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


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


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,, and 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 to schedule a consult. Happy Planning!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt


Michelle & Adam {10.12.14}

This rustic wine and cheese themed wedding in Averill Park NY captured our hearts. The love and attention to detail shone through in every image captured of the day. Michelle and Adam put so much thought into all of the aspects of their wedding; from the colors of their mother’s dresses (burgundy like wine and green like the grape) all the way to the hand embossed wine crates used in the centerpieces. It was such a pleasure planning this wedding and helping to incorporate their theme into so many aspects of the wedding.

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Michelle and Adam were able to incorporate so many things that were borrowed, blue, old, and new into their fabulous day.

From the top left: Adam had an old wagon that the ring bearer pulled their flower girl down the aisle in. Michelle’s veil was something new that her future mother in law made especially for her. Her brother read a tearful poem that her grandmother wrote. Michelle brought her baptism bible that her mother engraved for her. Michelle is also holding a handkerchief that belonged to her great grandmother. The blue necklace you see attached to her bouquet was a present from Adam on their very first Christmas together. Michelle’s childhood minister traveled all the way from Connecticut  to officiate the ceremony.

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 Michelle and Adam found a way to make the ceremony their own. They blended their own wine and drank from the mixed wine to symbolize their unity.

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As the guests arrived to the ceremony site Michelle had a wine box filled with pashminas that matched her colors of course. It was a good thing too as it was a colder day in October.

Castiglione Wedding_0961 Once you were inside this incredibly rustic yet elegant reception site the couple had splashes of their theme everywhere.  The escort card table; complete with their #hashtag; was lined with their cork handled cheese knife as well as their escort cards held in place by wine corks. Each table was decorated with hand embossed A&M wine crates and wine bottles from the couple.

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Adam and Michelle went above and beyond with their creative and personalized touches.

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Adam and Michelle1As the ring bearer lead the guests inside with the personalized message on the back of his wagon; guests were greeted with an A&M to write a personal message to the bride and groom. While they waited there were pictures of each side of the family. On the back of the bride and grooms chairs for dinner the couple hung their gamer names! What a fun touch!

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Adam and Michelle-002Michelle even had custom clutches made for the girls!

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How do you finish off a wedding for the ages? With a sparkler send off of course!

Venue and Catering: The Old Daley Inn Photographer: Photographics Solution Photobooth: Action Photobooth Florist: Poppytree Floral Designs Band: Silver Arrow Band Pies: Make Me A Cake Next Door Event Planning: Every Little Detail Hair and Make Up: La Tua Bella Wine: El Paso Winery Dress: Designed by the Bride through Casablanca and the Bridal Cottage Veil: Handmade by the Grooms Mother Shoes: Cinderella Bridal Shoes (2 pairs, one for ceremony and one for dancing!) Bridesmaids Dresses: JCREW Men’s Attire: Express Invites: Magnet Street Favors, Programs, Menus, and Pictures: DIY by the couple themselves