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    Top 3 things to know before contacting Wedding Vendors

    Top 3 things to know before contacting Wedding Vendors

    Congratulations on your engagement.  As you are both taking it all in and announcing it to your family and friends, thoughts of the wedding begin.  Below are the top three items you should discuss and know prior to contacting wedding vendors.

    Wedding Date

    Now is the time to think about your wedding timeline.  It is highly recommended that you have your date confirmed before contacting any vendors.  This is typically the determining factor of whether or not a vendor is available for your date.  However, it is okay to not have a date set when securing a full wedding planner and/or venue. If this is the case, it is recommended to have 2 to 3 dates in mind. You would hate to lose out on your dream venue because the wedding planner you hired is not available for your date.

    Budget

    It is important to know your budget and drumroll….and to respect it.  I know that this sounds silly but set a budget before getting too excited and booking various vendors will only put you in a financial strain when trying to secure your remainder vendors.  We see too many couples get overly excited and begin booking the venue along with other vendors prior to figuring out their budget and then they unfortunately have to short cut other aspects of the wedding due to money constraints.

    Expectations

    It is important to have an idea of what your expectations are.  While you don’t have to have every detail set in stone, it is important to have an idea of style or type of wedding you are having.  You should be upfront with wedding vendors on this as it will only help you secure the right match.

     

    Now you are ready to contact wedding vendors.  Remember to provide a date/dates, location, and your general expectations.  Contacting a vendor with a generic I am interested doesn’t leave us much information to respond to.

    We look forward to helping you treasure your wedding day.  Contact us for more information on our wedding packages, wedding coordination and wedding planning.

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    Planning a Wedding while Dealing with Debt: 5 Tips

    The average cost of weddings in the United States is $19,000 — pretty steep, considering that the cost of a honeymoon is not even factored in yet. Not to mention the expenses you will incur as a couple all the days thereafter. If you were the one who proposed to your partner, you have probably already incurred a pretty hefty amount to cover the cost of an engagement ring.

    In planning a wedding — and preparing for marriage — sorting out your finances early on is probably the best advice you can take. And pre-wedding is also the best time to talk about the D-word: debt. 

    Paying off debts can definitely influence your decision to get married. Some may find a wedding unaffordable considering their debt situation. There are also some who hesitate to bring in personal debt to their marriage, and would rather pay it off first before getting hitched. 

    There are a lot of couples who choose to delay tying the knot because they are still paying off their debts — specifically student loans for 21% of the respondents in a study conducted by the American Student Assistance. A lot of millennials are choosing to put off milestones so that they can enjoy a debt-free marriage later on. However, if you do not see yourself delaying getting married any further, there are ways to plan a wedding even when you are currently paying off your debts.

    Sit down and talk about your financial situation

    When you tie the knot, you and your partner become one — so do your finances. So, it is very important to lay it all on the table before even talking about how much money you’d set aside for the wedding, how many guests, where you’re holding it, and so on. You have to be, first and foremost, on the same page when it comes to your debts. How much do you owe? For how long are you paying the debts? Remember that you are not just planning a wedding. You are planning a marriage, which includes paying off all your debts at some point. 

    Have a serious budget talk

    Now that you know how much you owe and for how long you’ll be paying them, it’s time to set the budget. This does not only mean setting the amount you’re going to spend for the wedding in general. Planning your budget should entail figuring out the percentage to allot for each area — reception, ceremony, wedding planner, photography, and so on. 

    There are areas that you may want to forego, so make sure that you also discuss which ones are non-negotiable. What are your must-haves for your big day? Figure them out and discuss them, and work around your budget.

    Plot your budget on your calendar

    You’re not paying for everything in one go, so map out your major purchases, anticipated deposits, and scheduled payments along with your debt payment schedules and utility bill due dates. This way, you will not get lost or carried away when talking with vendors and accidentally miss important debt and bill payments. 

    You may also consider setting up a separate bank account for your wedding budget to make sure that you don’t use up money intended for utility and debt bills for wedding expenses. 

    Make your guest list small

    This is obviously a good way to cut costs, especially in areas such as stationary, catering, and chair rental. It can be very tempting to invite a lot of guests, but keep in mind that every single guest is an expense — may be a little harsh, but all so true. 

    Having an intimate wedding will also let you enjoy your day with people close to you and who know you both personally to really celebrate your union. 

    Ask for help

    You may have relatives and friends who are willing to help out in any way they can. You may have a photographer friend who’d be willing to cover the event for free, or at a discounted price. A cousin who bakes can make your wedding cake, or maybe an aunt has a huge garden you can use for your ceremony or reception. As long as you are not imposing, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a helping hand.

    You can also ask your vendors for budget-friendly options, and be honest with them about your budget. Keep in mind, though, that vendors have their own budget, too. So, it is best to look for vendors at a price point more aligned with your budget. 

    Final thoughts

    Planning a wedding while dealing with personal debts may seem like an impossible task, but it is definitely doable. It may take cutting corners here and there, but with careful planning, you can still have a wedding that you can be proud of without compromising your financial goals. 

    The important thing is to have healthy conversations about your finances through and through. Hold yourselves accountable when it comes to your finances, and make plans and decisions as a couple.

    Author Sophia Young

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    5 Tips for Creating a Fun DIY Photo Booth

    We don’t see them much nowadays, but photo booths are still popular, especially at wedding receptions. It’s an excellent option for couples who have a small budget because you don’t need sophisticated equipment.

    Whatever the occasion, you’ll want to ensure you capture all the memorable pictures. Professional photographers are expensive. If you want to save money and still get lots of shots, a kiosk is a creative and fun way to do that.

    What’s more, you can make one yourself. Here are five tips for creating a DIY snapshots section for you and your guests.

    Choose a Spot

    It’s not only in real estate that location is essential. It would be best if you placed your booth where all the attendees can see it. You’ll want as many people taking their photos as possible to commemorate your event.

    The area close to the entrance or registration table is perfect as everyone will have to walk past your kiosk to get to their seats.

    You could also have ushers to show guests to the stall and encourage them to take pictures for the occasion and themselves.

    A great way to have fun is to have someone teach your invitees how to take a group selfie.

    Set up a Backdrop

    Deciding on a backdrop can be fun, but don’t get too carried away with it. While it needs to be eye-catching, it shouldn’t be a distraction. Keep it uncomplicated.

    Plain backgrounds, such as simple patterns and neutral colors, are recommended. The focus should be on the topic of the shot, which is the people in it.

    Correct Lighting

    Every photographer will stress the importance of lighting to get high-quality pictures. You’ll need to have the right light to showcase your image fully.

    If your booth is in a dark area, make sure the location for the photo-taking is well-lit. Avoid placing the object in a spot where a shadow will cover guests’ faces.

    You can also use colored bulbs for a different effect, as long as they’re bright. If you want less of a DIY look and can afford it, use professional studio lights.

     

     

     

     

     

    Provide Props

    Nothing makes a picture-taking stall more fun than props. You’ll want memorable photos, not the boring posed-for ones. If your event has a theme, choose items that fit the occasion.

    Otherwise, go wild. The wackier the accessories, the more likely people will open up and take lots of snapshots. Some top suggestions include hats, masks, jewelry, or oversized glasses.

    You should also know your guests and how they’ll respond to the objects you choose. Avoid anything that may be offensive to anyone.

     

     

     

     

     

    Instant Prints

    A photo booth’s idea is to capture memories of the affair by having attendees take pictures of themselves for the album and their keepsake.

    There are several options you can use, depending on your budget.

    You can provide an instant print camera such as a Polaroid. Guests can take selfies, or another person can take a shot of them. Ideally, they should take two snaps—one for themselves and one to add to the guestbook.

    Alternatively, you can use an iPad. Everyone knows how to use it, and it takes high-quality pics. All the images are stored in one location and can be shared and printed afterward.

    A more expensive choice is to use a printer that allows people with smartphones to print photographs immediately after taking them. They’ll likely need to download an app to do that. It’s costly because of the instant film price, and you’ll need enough batteries for the printer. 

    Easy Peasy

    You can capture your momentous events without breaking the bank if you set up a DIY photo booth. As you’ve seen from the ideas given, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t cost much. All it takes is some creativity and planning, and you’re good to go!  Be sure to contact Reynolds Treasures for all of your wedding planning needs.

    Written by Ashley Lipman
    Content marketing specialist
    Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.
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    Most Chic Wedding Deco & Style Ideas For 2020

     

    The wedding industry is evolving and experiencing a lot of growth when it comes to décor. While some ideas are going out of fashion, others are making a comeback from the past. Choosing the best wedding décor can be the most stressful part of planning for the big day. 

    Since they are personal affairs, no one approach applies to all weddings. However, there are décor trends that you can borrow from other couples and customize to fit your style. 

    Here are some of the trends that will be a big hit going into the year 2020. 

    1. Use of Coral

    Coral as a color has become one of the new wedding trends. It adds a new twist to weddings by adding life to wedding themes. It stood out as the Pantone’s color of 2019, and as it is, it will cross over to 2020 as one of the most popular wedding theme colors. 

    As a vibrant and buoyant color, it can match almost all types of settings, whether indoors or outdoors. It also seamlessly matches the bridal party attire, the cake, and entertainment. Coral is also an excellent choice for a variety of wedding themes ranging from vintage, modern, or even rustic.

    Having flowers in this color can be quite helpful in pulling off the idea of a coral-colored wedding. Finding bridal attire in this color should also be relatively easy. 

     

     

     

     

     

    2. Floral Decorations All The Way

    One of the current trends that will live into 2020 is the use of elegant floral styles. The idea is to incorporate textures and little details that reflect the personality of the couple and family. While using floral decorations, the décor can easily be customized into ruffled or fringed textures. 

    As part of floral decorations, pampus grass has become a popular choice for decoration. It works well for lounges, aisle décor, and tablescapes, and the secret is to avoid overdoing it. 

     

     

     

     

    3. Going Green

    Eco-friendly wedding themes are on the increase, informed by the need to reduce the carbon footprint. Eco-friendly wedding décor ideas include choosing a nature-friendly venue.  A place that is naturally endowed with live flowers and green scenery will require less synthetic décor. 

    If you must incorporate your own décor ideas, adopt more ecological approaches. Choose to use flowers that have been grown organically. Instead of using electricity for lighting, use solar panels at the venue. For your wedding cards, use recycled seed paper and reduce the amount of printing you do.

     

    4. Table Setting

    The way food is served at weddings is a trend that is changing. One concept that is gaining momentum is grazing tables. These refer to areas full of a mix of sweet and savory snacks. The idea is to keep the guests encouraged to come back for more servings if they like.

    This is one area where the green concept can easily pull through. The caterers are challenged to source for more local and organic produce for the grazed tables. They also are coming up with more creative ways of utilizing the vegetarian menu for a “farm to table” experience. As for the drinks, brewing some wine and having it delivered in real bourbon barrels is a significant trend.  

     

     

     

    5. Wedding Hairstyles

    Although not directly related to décor, how the bride and her maids look is also crucial for the big day. Hairstyles dictate how well you pull off the wedding theme, especially boho and rustic weddings. Among the popular hairstyle trends, this year are half ups half downs, French braids, and all types of braided hairstyles.

    Hair accessories have also been part of the picture. Large flowers, hairpins with flowers, or hairlines are simple ways to add style to the different hairstyles. For something simpler, go for a sleek ponytail or trendy mermaid hair coloring.

     

     

    Take Away

    Wedding decoration styles come and go, but some are here to stay. This year has seen the entrance of décor ideas that will last long into 2020 due to their elegance. Most of them are inspired by the need to do things differently and ditch tradition. 

    One of the trends has to do with color. Coral is the one topping the list as there is just so much it can blend with effortlessly. Other trends have to do with food arrangements, wedding hairstyles, and utilization of eco-friendly concepts.

    Don’t limit yourself to these ideas. With creativity, you can come up with an idea which people will borrow and celebrate in the coming year.  

     

    Guest Post by Ashley Lipman, Content Marketing Specialist
    Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.

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    Unique Wedding Gifts

    Everyone loves personalized gifts, so why not give a gift that can be enjoyed and reused.  We hope that you love the gifts that we recommend.

    For The Wedding Party

    Try a personalized floating pearl necklace.  Pearls are classic and timeless and can be worn on your wedding day as well as for years to come.

    Custom drinking glasses.  Have glasses made that can keep liquid hot for up to 3 hours or cold for up to 9 hours.  Here is one that I have received and use quite often outside as it doesn’t sweat and keeps my wine nice and cool on these hot summer days.  These are wonderful to give as these can be utilized daily or even at your bachelor/bachelorette party.

    One of my favorites is the custom bridal party button up flannel shirts.  Dress in-style on the day of without worrying about messing up your hair and makeup once you’re ready to get dressed. They make for cutest getting ready photos and your tribe can all match as well.

     

     

    For The Couple

    Are you still old-fashioned and prefer to provide a gift over simply money, then these are for you.

    Give the couple customized art of what the constellations were in the night sky of their wedding night.  Local artist Nicolas Lyford-Pike illustrates constellations from memory for a specific date.  I am not sure of anything more romantic that than your wedding night sky! To inquire about having a Night Sky created for you, contact [email protected].

    Does the couple love to travel?  Let them map their adventures with a custom keepsake map. The honeymoon should just be the beginning of your travels together.  We love this world map where the couple can keep track of all of their travels.

     

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    Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest

    by Laura Gariepy

    According to the New York Times, the average wedding guest spends nearly $900 to partake in the festivities. That price tag can make your wallet want to say, “I don’t!” — especially if your wedding season dance card is full.

    But don’t worry. Charlie knows a bunch of money-saving hacks so you can catch the bouquet without breaking the bank!

    Set a Budget and Prioritize

    Take a peek at your finances and determine exactly how much you can spend on the occasion without wreaking havoc on your budget. Once you have a figure in mind, it’s time to create a spending plan.

    You can stay near the venue in style, rival the bride for beauty, or be the best gift giver ever — but you may not be able to afford to do it all. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make some trade-offs to stay within your set limits. For example, if you want to give a lavish gift, that could mean forgoing the expensive salon visit the morning of the ceremony.

    Tip: Charlie can help you plan ahead by starting a new savings goal called “wedding.”

    Pool Resources

    Try going in on wedding attendance expenses with family and friends. You can split the cost of lodging, transportation, and even the gift. That way, everyone saves some cash and can still fully take part in the experience.

    Beautify Yourself (or Find a Deal)

    If you’ve got the skills, skip the pricey salon and do your own hair, makeup, and mani-pedi. DIY’ing your beauty regimen will save you some serious cash. (You may even already have the supplies on hand!) Afraid of looking like Elizabeth Holmes? Ask a friend to help paint your face and braid their hair in trade.

    If you really want to be pampered, check Groupon to score a deal on the service. You can also reach out to local beauty schools. Often, their students will gussy you up for much less dough than a pro.

    Re-wear or Rent Attire

    There is zero shame in wearing a killer dress (or suit) twice. So save your wallet and rock that outfit again! You can also raid a friend’s closet to wear something that’s new to you. But — if you must wear something brand new, consider renting your ensemble for a fraction of the price of buying it off the rack.

    Make Your Gift

    If you’ve got the talent, why not use it to make something heartfelt and budget friendly? Your newlyweds will appreciate the gesture and will likely cherish it over another set of wine glasses.

    Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

    • Sing a song at the reception
    • Make the centerpieces on the dinner tables
    • Offer to photograph the event
    • Create a scrapbook about their relationship
    • Knit a blanket for their couch or bed
    • Paint their new family portrait

    Still feeling uninspired? Pinterest has got you covered!

    Just Say No

    Although it hurts to check “will not attend” on the RSVP card, remember: an invitation to a wedding is a request, not a requirement. Sometimes your wallet just can’t swing it and that’s OK. If that happens, confidently decline with your regrets and send a little (perhaps homemade) gift in your place.

    Final Thoughts

    Being a wedding guest can be crazy expensive — but it doesn’t have to be. Every element of the experience can be optimized to fit your budget. So go ahead and feel the love while enjoying your fatter bank account.

    What’s the most you’ve ever spent as a wedding guest? Was it worth it?

    Please note: We don’t have an affiliation with or personally endorse any of the services linked to in this post. We’re just trying to give you some ideas.

    This article was originally published at HiCharlie.com

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    Wedding Packages & Additional Package Options

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for Charleston, SC

    Our packages were designed for destination and local couples that don’t want to be overwhelmed with all of the details.  Every package can be customized to your unique situation. All wedding packages are considered a template.  After contacting us with which wedding package best meets your needs, we will email you a package option sheet.  You will then customize your package by taking off the items you don’t need, and adding items you want. We then schedule your wedding team and coordinate the work for you, all while saving you money.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages:

     Helicopter Elopement Package

    Say your “I Do’s” over the Charleston Skyline. Please note that the maximum weight per person for the Helicopter is 280 pounds. Venue included.

     Romantic Elopement Package

    Get married in beautiful Charleston, SC. This package includes professional photography as well as an officiant. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Garden Elopement Package

    Get married in one of the most beautiful gardens  in America among the live oaks, bamboo forests, cypress swamp gardens, bridges, ponds, and many alcoves. This package includes floral, a professional hair and makeup artist, a professional photographer, and an officiant. Please note that Magnolia Garden elopements can occur Monday – Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The bridal suite can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed for elopements. Venue included. No guests are allowed per Magnolia Policy.

     Intimate Wedding Package

    Have that intimate wedding you have always dreamed of in the romantic city of Charleston! The Intimate Package includes professional photography, floral, and a wedding officiant. Feel free to customize this package to fit all of your dreams. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Charleston Wedding Package

    Get married in one of Charleston’s very scenic parks. This package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, an officiant, and the park permit. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support. Venue included.

     Beach Wedding Package

    Have the beach wedding you have always dreamed of! This package allows you to choose from Folly Beach or Isle of Palms Beach and can be customized to fit your needs. The Beach Wedding Package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, and an officiant. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support.

     Charming Wedding Package

    Planning a wedding of about 50 guests? The Charming Wedding Package provides all of your needs for your big wedding day. We offer a partial coordinator to setup and direct your ceremony. We offer Floral, Hair and Makeup, Officiants, Photography, Musician, Flower Girl Basket and Ring Bearer Pillow. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Plantation Oaks Inn Elopement Package

    Picture your “I Do’s” with a beautiful tidal creek and marsh with 300 year old oak trees as your backdrop. This package includes a 2 night stay at the Inn, breakfast, photography, floral, champagne, and an officiant.

    Additional Wedding Package Options:

    Floral

    We offer common seasonal floral with most of our packages. Whether it be aWedding Bouquet just the couple or a wedding party, we have you covered.

     

    Officiants

    We have a professional team of officiants for you which includes both male and female. Each ceremony is personalized to the couple.  Average time is 10-20 minutes, depending on what the couple chooses to include in their ceremony. The length of the ceremony depends on many variables such as: will someone read a poem or sing a song; number of the wedding party, etc. Couples are not charged based on the length of the wedding ceremony.

    Photographers

    We work with a team of professional photographers for your wedding. 50 images equates to about 1 hour of time. Your photo package can be upgraded to best fit your needs.

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    Coordination

    Coordination is also available. Whether you need assistance with coordinating the ceremony or your entire day, we are here to help!

    Hair and Makeup

    We have hair and makeup artists that travel to you on your special day. We offer both traditional makeup and airbrush makeup. Need hair and makeup for your wedding party? We have you covered.

    Decoration Rentals

    When you rent decorations for your ceremony, we deliver, setup, and take down all décor leaving your friends and family to enjoy your day with you.

    Items include

    • Shepherd hooks to hang your decorations on to create aisle
    • White lanterns/Brass lanterns with LED candle to hang on hooks or placed on ground
    • White lanterns with flowers to hang on hooks or on ground
    • Medium arrangements to hang on shepherd hooks or place on ground to create aisle (can be used at reception/restaurant)
    • Large floral arrangements (can be used again at reception/restaurant)
    • Aisle of 8-10 starfish

    Other Rentals

    • Arbors

    • Chair Rentals: White Garden Chairs

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    Musicians

    We offer solo, duo, or a trio of musicians for your special day. Need a musician for cocktail hour as well, we have you covered.

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