I think the key to having an inexpensive wedding celebration without veering into the realm of “tacky” is simply to keep it intimate and personal. Even if your guest list is enormous (and sometimes includes people you hardly know) anything you can do to keep the day authentic to who you both are as a couple will make the event a major success and one you will enjoy remembering.
My favorite weddings to attend almost always include fun, sometimes quirky, little details that are usually inexpensive to pull off. Check out these ideas from John and Sherry who hosted their wedding and reception in their very own backyard.
Inspired by their love of taking pictures in photobooths, this couple used a little photoshop magic and some glossy photo paper to recreate the look of a photobooth picture for this Save the Date.
The idea was carried over to the wedding favors where the message to “plant one on us *smooooch*” included a single gladiolis bulb with instructions for planting. A few seeds in a smaller package would be even less expensive, especially if you have a lengthy guest list.
Instead of traditional thank you cards, John and Sherry made post cards out of a photograph from the reception. Post cards can save you money on postage and add a little more meaning to your “thank you”. Remember when AUW head writer, Jess, made these creative thank you cards with a personal touch?
If a technical wedding slideshow isn’t in the plans or setting up a projector is more hassle than it is worth, consider a strand of twine with pictures of your life and courtship attached. This would be especially admired while guests wait in a line.
John and Sherry asked a local wine retailer to save any empty wine bottles (from wine tastings, etc) and ended up with these unique serving bottles for free instead of buying expensive glass pitchers.
If a traditional wedding cake isn’t your style, try serving your favorite local treat! These cupcakes were a famed icon from a beloved grocery chain in town. Their guests enjoyed the perfect serving size of cake (no need to find someone skilled in cake-cutting) and I’m guessing there wasn’t a problem with wasted leftovers.
These are just a few of my favorite ideas from John and Sherry’s wedding. For a closer look at their wedding/reception and a cost-breakdown of how much they spent, visit their blog and read all about it!