Thanks for such a great site!! An idea that I am using in my wedding is… I received a case of small glass fish bowl from a previous wedding – free. [Check Craigslist and Freecycle for finds like this! Some people give stuff away after their weddings are over – we’re talking good stuff!) I am slicing lemons very thin & floating them in ice water. The lemons are cheap, the bowls free, and, well, ice water free too! Since yellow is one of my colors I thought why not add fruit with flowers. I am placing them in the center of the tables with real English ivy flowing down the table and around the bowls. The English ivy is free too, grown in my sister’s yard. Also the back drop to my wedding cake table is an arbor that my future mother-in-law is getting built by a friend of hers, & after the wedding it will go in her flower garden as a terrific reminder of our wedding day. Plus, I am making lemon topiaries to place on each end of the head table. I found the topiary forms in the clearance basket at a local garden store, and the lemons are once again cheap (where I live, they literally grow on trees!). The ring bearer pillow was cheap – the satin was a remnant for $3.00, and trim for $0.78. I’m sewing it myself. Bridesmaids dresses were super-inexpensive from Sears and are stunning. Thanks for letting me share!!
I plan to formally ask my bridesmaids and maid of honor to participate in my wedding by purchasing one of the main flowers that will be in the bouquets they will be carrying, then I’ll tie them with a pretty ribbon and attach a card that says, “This (name of flower) is a symbol of the bouquet you’ll be carrying on (wedding date) when I marry (fiance’s name) — if you will grant me the honor of being my bridesmaid/maid of honor!”
I heard this great idea… when the wedding invitations go out, you ask the guests to enclose their favorite recipe with the response card. When the response cards come back, you take all the recipes sent to you by your family and friends and make recipe books to give out to all the guests at the reception as wedding favors. Each recipe will be accompanied by the guest’s names who provided it. The cover of the book might feature a photo of the bride and groom in a kitchen with aprons on etc. The gift can be cheap if you print the recipes off on home computer and then take them them to be spiral bound at a print shop. So personalized, and something people will actually keep, not to mention, use!
We’re getting married in October. For our centerpieces, we are using pumpkins that we are carving at the Rehearsal Party. We made the Rehearsal Dinner a Costume Party. It’s a little more relaxed, and friends and relatives can get to know one another better. Also, this gets the younger ones involved. We are having a Costume Contest and a Pumpkin carving contest. All the pumpkins we carve will be displayed either on a reception table or as a decoration. It’ll be fun to watch everyone trying to find their pumpkin.
We are also getting away from the traditional favors. We are going to have our guests “trick or treat” at the tables. All will be provided with bags and each table will have a big glass bowl with a different type of candy on it, also doing double duty as a centerpiece. This will help get guests to mingle more and the kids will love it!
Very economical and fun!
If you don’t have the type of crew to carve pumpkins, talk to a local elementary school or church group. Have a contest and award the winner a prize. (Maybe an invite to the wedding!)
Have Fun & Enjoy!