How To Plan a Wedding On A Tight Budget

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According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding is over $30,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on one day of celebrations—but luckily, you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars in order to plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Follow these tips to stick within your budget while planning your big day:

Visit a sample sale

A wedding dress can account for a large percentage of your budget if you’re not careful. To save on this expense, don’t just buy a dress from a local boutique. Instead, research sample sales in your area so you can get a better deal on your wedding dress. Most bridal shops will have sample sales at the end of each season so they can quickly get rid of dress samples and make room for new inventory. Wait patiently for one of these sample sales and you may be able to save hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars.

Narrow down your guest list

Each guest you invite to your wedding makes your big day more expensive. Why? You will have to pay for food, wedding favors, invitations, and programs for each guest, so if you cut back on the number of guests, you can greatly reduce the cost of your wedding. Make your wedding more intimate by only inviting close friends and family members. Go through each guest on the list and ask yourself whether he or she should be included. If you haven’t seen someone in a long time, or if someone is just an acquaintance, it’s best to leave him or her off of the list.

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Choose your flower arrangements wisely

Flowers can eat up a lot of your budget, but there are ways that you can decorate with beautiful blooms without going completely over budget . For example, instead of spending a lot of money on giant bouquets for your centerpieces, let a few blooms float in a bowl of water alongside floating candles. This is much less expensive than floral bouquets, but it looks just as romantic and elegant.

When choosing flowers, you should always ask what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Flowers that are not in season are much more expensive than those that are, so be sure to ask your florist for a list of seasonal flowers prior to making this decision.

Hold a “Stock the Bar” party

It can cost a pretty penny to serve your guests alcohol at your wedding, but not if you plan ahead. Many couples are choosing to host a “Stock the Bar” party in the weeks leading up to their wedding. At this party, guests are asked to bring their favorite wine, beer, or liquor that they want at the wedding. The couple will then save all of the alcohol that their guests bring to the party and use it to stock the bar at their wedding (hence the name). This is a great way to cut costs—and to make sure that your guests all have access to their favorite drink!

Skip the gifts

It’s tradition for the bride to buy her bridesmaids gifts and the groom to buy his groomsmen gifts. But, if you’re on a budget, you may not have the funds for this extra expense. Instead of buying gifts for your loved ones, write a meaningful thank you note that expresses how grateful you are to have them in your life. This will mean much more to them than a gift—and it’s far less expensive, too!

It doesn’t matter what your budget is—whether you have one hundred thousand, ten thousand, or even one thousand dollars, you can still make the wedding of your dreams a reality!

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Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time, she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.

Here Comes The Bride (and her best women)

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The rise and rise of the female wedding speech

You’ve whittled down the guest list, agonised over the perfect venue and schlepped across the Channel to pick up the Sauvignon Blanc. You’ve almost certainly fitted all this around a busy job and social life. And you’ve probably dipped into your own pocket to pay for your nuptials. So why on the big day itself should you remain silent in white satin while the men in your life get to do all the talking?

Ladies, it’s time to ping a spoon against your wine glass and stand tall in your stilettos. The  male-dominated microphone has had its day. More and more couples are throwing out the traditional rule book and creating their own set of speech makers.

And it’s not just the brides we can hear clearing their throats.

These days, it’s increasingly normal to see the mother of the bride or groom taking centre stage in a packed marquee. Or a witty chief bridesmaid getting the biggest laughs.

After all, the modern bride is hardly a blushing 20 year old. With an average age of 33.8, she’s accustomed to equality in her workplace and relationship. And nothing is going to induce her, or the best women in her life, to remain silent on the big day.

But before you march up to that podium and yank the microphone from a gushing groom, you may want to take a deep breath. The female speech is far from a stammer-free zone. Whether you’re the bride herself, or a key friend or relative, you only have one chance to get it right.

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Bride Speeches

You may be floating on happiness, adrenalin and a few too many glasses of Veuve Cliquot, but you’re still going to be pretty nervous. You probably haven’t slept. You’re likely to have spent all morning getting zipped into unfamiliar clothes and your new shoes are teeteringly high. On top of that, you’ve spent months planning every last detail of the day and possibly remortgaged your house to pay for it. Suffice to say, your emotions are running pretty high.

This is why you need to know your speech really well, so it can stand up to impromptu tears, laughter and loving asides. Apart from thanking the people you need to thank, sucking up to your new in-laws and waxing lyrical about your groom, you, of all the speakers, can tear up the rule book. While best man are conventionally funny, fathers adoring and grooms thankful, you are free to say exactly what you want. And nobody is going to stop you.

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Best Woman Speeches

Whether you’ve been asked to speak for your best female friend (the bride) or, more unusually, your best male friend (the groom), or whether you’re the proud sister of either, you are brilliantly placed to go down a storm. Best women are more unusual than best men, which means the wedding guests are likely to be more receptive – and, vitally, more forgiving. But it’s not just the novelty factor that makes you so popular. With a woman’s perspective and tone, you can bring fresh material to the classic name-and-shame best man’s speech. Be funny, but not at the expense of the bride or groom. Dig up some corkers from their past – but not if it’s going to upset the parents. And be nice. This is not all about the gags. Yes, you want people to congratulate you. But wedding audiences want the mushy stuff as well as the wit. You, more than anyone else at the wedding, are perfectly poised to roll out the pathos.

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Mother of the Bride or Groom Speech

Mothers and other female relatives are also keen to have a voice. And, like the brides and best women, they often have a freer rein. Mother of the bride speeches are getting increasingly common – and, again, they can often be real tear jerkers. This is your opportunity to tell the world (or the 90-odd wedding guests) just how wonderful your daughter is. See we told you it was easy! Just don’t talk for too long and remember to credit the man she’s marrying.

The mother of the groom has a trickier job. There’s nothing more terrifying than a new mother-in-law telling the bride how lucky she is to be marrying her amazing son – watch the film Monster-in-Law for a lesson in how not to behave. If, however, you manage to combine genuine love and affection for your son, with an emphasis on how lucky he is to be marrying such a fantastic woman, there won’t be a dry eye in the house (or marquee). It’s also a great opportunity to lay the foundation for a healthy mother/daughter-in-law relationship.

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Getting Your Speech Right

With the rule book in tatters, today’s nuptials are proof that the traditional wedding day can be tweaked and trimmed to suit the needs of a 21st-century couple. But just as no wedding, however modern, could be complete without flowers and champagne, no wedding speech comes without a healthy dose of nerves.

 

Lawrence Bernstein is the owner of www.greatspeechwriting.co.uk, a company dedicated to helping you write and deliver the perfect speech – whether it be for a professional or social occasion such as a wedding.

Images via Breathe Happiness /  Maharani Weddings / Wedding Ideas Mag / Meet The Burks

15 Top Tips for Planning a Dream Wedding On a Budget

Your wedding day should be the day of your dreams; whether bride or groom, you should make the most of this opportunity to be the centre of attention amongst your friends and family as your celebrate your love for one another. In today’s economic climate though, creating such a day is becoming increasingly more difficult as purse strings tighten and budgets are limited due to a lack of available funds. This scenario is not uncommon so if you find yourself in this position, don’t panic as help is at hand.

Detailed below are 15 tips for planning your dream wedding whilst always sticking to the pre-arranged budget you have set yourself:

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1. One Location, One Price

Attempt to hold your wedding ceremony and reception in the same venue or on the same estate as this will reduce the need for multiple bills as well as transport fees to get from one location to the other.

2. Compare, Compare, Compare

You will undoubtedly be viewing a number of different venues as options for your wedding day, so create a comparison chart that helps you keep track of the prices in addition to what each venue can offer. Once you have viewed all potential venues, you can then compare prices and see what you are getting for your money from each location.

3. Invest in Insurance Early

The importance of investing in wedding insurance early can’t be stressed enough as this will ensure that the investments you make, in many of the services associated with your wedding, are protected and should a problem arise, you won’t be hit financially.

4. Book a Weekday Wedding

Weddings at the weekend are renowned for being considerably more expensive than a wedding on a weekday, so if you want to save some money, why not book your big day for a Friday instead and see how much you could save?

5. Drinks Don’t Need to Be Free

There isn’t really a need to provide your guests with a free bar, which, if you do, can significantly eat into your budget. By all means provide wine and toasting champagne for the wedding breakfast, however for your evening reception, you will more than likely find that guests are more than happy to pay for their own drinks.

6. Book a DJ Not Band

Whilst the idea of a live band or singer sounds great for your evening reception, this is really an unnecessary expense as a DJ can play some great music throughout the night and can be anything up to half the price you’d pay for a live singer.

7. Downsize on the Cake

Traditional wedding cakes are usually tiered and very intricately designed, and as such come with a bigger price tag. Consider downsizing your wedding cake to something slightly smaller or alternatively go for individual cupcakes, which are becoming increasingly popular choices for frugally focused bride and grooms.

8. Cut Down Buffet Options

Buffets are a great idea for feeding large groups, however you do need to make sure you don’t go over the top on the food options your guests have. Cutting down on buffet options will cut costs per head and leave more money to be spent elsewhere. If you didn’t want to go for a buffet to feed your evening guests, consider a barbeque or hog roast which can also easily cater for large numbers.

9. Book Wedding Cars Early

You will of course want to arrive in style so to get the best deals on your wedding car, be sure to book well in advance. If you need more than one car or require your chosen car to make more than a couple of trips to and from your venue, see if you can get an even better deal by booking multiple vehicles or additional trips with the same provider.

10. Create Invitations By Hand

If you are particularly artistic or you know of a friend or family member who is, create the invitations you plan to send out to guests by hand to avoid the high prices associated with buying large numbers of shop bought items. A handmade invitation will also make your wedding more unique and be something that all guests will enjoy holding onto to remind them of the day.

11. Flowers on a Wholesale Scale

In a similar way to above, you can save huge amounts of money on flowers if you know of someone who is a particularly good DIY florist as you can buy the flowers you want for your wedding day on the local market to avoid paying expensive floristry and delivery costs.

12. Avoid Bridal Boutiques

Shopping for and trying on a variety of wedding dresses can be great fun, however a stunning wedding dress doesn’t have to cost the earth so if you are working to a tight budget, avoid the bridal boutiques and head for the independently owned bridal shops or factory outlets where you will find the best bargains on equally gorgeous dresses.

13. Hire Suits Not Buy

Whilst the bride will most certainly buy her dress, for the groom and his party, hiring suits is the best way to get a great suit at a great price. In some cases, hiring a certain number of suits can result in the groom getting his free, so shop around to find the best deal for you and your party.

14. Picture Perfect Recommendations

Photographers can be another expensive area of your wedding, so the best way of getting a good deal is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Going to a photographer and saying you have been recommended to them may result in them being more inclined to offer you a reduced deal or a few extra treats for the money you are paying.

15. Book Honeymoon Well in Advance

After all the effort put in to planning your wedding, the honeymoon offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and relax, so book this well in advance to get the best possible deals. Letting your travel operator, chosen hotel and travel agent know that this holiday will be your honeymoon could also see you get a few little extras, like a room upgrade or free drinks on arrival.

Whilst weddings can be incredibly expensive, if you are working to a tight budget, making a few adjustments here and there can effectively save you pounds, so follow these 15 tips if you are readying yourself to plan the wedding of your dreams any time soon.

 

This post was written by blogger Oliver Kyle who, alongside his now wife, effectively planned a low budget wedding that was everything they could have wished for and more. Taking on all of the tips detailed above, they made sure to invest in Debenhams Wedding Insurance earlier to ensure all possible eventualities were covered and their finances protected.

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How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

A bachelorette party is a pre-wedding celebration typically organized by the maid of honour and the bridal party. The goal of the party is to celebrate the bride’s last days of “singledom” by having a fun and unforgettable event with her girlfriends. This cute infographic with its great timeline and helpful tips is a fabulous tool to help you plan a bachelorette party that will make the bride-to-be buzz with excitement!

How To Plan a Bachelorette Party

 

Infographic courtesy of Simply Bridal

 

How to Plan a Wedding You Will Remember Forever

Your wedding should be a one of the best days of your life, something you will remember forever and cherish with that special person. These top tips will help you to make some of the most key decisions for that all important day.

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Venue

Most people plan their wedding date around the availability of their preferred venue. It is best to have a few choices in mind in case the waiting list is ridiculously long, or their available dates don’t work for you. Your venue should be a place that you instantly love, remember this will be the backdrop for all your memories and the photos. You also need to think about whether it will seat all of your guests and if it has suitable parking.

Photographs

If you want to remember your wedding day for years to come, what better way to capture it than through photos? Hiring a professional photographer is important. Remember these prints are going to be what you look back on when thinking about your special day, so you want to make sure they provide a quality service. Always ask for recommendations and ask to see previous work they have done. Everyone has a different style and taste so make sure you supply them with exactly what you want before the day.

Although you will be having professional photos taken, they don’t always capture the fun and laughter throughout the whole day. One way you can do this is by hiring a photo booth for you and your guests to take some natural, fun filled snaps for you to keep alongside your more traditional wedding photos.

Dress

It’s every girls dream to find the perfect dress for their wedding day. Start preparing early. Look through magazines and websites to get an idea of what you want. Keep all the pictures and once you have decided on a rough style it will be easier to find what you are looking for. However check that the style of dress you are going for flatters your figure. There is no point choosing a dress that looks perfect on someone else but is extremely unflattering on you, keep in mind it will be on display in all of your photos. Take someone that is honest to go dress shopping with you, it is very easy to get caught up in the glamour and some people may be scared of hurting your feelings if they don’t think that dress is the right one for you.

Rings

Your wedding ring is something that you will proudly wear on your hand forever, so making sure it’s something you love is essential. It is best to go shopping with your partner so you can get matching rings (if that’s what you want), or you can make the financial decision together. You also need to ensure that it compliments your engagement ring.

Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are a way to say thank you to your guests, and give them something to remember your special day by. Try to think out of the box and give something different as well as something that looks pretty and compliments your table setting and colour scheme. This will make sure everything fits in nicely together.

Now that you know what things you need to consider to ensure your wedding day is one to remember, it’s time to start shopping!

 

Ekta Mair, a snap happy enthusiast recommends Picture Blast, a photo booth rental specialist for all your creative and fun wedding photos with a difference.  

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Something New Ideas for the Modern Bride

In Part Two of our ‘Something Old Something New‘ inspiration, we go technologically savvy with a whole bunch of cool ideas for Something New!  If you’re a modern bride who embraces social media and all things digital, then you’re bound to love these online-friendly ideas. 

Something New Bride Ideas

Be sure to check out part one Something Old Something New Ideas for the Modern Bride  

 

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{Guest Post} 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Wouldn’t life be a lot easier if someone could just hand you a wedding checklist? Whilst we may not cover every aspect today, we do have the venue covered for you! We’ve narrowed down ten of the most important questions to ask your wedding venue to ensure that there are no unwelcome surprises on the day. After all, preparation is key when it comes to planning your wedding and with this tick list, you’re well on your way to creating a wedding everyone will remember. 

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

BYOB

The wine provided by wedding venues often comes with a heavy price tag. You can save yourself a lot of money – and choose bevvies that you love – by heading out to your local winery and ordering bottles by the crate.

That said, some venues will charge you extortionate corkage fees for the privilege of bringing your own bubbly. Apparently, opening a bottle of wine and filling up a glass is a service that can cost you a small fortune – go figure!

Dietary Requirements

With 5% of the population vegetarian (3 million!) and 1% vegan, it’s likely that you, your hubby, or a guest at your ceremony has dietary requirements (and that’s not even including the people who have allergies!). Talk to your venue about catering for all sorts of eating habits and try to include at least one vegetarian option for each course – even meat eaters can be picky.

For Your Eyes Only

Many venues like to juggle their weddings. If it’s important to you to have the venue to yourself, check that it’s exclusive.

Getting Ready

Some wedding venues will have a bridal suite for the bride and her entourage to get ready, which is a huge plus. If there isn’t a dedicated room, it’s worth asking the venue if they would be willing to turn another room into your bridal boudoir for the morning. After all, getting ready is half the fun!

Curfews

The managers will want to kick you out at some point. Check when everyone has to leave to avoid incurring heavy fines and the wrath of the venue owners. If you like to party until the small hours of the morning, make sure that the venue will allow for that.

What Does the Fee Include?

Your wedding venue may be expensive, but do you get plenty of freebies? Package deals can often work out as fantastic money-savers. Check what the venue includes in the price to get the best deal – it can save you a lot of organisation if the venue covers every little thing.

Can You Use Your Own Suppliers?

You’ll notice many venues will try to foist their suppliers on you. Usually this’ll be because they’re getting a cut from the deal. If you want your flowers and catering to represent you, ask if you can use your own suppliers.

Is There a Co-ordinator?

Some venues offer management on the day, to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. A wedding coordinator is a blessing sent from heaven – you don’t have to worry about the ceremony or breakfast going smoothly – it’s all in his or her capable hands. Even if something goes wrong, you can arrange for the coordinator to sort it out toot sweet!

Fire Hazards

Candles + drunk people = not really a safe equation. Venues may not allow you to have a candlelit celebration, so if you’re looking for a romantic glow, check that you’re allowed. Some venues have priceless works of art inside them; obviously, owners can be a little protective.

Parking Spaces

Something that’s often overlooked – parking spaces. People need somewhere to put their car. Find out if the venue offers ample room and if they charge.  

 

Thank you to Zoe for contributing this wonderful post. Zoe is a British lifestyle blogger, who writes on behalf of Knowsley Hall. Looking for a country house wedding venue? This gorgeous stately home makes the perfect backdrop for tying the knot in style.

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Guest Post: The Marriage of Iconic Views of New Zealand with Wedding Destinations

Here at LWB, it’s no secret we’re huge fans of wedding destinations that come with an amazing view. So when Jack Hopkin decided to share with his favourite locations in New Zealand that provide not only something out-of-the-ordinary, but also come with breathtaking scenery, we couldn’t wait to see what he would reveal!

I came from a traditional family where people got married in a church or registry office, went outside to take some photos, and then finished off at the local hall for some nibbles and drinks. While this is still a perfectly good way to get married, most of the world has moved on since then. Couples have started to think outside the box and are now choosing more unusual locations, as well as unusual wedding themes.

Having travelled extensively through New Zealand, I have seen most of the iconic views of this marvelous country. Which got me thinking – these would be perfect places for an unusual wedding destination. So that’s why I’m here today, writing this article. I’ve listed my personal favorite iconic NZ views, all of which I think would be ideal places for couples to get married in.

Lake Matheson

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Located near the west coast of the south island, Lake Matheson is certainly an iconic view, with it’s beautiful reflective lake surrounded by pine trees, and the majestic Mount Cook and Mount Tasman in the background. For me it offers one of the best views of these two famous mountains. It is also an important historical place for the Maori people – it was a ‘Mahinga Kai’ – a place where they gathered their food. I think this would be an ideal place to get married. It’s very popular so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a venue close by. Just imagine these views as part of your wedding photos or even the ceremony itself.

For people wanting a close up view of Mount Cook, I did find one company offering wedding photos on the actual mountain, available for a just a small amount of people.

Mount Doom

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I’m a Lord of the Rings fan – and that is putting it lightly! Mount Doom (it’s actual name is Mount Ngauruhoe), is in the Tongariro National Park. I highly recommend this spot for anyone visiting New Zealand and I also think it makes a great backdrop for photos for fellow LOTR fans. Whilst, you would have to be quite inventive to hold your ceremony here, it is doable in my opinion. The good news is, the Kiwi people are very relaxed and open regarding this type of thing.

Hobbiton

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If you are a fan of the film and prefer to get married somewhere not quite as drastic as Mount Doom, then you may want to try Hobbiton. Yes, I’m talking about where the Hobbits live! I think this is such a cool and iconic place in New Zealand that I’m even thinking about getting my marriage vows renewed here (although I haven’t told my wife yet!). I did find this blog post on a wedding photography site featuring a wedding held at Hobbiton, so they do allow it.

Purakaunui Falls

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One of the most visited and photographed places on the southeast part of the south island is Purakaunui Falls. It’s in the Otago region, and I believe it would be a lovely place to get married. In addition, the falls would make an ideal wedding photo backdrop for nature lovers. You will find a number of Otago wedding venues; however, here is one I found that is ideally near the falls.

Fiordlands

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The views of the Fiordlands are something out of a fantasy film. Especially when you catch them when the misty low clouds are hanging around the surrounding mountains. The most famous of the Fiordlands is known as Milford Sounds. Whilst the second most popular (and equally stunning), is the Doubtful Sounds. With these beautiful views, who wouldn’t want to get married here? 

For something unique you could charter a boat (I’ve seen various boats which are available for weddings), and hold the ceremony out on the water. This isn’t the cheapest way to get married but I think it would be very spectacular.

Pohutu Geyser

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New Zealand has quite a number of active geysers, of which one of the most popular is Pohutu in Rotorua (which is great to visit for their wonderful volcanic hot springs). Pohutu usually erupts one or two times per hour, but it’s well worth the wait, as the super-hot water bursts to a height of around 30 metres (approximately 90 feet). 

If you’re into the primal volcanic power of nature then a wedding in one of the venues in Rotorua would be ideal, and you could have your wedding photos with Pohutu Geyser in the background.

Summary

So those were my personal favorites. I hope these give you some ideas for a more unusual place to get married. 

Have you ever visited New Zealand? Perhaps you were married there? If so, be sure to leave your comment below and let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites.

 

 

Jack Hopkin is a writer and hopeful published author one day. He works and lives in New Zealand and is working (slowly) on his first book.

Eezy Peezy Engagement Party Planning

Why wait until the big day to celebrate? If you are planning your engagement party or someone is throwing it for you, make it easy, stylish, and most importantly fun with these eezy peezy engagement party planning tips:

Easy Engagement Party Planning

1. Have a Little Patience

Don’t try to throw the engagement party together too fast. It pays to give the couple a few minutes to enjoy their new found status and plan the celebration approx 2-4 weeks after. 

2. Plan the Guest List

Before you send out invites, make sure you find out how many people you should invite, as well as who the couple plans to invite to the wedding. You don’t want to invite someone to the engagement party who isn’t invited to the wedding and vice versa. You may upset a few relatives or acquaintances who will wonder what they did at the party to get uninvited. If you’re trying to keep numbers down, the best strategy is to not invite them to the engagement party.

3. Create a Register

Make sure the newly engaged couple registers. An engagement registry doesn’t have to be fully complete, but more and more people choose to bring engagement gifts. A registry will help the guests out with ideas and also avoid the couple receiving seven bread makers. 

4. Formal or Informal?

Formal, informal, suits and ties, shorts and flip flops, it really doesn’t matter what style of celebration it is. The main thing here is to know what the bride and groom find most comfortable, as well as their families. Keep in mind that one of the main objectives of an engagement party is to bring the two families together, so make sure it suits everyone’s style. 

5. Announce it In Style

It’s a pivotal event – so you’ll want to create some classy invitations and quick! Look no further than Wedding Paper Divas. Their engagement party invitations are not only top of the line and very affordable, but they can also be completely personalized.

Choose from hundreds of invite designs, customize them to your taste, place your order, then have them either sent directly to the guests or to you first for addressing and stamping. Plus, if your order is more than $59, you will get free shipping – just use the code FSHIP13

6. Remember to Have Fun!

Above all else, make your engagement party fun. Celebrate with the couple, toast to their future, and enjoy the planning process.

 

Image: via The Wedding Chicks

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Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Videographer

Your wedding is one of the most treasured events you will experience in your lifetime. You want to capture every moment of it, every sound, every feeling. One of the best ways to be able to look back and re-live that moment is by hiring a wedding videographer.

While wedding photographers can capture amazing stills of your big day, videographers can film the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the (sometimes embarrassing!) wedding toasts. If you’re on a tight budget, you may consider asking a friend with a camcorder to record these special moments, however hiring a wedding videographer will ensure you get a trained professional who has experience in filming, lighting and editing; so you end up with a wedding video you will cherish for years to come.

Nick And Julie from Borrowed And Blue

Professional wedding videographers, like Melbourne-based Borrowed and Blue, truly enjoy being at weddings.  It is their passion to capture the love emanating from couples on their big day. They have a team of professional cinematographers and videographers to make ensure each scene is captured flawlessly. In addition, their state of the art multi-camera configurations and audio equipment ensure no moment is missed.

All these special moments are then edited and compiled into a cinematic feature video, which you can share with your friends and family. Borrowed and Blue even uploads these snippets onto their website which is an easy way of sharing your wedding video with everyone as you can just direct them to the website.

If you decide to hire a professional wedding videographer, it is important to do your research before settling on one. Terence Hooi, photographer/videographer and owner of Borrowed and Blue, mentions a few things to consider; ensuring you hire the correct person to film your wedding:

1. First thing to do is quite simply gathering a list of potential wedding videographers. This you can do by asking recommendations from friends, family, and wedding suppliers you’re working with. Your family and friends will want the best outcome for your wedding and will not hesitate to put in a good word for a production team if they themselves were satisfied with the outcome.

2. Secondly, narrow down your selection by arranging a meeting.  Confirm that the videographer whose work you were able to see will be the one actually filming your wedding on the day, as sometimes, especially in a larger team, you may end up with a different videographer than the one you wanted. Ask to see more examples of their work, this will give you a broad range to compare between and guarantee that they’re not just showing you their best work. Another good way to ‘test’ a potential wedding videographer is to quiz them on what equipment they’ll be using for the event; if they know there stuff they will easily be able to answer your queries.

3. Trust your gut. Do you feel comfortable with the team? Are they easy to work with? Can they envision your wedding video like you do? The rapport between you and the person/people who will be shooting your wedding video is extremely important; after all they will be filming very intimate moments of your life.

4. Lastly, if there are specific moments you want included in your wedding video, ensure you have them written down and in the contract. This will guarantee you get the exact footage you want, for example, how your mom cried when you and your spouse were exchanging your “I do’s” or the grooms face when his best man gives an embarrassing speech!

Hiring a wedding videographer should be an exciting part of the wedding planning process, just make sure you follow the recommendations above and you’ll be certain to end up with not only a great team filming your special day but also a copy of a treasurable memory you will be able to look back on time and time again. 

 

 This post was written by Wedding Videographer Melbourne – Borrowed and Blue

 

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