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.

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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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Top 7 Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

A tiered cake is a common sight at many weddings. But what if you just happen to not like cake? Or another type of dessert is your favorite? Or you just want something different?

Offer your guests a tasty treat with one of these delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.

1. Cake pops
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Cake pops are still a popular choice for weddings. They can be decorated to fit your wedding color palette, and come in the same delicious flavors as a traditional cake.

2. Doughnuts
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Glazed, filled, iced. Stacked them on a pretty cake stand, or displayed on trays. Doughnuts are a perennial favorite. Try a doughnut tower with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

3. Cupcakes

Don’t let other articles fool you. (You know, the one’s that say cupcakes are on their way out). Cupcakes served at weddings is still a popular choice. Mix and match flavors.

4. Cheesecakes
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Many people prefer cheesecake over cake. If this is you, why not serve cheesecake at your reception? You can do full-sized cakes or serve mini ones. Offer a variety of flavors.

5. Cookies & Milk
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What a better way to end the day than with a tall glass of milk and cookies? Yum!

6. Pancakes
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Having a wedding breakfast or brunch? Then how about a stack of pancakes with delicious layers of maple syrup, seasonal fruits, and cream?

7. Ice Cream
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Ice cream is a favorite with all ages. A make-your-own sundae bar with different flavors and multiple toppings will be a bit hit.

Can’t Pick?

Who says you have to pick just one? Serve multiple types of sweet treats with a dessert buffet.

Weddings From The Heart is a wedding planning, coordinating, and design company based in Dayton, Ohio, also serving southwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

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Whatever your wedding vision, we can bring it to life! Contact me today contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!