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Comparison Shop Wedding Cakes
If your caterer's contract will permit it, hire an outside baker to provide the wedding cake. Even though you'll have to pay a cake-cutting charge, you will likely pay less overall if you shop around.
Buy Local Ingredients
Have your caterer use local fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only will these items be more economical
Avoid Pricey Main Courses
Use expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d'oeuvres rather than in a main course.
Forgo Full Dinner Service
How dinner is served affects the price. French service, in which guests are served by waiters from a platter at the table, and regular plate service are the most expensive.
Make Cake the Dessert Course
Dispense with a separate dessert course, and just present the wedding cake as dessert, with coffee and tea to end the meal.
A punch-and-cake reception held in the late morning or afternoon is the least expensive type of party. To make it special, serve several cakes of different designs and flavors, or make punch in colors that match your palette.
Two Wedding Cakes Can Be Cheaper than One
Order two cakes for the reception: a large sheet cake and a small fancy one to be used for display and the cake-cutting ceremony.
Top Off a Simple Wedding Cake
Order a moderately priced, plainly decorated cake, and make the focal point the cake topper.
Serve Champagne for Toasts Only
Instead of pouring Champagne all night long, serve just a single glass to each guest at the appropriate time to toast the bride and groom.
Select In-Season Flowers
While most popular bridal flowers are available year-round, some traditional ones—peonies and lilies of the valley, for example—can be difficult to find and expensive out of season.
Economical Wedding Bouquet Embellishments
Mix berries, pinecones, and other economical non-floral embellishments among costlier blooms to fill out bouquets and displays.
Repurpose Your Wedding Flowers
Arrange Fruit-Filled Centerpieces
Bowls, compotes, or even cake stands filled with seasonal fruits from a farmer's market can take the place of expensive floral presentations.
Decorate Tables With Candles
A single pillar candle in a hurricane lantern is a wonderful centerpiece, as is a casual display of votive candles in the middle of a table.
Turn Favors into Centerpieces
As an alternative to traditional flower centerpieces, group favors together on the table.
More Flowers Can Cost Less
Don't overlook such floral standbys as daisies and carnations. They're available year-round, are quite affordable, and when arranged en masse make delightful centerpieces and bouquets.
Find Low-Cost Drama in Flowering Bulbs
Flowering bulbs—amaryllis, narcissus, and hyacinth among them—often cost less than regular flowers and are dramatic, even when arranged simply.
Two-in-One Favor Place Cards
Use favors as seating or place cards to save a bit on stationery costs. For seating cards, write guests' names and table numbers on strips of paper, affix them to the favors, and set in order on a table near the entrance. For place cards, put favors with names attached at guests' places.
Use What You Already Have
Your florist won't have to supply vases for your centerpieces if you have a collection of containers, such as jelly or milk jars. Filled with flowers, such vessels make pretty displays.
Put a Cap on Calligraphy
Have a calligrapher letter only the cover of the ceremony program; print the interior pages using favorite fonts on your own computer. Consider making up menus, seating cards, and place cards with your computer, as well.
Make Your Own Favors
Handmade favors and decorations are appealing and usually cost less than store-bought.
Vendors will be more likely to reduce fees if you choose a winter date rather than scheduling for summer, when rates are at their highest. This doesn't apply, however, during holidays. Fridays and Sundays are generally less expensive than Saturdays for renting a venue.
Better to Borrow
Borrow accessories from family and friends instead of buying them; this can also provide your "something borrowed."
Party in Public Spaces
The nicest wedding sites—parks, museums, public gardens—may be the most affordable.
Know Your Priorities
Prioritize aspects of the wedding that are most important to you. By compromising in some areas, you can afford to splurge on others.
Your mother gave birth to you, fed you, dressed you, drove you to school. She put up with your questionable teenage fashion choices. Now she is proud to stand behind you, and beside you as you make one of the biggest decisions of your life. Thank her by giving her a thank-you gift she’ll never forget.
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You may joke that the father-of-the-bride’s sole responsibility is to cut the check, but there’s actually a lot more to his esteemed position than you may think. Sure, the mother-of-the-bride may be organizing dress fittings and floral arrangements, keeping the planner and bride at bay and even scout venues, but the father can be just as involved.
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t’s every bride’s wish to look amazing on her wedding day from head to toe, and that includes having stunning hair. The style that you rock is going to be real talking point but perfecting that look isn’t just an on-the-day thing; it starts in the lead up. Let’s check out a handful of easy hair care tips for brides-to-be.
BE WARY OF NEW PRODUCTS
One of the best bridal hair care tips is to start your regime early and part of that is trying new products, as long as you’re far enough out from the big day. You never know how your hair is going to react to something new. Look out for any products that are heavy in chemicals as they could leave you with problems. It’s best to stick to natural ingredients and always test any new cleaning or styling product on a small area before diving in.
Over-washing your hair can cause issues. Stick to shampooing a maximum of two to three times a week and use a dry shampoo in between if need be. If you over-wash you run the risk of your hair being stripped of its natural oils and drying out. For an added moisture boost it’s a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner when you do wash your hair. If you need more advice and hair care tips click here.
GET TO WORK TREATING PROBLEMS EARLY
Whether it’s dryness, split ends, dandruff or any other issue, the earlier you address the problem the better. Deep conditioning with products containing nourishing oils like coconut, avocado or olive can work wonders at bringing natural moisture back. Anti-dandruff shampoos can be your best friend and natural ingredients like ginger can fight the flakes as well. Finally, having regular trims is one of the most important things to do. That way you’ll constantly be getting rid of split and frayed ends, which will boost your hair’s overall health.
AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT
There are two components to this tip: one, be careful in the sun and two, go easy with the styling tools. Over exposure to heat and UV rays from the sun can wreak havoc, so if you’re getting ready in the summer it’s good practice to keep your head covered. In terms of heat from straighteners, tongs and hairdryers, use them sparingly and when you do turn the heat setting down. It might take a little longer in the short term but you’ll be glad you did in the long run.
EAT WELL FOR HEALTHY HAIR
Eating healthily before your wedding can stop breakouts, help you shed those last few pounds and give you the energy you need to get the wedding prep done, and there’s plenty you can add to your diet to boost your hair too. Big quantities of fresh fruit and veg provide a host of nutrients, while nuts, seeds, and fish rich in Omega 3 can play a big part in your hair looking its glossy best.
Follow these simple hair care tips and you’ll be looking your best come the big day!
Guest Post by Joana Teixeira