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Next week I’ll be taking an inside look on what a florist goes through to prepare for a wedding. I’ll also look into the pros and cons between using real or artificial flowers.  

I’ll have a video interview for you to take a look at so be sure to check back next week. 

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Budgeting tips

Everybody wants to have their dream wedding and there’s practical ways to do it. I spoke with three women to get their advice on being practical while planning their days. Two are already married and one will walk down the aisle April 5. Each had some helpful advice for other young brides.

Each of the three women had a favorite detail that just happened to double as a money saver. Fun fact – Dayna was married on campus at Purdue Christian Campus House during her senior year as a Boilermaker.

Taleitha Selby
Eaton,  Ohio

I loved that The reception had a sitting area where you could relax away from the dance/tables and chairs. And that there were scrapbooks of micah and i for people to look at. Do i specifically remembering enjoying those things? No, honestly I only remember dancing and drinking some good wine with good friends!  I did not plan these things for my wedding, but I liked them and thought it was unique. Also, one thing I did plan was an ice cream bar and I liked it.

Brandy Bowen 
Richmond, Indiana

My favorite detail, besides my handsome soon to be hubby of course, is that we will be doing a different kind of ceremony where the guests will be sitting at tables instead of rows (the reception and ceremony are in the exact same spot – so this saved us from having to set up and tear down.) The tables will already be decorated for the ceremony.

Dayna Taube
Houston, Texas

One of my favorite details about my wedding was out of our six groomsmen four played the guitar so those four where able to practice before hand and play our processional music as well as a few songs during our ceremony and our recessional music as well. Not only was this extremely memorable and meaningful for both my husband and I but it was also a great money saver since we did not have to hire any specific musicians.

The three also gave tips on budgeting. Each mentioned the necessity of shopping around and two even suggested hiring a wedding planner – even if it’s a friend. 

Taleitha

PLAN AHEAD. ORGANIZE. Find out what you want early on (and make room for changes) and try your best to take the time (if you have it) to research different options. Also, if you want something at your wedding that you have dreamed of since you were 5 years old (like a purple wedding cake-or a hummer limo) by all means put more money towards that! You wont regret it. You will regret skimpping out on that something later … Trust me I know. We decided to try and save some money on photography and not that I had awful photos but I really would have liked to have had really nice photos and videography … Micah and I saved a TON on food (and decor for that matter) because the lady who did it went to his church and cut us a huge discount.

Brandy

Get everything on sale, there is no reason to pay full price. Hobby Lobby has half off wedding stuff every other week, and then the off weeks everything else is on sale, like candles. Also, try to make things or have others help you make things.

Dayna

My biggest budgeting tip for a soon-to-be bride is SHOP AROUND. It is amazing what kind of deals you can find, especially online. I will say staying on a budget is extremely time consuming but very rewarding when you find a great deal. I was able to go try on bridal gowns in the store, and when I found one I loved I got fitted for it and ended up ordering it online saving me hundreds. This might not be the most polite way to shop but when you get married while in college and are on a strict budget, you do what you have to do to get a great deal. I also ordered my bridesmaids dresses online, resulting in about a $100 price decrease from the store per dress. Additionally, I was able to get my shoes for free for attending a Bridal Fair and many companies offer the grooms tux for free if you rent the groomsmen tuxes from that same company. Make sure you are doing your research before spending any money.

What are some of your money saving tips?

Wedding favors

I’m sure most people like donuts but I’m not sure how many of them would actually give them out as wedding favors.

Buzzfeed put together a list of 42 wedding favors your guests will actually want to take home. I agree with a few – a S’mores kit, coffee beans, cookie cutters, and sunglasses for an outdoor wedding. Some seem a bit silly, though – a tote bag, water bottle and classy hangover kit.

What are your favorites on the list?

Would you play a game on your phone where you could plan your virtual dream wedding? Let’s be honest, I probably would.

There’s a company Switzerland-based company investing $5 million to make the game a reality for consumers by 2014. The app will be primarily aimed toward wedding suppliers but people who want to plan a dream wedding – for real or for fun – will be able to utilize the app as well.

The game is planned for reveal in 2013. For more on the app, read here. 

This was really cute (and awkward)

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I always wondered how much news anchors rely on their teleprompters … and now I know.

One anchor from Huntsville, Ala., Jillian Pavlica, was goofed into reporting her own marriage proposal as breaking news. Her boyfriend then came onto the set and popped the question. After much nervous and giddy giggling and crying, she said yes. That guy knew what he was doing.

Check out the Fox 54 video.

I thought it was really cute how her colleagues exited the set. Cleary, it was well-planned. As for her reaction, did anyone else notice that she had her hand held out for him to put the ring on before she even said yes? Best wishes to the couple.

I also checked out the comments on the link. Obviously, “Ron Burgundy” had something to say about it, but one commenter was angered by the proposal being reported as breaking news,

“Seriously? What a waste of air time — and to frame it as ‘breaking news’, completely inappropriate. Isn’t anyone in charge there?
I’m happy for this couple, but dude should propose on his own time — not the viewers’ time.”

What do you think about the proposal?

Spring break

Spring break begins this weekend for me so I will be taking a week off from blogging. I didn’t want to leave you hanging so I’ve created a list of the best wedding movies for you to watch on your own time.

Here is my countdown with additional honorable mentions at the end.

5) Sweet Home Alabama – This is one of my favorite movies ever.
Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey star in the movie about a New York socialite who falls back  in love with her estranged husband in Alabama.

4) Wedding Crashers – Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams. Enough said, right?

3) The Princess Bride – This movie from the late ’80s has an abundance of perfect one liners.
It’s inconceivable not to watch.

2) Father of the Bride – In this early ’90s heart warmer Steve Martin and Diane Keaton plan their only daughter’s unexpected wedding in their own home and Martin’s character has a hard time letting go.

1) My Big Fat Greek Wedding – A Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) with a large, proud Greek family falls in love with a non-Greek man (Michael Constantine) and slight insanity ensues within her family.
Sara Cook, a Purdue student, said this is her favorite wedding movie because it isn’t as superficial as most romantic comedies.

Her favorite part is when the bride’s father gives a speech about the two families at the wedding reception – he compares one to an apple and another to an orange based on what their family names mean in Greek, but in the end, stated they’re all just fruit.

For the honorable mentions, check out: The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses, Made of Honor, Bridesmaids, The Hangover (Yes, it counts), Bride Wars, Maid in Manhattan, My Best Friend’s Wedding, It Takes Two, Runaway Bride, The Wedding Date, Mamma Mia, The Proposal, and The Bachelor.

A cake dress

How do you feel about a $9,000 dollar wedding dress? How about a $9,000 cake made to look like a dress?

The 6-foot tall cake was created by Fairtytale Cake Company, and more specifically, by baker Donna Millington. The cake had 17 layers of sponge cake and 17 pounds of buttercream frosting. It also used 7 pounds of jam, 224 eggs, 28 pounds of flour and butter, and 28 pounds of sugar. It can feed up to $2,000 guests.

For more details about the cake, see abc News’ food blog.

 

What the men think

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Erstwhile Jewelry Co.

The generally accepted recommended amount of money to spend on an engagement ring is three months of the man’s salary.

This seems like a pretty steep sum depending on what a man makes so I asked the opinion of some guys I know from Purdue, IU and Ball State.

The question was, “The standard amount recommended to spend on an engagement ring is three month’s salary. What do you think of the recommendation? Would you follow it? Why or why not?”

Here were their responses.

Daniel Thomson
Purdue University
Age 22

“I have heard that. I think that is a fair way to look at it. I don’t think you can put a price on somebody you love and if you love them it shouldn’t be a big deal to spend that type of money on them. With that being said, I think it works both ways. If you entirely can’t afford to spend that much money on a ring, your fiancé would definitely understand because they love you. But I’ve always been one that wants to go above and beyond so seeing the person’s reaction would definitely outweigh how much it cost.”

Gage Bentley
Indiana University
Age 21


“I think that’s completely arbitrary. Most people in this country earn hourly anyway. I would buy whatever ring I knew to be the right ring.”

Jacob York
Ball State University
Age 22

“I wouldn’t follow that because I don’t plan to marry a materialistic girl who cares about that sort of thing.”

Follow up question: “What do you think the most important part to picking the ring is?”

“Making my non-materialistic future wife happy.”

Blake Smith
Indiana University
Age 22

“I think the three-month rule of saving for an engagement ring is reasonable because it allows pretty much anyone the opportunity to get someone a really nice ring regardless of their income. While it may seem burdensome at the time it’s a lifelong investment into someone you profess to love.”

Anil Rao
Purdue University
Age 21

“In general, I think the the 3-month rule is a good idea. It seems a poor way to start a marriage giving your future wife an insufficient ring compared to some of her friends and family. At the same time, there are cases where this infeasible. If you for example have student loans, it may not be feasible. Furthermore, on the other end of the spectrum, if you are very wealthy and making say $1million dollars a year, it seems ridiculous to spend 250,000 on a ring, that kind of money could be used for a big down payment on a massive house.”

What are your thoughts on the standard?