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Small home wedding

I need ideas ladies! Im planning a small wedding at my house. Im inviting about 40 people....Im not very creative lol! THANKS! Websites that u could direct me to would be helpful :)

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MommieIsSexay

Asked by MommieIsSexay at 10:14 AM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Relationships

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  • What are you looking to find out? What would you like the theme to be? Afternoon, Evening, Reception/Dinner? Budget?
    WoodWitch

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:16 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Evening. This probably sounds crazy but Im only wanting to spend $500.
    MommieIsSexay

    Comment by MommieIsSexay (original poster) at 10:18 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • If there is a dollar tree in your area, you could rack up on decorations there. If you do a reception, you could do it with delicious grilled food, and stay within that budget easily!
    mommy11260

    Answer by mommy11260 at 10:21 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • do you have a theme?? are you planning a meal or just light appitizers? Do you have a color preference?? Are you crafty, handy with tools??
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 10:24 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I did my dd's wedding for $500 and it was simple yet elegant. We didn't do a lot of decorations but did an arbor covered in silk flowers that someone donated. We borrowed chairs from one person's work. I did buy a paper runner for the bride to walk down. We had people bring food instead of buying a gift. I bought the cakes and the meat. A neighbor brought the music and another did the pictures. It made it all come together nicely and people liked being a part of the wedding. The dress and tuxes were the most expensive thing but we even got a great deal on those.
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:26 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • No problem. Go up in the attic and pull out all your white xmas lights. Let them sparkle! If you have a rental place, check on prices for tables, they actually have everything there from tables to tents to fountains....LOL... So, lets see 40 peeps ... need 6 or so tables, 40 chairs... I would go to the party store and price out table covers...if you are willing to serve w/paper/plastic they have really pretty stuff now. Think of a menu..... I did a banquet for 150 people once. I cooked roast beef in gravy w/mashed potatoes, Rolled Chicken Monte Cristo w/rice, rolls, salad.... main entree is sliced and you should be able to get away with 1/2 sterno trays of each which can be cooked ahead and frozen in the trays and reheated and put in racks.... Make simple centerpieces with pillar candles and glass marbles... you can do it for $500... simple elegance really doesn't cost much!
    WoodWitch

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:27 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • The key is organization and list making.... See where you can cut the budget and see what you can get for free! Music is free...grab a portable stereo...photography is cheap...let your guests take the pictures.... He doesn't need a tux... my husband wore a nice suit. Flowers don't have to cost a fortune...they can even be free...check your flower beds... a singe rose with a bow can be just as dramatic as a cascade...
    WoodWitch

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:31 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • hmmm... the cake... what to do with the cake... ask around and see if any knows someone who decorates cakes... It really doesn't have to be big... I had 65 guests and my cake was a small two tier number. We served it for dessert. No need for the silly boxes... ummm... drinks...I bought a 9 bottles of Asti to serve my guests (we had an afternoon Champagne Brunch). So 40 peeps can't be difficult or expensive to serve...
    WoodWitch

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:37 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Think outside the box. If you are having it outside, let nature be your decorator.


    Remember, it is YOUR day.... BTW if you are only having 40 peeps, I will assume that they are the 40 peeps at the top of your list of those you love best. And those you love best will always be willing to help you out and lend a hand....

    WoodWitch

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:42 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I've known people who got married for $150 ($75 for the license, $75 for the minister).

    The most formal weddings possible are early morning (hence the 'morning coat' look you see in British movies)... the church ceremony is followed by a 'wedding breakfast' --the most inexpensive meal possible to cater, and simple to make from home (or as a potluck.)

    The second most formal wedding starts at 8:30pm and involves no food at all. Wedding, cocktail hour, been nice seein' y'all...when you hold it in a very small restaurant, the cocktails are purchased by the guests at no cost to you.

    What kind of party do you tend to throw? Throw that kind of party for your wedding. I'm not sure how the idea of house-valued weddings got popular, but until very recently it was considered to be in poor taste to host a wedding that was outside your means, and ostentatious (and rude) to put it on as a big display of wealth.
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:27 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

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