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Understandably, most folks have no idea what a wedding costs. When you are thinking about spending the rest of your life with someone, “wedding cost” is not usually the first thing you Google. Then, when you do get engaged, “advice” comes out of the wood work. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion of what you need to do, and how much you need to spend. Don’t let anyone fool you. The only thing you truly need to get married is a marriage license, an officiate and a couple of witnesses. Everything else is truly optional “icing on the cake”. Those options, however, are endless – limited only by your desires, imagination and budget.
Today we wanted to talk about that last item on the list – the ever present, pink elephant in the room – YOUR BUDGET. We are fortunate...
When it comes to your décor budget, flowers can be a spendy line item. Have no fear, here are a few tips to having a beautiful wedding, without breaking the bank.
Be Flexible. One of the best ways to save money is by being flexible in your flower choice. Instead of choosing what particular flower you want, choose instead what color, texture and shape you want. For instance, the peony is probably the most popular flower, but they can run about $4 a stem, even in the peak of their growing season. While they are beautiful, they are big budget breakers. A good alternative to the peony is the garden rose. They are just as beautiful, very similar in shape and run about $2.20 a stem. If that is still stretching the budget, the carnation is another alternative. Their fluffy petals look beautiful clumped together and their price tag is an affordable .60 a stem.
Choose Seasonal. Choosing seasonal flowers is such a big money saver/budget stretcher. Tulips i...
Choosing your venue is one of the most important decisions you are going to make while planning your wedding. Not only do venues cost a lot of money, their rules and requirements will dictate everything else you choose for your wedding; from what vendors you can hire, to how you decorate, even how long you can dance.
We know this can be a little overwhelming and we don’t want you to regret your choice so we have included a few things for you to consider when choosing your venue.
Venues fall into three categories;
1. All inclusive. These type of venues have everything you need. They have the space, the tables and chairs and a list of vendors you choose from.
2. Space Only. These types of venues are really a blank canvas. You can use whatever vendor you want but you also need to rent tables, chairs etc
3. Some sort of combination of the two. For example, they don't provide tables and chairs, but they have caterers you have to work with.
In the past, ceremony décor was not much of a consideration for couples as most wedding ceremonies took place in houses of worship. With that no longer being case, ceremony décor has become an important item to consider. While all couples have their unique visions, there are some features all ceremonies share.Here are some ideas on how to make the most of this emotional, memorable event.
Creating an "altar". While the majority of wedding ceremonies no longer occur in a place of worship, many couples still want the framing focal point and beauty that the traditional altar once provided. When thinking about what décor you want up front, consider your surroundings and your general wedding style. Are you outside or perhaps in a ballroom? Do you have a wall to work with, or a row of trees to frame you? Anytime you can use framework already in place, the more cost-effective, and natural the décor element will be. Should you decide to use things like arbors or a...
One of the most frequently asked questions wedding coordinators receive is: “Why do I need to hire a wedding coordinator when my venue comes with a coordinator - won't they take care of everything?” The short answer to that question is oftentimes “no”, but many couples don’t find that out until the day of their wedding. We have prepared this cheat sheet to help you understand the many differences between the two. We want to clear up any misconceptions so you are not disappointed (and frantic) on your wedding day!
Very simply put a wedding coordinator’s client is you, the bride and groom; a venue coordinator’s client is their manager (the venue). A venue coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to the venue; where as a wedding coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to your wedding.
Both a wedding coordinator and venue coordinator are very important, but they play very different roles. The roles may overlap slightly depend...
Hello brides & grooms, we hope you are enjoying the planning process – whatever stage of the process you are in. We know this time can be stressful, but we hope it is also enjoyable. Our sincerest hope is that our regular tips help make the process more creative, fun, and less stressful by providing ideas on how to save money, and stretch the dollars you are using. As always, we hope you never forget that this journey you are on is about the marriage, not the wedding.
This blog post is dedicated to décor, specifically ceremony décor. We will get into reception décor next edition.
Your décor budget is one of your best opportunities to save money and really showcase your creativity. There are countless ways to save money.
Ceremony Décor: When planning your ceremony décor, remember to think in terms of your pictures. Most of your pictures will be taken up at the altar, so focus your attention and your dollars up where you and your fiancé will be standing...
1. You will save money. We understand how much of a financial commitment a wedding is, and we understand the need to stay under budget. Your Perfect Bridesmaid can save you money through negotiating with your other vendors, and recommending affordable options to help you achieve your dreams. Lastly, Your Perfect Bridesmaid’s years of event planning experience will help you prevent costly mistakes.
2. You will save yourself a lot of time. The average wedding takes more than 250 hours to plan. Not many people have the time to plan their wedding and keep their sanity. Your Perfect Bridesmaid will streamline the planning process and will make navigating the path to the alter easy and enjoyable. We will help ensure the time you do spend planning your day is efficient and useful.
3. You will reduce stress. The life secret no one mentions is that engagement is a very emotional time as you face the many life changes ahead. Working with Your Perfect Bridesmaid to...
This week are you sharing tips on how to have the traditional wedding reception – an evening reception with a dinner.
For this type of reception, the biggest tool in your toolbox is your negotiation skills. You must remember that when dealing with vendors you are doing a business transaction. With that you need to be comfortable negotiating the price of everything. These vendors are in the business to make money. Your job is to have the wedding you want within your budget. It is our experience that the vendors to operate on a sizeable enough profit margin to lower their rates from their introductory proposal and still make a profit. When negotiating always remain calm, kind and professional. Remember this is a business transaction, and it is best to check your emotions at the door.
Take their initial price and talk to them about the areas where they can go lower. Get specific with the prices you would be comfortable paying. And, be prepared for some give a...
There you are, with a beautiful sparkling engagement ring on your finger, visions of wedding day bliss running through your head, you really can’t image being any happier to plan the most amazing day in your life. Then suddenly there it is… the dreaded and pesky “B” word, budget.
Budget is really one of the first and really the most important factors to consider when planning your wedding. Your budget will dictate every aspect of your wedding. From catering, to photography, to flowers, to venue, to dress, to wedding rings, to honeymoon… the list goes on and on.
Before you can commit to any of the above listed wedding necessities, it is extremely important to sit down with your soon to be spouse and determine a budget for your wedding. This will probably be your least favorite conversation because finances are not necessarily everyone’s favorite or most romantic topic. However, don’t despair! The whole premise behind our company – Your Perfect Bridesmaid -...