Many of us enjoy the Champagne Toast at a wedding/event, however the bubbly is going to cost you close to $50/bottle.
SAVE: There is a more affordable option to have a room full of bubbles in the air. Consider serving other cork popping beverages such as Prosecco or Cava. These Champagne alternatives could cost you 1/3 of the price and have the same celebratory effect! Cheers!
DJ/Entertainment Services keep the crowd engaged, laughing, and (if applicable) dancing the night away.
SPLURGE: Selecting the right DJ that fits you, will be a beneficial experience throughout the event. This sets the tone as your guests first arrive at the event/wedding. Having the right music, emcee, and lighting all in one package generally provides the best value. A good entertainment service will facilitate games to increase guest participation (i.e. the Shoe Game) and be comfortable administrating a slide show, announcing speeches, and more. during dinner (if you are into that).
Getting Ready Pictures, although provide you fun memories, are probably not going to be framed and hung up on the wall or used for your Thank You cards. Not having your photographer on-duty for all, or part of, this portion of the day can save you hundreds.
SAVE: Whether you are surrounded by your bridal party or volunteers helping prep for the event, several people are taking pictures to share on social media. Ask those involved in the big day if they would be willing to capture the moments and share them with you. There are photo sharing apps available where everyone attending can participate and swap images throughout the entire event.
Imagine your guests are at the venue having a great time and enjoying themselves hours into the evening…now imagine them starting to slow down. This is the perfect time to serve the Late-Night Snacks!
SPLURGE: Certain venues will allow you to bring in your own snacks, or will offer you a late-night menu to keep the crowd alive and on their feet. After hours of drinking alcohol, an evening snack may also help reduce the morning headache.
Event Decorations can be as minimal or extravagant as your budget will allow. There are simple either/or décor decisions you can make that surprisingly look just as beautifully fitting for your event.
SAVE: Candle holders and vases do not need to be brand new, nor do they need to tower over each table. Having two more varying heights incorporated into your table centerpieces adds depth to table. Reminder, take advantage of flower height if applicable to the design. Mirror pieces underneath always enhance the center creation. Chair covers and sashes are not the only option, consider just the sash and don’t be afraid to use a complimentary shade to your color scheme.
From the beginning to the end, offering Transportation services/resources or recommendations gives your guests one less things to worry about.
SPLURGE: Securing transportation services through your venue, hotel, busing company, or assigning family/friends to be sober drivers will keep the party safe. Choosing a few people ahead of time to call cabs, Uber, or Lyft for your attendees to get them the correct location is also very helpful.
Are real Flowers a must-have for your event/wedding? If silk flowers are not your style, there are many ways you can cut down costs when working with your florist.
SAVE: Carnations, baby's breath, and greenery are less expensive and add life and fullness to the bouquet. Don’t forget to look in your own backyard for what may be available. Although it may sound odd or not be the right time of year, leaves from an apple or spruce tree, etc. would work well as a bouquet accent. If you’re willing to take a chance to save on floral costs, visiting your local farmer market the day prior to the event will offer you a variety of options at discounted prices.