Who watched the Royal Wedding? Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle your wedding could take years and years of planning! But what’s next when the vows are said and the day is over? Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, we take a look at the costs that you’ll face after the wedding day, from starting a family to moving to a bigger home.
Starting a family
For many couples, having children is the next big step after marriage. In the US, the average time a couple waits between getting married and having a baby is three years. We started just before the wedding, but at that time it wasn’t meant to be.
It’s nearly eight years ago we got married. Not sure where that time has gone! People in our position are now starting to think about renewing their wedding vows for the ten year wedding anniversary. Most people like to do this abroad in exotic destinations like the Caribbean, Dominican Republic or Jamaica. That’s where I would love to do mine.
In fact by renewing your vows abroad, you can incorporate it into a second honeymoon. A relaxing holiday on the beach while re discovering your love for each other sounds like a dream. Why not have another special big day in your life?
As you all know I’m a huge fan of saving money online. Each time I want to buy something, whether it’s a birthday gift, something for baby girl, something for the house and garden or even clothes for myself, I check out my favourite voucher code sites. We made huge savings on a car seat for baby girl last year at Halfords using My Favourite Voucher Codes.
Now I’m on the look out for something special to wear for a couple of weddings coming up in the Spring. I’ve noticed Karen Millen has a wonderful selection of clothes for wedding guests, but of course they are slightly on the expensive side. Well you do pay for quality and the name I suppose. So because I have chosen Karen Millen as my retailer of choice, I want something that is timeless, where it can be worn in various other situations not just for weddings. I want to get my money’s worth out of it.
If you’re a fan of the inexplicably popular “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” then you’ve seen not only one, but two wedding proposals for the “bootylicious” Kim Kardashian, the one who started it all and by “all” we mean the multi-million dollar empire spawned by her mother Kris. For those of you with short memories, Kim was then best known as the daughter of O.J. Simpson’s lawyer, as Paris Hilton’s assistant, as Brandy’s “stylist,” or, even, as Olympian Bruce Jenner’s stepdaughter. In 2003, Kim and Brandy’s brother, Ray J made the controversial tape which was released in 2007. Kim sued, but thanks to a settlement – and momager Kris – she dropped the suit when she was offered $5 million…and so the story begins.
What you might not know about both of the proposals is that despite Kim’s questionable acting skills – she was not surprised. In fact, the wedding proposal engineered by her second husband Kris Humphries (or, more likely, their “E!” network producer) was entirely staged. The entire rose-petal proposal was filmed and “in the can” (as they say in the industry) but Kim did not like the way she looked, so the entire “surprise” proposal was re-shot. And, the elaborate proposal by her current (and third) husband, self-proclaimed deity and recently troubled Kanye West was far too big and cumbersome to be a surprise. In fact, eagle-eyed fans noticed that she was actually wearing the engagement ring in a scene that was allegedly shot before the “surprise.”
It’s hard to know what exactly you should splash out on for your wedding day. We all have different priorities – so here are five things you could choose to indulge in for your big day…
If you’re a foodie, then no question this is what you’ll probably be focusing on. Maybe you want a sit down three course meal, or you’d rather have a hot buffet and canapes, or you’re going to go a little wild and hire food trucks for the day. No matter what you choose, your guests will really appreciate a great meal at your wedding and it will be one of the things that your big day is remembered for. Make sure that you test your food before splashing out on it – along with wedding cake testing, this will probably be one of your favourite things to plan for your wedding day! You should also splash out on the drinks for your wedding day – pick out a couple of signature cocktails and have an open bar for at least beer and wine over the course of the day so your guests can relax and let their hair down.
For a lot of us, music plays a big part of our lives. If this is the case for you, then the music at your wedding is something that you’ll want to spend a decent amount of both time and money on. There are a lot of options about music for your big day. If you hire a band, then go for a really good one, and remember that music you can dance to is the key. That means that a swing band will probably be a lot more fun than your friend’s brother’s rock band that does Nickelback covers. If you want a singer, make sure you go to one of their gigs before you hire them to make sure they aren’t too cheesy and that you enjoy their style of music. If you hire a DJ, make sure that their sound system is high quality and talk to them about their playlist before your wedding to make sure that all your favourites are on there. You could also go for a cheaper option and make a playlist yourself – although this might not be the most expensive option, you’ll definitely have to spend some extra time on it.
With so many elements that go into planning a wedding, it’s no wonder that certain things are overlooked. With so much to think about it’s easy for certain aspects to go completely out of your head! If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, don’t forget these important things.
You’ll have probably given thought to your wedding invitations, but how about all of the other pieces of wedding stationery you might need? Personalised save the date cards, wedding and reception programs, even hen party invitations. You won’t need every type of wedding stationery that’s out there, but be sure to look into this in plenty of time. It gives you a chance to finalise your design and make sure everything goes out in plenty of time.