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Wedding Guest Post: Thrifty China and more


Hi, I’m Mary from Sweetwater Style! 
I am thrilled to be guest posting on Chicken Scratch!
I just love Alecia’s lovely blog don’t you?
Here at Sweetwater….I truly believe that “style is the perfection of your point of view”!
I am always dedicated to finding that point of view without spending a lot of money!
Alecia wants to highlight DYI ways to lower the cost of a wedding without sacrificing the style!
I am with her 100%….besides….
I think it makes the whole wedding “journey” so much more meaningful to use creativity instead of cash!!
Are YOU planning a wedding?
Then….I suggest you get yourself to the thrift shop!

Two summers ago, our daughter got married in June and our nephew in August.
The planning and preparations were almost more fun than the big days!

Both weddings and receptions were held at my brother and sister-in-law’s beautiful Willow Ridge Gardens.

 But, you ask, “What’s that got to do with Good Will?

Notice the stack of plates and the silver urn in this photo! 

Pretty….and elegant don’t you think?

We did our research….

  • the cost of china rental for the two weddings….for almost 400 guests…at least $400…Yikes!
  • OR…..paper products-less expensive….but not very elegant!

Soooo…..we began buying up lovely plates and glassware from  GOOD WILL, THRIFT STORES and GARAGE SALES!

We had RULES!

  • Nothing could cost more than a dollar… 
  • We needed dinner plates, salad plates, wine glasses and drinkware…
  • Everything should be basic white or cream colored….
  • Every piece should be something we might want to keep and use later…. 
Here are just a few of the great pieces we found!

The china worked wonderfully for the buffet and casual styled wedding!

Much better than floppy paper plates to carry around!

For the more formal sit down dinner….it was fun to coordinate the china on the tables.

Every table was unique and lovely!
We also used my collection of thrift store silver for serving and decorative accents!
I think everything looks better on silver…don’t you?  

Here are all those silver trays put to good use at another wedding for the cupcake service!

Now for the best part!
Both those Brides from two years ago split up the china pieces they liked….
and they have enough lovely place settings to use at almost any gathering for years to come!

In fact….I might just have to borrow some of this from the Sweetwater daughter the next time I have a big party!

I have enjoyed sharing our fun way to save money on wedding china…and I hope it inspires you to get yourself out there shopping the thrift stores!

Remember….as you are in the midst of all the planning and preparation….be sure to enjoy the process!  The day will be gone in a heartbeat….but the memories will be forever!

I would love for you to hop over to Sweetwater Style and see some of the other wedding themed posts I have done!

Thanks to Alecia for letting me share with you….
Thanks so much Mary for sharing your awesome idea!

Don’t miss the other post in my DIY Wedding series:
More than a Guest Book

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