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« on: December 20, 2009 11:23:04 PM »

I'm planning to get married on April 10th, 2010 and I need some help and inspiration to make it a truly memorable day.
We'll be getting married in a rather plain looking church. We still don't have a reception venue (due to the high costs of all the venues we've looked at) and the church doesn't have a hall. The only alternative we've managed to come up with is renting a school hall or a thatched gazebo at a school.

We have a very limited budged, R 10 500 which converts to about US$ 1470 (With about R11 500 one can buy 300 McDonald's Big Mac meals). My fiance's parents have contributed financially to our wedding as well so we know have R20 000!  Grin

A bit about us:
- I am 28 and he is 31
- We both prefer a more informal reception
- We have already purchased wedding rings
- We both like unusual things (not the strict conventional)
- He wants me to get married in white (I prefer a bit more spunk)
- I would however like a traditional wedding cake but he doesn't like fruit cake
- We want our guests to have a good time
- I'll most probably be making my own wedding dress
- I thought of making an infinity dress for my bride's maid
- We thought of having an afternoon wedding
- I thought of making coffee filter roses for the corsages
- I live in South Africa
- My favorite colors: green, blue

I truly need a 'wedding planner'. If you think you could help me with ideas, color schemes, invites, etc. I would truly appreciate it! Please feel free to ask questions!

« Last Edit: January 25, 2010 03:38:08 AM by katara » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2009 10:38:28 AM »

- He wants me to get married in white (I prefer a bit more spunk)

You could always wear white, but dress it up a bit with funky accessories. I'm not familiar with what may be available to you in South Africa, or if he is also from there? But, you could try large brightly colored bracelets, or beaded jewelry or flowers in your hair. If your dress is short enough to see your feet, wear shoes that more match your personality.
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009 01:59:28 PM »

If you're making your own dress, you can definitely "customize" it however you want, i.e. classic white, or champagne, but maybe with a green or blue sash around the waist, or ribbon lacing up the back, corset-style, or a cute ruffly petticoat/ slip peaking out from the bottom. 

As with regards to the reception . . . how is the weather where you are in April?  I believe that's autumn south of the equator?  If you have nice weather usually, maybe have the reception outside in a park or somone's yard, with a back-up plan in case of bad weather.  You might see if you can get fresh flowers at a farmer's market or produce stall right before the wedding, and make them yourself.  Personally, I love greens and blues, and I think bouquets of ivy and white roses, or lilly-of-the-valley, or peonies, would look lovely and simple.  If you add greenery to your bouquets/ centerpieces, etc, that might even make it less expensive. 

Hope that helps, and congrats!

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2009 10:40:21 PM »

The weather should be nice and warm - about 20-24 degrees Celcius. We have about 75 guests (mostly family, some of which I actually don't want to invite but my father insisted!)

Think I'm going to make a ivory color wedding gown with a corset type bodice and will definitely have the petticoat peaking out from the bottom (thanks for the idea!!). Think I'm going to crochet myself a pair of gauntlets/fingerless gloves too as well as the garter!


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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009 11:37:50 AM »

1.) Paper flower centerpieces made from old sewing patterns
2.) Tin can table numbers
3.) Typewriter guest book
4.) Fabric backdrop with chalk boards
5.) A funky white dress
6.) Bridesmaid clutches made from placemats
7.) Turn any quote into a 1" pin favor
8.) Monogram Cake Topper

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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2009 11:59:56 PM »

Thank you so much for the awesome ideas!!!

« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010 11:27:06 PM »

After searching for ages, my fiance and I finally found a Chinese Restaurant that is willing to accommodate us without being ridiculously expensive! So, FINALLY we have a reception venue! You guys have no idea what a relief that is!
We've decided to use a color scheme of red and silver (as it fits in with the Chinese venue) and I've purchased letter writing pad invites (embossed silver) and silver envelopes.

Never thought I would purchase invites, but they are simple and I like them!

« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010 02:08:02 AM »

I decided to give 'coffee filter roses' a go and I'm very pleased with the results. I added in some white plastic 'gyps' too.

Here is a pic of one of the corsages I made!


« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010 12:27:37 PM »

I used gift wrap on the front of the church leaflets. It was a lot more cost effective than buying sheets of fancy printed papers.


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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2010 08:24:57 PM »

Now that you have a few things picked out, here are some more ideas!

They have some "asian" inspired things at oriental trading. (I searched "asian")

And here's a cute cake topper!

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