BrideBox has released a new sharing feature on the Online Wedding Album App. Now, friends and family can view the BrideBox wedding album that you created.
Once your album is completed, click the Share Button, to the left of the Order Album Button. Then select how you would like to share your wedding album.
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Share with your friends and family through Facebook. The share feature takes the name of your album and places in Bold below your post. Then write a caption, ie- “Our Wedding Album” and click Share Link
An affordable wedding could be quite difficult to plan. Recently, Wedding.com released the results of a survey they sent out to 17,500 couples. One of the biggest revelations came from the average amount couples are spending on their wedding – $28,427. For many couples and their families, that’s a huge amount that’s more than the value of a car or a suitable down payment on a new home. There’s really no need to spend that much. Fancy weddings are fun, but you can have a memorable wedding without spending a fortune. Here are five ways to plan a fun and affordable wedding.
Avoid an Open Bar
As pleasing as it is to provide your guests with celebratory cocktails, beers, and glasses of wine, it’s expensive. If you need to have a bar, make it a cash bar so that guests are paying for their own drinks. If you’re having a wedding at your own or another person’s home, it’s easy to find kegs of beer for $50 or less at beverage stores and local microbreweries. You may have to pay for a deposit for the tap and the keg, both are refundable when you return the emptied keg. Beverage retailers often offer discounts on cases of wine too, so you’ll save extra money there and have a more affordable wedding.
Get Friends and Family to Help Make the Food
If you hire a caterer, the food costs about $60 per person, and a wedding cake is another $500 to $1,000. It’s far cheaper to have friends and family help you make the food for the wedding reception. You don’t have to be overly elaborate. Platters of lasagna, bowls of tossed greens, and plates of garlic bread are filling and cost effective.
For the cake, unless you have a talented baker in your circle of friends, you may have to make this your wedding splurge. If you do have a baker, ask them if they’d be willing to prepare your cake in lieu of a wedding present. A close friend or family member will be happy to oblige.
For your dream wedding, the venue becomes a very important part of the day. Choose a location with plenty of room, great lighting, and ideal backgrounds for wedding portraits. Here are seven of the most popular wedding venues.
Bed and Breakfasts and Inns
Inns and bed and breakfasts are exceptional locations for weddings. As most establishments have established gardens, picturesque settings for wedding photos are easy to find. Hosts often have connections to caterers and tent companies. This eliminates the hassle of finding services that match your needs. Plus, wedding party members and guests have a place to stay after the wedding reception, so there are no worries of drinking and driving. Bed and Breakfast prices vary throughout the world, but the cost of a wedding package at Mountain Rose Inn in Virginia is about $3,300.
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Beachfront Destination Weddings
Destination weddings take a lot of the hassle out of wedding planning. Enjoy a romantic wedding on the beach of your choice. These weddings are usually smaller due to the expense of traveling to another destination. Many resorts offer discounts on wedding packages that provide you with accommodations for your guests, honeymoon accommodations for you and your spouse, a personal wedding planner, preparation of the wedding documents, and a wedding cake. According to Sandals, destination weddings at Sandals resorts range from $214 to $330 per person, per night.
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Places of Worship
Places of worship are still popular choices for wedding venues. The cost is minimal, especially if you are a regular member of that church. Most churches have on-site parking making it easy for your guests to park near the venue. One other thing to consider is alcohol consumption. Some churches have strict rules about alcohol within the premise, so you might have to choose non-alcoholic beverages for the evening or find another venue for the reception. At St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Illinois, the church charges $700 for a wedding, but that fee drops to $300 for established church members.
As a bride-to-be, your wedding dress is one of the biggest decisions you face. The cost of a wedding dress depends a lot on your location, size, materials used, and design. According to surveys completed by the Wedding Channel, the average price of a dress in 2012 was between $1,200 and $1,300. Specifically, brides in New York City paid more than other regions.
To get a better understanding of what your dress will cost, it helps to understand how a dress is priced. Here is a Video done by NPR entitled, “Why Do Wedding Dresses Cost So Much” that discuss the factors that are associated with a the price of a wedding dress. Also, below, there are 3 contributing factors Fabric, Craftsmanship and Alterations are discussed in more detail.
Most gowns come in polyester/satin, silk, or velvet. The material used to make your dress dictates a portion of the dress cost.
Silk is the most expensive option. Looking at an online retailer of wedding gown fabrics, white silk costs about $18 to $30 per yard. Satin ranges between $6 and $12 per yard. Velvet is a little pricier with the average cost ranging from $13 to $35 per yard.
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Wedding dresses usually have multiple layers. With a polyester organza, the average cost of materials is a $5 per yard. Chiffon is less than $4 per yard. Netting is about $6 per yard. Lace is very expensive and often costs upwards of $20 to $80 per yard. Dress designers who mass produce wedding dresses do get hefty discounts for buying the fabrics in bulk, so that does save them money.
With a standard dress size, the layers of fabric alone generally costs about $300 to $500. Plus-sized dresses use more fabric, and that drives up the cost.