Truly cheap, and truly chic

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Chuck Fishbine

Hi there, brides. I'm Kara, MB's Executive Editor. Yesterday I went with our Editor-in-Chief Antonia to a wedding showcase presented by David Monn. David's known for putting on some of the most high-end, glamorous events, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala, but the focus of yesterday's showcase was affordable elegance — something every bride wants. To pull this off, he kept to one color palette — white — and featured three cool and inexpensive decor elements:

1. Baby's breath (and lots of it — it surrounded the cake, it was draped in lovely swags on the wall, it was suspended from the ceiling as a chandelier, etc. Guess how much a big bunch costs? About $4.25)

2. Tulle (again, in abundance, used in bunches to surround the dinner tables and cake table, among other things. Cost: 75 cents per yard.)

3. Crepe paper (as the table skirt for the bar, and as a tablecloth of woven white streamers)

David obviously had a ball with this theme. I'll end by mentioning the completely delectable hors d'oeuvres by Callahan Catering. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches... teensy burgers... mango shrimp lollipops... chicken wontons in the shape of fortune cookies, with an actual fortune peeking out... Okay, I'm going to lunch!—Kara Corridan, Executive Editor

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