Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
If you’re getting married soon, congratulations! It’s a joyous event to celebrate with family and friends.
Quick question: Is one of you a saver and the other a spender? There seems to be one of each in every marriage. And opposites—although they may attract—may also create some financial challenges.
Whatever your differences now, you’ll find that you’ll be happier if you can agree on goals together, and pull together to reach them.
Your wedding is probably your first opportunity to plan together.
Here are some good questions to answer together:
- Have you set a budget for it? (It can get pretty expensive if you leave costs open-ended.)
- How will you pay for it? (If you’re lucky, your parents may assume some of the cost.)
- Will you be going into debt to finance your big day? In that case, how long will it take to pay it off? (It’s better not to start off your life together overloaded with new debt.)
The typical wedding today can cost about as much as a new car. But you can make the event both memorable and more affordable with some simple suggestions.
Ten ways to make your wedding more affordable
- Trim your guest list. This is one of the quickest ways to tame expenses. Do the math: If your wedding costs $125 a head, cutting just eight guests saves you $1,000.
- Save on engraved invitations by asking about thermography. This printing technique results in raised letters, and it costs far less than a copper-plate engraving.
- Get married on a Sunday and have a brunch. It’s much less expensive than a sit-down dinner on Saturday night.
- Have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location. You won’t have to decorate two spaces with ribbons and flowers, and you’ll save on transportation.
- If you’re planning to serve alcohol, stick with beer and wine. You’ll save plenty by nixing mixed drinks.
- Strike dessert from the menu. Your guests will be served slices of your wedding cake.
- Cut the cake cost. Want a mulitiered showpiece for the photos? Ask the baker to fashion the bottom tiers from Styrofoam coated with icing. Then serve guests sheet cake made from the wedding cake recipe.
- Rent a historic house or botanical garden for your wedding. Your township parks department may rent scenic locales for less than the cost of a hotel ballroom or banquet hall. (Ask if they have kitchen facilities or the catering costs could rise.)
- Omit party favors. Do you remember any party favors from past weddings? If you have 125 guests, omitting a $3 box of chocolates or monogrammed matchbook will save you $375.
- Choose flowers that are in season. They’ll be less costly than forced blooms.
To see the article click here.
My Thoughts: If you are on a tight budget, decide what is the most important feature of "your" wedding. Don't worry about others opinions. What do you want? Then make sure you include that in the budget and eliminate something that doesn't matter to you as much. Example: If you are a bride that isn't big on flowers, incorporate other decor elements for your reception decor. I agree with the article on many of the points, some I would never chose for me personally, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't chose it, if it works best for you.
What do you think about this article??? Likes/Dislikes? I love your feedback so leave a comment below. And feel free to email me any wedding consultation questions you have at Shawna.YoungDesigns@yahoo.com. Good Luck if you are in the planning process! If you aren't, I hope that there was something you could take away from this article.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
- Volleyball Tournament
- Field Trip with Mom
- CHICKEN CURRY SALAD RECIPE (that you DO NOT want to miss)
Field Trip: After the games, Dad flew to California so he could play Pebble Beach this week, so mother and I went to one of our favorite breakfast spots, Ozark Mountain Smokehouse. We were debating which tasks we wanted to complete today, and decided to go on a field trip. To Lake Village, Arkansas (2 hours away). We wanted to go to Paul Michaels and see what all they had. So we headed out. Had LOTS of luck getting decor items for a few clients and the house (pics to come!). Overall, we really just had a blast today taking it easy! We got home this evening late and I decided I wanted to make this.....
Ingredients: (Feel free to substitute for taste)
- Chop up some Chicken (I just used a Kroger rotisserie chicken because it was so late, but you can used grilled chicken or boiled, or whatever you have at your house, Tyson, Georges, etc.)
- 2 cups of Mayo
- 1/2 cup of chutney
- 3 tablespoons of mild curry powder
- 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup of golden raisins
- 3/4 cup of celery (chopped)
- 1/2 of a medium white onion (chopped)
- (If you desire, add any of the following: cranberries, apples, crushed almonds, etc.)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Time for the games to begin! Hayley getting ready...
About to serve... She was her teams first server, and got the first 4 points. She did wonderful in the first game. They won 26-24 for the first set, then won the second set to complete the first match.
Friday, March 12, 2010
We made it to Dallas safely, and checked into the Fairmont Dallas. The Fairmont was the perfect place for our group to stay. The MOH (Maid-of-Honor) Ashley did a fabulous job on planning out the entire weekend including where we stayed. She put so much thought into what would be convenient for everyone traveling into town as well as going out at night. Great Job Ash- We loved everything!
Then, our instructor taught us a little bit of everything about pole dancing, yes Pole Dancing. I must say, I have a new respect for "pole dancers." (Can't believe I am typing that) But it is true, we definitely got a workout. We were sore the next day. Even had some bruises. But had an Absolute BLAST swinging around! Our featured dancer...the Bachelorette herself!!! (please don't kill me after this post!)
We rode the trolley to Primo's where we had reservations for Dinner!!! I just love this picture of Ashley, Helen, and Katherine! So Pretty!!! And all three are wonderful girls!!! (Single too guys...Just sayin')