3 Money Saving Tips Without Sacrificing Style for Your Wedding

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Looking for ways to save money without sacrificing the overall feel of your wedding? Check out these tips.

Decor

Greenery and candles are still one of the best ways to save money on centerpieces. It’s elegant and cost effective.

Want something with big impact, but not the big price tag? How about a graceful candelabra,
Silver Light Brass Candelabraor a large, elegant vase or candle holder? Gorgeous, but costs a fraction of a large floral arrangement.

You can also add some pizzazz by easily dressing up plain glass candle holders with adhesive rhinestones, ribbon, lace, glitter or paint.

Word of caution: If you do use real candles, get the unscented kind. When you get a room full of candles, a scent will get overpowering, can aggravate someone’s allergies, and (believe it or not) will affect the taste of the food.

Dessert

Serve cupcakes or cake pops rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake.

Chocolate and Pink Cake Pops
You’ll save money per serving (cupcakes & cake pops are often .50 – $1 less per serving than cake). You won’t be paying a cake cutting fee (that most venues charge).

And you’ll be able to order just the amount you need.

For example, if you have 100 guests, you’ll want 100 servings. For a tiered cake, you’ll end up with at least 118 servings as an 8″ tier serves 24, a 10″ serves 38, and a 12″ serves 56. Not that there’s anything wrong with having extra leftover cake, some couples do so on purpose, but if you need to shave something off your budget, this is an easy way to do so.

Fun Stuff

Photo booths are still popular. And with good reason – they’re fun, a great activity for your guests, people can be silly or or serious . . .

However, many couples whose budget doesn’t allow for a traditional photo booth are changing it up.

photo booth wedding party bridesmaids girls

Ok, DIY Photo Booths are a bit more effort on your part than having a professional photo booth, (not to mention that there won’t be the fun extras that the pros offer, such as a custom logo, booth attendant, professional equipment, and on-site prints). However the DIY route can be relatively easy. Get a digital camera on a tripod, and guests can snap away. You’ll have to wait until after the event to load up all the photos online for you and your guests to see.

A relatively new service is perfect for use with a DIY photo booth. Veri is a photo and video sharing product which was created specifically for weddings. Before your wedding day, your guests will get a link for the Veri app. Then any photos and videos they take at your wedding will be shared instantly. Unlike a hashtag where the photo has to be uploaded, with this app your guests won’t have to do anything other than snap the picture. Be sure to check out www.veri.com for more details.

For more money saving tips, or unique ideas for your wedding, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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3 Rules To Remember When Choosing Your Centerpieces

Choosing your wedding reception centerpieces can be a daunting task. With so many options, how do you pick the right type for your event? What‘s right, what’s wrong?

Here are 3 important, but easy, rules to follow when selecting the ideal centerpieces.

#1 Do not block your guests’ line of sight
Your guests should be able to comfortably see over or below the centerpiece so that they can easily converse with someone seated across the table. Choose centerpieces that are either 12 inches or lower, or 24 inches or higher.

#2 Do not over-crowd the table
Remember, several other items besides your centerpieces will be on the table, including dishes, glasses, salt & pepper shakers, salad dressings, wine glasses, coffee cups/saucers, and favors. An oversized centerpiece will be too overpowering and your tables will look cluttered.

#3 Flowers aren’t your only option
Flowers are the most popular option but a lovely grouping of candles, bowls or vases filled with fruits or vegetables, metal or ceramic sculptures, and greenery such as a Boston fern or English ivy are fun alternatives.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Need help with your wedding plans and decor? Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

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Bride’s Q&A – Alternatives to Flowers

Q. I am not a flower lover! Everything else in the wedding seems more important to me personally, than the flowers. My decorator is really encouraging me to go with fresh cut all around, but this will be expensive. Should I pay, is it just me that doesn’t really care about flowers? A. If you are not a flower lover, or maybe flowers are just low on your list of priorities, then don’t go extravagant on flowers. I have seen weddings that were very elegant, yet pretty minimal on flowers for the decor.
Are there other decorative elements that you prefer instead of flowers, such as candles (an inexpensive look yet such a beautiful ambiance), white Christmas lights, simpler floral arrangements (perhaps a tall slender vase with a couple colorful Gerber daisies?)
Colorful table overlays also add a nice splash of color and texture. Even greenery can add color and texture without costing a lot.

Some alternatives to floral centerpieces are:

Small Decorative Table Fountain









Votive candle in glass bowl with decorative glass

Before your next meeting with your decorator, try to get some type of decorative “style” in mind. Show her pictures from magazines (doesn’t have to be just wedding magazines, fashion and interior decorating magazines are great places for inspiration). Show her what appeals to you and what you don’t like. After this discussion, she should be able to offer suggestions more in tune to what you have in mind. If she still insists on tons of flowers, are there any other decorators in your area you can turn to instead? Don’t pay for something you really don’t want, and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want.