Budget-Friendly Wedding Planning

Weddings are definitely one of the most anticipated events in any couple’s life. This is because this day finally seals their love for each other for as long as they live. But, if there is one thing that could be hard before this day finally comes, that would be wedding planning.


This becomes one of the most strenuous parts of any wedding because aside from all forms of stress that would arise, it will also be hard to handle it using your resources. If you are one of those couples who are planning to tie the knot soon but are on a strict budget, careful consideration on the aspects that would affect the wedding should be evaluated.


This is very important for you to identify which part of the wedding planning could cost you a lot of money for you to be able to find a way how to cut the expenses off. Experts say that one of things that cost a lot when it comes to weddings is the attire; the gown the bride will wear, the suit that the groom will use, and the clothes that the people who are part of the wedding entourage will put on.


If you want to cut down on the cost of the attire, the best thing to do is to design them on your own. If you have enjoyed sewing, you can use your skills to pull off a budget-friendly wedding. How? Instead of hiring a designer that would do the sketches for you, you can do it on your own.


Wouldn’t it be nice if you were the one who will design your own wedding dress on your big day? Of course it would be. This is because you get the chance to make a statement with all the variations you want to create in your wedding dress. Today, because of the advent of technology and easy access to knowledge, more and more brides-to-be are getting into designing their own unique wedding dresses.


Modern brides can have their dream wedding dress… they can see their dream wedding dress created before their very own eyes the way they want it to be. If you want to design your own wedding dress, you can do it in two ways: by traditional sketching or using the “design your own wedding dress” programs in various bridal sites in the Internet. You can do the same for your groom and the people in your wedding entourage. Aside from saving money since you don’t have to pay the designer, you can also ensure that there will be uniformity when it comes to the styles and designs.


Aspects that need consideration when wedding planning would include: the venue, the meal, season, time of day for event, whether to serve open bar or reserve alcohol for champagne toasts. Consider the number of guests and the reception party location as well. A great way to budget for a dream wedding is to have immediate the wedding ceremony and location at the same venue. You can often get a better price on a package deal.


Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants

July 30, 2013


The Right Wedding Dress

For future brides, the first part of wedding planning is all about finding that perfect wedding dress. Although there are so many bridal stores and shops that offer wedding dresses, many future brides are finding it hard to find the perfect dress that they feel is best for them. When the search for the wedding gown has not even begun this could cause a delay in the entire wedding planning process.

Getting solutions

If you are one of those future brides having a hard time choosing a ready to wear or designer made wedding gown or having a hard time with their designers for not getting the style that they want; the best option for you would be to design your own wedding gown. Experts say that if you are the type of bride that would want to look totally unique, then you should learn how to design your own wedding gown! This task might seem daunting at first, but if you really want to do it your own way, you will overcome that “I couldn’t do it” mentality and start working on your dream dress.

Once you have decided to design your wedding gown, then the major consideration would be the time available. Now is the best time to get started on it! If you think you have more than enough time to design your own wedding dress, then you must familiarize yourself with the basics.

To save time and money when designing your wedding dress, the first thing that you need to do is to conduct research. This research should include: the different body types for each wedding dress, various wedding dress shapes, materials that can be used, styles that are in trend, cuts that will fit you, colors, and basic sewing information. Once you are done with research, proceed in the design.

Before you begin, it is very important for you to determine your body type in order to know which dress shape would look good on you. If you have a tall frame, almost any style of wedding dress would look good on you. If you are petite, it is better to stick with clean style and cuts, having too many intricacies in the dress design can be overwhelming for your frame. If you are pear shaped, it is safe to stick with A-line princess cut wedding dresses to slim your waist. If you do your research intently, you will discover that there are so many simple remedies when it comes to physical flaws. Familiarize yourself with different dress shapes and cuts for wedding gowns including straight line, empire cut, ball gown, mermaid, and others so you can create your own variation if needed.

You will be able to create a theme for your wedding once the dress is selected, then you will be able to get started with your entire wedding planning. Be sure to select colors and in season local floral to accent the theme you select for your wedding.

Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants
July 30, 2013

Alternatives to Gambling in Vegas Part 1

 Mirage Casino: At the entrance of the Mirage, Ziegfried and Roy’s white tigers are on display along with accompanying video. The diorama housing them is a large room painted like a Kashmir temple with spouting fountains and a pool that the tigers swim in. There’s also a dolphins that frolic in their own tank. $ 3/ hour.

Caesar’s Palace: Every hour at the Forum shops, the ceiling and a series of mechanized statues come to life in a show advertising the ride ” The Race for Atlantis”. It cost $9 but worth it.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Every Friday night, the speedway permits non-professionals to drag race in what’s known as the Midnight Mayhem Series. Go to http://www.lvms.com for more details.

Stratosphere Tower: Standing at 1149 feet, it’s the nations tallest observation tower. It’s also home to 3 thrilling rides. The X-Scream is a teeter-totter that hangs guests 866 feet above ground, the Big Shot shoots guests upwards at 45mph until they’re 1081 feet high and InsanityThe Ride takes the form of a mechanical arm that extends 64 feet from the tower and twists riders 900 feet above ground.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef: Here you will see some amazing aquatic creatures. The best part of the shark reef is that you literally can come face to face with a shark.

What to Wear

A Black Tie invitation calls for formal attire. Men wear tuxedos, women wear long dresses or dressy evening separates. A little black dress is appropriate for black tie functions!

Formal usually means the same as Black Tie, but in some trendier cities, it could mean a black shirt, no tie with a tux. Women wear cocktail dresses, long dresses or dressy evening separates.

A White Tie or Ultra-formal invitation requires that men wear full dress, with white tie, vest, shirt. Women wear long gowns.

Creative Black Tie leaves room for trendy interpretations of formal wear. A man can go modern with a tux, maybe a black shirt, no tie. Women wear long dresses, short dresses or evening separates.

A Black Tie Optional or Black Tie Invited gives men the option of wearing a tuxedo or dark suit. Women wear long dresses, cocktail dresses or dressy evening separates.

Semi-Formal, Business Formal or After Five means that tuxes are not required, nor are long dresses. An evening wedding (after 6 PM) would still dictate dark suits for men, and a cocktail dress for women. Daytime Semi-Formal events require a suit for men and an appropriate short dress or dressy suit for women. *Business Formal for men is Semi-Formal and women require a tailored dressy suit or dress.

Cocktail Attire is a short, elegant dress for women and dark suits for men. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress or special occasion dress.

Resort Formal is for beach weddings and out door warm weather events. Men wear button down short sleeve shirts and khakis. Women wear light weight fabric with bright prints, such as a pretty floral sundress.

Festive Attire is usually seen around the holidays with the mood of the party either Semi-Formal or Casual.

Dressy Casual calls for dressed-up versions of casual looks. For men, it could be trousers and a sport coat. For women, dressy separates. *Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other casual looks are not appropriate for Dressy Casual.

Informal is interpreted as Casual but it actually calls for the same dress as Semi-Formal. Dark suits for men, short dresses for women; especially when associated with a wedding or special event.

Casual generally is anything goes. Jeans, t-shirt, shorts and other relaxed wear are appropriate.