Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

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When a woman gets engaged, she might immediately begin to plan her wedding in her head. She’ll dream about designer dresses, lush floral bouquets, fine dining, the best vendors and so forth. But, when it’s all said and done, she probably never envisioned just how expensive a wedding can be.

Every engaged couple deserves the very best on their wedding day and why not plan it the way they want? If you are worried that your dreams won’t come true because of high costs, here are some money saving tips that won’t compromise your dreams.

Reception:

Summer and fall weddings tend to cost the most so choose a spring or winter date.

If you don’t plan on getting married at a Church, holding the wedding and reception in one location will definitely save.

Friday weddings cost much less than Saturday ones.

Shop around just after a holiday for deals on unique centerpiece items.

Flowers:

Roses can cost a lot less than peonies and other out of season or exotic flowers.

Non-floral center pieces like lighted lanterns look amazing and cost a lot less.

Food and Drink:

You can opt out of a main course and offer appetizers and drinks instead.

Offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail rather than a full bar, which is very costly.

Comfort foods such as barbecue, macaroni and cheese or burger sliders are quite a hit.

Cake:

Fresh flowers are more cost efficient over sugar ones.

Exotic fillings are much more expensive and often not liked by guest.

Stationary:

Single page invitations can save you a lot on postage.

Print your own programs, menu cards, seating cards and thank you cards.

Source – http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/30-ways-to-save-money-on-wedding.aspx?MsdVisit=1

2013′s Best Honeymoon Locations

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Some couples can spend years planning their dream wedding while others do it in six months. Regardless of how long it takes you to say “I Do”, one of the most anticipated events for a newlywed couple is the honeymoon.

There are so many resorts and island destinations that offer newlyweds great deals for an unforgettable honeymoon. While the reception is suited for celebrating with family and friends, the honeymoon is special because it’s just the two of you in a romantic location.

The Travel Channel has provided a list of the 2013 top most romantic honeymoon spots around the globe.

The Maldives – these tiny islands evoke perfection. You can stay in your private over the ocean bungalow and soak your toes into the crystal clear water. Take a romantic walk on the tiki torch lined beach and enjoy a private dining experience in the sand.

Maui, Hawaii – this location is ideal for romance and adventure. The island boasts a stunning rainforest, volcano and white sandy beaches. Honeymooners can enjoy horseback rides along the spine of the volcano, a hike through the vistas of jungle or a swim under a beautiful waterfall.

Fiji – there’s much to do on these islands, but you could easily spend the day soaking up the sand on the beach. Jagged cliffs provide the perfect backdrop to midday picnics, swims in the ocean or cuddling under a cabana. Fiji is just gorgeous.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands – this island is on 8.5 miles long, which means you’ll get all of the intimacy and privacy you want. Surrounded by natural and secluded beaches, you will enjoy all of the simple comforts this island provides.

Italy – with beautiful history, a rich culture and all the romance in the world, Italy is a must-see. Whether meandering along the streets or being serenaded in a gondola, Italy is a most desirable places for honeymooners.

For more information about these locations and the resorts available for accommodations, feel free to read the complete article at http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/romance-and-honeymoons/articles/2013s-most-romantic-honeymoon-destinations.

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Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations

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Wedding destinations are trending right now. Visiting an exotic location to marry your best friend can be easier to plan, cost less than a traditional wedding and provide the most beautiful backdrops.

Huffington Post compiled a list of the top 10 wedding destination locations for upcoming brides and grooms to swoon over. With affordable all-inclusive packages, getting married at one of these gorgeous places is a reality.

The Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, Hawaii. In a classic setting, you can become Mr. and Mrs. at your custom oceanfront ceremony. The resort offers accommodations up to 500 guests.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Costa Rica. This resort is located on 1,000 acres of nature reserve and is the best solution for a “green” wedding.  This resort relies on renewable energy sources and is surrounded by lush rainforest.

Auberge Du Soleil Resort and Spa, Napa Valley, California. You get stunning views of wine country as well as world-class dining. This resort can accommodate up to 120 guests and you can get married at a nearby vineyard.

Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This resort provides all-inclusive packages, which means you can sit back and just relax. With white sandy beaches, privacy and gorgeous views, you can’t go wrong.

Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Both indoor and outdoor accommodations are available for the wedding. This resort offers pristine New England comfort in decor and food.

Turtle Beach Resort, Dover, Barbados. The biggest plus of this resort is if you stay for at least seven nights for your honeymoon, the wedding package is free! This resort is very romantic and offers sunset ceremonies.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Ceremonies can take place in lush gardens or under a beautiful gazebo. You can opt for a full band of musicians for your ceremony and the ultimate fine dining experience.

Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Florida. This resort is located on the largest private beach in Florida and offers outstanding views and backdrops for a wedding ceremony.

Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, Sorrento, Italy. The resort is situated near a stunning cliff, which provides the most romantic wedding pictures. The hotel itself is grand and breathtaking. The wedding planning staff is very accommodating as well.

Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara, California. Intimate ceremonies can be performed on the mountain-view patio or on the beach that’s located just a few feet away.

 

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A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows

A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows.

This pretty much says it all…Happy New Year!!!!

Wedding destination-Northwoods

Good morning WordPressians,

Today we are going to go to our own backyard in search of beautiful wedding inspirations. Many don’t realize it, but Wisconsin is the perfect destination wedding spot for those outdoorsy types and just for those who love beautiful views of lakes and landscapes!

A great place close to the Valley is the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh, WI. It’s so beautiful and the perfect place for any wedding!

Here is a great example of what could be done for the ceremony aisle. Somewhere with a wooded path this would be so gorgeous and just perfect for the fall season that is creeping up on us! The log benches are awesome as well, this is where it’s good to know someone who’s good with a saw ;) Another great northwoods ceremony idea could be on a lake front. In this beautiful green pasture with the white flowers scattered across the aisle, it’s so beautiful, simple and elegant. Surely a classic.

And even though it may possibly rain somewhere out here in Wisconsin, don’t let it cancel your parade! Have some sort of back up, whether its an over hang for the ceremony and umbrellas for the guests or a cozy barn with cute hay bale seats.  And don’t take for granted mother natures decisions. Take it for the great photo opportunity it is! We all know life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain!

Here’s an adorable head table. Any type of fruit that matches your color scheme would be super cute as a center piece like these lemons. They are so simple and yet fit the theme perfectly!  Using space scraps of wood to makes signs  all over is perfect as well, or if you have the option available to you, large piece of bark that have fallen off or birch bark. :)

Here’s a great way to decorate for the reception. Outside with a touch of class by hanging the chandeliers and the long cozy tables. I love the wooden table numbers.

This is another option for decorating tables for the reception. Very outdoorsy but a little more fancy that the last style. It really depends on what look you are going for. I especially love the draping of the crystals here.

This is so cute for a card table and sign in table. Have the guests each write and individual mini letter to the couple! The use of the old dresser is cute and can easily be incorporated into your outdoor wedding :)

I really really love this cake! The lines are super simple but the texture creates depth and the flowers are perfect. Any outdoor wedding could use a cake like this! So chic! The wooden base is also another great touch, just remember to put some sort of sheet down to protect the cake or use a butcher block sealant to make the wood food safe!

For an outdoor wedding, the bride must keep in mind the weather when she’s having her hair done. This style show below may not hold up well on a particularly windy day but it’s oh so cute! And who said no one loves a little windblown natural look anyway :P The addition of flowers in the hair would be perfect for the woodsy wedding too!

As well as the hair this dress is perfect for a northwoods wedding, the lace is simple and traditional and the flowing lines of the bottom of the gown are perfect for a warm summer day.

This next dress would be a lot heavier than the first but is still awesome for a northwoods fall wedding. If it’s cooler outside it would be perfect to keep you from freezing. Although if its scorching you may pass out :/ Make sure to keep in mind location and weather when picking out yours and the parties dresses and clothing options. You don’t want anyone super uncomfortable. The happier everyone is the less problems that are likely to occur. Meaning less to stress about the day of!

This is such a chic way to incorporate the blue into your wedding. Of course adding it to your shoes has been really popular and this shiny flat option is great, especially if you’re getting married outside in the grass…where heels may create a problem with your stability :P And the bouquet, with it’s combination of real flowers to the cloth flowers in bright blue is adorable and just adds the right about of Pop!

Just for fun here are some gorgeous rings that any Wisconsin bride is sure to love. This one has a really antique feel, as if it were to have been passed on from generation to generation. So classic and beautiful.

This men’s ring is a lot more modern than the women’s, but still fits with the theme. Not as flashy as some rings and I really think a lot of northwoods grooms would like this.

Just because I can, I through this in here! This is a perfect example of why Wisconsin would be an amazing place for anyone outside of the state to consider it as a destination wedding location! Just look at those fields of cranberries! Gorgeous, although I’m not quite sure how she plans to keep that dress after this, but as far as any trash the dress shoots I’ve seen goes, this one takes the cake! You can’t get shots like this just anywhere :) And I”m sure proud to say good ol’ Wisconsin is one of those places!

And as we part, here is a lovely shot of the couple going off to wherever life takes them. Or another option…a grand entrance into their ceremony. Either way, super cute and romantic. And perfect if you’re having your northwoods wedding on the river or lake front!

As you can see there are many wonderful options right out our backdoor! Why not take it for all it’s worth in it’s beauty! For more ideas and these pictures you can go to my Pinterest. Happy Wednesday to all! :)
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Wedding Noms (and by Noms, I do mean SWEETS!)

Hello blogging beauties!

Hoping all is well on this dreary Wednesday Wisconsin day. So I’ve been searching around, looking for inspiration for blogs, and I’ve come back to something I love. Food! Who doesn’t love food. It’s what sustains us and keeps us (ME) happy! Without food, well…we’d all be skeletons, and that just doesn’t seem fun. So today I thought I’d bring you some creative food ideas for weddings of all kinds.

Now depending on how rambunctious you are feeling the week before your wedding will determine if you really want to make these treats by yourself, or hire out all of your family and friends to help! (And by hire, I mean guilt them with your love into helping you create delicious memories!)  All joking aside, I’m sure someone out there would love to help!

For recipes go to my pinterest, and find these and more Noms under my Sweets and Noms board!

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They can also be found on Visuelle Productions Pinterest board, Wedding: Deliciousness!

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These delicious chocolate bowls would be a great started to have at any candy, fruit or ice cream bar, just make sure it’s a cool summers day so they aren’t melting all over! I really love how these are made with the balloons, so creative!

For instance, this fruit salsa would be an amazing addition to your chocolate bowls! Don’t you agree? The cinnamon chips are a nice touch though as well.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes. Super simple and oh, so delicious!

These dehydrated strawberries would be a cute favor for any spring or summer wedding, and are just like candy, they are so addictive!

  1. Halve or quarter the strawberries, depending on their size; place on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper;
  2. Dry in the oven for three hours at 100° C / 210° F.

Another thing that could be added to your “fruit bar” would be these simple fruit kabobs. Pretty self explanatory and a super sweet addition to any wedding food bar.

These next few items are something any wedding Can’t go without! Cake!! Yumm yum. This cake just has a slight spin on your more traditional wedding cake. These truffles are actually uncooked, eggless, cake batter balls. The balls are dipped in almond bark and topped with sprinkles. I seriously can not get enough of anything cake batter-y!!

These cake balls are actually cooked cake. I love the gorgeous red color of the red velvet, mixed with cream cheese frosting and dipped in chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate). This online recipe calls for a box cake, can of frosting and bark, I’d prefer to make the cake from scratch to really have control over it’s density and texture, but this is the much faster, more simple way. Both, tasty! Keep in mind there are tons of way to decorate cake balls, stick a lollipop stick in them and BAM! Cake pops! A hit at any wedding for sure.

For the super energetic bride out there, cupcakes are a delicious way to go, although I wouldn’t suggest you personally make these yourself for your special day, especially for a huge guest list!! They are still a great option for any wedding :)These lemon blueberry cupcakes would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding.  A super light fluffy flavor with the lemon and just the right amount of sweet with the blueberries, you can’t go wrong.

Something I’m sure the child in all of you will love, are these creative and cute popsicle ideas. Pretty easy, but make sure you have enough molds or cups for the amount of hungry guests you have. This is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day during an outdoor wedding.

This next one would be for the more health conscious bride because these are frozen yogurt pops with raspberries!

Like I said before, all of these recipes and the original blogs a lot of these came from can be found linked from my Pinterest, so make sure to check it out for some inspirational wedding food ideas! Now I’m hungry…off to find something tasty to snack on :P

Happiest weekend to all!

Wedding Theme: Summer Lovin’

Hello Blogging Beauties!

Jess here, offering you another installment of what I find to be beautiful wedding ideas! Side note: Model Your Brand and Visuelle just got back from Florida! There will be pictures up soon to showcase our trip, it was quite the adventure!

So this week I’ve decided to bring to you the fashions and ideas that are oh so popular for this summers/spring’s weddings. Got a little Grease going on with the Summer Lovin’! Old style is Hot right now and you will mostly see this in the cuts of dresses. Colours are going to be bright but mixed with pastels and they will speak volumes!

Here is a gorgeous canary diamond ring. I’m sure any bride would be thrilled to receive this huge diamond. Unless you are absolutely against beautiful things! Or are just really traditional…But none the less, a stunning start to the summer lovin’ idea.

Now we must dress our  bride and here are two different options that are stunning. The first option being a little more simple and classic. Clean flowing lines that would be great for an outdoor wedding in the middle of summer. Just enough bling to add some interest. The second is classic as well and a bit more traditional with some flair from the flower buds all over the gown. I love this ivory colour and really think it would go well outdoors for a more natural feel. The fit it beautiful as well and would be amazing on so many brides!

As for the hair and makeup for the bride, I would really base it on the weather and time frame. If it’s really humid and warm, I’d opt for an updo. It would give you more control over your hair and avoid any frizz! For a calm, beautiful day, flowing hair would be beautiful! If it got way too warm, you could always sweep it up into a loose updo for the reception.

These shoes would be stunning for any wedding, but I love this colour. The extra bling is certainly welcome as well! And not to mention, a pop of colour under the dress has become a huge trend this year and last. Making that colour blue just leaves one more thing checked off your to-do list!

Now you need to dress your lovelies that will be helping throughout your big day! Each of these are beautiful and once again, weather permitting you can go short, or longer for a cooler summers day. The tricky thing about planning a summer wedding is cooperating with the weather that you are unsure of. This colour would be amazing to brighten up any dull moments at your wedding. It adds so much fun!

Make sure to check periodically the week before the wedding and prepare for any unexpected wedding weather blunders. Grab some cute umbrellas for the party, just think of all the awesome photo opportunities that would be available! So just remember to embrace everything that is thrown your way. :)

Every bride (I’m sure!) is excited to have flowers at her wedding. These are great for summer and bring in beautiful pastels. Against the yellow in the bridesmaid dresses, this would be enough to pop but not over power! I love the boutonnieres as well, each a little different on the same palette of colours.

This centerpiece would go well with any summer wedding and the colours can be easily altered with different flower choices. The yellow is brilliant though!

Probably one of my favorite parts now, the Cake!!! Yum! Cake pops are a great alternative to the traditional tiers of cake and are just as delectable! Let me tell you, if you get the right baker, you will Not be disappointed! There are so many ways to decorate a table with them as well. Same goes for cupcakes, less of a mess for cutting. Each person already has their own individual cake! MMMMmmmmMMM :)

Now that you are full and in need of a thirst quencher, this table of drinks is a cute way to once again add more colour and offer a great variety for your guests. I would recommend putting these in a bed of ice though. Depending on how warm it is, but cold sangria is much more delicious!

Another way to cool off your guests would be to offer this dessert. Different sorbets or gelatos make a great alternative for people with allergies or that want a gluten free option. If you make that extra effort for your guests they’ll feel much more comfortable and your evening will be all that much more enjoyable!

And now, signing out with this  cute way to have your guests sign in with these whimsical corks. Although, you’d have to start drinking up right now, or contact your closest restaurant to start collecting those corks! (I’m already preparing for my wedding to come in the next 27 years…get the wine ready!) The beautiful purple from the different wine is awesome as well and very fitting! 

Hope this was enjoyed by all. We’ve now decided to separate our pinterests. One for Visuelle Productions, one for Model Your Brand and of course my personal. These will still be on my personal, but from now on I will include them in Visuelle’s so make sure to follow both and get the most ideas for your wedding! Happy Monday to all!
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