Budget Bride Tip for June 29: Let them eat pie
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
Jeff and Lane’ Bigsby aren’t big cake fans.
So the thought of forking out hundreds of dollars on a wedding cake — which cost an average of $423 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company — was simply not appealing.
Instead, the couple decided to showcase local fruit pies at their wedding dinner and reception at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Ore., last Aug. 13.
Plus, pie complemented the potluck dinner they had planned.
For help, Lane’ looked to guests who enjoyed baking or had access to berries. A friend made four pies using apples from her yard, and her sister-in-law bought berries from a local farmers market for six blackberry and mixed-berry pies.
And the bride knew rhubarb was plentiful in her mother-in-law’s garden, so she developed a recipe. "I made seven rhubarb pies the day before the wedding," says Lane’, 36, a project administrator for an energy efficiency company.
The pies received so much attention that Lane’ finally placed a makeshift sign on the table, asking guests not to dig in until it was time.
“Little kids kept standing next to the table, looking at the pies,” she says.
Lane’ and Jeff, 41, a drafter for an environmental engineering and consulting company, did a somewhat untraditional cutting of their pie, which was adorned with Elvis and Cinderella PEZ candy dispensers as toppers.
After that, she says, it was a “free-for-all.”
Because there was a variety to choose from, most guests sampled more than one, says Lane’, noting that apple was the clear favorite.
“They were baked with love,” she adds.
Here are Jeff and Lane’ on their wedding day ...
These are the pies and potluck dinner they served their guests ...
The Bigsbys didn't put a traditional bride and groom on the pie they cut, choosing two PEZ dispensers to represent themselves instead ...
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Thanks to Jeff and Lane' for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.