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  • Simple Tips for Organizing a Wedding

    Budgeting Tips for Brides and Grooms

    (NUI) People often spend thousands of dollars on their weddings; with some thrifty planning, you can help prevent breaking the bank so that you have money left over for the future.
    First, estimate how many guests you want to invite. Write out a list and try to keep the number of guests even between the bride and groom. You may want to cut the list by eliminating business associates, escorts for unmarried guests and relatives who live far away.
    Buy a wedding dress off the rack from a secondhand store or borrow one from a friend or relative. When shopping, take a frugal friend with you to help keep things in perspective.
    Make your honeymoon plans early to get discounted rates on airfare and accommodations. Forgo the limousine, have the ceremony flowers transferred to the reception, have a relative take photographs and videos, and serve a buffet-style dinner. Or consider skipping the big wedding altogether and getting a combined marriage/honeymoon package.
    Discuss Money Carefully
    All too often individuals feel that money is a taboo subject.
    Money problems will not get resolved by avoiding discussion. Even when it is uncomfortable, discussion is needed to get financial problems resolved. Not talking about money issues does not make them disappear.
    Other roadblocks to healthy communication about finances are: having only one individual within the family who has complete financial control. Typically that was how money was handled in the past.
    Today, however, it is advisable to have all family members involved in the decision making process. Controlling family members by controlling the family purse is likely to break down relationships. Source: M.A.P. Road Blocks to Communication.

    Don't Forget Key Details On Your Wedding Day

    (NUI) - It only takes a few hours to get married, but couples often spend more than a year planning the big day. With so many details to remember and events to coordinate, there are bound to be some details that slip through the cracks. Below are a few things to remember to help make your wedding run smoothly.
    1. First, to fully enjoy your wedding day you need lots of help. With all the people to greet, dances to dance and pictures to smile for, when will you have time to eat or drink? It's a good idea to task people with keeping you going. Someone could be in charge of making sure you get a plate from the buffet -- nothing can spoil a wedding day like an empty stomach. Someone else needs to be ready to fill your glass (and not just with champagne). With all the excitement, you may find yourself dehydrated. A friend with a cup of water can save the day.
    2. Second, with all of the checks to write for a wedding, don't forget the ones due on the big day. No couple wants to be writing a check in their wedding gown and tuxedo. Have any checks written ahead of time and left with a trustworthy friend. This keeps the band from pestering you as you escape to the honeymoon suite.
    3. Pack ahead of time and pack light. The purpose of a honeymoon is to relax. Pack a few days ahead and you'll have time to remember all the small details: your passports, plane tickets and that new lingerie you just got at your shower.
    4. Your wedding photographs are treasures to last a lifetime, but be careful of the never-ending photo shoot. Beforehand, give your photographer a list of shots you want. Review it later to remove any shots you don't need. A few extra pictures can mean precious time away from friends and family at the reception.

    Simple Tips for Organizing a Wedding

    (NUI) - While planning a wedding is a fun and beautiful experience, it can also be stressful. That's why 3M, the maker of organization tools like Post-it(r) Notes and Flags, developed these tips to help brides- and grooms
  • Make a list of everything that needs to get done , from choosing the reception hall to picking out the favors. Then, divide and conquer by assigning "leadership responsibility" to everything on the list according to each of your interests.
  • Start Early Although the big day may be a year or two away, the days will fly by faster than you can imagine. Start researching the big-ticket items, like the band and photographer, early. The more work you do up front, the smoother the planning will go -- and the less stressed you'll both feel as the date draws near.
  • Do Your Homework Flip through bridal magazines before heading out to find your perfect dress or meeting with any vendors. Bring the magazines with you when you visit the bridal store or florist, for example, to give them a better idea of what you're looking for. And here's a simple tip: instead of "dog-earing" the pages, use Post-it(r) Flags to mark the dresses, hairstyles or flowers that you like. They're easier to find than folded-over pages and come in a variety of colors so you can use a pink flag to mark dresses, a blue flag to mark flowers, etc.
  • Keep It All Together Keep all of your wedding-related information in one convenient place for easy reference. There are numerous planning books available to help you keep track of everything, or simply use file folders. Use separate folders for the photographer, the band, the church, etc. Use Post-it(r) Flags to highlight any important information and jot the action date on the flag so you won't miss important deadlines.

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