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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Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. This worldwide event, first celebrated in 1970, shows support for environmental protection and action to save our planet.

In honor of this day, here are some easy wedding ideas:

Limit the number of glasses used by your guests
It takes water and other resources to wash glasses to keep them available for your guests. Save these precious resources by having each guest only use one glass. Put a sign at the bar so your guests will know to hold on to their glass, and put a cute little tag for guests to write their names on it so they can identify their glass throughout the evening.

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Give edible favors
When it comes to favors most wedding planners and wedding guests will agree that edible is best. While personalized coasters or bottle openers or some other little tchotchkes are fun and creative, the type of favor that will actually be used by your guests are the kind that they can eat.

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Repurpose “Trash” into beautiful wedding decor
The old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly holds true for wedding decorations and accessories.

– Turn old light bulbs into hanging flower containers

– Instead of using flowers, create a bouquet out of buttons

– Flowers or other decor can be made from pages of old books

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– Paint old food cans and use as vases

Instead of favors, make a donation to the Carbon Fund
CarbonFund.org has many projects, including Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits, and Reforestation projects.

Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans? Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Fun Decor Idea – Washi Tape

I’m always on the lookout for fun, easy ways to add some interesting design to wedding décor. I think I’ve found it in washi tape. It’s a decorative Japanese masking tape that comes in so many different patterns and colors, and can be used on practically anything.

You can use it to embellish:
     Vases
     Candles
     Table Numbers
     Favor Boxes
     Invitations
     Escort Cards

What other uses can you think of? Have you used it yet? If so send me pictures and I will feature them on the blog.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Looking for fun, creative ideas for your wedding? Then contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

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