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.

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
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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