If you and your partner are fans of simple weddings and would like to hold it at one of your favorite restaurants, the following tips may help make it an event that is memorable and enjoyable, without breaking the bank or compromising on style.
Purchase some bouquets that contain your favorite types of flowers from your local florist that are about to be tossed into the trash. Although the flowers may not be as fresh as more expensive arrangements, they will still add beauty to your wedding ceremony. You can also inquire with friends or family members who have flowers growing on their property if they would be willing to part with any of their prized beauties.
Arrange the flowers in simple vases and set them up in the room at the restaurant that is being reserved for the wedding. Make sure that there are enough arrangements for tables where guests will be dining during the reception, as well. If you are handy with decorations, add flowers to a simple wooden arbor and bring it to the wedding so that you and your mate can have photographs taken while standing underneath it.
Ask the restaurant owner who you are hiring if they know of any local entertainers that are available to play music at your wedding and reception. Many popular restaurants feature piano or guitar players at various times throughout the year. Otherwise, hire an up and coming musical group that plays at venues in your neighborhood.
If the group hasn't had much exposure in the past, they may be willing to offer a reduced rate for their services. They may be anxious to have others listen to them play in hopes that some of them will spread the word about their musical abilities. You can also have a close friend or family member play music if you are unsuccessful with locating anyone else.
Smorgasbord Of Favorite Dishes
Request that the restaurant's cook prepares a variety of your and your partner's favorite dishes. Make arrangements to have a long table set up so that guests can line up and select entrees, vegetables, and desserts that are appealing to them. The restaurant's owner will probably be glad to oblige and will make sure that food selections are cooked to perfection in hopes that you, your spouse, and each of your guests continue to do business with them in the future.
Book your wedding well in advance and carefully plan the details that you would like to add to your wedding and reception. On your big day, you and your loved ones will be able to cherish the moments spent together and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. You can feel good about the fact that you stayed within your budget.