Quick Tips for Brides On a Budget

Budgeting for a wedding is one of the most important things a bride can do.  But we know that nothing in life is perfect and it may be easy to be tempted by small luxuries or that one big splurge so for the ladies that now find themselves penny-pinching, here are a few tips to get you back on track!

Tip 1: Small DIYs

And we don’t mean gathering your aunts and cooking 200 hors d’oeuvres the night before your wedding.  Do it yourself projects are on the rise lately due to portals like Pinterest and DIY Network, there are tons of websites out there with great ideas to spruce up smalls aspects of your wedding.  Instead of settling on the look of  pre-made goods, add some “umph” to your day by kicking those elements up a notch.  From table numbers to favor bags, everything can be spruced up to reflect your personal style.  From something as simple as stamps and lace, your wedding can have a matching and comprehensive theme.

Hand-stamped favor bags - courtesy of somethingturquoise.com

Hand-stamped favor bags – courtesy of somethingturquoise.com

Tip 2: Double Duty Items

If you’re running low on funds, consider adding items that creatively work double time for you.  For example, if you’re indifferent about where you get married consider holding your ceremony and reception at the same place.  This would help cut down on the cost of transportation and multiple venues; plus your guests would be able to relax knowing they don’t have to scour out your second location.  Holding the ceremony and reception together also helps keep your day manageable as your guests and chauffeur won’t be waiting around between a morning ceremony and an evening reception.  Hold your ceremony as close to twilight as you can and your reception should be in full swing by the time you’re ready to toast.  Another easy-to-execute example would be party favors and escort cards.  This works great to ensure that all guests find their seats and leave with a favor!  Whip out an infamous family recipe and your guests will have something to remember you by long after your wedding is over!

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courtesy of snippetandink.com

Tip 3: Look for Annual Clearance and Sales

The wedding industry moves quickly and is heavily reliant on trends.  This being said, many boutiques and businesses are eager to move merchandise from previous seasons at slashed prices to make room for new inventory.  Do your research and see if any of your local businesses offer any great annual sales or clearances.  With the boom of social media, as soon as you’re engaged you should follow your favorite vendors on their social media sites for information about any upcoming events.  This is also a excellent way to keep track of great offers as the store will notify you whenever they have a good deal.

Tip 4: Look for Freebies from Vendors

There are a lot of great wedding options out there today and the internet is a great resource for bringing those options straight to your living room.  Literally.  Many wedding vendors now offer wedding samples and freebies that can be dropped in the mail and delivered to your door for only the cost of shipping.  Instead of driving all over town to look at different samples and options, if you know what you want then have it delivered to your home.  Time is money!  If you prefer to go see things in person, samples and giveaways are almost always available in-store for you to try or win before purchasing.  So ask, better safe than sorry especially if you’re budget conscience.  We’ve seen free samples and giveaways for just about everything, wedding invites to makeup, don’t be afraid to ask girls.

Tip 5: Don’t trust all Freebies

Free stuff may be awesome but be weary!  If you visit a bridal show and win a drawing for a big-ticket item, take the freebie but research that vendor!  Freebies are usually offered by companies looking to maximize their brand recognizance so sometimes they may be offering a free service but at as minimal a cost as possible.  Some free goods are not up to par as compared to their retailed counterparts.  They can be made from cheaper quality products or may be a used product that’s been recycled through the drawing.  Don’t get us wrong, there are a ton of legitimate freebies out there but be wary of all offers.  You get what you pay for so research thoroughly and be sure that you’re getting a good value for your efforts.  The last thing you need is a non-blessing in disguise.

We hope these tips come in handy brides looking to plan their perfect day on a less than perfect budget.  To find out what Eagle has to offer for your budget, visit www.eagleglengc.com or contact our event specialists at 951-278-2842 ext. 206.

Five Quick Tips for Planning a Wedding

Wedding planning can be hard and overwhelming.  For our brides out there that are not sure where to start when it comes to wedding planning, here are a few quick tips to help you get your event underway.

courtesy of fioreblossoms.blogspot.com

courtesy of fioreblossoms.blogspot.com

Tip 1: Visit The Knot – www.theknot.com

This website is the mecca of all things wedding.  Whether you’re simply looking for inspiration or for actual vendors, this site is set up to help you navigate through the hubbub with real-time, relevant information.  One of the features worth mentioning for the site include the classified section – where you can buy used or even brand new items from other former brides for a fraction of the retail price.  The site also has a great gift registry section which allows you to set up your wedding site and register yourself with more than 15 popular retail stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Pottery Barn.  It’s a one-stop shop for all brides looking to minimize on the amount of research but maximize in relevancy.

Tip 2: Know What You Want to Spend

Everyone, unless you’ve had the luck of winning the jackpot, has a budget.  Figure how much you’re going to spend and allocate specific amounts to different areas of your wedding.  In general, 50% of your budget should be allotted to the venue, your food and drinks.  The other 50% takes care of everything else that goes into your wedding.

Approach your vendors and be upfront about your budget.  The last thing you need is to fall in love with a dress you can’t afford or waste time dreaming about that cake that isn’t going to be at your reception.  Your vendors are experts, they’ll be able to tell you what is workable within your price range and what options are available to you.  Be open to these options and don’t expect to be knowledgeable about everything.  Your florist won’t expect you to know how much flowers cost and it’s their job to navigate and work within your budget.

Tip 3: Consider Your Schedule

If you grew up like me, you thought of your wedding was an excuse for a big party.  But unlike conventional parties, cupcakes and punch are no longer going to appease the masses.  Weddings are now orchestrated through months and months of planning and catered to not only your tastes but the tastes of your groom, his mother, your mother, the list goes on.  For brides that are working full-time, we suggest considering whether you have time to execute this wedding to its full potential.  If not, you may have to hire an event planner to take care of the details for you.  Keep in mind these event planners may take a bite out of your wedding budget but they’re the purveyors of all your wedding details and will take a load of responsibility off your plate.   If an event planner is out of your budget, you can also hire a day-of coordinator.  Day-of coordinators don’t plan your wedding but they will step in at the last minute to make sure everything goes off without a hitch the day of your wedding.

Tip 4: Start Big and Go Small

When you’re planning your wedding you should take care of the big details first like the date, venue and your guest list.  Once you have those details down, start looking for your dress and hiring vendors.  Leave all flexible details that you can do yourself for last, like party favors and seating charts.  Anything that requires an outside party should be prioritized first because of the lead time some vendors require in order to execute your event.  Think of your planning process as a funnel and the closer you get to your wedding the more minute the details of it should become.

Tip 5: References, References, References!

Most brides plan their weddings only once, so almost all brides are green to the process.  There are many choices out there as far as great vendors, so make an informed choice by asking people you trust for a reference.  Ask former brides, friends who frequent weddings and other professionals for people they’ve used or were impressed by.  Your close friends will be able to give you a first-hand account of a vendor’s services and a trusted vendor can give you a professional account of a company they like partnering with.  Coming armed with a recommendation allows you to have confidence in the service you’ll be receiving and will help ease your piece of mind the day of your event.

It takes a lot to get your wedding started and planning becomes simplified if you’re prepared with the correct information.  If you have any questions about what our venue can do for you visit the Wedding section of our webpage or contact our Event Specialist, Tiffany, at tbell@eagleglengc.com or 951-278-2842 ext.206.