Someone’s Loss Can Be Your Gain!

I was watching the news today when a feature of a new business came up…..a company selling CANCELED weddings!  I think this is a fantastic idea!  Being a former wedding photographer I can tell you that sadly some weddings to not end up happening.  In 8 years I only had 1 cancel (and it was the day before!), so the numbers are not that high.  But, for that couple they will be out thousands of dollars.

That’s where http://www.bridalbrokerage.com comes in to save the day!  Not only does the unfortunate couple save a little bit of $$$, but you can save some big $$$ too!  All you are responsible paying for are the remaining balances of the original couple.  Image

Yes, you will have to be a little more flexible in your plans.  But, if you’re able to get a fabulous $25,000 wedding for cheap it’s worth a try!

The Bridal Brokerage only just opened, so there are no reviews yet.  However, if the right deal comes up I would say it’s worth it!  You can check the reputability of the vendors before purchasing.  They even have an in-house graphic designer that can whip up invitations on the fly for any short notice weddings!

Let Them Eat BRUNCH!

I defy you to find someone who says they do not like brunch!  Everyone loves brunch.  Often when there’s a special occasion or holiday, the phrase “Let’s do brunch” will often come up. In fact, when my husband and I got engaged we had a small brunch in our apartment.  Same thing for many of my friends, bridal showers, baby showers, etc.

But, have you considered having a brunch reception?  As I have said in many posts past, think location and TIME.  By having an earlier wedding and reception time you can save thousands of the normal prices.  Often venues offer up to 30-50% off for early weddings (depending on the day).  usually these ceremonies would take place between 11:00 AM-1:00PM.  You can follow this up with a lovely light brunch reception (normally ending by 3:00 PM to allow a turn over for the next couple).

Now, as with any food options, you can go as light or as heavy as you want.  Want to WOW your guests?  See if your catering company can accommodate an omelet chef or a build your own waffle or pancake station.  Just want to have a relaxed atmosphere with your guests?  You can go with a buffet of fruit, cheese, and baked good platters.  And, of course, you can top of any option with a fantastic Mimosa toast towards the end!

If you are concerned about not having the whole day to celebrate, I wouldn’t.  Because it’s fairly early still, you can still go back to someone’s home and continue with a nice evening BBQ.

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SUPER Easy Cream Cheese Mints!

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This is a FAB little treat you can make for your wedding, showers, or just any celebration!  It’s super easy, cheap to make and YUMMY!  My mother made about 150 for the wedding.  Here’s all you need:

Package of Cream Cheese

Powdered Sugar

Food Color and Flavoring

Molds

Granulated Sugar

Take a package of cream cheese, knead it with powdered sugar until you get a thick consistency. You’ll know it’s thick enough when it stops sticking to your fingers as easily.  Mix in flavorings and food color of choice (we had rum, cinnamon, and almond flavored). Roll in granulated sugar and push into any mold of your choice.

You can either make this 1-3 days to the event and keep in the fridge.  Or you can freeze them up to 3-4 weeks before hand!  Mine were made the week before.  I had Rum flavored, cinnomon flavor, and almond (I think).  They were a big hit! Even though I only had 35 guests and 150 mints we had NONE left over!

ENJOY!