Friday, August 21, 2009

Ten Ways to Save BIG on Your Wedding!

1. DIY Projects
Do-it-yourself projects can save you a lot of money but can cost you a lot of time. Making your own favors, invites, place cards, etc. can all be worth if but only if you have the time and energy to spend.

2. Long Engagements
The more time you have to plan your wedding, the more you can shop around and increase your savings.

3. Ask for More
In this economy, vendors are very competitive in their pricing and there’s always room for negotiation. If you’re splurging on one area of the wedding, ask that vendor to throw something in; whether it’s a free ceremony piece from your florist or an extra half hour of your DJ’s time. It never hurts to ask.

4. Make the Cut
Trimming down your guest list can save you thousands. A good place to start is with anyone you don’t know: your parent’s coworkers, extended family you’ve met only once, etc. Cutting down the list can be hard but well worth it.

5. Referral Discounts
Many vendors have established relationships with each other. If you’re considering a certain limousine service for example, be sure to ask if they run any specials involving other vendors. Your may receive $100 off the limo or additional incentives by booking with both preferred vendors.

6. Real Flower Power
Having a bit of knowledge in the floral department can go a long way. Always choose blooms that are in season and stick to two to three varieties if you really want to save. Florists, like all retailers, have to order their products in bulk. By ordering only three types of flowers at large quantities, their cost is less so your cost should be less.

7. Cake Secrets
Save big by having a small cake on display and a few large sheet cakes in the kitchen for serving. Many bakers will provide the sheet cakes for you at a much more reasonable price than additional layers.

8. Flowers X 2
Reuse your floral ceremony pieces at your reception instead of ordering extra arrangements. You can also use your bouquets at the head table instead of additional centerpieces.

9. Shop Trunk Shows
When it’s finally time to shop for your dress be sure to research your local bridal boutiques for designer trunk shows. These shows can offer you dresses that are not typically in stores plus up to 20% off in savings.

10. Off-Season
This is one of the biggest ways to save money. Vendors, planners and even venues will offer you huge discounts if you’re planning your wedding off-season. If you prefer the cold or you’re envisioning a winter wonderland for your big day, you’re on your way to huge savings!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Warwick Country Club

If you're looking for a chic, waterfront venue with touch of class, you need to take a trip out to Warwick, RI. This charming site has it all: spectacular views, beautiful ceremony grounds and elegant function room that can accomodate up to 200 guests. For more info, visit: