Questions You Must Ask When Setting up Your Wedding Budget

Questions you must ask when setting up your wedding budget.

Weddings cost money. It’s a fact of life.
The weddings you see in the bridal magazines are featured to dazzle and entice you. These weddings are NOT your typical wedding, nor are they realistic for the majority of engaged couples. They feature very wealthy people, having expensive weddings. Or, they are a designers inspiration showing what is possible and done only for photographs in the magazine.

The marriage should be your focus, not the party. The party is secondary.

Set a budget and be realistic. You need to know what the cost of food, music, flowers, invitations etc. will cost in your area and you need to be prepared to pay for the services. If you save money in one category, roll the money into another category.

Cut items you don’t really need. Set your priorities.

Ask yourself the following crucial questions to determine what you can cut from your budget without sacrificing the look and the mood you want:

o Do I need a couture wedding

Wedding Invitations Should You Choose Printed Or Electronic

The days when wedding invitations had to be engraved on white card with silver or black writing are long gone. Nowadays the bridal couple have a huge choice of designs and almost anything goes. So much choice in fact that you can even do away with the printed invitation altogether and go electronic if you want to, carrying on all your wedding correspondence via e-mail. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of electronic compared to printed wedding invitations.

Pros of electronic

Electronic invitations are much cheaper than printed invitations. You will only have to pay for the design: no paper costs, printing costs or postage costs to budget for.

Electronic invitations are quick to create and instant to send out, so are a great time-saver if your wedding preparations are of the last-minute variety.

Saving on paper is a positive move if you are trying to keep your wedding as green and environmentally friendly as possible.

You can link your electronic invitations to your wedding website and make it easy for guests to find all the

Wedding Planning Clear Communication with Your Wedding Guests

Effective communication between you and your wedding guests is essential in the months leading up to your wedding. But in this stressful time, how can you maintain healthy relationships with your family and friends when you’re flooded with questions and feeling in over your head?

You know your wedding guests ask for details because they care about you. They want to feel involved and informed during this exciting time in your life. And admit it, it’s nice to have all the attention focused on you and your Big Day! Yet it can often be a bit overwhelming to answer the same questions over and over again. Or maybe you’re concerned that important wedding details will be forgotten or misinterpreted.

In just a few simple steps, you can create easy and accessible sources of information specifically for and about your wedding. When your wedding guests feel informed, confusion will be minimized for them and for you. Everyone wins!

Sources of Information:

1) Both Sets of Parents – Of course, your parents will probably know all about even the most minute detail of your wedding, but

Wedding Gift List Etiquette

Gift list etiquette can be confusing and conflicting – partly because wedding gift lists are a relatively new phenomenon. We’ve answered some of the most common questions which couples ask about wedding gift list etiquette.

We’re not sure about having a gift list because we don’t want our guests to feel obliged to buy us a gift. What should we do?

Guests understand when couples get married it’s because they love each other – not because they’re looking for wedding gifts! If you decide to have a gift list you can choose your wording carefully to ensure that your guests don’t feel obliged to buy a gift. For example, a popular phrase to use is “It’s your presence, not your present, that we want!”

Even if you don’t want your guests to buy gifts for you, you’ll find that most people still want to give a gift as they feel it’s the right thing to do – and they want to mark the occasion with a gift. Without a gift list to guide your guests you could find yourselves inundated with gifts which you don’t really want. If you really don’t want any gifts for

Islets Around the Caldera Santorini Weddings


Crusts of land mark the rim of Santorini’s spooky 10 km wide and 1,250 ft deep caldera. The largest, curving around the northwest, is Thirassia, part of Santorini until the two were blasted apart in 236 BC.

In one of its pumice quarries a Middle Cycladic settlement was discovered, pre-dating Akrotiri, though there are no traces of it now. The main business on Thirassia is growing tomatoes and beans on the fertile plateau; the largest village, Manolas, has tavernas and rooms to rent.

Excursion boats from Oia make trips out to the burnt isles’, Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni (born in 1720), both still volcanically active, especially the Metaxa crater on Nea Kameni, which last erupted in 1950. However, even though the local brochures promise `the strange volcano which cause you greatness’, be forewarned that some people come away disappointed. The tourist trail up the mountain is a bit difficult and stinks of sulphur. Most of the excursions take people to swim in the sulphurous mud nearby and hot volcanic waters around

Wedding Professionals Beware

We’ve all heard about and seen lottery scams (where you get an email out of the blue saying you’ve won a lottery… that you don’t even remember entering!), the scams where telemarketers insist they need your SS#, the scams where you receive an email from a credit card company stating they need to verify your SS# and other info (half the time you don’t even have an account with the company!), and my favorite… the email from a Government official in Nigeria that often starts “Dear Madam, I got your information from a confidential source…” The letter then goes on to tell you a story of a huge amount of money hidden overseas that the writer of the letter wants to put in your bank account. In return, he promises you a big cut of the cash. Really? Come on! And there are numerous more scams that we’ve all encountered.

Recently I was approached by two that I had never heard of. So I wanted to pass this on to make sure that nobody falls for these. Luckily I didn’t fall for them, but I can see how some people would. One is

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress

Style, colour and ceremonial importance of the bridal gown worn by the bride during the wedding ceremony depends upon the culture and religion of the couple getting married.

White is the preferred color of the bridal gown among the westerners. Creamy shades such as ivory, ecru and eggshell are also used in making bridal gowns.

Queen Victoria of England, wore a white bridal gown when she got married to Albert of Sax-Coburg in the year 1840. Since then the white bridal gown became the norm in all marriages. In the earlier years, bridal gowns were made in any colour except black. Innocence of the childhood and purity of heart was symbolized by the white bridal gown.

A bride to be can spend weeks and sometimes even months looking for a perfect bridal gown because of the variety of designs and styles available. Determine three things – theme of the wedding, time of the year the wedding is held and the budget – with these three things finalized, picking up the correct gown will become easier.

Choose a gown style depending upon the style and

Why Pocketfolds Are The Perfect Wedding Invitation

One of the first and most important steps in planning your perfect wedding day is deciding on how you are going to invite your wedding guests. We would strongly urge you to NOT even think about doing this by text or email. Surely one of the most important days in your life is worthy of a bit more time, effort, formality and elegance? Remember your wedding invitation is a reflection of your style and taste and sets the tone for your big day!

So once you’ve understood the importance of a real, as opposed to virtual, wedding invitation what on earth do you send?


Well don’t panic. There’s a wonderful array of styles and formats that will leave your guests very impressed. One of the most popular and one that brides say ‘I do’ to all the time is the pocketfold wedding invitation.

We love these. And so do thousands of brides and groom all over the world. From Canada to Canberra, the pocketfold is popping through letterboxes everywhere!


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Choosing the Right Favors For Your Wedding

To be engaged is a personal decision. Now that you are getting married, everything should be all about you and your spouse-to-be. From the moment you have set the wedding date, both of you are expected to do everything you can to make every single detail of your wedding successful. There are lots of tasks that your wedding brought to you, from choosing the right location, selecting bridesmaids and groomsmen, choosing wedding outfits, managing reception details to choosing wedding favors for guests.

Speaking of wedding favors, they are minor details that can make a huge difference to the entire wedding, however, often overlooked. Wedding favors are not mandatory, but giving them is a nice gesture to show appreciation to everyone involved in your big day. Although you are not forced to give out such items, giving them a proper attention is highly recommended to make them work to your advantage.

When choosing the right favors for your wedding, you have to keep in mind some important things. You cannot just easily pick a favor without consulting other areas of your wedding. Consider the number of your guest, your budget and

Tips For Great Laguna Beach Weddings

Laguna Beach weddings are incredible events that combine your most special day with the one you love, and beach settings that are unforgettable! You can start planning your event today! It doesn’t matter if you’re not engaged yet. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not even dating someone right now! With all of the amazing locations, you can take your friends to explore the plethora of incredible beaches and parks- and while they’re having a fabulous time soaking in the panoramic views and stunning rock formations, you can secretly be storing these ideas away for when you’re planning your own special day!

The single most popular place for Laguna Beach weddings is the Heisler Park gazebo which looks over the bluffs at the ocean. This is a fantastic location with incomparable views, grassy areas, beach access and access to public facilities. Any events held at a park, beach, or any public location, will require you to obtain a Laguna Beach Wedding Permit well in advance of your planned date. If you are considering Heisler Park gazebo as a possible location for your ceremony, I recommend that you submit your completed permit forms to