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Busting the Budget Stigma
Everyday we have clients ask us for tips on how to handle their budget woes. This week’s Blog is going to be all about BUDGETS!…how to make a budget and stick to it!!
Step One: Making A Budget
The biggest problem clients seem to have is coming up with a realistic budget. Things to keep in mind while making a budget:
1. Industry rates range, depending on what state you are getting married in and if it is an urban or rural area. Having a wedding in a city versus a smaller town might end up costing you more in the end.
2. There is a price per guest for food and liquor. Remember to keep your Guest List in line with the budget.
3. Styles of weddings can determine the cost as well. If you want a more formal affair, you may be looking at a higher budget.
Check out the great Budget Builder at Real Simple Weddings Cost Calculator. You will find everything from the average cost of weddings in your area to budget worksheets to help you stay organized!
Step Two: Give Yourself A Cushion!
When creating your budget, be sure to put aside a percentage of your budget for emergencies. At the end of planning, you might want to use the money to upgrade your decor, food, bar or you might want to put it toward your honeymoon. But that little bit of money will ensure you never fully go over your budget!
Step Three: Talking Budget With Your Vendors
Once the budget is created it is all smooth sailing from there. I know talking budget with vendors can be intimidating, but follow these simple tips and it will be a breeze.
1. When picking a vendor, do your homework. Check out their websites or give them a call and ask what their price points are. Most vendors will discuss budgets right away.
“‘Be straight with the vendors and tell them your budget. If you have wiggle room, let them know. For the most part vendors are very honest and will tell you whether they can work within that budget and whether that budget is realistic,’ says Laura Wright of Laura Wright Events. ‘If they can’t work within your budget, ask them if they will give you the name of someone who can.’ You’ll save a ton of back-and-forth time if you’re on the same page from the beginning.”
-Article Planning Basics: How to Talk Money With Your Wedding Vendors, The Knot.com
2. You never know unless you ask! Tell your vendors what you want and ask what it would cost you.
”And trust us: It’s totally normal to experience sticker shock the first time you read through a pricing menu. Once you’ve learned that wooden farm tables are much more expensive than round tables and that even simple draping requires an entire team of pros, then you’ll really be ready to have a conversation. Additionally, when it comes to those intangible talents like photography, videography and design, Chenin Boutwell of Chenin Boutwell Photography points out that you have to remember that in some cases, you’re paying for “‘a unique eye, point of view and experience.’”
-Article Planning Basics: How to Talk Money With Your Wedding Vendors, The Knot.com
3. Make sure you have your vendor walk you through your contract and make sure to ask questions if you don’t understand. There is nothing worse than showing up the day of the event thinking you are getting one thing and really having another. Plus, Vendors are human, there might always be a mistake or adding error….it does happen!
Step Four: Enjoy the Planning Process
Remember with the right vendors and the proper planning, no matter what size your budget, you really can have the wedding of your dreams.
Have questions or additional advice? We would love to hear it!
Come celebrate summer and bring your kids to BRAVO! on June 5th from 1-4pm for Kids Fest 2012.
Your kids will have a great time jumping on our brand new bounce house.
Nothing says summer like having a cold and tasty snow cone.
George’s Funnel Cakes will even be here with some good ol’ fashion carnival sweets.
Freeman’s Bakery will be here with some of their specialty desserts
Your kids will enjoy face painting and games. The Florence Humane Society will even have puppies up for adoption.
Your family will not want to miss this summer fun! Call BRAVO! for more information at 843-413-0525!
1) Scrapbook Paper Clipboards
Materials: Clipboard, Scrapbook Paper of your choice, Mod Podge, Ribbon, and a Pen or Pencil
All you do is trace the outline of the clipboard onto the back of the scrapbook paper, cut it out and glue it to the clipboard with Mod Podge. Once it dries you can add the person’s initial or whatever you want to add to it! Then add a top layer of Mod Podge. Once everything is dry you can add a notepad and tie a pen or pencil to the clip with a ribbon. Perfect for a little girl’s birthday party!
Materials: 4X4 Ceramic Tile, Scrapbook Paper of your choice, Mod Podge, Clear Spray Paint, and Felt
Cut the scrapbook paper into 4X4 squares, glue it to the ceramic tile with the Mod Podge, once it dries spray the clear spray paint to seal it. After the spray paint is dry, glue the felt onto the bottom and Viola! you have coasters.
3) Scrapbook Paper Picture Frames
Materials: Inexpensive Unfinished Picture Frame, Scrapbook Paper of your choice, Spray Adhesive, Foam Brush, Paint, Scissors, X-acto Knife, and Mod Podge
First trace the frame onto the scrapbook paper and cut out the template. Paint the frame whatever color would look best with your scrapbook paper. Once the frame is dry spray the back of the scrapbook paper with the spray adhesive. Then stick the paper to the frame. Use the X-acto knife to trim any excess paper. To seal the paper to the frame use Mod Podge.
4) Lip Gloss
Materials: Vaseline, Kool-Aid, Lip Gloss Containers, and Labels
Heat 1 cup of Vaseline in the microwave in 30 second increments until the Vaseline is liquid. Stir in one package of Kool-Aid (whatever flavor you choose) until the crystals are completely dissolved. The cherry flavor has a little tint to it! Pour the mixture into the lip gloss containers and let them solidify. Print labels with the different flavors and adhere them to the top of the containers.
5) DIY Crayons
Materials: New or Used Crayons and Silicon Baking Tray
Peel the labels off of the crayons and break them. Fit them into the silicon baking tray you are going to use. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes on 200 degrees. Silicone baking trays come in all shapes and sizes so you can have all sorts of crayons.
Of all of the wedding shows on TV one of my favorites is Four Weddings on TLC. Brides attend each others weddings and rank their competition’s wedding on dress, venue, food and over all experience. At the end of the show the bride with the most points wins a honeymoon to some tropical place. One thing I have noticed on every show is that the other brides have strong opinions on which way the food should be served. There are advantages and disadvantages to both but most importantly it depends on the event and the ambiance you are trying to convey.
1) The Buffet
Most casual bridal couples prefer a fun and relaxing reception by having wedding guests serve themselves from a variety of foods. This is a great option for wedding reception food because the nature of a buffet offers something for everyone.
- Food is generally less expensive
- No need to pay for a wait staff.
- More causal
- Wide variety of food choices
- The fear of running out of food
- Long wait lines
- To causal for some couples
- Have two buffet lines to cut down on wait time
- So that it doesn’t look as causal, use nice polished aluminum to add a more formal presentation
- Use different shape and size tables to look less causal
- Release the room in sections to cut down on lines
2) The Sit-Down Dinner
Elegant traditional bridal couples often take the opportunity to have waiters serve their guests so that everyone eats and finishes at the same time which allows more time to socialize.
- Will appear as if you went all out
- Considered to be more formal
- Less chaotic
- Guests don’t have to do much work
- Fear the food will get cold
- Fear that dinner will seem to “stuffy”
- Limited on what you can eat
- More for the bride and groom to figure out beforehand ( specific guest count, place cards, who is eating what, etc..)
- Hire a caterer that will prepare the food during the reception so food will be fresh and hot
- Give a variety of menu options for different taste buds
3) FOOD STATIONS
Most adventurous bridal couples like the style of this reception because it provides a lot of fun and variety for guests to sample foods from each station. One thing’s for sure–wedding guests will rave about this party for years to come!
- Will get your guests to mix and mingle
- Stations offer many food options for a variety of guests
- No need to pay wait staff
- Each station will need its own china and silverware
- Serving dishes and presentation can get expensive
- Stations can be positioned across the venues to maximize flow
- Use polished aluminum to add a formal feel
- Spend a little extra money and have people behind the stations to explain the food or cook it live