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Celebrity Style Wedding on a Budget

Have you always dreamed of an elaborate wedding reception, but have become content with a simple reception to save money and/or time? Well, you shouldn’t give up on your dreams. Your wedding is a special day and you don’t want to have to look back wishing you had done things differently. It is in your best interest to create the wedding that will be most memorable and happy for you. Despite widespread notions, having a celebrity-style wedding reception doesn’t have to mean cleaning out your bank account. By using some unconventional resources you can have the wedding reception to rival those of celebrities, but without the high cost.

Get Organized

Before you can actually start putting your celebrity-style wedding reception together, you need to get yourself organized. Think about what you want. At this stage, don’t worry about how much things will cost. When you get to the shopping stage you will be able to determine what is feasible or not. The main items you should include on your list are wedding venue, decorations, food and drink, placecards, centerpieces, and music.

Enlist the Troops

If you want to save money on your wedding reception-skip hiring a professional. These individuals are typically highly skilled in what they do and their fees prove it! Your best bet is to find people who are willing to help you for free. You shouldn’t have look further than your family and friends. Enlist the services of as many people as you can. This includes children. Children can be especially helpful with repetitive crafts, so include them in your wedding reception plans. Don’t wait until the last minute to solicit assistance. Let people know way in advance that you will need them to help you with your wedding reception.

Time to Shop

With your list of wedding reception ideas in hand, it is time to start shopping. The venue for your wedding reception will probably be the most expensive part of the reception. Cheap alternatives that don’t look cheap include restaurants and church halls. If you choose to have your wedding reception at a restaurant, make sure that you can use your own flatware, plates, and glasses. You can purchase elegant versions of these at discount shops for less than $100, depending on the number of guests you invite. Simplify food at your wedding reception by having three choices from which your guests can choose when they RSVP to your invitation. Caters charge less when you order by the plate. As an added touch you can place a delicious assortment of divinity on each table. For your centerpieces and decorations, hobby shops offer the best prices. You can find design ideas that you can create you and your troops can create for very little. Placecards aren’t a necessity, but if you have assigned people at tables, placecards will help people to find their table. You can create your own wedding reception placecards by purchasing an inexpensive greeting card software program and elegant paper. You will need an inkjet printer to print the cards. Unless you know someone who will offer you a cheap price for wedding reception music, skip the DJ and the live band. Creating a few CDs of various popular love songs is a less expensive choice.

A wedding dinner with the wedding party (bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents) just before the wedding ceremony is traditional. It is a good idea to either invite your wedding reception helpers to this dinner or to a separate fun event. At this event you should show your appreciation for helping make your wedding reception the best ever!

Creating the Ultimate Wedding Invitations

One of the first things that the bride and groom do when beginning to plan their dream wedding is to set a budget. This budget will likely be a nice round number that must include all of the necessary wedding expenses. Then, the budget is broken down into individual elements. One of the most important things the bride and groom will need to purchase is the wedding invitations. This is going to set the tone for their entire wedding day and showcase this to their guests. If the budget allows, then spare no expense when it comes to wedding invitations!

Wedding invitations have a broad range of quality as well as an innumerable number of designs to fit any wedding theme. When sparing no expense, the bride and groom should look for a high quality cardstock as well as a high quality printing method. This will ensure that the wedding invitations look as expensive as they are. Most importantly, these should continue with the theme of the wedding. All wedding invitations, regardless of cost need to include all of the crucial information that guests need. This includes the names of the bride and groom, day, date, time, and location of the ceremony as well as the reception information if it is different than that of the ceremony.

In addition to the wedding invitations, the bride and groom will need to include reply cards. This is how the guests relay whether they will be attending the wedding or not. These reply cards should be the same cardstock, printing method, and match with the design of the wedding invitations. The reply card should include a space for the guest to include their names, whether they are attending the wedding or not, how many people will be attending, and their meal selection if one is offered. The reply cards should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the guest to return. The reply card is almost as essential as the wedding invitations. 

There are several special extras that can be added to the wedding invitations that will make them even more elegant. While the bride and groom are sparing no expense, these extras should always be included. Envelopes are made even more beautiful when they include liners that match the colour scheme of the wedding. The liners should be included on the invitation envelope as well as the reply card envelope. Another consideration for the bride and groom is to have their return address printed on the envelopes. This will save them a lot of time from having to do it themselves and costs less than having a calligrapher do it. Finally, the bride and groom can include a tissue paper overlay to sit upon the top of the wedding invitations. 

The wedding invitations are one of the most important decisions that the bride and groom need to make. When they are willing to pay that little bit extra and spare no expense, these are the choices they should make. This will ensure that their wedding invitations are as beautiful as their wedding day will be!

How to Chose a Perfect Destination Wedding Venue


You have found an excellent groom and bought that superb dress. You’re anticipating a flawless wedding. You now desire the perfect wedding venue. Choose wisely when finding a wedding venue. It is, after all, where you will share lasting memories with friends and relatives.


Here are some wonderful ideas for that perfect wedding venue. 


Trust your intuition.

When you arrive at a certain venue you will automatically have a certain reaction towards it. Trusting your instinct is important. If you have a good feeling about the venue then that’s a good start.You will know if a particular venue is right for you or not. You should not however leave out the logical choices in choosing a wedding venue. It will have to feel right because you and the man you love will exchange vows here.

Pace yourself.

Don’t go rushing into choosing the perfect wedding venue. Having a wedding is one of the most important events in your life so you will want to make a wise decision. Try to start looking for a venue about a year before the wedding date if possible. You will then have enough time to make good decisions and alter the venue if something happens.

Think about the size.

The venue size is vitally important in your decision. Pick a venue that is too tiny and it will be awkward and annoying. The wedding will loose its intimacy if the venue is too large. The number of guests will dictate the the size. You will need a rough idea of how many guests you will plan on inviting before looking for your wedding venue. Try to be as accurate as possible. Don’t just say I want to invite from 200 to 500 guests. Such a large difference in the number of guest would affect venue size.Remember to leave enough space for the dance area. The more guests you have, the bigger space you need to designate for the dance area. 

Review the parking area.

Many people who have attended weddings complain of limited parking space. Make sure your choice of wedding venue has generous space for all of your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration but it could be the key between a satisfied guest and a frustrated one.

Find out if there are any restrictions for the venue.

There might be some type of noise restriction which would hinder your decision to hire a band and have a loud sound system. There are time restrictions on some venues while others let you have a great time all night long. There are even some with restrictions on decorations.

Ascertain whether the venue would allow you to bring your own florist, caterer, decorator, etc because some might have specific professionals and contractors they would like you to use. 

Create a diagram of your wedding.

Have a setup on paper or your mind before choosing a wedding venue. You have to know where each of the following will be located: reception area, dining area, and seating for guests, etc. Then review whether your venue fits the setup you have in mind.

How to Have a Memorable Destination Wedding

Ah, the wedding. It is one of the most joyous, and torturous, events you will ever face. It absolutely amazes me what we humans put ourselves through just to create that perfect celebration of “love”. The planning of a typical wedding is very difficult. I should know because I am planning my own right now! 

There is so much that needs to be done and there never seems to be enough time. I have talked with literally hundreds of people who have gone through the planning of a wedding and I have found that it’s the little things that cause all the stress. It’s easy to plan for the obvious, but the minute details can drive you insane! 

One of the most overlooked details of a wedding is what I think one of the most important details. It is making your wedding special for your guests. You see, it’s easy to forget that the wedding is not just for you and your future spouse. It’s also for everyone who attends your wedding. It’s very important you don’t forget about all the people who are special to you and who will be traveling from all over to be with you on your special day. 

Picture this….the lights dim. A hush falls over the crowd. A slideshow video starts playing on the screen at the front of the room and it tells a story. What is this story, you ask? It’s a love story! It is the story of you. It is the story of your future partner. It is the story of both of you. It is pictures of you both from birth to present, arranged with text, your special music, and just about anything you want to use to entertain your guests. It will leave your guests with a smile on their faces and tears in their eyes! 

Most engaged couples I have spoken with love the idea of having a slideshow video in their wedding. The problem is that they think it’s either very difficult or incredibly expensive. Neither of those assumptions is correct. It’s actually very easy to have one made. As matter of fact there are several companies online that will make a video for you. Obviously I’m biased because I think our company is the best but I will give you some things to look for when shopping for a slideshow video production company. 

Price. You have to be very careful here. Many companies advertise great prices, but they don’t tell you about all the hidden costs. For example, Company “X” may say that they only charge $99.00 for a video. But if you read the fine print they charge an additional $2.00 per photo for scanning and another $1.00 for each picture enhancement. Once the video is complete, they will charge you another $50.00 just to preview it. So this $99.00 video just turned into a $500.00 video. 

Previewing. Most places will not let you preview the video or, if they do allow it, they will charge extra to preview it. It’s absolutely critical that you preview any slideshow video before you buy it. Previewing the slideshow video allows you to make sure you like all the titling, screen transitions and photo arrangement. You want the video to be exactly the way you want it. 

Montage. Montage videos are what I refer to as “a tech heads video dream.” They involve constant panning back and forth and zooming in and out. They also feature fancy looking screen transitions where the pictures will do flips and spins and all sorts of other “cool” things. Now, these montages may look “high tech” but they are completely inappropriate for a wedding. A wedding slideshow video needs to be classy and tasteful. It doesn’t need spins and twist, flips and twirls. It needs to have clean, smooth transitions. They need to flow from one picture to the next with elegance and grace. 

Remember, you want your wedding to be special. You want your guests to remember your wedding with fondness. You want it to be an unforgettable experience. What better way than with a slideshow video that features your life up to that point! I hope your wedding is the best that has ever occurred. (Besides mine, that is!) I hope you decide to engage your guests by showing a beautiful, romantic slideshow video at the beginning of your ceremony. May you have the best of weddings and don’t forget to have fun!