Monday, August 8, 2011

Wedding Buffet Ideas on a Budget

You’ve tied the knot! You have been pronounced man and wife…now it’s time to serve your wedding guests a great buffet meal.

Are you looking for some wedding buffet ideas on a budget? Here are a few ideas to spark your own creative juices and help you to come up with even more of your very own.

Your wedding guests won't even know that you are on a budget.

First a few tips:

1. Be frugal
2. Do not confuse frugal with stingy
3. Create flair in your presentations
4. Do not be afraid to ask for help to make and serve these foods
5. Prepare things in advance as much as possible

Here are some tasty food ideas:

One of the most popular foods and one of the easiest to make ahead: Deviled Eggs. These can be jazzed up with flavors and tidbits to make them every bit as tasty as they are pretty. They can rest on beds of lettuce and they make a very pretty presentation. The bonus is that they are not pricey to prepare.

Another thing that is not only frugal, but always a hit and can be done ahead, stored in airtight containers is the ever popular stuffed celery. Using cream cheese or peanut butter adds a little something but serving it ‘naked’ will please your guests, as well.
Simple crackers arranged on a plate with tiny toppings of sliced olives, or wee slices of assorted cheeses look very appealing. Assorted crackers and/or veggie sticks surrounding bowls of hummus on a plate invite dipping. Stacks of little plates nearby will remind your guests to take a few treats and move along.

Something a little grander and somewhat showier would be tiny biscuits topped with egg salad, chicken salad, shrimp salad or thin slices of turkey. If you choose to do the tiny biscuit routine, be sure you have help to bake, slice and top these little munchies. It makes a good assembly line project but it is a good choice if you are faithful to your frugality!

Depending on the season of your wedding and weather considerations, you might consider an assortment of fresh fruits. For instance, an autumn wedding can feature as part of the reception a cinnamon flavored apple cider and slices of apple and cheddar cheese. These will not be budget busters and the bonus is that they will make an attractive presentation with little fuss.

The Italian favorite of crusty, toasted bread with a tomato/basil topping is always popular with wedding reception guests. Again, you will need to have help in keeping platters of this treat filled and ready to be partaken. It is both beautiful and cost effective.
Pita bread and dips are always popular and will not bust your budget. The pita bread can be sliced quickly with a pizza cutter and placed next to bowls of simple dip as if they were chips.

Speaking of pizza, you can wow your guests with mini pizzas made with biscuit dough and topped with all the toppings that everyone loves: cheese, mushrooms, and of course pizza sauce from someone’s legendary family recipe. Frugal is your friend, remember! And do request help in preparation and serving.

When recruiting help to prepare or serve at your reception, employ your prized creativity. Offer to trade your time or labour for their service. If your neighbour loves to cook and offers to help, take your neighbor up on the offer. If you know that your cousin’s friend has a great recipe and you know how to groom pets, offer to make a swap: recipe for pet grooming.

Asking favourite relatives and close family friends to help with the planning, preparation and presentation of the reception foods can be a warm, bonding experience. Memories will be made and intertwined with foods, family and friends during this process. These are to be forever cherished and treasured. It is the EXPERIENCE, not the EXPENSE that makes a beautiful wedding reception successful, enjoyable and memorable.

Hopefully this gives you a few Wedding Buffet Ideas on a Budget and you can compliment these with some of your own ideas!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Planning a Wedding Budget

Weddings come in all shapes, sizes and costs. If you are just getting to grips with planning your ideal wedding day, you're probably curious about the type of wedding you would like to have and how much it'll cost you. In this post we'll talk about planning a wedding budget and ways to cut down on costs.

For a wedding with a couple of bridesmaids, entertainment, and food for about 100 guests, wedding planners estimate that you'll probably spend around £5-10,000.

But many weddings have a few more guests than that and can as much as $10,000 to $20,000!

Why is there such a large range in price? The reason is that there are so many choices! Not only are there various kinds of flowers to choose from, but also the size and style of the bouquets, how labour-intensive they are, and whether you end up picking out-of-season flowers that must be ordered specially or seasonal flowers that are plentiful and not as expensive.

It's not easy to pin down a price on a wedding cake either. How many people will it serve? How detailed? Buttercream icing or rolled fondant? Do you want a fruit filling? All of these choices can result in bigger cheques being written.

With this seemingly endless desire for celebrity lifestyles, the bar has been raised and people's expectations have become a lot higher.

A good wedding can be put together for far less than the celebs shell out. If you want to, you can get married for £15,000, for £2,000, or even for less. This will depend on what your expectations are and what kind of reception you want.

The reception, usually the biggest expense, can be controlled by the time of day you choose. Which would you prefer -- a morning wedding with a brunch reception or an afternoon wedding with light finger foods? For an evening wedding, will you pick heavy hors d'oeuvres, a self serve buffet or a sit-down evening meal?

One of the most popular options is to choose heavy hors d'oeuvres, but sometimes that can be more expensive than a served meal. The reason? You're paying for more items and paying by the piece.

If you want to cut expenses on your food, the time of day you plan your reception is a big factor. The least expensive time of day is the middle of the afternoon. That isn't a time people are usually hungry, so they'll eat less, and you can get away with serving less food.

If you are planning a wedding budget and trying to find other ways to cut costs let the creativity flow and put your personality into it. Be creative in your thinking and choose one area of your wedding to really, really shine.

Keep in mind it is possible to create a stunning occasion regardless of what you can pay for. It is wise to avoid going into debt for your wedding. It's not necassary to still be paying for your wedding when you start paying the hospital bills for having your first baby!.

Whether you spend £2,000 or £20,000, you'll still be just as married.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Gothic Wedding Gowns

Are you considering planning a Gothic Wedding or wearing a Gothic Wedding Gown? Gothic wedding gowns do not have to be black. In fact, because you are designing a gothic theme for your wedding ceremony, so much of the rest of the decor is likely to be black that you will actually want something a little bit different to jump out.

Black, purple and deep deep red red are the classical colours that most people associate with gothic clothing and you'll most likely want your groom to dress in black with blood-red trim. A black velvet-effect waistcoat with bone clasps over a white or red ruffed shirt may look impressive.

For you as the bride, remember that in time-honoured 19th-century gothic literature the story was always the perfect and innocent young lady with a passionate streak who was seduced by or sacrificed to the dark master of the castle with the bite on the neck that drew blood. It can be very provocative and visually beautiful to duplicate this at your nuptials with a sensual Victorian-style white or off-white gothic wedding gown. Pick out one with flowing long sleeves, a high neck and lots of lace and tulle for the full sacrificial impression.

Gothic themed wedding ceremonies are frequently booked in wintertime or close to Halloween, so you can expect that it won't be excessively hot, particularly as night time approaches. For the evening, if you're changing out of your gothic wedding gown, you might want to choose a Morticia-style black satin gown with hanging sleeves, or a medieval-style dresses in purple or red. Or how about a gothic boned corset in black or deep red? It fits the theme for you and your groom to be dressed alike now that you are married, and you can change your make-up and hairdo to give you that vampish look.

Your jewellery will be all important as well. This is one facet of your costume that can carry-over from the daytime into the evening, and if you pick out darkside jewelry that will go well with both wedding gowns you can create a link that also has a deep symbolic sensual meaning. Slave or maille bangles and choker necklaces are ideal and will put the finishing touches on your wedding day look.

Among the best things about wearing gothic wedding gowns is that your photos will be impressive, so take the time to make the most of that by considering how your dress or dresses will look beside your groom's outfit so that the two of you make the most of every similarity and contrast that you have. Individuality is the key here and you will find a lot of ideas are triggered by all of the gothic wedding dresses that you will find on the internet. When you are planning your wedding it can help to keep a scrapbook and fill this with ideas as you come across them. This will help to make it easier to visualize your wedding day and gothic theme.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cheap Bridesmaids Gifts

There are so many wonderful and exciting moments when a Bride and Groom begin planning for their wedding day. As the date gets closer for the big day, you start to think about gifts for the bridesmaids and other attendants. You’ve chosen these people because of your relationship with them; and, you would like to give them a nice present. When planning a wedding, you are often on a budget; so, when choosing a gift for your bridesmaids and groomsmen; keeping an eye on the cost is important. Here are some ideas for cheap bridesmaids gifts.

No one wants to appear cheap when they give a gift. On the other hand, spending money unwisely will probably not make your soon- to- be spouse happy. Sticking to a budget and showing that you care about the bridesmaids and groomsmen is easy if you remember to do two things.

1) The first thing you must do is make a list of the attendants-both the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. As a couple, it would be nice if you could do this shopping together; however, it may not be realistic with the demands on your time. So, the list is a really important tool to use. You may have to refer to this list for gifts for the persons on the list that you may not know as well as your future spouse does. The list will help you if one of you is out shopping and runs across something that you may feel would be a good choice for one of those individuals.

On this list will be the name of each person representing the Groom and the Bride. Next to that person’s name will be some of that person’s likes/dislikes, hobbies, colour preferences, and favourite brands. Knowing your attendants really well will help you in putting together the list. View it as an opportunity to share with your future spouse about the people in your life; and, the reason that you asked them to stand up with you on your wedding day. Of course, this idea mainly applies to people that you have just met, as you prepare for the wedding; if you already know them well, then you should already have some great ideas.

2) As far as being budget friendly, it is important to set a specific amount that you each have decided is appropriate for each bridesmaid’s gift. Remember to keep the same limit for each gift as it would not do well to spend more on one person over another.

As far as cheap bridesmaids gifts ideas go; how about these items for the ladies who are attending the Bride: earrings, bracelets, photo frames, perfume, or gift cards/or gift certificates for a favourite restaurant, service, or store?

And for the gentlemen who will attend the Groom; how about these items: money clips, cuff links, photo frames, or gift cards/ or gift certificates? You know them best…what would please them the most and bring a smile to their faces?

Getting a cheap bridesmaids gift that is thoughtful and classy shouldn't be too difficult if you give it some thought.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Try Before you Buy Wedding Photography

Stuart Walker Photography has introduced a unique new incentive for prospective wedding clients that allows you to “try before you buy”.

Brides and grooms should enjoy wedding photography and it should enhance your special day rather than detract from it. A skilled photographer is not just a 'camera operator'. They need to have the personality to match your needs in order to produce the most natural looking images. It is very difficult for people to know how well they will get on with a particular photographer without the benefit of having worked with them already.

Many professional wedding photographers offer 'Engagement' or 'Pre-Wedding' photo sessions but at a cost or tied into a commitment to book their services for the wedding.

Stuart Walker Photography has a simple and unique approach. If you are not entirely happy with your photo session, you receive a full refund.

However, if you enjoy the experience then you benefit from having built a rapport with the photographer which will make your wedding an even better day. Also, when your wedding booking is confirmed then the cost of the pre-wedding session is deducted from the package price.

An added benefit to a Pre-Wedding photo session is that you will have a large 12x16” print mounted in a card border that can be used for friends and family to sign at the reception rather than a guest book. The print is then ready to frame as a lasting memento.

The Pre-Wedding Photo Session costs £99 and includes a one hour 'on location' or 'at home' shoot, on-line image gallery, one 12x16” mounted print and travel within a 30 mile distance of Cumbernauld, including the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The session is available to everyone (even if you have already booked a wedding photographer) but clients must be actively looking for a wedding photographer to qualify for a refund.

Details and terms of the offer are available at:

Further enquiries can be made by contacting Stuart Walker Photography on 0141 416 5141 or at:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hairstyles for Weddings

The first thing to decide before you make your mind up on how you want your hair to look for your wedding is which headpiece do you want to be wearing. This makes a big difference when considering suitable hairstyles for weddings. But truthfully, the options are unlimited.

Wedding hairstyles should reflect what you want to say about yourself just as much as your gown or veil. If you choose to not wear a veil than that opens up a whole group of other potential wedding hairstyles to chose from. Perhaps what you want is a soft style, with your hair up and flowers delicately placed around the crown of your head. That style is becoming more popular these days.

If you’re trying to find suggestions on hairstyles for weddings there are bridal magazines to search through and Internet websites filled with more alternatives than you can imagine. If you have long hair and have decided to wear it down with a veil there are still many wedding hairstyles you can try to make it look just the way you want for your special day. Wearing your hair long means you will likely be wearing a veil, likely the wreath style with whatever length veil you prefer. Or, if you want to be different try a hat. Just pull your hair back behind your ears so your face will be seen.

The option on hairstyles for weddings only partially depends on the length of your hair. You can always use extensions if that suits better the hair statement you want to make. You can do anything that makes you feel good, and look good, for your special day from braids, extensions, and updos, curled or in a bun. Some women decide that their wedding day is a new beginning and so decide to reflect that with a new hair color.

Whichever one of the wedding hairstyles that you choose, a good idea is to do your hair, or have it done, in that style a few weeks before the wedding. You want to be certain the style will please you for your wedding day.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

15% Discount at Confetti

If you are planning on buying any invitations, disposible cameras, favours, candles, table decorations, petals, confetti or ribbon for your wedding day (or if you are just having party or getting ready for Christmas) you may be interested to know that you can get 15% discount at Confetti until November 7th 2010!

All you need to do is visit Confetti through this link and then after you have finished shopping enter the discount code DISCVOUC at the checkout and you'll get 15% off all your purchases.