4 Ways You Can Save Money On Your Wedding- Jason Phillips

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Guest Post By Jason Phillips

For most men and women, their wedding is the ultimate celebration; an event that marks the start of a new life as a family. It is the adventurous journey of a lifetime. It is important for both the bride and the groom to stay mindful when spending cash to plan a wedding. There are lots of ways to create a special, chic and memorable wedding without breaking the bank.

In 2015, the average spending for a wedding was somewhere at $32,000. That’s almost 50% of the median household income per year in the US. Costs can add up fast, depending on what you have planned. 45% of couples often spend a lot more than they initially had planned. That being said, it is important to prioritize, and focus the things that matter to you the most. Here are some great tips to help out.

ETSY Weddings

The best way to save money is to attend a designer truck show. You’ll land a bunch of discounts and with a bit of luck, you’ll find the dress you’ve always dreamed of. Careful brides know how to spot a bargain, and even though it might seem impossible, you can settle on a fabulous wedding dress without breaking your budget. Many women forget about the cash they have available for a dress, and they usually spend 2 times more than they had initially planned.

Rather than head to the closest exclusive boutique, check etsy.com first. Or, go local! There are lots of local designers trying to stand out, and their prices are extremely affordable. Many couples today hunt for convenience when planning a wedding. But they also want luxury. If the groom can’t afford a tuxedo, choose a service from where you can rent one. After the wedding, you can send it back, thus saving hundreds of dollars.

Winter Weddings

Choose a date in December for your wedding and you’ll save a lot of cash of decorations. Most venues are already decorated for Christmas, which means you won’t have to spend anything extra. Consider adoring the venue with floral arrangements that are in season. This way, you’ll avoid spending extra on peonies (in winter, they are 5 times more expensive than the conventional roses). Settle on one, maximum two types of flowers. Fill the rest of the venue with greenery, such as pine cones. For an extra touch of originality, go for non-floral ornaments such as lanterns and candles, and you’ll save even more.

ONLINE Stationery

The stationery is a fundamental part of any wedding, and many couples have difficulties sending invitations. To keep your budget in check, go for paper invites. Hunt for convenient price packages online, and decide in advance. Make sure the design is simple but stylish. Minimalistic wedding invitations are in trend. Plain white enveloped rather than colored ones are the best. To save some more cash, it might be a good idea to print your own stationery. Or, go digital on your stationery as there are many companies and websites that offer amazing e-cards.


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Avoid A DIY Disaster At Your Wedding

Avoid A DIY Disaster At Your Wedding

Planning out that special day can be both beautiful and stressful; everything needs to be perfect. It is an once-in-a-lifetime event that both you and your significant other will remember forever, so it’s important that everything happens exactly how you planned it and not overlook anything since it’s easy to get lost in the details. Whatever your plan is about the guests, the venue or the ceremony itself is sure to take any situation into consideration and think about what might be missing. While you’re doing that, let’s take a look at some pointers on how to avoid any potential disasters at your wedding.

Have a checklist in place

Having a properly crafted checklist is a sure way to avoid forgetting anything. Sit with your partner and try to think of the entire wedding process, start to finish. Put everything on paper and then start breaking it down; what do you need for every one of them? Start working your way down the list and checking things off as you are done with them. Organizing and tracking everything that you do is the easiest way to make sure nothing gets left out of the wedding. However insignificant it seems, it will bug you later.

Avoid A DIY Disaster At Your WeddingPicture Credit –Pixabay

Take care of yourself

It’s easy to lose track of sleeping and eating since the big day is coming. How does fainting on your wedding day sound? Try avoiding it by making regular breaks and eating properly; it’s stressful, but it shouldn’t be damaging to you. After all, it’s something you’re both looking forward to. Make sure you shine bright by being well rested.

Hire a pro

These days, there are many agencies and managers that would gladly offer a hand in handling your wedding day preparations if you leave it up to them. This could be a good  idea if you don’t have any management skills or a friend that’s good at improvising; hiring help is nothing to be ashamed of, after all, it’s their job to make sure everything goes according to your desires.

The outfit

Make sure you’ve decided on what both of you are going to wear well before the wedding day. Whatever you decide on, you need to be sure that it’s comfortable enough to spend an entire day in, since it’s not unheard of that clothes don’t fit properly and today’s the day that they should fit perfectly. Wear your wedding dress or suit around the house a few times before the ceremony to make sure it grows on you a bit and loosens up. It feels bad if you have to change clothes in the middle of the wedding day just because you can’t stand it anymore.

Avoid A DIY Disaster At Your WeddingPicture Credit –Pixabay


Choose your venue properly

Choosing a venue that doesn’t fit your demands and expectations can ruin your big day. Before making a decision, you might want to explore more options. Your theme should be attentively laid out as well. Vintage-inspired weddings demand a specific theme. Cottages and houses to rent in Suffolk or vineyards are excellent locations. The right cottage decorated in a personal style will definitely live up to your expectations. When deciding on the location, it’s equally important to check the surrounding area. A vineyard is the perfect background for your photos.

Don’t stress over the small things

Every couple craves after the perfect wedding. However, you shouldn’t expect perfection. To avoid a disaster, you might want to keep your cool. Is the cake different than what you initially ordered? Are the decorations not enough? Is the venue overly accessorized? Regardless of your issue, know this: everything can be fixed in due time if you remain calm and patient. Ask your bridesmaids to help you out, or better yet call a wedding planner.

Enjoy it

Try to remember the reason this day exists; so that you and your significant other can officially start a new life together. Whatever may or may not happen during the wedding, try to laugh it off with friends and family, because it can’t be as bad as it seems at first. A wedding should be something you’re enjoying to the fullest, and having a big smile on your face and radiating with energy can make any occasional awkward situation seem that much brighter.


Get The High End Wedding Jewelry For Less With Everfaith

Oval Sapphire Austrian Crystal RingEvery once in a while I come across a great jewelry seller on ebay or amazon and I feel like I hit the jackpot. Ever Faith Jewelry produces those high end looks for less. The next time you are looking in your closet, and find yourself wanting to try some new looks, think of putting on a dramatic ring, like the sapphire beauty- to the left. Pair a bold necklace with a solid colored suit or a simple linen dress shirt, and leave it unbuttoned a few notches. Or, the next time your going out to dinner with the girls on Saturday night, and need something that looks radiant against your glowing skin, pick out some earrings that pick up the light.

Jewelry can be that change you need when your outfits get a bit boring, or it seems like you have worn everything in your closet multiple times. Go chic with a plain black suit, and a heavy necklace. Go colorful with prints and pair it with a cushion cut canary earring. Add richness to your outfits by wearing gold chains.

Check out my picks in the gallery section at the bottom of the article from Ever Faith.

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DIY Wedding : Save Money And Get Exactly What You Want

Inexpensive Wedding IdeasFind your name and replace it with a polaroid picture of yourself- Get the idea fromtheweddingscoop.com

A wedding can cost a huge amount of money; current studies estimate that the average wedding costs approximately $25,000. For many people this amount of money is simply too much to either afford or justify, particularly as this can be a deposit for a house. The latest trend is to start looking outside the box, to think of new and inventive ways of getting the wedding you want without blowing your budget.

Off-Season vs. In-Season wedding

If you wish to have your wedding between November and April you will be able to take advantage of the lower rates which most hotels and wedding venues offer during the quieter time of year. Many wedding venues and churches are already decorated during the holiday season ready for the relevant celebration. If you choose to get married during the holiday season you will be able to benefit from the decorations in these venues without having to pay out for them.

Consider an early wedding ceremony

You may be surprised to find out how much you can save by having your wedding early in the day. Instead of a wedding dinner, have a wedding brunch; the cost is dramatically less and you can still party all day and night!

Keep it together

You will save on decorating costs, room hire and transport if you have your wedding ceremony and the reception at the same place. Your guests may even find it easier as they can start celebrating straight away without worrying about driving later.

DIY Wedding Ideas

Wedding t-shirt instructions –Found on everydaydishes.com, Create personalized cornhole boards with painted silhouettes to entertain guests -Courtesy of ShylaPhotography.com / Via stylemepretty.com, Make your own flower crown – Courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com,


Do it differently

Skip the traditional venue and look for somewhere that people do not normally consider getting married. An outside venue can be a popular choice and may even be free! Nature’s beauty can be the perfect backdrop for your ceremony.

The Dress

To save money on your dress you can look at second hand options or you can choose to select a dress and request for a reduction by paying in full upfront. Alternatively it is possible to purchase a dress straight from the rack. It is even possible to buy the right dress from a high street store. It is essential to consider what you really need and look at what it is possible to use or adapt.

Turn Recycled Drawer Knobs Into Place Holders

Turn Recycled drawer knobs into place holders: Scott Clark Photo for 100layercake.com 

Make it yourself

There are many items for your wedding which can be made on your own. Invitations and the decorations can be hand-made, not only will they be significantly cheaper they will also be personal, unique and can be tied into any theme you choose. Of course, it is possible to spend more on creating your own invites and you should carefully consider the costs and time it will take before embarking on this option.

Make it your own

Just because there is something, such as the three tier wedding cake, which is a traditional part of the wedding; does not mean it has to be in your wedding. It is your special day and you should choose only the parts you want to be I it; this will save you money.

Discount sites

There are several discount sites which will offer a healthy reduction on some of the items you need for your wedding. You should also consider purchasing items from brides who have finished with them; the articles will be heavily discounted.


The cost of table decorations and gifts and even the wedding favors can be significant. However, by choosing the right piece it is possible to use one item to do all three jobs. Absolutely anything can be used which fits your needs and desires.


The best way to save money on your wedding is to haggle on every part of your wedding. No matter whether it is the venue or the dress; it is possible to get a discount or to even barter for a better deal. You may be surprised at how successful this can be!

Whether you’re getting married in an amazing Suffolk wedding venue or you’ve decided to organize everything in your backyard, just don’t forget to have fun. It’s the happiest day of your life, so you might as well enjoy it to the fullest. And if you can save a little money along the way why not do it?

DIY Wedding Ideas

Paper pom poms are super easy to make and can really and some fun and funky texture to your big day. Photo by Orange Girl Photography and pom pom directions are here. Mini Wine Bottle Favors –Found on diyready.com

DIY Wedding Ideas

Light up the night with sparklers! Courtesy of Janet Howard Studio,  Succulents can go for long periods without water, which make them a fabulous wedding favors! Courtesy of The Succulent Source, Jenga Guestbook Idea Found on sassydealz.com, Keep Your Guests Entertained At Your Wedding buzzfeed.com

Easy Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding: paper lanterns made from coffee filters, yarn + lace doilies,Found on utterlyengaged.com, Floral Glass Ball-Hanging filled, clear baubles looks a little bit whimsical, and are an ideal alternative to the usual floral centerpieces. hubpages.com, Industrial Chic Brooklyn Warehouse Wedding ,Found on stylemepretty.com


5 Stunning And Very Unique Wedding Ring Designs

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Wedding rings are used to represent a commitment a love everlasting. The ring is a circle and a circle represents never ending. Christians were the first to use the ring as a symbol of marriage. The ring was place on the left hand and 4th finger because the Romans though it contained a vein that traveled back to the heart. This vein they called the Vena Amoris which means vein of love. This is a story though so it could or could not be true, but it is a good thought for reasoning.

Art Deco Rings

The Art Deco Ring period started around 1920 and lasted up to 1960’s. It still persists today in many ways. This period showed the playfulness and artistic capabilities of jewelry and let to great influences in today’s jewelry. The jewelry during this time included colorful sapphires, emeralds and onyx, along with geometric shapes. Even now they are some of the most beautiful styles jewelry are created in. These rings would be a gem stone ring. Some of the best houses of jewelry such as Tiffany, Cartier, Arpels, and Van Cleef. These houses of jewelry are thought to have created some of their best work during the Art Deco Period.

Gold Signet Rings

Gold signet ring in the past was used as a stamp usually by nobles and business people. They used it to stamp wax that they used to seal envelops or other documents with. The stamp had either a seal, family crest or other type of logo. Since this ring resembles the family crest, this would make for a pretty good resemblance as a wedding ring.

The Halo Double Wedding Ring

These Halo Double Wedding Rings are unique. They have a diamond in the center with two rows of smaller diamonds wrapped around it. These rings are a very hot topic. If you couldn’t find the sparkle you were looking for in other rings, this will be the ring for you.

The Floral Accent Ring

As far as rings with accents these are some great examples off spectacular rings. Rings come in all shapes, styles and sizes but these are the most unique. The styles of the bands leading up towards the diamonds are flowers. The bands come in multiple metal colors and types of flowers that you want to use on the band. Some of them also actually have green metal for the plant. These floral accent rings can also be used over another ring such as an engagement or wedding ring to enhance the look.

Gem Stone Rings

Gemstones are just the colorful versions of diamonds. These colors can range from elegant blues, vibrant reds, and awesome greens. Some may not be as expensive as diamonds and others may be found anywhere. Sometimes gem stones are used to accent certain rings and even wedding rings. Gem stone rings are also used in the making of grandparent and parent rings. These show the birth month of each child.

Find and buy antique silver with your family crest

Find and buy antique silver with your family crest

Rings From My Family Silver

Signet Rings Designs From My Family Silver