5 Wedding Planning Tips That Will Save You Money and Hassle During Your Nuptials

Hello – Lori LaPorte, Eaglewood’s Director of Catering here! I know that planning your nuptials can be one of the most stressful parts of a couple’s relationship, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these tips that our team has gathered from the wedding sphere that will save you time and money, so you can focus on enjoying tying the knot.

Know Your Guestlist

The first thing you should start to do in your planning process is narrowing down your guest list. Your ceremony headcount will dictate everything from venue space to budget per head on food. Do you plan on having a big wedding with extended family and friends or a more intimate gathering with only those closest to you? Also, will you allow for +1’s or are your invites exclusive? These vital questions will have a significant impact on your plans, so be sure to talk it over and be confident in your decisions.

Be Flexible

One of the surest ways to save money on your wedding is to be flexible with your dates. If you don’t have specific dreams of a summer wedding on the beach or a winter wonderland backdrop, consider choosing the months of January, March, and April which are relatively cheaper times to say I do.

Do Your Research

The venue of your wedding is the canvas for your big day. By doing extensive research, not only will you be able to narrow your list down to your top few venues, but you’ll also uncover common questions and discover venue features that you may not have thought of before.

Be Prepared

Along with researching the perfect venue, be sure to inquire about what backup options there are in case of bad weather. Choosing a great venue with a luxurious outdoor space won’t do you any good if there are rainstorms on the day of your wedding. It’s best to go with a spot that offers elegant solutions in case of these sorts of situations.

Offer Convenience

If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you might consider booking a full-service resort so that they have all the amenities they need during their stay. This will ensure that your guests are easily taken care of and comfortable during your special day.

Get a Wedding Deal

If you plan right, you might even be able to score a venue that offers special packaging for not only your wedding but your honeymoon as well! At Eaglewood Resort & Spa, for example, we offer a free honeymoon at any Benchmark Resort or Hotel destination when you choose our resort as your venue. That’s over 40 domestic and international locations to choose from!

Happy wedding planning!

Lori LaPorte, Director of Catering

Lori LaPorte
Director of Catering
Eaglewood Resort & Spa


Top 6 Wedding Trends for 2018

Get Fresh Ideas from our Director of Catering, Lori LaPorte!

With almost every site tour of our property, I get asked the same questions: What are the latest wedding trends for 2018? How can I make my wedding stand out?

The great thing about being so involved in helping couples plan their big day is that I’m always able to stay on top of the newest ideas.

Here are a couple of wedding trends for 2018 that I have found when working with brides & grooms this year!


Trendy Ways to Propose to that Special Someone

Gone are the days of hiding engagement rings in food (need we remind you of this choking incident a couple years ago?). Millennials are becoming more creative when it comes to popping the question, and these trendy ways to propose are popping up all over social media.

So whether you need inspiration for a long awaited proposal, or are just starting to think ahead, we’ve rounded up the most unique ways to get a ‘yes’ from your S.O.


Cost Saving Wedding Trends

Save Big on Your Big Day

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, but it doesn’t have to be the most expensive. Couples across the country are opening up their minds instead of their wallets to new cost saving wedding trends – and we’re loving the creativity!

With Pinterest and DIY blogs serving as second wedding planners, brides – and grooms! – are thinking outside the box when it comes to décor, food, and music. So if you or someone you know is about to start planning, be sure to keep these tips in mind.