|This is our engagement ring. Matt had designed it in collaboration with Stehpen Dibb Jeweler: John. This ring is designed to be converted, meaning that the “pave” (domed) setting can be removed so that a 1carat diamond can be slotted in. We are now working again with John to do so.http://www.sdj.com.au/|
That’s the challenge!
Here are the specs:
- 150+ people
- Venue for reception
- Venue for ceremony
- Supplying own drinks and food
- Catering staff
- Outfits for the kids
Matt and I decided that we want our wedding to not only be special but HEAPS of fun but relevant to our roots. We often talk about when we would attend weddings when we were kids and remember how much fun we would have, how we were surrounded by family, etc.
I see in my generation that people have to “cull numbers” or guests have to pay their own way. I don’t want that. I want more….
I’ve come to realise that weddings really have very little to do with the bride and groom and have everything to do with the involvement and coming together of family and friends. After all as the “happy couple” you are really accommodating the people you have invited. I think today’s “wedding industry” fills brides heads about how “it’s your special day” and I think that becomes the downward spiral of an enthusiastic brides demise into bridezilla-dom. Weddings are never perfect and don’t need to be expensive, over the top or terrifying.
So where do we start? I’ve looked at so many bridal sites but that’s where I realised I was going wrong…. anything to do with weddings prices become inflated… so lets take another look from a different perspective.
We haven’t included Wedding rings in the budget as the engagement ring is a statement enough and we only ever intend on wearing ONE ring. Its a beauty!
1) 150+ people. Well to fit into my $5000 budget we certainly can’t hire a flash caterer or go to a normal restaurant or function venue. A novel idea that I LOVE is to hire bain maree’s and each family group bring in a large pot of their “family favorite” meal. bring food instead of a gift, that way you save on catering and both sides of the families share in each other’s cooking. But the venue we are looking at has no space for bain marees.
2) The venue. We have chosen a relatively new building that has been converted into a “hall of fame and function room. We hope to use the whole thing, but the only place we can serve food from is outside. I need to look at food vendors as an option.
3)Theme. Ok here’s the thing, Matt’s family are largely anglo indian (as in from India) and my side is generally country folk and rodeo enthusiasts. Its only fitting that the theme is “Cowboys and Indians”
4)Venue for ceremony…. might be at the same place. Unsure yet
5) Flowers: I love the idea of making my own fabric bouquet. we’ll see how crafty I get.
6) Photographer: Nicola Rose Photography. I think her work is amazing.
7) Catering staff: I’m looking into offering students from the local tafe a catering gig. TBA
8) Dress: Matt’s very talented cousin might be able to help create a gown for the day.I have a style in mind. We’ll see if it works out.
9) Suite: I’m leaving that up to Matt. He could even wear jeans if he wanted. don’t really mind. I know he’ll look great in anything!
10) Outfits for the kids: Arvi has a suite from a previous wedding (hope it still fits) and Ella was a flower girl in a wedding less than a year before our wedding date. I’ll be able to use that again.
11) Music is a big part of our lives. I’ve already chosen a few songs to use at the ceramony but Matt will be collating some music for the entire day.
12) Photobooth. Have a company in mind. I think they cost about $1500 for 4 hours + $400 traveling fee,OUCH!
But I’ve actually found another group who are half the cost and half the traveling fee ($200)
13) Styling: Despite having a very VERY talented stylist neighbour, Iwont require much styling or decorating as the venue doesn’t need it. The girls and I will have our hair done by:
mindy maclennan vivid-glamour
I’m really going to enjoy the challenge (I’m sure I’ll blow out, but lets wait and see!)
Anyone with any other good low cost tips I’d be glad to hear them.
|These baby tulips are amazing! I have bought a bunch each for the flower girls… thats right! they’re fake! But the feel so real! they’re ideal for the day, As much as I was hoping to do my own bouquet I think I might pick up more of the same for me and the bridesmaids. They’re only $21.95 each, which works out much cheaper than “real” options.www.pillowtalk.com.au|