06 January 2012

Article 6 In a Series of Articles on Your Pretty Princess Wedding on a Pauper’s Budget

Article 6 In a Series of Articles on Your Pretty Princess Wedding on a Pauper�s Budget

Cakes

There are several ways to save on wedding cakes.

First of all, if you are having your reception at a hotel, ask them whether they make cakes. Usually they will. They will taste every bit as good as the bakery you�ve got your eyes on and will look good as well. Even if the cost is the same, the hotel has an advantage. Hotels charge a �cutting fee� of $2 to $5 on outside cakes. If you have 200 guests and the cutting fee is $3.50, that�s $700 in addition to the cost of the cake itself.

Next, consider having a smaller cake. If you want a �big� cake, have some of the layers be decorated cardboard boxes. Then, serve your guests from sheet cakes in the back.

When you go to the bakery to inquire about cakes, don�t tell them it is for a wedding upfront. Get them to commit to a price first. Everything related to weddings tends to get a price inflation.

Finally, consider the cupcake cake. These are popular right now and cost significantly less than traditional wedding cakes.

Invitations

Wedding invitations are quite archaic. They were designed in a time when women left calling cards when they visited neighbors. They were also designed for a time when there wasn�t technology that allowed people to respond in any way other than mail.

So, the components of an invitation include the invitation itself and its envelope plus a reply card and its envelope. There may also be a variety of enclosures.

While you want to have a nice invitation because this will be a keepsake for you and for many others, the other portions of the invitation are no longer necessary.

You�ll save money on the stationary, of course. You will know that right off the bat. But what you may not realize initially is that you are cutting your postage cost by a significant amount. The complicated envelope will fall to under $1 and you won�t have to put return postage on the response envelope (which most people won�t bother to use anyway).

Ask your guests to RSPV by phone, email, or on a dedicated website.

Eco-Weddings

Most brides these days want to balance their dreams of having a �perfect� wedding with their desire to live in balance with the environment. But these don�t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, when you choose to have an �eco-wedding,� you may actually be able to save quite a bit on the wedding�s bottom line as well.

For instance, when you �think green,� you are going to do some of the things we already talked about like reduce the number of pages in the invitation.

But you�ll also do things like reduce the number of cut flowers decorating the church, choose to give more sensible favors, and cut down on the paper products. You might also serve a vegetarian entry instead of a meat entry both to show your support for ending factory farming and to save money.

In order to avoid looking �cheap,� you need to integrate the environmental philosophy into every aspect of your wedding. From invitations made from recycled paper to carbon offsets for the wedding itself, be consistent about the day.

If you have all of the �things� you need, ask your guests to buy a tree in your name from OxFam or TreeGivers.

Also, consider taking an environmentally friendly honeymoon as well.

Doing these things shows that you care for the earth and that you are not just looking at the bottom line.