Friday, August 28, 2009
It is true, by far wedding trends and planning are being heavily influenced by the state of the economy. But don't let that get you down. There are so many ways to have your dream wedding on any budget. The silver lining is that this challenges and inspires couples to use creativity in all aspects of their planning, from decor to the guest list. Thus, making their wedding more intimate and personal. Ultimately, that it is what it is all about anyway!
By far, the most memorable part of any wedding celebration are all the personal touches added by the bride and groom. From writing your own vows, decorating with pictures and other personal items, to making your own centerpieces. The economy has lead to a shift in the Do It Yourself attitude. All the small details have so much meaning and at no additional cost.
Start researching and gathering your ideas early on. Keep everything together. I encourage brides to use a multi divided folder with pockets. Label each tab with a wedding category, (flowers, photography, colors watches, etc.) Bring it everywhere. It is so helpful to have pictures and color swatches to go by in your meetings. Being organized is key to saving money on your wedding. Disorganization can cost you extra money and time. And time we all know is even more valuable than money.
To learn more about wedding planning assistance visit us at www.leaveittousplanning.com. I also encourage you to check out Nina Callaway's 5 Reasons to Still Get Married in a Struggling Economy at http://weddings.about.com/od/bridesandgrooms/a/ReasonstoMarry.htm
Friday, August 14, 2009
This time last summer I was sending out save-the-date cards for my own wedding. A year later, I have been given the opportunity and honor to become involved in many more weddings and celebrations. My youngest sister said, " You're so lucky, you have like a dream job!" My response was, " It is so much more than a job for me, it's a passion."
My experience includes years of Wedding and Special Event Catering. From large scale College and Corporate functions to Showers, Weddings and other community events. I always took pride in how we strived to make each so unique and intimate. That was my favorite part, to see all the fine details come together.
There are so many details, large and small, that go in to planning your special day. At times it can seem overwhelming - but all worth it it the end. About a year and a half in to our own planning, we were looking for a Coordinator for the Rehearsal and Wedding day. Beth and her Mother Debbie came highly recommended through one of my husband's coworkers. Not only was it affordable but it extended far beyond that. We appreciated their prompt communication, thoughtful and creative suggestions along the way as well as their ongoing support.
Today, there are many helpful resources to access to help guide you in this exciting process. My advice to any Bride and or couple in the planning stages, is to really consider all you options. It's a small investment for total peace of mind. Having Beth and Debbie allowed us along with our family and friends to relax, enjoy and soak up every minute! Our wedding day surpassed our dreams and expectations, but we could not have done it alone!
~ Kelly Houseworth - 6/20/2009