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Ceremony. I do. Cocktail hour. Dinner. Dance. Does this sound like 90% of the weddings you attend? This could even be 100% of the weddings you attend. But, it does not have to be that way. Brides love personalizing their big day with special wedding take-home favors, unique centerpieces, a surprise choreographed bridal party dance and more. Brides are even going one stop further and taking the traditional wedding dinner out of the equation. No wedding dinner? No problem. Wedding dinners are far from cheap and after attending many, many weddings it can be refreshing to attend a wedding that plays around with the more traditional format. Here are some ideas on how you can have an amazing wedding -- without serving a sit-down dinner.
It is fun to watch those reality television shows that follow the bride-to-be as she searches for the one. I am not talking about looking for the right partner; I am talking about looking for the right dress. But, what usually makes my jaw drop to the floor is when the bride announces her budget for the dress -- and it's an astronomical price that rivals the price tag of a small wedding. Choosing a dress is a tricky balance. On the one hand, you know how little the garment will be worn compared to its price. Yet, you also know it is your special day and you only get to pick one. There are ways to (gasp!) get a wedding dress at bargain. Keep these tips in mind before you begin dress shopping.
Prime wedding season is in full swing and chances are there is an invite or two up on your fridge. Gone are the days when you knew just what to expect from a wedding. Today's brides are putting their personal touches on absolutely every aspect of their special day. Why have a three-tier cake when you could have cupcakes, doughnuts or even no cake at all? Why do a traditional slow dance for your first dance as husband and wife when you could do a choreographed, flash mob routine? And, why use expensive flowers for your table centerpieces when you could come up with a creative, cost-effective option instead?
Love them or hate them, everyone knows that reality television star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West (a.k.a. Kimye) recently wed in a lavish European wedding, estimated to have broke the bank at $2.8 million. It is a safe bet that your wedding budget is signficantly lower than that, but that does not mean that you cannot steal some of their ideas for your big day -- and at a much lower cost.
Here comes the bride… and there goes your cash. But it does not have to be that way! We all know that weddings, and everything that goes along with them, has the potential to be quite costly. All too often, the joy of celebrating a bride-to-be gets lost in the stress and fuss that go along with planning a wedding. The truth is, you can host an elegant bridal – or wedding – shower without breaking the bank.
Below are several tips to help you be a generous host without spending a generous amount of money.
Being a bridesmaid has its ups and downs. It is an honor to help the bride out on her big day, but no one wants to be hundreds of dollars in the hole for a dress you really can’t shorten and wear again. Be sure to voice your budget to the bride when picking dresses to be sure the experience is fun for all. And finding a bridesmaid dress for less than $50 would help everyone involved lived happily ever after.
Creating a wedding registry is a rite of passage for engaged couples. Running around Bed, Bath and Beyond armed with your registry scanner can seem like a fun way to spend an afternoon, but the decisions you make could impact your life a decade or two down the road. You'll probably get more gifts on your wedding day than at any other point in your life. Get the most value out of your stash of wedding gifts by taking some advice from those with the most insight. According to couples who have been married for many, many years, these are the ten weddings gifts you will still use in 20 years.
If you are currently planning a wedding you are probably thinking about your future wedding favors. They are the little pieces of your wedding that everyone takes home to remember what a great time they had.