Top Ten Ways to Save Money on your Temecula Wedding
Temecula, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2010
The current economic times have forced everyone to look at expenses more closely. This remains true even when planning one of the most important events in a persons life, their wedding. The wedding coordinators at Wiens Family Cellars of Temecula has developed a number of suggestions to help newly engaged couples navigate the challenges of planning a wedding on a budget.
1) Find an All-Inclusive Facility to Host The Wedding
Southern California has many beautiful areas to hold a wedding including the beach, historical parks, or even the Temecula wineries. It may seem like an inexpensive idea to hold your event in your aunt’s backyard, but by the time you pay for the caterer, bartender, wedding coordinator and all the linens, tables, chairs, and other rentals, the costs really start to add up. An all-inclusive facility can offer these services at a greatly reduced cost.
2) Become a DJ
Create a couple of playlists on your MP3 player: one with dinner music and one with dance music interspersed with slow songs. It is still important to find someone (the maid of honor or favorite uncle for example) to be in charge of announcements. Someone should be available to announce the grand entrance, when dinner is to be served, cake cutting, 1st dance, toasts, garter and bouquet toss, etc.
3) Limit the Guest List
The wedding should be about the couple and the people most important in the couple’s life. Couples should resist the pressure to invite those those they feel obligated to. Money will feel well spent when you those people invited will add to the overall experience and memory of the day.
4) Don’t Spend Extra Money on Favors
The cost for favors can really add up and they can be under appreciated by your guests. Spend money on the things that make the biggest impact on you ceremony and reception: amazing food and wine, a beautiful location, and attentive service.
5) Select “Knock-Out” Dishes
As long as the couple selects a location with amazing food, the guests will appreciate a short list of “knock-out” dishes instead of a plethora of “so-so” dishes. Take care to showcase the best of what the facility has to offer and the guests will be blown away. A wedding at one of the Temecula wineries for example, will leave guests will be in awe of the whole experience.
6) Use the Facility’s In-House Centerpieces
Many facilities will offer votive candles, centerpiece options and chargers at no additional cost. The couple can use these items as the base of a personal style without blowing the budget.
7) Get Fresh Cut Flowers from the Farmer’s Market
Especially when using a facility’s centerpieces, the couple can save a bundle by selecting flowers that are in season from the local farmer’s market. A sprinkling of rose petals or a delicately placed gerber daisy blossom can create an upscale setting without the upscale price tag. Be creative by using the different wedding venues of the location. With a beautiful background like the Pacific Ocean or a Temecula Winery the couple can afford to save on decor because the location is already so dramatic.
8) Serve Delicious Cake
Purchase a smaller cake for pictures and for the ceremony of cake cutting, but buy a sheet cake from a wholesale store to serve the guests (they sometimes taste much better than a decorative cake that has been baked several days before the wedding).
9) Create an Photobook
Many photographers now shoot completely digital and are willing to supply a cd with the photo files after an event. The couple can then use one of the many photo websites to create their own photobook for a fraction of the cost of an album designed by the photographer.
10) Have a Staycation Honeymoon
After all the stress of wedding planning and the emotional build up to the romantic day, couples really need a way to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Why stress out with the threat of missed connections and lost luggage when the couple can have an amazing honeymoon locally. Southern California is a beautiful vacation destination for out-of-towners. The couple might consider a vacation rental at the beach or a room at a bed and breakfast in Temecula Wine Country. The money saved on airfare can help offset the cost of a few nice dinners and other adventures that might not have been affordable otherwise.
Wiens Family Cellars is a Temecula winery committed to producing world class “big red” wines with fruit sourced from the Temecula Valley. One of the most important goals for the winery is to produce a Bordeaux blend that is on par with the best of the Napa/Sonoma regions. In addition, Wiens Family Cellars hosts weddings and special events with full-service coordination with multiple wedding venues.