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December 5, 2011

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Best Waterproof Mascara

I love Brides Magazine it is a great budget wedding magazine that you can get for cheap when you order a subscription (or spend a fortune buying each issue)! They always have great tips and this month they staff-tested waterproof mascaras. Waterproof mascara is a must for your wedding. Even if you do not think you will cry, play it safe and use a waterproof mascara. These are the best waterproof mascaras according to Brides Magazine:

This waterproof mascara is the cheapest of the group. You can even pick it up online for less than $5 (or maybe even free if you use free amazon gift cards to pay for it). If you are looking for the best budget mascara then give it a shot! If you want to splurge a little (wedding makeup is important since it will show up in all your pictures) then try one of the other options.

If you are worried about applying your own mascara then try Urban Decay. The description looks great! Unfortunately I couldn’t find it for less than $20 online, but it might be $20 well spent.

Long name, but great reviews! If you are comfortable putting your own mascara on then I think the $5 difference between this one and the best application mascara is a good upgrade. Unfortunately the link takes you to a page where it is on sale for more than $25 (currently at least), but at least you can read the description.

The reviewers said that this waterproof mascara curled, lengthened, separated, and volumized, all without clumping. For $5 more it isn’t a huge splurge compared to the best overall. It is a splurge compared to the drugstore mascara, however, so you decide!

There are four great best waterproof mascara options with prices ranging from $8 (less than $5 online) to $30.

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Putting on the Wedding Ring

Wedding Ring - Tips to Plan a Budget Wedding

So your long-time partner has finally proposed and the two of you have picked the perfect date to exchange your vows. You’re looking forward to spending the rest of your life together. You’re packing your stuff to move into a place where you will raise your family. You’re saying goodbye to single-hood. But first, there’s the not-so-small matter of planning your wedding.

For most couples, the wedding ceremony is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is an event for sharing their joy and happiness with the people who are closest to them. On the other hand, it is a nerve-wracking, headache-inducing expensive project.

You may want to have a wedding that will rival Prince William and Duchess Kate, but then you’ll need millions of dollars to be able to do that—a luxury that very few of us are able to afford. However, money is just one part of the equation for a happy and memorable wedding ceremony. There are many different ways for you to make this day unique and full of precious moments that you’ll treasure for the rest of your married life together.

Here are 12 tips to plan a gorgeous yet budget-friendly wedding for you and your loved one:

  1. Set your wedding budget and stick to it. You should be firm on how much you’re willing to spend for the big day. Be realistic about your expectations and don’t try to stretch your budget to its limit—you’ll find that you need to shell out more for last-minute expenses that you weren’t able to anticipate.

  1. Limit the number of guests. Should you invite five hundred or just fifty people? This day is your day, so people will understand if you don’t invite them. That doesn’t mean that you like them less.

  1. Have a theme or master wedding plan in mind. Planning your wedding begins with having a vision of how the wedding should be like, including the color motif, venue, food and music. All the little details will add up to your costs so you should have a good idea of what you want.

  1. Ask your friends and family to pitch in. You don’t have to hire a wedding coordinator if you have an army of friends and family members who can help you with the daunting task of putting together a lovely wedding. Try to enlist their help in the tasks that you think they can handle.

  1. Don’t be afraid to canvas for the best quality (yet still affordable) wedding services. Your caterer and your wedding photographer are just two of the most important people who’ll be at your wedding. Make sure that you choose one that offers great services at reasonable prices.

  1. Skip the non-essentials. If you cut two courses from your five-course meal, perhaps you can invite 15 more guests. Would you rather have a table filled with food than with the people you love best?

  1. Don’t always buy brand-new. You can re-use the old table place cardholders you used at your parents’ wedding. This will save you money as well as create an even more inspiring atmosphere for the wedding.

  1. Always try to bargain. If your florist or caterer or photographer is any good, he will be able to come up with something good within your budget. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Remember that you have a budget to stick to.

  1. Tap into your creativity. You don’t need a fancy invitation letter made by professionals if you can do as good a job on your own. Put your Photoshop skills to use by crafting your invitation personally.

  1. Listen to what the wedding experts say. Your wedding coordinator has tons of great ideas for a reception venue that is within the bounds of your budget. Let him do his job and take his suggestions into consideration when you make your final decision.

  1. Take advantage of tie-in packages. There are some wedding venues that offer all-in packages including caterer, photographer and live band. This arrangement will save you lots of money as well as planning time, but be sure that everything is consistent with your budget and theme.

  1. Be hands-on as much as possible. Hiring people to do even the smallest tasks will certainly jack up the final cost of your wedding. You and your spouse-to-be should be personally involved every step of the way. This will allow you to stay on top of the progress of the preparations and make the necessary adjustments along the way.

When not out building relationships with other bloggers, Krisca Te can be found reading blogs that tackle how to save money. She is also a personal finance freak who is currently working with CCF, a personal finance blog that writes about financial literacy.

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Second Wedding Rings Picture
Wedding Rings – Second Wedding Post

Most of the etiquette rules we have for weddings were originally intended for first weddings and come to us from a time when people generally did get married for life – whether they ended up being miserable in their marriages or not! These days, though, second weddings are more and more common, and there’s no reason that a new couple shouldn’t enjoy a beautiful wedding just because it isn’t the first time around for one or both parties involved!

The biggest problem with second weddings, though, can be deciding who pays for what. Tradition dictates that with a first wedding, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon. With a second wedding, though, the couple getting married is likely to be older and better established, and they may not want or be able to rely on their families for help with the expenses surrounding another wedding.

So, if you’re getting married the second time around, what do you do? The truth is that it really depends on your situation. The following tips will help you hash out who pays for what well ahead of time, as you’re setting up your wedding budget.

Ask for second wedding help, but don’t assume

The only way to find out if your family is willing and able to help finance your second wedding is to ask. Don’t assume that your family just won’t pitch in and not ask about the possibility, but don’t assume that they will cover all the expenses, either. Go to your parents – and, if appropriate, even your grandparents – and ask if they are able or willing to pitch in towards your wedding expenses.

In many families, parents will want to pay for a few specific things, such as flowers, food, or the venue. In others, your families may want to write you a check for a certain amount toward your overall wedding budget. Of course, just as with a first wedding, the family isn’t absolutely obligated to pay for anything, so if your families don’t want
to pitch in, that’s okay, too.

Check out your own wedding budget

If your family isn’t able or willing to pay for the bulk of your second wedding expenses, then check out your own budget and see how much you can afford to spend on your own. The first rule of thumb is never to go into lots of debt to have a wedding! With a little bit of creativity, you can cut back your wedding budget to a reasonable amount so that you can pay for your own dream wedding without taking on a ton of debt. Here are a few ways to bulk up your wedding budget or cut back on wedding spending so you can pay for most of your own wedding:

  • Consider using DIY decorations and invitations, which can be much, much more affordable.
  • Price out different venues, and don’t ask for wedding pricing for reception venues. Many places, such as hotels, will automatically mark up the price if you’re having a wedding reception rather than a regular party!
  • Cut down on the guest list and invite only those who are a major part of your lives.
  • Extend your engagement and set up a savings plan so you can save up more money before your big day.
  • Shop for wedding items – such as your wedding dress, decorations, invitations, etc. – when they’re on sale, which is normally at the end of the traditional “wedding season” in the summer.
  • Get married in the winter, on a Sunday, or on a weekday to save money on services and venues.

These easy tips can help you fit a wedding into your own budget, even if it’s fairly limited. While the average amount of money spent on a wedding is in the tens of thousands of dollars, by being reasonable and making good choices, you can have a great wedding for under $10,000!

A second wedding as a gift

One of the best ways to trim your wedding expenses is to ask talented friends and family members to donate their services to your wedding as a gift. If you know someone who is a fantastic baker, ask that this person give you a wedding cake rather than a traditional wedding present. You can get lots of pieces of your wedding together in this
manner – from photography to catering to invitations! Generally, people want you to have the day of your dreams and will be willing to help with that, even if it means giving you a less than traditional gift.

Deciding who pays for a second wedding is always tricky in this modern era, but by first asking your family, then looking at your own budget, and then asking for wedding items as gifts, you can have the second wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank!

Daniela Baker blogs with CreditDonkey.  As someone who’s been married for nearly ten years, she hopes this post will help make your second wedding, a beautiful memorable wedding.  She says, while you don’t want to go into a lot of debt for a wedding, having a credit card set aside for wedding expenses can make sense. One of her favorite wedding tip is to consider a credit card with airline mile deals that you could use for your honeymoon. All the wedding related expenses can help earn you a free flight.

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