Wedding on a Budget

Trimming Down The Guest-List

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As much as you want to invite every single person that has touched your life, you just can’t. One of the hardest parts about planning your wedding  is figuring out who you feel should be invited to share in your special day.  And we all know, the bigger the guest-list, the bigger the budget your wedding will have to be.  So the best thing to do is to start writing down a list of people you actually want to invite to your wedding early on in your planning phase.

One thing you can do is once you list out all the guest you’d like to invite, you can make a note next to each name explaining how they have touched your lives and why they should be invited.  People you aren’t close to or relatives you haven’t seen in ages can definitely be eliminated from the list.  Co-workers you are not close to can also be eliminated.  Just because you are close to some co-workers doesn’t mean you have to invite all of them just so the few can attend.  I’m sure the ones who aren’t close to you will understand why they weren’t invited in the first place.  Don’t feel bad for taking them off the list just because you’ll have to see them almost everyday after.

Keeping within the budget can get tough as the planning process progresses.  Ensuring that you invite only people who matter to you the most will definitely help to eliminate the stress of your budget going up.  It’s the easiest way to keep your budget in check and be able to spend your money on other parts of your wedding that matter to you more.

So don’t feel bad for that family member who was twice removed whom you won’t be inviting.  Or that casual friend who you see on occasion at other weddings or special events.  Your main focus is to ensure that you are happy with the whole outcome of your wedding.  Also, don’t feel like you need to please your parents and invite the whole enchilada of a family you have and have never met in your life.  Sometimes they just want to share in their child’s big day, but if they aren’t going to help with the budget, then don’t feel obligated to invite your mom’s best friends aunt to your wedding.

Happy planning!

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Spring Wedding Favors

Spring is almost here and it’s time to incorporate this wonderful season into your wedding.  Wedding favors are a great way to do that.  Not only could they help compliment your table design, but guests can take them home.  Favors are a great way to show your guests that you are thankful that they took the time to come out and celebrate your special day with you. Here are some great ideas for Spring favors.

Bag of Seeds – This gift is perfect for the couple that wants to promote a green wedding.  Spread the love by giving something to guests they can take home and grow.  They’ll be remembering your wedding day even after it’s been long over.  Just by looking at the beautiful plants they have grown from the seeds will do that. This gift is eco-friendly and it is affordable.

Mini Potted Plants – If you have a bigger budget, you can get potted plants as favors for your guests.  They make a great addition to your table decor and guests will enjoy taking home something they can keep and make useful in the house.  You can choose from potted flowers to add beauty to a room, potted herbs so guests can have something to add flavor to their dishes at home or even succulents which are perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs!

Mason Jars filled with Jelly Beans – Jelly beans come in many different pretty pastel colors perfect for a spring wedding.  You can find jelly beans anywhere and these are great DIY projects you can put together with your bridesmaids! They are inexpensive to make so you’ll be able to spend your money on something else at your wedding.

Sunglasses – Planning to have an outdoors wedding ceremony? What better favors to pass out than sunglasses?!  Guests would love them as gifts especially if they’ve forgotten to bring their own shades.  Lay them out on tables for guests to take on their own or have an usher pass them out as they are seating guests for the ceremony.

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Pastel Colored Macaroons – Macaronos are the rave these days.  You can find a little store on the corner that just sells macaroons.  They come in many different flavors and colors.  They often are made in beautiful pastel colors.  You will most likely find some that match the colors of your wedding. They make great gifts to add to your tables and can also be passed out as desserts.  They’re delicious and guests will be happy to take some home at the end of the night!

What favors do you plan to give to your guests? Will you plan to use any of the ideas above? Let me know!

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