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Buy It Once, Use It Twice: Your Guide to Smart Decor

Buy It Once, Use It Twice: Your Guide to Smart Decor

Trust us, we completely understand that planning a wedding comes with a lot of different expenses. When you work with us, we are dedicated to providing you with the best options for your budget and needs. What many couples don’t realize is that there are several purchases for your wedding day that can be reused in different locations and for different things. Here, we will share some of our favorite tips and tricks on buying it once, but using it twice (or maybe even more than that).

CEREMONY DECOR. We’re sure you want your walk down the aisle to be pretty. Maybe you have some lanterns, or some beautiful floral arrangements at the spot where you’re going to exchange vows. Maybe you’re getting married in front of a flower wall or a hedge-wall. Whatever the case may be, all of these items can also be used as decor for your reception! You can use lanterns as part of your centerpiece, the floral arrangements as part of your sweetheart table decor (or placed anywhere that might need a little sprucing up), and the flower wall or hedge-wall can be used as a photo booth background, especially if you add a customized sign to it! All you need are some designated family members or friends (or your wedding planner) to carefully transport any items after the ceremony.

BOUQUETS. Your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets are a huge part of your ceremony and may even be a focal point of many of your photos. However, have you ever thought about using bouquets as centerpieces? We know, pretty epic. All you need are some clear vases, and as soon as your ceremony is over and your girls are done with their bouquets, simply place them into the vases and there you have your centerpieces! You can always add enhancements such as votive candles, tree stumps, rose petals, fairy lights…there are so many possibilities. The most important part is that the bouquet you paid for is now a pretty centerpiece. And honestly, you don’t even have to have them standing up if you don’t want. Flat or garland type centerpiece looks are definitely in and eliminate yet another cost.

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FAVORS. Yes, yet another multipurpose item! If you’re having specific seating arrangements at your wedding, your seating cards can also be your favors. They don’t have to be “cards” at all! They can be mini bottles of wine, bottle openers, key chains, cute mason jars.. the unique possibilities can go on and on and can relate to the theme of your wedding. As long as there’s a name tag on there somewhere so your guests know where to sit, yet again you’re saving another cost!

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There are many different ways to save a little money while planning a wedding, and we hope you can incorporate some of our favorite tips that we’ve shared! We would love to help you plan your dream wedding, with your vision and in your budget. Schedule a consultation today!

XOXO,
Lisa Tardo
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Say “Cheese” and Do A Little Dance! $200 Off Photo & DJ This April!

Say "Cheese" and Do A Little Dance! $200 Off Photo & DJ This April!

As you start to plan your wedding, what are some of the must-have services that first come to mind? Perhaps photography and entertainment? If so, you’re in luck.. we are running a special this April! If you bundle a Photography Package with a DJ Package with us, you will get $200 off your quote!

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Five, ten, even twenty years from now, you’re going to want to have photographs from your wedding day. They are a constant reminder of the love you share with your spouse and family, and while life moves on and things change, those memories and moments will forever be frozen in time. Our photographers work with you to capture the most important details and moments of your big day, from getting ready, to first looks, to portaits, to your ceremony, and all of the other special moments in between.

Our Photography Packages start at 4 hours, and can go up to full day coverage. You will receive all of your files through a shared link, as well as edited photos (the quantity will vary based on the package you choose). Five plus hour packages will also receive a USB drive in addition to the shared link.

What will your guests remember the most about your wedding day (besides witnessing the amazing love and marriage between you and your significant other)? The food.. and entertainment! Our DJs are sure to get the party started for you and your guests. You are sure to find a package for you with our budget-friendly yet high quality services. You can also add on extra time for your ceremony or cocktail hour.

To take advantage of this offer, please contact us today! Let us help you get your vendors booked and give you some peace of mind knowing some of your most important services are locked in!

XOXO,
Lisa Tardo
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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5 Creative Wedding Favors

5 Creative Wedding Favors

Wedding favors can be anything you want! Give your guests they best wedding favor they have ever seen. Theres no limits when creating your favors, get creative and fun with it!

Custom Hand Sanitizer 

These have become very popular wedding favors that are able to keep your guests safe and a favor they will really use! 

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Mini Plants

This is another great wedding favor to give out because it is a gift your guests could actually use! There are many different flowers to choose from. Get creative and find a flower that goes with your wedding theme! 

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Popcorn Boxes

Who doesn’t love popcorn? Nothing best this wedding snack after dancing all night! You can select a few different popcorn chooses and have your guests decide which one to grab on their way out!

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Mini Wine Bottle

No one is going to turn down a free bottle of wine! Gift your guests with the couple favorite choice of wine! With customized labels, of course.

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Mini Sunscreen

This wedding favor is very unique and will stand out to your guests. This is an ideal wedding favor for summer or destination weddings. 

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XOXO,
Tessa Caruso
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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When To Book Your Vendors and Why

When To Book Your Vendors and Why

Planning a wedding is the most exciting part leading up to your special day! However, it could get very overwhelming because there is so much to plan! Before doing anything, your priority should be to begin booking your vendors. 

Venue 

Once you decide on the venue you would like to have your wedding it is important to reserve your venue ASAP. Dates can easily book up from one or sometimes two years in advance. A years worth of brides from 2020 have postponed their weddings into 2021 or 2022, plus there are newly engaged couples are are hoping to book soon as possible too. Waiting to book your venue could result in not being able to host your wedding at on your desired day of the week or time of the year you would prefer to have it. 

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Photographers
Your photographer is capturing your special night so that it can be cherished forever. It is important to research popular photographers in the area and look into their work to determine if they are the right fit for your wedding. Well know photographers book up very fast, this is should be one of the first things you complete when planning your wedding.
Music and Entertainment

An impressive band or DJ will be able to get your guest’s energy up and will leave the dance floor packed the whole night! It is important to understand the band or DJ’s type of music they are most familiar with and see which is best suited for your wedding. The demand for talented entertainment that is unique is important to keep in mind because this should be a priority to book very soon!

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Take this time to have fun booking your vendors, just keep in mind to prioritize. If you’re getting married in May or June, then you should consider booking very sooner, as you’re competing with proms and graduations around that time as well!

We also offer every vendor service that we just spoke about (plus many more!), so don’t forget to request a quote from us with all of your wedding day service needs!

Happy Planning!

XOXO,
Tessa Caruso
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Wedding Planner Checklist

Wedding Planning Checklist

When planning a wedding it could become very hectic and easy to forget small things. Here’s a guide for any bride to stay organized while planning her wedding.  Whether you are a year or few months away from your wedding day, this guide will help plan each step with confidence!

Start Wedding Planning: Stay organized while planning your dream wedding
  • Setting a budget is the most important first step before you begin planning
  • Browse through Pinterest for  wedding and bride maids dresses 
  • Start gathering ideas for wedding themes
  • Take note on things you definitely want to do and definitely do not want to do
  • Do you want a DJ or band? Communicate with your fiancé on which suits you guys best
  • Begin signing up for a registry and continue to add things you may want 
  • Decide on the season you want to have the wedding and choose a date

 

Guest List: Who is going to join you on your special day? Go through these few steps to determine who is invited
  • Bride & Groom create both of their guest list
  • Finalize the guest amount you can invite with staying within your budget
  • Create your save the dates accordingly to your theme
  • Start sending save the dates to guests
  • Make a list to keep track of your RSVPs

Bridal Party: Your bridal party will be there to help you leading up to your big day. Here are some ways to help your team through the process
  • Gather your best friends together and ask them if they would be your bridesmaids
  • Look through Pinterest for inspiration for colors and styles your want their dresses to be
  • Create a plan for who will be covers the costs for what 
  • Begin planning your bridal shower
  • Start thinking of thank you gifts for your bridal party 

Decor: Make your dream wedding complete with your creative decor and styling
  • Determine what type of decorations go together with the theme you have decided
  • Plan out your centerpieces, guest seating chart, ceremony seating, and chairs
  • Get creative and challenge yourself to some DIYs to stay within your budget
  • Plan to hire a professional to deliver and pick up your decorations 

Save our Wedding Planner Checklist that way you can stay organized and stay prepared until the day of your wedding!

XOXO,
Tessa Caruso
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Top 5 Color Trends of 2021

The Top 5 Wedding Colors of 2021

Do you have a wedding in 2021? Keep an eye out for the new trendy colors of the year! Picking out your color palette to fit your theme is the most exciting part of planning your special day!

Find out what colors are trending now for the upcoming Spring/Summer.

Sage Green
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Sage is a beautiful color, perfect color to go into Spring with. This color is gorgeous on bridesmaid while standing next to the bride in her lovely white dress. 

Dusty Rose
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You can never go wrong with dusty rose! This romantic color is a beautiful color on anyone that will never go out of style. Dusty rose is sometimes partnered with a cinnamon rose, white, or rosewood color palettes.

Champagne
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Look how beautiful this color is! Champagne is a very unique and trendy color that is beginning to become more popular. It leaves a very elegant look to any wedding in the Spring.

Burgundy
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Another gorgeous color that never goes out of style and looks stunning on everyone! For the Spring and Summer you can pair this color with white, ivory, or green.

Dusty Blue
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Dusty blue is a beautiful color for a Spring wedding! This modern blue is fun and could be paired with other shades of blue.

NJ Wedding Pros would love to help plan your dream wedding accordingly to your color palette. Be sure to let us know if any of these colors catches your eye.

Let’s start planning!

XOXO,
Tessa Caruso
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900