Sweets For My Sweet

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Have you ever been at a fabulous event and come across an over the top Dessert Table?  Have you wondered how they do it?  Dessert tables are pretty easy for even the most challenged of us. However to put together a great dessert table you need a plan.  So here’s a few tips for you to follow.

  • Plan ahead.  If you plan ahead things will come together seamlessly.
  • Choose a color or theme.  This will help you decide on the many choices you will have and give you a cohesive look.
  • Bake and freeze your goodies ahead of time.  The last thing you want to think about on your wedding day or for any celebration is worrying about baking.
  • Mix in store bought bake goods.  Whether you purchase them from your local bakery or the grocery store, they will look wonderful mixed in together.
  • Think outside the box.  Use what you already have.  Don’t be afraid to attach a beautiful plate to a substantial candle stick; use your white vessels (plates, bowls, platters and trays) they’ll look uniformed; experiment with different shapes and sizes.
  • Have a design plan as this will give you a custom look and don’t be afraid to dress it up.
  • Shop your closet and use what you already have.  Think about fabrics (scarves, runners, linens, pretty paper, etc) to every day vases in your cupboards, as you’re building a scene for everyone to “ouhhh” and “ahhh” over.
  • Use different heights to create dimension and visual interest.

By following these simple tips, you’ll find you’re able to create a memorable sweets table everyone will be talking about for some time to come. Be creative, be fearless and have fun!

Happy Planning

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events – http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

contributions from The Knot and Amy Atlas, author of “Sweet Designs”

 

Unexpected Wedding Expenses

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It’s no secret that having a wedding can be expensive.  You have your dress, the venue, the florist, the dj or a band and your wedding planner.  But what about those unexpected cost?  Here’s the break down on the national average costs for a wedding:

Food service $4,745
Event location $3,621
Full-service wedding planner $3,232
Bar service $2,442
Event rentals $1,719
Photographer $1,663
Live band $1,637
Wedding dress $1,212
Wedding bands $1,182
Videographer $1,017

The Knot reports the average couple will spend $29,858 for their wedding.  And the expense of a wedding can certainly be much higher than noted above, depending on where you may live. Although the above figures may or may not be reflective of the area you reside in, the venue and food/alcohol will certainly be the most expensive part of your budget.  If you’re looking to have top shelf alcohol or you want the “best of the best” food, it will cost you.  So it’s very important to determine who and how you are going to pay for your wedding.  Will you pay for it yourself or will you have contributions from your family?  Next, set yourself a budget.  This should help you to stay on track.  If you can manage the expense of a wedding planner, you’ll fin that he or she will be worth it.  Most planners will find creative ways to stretch your budget so you don’t deplete immediately and has experience and relationships with local vendors.

So establish your budget.  Then prioritize what’s most important to you.  Spending a little extra on your photographer for fabulous photos may be more important to you then overly dramatic centerpieces. Most vendors will work within your budget so have an open conversation about what you’d like and what your budget allows for.

The next thing is to determine how many guests you’re inviting.  A few extra guests will cause unexpected costs to your bottom line. So have an honest conversation about who should truly be invite.  Do you really need to invite your 3rd and 4th cousins and don’t forget “plus ones”, as they add up and will ultimately affect your bottom line.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

contributions by CNBC and The Knot