Archive for July, 2009

It’s easy to think that venues with “all-inclusive packages” are the perfect way for them to rip you off, forcing you to spend more than what you could have done yourself for cheaper. But this is not always-in fact, very rarely- the case. The truth is, choosing a venue that comes with extras built in, like a wedding coordinator or an on-site ceremony location, means significant savings.

Also, with an all inclusive wedding you don’t have to worry about:

* Performing endless vendor interviews.
* Mailing out several different deposits and contracts.
* Orchestrating who arrives when.
* Will the tables and linens be delivered and setup before the cake arrives?
* Who will setup the tables?
* Who will pick up the linens, set them up, and then return them?
* Who will pick up and setup all the chairs, linens, favors, flowers, decorations, bar, beverage table, gift table, sign in table, buffet tables?
* Who will run the buffet and keep it stocked?
* Who will cleanup from the ceremony, reception and the kitchen at the end of the night?
* Who will clean and package up the bridal keepsakes at the end of the night?
* Who will cut and serve the cake and champagne?
* What happens when the florist gets sick the morning of the wedding and can’t deliver the flowers?
* Who will run out to find someone, somewhere?
* Triple confirming arrival times and services with vendors.

When you get 15 more RSVP’s trickling in 18 days before the wedding, the all-inclusive venue calls and arranges for 15 more plates, 15 more glasses, 15 more slices of cake, 2 more tables, 2 more table cloths, 15 more napkins, 15 more sets of silverware, more beverages, more food; meaning you, and and your family and friends can actually enjoy the days leading up to the big event.

More and more brides and grooms are choosing all inclusive wedding packages these days. With today’s busy lifestyles, buying a complete wedding package you can customize to your own tastes and desires–while getting a better price than if you did it yourself can’t be beat. Shop around to see what it would cost you to piece together your own wedding (not to mention time, usually over 100 hours), then compare it to the all inclusive wedding packages that are available in your area. You just might be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Happy planning!


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I think we tend to make too much of a production of the rehearsal dinners-they should be fun and relaxing for everyone, there’s enough stress the following day! So why not save some stress- and money!- by having it at home, whether it be your home, parent’s home, family friend’s, or whoever has enough room to host your bridal party, parents, and out-of-towners (or whoever you choose to invite).

Keep it simple with food that can be prepared ahead of time- think entrees that can be frozen, like lasagna (and this can be prepared both with meat and vegetarian), simple salads, sangria, fresh bakery rolls, and homemade pies and/or cakes for dessert.

BBQ’s are also a great option, especially in the summer months! Serve burgers and hot dogs buffet-style, with fresh watermelon, side-salads, lemonade, and homemade ice cream for dessert. Yum!

Decorate in your wedding color scheme, with gingham table cloths, votive candles, paper lanterns, twinkle lights, and fresh flowers (but don’t go overboard with the flowers…save those for the wedding). Don’t worry about using traditional plates and flatware- paper plates and plastic flatware will do just fine. To jazz up the plates, use scalloped-edged scissors to create a decorative border.

Use at-home stereo equipment (or a boombox…whatever you’ve got) to fill the space with soft music for ambiance. Set up a volleyball net, if you have room, or stage a “Newlywed Game” with the bride and groom or already-married guests to help get the conversation going. We did this at my sister’s rehearsal dinner and it was hilarious! Find sample questions here!

Use your imagination to create an event that not only shows your appreciation for your wedding party, parents, and whoever else your honoring at your rehearsal, but also that represents your personalities. Try to make it as simple, budget-friendly, and fun as possible- you’re getting married the next day! So just enjoy it. 🙂

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The sky is blue, the air is warm, and summer wedding season is in full swing! As I was scrolling through Elizabeth Anne Designs, an awesome wedding and lifestyle site, I found this table scape that literally popped off the computer screen. Everything about it screams summer from the dainty daisies in the bright yellow vase, to the orange and yellow details on the table. So for you summer brides, I thought I would share these pictures to amaze and inspire you.  Enjoy!

Serve Orangeade as pre or post-ceremony refreshments, favors, or escort cards! With a straw, a ribbon, and a customized tag with a note, name, and/or table number, this idea is as refreshing as it is simple!

Atop a tangerine pin tuck taffeta linen, is a funky yellow place mat (a table runner would have the same effect and would cost significantly less), a white plate, yellow napkin, and orange salad plate. Bright and beautiful!

Homemade french macaroons serve as favors in lemon, orange blossom, and peach flavors, sure to be a summer treat for the taste buds!

My favorite part about the whole table arrangement is the fantastic centerpiece. Full of daisies accented with “billy balls,” and placed in a bright yellow vase, these centerpieces are not only perfect for your summer soiree, but are also relatively inexpensive! As far as wedding flowers go, daisies are one of the least expensive varieties out there, and with just a few pops of the “billy balls,” you will definitely be keeping your floral expenses to a minimum. What’s not to love?!

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