Budgets for a Bride

14 Apr

Breaking Down Budgets for a Bride

As the nation continues to recover from recent economic stress, some areas of spending are on the rise. Many Americans are enjoying more secure and stable jobs with better income and long-term financial stability. In turn, experts say wedding expenses and spending headed back up. 2008 saw record levels for bridal budgets with many couples reportedly spending almost $30,000 on average.

However, some frugal couples are bucking the trend and prefer to tie the knot over more modest measures. There are a number of things couples can do and areas where shortcuts to spending can be created in order to ensure the overall cost remains low. Two main budget breakers include:

1) The Venue: Consider booking your wedding during an off-season or booking far in advance in order to secure a better rate. A lot of couples are opting to host their own wedding at a venue that means a lot to the family (ie: a family farm) or is conveniently located for travel. If you spend a little more on decorations or recruit friends to help, any venue can help make the day memorable.
2) The Food: Experts say you should expect to spend one third of your budget on food. This expense may be included in the venue cost, but by keeping them separate, there is money to be saved. Don’t forget to consider the cost of the cake!

In the end, brides that choose to have a modest budget under $10,000 will have to make some important decisions regarding where to cut costs. In many cases, the biggest splurge will be on the dress, but even in those cases, some women are choosing to wear modified family heirlooms.

Wedding Photographer Blunders

14 Apr

Wedding Photographer Blunders

It’s a day every woman has dreamed about since she was a little girl. For many couples, the most important part of their wedding is preserving the memories for a lifetime and beyond. Choosing the photographer to capture your big day in photos is often as important as choosing the flavor of wedding cake. Whoever you decide to trust with this tremendous responsibility, let’s hope they avoid these common and catastrophic photography blunders.

1) Don’t dance: Great wedding photographers should be neither seen nor heard. Don’t distract from the guests and let them have center stage. Simply stay in the background and make sure Aunt Marie’s Macarena is suitably caught on film.

2) Don’t share technical problems: It doesn’t matter if this is your third wedding or your three hundredth wedding, take care of minor and major malfunctions quickly and quietly. Letting the bride (or, heaven forbid, mother of the bride) know there is a glitch will only add to the stress and worry of what can already be a stressful day. Just fix it as soon as possible.

3) Don’t relax too much: This includes drinking alcohol or taking off your shoes. You are getting paid to do what you love to do. Don’t let the quality of the photos dramatically slide downhill as the evening goes on. Make sure you wear shoes that can keep you on your feet all day and night.

Some people believe the person entrusted with documenting this once-in-a-lifetime event has a job as important as the figurehead performing the nuptials. Take the time to research a great photographer that you know will see things the way you do.

Wedding Tent Ideas

14 Apr

Wedding Tent Ideas

Outdoor weddings have been popular for years, but many brides-to-be remain concerned about bad weather putting a damper on their special day. If you’re planning on saying your vows outdoors but don’t want to take any chances, one of the best ways to ensure you’re not rained out is to set up tents to cover your guests and keep them dry.

There are many creative ways to make a stylish statement. Choose something simple like white linen for a contemporary look or go with a unique theme such as bamboo with Chinese lanterns.

You can choose between a pole or frame tent. Pole tents are for use on grass and typically have a more elegant appearance with higher peaks. The interior poles can be covered with smooth draping to soften the look. Frame tents are free standing but can be placed on any sort of structure such as asphalt or even a rooftop. There are no poles coming down from the center, and any aluminum poles holding up the material can be covered for aesthetic reasons. Frame tents tend to be a little more costly due to the time it takes to set up.

Consider the theme of your wedding when deciding on décor for the interior of your tent. Choices will include large tables that seat dozens of guests or smaller, more intimate tables that seat 4-6 guests each. For evening weddings, candles add a romantic feel, and some tents are able to support hanging chandeliers for additional soft lighting.

Some brides choose tents large enough to have a dance floor in the center and even a sitting area with couches and lounge chairs where guests can relax, mingle, and socialize with others.

Thanks to moon angel for the picture of a decorated wedding tent.

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12 Apr

Outdoor weddings have been popular for years, but many brides-to-be remain concerned about bad weather putting a damper on their special day. If you’re planning on saying your vows outdoors but don’t want to take any chances, one of the best ways to ensure you’re not rained out is to set up tents to cover …

It’s a day every woman has dreamed about since she was a little girl. For many couples, the most important part of their wedding is preserving the memories for a lifetime and beyond. Choosing the photographer to capture your big day in photos is often as important as choosing the flavor of wedding cake. Whoever …

As the nation continues to recover from recent economic stress, some areas of spending are on the rise. Many Americans are enjoying more secure and stable jobs with better income and long-term financial stability. In turn, experts say wedding expenses and spending headed back up. 2008 saw record levels for bridal budgets with many couples …