Planning a wedding can be stressful enough. It’s one of the reasons I try to give you all of the tools you will need to plan this special occasion.
Four to six months before your date it’s time to start looking for a rehearsal dinner location. Finding a location that fits into your budget is very important.
Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner falls on the groom’s family…but times are changing. Many of my couples are either paying for part or all of their own wedding….or if the parents are paying for their wedding, they are very conscious of the budget they have been given and realize there are ways to cut expenses.
Having the rehearsal dinner at a parent or relative’s house, especially outdoors, is one option. When you are talking about it and the sun is shining, it sounds like a great idea! But what if it rains? Do you have a plan B? Is there enough room in the house to seat all of the wedding party and their guests? And do you have a plan on who will cleanup afterward?
Then there is the option of a restaurant. Another good idea! But then again that can cost a pretty penny….and we’re talking about just one night!
That’s why we have so many rehearsal suppers here at Magnolia Court Reception Hall. For a small fee you have a wonderful place outdoors, if weather permits, or indoors if it doesn’t. Many couples decide to do a gumbo or jambalaya with some sides. Or if your relatives want to help, ask them to bring a dish!
You can supply water and tea and if you don’t mind your guests drinking, they can bring their own. Just remember, keep it simple, and stay in budget!
The wood tower was made by Chris Lasage, father of the bride.
Found on Pinterest on weddingchicks.com
It seems many couples planning their wedding are on a tight budget. I am always keeping my eyes open….looking for ways they can save money.
A cake can be very costly. But there are several ideas I have seen, not only from my customers, but searching around on Pinterest. You will see the top photo….the tower was made by the father of one of my brides. I thought this was a unique idea and have seen many variations of this idea on Pinterest!
You can have a small cake for the top so you can cut the top and take photos. The bottom can be filled not only with cupcakes, but you can use a variety of items such as brownies, petite fours, cookies, etc. that will go with your color scheme. You can choose individual desserts and put them in cupcake paper or small plastic cups, using your color scheme and place them on the tower. Extras can be kept on hand to replace as the guests eat the delicious items on your tower.
Are you a baker? Are there family members who make special candies or items they would be willing to bake for you? You would be surprised how many would love to make these items for you….a cost saver and they get to brag! Be sure to send them a thank you note for their help!
Your guests will love this idea because of the variety and easy access!
Keep in mind, some of my clients just don’t like cake at all! So leave the cake out at the top and instead put the bride and grooms special sweet item…these can be shared for the photo taking! Remember….it’s your special day…do what makes you happy.
Times have changed…and for the better. Years ago it was called a Sign In Book. It was a book for the guests to sign, that let’s face it…we never took out of the closet to look at again!
My clients don’t use a book anymore…they have become very inventive with the guests sign in area. Above you will see two examples.
The top one is a platter that the guests sign; and then the platter is cured in an oven. This couple hung their platter on the wall and during holiday season it is perfect for that turkey, roast or whatever else you want to use it for!
For the second one our client was married on the beach. For their reception they bought shells that the guests signed. Then the shells were put in a shadow box and hung on their wall. Cool idea!
Another one of my favorites that I have seen is a quilt. A relative made a quilt and they had it laid out on a table for guests to sign. As a quilter myself I know there are special quilt pens that you use. I have made several of these and the ink stays on the fabric. I love this idea!
And I love the idea of the photo of the bride and groom where the guests sign on the border of the photo. This can be framed and hung up on their wall. Another great idea!
Long gone is the Sign In Book…..and that’s good! Thinking outside the box for the guests sign in table is an awesome alternative.