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angry bride

Don’t be a Bridezilla

angry brideHow do you want your wedding day remembered? Do you want people to remember the beautiful ceremony and the fun reception, or do you want them to remember you were a terror of a bride?

Should you get everything you want for your wedding? Sure. Should you let people push you around? No. But should you be a nightmare constantly telling people that it’s your day and they need to shut up? No.

Weddings are important for your family and your friends as well. Try to include your family and make them feel a part of it. If they get too pushy, gently remind them that you get to make the final decisions. But don’t make everyone walk on pins and needles when helping you plan the wedding or at the ceremony.

You want your wedding to be a fun occasion not something to endure.

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It’s Your Wedding: Make Sure It’s Everything You Want

Don’t let friends and family change your vision of your wedding day. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that there is pressure from family to do things their way. But remember that it is your wedding. You are the one who has to look at the pictures and you don’t want to look back and say “I wish I would have done things differently.” I found a very comical example of this on the first episode I ever watched of the show ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ The couple’s vision was to have a small outdoor wedding in a beautiful garden with only their closest friends and family (no more that 25 people) and an acoustic guitar. But as their wedding got closer, piece by piece every part of their vision was torn down. First the father did not want an outdoor wedding in New York City for fear of getting mugged, so the wedding was moved inside. Then the mom insisted that more and more people had to be invited bringing the number of guests to well over 100 people. Then the dad insisted that there be a harp player. By the end, nothing was the way they planned it. I found this hilarious because after seeing other people’s weddings, and planning my own, I know it is hard to avoid these same things happening to you. If you want your wedding to be everything you imagine, you are going to have to stick to your guns and not be pushed around.

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Photo by Garrison Photography, Boise, ID

One example from my wedding was in regards to my dress. I picked a dress that was a cream colored, A-Line dress without a train. But some of my family did not like my choice because they thought a wedding dress had to be white with a long train. I seriously considered giving in and getting a more traditional dress to please them, but then I really thought about it and realized that there was a reason I picked the dress that I did. I did not want a large heavy dress with a ridiculous train where you can’t move without someone helping you and you can’t go to the bathroom without removing the dress completely. I wanted a light dress with no restrictive train so that I could move around on my own. So I stuck with my dress and was happy and comfortable on the big day. If I had given in, I would look back at pictures and always think to myself how I wished I hadn’t given in.

On the other hand, remember to include family. You don’t want to go so overboard that they feel alienated and left out. The day is important to them too. You have to find a balance between helping them feel involved without letting them run the show. Remember that you have to live with the decisions made about the wedding, so make sure you like what you ultimately choose.

Lisa Spooner is the author of the downloadable e-Book ‘Wedding Planning on a Budget’ and the editor of the popular wedding planning website

Wedding Budget Calculator

The Breakdown: Wedding Budget of $5,000

Wedding Budget CalculatorIf you are planning to stay within a wedding budget of $5000 then you will want to start with figuring out how to alot your $5,000 among the various wedding expense categories.

Figuring out how to distribute wedding budget funds is easy with a wedding budgeting tool that let’s you adjust what percentage should go towards each category of your wedding budget.

The wedding budget spreadsheet we used puts 6% of your budget towards miscellaneous expenses such as wedding license fee and tipping by default. We thought that was excessive, so we simply changed it to 2% and added the remaining 8% to another category that we felt needed more funds than given by default.

Using that easy to use wedding planning tool, we came up with the following $5,000 wedding budget breakdown.

$5,000 Wedding Budget Sample Breakdown

Dress and Other Attire............$  750
Photography / Videography.........$  500
Music / DJ........................$  350
Floral / Decorations..............$  400
Stationery........................$  300
Rings.............................$  300
Transportation....................$  100
Gifts / Favors....................$  100
Ceremony..........................$   50
Miscellaneous.....................$  100
Other.............................$   50

If some of those numbers are kind of hard to take, you can, of course, customize your own wedding budget breakdown for whatever wedding funds you have at your disposal using the wedding budget spreadsheet we mentioned earlier. Also, you can get wedding budget saving tips and advice from the bride who figured out how to save $22,000 on her own wedding from that bride’s website Wedding Planning on a Budget.

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6 Bridal Myths Debunked: Less Stress on Wedding Planning

bride holding rosesOne of the tips in our wedding planning guide is to think outside the box. Today, we are sharing a guest article that explores six ways brides can think outside the box to save money, reduce stress, and have a more personalized wedding. Enjoy!…

Wedding Planning. When you say those two words, women around the world come down with migraines, panic attacks, dry mouth, heart palpitations and a litany of other stressors that no trip to the doctor or a Yoga class is going to remedy. Mixing in outdated traditions can also add to the stress of not having the wedding you want. The most important thing to remember is that your Big Day is…well, YOURS; in other words, you can throw tradition to the wind and do anything your heart desires. This is the 21st century after all, so without further ado, let’s debunk some bridal myths.

Perfect Day for a White Wedding…Or Blue…Or Green

The bride must always wear a white dress. Sure, it’s traditional and some women love the idea, but it’s not written in stone. The idea is to wear something that you feel beautiful in. Whether you opt for luxuriously sophisticated or go for a more casual approach, the color is the last thing you need to worry about.

Pick a Flower, Any Flower

When it comes time to choose flowers, the bride must carry roses. A bouquet of red roses looks stunning against a white gown, and that’s perhaps why this traditiona began in the first place. The Wedding Channel points out that there are so many different types of flowers that there is no reason to play it by the book. When it comes to your wedding, personal choice trumps tradition.

Expect the Unexpected

The wedding day will be perfect. While so many women have grown up imagining a fairytale-like scenario, in reality, even the happiest day of your life is going to fall short of a fairytale. Any number of things could happen to detract from your wedding. From bad weather to the catered meal not living up to your expectations, when you allow some room for error and are flexible, the wedding will, in fact, be a fairytale.


Hiring a friend to shoot the wedding photos is a good idea. Yes, this is a good idea in theory, but only in theory. When it comes to hiring a photographer or a DJ, stick with the professionals, suggests the Huffington Post. If you have a friend take photos at your wedding, you might be waiting until your first anniversary before you finally see those photos. Furthermore, just because you have a friend who fools around with music on his MacBook, it doesn’t mean he can entertain a wedding party for three hours.

Winter Wonder-wedding

Late spring and early summer are the best times for weddings. While many brides opt for a May or June wedding, as the weather tends to be pleasant but not too hot, feel free to bust this myth. Maybe you love skiing. Maybe you want to have a winter wonderland themed wedding in the middle of January. There’s no reason to stress over whether or not your guests have an aversion to snow.

First Look

The bride and groom should not see each other before the wedding. The Chicago Tribune points out that this is about as outdated as having that first dance to the rusty sound of a victrola. Giving each other a sneak peek before the ceremony won’t put any bad voodoo on.

Don’t be afraid to mix things up and step outside the box for your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of options couples have in making the event their own. If you’re dying to throw a splash of color in or do things a little differently then you should feel free. Take a chance and throw a curve ball, like this video below!


Author Bio: Clara Richman Clara is from Minneapolis, MN, raised by parents at the opposite end of the education spectrum: her father, an elementary school principal; and her mother, a middle school substitute teacher. Now living in San Diego, Clara draws on that dichotomy when writing about education.


Who’s afraid of the big bad budget?

How many of us know someone with a big rock on her finger but when you ask her when the big date is she cannot tell you. You ask why no date has been set and she says it is because she doesn’t know when she will actually be able to afford the cost of a wedding.

This makes me mad because it isn’t right. People should not have to put their lives on hold because of a tradition of overspending on weddings. Why should a young couple be expected to be able to afford a wedding that costs on average $25,000 in the USA? That is as much as a lot of us make in a year! How can we be expected to keep up with our bills and still save a year’s worth of money to pay for our wedding? And it’s not like that’s the only thing we are expected to save up for! We should also be saving up for a downpayment on a house, a car (because who knows when the beater we’re driving now is going to finally give up the ghost!), and the expense of a baby. And chances are we are already indebted to some bank that helped us get our first car and paid for our student loans.

I’m telling you that if you are waiting to get out of debt and actually be able to afford a $25,000 wedding then you are going to be waiting an awfully long time!

So, what’s a girl to do?

Should we just go deeper into debt?

Or should we go to the court house and sign some papers and skip the expense of a photogenic wedding ceremony and the memories of the clinking crystal at our wedding reception?

I think not!

There is a growing tide of brides who are getting wise to the fact that they can have their cake and eat it too. There is no reason a couple with a bit of wedding planning smarts can’t successfully plan their dream wedding ceremony and reception at just a tiny fraction of what other couples are paying for similar weddings.

We have attended a bunch of weddings and they are usually the typical $20,000 to $30,000 weddings that brides plan while tightly closing their eyes to the long-term effect such expense is going to have on their lives.

Well, we planned a wedding that was every bit just as nice as those bookoo-dollar weddings for just $2,000 (No, I didn’t forget a zero!). In fact, we thought it was even nicer but that is just because it was exactly what we wanted in our wedding. And we don’t have a cent of wedding debt — just happy wedding memories.

Now, if you know someone who feels like they are between a rock and a hard place — they want to get married and move forward with the next stage of their lives but they also want to be money wise and not get tangled up in more debt — then you should send them to our wedding planning on a budget super smart strategies page where they can read all about our dream wedding and how we did it and how your friend can also plan their dream wedding at whatever budget fits their comfort level. They will be forever grateful and you will be happy to see them fulfilling all their dreams. Here are some of the reports we have been getting from brides who planned their dream weddings without breaking the bank by following our guidance…

“I started reading the second I opened it. It is great! I started to ckeck out the sites you offered and guess what? I found two dresses for under $300!

We set a budget for $5,000 but we are noticing that we will not need $5,000 for our wedding after all!

I am saving on a lot of things. The bridesmaids’ dresses are under $100. I am having 3 BMs. I got a photographer for $500. The hall is $1,500 with set up and servers plus bridal suite included. We are doing our own centerpieces. We bought 26 vases for about $22.

After planning my wedding i will take classes to become a wedding planner.”
~ Sandra from Philadelphia, PA where the cost of a wedding would normally have been between $17,603 and $29,338

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“The wedding planning is going really great. Your tips have helped out a lot. We actually looked at a couple dresses in a dress store here in town and found one that we fell in love with. We came back home and looked through a link that came as a bonus with your wedding guide and found that we could order the same dress for $600 dollars less.

I’m really looking forward to planning the rest of my big day with your help and I would say the purchase of your book has already more than paid for itself and that’s only with the purchase of my wedding dress.

Thanks so much for everything that you guys are doing. Adam and I are very young and just got out of the education phase of our lives, so you can imagine that our funds are not exactly overflowing. You are giving us hope that we can have the wedding we really want without having to worry about financial issues shortly after we say i do. I am a strong believer that the wedding does not make the marriage, but I feel that I don’t have to give up the dreams that I have for my special day due to finances. Keep up the great work because I feel that you guys are making dreams come true for many girls like myself who feel that they have to compromise their desire for something so trivial as money. Thanks again for all you guys have done and will continue to do.”         ~ Karly from Marion, IA

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“I found your website because I was frantic thinking about my newly engaged daughter’s wedding.

Thanks to you, I can plan my way to saving yet giving her the wedding she wants and deserves! Thank You!”           ~ Denise from Oklahoma City, OK

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Gifts to Avoid for Your Friend’s Wedding

Guest Post: This post was written by Ella Davidson of; a couponing and deals website that strives to give consumers the information and tools they need to save money.

Gifts to Avoid for Your Friend’s Wedding

When one of your friend’s announces that they are getting married, the first reaction is usually to feel overjoyed and excited for the big day to arrive. Then, reality sets in. Beyond showing up and being a good guest at their big event, there are a whole set of practicalities that wedding guests – especially close friends – have to consider. One seemingly simple task, buying a wedding gift, can be a source of consternation for many. With registries and personal gifts, there are plenty of options that can go terribly wrong. Of course, everyone’s situation is different, but here are a few guidelines to help you avoid disaster and pick out an appropriate, meaningful gift to offer your friend on their big day.

wedding gift ideasConsider Your Budget

One gift to always avoid is one that doesn’t make sense for your budget. Whether your urge is to spend too much or too little, buying a gift whose cost doesn’t make sense is a sure route to trouble. Some people, feeling swept away with excitement for their friend, may feel compelled to spend far more than they can realistically afford. In these cases, avoid going over the top and making a purchase based on emotion alone. Leave the $1000 cast iron cookware set to an older relative to purchase, and opt for a practical gift from the registry; channel your enthusiasm into a handwritten note attached to the box. Your friends know you and don’t want you to break the bank on them.

Others, sometimes already facing wedding costs including travel, childcare, and new clothes, may try to save a little on the gift. While the couple surely appreciates the financial lengths you have gone to simply to attend the wedding, it can rub them the wrong way to receive a single serving spoon as a gift. Try bundling several small gifts together as a way to save a little money without looking like you are trying to spend as little as possible on them.

Avoid Going Too Personal

Again, when you feel strong emotions about your friend and their future spouse, it can seem too impersonal to stick to the registry, and giving a personal gift may seem like a better choice. While this can be true, depending on what unique gift you have to offer, it can very easily go awry too. Making a scrapbook of photos and memories of you and your friend may seem like a lovely way to express how much you love them on their big day, it takes away from what their wedding is all about: their future together as a couple. Personal gifts can too-often turn into gifts about you and not about the couple.

Instead, focus on giving them a gift, but one that expresses your unique style or feelings about them as a couple. Some popular suggestions are turning a favorite photo of them together into a large-scale framed print or painting, or providing them with an experience to enjoy after the honeymoon like great seats at their favorite baseball stadium or concert venue.

Think of the Recipients (both of them!)

Even if you are only close friends with one half of the couple getting married, the day is about the two of them coming together and your gift should express your celebration of that fact. It’s not your friend’s birthday and leaving their partner out of the equation is disrespectful not only to their spouse, but to your friend as well who loves that person. Make sure that any gift you give is one that they either asked for on their registry (which they made together) or is one that incorporates both of them.

That said, consider what you know about them as a couple and make your decisions based on that. If they love to cook together, getting them a gift to use in the kitchen would be completely appropriate. If the couple doesn’t drink, though, maybe skip the set of wine glasses. It seems simple, but just thinking about the couple will allow you to find a gift that makes sense to you; it also shows the couple that you gave your gift some consideration, which is always appreciated.

It can be easy to be swept away by emotions when one of your friends gets married and lose sight of what a good wedding gift represents. The easiest rule of thumb is to remember that at the end of the day – whatever else you have sacrificed to be there or how you feel about the event – the wedding is all about celebrating their union as a couple, and your gift should reflect that. If you feel any doubt or uncertainty about whether or not a gift is right, it’s probably one that you should avoid.

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Make Your Own Wedding Photo Booth

The following guest article offers a great way to add a special touch to your wedding reception that your guests will love. We hope you find it helpful and encourage you to read more budget-friendly wedding planning tips and ideas in our wedding planning guide.

Make Your Own Wedding Photo Booth

By Snapshot Pod™

wedding photo boothPhoto booths have become extremely popular for wedding receptions. And why not, they are fun for all ages and a great way to keep guests entertained and happy throughout your special event. However, if you find commercial photo booth rental prices a little steep for a practical bride’s budget, you can still have your very own photo booth with a spark of creativity and a little elbow grease.

Basically, a photo booth consists of a camera (which may or may not be attached to a computer), a backdrop and an instant printer. A computer may be necessary to produce a single photo containing a series of shots. Here are a few handy tips on how to assemble your very own wedding photo booth.Tip: If you’ve got a vintage Polaroid camera or Fuji Instax lying around, load it up with film and have a blast with an old school photo booth. It is great for outdoor receptions and also perfect for rustic-themed weddings.

Printer. Color printers are handy for DIY brides, so this one is a bonus. Just make sure to check on the ink levels and to pile up the photo paper at the sides to ensure that the fun lasts all night long.

Computer and software. You’ll need a computer, notebook, laptop or even an iPad and suitable software. If you are using a Macbook or an iPad consider software such as Automator. For Windows users, programs like Seemonkey are available for download and can also be used with the laptop’s own built-in camera. Play around with the software and learn the actual picture-capturing process before the wedding day itself.

Camera. If an external camera is utilized, attaching a digital camera to the computer is easy. You can use the camera’s own sync cord and the photos can be transferred instantly. Any digital camera will do, compact point-and-shoots are easy to handle, but digital SLRs can deliver greater quality photos. Invest in a sturdy tripod to avoid mishaps with big groups crowding the photo booth. Also, remote shutter control is a handy tool that allows for the guests to take the photos themselves – no attendant or assistance needed to count to three and click.

Backdrop and props. There are dozens of great ideas for photo booth backdrops, you can use a wide tablecloth with a catchy pattern or have tarpaulin printed to perfectly match your wedding decor. This is where it gets fun and creative, for props you can supply guests with mustaches, speech bubble boards, glasses and even colorful masks. There is no limit to how many you can create. Prepare big wooden frames that can be used by big groups for a picture-perfect moment.

Before the wedding day, assemble the system and try a run-though to ensure everything is working right. At the reception, all you’ll have to do is hook it up and then get ready to flash your pearly whites while partying the night away.

About the Author: Snapshot Pod™ photo booths are the biggest hit in event entertainment. Snapshot Pod offers next generation photo booth rental services for corporate and individual clients in North Texas.

Beach Wedding Decoration

How to Decorate for a Beach Wedding on a Budget

Beach Wedding DecorationOfficial celebrations of love are always a grand affair, with the bride and groom looking their best and the venue reflecting luxury. Everyone is treated to mouth-watering dishes and champagne flows like there’s no tomorrow. The décor looks splendid, flowers cascade in all their glory and color schemes are designed to match perfectly. But, as everyone knows, none of it comes cheap. Weddings can cost a small fortune and if you aren’t careful, you may find yourself with barely any money left, post-wedding. Fortunately, there is a solution. With some careful planning, it is possible to have a very memorable wedding without shelling out large sums of cash.

Beach weddings are perfect if you live in a coastal area. You don’t need to do much with the setting, just add a few things here and there and you’re ready to tie the knot. The best part about a beach wedding is that the ocean, breeze and sand already make a lovely foundation for the décor so all you need to do is just enhance the set. If you’re planning on a beach wedding but need to work under a budget, worry not as we’ve listed a few tips guaranteed to make your wedding a success besides saving you a small fortune.

1. If you plan to walk down the aisle, then you’ll need to make one yourself. It’s easy, though, and shouldn’t take up too much time. To create a bit of order, you can use wooden stakes that have been painted white to mark the aisle. Decorate the stakes with ribbons and flowers. Be sure to tie the ribbons in a flowing manner so that they dance in the breeze.

2. Most beach weddings are al fresco affairs but you can also choose to set up a mini marquee. These tents come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Choose one that isn’t walled and with only a roof. This will add to the beach setting.

3. Use white beach chairs for your guests during the wedding ceremony. You can tie sheer pieces of cloth to the backs of the chairs and knot them into flowing bows.

4. Place a few candles inside the marquee to highlight the spot. Since it will more than likely be windy, you can use transparent candle coverings that are widely available in the market.

5. Beaches are loaded with shells and if you can’t find the right size or shape, you can get them over the internet or at hobby stores. Use them to decorate the edges of the aisle as well as the area under the marquee.

6. Tall vases filled with white and pastel-colored flowers can be used to add more to the décor of the marquee. Clear vases will look especially good as they will go well with the beach theme.

The tips listed above don’t require you to spend a lot of money. This way, you can save up much-needed cash for your honeymoon and for the initial course of your marriage. Use them to ensure having a memorable wedding and save yourself thousands of dollars in the process. 

About the author:
Rebecca is a blogger by profession. She is fond of Hobo Handbags. These days she is busy in writing an article on Orange Bridesmaid Dresses

Wedding Gift for the Parents

Wedding Thank You Gifts for Parents of the Bride and Groom

Editor’s Note: Today we are sharing a guest article that will help you start thinking creatively about what sort of gift you can give your parents while sticking to your wedding budget. For more help with planning your wedding on a budget and to learn how we planned our dream wedding on a budget of just $2,000 you can see our guide Wedding Planning on a Budget or for more articles and tools see the homepage of our website. Now here is the article:

Exclusive Wedding Thank You Gift Ideas for Parents of the Bride and Groom

You had your dream wedding with your dream person. In fact, you wore the most gorgeous wedding gown, had lip-smacking gourmet food, met the most lovable people of your life and received the best wedding gifts you had ever imagined. For all these blessings, you are grateful to your family without whom your wedding would have seemed like just another event. So, you want to thank your mom and dad for making your wedding a big success.
Wedding Gift for the ParentsWell, you should not forget that the parents of your husband are equally responsible for uniting both of you to lead a happy life. Therefore, you are looking for wedding thank you gifts to make them feel happy and excited about the fact that they have proved to be the best parents of the world. Now, you might prefer to get an expensive wedding thank you gift. Remember, it’s not the cost that will matter but the very thought and exclusivity of your present that will be taken into consideration. So, you can always stick to your budget and get your present accordingly.

What about a double photo frame? Buy two such frames for both your parents as well as for the parents of your husband. On one side of the frame, encase a special wedding photo of yours and on the other side a nice photograph of the parents. Although it’s an inexpensive present, it will be highly appreciated by both the families.

There are special chocolate boxes beautified with exclusive ‘thank you’ messages. You can always order them online and add any personal message you wish. The concept of personalizing is indeed unique. Whether you bring greeting cards or jewelry boxes, personalizing any of these is sure to leave your guests spellbound.

A cruise dinner party with both your families is indubitably an excellent idea. Just imagine the occasion when you would be sitting with the most intimate people of your life for a candlelight dinner enjoying a fascinating journey on a cruise. Well, this option might seem a bit expensive. However, if you talk to online dealers beforehand, they can surely provide you grand arrangements at reasonable rates.

So, these wedding thank you gift ideas are no doubt invaluable and bound to make your parents feel proud.

Author Bio: Hello, I am Thomas Brown. I am a new wedding gifts planner and full time blogger. Here I am sharing with you some wedding thank you gift ideas that can help you buy a nice gift for the members of wedding party and perhaps their parents without spending loads of cash.


Oprah has $25,000 for 8 brave couples – “Don’t Tell the Bride” casting call

Have you ever wished that wedding planning was the groom’s responsibility and not the bride’s?

Well, here is your chance to make that wish a reality. Oprah’s new television network OWN is now casting for a reality TV show called “Don’t Tell the Bride” that is set to premier this fall with eight episodes.

Each episode of “Don’t Tell the Bride” will feature a different couple who has been given $25,000 to plan their wedding. But before you get too excited maybe it’s time to consider that you should be careful what you wish for: The bride will have ZERO input during the entire wedding planning process. The groom on the other hand will be exclusively responsible for planning everything: The bridal gown, the location, the music selection (do I hear the theme song from Star Wars?!?), the invitations, the reception, EVERYTHING!!!

Now, Oprah wasn’t born yesterday. She knows that brides will want to give their input and will try to offer guidance to their overwhelmed guy. That’s why all communication between the couple will be stopped for three weeks before the ceremony.

So, if you consider yourself to be a brave, adventuresome couple who aren’t afraid to try something unique (and probably a bit scary) for your wedding — along with $25,000 to help make it possible, here is how to apply to become one of the eight couples cast in OWN’s “Don’t Tell the Bride” reality TV show:

Casting Requirements:

  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Currently engaged
  • Willing and able to get legally married between July 2011 – September 2011
  • Have a few groomsmen and bridesmaids with big personalities willing to be on the show with you
  • No long distance or destination weddings. You must be willing to marry within driving distance of couple’s residence(s).

Please email with the following information:

  • Bride’s name and Groom’s name
  • Bride’s phone number
  • Bride’s email
  • Bride’s resident city
  • Groom’s phone number
  • Groom’s email
  • Groom’s resident city
  • A few sentences about you and why you are an ideal couple for the show
  • Wedding status – where you are in the process
  • Current photo of bride and groom (make sure we can clearly see you both)

Since the producers of this show have just begun actively searching for their eight couples who not only meet all the above requirements but are also brave enough to give this a go, you should apply right away if interested before these eight slots get filled up. When you apply, tell them you found out about the casting call from Good luck and have fun!

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Wedding Night and Honeymoon Resource Kit for the Bride on a Budget

Here is your source for bridal lingerie for your special night, best honeymoon deals, and discovering how to keep that honeymoon feeling forever.

Bridal Lingerie for Your Special Night – Bridal LingerieYour wedding day calls for the perfect wedding dress. Don’t you think your wedding night deserves the perfect attire too? Check out lingerie stores for honeymoon lingerie.

Best Honeymoon Deals – Wouldn’t it be nice if all the best honeymoon deals from all over the internet could all be seen and compared in one place? That’s exactly what the Best Honeymoon Deals Blog offers the bride and groom looking for that perfect honeymoon deal.

How to Keep that Honeymoon Feeling – Everyone says that your romance will never last. But they will only be right if you let them. Our love for one another is as fresh as when we were looking goo-goo eyed at one another on our first date. We want you to know how to keep your romance fresh for the long haul. Grab yourself a free copy of our e-Book The Newlyweds’ Guide to a Happy Marriage: How to Keep that Honeymoon Feeling

For help planning your wedding day on a budget, visit Wedding Planning on a Budget

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Make Your Wedding and Reception Float on Air with Wedding Balloons

wedding balloonsQuality decorating balloons only cost pennies a piece yet when assembled by a professional balloon decorator they can turn your wedding into a magical experience.

What if you or someone you knew gained the secrets of balloon decorating and were able to decorate your wedding or reception for just the cost of the balloons? You would save hundreds of dollars while turning your wedding event into a scene from a fairytale!

Today, we want to give you some resources that will show you everything you need to know to decorate with wedding balloons like a professional wedding balloon decorator.

The website that inspired this post and provides the most helpful content is Balloon Decor Secrets. At this site a professional balloon decorator spills all the secrets of the trade beginning with which brand of balloons to use (so your balloon art doesn’t pop or shrink!) and going on to give extremely helpful wedding balloon decorating advice and finally easy step-by-step instructions that will guide you in making beautiful wedding balloon arches, wedding balloon pillars, and any other kind of wedding balloon decoration by which you would like to adorn your wedding celebration. Hope you find Balloon Decor Secrets as helpful as we did.

Here is an introductory wedding balloon decoration video to get you started.

Finally, another great resource for learning how to make wedding balloon decorations is Balloon Decoration Guide. It is the next best thing to the comprehensive help provided at Balloon Decor Secrets and the information in the Balloon Decoration Guide is freely available.


Custom Made Wedding Cake Toppers

It can be really difficult to find the perfect wedding cake topper that truly reflects your unique personality as a couple. Somehow a generic bride in a white dress and a generic groom in a black tuxedo just doesn’t always cut it — even if you can find a topper that gets your skin and hair colors right.

These generic cake toppers just don’t say anything about the two people who are getting married.

If you appreciate this problem, then you are going to love the concept of custom-made wedding cake toppers.

These toppers are made to order. You tell the artists exactly what you imagine and they will work with you to create a cake topper that is perfect for you. Such a cake topper would obviously be a great keep-sake for you to display long after the wedding is over.

Since they are custom-made, they can cost more than your average cake topper. But to get around this problem you could ask an artist friend to make a cake topper as their gift to you. Or you could talk to a university art class instructor about having their students all make customized cake toppers for you and the best one will win a gift certificate and their piece will be used for your wedding cake.

Or you could save money in another area of your wedding budget and apply those savings to your cake topper budget. For great ways to save money on your wedding, get a copy of our downloadable wedding planner.

Here are some cake toppers that were custom made for brides and grooms who wanted their cake toppers to really catch their unique personalities.

Motorcycle Riders' Wedding Cake Topper

Motorcycle Riders’ Wedding Cake Topper by Magic Mud

Micro Dwarf Photos to Wedding Cake Toppers

 Micro Dwarf – Photos to Wedding Cake Toppers

Baseball Fans Wedding Cake Topper
Baseball Fans Wedding Cake Topper by Magic Mud

Wedding Photo Church Theme Bobblehead Couple

Church Theme Bobblehead Wedding Cake Topper by Custom Bobble

$80 Weddings – Beginning of a New Trend? (40-40-40 Wedding Event)

$80 Weddings – Beginning of a New Trend? (40-40-40 Wedding Event)

40 couples in Atlanta got married in a span of 40 hours and each bride and groom had to pay just $40 for a first class wedding ceremony and full wedding reception.

Furthermore it was all for a good cause as the money went towards supporting the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. Guests of the bride and groom were encouraged to donate a monetary gift or gently used household items to help out the families at the children’s shelter.

This charity event was the first of its kind and has earned national attention (see below). We think it’s such a smart and needed idea that we expect to see more organizations follow suit with their own charitable wedding events.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if more people and organizations became super creative like the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and wedding planner Sylvia Wayfer-Clark (working for Weddings by Stephanie Marie) so that couples could easily have a beautiful wedding and reception for just a couple hundred dollars if that was all they could afford?

We hope this is the beginning of a new trend among charitable organizations so that couples have more options.

We understand that this is not for everyone — not everyone is willing to get married at 2 in the morning! But it really feels good to see people getting creative and figuring out ways to help one another get married without going into debt.

For a powerful guide to getting married within your means we encourage you to download our wedding planner ‘Wedding Planning on a Budget’.

You can learn more about the 40-40-40 wedding event at their website and by watching the video clips below:

Media buzz before the event:

Media buzz after the event:


Wedding Superstitions

When we were planning our wedding, we were surprised at all the superstitions we came across.

They were all essentially the same: If you don’t do this or that or if such and such happens, then you will not have a happy marriage.

Here are a few examples of popular wedding superstitions…

  1. On our wedding day we had a guest complaining that we should not have scheduled our ceremony for the noon hour because apparently it is bad luck to get married while the minute hand is falling. Instead, you should say your vows when the minute hand on the clock is going upwards. This makes you work together in your married life together.
  2. Another superstition is that if it rains on your wedding day then you will shed many tears during your married life.
  3. Alternatively, rain on your wedding day may mean that you will be blessed with many children. …Do you think the many children and many tears are connected somehow? just kidding.
  4. We have also heard it said that if your wedding dress is ripped on your wedding day then your marriage will end in death. Sounds horrible but shouldn’t that be the goal?
  5. It is supposed to be a bad omen if the newlywed wife stumbles as she walks into the house — that is why she is carried over the threshold.
  6. It is recommended that a bride put a penny in her shoe to ensure wealth in her marriage.
  7. It is popularly considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding ceremony.
  8. Another superstitious belief is that it is good luck for the bride to get married in white.

Whether superstitious or not, we find that many brides have an unspoken expectation that if their wedding day is perfect then they can expect a perfect marriage.

Newlywed GuideLike the above superstitions, it is silly to think that your wedding day has to be perfect in order to enjoy a perfect marriage.

Of course, you should want your wedding day to go well. But don’t put so much pressure on your wedding day.

If only it were as simple as having one good day to make all the future days of your marriage go well too. The truth is that you will have to put a conscious effort and energy into each and every successful day of your marriage.

As you plan your wedding and even on your wedding day, don’t assume that your wedding planning efforts and perfect ceremony and reception are giving you a perfect marriage. Your preoccupation with wedding planning may be hard on your relationship. Make sure that you are finding quality time for one another and that you haven’t lost sight of the one thing that will give you a happy marriage: Loving Commitment to the Successs of Your Relationship

To show you how we have achieved a very happy marriage (going on 6 years now) despite violating quite a few wedding superstitions, we want to give you a copy of our newest book: The Newlyweds’ Guide to a Happy Marriage: How to Keep that Honeymoon Feeling

Do you know of any wedding superstitions to share with us?

We would also be interested to know your opinion of wedding superstitions?