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Budget Ideas. Wedding Cake Tower

Cake tower make by Chris Lasage 

The wood tower was made by Chris Lasage, father of the bride.

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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.

Happy Planning!

A Wedding Budget Reminder

Bryan BlonPhoto by Bryan Blon Photography

So you’ve planned your wedding budget.  That’s a good thing.  But remember the fifty dollars spent here or a hundred dollars there…..that you didn’t figure into your budget….adds up!

Let’s talk about “your look” for the day.  Make sure to add everything into your budget for “your look”.  Take into consideration not just the dress……remember to add all of the other expenses that come into play.

Let’s just say you decided on $1500….that doesn’t mean you can buy a $1500 dress….there is tax to consider.   What if you ordered it instead….there will be shipping costs involved.

And don’t forget the alterations!  Many of my customers are surprised with how much alterations cost!   And then you need to figure in your undergarments, nails, pedicure and jewelry as well.

Are you having your hair done by a stylist?  If so, this cost needs to figure into your budget as well.  And speaking of hair….what about your veil….that can be costly….so make sure to figure that into your budget.

And of course your shoes are very important!  Try to stay away from buying shoes that are marketed as “bridal shoes”….instead buy a nice pair of pumps or sandals that  you know you will wear in the future.  Your comfort should be your only real concern…you want to enjoy your day…hurting feet will not be fun!

 

 

Should I Have a Friday Wedding?

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ABSOLUTELY!  Friday night weddings are becoming more and more popular. So are Sunday afternoon weddings!  Brides and grooms are looking for ways to save money, some wedding venues and vendors typically have major discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings.

Remember…by the time Friday rolls around…people are looking for something to do Friday nights…what better way to unwind and celebrate the beginning of the weekend…than at your wedding!

By choosing a Friday or Sunday wedding, some of your out of town guests may not be able to make your “special” event because of travel or work obligations.  But the local guest are sure to attend!

I always suggest to my clients to make sure they send out Save-the-Dates to your out of town guest, at least 6 months before the wedding, so they can ask and plan for time-off well in advance.