WWTW | Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Bridal Party Gifts

Since it is a customary tradition to give each member of your bridal party a gift; try to DIY something instead of buying a gift from a store. Maybe you or your fiancé have some hidden talent like painting or woodwork that would make an excellent gift idea! Pintrest may have some great ideas for you to try also. Your bridal party will cherish anything handmade more than anything store bought.

Book Out of Season

Some vendors offer a discount if you book your wedding during the off season. Consider off season as being late fall or winter. You can also think about booking on a Friday or Sunday during prime wedding season. You may not receive as deep of a discount as off season but you may still be able to save some money. Sometimes if there is an upcoming long holiday weekend you can try to plan your Big Day for a Thursday. Since they are not very busy on those days, and especially during the off season, venues look being booked for the right price!

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Flowers, Lights and Linens

Saving Money | Flowers, Lighting & Linens

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Flowers

Most couples include flowers into the budget for their Big Day but most people don’t realize how much flowers can actually cost. Instead of spending close to $9000 on flowers, that you will ultimately give or throw away after your reception, cut that budget and supplement your design. Try spending around $1500 and create a small lighting budget that will give a bigger effect while saving you money!

Lighting

Try adding lighting to give your venue the perfect look. Sometimes simple can be just enough! There are many lighting design styles that you could use to add to the special décor for your upcoming wedding reception. A monogram is a timeless way to illuminate the dance floor at your wedding. Display your names or initials on the wall or dance floor but don’t forget you have options in this area also. For an added interior decoration, try a monogram that matches your theme, snowflakes for a winter décor or even your personalized wedding logo!

Up-lighting and down-lighting will add an effect to whatever they are shining on! Down-lights will transform your chandeliers while up-lights are used for walls and sconces. Not all venues are able to use pinspot lighting for tables and centerpieces. Using LED up-lights will give you the same effect without changing your centerpieces!

Linens

If you will be using any linens or drapery to decorate your venue it may be more cost effective for you to actually buy your own linens rather than renting them. We know, it doesn’t make sense, but once you factor in delivery and labor costs in addition to cleaning fees for the next rental you are looking at spending anywhere from $1200 on linens to $4000 depending on the style you choose. You will save money going this route and then after your event you can have them cleaned and resell them on any of the various wedding resell websites.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Rehearsal Dinner & Guest Lists

Saving Money | Dinner & Guests

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas and saving money is a top priority. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Rehearsal Dinner

Your rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to be a formal grand affair. Remember, that part comes on your actual wedding day! Instead, a great idea to save money for this event is to have something less formal. Maybe a backyard cookout if the weather permits or possibly your parents or a friends house can hold your guests and will host a catered dinner in your honor. You don’t have to have a huge dinner, just invite your bridal party, parents and officiant. Not all of your guests have to be there so don’t splurge on this part of your wedding. Your rehearsal dinner is just that, practice for the real show the next day!

Guest List

If you happen to have a list of people you are unsure if you should invite try making an A, B & C List. Your A List should include your close friends and immediate family. Use the B & C List for co-workers, friends you may not have recently been in touch with and those distant cousins and other family members you haven’t seen in years. Now, who makes the cut? If you have guests on your B & C Lists that you have not talked to within the past year it is acceptable not to feel obligated to invite them to celebrate this special day with you. If you’re still unsure if you should invite them, try this strategy. Would you take this guest out to dinner and spend $150 per person at a 5 star restaurant on them without blinking an eye? Or, would be just as satisfied with taking them to Applebee’s and spending only about $40 on their meal? If Applebee’s is your decision, don’t invite them. (Note: We Love Applebee’s!)

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Cake & Alcohol

Saving Money | Cake & Alcohol

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Saving money is a top priority for couples planning their wedding day. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Cake

Just because you are expecting 250 guests does not mean you need to accommodate with 250 slices of cake! This is a big money saving tip. Not all of your guests will want to have cake for dessert. Plus, if you are having a wedding in Pittsburgh you will most likely have a cookie table as well. Instead, try a sheet cake for the staff to serve to your guests. You can still cut the top tier and save it for your First Anniversary but the bottom tier of the cake can be fake and your guests will never know the difference. Going this route you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a cake they may or may not be eaten.

Alcohol

Most of your guests will be excited to know that you have an open bar. Just like all other areas of your wedding, saving money is an option on drinks also! Most wedding receptions have an open bar for 5-6 hours which includes your cocktail hour. That being said, hopefully your guests won’t mind the bar being closed for 1 hour during dinner. Instead try serving iced tea, lemonade, water and soda. If you think your guests would really enjoy a beverage during dinner another money saving alternative is just offering wine during that time also.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more money saving wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Favors & Centerpieces

Saving Money | Favors & Centerpieces

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Favors

When you think about a really great favor it is usually edible or simply useful. Everyone is familiar with the long-held Pittsburgh traditional cookie table. For this you can utilize printed cookie bags or boxes to make taking cookies home easily. Some other ideas could range anywhere from beer bottle or wine cork openers with your names and date on it. Something that guests will continue to use over the years and be reminded of the great time they had celebrating your big day with you!

Centerpieces

A lot of trendy ideas for wedding centerpieces are not only wide but also very tall. They may look great in pictures but you have to keep in mind that you may have guests sitting at a table that haven’t seen each other in a long time or may just be getting to know each other for the first time. With these big & tall centerpieces it won’t be easy for them to converse at the table. Imagine your guests bobbing their heads back and forth just trying to make eye contact with the person across the table they are trying to talk to.

Keeping things as simple as possible will help get your point across. Candles, flowers and even something specific to your hobbies or careers is perfect. Sometimes the most simple and most intimate ideas can truly go a long way.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!