Ways To Save Money On A Wedding

Wedding receptions can be quite expensive. Starting from the bridal gown to the smallest detail as the thank you notes cost you money if you don’t take all the measurements to cut down on possible items. This doesn’t mean you have to be cheap at your wedding, but you need to be smart to know which items you should be spending on. You can still have a nice function at a lower cost. There are many ways to save money when planning a wedding, here are few ideas that you can follow.

The venue

The venue is the most important part of the function. Most brides would want a dreamy venue. But the thing is that you can save a lot of money if you choose the right location. For example, if you want to have that fairytale like wedding you’ve always dreamed of, you don’t necessarily have to have it at a very expensive hotel you can even have it at a park or your back yard if you do the decoration right. The money you save from the location can be used to get a high quality photo. Venue takes up most of the money; you can save a lot by either renting a public space like a park or the church back yard for the wedding.

The services

When it’s a function you got to think about the services you need to hire. Catering services, decorations, florists and various other services are there. One way to save money on these services is to get a friend or family to do them for you if possible. If you have siblings you can get them to do the decorations and if you can get your friends to do the ideal spousal photography it will be very much helpful. Not only you can save money on this but also you can share some good memories with your friends and family. If you can’t do that you can also hire one vendor to do most of the services. This way you can save from the extra service taxes and various other charges paid to different vendors.

The food and drink

The menu you choose can have a big influence in the budget. You need to be smart when selecting your menu. If you are on a tight budget but you still want to have a good reception and feed your guests good food. You can have a cocktail. It would be slightly unconventional but it will still be a good idea. You don’t need to make expensive food but you can arrange cocktails and finger food. If your wedding is in the evening this is a good way of saving some money. If your wedding is in the morning, you have to provide lunch in this case go for food items that taste good as well as not very expensive. Avoid fish and lobsters and seafood. They cost a lot and you need to have large amounts of them as well. Instead you can have a large pot roast or a roast lamb or pork. These are really tasty food and since they are very oily guests will be full soon and you don’t have to spend too much food as well.

Tips to Choose A Beautiful Tree for this Christmas


A real looking beautiful man-made Christmas tree with Christmas parties, twinkling lights, brightly wrapped gifts constitute the wonderful things about Christmas. Though many people still consider buying a natural Christmas tree, yet the hassles involved like finding the right size of a tree, watering it every day carefully so that it does not spill everywhere, detangling the innumerable string of lights and encountering the branches to hang the lights are really very disturbing. So in order to eliminate these troubles you can opt for Christmas trees online as a good quality artificial Christmas tree can yield a tree with a long life and ensure more lifelike appearance.
Tips on buying an artificial Christmas tree
• Reputed store
First you should locate a reliable online store that sells a good quality of artificial Christmas tree with considerable warranty. Though there are some stores offering a warranty period of 25 years, you should choose one with at least 10 years of warranty. This ensures that the service providers from damages with your tree. When a company gives such a long warranty period, it means that their products are well constructed and durable. Some stores even provide a plastic bag or a big carton box to store the tree once the Christmas season is over.
• Measuring the space
Before choosing to buy a man-made Christmas tree, you should measure the space in your room where you want to keep the tree. The ceiling height should be paid a considerable attention and you should allow optimum space to the tree tops. Make an estimate how far and wide can the tree expand. It is recommended not to include the tree in a room with lots of furniture pieces.
• Pre-lit trees
Though pre-lit Christmas trees are generally a little pricier than the unlit ones, but when you compare its costs against the trouble and the number of light strings required to attach, buying pre-lit trees seem worthwhile. If you can opt for a tree with a light bulb rating between 170 and 200mA then it ensures a longer lifespan. The bulbs should also be placed in twist-proof sockets so that normal hosting cannot dislodge it, causing the entire string to come out.
With these few basic information and tips, you can select and buy beautiful and durable Christmas trees online to decorate and enhance the looks of your house during the Christmas time. If you have limited time, you may opt for the decorated ones; but if you have ample time in hand, you may purchase the Christmas decoration supplies, and decorate your own Christmas tree with the help of the little ones. This will not only save your cash, but make an excuse to spend quality time with your family.

Organising Your Daughter\’s Birthday Party: How to Make Her Very Happy!

Our kids are very important to us of course and we want to make them as happy as they can be, without spoiling them too much of course! It is your daughter’s 10th birthday in a month’s time and you want to make it very special for her. After her 1st birthday, you haven’t really had any major parties, so it is time to indulge her a bit!
What are some things you can do? Here are some ideas to consider.

Making it extra special

As you want to make this birthday extra special for your daughter, you will want to take into consideration what her tastes are and her kind of personality. As this is not a surprise, you can ask her who she would like to be invited and who she would rather not invite. You can also give her a few ideas for a theme for the party and let her choose or come up with her own theme. This will be a good opportunity for your daughter to grow in her leadership skills too, as young as she is. You may also want to hire a great children’s photographer, who would be able to take those memorable shots that your daughter will cherish for many years to come and who know they may even be displayed at her graduation or wedding!

Choosing a theme

As you choose a theme for the party, you may want to do some brainstorming with your daughter and the rest of the family. Choose a theme that the other kids could use to have dress up ideas and also that you would find easy to use as a decoration or table decor. For example, you daughter may come up with the “Frozen” theme which would mean the kids could easily dress up in the fairy costumes and you can have the snow effect as you decorate the venue.

Let the party begin!

You would have the “Frozen” theme song and other music of course and the party cake which looks like a snow flake or a wand! Make sure your children’s photographer is present to take those great “Frozen” shots! The kids and especially your daughter will enjoy the party food and the great atmosphere you have created for her 10th birthday! Natasha C Photography offers photography services to make your events even more memorable. 

A memorable day!

You can be sure that your daughter and her friends have a great time at the party and they will make some special memories! Hopefully, you and the rest of the family also had a ball and are looking forward to celebrating the next big event in her life!