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The other day I was hopping around the web, and for some reason ended up reading the first few lines of an article about the cost of weddings. I was astonished to see that the average UK wedding cost an eye watering £25,000. It got me thinking about whether it would be possible to hold a nice wedding without spending that sort of money. Fortunately, I concluded that it would be far easier than you think, and decided to write this post to share with you some of the most important ideas I found.
Be clear about your priorities
The first step is to work out your budget. You then need to identify the elements of your day that are the most important. For example, if wearing an elaborate, traditional gown on your wedding day is something that you have dreamed about doing all of your life, scrimping on the dress is not the right approach. Once you know what is most important, you will know where to spend most of your money.
Inexpensive bridesmaid dresses
If you are looking for bridesmaid dresses, it is well worth turning to the High Street stores first. Many of the larger retailers are now sell wedding outfits, and dresses. Therefore, you can easily buy stunning dresses that cost a fraction of what you would have to pay if you were to buy them from a wedding boutique.
A memorable wedding reception
One of the biggest expense couples face is the reception. Feeding a couple of hundred guests a fancy five-course meal is not cheap. Typically, this part of the day swallows up between 30 and 50% of the budget.
Fortunately, there are ways to cater for a large group of people without breaking the bank. For example, a hog roast caterer can cook a formal sit down, hot meal for a fraction of what you would pay in a hotel, or restaurant. Usually, they also do great buffet food. All you need to do is to find, and hire, a venue that is big enough to hold all of your guests, and hire the hog roast team to do the catering. A picnic lunch is another way of doing it.
Get married on an unusual day
If you really want a traditional reception, at a large, fancy venue, being flexible about the dates can save you a lot of money. Getting married on a Monday instead of a Saturday could save you 50% on the cost of your reception. If you are worried that a lot of your friends and family would not be able to attend on a weekday, opt for a winter weekend instead. Most wedding venues slash their prices during January and February.
Negotiate the price
Regardless, of what elements you decide to spend the most money on, or how you decide to do things it is always important to negotiate. Those that provide wedding services will be used to people doing this, so do not be shy. It never hurts to ask for a discount.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that it will one day help those of you who are on tight budget to be able to organize the wedding of your dreams.
Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Based off of what you see in the movies and TV ads, choosing an engagement ring is as simple as visiting a jewelry shop and handing over your credit card. And in a way, it is amazingly easy to buy an engagement ring, but that’s not really how things work in real life. Prior to making a proposal, men typically agonize over their engagement ring selections. They can spend an inordinate amount of time shopping for an engagement ring, and even after they have made their choices, they often second guess themselves. You can click here to avoid some of the pitfalls that come with engagement ring shopping.
1. Engagement Ring Shopping Is Stressful
If you have not done more than casually browse engagement ring catalogs before, get ready to explore the world of engagement rings. You’re going to encounter things that are exciting, disappointing and even strange while on your quest for a ring that is exceptionally captivating, yet practical. First and foremost, eliminate all of your notions about engagement ring shopping. Allowing yourself to be overwhelmed or intimidated will cause you to freeze up and become incapable of making an informed decision. Rely on your closest friends and family to help and accompany you on your journey so that you can have a much needed second opinion on engagement ring choices.
2. All Engagement Ring Styles Aren’t Simple
You might think that engagement ring styles are simple, and that you only need to be concerned about being able to afford a reasonably sized diamond. In reality, engagement rings are incredibly varied and unique. Even if two engagement rings look the same at first glance, a closer look will reveal subtle nuances that will not be lost on the recipient. Nobody probably told you, but you really have to be prepared and knowledgeable about engagement rings prior to going on the hunt. Having at least a basic idea of what you want in an engagement ring will prevent you from being tripped up while shopping.
3. Engagement Ring Prices Can Vary Considerably
You have likely been told many things about what you can expect to pay for an engagement ring, but nobody told you that the price you pay can actually set the mood for your marriage. Lots of couples planning an engagement have a difference of opinion about everything from the price to specific ring designs. You may have you mind made up on the amount you’re willing to spend for a set of engagement rings, but what happens if your significant other disagrees? This is why it is paramount to agree on all of the particulars, including price, well before you and your better half start to shop for your engagement rings.
Some people enjoy the engagement ring shopping process immensely while others simply can’t wait until it is over. Regardless of how you personally feel, an engagement is necessary for making a proposal and announcing your plans to get married. By being well informed on what you can expect, you’ll have the ability to choose a spectacular engagement ring that will make all of your efforts worthwhile.
If you’re heading to a wedding or maybe an extra fancy dinner date, it might be a good time to bring out the neck wear. Pairing a tie with any semi-casual outfit will bring it up a few notches and make it ready for any formal occasion. Here are my recommendations and styling tips for when you should wear a tie, bow tie, or cravat.
Ties are the most universally worn option, and they work well in many scenarios. You could wear a more casual tie with a button up and blazer if you’re going on a fancy date (skip neck wear altogether for casual dinner or lunch dates). Ties also look great and put together if you’re going to a more corporate interview or if your job requires you to look super polished and professional. If you are going for a more tailored look, choose a suit like those from formaltailor.com and consider adding a waistcoat under your blazer for a bit more style, or if it’s chilly and you need more layers.
Bow ties are also quite popular, and make a fun and interesting change from the more common tie. They look great in many different patterns, colours, and textures, but because of their slightly more relaxed look it’s best to pair them with plain colours rather than pin stripes or plaid. As far as events that you could easily wear a bow tie to, a more relaxed office setting is one. Perhaps a wedding if it’s a bit more traditional, or you could pull out a more patterned bow tie for a nice lunch date. Here are some great inspiration images of different types of outfits using bow ties as the accessory.
Otherwise known as an ascot, the cravat is a bit more of an unusual choice for neck wear. The cravat is tied to look like a large swatch of fabric that actually goes underneath the button-down shirt in most cases. They originated in the 1630s and fell out of favour for a while, before making a comeback in the mid-60s and 70s. This is a great option if you love to play with fashion and would like to wear something a bit more out-of-the-box. You can wear cravats if you want to make a big statement as a big piece of the fabric will show, so it’s a good time to bring out the cool patterns and designs that might get lost on a slimmer neck or bow tie. You can wear a cravat anytime that you’d wear an outfit that’s slightly more casual. Here’s a handy video guide about how to tie one!
There you have it! My tips and tricks about how and when to wear ties, bow ties, and cravats. If you haven’t taken the plunge and tried out some of these options, why not try one of them for your next formal or semi-formal occasion?