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How to set Priorities on Your Wedding Budget

Happy Wedding Couple by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee

Do you really need that designer gown? No one will actually know the label – except you. Must you rent a big hotel when you’re a small group, living room kind of couple?

It is not necessary to invite everybody from your church club, high school friends you haven’t seen for decades or co-workers you would never be caught talking with unless you’re both stuck in the elevator. Get real.

Sit down with your partner and discuss a kind of wedding you both want. In other words, set priorities for your budget when you plan your own wedding.

Decide what to include

It’s your wedding, you can decide what you want to include. Here’s a very good and intelligent question: What do you hate seeing in some weddings you have attended? You can omit that. Have you seen something really nice which you want to bring in? Tell your partner or you will forever regret it. Another important thing: check with your officiating minister or celebrant so you’ll know what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable in your case.

Set the date

You can never have a wedding unless you know when to make it happen.You don’t have to decide on one single particular date, unless, of course, if you really need to. So set several possible dates; in that way you will have flexibility in choosing a venue and save some money.

Determine the size of your guest list

What usually comes to mind when planning a guest list is the wedding budget but there’s actually more to it than just money. What type of person are you? Are you comfortable being the center of attention for two hundred people? Or you’d rather have a smaller, more intimate group and enjoy having just a bunch of close friends and relatives?

Choose a favored site

This is another basic consideration when you plan your own wedding and will affect your guest list and your overall wedding budget. Do you want a church wedding or do you want one in a small garden, on a beach, or in a fancy hotel? How do you want your reception to look like?

Plan the ambiance

Do you want it formal, fancy or casual? You can have a fancy wedding on a limited budget; just be creative. That includes creatively slashing the guest list into half. Ouch.

Create a mental picture of how you want your wedding to look like and use that picture as a guide. If you decide to have a casual affair, you can spend less than a formal one.

Getting lots of ideas on how to plan your own wedding? Now, it’s time to get specific. Know your priorities and start to list them down. If you’re on limited budget, then let your budget guide you instead of letting your fantasies, and get things done. Be sure to like me on Facebook for more ideas.

Don’t Do These Seven Things When Planning Your Wedding


waiting bride 2It is important to set priorities on your wedding budget. To maximize your money, here are some things you shouldn’t do when planning your wedding:

1. Entrust your photography to a novice.

I understand that you want to save money but planners would agree to save on some other things – not on your wedding photos. Cheap, bad photography is like building a sand castle. You will hate it when you want to relish wonderful wedding memories and all you have are bad photographs. I see this happen to many people. One particular friend hates to recall her wedding day just because she hates the pictures she entrusted with her cousin. It will be a waste of everything you have invested on. Stay within your budget when planning your wedding, but by all means, splurge on your wedding photographs.

2. Spend a fortune on your wedding gown.

All brides dream of the most beautiful wedding gowns. This does not necessarily mean, however, that your gown should suck-up your budget. Your guests won’t care what brand or label you wear. You can just borrow, rent (sorry!) or find gorgeous but discounted gowns. You will wear the stuff only once so investing huge on it when planning your wedding is not necessary.

3. Serve lacklustre food.

Don’t settle for less when planning your wedding reception, especially on food. Your reception meal is your treat to your guests. Get the tastiest food allowed by your budget. If you can’t serve a hundred guests with a delightful feast, cut your guest list in half. It’s better to have a few but delighted people than invite everybody and not be able to treat them well.

4. Buy a gorgeous but awful-tasting wedding cake.

I have seen too many cakes that looked fantastic but tasted horrible, my wedding cake included. Pricey extras on the exterior are nothing if your cake tastes like plain pudding in sugar-coating. Some wedding cakes are not even real but mere decorative facades made of Styrofoam (can you imagine that?) You can’t even eat them. Don’t laugh at me; I have seen many of those. For heaven’s sake, your wedding is not a show. Go for taste.

5. Struggle to get a professional videographer

If money isn’t an issue, then by all means go for all the brilliant camera lights but if your budget is tight then the decision is already made for you. Several hundreds or even thousands of dollars are too much for a wedding video. Your best friend or relative can tape the event for you. Just brace yourself for a shaky presentation afterwards. Remember, you can always look at your wedding photographs, and that’s all that matters.

 6. Spend twice on flowers.

Flowers are beautiful but your budget can get out of hand. Read this: recycle. Again, recycle. If you have two different places for the ceremony and reception, you can use your flower arrangements in both venues. You can do the same with your balloons, candles, and other decorations. If bouquets of flowers are too costly, get a single stem for each of your bridesmaids and table centrepiece. If flowers are not an option, get balloons instead. Candles are beautiful decorations, too.

7. Neglect your reception music

The music you play at the reception determines the atmosphere. Don’t let just anybody blast off cheap music from his boom box. It’s your wedding; choose people and things that can help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding celebration with people close to you.

Be creative when planning your wedding so you can keep the costs down. You are supposed to enjoy your wedding day. For more ideas, comment on this post or like me on Facebook so we can discuss.



Five Creative Ways to Celebrate an Awesome Birthday

Girl With Birthday Gifts by Stuart Miles

You need to feel important; that is a basic need of every human being. Whether we admit it or not, we feel awesome when people celebrate us. But you can do it the other way around. Here are purposeful and creative birthday ideas – the kind that will make others feel important and makes your life count.

  1.Hold a feeding activity for hungry people.

If you have money, just for one time, buy food for street kids or people in depressed communities. Don’t serve soup or any low-cost snacks. Prepare a nutritious, delicious meal any birthday party guest will love and make it your best treat, a celebration of the life you were given. It’s worth it.

 2.Not much money? Acts of kindness will count.

Look for ways to serve. Money isn’t everything when you want to have creative ways to celebrate your birthday. Help an elderly woman cross the street. Volunteer to do the laundry of your aged neighbor. Gather your neighbors’ kids for a story telling and ice cream treat . Sounds ridiculous, but when you do these with the right attitude you’ll feel like the richest billionaire in the neighborhood.

3.Plant a tree.

Imagine if you plant a single tree for each year of your life. You will be able to take care of the environment which has nurtured you for years. Who knows, you may like to do it more often if you try. Think global responsibility.

4.Give away useful stuff.

Take that size two dress you have waited three years to snuggle into. Give it away. You will do yourself a favor because you will no longer feel stressed every time you open your closet. A rule in space organizing says, “If you survive six months without using something you consider giving away, it’s worth giving away.” This is a creative birthday idea that will give you a clutter-free home and make others happy.

 5. Do something you are good at and give it your best shot.

Can you sing? Sing with all your might – on video tape – and post it on YouTube. If you can raise funds for an orphanage through dancing, do it. If you are a gifted photographer snap the best picture you could ever take and . It’s always a principle that when you do what you are happy to do, you get the most feeling of significance.

There. Five creative ways to celebrate an awesome birthday. You can choose one that will work for you. Can you think of more to add to my list? Have you ever done something creative and different on your birthday? Shoot me a comment. Please also like my page and come back to this site to get more creative woman’s tips, solutions and inspiration.

Top Five Creative Wedding Themes

Most people think of wedding themes as crazy stuff, like wearing outlandish costumes and putting up make-believe props on their wedding day while others think they are only for movies. A wedding theme can actually be just about color like “All things Baby Blue” for my own wedding.  My husband and I both loved Baby Blue and color themes were popular during our time. A wedding theme may need much budget, but not always especially when you get creative. The rule of thumb is, always stick to what you can afford.

A creative wedding theme can be crazy or sophisticated, or both. It can be bold like marching down the aisle in a cute gown and a pair of sneakers, or subtle like having things color-coordinated like invitation envelopes and venue decorations .You can have it extreme or just a tweak to create focus – the one important thing I usually look for when organizing or coordinating a wedding event because it makes things easier to plan and put together.

Here are a few creative wedding themes which top my list:

1. Tropical Affair. When I think of this theme a bunch of leis easily comes to mind, plus a lovely bride with tropical flowers on her hair. Definitely the easiest theme to coordinate and put together because even guests love to dress the part. And take note, this is one theme where things look amazing on photos. You can hold tropical weddings on a beach or at a poolside. Sunset is an excellent time so you can have Tiki torches along the aisle. When such is not possible, just dress your venue to fit in. You may complete the set with beach lanterns and coconut centerpieces at the reception hall and acoustic guitar on the background.

2. High School Crush. Nothing compares to feelings for a high school crush. Relieve the experience by going with a high school life wedding theme. You can actually hold this at a school campus, or create scaled-down replicas and transform your venue into a school. You may choose to let guests dress the part or just the two of you plus your entourage, for effect. This creative wedding theme is possible with little budget making it perfect for cost-conscious couples.

3. Princess Wedding. Who says princess themes are just for little-girl birthdays. Wear a lovely ball gown complete with a cute crown, a pair of gloves and glass slippers. The wedding venue should go with it so hire an interior decorator who can set up a scaled-down kingdom background for you (3-D would be good). Your parents can play kings and queens which I’m sure they will love, and your groom is prince, of course. The wedding car can be a royal carriage, and you can have court guards and a clown to complete the set. I know you are asking about the veil and trail. You can still wear them, too.

4 . Street Romance. The coolest theme one could ever have, perfect for the hip-hop type. In case you’d want to know, you could be in your wedding gown – and a pair of groovy sneakers. A friend had this for his wedding. The couple made it special by having their guests dress up in formal black and white, while they both wear wedding clothes and groovy sneakers. Just plain super cool and creative. They held it by a quiet roadside using street corners and junctions as their background. One of the cutest and most creative wedding themes I ever saw on photographs.

5. Destination Wedding. This is getting popular – at least to the more adventurous types. You and your guests go to a destination place and hold your wedding there. Destination weddings have their plus, but also their drawbacks. They are not for the fainthearted because they mean huge expenses, but they may still be worth it especially when you are planning a post-wedding vacation with family and friends. You will need plenty of creative planning and coordination but when done perfectly, it can be a very fun and intimate affair for just a few chosen people close to your heart.

You don’t have to spend tons of money to have a lovely and memorable wedding. It just takes a bit of creativity in maximizing what you’ve got. For more creative wedding themes, follow this blog, like my page on Facebook or contact me. Also, share your creative wedding ideas here and let us discuss.

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