Don’t Forget The Fun Before The Wedding!

When you are planning your wedding, it seems like everything in the world revolves around that one big day. All of your energy, money and time goes into to thinking about that event that often seems very far off in the distant future. But it’s important to remember that there are some fun things to enjoy on the way to the wedding too. Read on to find out what they are.

 

Engagement Party

 

Everything about this journey to get married that you and your partner have decided on should be celebrated. Starting with the very first step – your engagement. Some people are put off having an engagement party because they don’t want to incur the cost. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time.

 

You can have a meal out with your nearest and dearest to celebrate, or if you do have people over to yours, a few bottle of wine and some nibbles will be enough. Just remember that there will be plenty of people in your life that will want to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. So it’s worth making the most of your engagement.

 

Engagement Shoot

 

Something else that is a lot of fun to do and that happens way before the wedding is your engagement photo shoot. This is where you and fiance get together and have some professional pictures taken to mark your decision to marry.

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These pictures can be used at your wedding. Put them in a frame and get everyone to sign their name like a guest book. Then you can replace the picture with your wedding day photos once you have them back. Or you can use them on your wedding invites too.

 

It’s also a lovely chance for you and your fiance to share some happy memories together, and mark the beginning of your journey into marriage.

 

Making the Invites

 

Another thing that is fun that you can do together is to make your own wedding invites. Of course, invites can cost a lot, especially if you go for professional ones. So why not bulk buy some card in your wedding colors along with some lace, ribbon, and rhinestones and get creative together.

 

It’s a nice moment to share, because as you make and send the invites the whole wedding days starts to become that little bit more real.

 

Bucks and Hens

 

Of course, you don’t have to have all your fun together. In fact, it’s pretty traditional to have at least one big night out without each other, to say goodbye to singledom for good.

 

The hens tend to be pretty on top of all of this. If not speak to your bridesmaids, and give them a clear idea of what you want for your last night out as a single woman!  

 

If your other half is struggling with the organizational side of his stag do, show him companies that can run bucks parties. Then he’ll get a great night with less of the stress and chaos.

 

Food Tasting

 

Lastly, another thing to enjoy the food tasting for the big day. Some wedding venues really go all out and give you the luxury treatment with wine and sample of all the courses.

Essential Help For Brides To Be When Sorting Out Their Honeymoon

One of the best things about getting married is the relaxing honeymoon after the big day. Believe us, after the stress of wedding planning, you will be ready to relax with your new husband. However, a lot of people leave honeymoon planning until the last minute as they are busy planning their big day! But you should be sorting the honeymoon at least nine months before you go. Here is some essential help for brides to be when sorting out the honeymoon.

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Get it booked well in advance

 

It’s so easy to leave sorting out the honeymoon until the last minute. However, you are not going to get the best deals available to you. After all, flight and hotel costs will go up dramatically just before the big day. As well as this, they will get booked up, and there won’t be any space for you and your new husband on the jet! Therefore, go and talk to the travel agent at least nine months before you want to go on a honeymoon. That way, you will have a chance to look at different options and make the right decision that you won’t regret later.

 

Don’t get yourself into debt

 

A lot of us forget that their life after the wedding so if you get into debt now, you and your new husband will end up paying it off for the next couple of years! Therefore, as much as you want a brilliant honeymoon, you should ensure you don’t spend too much on the special trip. Make cuts on other unnecessary things for the big day so that you have more to spend on your honeymoon! That way, you won’t end up getting in debt after the wedding day!

 

Go clothes shopping and pack your case early

 

With all the stress of wedding planning, it’s hard to find time to go honeymoon clothes shopping. But you don’t want to end up leaving it till last minute as you might not find everything you need. It can be hard to buy new clothing when you are busy paying for everything for the wedding. However, look in the sales and look online for discount codes such as Lord&Taylor Promo Codes. That way, you can buy new clothes on a budget for your honeymoon. And remember to pack everything early. You will be so busy that you won’t get a chance to do it the day before the wedding!

 

Decide if you want a new passport before you go

 

You might get excited and rush to book your honeymoon with your new surname. However, you need to ensure that all these details match your legal documents. Otherwise, you could end up with confusion about your travel reservations if you don’t have any matching documents. Therefore, you should decide if you plan to change your passport book before you go. If you can’t afford the cost at the moment, you might want to put your maiden name and then change it at a later date!

 

Remember to think carefully before booking when to go. As it says in this article, you might want to leave it a couple of days after the wedding as you will be exhausted the next day. It also gives you a chance to speak to relatives who might have traveled a long way for the big day. And you get to open your presents and cards which are always fun!

Super Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

Wouldn’t it be great if we had an endless budget when planning our wedding? Unfortunately, we have to reign it in a bit more than those multi-millionaires when organising our big day! But if we can save money here and there on certain parts of the planning, we can then spend more on the parts of the wedding that we really want to splash out on. Here are some top tips on super ways to save money when planning your wedding.

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Reception Party

Would rather save your money to splash out on a luxurious honeymoon? If so, consider trying to save some money at your reception party. Here, it’s time to get brutal with the guest list! Do you really think Aunt Nora wants to stay up dancing until 1 am, or are you just inviting her out of courtesy? Could you make a no kids rule to save a bit on the catering? Are you inviting certain work friends just because you would feel guilty if you didn’t? Go through the list with a fine tooth comb. Also, consider having your wedding and reception mid-week or on a Sunday. There are often huge savings to be made at venues if you choose these days. Another great tip is to choose a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. If you source your own, with a bit of research, you can make some big savings.

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Decorating

Do you have some arts and crafts friends that are great with fabric and design? If so, utilise them now! People love to help out at weddings, and if you can save some money by getting your most creative friends to help decorate your venue, then why not! Also, think about friends that have recently got married. Do they have any items stored away that you could borrow for decorating your venue? Now is the time to ask for help.

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Wedding Dress

If you want a stunning designer wedding dress, but the budget doesn’t stretch, think about buying a pre-owned wedding dress. There are many websites that list beautiful pre-owned designer gowns that have only been worn once before. Or, if you are blowing the budget on a luxury dress, make a pact with yourself to sell it on immediately afterwards. Use an online wedding calculator to find out the value of wedding dress. After having your dress professionally cleaned you can then make some of your money back by selling it on to another future bride-to-be.

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Skip The Sit-Down Meal

You can slash the catering costs of your wedding by skipping the sit-down meal. There are absolutely no rules to say you have to go traditional. For a cool and relaxed vibe, you could have a barbeque buffet in the evening and just serve canapés in the afternoon. Or perhaps go country hip and serve a huge hog roast with fresh sides. Another fashionable new trend is to have a cocktail-style reception party. Here you just serve hors d’oeuvres throughout the afternoon and evening. Bite size plates are often a great idea, as a big evening meal can leave people feeling tired afterwards. Catering can account for up to half of your wedding budget, so if you can save money here, you are onto a big winner. There are lots of creative ways to serve up a delicious meal without totting up a huge catering bill.

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Diamond Shapes that Work Best on Custom Wedding Rings

Choosing a wedding ring is a big deal. In fact, it can be a scary business. Not only is the investment value huge but you often experience mixed emotions when picking something you are going to be wearing for the rest of your life.

 

If you are choosing a customised ring design however, half the battle is already won. You are already creating something completely unique to the person you love. Due to it being one-of-a-kind, it already carries more sentimental value and weight then purchasing a shop brought ring.

So how do diamond shapes come into all of this? Well, picking the right shape for your customised ring can bring it to a new level. The cut or shape is what gives the diamonds its depth and sparkly characteristics. The shape is also one of the first things you will notice and probably love (or hate) about the ring. So it’s important to know what is out there and which suits customised rings the best.

 

If you want to discover the best custom wedding rings in Sydney, head down to Delphi diamonds to discover some of the most beautiful shapes for your custom designs. Where you look can often be important as how you look, so choosing somewhere which has a range of first-class diamonds that come in a variety of shapes is crucial.

 

Let’s take a look at some popular shapes for engagement rings you may want to choose from:

 

  • Round brilliant cut – This is by far the most popular choice amongst consumers for engagement ring cuts. This is more of the traditional choice which is why it blends so perfectly with something customised as you still get to keep that element of familiarity. The depth in design of this shape also gives it optimal shine and fire too.

 

  • The princess shape: As it says with the name, you can make your lady feel like a princess (if not queen) with this shape. This cut dates back to the seventies and has trimmed, pointy corners and comes in a pyramid shape. It really suits customised engagement rings due to the shine it radiates and how contemporary it looks.

 

  • Heart shaped diamond: If you are making all this effort to show her how much you care with a custom engagement ring, why not top it off with a heart shaped diamond? This is the ultimate symbol and expression of your love which gives off the air of romance whilst looking feminine on her hands.

 

  • Radiant shape: With 70 facets (increasing its depth on the underside of the diamond) this diamond truly is radiant by name and by nature. It will stand out on any customised design no matter how simple of complex it may be. The radiant shape is a combination of the emerald and the round so you get both qualities from those stunning cuts in the price of one.
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We hope you love our stand-out shapes for customised engagement rings. Choosing the best for your fiancé will really depend on her personal preferences but these are some of the most radiant designs that suit customised designs wonderfully.

Items For Your Wedding Day That You Should Buy Instead Of Hire

Never mind the dress, the rings, and the suits; there are many other smaller details to find money for on your special day!

 

If you’ve got your heart set on a frugal wedding, you might think buying is out of the question. However, while for some items hiring might be cheaper, buying others is more money conscious for the long-run. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of items for your big day that you should buy instead of hire!

 

Either they will likely be cheaper to buy than hire, or you can get enough use out of them afterward to make investing in them worthwhile!

 

Dining Items

A very practical aspect of your wedding is your tables, chairs and table decorations! No matter what kind of wedding you’re having, there are likely to be tables there of some sort or another. You’re going to need round and square tablecloths for weddings most often because these are the most common kinds of tables you’re likely to be using. Buy your tablecloths, because not only will they be cheaper, you’ll find a use for them in the future. Also, resist the temptation to hire glass drinks dispensers. They can be massively overpriced, and buying them could cost you either the same or less. Plus, they’re great to have in the kitchen for water or juice. Or you can use them for BBQs, picnics and dinner parties.

 

Your dress

Unless you are an average size and height for your country, you’re going to struggle to find a dress that fits perfectly if you hire. Why? Because a hired dress can rarely be altered. However, don’t think this means that you have to spend into the thousands for a purchased dress. There are some fantastic wedding outlets out there that sell some bargain wedding dresses. For many of these dresses, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them! They are just from a few seasons ago. Or, they have been bought for a reduced price from a stockist or store that has gone out of business. This can mean discounts of up to 80%! They also stock accessories like veils, tiaras and shoes in outlets like this too (also massively reduced). After you’re done with the dress, you have the option to sell it and make some money back. Or, do something amazing and give it to charity! Be sure to attach a note to it for whoever buys it telling them the dresses story and wishing them luck!

 

Games and toys

A final item worth mentioning is any games or toys you decide to have as part of your wedding day. Maybe you will do a circus theme, and so have some hula hoops and Diablos! Maybe you’ll finish off a picnic lunch at a barn wedding with some garden games. Giant Connect 4 and Giant Jenga are great fun for kids and big kids! However, hiring these items could set you back a lot! Buying them won’t cost you all that much more. Instead, you can use them for your own kids or nieces and nephews at home in future!

Where To Spend, Save And Compromise On That Dream Wedding!

A wedding is about joining two people together in a bond that will last a lifetime. Yet many modern couples face something beyond their unification, with the prospect of a huge bill at the end of it. We all know that weddings are expensive, yet we still manage to be surprised when we start getting quotes.

It’s at this point that the more frugal among us begin to worry. A wedding is a spectacular, wonderful occasion – but it is just one day in our lives. All being well, it’s something we’ll only do once. Yes we want it to be special – and spectacular would be welcome as well – but when the costs are running to a year’s wage, we look for other options.

Don’t worry – this is not the point where we will immediately begin to advocate a DIY wedding. You don’t have to spend any money at all! You can create everything you want with some innovation and Pinterest boards! This is the common suggestion for wedding money worries, but it has a drawback. For working couples, the idea of being able to spend hours making posies or creating banners just isn’t workable. A wedding is stressful enough without giving you lots of crafting requirements, which may or may not be suited to your abilities.

DIY weddings have their charm, and if it’s feasible, then it’s well worth considering. But for two many couples, it would just be swapping one stress for another.

The other option to consider is substitution. Look for something you want, decide on it and then go for something cheaper with a close-enough look to it. Yet couples don’t like this, for they don’t want to feel they have scrimped on their special day.

So where do you draw the line? You have to make a decision somewhere, and you’ve yet to find the money tree you’re half-hoping exists. The answer is in knowing where to draw the line. So which areas deserve the attention; where can you Splash Out, DIY and Substitute?

Splash Out: Money Spent Wisely

The Venue For The Ceremony

The ceremony is the actual part of the wedding that counts. A lot of couples fall into a trap of thinking the ceremony is only a small part, and the reception is what counts. Then they look back on their photos of the ceremony and are disappointed. While the reception is important, it’s what happens beforehand that really counts. Don’t be tempted into a cheap-and-cheerful ceremony with a lavish reception. At the very least, try and balance them, so they both have their own wonder.

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Flowers and Lighting

The reception venue itself doesn’t need to be spectacular. A simple church hall or a hotel conference room; all you need is a canvas. When you have your blank base, then your money is best spent on the things that will make it wonderful.

Lighting is essential for any occasion, especially if you’re getting married in the months with shorter years. Always make sure you visit your potential reception venue both in the daytime and at night. You may think that floor-to-ceiling windows will allow plenty of light, but what if the day is overcast? If the lighting installed in the venue is insufficient, then use tripods or fairy lights to get it an extra lift. You can also incorporate lighting into the centerpieces.

Flowers are a staple of weddings, and for good reason. They signify flourishing beauty, and it’s an area you will regret skimping on. If you’re tired of the usual boring wedding arrangements, then go for tropical flowers from the likes of With Our Aloha and similar. They give a splash of fresh color and something unique that is all your own.

DIY: The Areas You Can Realistically Do For Yourself

Invitations

The wedding may be considered to begin with the invitation, but it’s a tiny prelude. For most modern couples, Facebook exists. You don’t even need to send save-the-date cards if a simple email will suffice.

It’s less romantic and you won’t have anything to save, but it could save you a fortune. If you’re worried about losing face, then explain when doing your invites that you were hoping to get responses as soon as possible from them.

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The Dress

Yes, the precious dress. While it is a massive part of the wedding and something to be treasured, it is nevertheless an outfit that you are only going to wear once. Designer creations can run into the thousands.

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There is so much mythology around the dress that it has almost taken on a life of its own. We’ve convinced brides that as soon as they find “the one”, it will have a magical and transforming property. It’s a neat bit of marketing; as the cost of dresses get more and more expensive, makers have convinced brides of their essential nature. It’s the kind of PR that millions of items would kill for.

Realistically, the only thing that matters is that you feel good in the dress. If you can look in the mirror and be happy, then nothing else is relevant to the situation. It doesn’t matter what the price tag is or what the label is; it’s how you feel in it.

If you find that you truly love a designer creation, then you can use it as the basis to create your own. Given the costs of some designer items, it can be cheaper to get a custom design by an experienced dressmaker. Plenty will offer the service, and have recommendations on cheaper fabrics that will still give the same overall impact.

 

These are just the beginnings of ideas. There are many other areas that you can apply the same tactics. Always question your motives for wanting something. Do you want something in your wedding because you actually desire it, or because you have been conditioned to think that you want it? If you ask this question often enough, you’ll soon begin to see the answers.

 

Money Saving Tricks For Your Wedding Day

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With the price of weddings going up and up, it’s unfortunate that your big day will also be big on price. But if you want a beautiful wedding without blowing all of your savings (or ending up in debt) luckily there are a few money-saving tricks you can try. Here are some of the ways you can reduce costs without compromising on the beautiful wedding of your dreams.

 

Get Crafty

There are lots of elements for your wedding you can either make yourself or enlist help from your nearest and dearest. Always been a keen baker? Why not make your own wedding cake. Have a design graduate in the family? See if they would do your wedding invites and stationery for a reduced cost. If you’re good at something (or know someone who is) have a chat with them and see if they can help you to make some savings.

 

Do Your Own Flowers

Your wedding flowers are likely to take a huge chunk out of your budget. You can save money by putting together arrangements yourself. Look online for inspiration or flick through wedding magazines, there are lots of simple yet beautiful designs you could go for. You could source the flowers from a local flower shop or even a grocery store to cut costs down further. And then create your own arrangements with what you have.

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Have a Fall or Winter Wedding

Weddings in the spring and summer will cost a lot more. Companies charge more at this time because they know they’re in higher demand. So expect to pay more for everything from your caterer to your photographer. Opting for a fall or winter wedding can be equally as beautiful but save you some serious cash. Alternatively having your wedding on a weekday as opposed to a weekend can also work out cheaper.

 

Buy Your Dress Online

There are a wealth of online dress shops these days which offer wedding dresses for a fraction of what you’d pay from a boutique. People can be put off as there are horror stories of terribly made gowns arriving, but if you do your research, you will be okay. Be sure to use a site who can provide you with photos of their own work as opposed to stock photos. And ask plenty of questions about the materials used and shipping times. Buy from a good website and no-one will ever know you saved yourself a huge chunk of money.

 

Ask Your Bridesmaids To Buy Their Own Dresses

These can really set you back money-wise, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids. Have a chat with them and see if they would be willing to pay for, or at least contribute towards their dress. You can find full-length dresses on the highstreet that would save money compared to buying from a boutique. For each person to purchase their own, they should be easily affordable. But will save you from spending hundreds for all of the dresses combined. If you buy full-length dresses, you also won’t need to worry about buying all matching shoes. You could ask each of your maids to wear a pair of heels that they already own instead. Finally, if you choose a simple hairstyle and makeup design, they could do their own hair and makeup too.

 

Do Your Own Hair and Makeup

As well as asking your bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, you could consider doing your own too. Providing you don’t have your heart set on an intricate up-do, you could curl your hair easily yourself to make it look ultra glamorous. If you’re already confident about doing your own makeup, then this shouldn’t be a problem. You could experiment with different looks on the run-up to the big day.

 

Ideas For Throwing The Most Awesome Bachelorette Party At Home

Unlike your wedding (which is more than likely going to be a very sophisticated and formal affair) when it comes to your bachelorette party you have free reign to do just about anything you want. You could go for a meal or on a night out, go on a trip or holiday or even do something outdoorsy and adventurous. But throwing a party at home is an excellent choice, you can customize it to whatever you want and come up with loads of fun activities for people to do. Looking to throw a bachelorette party at home? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 

Create a Bar/ Drinks Area

Keep the drinks flowing and everyone is bound to have a fantastic time. Put together a selection of drinks that will cover you across all bases- spirits, wines, beers and mixers. You could set up an area on a table or even buy a bar cart and add some fancy glasses, straws, ice and chopped fruit so people can put together their own drinks. You could buy a cocktail recipe book and leave it on the side for people to create their own cocktails! Alternatively you could buy some large drinks dispensers and mix up some cocktails yourself so they’re ready to be poured when your guests arrive.

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Put Together Some Fun Activities

If it’s dry and warm enough, you could buy some giant lawn games which people will have fun playing. There are tonnes of question games, board games and fun and silly activities that you can get specifically for bachelorette parties, so have a browse and go with something that you think you and your friends will enjoy the most. You could put together a guest book so that people can write their well wishes, which will be a lovely thing to keep and look back on in years to come.

 

Take Photos

You could set up a DIY photo area with funny props or even hire a photo booth! This might be something you have considered for your wedding, but makes a great addition for a bachelorette party too. You’ll get loads of amazing photos, and if it’s not very often that you manage to get all of the girls together it’s especially important to capture the night.

 

Serve Up Some Delicious Food

If you are a good cook or baker, now is the time to put your skills to some good use! There are plenty of cute bachelorette party cakes, cupcakes and cookies on Pinterest to inspire you. Alternatively you could cheat and go to a baker, or even get caterers in. You could go for a sit down meal to start the night for something more formal, or just serve up canapes and finger food depending on the kind of atmosphere you want to create at your party.
With your best friends with you it’s bound to be an amazing night however you decide to celebrate. So have fun and make it a party to remember!

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