Top 5 Details to SKIP so you can stay on budget!

You may have heard the saying, “it’s all in the details,” but what’s a couple to do when their budget doesn’t allow for everything they need for their dream wedding? Well there are some things that you absolutely don’t need to make your wedding as spectacular as you dream it to be. Here are a few areas where you can skimp or skip all together to save you some money- and most guests won’t even notice the difference!

  1. Escort Cards Vs. One Large Sign

Escort Card Signageindividual style escort cards

[Photo Credit from Top to Bottom: Papered Heart Photography and Caroline Evan Photography]

Regardless of how you do it, your guests will need a way to find out what table they are supposed to be at. Individually folded escort cards (as seen on the right), are the traditional way to go but today you can save money on stationary by using one large sign. Guests love seeing the overall picture and finding out who else is at what table. It not only saves on money and confusion (in case you have guests who pick up the wrong card), it will also be less of a hassle if you have to do your own clean up.

2.  Colored Linen

White Linen Table Setting

Table Runner Setting

[Photo Credit from Top to Bottom: Brooke Images and Haley Sheffield]

No one says that you have to have linen that matches your wedding colors. By using white linen, you can add a crisp look to any table setting. Most reception venues provide the basic white linens with white overlays, so you can skip the colorful rentals and use your remaining décor to help take center stage on your tables. If a plain white table just isn’t going to work for you, try adding a patterned or colorful table runner to help tie everything together- for half the price!

3.  Four Or Five Tier Wedding Cake

two tier cake

cupcake tower

[Photo Credit from Top to Bottom: Arina Borodina Photography and Jane Ross Cakes]

There’s no reason to base the size of your wedding cake on the amount of guests you have. If you have a large crowd of 150 or more, skip the 4 or 5 tier cake and supplement with a sheet cake in the back of the kitchen. Once you cut your wedding cake, the staff at your venue will usually take the cake to the kitchen where they slice and serve your guests. Whether you have a sheet cake or 4 tier cake, once it’s cut up and placed on dessert plates, guests will never know the difference! This can save you tons of money because less tiers means less labor for the baker. To make plates look even fuller, you can opt to add other sweets like cupcakes, cookies or ice cream with your cake.

4.  Centerpieces For Cocktail Tables

nautical cocktail table

[Photo Credit: BellaMeEvents]

Cocktail hour is just that- one hour, so we never recommend you put a lot of your budget into decorating your cocktail tables. If you’re looking for quick ways to save a few dollars here and there, this is the perfect place to skip! Skip the floral centerpieces for this hour and replace them with something more affordable like framed photos of you and your fiancé or a single candle votive. Keeping it simple will not only make your wallet happy, but your guests will appreciate it too. Cocktail hour is when guests get their first chance at food, so they’ll want to have more room on these tables for their plates and glasses. If you want to be bold you can skip centerpieces all together- and your guests will never notice!

5.  Items You Can’t Repurpose

lanterns

Ralph Lauren

[Photo Credit from Top to Bottom: 1313 Photography and Patricia Quintessence]

Another way to save money is by using items that can be repurposed or play dual roles. For example, small gifts with name tags that serve as both place cards and guest favors might be more budget savvy then having separate place cards and favors. By choosing your wedding decor carefully you can end up with items that you can re-purpose as décor for your home later on. For example, beach themed lanterns for wedding centerpieces can be cleaned out and used as hanging light fixtures on an outdoor patio. When you’re looking at money-saving options, skip on the things you can’t re-use later.

As you begin to decide on the details that will make your wedding day special, rest assured that Waterfront Historic Kent Manor Inn on Maryland’s eastern shore is always prepared to give you tips and advice to keep your dream wedding within budget.

Planning a theme wedding? Here’s how to keep it classy…

Our beautiful Maryland waterfront venue is home to many nautical and garden-inspired weddings, and we always look forward to help creating a unique or out of the ordinary wedding. Themed weddings are always fun and exciting but many couples find it difficult to execute. Here are a few tips on how you can take a simple wedding theme and turn it into something extravagant!

1. Keep it Simple: Even if your theme is very broad, you don’t want guests to misinterpret it for something else. You wouldn’t want someone to think that your “vintage rose garden” theme was an Alice in Wonderland theme or that your “winter wonderland” idea was just white and blue. Pick a few important items like the cake, flowers and stationary to let your theme truly shine and then let the rest of your work act as supporting characters to your main event. For example, if you’re having your bridesmaids dress in cowgirl boots, don’t overdo it by having them dress in jeans and plaid shirts too. The same theory goes for your décor- if you’re having large and extravagant centerpieces then keep your linens and tableware effortless. By keeping things simple, your theme will have more balance. The theme related items you do splurge on will appear more dramatic and you end up spending less in total.

Brandon Kidd Photography

[Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd Photography]

2. Don’t Lose Focus: It’s easy to let the theme of your wedding takeover, but don’t lose sight of what’s really important- The Marriage! The wedding day is all about the union of you and your significant other so don’t let the décor or colors of your theme overshadow that fact. Guests should be looking at the bride as she walks down the aisle- not staring at the bridesmaid dresses or aisle décor. You want them to focus on you and your fiancé, so don’t use anything that’s too distracting.

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[Photo Credit: Ryan Lash Photography]

3. It’s all in the Details: Some brides have a clear idea of what they want. Whether it’s a “Nautical” theme or a “California Winery” theme, they know the colors they want to use, the fonts they want and more. Sometimes, the only problem is where should they use it? We can’t tell you how often we hear guests gushing about the smallest details of a wedding. For example, a recent bride decided to have a little led light inside her cake topper and guests couldn’t stop raving about it. We have also had a couple who brought in framed photos from their engagement shoot to use as the centerpieces for their cocktail hour. The same couple also splurged on colored lighting throughout the reception room but it was their cocktail photos that were the talk of the night.

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[Photo Credit: Jonas Peterson]

For more ideas on how you can plan a theme wedding, check out our Facebook photos to see previous weddings. Also keep in mind, that the wedding coordinators at the Historic Kent Manor Inn are always ready to help you brainstorm and create the wedding of your dreams!