Budget Friendly Bachelorette Fun

Budget Friendly Bachelorette Fun

Budget Friendly Bachelorette Fun

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Budget Friendly Bachelorette Fun

Playing bridesmaid for a best friend can be exciting! When it comes to planning the bachelorette party for that friend, however, things can also get pretty expensive. Luckily, you don’t need to drain your life’s savings to afford a bachelorette celebration that will really wow everyone. You just need a few budget-friendly tips to keep costs down and keep the bride and all of the bridesmaids having a blast all night long.

Plan Some Low-Cost Ladies Night Fun

If you really want to save money on entertainment for the bachelorette festivities, a portable streaming stick TV device can hook you and your friends up with the latest movies, television shows, and music-streaming services for a super budget-friendly price. Plus, if you bring your device along for bachelorette travels, you can save a little more by not having to pay for premium movies and channels in your hotel room. You can also stream must-see chick flicks for a relaxing ladies’ movie night in with your friends or wind down with some flicks at the end of the evening. Need to put a little more pizazz into your girls’ night? You can play some fun bachelorette games during your girls’ night in or even take some games out on the town. If you are feeling adventurous, be sure to check out pole dancing parties.

Pick Up Healthy and Inexpensive Snacks

Healthy foods and drinks are a safe bet, especially when everyone is trying to stay trim for the big day. If you decide to put together a movie night for the bride and bridesmaids, opt for a few healthy snacks, such as popcorn or guacamole with chips, that won’t break the bank. Another option for saving money on your bachelorette party food and drinks is to pick up some Costco faves. This is an especially helpful tip if your bridal party is on the larger side, plus you should be able to search for online coupons that can help you snag some additional savings. Download a few coupon apps, too, so you can search for deals on bachelorette party foods, games, favors, and anything else you need to celebrate.

Don’t Rule Out a Budget-Friendly Girls Getaway

Staying in or staying local is a great way to save on bachelorette party costs, but sometimes getting out of town is more fun! Thankfully, there are some low-cost destinations which are perfect for bachelorette getaways, and also perfect for sticking to a tight budget. For example, flights and hotels for an Austin trip won’t break the bank, and there are plenty of hip restaurants, activities, and bars to keep your group thoroughly entertained. Alternatively, you can check out other destinations, such as Savannah or even Puerto Rico. If cost really is a big concern for you and the other bridesmaids, setting clear expectations for expenses will help. In most cases, the bridal party is generally not expected to foot the bill for a big bachelorette trip, so splitting the costs evenly shouldn’t be a major deal, especially if you discuss everything with the bride beforehand.

Be Sure to Snap Some Cute Selfies and Photos

Hiring a pro to take photos of the big day is a must, but you don’t need to spend money on a pro to capture some bachelorette party memories. If you really want to wow the bride and other guests, think about setting up a DIY photo booth with a few props and decorations. An over-sized chalkboard with some fun messages is super simple and inexpensive to set up, but if you’re feeling extra creative, you could also design your own glitter, tinsel, or paper fan backdrops as well! Make sure the items you purchase can be used for other events or even home decor to make the most of your shopping. Before you step in front of the camera for those photo ops, also research some selfie tips, so you can frame your amazing photos later.

If you don’t plan carefully, bachelorette party expenses can really start to add up fast. So use the tips above and talk though budget concerns with the other bridesmaids, and even the bride. Because after paying for dresses, shoes, and wedding expenses, everyone is sure to welcome a chance to save money while still making lasting memories together.

Bridal Party Proposal

Four Unique Ways To Propose To Your Bridal Party

Four Unique Ways To Propose To Your Bridal Party

Pinterest has become a hub of DIY and wedding planning. Because of this, ways to propose to your bridal party have become more creative. If you want some unique ways to ask your bridesmaids & groomsmen without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered! Here are four unique ways to ask your bridal party to be in your wedding.

Option #1- A handwritten note on the back of a meaningful photo of you together.

It’s always nice to receive handwritten notes. Friends love reminiscing on memories by looking at old photos. When you combine those two ideas together it makes for a special keepsake. If you want to go the extra mile, purchase a clear plastic or glass frame so your friend can always see the front and back of the photo and note.

Option #2- A custom sticker put on a mini bottle of champagne or the bridal party’s drink of choice.

This is a yummy and easy option. Purchase printable stickers from any office supply store. You can design on your computer using the brand of choice app, and TADA, you have a fancy & fun bridal party proposal! If your bridal party isn’t the alcohol type, that’s fine! How about a specialty coffee drink?! Decide which drink is your bridal party’s favorite and choose that option.

Option #3- A T-Shirt Or Custom Apparel

When you are getting married there are many fun outings with your bridal party. Who doesn’t love cute or comical bridal party coordinated apparel? You could go simple with bridesmaids bride tribe shirts such as these cute ones from Liz & Kate boutique in Geneva, IL. Or some fun ones for the guys like these groom squad shirts. If you wanted to go a bit simpler, bridesmaid and groomsmen hats are easy to find at many local brick & mortar shops.

Option #4- Give them a box of their favorite sweet treat with a note on the inside of the box asking them to be in your bridal party.

This one is an easy DIY if you like baking. If not, there are many local bakeries or candy shops that make it easy to fill up a box with their favorite things. Who doesn’t like getting candy and cookies?! You can find bakery boxes at any local craft store. Check out some of your local bakeries may even help you out and box it for you.

How To Choose Your Engagement RIng

How To Choose Your Engagement Ring

How To Choose Your Engagement Ring

So you might not be the one who will choose your engagement ring, but you can be part of the process! Or perhaps you are the one choosing the ring so read on. Either way, it’s nice to make it a joint effort since this piece of jewelry will last a lifetime and probably be the most significant piece you will own.

First, let’s start with the four C’s of a diamond. If you’re a traditional bride you’ll be thinking diamonds. The four C’s can apply to other gems, but specifically they apply to diamonds. Color, cut, clarity and carat weight. A few other things to consider are shape (ie pear, oval, round, marquise, heart), brilliance, dispersion and scintillation. These factors determine the value of a diamond so you’ll want to establish a range in budget of what you want to spend.

Second, you need to decide on metal. Do you or your partner prefer white gold, yellow gold or platinum? Platinum is the most expensive metal because it resists tarnishing and the repairs are also quite pricey. Yellow gold rings are available in 14 carat or 18 carat gold and are the most popular. White gold rings appear silver and a major pro for this metal is it matches most other jewelry. However, the white gold also does fade over time and will need to be replaced. Another fun option that is becoming popular and is outside the normal is rose gold.

Third, you will need to choose your setting. There are an overwhelming amount of options like simple solitaire settings to contemporary tension settings. Prong settings are the most popular because it makes the center diamond appear as if it’s floating.

After you’ve chosen your ring (and had a lot of fun trying several on) you should receive a certificate of appraisal and a guarantee warranty. Most certificates are given by the American Gem Society or the Gemological Society of America. Depending on where you purchase your ring, there should be a guarantee warranty that would provide a limited time money back guarantee or a lifetime warranty. Make sure you do your research where you purchase your beautiful ring! This is the fun part, so don’t be afraid to shop around and try on as many sparkly pieces as you want!

Creative Guest Book Ideas

Creative Guest Book Ideas

The guest book at weddings is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book that records the guests that were present (in case you forget!)  The idea is very traditional although in today’s world of obsession over every last detail, it’s much more likely that the Bride has the entire wedding roster memorized and would never rely on a book to tell her who’s who.  Some couples have even done away with the formality to spend more time with guests and not create a hug, long line at the entrance of the reception. In any event, we think it’s fine to keep with tradition, but maybe consider mixing it up a bit? Here are some new, fun ways to utilize the guest book and make it more user (and newlywed) friendly!

Photo Booth Guestbook: Call us biased, but this idea is perfection! Guests can have their photos taken in the photo booth and then once they’ve printed out, they can adhere the strip of pics to a guestbook and sign with a fun salutation and best wishes for their pals. Not only does it double as a photo album, but in our experience, flipping through silly photos the day after the wedding and reading the messages of your party-goers never gets old!

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Old Fashioned Typewriter: Find a vintage typewriter and set up an antique looking display with a long scroll that guests can keep a continuous page of notes going. The look of the font and the entire feel is super romantic and would be perfect for a wedding that has an old time feel going on.

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Mailbox: This is also an ultra nostalgic way to display “love letters” overflowing in your mailbox and encourage your guests to fold up a note of wisdom or encouragement that you can open after your wedding. The idea is mainly all about the display so consider painting a cute mailbox, with the flag up of course, to match the whole vibe of the wedding!

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Love Letters: In a large bowl, box or pretty apothecary jar, provide guests with timeless postcards with a romantic feel that they can write their greetings on. Then, have your maid of honor mail them to you throughout your first year of marriage. The idea is incredibly modern and romantic and reminds you throughout the entire year of that most special day. Just don’t forget to include postage!

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