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The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Day Savings

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Season's Greetings, Friends!  

The 2013 holiday season is still going strong, and we're just days away from the New Year!  Many of us are enjoying lots of needed time with loved ones and are already taking way too much [insert your fave holiday cryptonitreat here] down the hatch.  Warm memories and cherished traditions invoke the nostalgia that magically comes this time of the year. One of my heartfelt memories took place this very holiday six years ago the love of my life popped THE question. The exuberation I experienced in that moment was nothing like ever before. Within weeks, I was in wedding planning mode!  If you're like me, I was reading any and everything wedding that I could get my hands on - eventually becoming overwhelmed. 

These sentiments led me to unpack the next series: "The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Savings." I wish I had had a resource like this series during the midst of planning my wedding. As our gift to you, your bargainista team at GetWedforLess.com will be collaborating with highly respected industry experts over the next few weeks on how to curb costs - without compromising quality - on each of the big wedding expenditures (venue, catering, dress, honeymoon, etc).

We hope you enjoy a very merry holiday season!  May it be a time of appreciation for what has been, what is, and what you hope the future to be. 

Happy celebrating!

Lauren & Your Bargainista Crew

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Four Reasons Not to DIY

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While you'll have plenty of projects to "DIY," your wedding day, one of the most important days of your life, may not be one of them. With 13 years in wedding planning, here are my top 4 reasons to enlist the help of a pro and forsake going it alone.
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The Event Planner’s Secret Weapon!

I think it’s safe to say we entered the event planner’s hidden vault with this find. Just a week ago, we uncovered two savvy apps for event planners.  Then, PerfectTablePlan’s Andy Brice shared a splendidly simple, smart, and cost-effective way to create event seating plans with us.  

    PerfectTablePlan Sample Wedding Layout:

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Here’s our "Top 5 List" of PerfectTablePlan's highlights:

  • 1) Import guests from spreadsheet and personalize with ease (meal preferences, status, age, and other helpful seating 411)

    2) Detailed seating proximity preferences come in quite handy when you have two guests who need to be seated together - or those two who should be as far away from each other as possible.  Using PerfectTablePlan’s nifty Jolly Roger icon (you know, that pirate skull with crossed bones image?) tells the software Uncle Joe and Uncle Bobby need to be seated at opposite poles and places them in safe zones on the layout.

    3) User-friendly templates for easy creation of escort or place card and organized guest lists and seating assignments within the software

    4) Budget-friendly cost puts it within reach of most bridal budgets (runs under $30 for the one-time software download for Mac or PC)

    5) Free email support (They've been quite the responsive team)!

Through the software, we noticed how literally hours of seating layouts can be shaved off and seating layout and formatting headaches evaded.  We look forward to seeing what other updates the pros at PerfectTablePlan come up with.  If you’d like a sweet, limited-time deal on the download of the Home Edition of the software, follow this exclusive GetWedforLess.com link for your copy: http://www.perfecttableplan.com/html/purchase_with_coupon.html?coupon=GetWedForLess.  

FYI: The 25% discount for our readers is good until October 20, 2013.

Until next time… Happy planning!

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Top 5 Links for Wedding Day Kinks

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I agree - NOT  a good look! I think her aggravation came from unaccounted wedding day woes! It's my mission today to help you avoid looking anywhere in the vicinity of this on your special day. 

We recently polled our friends on our Facebook page and asked what they'd guess to be a bride's biggest wedding day fear. Interestingly, the biggest fear most brides share is not fitting into their dress! While this hiccup doesn't have an instantaneous solution (turnaround time is needed for proper alterations), I can provide you a wealth of helpful tricks to solve other wedding day mishaps in a jiffy!

Here's a round-up of our Top 5 Links for Wedding Day Kinks!

1) Wedding Dress Stains: How To Treat Emergency Wedding Dress Stains by Mary Marlowe Leverette, Laundry Superheroine

Yes, laundry experts exist! *smile*  Remember your mom's good ol' Help from Heloise books?

2) Pesky Pimples: 27 Quick and Crunchy Home Remedies for Pimples by Leslie Martin, Editor & Beauty Savant

3) Unexpected Guests: How to Deal with Wedding Crashers by Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, Writer & Editor

This is where the help of a skilled wedding planner or coordinator comes in handy! They are enlisted to do the dirty work and aren't afraid to be the "bad cop."

4) But You Promised!: When a Vendor is a No-Show by Nina Callaway, Event Planner

One of the scariest wedding day mishaps! I can relate.  The wedding party driver decided to flake the morning of a wedding I was coordinating. All was set, confirmed, signed, sealed, and, well, almost delivered. While all eventually worked out, it can still be a major stress-inducer. Here are some additional helpful tips for other missing vendor snafus not mentioned in Nina's article:

- Wedding Cake 911: Have your wedding or venue coordinator or an über reliable friend/family member attending the wedding save the day by running to the closest bakery to buy cupcakes, a small cutting cake, and a cake tier to display at the reception. 

- DJ 911: Grab an iPod, iPhone, or Droid (that's preloaded with reception and ceremony music) and dock it to speakers at your venue. Have a friend man it behind a table to remain inconspicuous!

- Limo/Transportation 911: You can book last-minute town car rentals (not a limo, but still a sweet ride for the bride and groom plus) through almost any rental agency. On weekends, airport-based car rental centers usually run around-the-clock. You can ask your planner or another über reliable to pick it up. If renting last-minute doesn't fit the bill and timing just won't work, check with a friend/family member who has a fitting vehicle to rescue you!  While the favor will be done out of kindness of heart, give 'em a nice tip anyway!

5) The Catch-All: The Ultimate Wedding Day Emergency Kit by Becca & Megan of Social Graces, Event Planners

Let's remember: The best defense is a good offense. The best cure is an ounce of prevention.  Before anything has the chance to go down, have your plan of action already prepared.  After all, the only thing we can expect is the unexpected itself! Surround yourself with problem-solvers who can help alleviate stress, try your best to remain calm, and carry on.

Until next time...

Happy Planning!

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Do you have any other great tips and tricks on wedding day mishaps?  Have you encounter any of these hiccups at a wedding and want to give feedback?  Inquiring brides want to know! 

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