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15 Tips for Planning a Simple Wedding
Weddings are meant to be memorable, but your reminder doesn’t have to be a $20,000+ debt looming over you and your new spouse’s head for years to come. Just to offer a little perspective, the average amount of money spent on a wedding in 2018 in the state of California was $31,437. Simple weddings can be just as beautiful and memorable as a million-dollar wedding. Creating the most memorable wedding without breaking the bank isn’t as difficult as you may think it is. Start your new life together on the right foot by planning a simple yet elegant and memorable wedding day using these helpful tips.
1.) Pick a beautiful venue that doesn’t need much or any extra decoration
When deciding on a venue, look for a location that doesn’t need very much in the way of extra embellishment. Consider all of the time and money that will be saved if little to no decorations are needed.
There’s nothing more traditional than having your wedding at a small chapel. When holding a wedding at a small chapel there typically is no need for any further decorating. This will create a more intimate and memorable atmosphere.
2.) You don’t need to spend a million dollars on a dress for it to be beautiful.
When you begin your descent down the aisle, your groom and guests aren’t going to be concerned about who made your dress or how much it cost. There are simple alternatives to the big, fancy white dress that costs thousands. Alternatives that will turn heads all the same. Although wedding dresses can be sentimental pieces of clothing, consider the fact that you will only be wearing it for the one day, and from then on out noticing it in the back of your closet every so often.
3.) Cut the guest list and keep it just as a tight-knit group of your closest friends/family.
The more people you invite, the more you will be paying in the way of catering as well as beverages. As much as you’d like to celebrate this exciting day with everyone in the world, try inviting only your closest family and friends rather than everyone and their mother.
4.) Pick a venue that can also double as your reception party venue.
Finding a venue that can double as the location for your wedding ceremony as well as the reception party can definitely save you some serious money when planning your wedding. That, and it will save you time and money on transportation from one place to the next.
5.) DIY décor (if you’re interested in having any)
Even if you find a beautiful venue that has the look that you’ve dreamed of, it may still need a little something more. Creating decorations rather than buying them will most definitely save you money in the long run.
6.) DIY wedding favors
Not only will creating your own wedding favors save you money, but it will also add a more personal touch to the favors that your guests will be taking home in remembrance of your special day.
7.) There’s no shame in buying the opposite of high-end dishware or shopping at the dollar store or Walmart.
You’d be surprised the number of elegant and eye-catching wedding décor you can find at the stores that save you the most money. Décor and silver wear are not what you and your guests will be focused on during your wedding or the reception.
8.) Hiring a wedding planner can help you make the right decisions that will help you save money.
Although it may sound counter-intuitive, spending money to have a professional wedding planner help you make decisions may save you money in the grand scheme of things. After all, who would better know the tricks of the trade.
9.) Delegate the workload. Get mom, sisters, nieces/nephews, and close friends involved.
Whether you’re creating wedding favors or save the dates, bringing your family and close friends in to help with this process can save you loads of time and money. Instead of buying things that are already made that cost a fortune, have them finished quickly with no added expenses by recruiting a team of your own.
10.) Cut the unnecessary extras. There’s already a delicious cake, why have a dessert table too?
Buying a cake big enough to serve all guests may cost a bit more than you initially planned for the cake, but overall it will probably cost less than buying a cake and other desserts.
11.) Find a friend of friend’s who can work your wedding (DJ, Caterer, photographer, etc).
Having friends with special talents can pay off especially on your wedding day. Maybe you have a friend who is a DJ or a photographer who would be willing to work your wedding for a lower cost than hiring out someone you don’t personally know.
On that same note, maybe you have a friend who is a certified justice of the peace or even a wedding officiant. Not only will hiring a friend for this particular job potentially save you money, but also create a very special moment between you and your spouse, and your friend who married you both.
12.) Cut the signature drink. There’s got to be plenty of wine and beer to go around.
Even though it is a traditional feature at a wedding reception, not having a signature drink isn’t such a bad thing. There will be plenty of wine and beer after all. Rose’ and Sangria can be rather pricey, so do yourself a favor and pass on the pricey signature drink.
13.) Let go of the idea of perfection. Of course, you want everything to line up with your idea of a dream wedding. But sometimes going with the flow creates the best memories.
You may feel compelled to spend every last dollar you have to create the wedding of your dreams, but some of the best memories are spontaneous and unplanned. Save yourself the headache and years of debt and go with the flow. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to plan the wedding of your dreams. But if something doesn’t seem to go according to plan let it become your new plan, rather than whipping out your wallet to resolve the issue every time.
14.) Be picky – shop around until you find what suits you for your big day, as well as suiting your budget.
Being picky and a perfectionist are two entirely different things. Do your research while planning the wedding. Finding a venue that can double as the location for your reception, and that doesn’t break the bank will be well worth your time. Rather than going straight for the big, fancy venue that has everything you might need but will cost you an arm and a leg.
15.) When renting a limo or other vehicle to drive you away from the ceremony have them drop you at your car rather than the airport.
Depending on the limo service, you may save some decent money having a friend or family member drive you to the airport to take off for your honeymoon adventure.
Yea it’s your big day, and you want to splurge to make it the best, most memorable wedding day ever. Just keep in mind, money doesn’t buy happiness. You can still have the best, most memorable wedding day while on a budget. Price tags don’t define a wedding.
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Will you marry me? Let’s Elope
The most memorable thing you can say to your partner is “Will you marry me?”.
You are on one knee, you are holding a ring box, you’re nervous and after your inspirational speech, you pop the question, with tears of excitement, she says YES!
Congratulations! You’ve done it! You are now engaged!
It’s time to break the news of your engagement to your friends and family. But more importantly, it is time to plan your wedding.
Easier said than done, soon you realize that planning a wedding is no easy task. It involves endless details.
The Wedding Planning List
- Picking your wedding party
- Creating a guest list
- Hiring a wedding planner
- Reserving your wedding date
- Choosing a wedding venue
- Researching photographers, bands, florist, and caterers
- Throwing an engagement party
- Hiring a photographer and a videographer
- Book the entertainment
- Meet caterers
- Purchase wedding gown
- Reserve hotel room for out-of-town guest
- Select and purchase invitations
- Plan the honeymoon
- Shop for bridesmaids dresses
- Send save-the-date cards
- Book florist
- Arrange transportation
- Purchase wedding invitations
- Order a cake
- Purchase wedding shoes
- Hire a seamstress for wedding gown alterations
- Hire a bridal makeup artist and wedding hair stylist
- Choose your music
- Finalize food menu
- Order flowers
- Create list of people that will be giving toasts
- Purchase your undergarments
- Finalize ceremony details and reception
- Purchase the rings
- Send schedule to vendors
- Send out the invitations
- Submit wedding announcements to local newspaper
- Enjoy bachelor and bachelorette party
- Get your marriage license
- Send as many final payments as possible
- Assign seating
- Pick up your wedding dress
- Get hair cut and colored done
- Pack for your honeymoon
- Get married.
We probably forgot a couple dozens of a small task, but for the most part, this is a good wedding planning list.
But if you’ve been to a wedding in the last couples of years, you’ve probably realized they spent a small fortune, you were probably right.
More than 2 million people get married each year and depending on where you get married the cost of your wedding could be significantly high.
The national average for a wedding is $29,858.
- Central California $24,960
- Los Angeles $36,890
- Orange County $36,745
- Sacramento $36,990
- San Diego $37,599
- Santa Barbara $47,252
- San Francico Bay Area $39,474
It’s eloping a good idea? Let’s see.
- The cost, you could save thousands of dollars.
- The stress, there’s not going to be an inner Bridezilla breaking out.
- Save the environment, a small and intimate wedding creates less waste.
- You could avoid friction between religious or cultural backgrounds.
- When you choose to elope you are focusing on the marriage.
- Destination options, since you are saving thousands to can choose to elope and get married anywhere in the world, for example; Paris.
- Most elopement packages can accommodate 2-25 people guest, giving the ability to invite only the nearest and dearest of your friends or family.
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Wedding On A Budget – Save Thousands on Your Wedding.
- Hold your ceremony and your reception in the same place.
- Cut down on the guess list. Only invite very close friends and immediate family members.
- Find a venue, like a public space, a parks or rent a vacation home, an aquarium, a zoo, a gallery or historical site, the fees are less expensive than a wedding hall.
- Don’t give your guess any party favors. These gifts will get left behind or thrown away.
- Have your wedding Friday or Sunday, you will usually get a discount but if you want to save even more have your wedding Monday through Thursday. An afternoon wedding will cost less than an evening one.
- Your friend and family have talents, use them. Most of use have a friend that is a great makeup artist, a hair dresser, a photographer or a family member that bakes amazing cakes. What a way to get friends and family involve in your wedding.
- Rent your wedding dress. Grooms rent their tuxedos, you can rent your dress and save a ton of money.
- Don’t have a cake. Consider having a desserts-only reception.
- Order your food from a restaurant, many restaurant will accommodate your request at a fair price.
- You can always buy flowers wholesale in a local market, and pay a florist to do a simple centerpiece.
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Wedding Trends and Wedding Ideas
Wedding Trends come and go, but let’s face it, we all love to know what’s trending. And unless you have the time to spend going through wedding magazines, it’s difficult to know what is trending in the bridal industry.
Here are some exciting trends!
Wedding are becoming more and more relaxed, less traditional and more casual. Couples a choosing romantic and beautiful outdoor weddings, instead of the more traditional indoor weddings.
Man of Honor
Many brides are choosing to have a “man of honor” instead of the typical maid or matron of honor.
Couples are choosing to opt-out from the traditional cake cutting, instead they using alternative desserts like cookie tables, elaborate candy bars and buttered milk & cookies.
More guys are embracing the traditional party dance, groomsmen are coordinating some impressive dance moves, as they put a show for the bride and guests.
When a love one can’t attend your wedding, far-away can still celebrate your wedding through Live Stream.
More brides are planning a destination wedding or non-traditional wedding, so many brides and grooms are discovering casual elegance. Less is definetly more. And for some, informal means stripping the wedding of all the bells and whistles in favor simple elegance.
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Getting Engaged on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day Ideas.
Valentine’s Day is one of America’s most romantic day.
Millions of American’s celebrate it by sending greeting cards, flowers, chocolate, jewelry and other presents.
But for you it’s more than just a fancy dinner, flowers, and chocolate. It’s about your relationship, and the deep connection you have for your soon-to-be-spouse. For months you have been considering of the perfect marriage proposal, you have been thinking of ways to ask those four little words “Will you marry me?”. For most of us this could be challenging, even for guys who are romantic on an everyday basis. Popping the questions, is not as easy as you think. You probably want a BIG proposal, something she’ll never forget. Oh man, that’s a lot of pressure.
Assuming you have your diamond engagement ring, it’s time for your big moment – the proposal.
1. Don’t over plan, keep it simply, and do not go overboard, you do not need limo’s, helicopters, guitarists, mariachis, or jugglers. Instead, pick a personal and special spot. Where did you meet? is there a place you both dreamed about going? What ever spot you choose, create an intimate moment.
2. Surprise her, a lot of women expect a proposal on Valentine’s Day. But don’t propose at an expected time, don’t have the waiter bring your ring out on a tray. Instead throw her off by proposing before for dinner or after dinner, keep in mind most women prefer an intimate and personal moment with you alone.
3. Celebrate, if your going to have dinner at a restaurant, call ahead and setup a bottle of champagne. Or invite her family or your friends for drinks to celebrate, make this amazing moment memorable.
Ready to take this next big step? Happy Valentine’s Day!