Brilliant and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas

Brilliant and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas

Are you looking for creative last-hurrahs to celebrate a bride-to-be?  When you’re planning an amazing final fling, it can be tempting to get carried away with your spending.  Read on for bachelorette party ideas that are not only brilliant, they’re budget-friendly.

Getaway as a group

Little could be more fun than gathering your closest friends to spend a couple days away celebrating together.  But how do you organize a destination bachelorette event without overspending?  With that in mind, consider sorting through what’s available on Groupon.  There is fodder for all sorts of entertaining fun, from trips to Cirque du Soleil, to music concerts, to comedy clubs, to the classic bachelorette selection – male strippers!  If you find a good fit, amp up your savings by using Groupon coupon or promo codes.

Pamper yourselves

Since everyone is prepping for the big day, a day spent pampering yourselves can help you all look your best and go into the big event feeling relaxed and confident – and besides, it’s great fun!

Consider starting out with a trip to the spa so a professional massage can soothe away tension and stress.  Add to that an at-home facial, and faces will be glowing and healthy for the upcoming event.  Pronounce Skincare points out you can even DIY skincare products using natural ingredients, which is not only kind to your body, it’s kind to your wallet.  Sip some wine and nibble cheese while you work, but don’t get too carried away until after you do manicures and pedicures to round out your party – and review these tips to ensure your results are top-notch!

For nail care goodies, consider buying everything you need from Ella + Mila.  They offer selections which are not only high quality, they are eco-friendly and nontoxic, so you can feel great about looking gorgeous.  And on top of all that, if you join their rewards program, you can earn points on purchases and receive special offers for their products, making it that much easier to stretch your budget.

Sip and savor

Events centered around crafting something fun while doing wine tastings are all the rage.  You can find everything from personally-tailored candles, to pottery throwing, to painting canvases.  In the end, you not only have fun with your gal pals, you have a unique item to take home with you.  Another idea is to hit an area winery so you can savor the time focusing on your friends.  Many wineries offer tours, events, and other experiences, so explore your options!

So that everyone can let their hair down, consider hiring a chauffeured limousine to travel in style.  Nationwide offers a broad selection of limos and packages, and you can check out their current specials and promotions to ensure you make the most of your money.

Is it tea time?

Does the bride-to-be favor classic elegance?  If so, little can compare with an afternoon tea party.  Outfit the party space with fine china and silver, and to fully embrace tea party tradition, The Spruce suggests a menu of both sweet and savory foods and brewing a proper pot of tea.  You can even add some fun and mystery to the event by reading tea leaves for each other!

The last thing you want is to use inferior tea for your special tea party.  When gathering tea and other supplies, consider shopping with Camellia Sinensis, where you can not only find top-notch tea and related products, they offer free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. 

Before the bride’s big day, take time to celebrate everything that was and everything that will be.  Think through your perfect party, whether it’s a getaway, spa day, or sipping a favorite beverage.  With a little bit of planning, everyone can have a wonderful time without overspending!


Wedding Gratuity Cheat Sheet

Wedding Gratuity Cheat Sheet


Tips are never obligatory―they are supposed to be expressions of appreciation for a job well done. That being said, unless the service was terrible, would you walk away from a restaurant table without leaving one? I’m certain that most of you answered no to that question. However, believe it or not the same applies to weddings. Again, while tips are not expected; they are certainly appreciated.

Beyond the customary tips, when someone goes out of his way for you―the pastry chef makes those last-minute tiny changes you requested for the cake or adds a last minute delivery to a busy Saturday; the deejay starts playing music 45 minutes early to accommodate guests that arrived early to “Get a Good Seat” or were traveling with a member of the bridal party―consider thanking them with a gift certificate, a bottle of wine, or another token of appreciation. If you’ve sat with your wedding planner hour after hour, she’s scheduled meetings with you on her off days, and made certain your four legged furry baby made it home to a family member after the reception; you might want to add a personal thank-you note and small gift to her customary tip.

For those of you that would like to tip your wedding vendors, but don’t know what is customary, here is a little cheat sheet excerpted from Kate Lynn Nemett’s post, “A Bride’s Guide to Tipping Wedding Vendors

  • Photographer & Cinematographers | $50-$100 per person, or a personal gift
  • Wedding Planner | $50-$100, or a personal gift
  • Caterer | 15-20% of your total bill
  • Waitstaff | 15-20% of labor costs on your food and drink bill
  • Bartender | 10% of total liquor bill
  • Florist | Florists generally do not expect a tip, but if you really love their product and efforts, consider giving a tip for 10-15% of your total floral bill.
  • Hair & Make-up | 15-20% of your total amount paid to him or her (just like at a salon!)
  • Transportation | 15-20% of your transportation bill
  • Band | $20-$25 per musician
  • DJ | $50-$100
  • Delivery Personnel | $5-$10 per person
  • Officiant | Around $100 is an acceptable tip for an officiant, particularly if he or she is providing a service free of charge. If he or she works for a religious institution and cannot accept a tip directly, consider a donation to the organization instead.


What is a Wedding Whisperer???

What is a Wedding Whisperer???

Wedding Whisperer

This is the title I’ve chosen to most adequately describe my role at J. Ladson Weddings. I am a Wedding Planner that actively dabbles in, flowers, linens, and paper to design “Pretty Things“, but more than that – before any of those details come into play, I work with couples to develop a sympathetic view of their motives, needs, and desires.

I’m responsible for overseeing the development of all logistical elements and the entire creative process itself. I understand that my clients are busy trying to juggle their work schedule and personal life all while trying to manage coordinating the details of their wedding on the back end.

Since every wedding is unique and each couple has different needs and wishes my job duties change with each and every client. There is definitely a wide scope of duties that are required to transform a vision into reality for the perfect wedding. Below are the top 4 qualities of a “Wedding Whisperer“!!


Sharing Expertise:

With my knowledge and expertise, I can confidently suggest venues and vendors that match the couple’s needs, personalities and most importantly, budget.  I manage the details of the wedding as well as the complete team of vendors so the couple can enjoy every moment of their big day instead of worrying about details.

Saving Time:

Couples spend over 250 hours researching and planning a wedding.  Add to that the commitment to a full-time job, school, and other responsibilities, and all of these tedious tasks easily become overwhelming.  I’ve coordinated numerous weddings, so the research has already been done.

Saving Money:

People often feel that a wedding planner is an additional expense that they cannot afford. However, hiring a wedding planner will be your BEST INVESTMENT.  I can’t guarantee to SAVE you money, but I can guarantee that you will get the most bang for your buck by providing tips to help you stay within your budget and letting you know when a vendor has provided a proposal that is not consistent with industry norms.

Reducing Stress:

Having a wedding planner coordinating and troubleshooting on your big day gives you the peace of mind allowing you to enjoy your special day worry-free. A wedding planner will basically eliminate the risk of mishaps on your wedding day. However, in the unlikely event that something should go wrong; rest assured that I’ve got every resource to rectify the problem at my fingertips

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life… don’t let the stress of planning it overwhelm you. Allow our team of certified professionals to handle every aspect from vendor selection, day of coordination, and every other tedious detail. Schedule your Free Consultation today!!!




Let Them Eat Cake!!!

Let Them Eat Cake!!!

Planning a wedding can often be a bit stressful – what’s the color scheme? What types of flowers do we use? What dress to choose? But there is one thing that we all can’t get enough of; Cake Cake Cake Cake.

With the stress comes so much love, excitement, fun, and growth! Everything will have their favorite part of the process, but for me, I think choosing the cake is one of the best parts of the process. I mean who doesn’t want to taste a bunch of different cakes and instantly be sent into a massive food coma?

Just imagine sitting at your cake tasting, you finally found the perfect flavor and then all of a sudden, the chef brings out a bunch of different frostings. OMG so many choices, I didn’t even know all of these existed – what happened to chocolate and vanilla? I am here (with the help of our preferred pastry chef, CEO Custom Cakes & Novelties) to tell you all about the different types of frosting for the big day!

Royal Icing: You know those amazing flowers and that impressive scroll on different cakes? That’s royal frosting! It’s a very smooth, hard-drying icing that is perfect for making those amazing long-lasting decorations. It is also a great way to adhere decorations to the cake itself – acting almost like a glue! Royal frosting is edible, but it’s not recommended for frosting an entire cake.

Fondant Icing: Whenever I think of fondant, I think of a smooth dough. I mean, it kind of looks like a delicious pie crust when it’s rolled out, right? Anyway, there are two different kinds of fondant, poured and rolled. Poured fondant is more of a paste that is used as a frosting or filling on pastries – not entire cakes. Rolled fondant is what I think of when I hear the word “fondant” it’s a dough like texture and it is rolled out and placed over top of cakes for a nice super smooth look! Want to make fondant at home? It’s basically just sugar, shortening, water and maybe some gelatin.

Buttercream Icing: I feel like everyone’s go to is a delicious buttercream frosting! It is a smooth icing that can be used to frost entire cakes, to pipe boarders or write well wishes, and did I mention its delicious?! Now, on the topic of buttercream, our friends at CEO Custom Cakes and Novelties let me know there are more than one TYPE of buttercream. I’ll just talk about a few –  First we have the Italian Buttercream, which is made with Italian meringue. This allows the icing to be creamier, velvety and still absolutely delicious. It also stands out among the others because it is a lot lighter in color than traditional buttercream with its almost pure white appearance. The second would be Swiss Meringue buttercream. This is made with egg whites and sugar and then heating the mixture on a double boiler. This mixture will turn into a beautiful, glossy meringue. Note: all of these variations of buttercreams can be different flavors and colors!

Marzipan Icing: A lot of people compare marzipan icing and fondant icing and although they are similar, they are not the same! Most importantly if you have anyone attending your wedding with a nut allergy – stay away from Marzipan – It is made with Almonds! Like fondant, marzipan can be used to ice a cake, or create molded shapes and design elements. Typically, though, Marzipan will be used under a fondant to protect the cake from moisture. Because it is made with almonds, this icing will give your cake a slight almondy taste!

Now that you know all (well, some) the different types of wedding cake icing, happy tasting!

Make sure you join us next week for more insights on your favorite wedding topics! We know how much you love our Tuesday Tips and Fun Fact Friday so we will get down to the really nitty gritty and we’ll dig a little deeper and give you the full story behind these tips.


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