One of the biggest and most important events you will ever plan.
Make it a day to remember!
The cost of a wedding ranges from just a couple thousand dollars to the expense of more than purchasing a new car.
Hiring a wedding planner or thinking of doing a lot of DIY wedding day projects? - No matter what your wedding budget may be, we have helpful tips and easy ideas.
Direct your potential photographer's attention to the websites where you find ideas and poses you'd like to imitate.
Find out if your photographer is willing to "think outside the box" with you and give these ideas a try.
Be sure to look at previous work your potential photographer has done. Ask for their portfolio and view it with an eye thinking of your own big day.
8 things you need to know about writing thank you notes for all those gifts you're going to be receiving:
Don't wait! Prompt = polite. Gifts received before the wedding should be acknowledged within 2 weeks and for those that come afterward, be sure to send thank you's no more than 1 month later. People remember if they don't receive a note of appreciation from you and the longer you wait to write, you convey in their minds the thought of their gift to you not being valued enough to merit a prompt thank you.
Each of you should be involved in writing. You could sit down together - one person writes and you both come up with what to say. Or you could divide up your thank you's and each write your respective relatives and friends.
Stick to real stationary. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it does need to be real paper mailed with a stamp. A phone call, text, e-mail, IM shout-out, Facebook update or tweet are never appropriate for wedding gift thank you's!
Be specific. Always explain how you plan to use the present. It makes the thank you more personal and shows you took time to put thought into expressing appreciation. An example of this would be, "We can't wait to make delicious homemade ice cream in the ice cream maker you got for us."
Got cash? Be sure to keep it classy. You can use phrases thanking the giver for the "generous gift" and then mention your plans for it. Depending on the amount, something along the line of: "We're putting it towards a car" or "We were able to buy the kitchen blender we'd been wanting". Never mention the amount of money though.
Make it personal. Add specifics like how excited you were to see your friend at the wedding and appreciated them making the trip to be part your big day.
Group gift's don't mean group thank you's. If multiple pals from different families went in together on the cost of a gift for you, then each person deserves their own personal note of thanks.
Skip the photo cards. Sending and sharing photographs from your wedding day is a nice thing to do, but custom cards with your wedding pictures on them can really hold up the process. Remember, prompt is polite and means a lot when it comes to getting those notes of appreciation sent out.
MONEY SAVING FLOWER TIP: You can reuse the flowers from the ceremony in your reception. Most florists will design arrangements that serve more than one purpose. For instance, the bridesmaids' bouquets can be dropped into vases set along the length of a banquet table at the reception or used to decorate the bridal party table, setting a bouquet in front of each couple. A cascading arrangement from the stage can be used to decorate the guest book table. This is a great way to not let your beautiful flowers go to waste and to save some money.
A FEW MORE MONEY SAVING PLANNING IDEAS:
Shorten the wedding planning timeline.....This will help keep things simple.
Consider renting or borrowing a dress.....You only wear it once anyway.
Make it a daytime reception.....It’s always cheaper to serve lunch,
brunch or hors d'oeuvres.
Make some items do double duty.....Save the cost of printed place cards, add guests’ names to the favors & set one at each place.
Looking for wedding rings? When shopping for wedding rings, it's easy to be swayed by heightened emotions, idealized examples from movies and the marketing of the diamond industry. Under such pressures, you might end up with wedding rings that aren't right for you.
Save time, stay organized and enjoy these free tools!
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