We contributed to the article Bliss for your buck by Stacy Downs! Our adorable clients, Jen and Kennie were also featured. The advice we provided?
“Ask if they have cylinder vases, votives and linens,” Blanner says. “Want a different color of linen than what they offer? Ask them. They likely rent them through a company, and the color doesn’t differ in cost.” Simply asking questions could save $10 to $15 per table in rental fees. Figure out what other vendors have to offer, too. For example, most florists offer a complimentary toss bouquet. If you want to skip that tradition, ask whether the florist will credit something similar, such as a corsage for Mom or a few cake flowers. In lieu of a cocktail hour, Blanner hired a snow cone vendor at her own outdoor reception in St. Louis. The cost, including stain-proof clear syrup: $75. “It’s about making it fun for everyone,” Blanner says. Eliminate transportation costs. Choose a venue where you can have the ceremony and reception. Skip a full open bar. Serve beer, wine and a signature cocktail (such as this pomegranate sparkler from a Kansas City reception coordinated by Julie Blanner, photographed by Claire Ryser, Visionaire Studios).
Cretel has quickly learned that wedding planning is similar to landing a new job: A lot of it’s about who you know. Their invitations are free — saving hundreds of dollars — because of a connection through her advertising/marketing position. The ceremony is free because she and her family are tithing parishioners at Redemptorist Church, normally $900 to reserve. The Catholic church is known for having one of Kansas City’s longest aisles: 114 feet. And a pianist they know is giving them a reduced fee. “Being good to people, besides being a nice practice, pays off,” Cretel says.
Cretel and Pauley are into music. So their centerpieces will be records, their favors are compact-disc compilations and their guest book is fashioned from album covers. Cretel spent only $300 on her dress. “It’s awesome, but is it designer cool? No,” she says. “But I’m going to rock it with my own style of veil and make it look amazing.”