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How to Prioritize Your Budget for an Unforgettable Wedding

August 4th, 2014

unforgettable-weddingphoto – Phillip Wise Photography

Did you know American couples spent an average of $28,427 on their weddings in 2012, according to TheKnot.com, and that figure is already on the rise? Undoubtedly, getting married isn’t an inexpensive proposition and every couple wants the magical memory of their wedding day to last a lifetime. So how can couples have their dream day without flying 1,000 guests to a European castle or remote island?

If you really to create a truly memorable event, managing your wedding budget is key. Allocate your spending in terms of longevity. Attach larger amounts to the wedding elements people will remember or keep after the big day, such as quality photography. Additionally, catering and venue pricing can vary greatly depending on the season, particular week, day of the week or even the time of day. Ask your caterer about all of your options. Floral is another area where you can save. For example, arrangements and bouquets made from local and in-season flowers will be less expensive than ones flown in. More modern simplified arrangements can also cut down on the number of flowers needed.

Just keep in mind that the memories of some of these elements will be fairly short-lived, so think about prioritizing your budget in terms of the elements that will inspire the fondest memories and last the longest. One perfect example is bridesmaids gifts. You’ll want to ensure that your bridesmaids wear similar and appropriate jewelry, so it makes sense to invest a bit more in gifts that will last forever. You may be surprised at what you can afford, such as natural-color champagne diamond jewelry.

Natural-color champagne diamond jewelry from the Argyle Mine in Australia is available at many jewelry stores with prices starting as low as $150. Not only are they affordable, but these pieces make great bridesmaids gifts because they perfectly symbolize the beauty, rarity and timelessness of a lifelong friendship. Diamonds grow over millions of years and like a true friendship, last forever.

These gorgeous champagne hues from The Argyle Mine are exceptionally rare. For every one natural-color diamond (like, there are 10,000 white diamonds? Just as you may have many friends, true lifetime friends are rare. Bridesmaids assume a lot of responsibility and financial obligation during a wedding and a gift of natural champagne diamond jewelry shows your appreciation. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that Argyle Diamonds are ethically mined and that the neutral-color hues will work with any color fashion dictates over the years. For more information about natural color diamonds from The Argyle Mine, visit www.diamondswithastory.com.

Argyle Diamond Cross Pendant

Champagne and white diamond cross pendant. Fred Meyer, $399

Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information. O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Which areas of your budget have you found it easiest to save money in? Leave a comment below and let us know.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – July 25, 2014

July 24th, 2014

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Just in case you were wondering if you should invite wedding guests via text, the answer is usually no. However, for this bride, it made for the one of the best wedding photos ever. Kristen sent a group text inviting friends to her wedding photo shoot and barbeque in England, but managed to accidentally invite a stranger as well. When she realized what she had done, she explained the invite was a mistake. The stranger’s response? “We still coming.” Priceless. Just like the resulting photo.

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Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

photo credit – Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

The look on the groom’s face as the bride first walks down the aisle at their wedding is one she’ll never forget. And thanks to these amazing photographers, neither will you. Check out these grooms’ wonderfully candid reactions as their brides approach them.

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photo credit – Etsy

Want to surprise your significant other with an amazing wedding? Whether your dream wedding is an intimate beach affair, a rooftop fete, a Vegas spectacle, or a ballroom fairytale, Doron Ofir Casting is casting for a new TV show that will provide a surprise wedding for a couple who has been unable to set the date. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and have been in a committed relationship with their significant other long enough to know they’re ready to tie the knot. Good luck!

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Couple Gets Engaged in Giant Wooden Maze

July 22nd, 2014

Why not inject some fun into your marriage proposal? Peter Dwyer channeled a little childhood wonder and nostalgia by waiting for girlfriend Erin O’Connor and dropping to one knee near the center of the BIG Maze — a temporary wooden labyrinth designed by BIG-The Bjarke Ingels Group — at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum. The couple had visited the museum on their first date.

The toughest part of the plan? Keeping oblivious visitors and kids from interfering with the surprise!

Check out the sweet proposal video filmed from a balcony above:

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The Best of the Web for Grooms – July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014

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photo credit - Inlux Photo

Want to incorporate your love of sports in your wedding photos? Take a cue from groom Nick Jones, who created a photo commemorating his favorite basketball team — the Cleveland Cavaliers — at his Akron, OH wedding. When word of LeBron James’ potential return to Northeast Ohio came out the previous week, Jones amassed his jersey collection for his eight groomsmen to wear while he stood in the middle, recreating James’ powder toss. The guys then wore the jerseys for their introduction at the reception, Fox Sports Ohio reported.  The future newlyweds went to a Cavs game for their third date, so luckily, Jones’ bride-to-be, Christa Deckard, was on board with the idea, too.

One father of the bride took a gamble by ditching the father-daughter dance song the two had previously selected for the occasion and went with an original song he wrote instead. The results, of course, were amazing. Check out the bride’s emotional reaction in the video above.

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photo creditPeter Callahan

Believe it or not, one of the major wedding elements guests remember most isn’t what the newlyweds wore, the couple’s first dance or the awkward family speeches, but the food! Whether it’s a formal sit-down, a more casual buffet or something a little off the beaten path, guests will definitely take note of the food served that night — and whether they had to stop at a drive-through on the way home. Bon Appétit shares nine tips for serving delicious reception meals.

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5 Ways to Create the Ultimate Summer Barbeque Couples Shower

July 2nd, 2014

Throwing a wedding shower this summer? Today’s showers are often co-ed, and what better way to throw a co-ed party than with an outdoor summer barbeque? Here are five smart ways to create a memorable summer barbeque shower.

a handmade sign for the lawn games area of your backyard

1. Incorporate outdoor games. Lawn games serve two glorious purposes by creating an effortless icebreaker for a group of people who may not already be acquainted and are also just plain fun. Games such as cornhole, horseshoes, ping pong and washers are all basic enough that no matter  a guest’s skill level, everyone is bound to have a great time. Want to kick it up a notch? Create a tournament. You can divide up teams by family, friends of the bride or groom or random draw.

props for an outdoor wedding photobooth

photo credit – etsy

2. Set up an outdoor photo booth. In this age of selfies, photo booths create a fun, and often hilarious, activity that also serves as a memento after the party is over. There’s no need to fork over tons of cash to rent a photo booth. Create your own using a simple bed sheet as a backdrop and adding  a card table with props. Enlist one of the shower hosts to take the pictures. Easy as one, two, CHEESE!

customized branding iron to leave initials on steak

3. Brand those grillin’ meats. Celebrate the future bride and groom in grilling style with custom made branding irons that you can sear on every burger, steak and chicken breast before serving. You can choose from a single letter initial (featuring the last name initial of the future bride and groom) or up to three initials for their married monogram. We especially love MRS and MR branding irons. To top it off, they make a unique gift that the bride and groom will enjoy after the shower for years to come. Check them out here.

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photo credit – etsy

4. Arrange a summer spirits station. Create a rustic, outdoor drink station stocked with a menu of spiked lemonade, sweet martinis and minty mojitos. Serve your cocktails in mason jars for each guest to keep after the shower as a favor. Rustic chic, cheap, and oh-so practical, mason jars kill two birds with one stone and do it on a friendly budget.


5. Make s’mores. No matter how old you get, s’mores are still a tasty treat to enjoy in backyards or at social gatherings. Offering a build-your-own-s’mores station at a shower or wedding will keep your guests included in the action and satisfied to the very last bite.

Have more ideas on how to create the ultimate outdoor barbeque shower? Share them in the comment section below.

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