Friday, June 25, 2010

Rescue kits Aka Emergency Kits

Of course you want your wedding to be perfect but in reality sometimes things can happen. Its better to be safe on your wedding day than sorry-we know you will have a great day, but every bride and groom should have a rescue kit on their big day just in case. Rescue kit saves the day for the couple and the bridal party in case a tuxedo gets stained or a dress unsnaps- the possibilities are endless.
These kits should be stored in your venue location.

We’ve come up with a list of all those “just in case” items to include in an emergency kit:
1) Sewing Kit
2) Hair Spray
3) Tylenol, Midol, Benadryl, Tums
4) Hand Lotion and Anti-Bacterial Lotion
5) Tide Pen
6) Ace wrap/Ice Pack- in case a bride or a bridesmaid wears the highest heel then slips and falls
7) Johnson & Johnson Kit- Bandaids, Alcohol Pads, Gauze
8) Petal Covers for the Breast Area
9) Sole Cushions for high heels
10) Clear Lip Gloss
11) Breath Mints,
12) Snacks to keep your hydrated and fueling your energy- chocolate bar, granola bar, water, bottles of Orange Juice
13) Bobby Pins
14) Krazy Glue
15) Scissors
16) Sanitary Napkins
17) Nails- Nail file, polish remover, a light pink nail polish and white nail polish (in case you break a nail)
18) Corsage Pins
19) Contact Lens Solution
20) Extra earring backs
21) Static-Cling Spray
22) One miniature bottle of liquor for the groom along in case he is too nervous to walk down that aisle or say his vows
23) Tissues
24) Deodorant for Bride and Groom
25) Hair Comb
26) Flower Girls and Ring bearers-giving them a coloring book, a puzzle, gummy bears. A prize is a huge incentive for a child who doesn’t want to cooperate on the day of the wedding, such as not walking down the aisle. Offering them a prize will ease their tension and they will be focused to make sure they do a great job so they can get that “prize”!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Budget, Budget, Budget! Ways to save money!

You are engaged and you are getting ready to plan your wedding? The glitz and glam of weddings are whimsical to a couple, but the reality is that planning a wedding can be expensive. Planning your budget and knowing your limits can be difficult when you are planning a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

If money is a concern for you and you are paying your own dream wedding, you should think about what is important to you and how much money are you willing to spend in that particular area, then stick with the plan! If family members are contributing to your wedding include that in your budget.

We’ve compiled a list of our top 18 My Bridal Budget Ways to save on wedding costs. You’ll also get the most bang for your matrimonial buck.

1) Plan your wedding on a Friday or Sunday to save money
2) Plan your wedding in an off-peak season
3) Cut the guest list. Better method is most invitation companies sell invitations at a set amount-let that amount be the formula to control your guestlist. By cutting the guest list you will save on invitations, floral centerpieces, wedding favors, and catering costs
4) Ask Guests to Reply Online or by Phone: You can use an online service for RSVP’s and simply include the web address on your invitations, which will save the need for RSVP cards and extra postage. Or, you can include a phone number for your guests who might not have Internet access.
5) Have your ceremony and reception in one location. This will cut travel expenses that your vendors can charge
6) Customize your menu- in most catering halls they offer so much food, such as the cocktail hour & dinner reception. Cut the appetizer from your dinner menu or one to two sauté/chafing stations from your cocktail hour.
7) Buy Flowers that are in season, stick to one or two flowers for your centerpiece.
8) Use non-floral props as your centerpieces like hurricane lamps, candles, or photo framed box centerpieces of guests, friends, family who are attending the wedding
9) Something Old and Borrowed- Nowadays anything vintage screams out chic, add a sentimental touch by wearing your mother’s gown, veil or jewelry or you can rent your favorite designer’s wedding gown (,,
10) Reuse your ceremony flowers for your reception flowers
11) Hire a band or a DJ to perform in your ceremony and reception
12) If you are not having a destination wedding or a holiday wedding, then do not send save the dates. Save the dates is a superfluous expense when it is not needed.
13) Cut the extras- with everything from photography to transportation- never surrender to the upsell. An additional custom photo album or cable TV in your limo might sound like a good idea at the time, but if it is not at the top of your priority list, chances are you can live without it.
14) Hire a My Bridal Budget Pro ;0)- Hiring a wedding coordinator to save you money sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes you have to spend a little to save a little. Once you’ve set a budget, a wedding coordinator will work with you and their network of preferred vendors to make your dreams come true within your budget
15) Be Creative- Make your own place cards, table numbers and menu cards with cardstock and print it out from your computer
16) Give out one wedding favor per couple
17) Decorating a cake – adorn your cake with real flowers, instead of sugar flowers
18) Do Research- Visit this helpful site Enter your zip code so you can see how much couples spend in planning their wedding in your zip code area.

In addition, by giving yourself ample time to plan, you won’t feel rushed at the last minute and forced into using services and products that are more expensive. By having more time you’ll be able to shop around for the best deals, and not get stuck with what’s available at the last minute. Plus, if you have a credit card that accumulates airline miles or points for travel, you’ll have time to use this card so you can use the rewards to cut prices on your honeymoon travel.

Happy Planning!