26

Nov


For those of you who have been struggling on how to create a sophisticated wedding down on the farm…look no further. This beautiful wedding, set in Jackson Hole, is the perfect combination of effortless elegance and a twist of Western style. To view the entire gallery (shot by Carrie Patterson) visit the Style Me Pretty gallery by clicking here.


24

Nov


I recently had the privilege of working with Tiffany and Ryan on their wedding stationery. I would love to share their invitations with you; however, they’re currently being photographed by Jennifer Driscoll. As soon as I have them, I promise to share them with all of you!

In the mean time, I wanted to share a few photos with you from Tiffany and Ryan’s wedding. Of course, these stunning shots are taken, again, by the talented Jennifer Driscoll, the gorgeous wedding dress was found at The Wedding Studio, and the beautiful reception was held at the Ritz Charles.


24

Nov


Of course, I’ve found another heavenly wedding on the Style Me Pretty blog. “…this sweet Georgia wedding combines a touch of whimsy with a sprinkle of modern and some lemony zest for good measure.” To check out the rest of the photo gallery (all taken by The Reason Photography), simply click here.


15

Nov


I just love this post from the Style Me Pretty blog….

There are DIY inspired weddings and then there are weddings like this, completely hand-crafted affairs where family and friends come together with the bride and groom to build a truly memorable affair. Sent to us by Sloan Photographers, this Alabama couple left no crafting stone unturned and the result is pure heart-melting magic. See the rest of the crafty goodness in the gallery.


11

Nov


Tradition states that the bride’s parents are responsible for fronting the bill for the wedding reception; these days, the bride’s parents, groom’s parent, and the couple themselves all contribute to the wedding pool. That said, it helps to come to the budgeting table prepped with the traditional list of which side pays for what. These conventional “rules” can then be adjusted according to your financial situations:

Wedding Costs Paid by the Bride and/or Bride’s Parents:

  • Ceremony rental fee
  • Bride’s dress and accessories
  • Ceremony flowers and décor
  • Bouquets for bridesmaids and flower girl
  • Photography and videography
  • Engagement party
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon
  • All vendor services for reception, including food, beverages, décor, and entertainment
  • Groom’s ring
  • Invitations and stationery
  • Transportation for bridal party to and from ceremony and reception

Wedding Costs Paid by the Groom and/or Groom’s Parents:

  • Marriage license and officiant’s fee
  • Groom’s attire
  • Bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for ushers, and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Honeymoon Travel
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Bachelors’ dinner
  • Both of the bride’s rings

Costs Incurred by the Wedding Attendants:

  • Their own attire, including shoes and accessories
  • Bridal party hosts bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Groom’s party hosts the bachelor party

This list was found on eleGala.com.


9

Nov


This couple, featured on Style Me Pretty, described their wedding as, “classically modern, with unexpected twists of the ridiculous,” which is so perfect! Check out these amazing photos by Jeff Tisman Photography! If you want to see the entire album, click here.


6

Nov


It’s official…I’ve found my new favorite wedding!!! This adorably quaint wedding (found on the Style Me Pretty blog) has it all. If you want to see the rest of the photo gallery, taken by Souder Photography, just click here.


5

Nov


Get started with these three steps to setting your wedding budget

The numbers are in, and they aren’t pretty. With the average wedding cost at over $28,000, it’s no wonder tackling the budget is one of the most overwhelming tasks on your to-do list. eleGala.com has sorted the figures to help you put it all in perspective and build a plan of attack.

Step 1: Talk to all contributing parties

As the cost of weddings increase, so does the number of people paying for them (good news for the bride’s parents, who no longer need to take out a second mortgage to fund their daughter’s nuptials). You’ll need to sit down with everyone who is going to contribute to the wedding-day piggy bank and discuss how to logically divide the tab and arrive at a total number.

The old-school rules dictating who pays for what are meant to be broken, but you can definitely use these wedding etiquette guidelines on who pays for what as a starting point for your budget discussion.

Step 2: Allocate totals for each service accordingly

Now that you’ve arrived at a reasonable total budget, you’ll need to determine where that money is going to go. Come up with a list of items/vendors/details you’ll need, and how much you’ll allocate to each. Then you can customize each amount based on your style and priorities. For instance, if a fabulous wedding gown is particularly important to you, you may splurge in that area, and make up for it by cutting back on your floral arrangements.

Step 3: Get a system and start saving

You’ll need to establish a reliable method to keep track of all savings and expenditures. There are endless ways to save and track your finances, from sophisticated software to old-fashioned spreadsheets. You can download easy-to-use budgeting software at My Wedding Organizer, Five Star Software or Elm Software.

Step 4: Bank it

If you’ve already got a hefty seed to put down for your affair, talk with your financial institution about the best way to accrue interest leading up to your big day. A seemingly nominal interest rate can mean the difference between Vera Wang and hand-me-downs. Just be sure to open an account separate from your personal savings so that you won’t be tempted to dip into the funds and ultimately find yourself in the hole.

Step 5: Save smart

If you are starting from zero with your wedding-day savings, consider paying for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that amasses benefits like frequent flier miles, rewards, or cash back that can go toward your honeymoon travel.

This list was found on eleGala.com.


1

Nov


I don’t know about you, but when I was planning my wedding, sticking to the budget was darn near impossible! I couldn’t believe how quickly things added up! And as of recently, with our economic situation, saving money is top priority on the “to do” list! In effort to help all of you with your wedding budget, I thought I would post some tips on how to save some $$$.

Cut That Guest List

The easiest and most efficient way to slice your wedding budget in half is to shrink your guest list.  Food and beverage costs are charged per person, and whether you choose to serve filet and caviar or vegetable pasta and chicken wings, the cost is going to multiply by the number you are feeding. Also consider things such as table linens and centerpieces, chair set up fees, favors, cake cutting fees…- the cost of these services is based on the number of guests at your wedding. Fewer guests mean less spent on these wedding standards and more money available for a luxurious honeymoon or a down payment on a house.

Consider the Time

The most desirable dates and times (ie. Saturday nights in June) come with the highest price tags. Consider throwing your bash during the off-season – a Sunday afternoon in January can be equally elegant and romantic if done right. Along the same lines, host an event that does not coincide with a meal time and offer a menu entirely of hors d’oeuvres and/or desserts.

Enhance Your Surroundings

Expensive décor is hardly necessary when Mother Nature does the work for you. A springtime garden wedding hardly needs additional floral arrangements, while an ornate church may be breathtaking on its own. Many facilities are decorated for the holidays, so holding a December wedding may provide you with gorgeous poinsettias and garland free-of-cost.

Keep It Simple

The words “elaborate” and “expensive” go hand in hand, but “simple” does not necessarily equate to “low end.” Intricate details on your wedding cake and in your flower arrangements take more time and therefore cost more. Minimal adornments keep the presentation elegant and chic – and won’t break your wedding budget.

Enlist a Pro

Hiring a wedding coordinator to save you money sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes you have to spend a little to save a little. Once you’ve set a budget, a wedding coordinator will work with you and his/her network of preferred vendors to make your dreams come true within your budget.

Cut the Extras

With everything from photography to transportation, never surrender to the upsell. A custom photo album or cable TV in your limo might sound like a good idea at the time, but if it is not at the top of your priority list, chances are you can live without it.

Learn the Lingo

A little extra research will pay off in the end if you know what you are talking about. There are so many industry terms that are associated with everything from invitations to videography, so if you know what you are dealing with then you will know what you really need.

Something Old and Borrowed

Nowadays, anything retro screams chic, and borrowed items will help you save on wedding costs. Add a sentimental touch and honor your heritage by wearing your mother’s wedding gown, donning your grandmother’s veil or jewelry, or simply using old family photos as table décor. Not only will you add a hint of personalization to your already memorable occasion, but you’ll save a pretty penny too.

Get Crafty

Recruit a few talented friends and family members to help fashion your wedding. A graphics guru can create your stationery, a crafty friend can assist with favors and centerpieces, and a musically inclined relative can provide ceremony music. Assigning these roles to guests will give them an important role in your wedding day and help you to mind your wedding budget.

Think Double Duty

Make your each of your wedding-day components work for you, not against you. Bridesmaids’ bouquets and ceremony arrangements can be transplanted as cake table décor, and favors can be artfully displayed as centerpieces for your guests to take home at the end of the night. Aside from cutting down on waste, you’ll also get the most bang for your matrimonial buck.

This list was found on elegala.com.