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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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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Fall Favor Ideas

I am a firm believer in providing your guests with a little favor or gift. After all, they did take off the weekend to travel and come be a part of your big day, but they also of course brought a present; and even may have attended the bridal shower, engagement parties and bachlorette party. My feeling though is give them something they can enjoy or use in the future.

There is of course the common Jordan almond pack or a trinket with your names and dates on them, but what about thinking out of the box? Who eats Jordan almonds anyways?

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Everyone loves chocolate what about a personalized candy bar with a cute saying on it?  They can even enjoy it on the way back to the hotel.

Smore kits and hot cider kits are great for a cold winter night at home.

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We all remember caramel apples from when we were kids, but when was the last time you had one? These also represent the Hudson Valley area and gives your guests a little taste of the region.

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You can still add your names and date of your wedding to this little trinket but your guests can use this cool book mark and remember the great time they had at your wedding.

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Honey and maple syrup are a great gift to take home that your guests can always use. Another great gift from the Hudson Valley region!

Fall-Wedding-Favors

Pumpkins can always be used to decorate for the fall. And who doesn’t love a pumpkin!

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Apple cider donuts are a classic fall treat. Why not create a dessert buffet with to go boxes for guests to take some treats home with them? I know I’m stuffed after a wedding and would love a treat for the car ride home or even the next day.

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A great new trend right now Cake Pops! You can have them designed any way you want. I love these acorn pops for guests to walk around and enjoy or even take them for the road.

I think as a rule of thumb give your guests a gift they can either enjoy, like a treat, or something they can use!

Happy Planning

Rustic Country Wedding Location

Do you want a location that is unique? Are you a country bride? Do you want a location and a wedding your guests are going to rave about for years to come?

Well, I just had the pleasure of visiting a truly unique and fabulous venue right here in Red Hook, NY.

There is a little something for everyone on this site.

It starts with a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house that can sleep up to 12 people. It also includes outside fire place, multiple bonfire pits, full industrial kitchen, patio, pool, pond, Bacchi ball, horseshoe pit and even a tennis court.

Check out the link below for lots of great pictures.

http://www.vrbo.com/261525

Ceremony Traditions Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of wedding ceremony traditions. The most important part of your wedding ceremony is to make it your own and to express you and your fiances love for each other and your families.

Medallion

The medallion presentation is a tradition that incorporates children from previous marriages. The new step parent presents a medallion, pendent, or piece of jewelry to the child or children; that will serve as a reminder to the commitment to each member of the newly bonded family.

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The wedding wine box ceremony is a newer tradition. The Bride and Groom write love letters to each other. They may include things such as why they fell in love, how you’ve grown as a couple, or what makes you happy together. The idea during the ceremony is to put these letters in a wine box with a bottle of good wine and nail the box closed. The box should be displayed in their home, so every time they walk by they can remember the love they have for each other. The box can only be opened on two occasions.

1. When the couple feels like they are in trouble and nothing can save their marriage they can open the box have a glass of wine and read the letters they wrote to each other, in hopes that it can rekindle some romance.

2. On their 10th anniversary, they can enjoy a glass of wine and remember the younger days.

Coins

13 Gold Coins is a Hispanic tradition. The groom would give the bride in an ornate box or tray 13 gold coins to symbolize the willingness to support her. The bride accepts this gift to symbolize the trust and confidence of unconditional love and dedication. The coins are then meant to become a family heirloom that the children can use for their weddings. These coins were originally the dowery the groom paid to the family. The 13 coins can also symbolize Christ and his apostles.

Crazy Guest Books

Many couples think “I don’t want a guest book no one ever looks at it after the wedding. It’s just a waste of time.”

Why not have a guest book that you can enjoy through out your marriage.

puzzle piecesHave guests sign puzzle pieces. You and your fiance can then assemble after the honeymoon; while you read all the nice notes; and then you can turn it into cool wall art.

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Have your photographer make a book of your engagement photos that guests can sign. It can then serve as a great coffee table book for years to come.

Typewritter

Have your guests type you notes on an old type writer you can then turn into a fabulous old time book or even some wall art.

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Guests can write advice or words of wisdom in different categories and then when the time comes you can pull them out. Its the guest book that keeps on giving.

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This one takes a little work. Guests sign pre-cut squares and after the wedding have a family member or a professional sew these pieces together.  You now have a guest book that can keep you warm!

Rocks

Now these may get weathered a little but its still fun. Have guests sign rocks and then use them in your garden.

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 Guests can take pictures of themselves and write notes on the bottom. You can then assemble them into a great coffee table book.

5 Unique Ceremony Ideas

1. Matt and I built an arbor similar to the one above. We took birch trees that came from our property and built an arbor, that has sentimental value! It also adds a personal touch to your ceremony. Can also create a very easy Huppa with the same concept.

2. For those really hot summer days, why not put one of your engagement photo’s onto a fan for your guests to use and then keep as a memento

3. This is similar to the one above. But Jeanne decided to have her programs printed on the fan. It saves paper and also is a really cute way to display your program.

4. Personalize Aisle Runner

5. A cute alternative to the sand ceremony or unity candle would be for the whole family to light a floating candle and send it up, to symbolize unity.

Floating Sky Lanterns and Floating Water Lanterns are also fun ideas that all the guests can participate with, they also make amazing pictures!

Do you have any unique ceremony ideas?

What to do with those kids??

No one is saying you have to invite children to celebrate your wedding day. That is completely up to the bride and groom. But, what do you do with children who are attending your wedding?

The most important thing is have something for them to do!

This will give mom and dad a break and let them have some fun but it will also avoid those temper tantrums.

Here are some tips for having children at your wedding

  • Hire professional babysitters
  • Make a separate room or table just for the kids and the babysitters.
  • Have a kids menu or a kids buffet that comes out as soon as possible for the younger ones. Hungry kids = cranky kids.
  • After those kids are fed have something for them to do. Go to the local toy store or even the dollar store and stock up on all those fun things for the kids.
  • Have a scavenger hunt! Create a list of fun things to find at the wedding.
  • Have dress up clothes for them to play with.
  • Of course have coloring books, crayons, stickers, and scissors.
  • If your at a barn or an outdoor venue have them play games like tag, Simon says, red light, green light, one, two, three. I’ve seen adults get involved in these.
  • If you want to go extravagant hire a company that does bounce houses. That will tire them out quick.
  • Have the babysitters bring the children snacks of fruit so they are not all jacked up on sugar to go back home with mom and dad.

I think the most important thing for children is keep them busy and get them away from mom and dad so they can have fun too. Be creative!!

Wedding, Family Reunion, Graduation Party, Birthday Party….or anything else you could imagine!

I just had the opportunity to visit this fabulous new wedding and event venue right on the outskirts of Red Hook. The 16 acre property; which is just a short drive from the Taconic state parkway, NYS Thruway, NYC, and Albany; features parking for up to 200 cars, various locations for a tent, and a private home. The 5 bedroom 3 1/2 bathrooms is great for the wedding party, family or guests to spend the weekend. Not only is this location convenient to all the major highways but there is so much entertainment right here in the Hudson Valley to keep any family busy for days and even weeks. The house features a great wrap around porch, side sitting area with barbecue, firepit out front, country swing, sat alight television, and wireless internet.

You may say, wow planning an outdoor wedding with no actual catering facility is challenging, I don’t think I have that time. Well, the great part about this property is I come with it!! Every Little Detail is the exclusive wedding coordinator for this location. I will take care of all the rentals, the caterer, and the organization of all those details!!

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Front of the house

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View of the side of the house…plenty plenty plenty of room for up to 200 guests

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wrap around porch

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Side patio fire pit will be added soonImage

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Full kitchen with all the modern conveniences Image

1 of the 5 bedrooms plus there is an additional kids room in the attic and ping pong table in the basement

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Front yard great place for a tent!

Table Numbers they don’t have to be boring!

Unless you’re doing open seating table numbers are inevitable. Yeah, you can use the standard numbers that your wedding venue most likely can provide, but to add a little more pizzazz to your tables, why not try a unique idea.

I love this idea because then you get to include something for guests to look at while at their table and also gives them the opportunity to visit other tables and look at more photos.

I had a couple last year who did flowers as their table numbers and on the back of each card they looked up each flowers meaning. I though this was a great touch! And for each favor at that table they did seeds from that flower.  They coordinated each centerpiece to match the tables so the guests could find their tables easier. This is a little bit harder because the room still needs to look put together, but they pulled it off.

You can also do this with spices, trees, and even vegetables.

One of my favorite ideas is naming your tables after different places.

You can choose places that have special meaning to you as a couple, such as your first date or places that you have visited. You can also do different places in the area. I always love it when couples write a little bit about the place, that way people can learn why it is important to you or a story about what happened when you were there. Was that where your first apartment was? Is that where you two met? Do you go on vacation there every year? What is the funniest thing that happened and why is it so important?

This one really allows you to add personality and your own touches to your wedding and include your family and friends into your personal lives.

This one kind of ties into the one above just with a different twist. You can take pictures of all your travels and on each table do a different pic of you and your new husband/wife.

It really adds that personality and personal style to your wedding.

I think the overall goal and idea behind any part of your wedding is to make it your own. Don’t feel like you have to do things a certain way because that’s what tradition says or that’s what everyone else is doing. It’s your big day and it only happens once make it your own and most of all have fun with it!