Fill in the blank: The best things in life are ‘_______.’ If you said ‘free,’ that’s what I had in mind as well.
This generally means that the most rewarding or satisfying experiences in life are often those that cost nothing. This proverb originated in 1927 as the title of a song, which contains the following lines: The moon belongs to everyone, The best things in life are free, The stars belongs to everyone, They gleam there for you and me.
But when it comes to weddings almost nothing is free.
If you are planning a wedding you must have a reasonable budget that works for you and prioritize the things that matter most. It does get expensive. So remember that free doesn’t just mean free ‘stuff,’ but actions and words that make you day special. If you believe that the best things in life are free you can express that in many ways. The love given freely between you and your partner can be expressed (for free) by writing your own vows.
Here are a few more suggestions:
Do you have family or friends who are musicians? Have them play a special song for you at the ceremony or reception.
Collect flowers a few weeks before your wedding and dry them – use the petals for tossing for the recessional. Put the dried petals in a paper cone, easily made from paper, also at no cost.
Used framed photos of parents and grandparents weddings to get conversations started at the reception. Use photos of the bride or groom at specific ages to create table numbers, for example a photo of each of you at age 8 for table 8.
Something borrowed is a great tradition – so don’t hesitate to borrow and save some money – perhaps a purse, or a piece of jewelry. Put the word out to friends and family and maybe you’ll wind up with a special antique car for a dynamic entrance or transportation. Who knows what gifts will be freely given?
Create a YouTube video about yourselves to share with your guests, or to share information about the wedding, where to stay, where to go, and what’s going to happen. (Click here to see the most amazing Save-The-Date video ever – warning – do not try to hold yourself up to this standard however!!!)
Have your guests participate in your ceremony by holding a stone and then placing them into a glass jar, infused with their love for you; or choose other interesting interactive actions, such as a wish jar.
Ask for a favorite song to be played at the reception as part of your RSVP. Doesn’t cost a cent but lets people know you care about what they think and adds a lot of fun to the reception when you announce the song and who suggested it.
And finally good manners are always free and greatly appreciated. Don’t forget to greet and send off guests with your sincere thanks! Some of the best things in life are free!
Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the wonderful photo (above.)