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Memorable Wedding Ideas on a budget https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2013/5/memorable-wedding-ideas-with-a-budget Every bride wants her wedding day to be memorable, but let's be honest: navigating the wedding world is anything but easy. With so much to take into consideration, it can be challenging to figure out what will make your Big Day special -- especially if you're on a budget.

So in order to help identify the true priorities, we asked top wedding professionals: what's the ONE thing couples should do to set their weddings apart, and asked them to give us a "budget" and a "blowout" version of their wedding must-haves.

From event designers to caterers -- including celeb wedding planners Sharon Sacks, who planned Kim Kardashian's wedding (don't blame her for the divorce!) to Preston Bailey (his clientele include Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones) -- they've given us their best advice, tips and tricks for making the Big Day special.

Whether you're looking to save or splurge, these wedding day items and practices will guide you toward wedding day bliss.


BUDGET: "Include your guests in the ceremony. Most ceremonies are a passive, almost theatrical experience, where most guests are the audience. I think involving them in different ways can have a profound effect on the rest of the celebration." 
BLOWOUT: "You cannot overspend on:  good service , great music and the photographers as it will be how everyone will remember the day " 
BUDGET: "Create a truly personal and unique dining experience.  Guests spend most of their time at the table, so why not make this special and unique?   doesn't need to be fancy or expensive but the key is to make it personal." 
BLOWOUT: "Personalizing the menu, but take it a step further: create a truly inspired, custom tasting menu inspired by the season and the location. Give your guests many unique courses, and go for exotic combinations. Look for interesting wines to pair with each course and provide a custom menu to give each guest a "tour guide" to use as reference throughout the meal. Also push the envelope with the plating and the tableware. And save dancing for after dinner!" 
BUDGET: "If your budget doesn't allow for band changes or a band at all, work with your DJ to determine a flow for the evening and music style and tempo shifts throughout. It can even be as simple as programming your own music player with different play lists for the various points in the evening." 
BLOWOUT: "The one thing people remember in the days, weeks and months after any wedding is whether or not they had fun, so the area that I encourage my brides to splurge on is entertainment. A great band will facilitate an unforgettable evening. Beyond that, if you have the ability to change the energy of the music and entertainment throughout the evening, each time you do you will be injecting new life into the party. Dinner music should be subdued--guests should be able to have conversations. Following dinner, a change in the singers and or energy of your band will wake everyone up and infuse new energy into the evening. A DJ or further band change for after- hours or late night dancing will change the energy once again, keeping your guests wanting more." 
BUDGET: "Incorporate food from your ethnic backgrounds into the buffet or hors d'oeuvres; instead of doing table numbers, use names of places you've been as a couple; instead of place cards with names for the head table, use frames featuring your favorite photo of you and that person; use the proposal as a theme in the invitation or favor 
BLOWOUT: "To bring your wedding to another level, add a personal touch that incorporates you and your groom. This will set you apart from other weddings. What is personal to you won't be the same as personal for another bride. For example, if you are taking your guests away for a destination wedding, send them all custom leather passport holders with the invitation printed inside so they can use the passport holder on their trip; Hire your favorite performer to sing your first dance song; For a beach wedding: provide beach towels embroidered or bottles of sunscreen customized with the wedding logo; For a winter wedding: provide an embroidered cashmere blanket, Uggs, and flannel PJs to keep warm." 
BUDGET: "One of the best and most inexpensive ways to ensure your wedding is special is to ignore all the wedding trends. Express your individuality and focus on things and people you love. The wedding procession in particular is a great place to create your own unique tradition. I did a wedding once where the couple had the bridal party dance down the aisle. For another, the couple treated the procession like a fashion show. All the guests loved it." 
BLOWOUT: "Hire a talented performer. it doesn't always have to be someone that famous. If there's a local or regional singer or band you and your groom love, find out it they're available to perform a song or two at your wedding. A surprise concert is always a big hit with guests." 
BUDGET: "The one thing that really sets a wedding reception apart is having fun passed dessert hors d'oeuvres... Start them maybe 40 mins--or one long dance set--after guests have had dinner. Pick one iconic dessert: [maybe it's] your favorite ice cream in a mini cone, and pass it around the dance floor to guests seated and standing. It's an unexpected treat everyone of all ages loves ice cream!" 
BLOWOUT: "Break out more treats-- caramel-dipped lady apples, mini pies, mini popsicles with limoncella, cotton candy lollipops, and more. These add a great unexpected energy to the reception and [raise] the tempo of the party, Candy Bar, Dessert bar, Kids bar, Adult bar." 
BUDGET: "Accessorize your cake with some handcrafted sugar flowers. Nothing can beat the realistic look of a well-made flower, and it helps to tie in the table arrangements and bouquets used to decorate your reception. You don't always need to fill the cake with bouquets of sugar flowers, either choosing a fuller species will fill out the cake and make it look elegant." 
BLOWOUT: "One of my favorite parts of any wedding is the dessert platter, because that is where quality of ingredients truly makes a difference. For the cake,www.shakarbakery.com I recommend splurging on a moist sponge cake with a decadent filling like ganache with fresh raspberries. I also love when people splurge on a Viennese table with a variety of pastries; it give everyone a sample of something different. I always recommend splurging on the dessert, it is the last thing your guests will taste!
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BUDGET: "Consider setting up a table for guests to write personal notes on cards. Guests are asked to write a personal note to either the bride or the groom or to both of them with anecdotes of how to make marriage work during the tough times or encouraging words that they can look back on during the not so perfect times. The couple will leave the reception with a bag full of note cards and when they experience one of those rainy days -- as they are certain to come -- they should go to the bag of cards and pull out one to read and look for their family and friends to remind them of why they chose to commit their lives to one another." 
BLOWOUT: "Photo booths have become extremely popular at weddings as an interactive activity. It allows guests to be silly and have some fun with their date or other friends at the wedding while the bride and groom are busy doing the normal wedding duties. This also becomes a nice keepsake that guests can take home and relive the fun they had at your wedding. "
BUDGET: "For brides on a budget, I recommend using white Casablanca Lilies. It's a flower that has a beautiful fragrance, style and beauty. My other trip is to use underwater lighting in a gloss tower. Gives a regal look to the wedding at night and looks like you spent a million dollars for a whole lot less." 
BLOWOUT: "For brides looking to splurge, I love using antique silver plated urns, chaliced pitchers and vases for table decor. Fill them with white roses for an understated but stately look. These designs will make your table have a royal look and the urns and chalices are great floral keepsakes. Uber class, mega style that is properly designed , for this all you need to do is call Flower Stars" FLOWER STARS » Wedding Flower arrangements 
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Sample Wedding Budget 10K 2012, Colorado

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Around $10, 000. I haven’t done a complete breakdown but some of the expenses were:
• My dress – $600
• Grooms attire – $100
• Guest gifts – $305 (tea and dark chocolate)
• Invites – under $200 (custom done by one of my best friends). We gave her an additional money gift for her amazing job, but she didn’t ask for it.
• Photographer – $2,700
• Venue – $1000
• Desserts and drinks – $1000

How many guests did you have? 250

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Shannon’s medal artwork (groomsmen gifts). Bean Bag Toss (favorite game among our friends and family). The bead bouquets for my girls. Iwanted something more unique. The cake done by our mothers (both are cake decorators-luck us). Fair-trade guest gifts (tea and dark chocolate). I am hoping more people will buy fair-trade after tasting the tea and chocolate – it is important to me. We also wanted to do a dance with the wedding party, so we did the Wobble, it was fun!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We ended up doing an evening wedding with a dessert reception. The cost of dinner with 250 people was more then we wanted to spend. We were looking at $7,000 for dinner alone-no dinnerware included. It worked out nicely because we wanted an evening wedding to begin with.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Do as much as you can early on! We had most of the logistics done 6 months before the wedding, so we weren’t running as much as I have seen others do just months before their big day. It is a wedding so there will always be little things to do, but we were really thankful to have gotten so much planned after we were first engaged. Also, utilize your family and friends. I realized they really WANTED to help us. Just don’t ask too much of your immediate family and friends in the wedding. You want them to enjoy your wedding week as well.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our Photographer. One of my favorite parts of her package was the albums. We have a beautiful album and got two similar for our parents. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to put those together, so it was a beautiful gift for them and saved me more then time then I want to think about. I would recommend the extra money for that any day!

What was your favorite detail?

Aside from “I do.” It had to have been a toss up between my bouquet and our invitations. Both gorgeous!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Standing in the beautiful Chapel full of family and friends next to my best friend.

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Sample Wedding Budget of 30K

Use the estimate below to guide your expenses, hopefully it will help you to remember to add all the things needed, and help you cut out the things that are not.

What affects price? If you're members of a congregation or you have a connection to a private site such as a country club, university, or relative's home, you may pay less than you would if you get married in a house of worship where you aren't members or you rent out a posh event space for the ceremony and reception. An auxilliary chapel may cost less than the main sanctuary. Demand for the space can also affect cost. 300.00
What affects price? Officiant fees vary widely. Some may charge $200 up, others will charge nothing at all. Some ask for a donation to the house of worship; others may want simply to attend your reception. Popularity of the officiant can also determine the fee; if travel is involved, you may have to pick up the tab. Finally, some officiants charge more to attend the rehearsal. 300.00
CEREMONY ACCESSORIES (baskets, pillows, candles , etc.)
What affects price? If you're using accessories such as a huppah, unity candle, ring pillow, or flower girl basket, this is an area where you can spend a lot. Are you going all out with rose petals? Choosing bubbles for guests to blow post-ceremony? Decide what's important to you beforehand and whether you want to purchase or borrow things so you can stay within your budget. 180.00
What affects price? Costs fluctuate depending on time of year and day of the week (summertime and Saturday nights are more expensive, for instance). Popularity and location of the site are other variables that can raise the price, as well as whether yours is the only wedding at the site on that day. Renting a tent, tables, chairs, dinner service, portable toilets, and other amenities add big bucks to the total cost. Consider, too, the size of your guest list: more people = higher price. Remember to factor in tips for delivery people. 2400.00
What affects price? The size of your guest list and the menu you decide to offer are the number-one factors here. A dinner reception or seated luncheon costs more than than a cocktail party or champagne and cake reception. If you choose foods that are out of season (fresh berries, asparagus) or not local to your area (seafood, exotic game) you will also spend more. In addtion, the type of waitservice can affect price. Remember to factor in tips for waitstaff. 60.00 x 150 guests (9000.00)
What affects price? Top-shelf alcohol costs more than house brands (although sometimes these are the same). Serving beer and wine only is less expensive than offering mixed drinks. Having a limited bar, rather than an open bar, and limiting the kind of drinks offered will also cut down on bar costs. Having a minimum number of bartenders is another way to save. Remember to factor in tips for bartenders. 16.00 x 150 guests (2400.00)
What affects price? Cakes are usually priced by the slice. Elaborate cakes with many tiers, custom designs, and handmade details cost more, as do fancy fillings and flavors. To save, some people buy an exquisite small cake to cut in front of guests and serve a sheet cake of the same flavor. There may be a cake-cutting fee at some reception sites (from $1.50-$6 a head) if you bring your own cake. 750.00
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What affects price? Quality fabric, a custom design, and embellishments (beading, handmade lace) can all add to the cost of a gown. Alterations and rush orders also up the price. Explore your options on The Knot Wedding Gown Search. Need to save? Check out sample sales, look at white bridesmaid dresses, or borrow Mom's or a friend's gown. 1800.00
What affects price? Cost will increase the longer your veil, and whether it's handmade, crafted from lace or tulle, or has appliques will also affect the price. Headpieces vary widely; fine stones will obviously cost more imitation jewels. Traditional headpiece not for you? Opt for fresh flowers or decorative hairpins. Explore veil styles and headpieces in The Knot Accessories Search. 300.00
What affects price? Exclusivity of the designer; materials (leather, satin, silk, and so on); whether you already have some accessories, are willing to borrow them, or want all new ones. Take a look at Made with Stars Accessories for your wedding-day accessory options. 300.00
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What affects price? Of course having your makeup done by a professional makeup artist costs more than doing it yourself. Demand and popularity of professionals you choose can also affect cost. Hairdressers will charge more depending on the complexity of the hairstyle you want; for instance, an updo costs more than getting a simple blowout. Remember to factor in tips for your hairdresser and makeup artist. 150.00
What affects price? Decide how much pampering you're going to need -- and make room in your budget for a special treat. 150.00
What affects price? Whether you rent or buy; exclusivity of designer; whether accessories like shirt, shoes, and cummerbund or vest are included in the basic rental; demand/popularity of the style you like. Browse tux and formalwear options at The Knot Tuxedo Search. 180.00
What affects price? If you already own shoes, cuff links, studs, and other tux accessories, you might opt to use those. Or you may decide to go all out and get something special for your wedding day. Browse tux and formalwear accessory options at The Knot Tuxedo Search. 90.00
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of your bouquet (nosegay, cascade, and so on); the complexity of the arrangement; and whether a florist arranges it or you create your own will all affect the cost. 225.00
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of the bouquets (nosegay, cascade, and so on); the complexity of the arrangements; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 100.00 x 3 people (300.00)
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the style and complexity of the boutonniere; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 15.00 x 4 people (60.00)
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of her arrangement (pomander or basket for example); and whether a florist arranges it or you create your own will all affect the cost. 45.00
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the style and complexity of the corsage or boutonniere; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 150.00
What affects price? The type, size, and complexity of arrangements; the varieties of flowers and greenery used and whether they are in season; the number of tables that will have arrangements; and finally how many additional floral decorations (like floral arches, wreaths, and vines) based on the size of the room will all affect your final cost. 1200.00
What affects price? The type, size, and complexity of decorations; the varieties of flowers and greenery used and whether they are in season; and how many additional floral arrangements (like arches, wreaths, and vines) based on the size of the ceremony site (altar decorations, pew arrangements, door wreaths and so on) will all affect your final cost. 420.00
What affects price? Number of musicians; how long they play; whether they work for the ceremony site or you have to hire them; whether the same musicians will also play at your reception (you may get a price break). Professional muscians will cost more than amateurs or students. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 300.00
What affects price? Number of musicians; how long they play; whether the same musicians will also play at your reception (you may get a price break). Professional muscians will cost more than amateurs or students. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 300.00
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the band or DJ can determine the price as well as how many people will play or emcee. How long you want them to play is another major factor. Professional muscians and DJs will cost more than amateurs or students. Sophistication of the DJ's equipment or the band's sound system can also affect cost. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1800.00
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the photographer; whether assistants are requried; how long you want the photographer to work; the number and types of cameras and other equipment; kinds of film; number and sizes of prints you buy (or the package you choose); photo treatments that mean extra darkroom work. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1800.00
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the videographer; whether assistants are requried; how long you want the videographer to work; the number and types of cameras and other equipment; length and type of the video and the number of tapes you buy (or the package you choose); special effects that mean extra editing-room work. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1500.00
What affects price? The package you purchase; how many prints you order; whether you want a bridal album and/or parent albums or additional copies of your video. 300.00
What affects price? What kind of invitations you order; the type of paper they are printed on; the printing technique (engraved or thermographed, for instance); the number you need based on your guest list; whether you need extra enclosure cards, maps, or other inserts. Extra postage may be required depending on the weight and shape. How envelopes are addressed will also affect cost: professional calligraphy, laser printing, or addressing by hand. 5.00 x 150 guests (750.00)
What affects price? What kind of stationery you order; the type of paper; the printing technique (engraved or thermographed, for instance); how much you need; and whether you order along with your invitations. Extra postage may be required depending on the weight and shape. 150.00
What affects price? The type of metal you choose (silver, gold, platinum); whether you have gemstones and or detailing on band; whether you opt for engraving; the size and weight of the ring; whether it is custom-designed or ready-to-wear. 300.00
What affects price? The type of metal you choose (silver, gold, platinum); whether you have gemstones and or detailing on band; whether you opt for engraving; the size and weight of the ring; whether it is custom-designed or ready-to-wear. 300.00
What affects price? Size, type, and color of cars; how many hours you rent the vehicles for; included amenities (champagne, TV, full bar, and so on); how many cars you rent. Remember to factor in tips for the drivers. 450.00
What affects price? The size of your guest list will determine how large of a shuttle/parking lot you need; how long you need the shuttle/guests need to park; whether you opt for valet service. Remember to factor in a tip for valets or shuttle drivers. 300.00
What affects price? Whether you rent a honeymoon suite at the same hotel where your wedding reception is held or where your guests are staying; the type of room that you book; additional amenities (room service, mini bar, and so on). 150.00
What affects price? Number of attendants you have in your wedding party and what you decide to give to each; whether you give honor attendants more expensive presents. 42.86 x (3 bridesmaids + 4 groomsmen ) 300.00
What affects price? How many and what type of favors you give; whether you want personalization (your names and wedding date on them). Ordering in bulk can cut costs. 3.00 x 150 guests (450.00)
What affects price? Number of sets of parents you have between you and what you decide to give to each. 150
Your Budget     30000.00


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Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

To plan the perfect celebration, use this comprehensive wedding checklist, with a timeline based on the 16-month length of the average U.S. engagement.

Sixteen to Nine Months Before

Start a wedding folder or binder.
Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.

Work out your budget.
Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
Pick your wedding party.
As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.
Start the guest list.
Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information. (Want to keep costs low? It may be brutal, but the best way to do it is to reduce your guest list.)
Hire a planner, if desired.
A planner will have relationships with—and insights about—vendors.
Reserve your date and venues.
Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.
Book your officiant.
Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.
Keep their contact information in your binder.
Throw an engagement party, if you wish.
But remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well.
Eight Months Before
Hire the photographer and the videographer.
No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.
Your Wedding Photographer is very important, it is our job to record all the best moments, and smallest details of this landmark day in your life.
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Book the entertainment.
Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favorite.
Meet caterers.
If your wedding venue doesn’t offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.
Purchase a dress.
You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.
Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.
Sign up at a minimum of three retailers.
Launch a wedding website.
Create your personal page through a free provider such as weddingchannel.com. Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations. Then send the link to invitees.
Seven to Six Months Before
Select and purchase invitations.
Hire a calligrapher, if desired. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.
Related: 50 Wedding Invitations, Save-the-Dates, and Programs
Start planning a honeymoon.
Make sure that your passports are up-to-date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.
Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses.
Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.
Meet with the officiant.
Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).
Send save-the-date cards.
Reserve structural and electrical necessities.
Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components, and so on.
Book a florist.
Florists can serve multiple clients on one day, which is why you can wait a little longer to engage one. Plus, at this point, you’ll be firm on what your wedding palette will be.
Arrange transportation.
Consider limos, minibuses, trolleys, and town cars. (But know that low-to-the-ground limos can make entries and exits dicey if you’re wearing a fitted gown.)
Start composing a day-of timeline.
Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance).

Five to Four Months Before

Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues.
Negotiate the cost and the menu. If you’re planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well.
Check on the wedding invitations.
Ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs.
Select and order the cake.
Some bakers require a long lead time. Attend several tastings before committing to any baker.
Send your guest list to the host of your shower.
Provided you, ahem, know about the shower.
Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings.
Bring the shoes along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.
Schedule hair and makeup artists.
Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results.
Choose your music.
What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you want—and do not want—played.

Three Months Before

Finalize the menu and flowers.
You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season.
Order favors, if desired.
Some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region. If you’re planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too.
Make a list of the people giving toasts.
Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now.
Finalize the readings.
Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.
Purchase your undergarments.
And schedule your second fitting.
Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.
Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs.
No need to go to a printer, if that’s not in your budget: You can easily create these on your computer.
Purchase the rings.
This will give you time for resizing and engraving.
Send your event schedule to the vendors.
Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback.

Two Months Before

Touch base again with all the vendors.
Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered.
Meet with the photographer.
Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.
Review the playlist with the band or deejay.
Though you probably won’t be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list.
Send out the invitations.
The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.
Submit a newspaper wedding announcement.
If you’re planning to include a photograph, check the publication’s website: Some have strict rules about how the photo should look.
Enjoy a bachelorette party.
Arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honor. But if she hasn’t mentioned one to you by now, feel free to ask—for scheduling purposes, of course!—if a celebration is in the works.
One Month Before
Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database.
Phone people who have not yet responded.
Get your marriage license.
The process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies.
Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.
Related: Rehearsal Dinner Planning Checklist
Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting.
For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.
Stock the bar.
Now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly.
Send out as many final payments as you can.
Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors.
E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles.
This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route.
Assign seating.
Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.
Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.
You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner.
Write vows, if necessary.
Related: Wedding Vows Writing Checklist
Get your hair cut and colored, if desired.
Week of the Wedding
Reconfirm arrival times with vendors.
Delegate small wedding-day tasks.
Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.
Send a timeline to the bridal party.
Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors, if problems arise.
Pick up your dress.
Or make arrangements for a delivery.
Check in one last time with the photographer.
Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film.
Set aside checks for the vendors.
And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.
Book a spa treatment.
Make an appontment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)
Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events.
Typically, companies close their lists 72 hours in advance.
Break in your shoes.
Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets.
Pack for your honeymoon.



spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) Checklist Planning Ultimate Wedding https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/9/ultimate-wedding-planning-checklist Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:56:31 GMT
Your photographs are safe with us. https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/8/your-photographs-are-safe-with-us To all our Clients, Friends & Family.

We want you to know that your photographs are safe. We use top of the line latest design hard drives at out computers, and we back up all the files to remote servers on the web on redundant servers off state a couple of times as the raw files, and all the processed photoshopped files.

Hope this makes you all feel a bit safer knowing that the most important pictures will always be there for you.

All your photographs taken by us are

 safe no matter now much shaking SoCal throws at us :)

Pablo & Susie 

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Wedding Video from SpotNphoto https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/4/wedding-video Here is a small sample of one of our wedding videos for a wonderful wedding we photographed and filmed in Santa Barbara.

spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) SpotNphoto Video Wedding from https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/4/wedding-video Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:39:06 GMT
its beautifully made - Candy Buffet https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/3/its-beautifully-made-candy-buffet A friend of mine just started a new business the name is "Beautifully Made" and it is a Candy buffet service for events as parties and weddings. check it our here 



Beautifully Made Catering - Candy & Dessert Buffet

Candy Buffet
 Beautifully Made guarantees your satisfaction and has a reputation for creating delicious displays. Whether you are looking for a simple set-up or a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece, Beautifully Made provides the opportunity to impress, indulge and most importantly, thank your guests. 
The possibilities are endless!
All of our candy stations include the following:
Face-to-face consultation*
Set up at least 1 hour prior to event
Take-down and clean up within 30 min. of event completion
Use of all necessary designer jars, trays, towers, candy scoops and tongs.
Packaging and any extra goodies are yours to keep.


Anniversaries ,Award Ceremonies, Baby Shower ,Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties, Banquets , Bat & Bar Mitzvahs , Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, Class Reunions, Corporate Events, Engagement Parties, Family Reunions, Fashion Shows, Graduations/Grad Nights ,Grand Openings, House Warming, Hospitality Sweets, Ladies Night, Movie Premiers, Open House , Product Launches, Prom, Winter , Formal & Homecomings, , Quinceaneras, Sport  Events, Sweet Sixteen, Tea Parties, Weddings , And much more

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Carnaval & Santa Barbara Weekend https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/3/carnaval-santa-barbara-weekend  

Last weekend was great.

It started with a big party at the Centro Cultural Uruguayo, Carnaval was in full blast! with the sounds of the drums, the masks, girls with the feather outfits, the rocking band, and 200 people dancing nonstop it was a crazy fun event ! Big thanks to the Centro Cultural Uruguayo for inviting us once again to be their photographers we are very happy you all liked the pictures so much

but this was just the beginning ....
We then drove 150 miles north and met with Master Photographer Andy for a few more days of photography.

We were part of a wedding in beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse, it was a beautiful wedding at the top of the bell tower with the view of the Santa Barbara hills and downtown areas, the couple had a great time and their family was very, very happy, everything was picture perfect, the soft sun created beautiful outlines, the Spanish tile roofs as their backdrop, made for great pictures, after a little convincing both their parents even got in to it and we captured some great pictures of all of them  !

After going to the studio, recharging and refreshing cameras and ourselves

We also had an engagement photo shoot with a couple that came from Oregon to take pictures, now that is commitment, they knew they wanted to have their engagement pictures in Santa Barbara as it is a special place for them, they asked who is one of the best photographers in the area and they found us and we did not let them down, with all the gear recharged we hit the beautiful parks in Santa Barbara and some of the distinct locations that they were looking for. They were lots of fun the pictures came out fantastic, I cannot wait to show it to you all :)

... we are on fire now, and we ended on Monday doing more pictures and video camera work for a local TV station in Santa Barbara, there is a TV show called Central Coast Success that highlights businesses and entrepreneurs in the area and we spent the best part of the morning and afternoon at Babcock Winery & Vineyards in Lompoc, CA. We got to know the owners and all the technicians ask them questions and walk in the vineyards, a beautiful location that we have been invited back to photo shoot.  

I could write a bunch more since there are lots of details and things I have not told you about yet ... but we have to get ready ...
there is a wedding tonight in Laguna beach we have to get ready for  :)

Expect lots of new beautiful photography to show up in our website in the next few weeks.
Thank you so much to you all for the support, please keep telling people about us.



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SAVE THE DATE https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/save-the-date Coffee + late night + more coffee + photoshop 

What does this all equal ? a brand new page for our Save The Date cards, mailers & ideas.

This is a service we offer to all our engagements couples and weddings planners to make the wedding planing easier, and what is easier and better than Free, yes free, , show us your style, tell us how you like it and what you would like to have written and we will make it for you at no charge.  You can not get better than that !!! give us a call lets get your engagement pictures taken and then let your imagination free and we will make them for you.

Here is the new page where we will showcase all the new save the date invitations 





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Viva Las Vegas WPPI https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/viva-las-vegas-wppi AND... WE ARE BACK !!!!!!!!!! what an awesome week VEGAS was great , so much info , got many new products to show you guys, also was able to cram in 10 classes and purchased some new gear !!! time to unpack, kiss out little girls and get some sleep, got a photoshoot and another visit to the airport tomorrow !!! — at Long Beach Airport.




spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) Las Vegas Viva WPPI https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/viva-las-vegas-wppi Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:58:07 GMT
WPPI is half way over https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/wppi-is-half-way-over WPPI is half way over !! :( had so many classes and stuff to see my brain is melting !! hehehe awesome time we are having over here, I can not wait to try all kinds of new things i am seeing here with you all :) get ready, book some photoshoots with us, they will be fantatsic !!! — at MGM Grand Las Vegas.




spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/wppi-is-half-way-over Wed, 22 Feb 2012 03:00:00 GMT
The Return of Mr. Longo https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/the-return-of-mr--longo After about 2 years I got to spend some good time with a Great friend Mike Longo.

We met at the Shoreline Village in Long Beach and had a photo feast ! yum !!
The afternoon began very overcast and it looked like there would be just a flat sky to shoot pics,
then the sky opened and the clouds lit up , and we just snapped away !

His eye for image framing and composition is fantastic, his many years of experience as a master lighting superhero allows him to focus on the detail of how light bounces. We had a great time, too good of a time, I hope our wives did not get too upset cause we got home late !  but you know what after not seeing him for 2 years .. it was worth it :)

Images Courtesy of Mike Longo , www.Mikelongo.net


Check out SpotNphoto images here


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Hey, Look what I can do !!! Now with BLOG https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/hey--look-what-i-can-do-----now-with-blog Hey, about time we have a nice functioning blog in our website

We will be able to post the newest images and updates here.. stay tuned as this is the first post


spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) ! Blog spotNphoto https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2012/2/hey--look-what-i-can-do-----now-with-blog Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:41:12 GMT
New Look ! https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/11/new-look Made a bunch of changes to the website.

Better ? worse ?
What do you think.


spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/11/new-look Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:37:00 GMT
Wedding - ROSE & TOMMY - Uptown - whittier https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/11/wedding-rose-tommy-uptown-whittier We got the approval to share some pictures from the latest wedding we where a part of.


here is one of the pictures as a teaser  :)  you can see the rest on our website

Whittier, Wedding
spotnphoto@gmail.com ({ spotNphoto }) Rose Tommy Wedding https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/11/wedding-rose-tommy-uptown-whittier Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:59:00 GMT
2178 Pictures !?!?! Yes ! https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/11/2178-pictures-yes After uploading the latest updates to the website , we have now over 2000 pictures!

what? yes!
That is a lot of pictures ! so you know there are some amazing shots !
check them out so you dont have to take our words for it :)


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"Big Girl Soccer" https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/10/big-girl-soccer Today we took our daughters to see the Long Beach State Women Soccer game against Riverside.
Our 4 year old said we are watching "big girls soccer" since she plays "little girls soccer" It was very cute.

We had a great time, Long Beach won !!!
did not take the big cameras , just our point and shoot that I had not used in a long time, still had some great pictures come out of that little canon :)

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Check out our website https://spotnphoto.com/blog/2011/10/check-out-our-website www.spotNphoto.com

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