Tuesday, April 28, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: recessionista

With all recent, drastic economic changes, it was appropriate to make my first “Wedding Forecast” post about the effects of the economy and some ways to facilitate wedding spending. The challenges brought on by these economic changes have struck a sense of nervousness and uncertainty with many couples planning their wedding. Don’t feel discouraged; really, it’s a time to be proactive and be resourceful! We want you to celebrate the happy times and are here to help. For those who have opted to tighten up the wedding budget, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the event you’ve always envisioned. Did you know, with b&w, we can pass along vendor referrals and discounts, possess more leverage in the negotiation process of contracts, and can find creative ways to impress your guests through economical means?

Take a look at the non-traditional centerpiece from one of our events. It had guests talking as this was no faux cake. The resourceful bride fostered the idea of having wedding cakes at each table. It was the centerpiece and additional dessert course, and cake slice boxes placed at each table setting tempted guests to take a piece for the ride home. We’re finding a trend in flowerless centerpieces and a desire for edible table décor that doubles as a wedding favor. That's an easy savings of nearly $2,000 to 3,000!

Individual Kona Cake centerpieces at the Salazar/Delenela Wedding

Individual cake centerpiece with table number tag

Pink Cake Box (2-tiered individual cakes for each guest); nicely stack these cakes in the center of the table

TIP: Next month, there are a couple of bridal events in the Los Angeles area geared toward the budget conscious brides and grooms.

The Recession Bride’s Workshop
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The Gallery at Market Lofts
645 W. 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$20.00 per person or $30.00 per couple
(Includes free tickets to an upcoming bridal show)
Lunch and wedding cake will be served
Contact Liz Coopersmith to make your reservation {liz@silvercharmevents.com}

I highly recommend this next one. Sassy City Chicks hosts various sample sales in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. They will debut the “Bridal Budget Bash” looking over the Marina in Los Angeles.

Bridal Budget Bash
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Marina Del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Advanced 2 for 1 VIP Ticket: $10 (Includes early entry, gift bag and complimentary spa services)
General Admission: $3 (Sold at door, cash only, entry begins at 11:00am)

Stayed tuned for my next blog where I list some of my favorite bridal shows. They are always a blast!

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