Broke-Ass Tag: budget wedding ideas

11/21

Shaina Sheaff Photography

Credit: Shaina Sheaff

Hello lovelies,

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been thinking about wedding stuff much this week. I’ve been very hard at work and probably wont be slowing down until about April. I’m okay with that, though — almost all of the major vendors have been nailed down. We have a venue, caterer, DJ and photographer, and I’ve got my dress. The only two things we have to get on in the next few months are the officiant and the florist. That being said, one of the ideas I’ve been rolling around in the ol’ noggin for the last few weeks is whether or not I really actually need the latter.

Yes, that’s right. I’m suggesting a wedding without any flowers.

Really!

It isn’t that I don’t like flowers. I love them. But, I generally like appreciating them in natural settings or in gardens. While I’m always grateful when my fiance and boyfriends of the past bought me flowers, I never felt the reaction I felt like I was supposed to. They’re pretty, but then they die and they go in the garbage and you have nothing to show for them, except maybe a begrudgingly liked Instagram post.
If my gentleman caller wants to spend money on something that will make me feel special, warm and fuzzy, and will last approximately one week, he’s honestly better off coming home with a 2-4*.

*Canadian slang for a 24-pack of beer.

Joking aside, I arrived at this conclusion slowly. As soon as I became aware of the cost of flowers, I started looking at places I could cut them from. Centrepieces were the first thing to go. I feel like it would be easy enough to replace them with candles, trinkets or cute table numbers. Then, I considered whether or not we really needed bridesmaids bouquets. Then, altar decor, or in our case, a chuppah. Our wedding is being held in the summer in a beautiful outdoor setting, underneath a large willow tree. Adding flowers to the breathtaking natural scenery seemed to be overkill. Likely, we will just stick with something minimalist like simple fabric.

So at this point, I was thinking we would really just need a florist for bouquets and boutonnieres. However, I was surprised at the cost for them, too. I could buy a plane ticket for the price of a bridesmaids bouquet. Plus, in my experience, while they look beautiful and make for wonderful photos, I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of those photos and they kind of seem to get in the way. I considered the possibility that my bridesmaids could carry something pretty other than flowers down the aisle or just keep their hands at their sides. I mean, I know it’s not traditional, but is there any real reason w

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hy they can’t?

As for me, I don’t plan on throwing my bouquet. I could easily carry greenery, or a or paper flowers, or a self-arranged bouquet. Or, again, I could carry nothing at all. I haven’t decided yet, (like I said, my head’s been elsewhere), but I think that theoretically, eschewing a florist altogether could be done, especially at an outdoor venue, without taking away from the fun of the day.

What do you think? Am I talking crazy? Let me know!

  • 5/13

    It’s no surprise that we have a little geek side over here at BAB. I mean, let’s be real. You don’t get this cool by not having a daily dose of geekery in your diet. And what better way to celebrate your inner fangirl than adding bits and bobs to your wedding day?

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    When you first glance over at my group of friends, I’m the Phoebe to their Chandler, Joey and Ross. But what you don’t see on the outside is that this edgy, bubbly chick can definitely get her nerd on, especially when it comes to Doctor Who (and minions!).

    Kevin and I recently decided to revisit the series, starting from our dear Mr. Christopher Eccleston and suddenly I was overwhelmed with the desire to have a Doctor Who themed wedding (again)! Just picture it, a touch of color in every direction — you don’t even need to be a Whovian to enjoy some good, ol’ blue!

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    Bring a bit of classic art to the table with a cake mimicking the famous work by Vincent van Gogh!

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    Pinterest has some amazing recipes for drinks — ask if your venue allows you to do a customized cocktail and serve up some Killer Kool-aid (adult style!).

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    Now there’s the standard TARDIS or “Timelord” and “Companion” ring sets, but this little beauty completely sold me. Simple and classy with a touch of inner-geek!

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    “Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” So why not lock their memory into this customizable TARDIS guest book!

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    Between you and me, I could not be more thrilled that I came across this! I had an idea to use the sonic screwdriver to hold up my bouquet but could not find someone else who had done it. Until now! I can guarantee I’ll be holding this on my day — nerd moment all the way!

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    Now we just need a bouquet to give away!

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    What a sweet, little addition to your aisle. Dress up your flower girl with a blue tutu and your ring bearer with a bow tie (because they’re cool) and not only do you have an adorable picture but a little Matt Smith to drive the girls crazy.

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    Sapphires are such a beautiful accessory to have. They’re classic and timeless, but can be used in the most unexpected ways.

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    And lastly, a touch of navy blue on your dress, how could you go wrong? Or if you want to go all the way, perhaps add a small TARDIS on the inside of your dress for your “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue”!

    Are you incorporating any TARDIS blue into your wedding? Or do you have something else subtle and sneaky that’s a must-have?

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  • 3/31

    Daniel and I have three goals with our wedding: keep it cheap, keep it from looking cheap, and keep it unique. During these early stages of our planning, we’ve tried to come up with ways to save ourselves money without sacrificing our vision. Thus far, we’ve come up with several ideas that not only cut costs, but also make our wedding even more uniquely suited…

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    3/28

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! This week, we got a super special request from a super specialer (yup, making up words here, folks) bride-to-be: My former roommate from way back when, who is getting married in a very amazing location needs something to keep herself warm and cozy for her fall nuptials. So, she hollered at yours truly with a mission to find a toasty wrap or…

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    3/18

    Angela and Jay had their beautiful wedding in January of this year, incorporating meaningful locations, the support of their community, and some Arizona flair. Seriously, how cute are these cactus favors? It goes to show that you don't need to spend $30,000 to have a beautiful, memorable wedding day...and since their family and friends were involved throughout, they were able to start their married lives…

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  • 3/14

    Alexander Cornelious Dear Heather, I just discovered The Broke Ass Bride and I'm happy. I really needed a website like this. My fiance and I had been together for 7 years, lived together for 4 and have a 3 year old son. We got engaged last October and are planning our wedding for next December. The problem is it is really going to be a…

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    2/27

    In the short time I've been engaged, I feel like I've got a lot of the big stuff done. I've booked my venue (an awesome 1920's theatre in downtown Greensboro), secured my photographer, found a DJ, my dress is hanging safely in my parent's spare bedroom, and I've sent out my save-the-dates. My mom recommended I assemble a spreadsheet as to track my expenses. Now,…

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  • 2/26

    Choosing a venue can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning. And in San Diego, the options are endless. You can get married at the beach, on the bay, at the beach, at a winery, at the beach, on a ranch, at the beach, in the city, and also the beach. Did I mention THE BEACH? If you are sensing snark, your…

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