Blog : Wedding Trends

Cost Saving Wedding Planning Tips!

Cost Saving Wedding Planning Tips

  • The most important thing to do in the beginning is to create the budget and guest list so you know what you can allocate to each area.
  • When you are hiring vendors and buying wedding items stay within your financial parameters.
  • Acquire vendor referrals that are within your budget from your wedding coordinator.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to decide on who you hire and what you buy.  Any rush decisions at times leaves you spending more than you are prepared for.
  • Get married during an off-peak time such as Fall, Winter and early Spring.
  • Have your wedding during a time that’s not in high demand, such as a Sunday or Friday.
  • Have a smaller guest list and do not include coworkers you do not associate with outside of work, children and those haven’t seen in five years or more.
  • Buy flowers that are in season and simplify the number of flowers in bouquets and centerpieces (I have seen bridesmaids carry one cal lily or one rose).
  • When buying flowers, avoid peak-times such as Valentines, Mother’s Day and Easter.
  • If you have a church ceremony, make your own pew decorations or do not have pew decorations.
  • Hire a DJ that will cover both the ceremony and the reception to save on ceremony music costs.
  • Ask a friend to sing during your ceremony.
  • Have a smaller bridal party – this saves on money for flowers, transportation etc.
  • Attend bridal fairs where you are able to talk to multiple vendors and take advantage of bridal fair discounts and promotions.
  • If you want to have a second photographer, do so only at the wedding ceremony.
  • Instead of a plated dinner reception, have a breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail, or h’orderves reception.
  • Know your guests – not everyone eats desert so only order wedding cake for the amount of guests who will have cake and keep in mind some guests will leave before the cake cutting.
  • Have a smaller decorative wedding cake and have sheet cake served to the guests.
  • Place one favor for every two chairs rather than every chair.
  • Use place cards or centerpieces that double as favors.
  • Purchase less expensive cake cutting items and toasting goblets or use the ones provided by the venue
  • Order less programs – for example if you have 100 guests, order 40-50 because not everyone will pick up a program
  • Create your own save the dates.
  • Stick with smaller wedding invitations which are less expensive and will require less postage.
  • Wear a less formal gown or a white bridesmaid dress.
  • Hire a wedding planner. They usually have access to industry discounts that you don’t.   (They also have cost saving tips and can keep you on track on referring vendors within your budget.  A wedding planner saves you money in more than one way! )

Please visit my webpage at www.atyoursideplanning.com.

All photos provided by Miguel Pola Photography.

Diana Romero – Owner/Principal Coordinator

At Your Side Planning Main Website

Contact us!

619-322-7084

Nature Inspired Wedding Trend continues into 2012

We have been seeing nature inspired weddings as a trend for the past few years all across the board in events and weddings. These trends are continuing into 2012 and we are looking forward to planning more of these great weddings!  Outdoor locations to consider having thewedding ceremony and reception at would include backyards, Victorian homes, parks, gardens, campgrounds, the woods and outdoor areas such as Lake Tahoe or Sedona in Arizona.  All of these choices are great places!  There is a lot of to consider when deciding to go with an outdoor venue that you coordinator will be able to assist you with (such as electricity, lighting, restrooms, parking, trash and so forth.)  For inspiration, think on picnics, barns, pies, lemonade and natural floral which are loose arrangements and not tight arrangements that are all the same.  Floral that is popular are wild flower and daisies with a hand-picked look. Going with the nature theme throughout your planning is the goal.  Attire can include vintage dresses or certified organic cotton.   In San Diego popular sites are the parks in Coronado and central San Diego such as Presidio Park, the beaches in La Jolla and the gardens in Carlsbad.  Favors can be items such as seeds, plants or donations.  Donations many couples choose are to local charities or their favorite charity.  Another popular trend is having a “honeymoon” fund where guests can pay for items for the wedding honeymoon online such as plane tickets, train tickets, taxi fare, meals, spas etc.  The food menu can be organic and vegetarian centered or picnic inspired.  Invitations can be from recycled material or electronic.  Eco friendliness is an important factor to over 1/3 of engaged couples.  Eco friendliness goes hand in hand with nature inspired weddings.  Include natural aspects of everyone .. more so with elements of the outdoors.  There is so much inspiration for nature inspired weddings.  Thinking on the outdoors…picnics, red rock, the forest, lakes, beached, mountains, barns, parks and gardens.  Our most recent wedding which was nature inspired was in Julian, California at the Pine Hills Lodge and it was adorable! The menu was vegan, floral were loosely arranged, a tree stump for the cake and the area surrounded by beautiful lush greenery!  All photos provided by Brandon Tridle.

Contact us for your event and wedding planning needs!

619-322-7084

At Your Side Planning Main Website

Reception Layout Trending

Reception Layout

There is a new trend happening at wedding receptions!  Rather than having your traditional 60” rounds tables, brides are utilizing different shapes.  With the help of wedding planners and coordinators, some brides have changed their wedding reception layout altogether.  Brides are utilizing square or rectangle tables to give their guests a unique and interesting look. With the square or rectangle tables, brides are hoping to give a more family-dinner style feel to their reception.  This is another trend which we’ll cover in another blog (family style)!  We recently coordinated a wedding in which different lengths of long tables were set up and it looked so welcoming!   Another idea is to mix round and square tables to give your wedding reception a mixed yet fun look.  Besides changing the shape of tables, head tables are being replaced with the sweetheart table, no longer consisting of the wedding entourage, but just the bride and groom.  Some brides even opt out of a head table or sweetheart table, and decide to sit with their families.  The ultimate goal is a more personal set up for the couple to enjoy their closest family and friends rather than a long head table or sweetheart.  We are loving this trend!

Contact us for your event and wedding planning needs!

619-322-7084

At Your Side Planning Main Website

Dressed Up Picnic Wedding!

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) recently coordinated a beautiful “Dressed Up Picnic” wedding in Julian, CA.  The wedding was held at the Pine Hills Lodge right outside of the small town.  This venue has cabins, an outdoor ceremony, two options for a reception including a banquet room in a wooden building with it’s own fire place!  The area is very peaceful and tranquil.  The ceremony for Jesika and Gabe was held on the lawn area and the reception indoors.  The area has an abundance of trees and lush greenery for amazing photos! At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) assembled all the centerpieces from flowers delivered by Wholesale flowers.  The loosely arranged pieces fit great with the nature inspired theme!  We used large vases, mason jars and thin vases all along the middle of the tables which were all rectangular.  All the print (table numbers, escort cards and CD envelopes) were all created by Jesika’s close friend.  The cake table was had a tree stump for the cake stand, surrounded by Julian pies and other sweets including vegan sweets!  Eco Caters provided the food which was all organic and also provided veggie burgers which were delicious!  The indoor area felt like a nice, cozy cabin and it was secluded and private for all these happy family and friends.  The wedding was intimate, fun and full of gorgeous natural elements.

All Photos provided by Brandon Tridle.

Contact us for your event and wedding planning needs!

619-322-7084

At Your Side Planning Main Website

Bride’s Night Out at Fluxx San Diego! Hottest Nightclub in the Nation!

Exclusive event being held for brides and guests! An evening of pampering, music, entertainment, a fashion show, drinks and more at the hottest nightclub in the nation! Get an up-do, make up application, facial tanning and much more! Try the latest in photobooths with EPOD talking photobooth! Delicious food provided by El Comal. Music provided by Mobile Music Plus and Israel Maldonado. See beautiful gowns in the fashion show by The Little White Dress. Learn the latest trends in weddings and in beauty at the best venue in the industry!

There will be many times in the evening to win amazing prizes will include a series of 6 microdermabrasion facials, nutritional coaching with a personal training session, a basket of makeup goodies, an engagement session, spray tanning, dinner to El Comal, and MUCH more! Meet some of San Diego’s hottest vendors!

Tickets are available now and you are welcome to get a ticket for a guest too!