by Liz Lipke
So, you finally decided on a place, maybe you have your menu and chair arrangements completed, and your budget seems to be dwindling at every turn. You look at your sample bill and your eyes freeze. What is that? Linen? Three digits for some clothe, for a few hours? Ah!
‘Extras’ like chair covers, chair rentals, table linens, or even cake cutting, can cost an arm and leg; sadly, I need both of those appendages to walk down the isle and enjoy my wedding dinner.
As reality settles and the dreamlike wonder of a wedding becomes much closer, sometimes I wonder if elopement really is the best way? Not that we’re going to do that now, but I used to have a stigma against elopement- getting married without my family and close friends to share the celebration, it just seemed cold. But I am beginning to understand why elopement is so appealing- and who says there can’t be an ‘after’ party?
I’m doubtful my guests will notice if their chairs are covered in white linens or if there is a sparkly table runner decoration. These details are nice, but in the end, I think pocketing those triple to quadruple digits is more important in the long run.
Is it wrong to think ‘cheap’ when it comes to a wedding? Do you think you are cheapening the one day experience or is it more practical? What about wedding etiquette? If your guests are travelling far and wide, should they be treated to all out blast, fancy decorations and beautiful arrangements? There are voices on both sides of the argument, but in the end, it’s our wedding, our money and our happiness, right? Or no?
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