If you’re a bride to be or just looking for some wedding inspo on basic wedding items this is for you. March 12th, 2017 will officially have been a year since I’ve been married. Anyone who knows me, knows I am always on a budget. Hence Thrifty Haute Mom. At first we had our sights set on a destination wedding but due to my immediate family not being able to attend in March we decided to stay local. March was a special date for my husband.
New England venue’s tend to become more expensive. I’m talking 15k just for the venu. They may add in a few items but that doesn’t help us. We ended up shopping around. In the end we decided to go local with a hall. Which ended up being $500. I didn’t want it to look like what every hall ends up looking like for a wedding. So I did, but on a budget. My second mission was to find a catering company. I didn’t want to depend on others to cook. I just wanted everything to be smooth.
I found Alacarte Parties on The Knot. This was even more perfect since we didn’t hire a wedding planner. They had a couple great reviews. I was so glad I picked them. They are based out of Peabody, Ma. They let you come for a taste test, have different menu options and were super affordable. They include table linens, napkins, plates, cutlery, chair covers and can provide chairs. They also offer sit down dinner, buffet or family styled. We decided to opt for family styled. With everything included it came out to $59 per person.
If you’re North of Boston J. Cakes is a great choice. She was so flexible in flavors, pricing ($252), payment and when it comes to your one year she gives you the option of baking you a new cake instead of having to freeze one over that whole year. Yes, the cake had real roses in between each layer.
Our flowers were done by Petries Flower Shop in Saugus, Ma. After being quoted over 1k for floral arrangements I was astonished. Petries Flower Shop offers flowers through FTD so they are super affordable.
Save the dates and Invitations were through: Vista Print which cost under $300 for both.
We found a one stop shop for the tuxes and limo from Russos Tux which is located in Revere & Chelsea, Ma. Especially when needing a toddler sized. Did you know many places offer the same rate for a toddler and an adult? How mind boggling?
There are so many things to consider like hiring a DJ, church, photographer etc. Going to a wedding show definitely helps in starting the process but don’t make a decision in booking anything there. Since the wedding was in March I headed to a wedding show in Jan when everything was already booked. I figured why not. I was astonished in the prices I was being offered. The prices I had secured were way lower.
One Tip “Negotiate”
You will be surprised in what some vendors will offer you.
Happy wedding season 2017-2018