Posted on September 26, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
When it comes to saving money on wedding expenses, most brides think that DIY projects are the only option. But don’t be fooled! Sometimes DIY projects end up costing the same (if not more) in supplies, not to mention taking up a LOT of your time. (Let’s be honest – who really wants to spend their spare time on tons of DIY projects in the weeks/days prior to the wedding?)
Instead of risking the quality & style of your wedding décor, here are a few alternative ideas to put some ease on your wedding budget….
  1. Get married in the “off season.” Many venues, DJs and photographers offer discounted services between the months of November through March.
  2. Ask your seamstress to create a veil to match your dress. This will save you a small chunk of change.
  3. When it comes to ordering programs for your ceremony, only order about 65-70% of your confirmed guest count. Many guests will only take one per couple/family. This will save on the amount of extras you’re left with, after the ceremony is over. (Bonus tip: Have door greeters handing them out, ensuring only one is given to each couple/family.) 
  4. Stick with wedding flowers that are in-season - these will most likely be grown locally, cutting down on your floral costs.
  5. When working with your stationer to create your invites, keep it simple! A flat-panel invitation set & envelope will most likely only require a single first-class stamp. Compared to postage costs of much more elaborate {and bulkier} invitations, this will help put some ease on your stationery budget.
  6. Before you go out and buy your bridal jewelry, check with your mother, grandmother, and other female family members about heirlooms or other pieces you might be able to wear for your big day. Not only will it save you some money, it will be your something old AND something borrowed!
  7. When it comes to your reception, get more bang for your buck. Perhaps you can frame one menu per table, instead of one menu per place setting. If you’re thinking of providing guests with favors, perhaps attach tags with the guest’s name and table number, and they instantly double as seating cards!
  8. Skip the splurge on the getaway car. Instead, ask around to friends and family…perhaps someone owns a vintage or otherwise unique vehicle that would work just as well. I’m guessing they would even be willing to chauffeur you, so you can relax & enjoy your exit from the reception!

Have more great money-saving tips for brides-to-be?
We’d love to hear from you – feel free to share them below!
Posted on April 17, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
Thank you notes are one of the most important tasks post-wedding – so, as you get ready to write those thank you notes for you upcoming wedding & bridal shower, here are a few tips to keep in mind…
DON’T print out your thank you notes.
DO hand-write them.
DON’T send the same, generic thank you note to each guest.
DO tell them how grateful you are for their personal gift, and how you plan to use it.
DON’T wait longer than 3 months to send your thank-you notes. (per Emily Post)
DO send them out as soon as possible, after the wedding date. (For showers – we recommend sending them within 2 weeks after the shower date.)
DON’T address a cash gift directly. Instead, simply thank them for their generosity.
DO send one to every guest that attended – whether they brought you a gift or not.
DON’T underestimate the power of a thank you note! It’s the easiest way to express your sincere gratitude – not only for the personal gift, but also for the gift giver themselves. Their presence at your big day is what makes it so special, so be sure to let them know how grateful you are for their attendance! =)
Do you have any tips for our brides, as they get ready to write their wedding thank-yous? We’d love to hear them!
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I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!
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