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Firefighter Themed Wedding?

My daughter is getting married in November 2009 and is have a firefighter themed wedding. Does anyone have any ideas for decorations? She is on a tight budget, so we will be making a lot of the decorations. I need cake, invitations, table center pieces any and all ideas. Thanks.

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By Kristi Crouch from TX

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Perhaps you could just concentrate on the the red family and use a lot of brass things? Prepare your approximate TOTAL expense list well in advance of final decisions. Remember that the groom's family usually pay all expenses for the Honeymoon and rings. All else is traditionally the Bride's family's expense. You can change this any way you like.

Traditionally there are Biblical wedding vows, but you can write your own legally, just remember that it a vow that you will hold each other to. Talk it out first, and don't vow what you will not or cannot keep, and let each other know this. You are becoming one if saying them in a church before God. If not, you may be taking a chance as to the outcome. Marriage should be a most serious event and most definite commitment, right? That's my humble opinion.

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In picking your location, think rooftops, ladders, brick building, chapels, bridges, scenic parks, museums, old church, gazebo in a town square. Try to have alternative location for shelter in case of rain. Assign duty to help you locate, decide, secure any permission/ rental.

Choose late afternoon after 7:00PM on a Friday when most are likely to be able to attend and help. Line up your pastor or Justice of Peace ahead of time, don't forget to account for the fee charged. Include all small gifts in your expenses, for children, Bridesmaid(s), Best man(men), and musician/ Pastor. Ask other fathers to usher. Allow Bridesmaids and family members to wear their own clothing, but in your favorite shade of colors for Bridesmaids/ ties for the groomsmen.(good place to cut back.) Assign duty to double check well in advance that all have fitting clothing that meets with your "approval", since it is your wedding, but if they are helping, don't be too hard on them.

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Remember to consider borrowed flags, banners, and memorabilia from others collections for the guests to look at, giving full credit to them, but not too big of a display since it's about you two not a collection.

Make a few large posters of your times together, favorite date, and a couple of blown-up photos of your fiance' in his fireman's uniform in gold-colored or black frames for the walls, (later for use in own den or hallway?)

Consider red sparkling champagne punch/and plain Hawaiian punch for children in a separate area (assign teen the duty to set up,serve,and clean up), with spiced apple rings floating (make your own or assign someone duty for night before with red food coloring, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, soaked 24 hour ahead in fridge?) Rent or borrow your punch bowls, assign duties to make rings/ freeze and bring them and ice cubes below.

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Old fashioned ice cubes with pitted cherries in each cube can float in punch while being served. Remember to borrow ladles, two per large punch bowl, and to have every borrowed item marked well with owner's name/phone number. Assign duty to check on this before wedding, marking any missing names.

Make ribbons to place over each guests' hearts of red/black/brass on corner or top of trimmed name tags in the Dalmatian dot-trimmed motif around the edges of each card.(If you have an artist college friend assign duty/get them started with making them- from cutting 4"x5" plain unlined white index cards with a drawn frame line on outside of each. Have the artist to use straight pins to attach to each person, or staple. Let each guest print their own names at the entry table (draped similarly to your main wedding cake table and arbor?) Assign duty to do this/ with substitute waiting if they can't. Have simple journal book for guest list, assigning duty from a teen for manning this and responsible for keeping it safe until you get it prior to Honeymoon/or reception.

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Your confetti can be gold/red/black in small red toule bags and a tiny USA flag, sticking out of each. Assign duty and substitute to do these well in advance. Get your approval after first one before proceeding/ purchasing all supplies.

If you have children as a ring-bearer on tiny camp pillow with satin cover(assigned to be made), and a flower-petal girl with white woven basket/handle) assign duty to make this), who both walk ahead of you down whatever is your aisle, and then stand on either side of you both during the ceremony. IF they are related to either of you, otherwise, they are to sit down once they have given you the rings, and tossed the petal in front of you as you walk. ( or have given you the bouquet to later toss into the crowd prior to the reception afterward, if any, or prior to the leaving to the honeymoon (always a secret destination!) ), remember to take photos of the children and add them to your wedding dress shadowbox as a charming touch, along with a tiny bible if you have one and are of the faith.

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Use gold Christmas lights (borrowed) beneath billows and a few yards of red toule, tied with golden and red ribbons with streamers at 16 to 18 " intervals, around the tables (Duct tape each cord to the floor prevent tripping) If you can afford it, decorate the arbor below the same way.

I'd use sparkling white table cloths(never paper) with perhaps a square ivory overlay at intervals or vice-versa, not just all ivory, or all rectangles. If you can, borrow from someone or several someones. They do not have to perfectly match because they will be on different tables, right? If you have separate tables, you can have all large rounds or squares, not overlays.

Many separate table centerpieces should be easy enough for you to find in 'centerpiece crafts' online. Focus on real flowers but only a few for each table. Perhaps the bargain Roses delivered to the wedding early and before the start?

Ask for plenty of help (with plenty of standbys) and assign each one his or her duty, getting a commitment from each to either call you should they not be able to keep it, or do whatever, ahead of time, even if they think they might not keep it or make it. Make a contingency plan in case several don't show.

Make your to do, to buy, to make, and to do early, to do at last minute, to do day before and to do day of the wedding. Remember the flowers will not keep but one day, and take up lots of fridge space.
Add sugar to their water.

Make "Kabobs" from 1/2 inch slices of diagonal cut boiled, then grilled to brown, Kielbasa sausage, AND cherry tomatoes, and a thick slice of canned or fresh pineapple. Make mini-croissants with a tray of various cheeses in 1/4" x 1" chunks. and 1/2 pieces of 1/4" cucumber slices, along with 4" celery sticks and thin-cut peeled carrot sticks.

Make another tray of two colors of chocolate-dipped strawberries on toothpicks, and a lot of German Chocolate Cup; cakes with creamed icing sprinkled with red sprinkles and dots, another group of Marbleized cupcakes with chocolate sprinkles.

Focus on large strong plain paper plates, large plain paper napkins, planning 1 1/2 serving for each person with a large tray of pimento/cheese and egg-salad sandwiches for "seconds" kept covered in another back room , along with plenty of coffee /iced tea in large Urns borrowed from someone's church and, with real cream, and real sugar.

Cut back on large floral arrangements, engravings, monogramming, and expensive meats. Ask a church for recipes for groups as an alternative.

Simple Non-Fat Sour Cream for veggie sticks in a lovely container (never serve in original one!) with Paul Newman's Pineapple Salsa type recipe mixed in, in a large clear container, never original container.

Use heavy duty gold, red or white plastic utensils and clear heavy duty medium sized cups, along with borrowed ceramic coffee cups/saucers.Assign someone to go around to offer to fill empties and/or return cups/saucers to owners
once cleaned. This needs to be a younger responsible elder woman, the most experienced of taking care of things. Remind each one from whom your borrow that you will do your best to take care of them, but you cannot replace anything that gets broken by guests. Alternative is to get strong decorated paper/Styrofoam cups. (These hints usually are the best to keep things to a minimum cost without appearing to be too cheap.)

Avoid candelabras wherever possible for safety's sake. Perhaps you could rent a white arched arbor or make your own from four white painted wooden straight ladders, to have at the entrance, weaving red and gold ribbons through out for streamers? {perhaps you can borrow a couple of tall baker's racks for some of the drink servings and add gold/red/ white Christmas lights or rope around them? Assign duty to make this the day before the wedding to be reassembled on the morning of the wedding.

[I would strongly encourage you to avoid a stuffed animal motif and other things usually found at children's parties.)

If some other fireman's wife has some ceramic Dalmations or large black shiny ceramic boots by the arbor described below, you might add that to the food table as a focal point?

If you have a very creative and talented cake making
and decorating friend, inquire as to whether she/he
could make a huge (two foot tall or realistic sized) white Marzipon (trimmed in brass? 'Water-Hydrant' Wedding Cake with your best photo together in the largest 'connection' hole? remember to add ribbons to the large cake cutting knife, and consider if you can afford it, adding tiny red rose buds all around the base and around the photo, to be removed only as you cut to them when serving the cake.

You'll have to choose the best of your music taste and borrow the equipment, assigning duty to the owner to run the music for the Wedding, keeping it going/ smooth, just as you pre-plan and approve. (If a reception, the equipment needs to be there as well, or choose someone else for their equipment and help with music/ dancing, etc. in reception area- an assigned duty as well as responsibility for protecting it. Have an alternate plan if these two people are not reliable, such as older adults. Borrow music wherever possible, assign duty to choose best for your approval.

have two of the best of your photographer friends to take all of your photos for cheap! (Here's another place you can cut back, because as much as you love your wedding, no one will love it as much as you, so don't go overboard for photo pkgs. for everyone, just the basics for closest family and friends in simple frames or cards. Plan on framing your wedding dress (unless rented) in a DIY extra large shadow-box frame later for your wall!)

Remember that Wedding invitations don't have to be splashy unless you have big bucks and a big wedding. Sleek, simple and classic are best choices, more appreciated.

Remember to also assign someone duty to do something classy to the Honeymoon car, like 2 foot ribbon streamers from the antenna, door-knobs, ( avoid the shoe-polish writings all over the windows. The public will get the idea from the streamers! No tin cans tied on back. No garters, and no superstitions, right? ) God bless and help you. : )

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I teach and use a community helpers theme annually. Try your local dollar stores (Dollar Tree is the best) and school supply stores. You can find fireman hats, die cuts, posters, etc. Also you could go online for patterns and ideas--try looking under preschool fireman theme ideas. And I recently saw some cute fire hydrants in the pet section! :) Hope your wedding is wonderful. You should post some pics! Linda B.

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Dalmation (stuffed animal) dogs somewhere? Wedding cake could have spots on the icing or chocolate chips in it.

Scour the thrift store (or freecycle) for fire engine trucks as centerpieces. If you don't have enough for each table just use them on the main table.

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The fireman hats would be cute upside down for centerpieces filled with candy/mints or flowers? Some little plastic fire hydrants too. Have fun.

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