Before you start planning a party, have a budget set in place.
Remember that rentals and entertainment can cause your budget to stray.
Some of the best parties thrown are for no special reason, just celebrating life and friendship. I always tell my clients, planning a party should be fun and not like preparing one’s taxes. Here are some ideas for your next party.
Number one tip – be as polite as you can to your event professionals. Over and over again, I have seen event professionals give great service and fair deals to really nice people, plus they go the extra mile on the event day. This does not mean that they won’t with someone who is mean, but this theory really does work in the event planning business.
Ask for at least three bids with every vendor to make sure that you have an idea of pricing – high and low. Taking the least expensive route does not mean you will be disappointed, however, the old saying, ‘you get what you pay for’ does apply in most cases.
If you are on a budget, see if you can have your wedding during the off season – January through March or during November. I see better deals during these months.
Try and choose flowers that are in season – they look better and you won’t pay a premium price.
Ceremony flowers – when designing your event, ask your florist if he or she can re-purpose your flowers at the reception.
Sweetheart table – instead of a floral arrangement ask your event planner to place your wedding bouquet on the table. I love this look along with a lot of pretty candles.
To save money on table decor, we love to design the tables using candles to keep costs down and create a romantic look. Make sure to check with your venue on their candle policy before making any purchases.