To Spend or Save?

Every person, at some point, has thought about their wedding. As a result, combining two distinct visions makes for what can be one of the most expensive days of one’s life. However, coming up with a plan, budget, and allowing enough time  for planning, will set you up for success and ultimately your dream wedding.

Budget
Determining an amount of money that all are comfortable spending is crucial to keeping your day within your means. Write a budget by ranking different items by order of importance. From there, allocate funds to each category. After this has been agreed upon, the fun of fulfilling each item begins.

Areas to spend time searching for and spending money on
Photography
One of the few things you will have after a wedding day are the photos from it. Thus, taking time to find the right photographer, that is within your budget, is worth it. Ask friends, family, and even your venue if there are people they recommend. Ask about packages and other discounts the photographer might offer to get the best rate!

Wedding dress and appearance
A bride deserves to look the best she ever has on her wedding day. Finding the right dress that is within one’s budget takes time. Give yourself enough time so that you are choosing the dress of your dreams rather than settling on mediocrity. Keep in mind that sale or used dresses are great options. Additionally, when deciding on a dress, choose one that has few alterations to keep costs down.

Wedding Officiant
It is worth spending extra time finding a person that shares your same beliefs  and that you are comfortable around. The ceremony truly is the most important part of the day, so take time finding the right person that will provide you with lasting memories.

Where to Save
Guest Count
The most expensive aspect to weddings is food and beverage. Figure out who you truly want to attend, and make selections from there. Reducing the number of guests invited works towards lowering overall costs tremendously.

Ceremony and Reception locations
Arranging so that the ceremony and reception are at the same venue promotes keeping to a timeline and also allows for fewer site fees. For example, at the Boulder Country Club, booking a reception means there is no additional ceremony site fee. Furthermore, transportation costs are reduced by not having to arrange rides for guests.

Date
Typically, venues “peak season” is in effect from May through September. During these dates, minimums must be met. Additionally, Saturday’s are the most common day to be married on and are therefore the most expensive. Consider doing your wedding on a Sunday or not during the “peak season” to avoid having to meet such a high minimum.

Package Deals
Wedding packages provide inclusive deals. These allow the bride and groom to save money by having catering, linens, and other details all included into one cost. They also simplify and reduce stress. Here at the Boulder Country Club, we offer four different packages at different price points. These can be customized so that your vision and budget can be met. Additionally, included in each package is the set up and tear down. Look for locations that include these so that your day is stress and hassle free.

Dessert
Opt out of the traditional wedding cake for either cup cakes or other desserts. Have your baker make a cake for the cake cutting portion of the reception and serve guests a different sweet treat.

Flowers
Reuse flowers from the ceremony in the reception. Bouquets, arch pieces, and other decor from the ceremony are great options to use as decoration. Additionally, potted plants are typically less expensive and are a take away for guests at the end of the night. If you choose to go for the typical large floral centerpiece, encourage your florists to use greenery, like babies breath or ivy, to take up space and use less flowers.

Band
If your venue is near a college or university, student bands are often as good as professionals and are a lot less expensive. DJ’s are also a great option as they can play such a wide variety of songs. Use your band or DJ during the ceremony and reception to avoid having to pay two separate fees.

Invitations and Place Cards
Assemble and print these items yourself. Enjoy a few afternoons with friends while putting these items together while simultaneously saving tons of money.

Stick to the Time Line
Avoid overage fees by staying on time.

Bottom Line-

Write a budget and determine what is most important to you. Satisfy these items first, making cuts on less important details.

15 Crucial Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

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  1. Have an idea of what you want before walking into the bridal store
  2. Begin the process of looking for a dress at least 8 months early
  3. If you want to have a custom dress make sure there is 6-8 months for them to make the dress
  4. Be clear about your budget as soon as you walk into the bridal store
  5. Have people with you to give you opinions on each dress
  6. Know terminology such as different dress colors (ivory, white, etc.)
  7. Bring heels and a strapless bra with you to try on dresses
  8. Do your hair but do not wear any makeup while trying on dresses
  9. It is a long process so bring snacks with you
  10. Consider your venue and what style would fit it best
  11. Know the return policy before you buy anything
  12. Consider what style of clothes look best on you and flatter your figure
  13. Don’t be afraid to try on a different style of dress
  14. Make sure to look at the small accessories that go with the dress
  15. If you don’t absolutely love it, don’t buy it and keep trying on other styles and dresses

Alternative Wedding Desserts

While traditionally you see tiered wedding cakes, in the past couple of years people have been very creative with their wedding desserts.  Your wedding dessert can be an expression of who you are as a couple, so have some fun with it.  After all it is your wedding day and you want it to be unique to you and your fiance!

Here are some of our favorite unique and non-traditional wedding desserts:

1. Cupcakes – Using cupcakes and be a fun easy way for people to enjoy their dessert.  Having a cupcake station your guest can pick and choose the kind of cake they want.

Or you could totally have one kind of cupcake in different wrappers, and then put cute messages on the chalkboards..

2. Waffle Cake or Doughnut Cake – If your doing a morning ceremony, consider doing a wedding waffle cake.  It is a fun and clever way to celebrate in the morning with the most important meal of the day.

12 Cool Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Cake - Oddee.com (wedding cake, alternatives)Skip the classic cake and add donuts to your wedding reception.

3. S’more Bar – Have your guest be more interactive with their dessert and do a s’more bar! Kids love this dessert and it is also a great way to save money on a dessert option!

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4. Sundae Bar – This is another great dessert idea that all kids and adults love! Sundae bars allow your guest to pick and choose their dessert and flavors of choice.

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Whatever dessert you choose your guest will love, so have fun with it and make your wedding about you as a couple!

A Beautiful Celebration at the Boulder Country Club

Gonzalez Wedding Ceremony and Reception 5.16.15 007On May 16th, 2015 we had the honor of hearing Ingrid and José Hernández say “I Do” at the Boulder Country Club.  They are such a beautiful couple and put together an unforgettable celebration.

Before the rain came in we had the ceremony set up outside which made for a beautiful photo.

Bella Calla came in a put together the arch and placement of the flowers.  They added a extra touch of beautiful by making a pattern with the petals.  There was also a candle ceremony table placed up front for the couple to light a candle together.  They used a fish bowl vase with a white floating candle on top of a white tablecloth.

Gonzalez Wedding Ceremony and Reception 5.16.15 009Unfortunately, the rain came in and the couple made the call to move the ceremony inside.  With all the help of the Boulder Country Club staff and Bella Calla’s Staff we were able to get the arch into the building and set up another ceremony with all the same special touches including the candle ceremony and rose petals down the aisle. It came together beautifully for this wonderful couple.

After they both said “I Do” the celebration began with a cocktail hour with a hosted bar package and hors d’oeuvres for their guests.  They brought in a traditional Venezuelan appetizer that we tray passed for them.  It added an extra touch of home for the couple and their families.

For their centerpieces Bella Calla brought in pink, purple and orange flowers in gold vases varying in height which added depth to the room.  After the cocktail hour they enjoyed a plated dinner at these lovely tables which were then followed by an adorable surprise toast from the grooms daughter, which later she sang a song for her dad and her stepmom.  Gonzalez Wedding Ceremony and Reception 5.16.15 002Gonzalez Wedding Ceremony and Reception 5.16.15 003

After dinner this couple and their guests danced the night away with both a DJ and a band that came in.  They put on an amazing reception to celebrate them coming together.

It was such a pleasure to get to know this couple throughout the planning process and wish them nothing but the best!

Engagement Photo Tips

Now that your engaged it is time to start the planning process and first and foremost sending out save the dates after you have a set date.  Here are so Do’s and Don’ts for your engagement photos:

  • Pick out different outfits that look like something you would actually wear on a special occasion and a casual day, you want to look back at your photos and have them remind you of who you are as a couple.  Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers - robertandkathleen.com  Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/03/10/iconic-new-york-city-engagement-session/20 Romantic Fall Engagement Photo Ideas
  • Coordinate your outfits, but don’t match perfectly together.Rustic Engagement Photo Inspiration in the Countryside ... I am SO doing this!
  • Pick a classic look that won’t go out of style.Forehead kiss, so sweet! Summer engagement photo shoot at Longfellow Gardens. Photo by Eileen K. Photography
  • If you have a pet together, take a photo with them.  It makes for a fun and memorable picture. 21 Oh So Adorable Engagement Photos with Dogs ~ we ♥ this! moncheribridals.com
  • Make sure your makeup and hair looks natural and not too different from what you would do on any other day.
  • Take your photos somewhere that is special to the two of you or represents you as a couple.
  • Don’t go with the cheapest photographer, you will have these photos forever so make sure you will always enjoy them

It’s Good Luck When it Rains on Your Wedding Day!

This View More: http://tarynbrooke.pass.us/amy--shane-weddingpast weekend we had to honor of hosting Amy and Shane’s wedding reception here at the Boulder Country Club.  They are such an amazing and sweet couple and put together a stunning wedding even with all these May showers we have been getting.

They made the best of the rainy situation and they were able to capture some amazing photographs!  We loved how the photographer, Taryn Brooke used the umbrella to remember their wedding day the way it was with rain and all.

…And as they always say it is good luck on your wedding day if it rains.

We all here at the Boulder Country Club wish both Amy and Shane the best of luck!

Wedding Tips

Planning a wedding can be stressful, here are some tips to help you through the process:

  1. Have a strong estimate on how many guest you are going to invite to your wedding before you book your venue.  You always want to choose a venue that can fit everyone you invite, don’t assume some people won’t be able to make it.  This will save you a lot of stress if those people do make it to your special day.
  2. Choose a date that fits your schedule.  Make sure you won’t have a lot of work to come into right after your wedding, this could cause you to not enjoy your big day as much with the stress of work on your mind.
  3. Know your budget when looking at venues.  When you go into a venue with an amount you are wanting to spend, they can tell you if it is feasible before you waste your time looking at a venue that you cannot afford.
  4. Before choosing a bar package, know your crowd.  If they are heavy drinkers, then a hosted bar may be best.  If each guest may only have a drink or two, then hosting your bar on consumption may be more cost effective.
  5. Make a timeline of things you need to get done before the big day.  This will help you stay on track and avoid forgetting something important.
  6. Always have extra money saved up in case something unexpected occurs.  This will save you the stress of dropping more money than you originally planned for.
  7. Don’t go dress shopping on your own, all the dresses will start to look the same after you have tried on different ones.  Having extra people there will help you make your decision and remind you of one you might of forgotten about.
  8. Read reviews on all of your vendors, you don’t want to be stuck the day of with a vendor who doesn’t follow through or do a good job.  Your spending a lot of money to have their services, make sure you are getting what you paid for.
  9. Be reasonable with your timeline, don’t try to squeeze too much into too little amount of time.  You want to enjoy your day so plan accordingly.  Leave extra time between hair, makeup and photos.  This will give you time to sit down and just breathe and if things are running behind you won’t feel stressed.
  10. Enjoy your special day! Just breathe and don’t stress, all your hard work and planning will pay off.