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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! )

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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!

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Green Apple Theme Wedding in Coronado

Phil and Amanda were married in Coronado, California and had a green style throughout their wedding.  Thank you Jackie Wonders for the gorgeous photos!  Guests were welcomed with their place cards pinned on green apples and were also given a candy apple favor station!  This station was a hit!  Green was incorporated throughout the cake, floral, decor and literature!  We absolutely loved when Phil rapped to Amanda during the reception.  This couple knows how to have fun and make one another laugh.  Thank you Phil and Amanda!