St. Patrick’s Day Wedding

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With price tags rising, it’s becoming more and more difficult to pin down a reasonable price tag for a decent wedding. One of the biggest saving tips you can follow is to get married during off-season. You are accomplishing this by having a St. Patrick’s Day wedding! Now, how do you cut costs even more?

  1. Go to the dollar store. All of discount stores will be flaunting green and all shamerock-related items in the months closest to the day! Make a list of what you would want at your wedding, and then head to the store. Find what’s on your list and buy it for a fraction of regular price at wedding stores.

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2. Have beer and spirits instead of champagne. Beer is always cheap, and spirits are cheaper than champagne. If you want to be creative, make some cocktails and line them up on a “shot tower” for guests to take after the wedding toast. Besides, what’s an irish wedding without some alcohol?

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3. Make a list of green foods you would like at your wedding. Celery, grapes, peppers; you name it! After you’ve decided what kind of food you want to offer (appetizers only, just dinner, cake only or a full on 3-course meal), choose savory green foods to go with your theme. You can also pick foods that can easily be dyed green.

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4. Have a one-tier cake for cutting and have it on top of a cupcake tower! Bake a sheet cake in the shape of a shamrock, cover it in green frosting, whatever you’d like. Cut the cake with your spouse and then serve the cupcakes!

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5. Head to discount stores for clothing. Search for green ties, green dresses, and green accesories. Mix and match into unique looks that fit the theme. Head to stores that are known for their bargain-friendly prices. Look for necklaces, brooches, ribbons, bracelets, even rings.

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6. DIY decorations. Gather green construction paper, paper mache, streamers, and everything else you can think of. Call your team of bridesmaids and groomsmen over to help you. Make banners, shapes, flowers, signs, and whatever else you want decorating your special day. You can also snag some green balloons to hang in the middle of tables as a unique centerpiece!

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7. Have simple yet elegant Paddy’s day centerpieces. Pictured above is a vase filled with water with a drop of green food coloring, and a floating white candle. The vase sits on a mirrored tray with small white candles around it, a white flower branch and some white and green ribbon. You can sprinkle plastic crystals around it, available at your local dollar store. How neat is this?

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8. The venue will be a fraction of regular price during wedding season. If you live in a warmer climate (or you can brave the cold), have the wedding outside! You can’t go greener than the trees and grass. Ask for a permit to rent a local park, which can cost up to $200. You can also go to the backyard of the church that you got married in.

Plan your wedding accordingly and have a blast!

Have a Courthouse / City Hall Wedding to brag about!

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Courthouse and City Hall weddings are rising in popularity, especially with the rising price tags on venues, officiants, and decorations. Couples want to marry young, before their careers take off. Some just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ceremony and reception, others don’t want to make a big deal out of being hitched. Perhaps you just can’t wait to be married, and agreed to have a big wedding later. Maybe your fiance(e) wants a tiny, quiet courthouse wedding and you always dreamed of having a wedding at a venue with all of your friends, and you are trying to compromise. Whatever the reason, some judgemental people will roll their eyes when they hear that someone had a courthouse wedding. So here I give you ways to make those people’s jaws drop when they see photos of your wedding!

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Pick the courthouse. If you have this option, visit different courthouses to see what the building has to offer. Some have a nice arch with a few flowers on it that you can get married under. Some have fountains, statues, or other fun spaces to take photos with. The price will be the same, but you can pick the one that will be the prettiest to be married in.

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Wedding Invitations. You can still make great wedding invitations for those few who will be there to witness your ceremony. If you are having a reception afterwards and you are only having your 2 witnesses at the ceremony, you can make a wedding reception invitation and send it out to the people you want to invite. To keep it budget-friendly, you can make online ones here or go to your local dollar store and make DIY invitations!

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Hire a Photographer. The right photographer can get the most amazing shots for your wedding. A courthouse affair gets the most unique, edgy photos. You can get some really intimate, romantic, and cool pictures for your wedding album! Here are some of my personal favorite shots.

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Have a fancy ride. Rent a limo, rolls royce, or even a horse-drawn carriage to take you to and/or from the court house. Cheap option: ask a friend or a friend of a friend who owns nice wheels (mustang, audi, etc.) to drive you to and from your wedding. Of course, offer to pay for the gas that it would take to get there.

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The Dress. If you choose to wear one, you can wear whatever you want! No one will give you any weird looks for wearing a black-tie affair wedding dress, and even if they do, you will probably never see them again so why sweat it? If you are going to have a big wedding later, take this oppurtunity to wear the dress that you love but thought was too casual or short, your mother’s dress, the non-white dress you were dying to wear but tradition won over, a bridesmaid dress you love but never thought you’d wear again…the possibilities are endless!

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The Suit. It doesn’t even have to be a suit. A guy can get away with wearing a nice button-up dress shirt with trousers. Some guys like to add creativity factor and add suspenders and a bow tie.

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Accessories. It’s the little things. Don’t skimp on the details, unless you want to accentuate simple, effortless beauty. Wear the jewelry, get those shoes, buy that veil. Don’t be afraid to dream big for your look. Want to find great accessories for less? Check out Payless Shoe Source for foorwear, or ask friends and family that share your shoe size if you can borrow their kicks. Visit your salvation army or iParty for a veil, and find great accessories at the dollar store.

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Flowers. For your bouquet and his boutonniere, browse your local flower shop and say you need flowers for a centerpiece at an anniversary party. Never mention that it’s for a wedding, because the florists will automatically jack up the prices for a fast profit. Tell them what you want and add a little more than you would want in your bouquet, so you can take some out and make a boutonniere out of it. Don’t have the budget for flowers? Head to your local dollar store and pick out all the fake flowers that you could ever want! After you two are hitched, toss the bouquet outside from the top of the stairs so your guests can catch it, and have your photographer catch the memorable moment.

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Have a reception afterwards. Whether big or small, lots of people have a reception where more people are invited there than at the actual ceremony. If you got married at the courthouse so you could have the huge reception of your dreams, you can skip this part of this article. Looking to have a small party/reception after your wedding, while not spending lots? Ask a friend, family member, or friend of a friend if you can use their backyard to have a little get-together. You can also tell your guests to meet you at a public park, which usually will only charge a minimal fee for a license to have an event there. Worried that it won’t be weather-permitted? Try reserving a room at a bed and breakfast and having a few of your friends and family come up to your room for drinks and cake. You can do the same with a hotel room, or reserve two adjoining rooms. You can also have a picnic or a barbeque with your guests. Not wanting a reception, but still want memorable photos of after your wedding? Go paint the town red in your wedding outfits. Go to a nice restaurant, go play golf, a museum, an art show, to the park where you first met…wherever you want!

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The Cake. Get a one-tier cutting cake so you both can enjoy cutting it together. You can also have a cupcake tower, or a combination of both. Tasty treats are always wonderful to have to celebrate the newlyweds. In the old days, there were no sit-down dinners, a wedding was just a cake-and-punch reception. So don’t worry about providing expensive meals.

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The Honeymoon. Have extra money to spend on a honeymoon? Book a cruise to wherever you would like! Want something less expensive? Stay at a bed and breakfast, have a road trip and explore, go camping, go on a hunting trip, visit long lost family or friends, etc. The world is yours!

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Unique Wedding Themes

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Sure, everyone has heard of the traditional wedding themes. You’ve been to your sister’s rustic wedding, your cousin’s barnyard country wedding, and your friend’s beach wedding. Since you’ve been there, you know that these aren’t for you. They don’t fit your style. You want a unique wedding theme, something out of the ordinary, something that is non-traditional. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Sci-Fi Theme (Star Wars/Star Trek/Space Balls)
  • Superhero Theme (Marvel Comics/DC Comics)
  • Movie-Themed (Jurassic Park, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc)
  • Alternative Theme (Goth/Punk/Emo)
  • Music Band Theme (Kiss, Slipknot, Metallica, ACDC, etc)
  • Gamer Theme (World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Mario Bros, etc)
  • Fantasy Theme (Harry Potter/Wizard of Oz/Once Upon a Time)

Sci-Fi Theme

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Superhero Theme

Go subtle:

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Or go all out!

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Movie Theme

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Alternative Theme

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Music Band Theme

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Gamer Theme

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Fantasy Theme

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Cheap Honeymoon Destinations

Debt is no way to start out a marriage. Every women dreams of having a wonderful, relaxing, scenic honeymoon after her wedding. But, how can you accomplish this without breaking the bank? Here are a few cheap honeymoon destinations that will have the wonderful allure, adventure and scenery of an expensive honeymoon, but for a lot less!

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Thailand: The airfare will be the most that you spend on this great honeymoon or vacation spot! Everything is very cheap, even luxury! See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/nasdaily/videos/750348321783989/

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Phillipines: Only slightly more expensive than Thailand, the Phillipines is a wonderful travel destination with clear waters, great weather and a rich culture to discover. At a loss on where to go once you disembark? Check out this page for useful information: http://outoftownblog.com/10-best-budget-friendly-honeymoon-destinations-in-the-philippines/

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Cuba: Known for it’s hot weather, beautiful beaches and great music, Cuba is any couple’s dream destination. Learn to salsa your nights away! Don’t know where to stay while you are visiting? Check out the best lodgings here: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/HotelsList-Cuba-Couples-Resorts-zfp21773.html

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Mexico: Amazingly beautiful, especially in the tourist cities like Tijuana and Cancun. Visit various ruins, eat diverse foods and partake in the amazing scenery! Book your vacation here: https://www.westjet.com/book/cheap-honeymoon-vacation-packages-to-mexico

 

For a similar list of more cheap honeymoon destinations, check out this post! http://www.islands.com/13-affordable-honeymoon-destinations

Low-carb budgeted wedding

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A lot of people are picking up on the low-carb high-fat, aka ketogenetic diet to adopt cleaner eating, starve cancer cells, treat diabetes, treat obesity an stay healthy. However, it’s rare to find ideas for a wedding, let alone a wedding cake, when you eat low-carb. Won’t it be expensive? Won’t options be hard to find? Will the guests think the food tastes bad? Here are some tips that can put your wedding jitters to rest. Low-carb? No problem!

Food

Entrees:

A list of links with appetizers for your wedding reception! Great ideas for the whole family, no matter what the age!

Low carb Italian wedding soup: http://www.thatslowcarb.com/low-carb-italian-wedding-soup-recipe/

Deviled eggs: http://www.food.com/recipe/deviled-eggs-delight-atkins-friendly-low-carb-102694

50 appetizers: http://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/50-penalty-free-appetizers-to-kick-off-your-superbowl-party-low-carb-paleo-primal/

Main meal:

Having issues finding a good, cheap meal for you to serve at your wedding? Here are some low-cost options that can be useful for any budget. Tip: focus on having meals centered around red meat, since these meats tend to be the cheapest.

Lchf pizza: http://the-lowcarb-diet.com/low-carb-turkey-pizza/

Bacon cheeseburger casserole: http://lowcarbyum.com/bacon-cheeseburger-casserole/

2 low-carb dinners: https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/satisfying-low-carb-dinners?utm_term=.esBJZanxW#.hgWDEQlmo

Cake: 

There are many ways to make a wedding cake with it still being keto-friendly. One trik is to use almond flour. Another would be to make a flourless cake. There is always the question; what about frosting? The links below answer all of your questions, and more!

Low carb chocolate wedding cake: http://lowcarbyum.com/best-low-carb-chocolate-cake-recipe/

Coconut frenzy cake: http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/03/coconut-frenzy-cake-lc-sf-gf-2.html

Opera cake: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/332281278735163144/

16 Frosting recipes: http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/16-sugar-free-low-carb-frosting-recipes/

 

Cocktail Party Wedding Reception

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A cocktail party is a fun, creative way to have a reception without a sit-down dinner.

Have waiters or vollunteers walk around holding silver trays with various assortments of hors d’oeuvres. You can also have a table set up buffet-style and let guests pick out their own snacks for them to munch on.

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Find the right ring without spending a fortune!

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There are many ways you can cut the costs of an engagement ring without skimping out on the quality. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Buy it on ebay. It may seem crazy, but choose the Buy It Now option and you can find amazing deals all over the world! Just be sure gold rings are genuine gold and not “gold-filled” and that silver rings are genuine sterling silver and not “silver-filled”.
  2. Walmart. Some rings go up to $5k at the jewelry section at Walmart, so your fiance(e) cannot say (s)he is sure you bought it cheap. They have a great selection most rings are in size 7. So make sure to plan for extra time for size adjustment.
  3. Pawn Shop. Lots of divorced or extremely poor couples pawn off their engagement, wedding or anniversary rings. Take a look at your local shop and see if you can find one that fits and is appropriate!
  4. Family Jewels. Do you still have your great-grandmother’s wedding or engagement ring(s)? This is especially unique as an engagement ring to offer to your significant other.