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How to Have a Fantastic Honeymoon on a Budget

These days, the people are few and far between who can afford to jet off on fabulous honeymoons without worrying about the cost. Most of us count our pennies just to make the wedding possible; a great honeymoon can seem completely out of reach.

But it doesn’t have to be. Read on for ways to make a fabulous honeymoon possible on a shoestring budget.

Set Up Priorities

What do you and your fiancée want for your honeymoon? Is being at the beach a top priority, or is booking a romantic hotel at the top of your list? Make sure you have your priorities straightened out before you start making decisions so you can allocate your budget wisely.

Keep it Local

Staying closer to home will save on travel costs, whether you’re driving or flying, so look into destinations that are within a few hours of you. Chances are you can find something that you and your fiancée will love, whether it’s a gorgeous hotel in a nearby city or a romantic, secluded cottage in a state park.

Hunt for Deals and Packages

Get online and look into any deals you can score by booking two or more things at once, like pairing your flight and hotel, or hotel room and activities. Just make sure you price compare carefully, and that you actually want to participate in everything included in an activity package.

Don’t Overspend

This goes for the wedding as well as the honeymoon. If you are genuinely tight on money, make sure you’re not pressing yourself to the financial brink for the sake of an idyllic trip. You won’t enjoy your honeymoon if you know you can’t make your rent, phone bill, or life insurance Australia payment when you get home.

Consider a Travel Agent

Travel agents can help you get the most out of your money by knowing about sales, times to book, discounts, and last-minute deals. They can also help you book a package deal even cheaper due to the high volume of their business.

Tell Everyone You’re On Your Honeymoon

Don’t be shy about mentioning that you are planning or are on your honeymoon. Businesses may sweeten your deal or your stay with freebies like champagne or room service, better tables in restaurants, or an upgrade to a better hotel room. People want to make your experience special, but they can’t do that if they have no idea it’s your honeymoon.

Book a Suite With a Kitchen

Consider booking a room or cottage with a kitchen so you can save by cooking some meals in your rental. That can either be money saved in your pocket or you can use it to let you eat out more extravagantly at dinner or pick up midnight room service.

Don’t Take the First Quote

Anytime you have a chance to negotiate, do so. Ask if a better rate is available, or what you would have to do to get a better rate. Could you check in or out on a different day to get a lower rate at the hotel, for example? Make it clear that you want to save money, because the squeaky wheel gets the savings.

Consider a Honeymoon Registry

Discuss with your fiancée whether a honeymoon registry might be right for you. If you have no possessions to set up house with, you may want to go with a traditional registry at a department store. But if you have few material needs to set up your home, a honeymoon registry can let your guests contribute directly to your trip. They can even sponsor specific activities, like massages or dinners.

If you are looking at a honeymoon that is something less than what you’d originally dreamed of, just remember: this is the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with. You have many wonderful years ahead of you to plan, dream, and build your life and finances together. You have your entire future to look forward to, and that is more important than any one trip.

How to Create a Wedding Candy Buffet

Everyone loves candy, which is why candy buffets are a great choice for wedding receptions. Candy buffets can be planned around any season or color scheme. You are only limited by your imagination.

The fun part about planning a candy buffet is picking out the candy. If you are not sure what people would like, then just ask a couple of children to tell you their favorite kinds of candy.

Choose candy in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. If you want the candy to coordinate with your wedding colors, then choose candy that matches your color scheme.

You might want to consider choosing some sweet candy and some sour candy. For candies of different shapes and sizes, choose candies such as pieces of licorice, sour gummy worms, gummy bears, lollipops, Skittles, Smarties, Hershey’s Kisses, jelly beans, Jolly Ranchers, Pixie Sticks, M&M’s, gum balls, etc.

The candy in your candy buffet can be displayed in a variety of ways.  Apothecary jars in different shapes and sizes look very elegant. The lids on the jars will also help to keep the candy fresh. You can often find inexpensive apothecary jars at thrift stores or at craft stores.

Another creative way to display candy is to create your own candy dishes. You don’t want to just have the candy sit in bowls on a table. Create dishes of a variety of sizes and heights by gluing shallow glass bowls on top of candlestick holders. The candlestick holders can be spray painted any color you want to match your wedding theme. This is a great way to re-purpose old candleholders. You can find candleholders and a variety of glass bowls at thrift stores. If you do not want to permanently glue the bowl on the candlestick holder, then use large removable glue dots to hold them together temporarily. You can find glue dots with the scrapbooking supplies at your local craft store.

After you have chosen your candy and either purchased or found the supplies to make your candy jars, you will need to think about how your guests are going to get the candy out of the bowls. You don’t want people putting their hands into the bowls. You can buy small inexpensive plastic candy scoops and tongs to place into each bowl. This will also give your table more of a candy store feel.

You might consider labeling your candy bowls so that your guests know what is in each bowl. Avery makes a round label that you can use to create attractive labels on your computer. Place a label on each candy bowl.

You will also need something for your guests to put their candy into. Candy falls off of plates too easily, so you will need something like a clear beverage cup. Another option is to use inexpensive small Chinese take out containers. These containers can be purchased at many warehouse stores. The candy cups can also double as a wedding favor. Use round labels to place the bride and groom’s name and wedding date on the clear cups or take out containers.

To draw attention to the candy buffet, create a sign to put on the table to let people know they can help themselves to the buffet. For a more elegant look, create a sign on your computer, print it out on nice paper, and place it in a pretty picture frame to set on the table.

If you are planning a candy buffet for your wedding reception, you have many options to choose from. No matter what you decide, your guests will not be disappointed. It is likely to be their favorite part of the wedding reception.

Tiffany Wells is a professional blogger that writes for Afloral.com, a leading online retailer of silk flowers and floral supplies.

Eight Creative Save-the-Date Ideas for Weddings

Save-the-dates are a great way to let people know that you are planning a wedding. Generally save-the-date’s are sent out six months before the actual wedding to give people plenty of time to make plans and travel arrangements before your big day. If you are planning a destination wedding where everyone will be travelling, you should give people even more notice, if possible.

It used to be that save-the-date’s were just cards that people sent to announce their wedding plans. Not anymore. Now there are many creative ways you can create a save-the-date that your friends and family will surely enjoy and use to remember your wedding date.

Postcards

Postcards are very versatile. Place your favorite engagement photo on it along with the wedding date. What’s great about these is that there is no envelope and postage for postcards is much less expensive than for traditional cards.

Magnets

Magnets are a great way to share your wedding date with family and friends. They get a photo of you to place on their refrigerator and they also won’t forget your wedding date. You can find many sources online for making custom magnets. If you want to make your own, Avery actually has a free template you can use to make your own. All you do is type your information and place your photo into their template and then you print them out on their magnetic business cards. Easy!

Creative Photography

There are some really creative people out there who have thought of great ways to use photography to ask people to “save the date”. One idea that has recently been popular is to use a Scrabble board to spell out the wedding date. The bride and groom are photographed next to the Scrabble board.

Video

Ah, technology. Couples are actually creating their own save-the-date videos. If you need some inspiration, there are many different sample videos you can view online, just do a search on YouTube. Again, there are some very creative people out there. Some people have put a lot of efforts into these videos. If you don’t want to use a video camera, you can also use photographs to create a simple video slideshow.

Puzzles

Some couples are opting to send out their save-the-dates in the shape of small jigsaw puzzles that have been created from the save-the-date information. This option is a little more pricey, at about $5.00 a piece, but there are many companies online that will make them for you, and they are definitely a unique idea.

Maps

You might have to be a little more creative for this one, but it is a great idea. Design your save-the-date card so that it shows a map of where the wedding will be located. You could either hand draw the map, or photocopy a real map and circle the destination on the map.

Handkerchiefs

If you are planning a vintage style wedding, then you might like the idea of having your wedding date printed on an old-fashioned handkerchief. There are many companies online that will create just the look you want.

Calendars

Create a mini desk calendar to send out to your guests that has the wedding details on the top of the calendar. Your guests will see the calendar on a daily basis, keeping your wedding date fresh in their minds.

If you are planning a wedding, then give some thought to creating a memorable save-the-date to send out to your wedding guests. In today’s busy world it’s hard to keep even the most important dates in mind when people have so many events on their calendar to remember. Make sure that your important date gets on their calendar and that they have something in front of them to remind them of your big day. The more creative your save-the-date is, the more memorable it will be.

Elena Lang works with the finest jewelry at Primestyle. She sells engagement rings at a low cost and helps women find the perfect wedding sets.