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Old 05-03-2003, 05:20 PM
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What a wonderful wedding! The idea of the siblings paying for the rehearsal dinner is a good idea!

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Old 05-07-2003, 08:06 AM
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I was married last Sept, being a widow, my spouse a widower, we decided to have a very frugal wedding.

Living on a ranch, our's was a western style wedding, All was dressed in western wear, nothing fancy, jeans, cowboy shirts and if no one brought a cowboy hat, we furnished a large assortment of those for everyone. I held a small bouquet, bought a western style knit vest , wore a black cowboy hat and so did my husband.

Ceremony was to be held on our rustic deck , but weather didn't permit that, so it was held in the kitchen, with all guests standing in the living room. My son walked me to the area which the pastor was standing and joining my new husband. My brother played the wedding march on his button accordian.

Our reception was held in a huge machine shed ( which we spent days cleaning , good foresight because of the weather) . Banquet style meal, with choak cherry wine /coffee for beverage.

My brother played his button accordian, the pastor had a mandolin and the music was great. Those who chose to dance were able , and I sang a Czech song which I had always sang when I was a young girl ( many yrs ago !!)

Everyone had a fun time, money wise it was very frugal, many pictures were taken.
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Old 05-07-2003, 08:22 AM
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Czechlady -- That sounds lovely! My kind of "gathering"!;-)
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Old 05-07-2003, 09:56 AM
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Frugal Wedding

I am also getting remarried, therefore we are paying for it. SO far its frugal.
The wedding/reception is being held in a lovely park with a castle style two story shelter-$5 rental fee.
The flowers were donated but I did pay for a few-$10
Im having my dress made by a friend which will just cost me the fabric.

Other than that I still need ideas.

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Old 03-10-2014, 08:59 AM
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We were older when we married 8 years ago. We were married in a rose garden at a nearby community college (free) an had our reception at my motherin laws church hall ( can't remember how much, but less than $150) my mom made spaghetti sauce all summer from her garden, we bought linens, plasticware and bread salad and dressing from SAMs for the reception. I wore no veil or hat. My custom jewelry was made by my friend. Another friend served the food at the reception. Other friends served cake. I made the cake stand and topper and my local grocery store made my cake for about $100. About 1/3 of what bakeries would have charged and it was awesome. I had to pick it up and set it up. My family helped set up and clean up at the hall. We had one type of beer and wine at the reception that we bought at SAMs. My sister in law borrowed some large plants for the hall. My husband knew the dj and got a great deal. Used the money we saved for an awesome honeymoon in Italy six months later.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:02 AM
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Coupon, coupon, coupon! Plan your meal around what you can get cheaply with coupons and buy the food yourself on sale. Ask friends to help cook & serve the meal as their gift to you. Or do a pot luck.

Ask a friend to run the music for you, you can burn cds of your favorite music so they just need to keep it going.

Most people now can take great pictures with their phones but I would ask a couple of friends to take pictures so you get to look at them after and print the ones you want. Most have a friend that is a non-professional photographer.

(My HS senior had a friend take her senior pictures for her as several locations and we have been asked for the name of "our photographer". And when we say it's her friend they ask if she is going to become a professional!

Shop around for the cake, flowers, etc. you many know of someone that could do them for you.

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