Flying on the shirt tails of last week’s post regarding hassle-free income via your fabulous estate, the women of Estate Weddings and Events have compiled a “how to” fit for any party aficionado! Whether you’ve had the theme picked out for your special day since “I do” answered “Who wants a cookie?” or this season’s Winter Wonderland gala was just thrown in your lap, there’s always time to save a pretty penny (and make it look like a golden nugget!)

 1. Décor

One of the toughest parts about planning any event is stressing the small stuff. Often times we get so consumed in the caterers, event space and guest list we forget the little details that really make an event sparkle. Rather than hopping online and ordering two dozen extra bouquets scattered about the property, take an afternoon and go for a stroll. Seriously. Wander by a few vintage and antique shops as open minded as humanly possible and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. Handful of old mason jars? Dessert station! Rusticated vintage frames of various sizes and colors? Hang them from the surrounding grounds and insta-photo-opp! Keep noticing how wonderful all of the retired books smell? Stack ‘em up, they make great center pieces for the wise and curious!

 2. Seating

If you’re looking to cut costs in some creative places for your upcoming wedding, think about walking down the aisle with your friends, family and loved ones looking up at you from a much cozier setting. Having an outdoor ceremony? You don’t need a Western themed soiree to appreciate the simplicity and natural beauty of fluffy yellow hay for your guests to rest on. Cover the barrels in blankets or alternate barrels with quilts scattered about. Love the furniture of your own home but don’t know how to incorporate it? Grab an eclectic array of pieces with a few picked up or borrowed, and your ceremony will look straight out of Vogue.

 3. Glassware

Now unfortunately, there really is no getting around needing to provide your guests with silverwear and drinking glasses (well, unless you’re really into finger foods). One way to save on the tumultuous amount of glasswear that is used during an event is to ensure your guests hold onto their stuff! Whether you’re the crafty type who designed the table labels or love those intricately designed by others, provide each guest with a small and unique ornament to adorn their goblets. Have a blast with it and toss them in as a party favor!

 4. Catering

We’ve dropped hints about this cent-saving wonder a few times before and we can’t wait to gush about it all over again! While we absolutely love the beauty of a sit-down feast (taste tests anyone?) there’s something truly remarkable and authentic as the much smaller-scale food truck. Popping up like daisies all over the country,  food trucks are the latest and greatest in culinary trends. While nearly every catering company is happy to create a menu fit for your adventurous taste buds, food trucks have a few things pegged to absolute perfection! Feeling a little bit spicy? There’s an Indian food stand for that. Thinking cute, clean and trendy? Which all organic ice cream and frozen yogurt truck would you like to try first? Fabulous for photoshoots and tasty to boot, this money-saving catering option is really on a roll!

 5. Location

If the next event you’re already scheming over is your wedding, we’ve got a big one! Estate Weddings and Events knows the hopes and wishes that make up your dream day can be as specific as the watt of lighting on your final exit to as broad and open to suggestion as the city to which you wed. One way to save on expenses but expand your dream is to combine your intimate ceremony with the open-air breeze of an outdoor party at the same venue. Gather your guests to the interior of a barn beneath old oak rafters or the large family room filled with joy and comfort then scoot them outside for an evening under the stars. One cost. One location. One amazing day.

Estate Weddings and Events is here to work directly with you to keep your event true to form, even when a few corners need to be cut. Let us know the “must haves”, the “maybes”, the “I have no idea what I’m doings” and we’d love to provide tips and tricks that have saved us on multiple occasions. 3

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