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A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Possible?Featured

A do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding in New York City sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. There are various ways of complying with that statement above and all for under $10,000. Well, under $10,000. You can still have quite an extravagant wedding, even an over the top wedding for under $10,000 AND in New York. Let me show you how it can be done, including your honeymoon. Now I know you’re thinking that is an impossibility. My husband and I did it and so can you.

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

What if you only wanted one thing to be the major featured item? Of course, it does not have to be just one thing, it can be several, but just so you don’t go crazy, I suggest you choose one to two items rather than a whole slew, but if you want more than that, don’t do any more than five. Most brides start off believing they can do it all and realize within eight to six months of the wedding that they can not. A friend’s help comes in quite handily, after all your really close friends will have asked you all along what they can do to help. At about ten to eight months out from the wedding is the best time to take them up on their offers. I did. More about me later, though. I have a friend who did a wedding with a potluck reception at a very famous church here in Manhattan and even though it was phenomenally delicious, to my idea that was not even the featured item in her wedding. I am getting ahead of myself though.

Her wedding had a committee of three women -the project managers- to help her stay within her budget which was WAY under $10,000. I believe she and her new husband paid no more than $6000 for their entire wedding, which included the reception space in that very same famous church. They did not pay for catering which can be quite pricey when it comes to weddings. In fact, the wedding couple paid nothing for the food at the reception, so plus the cost of the space, If they’d paid for catering it would have run close to the $6000 for their 150 guests. By having a potluck, she paid nothing other than the cost of the hall. The Riverside Church Chapel for me cost $800 (In a previous article, I said $1200, but in reality it was $800 for mine.) in 2005, but for another friend of mine last year, she paid $1500. I got the members’ cost, but last year, there was no differential between members and nonmembers, so even though she is a member, she had to pay big bucks.

My friend’s wedding costs are an approximation, because I didn’t pry that much,.. yet. She is out of the country now, so I can not ask her at all, but I am judging from her comments to me at the time. Forgetting about the cost of hers and her husband wearing apparel which I can tell you he had his own tux in his closet and her wedding dress was bought from a non-wedding wedding store on sale.

  • Since my friend is a singer too, she had friends who sang during her wedding, that were of course gratis or gifts. Basically that is a win-win situation all around. Since you tap your friends, you tap the voices you want singing your songs of choice. That’s what I did and both she and her ex-husband sang at my and my husband’s wedding.
  • Here’s a big tip if you don’t want to spend big time money on your dress, if it’s to be one of the featured items, go to a non-wedding store in search of your gown. Personally I went to Filene’s Basement bridal store, a year before my wedding and bought a dress for $536 with tax, so it is possible to pay for a dress under $3000. But my friend did not go the bridal store route. She went to Paramus Mall to Lord & Taylor. I don’t remember exactly how much she paid, but I do know it was almost half as much as my dress.
  • She also did not go with a traditional veil, but went with a tiara alone. For mine, I had both, but did not pay a premium for either. I made up my own veil for less than $10 and found a tiara that didn’t look cheap at Claire’s Accessories for less than $20. She wore a tiara as well. A gold tiara, which costs no more than a $100.
  • For her reception, she had no music, we’d had plenty during her wedding ceremony. In another article I’ve already told you about using your own Mp3 player and saving big bucks in that respect. If you do want to hire a DJ or reception host, I suggest you go with a friend of a friend who is just starting to spin, but that the friend can vouch for their abilities, if you have not experienced them for yourself. Remember, whatever you do, GET a contract. One that spells out exactly what you want and expect them to do at the party. That means the songs you expect and when. That way, the surprises won’t have anything to do with dancing. That way both you and your guests can be happy without much annoyance on anyone’s part. New DJ’s can start as low as $75 an hour and go up from there. If you want an established DJ, it could be as much as $125 – $350 an hour. This again is if you want to stay within your budget of $10000. Just remember you will need your DJ for at least four hours, so do your multiplication from there.
  • Transportation: Ah, you can go the traditional route with the white limos, or you can go with black limos, too. Did you know that the color of the limo can determine the price. White limos are more expensive and if you mention wedding additional money is added for that special day. Just be glad that you are not going to prom, because that is the limousine’s big day(s) for money making. Limousines can be anywhere from $500 for a two and half hour rental to, of course thousands. To really save money, if you are friends with a special car association you could rent or borrow the owners’ cars. Or now with the Internet companies, Zip Car, Drive Mint or even Connect By Hertz you could rent a car of your dreams for a great rates. Each of these dot com hourly car rentals can save you a bundle. Think about it.
  • Did you guess already that the featured item for my friend’s wedding was the dress? Well, if you did you would have been correct. The bride wore, what appeared to be gold. In actuality, the dress was a copper lace with a light pink undergarment that peeked through, which made the dress upon entrance and even as she continued to walk down the aisle appear to be molten liquid gold. She was drummed in. Of course, the bride is usually the center piece of most weddings, but as they say in the theater, people were humming the dress the rest of the evening, especially since she was able to match the dress with a cape, that was already in her closet.
  • Transportation – Getting to and sometimes from the wedding ceremony can be challenging when it comes to keeping costs down, but with these suggestions you can be home free.
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5 Wording Ideas for Custom Candies Wedding Favor

Personalized M&M’s can be used for many occasions. One of which is having them given away as a wedding favor. You could change the color that matches your wedding color, put your picture on it and put short phrases on it. If you preferred to give away custom M&M’s on your wedding, you have the option to put short phrases and short messages on each M&M candy. But your option is very limited because only up to 19 characters are allowed on each candy. So you might have to go informal in some way by using “text message” wordings.

Here are 5 wordings that you can put on your personalized M&M’s wedding favor:

1) Date of your wedding
It could be in formats like mm/dd/yy or mm-dd-yyyy. The candies will end up being eaten but your guests will surely remember the date and how cute your personalized M&M’s wedding favor was.

2) The couple’s names
Just the first names of course. It would not fit a single M&M candy if the complete name is used. For example, James & Gina, Rob & Tina, etc.

3) Together Forever!
This phrase will surely spruce up the romance on your wedding. Your guests will definitely think of your wedding favor as something sweet and I’m not just talking about the taste. It may be a short, common and simple phrase. But it would truly show the strength of your relationship.

4) Thx 4 coming!
Thank your guests for coming to your wedding. This may be a shortened phrase but they will still get the message and will truly appreciate it. You don’t have to worry about informality at all once they put the M&M’s candy in their mouth.

5) Mr & Mrs at last!
Show your guests how happy you are to be bonded with each other. Who cares if it’s cheesy or mushy? It’s your wedding and you should care less about what others would think. The only important thing here is that you and your wife-to-be or husband-to-be are now one.

Those wordings for your personalized M&M’s wedding favor aren’t even 19 characters long and will definitely make your guests smile. You don’t have to worry about your wedding favor ending up in a clutter box or in the attic. Your guests will enjoy your M&M’s wedding favor while they munch on it.

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Who Wears a Wedding Ring on the Right Hand?

There are a number of countries in the world who actually wear their wedding rings on their right hands. For example Greek Orthodox members who get married wear their rings on their right hands after they get married, and prior to getting married they will wear it on the left.

There are many other countries who wear their wedding rings on their right fingers: Norway, Portugal, Spain, some of the countries which made up the former Yugoslavia such as Serbia and Croatia, Russia, the Ukraine, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland Austria, Denmark, Germany, and of course Greece. All of these have very widespread practices, except for Roman Catholics, who do the opposite. In Belgium (at least within the Dutch speaking part) you will wear a it on the left hand, but in the rest of the country, it is typically the right.

In a traditional Jewish ceremony, the groom will place the ring on the bride’s index finger, and not the ring finger of either hand at all. Today the ring is often transferred from the index finger to the ring finger after the ceremony (especially in the West), and most Jewish grooms also wear a wedding ring. The reason that Jews use the index finger, is that they believed that it was the most important finger.

Indian brides are also quite confused as to which finger they are to wear the ring on. According to Indian culture, the left hand is less important than the right. But many will wear the ring on the left anyway.

Add white teddy bears with ribbons coordinated with your wedding colors into the wagon along with its intended contents. Borrow these bears from friends and your friends will be “participating” in your wedding!

Decorating a red wagon for your wedding need not disrupt your wedding budget. Use creativity instead of cash and think of making it personal by adding items you already have on hand.

After all, years down the road these are the things that will make your wedding photos memorable much more than the dollar amount you spent.

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The True Meaning of White Gold Diamond Wedding Rings

Purest With Subtle Yet Sophisticated Style

White gold diamond wedding rings are much more than metal and gem. It represent a forever love at its purest with subtle yet sophisticated style. Polished white gold diamond wedding rings are one of the most enduring symbol of love man has ever known. It is very special for anyone especially women because they always remind you on your special wedding.

Symbol Of Giving Your Love Forever

That is no other jewelery in this world that hold the significance of these white gold diamond wedding rings. Since early times, it already hold the symbol of giving your love forever to one another. The unwavering in faith the man drops to one knee to propose on the marriage with love, trust and spirit.

The Benefits Of White Gold Wedding Rings

It gives the modernity and elegant with brilliant look that will sparkle more as much as gold. It is the ideal choice for wedding because of it durability that will last forever by not getting damage by your everyday routine and it will look the same even after 20 years after your wedding. Another benefit is it will not cause any allergy reaction because it came from the neutral source. This is very important if you are planning to wear your ring everyday.

What You Need To Consider Before Purchase

Considering on buying the ring for your love ones but confused about where to begin? It is important to consider just many shapes and style available in the market and determine the size of the diamond you want or probably you may prefer a single solitaire diamond.

In a traditional Jewish ceremony, the groom will place the ring on the bride’s index finger, and not the ring finger of either hand at all. Today the ring is often transferred from the index finger to the ring finger after the ceremony (especially in the West), and most Jewish grooms also wear a wedding ring. The reason that Jews use the index finger, is that they believed that it was the most important finger.

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Caring For Men’s Wedding Bands

Men’s wedding bands, especially for men who work in dirty jobs, need to be cleaned periodically in order to remove the soil and environmental agents that may dull the perfection of the ring and eventually destroy the ring itself. It is important to remove the things that can erode some of the softer metals and dull or tarnish other ring components. Jewelers are able to clean men’s wedding bands and handle the necessary renovation work such as checking the settings and replating gold or silver that has become worn or eroded. Polishing the surface of the men’s wedding bands will remove minor flaws and imperfections.

Cleaning

Most men can do the minor cleaning process on their wedding bands without contacting a jeweler. At home cleaning of men’s wedding bands can be done by soaking the ring in a solution of warm water with a liquid soap. Once the ring has a few minutes of soaking time, it can be rinsed in warm water and allowed to air dry. Then, the ring can be buffed with a soft cloth and it will be good to go. Periodically, the cleaning should be done by a jeweler who can perform the other related tasks to cleaning the ring.

Checking the Settings

To avoid losing the gemstones in men’s wedding bands, the wearer should ask the jeweler to check that the prongs that hold the cubic zirconia gemstone in place. Depending upon the type of setting, sometimes the settings can become worn, causing the gemstones to become loose. A qualified jeweler can do the necessary repair work on settings so that there is no danger of losing one of the precious gemstones. If the ring has become worn, it may be necessary to do additional repair work. In this way, the wedding band will always be in the best possible condition, regardless of the type of work that you do.

Polishing

The need for polishing men’s wedding bands on a regular basis will depend upo0n the type of metal that is selected for the body of the ring. A softer metal such as gold or silver will suffer more from the day to day nicks and dings that mar the surface. Some of these imperfections can be removed by the act of polishing the ring again. However, if you are in a profession where the metal of the ring will be under constant attack by the elements, you may want to choose a metal that is better able to withstand normal wear. Both titanium and tungsten carbide rings are much harder than gold. Tungsten rings have the added advantage of taking and holding a high polish so that the surface looks shiny for many years.

Replating

Those who choose men’s wedding bands with a plating of gold or silver may need to occasionally redo the process, especially if the base metal starts to show through the top layer. Your jeweler will be able to tell you whether that is the best route for you to take in keeping your wedding band looking its best.

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