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5 Easy Ways to Save Money When Planning Your Outdoor Wedding

With the summer wedding season fast approaching and many couples looking for ways to cut back on the cost of their nuptials, outdoor weddings are enjoying resurgence in popularity. Not only does an outdoor event drastically reduce the amount spent on church and reception hall rental, but it also opens up a multitude of other cost cutting opportunities. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five easy ways to save money when planning your outdoor wedding.
1. Choose a month other than June. June is by far the most popular month for weddings, and with good reason; the weather is usually beautiful. But June isn’t the only calendar month with nice weather, and by choosing an earlier spring date or a fall date, you can save a lot of money with various vendors. Many photographers, caterers, and rental suppliers will charge a premium for weddings during the busy month of June, simply because demand is so high. If the date will work for you and your fiance, consider an April or October wedding instead.
2. Consider a morning wedding. Most weddings are held in the afternoon or evening, but there’s no reason you can’t have a wedding in the morning. Morning weddings are often a great way to cut back on expenses, for several reasons. First, you can serve breakfast instead of dinner. This eliminates the need to worry about expensive appetizers and alcoholic beverages. Generally speaking, breakfast foods are less expensive anyway. Furthermore, you may be able to negotiate some discounts with your service providers, since morning weddings aren’t that common, and you may also have an easier time booking the providers you want.
3. Choose a low cost outdoor venue like a friend or family member’s backyard. While it’s true that outdoor weddings are generally less expensive than indoor events, some outdoor venues can be pricey to rent. For example, if you were hoping for a very popular state park with a scenic overlook, don’t expect it to come cheap. By holding your event in a smaller or less formal outdoor space, not only can you save a lot of money on the location, but it can also afford you more flexibility with decorating.
4. Plant some flowers! Assuming you have chosen to hold the wedding in a space where you have some flexibility and control, consider planting some flowers a few months before the event to cut back on the florist’s expense. Planting flowers is also a great way to ensure that you’ll have exactly the variety of colors and textures you want when your big day arrives.
5. Buy decorations that can be used in your new home after the wedding is over. Outdoor weddings are often decorated with items that can be reused later in the couple’s new yard. For example, consider a large wedding arbor or pergola as the backdrop for your photos or the focal point where you’ll recite your vows. Garden trellises can also make a nice backdrop, as can large urns of flowers or planter boxes. If you have the ability to set these items in place a month or two in advance, go ahead and do so and plant some climbing flowers and vines like morning glory or nasturtium that will grow up the structures before your event. When the wedding is over, the items can be used to landscape your new home’s yard, and over the years, they will hold a very special sentimental value to you and your spouse.
These are just a few of many ways you can save money on outdoor wedding planning. With a little creativity and thinking outside the box, you can plan a beautiful and memorable wedding without breaking the bank.…

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Wedding Table Decorations

Wedding Planning – How to Hire an Efficient Wedding Planner

Hiring a professional will always be a challenge. When you hire an electrical engineer, you need to make sure they are performing what you require them to do and letting them do their checklist so that you will not have electrical problem in the future. I have a friend who bought a new beautiful house in Wyoming, the workers perfectly implemented the desired design of the couple. Only one big problem, they were not able to hire a good electrical engineer. And after a month, that beautiful and expensive house turns into dust. That is why when you hire a professional, you will not look on who they know and where they came from. It is on what they do.
Choosing a wedding planner is a big part of your wedding planning. The total outcome of your big day will depend on how they were able to handle each task you assigned. It is not about how big their company is, or how long they have been into the business. It is all about commitment and sincerity to help you throughout your big day. You must look for someone who will organize your wedding and not someone who will do it just for money. Yes I agree, you will not see their sincerity the first time you have met and you will not see what is inside of them. So how can we see their sincerity? How can we trust them? The answer is simple – look at what they do and how they do it. Most efficient experts bring their heart on their works. It is like you are cooking for someone important to your life, and if you want it to be special you must do it with love. Let us face the fact that they will be the one who will handle the best days of your life. They will be the one who will be there for you from the start of wedding planning until the end of your honeymoon. Hiring a wedding planner expert is not as easy as it sounds. It is like you are looking for someone who will manage your business while you are doing something else and making sure they will not run away with your possession. Do your research, make a shortlist of a possible candidate that will manage your wedding and start looking at their works so that you will have an idea if they can be trusted or not. Meet them if possible so that you can foresee yourself working with them in the future.
Wedding planning is stressful and difficult task. We will always need help to make big decisions that may affect the entire wedding. Hiring a professional is always be the best option if you want it to be different from any other wedding. Bringing their creativity and unique ideas together with your knowledge and motivation to make it special will be key to your dream day’s success!
When you hire a wedding planner, you are not looking for the most effective or the best planner in town. You are just looking for a friend at the right place at the right time with the right attitude at a reasonable value. A person who will still be there for you after the wedding.…

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The Best Budget Wedding Ideas!

Want a fabulous wedding but strapped for cash? When planning a wedding budget, engaged couples often ponder this question; “What is the best way to save money but for a low cost?” Most weddings cost an average of $20,000- $50,000. This will not work out for cash- strapped couples. Below, I offer cheap wedding ideas that will fit your wedding budget!
* Avoid the High Season: The majority of wedding events occur between the months of May- October. Having a ceremony in these months does not bode well for your budget. To avoid the high season, the best idea would be to get married in low- season months, such as December – March. Wedding vendors also have less bookings in these months so you will definitely get a better rate for their services. Remember to try to negotiate (not bully!) for the best cost for your budget. This is a cheap idea that will not hurt your pockets!
* Cheap Wedding favors as your Centerpiece: A great idea is to incorporate cheap favors as a centerpiece. This way, you can cut cost on the amount of flowers and accessories that you may order. A great, but cheap idea would be to order chocolate kisses ( in your wedding colors) and place them in a beautiful vase that your guests can admire and eat! Votive candles with your ceremony date and colors is also a beautiful and cheap wedding idea that will cut costs!
* Cheap Wedding venues: Most Reception halls charge their highest fees on weddings held on Friday- Saturday. For cheap wedding venues options, try having your event on a holiday that happens to fall on a weekday or have your wedding on a Sunday or Monday. These dates will likely guarantee a bargain for your wedding budget.
* Inexpensive Wedding Cake: Who can afford an elaborate, overpriced wedding cake? To have a really inexpensive wedding cake, you can have a small wedding cake on top and a faux bottom for the lower two tiers of the wedding cake. A sheet cake may be served for the guests. This is a cheap idea that will not make a dent in your wedding budget!
* Affordable Wedding Flowers: OK, so you’ve decided that you want flowers for your event. How to find affordable wedding flowers fit for your budget? Find out what’s currently in season and use more green plants in your blooms. Also, use flowers that the florists always have in stock. Carnations, Baby breaths, Roses and Lily’s are always in stock and are great, cheap wedding ideas for your decor. For a church wedding, I would rather have flowers at the reception; add pillar candles in a clear glass hurricane lamps down the aisle for a serene and romantic atmosphere.
* Discount Wedding Dresses: Most brides dream of a Vera Wang or Justin Alexander dress but if your are on a tight budget, that will not be possible. A great idea for discount wedding dresses would be to check out the sample sales and outlet stores for sales prices! If the dress is a tad bit big, you can always have a seamstress make adjustments. Another idea? Pick a Bridesmaid dress! Find out what color the bridesmaid dress comes in and order it in white. Voila! You now have a wedding dress that you got on a discount!
For more Cheap Wedding ideas, please view related articles ” The Cost Effective Bride ” and “Weddings on a Budget!” For wedding dresses, please view our selection of Discount Wedding Dresses!…

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Cheap Wedding Ideas for Couples

Weddings have always been one of the key events in the life of a person, the joy it brings and the ambiance it creates is overwhelming for many. However, this comes with a price (literally). A wedding needs a lot of arrangements, which call for a reasonable budget and good savings; everything needs to be in accordance with the expectations of the couple. Though, there are many ways in which you can reduce the cost of a wedding without giving up the style and sentimentality of the event. Just, a little imagination and you will have a wedding on an easy-on-the-pocket budget.
Here are some cheap wedding ideas you could use:
– Reception savings: Receptions can be pretty heavy on the pocket. Venues, food, etc. can all take up a lot of your savings. However, you can save that money by having the reception at your house or a family member’s residence. Furthermore, you would save a lot if you do your own catering or choose a caterer who might give some concession.
– Do your own invites: This process might be time-consuming, but it can save up the money you would have used in getting expensive wedding cards made and printed. You can either do it by hand to make every card look special, or you can get it made through computer using PowerPoint or any other software.
– Do your own flowers: You can design the venue with flowers by yourself; ask the creative minds in your family to handle this work. In addition, try not buying the flowers in February when the flowers are expensive due to Valentine’s Day. You can save up even more if your venue is a park or a garden as they are already lush and filled with flowers.
– Ask your friends to be the photographers: A photographer is very important for a wedding, there has to be someone who has a steady hand and can store those memories for you. Ask a friend to do that, preferably a person who has an interest in clicking and has steady hands, if you already have a photographer friend, then you don’t had to worry much about this. You can also save by putting the pictures on a social-networking forum like Face book or Flickr, which would be much cheaper than getting a photo album made.
So, try these simple and cheap wedding ideas, and you would surely save a lot of your hard-earned money.…

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Wedding Budget

5 Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wedding Videographer Or Photographer

In this article, I’m going to take you through 5 key questions you’ll want to be sure to ask during interviews you conduct with videographers and photographers you are considering hiring for your wedding.
1. How many proofs will you have to choose from?
Most couples like to have between 60 and 80 photos in their wedding album. It really can take that many photos to tell the whole story, but it can take up to 200 or more shots to make your final selections from.
For video, be sure to ask if the Videographer will cover the entire ceremony and reception and if they will charge extra to have the rehearsal dinner and preparations on the day of the wedding.
As both if their will be extra charges for taking more pictures or shooting more video. Those with digital equipment generally won’t. But if they do, or they use film, these extra charges can add to the bottom line significantly. Be sure you know the cost of the extras if applicable.
2. Who owns the proofs / negatives / master tape / raw video?
If the photographer or Videographer retains ownership, you’ll have to purchase all copies through him or her. The cost will be much higher than if you were able to make the copies on your own. If you own the negatives and raw video, you can shop around for the best deal on professionally make copies.
3. Ask about the deposit the photographer or Videographer requires
Also, be sure to find out of the deposit is refundable and how much notice is required to get your deposit refunded.
4. How long will it take to get the final prints, albums or tapes after the wedding?
Don’t be shocked if you are told it’ll take 3-4 months, because that’s the norm.m But be very wary if they can’t give you a firm time line or if the time line is much longer than 3-4 months.
5. Are you expected to feed the photographer and Videographer and their assistants?
Believe it or not, this is something that can cost you plenty. Some of these folks will add this to their contract, so it could end up costing you $25 or more per worker. If you’ve got a lot of staff working on your wedding, you could be looking at an extra $100 or more. Sure, you should probably be feeding these people, especially if they are with you all day, but you need to know exactly how many meals you will need for them so that you can stick to your budget.
You may want to speak with your caterer and see if they can provide a different and less costly meal for these folks. You’ll also want to make arrangements for the photographer and or the Videographer and their crews to eat before the reception so that they will be available to shoot important moments such as your entrance, your first dance and so on.…

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Wedding Websites

How to Determine the Budget Needed For Your Wedding

The big bad budget. Look people if you do not set a budget you cannot plan smart. If you are without a budget, you are like a boat without an oar!

“Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. Peter McWilliams,”

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” Anthony Robbins

Do you get the point? You need a focus. Your budget will determine your wedding focus. How do you determine the budget you need for your weddinng?

Things You Must Do in Order to Determine Your Wedding Budget

Talk with your fianc?� and all parents or family members. I would suggest meeting with your family members separately. You will need to ask them what they think and how or if they can help.

Talk about budget, style, size of event, location, time of year and attendees.

You need to talk things over with every family member who will be involved in the finances of the wedding. Your Wedding Budget will be the most important and the most volatile subject you probably have ever discussed. It is so important to be realistic. You do not want to start out your life in debt! So find out how you are going to pay for this.

Here is a little formula you might use to help you determine your budge, calculate the number of months before the wedding mulitply that by the amount of money you can put aside each month then add contributions from parents as well as any other savings, subtract 5 percent (you will ust this to set aside for unexpected expenses), ta da this will give you your Wedding Budget. Once you have done this, don’t panic you can still have a great wedding if you plan ahead and are realistic.

The fact is that today’s weddings are expensive. The average cost of a wedding in the United States is around $25,000. Weddings in larger cities will cost more than the small town in central Illinois.

One of the biggest determining factors in setting your budget is the number of guests you expect to invite. Obviously, the more people you have the more expensive it will be. You can control your budget by starting with your guest list.

Who pays for what? You can find so much information on wedding etiquette by a simple Google Search.

The following is a list of wedding costs customarily paid for by the Bride’s parents: Tradition holds that the Bride’s parents pay for the reception but today’s weddings are changing. It is important to understand what is traditional, especially in the area of paying for a wedding.

Why did the Bride’s parents get stuck with the expense? It probably originated from the ancient tradition of paying a large dowry to attract a good husband, hopefully this is not true, and you are a match made in heaven not the bank.

Over the years, this tradition became more “Modern,” but still when it comes to paying for a wedding it has remained the bride’s parents pay for the much of the costs.

The following is a list of wedding costscustomarily paid by the groom’s parents:

Rehearsal dinner

The parents of the groom customarily pay for the rehearsal dinner. Typically, everyone who was at the rehearsal should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. This includes, but is not limited to, the bride, groom, parents of both, grandparents of both, the officiate and his/her spouse, siblings and their spouses or partners, etc. It might also include out of town guests or close friends but this is not a hard and fast rule just hospitable.

Reception Beverages (alcohol at the bar)

If we stick with tradition, the bride’s parents cover the expense of the reception that includes food and drinks. However, the groom’s parents are expected to pay for the drinks at the bar.

Setting a budget is primary in keeping your costs under control. Once you have talked things over with your families and your fiance you will have a better understanding of where the money is coming from and who will contribute. You see where you are financially, now it is time to set a budget. A real dollar figure that is realistic.

Yes, I said B U D G E T, budget! If you go at this blindly, you will spend so much more than you ever thought possible. It is painful but JUST DO IT!…

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How to Choose Great Wedding Favors

Generally when you go to a wedding the bride and groom will offer a token of appreciation by giving small gifts or wedding favors. This is quite traditional for most weddings in many countries. When choosing the ideal wedding favor for your guest, you want to choose a gift that says thank you. Much like the wedding ceremony holds many pleasant memories for the bride and groom. Wedding favors offers an experience to your guest that also last once the wedding ceremony is over. Therefore it has to be unique to your guest.
There is a number of wedding favor ideas to choose from. For example; garden wedding favors, oriental, beach or decorative themes are good choices. Also you can dome uniqueness to the wedding favor such as personalized photos, pens, candles, vases and even wedding music CD’s.
The aim here is to choose the ideal favor for everyone. Sometimes this can be quite difficult to decide and other times it’s quite easy. It depends on where you go to purchase your wedding favor’s and the selection they have available. You can find a number of wedding outlets online. Visiting a website and browsing the selection is quite simple and time effective. Some online wedding store will send out samples to give you a good idea and offer great bulk purchase rates. This helps you to decide if the gift ideas are worth the cost as well.
Generally, you’ll find it much easier to pick a functional gift. This means the gift will somehow be useful to your guest after the wedding. Offering meaningless gifts typically end up in the trash shortly after the wedding.
Also try not to spend too much money on the wedding favor or your personalization methods. Also keep your personalize statements brief. You can find some great wedding guest gifts for under $5 dollars while other you can have for just over $10 dollars. Always go with the less expensive route when possible. There are tons of unique wedding favor’s that are inexpensive if you shop around.
Make sure to order the right amount of wedding favor’s to match your wedding guest list. Try not to buy to many or not enough. It’s always best to estimate the total guest list and get a few extras just in case. You also want to coordinate with the time of year of your wedding ceremony. It’s a good idea to have winter wedding favors for a winter wedding.…