your way: looking for a break from tradition?
Your wedding your
way: looking for a break from tradition? Here are three distinctive
ways to cut the cost—and the fuss—as you celebrate
your special day.
A WEDDING BRUNCH AT HOME
receptions with 50 or fewer guests are becoming a popular alternative
to larger, more extravagant affairs. They're economical, and
they also let you customize your special day to reflect your
own tastes and imagination. Prefer an intimate setting? A continental
brunch reception at home---yours or a close friend or relative's--is
an ideal way to go.
SETTING The reception
location and catering fees are typically the largest chunk of
any wedding budget. Hosting your reception at home cuts costs
dramatically. Look for a place that's roomy enough to accommodate
a buffet spread, cake table and beverage station, as well as
mingling guests and small tables with chairs for seating. Tip:
To create more space, consider removing unneeded furniture from
areas where guests will circulate.
DECOR You only
need a few great ideas and well-chosen details to make an impact.
We carried a complementary color scheme--peach, yellow and cream--through
the invitation (top left), place settings (middle) and wedding
favors (bottom). Simple yet beautiful accents--colorful doilies,
ribbons and silk flowers, all available at craft stores--add
a sweet touch. Tip: Borrow fine china, flatware and serving dishes
that suit your color scheme from family members or friends instead
of purchasing or renting them. It's okay to mix and match.
THE MENU Ask friends and family to help with preparations;
pitching in can be their gift to you. Homemade foods, like
sweet-potato biscuits and quiches, are easy to prepare ahead
of time and freeze well (see recipes page). Muffins, pastries,
fruits and juices are favorites and economical...You
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