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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Five months and counting...

By Sally Y. Hayes

By SALLY Y. HAYES

Mt. Pleasant News

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The groom cannot see the bride the day of the wedding until the ceremony.

Rain on your wedding day is good luck.

The bride wears a white dress.

Whoever catches the bouquet is the next to get married.

And the groom carries the bride across the threshold.

The traditions of wedding ceremonies are numerous and diverse, however the wedding industry thoroughly encourages personalizing everything from napkins to matchbooks to cake toppers.

When Will proposed last November I was completely elated and surprised. I couldn’t stop smiling for days, and I think Will was in the same boat.

We set our wedding date for the following December and I thought for certain that a year would be an ample amount of time to plan a wedding.

With five months left on the countdown, I am getting more excited and yet more nervous. I worry about everything from ceremony arrangements to attendants’ attire to transportation to cake all coming together in time, and to do it all while maintaining a budget.

I’m finding it tricky to blend the traditions with the personal touches.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying planning and looking for ways to save money. And the material things are not taking precedence over the ceremony and the meaning of our vows and our love for each other.

After being in two weddings and attending numerous others, I feel that I’ve picked up some pointers on how to make the day run smoothly without becoming a bridezilla.

So far we’ve come up with a few ways to save a few bucks and be creative. And I’m always open to more suggestions. Below are some ideas to ponder while planning an upcoming wedding on a budget.

Save the dates, invitations and programs can be fun, colorful, elegant, trendy or whatever your style may be without costing an arm and a leg. There are numerous websites that allow a bride and groom to design their own print materials at inexpensive rates.

Postcard save the dates eliminates the cost of an envelope and allows for a less expensive stamp to be used. Programs can often be printed at home on various kinds of paper. I recently saw a program for a summer wedding where the bride printed the programs on heavy cardstock and then stapled it to a wooden piece to make a paper fan for guests to use should it become warm during the ceremony.

Dessert does not have to be a seven-tiered cake coated in fondant and flowers. Many couples opt for a dessert bar, which offers various goodies for your sweet tooth from cookies to pies to cheesecakes to a chocolate fountain. We’ve decided to attempt the dessert bar with various family members contributing their coveted confectionary delight.

Another opportunity to personalize your reception area and save money is to be creative with centerpieces. Ordering stems of flowers easily available that season and then placing the blooms with floating candles in a short glass bowl can be cost effective compared to extravagant floral arrangements that block guests’ views across the table. With flowers it helps to think of what is available for each season, for example we are using sprigs of pine in our flowers for our winter wedding.

Some people use their desserts, such as cupcakes, as centerpieces to knock two items off the to do list at the same time.

Or, if there is a particular interest that the couple shares then perhaps part of that can be used to decorate the tables. Maybe a common love of sports would include a large vase filled with baseballs or an interest in music would have an arrangement that included sheet music of favorite songs.

Probably the tip that I’ve received the most from newlyweds is to accept help when it is offered. While I haven’t experienced the wedding day yet, I am already thankful for the help that I have received from friends and family.

Ultimately, I hope to have a wedding day that celebrates our marriage with our friends and family surrounding us.