One of favorite chairs for any wedding is the Chiavari Chair. It screams elegance and swag. You can change out the chair cushions to coordinate with the colors of your wedding. They bring out that extra something and enhance your venue. They range from about $8 to $15 per chair but are well worth it. You can dress them up by adding a chair sash or they look great with out them. They come in various colors such as walnut, black, white, bamboo, mahogany…even clear. The chairs you see below was from our previous photoshoot and were provided by Flaire Event Rentals located here in Jacksonville, FL.
Weddings for less. I have been asked a million times why does it cost so much for one day? Well one giant reason is…its a lot of work. Another reason is… its not just one day. Many hours of prepping goes into executing a wedding where everything seems perfect.
I know you have seen all the books and the blogs claiming you can have it all for next to nothing. In some cases this may be true but if you read the fine print a little closer you will see…its cheaper because you are doing all the work YOURSELF or hiring amateurs that are just starting out, or students. Many vendors including myself start out cheap because you never realize the amount that goes into a wedding until you have work a wedding or ten. Yes, you did read correctly…including myself. I started out on the low end and with that I made my share of mistakes and ate a lot of ramen noodles. In order to run a successful, legit business cost goes up. Now getting back to the lost cost wedding tips; if you read these books, blogs and such it tells you to cut out all the vendors that help make your day stress free.
– They tell you hire a college student for your photographer.
-Make your own invitations or go to Walmart and get the same invitations millions of other brides have used. -Buy a consignment dress or borrow one.
-Enlist your family and friends
As a wedding planner/coordinator/designer I am selling not only my services, but my experience, expertise, education, your overall experience from beginning to end. . My brides are stress free and get to enjoy their day without worrying about the big or little details. The bride and her family and friends get to enjoy the day and the memories without flooding them with a day of work.
In the background, emails are being sent, appointments are being made, timelines, ordering supplies, your vendors are working for you.
While the bride and her bridesmaids are off getting pampered with hair, make up and enjoying one another company. We are setting up your venue. When the vendors arrive and have questions about set up or time frames they come to us instead of bugging you. You have enough on your plate whether you are nervous or calm.
When the day is all finished and you are whisked away with your new husband. The reception is over and all your guest are heading home. We are cleaning up and gathering your belongings, making sure they get to the proper places. Your photographer is spending hours, even days editing your photographs.
So while it is possible to have a low cost wedding, its at a big expense. Ask the experts on how to keep your wedding at your budget.
There are a few basic things to consider when selecting a wedding venue.
First, pick locations that can accommodate your guests comfortably. If you plan on having 100 people attend your wedding, don’t choose a location that can only fit 75 people, or one that can fit 100 people with no room for other wedding activities.
Research any location requirements.
Some venues require separately held event insurance or private security to be on site. Many locations outlaw certain decorating practices, or allow beer and wine to be served but not hard liquor.
Do your homework to avoid any last minute surprises about your venue. Review all contracts thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Failure to follow all contract policies can cause you to lose any event deposits or receive additional bills. Organize your entire wedding budget before shopping around for a venue. Don’t tour locations that you cannot afford. Put deposit and full payment due dates on your calendar. Missing a payment date may result in losing your venue late in the game, or incurring costly late fees.
Book your wedding and reception venues early. Most venues suggest booking their space nine months to one year in advance. The closer you are to your wedding date the harder it is to find a suitable venue. Research venue locations online to read any site reviews. Consider writing your own review after your event to assist other people planning their weddings in the future.
Here’s a list of questions you may want to ask. These questions are often overlooked and forgotten.
What is your maximum capacity for a seated event?
Do you allow music and alcohol on the premises? Are there any restrictions?
Are tables and chairs available at the venue?
Do you require us to work with your preferred vendors?
What time will we gain access to the location? When do we need to be out?
Is the location available the evening before to set up?
Are there any additional insurance requirements?
Do you allow additional décor? Are there any restrictions?
What initial deposit is required?
When is the balance due?
Following these guidelines can help you choose your venue a little easier.
Blog by Lindzi Thomas