Yankee Bill and I have been married 9 years, as I mentioned yesterday!
We were married here (although we were stationed in Alabama at the time) in a lovely Episcopal Church service. Yankee Bill wore his dress uniform, and I wore a dress (purchased at Davids Bridal for $369). My veil was borrowed from a girlfriend.
My sisters and YB’s sister were our Bridesmaids-I chose a green fabric and sent them each about 6 yards, and they had whatever dress they wanted made up from it. My only request was that they all be long dresses. My sister Manda was my maid of honor-I purchased her a velvet that coordinated with the green that everone else wore so that she could have a different top on hers. The groomsmen were mostly Army friends in Uniform-my brother and one of YB’s buddies rented a tux.
One of my husband’s best friend’s mother used to be a florist. I purchased silk flowers in the colors I wanted an she made my bouquets. I was prepared to pay her for the work, but she gave that to us as our wedding gift. This included the boutineers for the men, corsages for mothers and grandmothers etc. I was able to rent white floral arrangements from the local florist (silk) and she spruce them up a bit with some of the leftover silk flowers to make it more coordinated.
The church itself is beautiful, so I didn’t do much decorating. I bought several rolls of wide white satin ribbon (wire edged) and I made some big pew bows. I only had enough ribbon to make 8, so I did every other row for the first 8 rows and called it good.
I made the programs myself, using regular microsoft programs. The Episcopal service has a lot of standing, sitting, and saying things in unison (we like to say it is aerobic worship)-although the entire thing is in our Book of Common Prayer, I wanted to make it easier for the non-Episcopals to keep up-so the entire thing was printed out in a program. I used a color photograph of flowers on the front, sort of blurred, with our names in white over it. Since that entire sheet had to be color I created a collage of pictures of YB and I on the back cover. Then I took the entire thing to kinkos-the single page that folded made up the front an back was photocopied in (one sided) color, then the other side of that sheet and the rest of the internal pages for the program were photocopied in black and white.
Other Army buddies (male and female) formed a nice saber arch for us when we exited the church. That’s a long standing military tradition. I got the customary swat on the backside, but I had secretly coordinated with one of my friends who was the only female member of the arch to swat Yankee Bill on the backside as well. That’s why we are laughing in the photo-it’s immediately after he’s been swatted 🙂 . Our transportation was one of my FIL’s antique cars.
We had the reception at a local restaurant. Sit down, only one menu choice (chicken cordon bleu). Open bar for 2 hours of beer, wine and soda (mixed drinks were cash bar). I made the centerpieces for the tables-terracotta pots painted either white or green and then dry brushed with gold. The flowers were silk “dried” roses sticking straight up and tied round with a ribbon. “favors” were a few of those jordan almonds tied in tulle (bought, cut and tied up by me and family). We did purchase disposable cameras for each table.
The cake topper was one of the large white bows like I placed on the pews. Honestly, I couldn’t find a topper that I liked ANYWHERE. We cut the cake with one of the sabers-another military tradition-and there was none of that shoving cake up each other’s noses business. Yankee Bill had been forewarned that if any such thing happened he’d be spending his wedding night sleeping on the couch.
Other obvious purchases/costs: Honorarium for priest and organist, DJ, Photographer (local “professional” amateur) , cake, and catering costs.
Total spent was approximately $7,000. It was a great party and everyone had a wonderful time.
Coming on Monday-a review and giveaway of the book “Tie the Knot on a Shoestring” by Leah Ingram (who now posts on The Lean Green Family). Be thinking of your best wedding cost savings tip to enter.
NOTE: Apparently all my wedding photos are ON DISK somewhere. How archaic is that? I totally searched both of our hard-drives and only came up with a couple of shots. I’ll update this post with some more picture when I get a chance. . .