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Trying to Pull it All Together

Posted: Fri May 18, 2007 4:23 pm
by Regina Hogsten
My daughter got married last month. WHEW! I am happy to look back and be thankful it is over. (not the marriage, but the wedding day.) The planning was an incredible amount of work, especially if you want to save money and still make it elegant and fun. My daughter and I researched to find the best buys for what she thought was most or least important. I kept a thick notebook with pockets and created a table of contents page with extra room to add forgotten categories and numbered the pages. Calendar pages with large squares were kept with the notebook. Reciepts were kept in an envelope in the notebook pocket. A variety of wedding library books and DVD's were borrowed and renewed several times cause I was too cheap to buy a variety. I prefered to spend the money on jewelry for my dress. Anyway, the ceremony was lovely and the reception was a lot fun. Being organized takes time and careful planning, but very rewarding.

Posted: Fri May 18, 2007 5:57 pm
by Theodore
How much did it cost? I once did some programming work for a company that sells wedding gear, and their prices were just sick.

Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:32 pm
by Regina Hogsten
We started out hoping to get away with as close to $6,000 as possible. Well, that was a start. We told my daughter if she had a very small ceremony, she could have the money. Bribery was not an option.
Reception, photography, invitations, stamps, wedding cake, limo, favors, flowers for bride, brides maids, and receptions, program, DJ, attire for my husband, 3 sons, 2 grandsons, my dress and accessories, decorations, miscellaneous, and whatever else I have forgotten. For 160 guests about $11,000.
She bought her dress and my friend made her veil which with the pattern and material cost about $25.00 versus $150-300.00.
I read that the average wedding is $22,000. We were NOT going to do that! Who made up all those rules about what is proper?
If you persevere you can find reasonably priced items. The wedding cake was made at Mars grocery store- and they deliver. (Some of the guest couldn't believe it came from a grocery store bakery.) One beautiful cake to feed 156 people (not including the top saved for the bride and groom) with a sheet cake to match plus set up cost $325.00 instead of 600.00 to over 1,000 for just the cake. This was pound cake and was very moist, not like the usual dry wedding cake.
Anyway, a long answer for a simple question.

Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:53 pm
by Theodore
Still expensive, but less than $70 per guest overall isn't bad. You often pay more than that for prom tickets these days. Did you ever watch Father of the Bride?

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 1:54 pm
by Regina Hogsten
I agree, it is still too expensive. You're right about the prom tickets. High school reunion tickets are more.
I need a good laugh. I have to watch that, again.