15 Mar

fabulous, yes – but really "not a fortune"?

blumeboxLike many others around the world, myself included – Oprah is a fan of the very talented celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie. On one of her shows, themed “Fabulous Without a Fortune“, Oprah featured a bridal shower designed by Cowie, as seen in the images here. While I’ll agree that this shower is fabulous – I’m not so sure about the “not a fortune” part. I recently helped my friend design her wedding, and, (at least at the place we were at) – the chairs seen in these images alone were $11 each to rent and another $4 each for the cushions. When you take into account the average # of guests at a shower – usually at least 20 or more, that can really add up for just chairs alone. Then factor in the “real” (sans paper) dishes (including chargers and salad plates), gold flatware, coordinating wine goblets, designer fabric, custom menus with easels, gorgeous green orchids, bunches and bunches of tulips….you get the picture.

So what I’m wondering is – what’s your take on the issue of bridal and baby shower budgets? As we’re putting together themes for the site, it’s been a struggle to find the line between what looks good and will be most inspiring for you – and what is truly practical for the budget of most people. Of course “real” dishes and flatware, huge bouquets of designer flowers, custom-printed menus and tags – all of this looks amazing and is ideal in general – but is it practical? Would you like to see these kinds of items used in the party theme images anyways because they look so great and it’s just a source for inspiration? Or would you like to see some more inexpensive items that you’re more likely to actually use mixed in – such as paper partyware, place settings that don’t always include all the extras like chargers and real flatware, etc? Your opinion on this issue would be much appreciated! Thank you!


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Anonymous SAYS:

I personally love to see inspirational pics, even if I can’t afford everything featured. But it would be great to see themes at different price ranges…like a bridal shower at $1000, one at $500, one at $200, with the same general colours/look, but using different products/sources. It would help to give ideas on how to achieve the same look at a fraction of the cost.

Reply March 20, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Anonymous SAYS:

Hello! My sister is getting married this October in San Diego and since she lives on the East Coast I am helping her out alot. I love this site and would like to see some more things on planning weddings on a budget. Also, if anyone has any good ideas or websites that they find useful for hip/trendy weddings please let me know!!!! Thanks so much!:)Keep up the good work!

Reply March 22, 2007 at 12:34 pm

hiphostess SAYS:

hi anon –

congrats to your sister! there are lots of cool wedding sites/blogs out there. I’ll do a special “wedding blogroll” post for you next week!

Jenn :)

Reply March 22, 2007 at 8:52 pm

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