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Planning a Simple Wedding – A 10 Step Checklist For Keeping Your Wedding Simple

Many couples now of days are considering having a simple wedding. Who can blame them? Weddings aren’t cheap. In some cases people are getting married for the second time. They don’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on another wedding. This guide is a checklist that will help you plan a simple wedding. It’s not complete by any means, but it will help you get started on the right path. #1: Have A Casual Wedding- Casual could mean different things for different people. For some it may mean wear jeans and a T-shirt. For others it might mean to wear a nice dress, but not a wedding dress. You will have to decide what casual means to you. #2: Have The Ceremony In The Mourning- Weddings that take place in the mourning are actually very enjoyable. There very effective if you want to keep things small and intimate. You can save allot of money too. Once the ceremony is over you can have a brunch or lunch. #3: Keep Your Guest List Small- You probably don’t need to have a guest list of 300 people. Stick to inviting your closes family and friends. You can invite others to come to the reception later on in the evening for some dancing, drinking, and finger foods. #4: A Simple Cake- There are lots of people who are capable of making a good cake as long as you want something simple. You could ask a friend or family member. Another good option is to ask someone who is a member of the church your ceremony is taking place at. A sheet cake is often all you need for a simple wedding. #5: Use eBay- You can buy your accessories like decorations, candles, and even invitations for cheap at a site like eBay. They are only going to be used once so don’t bother spending lots of money on those things. #6: Use A DJ- A DJ is rarely as exciting as a band. However, you will get a better variety of music with a DJ. What matters the most is that people start dancing. A DJ is just as good at getting people to dance as a band. #7: Choose A Great Venue & Location- The best venue for a simple wedding is one that speaks for itself. For example, a beach wedding is simple but gorgeous. The beach says allot on it’s own without much decoration. Pick any location that you enjoy and see if you can have your wedding there. #8: Eliminate Certain Traditions- Some traditions may not apply to you, your wedding, or your guests. Do you really need to toss the bouquet? Do you really need to have a wedding cake or would you prefer something else? #9: Use Candles- I highly recommend that you use more candles over flowers. Candles can be very cheap, help set the mood, and offer nice lighting. They really work well for a simple wedding. #10: Make Your Own Flowers: It’s […]

Wedding Planning

Planning your wedding may seem overwhelming. But with a very basic checklist you can accomplish some of the biggest goals and set your planning in motion. First, decide on a budget. This step is crucial. You need to realistically think about what you can afford to spend and then go from there. You cannot reasonably begin looking for locations or vendors without knowing the price you’re able to spend on them. Make a guest list You need to make a very rough sketch of a guest list. This will also help in all your further planning. You aren’t going to hold an intimate garden wedding with over 500 guests! And many venues have a “max” they allow in their rooms. Knowing a rough number will help you weed through various locations to find the perfect one. Date and Location Some brides have a specific date already planned and will be looking for a venue that has availability. Others know where they want to hold their wedding, and are willing to pick a date within a certain range that the location has available. No matter which you are, these two pretty much go hand in hand. Either have a specific date, or a date-range in mind and begin scouting venues. Pay attention to price and packages, as well as location and setting. Make sure the venue is going to reflect your taste. Also, remember that having an “off-season” wedding or a Sunday may save you a lot of money when booking your venue. Color and Theme Deciding on the color and feel of your wedding will set the tone for the rest of the planning and details. Make sure to pay attention to what flowers will be available during your season. You don’t want your heart set on a certain color only to find out it’s impossible to find flowers of that color during your season. (Unless of course, you go with candles instead of floral. Which can be a fantastic way to save!) After setting the overall theme of your wedding, the little details will fall easily into place. Vendors You will need a variety of hired professionals for your big day. A DJ or band (or maybe both!), florist, hair+make-up, caterer, officiant, your venue, a wedding planner, cake designer, limo/transportation, etc. Make sure when booking with vendors you get a written contract with any specifics that you’ve agreed on. Don’t take anyone’s word on anything. All of these professionals are going to come together to make your big day what it is! For more information on wedding planning, visit my blog: . By Cyndi Related Wedding Checklist Articles

A Face And Body Checklist For Your Wedding

Every bride (and to some extent, the groom) wants to look and feel perfect on her special day, especially because there will probably be no other occasion during which you will be more photographed. While most brides put plenty of thought into their hairstyle and makeup, they don’t plan much further than that. But armed with a checklist of points to consider before your big day, you can ensure you truly are a blushing bride. So let’s get started. Almost as soon as your guy pops the question, you need to head to the dermatologist or doctor to have any blemishes inspected and potentially removed. This should be done regardless of the style of dress you plan on wearing. If you have any moles removed, be aware that a scar will most likely form, so ask your dermatologist to recommend a cream that will expedite the healing process and apply it religiously, especially if the scar may be exposed by your dress. In my opinion, it is preferable to have a scar than an unsightly mole, but it is up to you to make this determination for yourself, of course. Even if you don’t plan on having moles removed, you can still use scar treatments for any other residual spots on your body. I was able to diminish the appearance of a scar on my thigh in the three months of my engagement based on a product suggestion from my doctor! Inspect the “problem areas” on your body. Many brides aspire to lose weight before their wedding day, but few of them hone in on the spots they should tone in order to look best. I highly recommend working with a personal trainer to whittle away at your biceps and triceps to have a lean look in virtually any wedding gown you choose. Buttocks, shoulders, and waist should also be attended, as they will all be showcased to some extent in whatever dress you select. Wax, wax, wax! You should make an appointment to have several areas on the body treated a few days before the wedding. A full face treatment, which entails the chin, lips, cheeks, and eyebrows, along with underarms, tummy, and full Brazilian are all advisable. Not only will that ensure that you glow in front of your guests, but you can also feel more confident for that special night with your new spouse. Having this many areas waxed will typically give you a significant discount, so make some phone calls or do some internet research to find out what kind of packages are offered by local estheticians. Don’t stress if you don’t manage everything on your personal checklist. The most important thing is how you feel on your wedding day, after all. Urban Wax ( offers comfortable, friendly environment and painless waxing in Beaverton as we make everything that will satisfy our guest.