Cost Saving Tips

Hello everyone! Today we bring you some of the best cost-saving tips and tricks we know of. Weddings can get expensive quickly, and staying within budget can begin to seem impossible. Read on for some simple ways to cut back without compromising your vision!

Whittle Down The Guest List

This is one of the absolute best ways to cut down on costs- not only will you save on the price per head for dinner, but also on the alcohol, chairs, silverware, glasses, plates, favors, and much more. Feeling like you will hurt peoples feelings, or even worse offend them? Try cutting out certain groups completely. For instance- children, coworkers, or the “plus one” option for singles.

DIY Favors

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DIY favors are a fantastic way to save money and help cut costs. Candles, baked goods, and  soaps are all great options! See here for more ideas. Don’t think you will have the time to assemble them all? Enlist friends and family members to help and make it a party!

Two-In-One Seating Cards and Favors

Another great way to save is to have your favors also double as seating cards. Try using mini potted plants, mini champagne bottles, mason jars or another personalized glass, or anything else you can dream up. Attach a name card or sticker and you’re done!

Skip Printed Programs and Menus

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Both of these usually get glanced at and then thrown away. Try using a large chalkboard on an easel to display your ceremony program, or a small chalkboard or framed picture of your menu on the table.

Save On Centerpieces

Another great way to to save money is to cut back on flowers; these are usually quite expensive, and get thrown out at the end of the night as well. An easy alternative is to DIY them, (use small potted flowers or even a small window box). You can also visit a local pick-your-own flower market, or order them in bulk from a wholesaler. Purchase bud vases, and put a few stems in each; simple, chic, and cost effective.

Dessert Buffet vs. Traditional Cake

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Having a dessert buffet instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake is another easy way to save. Pies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream sundae bars are just a few of the items you could choose. If you still want a traditional cake to cut, you can get a small, simple, one tiered cake. This will give you the moment you want, your guests options for dessert, and will save you money.

Search For “Recycled” Items From Other Brides

Websites like wedding-recycle.com, bridalgaragesales.com, and tradesy.com are amazing resources! Find centerpieces, candles, linens, lighting, and just about anything else you can imagine for bargain prices! Bonus- consider selling items you have leftover from your wedding; after all, what are you going to do with 200 votives?

 

We hope this has given you a few helpful and easy tips to manage your costs! If you’re still feeling overwhelmed by your budget and could use more advice, you can contact us at info@everylittledetails.com to schedule a consult. Happy Planning!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt

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Ben and Katie {5.21.16}

Ben and Katie got married on May 21st at Indian Ridge, in Highland, NY. The couple have been very close friends of ours for years, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to be a part of their big day! They hired an amazing team of professionals, and incorporated so many unique and quirky touches into their day; it truly was a fantastic celebration!

Fun touches:

  • Ben and Katie have 5 dogs- all 5 got to be a part of their bridal party, complete with special “corsages” for their collars
  • In lieu of favors the couple made a donation in each guests name to ‘The Farm Fund‘, a resource for pets in need of critical care
  • They both adore the color purple and New Balance sneakers, so each had custom New Balances made with ‘Just Married” on the heel
  • Potted plants with popsicle sticks inside were used as their place cards
  • Being huge fans of the band Phish, the couple named their tables after shows they had seen
  • Last but not least- they even had a self-serve bourbon fountain!

 

Ben and Katie- congratulations, and we love you!!

-Danielle, Matt, & Kayla

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Venue: Indian Ridge

Photographer: Dave Shay

Catering: Terrapin

Florist: Floral Fantasies By Sara

DJ: JTD Productions

Photo Booth: Action Photo Booth

Rentals: Events Unlimited

Transportation: Njoy The Ride

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Megan & Bryan {5.16.16}

Megan and Bryan got married on a beautiful May day at the Elm Rock Inn, in Stone Ridge, NY. With wonderful food, an incredible photographer (his blog post here), gorgeous flowers, and an amazing DJ, (not to mention the delicious gluten-free cupcakes for dessert!), we don’t think the day could have been any more perfect!

Megan and Bryan incorporated so many fun details into their special day. We loved that they used a framed “theater poster” of the two of them as their guestbook for friends and family to sign (they met on the set of a play). There was also a “message in a bottle” station where guests could leave funny notes or helpful advice for Megan and Bryan to open and read on their first anniversary. The couple also took the time to hand-paint all of the mason jars that were used in their centerpieces, and they looked fantastic!

Some other fun details:

  • Burlap pinwheels lining the aisle (also made by Megan)
  • A remembrance table in memory of people very close to the couples hearts
  • Kazoos for after the ceremony
  • An after-party bonfire, complete with smores!

It was a very special day for a very special couple; Congratulations Megan and Bryan!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt

 

 

Venue: Elm Rock Inn

Photographer: Keith Ferris Photo

Florist: Floral Fantasies

Caterer: Harvest RealFood Catering

Music: DJ Bri

Cupcakes: Hudson Valley Dessert Company

Rentals: Rhinebeck Rentals

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Fun Favor Ideas

Hello everyone! With so many favor options out there we know that things can quickly get overwhelming. Most of these were found at Beau-Coup which has a huge assortment of favors, but you can also try searching www.myweddingfavors.com/, www.favorfavor.com, or Etsy for ideas. Here are a few of our favorites:


 

Candles

We love the idea of candles as favors as there are so many different votive, label, and scent options to personalize them! Try tying in your scents with your season; use apple or pumpkin for fall, floral scents for spring, clean scents for summer, and pine or cranberry scents for winter, or of course you can forego a scent altogether. You can find a few options to buy them here, or if you love DIYing check out this tutorial.

Signature Drink

If you love your signature drink then this is a great option for you! Try packaging in a quirky bottle with a fun ingredients/instruction label. If you’re worried about them not being refrigerated, try adding just the nonperishable ingredients and alcohol and letting your guests add the other ingredients at home.

Personalized Sauces

Are you and your fiance hot sauce connoisseurs or BBQ sauce lovers? Or perhaps you love maple syrup? These can be purchased already bottled with your own personalized label. You could also buy small bottles of your favorite brand and attach a personalized label or tag. This idea is great because it can work for any type of sauce or dressing!

Bottle Openers

These are a great option for your guests- because after all, who couldn’t use a bottle opener? Bonus- many of these would be easy to attach a place card to! They can all be found here.

“Vintage” Disposable Cameras

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A fun and quirky way to help your guests capture memories of your day! They would also be great if placed on a guestbook table- let your guests take photos throughout the night and then take them home with you and develop later. We found them here.

Mini Bottles

Along the same lines as the signature drink idea- but a bit less work for you! Get your favorite champagne, or for a non alcoholic option a sparkling cider.
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Keychains

A quick and easy option- personalize or add a gift tag and you’re done! Both found here.

 

We hope this has given you a few new ideas to think about! Like one of these ideas but don’t think you’ll have the time to put them together? Contact us at info@everylittledetails.com to find out how we can help! Happy Planning!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt

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Some Of Our Favorite Local Venues

Today we wanted to take the time to share a few of our favorite local outdoor venues with you. These aren’t always seen on the bigger venue-finding websites, and we think that they deserve a bit of spotlight. By no means is this a complete list, but it’s a start!

If you are still searching for a venue and none of these appeal to you, here are a few helpful websites: Wedding Wire, Wedding Spot, and The Knot are all good places to begin.

Please note- the following are in no particular order, we love them all!

A Private Estate- Germantown, NY

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(Photo credit: Hudson River Photographer)

A Private Estate has river and mountain views, a Historic house, a beautiful barn (150 guests without tenting), a Carriage House available to rent that sleeps 10 people, indoor bathrooms, and even a partially furnished kitchen for your caterer!

Pond Lily- Elizaville, NY

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Boasting over 500 acres and bordering on the Taghkanic State Park, this is a great choice. The barn can hold up to 200 guests comfortably, or tent options are available that can hold up to 300. The large house is also available for rent and can sleep 15. Bonus- their packages include tables, chairs, and bathroom trailers.

Clermont State Historic Site- Clermont, NY 

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(Photo credit: Corey Torpie Photography)

Clermont has plenty of property (accommodates up to 300 guests), fantastic views, a Historic Mansion available to tour during your event, and a budget-friendly cost; what’s not to love?

Oak Hill- Hudson, NY

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(Photo credit: Clean Plate Pictures)

Oak Hill is a good option for a couple planning a smaller wedding, as their barn accommodates up to 150. With mountain views, a gorgeous barn, a separate cottage for the bridal party, and a beautiful garden, Oak Hill is a great choice.

The Hill- Hudson, NY

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(Photo credit: Kaylan Buteyn)

This lovely 200 year old barn can hold up to 250 guests, boasts river and mountain views, and has a separate smaller building that is perfect for cocktail hour. Bonus- the downstairs can be used for your ceremony in case of rain.

Southwood Estate- Germantown, NY

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Photo credit: (http://southwoodestate.com/tour-the-property)

With panoramic views of the Hudson River, a Historic mansion (sleeps 12) or a smaller cottage (sleeps 5) available for rent, gorgeous gardens, and even a pool, Southwood is a fantastic choice for your event.

 

We hope this gave you a few helpful ideas for your wedding, and as always if you find you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us at info@everylittledetails.com. Happy Planning!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt

 

 

Sean & Corinne {1.30.16}

Sean and Corinne got engaged at Mohonk Mountain on January 30th. Sean contacted us wanting help decorating and setting up the gazebo at Copes Lookout where he was going to propose, and we were so excited to have the opportunity to be there for this momentous occasion! Everything went according to plan, and Keith Ferris of Keith Ferris Photography got some fantastic shots of their special moment. Congratulations Sean and Corinne!

Photographer: Keith Ferris

Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Alison & Alison {10.10.15}

Alison and Alison got married at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, followed by their reception at a private home nearby on a sunny October day. They added so many fun and unique touches to their wedding, from fedoras for wedding favors, to lawn games, pony rides, and even a petting zoo! We also loved their idea to have a make-your-own-sundae bar for dessert!

Church: St Peter’s Episcopal Church

Venue: Private Home

Photographer: Keith Ferris

Florist: Tiny Heart Farm

Caterer: Harvest Real Food Catering

Rentals: Durrant’s Rental, Rhinebeck Rental, Cantele Tent Rental

DJ: DJ Joe Shane

Pony: Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Petting Zoo: Farm to You Petting Revue

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Lea & Gene {9.12.15}

Lea and Gene got married at their beautiful home in Elizaville, NY. The weather was less than ideal that day, and despite all of our finger-crossing it poured for most of the day. However, Lea and Gene never let this get in the way of their day, and with a little bit of rearranging the day went off without a hitch! It was a great party for a fantastic couple; congratulations Lea and Gene!

 

 

Venue: Private Home

Photographer: Keith Ferris Photography

Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara

Caterer: Swoon Catering

Rentals: Events Unlimited

DJ: Black Tie Events

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Emily & Scott {7.11.15}

Emily and Scott got married at a beautiful house in Rhinebeck, NY on a perfect day in July. We loved their idea to create a photo collage that they displayed during cocktail hour! They also provided guests with an assortment of sunglasses to wear, and used window panes in place of escort cards; what fun touches!

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Venue: Private House

Photographer: China Jorrin

Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara

Caterer: Gourmet to Go

Rentals: Classic Tent Rentals

DJ: JTD Productions

Event Planning: Every Little Detail