For those who wanted to know what a sponsored wedding is -
You talk your vendors (cake, flowers, dress, DJ, whatever) into doing stuff for cheap or free in exchange for advertising at your wedding. They might settle for just an acknowledgement in the program or putting their business cards and brochures around the reception. Or they might say you have to hang a banner with their name on a table or your car or something. Or apparently in DW's case, their names on the backs of t-shirts given to the guests.
IMO, you can do a beautiful wedding inexpensively without turning it into a commercial, but this idea seems to be gaining popularity. Frankly, I think having fewer flowers or a shorter train is worth it not to plaster company names all over your wedding.
Opinion over, I'm getting married in 19 days. I've got pictures of lots of things.
- My mom and I made my dress and the bridesmaid dresses and the flower girl dresses. Total cost of my dress - $177. (http://www.theclutter.com/wedding/dress and http://www.theclutter.com/wedding/bridalportraits)
- This sounds nuts, but you know how sometimes you see signs on the side of the road that say "Dozen roses, $8" or something like it? (Maybe this only happens in the South or more rural areas? Although this is in a good sized city.) Anyway, there was one of those near my parents' office. So they went over there. The guy is even ordering different bunches to try to match the bridesmaid fabric for us. We're doing the arranging ourselves. My hand tied bouquet was really easy. (Again, http://www.theclutter.com/wedding/bridalportraits)
- Favors - I put rosemary in glassive envelopes with a slip about rosemary and weddings. (http://www.rosemarycompany.com/media/000493-01.jpg) Also got bubbles when they were on sale at JoAnn's.
- Making the ring bearer pillows to match the dress, and a friend is doing the flower girl baskets.
- Food - this is the uncheap part of our wedding. We're having a caterer, but it's coming out to only a couple thousand for 175 people. But I know several people who have gone to Sam's or Costco and easily catered it themselves.
- Tuxes - Men's Wearhouse does a deal for weddings where the whole shebang (shoes, socks, and cufflinks included) is $49.99. They just have to show up in their underwear.
One question - why are you wondering about bachelorette party ideas if it's your wedding? It's your maid of honor's job to throw that party!