Showing posts from September, 2009

New Trend: Save the Date Videos

We have all received save the date cards and magnets alerting us to a future event so we can make plans to attend. Now, a recent trend is save the date videos. These short clips, usually about 60 seconds long, are similar to a TV commercial; they pack a brief story into a very limited time. The completed video can be uploaded to a personal web site, a blog, YouTube, Facebook or another social networking site, or it can be sent via e-mail or mail to family and friends, such as Grandma or Great Aunt Sally, who would never find a web posting.

Creating a video isn't cheap. If a commercial videographer is hired, the price can range from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand, depending on where you live, the complexity of the shoot, and the video's length. If you are planning to hire a videographer for your wedding, you might check into having him/her also create a save the date video. If you have a friend or relative who has a camcorder, you might ask them to help you creat…

Are Party Favors a Victim of the Economy?

When the economy is booming people think nothing of spending several hundred dollars for party favors, little gifts for their guests. In the current economy when every dollar counts, omitting favors has become one way to save money without impacting the quality of an event. If you want to provide a favor, there are several creative and cost-effective ways to do so.

Generally, guests enjoy a consumable favor rather than something that will sit on a shelf and collect dust. Guests love candy, cookies and similar items, such as small jams, jellies, or honey. Thanks to Martha Stewart, candy tables are a popular trend. The party hosts set up a table containing several large clear glass containers, each holding a different type of candy, usually in the wedding or event colors. The candy can be purchased in the bulk foods section of most grocery stores. Small scoops, which can be purchased at a dollar store, are placed in each container. The hosts also provide clear cellophane bags and twist …