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Wedding Budget Savings Tip #77: Hire a small band instead of large. (every cut counts!)

Wedding Budget Saving Tip: If your heart is set on a band, go for a smaller rather than large to save money. | From Dream Wedding on a Dime ebook at http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/ebook

While you can cut wedding costs by hiring a DJ or doing the movie yourself, you may find it important to have live entertainment. Even if you feel you must have a live band for the full reception, there are still savings to be had. Hire a small band instead of a large one. Fewer members of the band usually result in a lower fee. You will also save a few extra dollars by feeding fewer people. The above is from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.

8 Relaxation Methods for Stressed-Out Brides

Eight ways to relax when you are (or to avoid getting) stressed out from wedding planning.

As any bride will tell you, even though planning a wedding is an exciting and happy time, it can also be one filled with anxiety. There is so much to do, so many decisions to make, and often so many people offering advice, your head can spin. Chances are, as you are searching for the perfect wedding gown, lining up your bridesmaids, writing your wedding vows, registering for gifts, and deciding where to go on your honeymoon, you may be neglecting a very important component of making that dream wedding become real: YOUR stress levels. Remember, you are not only the star of this show; you are also the director, the casting crew, the costume department, and the set designer. If you have forgotten to Read the full article…

Top 10 Mason Jar Wedding Invitation Ideas

Ten different styles / ideas for mason jar wedding invitations. The page has links to examples and a whole bunch of other mason jar designs.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of modern weddings is the range of rustic and country-inspired elements popping up, the mason jar being one of the most predominant. Not only is it fun to drink from, but the container is also a natural for wedding decorations. And, as with most wedding decor, it has made its way onto invitation and save the date designs. After studying what’s available, I’ve come up with ten different general looks you may like, along with an example of each. Find them left to right, top to bottom on the graphic in the order listed below. You can also find over 1,000 different mason jar styles here. 1. Wooden Background. Because barns are often a venue in farm weddings, it Read the full article…

Wedding Budget Savings Tip #51: Compare Flower and Florist Costs

Wedding Budget Saving Tip: Compare costs from both online wholesalers and florists when ordering or buying flowers. | From Dream Wedding on a Dime ebook at http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/ebook

Compare prices when you buy or order flowers. The same type of flowers can dramatically vary in cost from one source to another. I found a HUGE range in prices while researching flower costs for the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook. The above is from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.

Tips for Smart Wedding Budget Spending (Part 3)

Tips for smart wedding budget spending (part 3 of 3). This installment has ideass for the rehearsal dinner, rings, skin care, dress and accessories, save the dates, jewelry, the reception, and gifts.

This is the third in a three part series of ideas for wisely spending and managing your wedding budget. Part 1 covered the money management as well as venue and planner, caterer, and toast. In Part 2, you can read tips for saving on drinks, cake and dessert, flowers, centerpieces, photo and video, beauty items, and live entertainment. Here in part 3, the final 37 tips are ideas for the rehearsal dinner, rings, skin care, dress and accessories, save the dates, jewelry, the reception, and gifts. First, it pays to remember … 77. Harness both the power of the Internet and local discounts to keep costs down. Rehearsal Dinner 78. Invite only the wedding party and clergy to a formal rehearsal dinner and have a Read the full article…

100+ ways to manage a wedding budget wisely (2nd of 3 parts).

100+ ways to manage a wedding budget wisely (2nd of 3 parts). Tips for managing your wedding budget better overall and when it comes to the venue and caterer. | http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

Yesterday I covered the money management as well as venue and planner, caterer, and toast in the first 38 tips for managing your wedding budget money in a smart way. This next installment focuses on the beverages, cake and dessert, flowers, centerpieces, photos and video, beauty items, and band. Alcohol-Containing Drinks 39. Serve beer and/or wine as the only alcohol-containing drinks. 40. Limit the amount of time drinks are available. 41. Have servers circulate with trays of designated, premixed drinks instead of having an open bar. Cake and Dessert 42. In addition to a small wedding cake, serve a second one with the same flavor and frosting but baked in a large rectangular pan (refer to it as a “sheet” cake when ordering) instead of Read the full article…

113 ‘Smart Spending’ Wedding Ideas (Part 1)

113 Smart Money Wedding Ideas (Part 1). These are the first 38 tips, for managing your wedding budget better overall and when it comes to the venue, caterer, and the toast. | http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

There are many ways to save when it comes to your wedding, but smart money management—knowing where the money is coming from, finding ways to spend it wisely, and earning more from it in between—tops the list of strategies. It is key to keeping your spending under control and making sure what you owe does not exceed what you can pay. Here are 113 techniques for making wise choices when it comes to money management as well as the venue and planner, caterer, and toast (actually, this is the first of three posts. the remaining installments cover (Part 2) drinks, cake and dessert, flowers, centerpieces, photo and video, beauty items, and live entertainment and (Part 3) the rehearsal dinner, rings, skin care, dress and accessories, Read the full article…

Chalkboard Wedding Invitation Ideas

Chalkboard style wedding invitation ideas ... links to a lot of examples with mason jars, lights, frame-like, flowers, and rustic wood designs.

One of the most intriguing current wedding trends is the chalkboard. The written-upon, black slate look is appearing as signs, painted upon glassware or favors, and even incorporated into wedding stationery. Which, of course, means more appearances in wedding invitation designs. Here is what you can expect to find when ready to shop (you can see an example of each in the image, left to right, top to bottom) … FLOWERS. Few things pair better with weddings than flowers. Naturally, blooms–both in color and white against black–can be found drawn upon chalkboard-look paper. Take a look.  (Style shown is here.) WOOD. Chalkboard paint applied to pieces of wood creates a uniquely rustic look. Take a look. (Style shown is here.) LIGHTS. The dark background is Read the full article…

Money-Saving Wedding Favor Ideas

Money-Saving Wedding Favor Ideas. | http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com

Favors can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a wedding for both you and guests, even when you spend little on the favors. There are four approaches: Have them do double duty as centerpieces, desserts, or place cards; make your own; buy inexpensive varieties; or omit them completely. Skipping favors, of course, would be the most economical, but your budget can survive with barely a dent if you want your guests to have a special treat or something to take home. Create your own favors. Making favors is one of the most popular DIY projects and can range from relatively simple to elaborate. Some ideas to spark your creativity: – Bake little pies in mini-canning jars. – Tie a square of tulle around Read the full article…

Wedding Budget Savings Tip #122: Buy as much as you can used.

Wedding Budget Saving Tip: Buy as much as you can used. | From Dream Wedding on a Dime ebook at http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/ebook

Buy as much as you can used. Many used wedding items are in like-new or nearly new condition. Find several categories of items with free shipping–such as centerpieces, bridal jewelry, or cake/dessert stands (for example)–at used.MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com.

5 Wedding Tax Deduction Tips, Plus One To Avoid

Ways to save on taxes with your wedding

One way many people overlook when thinking of ways to save on their wedding is tax deductions. Here are the rules, along with corresponding IRS resources, followed by some ideas for getting the deductions. (Disclaimer: I’ve taken the H&R Block tax preparer’s course, but I am not a tax professional. So, please double check your deductions through a tax software or professional.) The Rules If you use Schedule A to itemize deductions on a Federal 1040 tax return you can reduce your taxes. IRS Publication 526, found here, lays out the rules for what can and cannot be counted as a donation. First, for your contribution to be tax deductible, you cannot receive special extras in return for your donation. For example, donating to a Read the full article…

Top 7 Ways Brides Stay Within Their Wedding Budgets

7 Ways to Save Money on Wedding

A wedding budget may sound like a lot of money until the costs begin to accumulate. It’s then you realize even what seem to be small expenditures add up quickly. Smart brides take steps to manage the money before costs get out of hand. (1) Choose either quantity or quality. A huge wedding with a lot of guests or a small event with only closest family and friends? A low budget for the former will require a creative venue choice and buffet or other value-priced choice of catering. Go the latter route and you can spend more per guest and still stay within a limited budget. (2) Take time for a reality check. It’s too easy to get caught up in the glamour of possibilities and begin Read the full article…

Don’t Freak Out About the $25K+ Average Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost split out by household income. Looks more reasonable for lower income. | http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com

A good part of the population nearly faints or panics (or both) when hearing what the average wedding costs these days. There is no need for either. As it turns out, higher-income weddings skew the average (that’s math-speak for “sends the lower income folk into a tizzy”). New stats just released by The Wedding Report break down that average and lets us take a closer look. As you can see on the chart, wedding spending is less than average until you start looking at those who make more than $150,000. If your income is between $50,000 and $75,000, for example, your financial peers tend to spend around $15,000 on their weddings. It’s still a chunk of money, but far less heart-stopping than the $26,000 figure. Read the full article…

Vintage Save the Date Ideas

Vintage save the date card and wedding invitation ideas ... links to a ton of ideas for eight different styles /

You are engaged and want to give everyone a “heads up” well in advance. You also know you like the current vintage trend but are not sure of all the options. Here is the lowdown on some of the most popular vintage looks in save the date cards (you can see an example of each in the image, left to right, top to bottom … GATSBY. Gold and black colors combined with 20′s marquee-like fonts are the hallmarks of this style made popular by the Leonardo Dicaprio movie. Take a look.  (Style shown is here.) BOARDING PASSES AND PASSPORTS. There was a time when travel tickets and other documents were more decorative than they are today. These looks are perfect for a vintage-theme destination wedding. Read the full article…

How to Work With Your Wedding Vendors / Helpers to Save Money

Ways to work with wedding vendors and helpers to save money. | http://www.MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

No matter how small their roles, professionals play an important part in your wedding. The good ones have experience, expertise, and raw talent that can make even the lowest-budget weddings look stylish. When it comes to vendors, your priorities and the talents available to you partially determine whether you will actually save in both dollars and sanity by doing it yourself. No matter how you plan your wedding, you will need a lot of people, besides you, to make it happen: wedding professionals and other vendors, family, and friends. The way you combine their available skills will determine how well your day fits both your dream and your budget. Ideally, you will hit the mark on both accounts. The key is picking and choosing the Read the full article…


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