I recently attended a Country Wedding that was on a very tight budget. The Bride planned the occasion all by herself, and I must say, that although it was simple, it was very nice and very sweet. The wedding was in the fall, so the bride took advantage of having her celebration at her grandmothers farm. At first I thought the guests would be assaulted by terrible smells from nearby cattle, but she strategically placed the celebration tent downwind from nearby cattle fields. Fall flowers were all in bloom. They were picked by hand and then made into beautiful arrangements tied by simple raffia bows, and put into mason jars with floating candles as centerpieces. They were gorgeous and I thought that using the flowers available to her from her own land was brilliant.
The simple white tent was set up after the ceremony with plenty of room for all of her guests. Close friends and family were the only attendees, and although only about fifty people were invited, I must say that it gave a real family friendly feel to the occasion. It was catered by a local company that did a wonderful job with the food. Barbecue chicken, potato salad, as well as other simple, and yet tasty salads were offered, along with sweet tea and of course, a beautiful cake, decorated in fall colors with flowers made out of sugar. It did not break her budget, and all of the guests were happy sharing the couples special day. Children were allowed to attend along with their parents, and the bride thoughtfully provided bubbles and outside games to amuse the children. The decorations consisted of hay bales dividing the aisles, and through out the space, with beautiful mum arrangements, allowing the fall to show off her beautiful colors of maroon, pumpkin, and yellow. The groom and groomsmen dressed in light brown suits with yellow ties, and the bride was simply beautiful in a white sheath, overlaid with delicate lace. The reception was so fun and filled with dancing! All of the people that attended this event left very happy. The best part about these nuptials is that they did not go into any debt at all and that they were very happy in planning a simple ceremony and celebration that was truly a celebration of their love