Friday, April 30, 2010

3 Money Saving Reception Tips

The reception is the biggest chunk of your wedding budget; cutting back on some the items or the type of reception you have may help you save money. Celebrating your marriage is wonderful, gathering with family and friends does not mean being in debt for the next 10 years. Here are some tips that you may not considered on your path down the aisle:

1. A Breakfast or Brunch Receptions

This would be great for a morning wedding. A breakfast or brunch wedding will be cheaper than an evening reception. The menu will include lighter foods and your guests will definitely consume less alcohol in the morning. Serving a mimosa or punch will be sufficient. Foods that you will find at a brunch will be breakfast classics like quiche, frittata, and eggs benedict. Having stations will be great for the guests to get made to order omelets, french toast or pancakes. Maybe instead of a specialty drink, you could include a specialty coffee.
Here are some inexpensive favor ideas for this type of reception:

Sold in sets of 6 this “Gra-TEA-Tude” Tea Box with Tea Bag Kit will be a great thank you for your guests. If you purchase 12 - 23 sets which will yield 72 - 138 favors you will spend $1.80 per favor.

“Swee-Tea” Ceramic Tea-Bag Caddy in Black & White Serving-Tray Gift Box

This a unique thank you and practical too. Buying 24-47 favor will be $2.15 per favor.

2. A Dessert reception or Cake and Punch reception

This could also be held in the afternoon possibly in a garden setting. Serve various cakes and desserts and offer champaign, punch, or soft drinks. This will not be a long reception and will simply give the couple a chance to greet and thank their guests. This is even less expensive than a Breakfast/Brunch reception. This may not be a good reception for couples whose family and friends are used to more during weddings.

Here is a favor idea:

“Let's Celebrate!” Champagne Flute Gel Candle (Set of 4)

3. Cocktail Reception

This type of reception will also be a meet and greet type reception. You can have a selection of hors d'ouvers that are passed around or simply beautifully displayed at various tables. This might be good when you are looking at space issues; sometimes venues will give you the capacity of person allowed in a room based on the type of set up you will have. Your guests might drink more at a cocktail reception to try planning for a specialty drink.

Razzle Dazzle” Raspberry Iced Tea Mix (set of 6) Drink Mix

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whimsical tables

If whimsical is a word that you want mentioned about your wedding, then you should check out this Etsy seller. Timeless Paper is today's featured seller on Etsy has some great products that could bring whimsy to your event tablescapes. Timeless Paper specializes in custom cutout place cards, table numbers, wedding programs, and menu cards for weddings and parties. They will customize your ideal quantity or style to meet the needs of your events. Whether you are using any of their products for a rehearsal dinner or your wedding reception, these place cards are sure to get your guests talking.

Anchor Table Numbers

The themes available can cater to any season or theme. Themes include but are not limited to nautical, autumn, nature or winter. Cost of all place cards are $1.00 and for an additional $100 you can customize with guest name and table number. Not much to pay for a touch of whimsy. True to their name you will add a timeless touch to your party or wedding tablescape.

Pumpkin place cards (tent style)

Snowflake place cards

Butterfly Place Cards

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's Earth Day!!!! Let's have a green wedding!

Today we celebrate Earth Day! Hopefully, you think about our earth more than once a year and practice some green habits.

Weddings can be eco friendly and there many great and chic ways of implementing "green" into your wedding. Making environmentally friendly choices for your wedding will make for a great wedding and reduces the carbon footprint that your special day will leave.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses

Threadhead Creations uses sustainable natural fiber fabrics in production. Threadhead Creations uses not only natural fabrics but uses eco-friendly business techniques.

This beautiful gown is eco and pocket friendly. Great style at a great cost.

Emily $800.00

Conscious Clothing focuses on help silk wedding attire. Working with beautiful fabrics that surpass even traditional bridal fabrics in their beauty.

Find eco -friendly wedding favors at

Beau-Coup favors

See past post on eco-friendly weddings:

Eco-friendly invitations

Eco-friendly Jewelry

Be Inspired! to make eco-friendly choices for your wedding

Don't forget to stop by our giveaway

Monday, April 19, 2010

April Giveaway

My very talented friend, Amanda of Dawn Correspondence decided to take her stationery business to another level by introducing a Whimsical line of Wedding Correspondence on her new shop Doilies and Daisies. It is filled with unique wedding stationery for the non traditional bride. She offers a variety of products that include Invitations, Save the Date Cards, Favor Tags, Menus and more. Amanda will be happy to work with you to create a custom piece unique to you as couple.

I am excited to announce that Doilies and Daisies is sponsoring a giveaway here on Inspired. Exclusive only to our readers is a set of 25 custom invites. The beautiful Humming bird motif would be great as a Rehearsal Dinner Invite, Shower Invitations or basically any event that you want. Printed on premium heavyweight card stock, and paired with a coordinating envelope. This contest will end on May 7, 2010 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on Sunday May 9, 2010.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Every honeymoon should have a Secret

Victoria Secrets bridal collection is in one word....Sexy. Your honeymoon Secrets will be very memorable with these fabulous pieces.

Scalloped bridal babydoll

Halter babydoll

Georgette halter babydoll

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Fling Grand Prize

A fabulous Spring Fling is on its way today Tuesday, April 13th and four prizes will be given away every hour on:


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Over $6,000 in prizes will be given away and it will be EASY to win! To get the party started they are already giving things away. Don’t miss out on all the free stuff!

Aleximani Events is one of the grand prize sponsors on SITS girls, you could comment for a chance to win $150.00 worth of Custom invitations.

Be Inspired by great giveaways!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Great Giveaways

I came across a blog that is having a fabulous giveaway and to enter all you have to do is say Happy Birthday. It doesn't get any easier than this. I simply love the cut glass Masterpiece in ruby, pink and green. I entered I found that I already have the matching ring, which happens to be my favorite ring. Giveaway ends on April 12, 2010. Visit Designers DNA to enter

My ring


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