All posts tagged: wedding budget

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How To Figure Out Your New Orleans Wedding Flower Budget

There are plenty of reasons why you’ve chosen to have your wedding in the spirited city of New Orleans: its vibrant culture, lively music, delicious cuisine, beautiful parks and architecture, and the gorgeous French quarter all majorly appeal to Zola couples. If you have browsed some of our favorite New Orleans weddings, then you’ve likely seen the gorgeous flower arrangements that NOLA florists have created. (If you haven’t, trust us when we say these weddings are worth a look—or two). When it comes down to planning your own special event, the question you’ll undoubtedly face is not which flowers will go best Read More

5 Ways To Cut Wedding Costs

It’s not breaking news—we’ve said it here a hundred times—that (most) weddings cost a lot of money. But any wedding planner worth his or her salt will also tell you that, with a few smart moves and some ground-laying decisions, you can still throw an incredible, memorable wedding that guests will rave about for years while sticking to a reasonable budget. Perhaps the most important step you can take in planning your beautiful, budget wedding is to decide which 2 or 3 part of the wedding experience are most important to you and your partner. Whether it’s a gourmet meal, a Read More

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How To Figure Out Your Charleston Wedding Flower Budget

Bursting at the seams with coastal charm and Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina makes for a blissful location for couples to exchange vows. And what’s a Charleston wedding without custom bouquets full of precious blooms, or sweet floral accents at the ceremony and reception? Believe it or not, it is possible to acquire wedding flowers in Charleston that will blow your mind and not your wallet. To help you save on cash and maximize on the wedding “wow” factor, let’s get up to speed on the overall cost of wedding flowers and how to set your Charleston wedding flower budget. While couples Read More

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A Bride’s Guide To Tipping Wedding Vendors

Zola couples, congratulations on planning your dream wedding with your team of oh-so talented local wedding vendors! Now that you are in the home stretch of finalizing all the last minute details of your soirée, from finishing up your seating chart to scheduling your final dress or suit fitting to wrapping up any DIY projects you have undertaken, one final conversation you and your beau need to have (if you haven’t already) is deciding how and how much you will be tipping wedding vendors. Knowing how to budget for your wedding vendors’ gratuities is a tricky topic to navigate, and is sometimes a Read More

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Define Your Design: Classic Romantic Weddings On A Budget

If you’ve seen “Father of the Bride” more times than you can count, my guess is that you have spent at least some time (or perhaps too many hours to admit) daydreaming about your wedding day…the clothes, the florals, the perfect sunset silhouetting your wedding vows. If you are a romantic sort, your fantasies might include piles of lush peonies, warm shades of pinks, peaches, and creams, and those effortlessly elegant details that make your guests feel like they are in the hands of a very gracious host at an intimate dinner party. If any of this rings true, then you are Read More

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Top 10 Ways To Cut Alcohol Costs At Weddings

You’ve already booked your wedding caterer—congrats! Now comes the fun (and truly crucial) part: alcohol. Hosting an open bar at your wedding is a huge expense. On average, couples hosting a 200-person, four-hour wedding reception will spend upwards of $8,000 for a fully stocked open bar. If your jaw just dropped, know that ours did too when we first heard that astounding number. If you’re a couple on a budget (and aren’t we all?), don’t despair—there are plenty of awesome ways that you can cut alcohol costs without totally eliminating the booze. 1. Offer Signature Cocktails A fabulous way to personalize your drink Read More

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The Cost Of Wedding Catering: Plated Vs. Buffet Vs. Family Style

Deciding your wedding catering personality is a difficult task. Of course, you want to provide your guests with a meal that will leave them raving about your wedding food for years to come, but you also can’t break the bank. Your wedding is likely the first time you’ve ever had to think about catering such a large and important affair, and there are a lot of things to know—most importantly, what things cost. Keep in mind that wedding catering might be the most expensive part of the day: the reception is basically just one big dinner party. If you’re sourcing the Read More

Budget Friendly Honeymoon Tips

Honeymoons can be very expensive. Whether you are paying for the trip yourself, or have created a honeymoon fund so your friends and family can pitch in, finding little ways to pinch pennies here and there can make a world of difference. This is why we’ve put together some tips to help you save money, without you having to sacrifice the big things. Book Early After you get engaged, your focus is on finding a venue, picking a date, and asking your friends to be in your wedding party. During these initial stages, consider looking into your honeymoon and booking Read More