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Plan Wedding and Honeymoon

Weddings may, in most cases, be a one time special event deserving of all the pomp and pageantry associated with the memorable day. However, there are ways to cut costs and still maximize the moment. Careful planning and budgeting are key to getting the most out of this experience at a reduced cost.

What should go into a wedding plan? When is too much, too much?

There are many things which makes a wedding a wedding. The old adage, “Something New, Something used and something blue, is a reliable guide to save.

Knowing what you need and how much it cost compared to your allotted budget for each item is essential. Your check list should include: Bride Gown and accessories, Groom’s wedding attire, wedding rings, flowers, wedding cake, wedding site, reception site, photography/video services, limousine, ceremony fees, decorations, license, honeymoon/travel, music/entertainment services, invitations, wedding consulting fees, beverage/drinks and type of wedding.

Generally, all of these items should be carefully itemized and an actual cost should be obtained from the service providers. Your budget fro each service or product should be include to help guide you and/or your wedding consultants. From this list you can determine things like the size of your guest list, bridal party and reception, cake and amount you can actually allocate to each specific area.

A good example is: if you are purchasing a wedding gown and accessories which can easily run into $1,500 or more and your budget is $600, you can opt to rent a gown and accessory which typically at the high end is around $400.

Knowing where you would like to host your wedding and the type of wedding you want is also very essential. Many people typically choose a traditional wedding (religious). These can go into many different cultures i.e. African, Jewish, Islamic, Irish etc. Different types of weddings typically carry varying price tags depending on the culture and how complex the ceremony or extravagant it is.

Honeymoons can be a another costly expense. Honeymoons can extend from that drive to another state to the extended Bahamas vacation or Caribbean cruise. Many companies are now incorporating wedding and honeymoon packages in their vacation packages. This has its upside and downside. Marriage laws also vary from country to country.

June typically is noted as the wedding month. So, expect costs to be higher. However travel this and hotel charges during this time of the year to many destinations including the Bahamas may be less expensive.

If you know your budget then it may be beneficial to allow a wedding consulting firm to handle the arrangements. Statistics show that couples are so tired and stressed after the wedding 705 do not have sex on the first night of the honeymoon.

Hiring wedding consultant doesn’t mean you lose control of your ceremony. It just saves you the hassle and stress of coordinating and implementing each individual activity and duty.

Your honey moon can be like any other vacation as far as proper planning is concerned. In order to save money, you must know what you want to do? Where you want to go? What you want to see? Consult with travel consultants in the country or area you plan to visit. Research well. Your trip does not have to be robotic or mechanical, but it can be cost effective and well organized.

Organising Wedding Stationery

The Use of the Internet

The Internet has opened up new avenues for anyone planning a wedding. All your research can literally be done online and this also applies to finding your stationery items. There are hundreds of online stationery and wedding related websites that display all types of wedding invitations and accessories for you to choose from. Today many brides do their wedding research online as you can become quickly informed of the latest trends and new products available. You can either buy your wedding stationery directly over the Internet, or collect ideas and samples and take these to your local stationery store to implement. Most online stores actually send you a sample in the post to let you look and feel the stationery items before you purchase them.

Custom Stationery

Every bride wants her wedding to be as unique as can be. A good place to start is with custom wedding stationery. The great advantage with custom stationery is that you can enter your own wording, select the typeface, text size and color. No matter what theme you have set for your wedding, you will surely be able to customize your stationery to compliment the tone. Wedding invitations and accessories can be bought in various styles such as classic, contemporary, floral, embossed, layered and religious.

On a Budget?

If you’re on a budget and looking for cheaper wedding stationery items, then you might like to consider print-at-home wedding invitations. Save money and impress your guests when you personalize and print your wedding invitations at home using free online services that are available from some major online stationery stores. You pay for the paper and envelopes and then use their software to print directly from your own PC. With sophisticated customization tools, you’ll be able to enter your text, tweak it, preview it, and print it. No mistakes, no hassles, no wasted cards – and its cheap!

Choose a Theme

The theme of your stationery should coincide with the overall theme of your wedding. For example, if you are having a garden wedding then you may choose to have a floral print on your stationery items. There are many accessory items available to help you tie your stationery in with the theme of your wedding. For example, ribbons, hearts, rings, white doves etc.. The same applies to the color of your invitations. This is normally decided upon by the color of your bridesmaids dresses.

Stationery Items

You would be surprised at how many wedding stationery items there are. While your wedding invitation is the most prominent item of stationery, you can find complimentary stationery accessories to match your wedding invitations:-

  • Wedding Invitations
  • Wedding Programs
  • Announcements
  • Engagement Announcements & Invitations
  • Save-the-Date Cards
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
  • Bridal Shower Invitations
  • Wedding Accessories (menu cards, thank you notes etc..)

Cancun Honeymoon Vacation

There are couples who look for adventures, while there are others who look for an idyllic sense of comfort. The night time is the best time to hang out in Cancun. The onset of evening brings joy and excitement. A toast of margarita in a sophisticated bar or on the beach with your beloved is an incredible feeling. If you are the adventurous type, you could indulge in horse riding, scuba diving and exploration of the wild life. The Mayan ruins is another area worth endless exploration.

Ah! Entertainment and Cancun honeymoons go together. You can dance your night away till the early dawn. Or you can relax in each other’s arms and watch a romantic movie or adorable plays and ballets. You could indulge in Sushi, as Cancun is famous for this delicacy. If you book a hotel and spend your honeymoon in Cancun, you could have a romantic breakfast in bed. Spas, massages, candlelit dinner, are the way of life when you enjoy the Cancun honeymoon vacations with that special someone.

Sun, fun and romance can make for the perfect experience. Couples looking for a warm weather destination with intimacy, entertainment, water sports, good food and culture will be pleased with their ‘discovery’ of Cancun as a romantic hideaway. Cancun honeymoon will give the romantic couple an exotic, romantic get-away they will never forget.

About Mens Wedding Bands

Mens wedding bands are the new fashion for the fashion conscious married man. And there is a whole world of choice.

For the male who is in the market for a mens wedding band, the
alternatives can be a little daunting. Where do you start to look? What do you get? How do you choose? What will she like? Should you buy it or should she? There are so many choices to make when searching for mens wedding bands.

Lets dispose of the last one first. Who chooses a mans wedding band? Who cares! The only thing to think about is what you both want. There’s no right or wrong. Talk about it and see how important it is to you both. Do you feel that he should choose the engagement ring? If so maybe she should choose his mens wedding band. It really doesn’t matter at all.

Where do you start to look for great mens wedding bands? That isn’t so easy, but here are some general suggestions.

First have a look in your local jewelry store. Just look, don’t buy. You need to get a feel for what is available and what appeals to you. The range of mens wedding bands is huge and there are very few stores where you can see even a fraction of what is available. But it’s a good place to start.

While you’re there get your ring finger sized. That’s always useful to know. And spend a little time thinking about the width of the band that you feel would suit your finger. Generally mens wedding bands are wider than womens rings as a man has wider fingers and so his band needs to be a little wider to look right.

Then have a look at different types of materials. There are all sorts of choices for modern men’s wedding bands. Don’t just look at gold or silver, there’s much more choice than that. Modern mens wedding bands can be made from all sorts of materials that you may never even think of. Would you have thought to look at carbon fibre men’s wedding bands? How about stainless steel, or platinum, or titanium? Look at everything you can find.

And very few regular stores will offer any sort of choices in these materials. Many won’t even offer these materials at all. How many regular stores are there who will show you a carbon fibre mens wedding band? Not many.

Make a decision about the basic style of band you feel would attractive to you both. Many men buy a plain, simple unadorned band. No frills, no design features. The most basic band that it is possible to buy.

However one possible explanation for the popularity of the plain mens wedding band is that many men do not take the time to investigate the range of options available to them.

You should think a little about the man’s personality. Is he outgoing, flashy, forward? Or is he more reserved and conservative? The choice of men’s band reflects his style and personality, so choose with this in mind.

So, in your local store, look, make some decisions about what basic style of band you would like and what material you should investigate, and don’t buy.

Next, jump on the internet. There is a massive range of choices in mens wedding bands on the internet. Almost anything you could set your heart on can be found, and if it can’t then it can probably be custom made for you.

And it’s usual that the band you finally decide on will be cheaper, often substantially, if you buy it on the internet than if you bought it at your local store. That’s just how the internet works. At your local store there probably isn’t much competition, maybe only one or two other stores in the immediate area. But on the internet everyone competes with everyone else,
regardless of location, so it’s a really competitive market. Prices need to be really keen to stay in business.

And of course an internet store can set up it’s actual buildings somewhere where it isn’t too expensive to own or rent the real estate, so overheads are much lower than for your local store. Lower overheads and high competition means great savings in prices for you. Often up to 50%.

Info of Bridal Budget Beware

So on to the free advice…

Not all ‘weddings on a budget’ advice has to focus on settling for the next best thing. There are lots of ways to save money and still get precisely what you always dreamed of having. For example:

– Once you’ve picked out the perfect wedding gown, go online and see if you can find a better price. There are several reliable, online bridal retailers that also operate their own bridal salons–so you won’t have to worry about fly-by-night operations and poor customer service. (And yes, they offer brand name gowns.)

– Do the same for your shoes and accessories. Many of these online shops have free shipping and no sales tax–so that’s money in your pocket.

– If you’re serving alcohol at your reception, ask your caterer if they charge a corkage fee. If they don’t, look in to purchasing it through a wholesaler, local retailer, or even online. You’re going to get better prices.

– Instead of hiring a professional videographer, get a friend or hire a student from your local university to do the handiwork.

– Ready-made favors can cost upwards of $3 per person. And most of the cost associated with these little tokens of appreciation is labor. So make them yourself…it’s not that hard and can be lots of fun!

– Instead of buying expensive, personalized thank you cards, buy boxed thank-you cards. You can find beautiful ones at a card store, bookstore, or stationer.

– If your guests aren’t big on dancing, think about skipping the DJ or band. Instead, hire a solo musician for a romantic touch.

– If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception, use potted plants instead of expensive floral arrangements. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get to take the flowers home and watch them grow through the years.

– Have your reception at a local restaurant. Many don’t charge a location/rental fee AND you won’t have to rent tables, chairs, or linens.

Save Money on Wedding Dress

  • Shop Around – Don’t assume the first dress you try on is going to be the best deal or look the best on you. There are many dresses to try.
  • Discount Bridal Salons – Discount bridal salons often have sales of up to 75% off (especially on last year’s merchandise) which can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you hear of a discount sale, make sure you know what you are looking for since many women go crazy at these events and dresses are often gone in a matter of minutes.
  • Have Someone Make Your Dress – If you have a talented friend or family member who you trust to make your wedding dress for you, you can save an enormous amount of money and still have a great dress for your big day.
  • Look on the Internet – the Internet is a great place to search and explore the many options of styles for your dress and you are guaranteed to find dresses which do not cost a fortune.
  • Bridal Salons – normal bridal salons (as opposed to discount) sometimes have sales which offer around 30% off last years merchandise. The salons near where you live are definitely worth looking into.
  • Borrow or Rent – Some women cringe at the thought of borrowing or renting a wedding gown, but others may not take it as seriously. Wedding dresses are really only worn for one day and renting or borrowing can really save you a lot of money.
  • Seamstresses – Contact a seamstress and ask for a quote. It’s unlikely that a seamstress is going to charge you as much as a bridal salon. If you do this, make sure to ask about their experience in this area or past brides who you can contact. This will ensure they are reputable and there won’t be any “mishaps” with your dress.

Bridal Dresses

BRIDAL DRESS- Go for the dress that compliments your height, body shape and make-up. It’s not just about the dress, its stitching and fitting according to your requirement is necessary. Try to make an early appointment from where you want to buy the dress so that if the design is not available, they can order it for you. Other than this, try to set a budget beforehand so that you won’t get intimidated by other expensive dress and stick to your budget because the wedding is an expensive affair and you need to maintain your balance for other accessories.

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES- Along with dress comes many bridal accessories like veil, tiara, bracelets, anklets, rings, shoes, etc. Keep in mind that “less is more” so that you don’t over-do anything which does not get along with your bridal look. These accessories should match the design of your gown. You can buy it from the bridal dress salon or shop it online according to your convenience.

Bridal veil is available in different quality of the fabric like net, synthetic, etc decorated with silver stones or flowers and laces that add an exotic look to the bride. Tiara always gives royal look, you can go for diamond stones or if you want a natural look try tiara made from flowers and leaves.

Clutches always goes around with gown rather than other bags and choose your foot wares which is comfortable and stylish according to your preferences. There are other hair accessories available like hair clips, feather and flower hair clips, mesh veils, etc as per your hair-do. It is important to pre-order these accessories as shipping takes a few days or maybe it is not available at the shop.

THINGS TO REMEMBER- If you want to get your makeover from a salon on your wedding day, it is important to make a booking 1-2 months before and set an appointment with your make-up artist to discuss about what look you want and select the bridal make-up packages accordingly. Get your dress stitched few days before the wedding so that if any alteration has to be made, it will be done in time. Buy accessories as per your need because spending money on stuff with least utility is probably not a wise decision. The wedding is a big day for the bride. No doubt if you want it to be perfect, make all the arrangements beforehand.

Diamond Wedding Rings

The diamond ring you choose for your wedding should be everything that you feel your love to be – unique, beautiful and durable. And while there are a huge variety of styles and ring settings available the core features of a truly beautiful diamond remain the same regardless of the style of diamond ring you pick to celebrate your wedding. You will hopefully wear this ring the rest of your life, so choose a style that seems timeless to you. The setting you choose is a matter of your own personal taste, but the diamond in your wedding ring should adhere to these important factors.

The characteristics of a beautiful diamond are known as the four Cs – carat, color, clarity and cut. Regardless of the style of diamond wedding rings that you and your partner choose, these are factors that will apply.

The carat of your diamond refers to its weight – simply put, the larger the diamond, the more valuable it becomes. While larger diamonds can be impressive, certain settings suit smaller carats better. Choose a carat that appeals most to you – a large diamond may be valuable, but the most important factor is how valuable it is to you.

The color of a diamond also relates to its value – the clearer the stone, the more valuable your diamond wedding ring.

The third factor is clarity – once again, the more clear a diamond, the more valuable it becomes. Though few diamonds are perfect, the ones with less clouds or flaws are more rare, and thus more expensive to purchase.

The final factor is the diamond’s cut. The best cut will display the diamond’s brilliance to the best effect.

Morning After Wedding Night

The necessity for all this hullabaloo was explained as keeping bad luck away from all that happiness that the couple had acquired in finding each other. But everyone knew it was all meant to aggravate and frustrate the newly married couple. It has been suggested that Henry V111 was never quite as potent on his honeymoon as he could have been because of the lack of privacy that went hand in hand with being a ruler. Give him an anonymous inn and a comely wench, and he was twice the man, creating little Henrys with no trouble at all.

The romantic lover understood that the fortitude of the bride in the face of the previous night’s outrage, deserved some consideration.

Waking up in the morning after a good night, the husband would hand to the object of his passion, something that would be a reminder of the experience for the rest of their life. It could be an extravagant piece of jewellery – perhaps a family heirloom worth a small fortune. Or it might be a deed to a prized piece of real estate. In any case, the generosity of a husband at such a time was legendary and not often repeated there after.

The less bashful bride would have thought deeply about it long before the wedding day, and was not beyond asking for a specific gift. At such a time it was always, “Whatever your heart desires is yours, my dear.” He might have added, as some of them did, “Ask wisely.” We’ve all seen those operas or read those myths and fairy tales where the bride would ask for a favour that eventually, and sometimes immediately, turn her life into a disaster. But if the headstrong bride didn’t know her own best interest, it was hardly the fault of her lord and master, be he a Bluebeard or a husband with a past.

Democracy and income tax has pretty well put a stop to these extravagant, and sometimes deadly gestures. Though, for all we know, perhaps the very rich and famous are still into tossing a chateaux or a directorship at their brides. But for the rest, to commemorate that first night as they should, all they need is a little bit of creativity.

Games For Wedding Shower

One of the printable bridal shower games is the word scramble. You could print out the master copy or photo copy the original list. You can come up with 15-20 words which are related to wedding items and unscramble them for your guests. For example ngdiewd ecka would be wedding cake. The guest who solves the unscrambling game first and correctly gets a small gift.

Another popular bridal shower game would be pass the box, where you wrap a small item with layers of gift wrap. Pass it around, as in the musical chairs with music playing in the background. When the music stops, each participant unwraps one of the layers of the gift. The player who removes the final layer of paper in the end, wins the prize. There is also the wedding dress game where two teams are created. One from the a team becomes the model while the others get to dress her in a scheduled time.

Always make a conscious effort to introduce or improvise with bridal shower game ideas so that you have something new and improved for every wedding shower game.