Yes, we’re covering two topics in one post. I’m a multi-tasker that way.
Before I get to either of these topics, however, I gotta backtrack a little bit and tell you how we got to making decisions on what Mr. A will be wearing and where we’ll be spending our wedding night…because we’re getting both for a STEAL.
At the beginning of February, Mr. A and I (along with my parents) attended our city’s annual charity ball, held every year in our reception venue. Proof of our attendance, you ask? Sure, no prob:
BM Mascara, Mama Dillo, and me all gussied up! The theme was “The Black and White Ball.”
Mama Dillo photobombing Mr. A. She was doing this all night long after I told her what it was called.
Papa Dillo hamming it up for the camera
My classy parents. They’re good lookin’ people, I tell ya.
A decent shot of Mr. A and me. They increasingly got worse as the night went on…
1:00 AM. Clearly we’re just a couple of lightweights.
OK, OK, I’ll stop with the pictures. And this post has a point, I promise!! Every year at the charity ball, businesses and establishments around town donate items for the silent auction. Up for bid that night was a “night on the town” package, which included a tuxedo rental for up to $150 at the local tux shop plus a one-night stay in a king suite at the local Hampton Inn. This was easily a $275 value, and we ended up winning the package for $105! I know you’re not supposed to go into a silent auction with getting a deal in mind, but ours worked out that way, and I couldn’t have been more psyched by the end of the night. The even better deal is that all proceeds from the silent auction went to foster growth in organizations and institutions in our community like our public library, Boys and Girls Club, children’s museum, and pregnancy center. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than supporting your community WHILE saving money on your wedding.
As for the tuxedo Mr. A chose for himself and his groomsmen? Well, that would be the Jean Yves Steel Grey Tuxedo with the matching flat-front pants and matching vest, which will go fabulously with his snazzy purple tie we’re getting from Dessy that matches our bridesmaid dresses:
Image via Jim’s Formal Wear
And remember how I talked about getting mismatched ties for his groomsmen? We ordered those, too. Here are the ones we ended up with:
Ties via The Tie Bar / Compiled by Miss Armadillo
As far as wedding-night accommodations go, we already used our certificate we won at the silent auction to book a swanky king suite at the Hampton Inn for after we leave our reception. The only kinda bizarre thing is that our photographer, my grandparents, and other family are also staying at the Hampton Inn that night…it would be kind of weird to run into them, but then again, I doubt it’ll be a problem. Eeek, I’m so excited! Eighteen days left until we say “I do”!
So, hive, what about you? Any of you win a wedding-related item in a contest, sweepstakes, or auction? Anyone end up saving money in unconventional ways?