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It seems these days everyone is trying to save and weddings are no exception! Sometimes saving is as simple as thinking outside the box. The traditional wedding reception occurs on Saturday evening, making it the most expensive time to celebrate your nuptials. By now, most people know it can be less expensive to get married on an alternative day of the week, with the next most popular being Friday and Sunday, respectively. Switching the day of the week isn’t the only alternative though. Why not consider changing the time or style of your reception? There are many different ways to do this – check out our list below for some inspiration…

Brunch Anyone? Who doesn’t love brunch? It is by far my husband’s favorite meal and one of my favorites to cook. A casual brunch reception can help cut your food and beverage costs signficantly. A brunch buffet can be beautiful and more filling than a full dinner. Brunch is the perfect time for some food stations as well – omlettes, waffles, carving stations. Certainly most of your guests will not expect a full bar at this earlier hour so a coffee bar (with flavored whipped creams and chocolate chips!) and mimosas are a nice treat.

Cocktail Reception: A cocktail style reception is a classy and fun alternative to a formal reception. Cocktail receptions are traditionally shorter because there is less time needed for dinner service and are typically held between 4pm – 7pm.  They offer a more social environment, with no formal seating, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Get creative! Offer a specialty drink that represents you as a couple, maybe a cigar roller and some lounge furniture. I guarantee your friends will love this laid back atmosphere!

Tea Time! While this one is not for everyone, it can work for some couples. A reception held during the mid afternoon with a variety of punch flavors, lemonade and sparkling water in pretty containers as well as finger foods and pastries can make an elegant presentation while saving you on costs.

Dessert Reception: Dessert – my husband’s second favorite meal (and yes it is a meal in our house!) A dessert reception later in the evening is always fun. Offer mini versions of all of your favorites paired with champagne and cordials. You can purchase or rent a chocolate fountain and display pound cake, fruit, marshmallows and brownies to dip in the chocolate.

Whatever you chose, make sure that your reception is a reflection of you as a couple and fits within your budgetary guidelines. Every couple is unique and each wedding should be too! chocolate_fountain

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I am so excited to head up to Ohio for my sister’s baby shower this weekend. She is having a baby boy, Jackson William in August and this will be the first grandchild for our family (can you say SPOILED?!). Since we don’t live near her, her amazing sister-in-law has done all of the planning and I am looking forward to seeing all of her creative touches.

Listening to her talk about all of the details of the shower made me realize this wasn’t the first shower she has thrown. For those of you who may be new to bridal and/or baby showers you may be realizing it can be overwhelming! Don’t worry though, with proper planning and a little creativity you can host the beautiful shower that your friend or family member has always dreamed of.

One of my favorite personal touches when hosting an event for someone is to provide them with personalized thank you notes as a gift. I pre-print the names and addresses of all the guests on the outside of the envelopes along with her return address on the back of the envelope. Inside I tuck a set of notecards that fit her style and print her monogram or name on the front. This is sure to save her time during what is sure to be a busy point in her life. Below is a photo of the cards I created for my sister (her colors are green and brown and she has a monkey theme).

Thank You Cards for Liz

Whatever event you are hosting, I am sure your guest of honor will appreciate the thought and time that goes into creating this personalized gift.

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