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    Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest

    by Laura Gariepy

    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.

    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.

    This article was originally published at HiCharlie.com

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    10 Things you Need to Know about Wedding Contracts.

    You are floating on air that your engaged, now comes the stress… choosing a date, a location, and your vendors.  Of course, we recommend hiring a wedding planner or coordinator to help you through this.  However, even with your wedding planner/coordinator, you will need a contract from them as well.

    Here is what you need to look for on your contracts.

    1 – If a wedding vendor does not have a contract.  They are not a legitimate wedding vendor as you should have a contract from each of your vendors.

    2 – Verify your wedding information.  Is your name spelled correctly? Is the location, time and date correct.  I know it sounds like a simple thing, but there was a case where the contract had a different date than the bride had wanted.  We were able to catch it in time, and make adjustments.

    3 – What services is the vendor providing?  It should be spelled out.  For example, is the rehearsal included?  Or if a wedding photographer, engagement photos?  If cake or caterer, is a tasting included?  Make sure you are receiving the services you want.

    4 – Is the deposit refundable?  Industry standard is that the deposit is non-refundable.  For clarity in relation to planners/coordinators, a full refund is not possible because the majority of the Wedding Services (e.g., planning, timelines, bookings and visitations with third-party vendors, etc.) will be performed prior to the wedding date and the company must be compensated for Services that are rendered prior to the cancellation.

    5 – What is the cancellation policy?  If you need to cancel or postpone your wedding, what are your options with this vendor.

    6 – Is there an “act of nature” clause?  What are your options in the event of a hurricane or other act of nature? If an outdoor wedding, what are your options if it rains?

    7 – What if a vendor cancels?  Life happens, if the vendor suddenly has a death in the family the day before your wedding, what is the plan?  We get a least 1 call a month asking for  last minute officiant or coordination due to the vendor backing out at last minute due to life situations.

    8 – How is your balance treated?  When is it due?  Can you pay it off early? What happens if your late in paying?

    9 – Are there time limits?  Are there exact times on the contract, such as a photographer saying their service is 2 hours, 5-7 pm.  What if the wedding starts late?

    10 – Do you understand everything in the contract?  If not, ask the vendor for clarification!  The best method of this is email so you have a hard copy of the answers that you can file with the contract.

    Wedding vendors are not out to trick you.  Their contract should be set up to protect both you and them for the services you are needing.  By making sure you understand the answers to these questions for each vendor, it will prevent stress and worry later.  As with any contract, you should read  all of it before signing.

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    Charleston Wedding Venues

    Charleston Wedding Venues that include Chairs and Tables

    When it comes to searching for the perfect wedding venue, you must also keep in mind some of the top expenses you will incur including the venue itself, catering, bar, photographer and rentals.

    Many venues nowadays require a day-of coordinator, wedding insurance, food and beverage minimums if using an in-house caterer, as well as rentals such as chairs and tables which many couples overlook.  We have listed a few of our favorite venues that include chairs and tables that will help keep your costs down.

    Venue Venue Cost Capacity** Outdoor Space Catering Kitchen Catering Tables/Chairs 

    Included

    Charleston Harbor Resort $1500-

    $11250

    500 Yes N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    Charleston County Masonic Temple $1500 170 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    Cooper River Room $500-

    $3500

    125 Yes Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    Francis Marion Hotel $5000-

    $13000*

    300 No N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    I’On Meeting House $1500-

    $1750

    125 Yes No Bring Your Own Chairs
    Merchants Hall $1700-

    $3500

    200 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    South Carolina Society Hall $1000-

    $5500

    150 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    The Historic Rice Mill $1500-

    $5500

    200 Yes N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    Wickliffe House

    $2000-

    $3500

    100 Yes   N/A In-house

    Chairs

    Tables

    *Rental Fee is waived if a minimum amount is spent in food and beverage
    **Please note that the capacity is what we recommend and should also include vendors

    Make sure to let the venues know that Reynolds Treasures referred you.  Reynolds Treasures Wedding Services is here for your wedding planning and coordination needs.  Contact us today to learn more.

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    Achieve Your Dream Wedding with a Wedding Planner

    How Wedding Planners Can Help You Achieve Your Dream Wedding

    Planning a wedding can be stressful, even overwhelming at times. After all, this will likely be the largest event you’ve ever hosted in your life, and most of us have little to no experience in the matter. If only there was someone out there… anyone that could help. Oh wait, that’s what wedding planners are for! But aren’t wedding planners only for movie stars? Not quite. In fact, a wedding planner is really quite affordable in the grand scheme of things. If you find yourself ready to elope to escape planning stress, read on and see why a wedding planner is your perfect solution.

    Planners can help make wedding planning stress-free

    Weddings require a lot of research, phone calls, negotiations, and so on. When you have a wedding planner, much of this can be done for you. In many cases, it’s easier for vendors to communicate with a planner. Why? Because many are often reluctant to burden couples with last-minute details as the wedding fast approaches. A planner can work out these issues so you can focus on looking forward to and enjoying your big day.

    Planners can help make your wedding dreams come true

    Once a planner is aware of your wedding dreams, they have one mission: making it come true. That is, after all, what they’re being paid to do. Unlike the average couple who probably doesn’t have a background in wedding planning, most wedding planners take on more than one wedding per day or per weekend. Therefore, they’re able to leverage professional experience and vast pre-established networks to ensure your day goes exactly to your liking. It will take a huge load off your shoulders knowing there is someone out there willing to see your journey through from beginning to end.

    Planners can help keep your budget in check

    One of the main responsibilities of any planner is being able to do the most with whatever budget is given. Given their extensive experience, a planner knows how to make a dollar stretch and when a vendor’s quote is too high. They’ll also be able to recommend which vendors and services align perfectly with your preferences, making sure you get the best for your money. If you have a lot of time until the big day, consider utilizing mobile banking apps that can expedite your savings each month before the wedding. You’ll be able to explore more possibilities and allow your planner more creative freedom with a larger budget.

    Planners can help save your money

    Many planners manage to get a vendor discount. Why? Because planners give vendors repeat business. Vendors will want to make sure their services are meeting or exceeding expectations so that they can make sure they’re contacted again. When multiple vendors are giving your planner a better rate, it can amount to huge savings overall!

    Contact us today so that we can begin planning the wedding of your dreams.

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    A Modern Twist on Wedding Traditions

    A Modern Twist on Wedding Traditions

    In the 1800’s, wedding ceremonies were mainly conducted in churches followed by a small reception at the bride’s parents home.  In the early 1900’s, sleeveless dresses would have been considered inappropriate, but anything goes today.  Every decade wedding traditions tend to evolve and customization is the key for couples today. This is getting harder with todays busy lifestyle. We have listed a few ways to shop for your wedding online.

    The Bling

    Reynolds Treasures Ring

    Ohhh… the ring shopping!  While this is an exciting time for the ladies (I mean you get to go ring shopping, what is there not to like), you should also consider online shopping too!  Cutting out the middle man, you can get fantastic quality at phenomenal prices. Be sure to check out Blue Nile Wedding Ring Options.

     

    Suit and Tux Rentals

    Did you know you don’t even have to leave your home to rent your wedding attire?  Yes, you heard me right.  This is a great way to ensure the bridal party has that great look, even when they live all across the country. Be sure to check out Generation Tux and contact us for your discount code.

     

    Centerpieces and Décor

    Reynolds Treasures Decoration I’ll bet the first place you look to get wedding décor idea’s is Pinterest.  Well, if you haven’t seen the show “Nailed It”, you may want to consider watching!  While many of the decorations look wonderful, implementing them can be a challenge.  In addition, after your wedding, what do you do with your decorations?  Many try to sell them, but that too can be a challenge, not to mention all of the time that went into buying the supplies and making the decorations.  We recommend renting your décor centerpieces or purchasing floral for your big day.  Don’t know what to do with all of the floral after?  Be thoughtful and ask your wedding planner to donate it to a local retirement/nursing home.

     

    Let us help you take care of your wedding for you. Be sure to check out our Charleston Wedding Packages that can be customized to fit all of your needs.

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    Wedding Planner or No Planner? That IS the Question……

    After the question is popped; what’s next? Many Brides don’t even think about hiring a planner. Why would I do that? Great question. Why wouldn’t you! A wedding planner can make your life, at least during the process of planning a wedding a lot easier. Let’s think about the whole picture. A professional planner knows the venues and vendors. The planner’s job is to help you in the decision making process that will best suit your vision and budget. Many times Brides are NOT aware of costs associated with weddings; it can be a real wake up call once you start factoring in all the elements such as venue, decor, rentals, floral, photographer, music, caterer, and cake to mention a few.

    Wedding Planners Save you Money!

    Did you know that your planner works with these wedding professionals all the time and may be able to save you money$$$? Yes a planner can be a great investment for your wedding. A wedding planner can help with those details you may have not thought about. Its our job to help create your vision. How do they do that? Simply by getting to know the Bride and understanding her vision. During the planning meeting; its the planner’s responsibility to ask questions and get started working with and for YOU. Its during this time, both the wedding planner and Bride should be clear about what is expected from each other. Know what you are getting and if you need something specific, ask. Don’t expect your planner to know that you had your heart set on a certain element if you did not tell her. On a brief side note: A wedding planner should be a professional that you hire. They should work with and for you; seeing your vision come together for your special day.

    They should shield the Bride from all the unnecessary questions, especially on the wedding day! Your wedding planner should handle all vendors and set up/break down; by providing a timeline and staying in contact with everyone. A planner needs to be someone who is NOT in the wedding party, a family member or your hair dresser. The planner should be outside those perimeters.

    All to often a Bride will have someone other than a professional to help them plan the wedding and things happen. What could happen, you ask? Lots! The first thing I have seen is punctuality. Your friend my not be on time and this can cause an issue especially if they are in charge of set up or a rehearsal. Then everyone starts looking at Bride to answer questions (don’t forget its the planner’s job shield the Bride). Its the planner’s job to be there before the Bride and her wedding party; to prepare for whatever is needed. The Bride should NEVER be waiting on her planner!!! Or any other vendor for that matter.

    Secondly, will your friend take the planning seriously? Meaning are you going to be their top priority? Maybe but maybe NOT. Will your friend be able to separate them self from friend to hired professional planner? Can they not partake in the festivities? No drinking or partying on the job, remember they are now your planner and not your friend. Many times by the reception they believe their part is done. That is not the case most times. You still have to break down the venue and walk through to make sure everything is put up, clean and picked up by the rental company; this could last until 1 or 2 a.m. (depending on what time the ceremony started). Is your friend going to want to stay and finish the job or are they going to want to partake in the after party? If you hire a professional planner; they do events all the time and its their job as a professional to keep everything running smoothly. They are able to have enough separation from a friend to manage vendors, family and rowdy friends without hurting anyone’s feelings.

    Your planner should also be able to handle family and friends that can be over bearing. We all know they mean well but sometimes friends and family can just be too much; opinions and all. A professional planner is a great diplomat! Hiring a wedding planner is a great investment. Why not hire someone who is looking out for you and your vision. Hire a professional and protect your investment; after all this is one of the most important days of your life!

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