Spending Your Wedding Money Wisely

If you are planning on getting married, then you hopefully have a decent budget to work with. One of the hardest decisions of all regarding any wedding day is in relation to your budget. You need to know where you are going to spend it -how much on each part, and so on. If you get this right, it really bodes well for the day itself, so this is a hugely important issue. In this article, we are going to look at some of the major expenses that you will need to consider above all else. As long as you make allowances for these first and foremost, you should be fine.

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Invitations

The invitations are much more important than people usually give them credit for. In many ways, a decent invitation offers your guests a great opportunity to get a gist of what the day itself will be like. With an invitation, you will have the chance to introduce important elements such as the colour theme for the day, and other things of that nature. It is important that you keep budget aside for the invitations; people often forget about them until the last minute, and then it is often a shock to see just how much money they can cost. Prepare yourself, and get them sorted as early as possible. This will reduce the amount of shock associated with the cost of your invitations, and will ensure that everyone receives their invites on time.

Furniture

For the actual day, let’s not forget that you will need to stock up the room with the desired furniture and decorations. This is going to be one of the most important aspects of all, as generally this is how you achieve the overall look that you are actually going for. Whatever your style or theme, this is one area where you will want to set aside a lot of the budget – just to make sure you get it right. It is also worth shopping around and finding places like La Pinata Party Rentals if you want to save a little cash. Done right, you will be able to fill out your function room with style, and without breaking your budget.

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Dress

It probably goes without saying, but something you will definitely want to save money on is your dress. The dress is often one of the most expensive elements of all, so it makes perfect sense to save up for it for as long as you can. It will probably also be one of the first purchases that you make, so you will want to ensure that you keep it within the realms of the budget. Sometimes, it can be tempting to go over slightly on this, but you should try to avoid this temptation if at all possible. As long as you stay under, you will have a much less stressful time of it on the whole. And reducing stress should definitely be one of your main goals here.

Boho Wedding Chic

There has been a dominant trend lately, moving away from the big old formal style weddings to a more relaxed bohemian, country vibe instead. In fact, it’s a pretty easy wedding style to pull off, whether you have a load of money or are working on a stricter budget. Read on for some tips and inspiration.

Venue

Getting a suitable location for a boho wedding can make a big difference to how effective it is. Some particularly great locations and venues for this relaxed hippy style include outdoor weddings. Which are obviously much better in warmer climates. Or tents and tepees which add a sort of festival vibe to proceedings.

As things are a little more relaxed, you can dispense with the formal seating plans and go for some less structured options. Which can work particularly well with a buffet or hog roast meal.

Dress

Now, your wedding dress has a lot to do with setting the tone for your day. So you are going to want to get this element just right. But how does boho translate into wedding dress styles? Well, there are several ways that you can do it successfully.

The first is by using lace, this can give a very romantic and bohemian vibe. Especially if worn in the style of a fitted dress.

But simplicity can also work just as well. Think flowing fabrics that drop to the floor, but without the bulk of any petticoats.

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Remember too that the success of the effect can have to do with how you dress the outfit. So consider accessorizing your dress with fresh wildflower crowns, tousled ringleted hair, or even bare feet? As these can all enhance the boho feel of your look too.

Groom

Now you will want the groom and groomsmen to be in keeping with your theme as well. But what exactly should the fellas wear to fit in with a boho theme? Well, some of the best outfits I have seen have a vintage, rural vibe to them. Think country style in brown tones with suspenders.

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Remember, you want something that looks like they have made an effort. But is far removed from the tails and cummerbunds of a very formal affair.

Quirky touches

Now, with a boho wedding, something that you can really get your teeth stuck into is creating some truly quirky touches to make your day as fun and personalized as possible.

For example, try making dream catcher decorations yourself from old lace doilies fixed to embroidery hoops, with ribbons hanging from them.

Or how about giving your guests some serious pampering by putting together a paper gift bag of items for them to use on the day as it suggests in this article? You can even fill with things like flip flops so the women can change out of their high shoes for dancing. Or wraps to keep them warm in the evening. As well as fun stuff for boho theme picture like sparklers!

Entertainment

You will want some epic entertainment to get everyone on their feet and dancing that is also in keeping with the boho theme. So what about hiring a live band to give it that art-house sort of vibe? Or you could even include some cool carnival games for the guests to play, to keep everyone amused.

Preventing The Lesser-Known (But Still Terrifying) Threat of the Bridemaidzilla

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Your wedding should be, in theory, the happiest day of your life. Well, at least one of the top five. There are the days your kids are born, if you have them. There is your first paycheck. And then there’s the day you realize you paid the store clerk with a single and they gave you change for a ten. Those are all pretty sweet, also.

But I digress. It should be the happiest day of your life, but the thing about a wedding is this. Although it has two leading characters, there is a sizeable supporting cast. While the two of you may give virtuoso performances, there’s always the risk of some scene-stealing further down the card.

It may be for the best of reasons – a giggling fit during the vows, a funny best man speech or the priest catching the bouquet. It may also be because of a spectacular tantrum pulling focus from the happy couple. How do you avoid the lesser-known wedding day disaster – the Bridesmaidzilla?

Picking Your Bridesmaids

As noted before, you do need to be decisive when picking bridesmaids for a wedding. It’s the bridesmaid’s choice in the end, and you have to pick who you’re happy with. That said, if there is a chance of one bridesmaid being miserable because her sister couldn’t be one, think. Does it make a huge difference to have five instead of four?

Picking The Dresses

Outside of the shallower Hollywood rom-coms, you rarely get a group of four friends who are identical in shape and size. Picking the right dresses for your crew, then, can be a tense process. You may have three who are delighted with the cut and the color. There may then be one who looks at what you’ve bought and says “Oh, they’ll look great! I will look like I’ve dressed up for Hallowe’en!”

That’s why sites like alanavivi.com are so useful. You can decide on a color theme, but allow each bridesmaid to choose their cut and style. No need to play the percentages, everyone can look drop dead gorgeous. Just a bit less so than the bride, of course.

Maid Of Honor/Head Bridesmaid Fiascoes

The bridesmaids at any wedding should usually be the best friends of the bride herself. The best, best friend will be the head bridesmaid or maid of honor. However, do you know who your best friend is? Do they? And more to the point, do those who are not your best, best friend know that? This is something that requires clarity early on.

It may be worth making the decision that you won’t be having a maid of honor at all. Should the decision be questioned, explain that they’re all bridesmaids because they mean the world to you. Putting one of them above the others would just be too difficult emotionally on such an important day.

The one caveat to this is if you have been asked to play the part of maid of honor to one of your own party. In that case not returning the favor would look like a snub – and guess where that leads?

Super Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

Wouldn’t it be great if we had an endless budget when planning our wedding? Unfortunately, we have to reign it in a bit more than those multi-millionaires when organising our big day! But if we can save money here and there on certain parts of the planning, we can then spend more on the parts of the wedding that we really want to splash out on. Here are some top tips on super ways to save money when planning your wedding.

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Reception Party

Would rather save your money to splash out on a luxurious honeymoon? If so, consider trying to save some money at your reception party. Here, it’s time to get brutal with the guest list! Do you really think Aunt Nora wants to stay up dancing until 1 am, or are you just inviting her out of courtesy? Could you make a no kids rule to save a bit on the catering? Are you inviting certain work friends just because you would feel guilty if you didn’t? Go through the list with a fine tooth comb. Also, consider having your wedding and reception mid-week or on a Sunday. There are often huge savings to be made at venues if you choose these days. Another great tip is to choose a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. If you source your own, with a bit of research, you can make some big savings.

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Decorating

Do you have some arts and crafts friends that are great with fabric and design? If so, utilise them now! People love to help out at weddings, and if you can save some money by getting your most creative friends to help decorate your venue, then why not! Also, think about friends that have recently got married. Do they have any items stored away that you could borrow for decorating your venue? Now is the time to ask for help.

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Wedding Dress

If you want a stunning designer wedding dress, but the budget doesn’t stretch, think about buying a pre-owned wedding dress. There are many websites that list beautiful pre-owned designer gowns that have only been worn once before. Or, if you are blowing the budget on a luxury dress, make a pact with yourself to sell it on immediately afterwards. Use an online wedding calculator to find out the value of wedding dress. After having your dress professionally cleaned you can then make some of your money back by selling it on to another future bride-to-be.

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Skip The Sit-Down Meal

You can slash the catering costs of your wedding by skipping the sit-down meal. There are absolutely no rules to say you have to go traditional. For a cool and relaxed vibe, you could have a barbeque buffet in the evening and just serve canapés in the afternoon. Or perhaps go country hip and serve a huge hog roast with fresh sides. Another fashionable new trend is to have a cocktail-style reception party. Here you just serve hors d’oeuvres throughout the afternoon and evening. Bite size plates are often a great idea, as a big evening meal can leave people feeling tired afterwards. Catering can account for up to half of your wedding budget, so if you can save money here, you are onto a big winner. There are lots of creative ways to serve up a delicious meal without totting up a huge catering bill.

Where To Spend, Save And Compromise On That Dream Wedding!

A wedding is about joining two people together in a bond that will last a lifetime. Yet many modern couples face something beyond their unification, with the prospect of a huge bill at the end of it. We all know that weddings are expensive, yet we still manage to be surprised when we start getting quotes.

It’s at this point that the more frugal among us begin to worry. A wedding is a spectacular, wonderful occasion – but it is just one day in our lives. All being well, it’s something we’ll only do once. Yes we want it to be special – and spectacular would be welcome as well – but when the costs are running to a year’s wage, we look for other options.

Don’t worry – this is not the point where we will immediately begin to advocate a DIY wedding. You don’t have to spend any money at all! You can create everything you want with some innovation and Pinterest boards! This is the common suggestion for wedding money worries, but it has a drawback. For working couples, the idea of being able to spend hours making posies or creating banners just isn’t workable. A wedding is stressful enough without giving you lots of crafting requirements, which may or may not be suited to your abilities.

DIY weddings have their charm, and if it’s feasible, then it’s well worth considering. But for two many couples, it would just be swapping one stress for another.

The other option to consider is substitution. Look for something you want, decide on it and then go for something cheaper with a close-enough look to it. Yet couples don’t like this, for they don’t want to feel they have scrimped on their special day.

So where do you draw the line? You have to make a decision somewhere, and you’ve yet to find the money tree you’re half-hoping exists. The answer is in knowing where to draw the line. So which areas deserve the attention; where can you Splash Out, DIY and Substitute?

Splash Out: Money Spent Wisely

The Venue For The Ceremony

The ceremony is the actual part of the wedding that counts. A lot of couples fall into a trap of thinking the ceremony is only a small part, and the reception is what counts. Then they look back on their photos of the ceremony and are disappointed. While the reception is important, it’s what happens beforehand that really counts. Don’t be tempted into a cheap-and-cheerful ceremony with a lavish reception. At the very least, try and balance them, so they both have their own wonder.

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Flowers and Lighting

The reception venue itself doesn’t need to be spectacular. A simple church hall or a hotel conference room; all you need is a canvas. When you have your blank base, then your money is best spent on the things that will make it wonderful.

Lighting is essential for any occasion, especially if you’re getting married in the months with shorter years. Always make sure you visit your potential reception venue both in the daytime and at night. You may think that floor-to-ceiling windows will allow plenty of light, but what if the day is overcast? If the lighting installed in the venue is insufficient, then use tripods or fairy lights to get it an extra lift. You can also incorporate lighting into the centerpieces.

Flowers are a staple of weddings, and for good reason. They signify flourishing beauty, and it’s an area you will regret skimping on. If you’re tired of the usual boring wedding arrangements, then go for tropical flowers from the likes of With Our Aloha and similar. They give a splash of fresh color and something unique that is all your own.

DIY: The Areas You Can Realistically Do For Yourself

Invitations

The wedding may be considered to begin with the invitation, but it’s a tiny prelude. For most modern couples, Facebook exists. You don’t even need to send save-the-date cards if a simple email will suffice.

It’s less romantic and you won’t have anything to save, but it could save you a fortune. If you’re worried about losing face, then explain when doing your invites that you were hoping to get responses as soon as possible from them.

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The Dress

Yes, the precious dress. While it is a massive part of the wedding and something to be treasured, it is nevertheless an outfit that you are only going to wear once. Designer creations can run into the thousands.

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There is so much mythology around the dress that it has almost taken on a life of its own. We’ve convinced brides that as soon as they find “the one”, it will have a magical and transforming property. It’s a neat bit of marketing; as the cost of dresses get more and more expensive, makers have convinced brides of their essential nature. It’s the kind of PR that millions of items would kill for.

Realistically, the only thing that matters is that you feel good in the dress. If you can look in the mirror and be happy, then nothing else is relevant to the situation. It doesn’t matter what the price tag is or what the label is; it’s how you feel in it.

If you find that you truly love a designer creation, then you can use it as the basis to create your own. Given the costs of some designer items, it can be cheaper to get a custom design by an experienced dressmaker. Plenty will offer the service, and have recommendations on cheaper fabrics that will still give the same overall impact.

 

These are just the beginnings of ideas. There are many other areas that you can apply the same tactics. Always question your motives for wanting something. Do you want something in your wedding because you actually desire it, or because you have been conditioned to think that you want it? If you ask this question often enough, you’ll soon begin to see the answers.

 

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