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5 Realistic Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

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5 Realistic Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Oh, I know weddings are expensive. Out of everything, it's the money part of things that I hear my couples mention they're concerned with. Maybe it's just making sure they can pay all of their vendors on time (since most final payments are due at the same time), or dealing with the unexpected expenses of extra staff, extra hours, or not realizing they had to pay for linens separately... it all adds up and can be stressful to try to figure out. So, here are my suggestions for how to realistically save some money on  your wedding without making drastic changes to your plans or cutting out the true necessities!

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Jennah & Sam - August 7

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Jennah & Sam - August 7

These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!

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5 Topics to Discuss with Your Wedding Planner

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5 Topics to Discuss with Your Wedding Planner

I really want you to have the best wedding ever. I want you to trust everyone you've hired so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. I want you to know that everyone has your back and truly wants the best for you. Because of this, I actually get excited when I have a potential client tell me that they're talking to another planner or two. It doesn't scare me - it excites me. Because that means that I'm meeting with my ideal client. 

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!

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10 Alternatives to Cake

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10 Alternatives to Cake

I've always found it funny how the conversation about the wedding cake evokes such a complacent remark. Most of my clients couldn't care less about the cake for their wedding day, but the moms are insistent that they have a beautiful, giant cake for everyone! 

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Sam & Ward - July 9

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Sam & Ward - July 9

Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them. 

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

When you're planning your dream day, you look for ways to have everything but not have to pay the cost for it. This is definitely something that all brides struggle with - no matter what their budget is! One of the things many people consider is buying their linens instead of renting them through a rental or catering company. While the price tag is more appealing (it's usually $5-10 less to buy than to rent) it doesn't exactly explain the work you'll have to do to get those linens looking the way you want at your ceremony.

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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

So you're planning your wedding day - the day you've dreamed of forever, and you're finding that it costs more than what you planned. Sound familiar? Well, one of the ways to "get the most bang for your buck" is to do a faux exit. What does this do? It limits the amount of time that you have to pay your photographer but still allows you to have the grand sparkler send-off you've always envisioned and not end the party earlier than you want. But here are 3 reasons why I don't recommend this:

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping! 

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

As a recent bride and a relatively “new” to the industry wedding professional,  I’m often still surprised that the average cost of an American wedding is $30,000. I’m equally surprised at how easy it is to surpass that mark when planning a relatively simple and modest wedding. It’s got me paying close attention to why things cost as much as they do, and what you’re actually paying for when you hire someone for your wedding.

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Alcohol at Your Wedding

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Alcohol at Your Wedding

This isn't normally something couples spend a whole lot of time discussing when planning the wedding. Usually it's decided quickly or handed off to someone else. But, I encourage you to spend some time considering what drinks you want to provide for your guests at your wedding! Not only for cost purposes, but for the style of wedding and the party you actually want to provide.

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The Save the Date Mistake Everyone Makes

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The Save the Date Mistake Everyone Makes

Save the Dates are a great way to get the word out to your guests about your wedding details before finalizing the plans! They allow guests to plan ahead and be prepared for traveling so that when the invitation comes, they can easily fill out that RSVP card and drop it in the mail! 

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3 Options for the Perfect Dinner Reception

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3 Options for the Perfect Dinner Reception

When planning a dinner reception, many different little decisions have to be made to figure out how the dinner will flow perfectly. But the first thing you have to decide on is how dinner will be served! We discussed each option at length for our reception, and today I want to share the pros and cons for each of 3 options when planning a dinner reception.

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4 Wedding Favor Trends

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4 Wedding Favor Trends

Wedding favors are becoming more DIY, personalized - or absent, depending on the wedding! The idea behind wedding favors is to give your guests a memento of the occasion to keep, treasure, and recall the wonderful memories you just made together!

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