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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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Cutting the Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

If you are planning on getting married and having a traditional wedding reception there really are so many little details that you have to be aware of and look out for. When I started to do this it was real eye opener for both me and my fiance. Maybe shock would be a better way of describing it. Our initial thoughts were that we would pick out a meal, or a few meal choices and we would be given a price per head. Multiply that by the number of guests and we would have an idea of our budget. When we went to the actual hotels it was a very different story.

They introduced an array of things such as red carpet, drink’s reception, wedding table plan, individual place settings, flowers on the tables, covers on the chairs, various different sizes of cake stands, a cake knife, wine for the tables, champagne for the toast, room hire and a list of other optional extras. We were shocked having assumed wrongly that most of these would be a standard. Tradition would state that the parents of the bride should pay for the wedding reception but of course that comes down to individual circumstances and affordability. Irrespective of who picks up the bill I have always believed strongly in getting good value for money, without compromising on the quality of the day. It is a one in a life time day and you do want to do the best for your family, friends and guests so we tried to find the best ways to save money on the reception

It was then we looked at the various options of hiring a marquee and bringing in outside caterers. We quickly found that by doing that, it again depended on a whole variety of options, and we quickly realized that option could easily add up to the same amount as using a hotel. We considered going abroad to get married and have our wedding reception in that country. That would of course have saved us money but would have cost our close friends and family a lot more. True, they would be getting a holiday but that is not always a convenient thing for them either. We also realized we would miss out on having some people there that we really wanted to attend on our big day. There were people who simply couldn’t afford to go away and people who were afraid of flying and we didn’t want them missing out.

It was then we decided we wanted our local wedding at our local church and a local hotel to minimize traveling for everyone. We attended three different wedding fairs and realized that many of the hotels offered different ranges of packages, from a standard to elite to a customized package. Each of them had most of the basic options included in the price and when you got to the higher end, they even included things like the evening entertainment and evening buffet. Some even included the cars, flowers and the photographer along with a Master of Ceremonies and a wedding co-ordinator.

My advice now to anyone looking at saving money on your wedding reception is to look at all the packages available from the hotel choices that you have narrowed down. Price everything separately first and then list down what is in each hotel package and then see who offers the best value for money. We did this and saved a substantial amount and still got the hotel we wanted. We also noticed that the number of guests can really make a huge difference to the price point and it would seem the more guests you have, the price per head drops. In our case it was actually cheaper to bring 100 guests than to bring 80.

Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate with them and ask for items to be thrown in free of charge. One of the hotels was trying to charge us for a champagne bucket! Good luck.

Kate Garmora is a wedding consultant with Engraved Gift Creations.  She has helped countless couples achieve their dream wedding.  Her new focus on Eco-Friendly wedding trends and DIY designs puts her on the forefront of the Green wedding movement.  For more great ideas on the best gifts for groomsmen and the latest in wedding accessories, visit her at Engraved Gift Creations.

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