Wedding Planning Advice To Keep You Relaxed & Organized

Wedding Planning Advice
All the planning and decision making that go into pulling the gazillion aspects of your wedding into place can leave you stressed out beyond belief. The following pieces of wedding planning advice can help you stay relaxed, organized, and focused on the important aspects of your wedding.

Do whatever you need to do to unwind, relax and sleep well
Take your vitamins, exercise, and find effective emotional outlets for releasing the stress you feel. Remember your groom. Do fun things together and plan together.

Get and stay organized
Start early and document every decision made around your wedding day. It doesn’t matter if you keep records on line or in file folders or a paper bag. Find a system that works for you, implement it early on, and keep it current.

Determine your wedding priorities
Along with your bride- or groom-to-be, set and agree on priorities. Identify those key items that you both really want (and don’t want), and areas where you want to splurge and can under spend.

Be grateful for all that you have and for everything others are doing for you
You will get gifts, good wishes, and offers to help. Thank those who offer assistance whether you take them up on that offer or not. Because weddings are happy occasions, people feel good and want to help if they can. It’s nice to be a part of a positive and joyous event.

Remember your plan and stick with it
Yes, you’ll hear of a great idea or see something at someone else’s wedding that you’d like to adopt for yours, even though you may already have plans in place for your wedding. Be careful of over thinking or playing “one upmanship.” Is this new idea something you really want or makes sense for your wedding? What plans will you have to change or give up for it? Remember to plan your (and your fiance’s) wedding, not copy someone else.

And the best advice of all – let go of bridal guilt!
You can’t make everyone happy all the time. It’s not worth the worry and stress. Sometimes guilt is ok as it can help us acknowledge and deal with others’ feelings. But most of the time we are simply afraid of letting someone down or hurting someone’s feelings. Of course you should be aware of the feelings of others. But remember that on your wedding day, first and foremost, you are there to please yourself and your bride/groom as the two of you begin your new life together.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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3 Ways To Keep Your Wedding From Emptying Your Bank Account

Money-Saving Tips - 3 Ways To Keep Your Wedding From Emptying Your Bank Account

When it comes to the big purchases that you expect to make in your lifetime, there are few that spring to mind faster than your wedding day. With many weddings costing in the tens of thousands, many couples worry about how it’s going to affect their finances from the moment they start planning.

Which begs the question: does it have to be that way? Does a wedding have to be something that completely drains your bank account?

Of course not! The truth is that weddings have so many details and “moving parts” (ex. special decor, food, entertainment, photographers, etc.) a great deal of money is often spent. However, if you have a lower budget in mind, there are plenty of ways to help keep costs down for your big day. Here are 3 money-saving tips to help from emptying your bank account.

1. Keep things simple

One of the major things that causes weddings to be so expensive is when couples (and their parents) insist on inviting everyone – the co-workers, the second (and third) cousins they haven’t seen in years, the neighbor whose wedding they attended 5 years ago . . .

By keeping things simple and small with your wedding, you can save huge amounts of money. You don’t need to invite everyone you’ve ever known (the bigger the guest list, the bigger the price tag). Instead, just include the people that you really care about.

Another thing that can quickly cause a wedding budget to get out of hand is when couples go overboard on the endless details that they really don’t need.

Things like complex flower arrangements with imported flowers, an unusual venue, pricy favors, elaborate paper goods (such as menu cards and individual escort cards for each guest), and all kinds of decorations might be nice, but they don’t necessarily add to the specialness of your wedding when you get right down to it.

2. Try something different

Of course, if you want to get married without having to spend huge amounts of money then you could try something a bit different. Eloping is never going to be the most common or popular style of wedding but going away and having a quiet ceremony without too much fuss can be incredibly exciting as well as being easier on the wallet.

Think what you want about the stereotype around Vegas weddings, but places like the Little Church of the West offer lovely, intimate ceremonies that aren’t going to cost an arm and a leg. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone, but if you want a wedding that won’t be too expensive, then it’s at least worth considering.

3. Go the homemade route

Of course, if you really want lots of detailed decorations, food, and place settings, there is one thing that you can do instead of spending money on buying them or hiring someone to do them: make them yourself.

Taking a homemade route with your wedding can save you huge amounts of money. Just be careful that you aren’t planning on too many DIY wedding projects, which can end up making life more stressful and gives you a lot more work to do. Get your friends and family involved to help so that you’re not dealing with all of the work by yourself (you can “pay” them with a pizza lunch or dinner).

A lot of couples don’t like the idea of having to make compromises on their wedding plans because they feel like they won’t have a “real wedding” unless it has all of the bells and whistles. It’s important to remember that the most important part of any wedding is getting to promise yourself to the person you love most in this world. That’s what makes it a “real wedding.” As long as you have that, just about everything else is optional.

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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10 Easy (and Invisible) Money Saving Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

Planning a wedding requires more than just money. What gets remembered is creativity and the unusual that is meaningful to the couple.

We can help you plan a memorable event without putting dents in your budget. Here are some tried and true budget savers:

  1. Avoid peak season dates. Being married mid week instead of a weekend or in less popular months can save upwards of 20% off location costs.
  2. When you make adjustments to the guest list, make cuts in groups. For instance, if you are planning round tables that seat 8 or 10 guests, cut by that number or multiples of that number.
  3. Try to find a venue that hosts both ceremony and reception events in one place. Look for an all inclusive venue.
  4. Have a smaller wedding party (VIPs) – have two instead of six bridesmaids.
  5. Serve four appetizers instead of ten.
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  7. Have your photographer stop at a specific time. Tell him when the formalities are done and the party is underway rather than expect him to stay till the last guest turns out the light.
  8. Make a grand entrance or a grand exit but don’t pay a limo to stay for both.
  9. Consider earning extra cash to assist in paying for the wedding. Get a part time job, sell some items on EBay or Craig’s List. Don’t use plastic!!!!
  10. Save on postage by including a post card RSVP.
  11. Make choices based on your personal style – choose a cocktail party reception rather than hosting a sit down dinner.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Book Review – The Bride’s Money Book: How to Have a Champagne Wedding on a Ginger-Ale Budget by Pamela A. Piljac

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Book Review – The Bride’s Money Book: How To Have A Champagne Wedding On A Ginger Ale Budget by Pamela A. Piljac

As a wedding planner and designer I am always on the look out for helpful resources to add to my library to use assisting couples plan their own weddings. The Bride’s Money Book: How To Have A Champagne Wedding On A Ginger Ale Budget  presents some good and useful ideas.

The questions to ask service providers are definitely beneficial since each couple, whether or not on a strict budget, needs to be an informed shopper. The tips offered in the later chapters are useful as well as they give each bride and groom many cost saving ideas which they can choose from. Although these tips can often be found in other sources (bridal magazines, planners, web sites) it is convenient (and time saving) to have them all in one place.

There is no one way to have a ceremony and reception as the “Sample Weddings” section explained, however only one included the budget used, and it was over budget. Also, paying [their estimated expense] for dinner is NOT budget minded. It may have been helpful to know where Rachel and Mark’s reception was taking place, since typical weddings (and budgets) vary considerably from places like New York or Los Angeles to the Midwest.

I must disagree with the statement on page 7 which states, “people seldom use wedding consultants unless they are having a larger, more expensive wedding.” Many couples have smaller guest lists and lower budgets. Those with less money to spend can benefit from the assistance of a professional to ensure that their hard earned dollars are spent wisely, and that they get the most bang for their buck.

Overall The Bride’s Money Book: How To Have A Champagne Wedding On A Ginger Ale Budget is a helpful read for anyone (male or female) who is planning a wedding.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Top 10 Most Commonly Forgotten Wedding Items to Budget For

wedding budget Creating a wedding budget can be a daunting task – you’ve got to allocate funds for so many things, including flowers, music, your dress . . .

But there are several other items that have to be paid for. While they’re not really “hidden” costs, they can be easily overlooked until it’s time that you really need it.

The following are the most common items that all couples will have, but usually forget to include in their wedding budget.

Alterations
Your wedding gown will require some type of alterations, whether it’s a hem, a little nip at the waist, or adding straps to a strapless gown. Depending on how much is needed, this can easily cost you several hundred dollars.

Undergarments/Accessories
What goes underneath is (almost) as important the gown. Besides that beautiful dress, you’ll be wearing a veil, shoes, undergarments, shapewear, and jewelry.

Marriage License
Don’t forget to make it legal! Marriage licenses typically cost between $20 and $100, depending on where you’re getting married (see your state’s and county’s guidelines).

Postage
Make sure you carefully weigh your invitations with all of the enclosures. You won’t want them coming back to you with postage due (or end up putting on too much postage ans wasting money). Also keep in mind that square or over-sized invitations will require extra postage regardless of how much they weigh. You’ll also need stamps for your save-the-dates, RSVP cards, and thank-you notes.

Wedding Day Meals
You’ve got a fabulous dinner picked out. Don’t forget you and your bridal party have to eat the rest of the day too. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Bagels and a fruit tray is perfect for breakfast, and a platter of sandwiches makes a great lunch.

Meals for your Vendors
Your vendors will be easily with you on your wedding day for 8 -12 hours, and unlike other jobs, we cannot leave to take a lunch break. We need to re-fuel so to speak, so we can be able to give you our best. Your vendors (photographer, videographer, coordinator, dj or band members) don’t have to be fed the same meal that you are providing for your guests. Most caterers offer vendor meals.

Counting Yourselves in the Final Head Count
When you’re counting up those “Yes” RSVPs, it’s too easy for forget to count yourselves (or your parents if they are issuing the invitations). You’re gonna want to eat too, so remember to add yourselves to the final head count.

Sales Tax/Service Charges
When you’re looking at that catering menu, the listed prices do not include the service charges or sales taxes. Service charges can vary anywhere from 18% to 22% of your catering bill, which can be a quite significant “extra” if it wasn’t figured into the budget in the first place.

Day-of Coordinator
So many times brides don’t hire a day-of coordinator because they didn’t include one in their budget, but after the wedding day they wish they would have had someone there to take care of all the little details for them.

Your wedding day should be the one day where you, your fiancé, your mom, and your BFFs (eg. your bridesmaids) should only have to think about enjoying yourselves, and NOT on worrying about if deliveries have been made, and things are set up the right way, and the everything flows smoothly.

Overtime
When your reception is in full party mode and you want to go over the scheduled end time, or if you got a late start and are running behind) overtime charges will incur. Remember this goes not only for your venue, but for your photographer, videographer, dj/band, and day-of coordinator. Not only will they require overtime fees, these fees will most likely need to be paid that night.

Add a Miscellaneous category to your budget and allocate 10% of your wedding funds to it. You can use these funds for any forgotten items or last minute must-haves.

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Jean

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Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 4

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #4 – Budget

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4. Set a workable budget

Stay away from budgets that are little more than an “expense report.” I’m sure you’ve seen the kind — you to enter your “estimated” budget and your “actual amount spent.” This is really nothing more than a tally of receipts instead of a true budget.

With no – or an incorrect type of – budget, it will be too easy for your wedding expenses to get out of hand and you end up paying more that what you wanted to, or what you could afford.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 1

Before you make any purchases or put down any deposits determine a feasible budget. Start out with knowing how much you’ll have to spend on your entire wedding. This can include money you and your fiancé can comfortable take from savings, how much you’ll be setting aside from your paychecks, as well as money that either your parents or his parents (or anyone else) may contribute.

Once you’ve got this dollar amount, divide it up by percentages based on national average. (Example, the reception is typically 33%-50% of the total budget, transportation 2%, invitations/wedding stationery 4% . . .). This will be your starting point.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 7

Next, grab your priorities list (remember Tip #2?) and determine where to make adjustments.

Maybe having lots of gorgeous flowers at the top of your list, but special transportation at the bottom. Then move the amount you’ve have allocated for transportation up to your floral category. Or perhaps you’ve been dreaming about hiring a great band, but although you want the food to be good, it doesn’t have to be too fancy. Then shave off a bit from your reception category and add it to entertainment.

This will help you to know where to splurge and where to save. Spend your money on what’s important to you and cut backless on what’s not so important. Then if you come in under budget in a category you can reallocate the difference elsewhere, and if you go over budget it will be by choice, not by accident.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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