Wedding Flower Tips and Savings

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Real or Fake Flowers?

Ahhh….the beautiful look and scent of flowers.  It’s so elegant to see a wedding set up with flowers in vibrant colors to match your wedding theme.  The aroma when you walk into the room feels as if you are entering a spa.

Flowers can be very costly but there are ways you can save money.  Always try to select flowers that are in season.  For the ceremony you will need personal flowers, i.e. bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, and mother of the bride and groom, boutonnieres for the groom, father of the bride/groom, all groomsmen and sometimes grandparents too.    If you decide to purchase large arrangements for the ceremony ensure that someone has them moved to the reception venue.  If you are going to spend the money on ceremony florals then make sure you can re-use them somewhere in your reception hall

Once you have chosen the type of floral arrangements for your wedding reception you can cut down your cost by placing the flowers at every other or every 3rd guest table.  For the table without the florals provide a beautiful tall glass holder with floating candle.  This alone will save your budget by half and actually looks really nice with alternating centerpieces. Just a quick tip….if you want your guests to be able to see each other across the table, the centerpieces should either be above or below eye level, or about 14 inches.

If you select a wedding date around a Holiday remember that most venues have decor already done so that will definitely save you money as well.  You may have to provide minimum decor.

If real flowers are just not in your budget then try to arrange your own centerpieces with silk.  You won’t believe how some arrangements look so real but it is not until you touch them that you realize it’s silk.

Do your investigative work before you go and look around.  Know the type of flowers, what’s in season and rough idea on costs.    Surf the net, read wedding books and ask friends and family for referrals.  Then, shop around to various florist shops in your area and explain what you are looking for and don’t forget to check the larger grocery store chains.  Some of their floral arrangements will surprise you!

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IJSY Feature Vendor: Historic Kent Manor Inn

Celebrate your love and commitment with a memorable waterfront 554671 457436047710795 1435017050 n 150x150 IJSY Feature Vendor:  Historic Kent Manor Innwedding at Historic Kent Manor Inn.

Historic Kent Manor Inn sits at the end of a mile-long tree-lined drive on 220 acres along the shores of Thompson Creek. Located on Kent Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the inn is just 30 minutes from Annapolis. The historic manor presents the perfect opportunity to make your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception an occasion that will shine in your memory for decades to come.”

562049 196909343763468 233007341 n 150x150 IJSY Feature Vendor:  Historic Kent Manor InnImagine a waterfront ceremony and a reception in the glass-enclosed octagonal Garden House and a complimentary bridal suite. The elegantly decorated space, designed specifically to accommodate a variety of events, has an elevated dance floor, a built-in bar area and table seating for up to 150 people. Additional space is available on the adjacent South Lawn for rented tents which can accommodate up to 300 guests.

An experienced “day-of” wedding coordinator will help organize your special event from rehearsal dinner to reception  as well as work with all of your vendors, and assist in any decor to bring your day vision to life.  It’s all designed to create a worry-free wedding.

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Your Honeymoon Budget

wedding honeymoon 150x150 Your Honeymoon BudgetJust as the wedding and reception budgets are made you also need to have a budget set aside for your honeymoon.  Are you looking for a short weekend getaway, a tropical island, a drive along the California coast or a site seeing tour in Europe.Wedding Honeymoon 150x150 Your Honeymoon Budget

Depending on how much money you have to spend, there are so many deals and packages available.  You must set time aside to research the Internet and see what flight and hotel packages are offered.   I know first hand that there are many ways to save on travel.  Many times, it is best to book the flight and hotel separately.    Call the hotel directly because they may be offering a in-house promotion that the 1-800 center may not be aware of.  Always ask if there are any specials or upgrades for “honeymooners”.

If you are booking a honeymoon that is not all inclusive then budget how much money you may spend on accommodations, meals, car rental, tours, gratuities and tax.  If you find a hotel with a small kitchenette that will certainly reduce your meal expenses.  If you are doing an all-inclusive trip you will not require a lot of cash leaving your pocket since all your food and beverage is included at the resort.

Sign up for a honeymoon registry where your guests can actually contribute to your trip.  You will be surprised how quickly this will add up and just maybe you won’t have to pay anything in the end!

Ensure all your travel documents are in place and you have a copy of your marriage license.  Purchase travel and out of town medical insurance in the event something should happen to you while away.  Many credit cards and the companies you work for offer this already so investigate this first before purchasing travel insurance with the tour operators.  This alone will reduce your bill by a couple hundred dollars.

Always remember that the best prices are usually last minute or in off season.  If your wedding falls into this time frame then you are sure to get a better deal.  Last minute may be a little tough as you want everything in place far in advance but don’t count it out.  If you are willing to go anywhere the last minute deals are then great.

Final note, once you have selected your destination make it a promise that the two of you will go back to the same location for your 5th wedding anniversary.  It’s only something to look forward to and will bring make many wonderful memories.

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Shopping tips for buying your wedding dress

Wedding dress 3 150x150 Shopping tips for buying your wedding dressWhen you are newly engaged so many thoughts go through your mind.  You may know exactly what you want in terms of theme, colors, and venue.  As you start to book your vendors, the one item you really want to be perfect is your wedding dress.  Do you want a straight line, southern bell, lace, beading, off the shoulder, v-neck, white or color?  Today’s dresses are stunning and the selections are endless from vintage, traditional and modern.

You know your style and your body shape and want to find a dress that will compliment both.  You can purchase wedding books and go online to see the hottest and latest trends.  Once you have an idea in mind you  should start shopping at various wedding boutiques in search of that perfect dress.  Don’t be too quick to make a decision.  You want to try on an assortment of styles to see what suits you best.Wedding dress 1 150x150 Shopping tips for buying your wedding dress

Always  remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress very lightly as you will be trying dress after dress.  It is recommended not to wear make-up or lipstick .  The dresses are beautiful and it would be a shame to have lipstick or make-up on them especially if you find “that perfect dress “.

The most important tip is don’t do this alone.  Bring your bridesmaids, mom and mother-in-law to help sort through dresses offering extra helpful hands so they can look through the racks while you are trying them on.   Bring your camera and have someone take pictures so you can look at them again.   Make a night out of it so you can go out for dinner and look at the selections you made.

This one shopping outing you should enjoy and remember for a very long time.

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