How do I say thank you, is one of the most frequently asked questions by my clients regarding the people who will participate in or attend their wedding extravaganzas! It is because of questions like this, my staff and I spend time looking through gift sites. Other times we are contacted by gift sites; in either case, to be sure of what they offer is worth my clients time, but more importantly, their money; I often will ask for or purchase samples. I refuse to recommend a product that is either too expensive for what they are offering or an economical but cheaply made, products not worth the money spent.

Another question we are inundated with is, “Do I have to have or give favors and what’s a good one that’s not a waste of time and money?” My answer to this question is typically, “The more PRACTICAL the thank you gift the more it is appreciated.” By this I mean, if your guests can either eat it or use it then the gift is appreciated if not it will be tossed into the circular file right after the event. After all, what are you going to do with that bell with the couple’s name on it after you finish ringing it at the reception? Is it cute? Yes, was it practical? Welllll (in my best Samantha Stevens’ voice) not really. It was useful for making the couple kiss but beyond that….nothing. It is another dust collector.

My staff and I found Forever Wedding Favors. I have written about its sister site previously, see my February 2019 post. At that time I was searching with a purpose, to find great gifts for guys. This time we were searching for more general gifts; ones that say thanks for participating and favors for those attending an event. As I perused the site more thoroughly I found a myriad of gifts to fit most people’s pockets and tastes. From Bohemian to the classic styles, this site finds the little things you have been searching for but couldn’t find.

As promised, I tried some of their gifts and found them to be just they are presented. Nothing flimsy or cheap. They had ideas I hadn’t considered. As a former avid card player, who would have thunk they would have so many choices of playing cards for favors. I loved it! Looking for something different? Check out this site You won’t be sorry. Need more ideas? Contact us at 216.672.5451.

Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest

Hi Readers!  I must apologize for the delay in publishing.  Since excuses are tools of the incompetent, no excuses will be offered. The following article written by Laura Gariepy, was originally published on PenguinThoughts, provides a different perspective, that of your wedding guests.  Sometimes, I choose to share articles I find or have been shared with me I believe will assist you; no need to reinvent the wheel, this is another one of those articles.  

According to the New York Times, the average wedding guest spends nearly $900 to partake in the festivities. That price tag can make your wallet want to say, “I don’t!” — especially if your wedding season dance card is full.But don’t worry. Charlie knows a bunch of money-saving hacks so you can catch the bouquet without breaking the bank!

Set a Budget and Prioritize

Take a peek at your finances and determine exactly how much you can spend on the occasion without wreaking havoc on your budget. Once you have a figure in mind, it’s time to create a spending plan.

You can stay near the venue in style, rival the bride for beauty, or be the best gift giver ever — but you may not be able to afford to do it all. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make some trade-offs to stay within your set limits. For example, if you want to give a lavish gift, that could mean forgoing the expensive salon visit the morning of the ceremony.

Tip: Charlie can help you plan ahead by starting a new savings goal called “wedding.”

Pool Resources

Try going in on wedding attendance expenses with family and friends. You can split the cost of lodging, transportation, and even the gift. That way, everyone saves some cash and can still fully take part in the experience.

Beautify Yourself (or Find a Deal)

If you’ve got the skills, skip the pricey salon and do your own hair, makeup, and mani-pedi. DIY’ing your beauty regimen will save you some serious cash. (You may even already have the supplies on hand!) Afraid of looking like Elizabeth Holmes? Ask a friend to help paint your face and braid their hair in trade.

If you really want to be pampered, check Groupon to score a deal on the service. You can also reach out to local beauty schools. Often, their students will gussy you up for much less dough than a pro.

Re-wear or Rent Attire

There is zero shame in wearing a killer dress (or suit) twice. So save your wallet and rock that outfit again! You can also raid a friend’s closet to wear something that’s new to you. But — if you must wear something brand new, consider renting your ensemble for a fraction of the price of buying it off the rack.

Make Your Gift

If you’ve got the talent, why not use it to make something heartfelt and budget friendly? Your newlyweds will appreciate the gesture and will likely cherish it over another set of wine glasses.

Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Sing a song at the reception
  • Make the centerpieces on the dinner tables
  • Offer to photograph the event
  • Create a scrapbook about their relationship
  • Knit a blanket for their couch or bed
  • Paint their new family portrait

Still feeling uninspired? Pinterest has got you covered!

Just Say No

Although it hurts to check “will not attend” on the RSVP card, remember: an invitation to a wedding is a request, not a requirement. Sometimes your wallet just can’t swing it and that’s OK. If that happens, confidently decline with your regrets and send a little (perhaps homemade) gift in your place.

Final Thoughts

Being a wedding guest can be crazy expensive — but it doesn’t have to be. Every element of the experience can be optimized to fit your budget. So go ahead and feel the love while enjoying your fatter bank account.

Tell Us: What’s the most you’ve ever spent as a wedding guest? Was it worth it?
Please note: We don’t have an affiliation with or personally endorse any of the services linked to in this post. We’re just trying to give you some ideas. But,  if you want ideas we are able to give you them, contact us, Dream Event Services, schedule a call or appointment to discuss some ideas.