Now the real fun begins… decor and details!
We were lucky enough to have a gorgeous venue, but that didn’t keep us from indulging in flowers. I wanted a neutral palate for the wedding but wanted the focus to be the flowers… fun pops of color against a natural setting. Instead of giant centerpieces, I suggested going with a daintier, more eclectic set up of various flowers, vases and textures. This differently helped in the cost department as well. As I mentioned earlier, multipurpose arrangements (that can be used in the ceremony, then moved to the reception) are another great way to cut cost. If you are attached to a particular type of flower (i.e. peony), that may not be in season during your wedding, ask your florist for other options that are in season, which can help keep you in budget (we substituted garden roses for peonies and I was just as happy).
This is where I had the most fun. We wanted people to know they were at OUR wedding… so this was a great way place to add monograms, personalized napkins, fun favors, customized menus, etc. Cost can really add up but here are some of my suggestions:
- Invites/Programs: We used Minted.com for our Invitations. They do a great job of customization without breaking the bank (we also bought a $100 gift card for $50 on GiltCity.com). They also offered ceremony programs in the same suite, so we did that to add a fun touch to the day.
- DIY Menus: I went to DaFont.com and downloaded similar fonts to the ones used in our invitation suite. From there I used publisher to create napkin bands with our menu on it (I picked up thick craft paper from Michael’s that I used for any DIY printed project for the wedding… so cheap!).
- Ceremony Favors: We passed out bubbles, sunglasses and fans (not needed on our dreary wedding day unfortunately) and made fun little signs to put next to them.
- Personalized Details: TheKnot.com had some super affordable personalized items. Some things we picked up – personalized napkins, lollipops, etc.
- Seating Chart/Place Cards: I hand wrote our seating chart on black poster board (I was hoping it would look like a chalkboard!?), and then printed place cards and tied them with raffia around small paper bags that we placed a baguette in.
- Other: We also created DIY straws with our favorite saying, a fun photo collage of pictures of us, sparklers (that we forgot to use) for the end of the reception, a DIY drink menu with our reception’s specialty drinks and DIY glittered letters to delegate the gift table.
- Lawn Games: We bought a corn hole game and ladder golf to bring to our cocktail reception. It was a great way to get everyone interacting, and what better way to get people acquainted than with some friendly competition?!
*Images by John Plus Louise Photography