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Heart to Heart – Five Reasons Why You Should Host a Valentine’s Themed Engagement Party

engagement-ring-hear-590If you’re newly engaged, you’ve probably started to discuss how you are going to make your big news official, in front of your beloved friends and family members. One of the best things about getting engaged during the holidays and early winter months is that you can throw a Valentine’s themed engagement party! Perfect for couples who are pinching their pennies; here are five reasons why you should totally consider hosting this fabulous, fun, and festive affair.

Reason #1-Carnations are Cheap!

Carnations are a very popular Valentine’s Day flower that are ultra-affordable and are in season. They can fill vases on tables and a bar, or even be handed to each guest as they walk into your party (everyone loves getting flowers!). You can find them virtually anywhere. In fact, they are widely stocked in grocery store floral departments and cost a fraction of the price of what you’d pay at a florist’s shop.

Reason #2-Candy, Candy, and More Candy

Valentine’s candy can serve as part of your décor, can be used as dessert instead of a cake, and can serve as your party favor. Whether you buy heart shaped chocolate boxes in bulk, or set up a serve yourself dessert table; all candy put out at this time is designed in classic red and pink colors, is budget friendly (strips of heart-shaped pops cost only a dollar); and are just fun!

Reason #3-You Can Do Fondue

If you love fondue, you can totally get away with hosting a dipping party for your Valentine’s event! Fondue is relatively affordable to put together and super simple to cook up on your own. Plus, it can be extremely romantic if pots are placed intimately at each table, or a lot of candles are lit around your set-up. Opt to serve a cheese appetizer in place of an entrée; as bread cubes, crackers, and veggies will not break the bank!

Reason #4-Love is in the Air

If you wanted to have an engagement party around any holiday, Valentine’s Day makes the most sense. You can create a playlist filled with the most romantic love songs of all time, decorate your venue with heart decorations, and your happily married guests’ love for one another will contribute to the overall vibe and ambiance. An added bonus? Your single friends and family members will not be alone on this Hallmark holiday and can even be set up during your event!

Reason #5-Valentine Invitations

How cute would it be to send a Valentine as an invitation in lieu of a formal, printed one? Valentines are only a few dollars a box and will set the tone that your engagement party is clearly going to be held on or around this holiday, and is sure to be casual, creative, yet fun!

These five reasons alone will get you in the mood to celebrate your love with others who are in love around you!

Choosing a Special Wedding Gift for Your New Spouse

blog-gifts-for-spouseEveryone knows that a marriage itself is a gift; however, many couples still choose to exchange a present after exchanging vows. Read on to learn how you can choose a special wedding gift for your new spouse that they will cherish nearly as much as you!

First, consider signing up for a boudoir session with your local photographer. This has certainly become one hot trend with newly married couples! The pictures are provocative, romantic, but remain completely classy. Not only are they fun to shoot, but they will be fun to pull out and view for years to come. Plus, these pictures make a statement. They silently declare that you are full of passion and want your partner to remain full of passion as well! If a professional shoot is out of your budget, all you need are some tasteful undergarments and a faithful and fabulous friend to play photographer! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not extend the preview the surprise with a teaser custom photo card and then present him with a beautifully designed flush mounted album with the collection of photos. Or, consider other photo gifts.

Next, many couples are huge fans of exchanging matching time pieces. These watches are worn every day and they are also symbolic of the commitment you both entered into for all “time.” Whether you want to pick up a designer pair or opt for something simple and standard; it is a gift that you will get years of use out of and will help make the hours pass by as you glance at it when you are away from one another.

Finally, consider what your spouse is into. No one knows you both best like one another. Sporting event or concert tickets are gifts that you can both utilize. You can also plan a weekend getaway or sign up for a couple’s massage to unwind after the big day. Many newly married couples are discouraging one another from purchasing separate gifts and are totally into gifting each other a shared experience.

Consider these three simple and totally doable ideas if you want to impress your mate with a meaningful, post-wedding “I do” gift.

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Why Should You Go to a Bridal Show When You’ve Already Got Pinterest?

blog-Great-Bridal-Expo-PromoWhat is your wedding theme and color? Have you chosen a venue yet? How big is your wedding? What stationery are you using? Have you picked your cake or flowers? Are you taking dance lessons? Handing out party favors? Where are your in-laws staying? Have you thought about the food? What is the style and color of your bridesmaids’ dresses? Who is doing your makeup? Brooch bouquet or natural flowers? Does all this stuff match your Save the Date cards!? Venues, and veils and Guests, OH MY! No one said planning one of the biggest days of your life would be easy, but we can help and you don’t have to go it alone.

blog-great-bridal-expo-pinterestIt’s time to make wedding planning easy! Dive deep into the world of wedding planning and have a great day with your bridesmaids looking at potential flowers, center pieces, gowns, and stationery for your wedding. There are a lot online and magazine resources to help you plan, but it can become difficult to keep it all organized. Have you spent hours on Pinterest, pinning up all your hopes and dreams for your wedding? But now what? Most links on Pinterest don’t even work and the stuff in the magazines is always over budget–am I right?

The Great Bridal Expo is easily one of the most popular bridal shows and it tours around the country. This year, the show kicked off in Washington, DC. What? It’s already happened? Keep calm. There are still more shows ahead!

Go Big this weekend in the Big Apple and in Philly! Or, swing by in October in the great city of Baltimore!

Yes, you can get help with all things wedding–from professionals! Your bridesmaids are invaluable, but when was the last time they designed the perfect stationery with exactly that one font with all the curlicues and in that particular color that matches your fiancée’s eyes? And, do you really trust them to pick songs for the DJ? Remember the chicken dance?

Bridal shows are also the place where you can win amazing things like wedding invitations valued at more than $100, center pieces and jewelry – heck, you can even get your nails done. Have a day with your bridesmaids and check out in person what really fits your style for your perfect big day.  Don’t get bogged down trying to stay afloat in this crazy wedding planning world. Pick a theme, pick a color, and pick a date!

Join experienced professionals this weekend or the next week! Win prizes and support from all kinds of specialty bridal stores. The professionals are here to make your day perfect. They are here to help make all your dreams come true.

Save Money With This Engagement Photo Trick

When it comes to planning your big day, there’s no denying you want to splash out on the dress, the flowers, and the champagne toast.  But if there are ways for you to save money without having to cut corners on your wedding, you’re willing to try them out.  After all, saving money on things like photo frames, favors, and decorations just means more money in your pocket (or money that could be spent on your gorgeous wedding gown!).

If you’re looking for neat little tricks that can help save you considerable cash, try this engagement photo trick courtesy of Save The Date For Less (www.savethedateforless.com).

The Power of an Engagement Photo Frame

At your wedding, your guests will only get to see you in formalwear.  While you can’t wait to hear the gasps and the clicks of cameras as you walk down the aisle in your gorgeous wedding gown, your guests will certainly be delighted by signs of your unique yet familiar personalities.  That’s why it’s such a fantastic idea to have your favorite engagement photo encased within a gorgeous frame and display that allows your guests to express their well-wishes to you and your new spouse.

Here’s how the engagement photo frame works.  In the middle of the frame is your favorite engagement picture, which features you and your now-spouse smiling out at your guests.  Surrounding this joyous picture is a display that your guests can actually write on.  There’s plenty of space for your guests to share their congratulations – so whether you’re hosting a wedding of 20 or 200, all of your guests will get a chance to write to their favorite new married couple.

Combining the gorgeous picture and display is a beautiful fancy frame that will certainly do justice to your wedding.  This frame can be placed on a display table next to your guest book, so your guests will know exactly where to sign their names and write their congratulations.

Best of all?  You can reuse this beautiful frame for your favorite wedding photo.  No need to spend even more money on a gorgeous frame – just pop out the display and replace the engagement photo and well-wishes with your new wedding photo.  It’s an efficient and enjoyable way to make your guests feel welcome at your wedding…

As well as help you save some money!

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How to Save Money on Your Engagement Photos

When it comes to planning your wedding, you want to watch every penny of you wedding budget possible.  After all, you don’t want to start your new life with your husband in debt – and you certainly don’t want to spend a great deal of money if it means sacrificing on your honeymoon!

That’s why many people tend to forgo engagement photos in favor of saving a few hundred dollars in the wedding budget. While this can certainly go towards a few additional dinner plates at the reception – or even on getting a designer-label wedding dress – there’s no denying that your engagement photos represent a special time in your life.  It’s the moment when you and your sweetheart are starting off on an incredible journey together – and this moment should be preserved forever.

If you want to enjoy the experience of engagement photos but don’t want to blow your wedding budget, here’s how to save money on your engagement photos:

  1. Find a photographer that will offer a discount if you hire him or her for both engagement and wedding photographs.  Photographers offer combined discounts because it means they’ll have steady work.  This discount also means you can enjoy the unique experience of having engagement photos without worrying that you’re spending too much of your wedding budget.
  1. Consider having a talented friend take engagement photos for you.  Since engagement photos are more casual than wedding photos, this means you can have a family member or friend take over for a professional photographer.  Be sure to offer the friend or family member compensation for the time they take out of their day.  A cash payment or a nice gift is a great way to thank them for all their hard work and effort.
  1. Finally, be sure to use your engagement photos on your save the date cards and throughout your wedding reception.  This is a great way to make the most of your engagement photos, which means you’ll save a significant amount of money in the long run.  For example, you could use your engagement photos as a backdrop for your save the date card.  You could also incorporate your engagement photos in your wedding reception.  Have guests write their congratulations and well wishes on a mat surrounding a blown-up picture of you and your fiancé.  You can frame the picture later as a special remember of the precious time when you were engaged to the love of your life.

Be sure to use these special tips to save money on your engagement photos! Also, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get FREE return address printing! Hurry, this deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Engagement Photos: Should You Have Them?

When it comes to throwing the kind of wedding your friends and family members will be talking about for years, there’s no denying you and your sweetheart will have to spend a great deal of money.  With this in mind, it’s no wonder you’re considering cutting some things out of the budget, including engagement photos.  Since an engagement photo session can easily run past the $1,000 mark (even the $2,000 mark, depending on where you live), you and your fiancé figure you can put that money towards a few extra dinner plates at the reception.

However, don’t let the idea of saving a few extra dollars stop you from enjoying engagement photos.  There are plenty of ways you can incorporate engagement photos into your wedding without paying extra.  So if you and your fiancé are debating about having engagement photos, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Engagement photos are sweet, sentimental, and far more casual than traditional wedding photos.  This is why so many couples opt to use their engagement photos as backdrops for save the date cards and magnets.  It’s a great way to personalize these cards as well as let the world know how in love you are.

Using your engagement photos for save the date cards and magnets is incredibly easy.  If the company is online (like www.savethedateforless.com), all you have to do is upload the photo of your choice to the website, order your ideal number of cards, and type in personal information for the cards.  Your save the date cards will be ready before you know it – and you might even save a significant amount of money as opposed to going to a traditional printer!

  1. Your engagement photos can also be used as a really cool way for your guests to wish you and your now-husband a happy life together.  To do this, simply send your favorite engagement photo to a photo lab (www.mimosadigital.com can help).  Have the lab use the photo to create a mat or a larger picture that can be placed on a prominent table during the reception.  While you and your honey take wedding pictures, your guests will be able to sign the mat with their well-wishes.  Take this picture home after the wedding to enjoy a truly amazing memento courtesy of your engagement photos!

Engagement photos represent a special time in your life – so be sure to enjoy them! You’ll also enjoy saving money on your save-the-dates. Remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get FREE return address printing! Hurry, this deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!