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How to Make Your Dream Mediterranean Wedding Come True (Even on a Budget)

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Photographer: Studio Loha

Europe is such a beautiful and culture-rich continent that offers a plethora of options for couples who dream of exchanging their vows and celebrating their love in a mesmerizing and unforgettable offshore location.

Just imagine being wed surrounded by your dearest friends and loved ones in a lovely villa in Santorini, in the beaches of Ibiza, in a 19th century mansion in Italy, or in a luxurious resort in St. Tropez – who wouldn’t want that for an occasion that’s to be remembered for a lifetime?

But let’s face it, unlike Brad and Angelina, Kim and Kanye, or Justin and Jessica, not all of us have the luxury to just choose any European location and just get married there.

Plus, it is just not very wise to borrow money just so you can achieve that dream celebrity-ish Mediterranean wedding of yours.

So what to do? If you and your significant other simply don’t want to settle for a cookie-cutter wedding celebration, but have ‘just enough’ budget for a destination wedding, then we’ve got the exact tips you need!

Read on and we’ll tell you all the things you can do to get the style, ambiance, luxury, and pizzaz of a Mediterranean wedding with a modest budget.

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Photographer: Alexey Leonov

(1) Country Costs: Stretch Your Budget

In selecting which country to hold your destination wedding, it is important that you do not only consider your preferences, but also how far your budget will go in that location.

Specific event and travel expenses to consider could include:

  • Cost of flights (distance from home matters)
  • Accommodation rates
  • Currency conversion
  • Cost of basic expenses (meals and transportation)
  • How professionals are paid
  • VAT, taxes and duties
  • Shipping costs
  • The cost of the paperwork, translation and processing of documents
  • Wedding vendors
  • Wedding venues

Remember, lovely Mediterranean wedding locations are not only limited to those that we see in magazines or on the internet. As a matter of fact, there are more stunning locations you can find under the radar but are most definitely cheaper. Examples are Croatia, Portugal, Budapest, and Turkey.

(2) Hire A Budget Keeper: Aka, Wedding Planner

Considering all the expenses listed above…

A destination wedding planner can be a miracle worker in helping you stick to a budget. In your mind you might think a planner is a frivolous expense, but for destination weddings, they are an invaluable resource.

Here’s how a wedding planner will help you stay on budget:

  • Set a budget you can live with
  • Keep to your budget
  • Find the best resources for the least investment
  • Negotiate rates with suppliers and venues
  • Uncover resources that help you cut costs
  • Creatively DIY personal touches
  • Get better rates from suppliers than are publicly listed

Regarding that last point -, the best wedding planners have such good relationships with local suppliers that they often get better rates for their clients than the vendors publish publicly because they are constantly bringing those suppliers new business!

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Photographer: Elliot Nichol

(1) Venue Hunting: Get A Location That Requires Less Tweaking

If you really want to save a considerable amount of money on the venue of your ceremony and reception, you should consider these criteria:

  • The venue can host your ceremony, reception, and even the rehearsal dinner or after-party – saving you on booking additional sites
  • The place doesn’t require tenting
  • The venue is so stunning that you don’t really have to go all out in designing, styling and decorating it
  • The venue allows ‘partial booking/rental’ so that if you have a smaller wedding you don’t have to rent out the entire property
  • They provide free setup and decor for events – fresh flowers is nice to have included too
  • Catering and hosted bar is included as an in-house service
  • The location of the venue is near the airport and the lodging where you and your guests will be staying so that you incur less transportation costs

(2) Season Selection – Off-peak Perks

Booking plane tickets, hotel accommodations, your venue and suppliers during the wrong time of year can quickly burn a hole in your pocket.

During peak season, airlines, resorts and wedding suppliers often raise rates. It’s their busiest time of year and they are often booked solid, so they charge more for these prime dates.

However, if you’re willing to take the time to understand which dates are off-season, you can get jaw-dropping deals on everything related to your destination wedding.

  1. First, you’ll want to avoid popular national and international holidays when every other tourist is visiting the country too.
  2. Second, you’ll want to consider specialty local events, festivals and conventions that attract tourists during certain days of the year.
  3. Next, it’s smart to take a look at weather patterns. The nicer the weather, the more in-demand weddings will be. Avoid these dates.
  4. Then, and most importantly, speak with a local wedding planner or provider to find out what they consider their off-season to be. This is most likely when you’ll receive the most aggressive rates.
  5. Finally, plan far in advance. The earlier you book vendors, the better rates you’ll get because many may offer incentives for reserving in advance. Likewise, you can get a head start on hunting for the best airline tickets and accommodations. Monitoring travel sites daily will allow you to jump on any flash sales and daily deals when they arise.

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Photographer: Elliot Nichol

(1) Local Love – Use Native Vendors

While you might be tempted to hire your vendors in your home country and fly them all into your destination, this is a very costly approach and will burn your budget fast.

Not only can local destination suppliers be more affordable – especially when leveraging your wedding planner’s connections – they will spare you any travel, accommodation and food costs. Not to mention the supplier’s own travel fees and daily stipend requirements.

Don’t be afraid to explore local talent and businesses – you’ll be surprised to find those who provide the same (or even better) quality for a reasonable investment.

Whether it’s a local florist in France, a caterer in Croatia, a singer in Spain, a videographer in Venice or a wedding planner in Malta, discover how authentic your Mediterranean wedding will be when you support the local businesses that represent the native culture best.

(2) Pare Down – Keep It Intimate.

One of the quickest ways to watch your budget get out of hand is to add too many guests to your invitation list. Every person represents more costs in venue space, catering food, beverages, decor, favors, travel and accommodations.

Because you’ve decided to tie the knot in a far-off location, it is actually easier to trim your guest list. We know that it sure is a challenge to exclude some of your friends, colleagues, and even relatives. Don’t be afraid to select only those who are dearest to you. Because believe us when we say -they will understand.

That is actually the beauty of having a destination wedding. Most of the people you know won’t expect to be invited, or, not many of them would actually be present because of the expenses and commitment it entails. Hence, it’s truly the perfect opportunity to make your wedding a more private, more personal, and a more heartfelt one.

Start Imagining Your Mediterranean Wedding Today

Remember that your destination wedding in the Mediterranean can be within reach. Follow these 6 simple tips and you’ll be amazed at how feasible your far-off nuptial dream really is!

 

 

Top Tips to Reduce the Wedding Stress

A great wedding is every couple’s dream. But preparing for a wedding can be very stressful, and can be a nightmare if not done correctly.

Thankfully, like so many aspects of our lives nowadays, taking the online route can make planning your wedding a lot easier. Online wedding items browsing gives you the flexibility and options that are not available with in-store shopping.

This article discusses how shopping on the internet can take away the stress of planning your special day.

  1. A major Timesaver

With in-store browsing, you will spend valuable time on non-shopping activities such as driving to the store, waiting in line for your turn.

There are also other time-wasting factors such as when the shopping assistant spent too much time selling you the other products that were not in your plan.

With online shopping, you can actually spend your precious time browsing for what you need. Also, since you can do it on your phone, tablet or PC you have a lot more flexibility.

  1. Buy everything in just one place

Another major headache with wedding shopping is that fact that there are so many vendors you need to visit. With in-store shopping, you will need to visit all the shops for decorations, wedding dress, dresses for bridesmaids, the tuxedo for your groom, wedding cake, accessories, and so many others.

Online shopping improves your shopping sites such as The Wedding Zinger improves your shopping experience by offering all those items in just one place.

  1. It is easier to check the reviews

When you shop in-store, you will have to rely on the recommendations of your friends and parents when choosing the items you need. Because shopping assistants are mainly interested in selling, they won’t be objective in giving their opinion.

Friends and family members all want to be helpful, but they each have their own preferences and tastes, and can further add to your headache rather than helping you.

Shopping online affords you the opportunity to check the reviews of other couples who have used the same items, and see the objective aggregate scores of the reviews. This way, you can be more objective when making your purchase choices.

  1. It is also easier to compare prices

It is no secret that wedding is a big business involving a lot of spending. Many wedding vendors simply exploit the high-stress levels and eagerness of brides and grooms-to-be, offering items for sale without giving you the chance to compare prices.

By doing online shopping, you can easily compare prices between vendors, sometimes with just a click. This way, you can get the right items without breaking the bank, and you can often get great bargains.

5      Less distraction to keep to your budget

When visiting physical stores there is always the temptation of buying things outside your plans. Whether it’s a shopping assistant successfully persuading you, or you simply can’t resist the temptation of a nice thing that catches your attention. This is especially true when shopping for wedding dress or decorations, as there are always better items that exceed your budget.

With online shopping, you can prevent these from happening, stick to your budget and take the time to consider your purchases.

  1. You don’t have to worry about delivery logistics

The items you will need for your wedding can be really heavy with the wedding dress itself averaging around 5 to 10 lbs. Decoration items are not only heavy, but some simply won’t fit your average cars. With online shopping, you can have all the items sent to your house.

  1. It is easier to return things*

Most online bridal shops will have some form of return policies, some are absolutely free. Refunds are your friend when preparing for a wedding you can simply buy three dresses, try them at home and send back the ones you didn’t like.

With in-store browsing, there are many factors that can hinder your judgments. There are people who will rush you, and there are always the split-second in-store decisions that will be a regret on your way home.

  1. Buy secret items

There may be some items you will want to keep as a secret until the special day. By shopping online, it is easier to specify the circumstances and time of delivery.

Your goods will be delivered to your house in a secretive box at the appropriate time, and you can keep the prying eyes away.

9     Time flexibility

Many brides-to-be are still busy with their full-time jobs during the preparation, and online shopping allows you to take care of your wedding plans whenever the time allows you.

10    No need for a wedding planner

Wedding planners can be useful and can eliminate a lot of tedious work. But, they can be very expensive.

By choosing to shop online, you can bypass the need for a wedding planner and save a lot of money by making your own decisions. There are also online bridal shops that offer online wedding planner assistance for a more affordable fee and sometimes free.

If you want to shop online, there are some tips to follow in order to get the best shopping experience:

  1. Know the store’s policies

Each online store will have different policies. You should check the shipping costs, return policies and warranty when available. You don’t want to buy a dress when the shipping cost will be as much as the dress itself. Also, return policy is extremely important in case you need to replace some purchased items.

Simply take the time to review the store’s policies. Website such as The Wedding Zinger is a trustworthy site that should be your first choice.

  1. For wedding dress, tuxedos, and bridesmaid’s dresses: Know the measurements

Since you won’t have an in-store fitter to help you, make sure you know the measurement of the dress.

Good online dress retailers will usually include size in their product description, so getting the right fit is much easier.

3    Know the type of fabrics

With in-store browsing, you can run your fingers to check the fabrics. However, that is just not possible with online shopping. Since most online shopping retailers will list the type of fabrics of the clothing pieces you should do a little bit of research on how each fabric will feel and their elasticity. This way, you can know what you are looking for and get comfortable in your dress.

  1. Take the time to thoroughly read the product descriptions

Product descriptions can be quite technical when online shopping. However, they are very helpful to help you understand exactly what you are buying.

For example, you can know exactly what fabrics are being used to make your wedding dress how the dress is lined and how it will fit. For decorations, descriptions are also important so that you will know the exact size and how it will fit with other pieces.

So take your time and read the product descriptions.

  1. Make a to-do list

If you don’ have a wedding planner, you can make a detailed to-do list on what to plan and what to buy. Only after you have finished your to-do list, we can go to the next, more important step: preparing a budget.

  1. Stick to your budget

It is absolutely important to make a proper budget for your wedding, especially if you are shopping online.

If you don’t stick to your budget, your wedding can be really expensive so quickly and you may not have anything left for the days ahead, much less your honeymoon.

So, make a detailed budget and try to stick to it. Even if you will need to adjust the budget on-the-fly, limit yourself(and your partner) so that it won’t break the bank.

  1. For decorations: Don’t forget to factor in the installation

Wedding decoration is not simply buying necessary items, but you will also need to know about how to install and mix-and-match the pieces. Some online wedding decoration shops will provide assistance with the installation, and some even provide you with professional decorators.

It is also possible to do it yourself. You must factor in the budget you will need for installation, as well as the required time when necessary.

While planning and preparing for a wedding can be an arduous task, shopping online can help you reduce the hassle involved with the preparation because it gives you more options and flexibility thus making your life easier.

Remember that first and foremost, the wedding day is about you. So, take advantage of the flexibility of the online shops to experience a less stressful shopping experience.

 

Vintage Wedding Save the Date Ideas

vintagebotanical1000Congrats! You’re engaged! That is amazing and now it’s time to celebrate and start on the planning process. Get ready for cake tastings, dress fittings, and all the bridal showering a girl can handle! Once you’ve enjoyed being newly engaged and you are finally ready to start planning it’s important to decide on an overall theme for the wedding festivities to come. With fall finally underway and summer wedding season past, let’s channel our rustic and vintage sides and talk all things vintage wedding save the dates!

Choosing a vintage theme for your wedding is always a good idea! There are so many styles within the vintage theme that you can choose which will make things that much more fun and exciting while planning and prepping your wedding. Vintage can mean rustic, classical, victorian, decades themed and more! This is where your personal style and creative taste comes into play and where solid vendors will shine. For example, Basic Invite, a super inspiring wedding stationery vendor who has everything you need to create vintage save the dates and so much more!

But first, vintage save the date ideas…

Rustic

Rustic is a style in its own right and can appeal to a more country or down-home type of bride. But rustic can also mean primitive or ancient. Think rust and tarnish. A perfect way to carry over that idea and put it into your save the dates would be a real wood save the date or something with a lace design. Rustic vintage is perfect for an outdoor wedding or fall ceremony.

Victorian

Perfect for a classic bride. If you are looking for a more traditional or formal theme choosing victorian styled save the dates will match that theme and kick off the rest of your wedding decor flawlessly! Fancy calligraphy, gold foil, or an intricate scroll detail are all great ideas for vintage victorian save the dates.

Decades

Who doesn’t love a good decade theme? This may seem a bit unconventional for a wedding, but for a more eclectic couple a decade themed wedding is right up their ally! A photo save the date is a good idea when choosing a decade theme. This way, you can dress up for the era you’re going for during your engagement photo session. Choose a black and white photo for the 20’s or go for 70’s vibes and let the colors pop!

These are some funky, fun ideas and the best way to make your look go off without a hitch is to design your own save the dates online. That’s where Basic Invite comes into play. They have 180 custom colors, tons of font choices, different paper types and card cuts and so much more! They allow customers to edit their designs however they would like to ensure they’re wedding invite and other stationery is exactly how they want it!

If vintage isn’t your thing, Basic Invite has more than 200 wedding invitation designs to choose from so we’re sure you’ll find the perfect fit for you! Head over to Basic Invite and customize yours today!

 

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

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The importance of engagement ring styles cannot be stressed sufficient. An engagement ring is a sign of your loveliness and commitment and is therefore a chiefly vital piece of jewelry. It is probably the most unforgettable piece of jewelry that you will ever acquire. Knowing this, you surely would like your engagement ring to be unique , to stand out among all the others. It is, after all, an look of your loveliness and commitments for a lifetime of happiness together as a couple.

At present , many ladies seek engagement rings that are additional unique than the usual, classic round diamond solitaire, and princess cut engagement rings are now a accepted option. The name Princess Cut itself sounds is so intriguing that you are attracted to it correct away.Because diamonds are so versatile, they can be cut into a number of odd forms and set in various ways, giving each ring the unique radiance not only of the stunning stone, but also of the person who wears it.

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings are the most accepted fancy nature diamond. Its stunning radiance and unique cut make it a favorite for engagement rings. The princess has pointed corners and is regularly square in nature. Princess cut engagement rings have been very accepted lately and have retained their own distinct grace. The princess cut works best on deep stones. If an irregular stone is likely to change into a square final nature, a princess cut may be the best option. The weight retention in such cases is the greatest, thus lowering the cost per carat. And square cut stones have their own unique attraction when it comes to ring settings.

Princess cut diamonds can be set in a incessant line without any gaps between them as it happens in the case of round stones. They have a distinct grace unmatched by others. Princess cut stones has a series of v – form facets all along the pavilion , which results in the stone having square corners. These stones emerge to be additional sparkling than others because of the so many additional facets that have been created. When these multi-faceted stones are set in engagement rings, the general outcome is spectacular as the ring has a brilliant shimmer. As contrasting to ordinary square cut diamonds, there is additional weight retention in princess cut diamonds and also the final rings have a additiona striking result.
If you want to select loose diamonds and then have them cut following your own devise, it is vital that you desire deep stones. The princess cut diamond does not go well on deep stones so you need to be very exacting. The last stone will look good if the rough one is slightly square or oblong in nature, just as round diamonds clearly are additional beautiful than oval ones. If the rough stone is oblong and extended , it is constantly better to desire an emerald cut or a baguette cut. Princess cut stones have four edges, much like a square which means they can be a very sharp. This is the cause why these stones should constantly be mounted in such a way so that the edges are confined. The points can be very sharp and when exposed may be prone to damage. Correct mounting is vital. When you acquire a princess cut engagement ring, it is vital to check to see if the edges are protruding out or if it is well protected. The kind of mounting will give you an hinking of the skill of the jeweler and the class of jewelry in the shop.
Princess cut solitaire rings are very much in style and are also ideal as engagement rings. So, if you want to go for a ring that is elegant yet stylish, current yet classic , princess cut engagement rings are possibly a preeminent option.

Do-It-Yourself Rustic Wedding Workarounds

Rustic by definition:

  1. relating to the countryside; rural.
  2. constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular.

 

So one of the features that makes having a rustic themed wedding so special is that the decor doesn’t need to look incredibly expensive or intricate to achieve an aesthetic that is magical all the same.

In the following article we’ve teamed up with Something-Nice, an events & wedding co-ordinator that specialise in creating wonderful rustic themed events for their esteemed clientele to help showcase some of their ingenious rustic wedding themed workarounds to help save your budget and day from chaos!

 

Outdoor Rustic Seating

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Having an outdoor ceremony but you’ve spent the last of your budget buying the cake? No money to hire rustic tables? No problem, that is of course if you happen to have a few tree stumps handy. Even more convenient would to have planted rows of three oak tree seeds twenty years prior to your big day…But if that’s not possible, we’re sure any lumberjack with a chainsaw can help oblige, and then all you need is a sturdy plank to provide the seats for the bench.

The best thing about this feature is that it looks natural.

 

Wooden Pergola Alter

With minimum effort you can change an ordinary garden pergola into the alter for your rustic themed wedding. All that’s required are a few earthen woven cloths and flowers of your choice that are placed selectively to accessorise the alter.
It really is a simple fix for what otherwise would be an expensive affair.

 

Wooden Crate Bar

After the ceremony has come to a close, you’re going to want somewhere to start the festivities – and what better than in a handmade portable rustic bar?
The size of the ceremony will tell you how big you need to build your bar as you don’t want too many guests standing around waiting to get their groove on.
But it really is a simple solution to a problem that would otherwise cost you hundreds of pounds.

All you need is a few crates, glue and nails and you have your rustic bar! Easy.