Bling Bling Wedding on a Budget

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Weddings are a beautiful representation of a couple’s love. In planning for that special day however sometimes expenses can get out of hand. Couples desire to have a champagne wedding but sometimes can’t afford the price tag associated with it. In today’s economy it may seem that having a wedding on a budget may be impossible. However sticking to some basic guidelines you will be able to have the wedding of your dreams and still have money in your pocket.

• Cut out things that are not tangible. Put money into items that will last beyond your special day.
• Look for decorating items that are able to be recycled. Candles add beauty to a centerpiece and can be incorporated into your home decor after your big day.
• Attend wedding shows. This is a wonderful way to get money saving ideas as well as enter giveaways for free prizes.
• Network with friends who have been married. They will have wonderful suggestions and might be able to steer you to vendors who can save you money but still give you the wedding of your dreams.
• Check out outlet stores for savings. This is a wonderful way to stretch your budget.
• Have a plated meal at the reception. Buffets tend to be more expensive and increase the cost of your reception.
• Having an open bar will increase the cost of your reception by at least 25%. Consider giving out drink tickets to guest. You will still be giving them some drinks but this will control your cost.

Following a few guidelines will give you a beautiful blinged out wedding on a budget. You will still have a day to remember and money left over.
Here’s to hoping your day is an elegant affair
Best Wishes
Nicole C. Bell
Elegant Affairs by Nicole

Evening Attire Cocktail and Event Attire for Men

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We are long overdue on the subject of proper former cocktail party attire.  Never fear suggestions are here.   With some help Men’s Style and All That Jazz and

If you know for a fact that the event in question is extremely formal, then you’reactually in luck because you’ll know exactly what type of Byron_in_tux_smallclothes you should be wearing. Most formal occasions, such as charity dinners, association events or galas, require black tie dress. Don’t veer away from this social norm; doing so will cause you to stand out poorly in a sea of smart suits. READ MORE

Men’s Style and All that Jazz states:

I know you see guys on the red carpet wearing these fine tuxedos and society feeds the notion that tuxedos are formal. Tuxedo’s are Semi formal evening attire, dinner attire, dress attire but not formal attire. Formal attire for day time is the Morning Jacket also known as Cutaway Jacket with Hickory Striped Pants. Properly it would be adorned with spats, patent leather shoes, ascot and vest. This is the perfect wedding attire.


Bohemian Wedding Table Settings

Just get a load of the creative expressions of the Bohemian wedding.

Below, Towering red, pink, and purple centerpieces by Penny Blooms Floral Design added pops of color against the brilliant purple tablecloth. Completing the look, tall candlesticks surrounded the floral centerpieces for a touch of romance.


Destination Weddings Part I: The Bahamas

Tony Jones said it best when he sang love is in the air, June is the month for amour and weddings. If you’ve recently gotten engaged there are many things on your mind, what type of dress is the bride going to wear? What is the color scheme? And where are the nuptials to take place?

Destination weddings are becoming very popular, but before the big day in the Caribbean, Europe, or another foreign country there are some things you must consider. Holly Blackett, Director of Romance-Destination Weddings, & Honeymoons shares her expertise on destination weddings with MCCNs readers and what you need to do before you say I Do.


Rimes/Cibrian Celeb Wedding Reception Includes Heritage Foods

According to People Magazine Country Music star LeAnn Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian included foods which celebrated both of their heritages.

The southern belle, Rimes had fried Macoroni Cheese balls on the menu (SEE RECIPE).

Although, reared in California’s San Fernando Valley, both of Cibrian’s parents are of Cuban descent so he had Black beans and Plantains on the menu.

Frijoles Negros Cubanos con Plátanos or Cuban Black Beans with Plantains Recipe

Weddings: International Jumping the Broom Tradition

Jumping the Broom is a tradition that is used universally to signify the commitment between a marriage couples. Let’s explore the history and how different cultures jump over the broom.

The European Tradition: Jumping over the broom during a wedding is a centuries-old tradition in European culture. There are several variations of the ceremony among the Welsh, Celtic, Druid and the Romani people. Although the actual origin of this tradition is in debate, Wales was the first known place where jumping over the broom during a wedding occurred. The Romani Gypsies were considered the people who started the broom jumping custom. (READ MORE -African American Tradition)

Inside the Royal Wedding Menu-Prince William & Kate

THE 650 royal wedding guests who have been invited to Buckingham Palace for the reception after the royal wedding next week shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about which fork to pick up for the fish course. That’s because they are probably not going to be served any courses at all.

At the lunchtime reception, Queen Elizabeth is expected to lay out a modest spread of Champagne, wedding cake and two-bite appetizers, or canapes. While the kebab shops close to Buckingham Palace may welcome post-reception drop-ins from hungry alcohol-fueled guests, others have wondered at the decision to welcome diplomats and heads of state with finger food. READ MORE

Irish Weddings Traditions

Article by Bridget Haggerty-There are so many other traditions, customs and just an incredible amount of folklore to draw upon, that it would be remiss to be of Irish descent and not take advantage of all the possibilities. Here are just a few ideas culled from what eventually has become a 200-plus page book called ‘The Traditional Irish Wedding’ and it is now available in the United States and will be released in Ireland this spring. As complete as I could make it, the book covers attire, decor, menus, recipes, music, toasts, vows, and perhaps of most value, a resource listing that will help you find everything from Irish wedding gowns and tiaras to sheet music for a Celtic Mass. (Click to See Listing of Traditons and Hear the Irish Wedding Song)

Latin Wedding: Menu Planning & Traditions

Photo By Armando Estrada

For the history and traditions of Latin Weddings, there is a great website called Worldly Weddings. If you ever find yourself stepping outside the box of your cultural traditions or marrying inter-culturally then Wordly Weddings is the place to go on the web for various cultural norm info.

The Latino wedding reception is family oriented and festive. For the bridal couple’s first dance, guests will gather in a heart-shaped ring at the reception around the couple. Salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, and samba music add a festive Latin flare to the reception. For appetizers, try pasteles, Puerto Rican meat patties, or empanadas, Colombian pastries stuffed with meat and vegetables. Spanish tapas make perfect appetizers. Other must-have dishes include rice and beans, paella, arroz con pollo or chicken with rice, and fried plantains. READ MORE