Wedding Woes? 3 Tips that Make Wedding Planning Easier!

3 Tips that Make Wedding Planning Easier!

 Congratulations! You’re engaged to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with! You’re overjoyed with love and happiness until you remember you have a wedding to plan.

At first, you’re excited. You get to plan a big party celebrating everlasting love. However, if you’re like most individuals, you become overwhelmed with venue details, color patterns, flower arrangements, food, and the list goes on and on. In fact, more than 96% of individuals admit wedding planning is extremely stressful.

If you’re feeling stressed and worn out planning the “best day of your life,” try following these three simple tips:

Set a Budget and Stick to It

Did you know that the average wedding costs $28,386.00? This number only increases every year. Before you even consider a venue, dress, or even the invitations, set a budget and STICK TO IT. Knowing your budget will help you plan how much money you want to spend in certain areas and prevent financial stress. Are planning on spending $5,000 on your dress? Maybe you should DIY your centerpieces. This will help you will prevent exceeding your funds.

Go to Bridal Expos and Buy Wedding Planner Booklets

Attend bridal expos! It’s a lot of fun. These shows also give you ideas for your big day. At a Bridal Expo, you’ll have opportunities to win an all expense paid honeymoon, wedding dress, and so much more. You’re also given the chance to purchase wedding planner “planners.” These booklets help keep your wedding planning organized, with different sections dedicated to seating arrangements, invitations, venue, bridesmaids, and other important aspects of the wedding.

Remember Why…

Wedding planning is stressful and there isn’t much you can do about it. When you find yourself worrying about throwing the ideal wedding, remember why you’re doing it. Your wedding is a celebration of your union with the love of your life. There is nothing more perfect or beautiful than that.

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50 Things You Could Do On a ‘No Spend’ Weekend

50-Things-You-Could-Do-On-a-‘No-Spend-WeekendSaving money isn’t always easy but having a ‘no spend’ weekend can really make a difference. A ‘ no spend’ weekend means you go a whole weekend without spending any money.

(Ad) Loan providers, Morses Club, have put together a list of 50 things you could do on a ‘no spend’ weekend to help you cut back:

With the family

  1. Watch your favourite films together
  2. Check out any free museums or art galleries in your area
  3. Visit the library
  4. Go ‘camping’ in your living room or back garden
  5. Build fortresses, pirate ships or secret hide-outs using tables, chairs and sheets
  6. Put on a talent show or play
  7. Take the children to the local playground
  8. Teach your children a new skill
  9. Go for a picnic at the local park, beach or in your back garden
  10. Play board games or have a video game tournament
  11. Read a book together
  12. Do a car boot sale
  13. Make homemade greeting cards
  14. Have a family ‘disco’ in your front room
  15. Have a craft night making use of old toilet roll tubes, cereal boxes, magazines and plastic bottles
  16. Draw or paint together and create ‘works of art’ for your family ‘gallery’
  17. Make a scrapbook full of family photos or pictures cut from magazines
  18. Play hide and seek
  19. Go berry picking and make a pie or crumble

Have some ‘me’ time

  1. Binge-watch your favourite TV show or box set
  2. Complete surveys online
  3. Write a wish list or ‘bucket list’
  4. Plan your meals for the next week or fortnight
  5. Investigate your family tree
  6. Clean or rearrange your house or garage
  7. Do a puzzle, word search or crossword
  8. Read a book
  9. Write a poem, story, diary or blog
  10. Learn a language or new skill using online videos
  11. Have a pamper day- run a relaxing bath, light some candles and give yourself a facial, manicure or pedicure
  12. De-clutter and sell all your unwanted or unused clothes, books, DVDs and other items
  13. Write a letter or email to a friend
  14. Create a YouTube video of you showing off a talent or sharing top tips

Get together with friends

  1. Invite friends to bring food items and do a cooking challenge, creating a meal from the random selection of ingredients
  2. Get friends to bring all the clothes they don’t wear and host a clothes swap
  3. Visit a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while
  4. Start a book club
  5. Have an ‘entertainment swap’ with a friend- loan each other books, films or box sets you enjoyed

Do something in the community

  1. Visit an area of your town or city that you have never been to before
  2. Go litter picking around your local neighbourhood
  3. Find like-minded people nearby with websites such as ‘Meetup
  4. Find free events in your local area through websites like ‘Eventbrite’
  5. Volunteer as a steward at a local sporting event or volunteer at a charity

Get active

  1. Go running
  2. Take a dog for a walk- if you don’t own one, then ask a friend or neighbour if you can walk theirs
  3. Do some yoga
  4. Play football, rounders or other team games at the local playing fields with friends and their families
  5. Weed the garden, cut the grass or trim the hedges
  6. Go for a bike ride
  7. Walk or hike in local parks or nearby countryside

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your ‘no spend’ weekend. Saving money gives you some protection for when those unexpected costs crop up.

Fun Family Outings

Fun-family-outing-places-to-go-and-things-to-doHaving a family is one of the most rewarding things most people will ever do, but it’s not exactly financially rewarding. Put another way, it can get really expensive really fast. It’s also normal to want to go out as a family and enjoy the outdoors at a festival. It’s way too easy to sit around at home and watch Netflix so getting out of the house and bonding in a new way can do wonders for the family dynamic. The trick is finding something that’s fun enough to justify the cost. There are activities that are pricey enough for one person. When you send four or five people, it can feel downright ridiculous. 

Sporting events

Sporting events are generally considered a safe, reliable source of entertainment for everyone from ages 5 to 95. Nothing about a football game involves a lot of cursing or sex (though there is some violence in the tackling). You don’t have to read reviews of a football game beforehand to make sure that the kids won’t be exposed to anything unsavory. Sure, there may be drunk, loud sports fans sitting behind you or around you, but there are drunk and unruly people in lots of places. It’s best to avoid them otherwise you may find yourself needing the help of a personal injury attorney. Want to avoid this and have the best time possible? Look for Family Fun Nights that offer discounted concession items or merchandise giveaways. Be flexible when looking at games to attend, too. Maybe bring the whole family to a college baseball tournament in Lansing, MI or look to the calendar for when the best team in your favorite sport comes to town.  Of course, some teams will always be big-time box office draws, like the Patriots or Yankees. You can still buy Yankees tickets for the family, of course, but be smart on timing so that you don’t have to spend an exorbitant sum. 


For decades, families have been loading up the station wagon or SUV and heading to the local cinema. Every year, studios release dozens of movies aimed squarely at cornering the family movie market, and they’ll keep doing that as long as people keep showing up. People are still showing up, but a bit more begrudgingly. Ticket prices are going up. If each adult ticket costs $12 and the kid tickets cost only a bit less, a family of five can easily drop $50 on tickets alone. Then you get to the concession stand and find that a bag of popcorn is $12, and nachos are $10, if not more. To lessen the impact on your wallet, look for matinee showings, especially if your kids are younger and don’t have a ton of experience sitting in front of a screen for two hours in public. Some movie chains offer rewards programs that can also soften the blow a bit. Popcorn-movie-party-entertainment

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Tips for an Unforgettable Anniversary

When you got married, you were probably googly-eyed and madly in love. Hopefully, you’re still madly in love, but you’re no longer googly-eyed. You’ve woken up to the real world–marriage is hard work. It takes effort, education, and a lot of unselfishness. No one can walk into a marriage, not do any work, and expect things to go well. Now that you know how it works, however, you wouldn’t change it for anything. With every passing year, you realize that that dose of extra work is what makes it feel so worthwhile. We love the things we put effort into, and you adore both your spouse and your relationship with them. 

Celebrating an Anniversary

If your anniversary is coming up, you may be in the midst of plans. An anniversary is typically a time to slow down, get romantic, and get nostalgic about your relationship thus far. If you and your spouse could use a relationship boost, or you just want to celebrate how well things are going this year, take some time out to really celebrate your anniversary.


To really experience success on your anniversary, don’t keep one eye on your phone. For the afternoon or weekend that you spend celebrating your marriage, really get work, kids, and other life stresses out of your system. You may need to spend several days before the date talking out some of your life frustrations with friends, so that you’re not burdened with those feelings when you’re trying to focus on your spouse. Make your time together all about each other, and make sure you’ve been connecting steadily in the weeks leading up to your trip–otherwise your time alone could suddenly turn into time to resolve issues! Relax and unplug from life together, visiting a resort and spa, wandering through nature, or enjoying a beautiful meal.

Try Something New

You might be stuck in a rut when it comes to anniversaries–same dinner, same restaurant, every year. If you need to spice things up, try something radically different. Fly to Florida: try a new restaurant, like a seafood and crabhouse, and try new food–it’s never too late to try squid! Get out of your rut by doing the things you used to do when you were dating, or trying something together you’ve never tried before. Getting away is only one of the ways you can shed a new light on your marriage, and an escape from normalcy might be exactly what you need.

Pick for Your Spouse

You might know exactly what you want to do for this anniversary. It might not, however, be what your spouse would most enjoy. Don’t be afraid to be the one who loves the most–if you can do it with a good attitude (aka not an entitled attitude–he or she probably doesn’t want to pay for your generosity later!) then try to pick a dinner date, weekend trip, or couples activity that really blesses your spouse. Starting with their needs can really get the date off to a good start.

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