Friday, January 8, 2016 / by Extreme Home Selling Team
Unless you are part of the British Royal Family or a lost daughter of the Mittal Industrialist, you probably aren't going to a 'completely open-ended Daddy & Mumsy won't care' kind of purse from which to spend... If you are like many American Couples, this is not your first rodeo and you are especially keen on the cost of components. The following advice works perfectly for those who plan a small intimate wedding with 100 or fewer guests.
One very important fact before you start: DO NOT tell the vendors you are planning a wedding. The price quotes will double, triple or quadruple simply because of the "special event"! Don't believe me? Go ahead, make a couple of calls to "off-vendors" and ask for a faux estimate!
Just say you are putting together a very special party for Family and Friends to celebrate a Moment in Time that you never want to forget. Buy the "Wedding" pieces separately and add yourself.
VENUE: Choose a location that has significance to you both and can easily host your Guests, if possible. Perhaps the Art Gallery where you met or the Movie Theater on your First Date! If you're a Member of the Opera, that would be amazing!
FLOWERS: Consider MonoBotanical-MonoChromatic Bouquets and Table Arrangements. They will be much less expensive with added greenery than mixed flowers and colors. Use stationary, napkins & linens to add color to the settings along with your guests' choice of clothing. You CAN ask Guests to wear specific colors: they'll enjoy an even bigger role of participation!
GUESTS: Keep the list tight, inviting only those who you really wish to see on this very special day. Consider live streaming for those not attending.
MUSIC: Think about what is the priority... Getting jiggy with it? Or talking with each of your Guests easily, freely and lovingly! You can still have musical throw-down if you want it.
FAVORS: Do yourself a favor and just.don't! Unless you're providing them something they use at the Ceremony and/or Reception, most people just toss or leave on the table. You've wasted your money!
PROGRAMS: People really know the order of things. Another waste, though a lovely thought has just occurred for smallish ceremonies... Print a Program with your Official Engagement photo on the back. Hand write a note to the attendee specifically thanking them for sharing this day of joy with you! File Alpha and deliver upon arrival at the Ceremony! Now that's going to be a keeper!
OPEN BAR: Not at THIS party. Red & White Wine, maybe a couple of great Craft Beers or a Signature Cocktail.
GO BIG OR...: Simple is Divine! Don't try to create a Cecil B. DeMille Production out of your wedding! That's nothing but trouble. I found a photo from the Real Housewives of Atlanta of a wedding rehearsals production... OUT-rageous! What WAS that? Super Bowl Half time???
Stick to your guns AND your Budget! You've got more durable things to spend your money on like consolidating households, selling and buying a home, and furnishings to fit the new Family Lifestyle!
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