More Wedding Saving Tips

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Looking for more money saving tips for your wedding?  What about Breakfast for Dinner?  I know my kids alway loved that theme – who doesn’t?  And the best thing is, it’s less expensive that a dinner menu.  Continuing with the blog suggestions from storymixedmedia.com, Breakfast for dinner is new wedding hit!  To quote one bride from the article:

“Coming up with the idea to do a brunch wedding– not only did using breakfast food cut our bill in half, it was a sentimental choice too. Our first date was breakfast at a diner because we both worked overnights at the time. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast? People loved the originality of the idea and the delicious food!”

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Etsy.com has long been a favorite site of mine for handmade crafts, but especially for wedding items.  The article also suggests using this site as a money saver.  My daughter Kathleen’s wedding invitations were from Etsy.  KK and her husband, Tyler, were able to find a pattern that was sentimental for them (it featured a couple in a canoe – highlighting not only Tyler’s proposal, but their love of the outdoors, and especially fishing).

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Another way the article suggests saving money is to use “help from friends” for the wedding.  I agree — to a point.  If people are willing to help with wedding prep, or after, take ’em up on it!  But NOT for the day of the wedding.  A professional is best for that.  (Do you really want the crew below in charge?  🙂  )

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Not only do you need clear-headed “help” at your wedding, but you also want to insure that your family and friends have a good time.  Seriously consider a “Day Of Event” coordinator.  The value is large.  Some brides even take it a step further and hire their planner for the week before as well.  Not a bad idea…

Money Saving Wedding Tips!

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More Money Saving Tips !?!

I ran across an article on pinterest the other day. Storymixedmedia.com It was all about making your budget work for your wedding.  As the mother of four daughters, I’m all for that! The author of the article made a few good points.   I’ll address those here, and respond if they make practical sense in my experience as both a “mother of the bride” AND a wedding planner.

  1. “…I ordered fresh flowers from a wholesale distributor and picked them up the week of the wedding.”  FANTASTIC idea.  A few things to plan ahead if you’re going this route: Make sure you have: A) A good Wholesale contact you can trust, B) someone reliable to pick up the flowers – it shouldn’t be you,  C) somewhere to refrigerate the flowers,  D) plenty of vessels to display the arrangements in and finally, and most importantly, E) someone to arrange them.  This can’t be great Aunt Ethel. It needs to be a professional or at the very least, someone with some talent, (like my associate, Debbie), and who has no other role to play in your wedding.  I also recommend a florist making your bouquets, boutonnières and corsages.
  2. “Be Your Own Wedding Planner” Another excellent idea…to a point. As the author of the article qualifies: you may “…find it worthwhile to hire someone to coordinate details the day of the wedding, so you don’t have 20 people tugging on your wedding dress wondering what to do next.”  That is what I specialize in.  Think about it.  You’ve spend thousands and thousands of dollars on your “Once in a Lifetime” event.  Don’t you want to insure that it will run without a hitch?  YOU CAN NOT DO THAT, AND NEITHER CAN YOUR MOTHER, and ENJOY YOURSELF!  🙂

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3.  DIY Wedding Video – Apparently, this is how this works — you rent guest video cameras from a company, (info to follow), have them download an app to upload their footage to, and then you edit to create a video you like – you have control. I love this idea.  From the article: “Once we’d distributed the cameras and told our friends how to use the app, we told them to go nuts and they didn’t disappoint. They gave us a ton of great footage to work with to create a really unique and memorable video that we wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise.” And what is this magical company? WeddingMix  You may not want a video. My own daughters did not.  They wanted to remember their weddings as they remembered them — not necessarily as they were…  Your call!

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More next time!

Save The Date

 

The “Save the Date” card is now de rigor for the wedding ensemble.  And when you think about it, it makes sense.  As busy as everyone’s lives are, the more advance notice a bride can give her guests, the better.

So add one more decision to the bucket of “To Do’s.”  You have to decide on which type of “Save the Date” you want to send.  This sets the tone of your wedding, really.  If you’re planning a relaxed affair, your “Save the Date” should reflect that.  If it will be formal, give your guests a heads up so they can plan proper attire.

Do you want to give your guests a chuckle, or do you want your “Save the Date” to be functional?

The top photo is from etsy.com.  You can insert your photos into this calendar magnet.

If you want to take a more economical route, send a postcard like the one below.  It’s cute and gets all the info out, while saving on design and postage.

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You may choose to be more formal like the “Save the Date” above.  But be warned, cards such as these can be pricey, as well as labor intensive.  Do you REALLY want to address invitations TWICE?

A final option, and a great one, I think, is the “e-Save-the-Date.”  paperlesspost.com is a wonderful site for e-invitations of all kind.  You can be as fancy or as simple as you like.  My daughter, Maggie and son-in-law, Robert, used it, and attached a picture taken by the talented Matt Stauble of mattstaublemedia.com

  What I love about e-save the dates is that you know right away if the card made it to your guests via your on-line dashboard.  No more wondering if it was accidentally stuck in a magazine via “snail mail.”  You can also request physical addresses at the time you send out your e-card for the wedding invitations.  And don’t forget, no postage, no addressing envelopes, and very competitive pricing.  The photo below is from their e-save the date.  mattstaublemedia.com

Which did option did my daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, Tyler choose?  Next time…

Food Inspired Centerpieces

Food Inspired Centerpieces ?

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According to “The Knot” Webinar that I participated in last week – there is another trend on the wedding radar!  And it’s — are you ready for this?  Food inspired centerpieces!  While I think the above photo has an interesting look…I’m not sure I’d like it on the head table at my wedding, or at that of my daughters’ either.  I think sometimes people want to be different, and don’t know how to do it, so they take a step out there, and sometimes that step is just a little too far.

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Ok…I could see incorporating some gorgeous macaroons as a focal point/centerpiece like the ones above at a wedding, or better yet, a shower.  I just love the colors.  They scream spring, and the covered teacups lend a festive air.

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Ditto the above photo.  I think this table setting would be perfection for a bridesmaids’ luncheon. The  palate mixture of the pink flowers and tangerines is lovely.  Good enough to eat!  Maybe “The Knot” DOES know what they’re talking about…

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And this bouquet of cupcakes?  I love it!  I see this as a gorgeous small table, (say 4-8), centerpiece at a bridal shower.  Then have them do double duty as prizes for games played at said shower!  I know I’d love to win such a gift.

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And the lavish display of apples?  Perfect for a casual outdoor wedding or bridal brunch.  I think overall, there is a niche for food as a focal point or centerpiece, but it is best placed in a casual or outdoor setting.  Back to nature and all that…  If you choose to go this route at a wedding event, make sure you get some good patterns from a site like pinterest or google images.