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Friday, April 26, 2019

How To Have A Beautiful Wedding Without Breaking The Bank

Planning a wedding is definitely an exciting time for any couple as they start their life together. However, we
do have to be honest and realistic about the fact that weddings - especially nowadays are not cheap things at all.

In fact, weddings belong to one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in the world with them being worth billions
of dollars annually just in the United States alone where the average wedding costs at least $30,000 - and that’s not
even a fancy wedding, so you can probably imagine what something upwards of that amount is going to cost.

The problem is now that although the costs of a wedding are going up, so are overall living costs, but salaries are
not rising to reflect these costs, so more and more couples are struggling to pay for their weddings, and whilst some
will choose to go into debt for theirs, others are taking the approach of looking for a more budget friendly option.

So, if you’re planning a wedding anytime soon and would like to know how you can still have a beautiful wedding
without breaking the bank, then in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top tips on how you can do that.

Cut the list:

Wedding planning involves lots of things, and one of those things that couples have to decide when planning a wedding
is who they’re going to be inviting to the wedding - this can be for the actual ceremony itself or for the evening reception
or it can be for both depending on the type of wedding you’re going to have and what the structure of the day is going to
look like.

The guest list is actually one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, and when we say this, we’re mainly talking about
the evening reception because when you invite those guests then you have to at least provide food. Some couples will
also provide some or all drinks, but this is not as common and it’s usually just food that’s offered.

However, as you know, food is not cheap. You know that if you go to a nice restaurant, then you’re likely going to be spending
anywhere between $60 -$160 for two people, depending on where you go and what you get, so this isn’t likely to be something
you’re going to be doing every night unless you’re Bill Gates.

Now, just imagine that you’re going to be buying dinner at your wedding for around 200 people. When you do the math on that,
you’re going to see just how much it’s going to cost, so one way of making sure you don’t go over the top in terms of spending
is to cut your guest list right down and only have the people there who you truly care about.

Shop around:

Weddings are expensive, not just when it comes to food, but for pretty much everything from clothing to accessories, to venues
and everything else in between, so just like you would in any area, it’s important to take time to shop around and spend some
time comparing prices of things because they’re not all equal. For example, if you’re looking for a uniquely designed wedding ring
for you and your partner, then you may be tempted to just go with the most renowned jeweler in your city, but it’s important to
remember that a lot of what determines someone’s price is just their branding and marketing, so if you do your research and
spend some time shopping around online and offline, then you’re likely to find some great deals at the same level of quality.

Buy second hand:

Many people will totally balk at the idea of buying second hand for their wedding, but if you’re looking to save money and still have
a beautiful day, then it’s honestly one of the best decisions you could probably make. The thing is, when you think about the fact
that someone spends at least a few hundred and sometimes thousands on a dress for their wedding that they only wear for a few
hours and then it just lies in their closet, it doesn’t make sense to buy a new one each time.

Second hand wedding dresses are going to cost you far less than a new one, the style will be amongst the latest ones available
at a fraction of the cost and nobody will even know the difference because it’s only been worn once before and proabably had
some professional cleaning before it was re-sold.

Call in favors:

When it comes to your wedding, people will more than happy to help in any way they can, so even if instead of letting people get
you a wedding gift or give you money, you could instead ask them for a favor by contributing to or helping out with your wedding
in some way. This could be something like asking a friend to take your photos, asking your aunt who’s a hobby baker to make
your cake, asking around to see if your uncle can get you a good deal on wedding cars, or anything else you can think of, really.
This allows you to get the things you need for a good price and also gives people the chance to help you in a way that’s meaningful
instead of just getting you a gift for the sake of getting something.

Consider eloping:

Just to be clear, when we talk about eloping, we’re not saying rush off to Vegas and not tell anyone - although if that’s your thing,
then you totally can, but we’re talking more about choosing to go somewhere else and have a lower key wedding that doesn’t
involve as much planning. This way you can have a beautiful wedding in a nice location, you can invite a few close family and
friends if you choose or you can just have a party when you’re back, and you’re also going to save a lot of money, so you can either
use your wedding as a joint wedding/honeymoon, or you can take the money you saved and go somewhere else after it.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to Have a Mentally Well Marriage

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we believe that you should think about how you’re going to go about your marriage once you’re married. While you’re planning your wedding or buying your flowers, have you thought about the future and how the two of you are going to stay mentally sound? Having a marriage where both parties are at good mental health is important, and here are a few reasons why.

For the Family

If you’re planning to have kids, being mentally well is important. You must be able to make rational decisions while parenting and do what you feel is best for your child. Within reason of course. Being mentally well is important not only for your health, but for the health of your future family.

For Your Spouse

Having strong mental health can help your spouse be a better person as well. You want you to set a good example for your spouse, and the same can be applied for your spouse too. With the two of you having strong mental health, you can help build each other up like never before.

For Yourself

Finally, you should have strong mental health for your own future as well. When you’re aging, having strong mental health can keep you sharp and keep you up with people even half your age.

How You Can Grow Mentally With Your Spouse

With that said, here are some ways you can grow with your spouse.

Always Have Goals

Some people like the idea of settling down, but we believe that you should never settle. Instead, you should look for your next goal and try to make some plans to achieve it, with your spouse working alongside you to help. Accomplishing goals can help you grow as a person, and plus it just feels good to reach one of your life goals.

Embrace Disagreements

As a couple, you will get into fights. No matter how close or alike you are, you will have your differences. Some people don’t want express disagreements because they want to keep the peace. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s possible for you to explode on someone after years of bottling things up. So express your grievances in a calm and collected manner. This can help the two of you find the solutions that you’re looking for.

Have Alone Time

Just because you’re always together doesn’t mean you don’t have different hobbies. Having some time to yourself isn’t a bad thing, and you should look into having a night out with the boys or girls, or taking some time to do your own hobby. A bit of alone time is always good.

At the Same Time, Spend Time Together

If you have a job that keeps you apart from your spouse for too long, this can be a problem as well. You don’t want to feel like you’re growing distant from the love of your life, now do you? It can be hard to have jobs that allow the both of you to spend more time together, but try to do it if possible.

Finally, Talk to a Counselor

A couple’s counselor isn’t just for couples whose marriages are falling apart. Regular counseling can help the two of you grow as a couple. You can air out disagreements and plan for the future in a safe area and be able to find things about each other that you may not have realized before. We say that counseling is definitely worth looking into for the future of your marriage and to improve your overall mental health.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Little Touches to Make Your Wedding Even Better

Our wedding is one of the biggest days of most people’s lives, and hopefully, you’ll only get one shot at it.
This means people put a lot of effort and thought into creating their idea of the perfect day. We all want a
wedding that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives, and that our guests will talk about for many years to come.

Creating a truly memorable experience requires attention to detail. Making your event personal and unique will
ensure you pleasantly surprise your guests and each other.

Pre-empt people’s needs

A little bit of thought can go a long way. Small touches, like providing tissues at the ceremony, can make a big
difference. If the temperature could drop as the night draws in, then provide blankets or pashminas to help keep
guests warm and comfortable. Also consider providing comfy slip-ons or flip flops for some guests, as spending
all night dancing in high heels can be murder on their feet.

The needs of your guests might be specific to your wedding. Try to put yourself into their shoes and consider the
parts of the day that might cause you a problem or discomfort, and then see if there’s any way you can lessen it
for them.

Don’t let boredom set in

The worst weddings are drawn out affairs where guests are wondering what the earliest time is they can politely
leave. There are plenty of things you can arrange to keep things moving at a good pace that will make the day
whizz by. Plan the length of different sections, such as speeches, toasts, ceremony, etc. More short and sweet
things will increase the pace over a couple of long-winded things.

Try to minimize the time between different parts of the wedding. This will stop large groups of people just hanging
around with nothing to do, creating the feeling that the day is dragging. A wedding DJ and a dance floor is one of
the most common forms of entertainment for the reception, however, dancing isn’t for everyone. Consider some
different types of entertainment to appeal to other guests, such as a table magician, or even a clown for your younger guests.

Don’t forget each other

Don’t become so consumed with worrying about everyone else that it prevents you from having a great day. You can include
a surprise sentimental gift to each other. Spend your budget on the things that matter to you. If the dress is really important,
don’t scrimp, the same with food and drinks. Also, when the day is done the one part of the proceedings that will stay with you
forever is your ring. Choose rings that you both love, or if you can’t find appropriate rings consider getting them made. Many
jewelers can create something truly unique and special.  For example, Tacori artisans can craft brilliant pieces that will remind
you of your magical day for a lifetime. Have as much input into their design as you can and you will love them as much as your
other half.

Including lots of personal touches specifically about you both will help to not only make it memorable but also provide some talking
points that help make it even more special. Whether it’s personalized napkins, song choices that are meaningful to you, or simply
sharing your story on a board or the back of the place settings, they all add up and help to set the tone.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Picnic Bag Basket

With summer coming it's a great time for a picnic! This picnic basket bag that we are featuring today is super cute and has all the essentials you need for a relaxing picnic lunch with your bestie or someone special! It comes with a set of acrylic glasses, stainless steel silverware and cloth napkins to share a meal for two.  Also, included is a wooden cheeseboard, knife and wine bottle opener for your bubbly! There is even a built in cooler on top of the bag for your wine, beer, soda, water or food. Easy to carry to your location as there is a sturdy strap and also a front zippered pocket for extra storage.

This makes a great gift for anyone but especially a bride and groom or someone in your bridal party.
Their first or last name initial can be embroidered on the front in your choice of thread color on this crimson color picnic bag. It retails for just $47.99 and the recipient will be sure to love it!

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