Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Altar Transformations

Planning a wedding on a budget is certainly a feat several try to gain control of. And let's just be realistic here, in today's unpredictable economy many brides decide to cut costs where they see big budgets are unnecessary. And while it may seem to make sense to cut portions in each area, there are other ways to have an extravagant wedding without breaking the bank.

Let's think about where most of your budget goes. The reception is undoubtedly the highest on the list and that's so because of the cost of food. To cut down the costs, consider having cocktails and appetizers as oppose to a full sit-down meal. If that doesn't seem to be an option, ask your caterer what other types of food service are available and the cost per person. Click here for a list of local caterers.

You may have heard, read and watched wedding professionals advise to opt for less costly florals such as roses or daisies, feathers or branches, or only keeping the flowers to your bouquet and head table. While all of these options are certainly more cost effective it's hardly ever mentioned to consider having your ceremony and reception at the same location...even the same room.

Before you rule out this idea, think about where you would save money. There would only be one deliver fee for florals and all other rental items, you wouldn't have to rent a limo for eight consecutive hours, you will only pay to use on location, your guests will be at ease knowing they're already at the location and won't worry about additional parking-the list goes on.

And personally, I am just in love with the idea of altar transformations. Check out the work of two of the industry's best, David Beahm and Preston Bailey. And what's great about these transformations too, is that they're used at both the ceremony and reception.

Check with local vendors for ideas on giving you the wedding of your dreams. Click here and here for more information.

David Beahm


Preston Bailey


Preston Bailey


David Beahm


David Beahm


David Beahm

David Beahm


Before Preston's transformation


After the transformation

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