Monthly Archives: January 2018

Budget Wedding Tips

Weddings aren’t cheap, but they don’t have to put a huge dent in your bank account and have you paying back loans for months to come. Here are a few moneysaving wedding tips to consider.

1. Find a wedding venue that will allow you to provide your own catering. You’ll save £100’s. You could ask a local college for affordable catering staff to be waiters etc.

2. Consider hiring wedding attire (for the bride couple, best man etc) instead of buying and having e.g a dress specially made.

3. Have a buffet instead of a sit down meal.

4. Have wedding bubbles instead of confetti. They’re cheaper and will look pretty in pictures.

5. Have flower petals and candles on tables in the reception, instead of expensive flower arrangements.

6. Have a small intimate wedding. Cut down on your guest list. Have the guests you want. How about: inviting representatives from families (e.g not every adult cousin of your aunts and uncles); inviting family and friends who you’ve been in contact with in the past 12 months; not inviting everyone’s girlfriend and boyfriend. Yes, this might upset some people but who’s paying for the wedding! We’re living in expensive times where people are trying to save money. Just explain (if you need to) that you and your husband/wife to be have got a very limited budget but that you didn’t want that to stop you getting married.

7. Consider a morning or an afternoon wedding reception. A breakfast or brunch would be less expensive than dinner. Plus people would tend to drink less alcohol early in the afternoon than in the evening.

8. Keep beverage costs down by serving an alcoholic punch and a non-alcoholic punch.

9. If you choose to have an open bar, limit the cocktail hour then serve only wine (or punch) after that hour.

10. Make your own wedding favours:
e.g fill small favour boxes or organza bags with mint imperials or other sweets
– Place a personalised chocolate on each place setting
– Have a bowl of sweets in the centre of the table
– buy a lottery ticket for each adult place setting
– Have a medium sized organza bag with a few toys, colouring book and crayons/felt tips to occupy each child.

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Destination Wedding Tips

There are several destination weddings tips to keep in mind. Some of them are listed here, but this list should not be considered all-inclusive. Perhaps one of the most important of the destination weddings tips is that of foreign destinations.

Legal requirements for marriage by non-residents differ from country to country, and in some cases, from location to location within a certain country. For this reason, couples should thoroughly research the requirements for getting married in a country other than their home country.

Destination weddings tips also include travel arrangements and planning for lodging for both the couple and those who will be attending. While they can be fun, most of them will involve quite a bit of traveling and, of course, at least a brief stay at the wedding venue. This can cause additional expense, something which should be considered when planning the wedding.

Marrying at destinations that are not close to either of the couple’s hometown or current location may mean having to decrease both the wedding party and number of attendees. In fact, couples should not be surprised if even some family members are unable to attend due to the location.

So, destination weddings tips should include thinking about how important it is for specific family members or friends to be present. An honest answer should be given to the question: Which is more important, a destination wedding or a certain person being able to attend? Other weddings tips can include booking as far in advance as possible, especially if the destination is a very popular for weddings. They can also include having “back-up” plans, if necessary.

Wedding Tips For Brides

Tanning
Tanning may seem like a great idea. However, if you choose to tan, don’t do it during the week before your wedding. This is because your skin on the camera could come out looking orange. Your skin needs a little time to settle back to normal from the camera’s point of view.

Glitter
Glitter on your hair, face, or chest/shoulders is never a good idea. It looks great to the people around you but not in pictures. Glitter reflects light; when a photo is taken, it looks like white flecks, which usually come across as dandruff. It’s not a good look and can’t be easily fixed in Photoshop as most things can. Additionally, glitter never stays put, so anyone you hug (which will be everyone) can end up with glitter on them, including your groom.

Seeing each other
This is one of my top wedding tips for brides. Now I know it’s tradition to not see each other before the ceremony, and if that’s what you want, then that’s fine. However, I would suggest you see each other for a few reasons. First of all the tradition was started back when marriages were arranged. If the groom saw the bride before the ceremony and didn’t like the way she looked, he could reject her, and her family would not get the dowry money. This is also why a bride wears a veil. Once the ceremony was over, it was too late, so the groom was stuck. That is why the kiss is generally at the end of the ceremony (after the vows) when the veil is lifted. Basically it’s not the best tradition to emulate. Secondly, if you see each other you can get all the photos that need to be done before you even get started. After the ceremony you can just go straight to the cocktail hour and enjoy your evening practically undisturbed by your photographer. Finally, when you see each other for the first time, it’s an amazing moment, which is easier to catch in a personal setting and gives you time to actually appreciate each other without rushing into the ceremony. It is different than when you walk down the aisle, so it won’t take away from that moment.

Invitation Wedding tips for Brides
I suggested that you set the ceremony time on the invitation at least 15 minutes before you intend the ceremony to start. That way the late comers are still on time and not trying to rush in after the procession has started.

Eat
It is important to eat on your wedding day. It’s a long day and full of emotion so it’s best to have a full stomach to keep you going. This is important during the reception as well. I know you want to talk to your guests and just have fun, but I can’t stress enough that you need to eat.

Sunset
Remembering the time of sunset is important. If it’s a nice sunset, you will want to have photos in front of it, which you cannot do if something else is going on like your ceremony or important dances during the reception. Also, it is important to remember that while fall weddings are lovely, the sun will set earlier and you will need to adjust your times around that. Lastly, some venues have a ceremony site that faces the sunset. That may seem lovely, but you want to set your ceremony time before the sunset as the falling light will affect your pictures; and, while you are looking at each other, your guests will be staring directly into the sun, when all they want is to see is you.