Wednesday, February 4, 2009

if you are on a lower budget but want to look fabulous!


i have a few reasons why i just LOVE outdoor weddings!

1. they are gorgeous!

2. they are much easier on the pocket or can be - i have seen some costly ones too.

3. the camera is going to LOVE it!

all three of these could go wrong with the wrong vision. we will start with location since it is the foundation of a wedding event.

with the choice of the LOCATION if you choose an outside location as my sister and i both have. you can also choose to have both the wedding and the reception at the same location. this will cut not only costs but make for less stress to you and your guests.

one location can also at times help keep costs down with your photographer.

i knew that i wanted a beach wedding - well honestly it had nothing to do with the cost - i just thought that a beach wedding would be beautiful! my sister's wedding was on a lake in a forest preserve - it was also gorgeous and very much her outdoor girl style. you can find lots of outdoor locations for a wedding - the thing i found when i was looking was that some are not so inexpensive and/or have lots of rules. so be sure to do your homework when looking for an outdoor location.

outdoor PHOTOGRAPHS! i just love them - the thing is, i have seen many outdoor wedding photographs that would just make one want to cry. a gorgeous hot summer day - that should be easy enough to photograph - right. well if you know what your doing - otherwise over and under exposure can hit you at the worst time possible, high contrast photographs in a bad way is not my thought of beautiful wedding photographs.

if you want the cute little church wedding - which we did consider. you can still usually find one of those smaller cute vintage looking churches to have your service inside for a reasonable cost - then they usually have more of a garden like yard that you could have the reception. (it is all about keeping it at one location and keeping your costs down.) over the years i have been to so many church weddings - with the reception in the basement or overflow room. i guess it makes it easy, no worry of the weather...honestly lets think outside the box more creatively. if you don't have the cute yard or you will be too worried about the weather. rent a white tent - sure if your in a budget i don't recommend your tent turning into "the father of the bride" wedding tent with crystals, ice sculptures, china and swans out front... but you could still make a pretty gorgeous wedding reception without all of that stuff.

if you check out some of the DIY (do it yourself) wedding websites you can get great idea's. tons of my own wedding idea's to cut costs way down came from looking at the amazing expensive stuff they have out these days. so look around, get idea's - just don't get drawn into the "you have to have it all idea".

well so now you have me thinking of all the amazing decor idea's one could do on a budget and yet still look fabulous! so for now i will stop...i will soon return with more layers of wedding planning cost cutting idea's and my own examples!

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