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(New) Wedding Ideas on a Budget

With the average cost of a wedding today easily exceeding $26K and the prevailing economic times you may be thinking that you have you to give up your plans for your dream wedding.

But wait up here are some wedding ideas to you help you plan a wedding on a budget.

While wedding ideas on a budget will require some wise wedding planning and preparation, you can still have your dream wedding, one that is reflective of your personality and style without having to start your new life together deep in debt.

One of biggest expenditure of any wedding is the wedding reception which usually includes the venue rental, caterers, decorations, wedding favors and food and beverage. With the over all cost of the reception determined by the number of guest in attendance.

So here are four things you can do to reduce the cost of your wedding reception:-

  1. Limit the number of guest – I know you maybe feeling that this is difficult to do because of all of the feeling involved but family and friends will appreciate that it may be difficult given the current economic climate to host a large event. So let them all know of your budgetary constraints and gracefully acknowledge them and their significance in your life. You will find that this simply courtesy will go along way in preventing any hurt feelings there might have been.
  2. Forget the word “Wedding” – I know this will be extremely difficult for you to do as you are really excited and want to tell everybody about your wedding. But you will be surprised at how this one word – “wedding” affects the cost of everything once it is mentioned. It should make no difference whether the venue or catering is being done for a party or wedding so why should the cost increase simply because you say wedding.
  3. Do your own decoration – decorations can cost as much as one-third of the wedding reception cost so you can significantly reduce this cost by deciding to involve family and friends and do the decorating yourself. And finding wedding decoration ideas for centerpieces and table settings is really easy on the internet.
  4. Forget the weekend – while it is customary to have weddings on the weekend, having it at this time is usually more expensive as venues charge a lot more for events on the weekend. So by avoiding the weekend for your wedding will help you to save even more on your reception.

Wedding Ideas For The Christmas Season

Wedding ideas for a Christmas themed wedding is bound to be very interesting and fun. Think of walking down the aisle dressed in a truly festive attire and enjoying a wedding reception that is filled with all of the comfort foods associated with the season. Think cinnamon and spice, think mistletoe and berries, and best of all, think of a horse drawn sleigh on the way to the wedding venue.

The Invitation

It must be understood by all brides that Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. Respect the coordination and travel of the guests who are coming in from out of time. The best time to send out the invitations, both email and slow mail is about eight to ten months before the actual date of wedding. This gives all guests enough time to coordinate their Christmas schedules, their travel arrangements and their accommodations. Reflect the theme of the wedding with artwork on the invitations like snowflakes, hollies, poinsettia, or a Christmas gift box. The number of months may be found extreme by many, but this is the maximum amount of time to warn the guests of the upcoming wedding.

Horse Drawn Sleigh

The horse drawn carriage is one of the favourite ways a bride is to arrive at her own wedding. However, this is a wedding set during Christmas so think about a sleigh ride instead of a carriage. Both the bride and the groom can arrive at their wedding reception after the wedding. This is not only a romantic idea but is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding picture.

Cinnamon Spice And Everything Nice

There is no Christmas without cinnamon. Now think of a wedding set during the Christmas season. Imagine the wedding venue, no matter where it may be, smelling of cinnamon and spices. This is a warm spicy aroma that can comfort anyone and everyone attending the wedding. The wedding decorations can include cinnamon sticks wrapped with the flowers bound with ribbons that reflect not only the festive spirit of Christmas but the motif of the wedding as well. Think of burgundy, lace and tinsel wrapped around cinnamon sticks and fronds of mistletoe overhead. This is bound to set the romantic mood in place.

Mistletoe and Berry Decorations

The wedding venue and reception venue should reflect the mood of the Christmas wedding. Start thinking of garlands of pine interspersed mistletoe, berries, fruits and cinnamon sticks. The combination of attractive colours and aroma of both fruits and spices will definitely set everyone in the mood for romance and fun. Add some fairy lights entwined among the garlands to finish it off. For a final touch, add some warm coloured velvet ribbons to give the garlands a more formal and yet festive look. Create decorations on the table and buffet centrepieces that make use of the same materials, but this time, add votive or aromatic candles that should be lit once the couple arrive at the reception.

Wedding Party Favours

There are so many ideas for a wedding party favour. Think sweet and stylish that everyone would love to keep with them. Think of Christmas ornaments that have been personalized to document the wedding. Print the name of both the bride and groom on the ornaments so the guests can hang them up on their own trees at home. Another great idea for party favours are the Christmas aroma candles that can be brought home and lit when the guests dine on their own Christmas table. Tie tinsel ribbons with a sprig of holly or pine to make it look more in theme. Attach a thank you note with every favour to avoid having to hand write all the thank you notes after the honeymoon.

The Recap

Wedding ideas are all over the internet and wedding magazines. If expecting family and friends coming in from out of town, think of a group accommodation to house all of the guests. Also prepare for transportation for them once they are in town. The wedding should be treated like the traditional wedding fairs of old to reflect the holiday spirit of the wedding theme. The Christmas theme should be fun and traditional so plan it well ahead of time to make the whole affair as stress free for everyone as possible.

5 Unique Wedding Ideas for Your Special Day!

You have been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a child. You have the colors picked out, and countless ideas bouncing around, but now as it draws near your thinking…. What are some Unique Wedding Ideas, that i can use to make this day truly my own and unlike any other wedding?

Never fear, you have found your way to the right place. Below is a list of 5 unique ideas that will provide you a beautiful wedding, but allow it to truly stand apart from most other weddings you have attended.

1. BROADCAST YOUR WEDDING
This is such a unique and good idea for so many reasons. Weddings are an event, they are timeless! Unfortunately, your location or timing may hinder some loved ones from attending. Insert services like USTREAM and JUSTIN.TV. These services offer you the capability (with just a camera and laptop) to stream the event live over the internet. Imagine family members, that live thousands of miles away, or in other countries being able to share in your special day. The BEST part about these services is its FREE! You even have the ability to embed the stream on your own website or Facebook page. Just don’t forget to hit record, so you’ll be able to watch and share the video later.

2. STREAM YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S STILLS AT THE RECEPTION
Technology is ingrained in our lives. Why not use this power!? With a simple connector and a TV screen you can provide your reception guests with a montage of your wedding ceremony photos.

3. RENT A PHOTO BOOTH
What better way for guests to capture the spirit of the wedding, than to slide into a photo booth. Everyone loves a photo booth and it provides an opportunity for guests to leave with a fun memento of the wedding. You could even have the guests stop and have you sign the photos with a thank you and the date, so that each guest gets a personalized gift from the bride and groom.

4. WEDDING PARTY GIFTS
Provide plantable seeds, with your wedding information on the package, so the parting guests can have a reminder in their garden of your special day. Another fun idea is to have the guest attendant take a digital photo of each attendee, as they arrive. Then later you can upload the photos to a hosting site, and email the link to your guests so they can remember your special day and all the friends that attended the wedding.

5. CEREMONY MUSIC
Incorporate your personality into the ceremony music! The only rules that apply at your wedding, are YOUR rules. (obviously consider the venue) But you get the point! Choose music that makes you smile and have fun. Your wedding day is supposed to be all about you. So maybe even have a special custom song written for that 1st dance as a couple.