June is still the most popular month for weddings, so I thought now would be a good time to share this idea, as inspiration for anyone with a super-tight wedding budget.
A friend of mine was making plans to renew her wedding vows. She envisioned the ceremony taking place, under the vine-covered arbor, in the back yard of another friend and asked for my help dressing it up.
She was definitely on a tight budget (ahhhh… I love a challenge!), so we assessed what each of us already had to use and what else might be needed to turn the arbor into a sanctuary for their ceremony. One friend had a white, paper aisle runner (from her own wedding), a pedestal table (to hold the ceremony items), and I had a few white paper bells. Also, I went by a warehouse store (COSTCO) to purchase one of their fabulous 50-yard rolls of wired ribbon and we were set!
I cut the aisle runner to hang one-half on the front & the other half on the back (of the arbor). Next, I made several bows for accenting the white paper runner and paper bells and Viola’! A backyard ceremony site was set. Simple and beautiful!
I used the leftover scraps of ribbon to create rose petals, placed them in the skirt of a piece of statuary (I found in the yard) and then moved it near the walkway/aisle – instant flower girl! 😉
Sometimes, I wish more couples would consider holding their weddings at home. There’s no pressure, no rules… just love and togetherness. Oh, and the final total to ready the arbor (for the wedding ceremony) was merely the price of the ribbon $8! I think the next photo demonstrates the grace that was bestowed on my friend and her hubby that day. Congrats to them both for a long, wonderful marriage together, with wishes for many more years of wedded bliss!