Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Frugal Wedding Tip #3: Embrace Nature

Yesterday I blogged about my super frugal wedding, a planned elopement. I realize that that might not be for everyone, but there are plenty of people who want to get married without breaking the bank. Reflecting on weddings I attended in my 20s and 30s, one theme jumps out at me for minimizing the financial impact of marriage -- embracing nature. Here are a few ideas from weddings I attended as a guest:
  • choose an outdoor venue, preferably one in a public park or venue as well as family/friend properties. Locations included the Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, where a May wedding was conducted among the blooming lilac trees. Another was conducted on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. And a third was on a lake pier where the couple had vacation property. The cost was minimal to none, the scenery amazing, and the setting intimate. You run the risk of mother nature throwing you a curve ball, but small tents are inexpensive. Nature centers, public gardens, and family homes abound....consider your options.
  • bring the outdoors in. When looking for decorations look no farther than the local park or field. I've seen amazing things done with twigs and a single bud as well as decorating with flowering vegetable plants. You can even place a single potted flower on the table as decoration, and it can double as a wedding favor for those green thumbs on your guest list.
How about others -- any suggestions on how to incorporate the natural world in a wedding? Honoring nature and keeping the costs down, a great way to view a wedding.

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