Ok, now bear with me. If you get sick of seeing my projects around Craftster over the next few days just remember it's my wedding and I'm extrodinarily proud of my achievements
Firstly the breakdown:
guests - 23 adult guests attended and 3 kids
timeframe - 5 months total from planning start to end
budget - as cheap as possible! My mum helped out a great deal so we were very lucky but you could cut costs even more
ceremony - local botanic gardens, free to book through the council
reception - buffet all you can eat restaurant at the casino (classy but relaxed with something for everyone) cheaper for us and much less stress than trying to cater such a small guest list
favours and favour packaging tute
jewellery gifts for mum and bridesmaid
my own hair and makeup, I just had a haircut and blue highlights put in a few days before at the salon
Total expenditure - all DIY projects, postage, reception, limo, rings etc. $1770.00 Australian
The happy couple
All TOTALLY free, made using existing fabrics, bamboo garden stakes, ribbon and beads
Favour packaging (filled with white choc and milk choc coated cake balls - less than $10 made at home) bags are printed on the computer and glued in shape, tags and 'love' beads are DIY too
Notecards for the card box, also free made on the 'puter and printed on light card
Wedding bubbles holder for my bubble-girl
Headpiece, wire headband, beads and various wires, ribbon
Invites - my design and assemblage, professionally printed though
The restaurant has an entire dessert buffet so we didn't need a cake, therefore the 0 calorie cake was born, to hold our cards and notes and so I could still have my much-desired cake topper
'Cake' topper, wire and beads, my first attempt and I will be making more!
Necklaces and earring for my bridesmaid (MIL) and Mum, dichroic glass pendants, tiger tail, glass beads and seed beads. A labour of love
To further cut costs, we would have gone for a picnic reception in the park but my mother offerred to pay for the buffet. I was thinking the whole traditional picnic, you know with checkered blankets and a colourful pavillion. A bbq and heaps of delicious finger foods and punches, it would have been really cost effective but quite a bit of stress as we would have catered it ourselves. Also, in Australia you must have an official celebrant to do the ceremony, if we had the option we woul have had my FIL ordained online and had him do the ceremony but we can't here
. Also, the limo was lovely but not really necessary. Anyone with a nice car who would chauffeur you around would be perfect.
Mods, please forgive me for posting a few of these individual projects in other boards. I really think they would be inspirational to others and deserve some more detail and tutorialising, Thanks!
I will endeavour to make some tutes for my most proud projects and if you have any questions please ask. Comments welcome! I have plenty more detail pics if you want.