Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wedding Budgets

Wedding budget is the key to any great wedding. Whether your budget is five thousand or fifty thousand, you must make a budget and stick to it. Figure out what in your wedding is most important to you and what is the least. The reception is what takes up the most of your budget at the average of 45%. This covers your food, beverages, linens, cake, favors, etc. The most important factor in our reception budget is your number of guest. If you are having your wedding at one of your local hotels your average cost per guest can range from $40 per person to $90 per person. Your average cake ranges from $3.75 per slice to $4.75. Don't forget to factor in your favors, linens, chairs, etc.
If you wind up spending more on an item then you anticipating don't forget to subtract that amount from another part of your budget. Try and keep your wedding budget in a different account then your personal checking or savings. This will help keep down some of that stress they keep talking about.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Vendor Spotlight: Customized Wedding Creations

Meet Cherin owner of Customized Wedding Creations (Wedding Wishes Contest Vendor))

Your name? Cherin Szul

Company Name Customized Wedding Creations

Years in Business 2
How did you get started? Was planning for my own wedding and created a few
custom items. Other brides liked and asked me to create for them as well. Took it from there.

Best advice you can give to a bride The smallest of details are what people will remember from your big day. Make sure you tend to all of the details to make the wedding a memorable one.

What has been your strangest request? An aisle runner encrusted with feather plumes made from 1500+ Swarovski crystals in each plume. 80 plumes. $10,000 aisle runner – created for a wedding this past May.
Do you work with an assistant? My husband and sister help out from time to time, but it’s mainly just me.
What would you say is your style? Modern and clean.
Who is the person you most admire? I’m not really sure – I admire a lot! J
Who is the person that inspired you? My husband – he always pushes me to do everything needed for the business, including getting it started.

What is your proudest moment in your business? When my company was acknowledged for the first time by one of my biggest competitors as a “worthy” competitor, not just some small pop up business doomed to fail.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Choosing your wedding party

There are several factors to consider when you are choosing your wedding party. Yes, you are choosing your best friends and family members to be apart of one of the most memorable moments of your life, but you are also asking them to play a vital role with responsibilities and obligations. Will this person be supportive? Is this person reliable? Just as you are careful about the vendors you should be careful when selecting your bridal party.

Your wedding party has an understanding that there is a financial obligation involved. If you know your cousin does not have a job, unless you are planning on footing the bill, you shouldn't ask them to be in the wedding. You should be clear on your expectations from the beginning. Don't be unreasonable or too demanding. If you want everyone to have long hair for your wedding, be clear on "ASKING" that no one cuts their hair. If you state your vision in the beginning you will have less chance of being disappointed. And remember, no one likes a Bridezilla.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Its All About You!

Have you ever picked up a magazine and wished you could be on the cover. Well it can be. You can be the star of your own bridal magazine. From engagement to your honeymoon. You can cover every detail and its all about you. With your magazine you will also get a free wedding website where you can share wedding information with your guest. Visit to find out more.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wedding Wishes Contest Winner!: Bobby and Leilani!

We have our winner! Bobby and Leilani are the winners of our "Wedding Wishes Contest" . They were very creative in their entry and wrote in a fairy tale about how the misfortune of the big bad wolf aka Hurricane Katrina had destroyed the home they once shared and how the seven dwarfs of dragged the damsel Leilani off to the mines of unemployment. The story was very creative and entertaining and still told of their hardship.

"All was going well for the couple they were right on track to their
ever after. The had the castle, their jobs, the tiptoe of little feet
running around (actually not so little—more like the stomping of teenagers)
this was not to last. The Big Bad Wolf (Hurricane Katrina) got wind of
happiness and decided to do what she did best. So she huffed and she
puffed and
she blew the castle down (boy did all that slobber cause
extensive water
damage). It was then and there that the decision to
move to a new land was
made a land with a Magic Kingdom."

The couple will be married in the fall at the Queens Harbour. We will continue to feature the sponsoring vendors on the blog.