Have you ever been to a wedding and thought it was like something from a TV show such as “Revenge” or “The O.C”? On Saturday I got to; my brother got married and the wedding was amazing. It was such a surreal experience. The cars, the clothing, the guests (Tony Abbott was there), the venue; it was all like something from Revenge.
I loved it. It was absolutely beautiful and no expense was spared. Tails on the suits for the men, formal dresses for the women, top hats and white gloves etc… They even used a sword to cut the cake, as her parents had when they got married.
I made my dress for the wedding. I used an unused satin sheet from my sister, a bit of a dress I had but had never worn, some feathers from a mask we had and only had to pay $2 for a zip. All Yours Styling helped me put it together on the day and she is the one who came up with the blue bit and made the peacock piece.
Jac from All Yours Styling made her skirt too and the fabric actually came from her wedding! It was up on the walls at her reception so I thought it was really nice she turned it into a skirt for our brothers wedding.
I did my own hair and make-up.
The silver headband is made to look like leaves and was bought the day before the wedding for $5, my earrings were $4 so my full formal look only cost me $11, which is very good. Especially considering I nearly paid $400 for a dress on Friday because I was unsure the dress I made would be good enough.
To give you an idea of what the wedding was like, here are some small pictures which still do not do it all justice. It really was a TV or movie like wedding.
(1.Father of the Bride and the Bride, 2. Groomsmen, 3. Bridesmaids, 4. Ceremony venue 5. Location 6. Unity candles 7. Harpist 8. Centrepiece 9. Behind the bridal car 10. Piano 11. Peacock embellishment 12. My brother and niece 13. Cutting the cake with a sword)
Having now attended a fancy wedding, I can see why people want to spend $50,000 – $100,000 on a wedding. It was amazing. I know I could not do it myself for just one day, but I think with all my brother and his beautiful new wife have been through together (she suffered terribly from a complication at work, causing horrendous, lifelong issues and she has nearly died plus her quality and length of life have been significantly decreased) they deserved this day.
Usually I am a pretty frugal chic, as you can tell by me making my dress out of a sheet, but having seen such a glamourous wedding I can definitely see why if people have the money, they do it. And ultimately what people do with their money is their choice.
I could go on about how you could save money on your wedding, and I will probably do a post later on how other members of my family and I have cut costs with our weddings, but I think sometimes we should just be happy for people and how they have chosen to start their married life together. I figure I did my bit with my frugal dress choice, it’s about the only frugal thing from the wedding, but you know what?
They did not go into debt to pay for this wedding. It was something her parents had always wanted and they paid for most of it, as per tradition. It was all within their budget and I think that is the main thing with any wedding. Do not go into debt to pay for it, stay within a budget and make it your special day. This wedding truly reflected my brother, his gorgeous wife and their families.
Have you ever been to a wedding you deem to be extravagant and amazing? What did you do for your wedding?