Tips for a Less Expensive Wedding – #5 Be Creative!
This tip is exactly what the Wed Eclectic Team is all about, so if you are reading our blog, you probably already have creativity in the bag! This step is all about the question: who wants a wedding just like the next? This is a chance to share your joy and excitement with those who care about you most, so it should reflect who you are, even in the details. Often, with a little creativity, you can not only express yourself better, but save some money, as well!
My wedding colors were based on citrus tones, so my center-pieces consisted very simply of artfully piled limes, lemons, and tangerines among greenery and “filler” flowers (which can be purchased inexpensively at a floral supply place). It was a cheap, but pretty, alternative to candles, glassware, or floral arrangements.
Another way I was able to save some money with a little creativity was by having our engagement announced with photos taken in one of those old black and white photo booths. We found one, took two tries and used them on the back of the announcements. It was definitely quirky (like me!) but you can’t beat spending $2 for your engagement photos!
Julianna wanted her bridesmaids to look cohesive, but not hate their dresses. She purchased fabric in the colors she liked and then allowed each bridesmaid to have a dress of their choosing made for them in that fabric. They were guaranteed to like the style (as their dress was made for them), and she liked the unified look.
Looking for more ways to give your wedding a splash of creativity? I loved the creative use of color in this post (especially on simple things like fingernails and chair ribbons), the many alternatives to the “traditional” toasting flutes in this post, and some alternative lighting ideas offered in this post! If you are having a hard time defining how to imbue your wedding with your own personality, I highly recommend starting with MyHaleyGirl‘s post about skipping the “cookie cutter” wedding, too.