers that are pre-made from the cake decorations area of your store. They look great on birthday or wedding cakes, or even graduation cakes. I once made a cake look like it was a graduation cake by making mini graduation hats out of construction paper and putting them on the cake, besides the roses that were on the cake. It turned out cute. you can even put a ceramic figurine of a bride and groom on a sheet cake or some ceramic piece you like, or means a lot to you. Even your intials on the cake in letters. Even wood letters painted in the color of your wedding colors and just stick a piece of plastic wrap between them and your cake and lay them on top, or poke them in to the cake.

Debwestbury 03-20-2011 11:10 PM

Here is a website that might help out:

Polka Dot Bride - Inspiring Weddings

motherof2 03-22-2011 07:08 AM

If you can not use bird seed, bubbles are a good exchange and not as messy. You can even make your own bubbles.

Vrsherren 03-22-2011 04:11 PM

For my dd #2 wedding we used Orential Traders stuff. The gift boxes were cheaper than anywhere else. You do have to put them together but when it's budget friendly, who cares! lol Besides it was kinda fun all of us working together and chatting.
We bought the hershey kisss and hugs at a warehouse store. My Bro. has a computer that can print off pictures and we had a snapshot of the happy couple. cropped them, personalized them (and dated), used clear contact paper to protect them and sheet magnets cut for the back for a wedding favor. Walgreens can also print pix like this if it's not copywrited (Olan Mills etc.) Dollar Tree Stores has clear votive candles, clear colored stones flatened marbles, sea shells and several other items than can make favors and center pieces. Mine also has the netting rounds for the bird seed in colors, but selection is limited. Can also find cheap flowers at the discount and dollar stores. Ivy vines (streatch flowers $$) can be accented with added flowers in your colors.
You can save a lot making your own veils. Tulle is not that expencive and it comes in several colors of white, candle light and ivorys. It's usually 90" wide, and a little white floral wire, clear hair combs (or flowerd combs, tiara, etc) can be made into a veil that looks like you paid a lot of money for! We sewed a few small seed beads, irredescent pearls and sequens on dd's veil. Go look as the ones at the bridal shop and see it's not that much work to do!
My cousin's dh used to own his oun resturant and was so sweet to do all the food except the cake. It was beautiful and budget friendly! He did carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower with 2 simple dips, different fruits (sliced etc.) whatever was in season and affordable, but put in nice dishes (family provided or nice cut glass looking plastic) on lettuce beds for appitizer bar. He made 2 kinds of lasagna for the entrees with steamed veggies Bought in bulk at a warehouse store.
See who can lend dishes or go to a supply shop or wearhouse (Sam's Costco"s) and check out their resturant serving supplies. Some of the plastics look like glass and are much more affordable!

bar_bar 03-25-2011 09:17 AM

I hope this thread as been a big help to you. Looks like alot of good infor here.
I ran across something that is for a bridal shower and wanted to make sure you saw it so I'm posting it here for you.
My eyes are peel... in case I find something I can share with you.

this is a list you can save or you can just print off
Bridal Shower Planner

I ran across this from a craft site about wedding favors not sure what it has.
Weddng Favors

cat lover 03-25-2011 04:09 PM

That planner should be very helpful, wish I had it back when both sons were getting married!

Haleys grandmom 04-05-2011 11:41 AM

My husband and I got married on July 29th and it had been so hot that week. We held our breath that it would cool down a bit. We were married in Maine in a Church that was built in 1810 and it had boxes instead of pews. A pump organ , it was really nice. Th Pastor said not to do many flowers because it took away from the quaintness of the Church. We had white bows on the boxes and one big candle bouquet of flowers on the table in front with the unity candle. it was beautiful. We had a sliced meat platter that we made up ouselves, bought rolls, made finger sandwiches which you could cut into little hearts. Also our friends offered to bring things like potato salads, casseroles, beverages, etc. One of our friends took a video of our wedding and reception and all we had to do was buy the vhs tapes, and another took pictures with her 35 mm and we bought the films and developed them. this saved us a lot of money. For table cloths we bought just plain white sheets and had bowls of flowers at different places on the tables. Hope this might help. But, the best thing is let you friends get involved and help because they usually want to.

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