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Every once in a while I run into a great article of information. My buddy Diana Romero of Ah Le Party Wedding & Event Planning wrote a nice little article on tips for your guest list. You can read it here or visit her blog to read it.  Thanks Diana for the wonderful bits of info you provide for brides. We at Miguel Pola Photographers would like to wish all the newly engaged couples who got engaged of the Holidays the Warmest of Congratulations on your engagement.  Be sure to browse our Wedding portfolio to see some of our amazing couples.

 

 

10 Great Guest List Tips

1. Create a guest total depending on your venue limitations and budget
2. Create an A and B list with the A list having the total guest count number
3.  If one side is paying for the wedding such as the Father of the Bride, please set a limit on their list
4.  It is appropriate to give both families the same limit on their lists
4. It isn’t necessary to invite all of your co-workers.  Only invite co-workers if you associate with them outside of the office
5.  Mail out your invitations to your A list ten weeks before the wedding
6.  Write the names of who is invited on the envelope to clarify who is invited (for example just the parents names if children are not included)
7.  As you receive regrets from your A list guests, begin sending out invitations to your B list
8.  Children?  Inviting children costs less as a whole since they eat less and take up less space
9.  If you are inviting single friends keep in mind that if they have a significant other, it is appropriate to invite the significant other
10.If you receive RSVP cards with a number higher than invited, kindly inform the guests that there are venue limitations

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The Power of the social Media Facebook, Twitter, and form of social media is crazy.  Last week over twitter I posted a simple question. ” Does anyone Know of a good interior designer in OC?”  I received several responses from friends and colleagues which I expected.  But one that I didn’t expect was a response from and actual Interior Designer.  Her response was simple and to the point.  “@miguelpola I am a local professional interior designer in OC. How can I help?”  We corresponded  via twitter a few times then spoke over the phone a couple of times.  See, my Studio is in need of a little face lift and I initially figured “what the heck I can make a couple of changes here and there and spruce it up a bit.” But then I started to think, “Why don’t I hire a professional to do this?”  Someone who does this this for a living, someone who is passionate about what they do.   In talking to Audra Miller of Audra Miller Interiors, a couple things.  1st she an awesome person. And shes a great listener.  She hears what you want and need.  Super important when your trying to achieve something that will be great for you the client.  If your newly married and you need some great inspiration for your new love nest be sure to hit Audra up.  Let her know that I sent you.  She’ll take great care of you.  :)

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Yay! we have a new feature for our blog. Along with our blog posts we will be including featured guest bloggers every once in a while. Which will be great, because we will be able to create a great resource for brides to be.
Meet, Diana Romero From Ah! Le Party Wedding Planning. I first met Diana In 2008 when we worked a gorgeous wedding together at the Prado Balboa Park in San Diego. Ah! Le Party is a San Diego based full service wedding & event planning company. Diana Romero who is the owner and lead coordinator established Ah! Le Party in October of 2004. Diana has coordinated over 70 weddings and has a great team of assistants that work closely with her. Diana has been writing wedding articles for a few years and loves to offer brides tips on all wedding planning aspects. The following are great cost saving wedding planning tips to keep in mind for couples on a budget. If you have any questions, Diana’s email is ahleparty@yahoo.com. Diana loves hearing from couples!
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• The most important thing to do in the beginning is to create the budget and guest list so you know what you can allocate to each area.
• When you are hiring vendors and buying wedding items stay within your financial parameters.
• Acquire vendor referrals that are within your budget from your wedding coordinator.
• Give yourself plenty of time to decide on who you hire and what you buy. Any rush decisions at times leaves you spending more than you are prepared for.
• Get married during an off-peak time such as Fall, Winter and early Spring.
• Have your wedding during a time that’s not in high demand, such as a Sunday or Friday.
• Have a smaller guest list and do not include coworkers you do not associate with outside of work, children and those haven’t seen in five years or more.
• Buy flowers that are in season and simplify the number of flowers in bouquets and centerpieces (I have seen bridesmaids carry one cal lily or one rose).
• When buying flowers, avoid peak-times such as Valentines, Mother’s Day and Easter.
• If you have a church ceremony, make your own pew decorations or do not have pew decorations.
• Hire a DJ that will cover both the ceremony and the reception to save on ceremony music costs.
• Ask a friend to sing during your ceremony.
• Have a smaller bridal party – this saves on money for flowers, transportation etc.
• Attend bridal fairs where you are able to talk to multiple vendors and take advantage of bridal fair discounts and promotions.
• If you want to have a second photographer, do so only at the wedding ceremony.
• Instead of a plated dinner reception, have a breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail, or hors d’oeuvres reception.
• Know your guests – not everyone eats desert so only order wedding cake for the amount of guests who will have cake and keep in mind some guests will leave before the cake cutting.
• Have a smaller decorative wedding cake and have sheet cake served to the guests.
• Place one favor for every two chairs rather than every chair.
• Use place cards or centerpieces that double as favors.
• Purchase less expensive cake cutting items and toasting goblets or use the ones provided by the venue
• Order less programs – for example if you have 100 guests, order 40-50 because not everyone will pick up a program
• Create your own save the dates.
• Stick with smaller wedding invitations which are less expensive and will require less postage.
• Wear a less formal gown or a white bridesmaid dress.
• Hire a wedding planner. They usually have access to industry discounts that you don’t. (They also have cost saving tips and can keep you on track on referring vendors within your budget. A wedding planner saves you money in more than one way! ) Visit http://www.ahleparty.com

Written by Diana RomeroAh! Le Party Wedding Planning ~ http://www.ahleparty.com

So there you have it right from a actively working full time Wedding Planner. You can reach Diana Romero By visiting her website on the links above. And because blog posts are no fun without photos, here is some eye candy. :)

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