Archive for June, 2008


It’s all about the presentation

June 27, 2008

Mashed potato martini = Beer budget + champagne tasteAh, the reception.  There are many moving parts to this.  But like a meal, let’s start with the appetizers.  (We’ll get into caterers much more in future posts – promise.)  Do you want cold? Hot? Serve yourself? Hand-passed?  None at all?  First of all, for the champagne taste for a BBB, you have to have appetizers.  Remember now – you can have very simple appetizers…just make them look really nice.

Here’s a tip I love that was passed on to me from a friend.  Have a mashed potato martini bar for part of your appetizers.  Now, this may sound weird, but I promise – your guests will love it.  Either work with your caterer, or find a nice volunteer, to whip up some potatoes (no flakes!).  Display them in a chrome/stainless steel chafer (which you can either buy or rent…we’ll go into renting vs. buying soon).  In a smaller chafer, have gravy. 

Then in bowls, display grated cheese, ham, sour cream, chives – you get the point.  And here’s the kicker – have martini glasses as the serving dish.  The martini glass is the fun twist that makes the packaging of this very simple dish work.  There’s something very fun – almost childlike – about making your own mashed potato martini creation.  Chances are, they’ll have more than one!


Let them eat (free) cake

June 24, 2008

Free Cake = GoodCutting the Free CakeAs a part of my ongoing promise to answer – to the best of my ability – questions from readers of BBB, I’m taking on the first question: “So how do I get some free cake?” 

There are many options when it comes to an affordable cake.  First – do not DO NOT go to any cake-maker where you have to make an appointment.  There’s no way making that choice will help keep you within your beer budget.  Like I said, there are options…all of which I promise to talk about on this website. 

But we want to know how to get a free wedding cake.  It’s easy.  You poll your friends and family to see who knows how to bake a cake – and is willing to make that their wedding present to you.  A cake, even at a grocery store, can run up a pretty high price tag…but if your friend deals with it, it’s no problem!

This isn’t just about the budget – let’s think about how to add a touch of class to this.  So your relative/friend is going to stand in a hot kitchen mixing and pouring and baking your wedding cake to perfection.  If you’re a really good person, they’ll even ice it.  They’re doing all this work – what can you do to make their life easier?  You buy the supplies.  You buy the decorations that will make the cake look fancy.  They do the work. 

Attached is a real-life example of a friend-made cake.  The bride purchased the pans, the flour, sugar, icing, etc.  The bride purchased the crystals and the stand and all of the pretty stuff.  What did the friend do?  Spend 8 hours baking a very special wedding present that every one could enjoy.


Beer Budget Bride Beginnings

June 23, 2008

So why build a Beer Budget Bride site?  First of all – how many resources do brides planning a wedding have?  Too many.  All of that mumble jumble can be confusing, overwhelming and expensive.  My job is to make sure you can see through that mess and still pull off an event folks will talk about for years.  I’ll include advice on everything from the tiny details of how to buy jewelry to the big picture of keeping your special day in perspective and what it all should mean.  I was a bride.  I’ve been to dozens of weddings.  I currently shoot video for weddings in a major metropolitan area on the East Coast – so I can tell you what the vendors think (and charge).  My name is Katie.  I’ll be your Beer Budget Bride Guide – please enjoy the tour.