Everyone loves a good wedding, though very few people love the cost. Fortunately, there are ways to keep wedding costs down if you think and act ahead of the big day.
First, book your accommodation well in advance – and before the other guests book the inexpensive options! Avoid posh hotels and look for small independent B&Bs, hostels and self-catering options. You’ll be amazed at the difference in cost between staying at a hotel and travelling to a smaller, less fancy venue afterwards. Consider booking family rooms for large groups if discounts are available.
Book your travel well in advance to save money. This particularly applies if you are travelling by train, as you can get some great advance offers if you book several months beforehand. Be flexible about your travel times and dates and look at options such as coaches too, which can often be very good value if you are travelling across the country. For closer venues try car sharing and filling up the car to split petrol costs. Avoid expensive taxis if there is a cheaper alternative. Lack of planning is usually the biggest driver of costs.
There’s no need for wedding guests to buy a new outfit for a wedding. Why not try updating an existing outfit or customising it by changing accessories.
The bride and groom do not need expensive presents to feel appreciated. Spend time picking a thoughtful, well-chosen gift rather than resorting to an expensive and impersonal gift at the last minute. Look online for better prices, or if you have a specific skill or talent, why not offer it to them on the day to save them costs; for example, if you take high-quality photography, dress hair, make outfits or arrange flowers.
Getting Your Finances in Order
Remember too that if you’re struggling with finances, particularly a raft of escalating credit card bills, then there are better ways to get organised and deal with debts for good. A secured loan can help you avoid overdraft charges and using credit cards, allowing you to consolidate your debts. A single debt is much easier to pay off on time. You’ll also know exactly how much you need to repay each month, rather than being in for a nasty surprise. Speak to a specialist provider such as Evolution Money to find out what options are available to you.
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We had Amy’s birthday party last Friday (a week late due to her having tonsillitis) and I thought I’d share a quick and easy way to make marshmallow pops. I had seen them on Pinterest a while ago and thought they’d make a perfect addition to Amy’s birthday buffet. They are really easy to make and were a hit with kids and grown ups alike. Here is how you make them.
What you need:
a pack of marshmallows
some sprinkles of your choice
chocolate chips or candy melts of your choice
a small glass or cup
1. Melt candy melts or chocolate of your choice over a water bath or in the microwave.
2. Pop your marshmallow onto a lollipop stick.
3. Dip in melted chocolate or candy melts.
4. Dip in sprinkles.
5. Stand your marshmallow pops up in a glass or cup and let them dry for a couple of minutes.
Have you tried these before? Would they be a flop or a hit with your little person?
I can’t believe it’s my baby girl’s 2nd birthday today. How did that happen? Time is flying when you’re having fun, I guess. Unfortunately, Amy’s not feeling well and we are having the third sofa day in a row, but I hope she’ll perk up soon. A birthday isn’t fun when you are ill after all, is it? Luckily, we managed to squeeze in an early birthday visit to the zoo before the bugs and viruses entered this house and Amy got to enjoy the animals.
We had actually planned a lovely little tea party for Friday, but we have postponed that until next week to make sure that a) the birthday girl is in top form again and we b) don’t spread the germs amongst Amy’s party guests. It’s a shame as I was really looking forward to host her first real birthday party (we were in Germany for her first birthday), but Amy just wouldn’t enjoy herself and I don’t want anyone else to get ill. The good thing is that my sister and her boyfriend will be over from Germany next week, so they will be able to celebrate with us, which is great, great, great!
Until then, we’ll snuggle up on the sofa and watch CBeeBies! My letter to the birthday girl and more about Amy’s birthday celebrations will follow when she’s feeling a little bit better. Meanwhile, read her little birthday interview above. I am planning on doing one for every year from now on as I think they’re such a cute idea and a great way to record memories, milestones and interests. What do you think?
What’s your earliest birthday memory? I remember sitting under the table with my friends at my 4th birthday party and we put chocolate into our orange juice and decorated it with a topping of whipped cream. My poor mum! Also, send Amy some get well soon messages. They might help!?
Ben and his dad are currently laying laminate flooring in our living room (by the time you read this, they will have hopefully finished) and because Amy and I would just be in their way, we decided to have a girly morning in our local retail park, Imperial Park in Bristol. It’s not massive, but there are a couple of nice shops there and it is big enough to keep us entertained for the morning.
So on Sunday morning, Amy and I drove over to Imperial Park for a bit of pre-birthday and general shopping. Our first stop was The Range, where I was looking for a cute cake stand for Amy’s 2nd birthday cake, but everything on offer had cupcake on and didn’t go with my colour scheme. Annoying, but you can’t help these things. After a quick pit stop at Costa and picking up a matching table cloth and napkins, Amy and I made our way to Boots.
Amy was getting a bit tired by the time we entered the store, so I was glad that I had taken the pram, but she quickly perked up when she noticed the hair bands and clips. This girl has magpie tendencies and loves everything shiny, so it was no surprise to me that every single hair clip received her seal of approval and a “pretty” when we had a look at them.
We soon moved onto the toiletries and picked up some shower gel, shampoo and a new tooth brush and tooth paste for Amy as well as some Calpol, paracetamol, some deodorant and a body spray. I only had a couple of these items on my in-head shopping list, but when I saw that selected toiletries such as L’Oreal and Dove products were half price and some others on a buy 1 get 1 free offer, I decided to restock my toiletries cupboard (yes, I really have one of those) while I could save some pennies.
I was quite impressed that, despite the current promotion, all shelves were very well stocked and that staff were constantly restocking empty shelves around the store. I personally love the store in Imperial Park. We go there a lot because it’s just around the corner from us and not as big as the store in the city centre, yet it has everything you need from toiletries to make-up, baby items, clothes, toys and even a pharmacy that offers a range of services.
The make-up section is my personal favourite. It is humongous and has everything you’ll ever need! We do have drugstores in Germany, but nothing comes even close to the range of products on offer in Boots. When I first came to Bristol and discovered that there was a two-story Boots right in the town centre, I really thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Even my mum and sister have fallen in love with Boots on their visits to the UK – maybe because they know that I always stock up on dozens of Christmas presents for them in there. But let’s face it, where can you find more make-up in one place and that really reasonably priced. Win win!
What I really like about the Imperial Park branch is that everything is on one level. You don’t have to worry about escalators or lifts and the aisles are wide enough for a pram or trolley – perfect for clumsy parents like me!.
But now excuse me, I have some pampering to do and as I want you to keep your eye sight, you are not allowed to come! I have created a shiny new Google + about our Girly Shopping Trip to Boots though, so you can have a look at that!
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