Sponsored by Williams-Sonoma

While it’s tempting to stock your wedding registry with big ticket items you might not be ready to purchase on your own, don’t forget that guests are often working with a budget as well! Make them feel good about the gifts they send you off into newlywed bliss with by stocking your registry with a few essential items that ring in under the $100 mark. Here’s 10 we guarantee you’ll be happy you selected, all from Williams-Sonoma.

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1. Cuisinart Hand Mixer with Storage Case, $89.95

cuisinart hand mixer

Baking will be a breeze with a powerful hand-held tool like this, and the nine speeds are perfect for tackling everything from light meringues to heavy batters.

2. Cabernet Wine Glass (Set of 2), $39.95

cabernet wine glasses

Oh-so-necessary stemware for date nights and dinner in front of the TV.

3. Calphalon Elite Nonstick Fry Pan Set, $79.95

calphalon elite nonstick fry pan set

Perfect for new and seasoned cooks alike, the triple-layer nonstick surfaces on these pans make them excellent for searing foods — and make it hard for metal utensils to damage them. Added bonus: they’re dishwasher safe!

 4. Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set, $99.95

williams sonoma bakeware

Not sure what items you need to begin your dessert-making adventures? This set has you covered with a 12-well muffin pan, a cookie sheet, a half-sheet pan, a cooling rack, and two 9″ cake pans.

5. Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole, $95 

le creuset heritage stoneware rectangular covered casserole

The perfect all-in-one baking, serving, and storage dish for hearty winter lasagnas and casseroles. It comes in six colors, but we’re partial to this rustic mustard yellow.

When it comes time to select wedding stationery, it can be tough to determine which items you truly need and which ones may be potential budget busters. As with any other wedding purchase, the cost of your wedding stationery suite can quickly add up! In working with our customers, we find the line between what a bride needs and doesn’t need varies widely, depending on a variety of different factors surrounding her event. Size? Location? Formality? … each of these factors plays a role in what wedding stationery is appropriate.

To be budget-savvy, it’s wise to know in advance of your purchase which stationery items will best suit your particular event. Here’s part one of our tutorial on how to know what you need – and what you don’t! – when you’re buying wedding stationery.

1) Wedding Invitation (and envelope!): Unless you’re going completely paper-free, you’re going to need a wedding invitation! The most basic set includes a single sheet of paper with the “who, what, when, where” and an envelope (or envelope set) for mailing.

2) Reply Card (and envelope) or Reply Postcard: While traditionally guests knew to reply to a wedding invitation (on their own stationery!) within three days of receiving the invite, these days you stand a much better chance of determining an accurate headcount if you make it easy for guests to reply. We consider a reply card such a key piece of the wedding invitation package, that we always include one with our invitation orders.

"Hydrangea Wedding Program," from The Green Kangaroo

Real Wedding: Valentine’s Day

Posted by acursaro on Feb 12, 2010

Last year, I (along with the rest of the baci team) had the pleasure of designing a gorgeous Valentine’s Day wedding for high school sweethearts, Casey and Josh.  Everything went so smoothly and the couple could not have been happier (they had originally intended to elope to avoid the wedding planning hassle, but after speaking with baci changed their minds)!!  An extra-added bonus for this holiday fête – the entire event was planned in only eight weeks with a budget of $1,000!!!

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Event Planning and Design by baci – designer stationery & events; Images captured by Ace of Images (invitation photo by baci).

Thursday Night Weddings

Posted by cgarrow on Apr 07, 2009

With today’s economy affecting so many lives, couples are searching for ways to save money and still have the wedding of their dreams.  While cutting back and excluding items is one way to have your Friday or Saturday night wedding at a modest price, choosing a less popular day of the week is another option that is becoming more acceptable.   In the past, Sundays were the day some chose in order to take advantage of discounts many professionals and vendors offer in exchange for having your business on a historically slower day. There is a new trend, a new night which is becoming seemingly more acceptable. Thursday Night!

Thursday evening receptions are no less formal than any other.  They are no less beautiful.  The romance is still in the air.  So what is different about a Thursday wedding?  Let’s get the obvious out of the way, most of your guests will have to work on Friday.  That, however, is not much different than a Sunday night wedding… and Sunday night weddings are very common.  Frankly, most people tend to feel they can get through a Friday at work (more so than Monday) after a late or crazy previous night.

Cheap AND amazing wedding flowers?

Posted by tkau on Feb 13, 2009

Flowers can cost a lot of money! I remember when I just started my business doing wedding flowers, a friend of mine was very supportive of my new endeavor. He very seriously confided to me that I was going to make some big bucks because “did you know that my [very crazy] friend spent seventeen hundred dollars on their wedding flowers?” I guess that could be considered impressive… if it were just for the bridal bouquet!

But all kidding aside, flowers can be a hefty percentage of your wedding budget. And who hasn’t had a mom, grandmother, or friend admonish you when you surprised them with flowers by saying “But they’re just going to die anyway”? Flowers are beautiful and ephemeral and not too many people are able to rationalize their expense except perhaps on a once in a lifetime event. And even if you are prepared to spend a lot on flowers, there are ways to get more bang for your buck.