Frugal Wedding – Cheap Fun Sunglasses

Frugal Wedding Tip – Cheap fun sunglasses

I shared with you a few weeks ago how we used Red Clown Noses as fun adds on for our wedding.  We paired the red clown noses with fun cheap sunglasses. I found them at the dollar store and bought them in multiple colors. They ended up being great props for photos. Friends and family took pictures wearing them. I don’t think I spent more than $5 on them and they turned out to be a huge hit at our wedding. Some of my favorite pictures are of my bridesmaids and me wearing them.

Frugal Wedding Tips- Choosing an Officiant

Frugal Wedding Tips- Choosing an Officiant

When John and I talked about who we wanted to marry us we knew we wanted someone close to the family that knew us. We chose a family friend Eric Warn who has been a Lions Club member with my parents for longer than I can remember. I went online and found The Monastery were you can become ordained online. I was able to have Eric ordained and in the end I was also ordained to be able to perform weddings. It was free to be ordained and worked out amazing. I am happy to say that we were the first of many weddings that Eric has performed. He has gone on from our wedding to be named one of the top officiants in the Seattle area. I love that from our wedding Eric has gone on to help many other couples have amazing weddings.

If you are looking for a wedding officiant in Western Washington Eric is still doing ceremonies. Eric can be reached via his website –> Eric Warn
If you are looking for someone in the Spokane area and need help let me know. I have performed multiple wedding for friends since becoming ordained.

 I definately suggest doing a bit of research to make sure that getting ordained online is valid in your state. In the State of Washington it is accepted and has not been a problem. The Monastery Site has a section on Marriage Laws to help answer questions.

Frugal Wedding Flowers

Frugal Wedding Flowers

For our wedding I knew exactly what I wanted but also knew that I could not afford to hire a florist or decorator to make my vision a reality. So instead we made it happen with the help of some truly amazing friends. We bought our flowers from Costco. We found out that you can special order flowers ahead of time and they will have them ready the day that you need them. We met with the flower person from Costco a few months before the wedding and placed our order. We ended up picking them up in Spokane and transporting them to Leavenworth in the back of the minivan we rented.

I am not sure how we got them all to fit but the van smelled absolutely amazing on our drive to Leavenworth. I really wanted a big bouquet of multicolor roses for my bouquet. We had a great friend at the wedding who made my bouquet vision a reality. She used floral tape, ribbon and the framed pictures of my grandparents and truly made a bouquet I loved. The Bridesmaids bouquets were were very similar just tied with brown ribbon.

 Our reception was inside a 1910 dairy farm outside of Leavenworth Washington. I wanted our table decorations to fit the theme and look of the barn. I used mason jars to achieve this look.  The Mason jars were incredibly frugal since we had a ton of them on hand at my Moms house and found a lot more at the Goodwill and thrift stores.

I was able to get the Mason Jars ready for the reception before we left for the wedding. I had all of them decorated and ready to go weeks before the wedding which worked out great. I tied each Mason Jar with a brown and cream ribbon and then attached a glass John Deere tractor to the ribbon. For years everyone gave John tractors as gifts and I wanted to find a way to tie the decorations to him.

Buying the flowers at Costco and putting together the decorations and our bouquets saved us a ton of money for the wedding. I loved how they turned out and they fit the look of the wedding exactly as I hoped they would.

Frugal Wedding Tips – Kids Toy Buckets

Frugal Wedding Tips – Kids Toy Buckets

We really wanted to make our wedding fun for the entire family. We knew that we had friends and family members bringing their kids and the last thing we wanted was for the kids to be bored or upset that they were there. I went to Michaels and purchased $1.00 plastic buckets.

I filled the buckets with fun toys and treats that I found at the dollar store, Target, Walmart pretty much anyplace I could find cheap fun toys. I made up enough so that each kid that we knew was coming to the wedding had their own bucket. I filled them with dolls, puzzles, light up jewelry, games, coloring books and toys that were great for all ages. I have to say these buckets went over so well at the wedding. The kids played under the tables and in a corner the entire night with their buckets. They all became great friends and had so much fun together. The parents were able to enjoy the wedding and not worry that their kids were getting in trouble.