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3 Tips for Planning a Big Wedding That’s Still a Budget Wedding
When you are planning a wedding on a tight budget, one of the first things to usually go is the large guest list. While scaling back the number of people who attend your wedding is a good way to keep costs down, it’s not the only way. You can stay within your budget by saving in other areas - such as choosing an off-season month for your wedding date or buying a his and hers matching ring set online instead of at a jewelry store - and freeing up money for the things that matter most to you.
If you know you want a big wedding - you’re from large families, you have many close friends, you are part of several communities that are important to you - this is still an achievable goal, even if you don’t have a lot of money to work with. Be flexible, get creative and be open to unconventional ideas, and you can get exactly the kind of wedding you want.
Ideas for a Large Budget Wedding
Find a venue through your networks.
The cost of renting location for your wedding can take up a lot more of your budget than you anticipate. See if you can work your personal connections to find a discounted (or even free) venue perfect for your big wedding. Brainstorm all of the cool spaces that friends, family members and acquaintances have access to - from your parents’ backyard and your cousin’s farm to the rooftop of the building where your best friend works and the back patio of your favorite coffee shop. Tell everyone you know what you’re looking for, and don’t be shy about asking about spaces you’re interested in. You could find the perfect place to exchange your his and hers matching ring set - for the perfect price.
Opt for casual cooking.
You want to feed your guests well, but that doesn’t mean you have to serve filet mignon. Call your favorite local hotspots for hearty homecooking or excellent takeout, and ask if they cater for large parties. Your budget wedding just may serve the best food your guests have eaten in a long time - pulled pork sandwiches and mac and cheese from the BBQ joint or lasagna and caprese salads from the mom and pop Italian restaurant.
Make it a block party.
Look for a big space where you and your guests can dance till the wee hours of the morning, and think outside the traditional reception halls. Rent a big picnic area of a local beach, and have the ceremony in the sand with guests sitting on blankets or folding chairs. Then enlist your family members’ help to set up a bonfire, casual self-catered BBQ and stereo system for burgers, beers and dancing by the water. Or rent out the auditorium of a school or community center for the night during a quiet season for events, and ask guests to bring potluck dishes in lieu of gifts or order pizzas from your favorite local spot.
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5 Last-Minute Planning Details for Your Holiday Wedding
Your picture-perfect holiday wedding is almost here! By now, you should have completed all the big remaining items on your checklist: confirming the final head count and seating chart, arranging set-up and drop-off times with all your vendors, putting your his and hers matching ring set in a safe place.
Before the wedding day, give yourself time to step back and make sure you’ve taken care of the small finishing touches you want to include in your ceremony and reception. Place last-minute orders or requests with your vendors, then sit back, relax and get excited for your big day.
A Few Final Details for a Holiday Wedding
1. Keep guests warm.
Visit your ceremony and reception venues around the same time of day you’ll be there for your wedding. If it’s a little drafty or chilly, you could place a basket of inexpensive scarves or blankets at the end of each row or at each table (for people who don’t want to warm up by hitting the dance floor!).
2. Think outside the (ring) box.
Look for a unique and seasonal way to display the his and hers matching ring set you will exchange during the ceremony. For example, have the best man hold the rings on a pine bow or find a rich red velvet pillow for the ring bearer to carry up the aisle.
3. Celebrate “I do” in style.
Want to make a statement as you walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple? Give your guests something festive to wave, like sleigh bells or sparklers, to commemorate the moment.
4. Serve toasty beverages.
If you are planning to take gorgeous photos outside to capture your holiday wedding, talk to your caterers about providing hot drinks for people waiting for their turn in front of the camera. Even having a few large cocoa, coffee or tea dispensers handy can make the wait a lot more pleasant.
5. Add festive props.
If you plan to have a busy photo booth or expect the reception to turn into a wild dance party, consider putting together a box of silly and fun props or costumes for guests to use. Wigs, hats, glasses, signs and boas are always popular, and you can also include some specific to your holiday wedding, such as Santa hats, battery-operated Christmas lights, inflatable candy canes or reindeer antlers.
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8 Love Poems to Use for Romantic Wedding Readings
When you and your spouse-to-be are planning your wedding ceremony, it can be a challenge to find wedding readings that capture the depth of the emotions you will feel that day. Here is a selection of eight love poems that can help you find the right words for everything you want to say when you exchange his and hers wedding bands. (These are excerpts, but you can click the title to read the full text of each poem.)
8 Wedding Readings
1. Love One Another by Khalil Gibran
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
2. love is more thicker than forget by e.e. cummings
love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
3. Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love
4. Bright Star by John Keats
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite
5. If Thou Must Love Me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say,
“I love her for her smile—her look—her way
6. The Kiss by Stephen Dunn
She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.
7. To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
8. A Ditty by Sir Philip Sidney
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one to the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven
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3 New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
Magic is in the air on New Year’s Eve, whether you are celebrating with a swanky big-city bash or a mellow night at home. If you’ve been trying to find the perfect occasion for your romantic proposal, this might be the one. After all, what could be more romantic than starting the new year off with a promise to be together for all the years to come?
Here are a few New Year’s Eve proposal ideas that will make it easy for you to ask the big question. Then you can relax and get down to the fun of planning where to exchange vows and which affordable wedding bands to choose!
New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
1. Make your resolutions
Tell her that you’d like to make New Year’s resolutions and share them with each other on New Year’s Eve. Find a quiet and romantic place - whether that’s on a winter walk around your neighborhood or over dinner in your favorite restaurant - and let her share her resolutions first. Read your list, making each one about her and how you’ll be there for her, love her, support her, make her laugh. Let this list reflect your personality and your relationship, and include inside jokes and references to shared experiences. Make the last item on your resolution list, “Spend the rest of my life with…” and propose.
2. When the clock strikes 12
Plan something festive for New Year’s Eve where everyone will be counting down till midnight. A few minutes before the ball drops, find somewhere away from the crowd where you can have a bit of privacy. Tell her how much you love her and want to spend the next year and all your years with her. When the 10-second countdown begins, get down on one knee and tell her the biggest reasons she is the one for you. Ask her to marry you and celebrate with your first kiss of the new year.
3. With a surprise
Tell her you’d like to take it easy and skip the big parties this New Year’s Eve - just a romantic night for the two of you. Do something the two of you love doing together that evening - eating at a favorite restaurant, cooking dinner at home, walking around an area all lit up for the holidays, seeing a movie. Find the right moment and ask her to marry you. Make up an excuse to leave where you are and head to another location… where you’ve staged a surprise engagement party with your friends and family. (This is definitely a plan to go for only if you have discussed marriage at length and you know she will say “yes”!)
What New Year’s proposal ideas would you add to the list?
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5 Fall Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Follow
Planning a wedding can have its stressful moments, but one of the most enjoyable parts is getting to find all the small touches that make it uniquely suited to you as a couple. See which of these fall wedding trends will be perfect for your special day!
1. Vintage accessories
Old-fashioned chic is not going out of style any time soon. Take advantage of timeless touches that you can incorporate into your wedding day, such as vintage jewelry, hair accessories, vases, picture frames, champagne flutes or a box to hold your his and hers matching ring set. Search for unique pieces at garage sales, thrift stores, your parent’s basement and Etsy.
2. Royal colors
Rich jewel tones are a stunning choice for a fall wedding. Choose from merlot, emerald green, royal blue, magenta or other colors that will complement the white, ivory or champagne color of the bridal gown. You can incorporate a bold color sparingly into the details of your wedding - from the invitations and the table arrangements to the flowers and the bridal party attire - but be careful not to go overboard. It’s most effective as an accent to more neutral tones.
3. Natural touches
One of the wedding trends fits perfectly with fall is using natural elements in your decor. Colorful fall leaves, vines, pinecones, acorns or grains are inexpensive and sophisticated. Blend them into your bouquets, or use them with vases, mason jars or bowls to take center stage in table arrangements.
Lace is delicate and full of subtle sophistication. It can be part of your wedding style in many different ways, whether you opt for lace sleeves on your gown a la Kate Middleton or you use the material to tie up bouquets or favors for your guests. Instead of the traditional ring box, you could also make (or commission from a seamstress) a fine lace envelope to hold your his and hers matching ring set.
5. Local food
One of the wedding trends you can adopt no matter where you are is to seek out a menu that is local and fresh. Opt for a caterer that uses many products from the surrounding geographic area, and ask how you can feature local specialties, such as apples, root vegetables, jams or wines. A farm-to-table wedding feast is both modern and a throwback to simpler times.
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Upgrading Your Matching Wedding Rings for Valentine’s Day
We’re just a handful of days away from the most romantic day of the year. And it isn’t just about chocolates and flowers. It’s about celebrating the people you love most, which makes it a perfect time to commemorate the amazing times you’ve had with your partner over the last year.
Take a couple of minutes to reflect back on the recent history you've shared with your spouse. Think about the progress you’ve made and any special moments you’ve had. Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to honor those moments and celebrate the love and life you are building together. What better way to do that than by exchanging meaningful gifts? This year, upgrade your matching wedding rings and celebrate the milestones or achievements you've had as husband and wife. Here are just a few examples of why you might want to mark this Valentine's Day with new rings:
1. Buying a House
Maybe you and your spouse finally moved into the house of your dreams this past year. This is the home where you’ll build a life together. Here, you’ll grow old, celebrate the good times and the bad, and might even start a family. Buying a house you both love together is no ordinary milestone.
3. Job Promotion
Did one of you score a big job promotion over the past year? This is another exciting life step that you can toast to together. Not only are job promotions empowering, they also can present new opportunities for your family. Make sure your spouse knows how proud you are by surprising him or her with new matching wedding rings.
2. Paying Off Debt
Being in debt can be a big strain on your household. When you finally pay off debts - whether they are student loans or credit card bills - you’ll both feel liberated. If you weren't able to buy the matching wedding rings you wanted when you got married, maybe it's time to think about upgrading.
4. Having a Baby
Did you and your spouse welcome a new life into the world this past year? Congratulations! There’s nothing more precious. Upgrading your wedding bands for Valentine's Day can symbolize the journey you’ve been on together and the next chapter in your relationship. Not only did you commit your lives to each other when you married, but now you’ve committed your lives to your brand new addition.
What’s something amazing that’s happened to you this year? How will you be celebrating it come Valentine’s Day?
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Save on a Diamond Cluster Ring or Trio Wedding Ring Set
You proposed to your fiancee with a family heirloom engagement ring. Now it is time to start thinking about wedding bands. You want to find a great deal, even though you already have an engagement ring and don't need a money-saving trio wedding ring set.
With My Trio Rings, you can still get a really good deal on a diamond cluster ring, even if you don't need rings in a set of three. The trick is going to be finding the right match to your existing ring. If the engagement ring is very plain, then almost any style of wedding band could conceivably look nice. Or if the ring is more ornate, you may wish to opt for a more plain wedding band. Whatever style your diamond cluster ring is, here are a few simple, timeless wedding bands to match almost any style or any budget.
1. Option 1 is a 14K gold ring. It has two straight rows of 1/4 carat diamonds with a thin center band of smooth white or yellow gold. [You will likely want to choose yellow gold to match an antique yellow gold ring and white gold to match an antique white gold, silver, or platinum ring. Most of these rings are available in 14 K yellow gold or 14 K white gold for the same price.] This band will run you $183.99 for a ladies' band, or $458.99 for a set which includes matching wedding bands.
2. Option 2 is a slender 14 K gold band with a straight line of 5/8 carat diamonds nestled right against the smooth edge of the gold band. This beautiful yet simple diamond cluster ring costs $203.99 for the ladies' band or in a matching his-and-hers set for $581.99.
3. Option 3 confirms that you don't need to purchase a trio wedding ring set to find a great deal. This elegant 14 K gold ring features one straight line of 1/5 carat diamonds nestled in a subtly patterned gold band which is plan enough to go with almost anything but which also exudes great elegance. This ring is $275.99 for the ladies' band and $678.99 for a matching diamond cluster ring set.
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