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!
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:
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.
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.
For our Jr. Groomsman and Ring Bearer, we bought the cutest “Ring Security” briefcase, badges and sunglasses set from MissionUnboxable ($40.90)
MyrtlesBoutique made us 14 handmade table number gold holders that are really cool ($74.25)
PaperHeartPrint created our table numbers in emerald and gold (35.50)
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.
Wedding Portraits by Lundie’s Photography