Weddings on a Budget – Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Big Day!

The Wedding of Your Dreams – on a Budget!!

Planning the wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to be stressful and certainly doesn’t have to break the bank! Use your smarts and delve into your creative side to help keep things simple and concentrate on the things that are important to you. Here are a few tips to help you keep a hold of your wedding plans…
Limit the number of guests at your wedding

Whatever theme, location or venue that you go for try to limit the number of guests you invite, a small wedding can be just as fun and often more memorable than a huge lavish affair – you will get to spend more quality time with your guests, it will be more intimate and relaxed for you and your guests. Plus small runs are no problem for us so if you only need a few coolers then we can help!

Choosing Your Wedding Dress – and keeping within your budget!

The Dress … This may be the most important thing to the bride and the one thing that she will want to spend a bit more money on – however it doesn’t have to break the bank!

Make sure that you spend some time looking though bridal magazines, borrow some if you can as they can be a little pricey, check out what dress types will suit your body shape and what styles will match the feel of your wedding. This will help you to narrow down your search and help to find those hidden bargains.

If you are handy with a sewing machine, why not find the perfect pattern for you and make your own? Maybe you have a friend that is into dress making too, you could collaborate to make the ultimate gown!?

Perhaps you have a family heirloom that your mother or grandmother wore on their wedding day? You could make a few alterations to give it a modern twist and have a dress that is one of a kind.

Check out second hand online shopping sites and the charity shops too… remember that a wedding dress that is for sale may be a second dress that a bride decided against that has never been worn, or a loved dress that was cared for and worn once! If you would prefer something new and off the shelf then check out the department stores – they often have a line of wedding dresses that are stylish and within budget. Another option is to rent your dress, this will save any worries about where to keep it after the big event!

Check out our recent feature about finding the perfect wedding dress and ways that you can match the style to your wedding stubby holders.

Savings on your Invitations!

With the changes in digital technology and the smart phone starting to slowly take over the world… you could definitely take advantage of that and save some cash. Why not take a look at one of the many design packages for your computer and have a stab at designing your own invites – you can then email it to those in the digital world and only have a few to print and send in the ‘snail’ mail. Plus once you have it designed you can send your artwork through to your suppliers to match your invite colours and patterns to your favors/bombonniere ideas. Consider

You could also consider creating a wedding share site, these are easy to manage websites where you can upload all of the information about your wedding plans and keep everyone updated with dates on your shared calendar. These are also a great place to upload your wedding or honeymoon photos after the event to share with all your family and friends!

If you want to send a physical invite you could go for something different, like creating it in the form of a magnet or stubby holder – something that will be kept and appreciated and not just thrown away after the invitation has been accepted.

Flowers for Your Wedding – Cheap & Cheerful…!

Have you ever thought of becoming a florist? There are some great short courses out there that will help to prepare you with the basic information about arranging flowers – that way you could organise your own and save yourself stacks of cash!

If you need to have a florist make up your flowers for you then maybe consider just one special bouquet for the bride, make sure that you set a budget and that you shop around for the best deal! Be careful when asking for quotes, unfortunately there are many businesses that will add premium prices because they are for a wedding!

Try to choose flowers that are in season, and inexpensive types such as carnations, daisies and chrysanthemums. You could also consider using fresh or dried fruit for your table decorations, they are also inexpensive and can look fantastic as part of a centrepiece design.

Affordable Wedding Photography – Ideas for keeping the cost down.

With digital cameras coming on leaps and bounds you could ask a family member or maybe a couple of friends to take some photographs for you? Obviously this can put a little pressure on the individuals and may take them away from the experience of the day, so it might be an idea to display the link to a digital share site where all of your guests can upload their own photos – that way you will get to see so many different angles! Or maybe a disposable camera for each table – they are always a blast when you come to developing the films!

Try contacting your local school, university or amateur photography group, they may be looking for an assignment as part of a photography course and would most likely jump at the opportunity of some extra experience and shots for their portfolio.

If you do employ a professional wedding photographer for the job make sure that you give them a clear list of the shots you would like, both the where and the who, that way it can be extremely organised and you can make the most of the time that you book them in for.

A Bargain Wedding Cake… Tastes so good!

The price you may pay for a wedding cake can vary depending on the complexity of your design, how much work is involved and how many tiers you choose! You could pay anything from $100 to thousands of dollars!

If you are looking to save some money on the cake then why not make your own! Take a look at some helpful videos you can find online, you can learn how to make the cake, ice and decorate it or even how to create a cupcake tower, if you can make it a DIY job then you will save so much money!

Maybe you have a family friend that is a fantastic cake maker; often the personal touch will make it taste so much better too! Alternatively, you could choose a plain iced off the shelf ‘birthday’ cake and add your own cake toppers to wedding it up and match your theme!

Hair & Makeup

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”

If you are employing a professional stylist to make you look stunning on your wedding day then it is likely to cost you top dollar! Some hair & makeup artists will even stick around for a quick touch up between the ceremony and reception, but you may have to pay extra for this service. When it comes to weddings artists tend to use high quality products, something that will stay on all day and night, and the price will certainly be reflective of both that and the fact that more time is spent on the job as a whole.

If you are looking to save some cash why not do your own makeup and ask a friend to help you with your hair, it would be great fun to have a few girly nights to practice in the run up to the big day so that you can perfect your look. One of the girls could keep some touch up and hairspray in their clutch bag to be on hand if you need a little spritz throughout the day.

Don’t forget, beauty comes from within and you will be beaming with joy on your wedding day! All you will need to wear is your smile and you are sure to look happy and radiant!

Bombonierre, Gifts and Wedding Favor ideas on a Budget…!

When choosing your wedding favors and bombonierre make sure that you consider something that is going to give you real value for money and be sure to go for something that your guests will keep as a memento of your special day! There are so many items out there to choose from that will look great on your tables to match your decorations!

Choose something that you can add individual guest names to, that way you are adding a really personal touch and combining the gift as a place name-card so you will of course make a saving there! Check out some of our gift ideas including Coolaz Stubby Holders, Koozies, Coasters and Save the Date Magnets at

Choose a Destination Wedding – so your budget doesn’t fly away with you!

More and more couples each year are escaping the traditional big celebration wedding in favour of a smaller more intimate ceremony in an exotic location.

This can work out a little more expensive for your guests as they will have to go that extra mile to get there, but many resorts offer a full package deal so that you know exactly what you are getting and whether it will suit your budget?! You can also spoil your guests with a little gift on arrival or on the day of your wedding – Coolaz Stubby Holders are ideal as they are light weight and will pack flat in the bottom of your suitcase!

Don’t forget you can stay on at your destination for an extra week or so after your guests leave – that way it will become a combined wedding & honeymoon… and will be sure to save you some money!

Happy Planning!


How to Plan a Party – Event Themes, Designs, Party Ideas and More!

Planning a Party? Where to begin?

Whether you are planning a party for your birthday, baby shower, engagement or wedding the actual preparation can be quite overwhelming! You will want to make sure that you invite the right people, pick the right venue and choose the best party supplies – after all everyone wants to throw a party that people will enjoy and remember! Choosing your venue… … and setting the date!

Birthday Design

Birthday Design

Save the date

The first step is to think about the venue, where you are having the party will have a big influence on your guests, how many you will invite and what sort of party it will be, you may choose a house party, beach party, your favourite restaurant or the local town hall..?! Once you know where you will be holding your party you can firstly set the date – you are likely to have this in mind before you choose the venue so that you can make sure that you get the right time etc.

Save the Date

Save the Date

Once you have it all booked then start picking a theme; this will help you to come up with the ideas for your invitations, decorations entertainment and more. Party Invitations! Party InvitationsMake sure that you set a budget for your party before you send out the invites that way you will know what to tell your guests, e.g BYO drinks or Food and Drink Provided.

Birthday Party Invitation

Birthday Party Invitation

Once you have tackled the theme you can then concentrate who you will invite, arrange to have your invitations sent out and await the RSVP’s from those would love to help you celebrate!

Choosing your Party Theme

The hardest part will be to pick the theme, there are so many fantastic ideas out there and your choice will of course depend on your personality, who you are inviting and what sort of party vibe you are after. There are some pretty cool themed ideas to help you plan a memorable party that your guests are sure to enjoy.

Why not choose a ‘Year Theme’ that means something to you – party ideas from the 1920s to the 1980s…

1920s Party Theme

Also known as the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age! The 20s saw an art deco style that represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.

1920s Party Theme

1920s Party Theme

1940s Party Theme

With World War II taking place in the first half of the decade and lingering well into the late 40s, why not base your party on a wartime theme; hang up your bunting, wartime posters and pictures of spitfires and camouflage!

1940s Design

1940s Design

1950s Party Theme

Rock and Roll dominated the popular music scene in the late 1950s. It saw artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richie and Elvis taking to the stage! So think American Diner and select your music carefully and ‘rock around the clock’ at your 50s theme party.

1950s Party Theme

1950s Party Theme

1960s Party Theme

The Swinging 60s – think Summer of Love, Woodstock and Psychedelic influences! Peace, Love and the rise of the ‘Hippie’ culture make this a very colourful theme for a birthday party.

1960s Party Favors

1960s Party Favors

1970s Disco Party

Create your own Disco – Boogie Nights experience with a 70s theme party! Think John Travolta, bright lights and disco balls!!

1970s Disco Theme

1970s Disco Theme

1980s Party Theme

Think Marty McFly- Back to the Future or Madonna & Boy George! Whatever you plan for your 80s style party you can be sure that there are some pretty cool ideas for your party decorations, gifts and favours.

1980s Party Theme

1980s Party Theme

Other Party Themes

You could also consider a theme from the following list:

Back to School, Black and White, Caribbean or Hawaiian, Masked Ball or Mardi Gras, Tarts and Vicars, Hollywood, Murder Mystery, Beach Theme, Wild West or Winter Wonderland.

Party in Your Country

Why not choose a party theme based on your nationality or the country that you live in, you can choose nationality themed decorations and cuisine – here are a few… Spanish, French, Irish, British, Australian …

Australia Theme

Australia Theme

There are so many styles and themes to consider but with whichever you choose the golden rule is to make sure that you simply enjoy yourself, whether it is a party for you a family member or friend, all of your planning efforts must be rewarded with a little bit of fun!

April 2012 – April Fools, Easter and Anzac Day!

What has April 2012 got in store for us…

1st April Fool’s Day
April Fools Day, sometimes called All Fools Day, is a day of mixed and unknown origin. Yet, most of the western world knows this is a day set aside for good hearted pranks, hoaxes, gags, and giggles!

April Fools Design

April Fools Design

6th-9th April – Easter
According to the gospel, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to have occurred between AD 26 and 36.
Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
Easter has other links beside those for the Christian religion. It was a pagan festival celebrating the beginning of spring with the Goddess known as Eastre having a rabbit as her symbol, hence the Easter Bunny. The Easter Rabbit did not become a commonly used symbol, however, until the 19th century. Similarly, the sharing of eggs was a common practice during spring celebrations, though they may not have been quite as colourful or made of chocolate. More information on the history and traditions of Easter is found below.

Easter Stubby Holder Design

Easter Stubby Holder Design

25th April – Anzac Day
The ANZAC tradition – was established on 25 April, 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8,700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease. The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘ANZAC’ to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the ANZAC spirit.

Anzac Day Stubby Holder Design

Anzac Day Stubby Holder Design

In 1916, the first anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand and England and by troops in Egypt. That year, 25 April was officially named ‘ANZAC Day’ by the Acting Prime Minister, George Pearce. By the 1920s, ANZAC Day ceremonies were held throughout Australia. All States had designated ANZAC Day as a public holiday. In the 1940s, Second World War veterans joined parades around the country.

Have a great month!