Monthly Archive:: April 2012
You probably dreamed about your wedding day for a long time and now that you’re actually planning it, you’re starting to get overwhelmed by all the costs that comes with a really beautiful wedding. But don’t let a high price tag on something that you like bring you down. There are still ways to have a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank. To start off the week, Inspired Bride will give you some tips on exactly how to do that.
* Consider a weekday wedding
I knew even before we started planning our wedding that having it on a Friday night would cost me less than having our wedding on a Saturday. Sure, there might be people who might not be happy about it, but if you let your guests know about your date ahead of time through a save the date, then the people that you really want to be at your wedding will most likely be there.
* Go for cash bar instead
Taking the open bar out of our wedding cut our per head by 20%. It helped that we didn’t have a lot of guests who drink. But, if you really want to serve an alcoholic drink consider serving a signature cocktail rather than an all out open bar.
* Lunch reception instead of dinners
If you really want to have your wedding on a Saturday then you might want to think about having a lunch reception rather than dinner. The cost is definitely less and will also cut you on open bar. I mean, who likes to drink in the middle of the afternoon?
* If possible avoid pricey main courses
Food is one of the things that your guests will remember most about your wedding, so while you want to avoid pricey main courses, this does not mean to cut your budget in this area. We had the classic steak and chicken breast with vegetables on the side for our main dish and people still enjoyed it. Granted, it doesn’t set your wedding apart from the rest, but it’s enough to have your guests leave your wedding satisfied without breaking the bank.
* Pick flowers that are in season
The title says it all and with most bridal flowers available all year round, this shouldn’t be hard to do. However, for something popular such as peonies or lilies of the valley for example will be difficult to find if your wedding is out of the season. Work closely with your florist on different options to still give you the best on your wedding day.
* Repurpose your wedding decorations
For our decorations we asked our decorator to use the same decor from the ceremony to the reception. Decorators are good at what they do by creating different looks with the same item.
* Shop around
I believe that this is the best part of wedding planning. Talking to different vendors will give you a better idea at how much certain things cost and when you find the least expensive one, this is where the fun begins! All you have to remember is that price comparison isn’t just limited to Wal Mart nowadays.
There’s something about personalized wedding items that gets to me. Call me sentimental but I’d like to think of gifts as something someone would want to keep. The personalized handkerchief from Chrissy’s Creations on Etsy is a good idea for a gift for your soon to be mother in law. The message itself is already something that most moms would appreciate to receive and add to that something that they can actually use on the wedding day and keep as a reminder is just an added bonus. And because it is personalized, you can definitely change the message based on what you want to say.
Etsy is such a great place to find new ideas and amazing products. I have written about fresh, silk and paper flowers a few weeks ago…now I found flowers made with cotton bolls from TALLCOTTONnPEAS. These soft and fluffy additions in bouquets and centrepieces add a natural beauty to the wedding decor. They will look great in any season, but will stand out especially in an outdoor setting.
Images from TALLCOTTONnPEAS