Finding wedding candy is like literally picking a needle in a haystack because there are so many choices. To make it easier, start with M&M’s website called BrightIdeas.com, which features rich pictures and ideas for favors surrounding a variety of different party themes. If you love to bake sweet treats, then head off to Hershey’s website for some fun recipes.
If only inviting one’s wedding guests meant a simple email with an RSVP date, but it ain’t, so it’s a good idea to begin the long task of selecting your invitations by knowing first WHAT you don’t want it in your invites. You should really start by knowing what you don’t want because it will narrow down your choices to what you truly want. If you will not be using a wedding theme, then select invitations that fit your personality and taste. In this way, you are giving something that you truly want.
When you start planning for a wedding, the best thing to do first is be organized. Gather a notebook or binder. A binder is probably better because you can fill it with any cut-outs and pictures from magazines that interest you. You can also place vendor brochures and any other information. Be sure to keep an index of all the websites that you visit online. Note which ones you want to revisit, so that you don’t end up forgetting websites. Create a index that is sorted by the different wedding vendor categories. Having a binder often ends up becoming your wedding scrapbook, so have fun and decorate it with your favorite craft materials like stickers, etc. Also, when putting together this binder, leave a section dedicated to your favorite wedding moments!
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I also found this great article from About.com about wedding scrapbook layouts.
As soon as Valentine’s day is over, heart-shaped chocolates and candies always go on-sale. Places such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target will put them up on sale as soon as the 15th. If you want to save on finding these goodies when giving them out as favors for a wedding party or bridal shower, then buying them at 1/2 price is a very good way to save. You can store them in the fridge at least until May.
When having your wedding reception catered, you can usually save money on wine and other drinks by bringing your own. As long as it is allowed by the facility, you can make arrangements to have the drinks delivered in the morning assuming that your wedding is a lunchtime event. Also, you should make sure that the drinks stay cool by storing them in large coolers filled with ice or even dry ice. To buy wine by the case, check with your local wine retailers such as:
- Trader Joe’s
- CostWorld Plus Markets
- Sam’s Club
- Smart and Final
Asking for money can be handled discreetly and tastefully. Find a beautifully decorated box with a slit in the center, or make one using the many ideas on the web such as this one from The Artful Bride book. You can also check out craft books that are unrelated to weddings. What else can you use besides a box?
- Set up an online wedding registry that allows guests to give you a cash gift.
- When buying a home, have guests contribute to your “new home” fund. Read this article from MSN – it’s quite helpful!
- If giving money is an accepted custom as in many Chinese weddings, then having a designated person (a trusted one) to pick up and take care of the cash is also a good idea.
Depending on whether or not you are footing the bill for your bridesmaids’ dresses, when purchasing at least more than 5 dresses, you should inquire about special discounts or other additional items that can be offered to you at a discounted price. For example, if the vendor sells shoes and gloves, then perhaps you can ask for a discount or get a free pair. When ordering bridesmaid dresses from an online store, you should also inquire about their return or exchange policy.