- Ceremony location and all of the decor that goes along with a large ceremony. Getting married at the court house is easy - we show up, put our name on a list and wait until they call our name.
- Rehearsal dinner. There isn't anything for us to rehearse and we don't need a fancy dinner or special reason to see family, we'll see them because they're in town and we want to.
- DJ or Band? We don't have to make that decision. We've decided to save money on a DJ or hiring a band because we can just as easily pick songs and put them on my iphone and call it a day. We know what we like. We aren't going to need the DJ to run the reception with first dances, cake cuttings, toasts, bouquet tosses, etc - we can focus on having a good time with friends and family and dancing when we want to. Nothing will be forced or corny.
- Seating chart, not for us! The reception won't start until 9pm. That late at night nobody wants to start dinner. We aren't having food-food, we're going to serve desserts only. With that we no longer have to have a seating chart, table numbers, chairs for everyone or elaborate centerpieces. We'll be at a brewery and it will be a cocktail feel. There will be 30+ chairs for about 70 people. I don't want everyone sitting down at once anyway!
- Florist. SweetWater Brewery is casual and so are we. I don't see the need to spend hundreds of dollars on a florist. Does anyone walk away remembering the flowers at a wedding? I couldn't tell you the floral arrangements from a single wedding I've ever attended - sorry to all my friends. I focus more on the bride and groom and remembering their special night together. We found 10 matching glass vases at Goodwill for $1.50 each and we'll get flowers from Costo. I'm thinking baby's breath and I'll tie a ribbon around the vase for a splash of color. Done. I haven't costed out baby's breath, but I have a feeling we'll spend less than $50 total on floral arrangements. I found this arrangement and I love it:
Photo from blog: The Wedding Chicks Wedding Blog
What do you think? Instead of a blue mason jar, we'll have a vase with blue ribbon. The picture is the perfect inspiration.
I'm sure there are a few other things that I'm forgetting, but taking those 5 items off our list of To Dos and out of our budget make both of us very happy.
My advice to anyone planning a wedding - focus on what is important to you. What do you and your fiance like doing together? How are you most comfortable with your friends? Focus on those things. Don't do something because that's what everyone else does. Your relationship with your significant other is unique, make your wedding day just as unique.