The CoupleHost Karen McAloon teams up with high-end event designer Grant Rector and wedding coordinator Monica Pallie to help a young couple recreate the look of some of today's hottest designer wedding elements — but on a $10,000 budget. Celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri brings his own unique style to creating an affordable wedding menu for the lucky couple as well.
The WeddingThe wedding location is a friend's large, manicured backyard. It's perfect for their guest list of 70. They used warm colors like chocolates and eggplants to transform the space into their classic, old world-styled wedding.
Designer Reception TableEach place setting starts with a Shesham wood charger, the perfect complement to the petal pattern china. The estate silverware adds a personal touch with delicate engraved initials. Antique Belgium pots with votives and silk pashminas complete the look.
Budget Reception TableCenterpieces are created out of grapes, Ecuadorian roses and cymbidium orchids and surrounded by simple antique patina pots.
See how to recreate the custom antique pots used as votive candleholders.
Designer Bridal BouquetThe bouquet came in at the high price of $500.
Budget Bridal BouquetGarden roses, chincherinchee and globe thistle are used to create the budget bridal bouquet, saving the bride over $300.
Designer Attendants' BouquetAt $250 per bouquet, this expense could quickly add up.
Budget Attendants' BouquetThough less expensive at $95 per bouquet, they were able to achieve a similar look with full, colorful flowers.
Designer Wedding CakeBrides often use their cakes to tie the theme of the wedding together, while also showing off their own creativity.
Budget Wedding CupcakesThese tasty treats are easy to serve and there are several creative ways to display them.
Unique and Fun Dessert TiersGet instructions for recreating the dessert tiers.
Soft, Elegant ArborThey save money by just draping the four posts, where the effect is most visible. The entire design was completed for only $60.
Want to create a similar look for your space? Get instructions here.
Simple Linen Seat CubesThe cubes were used through the reception space as extra seating or tables.
See how to create your own linen cubes here.
Simple, Elegant MonogramAfter the ceremony, they removed all the chairs and turned the space into a dance floor.
Learn how to create your own monogrammed floor here.
Polished Stone Escort CardsWhen laid on a bed of moss, they tied in perfectly with the old world garden feeling of the wedding.
Guy Fieri's AppetizersTapioca Crunch Spring Roll
1 sheet tapioca roll paper
1 oz veggie mix (yellow & green squash, carrots, shredded)
3 oz rice
1/2 of an avocado cut into 2 pieces
2 pieces julienned cucumber
Wet tapioca paper and lay down on flat work surface. Spread rice evenly over entirety of paper. Lay down each ingredient on rice making sure that fillings reach left end to right end. Roll as you would sushi and cut into six equal pieces.
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
French baguette, sliced
3 heirloom tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 onion, minced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
In a small mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cut the loaf of French bread into 12 slices on the diagonal. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Reduce the oven's temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Spoon equal amounts of the tomato mixture onto the toasted slices of bread. Place the pan of bread back into the oven, approximately two minutes. Serve immediately.