How to Find Unique and Affordable Wedding Venues

Venue Search Tips

No matter the budget, every couple wants to feel a bit of magic on their big day.  Having the right venue plays a large role in the creation of this fairytale moment.  The venue sets the tone for the entire wedding.  It embodies the theme, embraces the colors, amplifies the music, and creates a mood with the right lighting — all of which come together to create an experience, a memory.  A lot of popular, or well known, venues have extremely high rental fees (and this fee could be in addition to a large per guest cost, rentals, catering, etc.).  It’s easy to fall in love with one of these expensive venues — but then you have to face reality and accept that it may not be in your budget.  I had a similar situation in my own wedding planning search and refused to believe that I had to settle.  After digging a bit deeper, I came across some amazing resources to use in your wedding venue search. Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep: Final Decor and Budget Overview

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To finish off the year and my slew of holiday-specific posts, I’d love to share my photos from the holiday gathering I had with my girls.  I put my own advice into practice and selected affordable decor pieces, budget-friendly food options, and made sure to repurpose holiday and event trinkets I already owned.  The end product was a festive event that set a calm, cozy mood and provided an endless amount of treats and season-inspired drinks for my guests to enjoy.  In terms of budget, I stuck to my goal and only spent $158.90 for the whole event– I splurged a bit for this amazing, gold velvet I used as an accent texture in my fabric backdrop (…only $8.90 over!). Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep: Holiday Fabric Backdrop

Holiday Fabric Backdrop

Here at With An I Do, we’ve had a little fun with the holidays and created a holiday fabric backdrop inspired by a woodland-themed occasion.  This is a perfect focal piece to feature behind design elements like your appetizer display or your gift table. Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 2: Festive Food Selections

Holiday Party Pizzas

A party isn’t a party without a great food selection.  Whether you choose to throw a cocktail affair or a five course meal, variety is key.  To continue our holiday series, I am going to dig into the menu portion of my party planning process and show you how to have a wide variety of options, while still sticking to our overall $100 to $150 total party budget. Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 1: Festive Beverages

Holiday Centerpieces

The holidays are approaching quickly and if you’re anything like me, you’re already making plans for your annual event.  I love a good party — tons of food, striking decor, adorable gifts for the guests, and unforgettable memories with loved ones.  As I’m sure you’re aware, these items can add up and do so QUICKLY.  After stressing about party funds for a couple of years in a row, I’ve finally figured out how to throw a great holiday bash without breaking the bank. Continue reading

7 Things to Look for When Scouting an Event Venue

There’s nothing more exciting then finding THE venue.

Perfect location.

Perfect space.

Perfect vibe.

All White Ceremony Venue

It’s easy to fall in love with it right then and there….and then you start reviewing the contract. Continue reading

Hidden Gems UnVEILED #2: Tin Cans

I find that there’s nothing better than an impactful decor element that’s created from an everyday product — especially when said everyday product is extremely affordable and/or reusable.  The next featured item in this series is the always reliable tin can.  Tin cans can be purchased in grocery stores, craft stores, hardware stores, or even rented from a multitude of event rental companies.  Better yet, your tin cans can simply be old soup or vegetable cans that were used for this week’s meals.  Tin cans are an essential base for a multitude of decor items — chandeliers, mobiles, centerpieces, decorative votives, lanterns, you name it! Continue reading

Hidden Gems UnVEILED #1: Ribbon

I find that there’s nothing better than an impactful decor element that’s created from an everyday product — especially when said everyday product is extremely affordable.  To start off this series, I will highlight one of my favorite hidden decor gems…ribbon.  Yes, ordinary ribbon that can be purchased in grocery stores and craft stores the like.  Ribbon is a trim that is associated with a multitude of mood descriptors. Continue reading