How to budget?

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Between the cost of your gown, the ceremony, the reception, and engagement rings, it’s hardly surprising to learn the average wedding typically costs up to $36,000.
Getting married can be an expensive business, but with a little planning and financial savvy, you can ensure you get the most bang for your hard-earned buck.

1. Try to plan in advance. Hire a good planner to help you with the logistics of planning your wedding, most important make sure you hire a planner who can help you budget and find great deals. If you hire a planner early enough, your planner can assist on finding the location of your venue with affordable pricing and vendors who are willing to work with you due to the relationship they’ve built with the wedding planner.

2. Stay on top of all your wedding expenses by creating a comprehensive budget based on your monthly income and fixed bills (bills, regular expenses etc).

3. Of course, stick to that budget!

4. Online budget planners are fantastic for helping you identify your costs and for helping you keep track of your spending. Easy Weddings’ popular Budget Calculator is free and contains a snazzy mobile version of the Budget Calculator allowing you to keep track of your wedding-related finances on the go.
Budgets work best if the couple is disciplined and consistent in their saving and spending. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially today when so many couples want things that are outside of their budget.

“Have a budget, be disciplined and stick to it. Don’t over-capitalize”

Whichever path you choose, it’s about using your money as wisely as possible and getting the most bangs for your buck.
Over all, wedding planning is awesome and fun if you have the right team on your side. Remember, keep your budget in tack, be discipline, hire a great wedding planner, and just be creative!
Stay tuned for our Do’s and Dont’s…

Eryka & Sabas Sunflower Love| Real Wedding

After witnessing the power of love that these two hold for one another, there was no way to show their affection with a significant of a sunflower. It was never a dull moment with these two from the tasting, meeting and table trial, we were sure that Sabas will have us laughing with his crazy ideas.The bride first came to us with the ideal of having a sunflower themed wedding but wasn’t able to envision how can a rustic country feel floral arrangement turn into a formal wedding style. The bride and groom had no ideal how their wedding looked until they had their sneak peak….Check out pictures below

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We love our emotional bride and groom……

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The couple decided to do the God’s Knot (for more information about this unity cord click here)

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Special thanks to all vendors

Venue: Westin Fort Lauderdale

Photographer: Dajo Photography

Paper and Stuff: The Inspired Note

Cake: Cake Designs by Eddas

Disc Jockey: DJ Mike Cooley

Florist: Ever After Floral Designs

Rental: Nikki’s Party World

Design and Planning: Upgrade Events by Ingrid 

 

 

 

Maribel & Luis | REAL WEDDING

Their love and devotion for each other is the perfect example of why love and devotion for each other is the perfect example of why true love always wins in the end. Maribel and Luis were high school sweethearts and reunited years later, to have found real love again. 

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Planning Tip #1 BE YOURSELF

I can’t stress this enough to my couples. With the change in family dynamics and culturally etiquette changes, the old fashion rules to weddings no longer applies. The more personal you create your wedding, the more memorable it will be to your guests. Make it about you and your fiancée’s personality and you’re sure to have a spectacular event. Here are a few suggestions:

1. If you don’t enjoy cake, serve the desert you do enjoy. Even if it’s donuts. For example, Donut Divas (http://www.donutdivas.com/) has a fabulous donut bar which makes them fresh on site for your guests. They’re always a hit.

2. If the thought of wearing a traditional white wedding dress doesn’t excite, why not wear a dress you love. Vera Wang is a designer who creates beautiful dresses for all occasions which would be wonderful. A good Example – http://pinterest.com/pin/201043570835102508/

The same can be said for the bridesmaids dresses. They don’t have to all wear the same dress or even the same color. Here is a wonderful example: http://pinterest.com/pin/173951604328924459/

3. One of the most memorable parts of a wedding is the food. This is the part of your wedding where you can truly make a memorable statement. If you and your fiancée love comfort food items like fried chicken, mac & cheese and grandma’s secret recipe of chocolate cake, then do it. In many cases, your guests will truly enjoy having food that is more unique than the standard airline chicken, rice and a seasonal vegetable which is so commonly served.

New Look! New Blog! New Year! Welcome 2013

Happy New Year! Welcome to a New year of 2013. Lets make every second count!

Here’s to a brand new year, brand new outlook and excited for new things to come!

So I recently read this passage on another wedding coordinator’s Facebook wall and thought that I just had to share it on my blog:

“About a Wedding Coordinator’s Fees: A lot of hours go into planning and coordinating a wedding, so take the amount a coordinator has charged you, divide that by the amount of hours you think it would take to plan and coordinate a wedding (typically 150 hours or more) and decide if you yourself would work your job at that hourly rate. Many people do not consider this, but it will allow you to appreciate your planner all the more when you think from that perspective.”

This is so true.  There is so much that goes into planning a wedding, then coordinating on the day of the wedding.  There are hours of extensive research for a bride searching for vendors, their prices, finding the right vendor that fits within her budget or just negotiating with a vendor to get them to charge for their services or products that fit within a bride’s budget.

There are also vendor meetings, meetings with the bride and her fiance or mom or whole family.  Meetings with photographers, DJ’s, florist’s, caterers, venue coordinators, and the list goes on.  All this takes time, hours, minutes.

A coordinator takes away the stress it takes to plan a wedding.  And if the bride is maybe still in school plus working a full time job, the only time she really has to plan a wedding would be maybe on the weekends or late in the evening.  This really doesn’t leave any time for anything else.  Things may get pushed, procrastinated or even forgotten.

And this is just a small dip into what a wedding planner/coordinator can do for a bride.  Don’t think of a coordinator’s fees as just that, a fee, but think of it as an investment.  An investment towards your freedom; to enjoy your engagement, your life with your fiance and not stressing about planning your beautiful wedding.  What cost would you put towards less or no stress and not having to worry about anything?  And if you have a year or more to plan your wedding, just think of all the hours that will get put into planning it.  Just as the quote above states, would you work your own job at that hourly rate?”

Hopefully brides will understand why we charge what we do and why it’s hard for us to negotiate lower fees or to even lower our prices at all…

Happy planning!!

XOXO,

Ingrid Mason