4 Ways to Have a Beautiful Budget Wedding

Today, the average cost of a wedding is around $26,500, with many weddings approaching the $100,000 mark. But if you don’t feel like dishing out thousands of dollars for one day, consider these tips that will help you have a beautiful wedding on a tight budget. 

1. Manage your guest list

It’s easy to feel obligated to invite everyone you know to your wedding, but at the end of the day, the more people you add to your guest list, the more the cost of your wedding goes up. A wedding is a celebration, but it is also a day where the bride and groom share one of the most intimate moments of their relationship. Consider the people you truly want to share that moment with and who you would be happy to see on your wedding day. This will not only make your wedding day special and unforgettable, but will also help you save on the overall cost of the event.

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2. Be smart about decorations

Lots of flowers and fancy decorations may look nice in pictures, but overdoing decorations can be a budget nightmare. For flowers, considering buying them on the cheap yourself from a grocery store or local flower mart and recruiting friends to make the arrangements for centerpieces and other decorations. Look for inexpensive flowers such as Baby’s breath and Carnations, and use greenery to fill the empty space since it is much cheaper (and just as pretty) as flowers. Also, look for decorations such as books, vases, and lights in second-hand stores and online. There are many websites that buy decor from real weddings and sell it used at a fraction of the cost.

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3. Timing is everything 

The classic dinner party reception is tried and true, but it also expected and predictable. Having a brunch or lunch reception can be a fun way to change things up a bit, and can save you major cash on your reception bill. Also, think about not only the time of day but the day of the week you want to have your wedding. Typically, most venues have cheaper rates for weekday, Friday, and Sunday weddings. But the best way to save money is to have an off-season wedding. Venues will usually offer major discounts for brides who schedule their wedding in late fall or winter.  

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4. Save on your venue

Most ceremony and reception venues will take out a large chunk of your budget, but don’t settle for spaces that will cost you an arm and a leg. Many conventional, all-inclusive venues can give you the vision and feel you are looking for, but end up costing more than if you create the vision yourself. Consider having your ceremony outdoors and allowing nature to serve as your decor, then rent a simple space for your reception. Renting a space that is a blank slate gives you a lot of creative freedom, and with a little help from friends and family (and maybe Pinterest), a DIY wedding is easier to pull off than you think.

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Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas on how to slash your wedding budget and save a few bucks on your big day. Happy planning!

Things You Can Do When You Save Money on Your Venue

Why pay thousands for your “perfect” venue, when you won’t have extra money left over for the fun stuff? If you want your guests to have an amazing time, you should consider some form of extra entertainment. Make your wedding unforgettable with these 4 unique entertainment options!

1. Hire a Magician

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A good street musician can find ways to entertain without causing a big scene. Obviously the bride and groom are the main stars of the night, so what better way to surprise your guests, than wowing them with a few tricks at their table?

2. Hire a Caricaturist

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This option allows for wonderful entertainment, as well as giving your guests a personalized memento of your special day!

3. Hire a Live Band

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You have to have some form of music at your reception anyways, so why not go for a live option? Cover bands are always a hit, because no one wants to listen to songs they have never heard all night.

4. Rent a Photo Booth

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You probably are already hiring a photographer, but a photo booth is entirely different. People love silly pictures that get printed on the spot. We have many different preferred photo booth vendors that have consistently proven to please our guests. Check out the list by clicking the “Preferred Vendors” tab on the Event Center website.\

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

#Hashtags: 5 Ways to Incorporate Social Media Into Your Wedding

Social Media. Everyone has a social media presence and many people (like myself) cannot go two minutes without checking their Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram.

Though this can seem like a problem, especially when you are trying to share a special and momentous moment  in your life, brides have found a way to embrace the constant cell phone checking. “How?!” do you ask? By using a hashtags!

Not only are hashtags a great way to see your big day from others’ points of view, but maybe someone might catch a cute moment that your photographer might’ve missed! The use of hashtags are a great way to get your guests involved and really feel apart of your special day.

Here are a few cute signs letting the guests know to hashtag the wedding!

Chalkboards are huge right now!

This is great! It reminds guest to not only use Instagram, but Facebook and Twitter too! Maybe you could get your wedding trending! 😉

I love how this couple decorated the chalkboard with flowers! It’s also a great way to tell your guests WHEN to use their phone!

Even though this doesn’t use a hashtag, it’s a great way to get your guests to interact during all the waiting and let’s them know what photos you want to see!

This one is so beautiful! Placing this where the guests need to pick things up is a great way to ensure that they’ll see the sign!

 

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Midweek Mumbles: 3 Ways to Incorporate Something Old…

If you’re planning a wedding, there is no doubt that you haven’t thought of the whole, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!”

This is one of my favorite traditions as it ties the bride to the her past, her future, happiness, and best wishes for her marriage. I mean, I already have my something something old picked out and ready to go for my big day! It’s a photo of my mom when she was younger on a pendant.

But what are some other things you could do for “something old”? I’m glad you asked, below are a few of my favorites:

Lace taken from you mother’s dress to hold your bouquet together is a beautiful way to show your love for your mother and have there with you if she can’t be!

Take old photos of the ones who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you and pin them to your bouquet!

This bride attached her late father’s watch to her bouquet.

Looking for more ideas? Take a look this helpful handout!

 

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Midweek Mumbles: Calm, Cool, and Colle…. DON’T TALK RIGHT NOW!

Hello blogging world. It’s nice to see you all after a week of absence! I apologize for not posting last week, however I was away at a convention for my sorority.

Being that I want to possibly start getting into event planning, I was amazed at how well together a convention for over 800 women was put together. From the timing of the talks to the decorations to the food, everything seemed to be planned perfectly! Every little thing seemed to go off without a hitch… Well almost.

At one point, the delegates have to walk in in a certain order and we had to practice this at night after the dinner. Everyone had just flown in on way early morning flights (why? I don’t know even know, our rooms weren’t even ready when we got there…) and our schedules for the first day were jam packed. It could stand to reason that many of us were tired, cranky, and just really wanted to put our feet up! But we all marched on to do this practice.

The woman who was attempting to run this practice was very much at her wits end, she kept saying everything backwards and leaving out valuable information that would’ve been nice to know. As we were marching in, we attempted to make sure that we had stopped at our correct seats and turned around to check the place marker.

“LADIES DO NOT TURN AROUND! AND DO NOT SIT DOWN!”

Whoops. She hadn’t told us not to do that. We were just making sure that we were where we were supposed to be! Of course, with someone lashing out and at a large group of women, everyone turned to each other to discuss how rude she was being and just the general rundown of what had happened that day.

“LADIES DO NOT TALK RIGHT NOW. YOU NEED TO BE QUIET!”

…Okay… Well, we weren’t that loud… I could see wanting it to be quiet if you were to continue directing us, but she just stood there. Watching. Glaring…

So Why do I mention this to you all? Because with any event planning, whether it be a convention of 800+ women, a board room meeting, or wedding planning, I believe the number one thing to remember is to not lose your cool. If you lose your cool or lash out at your attendees, you may leave a bad taste in their mouth and they might not want to work with you ever again. 

So just take it slow, and double check that you have everything read and know what your going to say. Also, prepare answers to common question you think you might get from those you’re working with. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll speak with someone and when they ask me a question I don’t know how to answer it. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I often forget to ask the necessary questions that will prepare me to answer someone else’s questions. 

Until next week.

 

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Midweek Mumbles: Videography

I am an avid fan of YouTube. I have a list of YouTubers that I watch everyday and am so invested in their lives and their success. So it may be no surprise that I look to these videos as a beautiful way to share precious moments.

One couple that I was particularly fond of was Charles Trippy and Alli Speed. They have done a vlog every single day for five years straight. They were the “it” couple of YouTube and their wedding was trending worldwide on twitter the day of. Now, while they of coursed vlogged their wedding, they brought in other YouTubers to make an “official” wedding video; they brought in Apprentice A, who is currently working on a documentary with another YouTuber.

To me, this video is beautiful. It is something out of a fairy tale and a nice way to capture such a big moment  in the young couples’ lives. I’ve seen older wedding videos where there are just clips cut together of random parts of a wedding. However, as of late (other than the Trippy Wedding above) I don’t hear much about Wedding videography. The focus is more on photos, and while that’s not a bad thing, I think that something can be lost in photos that can be captured in video.

So what do you all think? Would you have a cinematic wedding video like the Trippy Wedding? Or a video of clips from throughout the wedding? Or do you not care so much about the video as you do the photos?

Let me know in the comments down below! See you next week!

Friday Five: Ways to Incorporate Lost Loved Ones at Your Wedding

I hope all of you are have a great Friday. Today I want to focus on including those important people that have passed on before your wedding. They are those people that you want to include at your wedding someway but don’t know quite how. Luckily there are plenty of different ideas for how you can honor them at your wedding. Below are just a few that I felt were touching but won’t overshadow your big day with a cloud of gloom.

#1 Leave a Seat for Them at the Ceremony

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Providing a seat for you lost loved one will show that they have a special place in your heart and at your wedding.

#2 Carry (or Wear) a Photo Charm

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Attaching photo charms to your bridal bouquet or to the back of your shoes is a great way to carry your loved ones with you on your special day.

#3 Wear a Piece of Their Jewelry


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wearing a piece of jewelry that your loved one always wore or wore on their wedding day is a way to discrete way to keep them close to you on your wedding day.

#4 Add a Note in the Program

Adding a simple note in your wedding program or mentioning their names in the program will be a nice simple way to honor those who have passed.

#5 Add a Piece of Their Clothing to Your Wedding Dress

You can have a piece of their old shirt, scarf, or favorite dress cut into a heart and sewn onto your wedding dress so they will be with you on your wedding day.

And that is your Friday Five. Honoring a lost loved one is a nice way to incorporate them into one of the most important days of your life.

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