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Thursday, April 19, 2018

8 Ways to $ave on Wedding Costs & Avoid Debt

CreditCards.com, Guest Author

Ask any soon-to-be bride about her wedding plans, and she’ll pull up elaborate Pinterest boards on her smartphone. With so many amazing ideas accessible at your fingertips, it’s no wonder why today’s engaged couples are under pressure to spend more than ever on their big day.

According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in 2016 cost $35,329 (and that’s not counting the honeymoon!). Besides rising prices, part of the reason may be the desire for custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, from 11 percent to 41 percent since 2009, with couples adding special touches, such as photo booths (78 percent), games (18 percent), musical performances (12 percent) and even fireworks (8 percent) to their events.

With good planning and creativity, however, it’s still possible to have a Pin-worthy wedding without going into debt (or over the top), as these experts reveal.

Take a look at some frugal chic strategies to help you save money on your nuptials:

1. Say ‘I do’ to credit rewards.
If you’re a couple with strong credit, the pre-wedding period is the best time to open a rewards credit card. “If you don’t have a credit card that offers hotel discounts, airline miles or other rewards you should get one,” says Anne Chertoff, WeddingWire’s trends expert. “I signed up for a cash back card before I got married and put everything on it from lunches to bigger ticket items like my photographer,” she says.

Some things to keep in mind: You’ll need a good to excellent credit score to qualify for the most generous rewards credit cards. When comparing cards, look for ones that align with your spending style, and that have good sign-up bonuses (you’ll have to spend a certain amount within a time frame, such as $1,000 in three months, in order to get them banked). Then, figure out what type of redemption will benefit you the most. If you don’t travel much, look for a card with points that can be redeemed for anything from rental cars, hotels, airfare or gift cards instead of one just focused on airline miles.

Here’s an idea: “You can use points to purchase gift cards for stores that carry products and supplies you might need to create the centerpieces for your wedding reception, or to buy bridal party gifts,” says Dawn-Marie Joseph, president of Estate Planning and Preservation, and founder of Williamston is Your Wedding Destination, a group of wedding vendors in Williamston, Michigan.

Of course, rewards cards only benefit you if you don’t carry a balance month to month. Once you start paying finance charges on purchases, you’ll cancel out your earnings.

“You can use points to purchase gift cards… supplies you might need to create the centerpieces for your wedding reception, or to buy bridal party gifts.” ~ Dawn-Marie Joseph, Founder, Williamston is Your Wedding Destination

If you can’t pay off the balance right away, you or your intended may want to look into getting a card offering an extended 0 percent promotional rate on purchases; just be sure you have a repayment plan set up to get the balance paid off before the promotional rate expires.

2. Minimize wedding-day travel.
If you find a venue that provides space for both your ceremony and reception, you can save a lot, says Sharon Naylor, author of 35 wedding planning books including “1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding.” “For instance, your floral designer will only need to travel to and from one location, so that cuts down on their travel charges,” she says.

It might also mean that your photographer and videographer will spend fewer hours with you. Also, paying for an officiant is often less pricey than ceremony fees in a house of worship. Plus, if it’s all in one place, you can reduce your limousine costs, or maybe not hire one at all.

3. Scale down the food.
You don’t want to risk your guests going home hungry, but you might be able to lower the menu price per head by working with your caterer, says Naylor.

“You can skip the raw bar and just have seafood accents on some dishes, such as a lobster topping for the mac and cheese station. Or, instead of offering a buffet bowl of shrimp cocktail, have shrimp cocktail hand-passed by servers,” says Naylor. You can also opt for noodles, salads, pastas and other lower-cost selections and reduce the number of meat-carving stations.

For your cake, stick with simpler designs and classic cake flavors and fillings. “Some cakes triple in price when you opt for specialty ingredients,” says Naylor.

4. Fine-tune your flower budget.
“The majority of people don’t know how much flowers cost,” says Joseph. While she recommends going online to get ideas about the bouquet shape and colors you like, don’t get hung up on particular types of flowers unless they have a special meaning to you.

In fact, ask your florist to recommend “nonwedding flowers,” says Naylor. “Gardenias, stephanotis, callas and some other traditional bridal blooms cost a bundle. Your floral expert can suggest some blooms that are not only in season and more affordable, but are super-pretty and can often be acquired in larger masses for more effect,” she says.

Bonus tip: Bridal bouquets can pull double duty as centerpieces or to decorate the head table when placed atop clear cylinder bases or pedestals, says Joseph, and florists often have these inexpensive items on hand.

5. When it makes sense, do it yourself.
“A lot of people think they can save with DIY, but test before you invest,” says Chertoff. She’s seen many brides attempt to do their own wedding accents, and end up paying for professionally designed items at the last minute.

Here are some DIY dos and don’ts:

“A lot of people think they can save with DIY (Do It Yourself), but test before you invest.” ~ Anne Chertoff, Wedding Wires trend expert

  • Do consider DIY favors. If you have an idea that’s nonperishable or can be done well in advance of the event, go for it. Whether it’s creating a custom USB of music or packaging up food that will last (like chocolates), you can find discount supplies and enlist your bridesmaids to help you package them up, says Chertoff.

    But don’t… try to DIY anything that needs to be done during wedding crunch time. Making baked goods or trying to create your own bouquets the day of the event can turn into a disaster.

  • Do a DIY photo booth. Guests will have a blast if you put up a backdrop poster, and set up a prop table with a few selfie sticks (Etsy.com has lots of customizable and affordable ideas). Then, you can ask guests to use a custom wedding hashtag when they post photos so you can see them.

    But don’t… try to get away with not hiring a professional photographer or videographer, says Naylor. “Your wedding photos and video become so much more important in the years to come. Hire a reputable pro, even if prices are higher than some hobbyists you may see advertising out there,” she says.

  • Do create your own signage. There are lots of great ideas online to create customized table seating cards, table numbers, and ceremony and reception signs. If you’re crafty and have the time, you can pull these off with low-cost supplies.

    But don’t… think that doing invitations or programs on your own will save you money. “You might not be aware of just how much ink goes into your invitation, program and other print items until you get started, and by then it’s too late,” says Naylor. Still, there are large price variations based on types of paper and print processes, costs for inserts, and whether you bundle your invitations with your programs, so shop around.

6. Don’t be a designer snob.
For many brides, it’s all about the dress, but finding one that flatters you is more important than the name that is on the label. “There’s nothing wrong with looking at stores like David’s Bridal. Dresses are totally affordable and fashion forward. And high-end designers are creating selections that are stunning,” says Chertoff.

She also recommends shopping sample sales, but only after going dress shopping to try on different styles and see what you like. Otherwise, you’ll end up settling for a gown you’re not crazy about, and cave in to buying a second dress you find later on.

Although it’s unconventional, Joseph says it’s possible to save a lot of money by considering a consignment dress purchase, which is sometimes offered in her boutique, The Wedding Gallery. “I just took in a $2,500 ballgown dress in perfect condition – there’s not one bead out of place,” says Joseph. If you can get past the fact that the dress was already worn – literally for a few hours – you can save a lot.

7. Learn how to manage extras.
Many couples go over their wedding budget by at least 10 percent, says Chertoff. To not have to rely on credit cards, she recommends putting $1,000 into a do-not-touch fund for last-minute surprise costs – such as having to buy large umbrellas if rain is in the forecast, or items for guest hospitality baskets in the restrooms.

Of course, don’t forget that extras are optional. “Your wedding is not the last party you’re ever going to throw,” says Chertoff.

8. Read your contracts carefully.
Another way to get in over your head with wedding spending is by ignoring the fine print. “Make sure you know what’s included, such as if you have to pay extra for valet service; what the payment schedule is; and if credit cards are OK, or do they charge a processing fee,” says Chertoff.

A bit of haggling can go a long way, too. “Ask for a discount if you pay in cash, or are buying in volume,” Joseph says.

There’s no getting around the fact that planning an elegant affair is expensive, but by employing some of these frugal tactics and sticking to your budget, you’ll start your new lives together with not only a grand celebration, but on the right financial footing.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

9 Ways to Ensure Your Guests Have Fun at the Reception

Filed under: Guest Authors,Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 9:30 am

Melissa Jill, Guest Author

Being newly engaged (or planning to pop the question) is such an exciting time in life, but we know it can also be a little overwhelming. That’s why we love to explore topics that might be helpful (or just plain fun) for newly engaged and almost engaged couples on our blog!

Your guests are SUCH an important part of your wedding, and couples have always been concerned with their guests’ comfort and enjoyment. But in recent years, making sure the guests have fun has been moving higher and higher on the wedding priority list for many couples… right up to the top of the list! I’ve photographed many amazing receptions in my 14+ years as a wedding photographer, so I want to share some of the options I’ve seen that take a wedding reception to a new level of fun!

Click here to see the rest of this excellent article!

Copyright © 2018 – Melissa Jill. I talk to a LOT of couples, and I’ve heard stories from far too many who regret their wedding photography. I’m not okay with that! So I’m on a mission to prevent those regrets from claiming any more wedding memories! As an engaged couple, you’re creating something amazing — a day full of so much emotion, so much beauty; every detail that you’ve meticulously planned out and hopefully implemented with the help of your wedding planner (trust me — it helps a lot with the stress factor). I have one of the best jobs in the world. I’ve been shooting weddings for 14 years now, and I love it. So I might cry at your wedding, but I promise I’ll keep shooting and your photos will be AMAZING. Contact Melissa @ www.MelissaJill.com.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Planning Your Perfect Intimate Garden Wedding

Filed under: Garden Wedding,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 9:30 am
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Cassie Steele, Guest Author

Arizona is perfect for your intimate garden wedding. It is warm and dry more than 300 days of the year, especially in Central Arizona where the summers are glorious. Having a garden wedding is personal and inexpensive. You will have plenty of time to decorate your garden without paying for venue charges. You can plan your perfect wedding in your home environment and have a day to truly remember.

Don’t let the bugs bite

If are providing a meal or a buffet, food and hot weather often attracts wasps. You don’t want to see anyone get stung, or have the wasps constantly irritating your friends and family. Make sure that you use food canopies to cover any plates that are on the tables waiting to be served. Putting citronella candles on the tables will deter any mosquitoes away from your wedding party too. Alternatively fill mason jars with water and add slices of lemon and citronella oil to repel insects. These look very pretty when they are hung from trees, in amongst some bunting.

Keeping warm in the evenings

As twilight draws in the temperatures can drop quickly. It is important to make sure that you and your guests are warm enough, especially if you are having an evening party out in the open. In many areas, it is not advisable to have campfires, as the Arizona atmosphere is very dry and arid. A much safer and atmospheric alternative is an eco-friendly bio ethanol fireplace. These can be placed outside, and will keep the air warm and comfortable in the cool of the evening.

Seating your guests

You don’t have to have formal seating if you are having a garden wedding. Hay bales covered with blankets are very popular, and you can tailor this to your color scheme. They are not expensive to buy, in comparison to renting chairs. If you are seating guests for a meal, it is fun and quirky to use mismatched tables, simply covering them with tablecloths in complementing colors. Using personal photos to decorate the tables is a lovely way to bring a unique and special touch to your wedding. Friends and family will enjoy discussing the pictures and the memories they bring.

A garden party is the perfect way to have a personal and intimate wedding. You can get married in a place that is filled with natural sunshine and build a great future together.

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Copyright © 2018 – Cassie James. Cassie James is a freelance writer, editor and art enthusiast. After a career in charity PR she moved into the freelance world and now specializes in events, arts and community projects. When not working she loves to spend time in her garden, swimming and traveling with her family.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

7 Tips to Be Less Stressed Before Your Wedding

Filed under: Stress-Free Wedding,Wedding Stress,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 9:30 am
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Deborah Lansing, Guest Author

It’s no secret that our wedding day is supposed to be a magical and happy time for us as a couple. When we envision our big day, we often picture a perfect ceremony and storybook affair. After all, haven’t we been nurturing this concept since we were young girls and boys?

Unfortunately, far too often, brides and grooms are caught off guard by the stress and anxiety that come along with getting married. Our expectations for a perfect ceremony often clash with reality and the stress that accompanies a walk down the aisle. Thankfully, with a little awareness, we can kiss goodbye those feelings of stress so we can be present in the moment and actually enjoy our weddings.

1. Find some laughter A popular saying we have all heard is, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Surprisingly, this just might be true. Laughing can lighten our moods, stimulate organs, release endorphins, relieve stress responses, and even calm tense muscles. Before the wedding, laugh away the stress by watching your favorite funny comedies, hang out with your besties who tell the best stories, and look for ways to increase your daily laugh count.

2. Write in a journal Scribbling down your thoughts in a journal is a therapeutic way to beat stress and organize your thoughts in the process. A few moments spent writing can allow us time for reflection. This can help us make sense of major life changes and can lead to more creativity, better problem solving, and improve communication skills.

3. Keep everything in perspective One of the bad things about stress is that it makes every decision, even the small ones, feel like it will make or break your wedding. That is why suddenly, we are fretting over frosting flavors, colors, lip glosses, seating charts, weather forecasts, and more.

Soon, these feelings can play with our head and lead to higher levels of emotional stress. If we are feeling stressed, slow down and ask yourself if this issue will really matter in the long run. This tactic will allow us to refocus our efforts and keep our eye on the prize: our committed relationship.

4. Delegate help Many brides and grooms want to reduce costs and personalize their nuptials by doing a lot of the decorating, planning, and arranging themselves. This philosophy is a great way to reduce costs and stay within budget, but it can elevate stress levels. Couples can still DIY, but make sure to reach out to friends and family for help.

Often, we just need to ask for help and our tribe will be more than happy to take over a task or job. A few extra hands can make the work go faster and prevent us from feeling overwhelmed and overworked.

5. Meditate One tip to be less stressed before the wedding is to breathe and think our way to calm. Practicing meditation only takes a few minutes, doesn’t cost much, and can be done almost anywhere. This simple technique gives us the ability to soothe frayed nerves and find our inner peace. If you are struggling with meditation, look online for a guided video or tutorial to help you learn how to breath, guide thoughts, or find a relaxing yoga position.

6. Pamper yourself with a home spa We can’t always sneak off to our favorite spa or salon for a day of pampering. BUT, we do have the ability to indulge ourselves at home. We can make our own relaxing getaway by using scented candles, soothing bath products, calming essential oils, relaxing playlists, and our favorite skin products at home. So when you are feeling down, run a hot bath and soak away the stress. Your body will thank you and your skin will be glowing when you say your vows.

7. Catch some Zzz’s One simple way to reduce stress is to make sure we are getting enough rest and sleep. Getting adequate amounts of sleep is vital in our body’s ability to regulate moods, judgment, memory, and stress.

Studies are finding that we would all be happier and healthier if we could gain an extra hour or 90 minutes of sleep every night. While it might be tempting to stay up late during the weeks before your wedding working on details, make sure you find the time to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to reboot and reduce stress levels.

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Copyright © 2018 – Deborah Lansing. Deborah was born and raised in San Diego, California where she attended San Diego High School in between her surfing trips. After high school, she studied at Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. She also offers some of her expertise for free via content publishers online.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

How To Select The Perfect Wedding Night Lingerie

Filed under: Intimacy,Lingerie,Wedding Lingerie,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 9:30 am
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Jennifer Saylor, Guest Author

The wedding season is here and all the would-be-brides are busy shopping and preparing themselves for the big-day of their life. It is the time when a lot of things comes to you, from selecting cards, venue, cloths, jewelry, inviting guests, deciding menu, taking care of your body to buying sexy luxury lingerie.

Shopping the perfect and sexy wedding night lingerie items often bring tough time for the would-be-brides. Girls find it difficult to decide what to pick and what not, how to get the perfect fit, color and look for the special night. Well, if you too are undergoing such worries, keep all your confusions aside. I will share a few tips on how you can get your wedding night lingerie shopping done and blow your partner’s mind without much efforts.

1. Be clear in your mind The first and foremost thing that you can do is to be clear on your mind regarding any color, design, fabric or other preferences that you might have. This will help you explain the store attendant what you are exactly looking for.

2. Be open to try out new things Store owners or even the attendants are well aware about the latest trends and also what looks good on which body type. So if they ask you to try out a new design or fabric or anything; don’t decline immediately. You never know, something given a random try might turn out to be the perfect lingerie for your special night.

3. Make all the fantasies real We all have our fantasies for that one special night. Never hesitate to disclose them to your partner. He will be happy to see you open up your secrets and will make all your fantasies real. Similarly he might also want you to see in a certain set of cloths or lingerie on that special night. So discuss and make efforts to please each others in all the ways possible.

4. Concentrate on the fit Fitting and comfort are definitely important when you are out for a lingerie shopping. However, when you are buying sexy wedding night lingerie, it is okay to try the dazzling designs even if you are not habituated wearing it. Buying a g-string or thong can never be a bad decision to please your partner on the wedding night.

If you are not much confident wearing such designs, you can buy two three pieces of it and wear it for a month or two before the wedding. This will make you feel okay with the design and cut. Similar rule applies if you have a habit of wearing only cotton underwear and decide to shift to lacy or embroidered items after wedding.

5. What color your partner loves Well, I am not asking you to buy lingerie in the color that your partner loves. Rather, I am asking you to get a hint on the color that your partner thinks you look good on. You can buy something in that color so that you do not keep wondering whether your partner will love the color of your lingerie or not.

6. Invest some time Never do your wedding night lingerie shopping in hurry. Take out some time from your busy schedule and put a little effort to find out the perfect sets of lingerie for your special night. Shopping takes a little time extra if you are planning to buy something like a robe to cover up the extremely sexy thong or g-stings. Invest a little time extra to get the perfect items for your special night.

Wedding is a special bond where you both promise to be each other’s support and partner for life. Start being the perfect companion of your man from the very first night itself. Know your man and his preferences and choices so that you can pick the perfect sexy luxury lingerie for the special night.

Happy shopping lovely bride!

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Copyright © 2018 – Jennifer Saylor. Jennifer Saylor is a creative writer by profession and hobby, currently working as a freelance writer. She aspires to help her readers achieve their best style by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Best Lingerie Must-Haves In Your Wardrobe For Your Wedding And Style

Filed under: Lingerie,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am
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Susan Harris, Guest Author

Lingerie is an important part of your wedding and fashion wardrobe. With so many styles available these days, you can actually choose a style according to days. The most important factor while buying lingerie is the comfort. So, with perfect comfort and style, choose sexy lingerie USA available in padded styles and thongs, there is so much to choose from.

If you are planning to buy some new styles for yourself, then here are some best lingerie and style must-haves in your wardrobe, read on to know more.

1. Triangle bralette

Perfect for seducing your lover, this bralette style is different. It has a double strap design on the front cups of the bra. It has single straps with adjustable shoulder design. The bra has wide elastic under bust support with hot layering piece. Its available in three different sizes and the most preferred color is pink. It’s a must buy lingerie for your wardrobe.

2. Graphic bikini style

It’s transparent and its so sexy. It has a wide elastic band on the front with cotton gusset. It has a medium rear coverage that makes it look hot. It’s a mix of sporty and sexy design, so it’s perfect for your every mood.

Graphic elastic and mesh support makes it look amazing. Its available in three different sizes and the most preferred color is red especially for wedding time. Also, buy sexy lingerie USA for its unique cup designs and thongs.

3. Racerback bralette

Its a must to have a bralette with a girly design. Racerback bralette has a deep V neckline in the front with a wide coverage at the back. It has a pullover style and it has a lace design detail that makes the bra too stylish.

The pretty hourglass lace detail and delicate touch make it appealing. Its available in many different colors and sizes, go ahead and add this style to your lingerie collection.

4. High rise thong

High-rise thong with the ultra stretch design is a must for your casual lingerie style. With the lace design detail and a classic retro look, this really looks stylish. It has a cotton gusset and an extra coverage for that perfect comfort and fit.

It has a soft lace design that makes it a sheer comfort wear. Available in two colors and two sizes, this sexy thongs should be in your wardrobe.

5. Lace bandeau

Its a perfect bra for your maxi style dress or prom gowns. It’s made with a sheer lace design with line bust support. The wide stretch lace band gives it a full coverage and is comfortable to wear. It has a slip-on overhead style, which makes it more stylish.

Its wire-free but the bra is comfortable and adjustable, so you do not have to worry about the right fit. You can also wear this bra with a low cut shirt for that ultra glam look. Its available in three different colors and three different sizes, do buy this one for that sexy look.

With the new trends in lingerie, it is time to refresh your wardrobe too. Get yourself lingerie styles that you would love to experiment with.

BONUS Section from Larry James (by Megan Gustashaw):

Know Where to Shop – You can always go to a department store and swat at things blindly, sure. That said, if you zero in on a brand she loves, there’s a much greater probability that she’ll wear the stuff more than once. Think about that for a minute.

Here are some suggestions to get you started…
• If she wears more eyeliner than Adele… Fleur du Mal
• If she’s obsessed with all things “direct-to-consumer”… Third Love
• If she’s a little famous on Instagram… For Love & Lemons
• If The Bachelor is her lifeblood… Victoria’s Secret
• If she’s been a cop for Halloween three years in a row… Agent Provocateur
• If she loves Sofia Coppola movies… Fortnight
• If she still occasionally smokes cigarettes… Kiki de Montparnasse
• If she smokes weed… Love Stories
• If she only drinks green tea… Eberjey
• If she has a Mrs. Robinson vibe… La Perla
• If she’s all that and then some but you only have $50 to spend… Topshop

BONUS Article: Confessions of a Boudoir Photographer

Copyright © 2018 – Susan Harris is a creative writer by profession and hobby, currently working as a freelance writer. Cosabella is an Italian Lingerie brand which offers a wide variety of high end lingerie, Soft Bras, Stylish Panties, Sleepwear and more. She aspires to help her readers achieve their best style by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

Photo by Steven Klein.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Wedding Hat Style Guide

Filed under: Beauty Tips,Wedding Hats,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am
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Bride’s… Wearing a hat at your wedding? Hat wearing depends on how formal/traditional the wedding will be. Be confident but choose a style that ultimately you’re comfortable in and one that complements your shape and height. If you’re tall avoid tall hats and go for wider brims. If you’re short avoid large hats and go for smaller structured creations.

Women’s hats are fashion accessories and are part of their ensembles. Therefore, ladies are not required to remove their hats when going indoors. Gentlemen on the other hand should do so – especially in religious buildings. That means no top hats in the church or inside the reception venue – even for photographs.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

8 Keys to a Harmonious Money Marriage

Filed under: Money Matters,Save $$$,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am

It was 170 years ago on June 2, 1847, that Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was played at a wedding for the very first time. Today the Wedding March is a standard part of a classic wedding ceremony, usually played on an organ or piano. Throughout the high peak wedding months (in AZ they are March, April & May and October, November and December), favorite months for people to tie the knot, you will probably hear this song more than usual.

When all the notes are played as expected, the march is an enjoyable experience. However, if the notes are played wrong, it can be painful. It takes practice to get it right — the left and right hand must work in unison.

Marriage can also be enjoyable or painful, depending on how a couple works together. And just like learning to play a piece of music for the first time, don’t expect good results in marriage without practice. It’s no longer a one-handed musical performance. Now that there are two separate hands — and you are going to need earplugs if you don’t learn how to work together.

Here are some common left hand/right hand differences between couples when it comes to money. Do you see any of these in your relationship?

  • The hoarder and the spender (this is the most common combination). The hoarder takes the idea of saving to the extreme, sometimes neglecting legitimate family needs. The spender runs through more money than they have in their account and often relies on credit to pay.
  • The worrier and an avoider. The avoider shies away from money management, such as balancing the checkbook, making a budget and paying bills promptly. The worrier dwells and loses sleep thinking of money matters and wants a great deal of control over the finances.
  • The planner and the dreamer. The planner takes charge of the nitty-gritty details of the family’s finances, while dreamer acts as visionary, ignoring details and thinking big. These roles could be complementary, but they often leave partners battling over financial priorities.
  • The risk taker and the risk avoider. The risk taker’s aggressive approach to investing or career planning creates discomfort for the risk avoider who lives in fear that the family’s savings will be lost.

Whether a couple are polar opposites or strikingly similar in their financial practices, there is usually at least one difference, and that is where the problems arise. Couples should talk about financial preferences and ideas before dissonance erupts.

To achieve harmony, you need to get rid of your hangups over talking about money. Money is a major subject of marital quarrels, and even a cause of divorce.

Before you have that heart-to-heart discussion regarding dollar signs, consider your partner’s past training and experiences and try to appreciate their personal style. It’s easy for tempers to fly, especially when one spouse spends a lot more than the other or when one partner agrees to help with the other’s debt. To work through money issues, both partners should be prepared to give a little and search for some common ground. It’s a key to making beautiful music together.

You may find it helpful to discuss:

  • How each of your families handled money growing up, and what you did and didn’t like about it.
  • Your beliefs about money, such as how much income is enough, and how you define financial success.
  • What you can’t give up, as well as what you wouldn’t mind giving up.
  • Family goals — and include the children in these discussions. Pick a non-stressful time to have family money talks. (It’s probably not wise to call a meeting just after balancing the checkbook or while you’re deciding how much house you can afford.)
  • How to take equal responsibility for managing your money so both of you are informed. For example, if one person routinely pays the bills, the other should file the paid invoices.
  • Hitting the wrong notes. What issues repeatedly crop up? What attitudes and emotions are creating the behavior?

Above all, remember that your marital bliss has more to do with how you handle your money than how much money you have.

This isn’t a one-time discussion. Just like playing a piece of music over and over again to get right, you need to continue reviewing these issues again and again. Don’t give up if it is hard. Practice makes perfect.

Albert Einstein said, “I see my life in terms of music.” If that perspective works for a genius, maybe it can work for the rest of us. When it comes to the music of money, make sure you and your spouse are both reading off the same score.

Larry’s NOTE:  Practice does NOT make you perfect.  It only makes you better.  Better is a good thing.  Never stop practicing!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

Filed under: Honeymoon,Honeymoons,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am

A lot of people would agree that your wedding day is one of the most important, emotional, and happiest days in a person’s life. However, it’s at the same time exhausting and tiresome. That’s why newly married couples dream of a perfect honeymoon to start right the next day after their wedding ceremony. Tired of pre-wedding preparation and the long day of receiving gifts, they can’t wait to get away to some nice place and spend a wonderful week or two with their soulmates.

 

But here’s a tricky part: not only the wedding day itself requires planning and preparation but so does the honeymoon. You need to think of the right location, choose the best hotel, book tickets, and pack your bags in advance. So here come some important questions. What are the best practices of honeymoon planning? Are there any tried-and-true tricks to ease the process? Just how well in advance should one start planning?

 

As experience confirms times and times again, early booking helps save newlyweds a lot of money. That’s why it might be reasonable to start searching the right travel package for a honeymoon as soon as you’ve chosen the perfect diamond ring and decided on the date of the ceremony. According to statistics, the majority of people book their honeymoons at least 4 months in advance. This way, they can save themselves a lot of time and nerves. As most of the people prefer the same destinations for honeymoon (the most popular spots are Mexico, Caribbean, Maldives, and Hawaii), the best hotels tend to be booked before you even know it. That’s why planning things in advance helps get the best room in the best hotel in a chosen location.

 

Larry’s Tip:  Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together. When you are fully rested, go for it! Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.

 

Also remember to leave your hotel accommodation details (room and phone number) and itinerary with your family so they can contact you in an emergency. Don’t take your cell phone. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. This is a very special get-away for only the two of you. When you are ready to plan your honeymoon, check out my “Honeymoon Checklist!”

 

Want to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of planning a perfect honeymoon? Take a look at the beautiful infographic below by Brilliance:

 

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Hidden Meaning Behind Wedding Traditions

Filed under: Wedding Tips,wedding traditions — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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Have you ever wondered why confetti is thrown over the bride and groom at a wedding? Or why the bride traditionally wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Here are some of the hidden meanings behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions.

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