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

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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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http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/romance-and-honeymoons/articles/2013s-most-romantic-honeymoon-destinations

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 😛 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 😛 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 😛

Happiest weekend to all!

Wedding Theme: Old Hollywood Couture

Hello Hello to my lovely brides and bloggers,

Jess here, hoping all is well in the land of wedding! I have some great news to start off with, I’m very happy to announce one of Visuelle’s very own models and one of my very good friends, is engaged! Shout out to Ashley S. on her engagement! I’m super stoked about this personally because she has asked me to stand up in her wedding as her maid of honor, and let me tell you! After working with the wedding industry for a little over a year now, I am so excited to get to put my knowledge to work and help her plan what’s going to be a fabulous wedding!

Like some of the previous blogs I’m going to start this one off with a ring! 🙂 I feel it fits the theme beautifully and it is very glamorous! This is Ashley’s ring, her fiance had it custom made! The center stone was Ashley’s grandmothers diamond on her wedding band. It’s so unique and gorgeous, perfect for the bride! 🙂

Now you must keep in mind this theme can be very subtle or very very dramatic. You have to keep it classy and colours are a really good way of doing that! Subtle greys with black and white! So glamorous, I can see it now! For sure this must be a black tie event as well! Think Marilyn Monroe..

Now every celebrity (and bride) needs to ride up in style, can you imagine showing up to your wedding in this gorgeous 1948 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce? One day, that will be me walking out of this car. I seriously fell in love with the idea the first time I saw this!

But wait! In order for anyone to see this spectacular moment, they need to be invited don’t they?? Well this classic invite is sure to catch the attention of your guests in all the right ways!

Once I saw this dress I was in love with everything about it for this theme, To bring a touch of modern style as well you could get something similar maybe without sleeves. Love the flowing lines of it!

Although these gowns don’t necessarily go with the one above, I’m sure there would be plenty that would. Just think for some fabulous bridesmaid dresses! Holy man, talk about making a statement. And I’m all for making sure the bride sticks out the most so these dresses could go either way, for the party or for the bride, it really depends on the type of girl the bride is! I’m just so in love with these! 😀

Now I realize some of you are probably like, what on earth is she thinking suggesting those as bridesmaids dresses!!! And I’ll tell you, I’m thinking I’ve been watching a little too much of David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding! That’s what! & I think he’d be proud of me, those dresses are killer! But, for the less dramatic of you out there, here are more stunning options more up the bridesmaids alley, but still super chic and old Hollywood!

Now add a bouquet that is sure to stun and bam! A beautiful bride that no one is soon to forget! I really love the incorporation of the brooches in this bouquet as well as the feathers! I don’t think you could have a Old Hollywood style wedding without some killer antique brooches and ostrich feathers! This next bouquet is just stunning with the simplicity of the black and white.

So I just want you all to know how much I absolutely LOVE this hair inspiration! It’s modern, yet completely classy and timeless. The different brooches in the hair are stunning as well. Some bling never hurt a bride! 😉

These shoes…well. Fabulous and just the right amount of sparkle for the old hollywood bride, they come in a variety of colors, I especially love the blue…one less thing off your bridal check list!

Now that our bride (and possibly our bridesmaids) are beautified! It’s off to the reception! These table decorations are sure to inspire quite the look for your wedding. I don’t think there could ever be too many feathers used, but I suppose I could be proven wrong! I’ll just have to leave that to the pros!

And another look just for fun…The table cloth in this one is divine!Now the yummiest part of the night! The cake! 🙂 If you are not aware, I plan to start going to school for culinary arts in the fall, and the cakes are probably one of my most favorite aspects of any wedding! They double as a stunning focal point and a delicious dessert! Nothing better than that, I say! This particular cake is so modern but the simpleness of it is truly timeless! The giant gems on top are beautiful as well.

Lastly I’m going to leave you with a cute inspiration board I found, I really enjoy the bow tie and think the men should all be wearing these! Really c0mpletes the look! Hope you enjoyed another installment of my vision of stunning wedding themes! Find these images and more on my pinterest. Along with all of the credit information!
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Happy blogging 🙂

Wedding Tips

Hi Hi Brides and Bloggers!!

Finally, another installment for all of you lovelies! This time around I have put together a few tips to keep in mind while planning your wedding and for the day of your wedding. So here you are! This is your night, soak it all in! Don’t try to be the entertainer the entire night either, enjoy every moment of it!

Trust me, Photobooth will be the best way to spend your money, you could seriously spend all night in there!!! haha, But, don’t hog it, and don’t miss the rest of the party! (Remember as well to make sure the photobooth you choose has Awesome props!)

This will actually help your DJ out a lot and it will take the pressure of trying to please everyone off your shoulders, since they will tell you exactly what they want!

If you don’t make a big deal about anything, no one will know it was missing besides you….think of a singer messing up the lyrics to a song no one else knows, unless they make a funny face or scream about it 😛 The secrets safe!

Getting the ideas from them on the RSVP will help you with this a lot!

If you are trying to plan things too far out you’ll just cause yourself to do more work, choose vendors about a year in advance, pick a date and work from their. Hopefully your vendors know the drill and will guide you through it. Include those who want to be (unless they’re overbearing and too opinionated-don’t stress yourself out more than you will be) Including friends will help make it fun and share the responsibilities, keeping you happy and stress free! No Bridezillas please! 😛

Take pictures and include them in the binder, including all of the choices…then in 20 years you’ll be able to say “what the hell was I thinking” Or, wow, I was awesome at this wedding stuff!

It also gives you some cute photo options you wouldn’t have available if you were to wait until the ceremony to see one another, like cute sneaking up on one another, first glance pictures! Great facial expressions to be caught on camera!

Seriously, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen umbrella pictures and they are freaking adorable!! Picture some super cute rain boots included…ahhh! It makes me want to run out in the rain – if only it were raining right now….

hehe, this one is slightly silly, but for real, there are some pretty awesome things you can do with corks!

The dreaded toast! Hopefully has been made slightly easier. Also, keep it 1-3 minutes long, you don’t want to bore anyone and kill the mood. And keep it PG people, there will most likely be children and conservative grandparents…no need to bring up a horribly embarrassing memory! And last tip, gathered from observing in the “field”…make sure your toast story…is about the correct person! haha, nothing worse than telling a story about your sons wife to find out its the wrong girl…opps!

If you want the Perfect dress, give yourself ample time for it to come! Or you might end up settling for more reliable options. and we don’t want that.

Not much else to say about this, your ladies should want to keep you happy but don’t be completely selfish, keep them happy and comfortable and there’s one less thing that could cause a problem later!

But keep in mind, you should be getting a french or American manicure. Funky colors are in right now but ten years down the road you might look at it and think, what on earth was going through my eccentric little head!

There’s plenty more where that came from as well! We have a whole other blog just about the wedding kit, check it out for more detailed tips!

Hope you all enjoyed my words of wisdom…gathered from all sorts of various web pages. Keep  watching for more Wedding day themes! More fun to come!

Love and rainbows to all the brides out there!
Jess- out 🙂

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Diamond Jewelry Up for grabs? Only at Visuelle Productions March bridal show!

Hey Brides! Visuelle Productions Spring Wedding Spectacular is coming soon! Before you know it, we’ll be over with St. Patricks day and on to the show! We’re hosting 65 of the area’s top wedding vendors who are ready to dazzle you with everything new and exciting for your special day. Meet with these fine companies face to face, see, feel and taste their products (lots and lots of cake, people!) Spend the day and let them help you make your wedding plans a breeze. There will be spectacular display’s of cakes, gowns, DJ’s, photographers, floral arrangements, invitations, romantic honeymoon destinations, and more for you to choose from.

Enjoy the professionally produced Fashion Shows at 11:30 am and 2:30pm featuring 5 area bridal salons. Special entertainment prior to the fashion shows and throughout the day. Between the fashion shows the bridal salons will be available to let you view or even try on a gown that was in the show and caught your eye.

The GRAND PRIZE is a magnificent LeVian Chocolate Diamond Pendant Necklace, valued at over $5,000.00 from A&E Jewelers.

A complementary one year subscription to Bride Magazine is included in the show admission, simply by signing in. The first 200 brides will receive a matching wedding band set valued at over $600.00. Every bride will receive a gift bag full of fabulous treasures.

Tickets available only at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center ticket office, bring your groom for FREE.

While at the show, text: Visuelle to 55678 to register with Visuelle Productions to receive a fabulous treat!

Hope to see you all there, this is an event you wouldn’t want to miss so pack your cars full of loved ones and come spend the day with us!

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