How to create a Luxe, Chic Wedding....and not break the bank!

Happy #MatrimonyMonday!

Creating a wedding that looks like you spent a million dollars shouldn't actually COST you a million dollars ( unless you want it to!). I've come up with a few ideas that will give you the Chic, Luxe wedding you and your fiance' desire without having you go into debt! 

1. Book your venue in an off season. By booking your wedding venue in an off season or even on a Friday/ Sunday date, you can save hundreds (maybe even thousands) of dollars that you can spend on other things! 

2. Personalize your day. By creating a theme or sticking to one, cohesive look, you can give your wedding a chic and modern look without having to add a lot of details. 

3. Minimize your guest list. By cutting back on your guest list, you can cut down on your catering and rental costs will save you hundreds. And speaking of party rentals....

4. Choose your party rentals carefully. By selecting colored or textured linens for your reception, you will get more bang for your buck. Linens can transform your space and set the tone for your entire wedding. 

5. Choose in season flowers and go for a monochromatic look.  In season flowers are less cost and creating a monochromatic look gives a chic look without having to spend money on multiple types of flowers, 

6. Cut a full bar.  Save money on your liquor costs by serving a signature cocktail( or two), beer and wine only. 

7. Skip the Wedding Favors. I can't tell you how many weddings I have worked and had more then half of the wedding favors left behind. The best kind of favors are ones guests actually use, like a photo booth with souvenir photos! 

8. Choose a live musician for the ceremony and DJ for the reception. This will save thousands and give you the best of both worlds. 

9. Identify and stick to, a color palette. One main color and two accents are ideal. 

10. Consider hiring a Wedding Planner! Hiring a professional will make sure you stay on budget and come up with budget saving ideas, and help you create the Wedding of your Dreams!




amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!