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">Three Bottles of Premium #Wine for 60% off!

October 10, 2011

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Eversave

Eversave Wine Deal

Head over to Eversave to get 3 bottles of premium wines delivered to your door! This is a great way to get wine for your wedding reception. It is one per person, but you can always have the groom, your mother, etc purchase a set as well. Shipping is $10 or $5 in California and they will not ship to the following states: AK, AR, DE, KY, ME, MD, MA, MS, OK, PA, RI, SD or UT. You must be 21 years old or older to purchase the wine.

You purchase the coupon at Eversave and you use that when you select your wine. You have a choice from the following three packages:

Rouge Package ($88 value):

  • A bottle of 2005 Rocinante Syrah, Dry Creek
  • A bottle of 2006 Marlargo Cabernet, Heathcote, Australia
  • A bottle of 2007 Flying Winemaker Tempranillo, Campo de Borja, Spain

Blanc Package ($75 value):

  • A bottle of 2009 Et Cetera Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
  • A bottle of 2007 Guntrum Scheurebe Kabinett, Rheinhessen, Germany
  • A bottle of 2009 MSH Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Mélange Package ($110 value):

  • A bottle of 2005 Rocinante Syrah, Dry Creek
  • A bottle of 2009 Et Cetera Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
  • A bottle of 2006 Westwood Pinot Noir, North Coast

If you are a new Eversave user you will also get $3 when you sign up so this deal will only cost you $32.

This deal is good through October 19th.

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Cutting the Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

If you are planning on getting married and having a traditional wedding reception there really are so many little details that you have to be aware of and look out for. When I started to do this it was real eye opener for both me and my fiance. Maybe shock would be a better way of describing it. Our initial thoughts were that we would pick out a meal, or a few meal choices and we would be given a price per head. Multiply that by the number of guests and we would have an idea of our budget. When we went to the actual hotels it was a very different story.

They introduced an array of things such as red carpet, drink’s reception, wedding table plan, individual place settings, flowers on the tables, covers on the chairs, various different sizes of cake stands, a cake knife, wine for the tables, champagne for the toast, room hire and a list of other optional extras. We were shocked having assumed wrongly that most of these would be a standard. Tradition would state that the parents of the bride should pay for the wedding reception but of course that comes down to individual circumstances and affordability. Irrespective of who picks up the bill I have always believed strongly in getting good value for money, without compromising on the quality of the day. It is a one in a life time day and you do want to do the best for your family, friends and guests so we tried to find the best ways to save money on the reception

It was then we looked at the various options of hiring a marquee and bringing in outside caterers. We quickly found that by doing that, it again depended on a whole variety of options, and we quickly realized that option could easily add up to the same amount as using a hotel. We considered going abroad to get married and have our wedding reception in that country. That would of course have saved us money but would have cost our close friends and family a lot more. True, they would be getting a holiday but that is not always a convenient thing for them either. We also realized we would miss out on having some people there that we really wanted to attend on our big day. There were people who simply couldn’t afford to go away and people who were afraid of flying and we didn’t want them missing out.

It was then we decided we wanted our local wedding at our local church and a local hotel to minimize traveling for everyone. We attended three different wedding fairs and realized that many of the hotels offered different ranges of packages, from a standard to elite to a customized package. Each of them had most of the basic options included in the price and when you got to the higher end, they even included things like the evening entertainment and evening buffet. Some even included the cars, flowers and the photographer along with a Master of Ceremonies and a wedding co-ordinator.

My advice now to anyone looking at saving money on your wedding reception is to look at all the packages available from the hotel choices that you have narrowed down. Price everything separately first and then list down what is in each hotel package and then see who offers the best value for money. We did this and saved a substantial amount and still got the hotel we wanted. We also noticed that the number of guests can really make a huge difference to the price point and it would seem the more guests you have, the price per head drops. In our case it was actually cheaper to bring 100 guests than to bring 80.

Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate with them and ask for items to be thrown in free of charge. One of the hotels was trying to charge us for a champagne bucket! Good luck.

Kate Garmora is a wedding consultant with Engraved Gift Creations.  She has helped countless couples achieve their dream wedding.  Her new focus on Eco-Friendly wedding trends and DIY designs puts her on the forefront of the Green wedding movement.  For more great ideas on the best gifts for groomsmen and the latest in wedding accessories, visit her at Engraved Gift Creations.

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Wedding Turntable

Wedding Reception Music

The average wedding now costs somewhere in the region of £18,000 – which is enough to turn any blushing bride a little white with shock. Yes, it’s supposed to be the biggest and best day of your life, but does it really warrant blowing so much cash in what is effectively 24 hours?

If you’re a bride or a groom who’s looking to save money on your impending nuptials, check out these great suggestions. Not only will they help you save the pennies, they could also make for a truly unique day.

Creative Wedding Catering

For most weddings, the single biggest expense is feeding your guests. Many brides and grooms feel they need to stick with tradition in offering guests a sit down three-course meal – which is when costs really start mounting up. If you’re on a tight budget, however, you should consider the different ways you might feed your guests.

Perhaps try an afternoon tea, with easy-to-prepare, cold foods such as sandwiches and cake. You could even organise a wedding picnic where every guest is asked to bring a dish. Also, think about swapping fancy dining for ‘bowl food’ such as curry, stew or shepherds pie – it may not look as posh but it’s hearty and cost effective.

A serve yourself buffet or BBQ can also keep  the costs down on waiting staff. You might even approach a local café or take-away (like your local fish and chip shop) who may be happy to cater for smaller parties at a very reasonable price.

Bring your own Drinks

Drink is another large cost – especially when it comes to expensive per head drinks packages in hotels. Look for venues that allow you to ‘bring your own booze.’ That way, you can provide all the alcohol and soft drinks needed for your party at a price that’s right for your budget.  Many people opt to hop across the channel for cheap wine and champagne in France. There are also some great supermarket deals to be had on wine and beer here in the UK.

If you’re using a catering company, they’ll probably charge a corkage fee – to cover the costs involved in serving the drinks (normally charged per bottle opened). Even with this fee, it will still normally work out much cheaper to provide your own. You could even invite each guest to bring a bottle of bubbly in place of a gift!

Playlist vs. Live Reception Band

Live bands and DJs can demand large fees for playing at weddings (as well as a hot meal in some cases). However, you can create a great atmosphere and lively dance floor simply using a laptop/I-pod playlist. You will probably have to hire speakers and lights, but it could work our much cheaper than hiring a live act.

If you’re still keen on a band – check out local bands on MySpace or go to local gigs for inspiration. Approaching a local band directly could help save on agency fees and travel costs for your live act.

Second Hand or Vintage Wedding Attire

Clothing for a wedding can end up costing a small fortune, especially if you’re footing the bill for bridesmaid dresses too. There are some great second-hand deals out there on wedding attire – particularly for wedding dresses.

If you have your eye on a designer frock, check out preloved.co.uk, to see if you can pick it up second hand for half the cost. Most of the dresses advertised will have had a professional clean included in the cost.

Email invites

Beautifully designed ‘save the date’ cards and invites may look delightful, but they can be a rather unnecessary cost. As most people are online these days, you could consider an email invite/save the date. You can still make the email look attractive – but you’ll save on all the design, printing and sending costs.

A wedding website might also prove a good idea, so all the details of the day can be easily accessed online. Theknot.com is an American website that helps you to create your own wedding webpage – and what’s more, it’s absolutely free!

Protect the Wedding Plans

And finally, make sure any plans you do make are covered with adequate wedding insurance. If you’re on a tight budget, you may feel that insurance is another added cost you don’t need – but it could actually save you money if things don’t run to plan.

For example, if venues or suppliers let you down last minute – your insurance could help cover the costs involved. It might even protect you from the impact of bad weather. Take a look at the wedding insurance packages on offer and decide whether the protection is right for you.

This guest article was provided by insurance specialist Policy Expert.

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