Friday, May 20, 2011

Budget Bride: 10 ways to save on your wedding day

By TRAE BODGE
www.RetailMeNot.com
Source:  The Kansas City Star



If you're planning a wedding, you're probably shocked by how much everything costs. I polled several wedding experts and came up with plenty of ways to cut corners without your guests catching on.


The Date


Marta Segal Block, editorial director of GigMasters.com, suggests, "Have a Friday or Sunday evening wedding. Venues are less expensive at these times. Also, people don't tend to drink as much as they do on a Saturday night!"


The Invitations


Why not customize your own invitations? Expressionery.com offers adorable, affordable personalized invitations that you can make truly unique with on-screen previews and multiple font choices. You'll find thousands of choices that you won't find anywhere else.


The Dress


The leading website for wedding dress resale, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, offers two money-saving options: You can sell your gown after you wear it, and recoup up to 50 percent off what you paid. Conversely, you can buy a pre-worn gown. Wedding dresses are usually only worn for five hours or so, so it's a fantastic way to save up to 50 percent off retail.


Photography


When it comes to negotiating with photographers, New Jersey wedding photographer Erol Ata of CIP Studios, suggests, "Ask the studio to provide CDs of high-res images and no prints. This way the bride can make prints and create her own albums at a more reasonable price on her own time."


Videography


Most videographers use one or two cameras per wedding, and they are booked by the hour. The company Wedit mails you five HD handheld video cameras to use for five days. Afterward, you pop the cameras back in the box and mail them with the prepaid shipping label. The Wedit team edits a highlight reel and video with your feedback and delivers the finished product in less than a month, at about half the price of traditional videography.


Flowers


Angie Zimmerman, a florist in El Dorado Hills, California, who has written the Do It Yourself Flower Guide, says to "use flowers that are in season, and then leave it to the florist to pick flowers that match your color scheme and fit within your budget."


Another option along those lines is to do your own flowers. Buy the flowers the day before at a local flower market and create your own simple arrangements. My maid of honor and I did this, and it was a wonderful bonding experience for us.


The Food


To avoid a big food bill, wedding planner Greg Jenkins of Bravo Productions, provided these tips:


"Select?simple cheese and fruit platters instead of expensive appetizers. Also, eliminate the carving stations of prime rib and jumbo shrimp and opt for more inexpensive fare such as chicken, fish and mini?appetizers."


The Cake


Wedding officiant and former high-end caterer Celia Milton, of New Jersey, says, "One of my favorite ideas is to have a mini wedding cake on each table instead of a huge flower arrangement; it can do double duty as dessert, of course, and each table can have a 'designated cutter,' which is a real conversation piece."


The Drinks


"Don't have a full bar," advises Block. "You should never ask your guests to pay for their own drinks, but you don't need to provide them everything under the sun. Just serving wine and a specialty drink can save you a ton of money."?


The Honeymoon


Philadelphia wedding planner Stacey Halstead, of Create the Moment, suggests, "Register for your honeymoon! Most travel agents can create a registry through their website, and couples can register for things they want - airfare, scuba diving, helicopter rides, etc."


My husband and I did this. We married in our late 30s, so we didn't need china and serving trays. The registry paid for our entire three-week trip to Southeast Asia, and we mailed thank-you postcards along the way to everyone who contributed. From all the photos we took, we created an online album so everyone could see how much we loved our gift.


Skip Kelly Productions is one of the most sought after entertainment companies in Jacksonville. From private parties to weddings and special events all over the city. Our team of expert lighting technicians and sound engineers can assist you in creating an event limited only by your wildest dreams.  If you are looking for a truly professional Jacksonville DJ, or Jacksonville Wedding DJ find out what we can do for you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Disney Princess Wedding Dress of Your Dreams!



Some friends of mine are on vacation in Disney World this week and it reminded me of this series of dresses by designer Alfred Angelo.  I guess they've been out for some time now, but I heard about them only a few weeks ago.  Thought I'd share.  I know that since I'm a guy my opinion doesn't count, but my favorites are the Sleeping Beauty, The Cinderella, and the Princess & The Frog dresses.


The prices are surprisingly reasonable for a licensed theme dress from Disney, all under $1,400.  Check out the whole collection here.


Skip Kelly Productions is one of the most sought after entertainment companies in Jacksonville. From private parties to weddings and special events all over the city. Our team of expert lighting technicians and sound engineers can assist you in creating an event limited only by your wildest dreams.  If you are looking for a truly professional Jacksonville DJ, or Jacksonville Wedding DJ find out what we can do for you.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Record Player Wedding Invitation



Now THIS is some creative design work!  Graphic designer Kelli Anderson developed this amazing wedding invitation that is actually a working record player!  The couple sending out the invitations can even get their own custom song made to be played by the recipient!


Check out the full story and you've gotta watch the video!  Fast Co Design


Skip Kelly Productions is one of the most sought after entertainment companies in Jacksonville. From private parties to weddings and special events all over the city. Our team of expert lighting technicians and sound engineers can assist you in creating an event limited only by your wildest dreams.  If you are looking for a truly professional Jacksonville DJ, or Jacksonville Wedding DJ find out what we can do for you.