A Fabulous Wedding Awaits You
At Weddings By Cassandra, our goal is to give you the wedding you've always dreamed of. A wedding that reflects your unique personality and style. A wedding that you and your guests will delight in.
Stress-free wedding planning begins now
Your engagement is a special time that you should enjoy to the fullest. Don't spend it stressing out about your wedding details. We'll discuss all your ideas at length, then design a plan with a variety of options for you to consider. When you give us the go-ahead, we'll make it all happen, keeping you updated regularly, of course. You can just sit back and sample cake, taste champagne, and smell the roses.
Our prices are very affordable
With our extensive industry experience and contacts, we are uniquely positioned to create your memorable day for much less cost than you might expect. We'll manage your entire wedding - or just certain elements of it. It's up to you. Please call us for pricing information.
Free Consultations Available for all Engaged Couples! Please Contact Us today to set up your consultation.....559-474-7206
25 Money Saving Ideas from
Weddings By Cassandra:
1. Use ceremony flowers at your reception site: (use unity candle arrangement for your head table centerpiece, use bridesmaids bouquets for head table décor)
2. Order a smaller cake (2-3 tiers), along with sheet cakes for your reception.
3. Use more candles in your centerpieces, instead of fresh flowers.
4. Don't do wedding favors! Most people don't even take them home, and if they do, they will end up throwing them away.
5. Find a venue that you can have your ceremony and reception, this will cut down on transportation needs, and driving for your wedding party and your guests.
6. Ask your vendors if they offer discounts for weekday or Friday or Sunday dates.
7. Have a morning wedding, followed by a brunch reception. Most caterers have less expensive brunch menus, and then you won't have to worry about having appetizers and an extensive bar selection.
8. Print your own wedding invitations. Stores like Office Depot and Office Max, even Target now, have large selections of 'do-it-yourself' wedding invitations, programs, menu cards, etc.
9. Trim your guest list down. Numbers speak volumes when it comes to wedding planning. If you really want to keep your budget low, try to cut your guest list down to the bare minimum.
10. Get a wedding website. Like www.theknot.com. Most wedding planning websites offer 'free' wedding websites to couples. They are great ways to keep your guests informed about wedding details, like hotels in the area, directions and these sites will also help track your RSVPs, so you can eliminate your RSVP card in your invitation and that extra stamp.
11. Try websites like eBay, Craigslist or to see if brides in your area are selling any of the wedding stuff. Some brides will buy their own centerpieces, decorations, etc, and then sell them after the wedding, at a fraction of the cost to purchase new.
12. Alcohol ... if you feel that you must offer 'free' drinks at your wedding, limit it to just beer and wine, and maybe just one or two signature drinks during the cocktail hour. If you want to save some money, do not do an open bar.
13. A wedding at home will not necessarily save you money. Most people think planning a wedding at home will save money, but you actually might end up spending more money, and you'll be more stressed out. An 'at-home' wedding requires a large rental bill. You will need to bring in EVERYTHING, tables, chairs, lighting, restrooms, tents, heaters, fans, linen, china, flatware, etc.
14. Cut out champagne for your toast. Not everyone likes champagne anyway, and most people just have a sip of it for the toasts. Instead of having it, just have your MC ask people to fill their glasses with their 'favorite' beverage before the toasting starts.
15. When looking for music for your ceremony, why not ask your DJ? This will save you the money of having to hire 'live' musicians.
16. Choose a DJ over a band. Most DJs in the valley around about $100 per hour and bands usually end up costing a lot more. Plus, it's more vendors that you'll have to organize on the day of your wedding. Or, be your own DJ. Compile your own wedding mix into your iPod or laptop, plug it in, and go!
17. Get your flowers at Costco. They have beautiful flowers year around. If you have enough friends that can give you a hand, it might save you some money to do your own bouquets and/or centerpieces.
18. Keep your wedding party small. The least amount of people will save you money in the long run. The smaller your wedding party is the less amount of gifts you have to buy, smaller rehearsal dinner, less bouquets and boutonnières, etc.
19. Find out if there are other weddings at your facility the weekend of your event. Maybe the two of you could split the cost of a backdrop or other decorations.
20. Go to local bridal shows. Bridal shows are great places to get a lot of your wedding planning done in one day. It will save you tons in gas! You will be able to see multiple wedding vendors all in one location. You aren't driving all over town to meet with everyone. You can also enter to win a variety of prizes and special discounts at most bridal shows.
21. When choosing a caterer, try to choose a caterer that supplies everything, linen, plates, silverware, glassware, servers, etc. This will save you money trying to rent everything yourself.
22. Choosing an outdoor location can sometimes save you money. If you choose an outdoor venue that has a lot of trees, plants, flowers, etc. It will save you money in decorations. Let your surroundings be your 'decor'. Take advantage of the 'after Christmas' sales at craft stores to purchase decorations, and especially white Christmas lights. You'll be able to get them very inexpensively during the holiday season, instead of trying to buy them in June!
23. Do an evening wedding followed by an appetizer and dessert reception. Skip the dinner all together. If you do this, your wedding would have to be late enough so that your guests would've already eaten dinner.
24. Keep your priorities in order! Don't go crazy on things that people are not even going to notice or care about. Spend your money on the things that are most important to the both of you.
25. Hire a wedding consultant. A wedding consultant can actually save you money, and especially stress when it comes to your wedding plans. A wedding consultant can steer you in the right direction in terms of what vendors to contact that will work for your budget, so you aren't wasting your time (and gas) driving around to vendors that you won't be able to afford anyway.
A very special thank you to all my wedding photographers!
Mariano Friginal Photography
Mher Vahakn Special Event Photography
Colin Michael Photography
Stephanie Manning Photography
Mark Janzen Photography
Left Coast Design Studio
Rochelle Mort Photography
Kenny Gilman Photography