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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Start Smart with an Inexpensive Trio Wedding Ring Set

    In today's climate of extreme budgeting and cutbacks, you might not feel certain that you can afford the wedding of your dreams – or even the wedding ring of your dreams. However, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set might be just the answer you are looking for to find timeless, elegant style at an affordable price.

    Some jewelers offer better prices on three rings purchased together as a set an engagement ring, a ladies' wedding band, and a men's wedding band than these three rings purchased separately. Basically, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set saves you money because it saves the jeweler money. It is less expensive for a jeweler to manufacture, ship, and market coordinating rings as a set, and it saves you time and money, too.

    You are likely to save even more money if you are willing to forego a diamond solitaire ring and instead invest in a diamond cluster ring. Just like a solitaire ring, a diamond cluster ring is made from real diamonds that are certified conflict-free. However, instead of one big expensive diamond, the ring is made from a cluster of smaller high-quality diamonds. The visual impact of a diamond cluster ring is the same as a solitaire ring, as the grouping of diamonds gives both elegance and luster. However, the cost is much less, since it is cheaper to mine perfect diamonds that are smaller in size.

    An inexpensive trio wedding ring set that is comprised of diamond clusters will save you even more money, but they will still last you a lifetime. You will likely wish to insure your wedding jewelry, just as you would for more expensive selections, and you care for the jewelry in the same way. Now all you need to do is decide what style suits you best!

    Photo Credit: Flickr (dccraftaholic128)

  • Unconventional Budget Wedding Gift Ideas

    Perhaps you aren't a very by-the-book kind of person. Perhaps walking down a straight aisle in a white strapless gown in front of 100 guests just isn't your fantasy wedding. Perhaps you feel a little bit uncomfortable about registering for 12 place settings of china on your wedding registry.

    If you don't fit in the typical $25,000 wedding box, never fear! From an original trio wedding ring set to creative wedding gifts, from unconventional wedding ceremony sites to eccentric wedding cake choices, there are a lot of different ways to make your budget wedding your own. Here are three ideas to get you thinking about a different kind of wedding registry.

    1. Eclectic Budget Wedding Gifts

    With such websites as My Registry
    or Amazon, you can create one single registry with a variety of different lovely and unconventional items from local family businesses, your favorite environmentally friendly companies,
    or even your favorite homemade items from stores like Etsy.

    2. Intangible Budget Wedding Gifts

    Perhaps you both already have your own homes and already have a lot of stuff. You may be planning to downsize rather than scale up after yourwedding, with a trio wedding ring set being the only new item you wish to bring into your home. If that is the case, consider a honeymoon registry to fund the trip of your dreams or perhaps a charitable gift registry tohelp people in need, rather than feeling committed to a more conventional registry populated with hand towels and waffle makers.

    3. Homemade Budget Wedding Gifts

    If the best present would be having your guests give of themselves for your wedding gift, then consider asking friends to prepare and bring their favorite dish for you, either for a potluck reception or to stock your newlywed freezer. Or ask a friend to host a wedding shower to which everyone brings a favorite plant from their garden to help get yours started. If you're crafty and have crafty friends and family, consider asking each wedding guest to create a quilt square for you. Just send a small square of plain fabric in each budget wedding invitation and ask family and friends to use fabric, fabric pens, embroidery floss, or other washable materials to create a special square that you can incorporate into a memorable wedding quilt.

    What are your unique weeding registry ideas?

    Photo Credit: Flickr (MRS TWINS)

  • Budget Wedding Music Ideas

    Pachelbel? Tchaikovsky? Beethoven? Mendelssohn? Many brides and grooms feel perplexed when they hear all of the options available to them, even if they are choosing to have a traditional budget wedding. Many people fret about finding an affordable wedding ring set, but that process can actually be far easier than finding affordable wedding music.

    Perhaps you feel equally out of your league. As you start to make decisions about your budget wedding music, you may wish to consult comprehensive guides from The Wedding Channel and TheKnot.com. Both sites offer comprehensive wedding music guides that list a wide variety of music options for all the different parts of your budget wedding ceremony and reception, including a variety of different musical styles.
    Additionally, if you are having a church wedding, your pastor or your organist might already have a small selection of standard music they use in weddings at the church. A few popular wedding ceremony hymns include “Amazing Grace,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” and “Day by Day.” A soloist might sing more beautifully, but you will save money if you ask your guests to sing your hymns of choice during the ceremony. And the more familiar the song, the more lovely the sound will be.

    Many wedding planners strongly recommend sticking to professional musicians and professional DJs for your wedding, but as with hunting for an affordable wedding ring set, your budget is your budget. If the best ceremony music you can afford is singing hymns with your guests, embrace that and make the best of it. The same is true if your budget wedding reception music needs to be an iPod playlist of your favorite songs played over a loudspeaker. But before you resign yourself to a purely DIY music approach, consider these possible sources of affordable wedding music:

    1. University music students
    2. Talented friends and family
    3. New DJ’s
    4. Church organists and choirs

    What music are you most excited about including in your wedding?

    Photo Credit: A. Vivaldi

  • The 5 Best Budget Wedding Apps

    budget wedding appsIt seems like there is an app for everything these days – getting restaurant
    reservations, quizzing kids on spelling words, checking traffic conditions, and so much more. In today's increasingly digital world, many people spend much of their day glued to a cell phone, even at work. Now if only you could find an app to help you
    select the perfect inexpensive wedding ring set before you pop the question!

    Believe it or not, you can get a free wedding proposal app in the iTunes store
    for your iPhone, which also includes tips about selecting aninexpensive wedding ring set.

    Additionally, there are many popular free or relatively inexpensive budget wedding planning apps that might be helpful to you and your spouse-to-be
    as you try to keep track of your wedding budget and wedding plans.

    1. TheKnot.com offers a free wedding planning app, Wedding 911,
    with popular wedding advice from TheKnot.com as well as the ability to post questions for input from fellow app users, anytime, anywhere.

    2. iWedding is a more pricey purchase, at $6.99. It includes features such as planning and tracking a budget, managing guest lists, and staying on top of to-do lists.

    3. A different budget wedding app that you may choose to purchase is the $4.99 Bride Guide, another app which purports to be a comprehensive wedding planning resource, from budgeting to buffeting. You probably only want one of these more comprehensive budget wedding planning programs, since it might get confusing to switch between programs.

    4. Keep on top of your budget wedding dress shopping with iBridalGown, a virtual dress-shopping helper which you can purchase for $3.99.

    5. If it is your registry you are working on, apps such as the free Amazon Mobile might be a good resource for keeping your gift ideas all in one place at your fingertips.

    What apps have you found helpful in your wedding planning?

    Photo Credit: Jim G

  • Budget Wedding Tips from the Victorian Era

    You probably don’t like the idea of importing the rigid gender dynamics of the Victorian Era into your own wedding and marriage. You probably also don’t want the added expense or diminished privacy of a female chaperone accompanying you on your honeymoon. But if a budget wedding is on your mind, there are many bygone customs that just might fit the bill.

    1. Host a morning wedding.

    For much of the Victorian Era, it was the law that weddings take place in the morning. A morning wedding could be an excellent choice for your budget wedding, because it might make the venue less expensive to rent, since morning weddings are not as common today. Also, a wedding breakfast could be significantly less expensive than a meal at another time of day, since there would be less expectation of alcohol or expensive meat or seafood entrees. Light pastries and fruits, for example, could be an economical choice for a wedding breakfast.

    2. Use vintage clothing and décor.

    You may be able to find a vintage look wedding gown from a thrift store or antique store for a much better price than at a modern wedding boutique, or you may be able to borrow one from a costume rental store. White was not a common wedding gown color during the Victorian age, so you could also cast a wider net and look for a range of pastel shades, which would give you more budget wedding dress choices. Just be certain to pair your dress with a long lace veil, a fashion started by Queen Victoria herself.

    Whether you choose a new diamond cluster ring or vintage wedding jewelry, look for more intricate, old-fashioned styles.

    For your wedding decorations, look for intricate and frilly touches at garage sales, antique stores, and even in Grandma’s attic. Those old crocheted doilies could be re-purposed for centerpieces at the reception tables. Some stores might even let you simply rent or borrow such used decorations inexpensively rather than buying them.

    3. Go easy on the flowers.
     

    The bride only needs a small, tightly clustered budget wedding bouquet for an authentic Victorian wedding. Instead of expensive, exotic flowers, pick simple flowers with sentimental meanings. White carnations, for example, signify pure love, while red roses indicate true love. For an authentic Victorian touch, add some ivy to the bouquet like Queen Victoria. She started a tradition of planting wedding bouquet ivy, which symbolizes endurance in the language of flowers, and passing on cuttings of the ivy to her children and grandchildren in later years. Besides, fewer flowers mean more attention on your diamond cluster ring!

    Photo Credit: Le Petit Poulailler

  • Plan Ahead to Save Money on a Budget Wedding

    In today’s fast-paced world, flexible bargain hunters can often find amazing deals on anything from clothing to vehicles to travel to food. However, bargain hunting is not an exact science. When it comes to planning a budget wedding, it would not be smart to wait until the last minute looking for the best possible deal, not find a deal, and then need to go far over your budget in order to find a caterer or other service provider available at the last minute.

    No, the best idea is to plan ahead. From picking an inexpensive trio wedding ring set to booking a venue, sooner is generally better. If you have more time to plan a wedding, then it gives you the time for things like getting a ring resized or a dress altered without the stress (and added expense) of needing a quick turnaround, and it gives you more of an opportunity to look around for the best deal before you absolutely need to make a decision.

    How Planning Ahead Saves Budget Wedding Bucks

    1. Purchase your budget wedding dress several months in advance. This gives you plenty of time to order the dress without paying for more expensive shipping and handling. Most bridal stores do not sell off the rack, so it often takes several weeks for your dress to come in. This also gives you more time to shop around for a good deal or to hire a seamstress to copy a designer dress for you at a much more reasonable cost. And if you need alterations made, having a few months as a cushion also saves you from having to pay significantly more to a tailor for a rush order.

    2. Select and order your inexpensive trio wedding ring set with months to spare before the wedding. Ordering ahead allows you the luxury of time to choose the right rings for your budget, saves you money on shipping, and gives you the chance to get the rings resized if they don’t have the perfect fit when they arrive.

    3. Allow yourself plenty of time to shop around for the venue, caterer, photographer, etc. that will give you the best value for your money. You might even have the time to take on a few DIY projects to save a little cash. But at some point, you will need to make a decision and commit to your choices. The perfect deal may not be out there, but at least you won’t be trying to scramble at the very last minute to find a professional and reasonably priced wedding photographer who isn’t already booked. And if you are not in a rush, you can make plans to book an off-season budget wedding to save even more money.

    What are your tips for planning ahead to save money? Share them in the comments.

  • How to Find Designer Budget Wedding Dresses

    Perhaps you are determined to buy your own budget wedding dress. But think about it this way – it is something you will only wear for one day, and then it will live in your attic forever. Your possible future daughter may not want anything to do with wearing your dress. It is a lot of money to spend on a gown that may only ever see the light of day one time.

    Some brides are making a different budget wedding decision. They are choosing to rent anything from a budget wedding dress to a designer wedding dress, rather than try to buy or make one. If you are interested in an expensive designer look, this can be an excellent way to pull it off on a budget, while keeping the memories and the photos long after you return the dress. And your guests never have to know that you didn’t purchase the gown!

    Sites such as Rent the Runway offer a wide selection of designer dresses and accessories. RTR does not specialize in weddings, but with over 35,000 dresses and 20,000 accessories available for rental much more cheaply than you could buy them, you’re sure to find something that fits the bill for yourself or even for your bridesmaids. When you’re finished, just mail your rented items back in an envelope, and enjoy the memories of your designer look!

    Similar sites include Bag Borrow or Steal and Adorn.com. Adorn.com actually specializes in renting out diamond jewelry to brides. You obviously don’t want to rent out a trio ring set, which will be an important keepsake and accessory throughout your marriage, but you might like to select from a wide variety of diamond earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that could complement your diamond cluster wedding and engagement rings. After investing in a trio ring set, you might not have much money left over in your jewelry budget, but you, like many other modern brides, might have room in your budget to rent some stunning diamond jewelry just for the big day.

    Would you consider renting a wedding dress or accessories for your wedding day? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • Top 3 Christmas Proposal Ideas

     

     

     

    Are you ready to propose? Believe it or not, guys, if a Christmas proposal is what you’ve got in mind, the time to start planning is now. This gives you time to determine whether an affordable trio wedding ring set is right for your budget wedding, learn about the 4 C’s, decide what style ring you prefer, and even learn how to protect and care for your affordable trio wedding ring set.

    Really, it isn’t that complicated. It is as easy as deciding on your budget and browsing the My Trio Rings website to choose the rings that you think you and your fiancée will love the best.

    You may be a low-key, push-the-ring-box-across-the-dinner-table kind of guy, or maybe you’re a more traditional down-on-one-knee type. If either of those are true, then you may not be looking for creative Christmas proposal ideas. But if you want a more creative Christmas proposal, then here are a few ideas to get you started:

    1. When the snow starts falling, get outdoors and participate in a winter sport such as skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, or even just wintry sleigh riding. When you come inside from the cold to warm up with hot chocolate, pull off your girlfriend’s gloves and offer an affordable trio wedding ring set as a way to warm up her fingers.

    2. Ask your girlfriend if she would like to open one special gift on Christmas Eve. Pile wrapped gifts under the tree for her to choose from. Leave each box empty except for one that contains the engagement ring. Get her to keep unwrapping boxes until she finds the package with the ring inside.

    3. Put the pre-planned proposal ideas aside. Carry the ring around in your pocket as the holiday nears, and just wait for a perfect, memorable Christmas moment to pop the question to the woman of your dreams. Maybe it will be while Christmas shopping, while sipping holiday-flavored coffees, while wrapping gifts, while singing Christmas carols, or even while trying to dig a car out of a snow drift. Trust your intuition and surprise both of you with the perfect proposal!

    What are your Christmas proposal ideas?

  • What to Bring to Your Wedding

    It is not uncommon for even the most organized bride to arrive at her own wedding flustered and later than planned. With so many details to coordinate and so much to be done even on the day itself, it is too easy to get off schedule. This is why it is good to have a wedding planner help you out on the big day, even for a budget wedding.

    But a wedding planner is not likely to be at your home in the morning, reminding you of all the things you should not forget to bring to your budget wedding, besides something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

    1. His and hers wedding bands

    Be certain that the person who is in charge of the his and hers wedding bands remembers to bring them to the wedding. These rings are an important part of a wedding ceremony, and it would be a shame to forget them on the kitchen table.

    2. Driver’s license and cash

    No matter who is driving who, be prepared in case you need to drive for an unexpected reason. And cash is a good idea to have on hand for unexpected tips or other emergencies, such as an urgent need for a caffeinated soda or a snack.

    3. An emergency snack and drink

    Despite all the planning that you and your spouse-to-be have put into your budget wedding food, it is a sad fact that you are unlikely to get the chance to eat much of it. If you have a very good bridal party, then you may find yourself getting the opportunity to eat more than most brides, but chances are, you will have toasts to listen to, relatives to talk to, cakes to cut, and dances to do that may prevent you from eating much. In order to keep your energy up, be certain to eat before you arrive and also have an emergency stash of food and drink for a quick pick-me-up.

    4. A toiletry kit

    Be prepared to freshen up after rushing to the ceremony location or after sneaking a quick snack. Come prepared with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, baby powder, perfume, bobby pins, hair spray, and whatever else you might need to look and smell your best. Don’t forget to stick a handkerchief or a pack of tissues in the bag, just in case!

    5. An emergency kit

    In your hurry to arrive at your budget wedding, it is possible that you might snag your pantyhose or rip a seam. Create a small kit with emergency supplies such as clear nail polish to stop a pantyhose run, personal care products, medications, safety pins, and a needle and thread to help you solve last-minute problems. The needle and thread could also come in handy to sew your his and hers wedding bands to the ringbearer pillow.

    What are your budget wedding must-haves?

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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Start Smart with an Inexpensive Trio Wedding Ring Set

    In today's climate of extreme budgeting and cutbacks, you might not feel certain that you can afford the wedding of your dreams – or even the wedding ring of your dreams. However, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set might be just the answer you are looking for to find timeless, elegant style at an affordable price.

    Some jewelers offer better prices on three rings purchased together as a set an engagement ring, a ladies' wedding band, and a men's wedding band than these three rings purchased separately. Basically, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set saves you money because it saves the jeweler money. It is less expensive for a jeweler to manufacture, ship, and market coordinating rings as a set, and it saves you time and money, too.

    You are likely to save even more money if you are willing to forego a diamond solitaire ring and instead invest in a diamond cluster ring. Just like a solitaire ring, a diamond cluster ring is made from real diamonds that are certified conflict-free. However, instead of one big expensive diamond, the ring is made from a cluster of smaller high-quality diamonds. The visual impact of a diamond cluster ring is the same as a solitaire ring, as the grouping of diamonds gives both elegance and luster. However, the cost is much less, since it is cheaper to mine perfect diamonds that are smaller in size.

    An inexpensive trio wedding ring set that is comprised of diamond clusters will save you even more money, but they will still last you a lifetime. You will likely wish to insure your wedding jewelry, just as you would for more expensive selections, and you care for the jewelry in the same way. Now all you need to do is decide what style suits you best!

    Photo Credit: Flickr (dccraftaholic128)

  • Unconventional Budget Wedding Gift Ideas

    Perhaps you aren't a very by-the-book kind of person. Perhaps walking down a straight aisle in a white strapless gown in front of 100 guests just isn't your fantasy wedding. Perhaps you feel a little bit uncomfortable about registering for 12 place settings of china on your wedding registry.

    If you don't fit in the typical $25,000 wedding box, never fear! From an original trio wedding ring set to creative wedding gifts, from unconventional wedding ceremony sites to eccentric wedding cake choices, there are a lot of different ways to make your budget wedding your own. Here are three ideas to get you thinking about a different kind of wedding registry.

    1. Eclectic Budget Wedding Gifts

    With such websites as My Registry
    or Amazon, you can create one single registry with a variety of different lovely and unconventional items from local family businesses, your favorite environmentally friendly companies,
    or even your favorite homemade items from stores like Etsy.

    2. Intangible Budget Wedding Gifts

    Perhaps you both already have your own homes and already have a lot of stuff. You may be planning to downsize rather than scale up after yourwedding, with a trio wedding ring set being the only new item you wish to bring into your home. If that is the case, consider a honeymoon registry to fund the trip of your dreams or perhaps a charitable gift registry tohelp people in need, rather than feeling committed to a more conventional registry populated with hand towels and waffle makers.

    3. Homemade Budget Wedding Gifts

    If the best present would be having your guests give of themselves for your wedding gift, then consider asking friends to prepare and bring their favorite dish for you, either for a potluck reception or to stock your newlywed freezer. Or ask a friend to host a wedding shower to which everyone brings a favorite plant from their garden to help get yours started. If you're crafty and have crafty friends and family, consider asking each wedding guest to create a quilt square for you. Just send a small square of plain fabric in each budget wedding invitation and ask family and friends to use fabric, fabric pens, embroidery floss, or other washable materials to create a special square that you can incorporate into a memorable wedding quilt.

    What are your unique weeding registry ideas?

    Photo Credit: Flickr (MRS TWINS)

  • Budget Wedding Music Ideas

    Pachelbel? Tchaikovsky? Beethoven? Mendelssohn? Many brides and grooms feel perplexed when they hear all of the options available to them, even if they are choosing to have a traditional budget wedding. Many people fret about finding an affordable wedding ring set, but that process can actually be far easier than finding affordable wedding music.

    Perhaps you feel equally out of your league. As you start to make decisions about your budget wedding music, you may wish to consult comprehensive guides from The Wedding Channel and TheKnot.com. Both sites offer comprehensive wedding music guides that list a wide variety of music options for all the different parts of your budget wedding ceremony and reception, including a variety of different musical styles.
    Additionally, if you are having a church wedding, your pastor or your organist might already have a small selection of standard music they use in weddings at the church. A few popular wedding ceremony hymns include “Amazing Grace,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” and “Day by Day.” A soloist might sing more beautifully, but you will save money if you ask your guests to sing your hymns of choice during the ceremony. And the more familiar the song, the more lovely the sound will be.

    Many wedding planners strongly recommend sticking to professional musicians and professional DJs for your wedding, but as with hunting for an affordable wedding ring set, your budget is your budget. If the best ceremony music you can afford is singing hymns with your guests, embrace that and make the best of it. The same is true if your budget wedding reception music needs to be an iPod playlist of your favorite songs played over a loudspeaker. But before you resign yourself to a purely DIY music approach, consider these possible sources of affordable wedding music:

    1. University music students
    2. Talented friends and family
    3. New DJ’s
    4. Church organists and choirs

    What music are you most excited about including in your wedding?

    Photo Credit: A. Vivaldi

  • The 5 Best Budget Wedding Apps

    budget wedding appsIt seems like there is an app for everything these days – getting restaurant
    reservations, quizzing kids on spelling words, checking traffic conditions, and so much more. In today's increasingly digital world, many people spend much of their day glued to a cell phone, even at work. Now if only you could find an app to help you
    select the perfect inexpensive wedding ring set before you pop the question!

    Believe it or not, you can get a free wedding proposal app in the iTunes store
    for your iPhone, which also includes tips about selecting aninexpensive wedding ring set.

    Additionally, there are many popular free or relatively inexpensive budget wedding planning apps that might be helpful to you and your spouse-to-be
    as you try to keep track of your wedding budget and wedding plans.

    1. TheKnot.com offers a free wedding planning app, Wedding 911,
    with popular wedding advice from TheKnot.com as well as the ability to post questions for input from fellow app users, anytime, anywhere.

    2. iWedding is a more pricey purchase, at $6.99. It includes features such as planning and tracking a budget, managing guest lists, and staying on top of to-do lists.

    3. A different budget wedding app that you may choose to purchase is the $4.99 Bride Guide, another app which purports to be a comprehensive wedding planning resource, from budgeting to buffeting. You probably only want one of these more comprehensive budget wedding planning programs, since it might get confusing to switch between programs.

    4. Keep on top of your budget wedding dress shopping with iBridalGown, a virtual dress-shopping helper which you can purchase for $3.99.

    5. If it is your registry you are working on, apps such as the free Amazon Mobile might be a good resource for keeping your gift ideas all in one place at your fingertips.

    What apps have you found helpful in your wedding planning?

    Photo Credit: Jim G

  • Budget Wedding Tips from the Victorian Era

    You probably don’t like the idea of importing the rigid gender dynamics of the Victorian Era into your own wedding and marriage. You probably also don’t want the added expense or diminished privacy of a female chaperone accompanying you on your honeymoon. But if a budget wedding is on your mind, there are many bygone customs that just might fit the bill.

    1. Host a morning wedding.

    For much of the Victorian Era, it was the law that weddings take place in the morning. A morning wedding could be an excellent choice for your budget wedding, because it might make the venue less expensive to rent, since morning weddings are not as common today. Also, a wedding breakfast could be significantly less expensive than a meal at another time of day, since there would be less expectation of alcohol or expensive meat or seafood entrees. Light pastries and fruits, for example, could be an economical choice for a wedding breakfast.

    2. Use vintage clothing and décor.

    You may be able to find a vintage look wedding gown from a thrift store or antique store for a much better price than at a modern wedding boutique, or you may be able to borrow one from a costume rental store. White was not a common wedding gown color during the Victorian age, so you could also cast a wider net and look for a range of pastel shades, which would give you more budget wedding dress choices. Just be certain to pair your dress with a long lace veil, a fashion started by Queen Victoria herself.

    Whether you choose a new diamond cluster ring or vintage wedding jewelry, look for more intricate, old-fashioned styles.

    For your wedding decorations, look for intricate and frilly touches at garage sales, antique stores, and even in Grandma’s attic. Those old crocheted doilies could be re-purposed for centerpieces at the reception tables. Some stores might even let you simply rent or borrow such used decorations inexpensively rather than buying them.

    3. Go easy on the flowers.
     

    The bride only needs a small, tightly clustered budget wedding bouquet for an authentic Victorian wedding. Instead of expensive, exotic flowers, pick simple flowers with sentimental meanings. White carnations, for example, signify pure love, while red roses indicate true love. For an authentic Victorian touch, add some ivy to the bouquet like Queen Victoria. She started a tradition of planting wedding bouquet ivy, which symbolizes endurance in the language of flowers, and passing on cuttings of the ivy to her children and grandchildren in later years. Besides, fewer flowers mean more attention on your diamond cluster ring!

    Photo Credit: Le Petit Poulailler

  • Plan Ahead to Save Money on a Budget Wedding

    In today’s fast-paced world, flexible bargain hunters can often find amazing deals on anything from clothing to vehicles to travel to food. However, bargain hunting is not an exact science. When it comes to planning a budget wedding, it would not be smart to wait until the last minute looking for the best possible deal, not find a deal, and then need to go far over your budget in order to find a caterer or other service provider available at the last minute.

    No, the best idea is to plan ahead. From picking an inexpensive trio wedding ring set to booking a venue, sooner is generally better. If you have more time to plan a wedding, then it gives you the time for things like getting a ring resized or a dress altered without the stress (and added expense) of needing a quick turnaround, and it gives you more of an opportunity to look around for the best deal before you absolutely need to make a decision.

    How Planning Ahead Saves Budget Wedding Bucks

    1. Purchase your budget wedding dress several months in advance. This gives you plenty of time to order the dress without paying for more expensive shipping and handling. Most bridal stores do not sell off the rack, so it often takes several weeks for your dress to come in. This also gives you more time to shop around for a good deal or to hire a seamstress to copy a designer dress for you at a much more reasonable cost. And if you need alterations made, having a few months as a cushion also saves you from having to pay significantly more to a tailor for a rush order.

    2. Select and order your inexpensive trio wedding ring set with months to spare before the wedding. Ordering ahead allows you the luxury of time to choose the right rings for your budget, saves you money on shipping, and gives you the chance to get the rings resized if they don’t have the perfect fit when they arrive.

    3. Allow yourself plenty of time to shop around for the venue, caterer, photographer, etc. that will give you the best value for your money. You might even have the time to take on a few DIY projects to save a little cash. But at some point, you will need to make a decision and commit to your choices. The perfect deal may not be out there, but at least you won’t be trying to scramble at the very last minute to find a professional and reasonably priced wedding photographer who isn’t already booked. And if you are not in a rush, you can make plans to book an off-season budget wedding to save even more money.

    What are your tips for planning ahead to save money? Share them in the comments.

  • How to Find Designer Budget Wedding Dresses

    Perhaps you are determined to buy your own budget wedding dress. But think about it this way – it is something you will only wear for one day, and then it will live in your attic forever. Your possible future daughter may not want anything to do with wearing your dress. It is a lot of money to spend on a gown that may only ever see the light of day one time.

    Some brides are making a different budget wedding decision. They are choosing to rent anything from a budget wedding dress to a designer wedding dress, rather than try to buy or make one. If you are interested in an expensive designer look, this can be an excellent way to pull it off on a budget, while keeping the memories and the photos long after you return the dress. And your guests never have to know that you didn’t purchase the gown!

    Sites such as Rent the Runway offer a wide selection of designer dresses and accessories. RTR does not specialize in weddings, but with over 35,000 dresses and 20,000 accessories available for rental much more cheaply than you could buy them, you’re sure to find something that fits the bill for yourself or even for your bridesmaids. When you’re finished, just mail your rented items back in an envelope, and enjoy the memories of your designer look!

    Similar sites include Bag Borrow or Steal and Adorn.com. Adorn.com actually specializes in renting out diamond jewelry to brides. You obviously don’t want to rent out a trio ring set, which will be an important keepsake and accessory throughout your marriage, but you might like to select from a wide variety of diamond earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that could complement your diamond cluster wedding and engagement rings. After investing in a trio ring set, you might not have much money left over in your jewelry budget, but you, like many other modern brides, might have room in your budget to rent some stunning diamond jewelry just for the big day.

    Would you consider renting a wedding dress or accessories for your wedding day? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • Top 3 Christmas Proposal Ideas

     

     

     

    Are you ready to propose? Believe it or not, guys, if a Christmas proposal is what you’ve got in mind, the time to start planning is now. This gives you time to determine whether an affordable trio wedding ring set is right for your budget wedding, learn about the 4 C’s, decide what style ring you prefer, and even learn how to protect and care for your affordable trio wedding ring set.

    Really, it isn’t that complicated. It is as easy as deciding on your budget and browsing the My Trio Rings website to choose the rings that you think you and your fiancée will love the best.

    You may be a low-key, push-the-ring-box-across-the-dinner-table kind of guy, or maybe you’re a more traditional down-on-one-knee type. If either of those are true, then you may not be looking for creative Christmas proposal ideas. But if you want a more creative Christmas proposal, then here are a few ideas to get you started:

    1. When the snow starts falling, get outdoors and participate in a winter sport such as skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, or even just wintry sleigh riding. When you come inside from the cold to warm up with hot chocolate, pull off your girlfriend’s gloves and offer an affordable trio wedding ring set as a way to warm up her fingers.

    2. Ask your girlfriend if she would like to open one special gift on Christmas Eve. Pile wrapped gifts under the tree for her to choose from. Leave each box empty except for one that contains the engagement ring. Get her to keep unwrapping boxes until she finds the package with the ring inside.

    3. Put the pre-planned proposal ideas aside. Carry the ring around in your pocket as the holiday nears, and just wait for a perfect, memorable Christmas moment to pop the question to the woman of your dreams. Maybe it will be while Christmas shopping, while sipping holiday-flavored coffees, while wrapping gifts, while singing Christmas carols, or even while trying to dig a car out of a snow drift. Trust your intuition and surprise both of you with the perfect proposal!

    What are your Christmas proposal ideas?

  • What to Bring to Your Wedding

    It is not uncommon for even the most organized bride to arrive at her own wedding flustered and later than planned. With so many details to coordinate and so much to be done even on the day itself, it is too easy to get off schedule. This is why it is good to have a wedding planner help you out on the big day, even for a budget wedding.

    But a wedding planner is not likely to be at your home in the morning, reminding you of all the things you should not forget to bring to your budget wedding, besides something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

    1. His and hers wedding bands

    Be certain that the person who is in charge of the his and hers wedding bands remembers to bring them to the wedding. These rings are an important part of a wedding ceremony, and it would be a shame to forget them on the kitchen table.

    2. Driver’s license and cash

    No matter who is driving who, be prepared in case you need to drive for an unexpected reason. And cash is a good idea to have on hand for unexpected tips or other emergencies, such as an urgent need for a caffeinated soda or a snack.

    3. An emergency snack and drink

    Despite all the planning that you and your spouse-to-be have put into your budget wedding food, it is a sad fact that you are unlikely to get the chance to eat much of it. If you have a very good bridal party, then you may find yourself getting the opportunity to eat more than most brides, but chances are, you will have toasts to listen to, relatives to talk to, cakes to cut, and dances to do that may prevent you from eating much. In order to keep your energy up, be certain to eat before you arrive and also have an emergency stash of food and drink for a quick pick-me-up.

    4. A toiletry kit

    Be prepared to freshen up after rushing to the ceremony location or after sneaking a quick snack. Come prepared with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, baby powder, perfume, bobby pins, hair spray, and whatever else you might need to look and smell your best. Don’t forget to stick a handkerchief or a pack of tissues in the bag, just in case!

    5. An emergency kit

    In your hurry to arrive at your budget wedding, it is possible that you might snag your pantyhose or rip a seam. Create a small kit with emergency supplies such as clear nail polish to stop a pantyhose run, personal care products, medications, safety pins, and a needle and thread to help you solve last-minute problems. The needle and thread could also come in handy to sew your his and hers wedding bands to the ringbearer pillow.

    What are your budget wedding must-haves?

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