Financial Strategies For Your Wedding

Once you’ve decided whether you’re going to have a no holds barred lavish wedding with all the trimmings and hundreds of guests, or a select few at a very private and intimate ceremony, the next thing you need to do is work out a budget for your wedding. Decide how much you can realistically afford to spend, agree this with your partner and also share it with those that are likely to contribute to your wedding.

After setting your budget you then need to decide when it is that you’re going to get married. Once you know the date of your wedding and you know the budget you can then work out how long you’ve got to come up with the money and set out a plan to make this happen.

For some this might mean a change of lifestyle and a need to make a few sacrifices, and for others it may mean taking on extra work or getting a part-time job for the next year. Either way come up with a realistic plan of how you intend to raise the money. Oh, and by the way,winning the lottery isn’t one of them!

Start getting quotes from all of your suppliers for absolutely everything, and then once you’ve got all your quote you can work through them with your partner and decide what is within your budget and what is most definitely not.

It might seem an obvious thing to do but a lot of couples do not work through their budget together and then end up in a position where they have both chosen items depending on their tastes and at the end of the time realising just how much they have committed themselves to pay

Bear in mind that you may be able to affect the costs by adjusting the timing of your purchases. What I mean by this is that often it is possible to buy items cheaper at different times of the year. For example, wedding venues are often cheaper in the autumn and winter than they are in spring or summer, also weekday weddings can be cheaper not only because the hotel is less busy itself on a Friday but also because less guests can come on a Friday as well.

Now, having less guests may or may not be to your liking but it is an option that you may want to consider.

Check your suppliers, make sure you get multiple quotes for everything. You will most likely find a wide variety in the cost and smaller suppliers in particular tend to be more open to deals. Make sure you get all your quotes in writing as well because you don’t want to get to nearer the wedding day and be presented with an invoice for items that you understood to be a lot less than they actually are.

One last thing to bear in mind is, if you can, make this process a bit of fun, think of it as a game.

You’ve got a certain amount of time in which to complete your task and a certain amount of money to spend and your goal is to get as much as you can for the money that you have. It will mean some difficult decisions for certain items.

Never forget that you can put a spin on just about anything, politicians have been doing this for years. If you have to go for the cheap option, then so be it, sell it to everyone as a style statement. Maybe you’re a no-nonsense person in real life who has no call for the fancy frills and champagne and would much rather go for the beer and mash option. I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of people attending weddings who would die for pie, peas and a pint rather than fancy little cucumber sandwiches that don’t even fill you up!

Whichever way you go with it, good luck and enjoy the process.

Using Wedding Quotes To Make Your Speech Sparkle

If you are in a position where you have to make a wedding speech, but you are not really sure what to say, then I have a bit of advice for you, which may help you out.

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding, are the wedding quotes and speeches. This is the part of the evening where the audience gets to hear the members of the wedding party speak and share their stories about the bride and groom.

The speeches at a wedding also serve as the entertainment for the evening, as they usually include a few humorous stories and about the new married couple.

If you are involved in the weddings speeches, then you are faced with the tricky task of having to make one of these speeches. The best advice I can give you is to try to find a great set of wedding quotes or speeches, which will help you create your very own speech.

A lot of people never really think of looking for great wedding quotes and speeches to use in their own speech. They will often try to write their speech on their own, but if you ask me, they are missing a big trick here, because if you can find some great wedding quotes, all you need to do then is work them into your own speech.

A couple of years ago I was asked to make a speech at a wedding. I found myself in the same position you probably are in right now if you’re reading this, in that I really didn’t have a clue what I should say and where to even start with creating my speech. Luckily, I did a bit of looking around online, and managed to get my hands on a wedding speech package which offered all sorts of best mans speeches, groom speeches, bride speeches etc., which all had some great wedding quotes in them which I could then pick out and add them into my own wedding speech.

I managed to create a great opening to my speech with a couple of classic wedding quotes that proved to go down really well with the audience. Everyone loves a funny opening to a speech as it breaks the ice and sets the mood.

I then was able to build a strong middle section of my speech which included a few of my own personal stories about the bride and groom, telling the audience how we all met, and a few of the memorable times we have shared together.

I again called on my wedding quotes package to create a great toast to the bridesmaids. This was almost the highlight of the speech as I used a great quote about their beauty and how they had been a real help in the wedding preparations.

Finally, I closed off my wedding speech by using a wedding quote which expressed my sincere well-wishes for the couple and mentioned that they would hopefully grow old together.

All in all, the wedding speech went down pretty well, and the audience seemed to love it. I had genuinely been really worried about knowing what to say during the speech, and if everyone would enjoy it or be bored to tears by it, but luckily for me they all seemed to love it.

The main key to my success was definitely getting my hands on some wedding quotes and speeches and doing a little research with these to build my own perfect speech.

If you are in the same position that I was, and are a little lost as to what you should say in your wedding speech, I would highly recommend you get your hands on a decent wedding quotes and speeches package which will help you create an outstanding wedding speech.

Choose the Right Wedding Music For Your Reception

The idea of booking wedding reception music may seem simple, but there are a few details to consider. The process is simple enough: You should choose a band based on your musical tastes and what you think will appeal to the widest variety of guests. The following topics will help you narrow your choices to make sure you and your guests have a great time!

NARROW BY GENRE: If you like a certain style of music (rock band, jazz band, blues band), then it’s a good idea to search for that style of entertainment. Trust that your family and friends will like the type of music that you like – while keeping in mind age range and different backgrounds of your guests. Most good bands are experts in a certain type of style, but can occasionally throw in a special request to make grandma happy or switch to an iPod on a break to keep the kids dancing.

NARROW THE POOL: After you get an idea of the genre you are looking for, try narrowing your selection by websites that are designed for live entertainment, such as Gigmasters or Gigsalad. These sites will help you compare and contrast bands from similar genres in your areas and can often deliver more of what you’re looking for than a generic Google search. No matter how you narrow your selection, use other web resources like YouTube to get more information about what the band actually sounds like live.

WHAT WILL THEY ACTUALLY PLAY? Remember that bands range in approach to playlist as much as they vary in style and size. Some bands offer many different styles of music. Others come in with a strict “set list” (the list of which songs they’ll play in which order) because they do it that way every time, and that’s what people love them for. Other bands pride themselves on being able to read the mood of the crowd and are flexible moment to moment. All of these styles have their strengths. You can work with the band depending on how much input you want to have about specific songs, or how much you want to relax and let the party ride. (Tip: If you have a special song you definitely want to hear, it helps to let the band know ahead of time so they can prepare.)

MAKE AN OFFER: Inquire about the price of the band but remember you can make an offer based on your budget. There are no firm and fast prices out there, and a good band will negotiate with you based on your needs. See if there are additional details you may need to provide for the band (staging, electricity, a dressing room also known as a green room). If your offer is accepted, the band should provide a detailed contract and may ask you to put down a deposit. If you and the artist accept the terms of the contract and pay a deposit, then you are contractually obligated to go forward. If the artist declines, then there is no further obligation and your deposit is yours to keep. Be careful. Once the contract is signed and the deposit is received by the band, it’s like saying “I Do!”

ON THE BIG DAY: Make sure your wedding planner’s contact information is available to the band well before hand. There are often last minute questions about set-up, entry to the space, electricity, etc. that are best answered by someone other than you! You’ll have enough to think about on your wedding day, so even if you don’t have a wedding planner, it’s a good idea to assign the task to a member of the wedding party or close family or friend so that you can concentrate on getting married. Coordinating music between ceremony and reception can be a tricky spot, so make sure there is clear communication between the bands, you, and/or wedding coordinator about exactly how that transition should go.

Above all, remember to have fun! It’s your special day, and you should be able to enjoy the reception along with your family and friends while having the wedding you always dreamed of.