This life is filled with all kinds of significant events and moments. Throughout your eighty or so years on this planet, each week has something in store for us. It’s not often that something as big as a wedding happens, however. You can go through life creating all kinds of memories, but your big day is probably the most notable. Yes, the day your kids are born probably trumps it, but they’re in a completely separate league!
If you have decided to forego the expense of a wedding planner, then the details surrounding your wedding are down to you. There is much to think about, although as you have probably been planning your wedding since you were a little girl, you might already have everything in place – in your head, at least.
Wedding dresses have changed over the past century. While some looks came and went, others have recycled through with slight variations as the years have gone by.
Budgeting Tips For Planning A Wedding
Planning a wedding can be chaotic, confusing and stressful, but sorting out the budget is a big part of taking away the stress and managing the whole process. We’ve teamed up with cashasap.co.uk, experts in short term loans, to bring you 5 practical steps to make budgeting for a wedding a whole lot easier.
5 Steps To Manage Your Wedding Budget
1. Make A List
One of the very first things you should do is make a list. Brainstorm and write down every single element of your wedding and get specific. Don’t forget to think about before the wedding and after, like where you’ll stay that night and the honeymoon. You could use a tool like Trello to make the lists, then you can easily move things around to different columns as they’re completed or dealt with.
Whether your wedding is going to be big or small, you will need to do this to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. The list is going to be long! However, at this stage, you just want to write everything and anything down. You’ll start sorting it later.
2. Sort By Cost
Once you’ve got your list, you should then note down whether, on the whole, each thing is cheap, moderate or costly. For example, the venue is probably going to be pricey while the decorative bunting might be cheap! This will be really helpful when it comes to stage 5. Assign a category for everything from the small to the big things.
3. Make Some Basic Decisions
At this point, there are some basic things you need to consider. Firstly, if you haven’t decided already, you’ll need to work out whether you want a big or small wedding, specifically in terms of the number of guests. This is going to be really important in working out how big your budget is going to need to be and how it’s going to be distributed.
You’ll also need to think about how much of a ‘homemade’, DIY wedding you want to have. Some people are happy to do a lot of the things themselves, making the table decorations or the favors, for example, while others wouldn’t want this at all. It’s worth thinking and talking about so you can consider it in step 5!
4. Family Gifts
Weddings are often a time when family members show their generous sides. It might be that you have family members that want to contribute financially to the wedding. You’ll want to take this into account when it comes to budgeting and when thinking about how you’re going to distribute your budget.
A lot of the time, family members might want to pay for specific things. For example, your dad might want to pay for the wedding dress or your uncle might want to buy the wine.
It’s important when you’re having these conversations to really clarify exactly what the person means and how much they’re expecting this to cost. If your parents say they want to pay for the wedding, find out if they have a budget in mind, whether they mean the whole thing, and what they’re picturing.
It might also be worth seeing if there are any caveats involved! They might be willing to pay for the wedding as long as they get to choose the guest list, for example. Make sure everything is really clear so you can make informed decisions about your budget.
5. Your Priorities
Once you have everything noted down, with the most basic guide to cost (cheap, moderate, costly), and you have an idea of how your family wants to contribute, you can start thinking about what your priorities are.
You can think big priorities — some people choose to prioritize the honeymoon over the reception, for example — but also your smaller priorities. How important is food for you? Or music? Use your cheap-moderate-costly list to see what things you might be able to move to other categories to make way for the things that are more important to you.
For example, you might have put both the photographer and the cake in the ‘moderate’ price category. However, you could then decide that having a great photographer means a lot to you while the cake doesn’t, so you can shift your budget so the cake will cost less and you can spend more on the photographer.
If you decided you’re happy to do a few DIY things, then put these next to some of the items on your list. What are your talents (or what are your family good at!) that you could utilize?
When you know where your priorities lie, you can start to decide where you want to place the emphasis on your budget: where you want to spend more and which things you’re happy to cut back on.
Following these five steps should help you to manage your budget in a way that suits you as a couple perfectly — without missing things out!
There is nothing better than attending a wedding. It is a joyous occasion whereby you get to witness one of your family members or friends enjoy the happiest day of their life. Not only this, but it is the perfect excuse to do a bit of shopping! After all, everybody has got to look great when they go to a wedding, right?!
This blog post aims to give you a helping hand with that by providing you with some guidance and tips regarding how to find the best dresses, church suits and outfits for the occasion. It will do so by revealing the latest trends in dresses as well as some general rules for wedding attire.
Getting married is a big milestone in a person’s life. Whether you’re the groom waiting at the altar or the bride walking down the aisle, it’s a moment you’re going to remember for the rest of your life.
The research found that in 2017 the average cost of a wedding was £15,000, while also finding that 61% of couples opted to make their own favors. Twenty-seven percent of us chose a church or religious building to hold the ceremony, while one in five decided to get married in a hotel.
While many people are led to assume that it is cheaper to hold your wedding ceremony abroad, only 5% of couples actioned this by jetting off to tie the knot. This could be due to some locations requiring a minimum stay of residency before you tie the knot. In Italy, for example, you should arrive in the country between four and seven days before the service, depending on where in the country your big day is taking place.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Meghan Markle has become a worldwide fashion icon. Transitioning from ‘Suits” star to Duchess of Sussex has given her the voice to raise awareness about many of her passions, such as women supporting women, education and animals. But her platform has also constantly put her in the public eye…making her fashion choices and statements a popular topic of discussion.
During an outing on January 10th, 2019, Markle’s simple black dress was the perfect outfit for the occasion. As one of her four new patronages, Smart Works is a charity that helps prepare women for the workplace. During Meghan’s visit, she helped pick out outfits for the women to wear during interviews and even sat down with some of the ladies to discuss interview advice. Since joining the royal family, Markle has often used her clothing and accessories as more than just a fashion statement. By supporting brands such as Turquoise Mountain, Meghan uses her outfits as a way to bring awareness to incredible nonprofits, organizations and companies around the world.
With so much news surrounding lab-grown diamonds and the negative side of the mined diamond industry, it’s no surprise that Meghan decided to accessories her Smart Works outfit with a pair of gorgeous Kimai ear climbers featuring man-made diamonds.
“Aside from the design being less royal and more catwalk, press are picking up on the fact that these earrings are sustainable – a hot topic in the fashion world right now.” Source
Based on Markle’s previous influence in the fashion industry, many are saying that they will not be surprised to see a spike in the sale of lab-grown diamonds after this appearance.
Other than the ethical benefits of lab-created diamonds, these stones are also an environmentally friendly alternative — another interest of Markle’s as seen by the 7 charities she and Prince Harry chose to support through donations at their royal wedding. When comparing lab-grown to mined diamonds and their effects on our environment, the statistics are staggering. For starters, mined diamonds are obviously dug from the ground or sea, while lab-created diamonds are grown in a lab. So, for every 1 carat of mined diamond, nearly 100 square feet of land is disturbed and almost 6000 pounds of mineral waste is created. To put that into perspective, a white rhinoceros also weighs 6000 pounds. On the contrary, 1 carat of lab-grown diamond disrupts just 0.07 sqft of land and only 1 pound of mineral waste. So we’re comparing rhinoceroses to mice…
But the disrupted land and mineral waste aren’t the only effects of mining for diamonds. Large amounts of water are not only used in the mining industry but also polluted. Not to mention the 125 pounds of carbon emission (per 1 carat of mined diamond) created. In total, air emissions on a single carat of mined diamond are 1.5 billion times higher than those of a lab-grown one.
And, although many celebrities in the past have opted for “ethically sourced” mined diamonds, more and more information surrounding these diamonds has been revealed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell 100% where a mined diamond was sourced. And, there has been problem after problem surrounding the Kimberley Process and the specifics surrounding regulations of mined diamonds.
A recent study on the Kimberley Process and promise of a conflict-free industry states:
“The most glaring problem is the certification scheme’s narrow terms of certification, which focus exclusively on the mining and distribution of diamonds, leaving broader human rights issues around worker exploitation unaddressed.”
With so much information out there and so many individuals (such as Leonardo DiCaprio) devoting their life work to changing the problems that taint the mined diamond industry, it would not be surprising to see more and more celebrities choosing lab-grown diamonds. As we’ve seen time and time again (Lady Gaga’s meat dress), Markle isn’t the only celebrity who chooses to raise awareness of topics she’s passionate about through their clothing.
Lab-grown diamonds are the future. Celebrities are often some of the first individuals to set trends — whether that be for fashion or a social issue — but in this case, it’s for both. There’s no longer a need to harm our earth to have gorgeous diamonds.
Marriage is something that has been around for thousands of years. It’s been able to romanticize the love two people share and has been looked upon as a way to give security to children. Although the concept had stayed the same, in which that it’s the beginning of a family or two people sharing the rest of their lives together, the styles have changed. The way we actually plan our marriages has changed the most as a trillion dollar industry has emerged for weddings. It all begins with the proposal which has also changed. In centuries gone by, the proposal was simply verbal and either the women accepted or she didn’t without any fuss. Nowadays, however, there are several ways a man can ask the question to his partner, that shows her how much he loves her and what kind of style and imagination he has. However, the classic proposal has stood the test of time.
If looking like lifesize meringue on your wedding day isn’t for you, these options might be…
Every bride wants to feel special on their wedding day. No matter what your style, all eyes will be on you, and it’s your chance to shine. More often than not, brides choose to step away from the traditional frilly frock to don a dress of a different kind. Think colourful suits, printed dresses and gothic gowns.
I teamed up with London’s leading wedding dress alterations specialists, Alterations Boutique, to bring you a range of styles that are anything but conventional. Go on, be bold and outrageous.