5 Quickest Ways to Save on your Big Day!

Here are Five simple tips that will help you save BIG BUCKS on your wedding. 

1. Location is key! Wedding venues in major cities, like Miami, FL,  raise their prices because of their high demand location. By finding a venue that is on the outskirts of the city, you can save big. I like to look at places like Ft. Lauderdale, Homestead, or Key Largo.You can save up to 50% of the cost for a venue that's just as nice or sometimes even nicer! Just be sure that there are hotels near the venue. You do not want to blow your savings on the transportation needed to get your guests to the venue.
Another way to save on your venue is to have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday; the fees for venues drop dramatically, and other vendors give discounts as well since they have less demand than on a Saturday.

2. Reduce your guest count! This is one of the fastest ways you can save money. Everything you purchase will be "per person" from your catering, the liquor, and even your rentals! If you limit the amount of people you invite, you will be able to achieve the look you want within your budget. If you haven't already, watch our Budget & Guest Count video.

3. Skip the premium open bar! Rather than investing on liquor that will most likely not be consumed or appreciated, pick one or two liquors that you know guests will enjoy. My favorite combination is a vodka, white rum, white wine, and red wine. Then pick fun mixers and garnishes that your guests will enjoy. Or opt to have a specialty cocktail, a nitrogen bar, or a mixology bar! By not having to purchase all of the typical options in a bar, you will save big. And as a bonus, when there are less choices, the bartenders are able to work faster. That will reduce the wait time at the bar.

4. Save on wedding stationary! One of the easiest ways to do this is to have someone design your stationary. I love to find artists on websites like Etsy.com. You will be able to get something completely customized for you. And while they are at it, don't stop at wedding invitations, have them design the menus, programs, even the place cards. Then have the designer send you the digital files and have the items printed at your local print shop! Nowadays print shops have more than just your ordinary card stock. From linen to kraft paper, there are many choices to get the look you want.

5. Do a little legwork when it comes to the decor! For instance, you can purchase vases at a craft store or even the dollar store and supply them to the florists. Florists will then only charge you for the flowers and their labor. I have been able to get the same vase that a florist was charging me $40.00 for for $3.00 at Walmart! Multiple that by 15 vases, that was a $555.00 saving!!
 This applies to other vendors as well. Another example is a draping company. You can supply them with the fabric, or tie backs that you would like to use, for example, and they will just charge you for their labor.

    As a planner, I have saved my wedding and corporate clients thousands of dollars by following these.  These tips are simple, but the savings will add up fast!


Joan Love

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    A Destination to Bliss

    If I was having a destination wedding I would have two big concerns. The first one would be that my planner had great style!!! I would hate to arrive at my destination three days before my wedding and see that things are just not my style. My second concern would be finding someone that truly knows the city I am planning to wed in. What are the good spots? Where are the cheesy wedding factories to stay away from? What hotels would my crowd love? etc…
    It is imperative that your aesthetic and your planners aesthetic are similar. Even though you can see pictures and video of the venue, samples of the florals, and renderings of the decor, there are always last minute decisions that will be made by your planner. One of our greatest assets at Joan Love Events is the experience we have in fashion. After years of working in the fashion industry in cities like NYC, Milan, LA, Paris, and Miami, we still follow the latest runway trends and incorporate them into our events. So for you die-hard fashionistas, this is definitely the planning company for you!
    Also, our team has more than 20 years of combined experience in the Miami hospitality and events industry. Every new hotel, bar, or lounge has been scoped out by our planning team. We know where to go and more importantly, where not to go. We also know all the hidden gems that tourists don’t know about, but us locals live at. We can make sure your guests have a great time during your wedding weekend, while staying away from the tourist traps. Unless you actually want your guests riding around on an amphibious vehicle with a duck-beak checking out the celebrity homes on Star Island, we can make that happen too:)
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    The United Nation of Weddings

    What do you do when an Italian bride finds her Peruvian prince charming?…plan a Moroccan wedding on Cinco de Mayo of course! Enter Sonia, a firecracker of a woman and our hands down favorite bride of 2011! Sonia and Alfredo met while sunbathing on South beach and fell in love. So on her 50th birthday, Sonia planned to marry Alfredo in front of 200+ of their friends and family from around the word.
    For the ceremony, the couple wanted to get married in the exact location where they met. We had the towel attendants that introduced Sonia and Alfredo to drive the bride in to the ceremony on their golf cart. We built a canopy on the sand in the bride’s favorite colors, hot pink and orange. A rose petal aisle and colorful dresses added color to the ocean background.

    Sonia’s best friend Chaya could not be excluded from the festivities. She served as the ring bearer for the day.

    We turned Sonia’s godmother’s mansion on Pine tree drive into a Moroccan paradise. The tennis court was covered in maroon astroturf and then covered in a gorgeous tent by Prestige Tents. Each table was accented with a beautiful moroccan lantern surrounded by roses, orchids, and the bride’s favorite, peonies.
    This couple was very insistent about one thing, their guests needed to have fun! After traveling as far as India for this wedding, they wanted to make sure this wedding felt like a great party. We started by turning the backyard into a cool lounge. The furniture was covered in custom fabric prints and colors. We strategically placed the groupings so that the guests could enjoy the waterfront view. Add to that an amazing DJ, lights, and karaoke, and we had everyone dancing all night.

    To ensure the guests continued dancing until the wee hours of the morning, we had Footzy Rolls as favors for the ladies. These great ballet flats come rolled in a small pouch that fits snuggly in a clutch. Custom gold ones made all the ladies feel like moroccan princesses.

    In order to represent both the bride and groom, we had two types of favors. We had “confetti” or Italian sugar covered almonds shipped in from Italy. We also had Peruvian huayruro necklaces that symbolize good luck.

    It was an amazing party for an amazing couple. Our team misses Sonia, Alfredo, and their amazing family very much. You are so very blessed to have eachother. We wish you many years of happiness!!
    Thank you to Loly and Chris Acuña from Lolypix and Chris Acuña Photography for the great photos. They really portray how beautiful and colorful the day was!
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