Wedding planning only becomes more and more stressful as the event nears. Not only is the deadline fast approaching, but the wedding budget has to be kept in mind the whole time. Many times, brides will obsess over the wedding favors that most guests will either forget at the table, hide away in a display case, or throw away after whatever amount of time they have established is decent. So, seriously. Don’t sweat it and go with chocolate or candy, your guests will appreciate the sweet treat at the end of the night. Continue reading
Since this recession is not going anywhere and a vast majority of brides or newlyweds-to-be are more than likely to be on a modest budget, I thought it might be nice to share some new alternatives.
Over the past couple of years, many of you have called to inquire about the disposable cutlery that looks like real silverware. We are finally offering Metallic Cutlery and Pre-Rolled Metallic Cutlery with a White or a Black Linen Like napkin. Nice, right? Unless your venue includes the silverware with the rental, it’s a nice money saver both because you don’t have to pay the rental fee or take the time to have it cleaned afterward. When people would describe it to me before, it sounded alright, but I wasn’t intrigued or anything. I apologize for judging too quickly. This product is really nice and definitely keeps that air of elegance most wedding planners tend to create. Continue reading
I’ve experienced first-hand the pressures of being a bridesmaid. Yeah, yeah, it may sound like it’s all make-up and flowers, but ten deep breaths later, you come to find that it can turn into one big passive-aggressive gala.
All stressful memories and pressures seem to fade when you see your good friend glowing with happiness. It may sound completely cheesy, but being a friend’s bridesmaid is a trivial task that shows your genuine friendship and happiness for the journey she is about to undertake. The job may sound simple—get in the dress, look less pretty than the bride, walk in a straight line, join her for the last wild night, etc.—but, it’s important to make your girlfriend’s last months as a single woman, as memorable as possible.
I remember my close friend’s bridal shower and I’m sure made some great memories. The shower doesn’t need to be crowded with people—it’s the close, loved individuals that matter. So, if the other bridesmaids aren’t stepping up to the plate, grab a notebook and take initiative. Bridal Showers are the chance to have a nice dinner, play some games and really just sit back through the trip to memory lane.
Summer weddings, for the most part, tend to feature a wide assortment of vibrant hues and colors. This year, yellow seems to be one of the most popular shades in the wedding department as well as the clothing department. Celebrity gossip magazines are my occasional guilty pleasure and it seems they’ve captured quite a few female stars donning beautiful yellow dresses—casual and dressy.
A couple years ago, I attended a wedding and the placecard holders were actual lemons—fresh, citrus-y, yellow lemons! The decorator or the wedding coordinator made a slit across the top and popped the placecard right in. It was simple and it coordinated rather nicely with the color scheme of the wedding.
See, bridezillas! There is no need to be frantic. There are quick fixes as close as your backyard.
‘Tis the season…for everything.
It seems like there are those months just crowded with annual events like birthdays, weddings, and baby showers. All happy occasions are welcome, but sometimes they can take a toll on your wallet. Big families and social circles are great and overwhelming at the same time.
My parents’ 25th wedding anniversary is in December; however, planning milestone events like these should earn slots on your desk calendar as soon as yesterday. There are lists to make, people to call, food decisions, color choices and the list becomes a huge headache. I’ve found that the key thing in special moments like these is to keep it simple. Why invite your uncle’s-grandpa’s-aunt’s-kids when you can limit the guest list to the company of the people your guest(s) of honor actually enjoy?
Celebrations don’t need to be huge and over the top to be memorable and significant. There are so many economical ways to pay tribute to accomplishments like marriage anniversaries. I’ve found that my father is a major cheese-ball and my mother is all about not being in the spotlight. Dad loves personalized gifts with pictures and names – he adores t-shirts and ties with his children’s names on them. I’ve decided to incorporate his cheesiness in his anniversary decorations by making picture collages of him and my mom in a slide show or even possible under a glass top on tables.
Mom’s therapy is her rose garden. That woman’s happy as a clam with a huge bouquet—no need for lavish things. Simple centerpieces can add a very elegant touch to any table. There’s no need to hire anyone to make overpriced table decorations – anyone can go to the arts & crafts store, pick up some nice vases or glass bowls and candles. It really is all about just having the general idea and just going from there. Begin your brainstorming sessions with the basics –what lights up your parents’ faces?
“Set the mood for the food,” my boss always says. He’s right. The atmosphere and the party decorations definitely give your guests an idea of what kind of party to expect. If you’re aiming for something more sophisticated, but you don’t want to dip too far into your pocket, try disposable tableware that looks like real china. My Paper Shop’s 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary party supplies make the perfect faux-china collection.
Remember. You’re not just throwing your parents a party. You’re acknowledging their determination and love for each other. Nowadays, when the divorce rate could quite possibly be so vast that it could be labeled an epidemic, it’s even more important to celebrate a marriage that is longer than a year. So, pop open a fine bottle of wine/champagne and remind them to be thankful for each other.
Most girls envision their perfect wedding beginning at the “ripe age” of 10—the wedding gown, the fairytale venue, the never-before-seen-color scheme, the bridesmaid dresses, the most exotic flowers, etc. In dreams, however, budgets and fairy godmothers do not coexist. Wedding season has been here for some months and more than a few Bridezilla’s have popped in for some delightful visits. In an effort to soothe their wrath, I have taken it upon myself to point out a few alternative options that might help her meet her fairy godmother halfway.
A lifelong friend of mine is getting ready to hop on the marriage bandwagon this summer and I’ve been watching her stress about all of the different wedding expenses. I used to think weddings were only extremely expensive if the bride wanted a rather extravagant wedding. Newsflash: a small wedding reception can tear a hole in your wallet just as well.
Decorations are the venue’s special-occasion-wardrobe and although table linens may sound like an insignificant detail, it turns out they can easily bite off a rather large chunk of the wedding budget. The average cost of renting table linens is approximately $180/dozen and that does not include table skirting and the various table sizes (if applicable).
Linen Like Tablecloths and Guest Hand Towels are a magical substitute for the real thing. Linen Like is a soft, dense paper material that looks and feels like real cloth. If you don’t believe me, sample swatches of the material are available upon request.
A case of 24 white banquet size tablecloths is available for anywhere between $73.95 and $88.95—that’s half the cost of renting real linens! If the wedding color scheme is a tad edgier, cases of 12 tablecloths are available in special prints and colors for $84.95, a price that still does not begin to compare to what party rental locations have to offer.
A wedding is one of the most important days of person’s life and it is completely understandable that one might want to splurge for this special day. Let’s be practical, though: debt is not the most appealing way to start a marriage. Bargain hunting can be time consuming, but in these trying times, it’s worth it.
In browsing through many a decorating, bridal and home-style magazine, one trend is definitely here: putting the punch into a gathering, most prominently at weddings and receptions. While muted pastels, jewel-tones, black and white have often times been the color scheme of choice, brides these days are searching for that extra element of surprise and splendor. Color easily creates that atmosphere.
One of the bigger trends in receptions is to display pictures and videos of the happy couple. Typically, these are a variety of different photos, ranging from those of the bride and groom as children, through their childhood, into their dating relationship and up to the wedding. They are typically in a slide show format and set to music, and most often they are projected onto a large screen through a high-tech (and expensive) projector.
Photographers can take a wedding to another level as far as preserving the memories of the Big Day. However, their services are typically pricey, and if you are trying to create your wedding on a very tight budget, hiring a professional photographer might be out of the question. Here are some tips for getting the pictures you want without draining your wallet.
When my husband’s cousin got married, we were working with a very limited budget. But, with an evening ceremony, we knew that we wanted the reception to be a bit more elegant and reflect the ambiance of the evening. So, we created wonderful candle-lit centerpieces from recycled materials.