Monthly Archive: August 2018

Destination Wedding Plans, But Want to Limit Spending

Planning the wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to be stressful and certainly doesn’t have to break the bank! Use your smarts and delve into your creative side to help keep things simple and concentrate on the things that are important to you. Here are a few tips to help you keep a hold of your wedding plans… Limit the number of guests – a small wedding can be just as fun and often more memorable than a huge lavish affair – you will get to spend more quality time with your guests, it will be more intimate and relaxed for you and your guests.

The Dress – this may be the most important thing to the bride and the one thing that she will want to spend a bit more money on – however it doesn’t have to break the bank! Make sure that you spend some time looking though bridal magazines, borrow some if you can as they can be a little pricey, check out what dress types will suit your body shape and what styles will match the feel of your wedding. This will help you to narrow down your search and help to find those hidden bargains. You could make a few alterations to give it a modern twist and have a dress that is one of a kind.

Check out second hand online shopping sites and the charity shops too… remember that a wedding dress that is for sale may be a second dress that a bride decided against that has never been worn, or a loved dress that was cared for and worn once! If you would prefer something new and off the shelf then check out the department stores – they often have a line of wedding dresses that are stylish and within budget. Another option is to rent your dress, this will save any worries about where to keep it after the big event!

Invitations – With the changes in digital technology and the smart phone starting to slowly take over the world… you could definitely take advantage of that and save some cash. Why not take a look at one of the many design packages for your computer and have a stab at designing your own invites – you can then email it to those in the digital world and only have a few to print and send in the ‘snail’ mail.

You could also consider creating a wedding share site, these are easy to manage websites where you can upload all of the information about your wedding plans and keep everyone updated with dates on your shared calendar. These are also a great place to upload your wedding or honeymoon photos after the event to share with all your family and friends! If you want to send a physical invite you could go for something different, like creating it in the form of a magnet or stubby holder – something that will be kept and appreciated and not just thrown away after the invitation has been accepted.

Music – A great wedding is nothing without great music to create the perfect atmosphere. In this case you will want a DJ to incorporate the right music for your wedding. Hiring one may be pricey, especially if you’re paying one to travel with you. Instead think of having a guest, parent or friend take a short course to learn how to how master the turn tables in a weekend. They may not be a professional, but they will have gained enough knowledge to maintain a quality “flow” of music throughout the evening. One of our friends referred us a wedding DJ service that provided a small online learning session at a good price for our wedding day, my father in-law took the course and you would have guessed that it was his first time. This saved us hundred’s of dollars.

Flowers – Have you ever thought of becoming a florist? There are some great short courses out there that will help to prepare you with the basic information about arranging flowers – that way you could organize your own and save yourself stacks of cash!

Photography – With digital cameras coming on leaps and bounds you could ask a family member or maybe a couple of friends to take some photographs for you? Obviously this can put a little pressure on the individuals and may take them away from the experience of the day, so it might be an idea to display the link to a digital share site where all of your guests can upload their own photos – that way you will get to see so many different angles!!

Hostels, Street Food and Other Ways To Save Money On Your Travels

Every single traveler’s objective is to save money while travelling. However, the most of the budget is still spent on flights, accommodation, and food. Unfortunately, most travelers start thinking about saving costs when they are already on a trip. Acting spontaneously is a good idea but the best spontaneous thing is a well prepared one. So, carrying out a little research should be an integral part of your trip preparations. Take some time to search, analyze and choose the options that fit you best. Here are some good suggestions on how to save some money on flights, food, and accommodation:

1) Accommodation

Choosing an accommodation could bring you to the following options:

Hotels. This kind of accommodation is the most expensive one. However,even when staying in a hotel you could save some money if you act rationally. You should know that hotels prices can vary depending on the neighborhood and their location within the city. The hotels that are located in the central area could cost more than those a little way out of the city. So, while planning a trip go to hotels search websites (such as cheaphotels.org for example)and pick one in the right neighborhood.

Hostels. Hostels are the most common option and are not as expensive as hotels. Sure, they are less comfortable than hotels but come on – do you go on a trip to spend all time in your room? Get outside and go for sightseeing. There are plenty of hostels all over the world.

2) Flights

The cheapest day to fly. As for saving money while buying flight tickets, the first thing you should know is that the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday. According to the flight statistics, shopping on Wednesday is the best time to buy airline tickets (but don’t tell anyone, otherwise you’ll help create additional demand on Wednesdays and the rates will grow. Tuesday and Saturday are also fine. Here are some extremely useful suggestions about booking tickets.

Luggage. The thing is to deal with tons of luggage. It seems that the fee for checked bags annoys travelers the most. To avoid it or to cut the number of bags you could pay for, try to put as many items as possible into a carry-on bag. For example, you should put such things as iPad, iPod, camera and keys in the jacket and keep them with you. Once I tried to fit everything I had in 1 personal bag and 1 carry-on bag. That day I got to know that I could carry my laptop separately in my hands thus leaving some space for other things in my carry-on bag. So, along with a personal bag and a carry-on bag in my hands I had a camera, a laptop, a jacket and a toy that I just bought as a souvenir. Yes, I did look like a Christmas tree at that moment but I saved $25.

3) Food

One more thing that requires a lot of money while travelling is food. Let’s face it: restaurant meals are hard to resist when you are on a trip – you do want to try the local cuisine, don’t you? However, if your aim is to save money while staying in a hotel, avoid asking concierges for recommendations of places to eat. Rather, consult travel guidebooks or websites for the list of the best cheap meals in a city. Also, you could read local food blogs before you go on a trip. Many restaurants sometimes offer coupons and discounts. Nevertheless, always be careful with street food. It is not always safe.

If you rent an apartment with kitchen or you enjoy cooking, there is advice for you as well. In order to save money on food, buy ingredients from small stores and cobble together your own meals. By the way, try not to buy items that require a special tool to open.

Thus, always remember to get ready before any trip. Make a list, compare the prices and sum them up. Remember you can find travel budget related information very easily online (transportation, food, hotels etc.) It may take some time for you to search but later it will save you some money – so consider that a time investment. For a start, it will take some time before you are able to develop good saving habits. So, be patient and reasonable.