Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to save money on your wedding – Part 1

Calluna Events was just interviewed and featured in an article in 5280 Magazine on how to save money for your wedding. We thought we'd share the entire article with you.

To-Do’s that Save on your “I Dos”

We asked Boulder-based wedding consultant Heather Dwight, owner of event-planning company
Calluna Events, for some tips to keep the bottom line manageable on the big day.

1. Dress for Less
Local bridal salons often host trunk shows where gown designers bring in their latest looks and offer a 10 to 15 percent discount if you snap up a dress that day. Try
d’Anelli Bridal and Tux in Lakewood. (Calluna Events note – check out Anna Be in the Highlands or the Bridal Collection in Denver for their trunk show schedule). Or peruse a few high-end consignment shops for huge markdowns on once-worn designer dresses.

2. Do It Yourself
Dropping $15 apiece on printed place cards that end up on the floor spattered with cake frosting at the end of the night is excessive. Printing up even 100 or so of these would rack up $1,500 – for place cards! Instead try a DIY option for your stationery. Visit Vintage Glam Weddings (
http://www.vintageglamblog.com/) for adorable DIY inspiration on everything from invitations to decorations to party favors.

3. Flower Power
Choose decorations that are easily transportable from church to party. For example, floral arrangements on the altar can easily double as entryway décor at the reception. And, look for seasonal flowers that are grown locally – less expensive than shipping in. (Calluna Events note – and more eco-friendly too!)

4. Cocktail Cuts
Shortening your cocktail hour is an oft-overlooked way to save megabucks on your alcohol. Instead of an hour, go for 45 minutes. Your guest will never know, and 15 minutes saves a drink per guest. (More if your wedding is doubling as a college fraternity reunion.) At dinner, consider skipping the bubbly; many folks don’t care for Champagne, so why not have them toast with whatever they’re drinking? Also forgo the passed wine or stationary bottles. Guests likely won’t consume as much if they have to order from the bar or wait staff.

This article courtesy of the April 2009 issue of 5280 Magazine. Pick it up on newstands now to see more great tips on saving money, not just for weddings but for your whole life!

More wedding saving tips coming soon!

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the piece in 5280, Heather. Good thoughts on saving money for brides. A couple I have found from the wedding photog angle--some people are still opting for putting disposable cameras on each table. Rarely have I heard of good results coming from that, plus folks often take them home thinking they are a gift, and then bride never sees the pictures.

    Or some photography studios are opting cover everything up through ceremony, formals and initial milestones (first dances, cake cutting and toasts, then going home and having a cheaper 2nd shooter arrive to shoot rest of reception. That is one way to save something on the budget.



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