We LOVE crystals and glitz and so it stands to reason that we would LOVE this wedding …
When it came time to planning their wedding, Jaymie and Carl sought the assistance of Lisa at The Wedding Planner. Lisa shared many of the cost-saving aspects of this beautiful wedding …
Although their wedding had a fairly small budget – we really focused on putting the money where it would have the greatest impact. Both the ceremony & reception took place at a lovely restaurant called Teatro in Calgary. By choosing a Sunday I was able to negotiate a lower minimum for the evening thus making a venue that would normally have been out of the reach of their budget a possibility. The couple both work as web designers in Chicago and wanted to infuse a mixture of traditional glamour and funky fashion with some elements that really illustrated “them” as a couple.
The restaurant has these beautiful antique iron doors imported from Paris. I had to re-orient the room a bit so that they could stand between them for their wedding vows. The bride incorporated a brooch that had belonged to her grandmother on her bouquet. I had the bride and groom seated at a table by themselves and the groomsmen and bridesmaids were seated at gorgeous damask banquettes which flanked the sweetheart table. The favors were a simple black box filled with chocolate covered almonds (in fun metallic colors) which the bride had decked out with rhinestone buttons & feathers. Another cost saving measure was ordering gorgeous platinum colored raw silk from one of my suppliers and then having one of the bride’s family members hem the edges so we had gorgeous runners down the middle of each long table. Many of the guest tables seated 24 people. I always love an alternative to the traditional sea of round tables. The bronze & crystal trees filled the room in lieu of flowers, which were supplemented with 150 clear votives – so inexpensive but really create both ambiance and sparkle. Two tall bronze & crystal trees flanked the couple during the ceremony and then the smaller trees adorned all the tables during the reception (2-3 per table). The programs, menus, place cards and table numbers were all created by the bride. The cake incorporated the same silver ribbon that wrapped the bouquets and the cake set was the set used by Jaymie’s parents at their wedding (the wedding day was their anniversary).
Congrats to Jaymie & Carl … and Thanks to Lisa at The Wedding Planner for sharing their wedding and your tips on getting the most for the money!