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...
Top 10 Crazy Wedding Moments You Want to Avoid

Top 10 Crazy Wedding Moments You Want to Avoid

America’s Funniest Videos have been on the air for 25 years by following a pretty simple formula: Nut shots Babies Animals Wedding Bloopers Why ruin a good thing? We all like watching people do stupid things at weddings, but if you’re in the middle of planning your own, we put together some areas you may want to double check. We suggest taking a look at your venue, your guest list, and the activities and see if you can spot any potential video-worthy moments. We went through a number of videos and tapped into our vast knowledge of the craziest wedding moments to give you our top 10. 1) Decorations that You Couldn’t Take on a Plane This is a great rule of thumb. Don’t have fireworks, knives of any sort, or excess liquids as part of your theme. You are only asking for trouble. Nothing will get the camera phones out faster than a brides dress catching on fire. 2) Tripping Hazards Take a look at the way people will move around the venue. Now imagine how a wedding dress would flow through the space. Take a deeper look and think about how certain people would navigate the obstacle course after a few beverages. You may want to keep some lanes open for traffic. Also, be careful around swimming pools or water. For every wedding that is at the edge of water you can be sure there are many people with their phones out just hoping (shame on them) that people trip and fall in. 3) Shots at the Open Bar This is your call, but perhaps keep an...

10 Creative and Funny Wedding Invitations

Your wedding should be a celebration! Why not set the tone with a clever invitation? No only will you get people excited, but you can prepare them for what to expect and have some fun in the process. We put together 10 of the best ones we could find. Enjoy! 1. The Complete Survey Source: Imgur 2. The Simple Response   Source: Imgur 3. The Literal Opening Source: Bespoke Bride 4. Go on a “Cruise” With Me Source: Barnorama 5. Bells Deep   Source: Zazzle 6. The Hidden Talent Source: Buzzfeed 7. The “Convict”ion Source: Bespoke Bride 8. The Direct Response Source: Imgur 9. Subtle Sales Pitch Source: Dailynewsdig 10. To the Point Source: Dailynewsdig Remember to like this post and subscribe to get more! Leave your comments below – do you have any examples of hilarious wedding invites you would like to...
Busted! Maroon 5 Crashing Weddings was all Fake in “Sugar”

Busted! Maroon 5 Crashing Weddings was all Fake in “Sugar”

  You may have seen the recent excitement online about our dreamy friend, Adam Levine crashing weddings and performing in their new music video, Sugar. Turns out, it was all fake! Sad face. It was exciting to think that these guys actually went around surprising happy couples and rocking out at their weddings, but alas, it was all staged. Fans began noticing shortly after the video was posted that many of the people in the video were actors, so just like any good people of the internet like to do, they sought answers. The shocked Asian parents, who were played by Barbara and Stephen Woo, actually posted on Facebook, “The Buzz on the internet is whether the Maroon 5 ‘Sugar’ music video is real or staged. We played the parents of the Asian bride and yes, everything was staged,” they said. “In fact, all of the wedding were filmed at the same location over 3-day period.” The groom featured at the beginning, according to Cosmopolitan, was named by the online detectives as Nico Evers-Swindell. Turns out the guys already married! Evers-Swindell was His wife, Megan Ferguson and he have been together since 2011. And she’s most definitely not the bride in the vid. You may recognize him in Lifetime’s William & Kate TV movie. There is also a flurry of speculation that the dark-haired bride was actually  “America’s Next Top Model” runner-up Raina Hein. Judge for yourself: Levine has been doing interviews about the video and expressing his excitement about how well it went!  “Only the grooms knew in each case,” a rep told Entertainment Tonight. “[Whether] they disclosed it to their bride and the wedding party, we’re...