Thursday, May 12, 2016

Weddings On A Budget Part 1

Sooooo, since I'm catching up here, let's go back to Kim's wedding!


We didn't have a lot of time to plan, but it turned out beautifully!  The most important part was being surrounded by all the love!  We didn't have a bunch of extra cash laying around, and don't believe it's necessary to break the bank for a wedding.  There are some easy solutions to making a wedding much more affordable than some of those TV programs convey.

Part 1:  Let's talk about food.


We decided to do our own food for the wedding. (Insert oohhh and awww here.)  Honestly, I had NO idea WHAT I was getting myself into.  And in the beginning we were just planning on having 50 people.  As the guest list grew to 200, so did our menu. I couldn't have pulled it all off without the help of family, friends, and many saints from the church.

Menu:
Sub Sandwiches (purchased from sub shop)
Meatballs (recipe below)
Salmon with Crackers (an advantage to living in the PNW--salmon fishing!)
Fruit Tray
Veggie Tray
Hubby's Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (request of the bride)
And--the best part--a variety of salads brought by friends.  Whenever someone asked me if they could do something to help I would say, "Yes!"  Which is totally NOT in my nature, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

I am sorry to report that half the mac and cheese burned just prior to the wedding when a child turned on the oven, not realizing food was warming.  Yikes!  That child might be scarred for life--he'll always have some strange aversion to weddings and not know why!

And of course Hubby made cookies.


The stunning cake was given as a gift.  The topper was from our own wedding cake almost 35 years ago.



Note the paper plates and napkins from THE DOLLAR STORE, where I also found large, square, white plates for the buffet.

The punch was equal parts Hawaiian Punch and 7-Up, with lots of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

We had no alcohol since the bride and groom are not yet 21--huge cost savings there!

Best Meatball Recipe:


Get a big crock-pot
Put in and stir equal parts chili sauce and grape jelly (about 18 ounces of each)
Add a bag of ready-made meatballs
Stir
Cook on low for several hours
Simple easy.  Delicious.  Just make sure you 1.) Listen to your daughter-in-law who says you need at least 4 giant bags of meatballs and 2.) Let the bride get some before you run out.  Lesson learned.



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