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Every bride wants to have a beautiful, fairytale wedding. But, with weddings being extremely expensive, having the day of your dreams can seem impossible.
You may not realize it, but there are plenty of ways you can save money on your wedding without compromising on the big day. By making some small changes to your wedding plans, you can save yourself money while still having the celebration of your dreams.
To help you have the wedding of your dreams without overspending, we have created a guide to five wedding hacks that will save you money. To find out more, have a read of this:
Start planning early
Start planning your wedding as early as possible. The earlier you start planning the better chance you have of keeping the costs low. By giving yourself adequate time to go through all the options, you will have time to compare prices and find all the best wedding bargains.
Did you know that by planning your wedding early, you can get some great deals on venues, caterers, and entertainment? Plus, by planning early you can get the best pick of everything.
While planning your wedding early will allow you to get some great deals, it is important to be flexible with certain aspects of the wedding. For example, being flexible with the date or location of the wedding will allow you to take advantage of some fantastic deals.
Choose the venue carefully
Choosing the right venue can save you a lot of money. So, it is important to pick your reception venue carefully and think it through.
Opting for an outdoor venue or a venue that has a lot of built-in character, will save you a lot of money on decorations. While choosing a hotel or restaurant for your reception that includes tables, chairs and tables linens can save you a lot of money.
Some wedding venues also offer packages that include wedding vendors, wedding planners and everything else you will need for your big day. These are all important things to consider when choosing a venue for your wedding.
Keep your guestlist short
As almost every wedding price is calculated on a price per person basis, the easiest way to keep wedding costs low is to keep the guest list short.
Of course, there are some people who you want to share your special day with, namely your close friends and family. But, there are other people who you may only invite due to obligation. Don’t invite people just to be polite, only invite those people who you really care about.
Choose the date of your wedding carefully
During peak wedding season, April to September, wedding prices are much higher than in the winter months. As are the costs of everything else, from wedding dresses to wedding invites, the costs are much higher during peak season. So, if you are happy to have a spring / winter wedding you can save yourself a lot of money.
It is also a good idea to avoid getting married on a Saturday, as Saturdays are the most popular day for weddings and so, are most expensive. Holding your wedding on a Friday or Sunday can save your a lot of money, so it is worth considering.
Shop the sales
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you wedding dress has to be a designer original – you can save yourself a lot of money by looking for your dress in the sales.
During sale times, wedding dresses can be priced as low as 50 percent less than full price – that is a lot of money. Don’t turn your nose up at the sales, sometimes there are some amazing deals.
Saving money is not easy – sometimes it really needs a lot of research, and changing our habits into less expensive ones to have a long term effect. But, as the old saying goes, each penny not spent is an extra penny in our pockets, so saving is worth it in the long run. Here is a fresh collection of tips that might help you spend less.
My mobile phone is a bit … antique! It’s still working, but my kids make fun of it. I can call. I can text. But, the camera isn’t really that good or should I say not clear. It hurts to listen to phone calls or music. The download time takes forever. And worse of all the battery life gets shorter and shorter. I guess it’s time for a change. I told my kids I plan to buy a new phone and just keep the old one in the drawer. But, my internet savvy daughter gave me a fantastic idea to sell my mobile phone and get extra cash to buy a new one!
Have you been past a shop that gave you a certain vibe? Felt like it was going out of its way to deter you from going in? Did it seem dingy or uninviting? These are perfect examples of stores where the owners either have not taken pride in their store’s appearance or simply haven’t had the cash to make it look pretty. Here’s how to avoid a similar fate. [Read more…]
When accidents occur, we often struggle to determine what it was that may have caused the unfortunate event. We tend to brush off most accidents as being ‘unfortunate’ and nothing more and even sometimes relate the incident to God himself.
If you’ve got kids, you’ll be very familiar with their natural curiosity. In today’s age, kids also grow up around computers and they certainly know their way around the internet. And while the internet can be a lot of fun for kids, and actually teach them one or two valuable lessons along the way, safety always has to come first. After all, who hasn’t heard the horror stories about the kid who found their mother’s credit card, and spent £20,000 investing in small businesses on a crowdfunding website?
Alright, alright, that one probably didn’t quite happen that way – though who knows, kids can get very creative when they’re bored. But even if it’s quite unlikely that your children will invest in the newest astrology app, them surfing the web is often not one of parents’ favourite activities for kids. After all, the internet can be full of traps for kids and distracted parents to fall into – but don’t worry, that’s why we’ve compiled a guide to digital safety for kids.
Make sure to keep your credit card details safe. Your children shouldn’t have access to them – if they ask you why, explain them the dangers of credit card details getting into the wrong hands. Make it clear to them that it’s not that you don’t trust them (though you might not if they’ve been eyeing the newest PlayStation for a while now), but that it’s more of a general safety precaution.
If your kids want to purchase something online, make sure to not only buy it for them, but tell them a bit about the process too, and everything they should check to see if the site is providing a secure connection for financial transaction. This also shows your kids that you’re taking this seriously, and probably would notice if they went on a crazy shopping spree online.
Talking about credit cards, explain to your children how they work – that they don’t provide you with free money, but that you always have to pay your bill at the end of every month. They might be deeply disappointed to learn that credit cards don’t simply give you things for free, but after all, some dreams simply have to be disturbed.
To keep your kid from buying expensive apps for iPhone and tablets and falling for costly in-app purchases, make sure to never share your password with your kids, and change the settings so that every purchase will require a password immediately. We’ve all heard about the kid who went crazy buying virtual toys and animals in an IPhone game, and we’d prefer it if that wasn’t ours.
Tell your kids to never post any personal information online – your address and number do not belong on the internet under any circumstances, since they can never be sure who they are talking online. Safety comes first on the internet, and telling someone they don’t know intimate details online is almost like talking to a complete stranger on the street – a no-go.
The same goes for pictures or videos – tell your kids to be very careful who they share things with, since you don’t want random people to be able to download their picture. Of course this is tricky in the age of social media, but it’s a good approach to take with very young children who don’t quite understand the internet yet.
And last but not least, another important thing to teach kids online is that their passwords are just like house keys, opening doors to their online lives – and since they wouldn’t give their keys to random strangers on the internet, they should look after their passwords in the same way. Also start telling them all about the power of a safe password – while they might find it easier to remember their cat’s name, it’s worth creating a number-letter combination that is slightly more elaborate.