Hand me a drink….or 2!

Frugal but Fabulous Weddings Blog

Oh the age old question… Should we have an open bar?  This can either be a tricky question or a no brainer!  There’s a lot to consider with an open bar at your wedding.  Make sure you consider everything before you decide!  The top three things to think about:

1) What rules does your venue have on open bars?  Many require that you pay for all of their own supplies (including mixers and sodas).  Some will require that you have a police officer on site (that you will be paying for yourself).  Some may not even allow alcahol (that may make up your mind for you or may make you think you need a new location!).

2) Are you paying or a family member?  If there is family involved in the payment you may want to take how they feel about it into consideration.

3) And of course, the cost…

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Why I’ve Been Away

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If you have followed my blog for a while, then you know I was on bed rest for many months with my pregnancy.  I am thrilled to say that my little miracle was born during a snow storm by emergency c-section on Feb. 11.  She is doing amazing and life is wonderful!  However, I happy to say that I am getting back to the frugal but fabulous grind!  I’ve got some great tips and real weddings coming your way very soon.




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Out For a While

Well, my Frugal but Fabulous readers, it looks as though I will be unable to post for sometime to come.  I am currently 22.5 weeks pregnant.  Sadly, it’s been a very trying pregnancy.  It is planned that I will be admitted to the hospital next week for the rest of my pregnancy.  I am working on gathering some real weddings for you to enjoy.  However, my DIY posts will be put on hold for some time.  Thanks so much for all the support thus far and I will be back with you all as soon as I can!

Take care!


Back and Ready to GO!

Sorry to have been away for so long.  Today I am officially 20 weeks pregnant with our first child! Unfortunatly, due to some complication, I was on moderate bed rest for 2 months.  But, baby and I are both doing great now and are ready to return to some Frugal but Fabulous Weddings!

I have some time to think about a few DIY projects on my downtime.  Plan to have a few done and ready to share within the next week or so.

See you soon!

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!

What’s Next….You Tell Me!

Hi there!

I have a few projects I’m working on this week for some new posts.  But, in order to really be useful on your FBF wedding quest I would love to hear for you all.  What would you like help figuring out to do for your wedding?  Do you have a specific theme you’re looking for some ideas on?  Please leave your comments and I would be so happy to start working on them!  

And, of course, thank you again for finding my little blog and coming back!  


Saving Tips from The Carl House’s Monika Williams

I recently got to chat with Monika Williams.  Monika not only had her own dream wedding (at the fabulous Carl House) on a budget, but she later went on to become their own wedding specialists.  She helps brides of all budgets attain their perfect day.  She was kind enough to share a few of her tips (a couple I had never even known myself).  Take it away Monika!

I am so happy I get to help! I learned a lot of things from my wedding at Carl House and I was definitely trying to stay within a certain price range. Below are some things I learned by planning my own wedding and working at Carl House!

Great ways to save money when planning a wedding.

·         Venues often have off-peak and semi-season with reduced rates, check to see what those months are, you can save hundreds or thousands.

·         I know it is risky but a lot of venues and vendors offer short booking specials. The shorter notice it is a great way for them to fill up a date and for you to get a lower rate!

·         Re-use flowers! One thing I learned from my wedding is to reuse the bridesmaids flowers as centerpieces or other places where you would like flowers.

·         Look at Sunday weddings or Saturday daytime weddings, even weekday weddings. Venues and vendors often offer special pricing during these times.

·         Do not feel that you have to invite everyone to your wedding, remember you are paying per head. Invite the people who truly mean something to you, it will be a cost saver and you will really enjoy the people there!

·         Look at all beverage options, non-alcoholic, beer and wine, full bar, specialty drinks, etc.  Bar pricing can be very expensive based on your choices. Side note: if you choose a daytime wedding, your guests usually do not expect to have alcohol served.

·         See if people offer discounts if you pay by check or cash, or even upfront.

·         Don’t waste your money on a party favor your guests will throw away. Look at something fun and yummy like a Candy Station, everyone loves this!

Carl House is an award-winning facility known for their spectacular weddings and reputation in the industry, located in Auburn, GA. Brides love Carl House for their lush gardens, spacious, elegant ballroom with a classic curved staircase, historic feel, the warm staff, exquisite food and in-house florals, PLUS affordable wedding packages all designed for a busy bride. I hope you’ll visit Carl House to experience it for yourself!



Preview of Nic and Kelly

Next week I will be posting about a wedding I shot a couple of years ago. Beautiful low budget wedding in Jekyll Island, GA.  I am even more excited to post about this wedding because the groom is my cousin.  I can happily repot that they are still married AND have 2 beautiful children =)   265_50554260225_5340_n

Take a Break!

With any wedding, planning can be stressful.  But, you throw on a tight budget and half the time you want to rip your hair out!  When you feel the wedding monster rising inside you put it all away!  For just one day, don’t talk about wedding details, don’t look at anything related to wedding, don’t even watch a wedding related movie or show!  Go to your happy place.  Maybe you surprise your fiancee with a dinner out, making the rule that you don’t talk about anything wedding related while there.  You could meet your girlfriends for coffee and let them go on with details from their lives for a change.  A walk or a nice hike can do wonders.  An hour with a punching bag can do FAR more than you would have realized!

My favorite getaway has always been reading!  I love to pour a cup of coffee and snuggle in with a good book.  If you’re looking for something completely unexpected take a look at the book I just devoured.  From independent writer Dawn Tevy, Angels and Warriors: The Awakening.  It will definitely take your mind off all the little details driving you crazy for a little while.

Whatever works for you!  Just allow yourself that one day.  All of those annoying little details and budgets will still be waiting the next day when you a fresher look on things.