10 tips to save money on your wedding!

Weddings these days can run you a pretty big tab, but by trying to save a few dollars here and there, it will all add up and make a big difference in the end.

do you want to have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank?

Well here’s some tips on how to do that...

1.Hire a wedding planner: Although you pay a wedding planner a fee, you could end up saving more money by going this route. Wedding event planners will know more people in the industry and will get better pricing for you. A wedding planner can ensure you are getting the best of the best vendors and will negotiate prices on your behalf and leave you stress and worry free

2. Choose digital invites:

Although hand-crafted invites are beautiful, they are also pricey. Digital invites allows you to custom design the look of the invitation you want and print from home or send via email. You can achieve the same beautiful look but at half the price

3. Schedule properly:

Try to create little wait time between the ceremony and the reception. Although that little break may be nice, you are still paying for photographers and musicians for that extra wait time

4. Give feedback:

Some vendors may give you a discount rate if you leave them a good and honest testimony and/or refer them to more clients. Ask your vendors if they are willing to negotiate on the price, or better yet, have your wedding planner do it on your behalf 😉

5. Negotiate kids meals pricing:

Often you can negotiate the price of children’s meals or get them knocked off completely. If not, opt for kids meals that are a little more budget-friendly like mac and cheese or mini burgers and hot dogs

6. Select flowers properly:

Ask your florist to create flower arrangements that can be used for both the ceremony and the reception. This allows you not to be limited on beautiful florals however you will save a ton in money by not having to make 2 sets of arrangements!

7. Get your dress at a sample sale:

A wedding dress is a big deal for a woman on her big deal, so don’t settle for anything less than perfect. If you have your heart set on a specific look or high end designer the dress can get pricey, but make sure to check out sample sales where you can pick your designer dress for a cheaper cost

8. Skip out on the bread basket:

You would be surprised how much much you will save by opting out of the bread basket for your tables. This will also leave more room for your guests to fill up on your delicious main courses rather than filling up on bread

9. Don't leave wine/champagne bottles at the table :

Instead of paying for a specific amount of wine and champagne bottles at a table have servers come around to offer it to guests in an arranged poured service. This will save bottles from going to waste as well as your money from going to waste

And last, but certainly not least ..

10. Create a budget and stick to it

Be upfront with your vendors on how much you can afford to spend based on the budget you have allocated yourself. Don't be afraid to say no and keep looking. You may have to source out different options in order to find the perfect fit for you and your budget. Be clear about what your non-negotiables are as you may have to compromise on some other things, and thats okay!

These small tips are the key to still creating the beautifull wedding og your dreams. but saving some money in the process!

And hey.. You could always use that extra saved money towards your honeymoon ;)

social media coordinator- Ouda Lova Events & Design - Francesca Ricciardi

Pantone color of the year for 2017

Pantones color of the year for 2017 is GREENERY.. and we couldn’t be happier.

Greenery is a revitalizing and fresh shade. It is the symbol of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate new beginnings than by incorporating greenery into your wedding day décor!

Greenery is natures neutral, so any accompanying color will work perfectly to help convey your wedding day theme! Greenery would work perfectly in a bundle for a stunning centerpiece, but also can be incorporated into your table décor, head table and of course within your bouquets. Greenery table garlands are extremely popular this year and create a beautiful touch to any wedding, or you could also get creative and do some stunning greenery vine draping around your head table.

Incorporating some fresh greenery is sure to add a refreshing, invigorating and modern spin to your big day!

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Household items that can save your big day

Even with months of planning and perfect execution, mistakes and accidents can happen the day of your big event… in fact, in most cases they WILL happen!

But that’s okay.. Stay calm and keep moving! With perfect planning these little accidents can be fixed without breaking a sweat. Plan an emergency kit to help you fix any small detail that may go wrong and leave this kit with your trusty helper for the day of the event.

What do we put in this kit? Here are some suggestions!

• Scissors (fabric and regular) • Ribbon or string • A lighter (for candles) • Fabric pins and safety pins • A mini sewing kit • Crazy glue • Measuring tape • Tape and double sided tape • Tide to go • Lint roller

These small household items can be a game-changer when you are in desperate need! Our team here at Ouda Lova events and design carry these items with us at all times in case of an emergency!

Just stay composed and remember that proper planning can make all the difference!

5 Wedding details that are trending now!

The wedding world is like the fashion world, its constantly changing and growing, and new innovations can always be seen within the details of a wedding. Whether you are a simple bride, or a bride who wants her big day to be the big bang, the details are what can make your special day a very unforgettable memory.

Let’s take a look at what’s HOT in the wedding world right now…

1. A perfectly imperfect look:

The goal is to have a wedding that looks effortlessly beautiful, however still eclectic and stylish. More and more clients want simplistic designs that still pack a punch in beauty. Remember that with perfect execution, minimalistic doesn’t have to mean boring!

2. Dreamy florals:

Florals are back and are dominating the wedding scene. Beautiful big arrangements with greenery and texture are hot this year and work well for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Whether you are having your wedding at a glam hall venue or having a rustic outdoor wedding, floral arrangements are the way to perfectly represent your theme and set the tone.

3. Twinkling candles:

Candles are a great **detail to add romance to any wedding whether its small detailing on tabletops or you go big with a candle-lit aisle to create the WOW-factor. When it’s time to dim the lights and put the spotlight on the bride those candles twinkle and shine and create a striking and dreamy ambiance.

4. White and Gold:

White and gold are trending colors this year and are constantly being used in wedding décor. Its simple, its elegant and its absolutely fabulous! These simplistic colors can make such a bold statement within your décor and your floral arrangements.

5. Bling! Bling! And oh…. MORE BLING!

There is never a moment where you can say there is too much bling. Crystals and sparkles make a statement and glam up your wedding. Bling is the perfect way to astonish your guests for that bride who wants to go big or go home. It can be used within almost any element of your wedding - from centre pieces, to floral arrangements, and of course, on the brides dress and jewelry!

"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered" -Giorgio Armani

Celebrating life, love and passion

When passion rules your heart and flowers take your breath away, life will always be beautiful and full of hope.
— Margarita Oudalova

Thank you for reading, sharing and experiencing our blog.  From the get go you should know that OUDLAOVA EVENTS & DESIGN was first and for most established from the passion to create.

The passion for creating beauty, creating breathtaking florals and beautiful ambiance. Creating lasting memories and experiences, creating striking visuals and sensibilities. 

This week I have celebrated my 35th birthday, and to tell you the truth at first I wasn't sure what to write about. I wasn't sure how to express this new beginning, this start to a fresh decade. But lets face it,  when you create your whole life, it seems the only thing you COULD talk about is CREATION and its impact on your own life.

Today I am thankful for having the guts to follow my guts ( no pun intended) and establishing this beautiful passion I call my business, my creative agency, my baby (besides my two beautiful boys)

I am so thankful for being able to "create" my whole life,  for being supported and loved by my family and close friend for my artistic talents and style. To say the least,  I am ecstatic when clients tell me " you are more passionate about our project that we are!" -  my heart then is at ease,  because anything I do to get my self from point A to the final product, comes from the love of the creative process. That love then comes from my passion towards creating, and so Its a constant circle of artistic fusion and lust for big over the top visuals.

I can't help it. Its kinda in my veins.

I would love for you to join us and see where we go from here....

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Here is to another decade of love, passion and creations. May all your beautiful artistic, event and wedding dreams come true.

For the love of beauty,

MARGARITA OUDALOVA