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Wedding Reception Decorations

Inexpensive Wedding Reception IdeasWeddings can easily get expensive very quickly. Help keep the cost of your wedding down by planning an inexpensive wedding reception. This is a page about inexpensive wedding reception ideas.

 

Frugal Wedding Decorations

Inexpensive Wedding DecorationsKeeping the costs down on your decorations can help you have more money for other things. This page is about inexpensive wedding decorations.

 

Food Ideas for Wedding on a Budget

Food Ideas for Wedding on a BudgetThis page contains food ideas for wedding on a budget. Sharing food with friends and family at a wedding does not have to be expensive.

 

Maryland Wedding

Maryland Wedding LocationsThis is a forum on Maryland wedding locations. Finding the perfect location for your wedding is one of the most important parts of planning for this special day.

 

Bride and groom cake topper with cash.

Giving Money as a Wedding GiftThis is a page about giving money as a wedding gift. Giving money as a wedding gift is generally acceptable in many cultures.

 

Wedding Appetizers

Wedding Appetizer RecipesThis page contains wedding appetizer recipes. Planning the menu for your wedding reception will often include some type of appetizers.

 

Wedding Chair Covers in white with pink bows.

Wedding Chair Cover IdeasThis page contains wedding chair cover ideas.Beautiful decorations for a wedding can include covering the chairs.

 

Wood crate with "Just Married" written on it.

Cheap Locations for a Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about cheap locations for a wedding reception. The cost of a wedding reception can be a significant portion of the entire expense. One way to cut costs is to find a reasonably priced venue for the reception.

 

Champagne flute full of candy hearts.

Champagne Flute Wedding Favor IdeasThis page is about champagne flute wedding favors. Determining a fun and meaningful party favor can be a challenge.

 

White cake with a "love" topper, twinkling light backdrop.

Wedding Reception in a Church's GymKeeping the decorating costs down and creating an elegant setting can be a challenge in a gymnasium. This is a page about wedding reception in a church's gym.

 

Two men at their commitment ceremony

Planning a Commitment CeremonyThis is a page about planning a commitment ceremony. Planning a commitment ceremony requires just as much planning as a traditional marriage. There are however, some areas where you can create your own new traditions.

 

Church Decorated for Wedding

Decorating a Church for a WeddingThis is a page about decorating a church for a wedding. Decorating for a church wedding on a budget? It can be quite simple to have an elegant and inexpensive church wedding regardless of whether the ceremony is to be held in a small simple church or a larger grand one.

 

Wedding mints in a serving dish at a wedding reception.

Serving Nuts and Mints at a Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about serving nuts and mints at a wedding reception. If you are looking for lighter fare at your wedding reception, perhaps nuts and mints served along with the cake and beverages will work for you.

 

Wedding Reception Buffet

Cheap Wedding Reception Food IdeasThis is a page about cheap wedding reception food ideas. One way to keep within your wedding budget is to serve reasonably priced food at the reception.

 

A wedding reception.

Frugal Food Ideas For Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about frugal food ideas for wedding reception. Food for a wedding can be very expensive.

 

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Colorful Bridal Bouquets

Choosing Wedding ColorsThis is a page about choosing wedding colors. Many bride's have a favorite color that they would like to use for their wedding. Choosing your wedding colors makes it easier to shop for almost every aspect of the wedding.

 

A table of catered wedding food.

Saving Money on Wedding ServicesA classic wedding often has expenses for catered food, flowers, photography, formal wear, and many other services. This page contains tips about saving money on wedding services.

 

A wedding dress and shoes.

Saving Money on a Wedding DressThis page is about saving money on a wedding dress. Every woman wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be time consuming and expensive. There are many ways you can save money on a wedding dress.

 

Table set for Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner IdeasThis is a page about wedding rehearsal dinner ideas. Planning a wedding rehearsal dinner can seem overwhelming in conjunction with everything else you are organizing.

 

Woman celebrating at a bridal shower.

Bridal Shower Game IdeasWhen planning a bridal shower, deciding which games to include is a fun part of the process. Our readers submitted their ideas. Here are our favorite bridal shower game ideas.

 

Halloween bride with purple hair and a painted face.

Planning a Halloween WeddingThis page contains Halloween wedding ideas. Having a wedding around Halloween can be a fun and spooky theme for the event.

 

Bride and Groom porcelin decoration next to hundred dollar bills

Planning a Wedding for Under $3000This is a page about planning a wedding for under $3000. With careful planning a couple can have a lovely wedding on a tight budget.

 

Red toy firefighter helmet.

Firefighter Themed Wedding IdeasThis is a page about firefighter themed wedding ideas. A firefighter theme is a great idea for a wedding, if one of the members of the wedding party is a firefighter, or you are having the wedding at a fire station.

 

White wedding dress on black dress form against white background

Buying a Used Wedding DressThis is a page about buying a used wedding dress. For the bride on a budget a used wedding dress option allows for buying the perfect dress for less.

 

Welcome Bags: one looks like a tuxedo and the other a wedding dress.

Welcome Bags for Wedding GuestsPut together a welcome bag for your out of town wedding guests. The contents can vary depending on the location of the ceremony. This is a page about welcome bags for wedding guests.

 

Jar with coins labelled Wedding

Planning a Wedding for Under $500This is a page about planning a wedding for under $500. A very small wedding budget does not necessarily mean you can't have a lovely event.

 

Champagne glasses at a wedding.

Serving Alcohol at a WeddingDeciding whether or not to have alcohol at your reception can make quite a difference in the cost of beverages.

 

Planning a Wedding for $1500

Planning a Wedding for Under $1500This is a page about planning a wedding for $1500. Careful planning is necessary to keep wedding costs down.

 

Piggy Bank with a set of wedding rings.

Saving Money on a WeddingThis is a page about saving money on a wedding. Your wedding doesn't have to be a huge investment. There are many ways to have a beautiful wedding and still save money.

 

Fabric draped in a gazebo for a wedding.

Draping Fabric in a Gazebo for a WeddingUsing the interesting shape of a gazebo you can hang fabric to create a personalized structure for your wedding ceremony. This is a page about draping fabric in a gazebo for a wedding.

 

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Wedding Reception

Covering Up Hall Decorations for a Wedding ReceptionFrequently certain venues used for a wedding reception have other purposes and are decorated for those daily functions. This is a page about covering up hall decorations for a wedding reception.

 

A beach towel wedding cake.

Making a Towel Wedding CakeThis is a page about making a towel wedding cake. Towel cakes are similar to diaper cakes. They are make from rolled up towels and make a fun wedding gift.

 

A potted heart shaped cactus used for a wedding decoration.

Using Potted Plants as Wedding DecorationsThis is a page about using potted plants as wedding decorations. Rather than using cut flowers as decorations at a wedding, consider potted plants.

 

June Wedding Centerpieces Ideas

June Wedding Centerpieces IdeasThis is a page about June wedding centerpiece ideas. June is a traditional month for weddings. There are many lovely ways to create centerpieces for you early summer wedding celebration.

 

Placing money in a jar labelled wedding on top of a wedding album

Planning a Wedding for Under $2000This is a page about planning a wedding for under $2000. Some couples can plan their entire wedding for less then some brides spend on their dress.

 

A barn decorated for a wedding reception.

Decorating a Barn for a Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about decorating a barn for a wedding reception. With the right decorations an old barn can become a unique and charming venue for your wedding reception.

 

Wedding Reception

Decorating a Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about decorating a wedding reception. Next to the ceremony itself, the wedding reception is the next most important event of the day. Decorating the space used for this post-ceremony celebration is an important part of the planning process.

 

Bride and groom at Wedding

An Indoor Wedding For Less Than $1,500Planning a wedding on a budget, requires that you research all of the possible ways to save on expenses. If the ceremony and reception are indoors, consider a church hall or civic group facility for the reception. Food, flowers, and entertainment can all be tailored to stay within your budget. This is a page about planning an indoor wedding for less than $1,500.

 

3 girls wearing a white dresses.

Dealing With Children at a Wedding Rehearsal DinnerThis is a page about dealing with children at a wedding rehearsal dinner. Keeping children in the wedding party busy can help fight the expected boredom they may experience during a rehearsal dinner.

 

Couple at a grooms dinner.

Groom's Dinner IdeasThis page contains groom's dinner ideas. A supper held before the wedding is usually the responsibility of the groom's family.

 

Silk Wedding Flowers

Silk Flower Wedding CenterpiecesThis is a page about silk flower wedding centerpieces. Beautiful wedding centerpieces can be crafted using silk rather than fresh flowers.

 

Unity wedding candles.

Unity Wedding IdeasThe typical unity wedding ceremony uses symbols, such as a candle, to signify the joining of the two people getting married.

 

2 glasses of wine at a party.

20th Wedding Anniversary Party IdeasPlanning a 20th wedding anniversary party can get costly. This page has tips on how to have an inexpensive yet memorable anniversary party.

 

Box with 50th Anniversary written in gold.

Writing a 50th Wedding Anniversary AnnouncementBeing married for 50 years is worth celebrating. This page has tips and examples for writing a 50th wedding anniversary announcement.

 

Student Photographer Shooting Wedding

Hiring a Student Photographer for Your WeddingThere are definitely ways to reduce the cost for your wedding. Rather than hiring an expensive professional photographer, try contacting your local college or university to find a talented student photographer. This is a page about hiring a student photographer for your wedding.

 

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A groom with his mother at the wedding.

Mother-of-the-Groom Outfit IdeasAs the mother of the groom you may be asked to wear a certain color. Otherwise check with the bride's mother and the bride for colors being worn by the rest of the wedding party. Then choose a dress in a color that complements but does not match. The style can be chosen using the same criteria.

 

A couple getting married.

What To Wear for a Second MarriageThere are some typical recommendations for what a bride should wear for a second marriage. Tradition usually moves away from white to ivory or beige dresses that range from formal to more of a suit. But keep in mind it is your day and dressing as you wish is equally important. This page offers a range of suggestions.

 

An older couple getting married at the beach.

Gift Ideas for a Second MarriageTrying to choose the right gift for a second marriage might require some thought as they may already have a lot of the common wedding gifts. If you know the couple well you can select something that they truly need, otherwise refer to the suggestions below for fun gift ideas.

 

A bride with her mother at the wedding.

Mother of the Bride Outfit IdeasAs the mother of the bride, clothing choices are typically made to complement the bride's wedding colors, but not match them.

 

A bridal couple sitting in a booth.

Decorating a Pub for a WeddingDecorating a pub for your wedding reception is easy. Carry over your wedding colors, using flowers, balloons, and centerpieces to design the decor. This page offers some helpful suggestions.

 

Wedding toiletry basket.

Ladies Toiletry Basket For EntertainingFind out how to decorate and fill a ladies toiletry basket that can be made available to guests at a wedding or other gathering.

 

A wedding dress being sewn on a sewing machine.

Sewing A Wedding GownSewing a wedding gown can be done. It does help if you have some experience and training, especially if the gown is intricate in its design. Try to find a pattern that appeals or combine a couple to get the look you like.

 

A bouquet of early spring flowers.

Colors for a March WeddingMany brides choose their wedding colors based on the season. This is a very traditional approach; use it if it works for you. March leads into spring bringing to mind bright or pastel floral colors. However, choosing your favorite colors is always an option.

 

A bride with the Arizona cliffs in the background.

Inexpensive Wedding and Reception Venues in ArizonaSome on-line research and networking can help you identify inexpensive wedding and reception venues in any area. Be open to less traditional options, consider home ceremonies, or public spaces. Other great options follow.

 

A brunette bridesmaid with a decorative hairstyle.

Bridesmaid Hairstyle IdeasChoosing a pleasing and comfortable hair style to wear as a bridesmaid does not need to be stressful. Be yourself and enjoy the event. There are some helpful suggestions on this page.

 

An embellished wedding gown.

Embellishing a Wedding GownEmbellishing a plain wedding dress may be one way to save money or personalize the gown. Embellishments can be purchased from your local fabric/craft store. If you are not an experienced seamstress or crafter you may want to seek advice and help before you begin.

 

An outdoor wedding celebration.

Planning a Wedding Celebration After the CeremonyHaving a wedding celebration after the wedding is a good way to allow family and friends who were unable to attend the ceremony to celebrate with the new couple. It can be as formal or informal as you like, sit down or a backyard party.

 

Decorated chairs at a wedding.

Decorating Chairs for a WeddingOften the chairs available at the wedding venue of your choice are plain, sometimes unattractive folding metal ones. This page contains tips for decorating them.

 

A wedding bouquet of lavender.

Using Lavender in Wedding BouquetsLavender is a symbol of love and devotion, as well as said to bring good luck. It is also an inexpensive addition to a wedding bouquet. If the fresh lavender in your wedding bouquets keep drooping try the idea offered on this page.

 

Wedding Cake Topper

My Frugal WeddingWhen my boyfriend and I decided to get married on our one year anniversary of dating, we didn't give ourselves a lot of time for planning or saving, just a few months. However, we still managed to have a beautiful and very frugal wedding with help from all our friends and family.

 

An orange and yellow wedding bouquet, perfect for fall.

Flower Advice for a Fall WeddingChoosing the flowers for your wedding is a serious part of the planning. The time of year can set some constraints on your choices, although alternatively you can go with faux flowers in any color. If you are planning a fall wedding some good fresh flower choices are mums and sunflowers.

 

Cards in a collage frame.

Displaying Wedding Cards in a Photo Collage FrameOne fun way to display cards that you received for your wedding is to place them in a photo collage frame.

 

A projector screen for showing a slideshow.

Creating a Wedding SlideshowA wedding slide show can be used for a presentation at the wedding reception or even used for the wedding rehearsal. It helps the guests share the couple's special relationship.

 

A wedding gown with a stained hem.

Masking Stains on a Wedding GownBetween the wedding and the reception it is not unusual for a wedding dress to get stained along the bottom or elsewhere. One trick is to have a tube of plain white toothpaste handy. Learn how to mask stains on a wedding dress.

 

Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - press cut straws into the center of the seed heart

Bird Seed Heart Wedding FavorsBird seed is a traditional way to shower the departing newlywed couple. Instead of the mess, use these heart shaped wedding favors. Your guests can enjoy feeding their own backyard birds in rememberance of your big day.

 

The hands of a newlywed couple.

Photos of WeddingsChoosing a special theme for your wedding instead of traditional, can make it especially fun for you and your guests. Here's some unusual wedding photos.

 

Bride and Groom Clothespin Decor - ready for the big kiss

Making a Bride and Groom Clothespin DecorMake these cute wedding favors or name card holders. Using spring clip wooden clothespins, paint, markers, and a few other simple supplies you too can add this handmade bit of decor to your wedding.

 

A bride with her bouquet.

Stress Reducing Tips For A Do-It-Yourself WeddingPlanning a wedding can be absolutely stressy. There are a lot of suggestions on this page for planning a do-it-yourself wedding, from making the bridesmaid dresses, to money saving tips for all aspects of the ceremony and reception.

 

A wedding reception with tablecloths.

Saving Money on Wedding Table CoveringsWeddings can be so expensive; anywhere where you can save money is a good thing as long as the result is still in keeping with the occasion. Save on table coverings by buying plastic table cloths at a dollar store, consider using flat bed sheets or yardage. The fabric can be used later in crafts or decor projects.

 

A woman holding a pretty gift box.

Wedding Party Gift IdeasIt is customary to present small gifts to the wedding party. This page contains gift ideas for the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

 

Adding Fresh Flowers to Cake Decoration - two small wedding cakes decorated with fresh flowers

Adding Fresh Flowers to Cake DecorationAn inexpensive twist for wedding cake decoration is fresh flowers. It's important to keep the cake protected when using these flowers as decorations so it will be safe to eat.

 

Inexpensive Wedding Table Number/Menu Holder - finished holder

Inexpensive Wedding Table Number/Menu HolderThese table number and menu holders were made inexpensively, using IKEA frames that can display photos or other inclusions on both sides. Decorate as desired and set them out for your reception dinner.

 

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