Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It is possible to have a cheap unique wedding

Probably the most money you will spend for a single day will be that for your wedding; the cost these days is between twenty to twenty-five thousand dollars on average, which can put couples off. Just because your budget cannot stretch to pay for all those expensive 'necessities', it doesn't mean that your wedding will be any less unique; you can still have a wonderful day even though it might be a cheap wedding although you might not be convinced yet! By using some imaginative ideas, money can be saved; this could make it a reality for less than you think.

Low Cost Brides Dress

The wedding dress is one area where huge amounts of money are spent; this is something that will only ever be worn once so a previously owned dress is worth consideration. The huge cost of a new wedding dress cannot always be justified these days; many bridal shops carry a large number of previously owned dresses that can be hired or bought for considerably less than new.

Planning the Reception

With the wedding reception requiring the most planning and portion of the budget, this is the area to make reductions; with an average of just under two hundred guests attending it is easy to see how you can reduce the financial burden for your cheap wedding. You can reduce the number of people attending by not inviting those who are only at the periphery of your life which can include distant relatives; when it comes to the meal, instead a four course silver service, why not arrange a hot or cold buffet.

The venue of the wedding reception can also be somewhere less expensive than the local golf club or hotel; using a small club for example will mean the drinks bill is less by only catering for wine, beer and soft drinks at the bar.

Wedding Photographs and Photographers

The obvious choice is to shop around for the best rates, but look at hiring the photographer just for the service; ask family members and friends to take photos of the reception – most will be more than happy to do this. You could, if you are brave, dispense with the services of a photographer completely; a friend or relative who is a keen photographer might be happy to do this for you!

Home Made Wedding Invitations

If you're on a budget and looking for less expensive wedding stationery items, then you might like to consider print-at-home stationery; there are many online stationers that will offer this service free of charge and all you pay for is the paper and envelopes. Many people are now competent enough to produce near professional quality work; problems and errors can be corrected quickly without regular visits to the printers.With sophisticated customization tools you'll be able to enter your own text and preview it before you print; so as not to make any costly mistakes, all from the benefit of your probably underused PC.

The Wedding Flower Arrangements

Cost cutting measures can also be found in the area of flowers and their arrangement; these can actually be purchased in large quantities from wholesalers or even from your own garden if you have the capacity. If possible, try and get a friend to make your wedding cake for you; cakes do not have to be the traditional fruit so try a sponge cake with a chocolate flavor filling for example.

The Wedding Car

One last money saving tip is too use the car of someone you know for the day, using this instead of a fancy limousine; you can almost guarantee they will be more than happy too.

Many young couples want to save money for a home of their own; saving money by having a cheap wedding can be a big help!

How to choose a wedding ring

Wedding rings are the seal of a marriage and as far as a couple is concerned, the most important aspect to get right; unlike so many other wedding items that need to be arranged, this is one area that belongs solely to the couple. The rings are an indication of shared love and should show this; rings should represent the way two people feel for each other. Quality wedding rings are what are required for your wedding day; although you may find some at a shopping mall, you probably won't see something unique.

Your local mall jeweler may not stock a variety of metals, styles and finishes; you would be better off spending time at jewelers that will be able to provide what you are looking for. Using a specialist should also make it easier when you are trying to find a ring that works well with the engagement ring so the two do not conflict.

Couples should not purchase wedding rings that overpower the engagement ring as these rings are meant to be understated; but if this is not the case it is important to ensure it complements the other ring at the very least. The best way to do this is by trial and error, having the wedding band placed alongside the engagement ring.

The most commonly sought after metals for rings are: Titanium, Yellow Gold, White Gold and Silver; although, increasing numbers of couples are choosing the longer lasting platinum. For men, durability is a contributing factor and why platinum is so effective. Men can be harder on rings; especially those with jobs that include manual labor so be sure the rings you choose will last and look beautiful for years to come.

A simple but necessary part of the process is to check finger size so the wedding rings fits correctly; this means you will need to have them professionally adjusted and not rely on a guess. The ring must not be so tight as to cause problems putting it on and not so loose that you could potentially lose it.

If you want to make sure your rings are ready in good time for the wedding, give your jeweler plenty of time to complete any adjustments; he may have a number to complete and you do not want a problem on the wedding day. There are many different styles and materials to choose from when picking your wedding bands; it may take you some time to find the perfect one.

Wedding rings have a significant meaning about the pledge that a couple make to one another; perhaps this is why they are used in so many cultures around the world.