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Thursday, 27 October 2011
How to save money and still get the wedding you always dreamed of
The early bird catches the worm
Contrary to popular belief, being organised and booking your venue and suppliers early is another key way couples can save considerable sums. People may argue that sometimes venues will offer a last minute deal on cancelled bookings. However, these deals are few and far between and you are unlikely to get the choice of suppliers and venue you originally had your heart set on. Instead, by booking early you can often secure the prices from the current year, rather than what they will cost in two years time, which will inevitably be more expensive. This option may also allow couples to take advantage of other incentives such as payment plans, allowing you to spread the cost over time and better manage your wedding finances.
Now you may think me biased, but wedding planners are actually a great way to save money. (But I can’t afford a wedding planner I hear you cry!) Once considered the preserve of the rich and famous, increasingly wedding planners are bringing their budgets in line with that of the average bride and groom and are even accepting weddings on a shoestring.
The major incentive of appointing a planner is that they have access to discounts on each and every supplier and venue they organise on your behalf – anywhere up to 10%. These discounts all add up and can write off the cost of the wedding planner or even save you more than their fee. Often couples can feel uncomfortable asking for such discounts, but for a planner this is daily business and they have no such qualms about trying to save their client money.
Meanwhile, couples get a helping hand to navigate them through the pitfalls of wedding planning and access to the years of knowledge and contacts available to the planner.
For more ways to save money on your wedding contact Nova Events & PR Ltd who offer a package for weddings on a budget - visit the website for more details or to book a free consultation http://www.novaweddingplanning.co.uk/budget_wedding.html
Sunday, 16 October 2011
It’s an argument that bride and grooms are having up and down the UK. Should we go for a wedding cake, individual cupcakes or the increasingly popular cheesecake? In each corner of the cake ring, each of the contenders have their benefits…
Wedding cakes tend to be the traditional choice but are generally the most expensive, unless you trawl for bargains or have a baker as a BFF. Good value can still be obtained through the supermarkets, however. Here’s an example of a decorated, 3 tier, white chocolate cake from Waitrose which I thought was a bargain http://bit.ly/qXyb7E If you are on a really tight budget though, plain iced 3-tiers are available from Tesco and Asda for less than £50, but you would need to decorate them yourself (not an option for the crafty bereft like myself!)
Now when I say cheesecake, I don’t mean a Sarah-Lee special from Iceland, but a cake made entirely of cheese, which are fast becoming the crowd-pleaser. Check out this beauty from Marks and Spencer http://bit.ly/n5J5mw
While cheese may please the boys (my other half won’t go anywhere near the dessert tray) the girls meanwhile, may find still hanker after something sweet to follow their wedding breakfast. So what about cupcakes?
Over the last decade, cupcakes have seen a meteoric rise, becoming the cheaper and kookier alternative and a natural choice for the vintage style wedding. See these lovely examples from Lola’s Kitchen http://bit.ly/nqDvfs
However some may disagree - ‘Cupcakes have had their day’ announces my friend Vickie when I ask her which of the three she would plump for. Much like double-denim, cupcakes now seem to be on their way back out again, being pummelled by the Croquembouche or profiterole mountain as most of us understand it.
At the last wedding I helped plan, the bride and groom opted for all of the above, to the delight and delectation of the guests. They also went one better by having an ice-cream van attend with the melodic chime of the ice cream van bringing a sweet note to the end of the speeches and whoops of joy from the inner-child of the guests.
For those who can afford it, having the option of all three cakes is by far the best way to satisfy all sweet and savoury cravings, but I will personally always have a soft spot for the cupcake, whether in vogue or out, for me, it is always a petite package of loveliness!
For personalised advice on how to save money on your wedding day or assistance in planning any aspect of your wedding, visit my website www.novaweddingplanning.co.uk