Wedding trends

Romantic weddings are back

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It is still not too late! Nowadays many couples wish to marry with a type of classical ceremony, a guarantee of elegance and success that reassure and guarantees satisfying results.

Classy Wedding Trends

For those who want a touch of originality and ideas from the latest wedding trends that come from all over the world, which touch on organizational aspects and details, here are some ideas.

Pearls fare back for wedding romance

Pearls

Did you notice? They are getting bigger: pearls are an accessory that will make the difference in 2018: not only on the classic earrings, but also on the same formal dresses, crowns and rings.

Dogwood rules in wedding bouquets

Bouquet of Dogwood Flowers

Simple, Elegant, delicate and that transmits serenity and love: what more would you want? After elaborate and colorful trends, in 2018 the bouquet of dogwood seems to return to the great, a plant that can be found all over the US but which is often forgotten, in favor of other more exotic flowers.

Hanging flower decor

Hanging Floral Decorations

If you love plants and flowers do not miss the opportunity to amaze and create a magical atmosphere with floral decorations that come directly from above. Flowers that came down from the ceiling? Plants that caress our heads with their leaves.  Why not? On the last few years have we seen Nature came back on the scene, the green and bio themes are on the agenda.

Unique wedding favors

Unique Invitations Cards & Souvenirs

When we say unique we mean that it is made with materials that are out of the ordinary. In recent years the decorations made of paper have taken hold and also in 2018 will still be a constant trend, but with regards to the souvenirs for our guests, and that will welcome them to our wedding and reception, why not try something really unusual? Stone, wood or fabric can give that sense of unexpected and “made with a heart” that a small detail can give. What do you think?

Trendy ultra violet swatches

Ultra Violet is the Pantone Color of the Year

Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-compliance, encouraging individuals to imagine their unique brand in the world and pushing the boundaries through creative outlets.

Here is what we’ve read from Pantone about Ultra Violet “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. “ 

Pearls & ultraviolet

The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places excites the communities that come together and inspire the connection.

In addition to a sense of wonder, you will be able to meet the expectations of those guests who expect something special from your marriage.

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Bio: Ashley Ann’s event planning service, based in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, coordinates weddings and other events. While offering beautiful professional designs and set up, we focus on creative attention to detail, and modern elegant atmospheres all within budget.

After beginning her career in event design by creating custom atmospheres and living spaces, Ashley turned to event design at the behest of clients who recognized her creativity and passion. Since officially opening Ashley Ann’s Events advance in 2006, Ashley has become one of the most sought after designers in the South!

For more wedding and events ideas visit:

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E-mail: MyEvent@ashleyannsevents.com

Call: 501-588-1795 or 214-347-0043

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It’s known that weddings are expensive. It’s still surprising seeing the average wedding cost in 2017 was $27,698! A direct cause of the steep price for a modern wedding is the increased costs of venue locations, entertainment, photography, just to name a few. Every little purchase adds up really quick, for example, the average cost of wedding invitations are just under $800!

Many don’t have the funds or are able to cover the expensive costs up front. What options does that leave for couples paying for their own wedding?

There are certain credit cards available to help cover some of the wedding expenses. Perks of using credit cards to cover some of the costs include getting value back in the form of protection and rewards depending on the card. Of course, when it comes to paying for the wedding there is always Honeyfund!

Being Financially Disciplined

Remember to stay financially disciplined when using credit cards. It’s not smart to put the total cost of your wedding on a credit card. Most likely, you’ll not be able to pay off the costs in full when the bill is due. This means you’ll start piling on interest, which means you’ll owe even more than the original cost!

When it comes to credit cards, use them as a way to earn value back as you spend. Always remember to pay both on-time and in full by your credit card due dates. These cards are tools that affect your future depending on how you use them.

 

Cash Back Reward Credit Cards

Cash back/credit reward credit cards are a great way to save money as you shop for your wedding. A cash back card won’t make you rich, but saving a percentage on almost every purchase you’re making anyway provides you with some great value that adds up over time.

Cash back cards are just one type of a rewards credit card. Unlike other rewards cards which might offer points on purchases that can be redeemed for varying value, cash back cards have simpler redemption options. You can usually redeem for statement credit, which makes the rewards more like a small discount on the things you buy.

Usually, you’ll get a percentage back as high as 6% depending on what you purchase. Credit cards also provide benefits like price protection, insurance, and warranties. You’ll save on your wedding purchases as you earn money back.

As long as you can pay off your expenses monthly, these are great for some wedding purchases. For example, the Discover it card offers rotating categories of 5% cash back. This year the card provides 5% back on restaurant purchases from July through September. While Amazon.com and wholesale club purchases earn 5% from October through December. That means for any food purchases, Amazon, or wholesale club wedding purchases you’ll earn 5% back on purchases made during that time.

 

0% Introductory APR Credit Cards

photo courtesy Credit Card Insider

If you’re looking for a way to pay off larger wedding expenses, look for credit cards that offer an introductory 0% APR period.

These cards provide a length of time, usually between 6-18 months, where you won’t have to pay interest on your credit card balances. You’ll still need to make the card’s minimum payments, but it’s comparable to an interest-free loan for that period. Take note that after the introductory period is over, the interest rate switches back over to the regular purchase APR. Any leftover balance is now subjected to that new rate.

These cards are designed to be useful if you’re planning a large purchase or expect to spend a lot of money soon. One place they can come in handy is when you’re securing a wedding venue. If you book a $10,000 venue, a 0% APR credit card of 12 months gives you a year to pay that cost off interest-free! With proper budgeting, you could pay off the card in a year by paying just over $900 per month.

The Blue Cash Everyday card from American Express gives you a 0% intro APR on purchases for 15 months. Although it’s not the longest 0% interest rate on the market, it also provides cash back rewards.

Crowdfunding Honeymoons

Earlier this year Forbes reported that the average honeymoon cost is $4,466! That’s where Honeyfund comes in! If you already live with your significant other or just want to start your marriage off on a firm financial foundation, honeyfund is a great alternative wedding registry to help you achieve your dream honeymoon without adding debt.

As you’re planning your wedding, consider different options to help with the expenses. Credit cards are great when used responsibly. They offer different protections, which can provide you with a sense of security. Cards that offer a 0% introductory APR provide periods of time during which you can pay off certain expenses. Cash back credit cards offer a percentage of money back on every purchase you make for the wedding. Check into crowdfunding sources to ease the burden of paying for an expensive honeymoon. These options can help make even the most stressful planning days easier!

Jacob Lunduski is a Financial & Credit Card Industry Analyst. His mission is to help consumers save money and to earn rewards by using credit cards in their financial budgets. He strongly feels the need to educate consumers on how to do so responsibly, without ever entering expensive debt by using a credit card. 

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