How to Afford the Extra Wedding Details

It’s the little details that make a wedding memorable, but those details can sometimes add up and make a big dent in your budget. When you’re first planning your wedding you might have a specific vision in mind for some of those special details and it can be disappointing when you actually find out how much they’re going to cost you.

So we’ve come up with some tips for easy ways to include all the special touches you want, but still come in under budget.

Scheduling Wedding Details

Find items that work double duty

Props and Signage for the Photo Booth

Make your dollar stretch farther by finding details that can serve multiple purposes at the wedding. For example, if you’re splurging on an awesome photo booth, why not have the photos serve as favors for your guests? Add a cute sign saying something like “Strike a pose! Thanks for sharing this day with us and giving us memories to last a lifetime! Please visit our photo booth! Leave a copy for the bride and groom and take one home as our gift to you!” so guests know they should take their photos with them. Double prints come in two sizes, 4×6″ or 2×6″ so they fit perfectly in your guestbook.

Wedding Table Decor

Another fun detail would be adding a small wooden popsicle stick to your ceremony program so it can also be used as a fan. This is especially great for those outdoor ceremonies in the summer! Finally, with a little creativity your place cards can also become a piece of decor. Think about adding florals or using something unconventional like a tag tied to an antique key to help guests find their seats. This can add so much more to your theme than a folded card would and allow you to knock out two details in the process!

Go digital

These days there are digital substitutes for so many items and wedding products are no exception. Many times going with a digital version rather than a physical product can be an easy way to save a little money too. You can put together a wedding website to collect RSVPs which could save you a lot on postage for all of those little cards! Many people are familiar with using a wedding hashtag to collect photos from friends and family in one central, digital location, which saves you more stress than anything else.

Individual and Prints Downloads

If your venue has a lot of screens around, why not use them to display signage related to your wedding? Create cute templates on a powerpoint program and use them to direct guests to the reception area, display the dinner menu or anything else you would like to communicate. Even your photo booth can go digital and save you some money too! With the digital only package you’ll receive a ZIP file of all the high-res photos from your wedding and an online gallery to enjoy after your big day. This is great if you’re worried guests will forget or lose their photos at the venue.

Decide what’s most important

Engaged Couple Meeting with Financial Advisor

When you’re deciding which details you should spend money on, it’s important to think about which parts of your wedding day you’re looking forward to the most. If you’re more excited about the reception than the ceremony, then it might be worth it to you to splurge on a decked out photo booth to save the memories of you and your friends partying the night away. If you’re most excited for the meal then you might splurge on an upgraded menu.

The important thing is to talk to your fiance about which parts of the day you’re most looking forward to and use that to plan your budget accordingly. You might also want to look into a wedding loan from a service like Earnest to help when you’re planning out your budget for all those little important details.

When you’re planning your wedding you don’t have to skimp out on the extra special details to save your budget. With some creativity and pre-planning you can still have the amazing wedding you’ve dreamed of. If a photo booth is part of your dream wedding but you’re not sure if it will fit in the budget, don’t be afraid to reach out and we’ll do our best to find a package that works for you!

The little details you’ve spent time planning will be the things that set your wedding apart so put some thought into them and find a creative way to fit them into your budget.
2018-08-10T05:01:43-08:00Categories: News|

Find Your Pink // Local Events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During October, groups across the nation host events and come together for a common cause, finding a cure for Breast Cancer. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we present 10 events, all local to the cities we call home. Many of them are FREE, but still require tickets or reservations. Follow the ticket links to Eventbrite and pink on!
Dallas Fort Worth
Rosé All Day Wine and Music Festival

Enjoy your favorite pink libation while benefiting the AIRS Foundation. Cheers!


Aloha Cancer Project – A Zen Approach
10/21/17 & 10/28/17

The Aloha Cancer Project is hosting two weekends for a learning and practice experience based on the concept of Zen.


Inland Empire
2nd Annual IEPW “Diva” Luncheon

Honor and support your fellow phenomenal women at this Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon with proceeds going to The CARE Project, Inc.


Las Vegas
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society is holding their annual Making Strides walk across the country this month. Register to join the Las Vegas crew.


Los Angeles
Design + Thrive for the Cause

Take the standard fundraiser up a notch by showing off your design skills and learning the power of a healthy lifestyle. The theme was inspired by the awesome work of B4BC.


New York
Avon39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer
10/14/17 – 10/15/17

Explore Manhattan like a Warrior and raise funds for local providers of Breast Cancer related services.


Orange County
Howl-o-ween Cocktail & Costume Party

Help provide local breast cancer screenings for the Orange County area. Dress up with your pup for a spooky night out.


The Many Faces of Breast Cancer

The Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology clinic will be hosting a panel to discuss important issues faced by Breast Cancer patients and survivors.


San Diego
Party in Pink Zumbathon

Get your Zumba on and support Susan G. Komen in their efforts to find a cure.


San Francisco
Taste for the Cure 2017

Support the amazing resource that is the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Center while learning about nutrition and an overall healthier lifestyle. Win, win.


2017-10-06T12:40:21-08:00Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Eco-Friendly Events From Start to Finish

Paper Culture’s Eco-Friendly Invitations

While browsing on Pinterest (of course), we discovered the unique invitation suite designs of California-based Paper Culture. Their collections are modern, colorful, and better yet, good for the environment. Want your event to be eco-friendly, but still awesome? Start by ordering your invites from Paper Culture; finish with fun in our photo booth, delivered by Electric Vehicle. Read on to see our favorite picks for weddings and more.

Paper Culture :: graduation

Black and White Modern Graduation Invitation
These grad invites caught our eye with their modern calligraphy and watercolor pattern. The muted color palette works for any alma mater and any age graduate.

Paper Culture :: weddings

Abstract Wedding Save the Date
Art museums make great wedding venues and these Save the Date cards are a great start for your creative style. Be bold with different color options.

Paper Culture :: themed parties

Popcorn Themed Shower Invitation
This fun design was originally made for a movie night party, but we love the play on words that makes it perfect for a baby shower too. Customize your Paper Culture invites to make your event as unique as you.


Paper Culture’s mission is to provide beautiful products inside and out. All of their products are made with sustainable materials and with every order they plant a tree where reforestation is needed the most. All cards are made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper so no trees are harmed. AND they have some serious cred. Paper Culture is…

  • A certified Bay Area Green Business
  • The 2013 winner of the California Climate Leader award
  • A carbon-neutral company in partnership with

Reversible Box

Paper Culture :: packaging

Invites Mailed in Reversible Reusable Box

Even their packaging is earth-friendly. After choosing and customizing your invites, your order is delivered in a Reversible Box, made from recycled cardboard and printed with eco-friendly water-based inks. Turn it inside out for a design-conscious way to send your mail. #ReversibleBox

Go Green

Connect with Paper Culture to start planning your special event. Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

2017-05-02T06:28:29-08:00Categories: Design, News|Tags: , |

An Event Venue That Does It All

The Falls Event Center is unique in the industry in that it has multiple locations and a wide variety of spaces in each. From small to large, indoor to outdoor, casual to formal, there really is a place for everyone. We wanted to share an event that took us to the Elk Grove, CA location.. But first, a little introduction is due…

Get to Know The Falls

“We are creating space for you to dream, inspire, and celebrate life’s greatest moments. With our unique Open Vendor Policy and flexible room layouts, you can truly make our space your own.

It’s our passion to partner and serve local businesses. We have created the perfect rentable space for you to connect, build, and inspire your team with state-of-the-art technology and fun, creative environments.”

Large Indoor Room at the Event Center

White Table Settings
Indoor Corporate Meeting Space

Not Just Weddings

Venues like The Falls are often thought of for weddings or business events. The space works just as well for a birthday party among friends. Welcome to the island.

10.23.2016 // Dylan’s Luau

This 1st birthday party had all the right details for a Hawaiian, surf-themed festivity. Large windows made the event light and bright, setting the stage for dancers and musicians to perform. Sweet Dozen created a yummy doughnut bar and tropical details decorated the tables and walls.

Flavors of Donuts for Birthday Guests

(don’t miss our booth in the corner!)

Blue Tablecloths and Tropical Centerpieces

Drinks Were Served From a Luau Themed Bar

The host brought the cutest props so guests could pose with pineapples, coconuts, palm trees and flowers. A custom border continued the theme for fun party favors.

Tropical Themed Photo Booth Props


Can you envision yourself meeting here, celebrating here, partying the night away here? We’re sure you can find the perfect spot. website / instagram / facebook / pinterest

2017-04-24T10:57:32-08:00Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

The Pink Newsletter is Making a Splash

Big news for the summer! Pink Shutter is launching a quarterly e-newsletter, which will feature inspiration from each season. The Summer issue is full of fun, color and fresh ideas to make these hot months a blast. Each issue will have Featured Events from #thepinkblog, exclusive specials for your next photo booth rental, social media pages we love to follow, marketing tips and more.

Sign up below and email if you would like your event featured in our newsletter!

Blog Post Photos from Hawaii Wedding, Race for the Cure, SXSW

img (from left): Bianca Photography, Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County, SXSW

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2017-04-12T13:52:41-08:00Categories: Design, News|Tags: , |