Introduction

Congratulations!  (Oops, you’re not supposed to say that to a bride-- it makes it sound like you’d never be able to snag a man.  Congratulations are in order for the groom – who was lucky enough to get YOU!)

 

You said yes.  You are on cloud nine.  But so many things are spinning around in your head….what do I do now? 

 

You have a vision of your perfect wedding in your mind, but now that the time has come, you have no idea how you can afford it.  The truth of the matter is that nobody can really afford the fairy tale weddings we see in the movies and on TV.  Those weddings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (literally!). Only five percent of the population can afford that kind of wedding. So what do the rest of us do?  We get real.  We prioritize. 

 

There is no such thing as a “stress-free wedding.”  You can, however, have a beautiful, elegant wedding without running yourself ragged or breaking the bank and we’re going to do our best to help you through that process.  The key is to keep it simple. Don’t be overwhelmed by the size of this book.  It is packed with creative ideas, but you only have to pick a few to make your wedding unique. 

 

The cultural hall reception with Sprite punch and cookies has become the "Mormon" wedding cliché. This book is in no way belittling the cultural hall reception. If you have a long guest list and don’t want to exclude anyone, the cultural hall may very likely be your venue of choice.  If that is the case, we will show you how to make it uniquely you and still be a reflection of everything you visualize for your big day.

 

This book is designed to provide you with OPTIONS! If you feel as though you are "settling" for the cultural hall because you fear your budget doesn't allow for anything else, we hope to prove you wrong and open your eyes to all the possibilities for a cheap and chic LDS wedding reception in a variety of venues.

 

We have included everything from preparing for the temple, securing the civil necessities, and for planning for your marriage, not just the wedding! Included are several "tear sheets" to give to those planning toasts, timelines, or budgets as well as a myriad of other helpful hints and guidelines.  You will also find extensive advice on every aspect of planning a reception on a limited or moderate budget, so you can have a wedding that you can look back on with pride.

 

We have also included invaluable information for dealing with potentially awkward family and social scenarios; such as divorced parents, temple unworthiness, having to slight a would-be bridesmaid, and avoiding bridezilla-esque behavior. It is all covered in this book! 

 

For once in your life everything gets to be about YOU – so enjoy it while you can. (That will all change after the last dance – we’ll talk about that later J)

 

Take a deep breath.  Okay, let’s go!