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12/07/2014

Simple ways to save on your wedding

According to a 2012 report in Brides magazine, the average American couple spends just under $27,000 on their wedding.

While many couples find the cost of a wedding is well worth it, others would like to find ways to save so their big day isn't a budget-buster. Such savings aren't always easy to come by, especially for couples with a very distinctive picture in mind of what their wedding should be. However, even couples strongly committed to a certain wedding style might change their minds once they realize how much such a dream wedding will cost. For those couples as well as couples who simply want to save some money, the following are a few ideas to avoid busting your budget without venturing too far from your dream wedding.

* Trim the guest list. The guest list is perhaps the easiest place to begin saving money. Many reception halls will charge by the head, so consider if you really need to invite 150 guests or if 100 will do. When putting together the guest list, remove those candidates who would best be described as acquaintances. This can include coworkers with whom you don't socialize, as well as old college friends to whom you rarely speak. Distant cousins you haven't spoken to in years can also be cut from the list.

* Don't go overboard on the gown. Styles are ever-changing, so there's a strong chance brides won't be passing down their wedding gowns to their own daughters someday. What's popular now will likely seem outdated by the time your daughter walks down the aisle. Keep this in mind when shopping for a wedding dress, which can be made in the same design as the one you try on but with cheaper fabrics that are a fraction of the cost.

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* Get hitched in the off-season. Many couples prefer to get married sometime between the months of May through October. During these months, venues and vendors, including limousine services, caterers, photographers, musicians, and deejays, are more expensive. If you are willing to switch your wedding date to the off-season you can save a substantial amount of money. In addition, you likely won't face as much competition for the best venues and vendors as you will during the peak wedding season.

* Trim your beverage budget. The bar tab at the end of the reception can be considerable, but there are ways to save money while ensuring your guests can still toast you and yours with a few libations. Rather than offering a full bar, limit the choices to beer and wine, which will be perfectly acceptable to most guests anyway. In addition, rather than paying the caterer for the wine, buy your own and you'll save a considerable amount of money. You may have to pay the caterer a fee to pour the wine, but that fee is negligible compared to what you'd pay the company to provide the wine.

* Choose a buffet-style dinner over waiter service. Many guests will no doubt prefer a buffet-style dinner instead of waiter service, so take advantage of that and choose a more affordable buffet-style dinner that allows diners to choose their own entrees and side dishes.

When it comes to trimming wedding costs, couples will have to make compromises. But those compromises don't have to come at the cost of a beautiful and memorable event.

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10/07/2014

How to Throw a Drama-Free Bridal Shower

Being chosen as a bridesmaid is a real honor, but the pressure to throw your newly-hitched BFF, sister, cousin or special person in your life a memorable bridal shower can be the source of a lot of stress. Between dealing with the various personalities amongst the bridal party, planning logistics and trying to make everything perfect for the bride-to-be, it can be very overwhelming. To help you throw a drama-free and FUN shower, we've gathered some dos and don't from wedding experts that will have you planning a shower so awesome that you might land yourself a new career!

Bridal Shower Planning Dos

Discuss a budget and timeline. At the very beginning of the planning process, it's vital to discuss a budget and a timeline with everyone involved. When everything is agreed upon beforehand, it will avoid unnecessary awkwardness and potential embarrassment down the line for some friends who might be on a tighter budget.

Be mindful of the kind of bride for whom the shower is being thrown. Some people might be more particular about themes, locations and whether or not they want to open presents in front of their guests, says Nikki Haritatos, designer and event planner for Serendipity Garden Estate.

"Unless the bride you're coordinating for loves surprises and is up for anything, run your ideas by her and get her thumb's up before proceeding," advises Haritatos.

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Also consider her celebration style: A more adventurous bride might love an activity that gets the blood pumping like kayaking or a BBQ on the beach, while a more low-key or traditional bride might just want family and friends to hang out and sip sangria. But don't have too many activities, stresses Haritatos. "You don't want the party to feel rushed or have the guests feel like they need to keep to a fast-paced schedule."

Choose a venue that has some "built-in"activities. "Pick a venue such as a paint-your-own pottery place, an art gallery, or a bakery that offers baking or cake decorating classes for private parties," suggests Haritatos. "It saves you some time from brainstorming activities yourself!

Aviva Samuels, a Florida wedding designer and destination-wedding planner of Kiss the Planner, proposes letting the environment dictate the theme. "You can choose the great outdoors, such as a beach BBQ volleyball party or a casual Sunday brunch with a waffle station and Bloody Mary bar in the comfort of your living room," she says.

Make gift-giving easy for guests. "Make the gift giving process easy for your guests by sharing the couple's registry," advises Jessica Chao, Marketing Manager at Bloominous, a start-up that provides easy and affordable DIY floral kits for weddings and events. This will eliminate any potential tension that might result from people not knowing what to get, or two people purchasing the same gift.

Brides: Send thank you notes! Katherine Ford of Paisley Events reminds us of this often forgotten etiquette: "Send thank you notes to all shower guests, especially your host or hostess! Don't forget to write thank you notes to guests who couldn't attend but sent a gift."

Bridal Shower Planning Don'ts

Brides: Don't host your own shower! A bride should never host her own shower, according to Chao. "You have enough to worry about, so enjoy and let your BFFs do the work," she says. Instead, delegate tasks to your bridesmaids and family members who agree to help out to allow for "minimal stress and maximum efficiency" -- exactly what you need during this hectic time.

Ford adds that brides shouldn't try to convince anyone to host their shower, simply because it's rude to ask for such a potentially expensive and time-consuming favor. "Just trust that someone will host it for you and relax!" encourages Ford.

Don't invite guests who aren't invited to the wedding. While Chao recognizes that this may seem obvious, she warns that it "often happens when the bride isn't planning!"

Don't take on major home improvement projects if you're hosting at your house Sharon Kent, a homemaker from Fairfield County, Connecticut recounts a girlfriend's almost-horror story: "My friend hosted her daughter's bridal shower. A month before it, she decided to expand her home's deck and have the party out there. However, the deck wasn't even close to being finished a week before the shower! The possibility of the deck not being done in time added to the stress of hosting a bridal shower for over forty women!"

Don't rule out having a co-ed shower. "Today it's perfectly acceptable to invite couples or single guys to a bridal shower too," says Samuels. If you're at all concerned with the drama that sometimes seems to fester in some female-only groups, consider inviting significant others to keep things light.

Bridal Shower Planning Resources

There are countless websites devoted to everything bridal shower related, but The Knot is a crowd favorite.

Another resource is this link on Bridal Guide's website which focuses on activities and décor that were done by real people -- so they're actually doable, unlike some Pinterest posts that seem just too good to be true.

In addition, there are several apps you can download to help certain components of the shower. Some of our favorites include Food52, a3.99 app which provides video cooking tutorials for hundreds of recipes plus "extensive event planning guidance;" a free app called Hello Vino, as well as Pro Party Planner, which allows you to do everything from delegate tasks to guests, create seating charts and even turn on notifications that alert party-planners of upcoming to-dos for about5.

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08/07/2014

JOHN MULANEY’S WEDDING WILL GIVE YOU MORE FOMO THAN TAYLOR SWIFT’S PARTY EVER COULD

If you could’ve attended any celebrity happening on Fourth of July Weekend, it would’ve been Taylor Swift’s fantasy friend bash, right? Well, think again. John Mulaney got married on Saturday and completely usurped Swiftie’s status as July’s most enviable party thrower. The stand-up, SNL writer, and Mulaney creator wedded makeup artist Annamarie Tendler on July 5 in a Catskill ceremony that was likely the stuff of Pinterest wet dreams. Sorry, Swiftie. We’re gonna have to give the award to Mulaney for “party I’m super disappointed that I didn’t get invited to this weekend.” Jessica Simpson’s wedding gets honorable mention.

Sure, attending a wedding over a celebration of youth and freedom may sound like a one-way ticket to lame town. But this was no ordinary wedding. It was a dream comedy wedding between two adorable humans. The Tendler-Mulaney wedding is basically the kind of event that makes me wanna hang up my cynical spurs and celebrate true love and happiness. I mean, check out their amazingly cute and hilarious wedding invite. How could you not want to be their token single friend?

However, for those of you who are not entirely convinced, we’ve broken down all the elements of the Tendler-Mulaney wedding as compared to Taylor Swift’s weekend-long party. Prepare yourself for the FOMO fallout.

CELEB GUESTS

According to Page Six, some of the most notable guests at Mulaney’s nuptials included Amy Poehler and fellow comedian/boyfriend Nick Kroll, Seth Myers, and Nasim Pedrad. Just imagine the banter at your table. Furthermore, we know that Bill Hader, with whom Mulaney co-created Stephan,* was in attendance and pulled the kind of endearing shenanigans you’d expect at a funny person wedding.

Taylor Swift’s guest list was tempting: Emma Stone, Lena Dunham, Jessica Szohr and Jamie King would have been interesting to play a round of “Never Have I Ever” with. Still, dancing the cha-cha slide with Amy Poehler wins hands down.

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ATTIRE

On the Tendler-Mulaney wedding website — Oh yeah, that exists. Please, feast your eyes — the attire is listed as “glamorous.” We also got a glimpse of Tendler’s gorgeous wedding dress in an Instagram pic posted on July 5. It’s a gauzy vision of ethereal perfection.

Swift’s bash was casual. Guests wore bathing suits and beach gear. Just saying, professionally fit people in bikinis is something I would rather not spend my weekend around. I’d much rather be fancy.

VENUE

The happy couple tied the knot at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York. Check out the view from the landing of this Catskill lodge. It’s worthy of a swoon or two.

Swift’s estate in Rhode Island is certainly nothing to shake a stick at. I also must confess, the cat company looks delightful.

FOOD

Few culinary experiences top a great wedding cocktail hour. The truly exemplary spreads are like heavenly cafeterias of prime rib, crab cakes, pasta salad, and booze! Who doesn’t love that? Like an expert stalker, I checked out the cocktail hour options at Mulaney’s reception spot. Offerings include: mac n’cheese pops, citrus poached jumbo shrimp, Bloody Marys, crab cakes, and mini ham and cheese sandwiches. I’d Ron Swanson that spread.

Swift made apple pie with a heart embossed into the crust, and baked an American flag cake that she really wanted Ina Garten to know about. I love sweets, but one cannot live on pictures of adorable baked goods alone.

I mean, she had a lot of friends over. Is this cake even big enough for everyone in the family portrait?

So, while Swift’s bash is a worthy contender, John Mulaney’s wedding wins hands-down as the FOMO event of Fourth of July weekend. But overall, we can all easily agree that famous people can’t help themselves. Their lives are dope, they do dope shit, and they have fun parties.

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