Don’t Break the Bank!

Getting married is a wonderful thing, but it shouldn’t cause financial distress. Many brides (and grooms) are so focused on having their dream wedding, that they lose track of the financial implications that come with it. We have heard horror stories of couples struggling to pay off their wedding debts years after the wedding. They admit that although their day turned out amazing, the stress that comes with having to pay the debt off, along with other bills, takes a toll on their marriage. As a matter of fact, studies show that financial stress is the second highest reason for divorce. Being and staying married is work in itself, adding more stress than needed will not help.

Having a beautiful wedding day is not out of reach if you are on a tight budget, however, it takes a lot of planning and organizing months in advance. To the couples out there that would love to create an amazing atmosphere for their wedding without breaking the bank, here are some tips that may help:

  • Start planning the wedding 12-15 months in advance. Shop around for deals on venues, florists, entertainment, etc. The earlier you book the better.
  • Brides, you can still have a couture dress, without paying thousands. You can choose to rent your dress or purchase a used one. There are several sites that sell pre-owned dresses at a discounted price. One of my favorites http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/. Grooms, you can go to stores like Men’s Warehouse which rents out the grooms tux for free when the rest of the bridal party pays for tux rental.
  • Ever hear the saying, “Ask and you shall receive?” Well its true! Don’t be afraid to solicit help from family members and friends. People will be more than happy to play a role in helping you turn your big day into a reality.
  • If you are a DIY bride, check out local stores like Dollar Tree, Michael’s, Party City, etc. They sometimes have items on clearance and online coupons you can use. Oriental Trading is also a good online vendor to get your gift favors and decorating supplies.
  • Cut down the number of guests you invite. The smaller the number of guests, the more inexpensive everything becomes.
  • For catering needs, visit your local culinary arts school and see if they are willing to provide catering services to you. The costs are more than 30% less than a traditional professional catering company. Also, up and coming catering companies will be more likely to negotiate prices with you.
  • For photography and videography, scout companies that provide both services. This will help with costs and eliminate extra paperwork.
  • Attend bridal shows. You can get lots of ideas and build connections with people in the industry.

There are many more websites that provide more information on innovative ways to cut costs for your big day. Research the net and bridal magazines for more creative ways to save.

Happy Planning!

Surprise Engagement

This weekend we had the pleasure of planning a surprise engagement party for one of our event coordinators. It was exciting but also a bit difficult. The hardest part was keeping this a secret for weeks while working around her. The task certainly was not easy; we were working after hours, sending private text messages and speaking in codes while she was around…and what’s worse, the lies we told her never made sense!! We knew she sensed something was up, especially when she viewed our calendar and saw that there was an event scheduled, but she wasn’t working that day (this rarely happens) with no explanation why. Thank goodness her good friend Tabitha scheduled a spa day for her that day! we thought we were clear and out of the woods until she called after her spa day, and said she was going to stop by headquarters (where the party was going to be held). We all simultaneously and abruptly yelled, “No!” as if it were rehearsed.  I admit, we panicked, it hurt her feelings, but it had to be done!

When she walked in with her fiancée and realized what was going on, the look on her face was priceless and will forever be embedded in our memories. After saying yes, with tears (of joy ofcourse) flowing from her eyes, she exclaimed, “No wonder you all were acting weird!!!” and we all erupted with laughter.

The love amongst family and friends overflowed while they all enjoyed great food, good music, and lots of laughter; it truly was a night to remember.

Is that baby’s breath?!

When you think of baby’s breath, it’s never thought of as a stand alone flower, but always “filler” flower to make bouquets/centerpieces fuller. Recently trending however, baby’s breath is being used as the sole flower for centerpieces and bouquets. Not only is it a great idea but cost efficient as well. It’s such an easy flower to work with, turning your project into a DIY will be almost effortless.

Just imagine, if you’re getting married, each bridesmaids’ bouquet can cost you anywhere between $25-$100 per bridesmaids, depending what type of flowers you desire and how full you want them to be. Now consider baby’s breath; If you are a DIY bride, with just $6, you can create beautiful bouquets for your bridesmaids; that’s just one example.

With baby’s breath, the possibilities are endless. Use your creativity and create your masterpiece.

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