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Old 07-23-2003, 10:51 PM
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Im engaged

Im wanting some helpful tips for preparing for the big day. Im having a casual wedding
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Old 08-01-2003, 05:34 PM
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Hi! nice to meet you!... *s*

How casual a wedding are you wanting...?

Since you are in NZ, perhaps you'd like to do something different....a cowboy country wedding..... ?
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Old 08-02-2003, 02:09 PM
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Casual wedding

Im not having bridesmaids or anything like that as to many to chose from and I dont want to hurt anyone.

I have two children (girls) and trying to think of anything to have them involved in the cermony.

Im not having a formal gown as that is not me. Guests are coming in smart causal.
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Old 08-02-2003, 05:59 PM
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Casual Wedding Ideas

I think a great way to include children (especially girls) is to have them sprinkle flower petals or even small stemmed flowers ahead of you. For a casual wedding this is also a beautiful way to add more flowers without going overboard with pricey bouquets.

At my wedding instead of the traditional maid(tron) of honor and best man, my mother stood next to me and my husbands dad stood next to them. If parents aren't around anymore a close older relative or family friend that felt like a parent is a wonderful substitute for mom or dad. It solves hurting feelings of any friends.

Also, instead of a professional cameraman at our reception, we put out disposible(excuse my spelling)cameras and had guests take pictures. We got fabulous casual shots of a casual reception with everyone having fun and none of that fake smiling you get when people see the cameraman coming. Plus with all the extra pictures. I sent photos to the guests. Most didn't even know they were being photgraphed and were delighted to have a memory photo of that night.
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Old 08-03-2003, 05:05 AM
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This is strictly for acknowledging (sp?) shower & wedding gifts, but it was a terrific help for my daughter. She had a small recipe box with alphabet dividers and 3" x 5" cards. She put the name & address of people invited to the wedding on the cards and as gifts came in, she jotted them on the card along with the date they were received. When she wrote thank you notes, she noted this on the card along with the date. It sure saved time and frustration!
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Old 08-03-2003, 07:20 AM
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Since you have so many friends, ask if any of them would mind bringing a covered dish for the reception. I used my sis-in-laws wedding gown, the cake was a wedding gift (so were the invitations and thank you cards). If you know someone with a slicer you could buy bulk, and have sliced meat and cheeses with a few different types of bread. Our wedding was held outside my in-laws house.
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Old 08-03-2003, 01:37 PM
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A casual wedding how nice! It brings back memories from my own. My DH and I had a Open house reception at our house. Since this was the second marriage for the both of us.

We were married by the Justice of the Peace, then came home and got ready for eveyone to come over. We had the usual finger foods and drinks (both alcholic and Non-alcholic) and a wedding cake.

For the most part, I did everything by myself. About the same as you would do for any get together. I kept everything simple and prepared the food everthing in advance. The extras where waiting in the fridge to be warmed or replaced as needed.

In itself for my DH's new suit, my new dress and one for my daughter, the decorations, flowers (I barrowed mine from my sister, she had a silk arrangement) -fresh arrangements for the house, and the food, we brought the wedding in for $800. With the majority going to clothing and flowers.

I felt that the wedding was for us, not to feed the masses. I know that comes off sounding harsh, but it was so nice not to be stressing over the things I did with my first wedding. My parents kept asking if they could help financially, but I told them this is what I want and it was nice not to be in debt over it.

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Old 08-11-2003, 02:40 PM
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Thank you for your suggestions.
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This is strictly for acknowledging (sp?) shower & wedding gifts, but it was a terrific help for my daughter. She had a small recipe box with alphabet dividers and 3" x 5" cards. She put the name & address of people invited to the wedding on the cards and as gifts came in, she jotted them on the card along with the date they were received. When she wrote thank you notes, she noted this on the card along with the date. It sure saved time and frustration!

This was a SUPER idea! It would work nicely for a Bridal Shower as well.


My wedding was also outdoors in late August, so the weather was rather hot. My dress was designed by myself with the help of an actual dress maker. She was new in the business and I got a good price. Food was prepared by myself and family members ahead of time and I was a server at the time. I asked several close friends from the restaurant to help on the wedding day and "serve" the wedding party plates while the guests served themselves at a buffet line. Making our own food was a big savings.
Best of wishes to you!!
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:37 AM
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We just went to a wedding a couple weeks ago that fits into this catgegory.
It was a 10am ceremony with a brunch afterwards.
Instead of pricey hors d'ouerves there was a fruit and cheese table. Only 1 glass of champagne at each plate and for food yummy breakfast potatoes, blintzes, chix ala king, ham, eggs etc. whatever you would get a brunch.

The neatest thing though was the brides idea (she is a librarian). Each table had a different kids book on it. We were asked to write a note to the br & gr. about them, their special day, or some memory that they would be able to share with their children-when they have them. We had Green Eggs and Ham.

During the ring part could you include your dd's and present them also with a small ring. They are now part of this new family type thing too??
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