Though I remember every detail of the ceremony, I don't recall much of the reception.
Except that it was hot. Freakishly humid for Tennessee.
After cutting the cake, we changed clothes upstairs and left in a shower of birdseed.
Even cheaper than making little bags: my aunt put an antique-style birdbath next to the front door and filled it with a beautiful mix of petals and seeds, along with a silver scoop.
We honeymooned at a quiet lake cabin borrowed from a relative and ate a basket of gourmet goodies packed by another aunt.
As you can see, a frugal wedding is as much a gift of others' generosity as it is careful planning.
Almost 10 years later, we are *still* thankful for the many ways my family helped to send us off in style.
I have few regrets about our wedding. The ceremony was the most meaningful part to both of us, as were the many weeks of (intense!) premarital counseling through our church.
We were able to invite everyone on our list without cutting people because of a high price per plate. The overall look was not tacky.
If I were doing it again, I would hand-calligraph a master invitation and have it reproduced on pretty paper. I would drop the live music in favor of prerecorded. I would have two or three people with digital cameras assigned to the pictures.
***If anyone reading wants to share the ways you made your wedding inexpensive, leave a comment below or the link to your post. It's always fun to read about weddings!