POTOMAC, MD— The Montgomery County Department of Parks will showcase the results of a competition that gave teams of wedding vendors three weeks to plan a wedding with a budget of just $15,000. Ten teams of wedding vendors will reveal their elegant, yet economical, wedding packages to brides, grooms and their families and friends at the Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at Rockwood Manor in Potomac. The event is FREE to the public.
Each package will include the cost of a ceremony and reception for 65 guests with catering, floral arrangements, music, photography and the rental of a Montgomery Parks event center: Brookside Gardens, Rockwood Manor, Seneca Lodge or Woodlawn Manor. “The ‘not-so-big’ wedding is the new reality for many brides and grooms as the effects of the recession continue to play out,” said Laura Gosse, marketing specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Parks event centers. “But small doesn’t have to mean plain. The challenge teams’ wedding displays will show couples how they can have a wedding day to remember—without breaking the bank.”
The boutique will also feature a panel moderated by Ellen McCarthy of The Washington Post’s wedding section. Panelists will include brides and newlyweds who have successfully planned weddings under $15,000. In addition, Deb McCoy, wedding planner and author of “I Do…: How To Have the Elegant Wedding of Your Dreams for $15,000 or Less!” and Lynn Young, author of “Let’s Elope,” will take part in the “wedding-wisdom” talks. Also at the Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique, St. Anthony’s Bridal, a local non-profit whose mission is to help people have an affordable wedding, will be showing and selling new and once-worn designer wedding gowns for $150. The Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique will be held from 12 noon to 5 pm at Rockwood Manor, 11001 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, MD 20854. For more information, visit www.NotSoBigWedding.com .