8 Ways to Incorporate Autumn into your Wedding

8 Ways to Incorporate Autumn into your Wedding

Autumn is just around the corner and that means autumn weddings! 8 Chic Ways to Incorporate Autumn into Your Wedding Love is in the air… 1. Pumpkin Flower Centrepiece   Flower arranging is a great way to put your creativity to work to make your wedding day exactly how you want it. To begin, you’ll need fresh pumpkins, a carving knife, scissors clear plastic, wet floral foam fillers (flowers, leaves, berries and succulents). How-to: Cut the top off your pumpkin so that you have a fairly wide opening near the center of the pumpkin, and then clean out all the seeds and guts. Then line the inside of the pumpkin with a sheet of plastic. This will hold some of the moisture in when you water the floral foam. Cut a piece of floral foam with the knife to a size that will fit inside your pumpkin. It’s best to soak the foam in water while you prepare your flowers. Select the flowers and what you will like in your floral arrangement. The best flowers to use will have strong, straight stems and are freshly cut. Place the floral foam inside of the pumpkin and create your arrangement. It is best to start with flowers then add leaves, berries, and other embellishments to create a full and interesting arrangement. If you want you can even pop the top of the pumpkin on your arrangement and hold it on with a piece of floral wire inserted into the floral foam. 2. Pinecone Place Card Holders   These cute festive wedding place card holders are very simple to make with just a little bit...
Wedding Budgets: The Modern Breakdown

Wedding Budgets: The Modern Breakdown

Today’s wedding couple may choose not to follow traditional wedding budgets as closely when it comes to planning and paying for their wedding. The following stats reflect changes in who’s responsible for the bill today: 20 percent of parents pay for the wedding 30 percent of bridal couples pay for the wedding themselves 15 percent of wedding couples share the costs with both sets of parents Wedding attendants typically pay for their ensembles The Modern Wedding Budget Breakdown The breakdown of wedding expenses varies by geographic region and is also influenced by wedding trends and fluctuations in the economy. These are the biggest wedding expenses:   Budgeting for Your Wedding Setting your wedding budget will require a combination of discussion, planning, action, and a spreadsheet. Start Saving NOW: Financial advisors and wedding consultants recommend that you start saving right away. Create a separate savings account to be used exclusively for wedding expenses and commit to adding regularly to this account. Building Your Budget: The farther out your wedding date, the more money you may be able to save toward your expenses. One recommendation is taking the sum of your budget and dividing it by the number of months you have in which to save up. This gives you a target amount per month to set aside for your wedding. Make sure that your savings plan is realistic and that you aren’t setting yourself up for frustration by creating an unattainable financial goal.   Choosing the Date: This decision affects your wedding budget for several reasons. Selecting a wedding date outside the traditional wedding season, time, or day of the week can save...
Bride vs. Groom: Who Pays For What?

Bride vs. Groom: Who Pays For What?

Between the moments of “We’re engaged!” and “Tomorrow is our wedding day!” a lot of budgeting will take place amongst the wedding planning. The very word “budgeting” can put a damper one’s spirits. What couple wants to sacrifice even a moment of their joy? Unless you are among those couples for whom there are few (if any) financial constraints, one of the most important aspects of planning your wedding will be setting a budget. Victoria can be an expensive place especially in planning a wedding, with so many businesses competing to provide the best wedding services. The saying that Victoria is for “newlyweds and nearly deads” holds true–with so many young people moving here for university, work opportunities, and to live the relaxed West Coast lifestyle, the market for weddings is dense. This makes costs rise, so to prepare, set your budget as soon as possible. Who’s Paying? A Guide to Your Wedding Budget Let’s first take a look at this all-important question: will you have financial support for your big day? You may be bound by family tradition or cultural customs as to who pays for what. Or maybe you are planning your wedding DIY style and taking responsibility for all aspects of it, including the budget. There are several ways to approach the financial aspects of the wedding. Some of you may be bound by family tradition or cultural customs as to who pays for what. Or perhaps you’re taking financial responsibility for your wedding and hoping to save by searching Pinterest for creative wedding ideas. These (generally) are the traditional who-pays-for-what basics:   Our expert tip is to plan,...

10 Marriage Tips to Make it Last

  The bookstores are littered with self-help books and relationship advice. It’s a billion dollar industry. Couples around the world seek answers to a problem that has existed since the beginning of time – the marriage. We asked our married friends, our divorced friends, and looked online. There are a ton of ideas on what makes a relationship stay solid. Here are some of the best tips from our research and personal experience. PS. Keep it simple 1) Touch more. While this may sound simple, often couples may spend days or weeks without making physical contact. Make time each day to reach out and touch your partner. Hold hands, rub their arm, and give a shoulder squeeze – anything to maintain connection. 2) Both take responsibility for every argument. Many times, arguments turn into a power struggle with both sides trying to win. And when that happens, no one really wins. Even if your partner is totally crazy and wrong in that specific moment, ask yourself if perhaps there was something you did over the past few days or weeks that may have contributed to the problem. Maybe them lashing out at you today for something trivial was triggered by them feeling distant or slighted? And when you put that ownership on yourself, it quickly diffuses the problem. 3) Fighting is okay. Make it about solving the problem and not about the person. Building on the previous point, when you do argue, try and steer the conversation towards the problem in front of you and the shared goals you have. Again, try not to win your side. A common...
5 Excellent Wedding Planning Resources

5 Excellent Wedding Planning Resources

The big day has been set and ideas have started flowing. Are you fully prepared for everything you need to do to make it a success? It can be overwhelming to think of all the planning that will need to happen, so let’s try and simplify. Of course, hiring a wedding planner can take most of the planning out of your hands but this great advice will help make your life a bit easier in the days, weeks, and months leading up to your special day. Excellent Wedding Planning Resources Here are five of the best links to check out… 1. Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist The folks at realsimple.com put together this great list that outlines very clear timelines and activities going all the way to a year before the wedding. By breaking down the activities in this way, they have made it much easier for you to plan well in advance. They include when you should work on projects like: Researching vendors Booking a florist Send the save-the-date cards Planning the honeymoon Selecting music and entertainment 2. Step by Step Guide to Planning Your Wedding Bridalguide.com has a four-page list that goes into detail many of the steps in the first item n the list. Use these hand-in-hand to make your planning a breeze. The list includes information on budgets, how to use the skills of people around you, and even some clever ideas for photography. (Hint, the last page also has a month-by-month guide to download too). 3. Top 50 Wedding Q & A If you really want to go hunting for advice, check out this super-list of 50 questions and answers...