Wedding planning on a budget

January 9, 2012 10:11:56 AM PST
With budgets extra tight these days, more brides are looking to save on their wedding without sacrificing style.

An upcoming event called "Meet the Experts" Arming the Recessionista Bride is designed to do just that. Scheduled to attend is a panel of bridal experts (including Planning Expert Debi Lilly) plus lots of fun bridal looks, tabletop and floral ideas for newly engaged brides starting the planning process.

    1.) BRIDAL LOOK IDEAS by The Left Bank:
  • Take any shoe and clasp a vintage clip earring to the center of the toe
  • Repurpose a family brooch by taking any necklace (choker, 3-strain of pearls, etc) and pinning brooch on to any part. This look is VERY on-trend -- you could even pin it onto a birdcage veil for an extra flair of vintage oh-la-la!
    2.) FOOD/DRINK IDEAS by Pure Kitchen Catering
  • Serving apps, entrees and salads "family-style" on platters, which is better than buffet because it balances the cost effectiveness of a buffet and the elegance/convenience of plated by serving your guests at their table.
  • BYOB -- consider providing your own alcohol, which can cut thousands out of the budget.
    3.) FLORAL/TABLETOP IDEAS by Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event
  • Instead of a large, expensive fresh floral arrangement, feature one of the season's hottest design trends: fruit, floral and herbs
  • Use vegetables in place of fruit and simple white linens to make them pop!

3rd Annual Meet the Experts: Arming the Recessionista Bride
Thursday, January 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Room 1520 -- 1520 W. Fulton Street

The Left Bank Jewelry and Bridal Finery
1155 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614