How to find a cheap wedding venue!

Struggling to find a cheap wedding venue?

how to find a cheap wedding venueThe average wedding in the United States costs well over $20,000, and for many, that’s far beyond a standard budget. One of the biggest expenses is a venue, so lets look at some ways to find a cheap wedding venue. Continue reading →

Budget Driving You Bonkers? Here’s How To Keep Your Cool

Weddings are expensive. No matter how you approach your wedding planning, the budget can be one of the worst words in your vocabulary. Everything revolves around it. It’s the difference between having what you want to having what you can afford. Every bride’s budget varies. Which is why it’s so important to keep your cool throughout the whole process. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you a few tips on how you can do that during your wedding planning.

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Start As You Mean To Go On: Don’t Let That Honeymoon Period End!

We all go through a bit of a honeymoon period at the start of relationships. You know, the stage where you can’t seem to keep away from each other. Then habit sets in, we start noticing their faults…and the honeymoon period ends. However, if you still have a great relationship, marriage tends to follow. Getting married is such an exciting time, especially because of the actual honeymoon you both get to have afterwards! Start your honeymoon as you mean to go on, and you might just find the honeymoon period doesn’t end this time. Read on to find out how you can make this happen… Continue reading →

Additional Wedding Costs To Work Into Your Budget

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There’s no doubt that weddings are expensive, but with the right planning and budgeting you can make sure everything runs smoothly. Along with the ceremony and reception, there are a couple of other expenses you’ll need to account for when you’re planning a wedding. Being sure that you’re not overlooking anything means you will have the best success and not overspend. Here are a few things to consider! Continue reading →

8 Techniques To Make Your Wedding Pictures Stand Out

There aren’t many things from your wedding day that last forever. It’s going to be one of the most special and memorable days of your entire life, so it’s nice to have things there to help you look back on the day. This is why hiring a quality photographer is crucial! However, most people don’t realize that there are a number of different wedding photography styles, and things you can do to make your pictures stand out. If you want to make sure you’re 100% happy with your pictures, here’s what you need to do: Continue reading →

Flowers, Photos And Fizz – Adding Touches Of Luxury To Your Wedding

We’re guessing you’ve already started creating your wedding binder for your big day. And you probably have a stack of dedicated boards on your Pinterest account and are already planning your guest list. So today we’re going to concentrate on some of the other elements of your wedding that will add luxury touches to your special day. Of course, flowers, photography, and fizz will never be overlooked. But today we’re going to give you some ideas for unique ways to include them in your wedding to add an extra splash of pizzazz.

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Want A Luxurious Honeymoon? Here’s What To Consider

Planning a wedding can be hard work at times. Some couples tend to be so focused on the day ahead that the honeymoon can be a forgotten thought. Whereas some couples focus solely on the honeymoon, and the wedding is a more relaxed affair. Whatever your style I think all newly engaged couples want to have the best day and honeymoon they can.

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However, one thing we can all agree on is that a honeymoon should be something that is once in a lifetime. Let’s face it; we only plan on getting married the once. So if you are considering a honeymoon that is a little more luxurious than the norm, then here is what you should consider.

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Common Errors Brides Make With Their Wedding Dress And Accessories!

Choosing your wedding attire is one of the most stressful and exciting parts of wedding planning. You get to try on a whole bunch of dresses before you find the right one for you. However, it’s not just the dress you need to worry about with lingerie, shoes, and jewelry being just as important to complete your look. Here are some common errors brides make with their wedding dress and accessories that you need to avoid!

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They don’t sort out the underwear till last minute

One thing you must decide on once you have chosen your dress is whether or not you will need a bra. A lot of wedding dresses come with an insert so that your breasts are supported in the dress. However, some brides regret not getting a strapless bra so that they have an extra lift in the dress. Therefore, if you do want to get a new bra, you should make sure you go before you have your first fitting. Otherwise, the dress might sit differently without it, so they will need you to wear it for the appointment. Don’t make the mistake of leaving it till the last minute; you can find many great stores selling lingerie perfect for your wedding. Continue reading →

Inspirational Ideas For A Wedding Venue With A Difference

These days, more and more couples are looking for ways to make their wedding day unique. One way of doing this is choosing a venue with a difference. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hotels and banquet halls. But it’s always worth thinking outside the box. Here are some suggestions for those looking for something different.

 

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Crucial Things Your Husband-To-Be Needs On Your Wedding Day

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When it comes to preparing your husband-to-be for his wedding day, think high quality and craftsmanship for his main items. Let’s take a look at three crucial things he is going to need… Continue reading →

Easy Ways To Cut Costs Of Your Wedding (If You Are On A Tight Budget!)

With the rising costs of weddings (the average is now over $26,000), we are always looking for ways to cut back. After all, you don’t want to pay for the wedding for years to come. But it can be hard when you don’t want to compromise on quality. Here are some easy ways to cut costs of your wedding if you are on a tight budget.

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Go handmade with table decoration and favors

You will be surprised that guests tend to remember table decorations that have been handmade as they are more unique. Therefore, it’s time to get creative to make your table decorations. For example, you can easily create confetti from old wrapping paper and magazines which you can scatter around the tables. Also, you could make something to give away as favors. It could be something you have baked such as a cookie or a cake which they can eat after the wedding breakfast. Or we even previously suggested giving them bubbles which are always a fun activity!

Plan your wedding out of high-season

Everyone aims to have their wedding in the summer months when the weather is great. But venues know this, so they put the costs up higher for the months of June, July, and August. Therefore, to cut costs why not looking at Autumn instead for your wedding. You are bound to find a beautiful autumn wedding venue which won’t cost a fortune during this low-season. The good thing about the season is that it is still quite warm so that you will still be able to get some great pictures. You could even go for winter and then have a Christmas themed wedding!

Cut down on your wedding guest number

It’s so easy for your wedding guest number to spiral out of control. By the time you add families and partners, you can end up with a number which is way out of budget. Therefore, you need to sit down and look at your list properly. You should cut off people you haven’t seen for ages or feel obligated to invite. They can still come to the evening do, but it will save you the cost of paying out for their wedding breakfast. Some people won’t mind just coming to their evening as it’s less pressure for them. You might want to make it a kid-free wedding, which can also reduce your number!

Choose a common color for your flowers

You might think you want to go for a color for your flowers which is totally out there. But it might mean it will be harder to get hold of. For example, blue and purple flowers are hard to find, so it might mean your florist will add 20% extra to your bill. Therefore, go for a common color such as a pink or a yellow which will help you to cut some costs! Also, make sure you choose flowers which are affordable all year round such as roses.

Also look for students to conduct the photography and video for your wedding. There are so many talented students out there who will do a great job for a small price! Therefore, get in contact with your local college or university.

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Seasonal Flowers You Have To Consider On Your Wedding Day

We can all be a little naive when we start planning a wedding. At first, we may think it’s a piece of cake. The decisions come easy, and the budget isn’t spiralling out of control. However, that tends to be right at the beginning. Once you get into wedding planning things can go a little crazy and overwhelming. Decisions can be tough ones to make, and you hope that what you do decide is the right thing for you and your husband to be. All in all, every bride gets to the wedding day in one piece and has an amazing day.

So what are the biggest obstacles in the wedding planning journey? The venue is a big decision, and so is the logistical side when it comes to transport and accommodation. But for many brides, the one thing they all have in common is being clueless when it comes to flowers. We can’t all be an expert. Which is why it’s always worth doing plenty of research online at websites like floristopia.com. However, I thought I would share with you a quick guide to seasonal flowers. I hope it serves as a good foundation to build on.

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Winter wedding

Winter weddings can be stunning. Especially if you get a day where there’s snow or frost on the ground. It can add to the styling of your day. Often when brides hold a wedding during these months, their theme is centred around winter. When it comes to the flowers, a good idea is to stick to whites and ivory colors. The ones that could be in the season would be an Amaryllis, Calla lily or a Tulip. All offering different color options but would look magnificent in white or ivory. A nice winter touch is to add a few gem accents to the flower arrangements. They can glisten as they capture the light.

Summer wedding

If you are getting married during the peak season of summer, then you have a wonderful array of flowers to choose from. Often brides consider a more colorful scheme. Pink tends to be a popular choice. The flowers you may want to consider would be a Hydrangea, Sunflower or a Daisy. Many brides choose to wrap their bouquets in a colorful ribbon to further enhance their color scheme choices.

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Spring wedding

If you are getting married in the spring, then you also have many different flowers to choose from. During these months brides tend to stick with more pastel shades and less overwhelming color options. Some of the flowers you could consider would be the Daffodil, Hyacinth, or something more unusual like a Peony.

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Fall wedding

Fall weddings can be so pretty. You get those earth color tones coming through with browns, oranges, and greens. Of course, many picturesque pictures will feature some fallen leave on the floor. But the flower choice can also enhance that fall imagery. Consider things like a Coxcomb, Cosmos, or an Orchid.

Thankfully, some flowers are available all year round and tend to feature heavily in many weddings. The more popular choices would be the Rose, Gerbera, Chrysanthemum, and Lisianthus. There is more inspiration online at websites like theknot.com. I hope this has provided you with some inspiration.
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Getting To The Wedding: The Perfect Transport For Your Big Day

The journey to your wedding is one of the most important (and memorable) trips you will ever make. That’s why for so many people, the choice of transport to bring them their ceremony is a vital decision when planning their big day. Weddings come in every shape and size these days and that’s part of what makes them so exciting. Whether you’re upholding cultural customs at your wedding or throwing one big party, getting the day right is paramount.  Take a look at our list below of wedding transport ideas and see what you would pick…

The traditional wedding

Nothing says ‘class’ more than a vintage car. Whether you go for a luxurious Bentley or a cute Volkswagen, the look is timeless and it will make for some beautiful photos. Having a retro-themed wedding? Hire a 1950’s Cadillac to transport you back to days gone by or echo the Wild West with a vintage Mustang.

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Modern twist

Your wedding day is the one day you can live that celebrity lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Why not try a modern take on the vintage car theme for your wedding transport? Companies such as VIP Chauffeur Car Hire offer a stunning fleet of stylish cars fit for James Bond himself. Range Rovers, Porsches, Mercedes and the list goes on! Add a ribbon, a bottle of bubbly and you’re good to go.

Fairytale wedding

Fancy a wedding fit for a princess? Draw inspiration from Disney on your big day – arrive at your wedding venue in a horse and carriage. Often pulled by strong Shire or Friesian horses, your grand entrance will be one your guests remember forever. Not to mention, the horses are a great talking point and something for your guests to fuss over! Many modern carriages can seat between two and twelve people.

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Practical

Having a classic British wedding? Hiring a vintage red London Bus could be the perfect option for you. Not only is it incredibly striking, it can also provide transport from your ceremony to your reception if you have a large wedding party. You can even put your names on the front of the bus.

Outdoorsy

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, why not arrive at your wedding on a tractor? They also work well for festival-themed weddings. Either sit at the wheel or have the tractor pull a cart which you and the wedding party can all clamber into. It will be a great laugh and is sure to give your wedding that country farm vibe.

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Quirky

Although not the most obvious choice, more and more people these days are arriving at their weddings in (believe it or not!) golf carts. Cheap to rent and a lot of fun, they are a good way to set your wedding apart from others. Just make sure everyone still focuses on the wedding and not just zipping around in the golf cart!

Prefer staying in a roadworthy vehicle, but still want to have something memorable for your wedding journey? Renting a famous replica car could be the ideal option for you. Del Boy’s three-wheeler from Only Fools And Horses or the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard are both great options which everyone will recognize.

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The Little Beauty Things Every Bride Should Consider

So much about planning a wedding is about the big things. The venue; the dress; the big ticket items that make up the majority of the budget. And to an extent, that’s okay! These are the most obvious items that will govern the success of the day, so it’s fine to focus on them.

There is, of course, an extra consideration for the bride with beauty options. With the venue booked, decorations in place and invitations sent out, thoughts turn to the idea of a beautiful bride. Unless you are one of those women who falls out of bed looking stunning (and we hate you a little if you are), then there’s much to consider.

Makeup

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You have three options with makeup, depending on your price range and (potentially) how much you trust a friend.

Do your own

You have the benefit of knowing what suits you and how you like to look.

Hire a makeup artist

You’ll get the best result – especially if you do a test session first – but you’ll need to find space in the budget.

Ask a friend to help.

Only recommended if you know and trust someone and their skills. If you have a friend who’s a dab hand with a mascara wand, rope her in in exchange for extra champagne.

With that decision made, you have to decide how much makeup you want to wear. Many brides go for fresh and natural looks, with little eyeshadow and a bright lip as a pop of colour. This is popular for a reason, though there’s nothing wrong with going all out if you want to.

If you want to wear as little makeup as possible, consider eyelash extensions and an eyebrow treatment the week before. They should last until the wedding day and mean you can go entirely natural, though still looking good, should you choose to.

Hair

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The classic bride hair would be worn up, with a veil tucked into the back. If your dress has a high neckline or sleeves, then this can help create clean lines that allow the dress to be shown off to its full potential.

With a sweetheart neckline, however, consider breaking the norm and wearing your hair loose. Soft curls can create a fairytale look for a real princess feel. If you don’t have the length naturally, then consider clip-in extensions. For extra detail, noticeable pins and pearls can create a stunning effect.

If you don’t feel comfortable making the decision yourself, then wedding hairdressers can guide you. Every bride is different and will suit different styles, so don’t choose what you “have” to – choose what works for you.

Nails

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Famous brands like OPI now produce bridal-specific nail lines, most of which are a mix of light pinks, creamss and neutrals. You don’t have to go with these, though. Gel nails will stand up through both the wedding and the honeymoon, or go for a brighter colour to stand out from the white of your dress. You can consider extensions, but be wary of one breaking on the big day and ruining the look.

All the little things are designed to make you feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. You want to look back on your pictures and be happy with every small detail, so give yourself time to make choices you’ll always love.

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How To Put On A Show For Your Guests With Your First Dance

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Some couples have taken the internet by storm, going viral with their first dance at their wedding. Funny videos have flooded the internet, with brides poppin, lockin and twerking their way through their big day. But you don’t need to make your guests laugh to get people talking about your dance floor exhibits. Follow our tips to make your first dance something for everyone to remember.

Plan

Amidst the copious amount of things to plan, the dance can often get swept under the carpet. But don’t let this happen. Talk it over with your partner. Start to make plans for something that will suit the two of you. Not only does it need to be something that you are both comfortable with, but it should reflect your relationship too. The more preparation, the better the result.

Choosing a song

A lot of people know the song they want for their first dance long before the big day. They’ll often refer to it as “our song” with tear-filled, doe eyes. Unsurprisingly, the majority are slow and romantic. But don’t feel limited to this genre if that’s not what best represents your partnership. The song that brings fond thoughts of your loved one to mind might be a little more jovial and fast-paced. Whatever the song, make sure it’s something that both you and your partner like and feel is apt.

What style of dance best suits your song of choice?

The type of dance you will perform will be highly influenced by your song of choice. Do you want to sway in each other’s arms in aimless circles around the floor? Or perhaps something a little more structured? There are so many types of dance out there that there will most certainly be something to suit you and your big day. Salsa, waltz, swing, rumba, samba, jive and jitterbug. Whatever you choose, make sure you are well practiced in it. Taking dance classes might be a good idea in the lead up to the moment. There will be specialist classes in most areas, and it’s worth the investment of time and money. Who knows, it might spark a new long term hobby and passion.

Make it unique

Remember, this whole day is about you and your partner. It’s a celebration of your love and unity. So make sure the day is as unique as your relationship. There are so many opportunities to add personal touches to near enough every aspect of your wedding. Don’t forget to make your dance one of them. Don’t feel the need to copy anyone else’s dance, as great as it might have been.

Enjoy yourself

It’s not all so serious. At the moment, this moment is for you and your partner, not everyone else. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, your attentions can be drawn away from each other. This is a moment that you will be together, uninterrupted. Enjoy it. Look into each other’s eyes, hold each other close. Take the moment to relax and take in everything that’s happened leading up to this point. It should be a beautiful and special moment for the two of you to remember.

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