The high cost of wedding planning

Posted by admin | 22/04/15 | Tagged Wedding Planning

The high cost of wedding planning
News from Kern Golden Empire:

BAKERSFIELD, CA.-Perhaps even more special than falling in love, is the moment a couple stands hand in hand to declare full commitment and lifelong devotion to one another. Weddings are special occasions created for unforgettable memories. But those memories can come at a high price.

The Kern County Bridal Association says local couples spend an average of 18,000 to 22,000 dollars on a wedding.

While that is lower than the national average, money experts say the bride and groom should weigh their options and create a realistic budget without sacrificing a beautiful big day.

Wedding website says the average U.S. wedding in 2014 cost roughly $ 31,000 dollars. That excludes the honeymoon and destination weddings.

        ”If you start your marriage out $ 20,000 or $ 30,000 dollars in debt, that’s going to put a strain on the marriage,” said David Anderson, financial advisor and owner of Moneywise guys.

According to researchers at Emory University who studied 3,000 U.S. couples, those who spent $ 1,000 dollars or less on their wedding were 53 percent less likely to get divorced. Yet couples who spent over $ 20,000 dollars were nearly 50 percent more likely to divorce.

        ”If they were to put that money towards a home for example, that would easily be a very good substantial down payment on a home,” sa…………… continues on Kern Golden Empire

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Courteney Cox’s daughter Coco wants to help with wedding planning
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LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) – Courteney Cox is giving marriage a second try. The Cougar Town actress, engaged to singer Johnny McDaid, may not be walking down the aisle just yet but when the time comes, her daughter Coco wants to help plan the event.

When Cox visited Ellen on Tuesday, she told the host that her daughter, with David Arquette, “is very excited about the wedding. I was going to hire a wedding planner, but apparently she wants to do it”

The 10-year-old recently attended her father’s wedding to Christina McLarty and sang a couple of songs at the nuptials.

At Monday nights screening of Just Before I Go, which Cox directed herself, the actress couldn’t help but gush about her daughter’s singing voice.

“Coco sang the opening song of the film,” she

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Police Looking for Owner of Engagement, Wedding Rings
News from WJON News:

Found Rings, photo courtesy of the St. Cloud Police Department

ST. CLOUD – St. Cloud police are trying to find the owner of a pair of rings. One of the rings appears to be an engagement ring, and the other possibly a wedding band.

The engagement ring is white gold, with three diamonds. The wedding band is white gold, with one large diamond, and several other diamonds. They were turned in to police yesterday (Sunday), after being found in the 800 block of 26th Avenue North.

If you, or someone you know, is the owner of the rings you’re asked to contact St. Cloud Police and ask for officer Stone. You will need to provide proof of ownership, along with confirming knowledge of special characteristics on the rings.

Anyone with information regarding the above incident is urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301,1-800-255-1301, or at Crime tips can also be texted to Tri-County Crimestoppers. Enter 274637 (“Crimes”) into the destination box, start your text with TRITIP, enter a space, then type in the tip information

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Woman Claims 2 Men Posing as City Workers Stole Diamond Wedding Ring
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An elderly woman says she was tricked and robbed by men posing as City of Miami workers. (Published Monday, Apr 20, 2015)

Updated at 8:32 PM EDT on Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Police are looking for two men who they say posed as City of Miami workers to scam their way into an elderly woman’s home, then took off with her most prized possession, a diamond wedding ring.

“I feel like I’ve been raped. You know what I mean?” said Marta Bequer. The 84 yr-old widow said she also feels humiliated and angry. But says the were slick in how they talked her into opening the front door.

Police say the men were captured on surveillance video Saturday inside Bequer’s…………… continues on NBC 6 South Florida

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‘Bachelor’ Lovebirds Chris Soules, Whitney Bischoff Talk Wedding Planning …
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The Bachelor stars Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff are in love and engaged, and naturally that means that many fans are wondering about a wedding. Life has been pretty busy for Chris and Whitney since filming the show, especially given his participation in the Dancing with the Stars 2015 spring season. Where do things stand with the couple now?

Chris and Whitney chatted with People to share an update on their relationship and plans for the future. The Bachelor couple admits that they are learning a few things about one another now that they are able to be together more. So far, though, it doesn’t sound as if there have been any dealbreakers.

Soules teases that Bischoff clucks as she cleans, something she perhaps wasn’t even aware she did. For her part, Whitney says she’s not terribly tidy and she’s realizing she needs coffee before having much interactio…………… continues on The Inquisitr

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How to plan a wedding (when you’ve moved 6000 miles from home)
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Since getting engaged (with a Haribo ring that I ate within ten minutes) and moving across the world to Hong Kong in the space of a week, I’ve discovered a whole new side to myself: long-distance bridezilla.

But rather than organising an increasingly popular ‘destination’ wedding where you fly your bridal party to the Caribbean to watch you get hitched in a Thomas Cook all-inclusive resort, pina colada in hand (and get called ‘Blackpool lager louts‘ by your fellow guests, if you’re very lucky), I’m planning my own just five minutes away from the London flat where we lived for three and a half years.

The minor issue is that we now live 6,000 miles away. I am a long distance bride in reverse.

Cathy Adams is planning a wedding at home, from abroad

I’ve taken to spending the hours of 5pm until midnight in a sweaty-palmed state of near-hysteria, madly refreshing my Gmail inbox, waiting for re…………… continues on

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Money-saving wedding-planning tips for any budget
News from Escanaba Daily Press:

(BPT) – Weddings can be expensive, and most brides and grooms need to establish a budget before they start planning the wedding so they can afford to get hitched. Many couples are now getting married later in life and paying most or all of the costs themselves, so it’s important to start budgeting sooner than later.

The following tips will help you and your fiance keep your costs down so you can stay within your wedding budget. They cover everything from the moment when you say “Yes” to the second you say “I do.”

1. Set a long engagement – There are two benefits to having an engagement of a year or longer. First, it allows you to spread costs over several paychecks. For example, if you get engaged this spring, you can choose one month to put a down payment on the reception hall, and another month for purchasing the wedding dress and renting the tuxedo.

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Whether the wedding is costly or if the couple is on a strict budget, it’s important for them to establish a budget and make plans accordingly.

A third month could be used for purchasing honeymoon trip tickets, and a fourth month for the pho…………… continues on Escanaba Daily Press

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How a wedding planner can create a stress-free wedding day
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When it comes to planning a wedding, no bride wants to run up additional expenses, but what if the single add-on of a wedding planner can give a busy bride a break and assure a stress-free wedding day?  Wouldn’t that be worth it?

Here with more information on wedding planners, Jill Easley with Easley Designs .

Easley Designs has been in the industry for 34 years.  They are a full service floral design company that in 2006, started doing event planning by request of their clients.  They do day-of coordination, full coordination and they incorporate their flowers and décor with that or they can just do your flowers.   Their moto is to fill your ceremony with flowers and then they move the flowers and reset it on the tables and let their clients borrow vases.

When you hire their company as an event planner, you are also hiring a designer that puts your entire look together from start to finish.

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Linda Haac: I, wedding planner

Posted by admin | 13/04/15 | Tagged Wedding Planning

Linda Haac: I, wedding planner
News from News & Observer:

I’m planning my younger daughter’s wedding, and I feel as if spring will never come even though it’s already here.

It’s a late spring, I know, but I’ve barely had time to look up from the million details that consume anyone who’s planning to have more than 100 guests visit one’s hometown and celebrate something as special as a marriage.

I can’t say what possessed me to be both the mother of the bride as well as the wedding planner. I know movies exist about the kind of disasters that wedding planners face. I’ve seen a couple of those movies myself. The problem is I must have failed to learn from them, because here I am planning a wedding, and my daughter’s at that.

Right now, you might be asking yourself if I should have my head examined. It might be a good idea.

As some of you know, I tried to plan my own wedding, but my mother had other ideas. So this is the first large-scale wedding I’ve ever attempted. That in itself should give a sane person pause. Luckily, I once planned large events at work, but that was something I did for corporations, nothing like this.

I know absolutely nothing, for instance, about flower arranging, but I’m learning fast.

I’m finding out where to buy the prettiest ribbon. (You might try Purple Puddle in Chapel Hill.) I’m finding out how to create endless decoupage c…………… continues on News & Observer

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19 Wedding Gifts For the Couple Who Has Everything
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Jason Aldean Chooses Four Wedding Bands

Posted by admin | 09/04/15 | Tagged Uncategorized

Jason Aldean Chooses Four Wedding Bands
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When Jason Aldean got married in March, he slipped on a brand new wedding band. But it’s the necklace his bride’s been wearing that I’m personally in love with.

“Never taking this baby off,” Brittany Kerr wrote of her new mrs. aldean — in lowercase — 14-karat gold necklace from Lola James Jewelry. Kerr posted a close-up photo of the necklace on Instagram.

My own married name is too long — the mini-me necklaces have to be less than about 12 characters — but if it fit, I would grab one of these in a heartbeat. It’s such a delicate way to make a very bold statement.

Aldean’s rings are pretty unique, as well. They come from Titanium Buzz, a jewelry company in a small town in Michigan.

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Kansas man steals dying woman’s wedding ring at Taco Bell
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 8:54 AM


A Kansas man who stole the wedding ring off of an unconscious mom’s finger as she lay dying in a Taco Bell drive-thru will spend more than 11 years behind bars.

Daquantrius Johnson will serve the 136-month sentence on top of other prison terms for crimes he committed in 2013, the Wichita Eagle reported. The 21-year-old will be locked up for more than 20 years altogether.

Johnson was convicted of aggravated burglary, robbery and misdemeanor theft last December for stealing from Danielle Zimmerman in December 2013.

Prosecutors said Johnson stole her purse and pulled the wedding ring off o…………… continues on New York Daily News

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Robert Pattinson Is Doing Everything He Can to Make Fiancée FKA Twigs …
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It may have been less than a week since the world found out Robert Pattinson is officially going off the market, but the actor and his fiancée FKA Twigs have already dived into wedding planning.

A source tells E! News that while nothing has been set in stone for their big day, the pair have talked about what they want and weighed out some options, like the time of year, location and overall idea for the nuptials.

So what’s the scoop? Well, the insider explains that R.Pattz and FKA Twigs would most likely tie the knot in the U.K., because that’s where their family and close friends reside. Makes sens…………… continues on E! Online

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Here’s your 2-minute Matthew Stafford wedding recap — where the Detroit Lions QB and his wife Kelly breakdown their entire insane weekend in 120 seconds. 

Among the topics: 
– The free Nike giveaway to party guests
– The honeymoon plans
– Some of the best gifts they got  
– Close up shots of Kelly’s massive ring 

The Staffords are great — in fact, Kelly was still wearing her custom “Mrs.” baseball cap from the reception while strolling through LAX on Tuesday. 

There’s more … Matt also reacts to the crap he got from a Detroit media outlet last month for not clapping enough during Michigan State vs. Oklahoma game. 

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A primer for wedding season

Posted by admin | 06/04/15 | Tagged Wedding Gifts

A primer for wedding season
News from Buffalo News:

With “high” wedding season right around the corner, there was no time like the present to discuss modern wedding etiquette, same-sex and opposite-sex. Here are excerpts from a recent online chat with Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute, great-great grandchildren of Emily Post and co-authors of “Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition.” Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

Q: I know that you’re not the kind of person to find fault with individuals, but what are some of the most glaring faux pas that you’ve seen when it comes to engagements, weddings, receptions?

Lizzie Post: I think two of the biggest faux pas are: When brides go overboard – Bridezillas. It’s just gross in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, your wedding is a big important day in your life, but seriously, some people take it to ugly places.

Two, when other people try to wedge their way in and make this event about themselves and not the bride and groom.

Q: Please dispel the pervasive myth that the amount per person the couple spends on dinner is how much the guest should spend on the gift.

Daniel Post Senning: You are correct that the cost of wedding present has…………… continues on Buffalo News

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Gifts, cards stolen from Orange Park wedding reception
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They’ve been married just a couple of weeks, but the day that was supposed to be one of the best days of their lives soon turned into a nightmare.

Charles Wilson and Kari Wilson were married March 20 and they held their reception at the Club Continental in Orange Park. But instead of tears of joy, the couple ended their night feeling confused and betrayed.

Kari Wilson was in a beautiful white dress, with her closest friends, all surrounding a beautiful family.

“He was teary-eyed, which was awesome for me, because it actually meant that I looked gorgeous and it was our day,” Kari Wilson said.

It took a year of planning, but Kari Wilson gave it her everything.

“(I did) everything — decorations, invitations, RSVPs, save the dates — everything myself,” Kari Wilson said.

“She came down the stairs and I was turned around and she came by and put her hands over my eyes and I turned around. It was pretty intense,” said Charles Wilson.

“I was excited, I was so excited,” Kari Wilson said. “We have been together for four years already, have a 3-year-old daughter, so it was actually a family coming together.”

But as more than 70 of their closest friends and family came together, the couple’s happiness would be pulled from under them.

“As I’…………… continues on WJXT Jacksonville

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