Cost Saving Ideas

Tips and Trends For How To Split Wedding Costs

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Wedding Budget, wedding planning, Wedding Trends | author: By Keith Sly,    

Splitting Wedding CostsNo matter how excited your approaching wedding day can be, there is still gripping anxiety each couple has regarding wedding costs. From floral arrangements, venue and your number of guests to the wedding cake and musical entertainment, a wedding can quickly gain momentum and rack up high price tags.

But who is left to pay the price? The Manor has prepared a guide for how to address, handle and split wedding costs for your big day. Before you plan your wedding budget, take a deep breath, establish open communication with your fiancé, then each soon to be family and family-in-law, and incorporate and share these helpful guidelines.
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Wedding Budget Mistakes to Avoid

Monday, June 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Party Planning, Wedding Budget Mistakes | author: By BLG,    

Wedding Budget Mistakes to AvoidNo matter who is paying for your wedding – your parents, you, a combination of all of you – it’s very important to avoid making the top wedding budget mistakes that can cause you to over-spend, wind up paying for a wedding item or service twice, and create stress and strife between you, your partner and your parents who are not happy about any wasted money when it comes to your wedding. And one of the biggest wedding mistakes possible is to cut corners too deeply, doing without something you really wanted for your wedding (and regretting that decision forever) or making a low-cost purchase that you’ll really regret.download movie The Girl on the Train 2016 now

Budgeting isn’t the most enjoyable process in the world, but when you keep these top budget tips in mind, you’ll know how to avoid the top wedding budget mistakes that can ruin your wedding, and cause you sadness in the future. The top wedding budget mistakes are: Read more…

Wedding Budget Tips: Your Wedding Flowers

Monday, March 30th, 2015 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Party Planning, wedding floral designers, wedding flowers | author: By BLG,    

Your Wedding FlowersBeautiful wedding flowers are likely part of your dream wedding vision, with tall, glorious floral centerpieces on every guest table in your wedding ballroom, your wedding bouquet bursting with color and texture, and lovely seasonal flowers decorating your wedding ceremony and reception locations. Read more…

Wedding Photo Sharing Tips

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, wedding photography | author: By BLG,    
Sharing Wedding Photos and practical tips

Wedding Photos

After your wedding, you’ll want to share both the gorgeous collection of photos taken by your wedding photographer during your Big Day, and the photos you took at your pre-wedding parties, your after-party, the morning-after breakfast and all of the moments in between. Your guests will be eager to see your wedding portraits, and guests too will want to share the photos they took.

With so many photos to share, you’ll find there are two different sharing plans to establish. The first is the traditional photo-sharing method enacted by your professional wedding photographer. He or she will create an online gallery of all of your photos, categorized into pre-wedding, ceremony, reception and portraits, and post it with an access code so that only you and your guests can view the photos from your event.
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Designing Your Own Wedding Logo

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, wedding dinner party, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By BLG,    
Designing wedding logo

Wedding Logo Design

Put your personalized stamp on your wedding, in so many ways, with your own wedding logo. It’s a top wedding trend to create your own logo or monogram, featuring your first initials and last initial – or just your married last initial — in an artistic insignia. Artists have taken the traditional monogram logo and given it a beautiful, decorative twist for more visual effect, such as with delicate flourishes above and below the logo, rather than the monogram being in a circle. Or, the logo might be a square, a rectangle with ornate borders, or an oval. Read more…

Honeymoon Timing

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Honeymoon ideas, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    
Honeymoon Timing

Honeymoon Timing

When do you plan to depart for your honeymoon? The day after your wedding? Several days later? According to the latest wedding trend reports, more wedding couples are delaying their honeymoon departure by at least 24 hours after their wedding day.

They don’t want to wake up at 5amto catch a plane to their honeymoon destination, especially after being out until the wee hours at their wedding after-party. And they certainly don’t want to miss out on the morning-after breakfast, and additional time spent with family and friends. Read more…

Wedding Invitation Etiquette: Addressing Invitations

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    

Wedding etiquettemay have relaxed in some areas, but the long-held ‘rules’ still hold true with invitations. On this blog, we talked about giving guests a +1, and now we’re focusing on the art, and etiquette, of addressing your invitations.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

  • The number one rule of wedding invitation etiquette is that it’s a Don’t to print out guests’ names and addresses on labels. Guests are not impressed when they see labels on the formal invitation envelopes, so be sure to hand-write yours out. Read more…

Cocktail Party Menu: Cold Station Trends

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, dream wedding, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By BLG,    
Wedding menu

Wedding menu

When creating your wedding reception menu, you’ll often begin by choosing your cocktail party stations, selecting from a wide range of delectable, gourmet spreads that guests often look forward to the most. Your wedding cocktail party sets the stage for each of the upcoming reception menu features, and a top 2012 wedding trend is surprising wedding guests with unexpected cocktail party menu items.

Some of the top cocktail party menu trends include international foods, organic wedding menu items, gluten-free menu items, and unique twists on traditional wedding cocktail party foods.

 Here are some of the biggest trends in cocktail party stations, focusing just on the Cold Stations. We’ll focus on hot buffet stations in an upcoming post:

Antipasto: Grilled marinated harvest vegetables, bocchini mozzarella, artichokes, and fire roasted peppers.

Olives: An array of colorful marinated and stuffed olives, with herb dressings. Read more…

Top 10 Green Wedding Trends

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Cost Saving Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, dream wedding, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, Going Green, Green weddings | author: By BLG,    

More brides and grooms are incorporating green wedding decisions into their big day, so that their big day is kind to the environment, and reflects the couple’s values. Many of our green wedding couples have planned garden wedding ceremonies and celebrations, choosing to marry outdoors in garden splendor, which is a top wedding trend for 2012.

Green Wedding Trends

Green Wedding Trends

 In addition to eco-responsibility, some green wedding trends actually save on your wedding budget, which you’ll see in our list of the Top 10 Green Wedding Trends:

  1. Ordering locally-grown flowers. A recent survey by TheWeddingReport.com showed that flowers were the #1 area of interest of green-minded brides and grooms, at 62%, since locally-grown flowers most often cost less than imported wedding flowers. A lower carbon footprint is another benefit of choosing local flowers.
  2. Choosing a local wedding venue. When guests and vendors don’t have to fly or drive long distances to your wedding location, a tremendous amount of energy is saved, not to mention money saved by a shorter trip to attend your day. Included in this is the trend of one-location weddings, marrying at the same venue where your wedding reception will take place. You’ll only have one locale to decorate, and you may not need to spend a lot on additional décor when the site’s natural garden wedding décor or ballroom setting are so beautiful. Green wedding couples love to choose already-gorgeous wedding locations to create the setting for their dream wedding. Read more…

2012 Wedding Trend: Top Choices in Wedding Rings

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, Going Green, Green weddings, Wedding Décor, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    


Your wedding ring will stay with you for the rest of your life, so it’s important to give plenty of thought to matching your ring style to your personality. With so many gorgeous wedding ring designs out there, you’ll need to explore a wide range of rings to find the one that suits your wish for a romantic ring, or a classic ring, a modern ring, or an artsy ring.

Here are the top trends in wedding rings to help you make your decision:

  • Choose a ring made of metals that have been ethically-sourced, not the metal equivalent of ‘blood diamonds.’ Many of the top jewelry companies, such as Tiffany and other luxury jewelers have signed onto a ‘No Dirty Gold’ campaign that advocates avoiding any jewelry mined in unsafe, inhumane locations and conditions. Ask your New Jersey jeweler about rings’ classification, to help you avoid ‘dirty gold’ rings.
  • Look into lightweight metals, such as tungsten, which is a top wedding trend for couples on a budget. Read more…

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