Managing Your Wedding Budget: Blending Luxury with Affordability

Regardless of your ethnicity, faith, or upbringing, it’s important to note that every culture features a distinct set of marriage rituals that are used to commemorate and preserve the concept of love in the holiest of ways.

In today’s day and age, our wedding ceremonies tend to be quite extravagant and luxurious, which makes it hard to strike a budgetary balance during the planning stages, especially when it comes to setting aside enough money for the honeymoon trip. After all, weddings are supposed to showcase a picturesque celebratory event for family, friends, and colleagues, whereas the honeymoon is meant to be an exclusive getaway for the newlywed couple. Thus, as you begin planning for your big day and the subsequent honeymoon, it’s important to establish a frugal strategy without sacrificing any of your aspirations or prerequisites. After all, your wedding will be an unforgettable memory for everyone who attends but your honeymoon will be a secret, intimate excursion shared by only you and your spouse.

With this overwhelming fiscal responsibility hanging over your head, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to go it alone. While many couples decide to mix and match various caterers, decorators, photographers, and event planners to facilitate the wedding ceremony, there is a much simpler alternative at the ready.

Enter the modern comprehensive wedding venue.

Finding Your One-Stop Shop

If you’re sifting through some of the local wedding venues in Perth, the sheer number of options might incite some trepidation or apprehension as you try to pick the best one. However, much of this consternation can be abated if you eliminate the venues that lack a comprehensive full-service wedding package right from the get-go. Instead of trying to coalesce multiple services from a host of different companies, it’s far wiser to seek out an all-inclusive wedding venue that can take care of every salient detail in house. With this in mind, you should focus on the following attributes during your research:

  • Multiple Venues: Whether you wish to hold your nuptials in a natural setting, a cathedral, or a large event centre, your service provider should feature an extensive network of viable locations for your big day. Having access to a wide selection of worthwhile locations will allow you to come up with ideas and concepts that may have otherwise been obscured.
  • Décor: Many of the most reputable venue services have an in-house special events coordinator and a team of professional decorators at the ready. With their expertise by your side, you’ll be able to implement the perfect thematic design scheme for your ceremony and reception without having to outsource the work. From traditional rustic to contemporary chic, you’ll be able to affect the nuanced theme that you’ve always dreamed of!
  • Caterers: Let’s face it; you can’t facilitate a successful wedding without an extensive assortment of delicious food on site, which emphasises the importance of having access to an executive chef and banquet operations manager during your planning stages. Thus, the wedding venue you choose should be able to provide gorgeous display trays, buffet food warmers, cake stands, and cutlery, not to mention a dedicated team of catering professionals for the big day.
  • Photography: Much as how an artist can glean greatness and beauty from a blank sheet of paper, a photographer can contrive majestic memories and moments from a simple glance at a particular event setting. Thus it’s important for your venue to feature an in-house photography team or, at the very least, they should be able to provide a recommendation to a reputable local photographer.

Stay Organised

Of course, some venues will provide better services than others so it’s important to have a clear frame of mind as you begin your research because when it comes to entrusting your wedding day to a third party, both sides must be on the same page. After all, the time and money you save by outsourcing the legwork to one company won’t amount to much if your wedding doesn’t cater to your specific preferences. With this in mind, you have to ascertain the number of guests that will be in attendance, the type of food you’ll serve, the theme you wish to instil, and a host of other salient details before you schedule your first consultation.

How To Pick a Perfect Wedding Watch

Watches have been favored gifts for generations and nothing symbolizes the passing down of family values better than a family heirloom watch. It is fitting then that watches are again becoming popular wedding gifts. Sometimes this is from the bride to her husband in lieu of an expensive ring, and sometimes both bride and groom exchange gift watches. Just as the choices in rings range from wooden wedding rings to platinum and diamond rings, the choices available in watches are vast. Here are a few ideas to help anyone choose the perfect wedding gift watch.

Choose Wisely, It’s a Keeper

As previously mentioned, a wedding watch is an heirloom in the making, so choose a watch that looks classic and isn’t going to go out of style in five years. This is not the time to try out the “limited edition” NASCAR commemorative watches. Go for class and go for timelessness, not bling. Less is more. This means that classic understated watch styles are to be preferred, especially those that have been in production a long time from established makers. You want a watch that, like a good marriage, lasts a lifetime.

On a Budget

You don’t have to break the bank to buy a nice watch. You just have to buy carefully. Mechanical watches are preferred over quartz due to their implied longevity (they will last centuries with regular maintenance and are not dependent on electronic circuitry that can go bad or go out of production). Still, if one must buy quartz, the Swiss brands like Victorinox are probably the best bet as the quality is still high. In budget mechanicals, we like the German Stowa brand and the rejuvenated American Hamilton company makes a good watch for the money. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Thin-O-Matic can be had for well under $1000 and is a clean, classic design featuring a solid Swiss movement.

For Bigger Budgets

With a bigger budget the choices become more interesting. The Rolex Datejust and Day-Date are available as both Gents and Ladies models. Either of these fine models would make a classic set of complementary watches for a groom and bride. Any watch from the classic ‘Big Three’ in Swiss watchmaking-Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe-is generally a safe bet. Today many would update the Big Three to include Lange & Sohne and Jaeger-LeCoultre and generally speaking any dress watch from one of those five makers is an appropriate wedding watch. One should bear in mind that some of the elite, low-production houses will charge prices for repairs and service that make rolex repair and service seem cheap by comparison. In the case of Patek Philippe, this may be off-set by the comforting knowledge they have been in business since 1839. Should one opt to buy a Patek wedding watch, at least your heirs are fairly assured to have somewhere to take their heirloom watch in a hundred years. That is one of the benefits derived from buying the best.