On a budget while saving for the big day? Who isn't? Since 2008, it has become more common for American couples to pay for their own weddings. Even more, since the crash of the economy, companies have had to cut back the cheese being spend on corporate events. No matter the size of your budget however, it's always good to save a penny or two. For this reason, we have put together some of our favorite ideas on how to save a pinch when planning your next event.
1) Think about having your event in the off season.
While summer weddings on the California coast are undeniably beautiful, they often come with a steep price tag. Think about having your event in the winter. (Yes, we have maybe three weeks of clouds a year.) Between the months of November - February prices at most water-front resorts in the area dramatically reduce for events. Off-season events usually means, less crowds, easier venue booking and more affordable travel for out-of-town guests. Your pictures are bound to be unique and traveling guests will appreciate the vacation. Not to mention having a beachside wedding is the epitome of chic, unique and unforgettable.
2) Don't be afraid to combine styles. Retro. Urban. Classic. Modern. Do it all.
Okay so we aren't talking That 70's Show Retro. Please don't wear bell bottoms down the isle. (If you do, please invite us to the wedding.) Urban is becoming chic. Vintage is becoming new. Don't be afraid to mix and match styles for a unique and modern look for your event. What about renting a loft in downtown? School chairs with flowers? Can't think of any ideas? Call us. We've got plenty.
3) Use flowers that are always in season.
Flowers can add up to be a major expense at all events. Research flowers that are always in season or easy to get in your area. Wholesale flowers are another option on the West Coast. Asiatic lilies are a popular flower during the spring and summer. They are also a flower that is always affordable and in season. Asiatic lilies grow in pink and are great for spring summer events, while the white ones are the perfect touch for a winter wedding centerpiece.
Stay tuned for more tips and thoughts from the Elements girls. Don't forget to stay chic, unique and unforgettable.