Our momma's and momma's friends all had them. We fondly remember opening the sweet little treats, as if they were our own personal gifts. The trend seems to be making a comeback in the form of homemade and organic. This translates into costly. "Gifting" your guests, is not just an added expense, it is an added chore. Don't get us wrong, we ADORE favors, done tastefully and of course if the budget allows.
How many candles and little trinkets do you really need on the tables to make it really pretty and uniquely yours? Surprisingly not as much as you're told... or should I say...up sold?
Include a phone number, email or evite. Designate someone from your bridal party or your planner to receive the electronic rsvps and calls. The paper trail is not necessarily worth the additional cost. Especially since we have all this technology at our fingertips.
Save The Dates
Ditto on the evites for this one.
A nice touch in lieu, would be to have the chef give you a quick table side presentation on his wonderful meal. It's interactive and may cost you a lot less than the printed pretties.
If you DO have the means to add this to your wedding collection
Let it flow! Personally, I don't like programs. Your guests could become anxious with with expectation if something is out of order or not on time. You could become a slave to a script that almost never goes off without a hitch.
Sure you need practice, we understand. A big hoopla is not the way to go. Spend the money on your big day. Your wedding party and compulsory staff need be present.
Keep it informal. Hit a trendy sandwich shop and go Dutch. Even if you want to pay for everyone, it still won't cost you as much as another event.
Get the right size space. Don't go big and then struggle to make it intimate. Sure you LOVE that one location and have always dreamed of having your wedding there, but with a smaller guest list it will put a strain on the budget and force you to add decor items and details you wouldn't need with the right size venue
His and Her special cocktails are the rage. A good chocolate martini is not only expensive but doesn't go a long way. I'm salivating just thinking about it! If I were at your wedding, you could pay me over $200 to drink up all that Godiva chocolate, multiply that by 50-60 people. Ouch.
Small Cake-Big Dessert Table
Not so new idea, great savings. With a smaller cake you can opt for a prettier design without the price tag. Your caterer usually has a dessert selection your guests will love. Cupcakes are also a nice alternative to cake slices.
The short answer is YES!
Not everyone can afford a really good one. So make a list of what you have the capacity to do yourself and what you need help with. Next, make some calls.
You should check the reputation of your planner. Read posts about them, check their Facebook and Pinterest pages. See what education they have or years in the biz. The Better Business Bureau can give you insight as well. Look at photos of actual weddings.
I attended a planning session with a bride and her family a while back, and overheard the bride say (as she walked away), "they just don't get it".
Can't say no? A strong planner will help you smooth ruffled feathers and step in to tactfully deny or accept "help". Unfortunately there was no planner and the wedding night ended with a lot of regret.
Today's planners offer a whole lot more than they used to. Chances are you can tailor a package to fit your needs.