Thanks Chris for your info. Had another question for everyone also about tipping. I have budgeted to tip Claudia as soon as we get there in our meeting, ($100 i think should be good), but what about the photographer? I am doing the ultimate package, but budgeted $300 extra for additional photos like people suggest (trying not to pay more then that) but should I tip him also? And the Videographer for dreams, Mike I believe, contacted me and I wondered if I should upgrade? I really don't think I want to pay more and the 30 min. video is fine with me.
Just wanted to let people also know that I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and bought my centerpieces for the reception and spent $60 total for all 5. Very simple and easy to bring I hope. My colors are hot pink with an orange accent. I found tall (16") hot pink colored glass vases and instead of doing fake flowers or paying for real, I found these beaded, metallic decorative looking pieces in the fake flower section. They had a pink, fuschia and orange color and they look great in the vase and I literally just have to stick them in there and I am done. I bought hot pink and orange very small beads and I will sprinkle that around the vase on the white tablecloth. Each vase cost was about $11.50. I also bought sashes (hot pink) for my chairs and Claudia said they will transfer those onto the reception chairs. The only other thing is I ordered hot pink linen napkins for very cheap and will have those in the glasses.
For the head table I will re-use two of the sand ceremony vases I bought for my FI and I and have my two bridesmaids bouquets at the end of the table and I bought one more vase for my bouquet to use as the main centerpiece on our table.
Pretty simple but I think it will be pretty and less hassle and more then that, not cost a fortune. I would send a picture, but I still have not figured that one out. lol....
Just trying to knock things off my list. Oh one more thing, instead of buying corsages at $25 a piece for my two hostess(they will help seat, pass out the sand and be in charge of reception) and my two readers, I took that money and bought them beautiful bracelets that they can keep.
Talk to everyone soon.