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Thursday, June 19, 2008

FREE SAVE THE DATE POSTCARDS!!!!!!!


I just ran across a site that will allow you to send a postcard you design for free (with a small advertisement). I wonder how many you can send. I've just tested the site twice. I sent my daddy a postcard picture of my daughter and a silly message. I also sent my fiancee a postcard picture of one of our engagement pictures. I'll post how they look when I get them. I may have just solved one of my wedding expenses for FREE! I'll post the website after I receive my test postcards.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cakes..Ummmm... Cakes!




Cake cost in this area around $2.00 to $10.00 a slice (CRAZY, BUT TRUE). So, for 100 guest that is about 200 dollars. That would represent 4% of the budget. That usually takes into account the bride and groom saving the top portion until their first anniversary. We will not be participating in this tradition. For a bunch of reasons that I'll list...
  • I do not eat leftovers
  • Our freezer is too full
  • I'm not very familiar with the freezing process
  • Year old frozen cake...YUK!
Now, I'm sure some family busybody would disagree, but it ain't gonna to happen. So what style cake do I like. I really don't have a preference. Wal-mart has a really nice 3 tier cake for $139 that will feed 119. You can have them decorate it to your taste.

My next idea is cupcakes the are simple and elegant and cheap. And no frozen top...

Wedding in a Box...Updated!


I went to talk to the lady at Wedding in a Box yesterday. It was a very interesting meeting. If you are in the process of getting married a thinking of planning on your own wedding but are stressed this is the complete package (minus the tux, dress, cake, videographer,and florist). She has basically developed a relationship with vendors who offer her a lower rate for repeat business. So she in turn is able to offer brides a wedding in a box for a surprisingly lower cost. I still do not believe it is lower than DIY. My challenge between now and April 18, 2008 is to see if that is true. She is a good sounding board and she offers consultant only services at $35.00 per hour.

So what does she offer.... for 100 guest for a total of $4999 plus tax.

  • Invitations and RSVPs Stamped, addressed and mailed
  • Catering Fruit and Veggie display, 6 other hors d' oeuvers, mock champange punch in fountain
  • Photographer
  • DJ
  • Reception Venue
  • Decorations for wedding site and reception venue
  • Coordination and direction of wedding
  • Programs
  • Staffing for behind the scenes
I would suggest you check the link above and call the wedding in a box. Especially if you don't have the time to do the research yourself. Or use this blob to help you plan.