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Monday, November 26, 2018

Is It Possible To Stay On Budget With Your Wedding?

When it comes to your wedding day, there’s no doubt about it, you want it to be the most amazing and the most magical day of your life. Why wouldn’t you want it to be amazing - after all, it only happens once! Of course, just because you have big dreams for your wedding day, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your budget matches those dreams. A lot of couples struggle when it comes to planning their wedding due to issues with managing their budget effectively.


If there’s one question that a lot of couples wonder about it’s this one: is it actually possible to stay on budget when organising a wedding? There’s no straight answer to this because it depends on how you go about organising your big day. Wondering how you can ensure that you stay within your budget when it comes to planning your wedding? Have a read of the tips and ideas below!




Know your budget


Of course, one of the simplest and most important pieces of advice when it comes to planning your big day is to know your budget. The fact is that if you don’t know your budget, then you will obviously struggle to stay within it. So before you do anything - and I mean anything - it’s essential that you take the time to work out exactly what your budget will be. You need to ensure that every single penny is accounted for within your budget so that you can make sure that you’re spending it wisely and are making smart decisions.


Negotiate


When it comes to planning your wedding, it’s essential that you are willing to negotiate with the vendors that you choose. When it comes to selecting your vendors, there’s a lot that you need to consider, but one of the most important aspects to think about is the price. Let’s say, for instance, you are looking at a tent rental service provider to provide a marquee to hold your reception in, you need to consider whether it’s an affordable option for you and your budget. It’s also essential that you compare each vendor to their competitors, to ensure that you are getting a good deal for your money.


Calculate as you go


It’s essential that when it comes to planning your wedding that you are calculating costs as you go. The last thing that you want to do is end up overspending by accident, by not realising how much you had spent. That’s why it’s so crucial that you take the time to calculate costs as you go so that you are clued up about the amount that you are spending. To help you do this, there are plenty of wedding planning apps, it’s just a case of taking advantage of these and ensuring that you are staying on track with your spending.


There you have it, everything that you need to know about planning your wedding without going over budget. There’s a lot to take into account but if you take note of the tips and ideas above, you should be able to make the process much simpler and more straightforward.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tips For Saving Money On Your Wedding

It’s definitely not a cheap affair, and even if you don’t want anything too outrageous, weddings can still be costly for a number of reasons. We all like saving money where we can, but with a wedding, the possibility of saving money seems near to impossible. But it is doable, so here are a few tips for saving money on your wedding.




Have A Long Engagement
When you first get engaged, you’ll have plenty of people querying the date of the wedding. Don’t give in to the pressure of having to book a venue quickly, especially if you haven’t got the money to do so. Enjoy your engagement and wait for a while before booking your venue. This will give you plenty of time to save, do your research and cut costs where possible in your budget. By booking a wedding 2-3 years down the line, it might also save you a small fortune with the venue too.


Don’t Tell The Suppliers That It’s A Wedding
When it comes to weddings, if you tell the suppliers the W word then they’ll end up adding an extra zero on the price. With some suppliers, it’s not advised to say it’s anything but a wedding, the caterers or flowers for example. But for the invitations and other elements to the wedding that doesn’t require someone to be there, you can just say it’s for a big party.


Use Your Credit Card Instead Of A Loan
With a credit card, you are better off owing money to them than a loan company. With plenty of interest that’s added onto loans, it can make the repayments much more difficult and then you can land yourself in hot water if it’s not paid on time. So if you have a loan already, transfer it onto the credit card instead because it’s good to know more about what you have left to pay off, if it’s all in one place. Don’t get too many credit cards though as that can potentially affect your credit score which could make it more difficult to apply for a loan in the future.


Avoid Booking On Peak Times
Most people want a wedding where it doesn’t rain so they’ll opt for times of the year where it’s less likely to, and that can be different depending on where you live. You can save a lot of money from going off peak, and we’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars, so for the sake of a bit of rain, it’s certainly worth it. Most venues will likely have an outdoor and indoor option so on the morning of your wedding, if it does look a little dismal, then you can discuss with the venue, what your best options are.


Set A Budget And Stick To It
With a wedding, it’s very easy to start overspending if you haven’t set a budget. Therefore, you need to set one from the very beginning and stick to it. Be reasonable with the budget too. As much as it is a special day, you don’t want to be spending beyond your means and making the whole process more stressful when it comes to money. Sit down with your partner before you start looking at venues and have an idea in your mind on how you want your wedding to look and what you want to be included. Always set a figure that’s at the top end of your estimate, that way you’ll have a nice surprise when things end up costing a lot less.


Do Your Research And Compare
Like many businesses, they want to outdo their competition. So make sure you research each venue, florist and makeup artist and compare them to others that you’re interested in. You can then play them off one another to try and get the cheapest deal for you. When it comes to weddings, if you’re not aware of how much something usually costs, you may assume that you’re getting a good deal, but that’s not always the case.


Make The Most Of Friends And Families
When it comes to your family and friends, you may find that they hold secret talents such as flower arranging and design skills for example. So before you start shopping around for services, check that no family or friends can do it for you on the cheap. They may know others that can pay in a favor and end up saving you a lot of money.

Try and use your own skills, as well as your partner’s. It’s always much more personal if you’re able to provide elements of your wedding which you’ve made yourself.

Be Ruthless With Your Guest List
The wedding guest list can be a nightmare if you have a lot of friends and family. When it comes to both the ceremony list and evening guest list, you want to take time with this and discuss with your partner, who you want there. With the ceremony and reception list, these are the people that are watching you get married so be sure in your mind that you want them there and that you’d miss them if they weren’t. You are also going to be paying for their drinks and food during the wedding reception, so they better be worth it.

The same goes for the evening list. Keep it short if possible and ask yourself the same questions as you do with the ceremony guests. Any guests that come to your wedding should in your mind be friends for life and play an active part in your own life going forward. If you can’t see that already, then you might want to re-think them attending.

A wedding is one of the best days of your life, so you want to make sure that it’s perfect for you. However, with that, it can be very easy to spend too much money. So use these tips to save you some much-needed cash for your honeymoon and for settling down in the future.


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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Aren't Weddings Just The Cutest!

If you just said no, then you clearly haven’t been to a wedding good enough, or perhaps you’re just the wedding scrooge. Whatever has
led you to say that, we want to try and change your mind. Because for most of you ladies reading this, you’re probably reading it because
you’re either about to go to one, or perhaps you’re even planning your own. If it is that you’re planning your own wedding at the minute,
then you’ve come to the right place. We think we’ve got a few ways that we can make your wedding the absolute cutest, and to hopefully
take some of that wedding stress away that you might be feeling. For all of you who are just attending one today, we think we’ve got some
great tips lined up for you as well. Here’s why we think weddings are just the cutest, and how you can make yours nice and cute as well!




Pick The Cutest Theme


The theme of your wedding is actually going to play a big part in how cute it is. Some people seem to just go for the standard
church wedding in the town, which we think it’s lovely. But, there’s so much more creativity to be sprinkled around, especially
if you go for one of the bigger and more modern churches. They’re so much brighter and bigger inside, and it can often feel like
more of a modern wedding… if that makes sense. But usually, for a theme you would think about the colours you want to use for
your bridesmaids, and to decorate the afterparty with. To make sure all of this fits together nicely, you might benefit from hiring
a wedding planner. They might mean you have to up your budget just a little bit, but it does mean you could have the perfect
wedding theme planned.


It’s All About The After Fun


Yes, it is all about the after fun! This goes out to all of you who aare attending a wedding soon, and those of you who re planning one.
The after party is where everyone can finally relax, especially the bride and groom. But to make it
good, the venue first has to be nice and big. Places like the Bordeaux Convention Center offer a big space to house
more guests than you could possibly imagine. Then, it’s all about making the night fun, and you could even go themed
again. You could go for that white wedding theme, or turn it in to an 80’s night. Whatever you think will keep people
partying for longer, you should do. Games are usually good to play, especially if you turn them into a drinking game.


What About The Honeymoon!?

The honeymoon is definitely going to be the best part for all of you who are planning your wedding at the minute.
Everything else you’ve probably thought about will have been filled with stress, but the honeymoon is the one thing
that you can actually enjoy planning. Pick somewhere where you and your future husband can relax, and enjoy your
first weeks as a married couple.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Piecing Together A Perfectly Picturesque Wedding

Everybody wants their wedding to be unforgettable, but it can be hard to make your big day stand out.
You and your guests have most likely attended countless beautiful weddings before. That idea is nothing
new. So, what’s going to make your special day really stand out? How is your wedding going to be unique?
You need to focus on creating a visually captivating experience for you and your guests. Piecing together a
perfectly picturesque wedding starts with these parts of the jigsaw puzzle.




Food.
Food is one of the most important elements of any wedding. If you want your guests to look happy in
the wedding photos then feed them well; think of it that way. People say that the most beautiful part
of any wedding is the ceremony, but see whether there are still smiles on people’s faces if they don’t
like the menu options (or there isn’t enough food). Make sure you account for all diets; vegetarian and
vegan options are a necessity. You might also want to look into professional catering companies to ensure
that your food is delivered to an incredibly high standard of service. It’s essential to get the food right to
maintain the happy aesthetic you want for your special day.


Transportation.
This might not sound like a particularly exciting part of any wedding, but that’s exactly why it’s the perfect
element to make your big day a memorable occasion. When you travel to your ceremony or to your reception
from the ceremony, you want to do so in style. And most couples do on their wedding day. But what if it wasn’t
just the engaged couple who travelled to the wedding in luxury? Maybe you could hire limousines for the most
important guests or even hot air balloon rides for everyone. Find a way to make this day memorable in the minds
of everyone who attends. It’ll definitely stand out over all other weddings if every guest feels like they were an
important part of your big day. And they definitely will if you arrange a special kind of transport. It’ll certainly create
an eye-catching aesthetic too.




Venue.
No matter the plan for your big day, the venue plays a huge part in making it a picturesque affair. Obviously, the bride, groom, and guests will all try to look as elegant as possible in pictures, but there’s no denying that the setting of your wedding affects the aesthetic of your photographs and memories of such a special event. Even if you’re set on a traditional wedding in a church, you can still think outside the box with regards to the reception venue. You could even take the celebrations to an outdoor venue to make the most of nature (that’s a free way to “decorate” your venue, after all). Who’s to say you couldn’t end up celebrating on a cliff top? Whether you get married in a picturesque venue or simply end up there after the main ceremony, it’ll certain make for unbelievable pictures and an unforgettable day.




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Friday, November 16, 2018

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Cutting the Costs of a Wedding


If you were to look at a list of life’s biggest expenses, having a wedding is certainly up there with the biggest ones. And if you find yourself on a tight budget, you will want to find ways of reducing your overall bill.



At the same time, you don’t want to sacrifice the quality and special nature of your big day. One potential option is to look into wedding loans with a guarantor. While you may not want to put all the following ideas into place, some of them may come in handy. Let’s dive right in!

Send Digital Invitations

The amount of mail being sent has dropped drastically over the past few years as more and more correspondence has moved online. If you have professionally-printed wedding invitations created and sent out, this can end up costing you significant sums of cash. But if you send e-invites out to everyone’s email addresses, your guests are not in danger of losing the invites and they can also RSVP easily.

Give Guests Photographer Duties

If you hire a professional photographer for the whole day, this can end up getting very expensive. Instead, you could pass over professional photographer duties to your guests since everyone carries a smartphone with them at all times. Otherwise, you could put disposable cameras on each table and have all of the pictures printed afterward. Another option is to get a photo booth and some costumes, which is a very popular option at modern weddings.

Choose a Buffet

Buying dinner for tens of guests is inevitably going to be one of the biggest expenses of your wedding day, so rather than having a sit-down meal, you could instead look into having a buffet. This can cut your catering bill my as much as a third. Otherwise, you could look into sharing meals such as a hog roast.

Cut Back on Free Booze

If you have an open bar all night, this is bound to get very expensive, very quickly. Especially since you are likely to have people going crazy and pouring as much down their throats as possible! A potential compromise is to limit it to beer, wine, and soft drinks. Otherwise, just paying for the champagne of the wedding breakfast is perfectly fine as well.

Hire Amateur Musicians

You don’t necessarily need to hire a professional band or DJ as your wedding entertainment. You could hire some friends or else scout out the local bar or pub scene to unearth the next big talent. And especially if you just want a DJ, there are plenty of people who fancy themselves pretty skilled behind the decks!


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Just putting a few of these ideas into practice can help out in a big way when it comes to cutting down on those bloated wedding bills.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Pros And Cons Of Choosing Your Own Engagement Ring

Something that is becoming more and more popular among couples is proposing without an engagement ring,
and then going to choose the ring together. Why shouldn’t somebody have a say in their own engagement ring?
They will be expected to wear it every day, so they should seriously like it and want to wear it. However, it’s probably
best to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing your own engagement rings first, before you decide what the best
course of action is for you.




Pros
Below we have the pros of choosing your own engagement ring:


You Won’t Have To Drop Hints
Dropping hints can be tiresome, and there’s nothing worse than knowing your hints aren't even being received
by the person you’re trying to drop them to. When you choose your own engagement ring, you won’t have to
drop hints at all. It’ll make it so much easier for the both of you!


You’ll Get A Ring That You Love And Matches Your Style 100%
Nobody likes to think that they would be presented with a ring they hated, but it does happen and it could happen
if you have absolutely no say in it. When you choose your own ring, you’ll get a ring that you absolutely adore.
Plus, you can make sure it matches your every day style, which may not be something your partner considers
when looking at rings. These rings can help you to get started on your search for a beautiful engagement ring
so you have something in mind you might want.


It’ll Be The Perfect Size
Your partner isn’t a mind reader, and the surprise is pretty much going to be spoiled anyway if they come at you
with a ring sizer. Most people end up having to have a ring adjusted in some way when they don’t go shopping with
their partner. This of course takes more time and money. By choosing your own ring, you’ll make sure it fits you first
time around - then you can share the great news with your friends and family ASAP!


You Can Take Some Stress Away From Your Partner
Just imagine how stressful it is having to go out on your own and choose the ‘perfect’ ring. A ring that fits, makes your
partner cry, and of course, makes them scream ‘yes!’. It can actually put some people off proposing at all. By choosing
your own engagement ring, you’ll be taking a lot of the stress away from them.


You Can Make It A Bonding Day Out
Going out ring shopping together could make this a wonderful day out to remember. Maybe start with a nice relaxed
breakfast and then head to some of your favorite jewelry stores. Probably best not to stop off for drinks anywhere while
shopping though - it’s an exciting day, but you don't want your beer goggles on when you choose your ring!


You Can Make Sure It Stays Within Budget
Your partner may feel under pressure to impress you with something uber expensive, but when you’re there, you can
reassure them and ensure they stay within budget.


Con
There are only a few cons to choosing your own engagement ring. They are:


You Won’t Be Surprised
When you have your engagement ring, you won’t be surprised. It’s important to weigh up how important feeling surprised
is to you. Some people don’t like being surprised at all, so choosing their own engagement ring is probably right for those
people. How important is feeling surprised in the short term, when you want to end up with a beautiful ring in the long term?
Make sure you think about this carefully!


You’ll Know How Much They Spent
Maybe you and your partner don’t discuss money much, or don’t like to. There are ways around this. For example, your partner
could have a private chat with the jeweler beforehand so that they only show rings within their budget, and you don’t have to be
any the wiser. However, for some this won’t even be an issue, but it’s just something to consider.


How To Discuss Choosing Your Own Engagement Ring With Your Partner
So, let’s say you’ve decided you want to choose your own engagement ring with your partner. Great! Now you need to tell them.
If you feel comfortable, this doesn’t have to be a big formal conversation that frightens them and makes them want to run for the hills.
Assuming you’ve been together a while, and you know marriage is probably on the horizon for both of you, maybe mention you heard
about somebody else doing it, and you think that’s what you’d like to do. If they’re willing to talk further about it, mention how it’ll be less
stressful for them and how you can choose the ring together and make it more meaningful.


Custom Rings
Alternatively, if you’re torn because you want to be surprised but you also want to make sure you love your ring, there’s something else you
can do. Designing a custom ring isn’t actually as expensive as you probably think, and it can leave you with a gorgeous ring that nobody
else has. You could suggest this to your partner, and make sure they know your favorite metal, stones, and shapes - plus whether you want
something a little flashier or something a little more understated.


Conclusion:
So, should you choose your own engagement rings? It’s all personal preference, of course, but there certainly does seem to be a lot more
pros than cons. When you think about how stressed out your partner will probably get, and how there’s a chance you might get the wrong
size or style, it’s definitely worth thinking about. Choosing a beautiful ring together and making a day out of it will be another day you’ll remember
forever, on top of your proposal and your wedding.

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 
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What are you going to do - do you think people should choose their own engagement rings or not? Leave your thoughts below!