Setting Your Wedding Budget

Setting Your Wedding Budget

Setting Your Wedding Budget

One of the first and most important tasks in your wedding planning is creating the budget. Studies show that the biggest fights between bride and groom are caused by money concerns. Avoid the heartache and hassle by mapping out your wedding budget with these easy steps…

Step 1: Figure Out Who’s Footing The Bill

Before you can go any further with your budget, you need to establish who will be paying for what. Tradition states that the bride’s parents will cover the wedding costs, but nowadays that can vary from couple to couple. Have a discussion with all parties involved (parents, grandparents, step-parents, etc) to determine what each family’s contributions, if any, will be. Who pays for what in a wedding?

Step 2: Assess the Funds

Now that you know who’s footing the bill, you need to figure out exactly how much cash you have to spend. Tally up the monetary gifts contributed by each family and then, have an honest discussion with your fiancé about how much money, if any, the two of you want to spend out of your own savings. Once you’ve got a firm number, you can move on to step 3.

Step 3: Allocate the Funds

It’s up to you to determine how and where you want to spend your wedding money. Typically, wedding budgets are divided as so: Reception (48-50%), Ceremony (2-3%), Attire (8-10%), Flowers (8-10%), Chicago Wedding DJ (8-10%), Photography/Videography (10-12%), Stationery (2-3%), Wedding Rings (2-3%), Parking/Transportation (2-3%), Miscellaneous (8%). Remember this is just an average and meant to be used as a rough guide. You may choose to put more money into one area than another, which is totally fine. Just make sure you don’t underestimate the costs in any one area.

Step 4: Prioritize

The budget estimate above is just that, an estimate. You and your soon-to-be spouse need to determine exactly how each dollar is spent. If your dream invitations end up costing 5% of the budget, figure out a way to cut expenses somewhere else. Planning a wedding is a lot like marriage: it’s all about compromise. If you go over budget on the reception site rental, try to lower the expenses on food or flowers.

Step 5: Save, save, save

Just because you have X amount of dollars to spend, doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. Try to be budget-conscious whenever possible and cut costs. Wedding can be incredibly costly affairs and often there are unexpected expenses that pop up at the last minute. Plan a brainstorming meeting with your fiancé to discuss ways you can save money. Got a friend who is a great photographer/graphics designer/florist/baker? Ask him/her to take pictures, creative invitations, assemble bouquets, or make your wedding cake. And don’t forget to scour the Internet for DIY wedding ideas. You’d be amazed how many stunning details you can create yourself at a fraction of the cost.

Step 6: Reevaluate

The wedding budget isn’t something that’s meant to be created and then ignored. You should constantly be reevaluating the budget as you make decisions about the wedding. Create a spreadsheet that can easily be altered as things are purchased or booked. Plug in the numbers and tweak the budget as you go to ensure that everything is covered and you never go into the red.

2018 Trends

We are already into March and seeing some of the hottest trends emerging! Here are some of the 2018 trends:

  1. Card Displays. For your escort cards we love unique displays. You can use the escort/seating cards to give your guests an extra gift. Create a flower wall that your guests can take a bloom home or a fun keepsake like a bottle filled with candy. We also love the idea of using shot glasses for your guests!

2. Registry details. This year it’s not uncommon for a couple to already have essentials like home goods. So, they are asking for cash! The Knot allows your registry to also include funds for adoption or down payment on a home. It’s not rude in this day and age to ask for what you really need. If that isn’t pots and pans then that’s fine.

3. Another 2018 trend we are seeing are balloons and arches! What a fun way to decorate for a spring/summer wedding. Balloons add that flair of color that will make your area pop. Also, you can pair Mylar balloons with latex to get a variety of feels too.  The romantic round archway is also getting a re-vamp this year. A circle represents unity so it’s perfect for your ceremony! Similarly, you can even decorate the arch with balloons to get both trends. Balloons don’t always have to be associated with being out doors either. You can create a lovely archway for your reception venue with balloons too!

No matter what your style you can choose to capitalize on these trends with your own flair. Add in your personal touches to make it the day you want!

Industrial Space

Hello brides! We’re focusing on the trend of industrial space this year. It’s a venue that offers a relaxed space with a “blank slate” feel. You get to decorate and utilize the space however you want. Industrial spaces are great because there’s no rainy day plan – you’re already inside.

Some are calling the industrial space the new “rustic”. You can still have that feel with lanterns, s’more bars and greenery pieces. The industrial space just makes it more retro and fun! A key to the industrial chic is Edison bulb lighting. You’ll want these big bulbs to cast a romantic glow over the entire reception. We also love pewter chairs to make it more industrial chic. You can accent the chairs with floral arrangements or fabric.

A final touch for your industrial space reception could be adding in some Moscow mule mugs. They make the table pop especially with a cement wall behind them. Metallic dishware like the mugs or even the place settings gives it an industrial space chic feel.

No matter if you want more rustic or more industry style you can play with what you like. The venue being more industrial also gives you room to just use the space itself – exposed brick, cement walls and organic shaped chandeliers. If you can find the right building, you may not even need to decorate much. Industrial chic is all about the metallics and neutrals. You can even throw in some steampunk accessories since this type of venue is perfect for that!

Simple Weddings

For the simple wedding we are loving a limited guest list! This can take some of the pressure off of who to invite. You get to limit the list to family only with a few friends or even limiting extended family. We know you don’t want to leave out people for your big day but sometimes due to budget or time constraints its just better to go simple. Simple weddings are also great for those who don’t want a long engagement because they are easier to plan!

What are advantages to the small, simple wedding? First, the food. Likely, the food you serve will be a big focal point since you can afford to expand the menu or higher quality plates. You can also custom make the menu. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work with a personal chef and have food made that it’s significant to you and your partner?  You can have dishes that reflect your personalities or traditional cultural food.

Another benefit of a simple wedding is the seating. Your guests will get to be in a more intimate setting which will allow for great conversations and people actually getting to know each other (if they don’t already)! The decor for a simple wedding can still be luxurious and glam. The fewer tables you need center pieces for equal perhaps bigger center pieces. Guests will get to feel like they are dining at a 5 star gourmet restaurant. The wait staff also won’t be over taxed and will be able to be attentive to your guests.

 

A key factor to a simple wedding is having the ceremony and reception at the same place. This way you don’t have travel constraints. You do want to be sure to pick a place that is where you’d want a lot of pictures taken. An inn or bed and breakfast make for cozy, romantic spaces that may also have amazing natural back drops. No matter what you choose just remember that a simple wedding is supposed to be that – simple! Don’t stress too much over finer details because in the end, your guests just want to celebrate you!

 

 

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 Wedding Trends

The top 2018 wedding trends are listed below.
These trends will help you plan and organize the details of your event.
Be sure to get a look at the Newlywed Report for more 2018 Wedding Trends.

1 – The Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet. Visit the Pantone website to see this color.
2018 Wedding TrendsPantone Color of the Year

2 – The Photo Booth. This trend is actually getting more popular and is ramping up for 2018.

3 – Hanging Centerpieces. This is a great way to keep the guest tables simple and clean.
2018 Wedding TrendsJudith Rae Photography

4 – Silver and Chrome are making a comeback in wedding trends. Silver and Chrome are replacing the latest trends involving gold and brass.
2018 wedding trendsImage: Bridal Trend Asia

5 – The three piece suit for men. Out goes the tux and the suit is here to stay. Visit Black Tie Formalwear for more information.
2018 wedding trends
Image: Black Tie Formalwear

 

Unique Desserts

This year we are seeing quirky and unique desserts offered at receptions! Think donut wall, dessert bar or make your sundaes. We will take a look at some of the most popular options for your big day!  Desserts can offer you the opportunity to show off your style too.

  1. You can use a desserts bar to showcase your flare. If you and your partner want to celebrate your heritage why not do a nationality themed sweets table? You could fill it with your choice of native foods. For example you could do a Mexican Pan Dulce desserts bar where guests are free to take home the delicious pastries too. Giving guests mini bags/plates to take home is a great idea to thank your friends and families for coming.

2. We are loving the donut wall this year too! You can create the wall however fits in the space you have. You can use simple cardboard with pegs to hang the fried treats on or have them stacked. It’s also fun to have other desserts around the donuts like cupcakes or individual cake pops.

3. You can still have your cake too! The wedding cake is, of course, a special piece that shouldn’t be over looked! You can set the wedding cake in the middle of the desserts table so that the other sweets will make it the center of attention. We love the idea of serving pieces of the main cake alongside other options. That gives your guests lots of choices. So, if some of them prefer mini pies or candy to cake then they have a way to enjoy their sweet tooth!

The After Party

This year we are seeing couples focusing on the “after party”! The after party is the late night portion of the reception. We love that brides and grooms are wanting to keep their special day going to the wee hours of the morning.

  1. The first way you can prolong the wedding reception is to be sure the venue allows the longer hours. You should call ahead and see if they also allow outside food in. Bringing in snacks like pizza, hot dogs, fries, mini hamburgers and milkshakes are fun for after the main course! You want to vary as well. If you served salmon as the main entree you’ll want to serve something unrelated for the after party!

 

2. The after party gives you a chance to change! You may love your dress to death but odds are it’s also huge, maybe heavy and flows all over. If you’re not that type of bride then consider rocking your dress all night. For others, think of how fun it would be to change mid scene! If you’re wearing a two piece dress you could even keep the top but put on some comfortable jeans or leggings with glitzy shoes. The after party dress is usually shorter but definitely still flashy. This is where you get to really personalize your style and wear something you might not even normally wear.

 

3. The after party will generate some cost so who’s paying? Since it’s a newer trend, there is no etiquette for this. If either family offers that’s great. Sometimes the couple pays for the extended hours. Or, perhaps, you have a very generous wedding party. You can keep costs down by closing the open bar too. It doesn’t have to stay open for the entire after party. In fact, depending where you’re having the reception, you may have to move locations altogether. The after party doesn’t have to be limited to your venue!

 

New Age Bohemian

Welcome to 2018 brides! We are taking a look at a trend for the new year: New Age Bohemian. This may sound like hippie nonsense but give it a try. The Bohemian look is going to replace all the rustic wedding trends we saw last year.

What entails a New Age Bohemian wedding? First, let’s look at where your guests will start – the invitations. Bohemian is all about florals, romance and non-fussy. We love a touch of elegant flower on your invitations to set the mood. You can set the tone you want depending on which flowers you choose and the color scheme. Romantic doesn’t have to mean all pinks or reds. If you’re a more dramatic bride you can incorporate plenty of dark greens and blues.

Let’s not forget where flowers are also a big hit – on a hair piece! The New Age Bohemian look is perfect if you are a bride who wants to wear flowers in her hair and dance barefoot. You can put together a lovely crown of flowers with greenery for both you and your bridesmaids.

The most important aspect, to go with this crown of flowers, is your dress. There are hundreds of Bohemian style dresses out there and we’ve picked out a top few! As an added bonus, the flowy, lacy dresses also look quite comfortable to wear.

Feel free to go all into the Bohemian wedding trend this year! We love that it is fun, elegant and romantic.

Hanging Flowers

Hanging Flowers

As 2017 comes to a close we look forward to the new year! A surprising decor trend we love are hanging flowers. These beautifully put together decorations give your wedding a pop. But, how do you utilize hanging flowers?

We take a look at several options. First, is the hanging flower canopy which could be perfect if you are an outdoor bride. You can drape a canopy at the alter in the flowers of your choice and then accent them with garland, greens and sheer fabric. The hanging flowers give you a perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

 

A second idea to use hanging flowers is hanging leis. This is a great tropical decor if you are a summer bride! We also love the versatility. You can use them as stand ins for chandeliers or table pieces. The hanging leis are a beautiful and light decoration that wont get in the way of conversation or block guests at the table.

The last idea for uses hanging flowers in your wedding is more rustic chic – adorn lanterns with flowers. We love the elegant feel of a lantern (even better if it has fake candles in it) that are decorated with blooms of your choice. You can use the lanterns inside or out. They could also be placed on the tables for center pieces but that would defeat the purpose of hanging decor slightly.

No matter what your style, it couldn’t hurt to think about using hanging flowers for your wedding. They provide stunning beauty that are sure to get your guests talking!

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

It’s never too late to start planning your wedding! We explore some of the color themes you should think about for next Spring.

  1. Dusty rose and Green. We love this color palette because it’s feminine enough if you don’t want pink. Rose can come in several shades from a romantic light to a dramatic, almost plum shade. You can dress these colors up or down. If you want a glamorous wedding the rose and green theme can work very well with the darker accents. We are also loving the natural look of a dusty rose and green if you’re a more rustic bride.

2.  Lavender and Lilac. For Spring 2018 we love this color theme because it’s so versatile. If purple is your favorite color then this is the palette for you! And if it’s not, you can still think about using a lavender accent. The shades of lavender run from a beautiful light, dusty color to a deep plum.

3. Dusty blue and red. This palette theme us usually used in the fall but they can work for spring as well! The dusty blue is more of a romantic shade than a sea/cerulean blue and won’t make your wedding look like something from Fourth of July or under the sea. The deep red is a very romantic hue. It can be used to accent your bouquet or bridesmaids dresses