Budget and Style

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Having an A-List Wedding on a Budget

We see them all over the news. They live it up and blow out every event like there is no tomorrow. High profile celebrity weddings such as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are examples of those who spared no expense getting married with a lavish destination wedding at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. How can someone like you with million dollar dreams create a similar stylish wedding experience on a shoestring wedding budget? We are going to break down several different aspects of the wedding budget and show how to best create a memorable yet wallet easy experience that will have yours guests raving for years to come.

Hire a Wedding Planner

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The wedding planner is a crucial way to pinch pennies and make every dollar count. While the Gay Wedding Ideas wedding planning guide  is a great resource that will cover almost all the potential situations you will encounter and how to deal with them, a wedding planner can help with specific problems, handle vendor transactions, make recommendations, and  make sure you stay on budget. Make sure to find the right wedding planner that will allow you to select the wedding vendors you want and don’t charge a fee for not using their vendor clients.

Another item to is consider attending bridal shows. If you shop around, you might be able to get $500 off your catering or several hundreds offer your floral arrangements all for a few hours of your time. Those vendor discounts here or a much cheaper vendor recommendation from your wedding planner, and you have paid for the wedding planners services as well as put some money back into your wedding budget.

Saving the Dollar and the Date

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Given the amount of postage, coming up with a great save the date idea, and having to pick out all the cards and materials, it can be a burden on your wedding budget. A great alternative? Postcards from the city or venue the ceremony is taking place! Save on postage, they already are designed, are cheap to acquire, and can be shipped from anywhere and be available in under a week.

Double Up the Wedding and Honeymoon Site

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Celebrity weddings are well known to have destination weddings. While you don’t have to have a destination wedding, having it at your honeymoon site makes is savvy wedding budget move. You get to experience all the benefits of the honeymoon site for several extra days  but you don’t have to pay for extra travel fees, could get a lower rate for a longer stay, and it will help cut down on the guest list. You could even setup your wedding registry to help offset the additional cost by asking for a donation rather than the extra toaster, blender, and other less desirable gifts.

Say Yes to the Imitation Dress

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There are some things in life where there is no substitute, but a wedding dress is not one of them. They are hundreds of designs, thousands of styles, and millions of dresses out there today. Why not find out the details of your favorite celebrity wedding dresses , find the special aspects that made them unique, and then have a designer make or tailor your inexpensive dress into a knockout knockoff? Given that wedding dresses run from several hundred to many thousands of dollars, this little tip could go a long way in your wedding budget planning.

         Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

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When it comes to fancy cake displays that is. Celebrities have guest lists in that can exceed 500 people. Many of them have personalized individual cakes for each person or several cakes for each table. You probably will have less than 500 people at your wedding, and this means it will be far cheaper than a celebrities cake of the same quality given that wedding cakes are priced by slice. You can have a large wedding cake that serves 50 people and then have the rest of the guest served by sheet cake with the same design brought out the kitchen in the back to cut costs but still have a cake that creates a buzz in the room.

Family Ties

Family

Your family, friends, and relatives can assist in a variety of different aspects of your wedding budget. Things like designing homemade wedding decor, loaning family heirlooms to be worn as wedding accessories on your big day, providing their insights from when they were wedding planning and the issue they encountered along the process.

The Power in Numbers

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Premium flowers like lilies, tulips, or peonies especially ones out of season, can rack up big numbers on a wedding budget. If you want to put on a dream wedding like a celebrity, the key here is the sheer number of fresh flowers, not the specific quality of each flower. Depending on your wedding theme, coordinate your floral selections and find the flowers that cost pennies on the dollar to the premium ones. This will let the beauty and color flow throughout the wedding instead of just in several small spaces.

A Receptive Touch

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Make a list of a cheap items that you and your bride or groom enjoy that guests might as well such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts and pick one to hand out to guests as Adam Sandler did at his wedding. That was a great example of a nice personal touch that costs less than a $1 a guest, and is an insignificant amount of your wedding budget. However, it is a gesture that will be remembered your guests.

These Heels Aren’t Made for Walking

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If you are a bride and are wearing a traditional wedding dress that cover your legs completely, think about wear a nice comfortable pair of flats instead. No one will see your 5 inch heels underneath your gorgeous wedding dress, and why have to sweat the pain and agony of wearing them all day? Wedding flats typically are a cheaper alternative to heels too. Win-Win.

Cut the Wedding Favors

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If you did a nice job with the previous eight suggestions for your wedding budget, the guests won’t notice the lack of wedding favors. Think about it: You went the extra mile with your personal gestures. You get your family and relatives involved. You had an interesting wedding theme and are walking around in a stunning knockoff outfit that guests want to know more about. The wedding favors are great, but if anything should go first on your wedding checklist, it’s the wedding favors.

5 Awesome Bachelorette Destinatons

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Whether you’re a first-time bride-to-be or getting ready to embark on your second (or third ) foray into the realm of married people, never underestimate the ritualistic importance of the bachelorette bash. There are so many destinations to paint red, the only difficulty comes in deciding where to head. Here are 5 awesome bachelorette destinations to gather the girls.

1. LAS VEGAS

Why leave Sin City to the men? Las Vegas will always be the number one destination for both bachelor and bachelorette parties. Las Vegas offers just as much fun for bachelorettes as it does for bachelors. Head there for rowdy pool parties, elaborate clubs, lively casinos, fantastic restaurants, and entertaining shows. You can tailor your experience to be as toned-down or amped-up as you’d like.

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We’re In Love Now What?

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Getting Started

You felt your heart skip a beat when you saw your partner for the first time. You had many enjoyable late night conversations about life and the little things. Your love has weathered several storms but the two of you always seemed to come out of it stronger together. Now you feel it’s time to take your commitment and devotion to each to the highest level: marriage. Now you are asking yourselves:

We’ve come this far. Yet with so many tasks to do, events to plan, and detailed decisions to make, where do we begin? What exactly goes into a great wedding?

You are not alone in this; it is actually one of the most common questions couples ask when the moment arrives. What we recommend as the first step on the path to a great wedding: look around the site and read our free short e-book (insert hyperlink) that will explain everything you need to know for your wedding. The book will walk you through the series of decisions in each of the stages of planning your wedding. You will learn how fluid the entire process is and how traditional or personalized a wedding can be. We typically see couples do things that are way out of order, such as ordering decorations before checking out and reserving their venue or ordering a wedding cake before getting a complete count of guest RSVP’s. While there are many ways to do a wedding, you only have one chance to get it right. Why risk it when you can follow the tried and true method to a great wedding? Let’s start with a few simple questions:

  1. What is our realistic budget? How quickly can we attain that money?
  2. What venue(s) will we use for our wedding and reception? How many guests do we invite? How formal or informal is the attire? What time of day is it held?
  3. Do we hold it during wedding season or outside of it? How much will typical weather conditions play a role in our wedding and reception?
  4. How much will we each be involved of? Who else will play a role in the planning process?

By having a game plan and being able to know the potential obstacles that lie ahead, you will have a distinct advantage on the couples who chose to fly by the seat of their pants. Organization and communication with your significant other and those who you invite into the planning process is the foundation to a getting the best wedding possible for your budget. Giving that the average couple spends $28,427 according to the 2012 “Real Wedding Surveys” from the Knot, even a few missteps could cost thousands. Whether you want to go on the exciting path to marriage alone as a couple or bring in some support with a wedding consultant is your decision. Regardless of your choice, knowing what you want your wedding day to look and feel like as you consider all the details will make the goal of the perfect wedding day truly achievable!

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