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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

How to Have an Elegant Wedding on a Budget





You’ve met the person of your dreams, and one of you has popped the question. The answer was yes, the champagne
was uncorked, and now the planning begins. About a billion ideas are out there for you to choose, from the setting of the
wedding down to the napkins. The sheer number of options is enough to make any bride or groom-to-be’s head spin, but
a budget can thankfully narrow down some of them. However, a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding of your
dreams.


Set clear expectations


Regardless of the kind of wedding you want, it’s best to immediately outline what kind of budget you’re working with, with all
the people contributing to it. This is especially important if it isn’t only you and your intended footing the bill. Get together with
those who have expressed interest in helping with the cost of the wedding (and this can be all at once or with each separate
person or couple) to find out what they had in mind. It’s best to let them tell you what they can reasonably afford. Once you
have all of this information, coupled with what you and your fiance want to put in, you can make your plans a little bit more
stress-free, because you don’t want any surprises on the financial side.


Do your research


Now that you have an understanding of your price range, it’s time to research. Begin by looking in the area where you’ve
chosen to get married and see what the average costs of weddings are. This will help to avoid possible sticker shock when
you’re calling around for quotes. Armed with this information, it’s time to pick out the places you find most intriguing, the caterers
or restaurants your stomach is grumbling for, and the photographers that closest match your vision for your wedding pictures.
As you reach out to them, make sure to ask pointed questions such as, “If we use this venue, will we have to go with vendors that
you already work with or can we find our own?” “Will you charge a fee to cut our wedding cake or disassemble anything?” or “Does
this price include the rights to all the pictures you take? Will we have the option of getting all of our pictures back or just a set amount?”
Now that you’ve got the major (and usually the most expensive) parts of the wedding taken care of, you can move onto the smaller details.


The dress(es)


Whether you’ve been dreaming of your day since you were a little girl or the very idea of getting married popped into your head 20 minutes
ago, the dress is an important part of the day. Much like the venue, the wedding dress sets the tone and feel of the wedding. A long, corseted,
beaded, heavy creation will probably not work for a beach ceremony any more than a sequined, body-hugging dress with a plunging neckline
would work in a church. The good news is that with so many online options, consignment stores, and big chains getting into wedding dress design,
you can find a dress that’s perfectly elegant for whatever theme you’ve chosen at any price point available to you.


The decor

Decorating a wedding doesn’t have to be as stressful as reality TV or even Pinterest tells you. True elegance is rooted in simplicity; it always looks effortless. Stick to a few ideas and let them speak for themselves. Candles are an inexpensive way to bring warmth and romance to a room, so take advantage of value packs. Does one of you have a hobby that can be represented in a fun, easy way? Make it the favor on the way out or the centerpiece on the tables. Take pictures of the couple, whether engagement, bridal, or simply cherished memories from their past, and have them put on a canvas print for each guest or table. Not only is it a special, affordable way to display them, they can become decor in the couple’s homes after the event is over.


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Gift Idea: Travel Bag for Groomsmen




We have a great gift idea for the groomsmen in your wedding or any man in your life. Check out this classy black leather travel kit. It is sharp looking and has plenty of room to hold all of his essentials when traveling. 

Inside you will find lots of space for deodorant, razors, cologne and much more! Zippered compartments will keep everything nicely organized. There are three outside and three inside pockets including open mesh pockets for extra items, The benefit of hanging it on a hook in the bathroom is great when getting ready in the morning so you can find everything quickly. The bag can be personalized with a name of up to eight letters of just initials for your special someone. 


 Bag (closed): 9.75” L. x 3.25” W. x 8.75” H.
  • Side Zippered Pockets: 6” L. x 2.5” W.
  • Front Zippered Pocket: 5.75” L. x 7.825” W.
  • Inside Top Zippered Pockets: 3.25” L. x 8.25” W.
  • Inside Bottom Zippered Pocket: 3” L. x 9.5” W.
  • Inside Mesh Pockets: 5” L. x 3.25” W.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Top Tips For Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress





Trying to find your perfect wedding dress can be an incredibly exciting, yet stressful experience. Whilst some find their
dream dress instantly, for others it can be a long process that involves a lot of research and shopping - especially if you’ve got
a strict budget to stick to.


As it’s can be such an overwhelming time for some many brides-to-be, here are 6 of our top tips for finding your dream wedding dress:


  1. Set Yourself A Budget Before You Get Started


Before you even start to look for your dress it’s important that you set yourself a budget. Going into a situation like this without an idea
of how much you want to spend will mean your choices will be endless, and you won’t have a clue where to start. Setting a price in your
head that you HAVE to stick to will not only save you money, but it will limit the number of dresses that will be suitable for you. That being said,
if your dream dress is a little out of your budget it can’t hurt to try it on, right?


  1. Do Your Research


Doing your research before you start heading out to stores will help prepare you for what is ahead. Try researching the different styles, the average
cost and the standard procedure for purchasing a wedding dress. This will help you feel much more comfortable when you first enter a store, as you’ll
be clued up on exactly what’s going to happen and the style of dress you like.


  1. Shop Around


Heading to a couple of different bridal stores will give you a chance to try on a number of different dresses, as well as giving you an opportunity to find
a store that best suits you. Often, people find that they prefer a certain store to others, so finding the right one for you could be vital when it comes to
making a decision.


If you’re looking for the perfect bridal shop, why not try this bridal shop celebrating 40th year in business.


  1. Try On Dresses You’d Never Normally Consider


Although it may seem counterproductive, trying on dresses you may never normally consider is a great way to push you out of your comfort zone. You never
know, you may end up absolutely loving one of the dresses you try on.


  1. Take Friends And Family With You


When you’re shopping for your perfect dress, having a solid support system there is vital. Your friends and family will be able to tell you their honest opinions on
the dresses you try, making sure you make the absolute right decision for you.


  1. Sleep On it


Our final piece of advice is to sleep on it. If you think you’ve found the perfect dress, ask to put it on reserve and then head back the next day to try it on again. If you
still love it, it’s definitely the one!

Are you getting married soon? How will you be finding your dream wedding dress? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

How to Pick the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding



Planning a wedding will be the most fun time of your life, while simultaneously being the most stressful.
There will be lots of decisions to be made, which poses an issue for the indecisive wedding planners.
The venue is the first thing you want to decide on when planning a wedding. It will help you lock in a
date and how many people you can invite. The venue will begin to feel like a stage for the entire evening,
which makes choosing one a difficult task for many brides. You won’t regret picking the venue first and
letting the rest of the planning form around it! Here are some tips on picking the best wedding venue for
your special night.


Set a budget and a season


The first thing that should be looked at when thinking of venues is how much you are looking to spend.
Make a chart of an estimated budget for each part of the wedding. Maybe you want to spend $300 on
pictures, $9,000 on the venue, and $100 on flowers. Whatever your budget, start with venues in that range.
You don’t want to visit a venue that is nowhere near your price range—unless you can be flexible in price!


The season is the second consideration. What do you see the weather being like during your wedding?
Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring are all great options depending on the look you are going for. Once you
pick a season, start looking at venues that would work with the climate. For example, a barn without central
air or heat isn’t a good idea for the dead of summer or the winter. You might want to look at old buildings in
the city if you are thinking of winter. This is a rustic look that can look city-chic and bring together the wintry feel!


Set a wedding aesthetic and style goal


Your wedding aesthetic and color scheme is also important when choosing a venue. If you want a Southern vintage
theme, it will feel extremely out of place in a venue that doesn’t match! If this is the feel you are going for, look at some
of the Flagstaff wedding venues to find one that works for you. You want to think about all the things that are crucial to
the style of your wedding and make sure the venue fits. If you want a more 1920’s feeling wedding, consider a historic
posh hotel or a sleek art gallery. There are so many venues out there—be sure to pick one that aligns with your wedding theme.


Weigh the pros and cons of venues


There are a ton of pros and cons to weigh when looking at venues. Think about the comfort of your guests and the ease of the
progressing event. Is there a place for people to visit when they arrive? Is the organization of the space clear to guests? These
are things you want to think about while touring venues. Pretend you are a guest during your wedding and walk through the motions.
It is crucial to address any negatives or problems that could arise before planning! Write these down at each venue you tour so you
can go back later and consider different options. The more options the better.


Weddings are all about love, so be sure to keep that in mind as you’re planning yours. Have fun with your wedding planning, but
remember to put time and effort into picking a venue—you won’t regret it!

Photo Credit: Ignited Photography



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