Now days, many couples, for many different reasons, are looking for inexpensive and frugal options for their wedding day. Whether you and your spouse are living simple, or you just aren’t committed to spending thousands on one event, here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we have a few tips and tricks to help you create your perfect wedding on a budget:
When your significant other pops the question, you both need to sit down and talk. Figure out how much you both are willing to pay for the wedding and whether or not anyone in your family is willing to help out. Talking about this and creating a baseline budget is absolutely crucial in planning. Once you find a budget, stick to it! You can do it; we promise…
2. Make Some Lists:
We swear by this! Making lists helps you organize your thoughts and accomplish your goals.
a. Make a list of guests: Who needs to be there? You and your fiancé need to compile a list of important people who need to share this special day with you. We recommend that you keep this list short, though! (See our post about Intimate Weddings)
b. Make a list of things you cannot live without: What are the things you have been dreaming about? You know exactly what we are talking about. The cake design you have been dreaming of since you first met your fiancé is a MUST, so put it on this list. Once you have everything down, divide your established budget among these items, so you have a specific budget for each item.
3. Don’t Procrastinate:
This isn’t your 7th grade History project, so make sure you start early. Go shopping and watch out for deals. If you wait until the last minute, you will be stuck with last minute prices…
It’s America’s Birthday and we are celebrating in true PWG style with a stylized shoot that is ABSOLUTELY gleaming with patriotism + rustic fierceness! It’s a given, anytime Arielei Kinzer is behind the camera you know pure perfection is sure to ensue and she delivered on that promise with this one. Y’all… scrolling through the images of this shoot seriously made my heart beat faster! Here’s what Arielei had to say about bringing her vision for this stylized shoot to fruition:
“The sun is bright, summer is in full force, and it’s time to break-out the pies and fireworks. Americana- that lovely red, white, and blue! It brings us all together to celebrate something we all share. It’s a uniting holiday, a holiday full of fun, and full of iconic patterns and pallets.
We love the classic blue and white farmhouse dinnerware, the all-american pies with a modern twist (we made them mini and put them on a pie-bar), and the way this vintage hairstyle and red lipstick goes perfectly with patriotic elegance. All set against our beautiful Southwest background in Santa Fe, NM and topped with a faded, old flag (which by the way, makes the perfect wedding photo prop!) Not to mention a bombshell blonde in a Justin Alexander wedding dress and some gorgeous calligraphy to tie it all together.
If you love the red, white, and navy, and you love a little classic meets farmhouse, ranch meets elegant, then this Americana wedding inspiration is perfect for you!”
They say the real beauty is in the details, and that couldn’t be more true for these two lovebirds. My heart, it’s fluttering… so much wedding inspo to be seen here ladies + gents!
The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club was built with help from Ross, who helped construct the facility. As part of the construction team, Ross was able to see the space firsthand, as well as the various features the Event Center has to offer, all before it was completed! He knew that with the view of the Sandia Mountains and the combination of the ballroom, lanai patio and event lawn, that his fiancé Lauren would love it. After seeing the space together, they both felt it, this is where they would say, “I do.”
For the ceremony, they added a dramatic draping to the altar, along with thousands of flower petals that were spread along the aisle for Lauren’s grand entrance.
“Living in New Mexico, succulents have always been a part of the local scenery. Since we had so many people coming in from out of town, we thought they would be a cute gift from us as well as being used as a multi-functional piece in the wedding. I also wanted to tie it all together and add succulents into my bouquet, thanks to our amazing floral designer!” – Bride, Lauren
The couple incorporated shades of purple, Lauren’s favorite color, and accents of gray and gold throughout.
All in all, this was a celebration that was completely representative of Lauren + Ross as a couple and the sweet love they share for each other. Awe! So sweet.
Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we know that each couple is unique in the amount of guests that they have at their wedding. Some couples would prefer to invite every person that they know, while others want only their closest friends and family to share their wedding experience with them. In this post, we are going to study the pros of an intimate wedding. From the blessings of lower costs, to the longer amount of quality time with each guest, we are convinced that smaller weddings are taking the stage in a big way. Here are some reasons we believe intimate weddings are making couples think twice about who is getting an invite:
Each guest gets more quality facetime with you.
A lot of times, couples with 100+ guests realize after their reception that they didn’t see Aunt Jane for the entirety of their wedding day. The awkwardness the follows at family reunions can be easily avoided if you make a few decisions; and, maybe, cutting back on the invites is one of them.
2. The photographer will LOVE you.
Many photographers love, love, LOVE small weddings. They feel like they can channel more creativity into their photos, give you exactly what you want, and save you a lot of time. It is hard to enjoy your job when you are herding a massive congregation of people for a group photo.
3. Your amazing DIY ideas will be manageable.
Many brides love the DIY ideas they find on Pinterest and their favorite blogs, but the amount of people at their wedding make those projects near impossible. With an intimate wedding, you can actually pour out all of that penned-up creativity into your wedding plan.
4. Your guests will be more comfortable with people they actually know.
There is nothing more uncomfortable and awkward than being a guest at a wedding and the only person you know is the bride or groom. Make your guests feel comfortable and relaxed by keeping it “in the family”. Your family and friends will grow closer and build stronger relationships if you do so.
5. It’s a wedding, not a reunion.
It doesn’t make sense to pay $100+ a head, when all you want to do is “catch up”. Go ahead and grab some coffee, but we don’t recommend inviting your lab partner from 11th grade chemistry to your wedding just to reunite.
6. You can get creative with your venue.
Want to get married in your backyard? Great. Want to get married at the campsite where you fell involve? Perfect. Want to get married on a mountaintop after a short hike with a picturesque waterfall in the background? Fantastic. If you have a small wedding, you can basically get married wherever you want.
7. You can save money and splurge on the important aspects of your dream wedding.
When you save invites, you save money on food, drinks, seating, space, and gifts. Furthermore, with all that extra cash, you can make your special guests feel extra special with unique gifts, extra food, more drinks and a better all-around experience. Also, don’t forget, you can always spend a little extra on that amazing honeymoon!
8. You can get married faster.
With less details and people to take care of, you can cut down your timeline. Want to get married in three months? That’s a possibility!
9. You can spend time with your spouse.
Often times, couples find themselves so busy with their army of guests, that they don’t spend any quality time with each other. With smaller weddings, the couple can spend more time on their wedding day kissing, hugging, and being one on one.
10. You can relax!
Having a small wedding is like having a party with the people in your life that mean the most to you. So let loose, relax, and share the love!
This year’s Bride’s Night Out was definitely an event to remember. When it comes to wedding planning, you want the best people on the job, so we connected you to local vendors who care. We loved hosting this event and seeing all of our brides and grooms having a crazy, fun time planning their perfect wedding. We couldn’t have made this event happen with out our vendors, sponsors, and our soon-to-be-married couples. We adore working with all of you and cannot wait to hang out with all of you again for next year’s Bride’s Night Out!
We loved this event so much. The relaxed vibes helped everyone unwind and enjoy each other, and we couldn’t have accomplished any of it without these vendors and sponsors:
There is nothing you love more than your future spouse, but the cost to marry that special someone is getting pricey. That’s why Perfect Wedding Guide wants to help one lucky couple pay for their perfect wedding with this $10,000 Cash Giveaway. All you need to do is register; it’s as simple as that…
Head over to nm.pwg.com right now, and sign up for your chance to win!
Here are a few of the rules:
Prize: There is one $10,000 cash prize for this Sweepstakes which is not exchangeable nor transferable. The winner is solely responsible for all taxes associated with the Prize.
Eligibility: You are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes if you are a legal resident of the United States, are at least 18 years of age on the date you enter, and have had or will have your wedding between June 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
Entry Period: The Sweepstakes entry period begins at 12:00 am Eastern Time on May 1, 2016, and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on December 31, 2016
For more wedding planning tips and contests like this, visit us at perfectweddingguide.com. We wish you the best of luck!
Hi guys! Are you interested in receiving amazing prizes from local wedding specialists? Well, if you are (and you should be), Perfect Wedding Guide has an amazing opportunity for you called our “12 Months of Giveaways.” This is a chance for us to pamper our brides and grooms and show our appreciation for all that you do. Here’s how you can win:
12 lucky brides and grooms will be chosen over the course of the next year to pick from an amazing selection of gifts from local vendors. Everything from free photo sessions and videography to a day at the spa and an exclusive hotel getaway are up for grabs.
All you need to do is register online at nm.pwg.com for your chance to win!
Giveaways have already begun so act quickly!
For more wedding inspiration and planning tips, visit us at perfectweddingguide.com. We love all of our couples and hope that your special day is perfect!