A wedding for HOW MUCH?

Anne recently mentioned finding a book at her store on planning a wedding for less than $10,000. I’m having a hard time understanding why anyone would be pleased by the thought of planning a wedding for less than $10,000. Even if the economy wasn’t in its current state, I’d have a hard time spending anywhere close to $10,000 on a wedding — lovely or otherwise. So…now that we are planning a wedding, I’m thinking that the couples who are spending $10-20,000 on a wedding have been fooled into thinking certain things are necessary. Call me a spoilsport, cheap, or whatever, but is it really necessary to give a “favor” to each person attending? Don’t most of us attend a wedding because we’re happy for the couple and want to share a part of their special day? Aren’t weddings a time for us to give them something? But we did have a good idea of ordering pencils with their name and address on them to give to each person — those brightly colored “old-fashioned” ones.

Right now Fred and I are having fun tilling the gardens and planning what flowers to plant that will bloom in September. Yesterday we hit on the idea of miniature sunflowers since Anne loves them. Whatever is blooming on that day will make their way into her bouquet and the cake. We’re adding dahlias, cosmos, more butterfly bushes, more black-eyed Susans, and whatever else we can come up with. I consulted with a friend at the farmer’s market — she said to plan the gladiolus in June so they’ll be blooming later than usual. What a great idea!

Our challenge with this wedding is to plan some unusual things that will make it more enjoyable and unique, such as blankets with toys for the families with little kids who don’t like to sit in chairs. We’re saving by having an evening wedding with just a dessert reception, most of which will be prepared by family members. But we’ll buy Dietsch’s ice cream (pre-scooped in multi flavors). Saw a great cake idea with a small cake for the traditional cutting, surrounded by cupcakes for the guests.

This is going to be so much fun, just to have friends and family around to enjoy it with us.

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