- posted by Mai
- Weddings need not to be expensive. There are numerous tips on how to achieve such a beautiful experience without having a pain in the pocket.
- Trimming down your guest list is a primary step. The significant people who should not be forgotten include only your family and closest friends. The more you feel obliged to invite the entire office and the people you have not talked to in a while, the more you will be spending exponentially. Shortening your list will not only trim down your catering costs but also expenditures on rentals, printing costs, gifts, and so on. It is advisable to reduce your guest list by category. For example, invited relatives only who fall under your second cousin up to the closest. Invite your best friends in college instead of including the whole members of your organization.
Shortening your guest list will also help you cut expenses on postage and printing for wedding invitations. Instead of sending them all through mail, you can personally visit the people who are close to your home or office. Also, make your reply slips through mail, telephone, or mobile phone. You can totally take advantage of social media platforms as well! Mostly everyone you may know, is on Facebook-create a private event, and invite the people closest to you. You can even post Event invitations on your wedding website, or through an E-Vite and people can answer with "yes I'm going, no, or maybe."
You can also get discounts on catering services and room rentals if your wedding day is on off-peak season. These dates are usually on weeknights and Sundays. For traditional wedding celebrations however, it is advisable to schedule your wedding day on religious holidays. This will cut your decoration expenditures since churches already have ornaments.
Another way to cut expenses is either rent, borrow, or make custom-made materials. Transportation is one example that you can rent or borrow from someone you know. You can also borrow several items from a relative or friend such as kitchenware, jeweleries, or bride's shoes. Also, pull manpower and resources from your friends and family. Ask their help in making items like ribbons, pew bows, church programs, wedding invitations, and giveaways. You can also browse our Memory Journalists Pinterest page for do-it-yourself wedding items for more suggestions on designs. Furthermore, instead of hiring professional photographers and videographers, you can ask some of your friends to take time taking photos and video of the wedding using digital video cameras. But, if photography and videography is important to you, make this one of your main costs.
Renting or buying dresses for the bride, bridesmaids, groom, and his friends will also reduce costs. A little creativity will do to revamp the dresses like putting laces, beads, and ribbons. It is advisable not to spend too much on wedding attire so as not to ruin your entire wedding cost.
Moreover, you can save a lot of money in your choice of wedding food and drinks. First, find the least expensive caterers. Then weigh which is cheaper between a buffet and seated dinner. Or, nowadays, food trucks are extremely popular and can be used for your catering, or pull through for a late night snack at the wedding reception.
In many weddings, couples have asked for practical items like kitchenware and home appliances and items as gifts from their friends and family. Getting free practically every essential item at home will lessen the burden cost you have to spend during the wedding. I hope these tips help you out to plan a beautiful, and budgeted wedding! Best Wishes!
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- posted by Jennifer
- Indeed, weddings are definitely one of the happiest moments in a person's life. But, this momentous occasion does not always come as blissful as the event itself. Days and even months before the big day, couples usually cram up with the littlest details. The wedding planning process includes listing down and cutting down everything into specific details such as the wedding date, the venue, the reception, the caterer, the designer of the gown and suit, all the way down to the wedding coverage.
Because of hectic schedules, most couples usually do not pay much attention to one of the crucial things in their wedding: the wedding coverage. Despite the overwhelming tension and excitement, couples do not have to be nonchalant when choosing their wedding photographers if they want their fun times and precious memories recorded very well.
- Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
To avoid making this slight neglect that usually leads disastrous results, couples have to decide first what kind of wedding photography they would want to have. Most wedding photographers today categorize the types of wedding photography into two of the traditional or classic style and the wedding photo-journalistic style.
Today, the most common style used by wedding photographers is the traditional or classic wedding photography, and is considered as a 'timeless' and the 'safest' style because it's what you normally see in countless wedding albums. Characterized by classic poses of subjects aware of the camera, this style involves so much control from the photographer because he is in-charge in arranging individual and group shots before, during, and even after the wedding.
Here, the photographer must have excellent portraiture skills to focus more on the quality of the photograph by making the subject look great from the littlest details. Expect typical wedding photos like pre-ceremony pictures, formal shots of the bride and groom posing with bridesmaids and ushers, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss when you choose a classic wedding photography. This style is ideal if the couple would want to keep portraits of family members for their wedding album.
If the couple is adventurous and unconventional, then you might want to consider the wedding photojournalistic style of photography on your big day. An increasingly popular style today, wedding photojournalism offers fresh and new style of taking photos in the occasion. Characterized by candid shots of the subjects unaware of the moving camera, the photojournalism style lets the attendees act freely to capture their pure and true emotion.
Sourcing style from his experience in journalism, the 'photojournalist' pays more attention to minute details and candid shots rather than arranged ones. He's more into eyeing interesting moments and capturing those in his lens to produce a narrative collection of images that tell a story. Although some traditional poses will be present, expect photos that show actual emotions of the bride and groom and of other participants throughout the duration of the wedding when you choose the photojournalism style.
While wedding planning, make sure that you meet up with your photographer first to avoid ruining the documentation of that big event. Make sure that that early on, the wedding photographer meets all of your standards. When you meet with the photographer before hand, you could discuss the details you want. Just keep in mind that you'll be seeing your photographer throughout the whole day, so meeting your photographer is truly important because you want to make the best possible connection with him/her.
Nowadays, most people rely on reviews, and browsing through wedding websites, social media, or getting referrals through friends and families can definitely narrow down your search. Here at The Memory Journalists, we know how significant photography is. So, if it's important to you, don't skimp on the cost, and find good quality photographers in your area!
- posted by Mai
- Wedding planning is the most crucial part of any successful wedding. For couples who are planning to get married soon, the best thing that they should focus on as early as now is how to plan for their wedding in a systemized and orderly manner.
Planning a wedding could be easy as 1,2,3 if only you know what are the things that you should prioritize. Here are some tips that would help you get started to that successful wedding planning:
- 1. Choosing the wedding attire. For most women, weddings are all about gowns. Since this is the case, take time to research on wedding attires and gowns in general. This is crucial because instead of spending so much time in opening one site to another, you can save more time if the site has everything that you need to know. When researching, make sure that you take note about wedding dress styles available, how to choose a wedding dress for a specific body type, stores that sell quality gowns, price ranges for each wedding dress style or design, and the accessories, jewelry, or shoes that would complement each wedding dress type as well as the hairstyles and make up perfect for the wedding dress you have in mind.
It would also be practical to include a little research about for rent wedding dresses in case you couldnít find your dream wedding dress on sale. Make sure that you print everything after so you can use it as a guide once you go out for wedding dress shopping. Aside from conducting research online, you can also browse bridal magazines such as Modern Bride, Brides, and so much more and cut out the photos of the wedding dress that tickle your fancy. You can even bring the entire magazine itself once you decide to visit bridal stores.
- 2. Look for a nice but cheaper venue. Experts say that it will be better if you have chosen one place where the wedding will be held as well as the reception. But since not all cases allow this, the best alternative that you have is to look for a nice restaurant near the place of the wedding for the reception.
- 3. Pay attention to the wedding ring. During wedding planning, a considerable amount of time should be given in searching for that perfect diamond wedding ring. This is because it can be stressful and strenuous because there are so many things to consider such as the beauty, shape, size, and cost. The best thing you can do is to trim down these options based on your personal preference and taste. If you are one of those couples who are planning to buy a diamond wedding ring set for the wedding, it would be best if you find time to research on what is available.
If you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to get information on this, browsing the Internet is the way to go. But you can also make appointments with vendors and venues to physically experience and envision your day. Communication is key as well, and it's important to have that special connection with the people you may potentially be working with.
Need somewhere to start? Find many inspirations at our Memory Journalists Pinterest page for wedding dresses, venues, and more.
I hope these 3 tips get you started on the right foot to planning your wedding. Good luck!
- posted by Mai
- If you're a major DIY bride on a budget, and is looking for beautiful flowers, a new company has bloomed your way. Bloominous offers professional designs, and easy arrangements for your specific needs.
Their ready-made kits will come as fresh as they get, and you'll receive all of the essentials to get you started! As they say, "it's not just flowers - it's the whole look." You may be a little skeptical at first, but they do offer trial kits before you commit. Check out some of their kits below, and see if it's right for you. You can even build your own.
I love how all of these collections are different, and my favorite has to be the Party Pop Collection for its modern touch. The coral and peachy colors are perfect for a Spring time wedding and stands out nicely from a grey and white background.
I hope you give this a try, but don't tackle it on your own. Get your bridesmaids or family members involved, and make it a fun day. I can totally see this as a bottomless mimosas and brunch gathering. Have fun and enjoy. If you need more inspiration to bloom your own collection, check out more Bouquets on our Memory Journalists Pinterest page.
- posted by Mai
- Happy Easter! Don't let this gusty wind slow you down from planning an Easter-themed wedding. As long as the sun is out, your wedding day may get even brighter with shades of pastels, and an ombre of tulip arrangements. But, that's not the only thing I want to share with you this weekend. Many ideas can stem from this holiday, so see what will spark your interest, and lead you to a successful Easter-themed wedding.
Here are some images I came across that made this holiday more than just hunting for eggs!
Of course, nothing beats a bridesmaids party like Kristen's below. Her vintage-themed, wedding in the woods was a big hit, and we loved capturing every moment. The bridesmaids pastel dresses were cute and feminine, and having the sweaters added a modesty touch. This vintage theme can fit right into the Easter holiday. Adding shades of pink can also soften the entire theme.
- Now check out this centerpiece! Tulips are my favorite because you can choose from a wide range of colors, mix and match, or keep it simple. They are quite refreshing to look at, and at the same time, adds a classy touch to an Easter-themed wedding. Make it a centerpiece, or use it for bouquets.
Photo Courtesy: Beautiful Bridal
- We're getting more elaborate here with egg and calligraphy place cards. There's something very attractive about this idea, and we love it.
Photo Courtesy: Southern Weddings
- Why not throw in an egg hunt for your guests? This is perfect for guests with children, too. Little baskets can be handed out and you can let your guests fill them up with whatever they find. A great idea to also replace extra wedding favors.
Photo Courtesy: Hostess With The Mostess
- As basket favors go, this one caught my eye because it's just too cute. It can be an open snack for the road, or right after dinner if they are just feeling sweet!
Photo Courtesy: Martha Stewart Weddings
- To top things off, an Easter-themed wedding wouldn't be one without an Easter cake! How clever is this tiered lump of goodness by Brandy Waterfall Holland.
Photo Courtesy: Cuuradine Barns