Wedding and Reception ideas

The most fun I had helping my daughter Sara plan her wedding was all the specialty items we found to amp up the decorating for her special day.

For Bridal portraits, go to Whole Foods/Fresh Market and purchase a nice $20 bouquet. It saves time and the pictures are different than the wedding day. I really wanted her to carry a more colorful bouquet and she wanted cream and green, so this way I got pictures with colorful flowers too. Win Win!

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One thing I purchased that was so cute is hand stamped “Mr.” and “Mrs.” forks for the cake table. AmySueCrafts on Etsy makes all kinds of options out of antique flatware and the couple can keep the set for anniversaries. At $41.95 delivered, this makes for a wonderful wedding shower gift:

 GOLD Plated Custom Forks: MR MRS on Handles, Date Option, Hand Stamped, Recycled, Electroplate, Wedding, Engagement, Anniversary, Gift Boxed

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Etsy offers many vendors that create wedding items for a fraction of big name vendors’ prices, such as RockPunkDesigns, who designed Sara and Chris’s wedding invitations for only $167.45. We had 160 guests, so this savings on invitations was significant. Working with this vendor was a dream.

Gilded Roaring Twenties Gatsby Wedding Invitation Set by RunkPock Designs : Art Deco Industrial Wedding Suite shown in yellow gold and brown

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From RobesandKaftans on Etsy, we purchased monogram Bridesmaids’ robes (4 for $112). The names came perfectly, as ordered and we got the emerald green we’d been looking for to match the wedding colors. This is a nice gift for getting ready the day of the wedding, so as not to get makeup and hair products on the ceremony dresses.

Custom listing for sarah...

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For our Jr. Groomsman and Ring Bearer, we bought the cutest “Ring Security” briefcase, badges and sunglasses set from MissionUnboxable ($40.90)

Ring Security Briefcase, Badge and Sunglasses (Gold) -- Ring Bearer Pillow Alternative, Ring Bearer Gift

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MyrtlesBoutique made us 14 handmade table number gold holders that are really cool ($74.25)

Set Of 50  Gold Wire Place Card Holders,Name Holders,Table Number Holders

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PaperHeartPrint created our table numbers in emerald and gold (35.50)

15 Piece - Table Numbers Printed Wedding Gatsby Art Deco 20's Inspired Custom Monogram Sign 11101348_10155715219385497_8634707112941538640_n

All of these items do add up, but utilizing Etsy up-and-coming vendors can help you cut costs and still have a beautifully designed ceremony and reception. To get a monogram on a vase (see above), go to a local sign company and ask them to put “vinyl” monograms in the design (font) of your choice and they can do it.

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Wedding Portraits by Lundie’s Photography

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