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Many people focus on the wedding itself when determining the overall cost of the occasion, but some forget about the expense of going on the honeymoon. What better way to celebrate the marriage than to spend it in one of the most romantic countries in the world? Although you may think that a Paris honeymoon is expensive, there are many things you can do to help offset some of the cost.
There are many services on the Internet that allow you to take your needs to social media in order to ask family and friends for money. In fact, this could be a better way for those closest to you to share in the wedding. Instead of registering for gifts at specific stores or requesting certain items, your loved ones can help send you to Paris for the honeymoon. Since most of these services connect to the most popular social media outlets, virtually anyone can help fund a getaway for yourself and your mate.
Planning the trip carefully can help prevent you from spending more than you’d like. An idea of where you want to go, what you want to experience and how much you’ll need can help set up a budget so you can get the most while spending the least. Depending on where you want to start the honeymoon, Paris hotels can range greatly in price. This can play a role in what you’ll have money for once you arrive in France.
Experiences Over Shopping
The experiences from visiting Paris could be more memorable than any souvenir you could buy at shops. The city is rife with a deep history and you could explore what makes the site an alluring location. Museums, tours, and even walking along ancient streets may offer an experience that supersedes anything you could buy. This not only saves money, but it will create memories that will last for the rest of your life. What better way to spend the first moments as a married couple than to create a memorable experience together?
Paris is a city that is well-known for romance and intrigue. Do what you can to reduce the costs of the trip. You may find that one of your favorite stories to tell your future grandchildren is how you walked down the streets of Paris hand-in-hand with your mate. Make your honeymoon a memorable one by focusing more on each other than the things you can buy while visiting the city.
Tried and True Bridesmaid Hues
Few occasions come with as many perceived rules and regulations as a wedding ceremony. Tradition dictates that your ceremony follows a specific timeline, incorporates a certain color scheme, and includes required elements, right? Not anymore. Today’s weddings are all about customization, personality, and a freedom from restrictions. One of the areas in which this breaking of rules is apparent is in bridesmaid dresses. Let’s take a look at some of the myths about attendants’ garb that no longer apply.
Myth One: They All Have to Match
Weddings tend to be too matchy-matchy. Brides choose a color palette for the event, and everything must conform to those hues. Bridesmaids often have been held hostage by the wedding color scheme, forcing them to choose shades or styles that were not flattering on them. These days, however, there is more flexibility in the options available to attendants. Brides are allowing their girls to choose completely different colors based on a common theme, such as jewel tones, or to choose complimentary shades that have the same feel. Indeed, many brides want their maid of honor to have a different color to indicate her role of importance. A popular direction many brides are taking to give their girls a category, such as “blush,” and let them interpret that hue as best fits their individual complexions and personal tastes.
Myth Two: Bright Colors Are Not Allowed
Also long gone are the days when bridal colors were subdued. Common combinations these days include coral and teal, navy and fuchsia, or orange and pewter. As such, bridesmaid dresses are allowed to appear in any bright colors, or even combinations of bright colors. If the fear in the past was that bright colors were garish or distracting, that’s just no longer the case. Couples strive to add their personalities to their nuptials, and if that means eggplant dresses with burnt orange sashes, so be it.
Myth Three: Light Colors Compete With the Bride
In the past, ivory, champagne, or blush pink colors would not have been options for the bridesmaids because these light shades might have been viewed as competing with the bride in her white or ivory gown. However, that belief couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s unlikely there is anything at the ceremony that will outshine the bride; she is the center of attention at all times.
Brides and her bridesmaids can enjoy a rainbow of color options for attendants’ dresses thanks to more relaxed rules. That’s a good thing because personal expression is the new rule for creating a perfect wedding.
There are so many events that surround the wedding itself from engagement parties, bridal showers, and anniversaries afterwards, all of which usually involve gift giving. We always get the question of what’s a good gift to give, but there’s rarely a universal gift that would be fitting for all couples. So, instead, we’ll tell you to check out Uncommon Goods, a Brooklyn based retailer that carries a great collection of unique designs and handcrafted gifts from household items to art to jewelry. Not only are their artisan goods created in harmony with the environment, without harm to animals or people, but they also believe it is their business’ responsibility to impact the world in a positive way, so with every purchase, $1 is donated to one of the many not-for-profit partner organizations (for example: Women for Women International and Reach Out & Read). So you can feel good about shopping! With that said, their site is super easy to navigate and search for gifts by category from price to occasion, such as Personalized Wedding Gifts.
We’ve picked out a few cute items that we love but you can find more personalized wedding gifts for any couple at Uncommon Goods.
Uncommon Goods: 1. Custom Cross Stitch People 2. Custom Wedding Bowl 3. Agate Coasters 4. New York City Map Throw 5. Bud Vase 6. Porcelain Dishware Collection 7. Heart Marks the Spot Pillow 8. Avocado Shakers
I loved their gift selection so much I got a couple of the items for my apartment in Brooklyn. My husband and I love traveling and are always planning our next trip, so this World Map Pillow was perfect for our bedroom. This pillow could be a great anniversary gift or it would make for cute decor on some chairs at your wedding cocktail hour. Check out more anniversary gifts here.
It comes with a cute heart and star button so we pinned a heart to NY for where we got married and currently live, and a star all the way over in Thailand for where I’m from.
I also got this little bud vase for my kitchen. I always prefer a bud vase to big arrangements, partly because I don’t know how to arrange flowers. I love that it’s a simple (and cheap) way to decorate and the unique shape of the vase is definitely an attention getter. I get so many compliments on it when people come over.
Again, this could be a simple and unique way to decorate some tables at your bridal shower or put them in clusters at your reception tables. I love that it isn’t too wedding specific so that you can continue to use it well after your wedding. Check out more unique wedding gifts here.
All of their items are carefully packed and shipped with love from their warehouse at the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal.