The happy parents of the couple often take care of the preparations and find themselves in a problem where they have to combine both the ideal place, the unforgettable meal and the perfect atmosphere. In other words, how to organize the party without breaking the bank while having fun?
The place, the schedule, the number of guests , the chosen formula (aperitif followed by a traditional dinner, cocktail …) condition the budget. Contrary to what one might think, the formula of the meal in the restaurant is not the most expensive: the price agreed in advance will be without surprise, and it will remain, the day comes, only to set foot under the table.
The only drawbacks are the time limit (usually 2 in the morning) and the need to pay a “corkage fee” (€ 3 to € 8 per bottle) if you want to bring your own champagne. This right is claimed by the caterer or restaurateur if you bring your own wine or champagne. In exchange, the service provider undertakes to unblock them and serve them to your guests. An exchange of good practices that money … Learn before, because not all do and it can come back quite expensive. It is better to predict it.
Renting a room and using a caterer offer more freedom, but require more effort. All kinds of rooms are thus put on the market of the wedding, which must be visited then book well in advance. They are often equipped with tables and chairs, with kitchen, refrigerators and even utensils. The bride and groom and their families take care of the decoration, the flowers, the orchestra, etc.
The chosen caterer deals with the feast and the material. When the room is empty, the list is impressive: tables, chairs, buffet, tablecloths, napkins, cutlery, plate warmers, tent and floor if the reception takes place in a garden. But most caterers detail every item: the cocktail, the meal, the drinks, the equipment and the staff.
Whatever the caterer, all the refinements are possible, from the theme buffet to exotic fresh fruits and fluo-colored dragees, to the cascade of champagne and the release of live butterflies … as long as there is put the price.
The photographer or the cameraman insure your memory. Better not to rely on a friendly person from the entourage who would offer his services and hire a professional whose style is appropriate. The photographs fix for ever the commitment of the spouses, the emotion and the smiles of an exceptional day that will undoubtedly delight future generations. It remains to find the best, at the height of your budget.
The professional had the advantage of identifying the best angles and lights; he follows the wedding, precedes him at the exit of the church, organizes the shots of group … A visual conductor who works so fast that he will propose the same evening an album of about fifty shots for a cost ranging from € 160 to € 770.
Une idée ingénieuse consiste à poser des appareils jetables sur chacune des tables pour que les invités prennent des photos forcément… originales.
Internet appears, again, very practical. On some sites, your photographer can create the photo album of your wedding whether it is equipped with a conventional or digital camera. With the help of a password, you and your relatives can freely view the photos and order the desired photos with just one click. You can also provide your pictures engraved on a CD-ROM and put them online on a site. From the beginning to the end of the wedding day, the flowers follow the bride and groom. The journey begins with the bouquet of the bride who, according to tradition, must be ordered and offered by her future husband. The bride and groom must find flowers pretty much all the way.
At the town hall:
Bouquets transportable by the florist or a person in charge of the flowers will give a small intimate atmosphere to the civil ceremony.
At the church:
With the consent of the priest, the same person will place bouquets first on the altar, then in two vases on either side of the altar. Finally she will hang small bouquets at the end of the benches with ribbons. The ultimate is the shower of rose petals at the exit of the church.
If you can do without flowers at the town hall and church, it is impossible not to decorate the reception room. The ideal being to put a large bouquet to garnish the buffet, to align centerpieces composed of not too fragrant flowers, including a larger one will garnish the wedding table. Cost: about 40 € to 60 € per centerpiece, about 110 € the bouquet of the buffet.
Three main types of bouquets for your wedding
The discreet bouquet:
A fashionable in the 30s, it accommodates small fragrant flowers such as syringe and muget or other fragile foliage. To reinforce it, one resorts to a meticulous assembly on wire.
The bouquet in cascade:
From the beginning of the XXth century, bouquets went down from the waist to the feet of the brides. Imposing, they consist of gardenias, ferns and intertwined plants in “love knot”.
The bouquet in sheaf:
For several years, this tendency persists. Large sheaves mixed with a mass of foliage that the bride holds with open arms.