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Not a princess bride

Miss K

Hi ladies, 
I'm recently engaged and getting into the planning stage. 
Everywhere I turn, everything is so manufactured feeling, too much "styling", decor and princess ballgowns. 
Every vendor expects more than a year lead time and finding a venue for summer 2016 seems practically impossible.

What's a girl to do? 
I would love nothing more than a garden party for our close family and friends. 

Any suggestions on the topic are very welcome!!

Thank you :)
Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

10 Replies

Sandra Ribeiro

not a princess bride

Niagara on the lake is beautiful! Maybe a small, intimate cottage wedding
Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

Not a princess bride

I totally agree. I would love nothing more than a barn party with my kids and horses involved when I ever get married.

Everything is marketing so they try to make you feel that way with every wedding item you pick up. Its your special day, do what you love not what everyone/manufactures tell you how it should be. :)

Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

Not sure where you are

But a restaurant is a great idea. Rouge in Calgary has a gorgeous yard and tent for outdoor stuff and beautiful interior and amazing food.
Or am outdoor park and set up a tent, have catering, etc.
Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:55 pm


DO exactly what you want! Try and ignore all the crazy stuff, just like the diet industry they want you to spend, spend, spend. I had my reception in my house and my wedding had 11 people including me and the groom. I hate being looked at and for me it was the perfect wedding.
Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:27 pm

Another vote for Restaurant

We got married at a restaurant.

Our deposit was carried forward to pay for the food bill, and the cost per person for such a fancy restaurant was cheaper than any wedding venue (and I had a list of 20 that I did comparisons between). the food was AMAZING (people still talk about it).

They had an events co-ordinator who took care of what a wedding co-ordinator would, they decorated and flipped the room over between ceremony and reception.

Dresswise, I didn't want to spend a fortune, so opted for an ivory coloured bridesmaids dress. They have amazing sample dresses in a lot of wedding shops now though so you have plenty of choices in that area compared to 7 years ago.

Also we had no bridal/groom party - they seem more stressful than anything!

And remember - it's YOUR party - do what you want.

Apparently if you involve parents in the financial part of it, they get a say in a lot, which seems to turn messy.

Feb 04, 2016 @ 02:05 pm


Some friends of mine got married on the beach ,it was simple but beautiful
Feb 04, 2016 @ 02:24 pm


that would be my dream, we saw a couple weddings at Myrtle Beach when we were there last year and the year before. its beautiful all in white and let red heart balloons go so beautiful...
Feb 04, 2016 @ 06:17 pm

not a princess

You have all kids of options available to you really, and of course it's ultimitely your choice.The best thing is to relax and enjoy the planning stages every step of the way.What about a wedding in your own yard. This can be put together very nicely and could cut costs.
Feb 04, 2016 @ 06:57 pm

My Super Cheap Wedding

We had a small wedding and fast (within two months) because my husband's mother was suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer. She had 6-12 months to live and we wanted to move the wedding up so she would be well enough. My best friend of 30 years and my 20 y o daughter stood for me and my husband's father and good friend stood for him. My best friend's 2 y o was the flower girl and my 7 y o son was the ring bearer. We had just a handful of guests and afterward had dinner at a nice restaurant. I made my own bouquets and got a beautiful wedding gown new with tags at Goodwill for $75. I only had to get it spot cleaned and taken in a bit. The flowers cost more than the dress and cleaning and fitting LOL. While my dream would have been to get married on the beach we actually got married somewhere unorthodox - we live in Edmonton so we got married at the antique photo parlor at west ed mall. Photos and ceremony was killing two birds with one stone. Everyone in the wedding party wore victorian themed clothes and my gown passed as victorian. I had a cameo pin holding up the bustle. I changed into a silk evening gown for dinner. Groom's family paid for the dinner and we paid for the photos and ceremony and everything else. We had a great JP who also dressed up victorian style. It wasn't my dream wedding but it was the best we could do in two months. His mom was well enough that day but sharply declined not long after and died three months to the day after we married. She didn't even make it to the six month mark. I don't regret a thing.
Do what YOU want and don't get caught up in the hype if it's not your thing.
We have friends who got married in a barn in the country and hardly had to decorate because the setting was so beautiful and rustic. Her theme was sunflowers and they had plenty of them. Her horses were used for just married pics. It was lovely.
I hope you have the wedding you want. And Ps - congrats on getting engaged!!!!
Feb 04, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

people, not places

Maybe consider approaching people who own nice homes or properties and ask if you can use their land/yard/whatever as a venue. some people do this regularly and will have the appropriate licenses.My after graduation party was held in a gorgeous barn on a farmer's land.
Feb 13, 2016 @ 08:51 pm

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