Here’s a second post on the financial aspects of planning your wedding. I’m a big advocate of the idea that there are scads of inexpensive ways to have a stylish and meaningful wedding. Consider Jennifer and Eric. Shortly before their wedding, they were able to purchase a wonderful home. Although it was a huge amount of work to finish renovations AND prepare for the wedding, they rolled it all into one grand effort. The end result was a sweet wedding in the backyard. Jennifer carried a simple hydrangea bouquet in pale pink and cream, while her b-maids carried bouquets in one shade of pale cream. The florist, Kevin Inouye, decorated the yard with hanging baskets of hydrangeas, gerberas and lilies, and edged the deck with pots of living plants in various shades of pink and white.
Of course, you’ll have to consider a few things. Do you have enough room for everyone to arrive, mingle, and eventually sit? Or do you want to do something even more informal by having everyone merely “gather round”, or is this too hard on elderly guests? You need to figure the cost of rentals: chairs, maybe an aisle runner or a chuppa. But these costs are often puny in relation to church fees to venue rentals.
Then consider whether your home is a good spot for a reception. Some couples discover that their home is perfect for the ceremony, then a nearby restaurant is ideal for the reception to follow. Given the economy, I’ll bet it is a terrific time to collaborate with restaurants on an economical menu.