How to create a truly chic and stylish wedding on a budget

Creating a chic and stylish wedding DOESN'T have to cost a ton of money. Let's get something straight, it is nearly impossible to create a "chic" wedding on a budget of $5,000 or less; I don't care what the bridal magazines say! 

So, let's talk about how to truly create a chic and stylish wedding on a reasonable budget! 

First, things first; you and your fiance have to have an HONEST discussion about what you both want for your wedding. Having this discussion BEFORE you start planning keeps you both from flying blind into the fantastic world of wedding planning! 

Next, think about hosting your wedding on a weekday or Friday or Sunday night. Venues tend to offer lower rental rates for "off days" and this will save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. 

Keep you guest list low. There is a trend growing of hosting smaller affairs with close family and friends, and by keeping your guest list around 100-150 people, not only will you be able to keep your catering and rental cost down, you will actually be able to spend time with all the people you send those pretty invitations to! 

When it comes to decor, go for a monochromatic, minimalist design palette. Think lots of candles, low centerpieces, and luxurious linens that give your reception space a glow without being ornate and over the top.

Lastly, by not splurging on the top shelf, open bar reception and creating two signature drinks you not only reflect your individual personalities, but also save money on your bar tab ! 

Leave a comment below with some of your favorite cost saving tips for chic weddings, and don't forget to share this post with a friend! 

Until Next Time, XOXO

Amber

 

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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!

5 Reasons Brunch Weddings are AWESOME!

As I sit here enjoying a mimosa and lox and bagels, I can't help but think about how underrated brunch weddings are. True, evening weddings are great and who doesn't like to party until dawn but for those of you who desire something a bit out of the box, a bit more intimate and more cost effective,  let's talk about why a brunch wedding is just as awesome! 

Availability is better.  Holding a reception between 9a-3p and (possibly) during the week will allow you to save costs on venue, catering and other decor rentals you may need.

Brunch Weddings are more intimate. A daytime brunch wedding reception will allow you to keep your guest list low, so you can spend more time with closest friends and family! 

The bar options are greater. Between mimosa bars, omelet bars, and pancake/french toast/waffle bars, the food options your guests get are greater than a " one plate per person" dinner option. 

You can still have an after party.  If you are still aching for a good #TurnUp session with all your homies, holding an intimate brunch reception gives you the freedom to enjoy a night out on the town for those guests that either weren't able to attend the wedding or your out of town guests who you want to show a night on the town! 

and greatest reason brunch weddings are awesome.....

MIMOSAS. Enough said! 

Until Next Time, XOXO

Amber 

 

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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!

Pink and Gray Wedspiration Palette

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves!! I have really been inspired by the Spring Wedspiration Palette theme, and I hope you all have been inspired by it as well! It's exciting to come up with new ideas every week! 

This week, I'm looking at a Pink and Gray color palette. I love this soft color palette, it exudes romance! I've seen this color palette at a few weddings, and it doesn't come across as "girly" as one would think. Done correctly, it's a nice neutral look! 

A great way to change it up would be to allow your bridesmaids to wear mismatched sequin dresses ( if you've noticed, I have a SLIGHT obsession with anything metallic or sequins!) 

Make sure you are following me on Pinterest page for more Wedspiration!! 

Until next week.....XOXO!! 

Amber

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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!

Peach|Coral|Powder Blue Wedspiration

Happy #WeddingWednesday! 

Continuing on with my Spring Wedspiration Color Boards, today we are looking at the Coral|Peach|Powder Blue palette. This color palette is fantastic for a Garden Party theme, or for that couple that is inspired by nature, because all three of these colors represent the sky at sunset. 

This color palette is one of my favorites, and if you love it as well, make sure you check out my Pinterest Page for more #Wedspiration boards!! 

Until Next Week,

XOXO, Amber 

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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!

You're All I Need Cause Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing!

Happy #Wedding Wednesday loves! Since this is the last installment of my #MonthOfLove blog posts, I thought I would end this series with a few of the classic duets by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell! 

Now, Marvin and Tammi had SO MANY songs together but I chose the Top 3! Here they are in no particular order: 

So, I hope you all enjoyed my Month Of Love posts! Stay tuned for my #SpringFling Bridal posts for the month of March! 

Until Next Week.......

XOXO, Amber 

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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!