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Tips On Working Together On Your Wedding Budget

Adding cash gifting ideas to their Eventastic Weddings website will help with budgeting

You’re having the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin. If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive. Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. You could say something like…“We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Guest Funding section of your wedding event website you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home, home reno, honeymoon, honeymoon excursions etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

You’re Engaged! Let The Planning Begin!

Congratulations on your engagement!

What an exciting time for you and your fiancée. One of the first things newly engaged couples need to do is set a budget and start planning around it.

Budgeting for Your WeddingOur Wedding Budget Planner is an excel worksheet that allows you to

  1. Set a budget
  2. Estimate your costs
  3. Track actual spending vs. estimated costs
  4. Monitor overall spending against your budget

The real kicker with Our Wedding Budget Planner is that all the calculations happen automatically!  We have even pre-populated the worksheet with many of the common wedding expenses, but don’t be shy to add additional items to suit your unique wedding needs.

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Wedding Shower Tips

Wedding showers are some of the most exciting pre-wedding parties that entail gift giving in anticipation for the big day. Wedding showers are usually hosted by friends, family, workmates etc, bringing various groups of people together for fun, nibbles, memories, gift giving and celebrating of the wedding day to come. It is not unusual for there to be multiple showers planned within a couple months of the wedding. There are a few aspects of shower planning that brides can and should be involved in to help with its overall success.
We at Eventastic Weddings have a few tips on wedding showers for you to ponder in terms of preference and then share with your wedding party or those most likely to host.
1. What type of shower do you prefer?
In the past, wedding showers were actually bridal showers where only the bride attended with those throwing/attending the party and the groom/fiance’s job was to arrive at the end and start hauling out all the gifts to the car. Today times have changed and now it is not unusual to have couple’s showers where both attend and enjoy the festivities. It’s a good idea to let your friends and family know your thoughts and preferences whether traditional or not.
2. Do you have a particular theme you wish for?
It is always fun when showers are hosted with a particular theme in mind. Often themes are chosen taking into consideration the bride or couple’s interests and likes or trying to capture a particular mood or feeling. Themes range from “Garden Party” (guests sip on tea or martini’s in a beautiful garden setting) to “Spa Party” (guests enjoy time together having facials or mani/pedi) to “Candy Party” (where every kind of candy is displayed in interesting ways for all to sample) to “Glamour Party” (where each guest is given a colourful boa as they walk the red carpet). If you have a particular theme wish now is the time to share it.
3. What are your thoughts on venue?
Your shower may take place in a beautiful garden either public or private, or be planned in someone’s home or even at the office. It may occur at the retirement home making it easy for grandma to attend or at a hall depending on numbers being invited. If you know of relatives and friends that would want to attend one of your showers but have special requirements because of disability or otherwise now is the time to let those most likely to plan know.
4. Do you have food preferences?
Food for showers sometimes will involve a meal but most often it is an afternoon of great nibbles, both sweet and otherwise. If you totally dislike or have developed allergies/sensitivities for certain foods now is the time to make that known. Shower hosts might ask various people to contribute to a potluck style of gathering or even arrange to have it catered and the last thing you need is hives or upset stomach at the end of the day.
5. What are your thoughts on games?
Shower planners often arrange to have party games played at the shower to keep the mood happy and lively as well as assist everyone in mingling and mixing. There are endless options to be played. Have you heard of the toilet paper bridal gown and veil game? Guests are divided in groups and asked to pick one person from their group to don the wedding ensemble made out of toilet paper. If there is a shower you’ve attended in the past and loved playing a game or found it effective then this is the time to share ..or…if you dislike all games at showers you might want to mention this.
6. Have you started your shower registry?
At this point you have had some time to peruse your free wedding website and no doubt are thrilled with having your universal gift registry option. Any item from anywhere can be added to your wedding registry from surfing the net on your computer AND by using Eventastic Weddings APP downloadable through any APP store for any smartphone. We suggest that you make not only your “Wedding Registry” of items for your guests to see but ALSO one or multiple “Shower Registry” lists. Shower registry items would typically be items that are lower priced or group buy options.

It’s important that your shower planners get your thoughts on these aspects to help in its success. Remember that your shower could be added to your events page to made invites easier and could even have a ticketing option to help pay for some of the costs. (Your planners will love that!)
Have fun uploading all your shower pictures to a “shower album” on your wedding website for everyone to enjoy!

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Wedding Guest List Tips for You

         Hi there! So it’s time for you and your fiancé to sit down and begin discussing your wedding guest list. This is an exciting moment as you will talk about who will have the great fortune to attend and witness the most wonderful day EVER! 

         While exciting, this moment sometimes can be stressful as you go through the multitudes of names and realize that you just won’t be able to invite everyone.  We at Eventastic Weddings have some tips to help you through this process.  We hope this will be helpful. 

1. Remember Your Budget 

    You and your fiancé have hopefully already discussed your wedding budget and if not it is time to do so. Once you establish that monetary number and incorporate things like costs for ceremony, reception, attire, rings, flowers, music, photography, transportation, honeymoon etc. it is easier to narrow down how many people you can afford to have at the dinner/reception.  Sometimes couples end up rethinking the costs of some of the other cost categories in order to be able to invite the number of guests they truly want in attendance. 

 

2.  Guest List Spreadsheet

     It is so helpful to have a spreadsheet with categories such as Name, Address, Email, Invite Sent, RSVP, Total #Attendees, #Children, Category(bride,groom,work,friends), Events (pre-wedding parties), Priority(A/B), Seating(#table at reception), Food Choice and Gift.  Start by listing everyone on the bride’s side, then fiancé’s side, then friends and work etc. to keep it organized and easier to manage.

 

3.  Parents Wishes

     Always discuss the wedding guest list with your respective parents.  Parents will always want some of their closest friends in attendance to help celebrate your big day.  Also, mom and dad will usually remember relatives that you haven’t seen in awhile and may have forgotten to add to the list but MUST be at the wedding.  Sometimes mom & dad will chip in on costs if numbers are over and above what you can afford.

 

4.  Children

     Discussion around whether you will have children at your wedding reception is a must.  Talk around potential child attendees, ages, behaviours, venue etc. can all play a part in whether you will allow your cousin to bring her quintuplets.  Remember it’s your day and your choice. 

 

5.  Prioritize

     When filling out your spreadsheet, having a “Priority” category is very helpful. Putting an “A” for essential family members,”B” for extended family and “C” for colleagues & friends will help to narrow down the numbers at a later date if necessary.

 

6.  Be Considerate

     Remember that people can sometimes have very strong feelings around who they would like to attend the wedding.  It is important that while you try to keep the numbers manageable you be considerate of your fiancés and parents’ wishes.  Making a point of telling everyone in the beginning that while you would love to invite the Queen of England if just won’t be possible to have everyone there.

 

     

           

Have you set your wedding budget?

wedding-budget-6You’ve had the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin.  If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive.  Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. “We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic Weddings can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Cash Gifting section you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home or honeymoon etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

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