Inexpensive Ideas to Make Your Wedding a Success

August 19th, 2013

Today we have a special treat for you, lovelies. Our friend Catherine, lifestyle blogger from London, UK, has agreed to write a guest post for our blog. She’ll be discussing great ways to cut costs on your big day. So without further ado, we give you:

 

Inexpensive (and Successful!) Wedding Plan Ideas

Image: Forrest.Rowell

Image: Forrest.Rowell

Planning your dream wedding can come with a big price tag. If you are looking to save on your wedding and still have a magical day, then here are a few things you can do to cut your expenses.

Plan a Smaller Wedding

Only invite people who really matter. Stick to sending invitations only to friends and close family. You don’t have to invite your second cousin’s aunt’s family. Invite people in your close circle.

Being with people you love on such an important day is what counts. Spending your wedding with such people would only make it happier and hassle free. You can have your perfect wedding this way and cut down on the spending at the same time.

Get a Steal on the Venue

Since you would be inviting only a close circle of people to your wedding, you can forget worrying about setting the date on a weekend. All your close friends will attend your wedding on any day.

So, get the best deals on reception halls by choosing a week day. Most halls offer cheaper services on weekdays. This way you’d get your dream location for a steal.

If you aren’t big on the location, look for halls that do not really host weddings. Another way of saving money would be to finalise on a location that allows you to have your own catering and doesn’t tie you down with a rather expensive package.

Hire Your Own Caterers

While most wedding halls offer packages that include catering, you might want to check for halls that let you cater your wedding.

Most halls charge a lot of money for such deals, while getting in your own caterers is a comparatively cheaper option to go with. This way you can also avoid serving bad food from unreliable caterers and hire people who actually give you what you want. You could choose the menu accordingly, and cut down on a lot of expenditure.

Do it Yourself

One of the easiest ways to save money is by doing it yourself. It is your wedding, who’d be a better judge of how things should be apart from you. You don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a wedding planner when you can do it yourself. You could turn your dream wedding into reality.

Don’t hire a DJ, be your own DJ. Make a CD with all the songs that you and your partner love. This would be a very romantic and sweet gesture to symbolise your love.

You could cut costs by asking a friend or hiring a non-professional photographer. Make sure you check the photographer’s portfolio before you hire them.

Limit Your Expenses

This could be probably the most important step to follow when you are planning a small wedding. Estimate your budget and then work on wedding ideas. Don’t spend a lot on trivial things. Look for cheap alternatives instead. Make a note of all the money you’ve spent on your wedding to keep your expenditure in check.

While you are cutting down on the cost of your wedding, remember that it is still a very special day. Don’t go completely frugal – just look for cheaper alternatives.

 

About the author: Catherine, life style blogger from London, loves to express her journey and travel related information, such as ESTA. She writes articles for blogs and websites during her free time. Did you like this post? Contact Catherine at lucy.danielgp@gmail.com.

 

Winter Wonderland Wedding!

August 14th, 2013

The weather is topping the high 90s, the sun index is at a year high and the beaches are clogged with bodies desperate to beat the heat.

So why are we thinking about wintertime? Because our brides are! Yep, believe it or not, my lovelies, winter will come. And now’s the time to start finalizing your winter wedding plans.

White, White, White…

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Elegant chantilly lace makes this Monique Lhuillier creation gorgeous. Image: marieclaire.com

Of course, for winter, it’s all about white — so though I normally have a penchant for ivory, Navajo and other off-white bridal colors, I say for a winter wedding, go full-on white with the gown.

Another “wedding no-no” you can forego with a winter wedding: match your bridesmaids in gorgeous white. Just make sure there’s plenty of color interspersed (you’re still the bride, after all). A jewel-toned bodice with a just-above-the-knee flounce of white is gorgeous for your bridesmaids.

…And a Surprising Splash of Color

For you: be daring and add a splash of brilliant color with a sash, a hair fascinator or big bow.

Winter calls for dramatic jewel tones: royal purple, crimson or deep jewel blue are all beautiful.

Accessories and Add-Ons

Winter allows for more extravagance in your gown as well as your wedding and reception decor. Try:

  • feathers – a feathered boa; white swan feathers around the base of your wedding cake
  • gems – rhinestones and faux gems in your tiara, on hair fascinators for the wedding party and on vases for the reception tables, and on your cake topper
  • metallics – gold and silver are gorgeous touches, especially on your gown bodice
  • pearls – always gorgeous for any wedding, pearls are especially elegant for a winter celebration

Winter Imagery for Your Decor

Snowflake placecard holders.

Snowflake placecard holders.

Choose winter imagery for your decor and favors. Snowflakes, white birds, cranberries and winterberries, twinkling frosty stars, pine cones, mistletoe and anything green or red are gorgeous touches.

Snowflake-shaped placecards or placecard holders are a nice touch, too.

Put lots of candles on the tables. Candlelight creates a warm and beautiful environment for your wedding reception.

Festive Seasonal Favors and Gifts

Don’t forget the favors! Try these ideas:

  • an elegant, simple pearl bracelet as your bridesmaid’s gift
  • pearl necklaces for you and your wedding party
  • snowflake-shaped favors, such as wine corks embellished with snowflakes
  • glittering, decorated favor boxes
  • warm baked treats (brownies or brownie pops, cupcakes, etc.)

As always, let us know what gorgeous ideas you come up with for your winter 2013 wedding — we love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Fall Wedding Favors: Bring the Outdoors In!

August 4th, 2013
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You lucky bride, you. Image: tommie m, Flickr

Calling all Fall 2013 brides! Have we got some pretty picks for you.

If you’re having your wedding reception indoors (and that’s likely, particularly in some colder autumn climates), you can still take advantage of fall’s beauty in the warmth of your reception hall.

Here are a few of our very favorite wedding favors that bring in all the beauty of the upcoming season.

 

Perfect Pair Candle

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Perfect! Click for more info.

Still one of our favorites, the Perfect Pair candle was featured in Instyle Weddings Magazine in 2009. “Paired” with a mini version (featured in “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?”), this candle makes a gorgeous centerpiece for reception tables. Small: 2.5″ high; large: 4″ high. Tip: match your favors by serving up Perfect Pair brownie pops.

Autumn Magic Collection Leaf Candy Dishes

Autumn Magic Collection Leaf Candy Dishes - Favors by Serendipity

A delicious autumn look for your reception table.

Aren’t these darling? Choose them for your reception buffet, guests’ tables or for your bridal shower. Each dish measures 5.25″X5.25.” For gift-giving, each comes in a clear-topped box wrapped in a pretty bow with a matching “For You” tag.

“Falling for You” Scented Pine Cone Candle

Divine pine...in a candle. Click for more info.

Divine pine…in a candle. Click for more info.

Mmmmmm. The scent of these really is divine. The 2.5″ candle comes in a box that measures 3″ high, so they’re suitable for gift-giving. Sold in sets of four. They’re perfect for winter weddings, too.

Pumpkin Patch Brownie Favors

Festive...and absolutely delicious.

Festive…and absolutely delicious.

Wow — our brides absolutely LOVE these.  (Psst: so do we.) Each decadent brownie is double-dipped in chocolate and created into an elegant pumpkin shape. Your choice of ribbon styles is included. Please allow 5-7 days prior to shipping to assure freshness.

“Fall Impressions” Glass Photo Coasters

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A contemporary design makes these special.

What an elegant way to gift your guests. These contemporary design fall leaf coasters fit a picture approximately 2″X1.75″.  Each coaster is crafted of quality, sturdy glass and has four padded “feet” so no marks are made on the table. Insert your own photo or display with the “For You” message.

Orange Sunflower Cupcake Wrappers

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What a delicious and decorative way to welcome fall.

Turn dessert into decor with this pretty Tuscan-style sunflower cupcake wrapper. (Cupcakes not inclued.) Simply place frosted and decorated cupcakes into wrappers. Arrange on the table or set one out at each place setting. These are also great for bridal showers.

Puffy Satin Heart Favor Boxes

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Pretty! These boxes shimmer in sophisticated autumn colors.

Copper, antique gold and mocha are the perfect autumn colors in these shimmery gift boxes. Each has a pretty hand stitched-look heart at the center of the ribbon. They come pre-filled with your choice of white Jordan almonds, white candy coated chocolate hearts, white peppermint hearts or a mini lavender organza sachet.

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Remember that you can easily blend rustic, “outdoorsy” looks with sophistication for a fall wedding. Silk, satin and organza matched with fruits, pine cones and twigs make a brilliant match that graces any wedding reception table. So too do fun, whimsical items — especially candy or cupcakes.

I have often felt that fall brides are the luckiest; they get the best of all worlds, wrapped up in the sumptuous colors that nature brings. It’s the perfect time of year for a new union — bright, beautiful, cheerful and sophisticated…just like you.