How to Plan a Bachelor Party for Your Friend Keeping an Eye on Your Budgets

December 20, 2011 by  
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Worried about the budget for your buddy’s bachelor party? Relax? I’m the king of keeping it simple and I’ve weathered two bachelor party organisations myself this year without spending much money. Here’s how to do it.

The first one I organised was for my bro, who doesn’t have much money at all. So we decided to do a single night’s camping out somewhere pretty, with some sports and beer and a cookout in the afternoon and then more beer and a meal in the evening. It was awesome and it cost us 60 bucks each plus the cost of a couple of cases of beer.

We arranged a quiz based on the stuff we knew we were all interested in – so music and football, mostly. That was easy and it costs nothing – we got most of the questions off the internet, and didn’t bother to print them more than once. My bro was quiz master, he just shouted out the questions and everyone wrote down their answers on normal note paper.

We took a football, a baseball bat and a softball with us and played a game of each. Again, free. We already had the sports equipment lying around so we just took what we needed from the garage.

The meal was booked in advance and we got a discount for a big party (there were 30 of us I think). So we knew before leaving that it had already been paid for. Drinks just came on top and were charged as a separate bill.

The second bachelor party I arranged was my own. Again, it was all do it yourself stuff – we went and played touch football on the beach, and went walking in the hills. The rest of the time we were in a local bar drinking cheap brewskis. It was awesome. Why? Because it’s all about the company dude. You don’t care where you’re at as long as you’re there with people you can have good times with – and of course the people at a bachelor party are the people you’ve known for years, so having a good time is automatically built into the equation.

Having a bachelor party at home saves you a ton of money and guarantees good times. You know where to go out that’s good because you live there. You know that you have a comfortable bed to sleep in because it’s yours. And you can cook at home to save money on eating out, which can be great fun when there’s a bunch of you there, drinking and having a catch up about the old times.

If you go away you can still plan cost effectively – all you have to do is plan early and leave the actual arrangements in the hands of a booking company, Normally I wouldn’t touch package bookings for anything, I think they take the shine off an adventure – but a bachelor party isn’t supposed to be an adventure, it’s just a venue for a group of friends to have a good time. Knowing in advance that everything is paid for (like my bro did with the restaurant where we had his meal at) is an outstanding way to keep on top[ of what is being spent.

Don’t bother with a kitty if you are on a budget. Let everyone spend what they want, when they want. A kitty pressures people into spending money they may not have.

The above article is composed and edited by Britney Danila. She is associated with many fashion and designing communities as their freelance writer and adviser. In her free time she writes articles related to stag weekends, fashion accessories, mobile applications, etc.

How to Budget a Fun and Fabulous Stag Party Invitations

December 12, 2011 by  
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I’ll be honest with you – I’ve just had my own stag party and I must have made a note of this post title while I was still drunk! I have no idea what I meant. Still, let’s see if we can’t extract a little meaning from this random collection of words. Maybe I ran two titles together and it was supposed to be two pieces, one about budgeting the stag party (which still makes my head hurt thinking about it!) and the other one – oh, I don’t know. Anyway, here goes…

Stag party budgets are notoriously difficult to control, because there are usually quite a few attendees but no-one ever pays up until during or after the event. Here’s a tip for you, if you are worried about footing the whole bill for your stag: arrange it months in advance and don’t pay for anything without collecting money first.

The budget should be catered to the lowest level of disposable income in your group. Otherwise people you want to come, won’t, because they can’t afford where you’re going. I once practically broke my bank account to spend three lousy days in Portugal as the best man for a guy I’d known for decades – not because Portugal is lousy, and not even because the place we were in was lousy (it was amazing, which was the problem): but because I was working in a bar at the time, earning minimum wage.

Avoid budgetary arguments after a few beers by warning everyone well in advance that there’s going to be a kitty – and set a reasonable amount for it. It depends on the friends of course. If it’s a close knit group of people then you can probably get away with levying an amount suitable for income off each person. My stag weekend did that because I wanted a small one, so we went with four guys and quite happily shared a pot that had had unequal amounts put into it.

One of the major problems of stags, though, is that they tend to consist of groups of people who don’t know each other. So all one person sees is someone else not pulling his weight – rather than a dear friend who simply can’t afford to pay as much for stuff as everyone else. If you are really worried, backtrack to point one. Set a travel budget that is geared to the lowest financial denominator and do no kitty. Then individuals can drop out of rounds if they are worried about how much they are going to be spending.

Fun and money worried never go together – not for the groom, or the best man, or for anyone on the stag weekend. Be sensible. Talk about it early, get everyone’s accommodation and travel money paid to you before you make a booking – and leave the rest of it to individuals. They are big boys, after all!

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7 Budget Saving Tips on Choosing your Wedding Flowers

August 5, 2011 by  
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Every bride wants her wedding to be perfect. A surprisingly big part of this is the purchase of wedding flowers. There are some ideas you can use to make sure this part of the plan goes exactly as you need it to make sure your wedding day is exactly how you want. You also want to be able to pull off the day on a budget, so indulge with these money saving tips!

One: The Right Florist

You have to be able to find the florist you trust with your wedding flowers. While price is definitely your top concern, you should also keep in mind the florist who wants to serve your needs the best. A good florist will have access to many different modes of acquiring your wedding flowers and they will often offer you discounts if you buy in bulk.

Two: The Right Budget

You should determine how much money will be going to the purchase of your flowers. If you figure that 10 percent of your budget is dedicated to the flowers then you should stick with that. Go no higher and no lower. Make sure that your florist knows your budget and helps you to stick with it while serving your needs.

Three: The Right Vision

Only you and your bride/groom should be making the decisions on the wedding. While others can offer suggestions, the vision is yours. Your wedding flowers should express your vision totally and be a pinnacle of exactly what you need and desire in flowers. Seek out bridal magazines to find the right kind of flowers for you.

Four: The Right Setting

Your wedding flowers are going to be positioned somewhere as a monument to the marriage. Whether you want them at the reception as centerpieces or display them on a beautiful wood kitchen island for the guestbook attendant, or on the wedding aisle they have to look as close to perfect as possible. Your florist should be able to offer suggestions to you about where the wedding flowers should be placed and how.

Five: The Right Colors

Your flowers have to match the wedding party. Most of the groomsmen will probably be clad in black tuxedos so you mainly have to work with the bridesmaids and your mothers. The flowers should complement the dresses without outshining them or standing out too much. It’s a waste of time to pick the flowers before you get your wedding colors.

Six: The Right Dress

The florist will need to see your dress before they can properly prescribe your wedding flowers. You might think this is irrelevant, but the type of dress you wear will directly influence the types of flowers the florist will suggest. Your wedding flowers will have to complement your dress just as the colors of bouquets will complement the bride’s maids. This will also allow for you to stay within your budget, and at the same time choosing the perfect flowers.

Seven: The Right Commitment

Drafting a contract between you and your florist might not be the first thing you’ve thought of, but if you don’t, you run the risk of being left at the altar with no flowers. As well, you may end up with a bill larger than expected. Make sure the price is drafted as soon as it is decided upon so the florist cannot change the commitment.

Following these seven guidelines, will definitely keep you on budget. Flowers are the beauty of any wedding so indulge with these budget saving tip.

Romona Weston and her family lives in the beautiful Amish countryside of Lancaster County, PA. She loves everything about weddings and have helped many brides on their special day! She is a mom to 7 beautiful children and is married to a very patient and loving man. Romona loves to organize, write and hike and started a review blog where she uses her love for writing to give thorough and in-depth reviews, of all models and kinds of portable and stationary  kitchen carts and kitchen islands and rolling kitchen carts on wheels. As a researcher she presents an unbiased view of products. Explore her reviews at  If you are a retailer or manufacturer and would like her to review your product you can contact her via her website.


Budget Weddings For Dummies

August 2, 2011 by  
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Budget Weddings For Dummies

Don’t let ‘white blindness’ drive you into debt! Make your wedding everything you want it to be on the budget you determine.Are you planning a wedding, but worried about how much money you’ll have to spend? In today’s tough economic times, planning a budget wedding is more important than ever. This fun, money-saving guide is packed with tips for planning the wedding of your dreams without breaking your bank account!Inside you’ll find tons of tips and advice for planning a budget-friendly celebration while still remaining true to your personality, values, and tastes. You’ll see how to make and keep your wedding budget; select the most economical time to get married; scope out wedding locations that fit the bill; and incorporate

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