The Cheap Chic Couple

(Or How To Enjoy The Finer Things In Life Without Breaking The Bank)

Consider A Honeymoon Registry For Your Wedding July 27, 2008

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Like a lot of couples, we lived together long before we got engaged. Between Corey’s stuff and my stuff, to say that we have enough dinnerware, flatware, linens and household appliances to furnish two homes is an understatement.

Given that one of the things that we love to do is travel, we opted for a honeymoon registry instead, so that our family and friends could give us wonderful memories to look back on for the rest of our lives in lieu of the usual Waterford-and-Lismore stuff.

We checked out several websites, and chose honeyfund.com over the rest, simply because unlike the other honeymoon registry sites which charged as much as 9% of the total cost in fees, it was free. Do keep in mind that the fact that it’s free means you do your own honeymoon planning so it’s not for you if you prefer to have a travel agent do all the planning and coordinating for you. Personally, we prefer to be in control of every single detail so honeyfund.com works perfectly for us.

Other honeymoon registries that we also checked out are the following:

For more tips on having a little green, low-budget wedding, please go to www.thecheapchiccouple.com .

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The Japanese Garden: A Beautiful Yet Inexpensive Wedding Ceremony Venue July 26, 2008

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view of the lake and the teahouse

view of the lake and the teahouse

Imagine saying your vows in a place like this!

Imagine saying your vows in a place like this!

We know our $5,000 wedding budget is absurdly low, considering that the average wedding in Los Angeles is $30,000, but we’re unwilling to go the let’s-just-go-to-the-courthouse or let’s-get-hitched-in-Vegas route either.

Fortunately, after months of research, we found the perfect ceremony venue that that tied in to our love of Asian design and sustainability at The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys.

What’s unique about The Japanese Garden is that not only does it offer absolute tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, it is an example of how beauty can about through recycling and sustainability. It is the water from the recycling plant next door that nurtures a Japanese garden of exquisite beauty.

We recommend snagging a Saturday, because on other days, it’s open to the public. After all, you don’t want some stranger in flip-flops and shorts or a bunch of rowdy kids spoiling the solemnity of your ceremony, or worse, walking in the background while you’re having your pictures or video taken.
Just because it’s such a beautiful setting, even though our ceremony starts at 4:30 in the afternoon, we’re encouraging guests to come earlier so they can meander through the gardens while a violinist plays beneath the willow tree.
In case you’re interested in having your ceremony at The Japanese Garden, here’s what you need to know:
  • wedding ceremonies only (no food or drinks allowed)
  • 84-guest maximum
  • 3 hours maximum
  • $750 for 3 hours ($150 for each additional hour)

Visit us at The Cheap Chic Couple for more info on how we live well on a budget.

 

Wedding Invitation Seals Made of Salt Dough January 16, 2008

wedding seal 2          wedding seal

We like the idea of having a seal on the wedding invites but rather than buy the wax seals, I decided to experiment with salt dough instead, which is an extremely inexpensive alternative, given that it’s basically just salt, flour and water.

I simply took a stamp (we found one a couple years ago with our initials – ‘A’ for ‘Ascalon’ and ‘M’ for ‘Marshall’-when we were down at the Hollywood Toy and Costume Store and had to buy it), pressed it into a piece of salt dough that I had rolled out into a thin sheet, let it air-dry, and painted it with black and metallic gold acrylic. I waited for it to dry before painting on a layer of varnish.

 For the salt dough recipe and more cheap chic tips, go to www.thecheapchiccouple.com

 

L.A. Fashion District: A Treasure Trove for the Bride On A Budget

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If you’re a bride living in Los Angeles, you simply must go down to the Los Angeles Fashion District and check out the huge selection of wedding items down there.

I feel like a kid in a candy store everytime I go down there. Of course, there’s horrendous, low quality, tacky stuff everywhere (but there’s horrendous, tacky stuff at the higher-end retail stores as well) but when you find a good deal, it’s enough to make you feel like you just found hidden treasure.

Parking can be as high as $8-15 for all day parking but I found a parking lot on 8th Street, near the bead stores and Michael Levine’s, that has $3 all day parking. Be sure to read the signs before you park though. Some of them have the big ol’ $3 sign on them but in tiny letters underneath, it says ‘per hour’. Sneaky!

 

Have A Gifted Friend Make Your Wedding Cake

cheap-chic-debbiescastlecake.jpgIf you’re on a tight wedding budget, consider having a gifted friend or family member bake your wedding cake.

Perhaps it’s because we’re big fans of Ace Of Cakes on The Food Network, but it’s no surprise that when it came to our wedding cake, we wanted it fun and quirky, so we decided on a madhatter cake.

When we were doing our cake sampling, a lot of the bids we were getting for a madhatter cake to feed 80 guests was in the high $600 range. While we have a reverence for the artistry that goes into making a wedding cake, and respect for the fact that these bakeries do have a sizable overhead, that price range would throw our $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge budget out of whack.

We were pretty lucky that over the Christmas holidays, I bumped into an old friend, Debbie Cordova. Years ago, she had baked a beautifully simple yet elegant wedding cake for someone at work, and it had been absolutely delicious. We had even commented on the fact that she should have her own bakery instead of doing property management.

Debbie still hasn’t opened her own bakery liked we urged her to do way back then, but from the pictures she sent me, it looks like she’s kept honing her craft all this time. We can’t wait to try her cake samples, and have her do our wedding cake because we know it’s going to be fantastic.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Debbie of your own, here are a few more tips to consider:

  • I’ve heard that Albertsons actually makes a pretty decent wedding cake (although you’re probably going to be limited to what designs they have available, design-wise).
  • You may also want to consider getting a small cake just for the cake-cutting, and get sheet cake (in the same flavor as your smaller cake, of course) to serve guests.

For more Cheap Chic ideas, go to www.thecheapchiccouple.com

 

Cheap Chic Wedding Tip: Get A Gifted Friend To Make Your Wedding Cake January 7, 2008

Filed under: budget wedding,wedding cakes — cheapchiccouple @ 9:20 pm


If you’re on a tight wedding budget, consider having a gifted friend or family member bake your wedding cake.

Perhaps it’s because we’re big fans of Ace Of Cakes on The Food Network, but it’s no surprise that when it came to our wedding cake, we wanted it fun and quirky, so we decided on a madhatter cake.

When we were doing our cake sampling, a lot of the bids we were getting for a madhatter cake to feed 80 guests was in the high $600 range. While we have a reverence for the artistry that goes into making a wedding cake, and respect for the fact that these bakeries do have a sizable overhead, that price range would throw our $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge budget out of whack.

We were pretty lucky that over the Christmas holidays, I bumped into an old friend, Debbie Cordova. Years ago, she had baked a beautifully simple yet elegant wedding cake for someone at work, and it had been absolutely delicious. We had even commented on the fact that she should have her own bakery instead of doing property management.

Debbie still hasn’t opened her own bakery liked we urged her to do way back then, but from the pictures she sent me, it looks like she’s kept honing her craft all this time. We can’t wait to try her cake samples, and have her do our wedding cake because we know it’s going to be fantastic.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Debbie of your own, here are a few more tips to consider:

  • I’ve heard that Albertsons actually makes a pretty decent wedding cake (although you’re probably going to be limited to what designs they have available, design-wise).
  • You may also want to consider getting a small cake just for the cake-cutting, and get sheet cake (in the same flavor as your smaller cake, of course) to serve guests.