My husband and I were wedding guests on Sunday, April 20th. It was such a great event. Simple and fun! It reminded me that weddings don't have to be these huge affairs for them to be enjoyable.
The wedding I attended on Sunday was a great example of why weddings don't have to break the bank. The couple, Sarah and Lambros, are adorable. Lambros is from the island of Cyprus and Sarah is from Indiana. The event was the perfect marriage of both cultures.
They were married at a simple Christian house of worship. There was an elegant flower arrangement that delicately hung behind them as they listened to a minister remind them of the sanctity and privilege of marriage. Their bridal party included two flower girls, a ring bearer, and a toddler being pulled down the aisle, while sitting in a wagon by the bride's good friend. (Adorable!) Sarah wore a beautiful gown and Lambros wore an elegant, blue two-piece suit. The flower girls wore pink matching dresses and held white wicker baskets which carried their flower peddles. And the little boys were in adorable little suits.
The reception was held at the traditional Greek tavern restaurant in Astoria named MP Taverna where Chef Michael Psilakis prepares an exciting dinner menu. It was the perfect setting for this affair. The space was set up with long banquet style, wooden tables on either side of the window lined upstairs private room. The rustic table settings perfectly matched the decor of the space which included copper lighting fixtures and wooden ceiling rafters. Small votive candles added to the romance of the space, especially as the sun set into the evening. A frosted mason jar, holding gold spray painted baby's breath, lined the center of the tables. This added the natural element needed to bring the outside in and reminded Sarah of her family's canning and jarring tradition. The favors were also part of the table decor. A heavy, pistachio filled, powdered sugar cookie, from Cyrus, was individually wrapped and set for each guest.
The food was amazing! The meal began with three appetizers served family style. This included an amazing octopus salad, a beef and pork mix meatball and some creamy tzatziki sauce and warm pita bread.
The main meal gave each guest their your choice of fillet mignon with mushroom, onion, sherry and thyme, a perfectly grilled bronzino, or a lemon chicken. I had the beef and it was delightfully prepared! A perfect sear gave the surface a crispy outside while the center was the perfect shade of pink. (I get just as excited with food as I do with weddings....moving on.) There was a generous flow of beer and wine for all the guests. The staff was diligent in bringing whatever we needed.
The couple kept us well entertained with a great DJ. The music was well chosen and had us singing along while we enjoyed our meal and dancing at all the right times. And let's talk about the dancing. It was great! It was a Big Fat Greek Wedding all the way! The crowd was up and dancing at every opportunity despite the close quarters. And that's when it really hit me....you don't always have to spend a lot to get a lot. It was a blast! It was what every couple wants to see....their family and friends having an amazing time!
How do you have a great wedding without going over budget?
The way to make this happen is to decide what two or three aspects of the wedding will receive the most of your budget. Instead of the typical budget breakdown, decide what things are a must have for you.
Creating a guest list is a good place to start. This will tell you if you can house your wedding in a traditional reception hall, a restaurant, a rented space or even a house. Another way to keep cost down is to ask your friends to do certain wedding duties. For example, a friend with a big, clean car may be a better option then hiring an expensive car service.
Sarah and Lambros decided to spend most of their budget on their outfits, the food and the photography.
Sarah decided to go for a traditional wedding dress a month before the wedding. The short notice meant she wasn't able to order a dress from the designer. But the folks at RK Bridal were able to find her the perfect dress right there in the store.
Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, they choose to have a dessert menu which included delicious cheesecakes, banana bread pudding, and gluten free mouse and molten chocolate cake. It was the perfect way to end the meal.
The wedding was a great celebration of love and happiness. It was a beautiful evening filled with joy and excitement. Congratulations Sarah and Lambros on a terrific day.
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