June 18th, 2012
1. Save on Postage
There is no need to send out save-the-date cards when you’re only asking your guests to put a date in their diaries. Send out a group email in your lunch hour instead, saving you time, money and the annoyance of sticking down envelopes.
2. DIY Wedding Flowers
All you need is a patch of ground and some seeds and you can raise your own blooms in the time it takes to write your wedding vows. Or, if you are lacking a garden, head to a flower market and pick up your blooms at cost price. You’ll have to get up early (most markets open around 3am and close at 11am) but you’ll save a massive amount of money.
3. Keep Venue Decorations Simple
A slim glass vase containing a single white rose, or some odd bits of crockery from a charity shop stuffed with garden flowers, can have more of an impact than expensive oasis decorations. Save money on decorating the wedding venue by opting for bunting rather than flowers – much cheaper and you can reuse it or sell it on eBay(opens in a new window)(opens in a new window) afterwards to another budget bride. You can even make your own bunting – simply cut triangles of double-sided brightly coloured paper and attach it using glue to some strong string.
4. Don’t Buy Wedding Magazines
Most of the wedding mags, such as Wedding Magazine(opens in a new window) and You and Your Wedding(opens in a new window) also publish online, plus there are lots of other great wedding supplier and resource sites. Try Confetti(opens in a new window)(opens in a new window)and Cheap Wedding Success(opens in a new window) to keep you topped up with inspiration free of charge.
5. BYO Bridesmaids’ Dresses
Bridesmaid dresses are often handmade and this can be expensive. The cheapest way around this is to have a rough theme, say ‘vintage nudes’, and ask your bridesmaids to choose and pay for a dress that they’ll want to wear again. Useaccessories(opens in a new window), such as pearls and corsages, to pull the look together.
6. Second-Hand or Sample Wedding Dresses
Apart from the reception venue and honeymoon, your wedding dress is likely to be one of your most expensive outgoings. If you shop around, you can find your dress at a better price than if you simply buy a gown off the rack. Go to the expensive boutiques first to try on the different styles and get a clear idea of what you are looking for. Then, buy a budget dress and find a good local dressmaker who can alter it to your requirements.Oxfam(opens in a new window) have eleven bridal shops in the UK (with the cost of your dress going to a good cause) and they have a decent selection online. You can also try factory outlets, such as the Wedding Dress Factory Outlet(opens in a new window) in Leicestershire, which offers a similar service as upmarket boutiques and the dresses are at rock-bottom prices (around £150 to £400).
7. Tap into the Skills of Your Nearest and Dearest
From your annoying uncle who has filmed every family occasion you can remember to your bedroom-DJ brother, ask everyone with a suitable skill to get involved. Delegating will save you a small fortune – plus it’s a nice way for friends and family to feel involved. Professional photos, in particular, can be very expensive so ask a talented friend to be the official photographer at the ceremony and leave disposable cameras on the tables at the reception. Just give the pictures a good edit before you show them to Granny.
8. Budget Honeymoon
Two weeks in the Caribbean might sound like a dream come true, but when you check in at reception with hundreds of other honeymooning couples, it loses some appeal. You could try a working holiday, such as one of the amazing experiences on offer with the National Trust(opens in a new window), walk the Great Wall of China(opens in a new window)or try any of the other once-in-a-lifetime expeditions organised by charities. Ask your wedding party to sponsor your trip as a wedding gift. Alternatively, the Youth Hostel Association(opens in a new window) andHosteling International(opens in a new window) have come a long way since Pot Noodles and Kumbaya.
9. Ask Your Wedding Guests to Contribute
We are not suggesting you charge at the door but with wedding receptions commonly coming in at £70 per head, it’s worth considering recouping some of your expenses. Sites, such asThe Bottom Drawer, allow you to create a wedding list of almost anything, from the cost of an extension on your house to donations towards your honeymoon.
10. Champagne Versus Prosecco
Italian prosecco and Spanish cava are much cheaper and tend to be less acidic and more fruity than champagne, so many find them more palatable – as well as economical. For proseccos, look out for Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene on the label – this guarantees that the grapes were grown in the best Prosecco region, just north of Venice. Cava is made in the same way as champagne but at a fraction of the price. Freixenet and Codorniu produce some great examples. You should be able to pick up a bottle for about £8 compared to around £20 for a bottle of champagne. Try Majestic(opens in a new window) or the major supermarkets.
June 13th, 2012
Want to give your bridesmaids something really different? Get out the bridal shower favor tags and write a note on them inviting your bridesmaids to read the cheesy romance novels you bought for them! Try to find the juiciest, meatiest, raunchiest romance novels you can find. Paperback is much cheaper than hard cover. Depending on the number of bridesmaids you have, it might even make sense to join a book club. You’ll get a bunch of free books (you’ll have to pay the shipping costs though), and usually the purchase of a few more books at full cost will fulfill your membership requirements. Just a thought. There are also many second-hand book stores that sell romance novels in excellent condition. Books don’t have to cost a fortune and you can turn this idea into cheap bridal shower favors if you give yourself enough time to do some comparison shopping. Harlequin is one publisher who offers a line of erotic fiction including the following titles:
1) The Twelve Dancing Princesses written by Nancy Madore
2) Naughty Paris by Jina Baccar
3) Broken by Megan Hart
4) Getting Some by Kayla Perrin
5) Lying In Bed by M. J. Rose
Of course, this is just a partial list of books and erotic fiction isn’t limited to Harlequin Romance novels. Visit any bookstore (in person or online) and look for the erotic fiction section. You’ll probably find it under “Adult – Romance”. If not, don’t be afraid to ask. While you’re at it, check and see if there are any titles available on the clearance shelf. Hot, spicy, sexy romance novels make great bridal shower favors!
June 4th, 2012
The spring season is a beautiful time in which to have a wedding – the weather is fabulous, flowers and greenery are flourishing from the Earth and there are so many options to choose from when it comes to wedding gowns, color palettes and decor. If you want to embrace the season and wear a romantic, feminine gown, then you are in luck – so many gorgeous options are available in virtually every style of dress.
Short gowns are a stunning choice for a fresh, spring wedding. Sweetheart necklines accented with a pop of color and floral patterns create a beautiful alternative to a traditional white gown. These dresses would look amazing in a garden or vintage-inspired wedding! Floor-length gowns, many of which made of voluminous material, look fresh and unique for springtime weddings – especially if you want a nature-inspired ceremony or reception.
If you prefer to keep the gown traditional, add color and pattern into the wedding by choosing floral gowns for your bridesmaids. The color and floral design will pop against your beautiful gown and add visual interest to the decor and photography.
May 29th, 2012
- You want to do something different. If you’re the type of girl that likes to dress in ways that no one expects, white might not be right for you. Choose your signature color, whether red, pink, lavender, or any other show-stopper.
- You don’t fit the meaning of a white wedding dress. White wedding dresses were once a symbol of virginity. A woman in a white wedding dress is meant to be virginal and pure. If you don’t feel comfortable donning this color when you don’t fit that description, choose a different shade instead.
- You think it’s too young. Many older brides feel uncomfortable wearing white. They tend to think white is reserved only for young brides. While that’s not really the case, you need to be comfortable on your big day. If you don’t feel comfortable in white, choose something else.
- This isn’t your first jaunt down the aisle. Traditional ball gown-style white wedding dresses are perfect for a first wedding, but may seem tacky if you’ve been down the aisle before. In this case, you could either choose a more demure white wedding dress, or go with a different color entirely.
- You’ve got a beach wedding. If you’re getting married in the tropics, a traditional wedding dress will be way to big and heavy in the heat. Use this opportunity to choose a different dress in a tropical color like yellow or teal.
- You’re having a costume wedding. Costume weddings are a fun way to hold a wedding to remember. Not only do you get to dress up in costume, but so do your guests. A Halloween wedding could have you dressed like the Bride of Frankenstein. Or a Star Wars wedding could have you walking down the aisle as Princess Leia in a gold bikini. Go all out for your themed costume wedding!
- You’re keeping it casual. Some people prefer casual, small affairs for their big day. If that’s you, you could wear just about anything to your wedding. Your favorite little black dress? Jeans and a flowery top? A bathing suit? There’s no wrong answer when it comes to your special day.
- You’re eloping. Grab your favorite dress from your closet and make a run for it!
- You want to make an entrance. If you like to shock people, choose a different dress color and keep it a secret from your guests. When you step down the aisle in a bright blue dress, no one will forget it.
- You hate white. Not everybody likes white. If the thought of a white frock makes you gag, keep it out of your wedding plans.
May 29th, 2012
It’s become a cliche for brides to clad their bridesmaids in the epitome of a hideous dress. Ruffles, shoulder pads and gag-inducing colors were never too much when it came to the big day. (We’ve all seen Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses!)
After all, the bride should be the one to shine, right?
Bridesmaids are screaming out a collective “No!” Can you hear it? While a wedding is certainly the bride’s big day, that doesn’t mean the bridesmaids have to precede her down the aisle looking like a gang of carnival folk.
If you’re getting married and you’re leaning toward going the “ugly dress” route, think about the reasons why that may be a bad idea.
- You don’t trust your own opinion. Maybe you aren’t super fashionable. Leave the picking up to those who know their empire waist from their lace trim.
- You want magazine-worthy wedding photos. An ugly dress can ruin any picture.
- You want to be one of those cool brides. You know the ones. They’re relaxed, at ease and so chic. A bride like that would never let her friends dress in ugly gowns.
- You laugh in the face of tradition. Just like bad food and baby’s breath, ugly bridesmaid dresses are a tradition best left in the twentieth century.
- You don’t want to be a bridezilla. Stop the reign of terror before it starts.
- You want to keep your friends. Good friends are hard to find, after all.
- You don’t want it to happen to you. One of these girls is going to put you in her wedding. Don’t you forget it.
May 15th, 2012
Amazing Under the Stars gala night at Maroma Beach! Rustic wooden structure, stars, furniture, dance floor, lighting and flowers by Planner 1 Events.
May 15th, 2012
So proud of being part of this gorgeous production at Xcaret! Love this Hacienda ambience. Lighting, furniture, linens, candles and flowers by Planner 1 Events.
May 15th, 2012
May 11th, 2012
A vintage wedding dress make a beautiful, unique style statement but there are also some practical reasons why ‘something old’ is the choice for an increasing number of new brides. Read on to find out how to source a vintage dress and what you need to think about before you buy.
Choosing an Era
“Unless you already have a clear idea of what era or style suits you, try on a selection of different dresses. This will give you a better idea of shape and the look you want to create,” says Charlie Brear from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company(opens in a new window). “For example, if you want a sleek and glamorous look, you may want to go for a 30s or 40s style, or for a more relaxed, intimatewedding, short 50s styles are increasingly popular.”
“The key advantage is no one else will have your wedding dressas they are unique one-off pieces. Another huge bonus is, as it has already been made, you can potentially wear your gown as soon as you’ve bought it,” says Brear. (Remember that complex alterations can take around three months.)
Another advantage is that vintage dresses are often made from exquisite, natural fabrics, such as raw silk, or retro materials, such as rayon. If you were to buy a new dress made from fabric of equivalent quality, you’ll probably pay much more for the final product.