Thanks guys so much!! I didn't realise that the stationary especially could be so inexpensive! I was planning on making my own mostly with scrapbooking, but I have NFI where to get nice quality paper from... I've even been looking at downloading scrapbooking e-packages, but I can't find any nice/free ones.
Just a few things I want to clarify as well:
FH has flat feet and owns no shoes that are suitable - he owns three pairs of shoes: a black pair of joggers that were specially made for him that he wears to work and nice occassions, an old pair of joggers that he uses around the yard, and a pair of sandles that he wears when it's hot. He can wear any pair of shoes that don't have the arches built into them... we were thinking about getting him a pair of yellow converse (my favourite colour) to wear with his suit. I want to wear yellow wedges under my dress too (Actually found some at Target for $40 that I want to put on laybuy now!!). So in terms of his shoes, they're going to be a bit on the expensive side
As for his suit, I was HOPING that we could make a trip to Bendigo on the boxing day sales and get him a suit definitely. Do man-to-man have 3XLs? FH always has problems because he's kind of in between the maximum of a regular size (2XL) and the 'plus sizes' (3XL). Tres frustrating...
I personally wouldn't trust my MOH and FH's BM to wear nice (or appropriate) clothing to our wedding. My MOH went to a wedding recently in what she defined as 'classy'... I thought she looked like a bogan slut. She wore a (nice enough) maxi dress with WAY too much boob showing (and no bra), wearing thongs (and I'm talking just regular black, Target Essentials thongs). FH's BM looked nice enough... but we'll have to get him at least a yellow tie, maybe a vest and some yellow volleys or converse or something. FH doesn't want to wear a full suit to the wedding, just a vest, no tie, a white shirt, and black pinstripe pants - but he still wants to buy a full suit. Maybe I could find one on eBay... hrm...
The silk flowers that I found are already from eBay in the colours that I like, with a custom package including all the ceremony and reception flowers for $400 (I dunno... I thought it was a bargain personally). Definitely love that website melyz! BTW - WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT PHOTOGRAPHER!!!???? I WANT HIM!! Lol. The photographer we got is the cheapest around, and also a family friend - she's an artist and her shots are amazing... that 'package' is already a reduced price, for 3 hours, and no prints, just the edited pics on a USB.
We're also thinking that we might be able to run an extension cord down from the main shed at the winery and use a power board for the CD Player and whatever else needs power.
The set up staff are unfortunately a cost that comes with the venue... we can't set up/pack up without a staff member being there (I guessed for insurance reasons), and the 'serving staff' is only for alcohol and is 1 person already.
I've actually already got my accessories - my earrings, a bracelet and a necklace. Just need a veil, some underwear and a dress. I'm really uncertain about buying a dress off of ebay from a chinese seller that I don't know
Does anyone know of any good ones? For my first wedding I got a recommendation from a friend to buy from JaysBridal (an american online wedding dress shop). I tried looking at the site the other day and it's closed down
Pity coz she got her dress for $300USD. I've also thought about getting my dress made by myself and my FMIL and just buying the material... but I have no idea what I want in terms of a dress, and need desperately to go try on some styles. I usually wear maxi dresses from bali and thailand that are empire lined. I'm an hourglass figure but a size 22 - 24.... I thought it might be appropriate for me to just wear a simple white maxi dress with my yellow wedges and a really long veil...
I was trying to save money too buy doing my own makeup and hair on the day, and over the next year or so buying high quality make-up products and practising, and maybe going to a $25 class that we have up here to teach you how to do your makeup.
Finally, Game Hire is yard games - giant chess, Bocci, giant pick up sticks, and horse shoe throwing. FH really has his heart set on this part of the wedding. I've looked at buying instead of hiring - SOOOO much more expensive... (the giant chess set is like $3000!!!!).
I'm also open to changing the type of wedding (such as having just an afternoon tea party and then an after party that night for supper).... or pushing the wedding back (I've thought about changing the date to 2016 on our 4 year anniversary lol).