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.
Perfectionist or Control Freak?
If you are planning your own wedding, you just might be a perfectionist. Striving for perfection is a commendable virtue, but, when does your quest for perfection cross the line into a control issue?
The down side of being a perfectionist, while planning your wedding:
That being said, hiring a planner who is also a perfectionist, might just be your saving grace! Call us for our insiders recommendations for planners that we think is your perfect fit.
Imagine the horror... a vendor calls to cancel just two weeks away, because she's over booked her weekend? Yes, it HAS happened. We are on an ISLAND?!!! .... What now? Panic is a viable option.
It goes without saying that this could be disastrous!
Not so. Hawaii is home to some of the world's most beautiful and fragrant flowers and fillers.
A good local floral designer can turn your catastrophe into something unexpectedly beautiful.
In the midst if an unraveling plan you find what you're really made of.
This also might be time to consider silks. You can still get the desired look but without the urgency of overnight shipping and out of stock messages.
No...that's not the word I was looking for, ARTIFICIAL ...there you go.
How can you design elaborate flower stories with blooms that are out of season?
Silks and other artificials, that's how!
This also helps with sensitive sniffers. I have family members who are fragrance intolerant. They shy away from events, where there would most likely be an abundance of flowers or heavy scents just because of their allergies. If you have that same issue, or have guests who suffer from allergies, consider artificial flowers or even just LED candles and other decor
elements to compliment your design.
The professionals at Hawaii Island Events are waiting to liven up your event with Silks!
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