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18 Tactics to Cut the Cost of Your Wedding

Publish On 2015-01-22 , 1:09 PM

1. Avoid guest list bloat.

For some people, it can feel very tempting to invite hundreds of people to the ceremony. Howver, with each addition to your guest list, you’re adding a person that’s of lesser importance to you compared to the people you’ve already invited. To a degree, this was a trap we fell into with our own wedding – our guest list grew and grew to the point where we invited people that we didn’t know well simply out of a sense of obligation. Instead of just adding more and more people, consider inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate. Try cutting your list in half and see if you’re happy with it.

2. Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts.

We were lucky that several of our friends and family had musical talent, so they were able to provide musical accompaniment for our ceremony. We also have a close friend who is an extremely skilled amateur photographer and he was willing to serve as photographer for our ceremony as our wedding gift – after the ceremony, he provided high quality digital images of everything.

3. Have the ceremony at home, or outdoors.

You may find that the cost of renting a building for your ceremony and reception is expensive. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view. In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, often eliminating the cost of renting a place as well as creating a memorable ceremony.

4. Do the catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant.

For our wedding, we handled our own food preparation and catering with a lot of help from my wife’s family. This drastically reduced the food costs for the ceremony. If this isn’t your forte, look around your community for a family-owned restaurant and ask the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants are always the first place to check – they will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding special and will also charge a reasonable rate.

5. Go minimal with the flowers.

Instead of having huge piles of flowers everywhere (something that will only really last for an afternoon), instead simply go with a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually easily make your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.

6. Choose very personal books for groomsmen/bridesmaid gifts.

It’s often customary to give gifts to one’s bridesmaids or groomsmen. One very effective (and frugal) gift is to give personally important books to each person. Choose one that expresses something personal that you feel is appropriate for each member of the wedding party and hand-write an inscription on the inside, noting that the gift is for the wedding and why it’s an appropriate book.

7. Make your own invitations.

With a quality home printer and some time, you can make very classy invitations on your own. My wife and I picked up a simple blank invitation kit on sale at Staples and made our own invitations to our wedding. No pictures or anything – just a very classic font and simple text. It looked stylish and didn’t cost us much at all.

8. Use a good home stereo system for the reception music.

Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your own home stereo (or the stereo of a close friend). Put speakers around the dance floor area – there’s no need to spread them around the reception room. Then just create a few mix CDs from your own collection – there’s all the music you need.

9. Have “vendor cards” in exchange for reduced rates.

If you’re hiring people to provide services for your reception (musicians, a DJ, florists, caterers, photographers, etc.), offer to advertise for them in exchange for reduced rates. At the reception, put a small card in each person’s place that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information. Since this tends to be very effective advertising, many businesses will happily provide services at reduced rates in exchange for this opportunity.

10. Contact the local university for musical accompaniment needs.

If you’d like live musical accompaniment for the ceremony (and perhaps for the reception), one place to look for low-cost musicians is at the local university’s music department. Contact them and ask if there are any students who are studying a particular instrument or vocal work and see if they’re available to provide music for your wedding. It can help them with their resume and save you on this part of your wedding.

11. Patiently shop for any decoration needs.

Michael’s, Paper Warehouse, and Hobby Lobby all have sales somewhat regularly throughout the year – and they all sell supplies that can be helpful with your wedding. Know what you’re looking for as far in advance as possible and let the sales come to you. Michael’s in particular is a good place to shop, since they often have very strong coupons in the Sunday paper that are perfect for wedding decoration supplies.

12. If you’re getting married in the church you’re a member of, ask the ladies’ auxiliary for help.

Most churches have a women’s organization that is very happy to help with wedding preparation in exchange for a reasonable small donation. Get them involved – they can take a lot of worry off your shoulders for a relatively low price. At our wedding, the “church ladies” were a great help with church decoration and other helpful things on the day of the ceremony.

13. Buy dresses together when a sale is on.

Similar to the tip for shopping for decorations, you can often save a significant amount of money by shopping patiently for dresses as well. Many dress stores have sales on holidays such as Memorial Day – keep an eye out for such sales. You may also want to shop together so that you can all save during the sale.

14. Rent tuxedos as a group.

Unless you have a specific reason for owning a tuxedo (and few people do), you should rent one. It’s often useful to rent the tuxedos as a group through the same business, as you’ll often get a group rate. It’s often useful to rent through a place that’s fairly close to the site of the wedding so last minute adjustments can easily be made.

15. Make a simple honeymoon, not an ostentatious one.

A huge, over-the-top honeymoon might sound fun, but it’s far, far cheaper (and often more enjoyable) to have a much more laid-back honeymoon. Instead of planning a big trip, just hop in the car and spend a week or two together just driving around and enjoying being married. The fewer plans, the better – and the cheaper.

16. Involve your closest friends and family in the preparation.

As you’re developing plans, you should get your closest friends and family involved with the details. Quite often, they’ll have surprisingly good ideas that can save you money and effort – perhaps they’ll know someone that can cut you a deal on a certain part, or maybe they’ll just volunteer to help out with that piece. Good friends and family are always there to help, so you might as well use it.

17. Plan, plan, plan.

List everything you can think of and walk through these items step by step. The earlier you get started – and the more things you think about early on – the less “last minute stress” you’ll have and the more time you’ll have to find sales and discounts and other good ideas.

18. Don’t stress.

Something will probably go wrong at the last minute – a little detail of some sort won’t work out. For us, the pastor almost missed our rehearsal dinner, so we barely rehearsed. Don’t worry about it – just assume something little is going to go wrong and don’t respond by throwing cash at it. Most likely, no one will even notice the little issue, and quite often someone in your wedding party (or someone helping out) will come up with a pretty good solution to fix things.

Source: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/eighteen-tips-for-a-frugal-not-cheap-wedding/



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10 Proven Tips for a Happy Marriage

Publish On 2015-02-03 , 2:40 PM

a happy marriage

These happy marriage tips have been proven to work in a wide variety of relationships and I wanted to share them with you. Hopefully they will contribute value to your efforts to build a lasting and happy marriage.

10 Tips to help build a strong and happy marriage

1. Build trust into your marriage.

- It takes effort to built a happy marriage succeed. So, be determined not to flirt or get too close with members of the opposite sex. If you do, in the back of your mind, you could begin to view someone else as an alternatives when your marriage goes through a rough patch. Having an alternative will weaken your resolve to make your marriage work. Trust is the foundation of a happy marriage and it’s something you need to work at.

2. Show respect by paying  attention.

Listen to your spouse when he or she talks to you. Mutual respect is vital for a happy marriage. When you give your mate your undivided attention it shows that you respect them and value what they have to say. If your spouse talks to you when you’re in the middle of something important, explain that you want to hear what they have to say and suggest a time when you’ll be able to pay better attention.

3. Do fun things together.

Find thing that you enjoy doing together and then make time to do them. Exercise together, go on walks, or take on mutually enjoyable projects together. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you both have fun doing it. Spending time together enjoying each other’s company will strengthen your happy marriage and add another meaningful dimension to your relationship.

4. Learn from your experiences.

Figure out when to do, or not do, certain things. For example, if you find that you tend to be tense and cranky when you’re hungry, minimize your conversation with your spouse during those times. Similarly, if you see that your spouse gets worked up whenever you mention the name of a certain person, don’t mention that person’s name unless absolutely necessary. Build a happy marriage by being smart enough to learn from the past.

5. Be polite to your mate.

When speaking with with your partner, use phrases like please and thank you. Being polite should not be viewed as a formality. It is a way that we honor our mate and it helps them to feel appreciated and respected. Being courteous is like the oil that helps a happy marriage run smoothly and reduces unnecessary friction. If you can be polite to a stranger, then it should be even more important to be polite to your marriage mate.

6. Never say “I told you so.” Strike the phrase “I told you so” from your vocabulary.  They already know that you told them so, why rub it in? Saying so only creates ill will between you and your spouse. We all mess up from time to time. And when we do having it rubbed in our face doesn’t help. A little support and encouragement will do a lot more toward building a happy marriage than taking a shot at your partner when they are already feeling bad.

7. Don’t Keep Score.

Marriage is not a contest so don’t walk around with a watchful eye making sure your partner carries there share of the load. Instead, take the view that it doesn’t matter if you end up doing more than half of what needs to be done. Trying to make your relationship fifty-fifty proposition will cause a lot of unnecessary tension and you don’t need that. So unless your spouse is a total slacker,  recognize that in a happy marriage both partners try to help their mate carry the load.

8. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

A family court judge once commented that in 99 percent of the divorce cases he presided over, the couples were upset over very trivial things. Wouldn’t it be ironic if a marriage was strong enough to stand up to all the big challenges, but couldn’t get past the minor irritations of daily life? Here’s a secret from my own happy marriage. Learn to view your partners little idiosyncrasies as entertaining rather than irritating. It works, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

9. Greet your partner with a smile.

We all want to know that our mate is happy to see us. Well, when they greet us with a smile it reassures us of that, and our smile does the same for them. A smile can do so much and requires so little effort. It has the power to lift someone’s spirits and it sets the stage for a pleasant reunion after a long and perhaps difficult day. If you want a happy marriage, lead with your smile and let that be the first impression you make when you greet your mate.

10. Respect your spouse’s privacy.

Don’t go through your partner’s things out of curiosity or in an effort to check up on them. We all want our privacy to be respected and when someone violates that it feels offensive. Don’t let a sense of insecurity cause you to become overly suspicious of your your mate. On the other hand, being secretive can create suspicion. A happy marriage should be built on open and honest communication. So, if there is something you need to know, ask, don’t snoop.

Source: http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/10-tips-for-a-happy-marriage/



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Tagaytay Wedding Stewards

Publish On 2015-02-05 , 3:20 PM

TAGAYTAY WEDDING STEWARDS

 

It is really hard to manage a perfect wedding—even a long preparation will never assure its certainty. That is why important occasions such as this should always be regarded and invested. For couples, they should make sure that their wedding will be thoroughly prepared.

 

 

That’s why The Wedding Store gives you the most approachable professionals—Tagaytay Wedding Stewards. With thorough knowledge and training in giving the best wedding ideas and packages, stewards would help you achieve the wedding you’ve been dreaming.

As the only entitled Wedding Stewards, we offer committed assistance for every concern your dream wedding has. With years of experience there is much that we can give —we don’t let our clients wander but help them get through the most crucial decisions they face in achieving their dream wedding by showing them different packages available.

Let us know the journey of the stewards in helping past couples:

Ms. Maria Lourdes Hernando, one of the wedding stewards told that to establish good relationship with their clients is a must in order to know personally the ideas they wanted for their wedding. Time is never wasted in dealing with us, but we do not also rush in attaining good and ideal wedding the couples wanted.

Another steward, Ms. Cristal Gail Manalo added that as stewards, we don’t oversell. We are honest with what we offer and give just packages. And the best thing about dealing with us is that we recommend different local suppliers that fit the budget and the idea of the clients. We are not just concerned of what we have, but we also have concern with what you want.

"Priority ", that’s how Ms. Camille dela Cruz, another steward described her treatment to her clients. She said that when she's with her clients, she feels the pressure, as if she's the bride.

We have gone beyond work and just glad to satisfy our clients the best possible way. With positivity and friendly approach, we were able to gain friends through this work. Most customers go back to us and express their appreciation with our hard work.

And the years of countless effort helped us gain credibility and trust from our beloved patrons. Ms. Gina Malapajo, with 4 years of experience in being a wedding steward said that she learned how to ride on with the clients and handles stress at the same time. We want personal connection that is why we get our clients' ideas first, and then we go step by step process till we get there.

Other stewards are Ms. Fe Cabug-os, Mr. VergelCordovin and Mr. Claren David Canuel. They all have the best offering for you.

Being a steward doesn't just have a commitment but a friend that gives the best way and ideas to have the best celebration of your love.

From the wedding venue to the packages that will suit your budget and style—we will handle it as you want them to. Stewards long to ease your relentless preparation.

We know the right venue for the kind of motif you want—from the highlands of Tagaytay, the scenic view of Taal Lake to the different pavilions in the area. We won’t compromise the things that you want. Considering the distance from the church to the reception, the kind of weather in your wedding day. We will take care of it.

Your concern is our concern as well—so you should no longer worry about your wedding because our aim is to achieve the wedding you want. 

 



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Rustic Wedding Theme at Angelfields Nature Sanctuary

Publish On 2015-02-11 , 3:25 PM

Rustic Wedding Theme at Angelfields Nature Sanctuary 

Known for its rustic country ambience many couples book their weddings at Angelfields Nature Sanctuary. Located in Silang, Cavite, you can really feel an elegant rural setting. Mixed with the cold breeze of the place there is really romantic touch of nature. Your guests would surely love your wedding event.

You will be on trend with this eco-friendly rustic wedding theme this 2015. With nude cake, hanging decors, woody chic and glamorous green pieces around the reception, surely you will achieve your dream wedding. Brides can also use floral hair dress instead of the usual wedding crowns to complete the feel of nature. And instead of the using the usual strong colors as your wedding motif, why not combine different pastel colors to complement the place. It would be as magical as fairytales.

Make the most out of nature and choose to have a Rustic wedding theme. Your guests will be in awe as they witness a very romantic day of your love. Make your secondary sponsors like dancing fairies around and your set-up completely dreamlike. 

Angelfields Nature Sanctuary gives the perfect atmosphere of romance with rustic country theme. With its flexible garden area, you may transform with different fantastic setting. That’s why before tying the knot this year consider a good theme with this sanctuary of love. Partner this with the best and well-trusted food and wedding service provider—Town’s Delight The Caterer. They can give the perfect wedding set-up you wanted to achieve. They will also have the best match of food menus to complete the satisfaction of guests in attending your wedding. What could be better than having these two partnering companies in giving you the best way to celebrate your special day?

Never get outdated with the trend in your wedding. Book a reservation and deal with us. Wedding will only happen once, make it remarkable.



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Tips for Choosing a Venue

Publish On 2015-02-23 , 4:23 PM

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A VENUE

With a lot of venue offering when it comes to weddings, how can you consider if it is good for your own occasion? What are the different considerations to put to mind when choosing your venue? That’s why aside from the other details, let us take a look at the list on how to get a great wedding venue:

 

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1.    First, Think Of Your Guest Accommodation

When deciding for the venue, consider first how many guests you will be accommodating. By this, your wedding will just look fit into the venue—not too small and not too big. You will have just enough space to make your guests comfortable.

2.    Consider If It Will Blend To Your Theme

If you choose your venue, make sure it matches your wedding theme. It helps in achieving the feel that you want if the area itself blends in your theme. If your motif is vintage then choose a venue which gives the same aura, if it is rustic or nature, choose locations with the same ambience. It would be easier for you than doing extravagant set-up on the event’s place.

3.    Parking Areas

Always put to mind the convenience of all especially when parking their cars. Choose a venue that has wide and enough parking space for your guests. This dilemma always set the mood of the guests before attending your wedding. So better get a venue that has huge parking space.

4.    Different Areas To Eat, Drink And Party

Check your venue if it offers variants of area suit for the kind of wedding you has. If your guests are fond of partying, then let them have area to party. If your guests are there to dine and chat with each other, then have them a place perfect for what they want—celebrating your wedding in a quiet way. And also for the drinkers, have them a space to drink and be loud. With this, everyone will enjoy your wedding for they know how comfortable your venue is. Check that your venue will not have problems to the neighboring houses to avoid any complications.

5.    Locate Important Details 

Have a tour on the place and look for important details. Visualize the area with how your wedding will look like. From the buffet area to the music corner and other concerns, make sure there are enough space, plugs and ways to go and come from. Think of how the catering provider come and go from the buffet area to their storage location.

6.    Proper Ventilation

Your wedding will also be filled with nice dresses and tuxedos. That is why it is important to give your guests proper ventilation. If you are having an indoor activity, air-conditioned venues should be considered. You would not want to look a corpse and even your guests would curse you because of the bad ventilation in your venue. 

7.    Consider Other Options

Don’t settle for just one choice of venue, visit different venues great for wedding events and compare. Think how you will benefit from one to another. Consider also the price differences and choose what would be a wise decision.

In choosing your venue, always bear in mind your guests and the food served. You will be celebrating your most special day and it would be a part of your journey forever, so make wise decisions and enjoy the rest of your preparations. 



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