Wedding Menu 5 Lunch Ideas to feed 100 people for under $250

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Wedding Menu- 5 Lunch ideas to feed up to 100 people for under $250

Lunch wedding receptions are becoming increasingly popular and are great for the bride and groom that want a casual reception that involves having fun with friends and family without all of the wedding pomp and air. The trick to making a lunch wedding reception look and taste great is going to be in keeping the food simple, yet filling.

Lunch Menu Tips and Ideas-

Think of your favorite lunch place and begin building a menu similar to the one they offer lunchtime eaters. If you don’t think you can make a menu similar to the eatery’s, ask them to cater a lunchtime wedding reception for you! Buying in bulk AND on a lunch portion can save you tons of cash while still feeding your guests a great meal.

Place the food on a buffet and allow guests to make their own plates so they get just what they want. Make sure the food is placed in appealing serving trays so that it makes the lunch fare look more appetizing and chic. Don’t just toss it in aluminum pans to be served with plastic tongs. Take the extra step to make it look fancier than it is.

Your wedding theme should be reflected in the food you’re serving. Having a barn wedding? Try serving burgers and fries to compliment it. Doing a garden wedding? Soup, salad, and breadsticks will go nicely with that type of wedding.

If food needs slicing (like pizza) have it sliced ahead of time. If you have sauces to serve, place them in individual cups to make serving easier. Anything you can do to make it easier on your guests when they’re getting their plates of food will make the whole process and reception go much smoother.

If you’re expecting 100 guests, plan for 110. Having more food than needed is always better than being short on food. Always plan for guests to have one of everything in LUNCH PORTIONS, which are smaller than dinner portions.

Lunch Menus:

Pizza and Breadsticks

Nothing could be simpler than pizza and breadsticks for a lunchtime reception- and you don;t even have to cook it! Order from a pizzeria nearby and get a few of everything they offer. Don;t go with chain restaurants, though. Give it local flare with a small business. Be sure to order your food at least one week in advance so you;re sure to get your food when you need it.

To make it an even better lunch, add in a salad bar. You can get the fixings for this the day of the wedding and set it out yourself.


Tacos, Rice and Beans

Make a taco bar for a fun, cheap way to feed guests. Buy taco shells, refried beans, black beans, and Mexican rice in bulk. Have someone heat up the rice and beans as the ceremony is being conducted and place it on the buffet in warming trays. Offer hard and soft taco shells, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, cheese, olives, jalapenos, and any other toppings you like on your tacos. If you want to give more variety, add in a stock pot of tortilla soup, too.

Pasta and Bread

A large pot of spaghetti noodles, cooked during the ceremony by a server, three different types of sauces (can be bought in jars and heated up while the noodles cook), a salad bar, and baskets of garlic bread make a very fast, cheap, and filling lunch that is perfect for a casual lunchtime reception. Have the pasta portioned out in bowls ahead of time (mix in a touch of olive oil so the noodles don’t stick together) and allow guests to choose the sauce they’d prefer. Place the baskets of bread right on the tables for easy access, and have a salad bar with all the fixings (bought the morning of the wedding). To make this look fancy, try to use real dishes and wine goblets for tea (or wine).

Burgers and Fries

Burgers and fries are a great lunchtime meal for a plethora of wedding styles. This isn’t just a typical burger and fry meal, though. Jazz it up by offering bacon, mushrooms, grilled onions, and jalapenos on top of the burger. Serve the patties on sourdough or pretzel rolls. Offer spicy mustard and barbecue sauce for dressing the bun, and have sliced lettuce, tomato, and other vegetables available for toppings. Make show string fires and toss them in olive oil, garlic salt and rosemary, or serve sweet potato fries drizzled with maple syrup. These would be fine to serve on pretty plates with disposable silverware!

Sub Sandwich Bar

Like Subway or Quiznos? Give your guests the gift of a sub buffet, then, and allow them to make subs their way. If you don’t want to go through that hassle, ask Subway to cater. You can arrange a multitude of sub sandwiches on platters to make it look more upscale, and place bowls of baked chips on a table to allow your guests to choose the kind they prefer.
Which wedding menu sounds best for your day?

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Guide for writing wedding vows ~~ It doesn’t have to be that hard!

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Wedding vow writing guide- it doesn’t have to be that hard!

If you and your future spouse have chosen to write our own vows for your wedding, but you are at a loss of how to write them or even what to write, take a deep breath and relax. It doesn’t have to be that hard and a few tips, with a little organization, can help you write the perfect wedding vows. 

 Choose a Theme for your wedding and your vows

First, choose a theme for your wedding and that can help you with your vows. For example, if you’re doing a Wizard of Oz themed wedding you can choose to write your vows around the themes in the movie: finding love, courage, wisdom, and your way back home. Or if you are doing a garden wedding you can write your vows around your love blooming like the flowers in a garden. This is a very simple way to get your creative juices flowing for writing your vows.  

Look up poetry

Get inspired by the greats. If you have a favorite love poem, read that for ideas. Or look up a collection of love poems and start compiling a list of lines you like. This may lead to you writing your own poem to your love, or even just mixing up a bunch of line that just fit what you’re trying to say. 

Pull out old love letters or emails

If it’s hard for you to remember how romantic the two of you used to be, pull out those old love letters, or in today’s world, those old emails. Read over the funny, sweet, and outright mushy things you used to say and that your partner used to say to you. It will help spark that light of love and remind you of more things you want to say to your other half. 

Work with your partner

If you don’t want to do the writing alone, it’s ok to work with your partner. And it’s ok to ask the officiate or wedding attendants to read the vows for you, in case you two are emotional on your wedding day. Work together to make your wedding vows perfect- you may as well get used to working together for the rest of your lives anyway! 

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3 wedding hairstyles for short hair that look amazing

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3 wedding hairstyles for short hair that look amazing 

If you’re trying to save money on your wedding, you may be considering doing your hair and makeup yourself. Many brides are, so it’s really not a huge leap for you to do the same. But if you have short hair, you may be at a loss for what to do with your hair. If so, check out these three hairstyles for short hair that will dazzle on your wedding day.

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Vintage Curls for wedding day

Nothing is sexier and sassier on a bride than those iconic retro curls. There are a few ways to accomplish these, depending on your skill level, tools, and hair length. The first is to twist your hair into tiny little buns all over your head while your hair is wet (think about that ridiculous hairstyle Miley Cyrus wore at the VMA’s and copy it all over your head). Spritz it with strong hold hairspray and then wrap your hair in a head scarf. Wear it that way for a day and when you unwrap it, spray your hair with hairspray again. Let the hairspray dry then take down the buns after your undergarments are on, but before you put on the dress. Blow dry the curls on low and shape them with your fingers. 
Another way to do this is to curl them with a straightener. This is the fastest method and best to do with another person. You do this the day of before you put on your dress, and you will needs lots of hairspray to hold it in place. Heat your straightener and prep your hair with heat-protecting cream. One the cream has settled and dried, section your hair into pieces no larger than 2 inches, all over your head. Use the straightener as you normally would, beginning at the top and moving down your hair, but as you go down, curl the hair under and pull it away from your scalp. If you prefer spiral curls, hold the straightener vertically and wrap your hair in a spiral motion around it. When you reach the bottom, don’t simply let go of the clasp like you would when straightening your hair, but pull until the hair springs away from it, in a curl. After each curl is done, shape with your fingers and spray with hairspray. Let the hairspray dry and spray again before attaching flowers or veils. 

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Bouffants for the Modern Woman 

It doesn’t matter what you think of a bouffant, because they have been redefined! If you like the idea of big hair for your wedding, but don’t think you can achieve it with short hair-think again! The bouffant is the way to go and it’s so easy to do. Plus, you can do many different looks.
The first bouffant style to try is the full on bouffant, where you straighten your hair with a straightener and then begin teasing it, sky-high, all over. After all of it is thoroughly teased, shape it into a round shape toward the nape of your neck. Short pieces on the side should be tucked behind your ear. Make sure it is nice and smooth all the way around and lies flat in the back. Spray it in place with hair spray and then attach your hair pieces. 
The next style is to do the above, but separate the hair in the center and make two distinct poofs on the right and left sides of your head, about 5-6 inches back from your forehead. If you want to make this look vintage, make bangs and cur them under with a straightener, following the rules listed in the vintage curls section. This bouffant works great with a veil that will be attached at the back of your head because the ends of your hair will be loose and the veil will hide that, giving your hair the illusion that it’s longer than it is. 
The final bouffant you can try is the same as number one, but flip the ends of your hair out with a straightener. Also, leave bangs that you can either curl or style to the side. 

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Get Brave and Go Wild
Many women have short hair because it is so versatile and they can achieve some of the wildest looks out there. If you are a brave bride, take that short hair to the next level and get funky with it. Flip it out, spike it up, and dye wild colors in it to match your wedding colors. Then, add an unexpected soft side to it with flowers, jewels or a tiara. It’s fun and unexpected, plus you’ll feel more like yourself when your hair is styled the way you’re comfortable with wearing it. 

Wedding hairstyles are so personal and vary from each bride. Make sure you find the style that’s right for you!

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Tips to picking wedding music for your big day!

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Tips to picking wedding music

Picking that perfect day wedding music could be as stressful as picking your dress or cake. Gone are the days when couples had “songs” and traditional marches were played as a bride walked down the aisle. If you are stuck trying to decide what to play at your wedding, take a look at the following.

Pick a Sound for your wedding music

Do you like blues music or country? Maybe rock is more your thing? Whatever style of music you like or want, keep two thing in mind: The music needs to compliment your wedding theme and it needs to flow. For instance, if you have a rustic wedding, playing Katy Perry may seem off to most people, but The Band Perry could be a great choice. If you play Van Morrison one moment, you don’t want to immediately jump into Lady Gaga the next minute. That could create a huge disconnect.

Get Sentimental with your wedding music

It’s ok to get mushy- it’s your wedding! If you heard “I Cross My Heart” by George Straight the night you went on your first date, that’s a totally acceptable song to play at your wedding. Think about those songs that popped up at the right moment and play them. If you don’t have any, ask your mom what song she and your dad danced to at their wedding. Bringing in those old memories could make the wedding sentimental for many people. Don’t forget to pick up a Shed Load of Gifts for the bride and groom.
Don’t Be Too Serious

It’s nice to play love songs, but don’t bring down the mood. There are fun love songs out there, and they can really brighten up the whole attitude of the ceremony and reception. If you and your fiance are fun-loving people, show that in your music. Maybe something like The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” would make a great wedding march song.
Make a List: Do and Do Not Play

You have that one song that you cannot stand. Maybe it has bad memories for you, or maybe it’s just over-played- whatever the case may be, you can add it to a “Do Not Play” list. As you go through songs you like and hate, write them on the list. Before you know it, you’ll have a sizable list on either side and then you can start picking your ceremony music. 

Section It Off

Roughly 30 minutes before guests are to arrive you should start playing music. This music should set the tone for the wedding and blend well with your ceremony music. Start with two upbeat songs, then a slow song, then two more upbeat songs, then a slow one, and so on until you fill in 30 minutes. 

To make things very simple for the ceremony, play a song for the officiate and the groom to walk down the aisle to. That same song should play as the grandparents and parents are seated, so make sure it’s at least two minutes long. Then, there should be a slight lull in the music and the wedding party music should begin. After the entire wedding party has marched down the aisle, have a slight lull (no more than 15 seconds) and the bridal music begins. This one is usually cut short. During the ceremony, one or two songs max should be played at certain times, and then a song should be played as the groom kisses the bride and the wedding party exits.

For the reception, have a party! It doesn’t have to be all love songs, but stay away from heartbreak songs, too. Play three dance songs, a fun song, then a slow song. Continue that order for the entire reception to give people enough time to dance and have fun. And you should dance and have fun, too! Wedding music should be fun and a representation of you!

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How to do a themed wedding that’s classy and unique

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How to do a themed wedding that’s classy and unique

Doing a themed wedding can be the downfall of some people. It is either overly done or the theme falls flat. To avoid either of those for your themed wedding, get ready to do some major planning that will certainly pay off in the end.

List your theme

Do you want to do a movie theme, like Alice in Wonderland or a zombie theme? Maybe you just want something simple, like a nautical theme or a garden inspired wedding. Whatever you want, list your theme in detail. For example, don’t just say “I want a hot air balloon wedding.” No, you want a “hot air balloon wedding in a field with simple accessories and decorations.” See the difference?

Make a color palate

Choose no more than 5 colors for your color palate, or else you will start getting confused and bogged down. List a main color (like ivory), two supporting colors (like navy blue and yellow), and two accent colors (like red and silver). These will be your go to colors when you start decorating and you’ll need to pick and choose which colors to use on each accessory to make the theme come together. Your aisle runner, for example, would look great in a supporting color (yellow, for this example) decorated in an accent color (like the silver), while the bows you choose to decorate your aisle chairs would be in the other supporting color with a touch of the first supporting color in it (like navy blue bows with yellow polka dots) accented in the remaining accent color (with a red flower at every other bow). This uses all colors appropriately in the right amounts. 

Write down your elements

Write down the things you love about your theme and that are essential to making your theme happen. Do you love the ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz? Those would be great to incorporate in a Wizard of Oz themed wedding because they are iconic parts of the movie. If you are having a garden wedding, you will definitely need flowers. If you have chosen a hot air balloon theme, you’ll need hot air balloons (at least a few fake ones). If it is important to have to make the theme a success, it is an “element” and needed as decoration. 

List your needs

You will have things you need to make your whole wedding come to life. Aisle runner, archway, tablecloths, etc, are all things you may need. Make a list of essentials that cannot be skipped.

List your wants

If you want a large cardboard anchor to be part of your reception decorations for your nautical themed wedding, but it isn’t necessary, list it as a “want.” You may not get everything you want from this list, but you will get some things, so list all your wildest wedding accessory desires!

Draw a picture

Literally, draw a picture. Even if you aren’t an artist, a picture will help you visualize your space and what you need. Draw out your ceremony space and how you want it set up first. List all your needs first and have it completed before bringing in wants. Go to your “wants” list and start taking items from that list to help decorate your ceremony space. Don’t overdo it, though! Just use what will look good, and list colors! Then, do this with the reception space.

Update your list

Now, take a look at your wants list and mark off the things that have moved to the “needs” list based on your drawings. You have just made a themed wedding that wasn’t overdone.

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3 Winter Wedding Themes

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3 winter wedding themes that are easier than you think to accomplish

Getting married in winter can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the theme you choose and how you execute your ideas. Winter offers a simple kind of beauty and everything seems to be just a bit elegant this time of year, so if you are considering a winter wedding, check out these winter wedding themes that are easier to do than you may think.

Hunting Lodge

You can do a rustic hunting lodge wedding either inside at a real hunting lodge or log cabin, or outside under tents that have heat lamps to keep things warm. Let the rustic, basic natural setting act as your backdrop and accent things with pieces of stumps carved with your initials. Offer a plain wedding cake topped with fake antlers or pine cones. Place white figurines of moose, elk, or other wildlife around tables or accent food with pine cones. You can even make centerpieces out of pine cones, pine bows, and red roses. Your invitations could be made of thin wooden hearts (found in craft stores) and your guest favors can be a pair of gloves. Set up a S’mores bar and a buffet of warm soups, baked potatoes, and other filling comfort foods. It would be like camping out in elegance!

Sparkle and Shine

Make your winter wedding a thing of elegance by hosting it indoors and decorating with white Christmas lights and fake snowflakes. Fill glass vases full of silver stones, twigs, and white roses and wrap white Christmas lights around the base to make it look bright as your centerpieces for your reception. Hang a mobile of paper snowflakes (touched up with glitter) as your archway and make an aisle runner of a thin, sparkly fabric sprinkled with white rose petals. Serve a five course meal on silver trays to give the food sophistication. Place tall twigs in clay pots wrapped in white tulle, spray paint them with glitter and fill the base with white roses and use them to fill in the corners of the room.

Vintage Beauty

Go vintage with your Christmas decorations this year and use some as your wedding decorations, too. Make it a wedding of lace, natural elements (like apples, walnuts, berries, and birds), and simple beauty. Fill white candy dishes full of apples, accented with pine cones and fake birds and use them as centerpieces. Top tables with lace tablecloths and flank each candy dish with glass candlesticks tied with a lace ribbon in a bow. Serve a three tier cake topped with a silhouette cut out of you and your fiancé’s faces kissing and drape it with pearls and poinsettias. Make yourself a bouquet of red poinsettias accented with white baby’s breath, wrapped in vintage lace. Anything that looks vintage and winter-esque goes well in this type of theme and it is very easy to do this time of year by buying Christmas decorations and ace ribbon used for gifts. 

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Wedding menu brunch on a budget

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Wedding Menu- 5 Brunch ideas to feed 75-100 people for under $250 


There is a new trend sweeping wedding receptions and it is a great money saver- the brunch wedding. If you are an early riser, or simply love the idea of getting married when the world is still waking up, this could be the wedding reception for you. A breakfast or brunch reception is a perfect compliment to a 
casual wedding, girlish, or whimsical wedding. This is not a great idea for upscale weddings. 
If your reception will start between 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., go with a breakfast or brunch reception. 

Wedding Menu Brunch Tips- 

To truly pull off this type of reception, tell your guests ahead of time they will be served breakfast style foods for being so kind as to attend a wedding at an unconventional hour. 

Serve food in beautiful china or serving platters. This will make it seem more upscale than it is. Place the food on a buffet for guests to prepare as they like. Not everyone like salt on their eggs, and some people may like honey instead of jelly on biscuits. Give them those options! 

Imagine your favorite breakfast meal and try to recreate that as best as you can for your guests. If you have a local eatery that you attend Sundays after church or on Saturdays with friends, ask them if they would consider catering for you. Breakfast foods are generally inexpensive, so this is the one time catering might be a fantastic idea for stress and your wedding budget. 

Are you having a romantic garden wedding? Serve tea with pastries and fruit. Having a fair themed, whimsical wedding? Serve doughnuts and coffee! Your food should compliment your theme. 

Eggs served in a pan look gross. Biscuits under a warming light get hard. Ask someone to make the food for you during your ceremony to avoid these types of mishaps. Most of the foods listed below take less than 20 minutes to prepare, even in bulk, so it will still be hot when guests get ready to eat. 

Remember you;re serving breakfast portions, so do not plan to feed guests a lot of food. Plan for each guest to have one plate of food. If they’re still hungry they have the rest of the day to get food elsewhere! 

Breakfast or Brunch Menu:

Biscuit Bar

A biscuit bar is simple and perfect for a rustic wedding. Have a friend cook up enough biscuits for each guest to have two each. Pop them in the oven 20 minutes before the reception starts and they should still be nice and hot when guests arrive to the buffet. Toss them in wicker baskets lined with pretty tissue paper and place syrup, honey, butter, and multiple flavored jellies on the buffet in pretty containers that are CLEARLY marked. On another bar place fruit trays you can buy the night before and different juices and pots of coffee, with options for guests to sweeten and favor the coffee as they like. You can also do this with waffles. 

Breakfast Sandwich Bar

Subway is well known for its sandwich bar, and it began offering the same for breakfast. You can allow your guests the opportunity to make their own breakfast sandwich, too, by placing different types of buns, biscuits, and rolls on a buffet with freshly cooked eggs, sausage, bacon, and vegetables. Don’t forget condiments and fruit and yogurt as side dishes! 

Fruit Crepes and Yogurt

Order fruit crepes from a local breakfast place and serve them to guests with their choice of yogurt to accompany the crepe. Pair with mimosas for a true upscale brunch that will leave your guests full until lunch. 

Doughnuts and Coffee

It’s the perfect breakfast for those on the go, but it doesn’t have to be impersonal or cheap. Visit a place like Dunkin’ Doughnuts that offers a large variety of doughnut favors and ask them to cater your reception for you. Simply place your large order a week in advance and pick it up early in the morning. Do NOT leave the doughnuts in boxes, though. Place them on nice serving trays. To save money, make your own coffee flavors from recipes you find online and place them in large thermoses or pump-pots on a bar. Now you have a doughnut and coffee bar with variety. Place fruit, chocolate, and mints in small dishes on the end of the buffet to give guests the feeling that this breakfast or brunch is al about letting go and having fun for the rest of the day. 

Tea Time

It’s always a good time for tea, and if you have a vintage, garden, or romantic wedding, offering tea and coffee along with bagels and cream cheese, cucumber sandwiches, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and parfaits will really set off the theme. This is great for the later morning receptions and for the couple that want to give their guests options. It’s very much like offering appetizers for breakfast. 

Having a wedding menu brunch on a budget is a great idea! You will want to bookmark this to refer back to! 

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How to do a Cocktail/Appetizer reception for 100 people under $300!

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Wedding Menu- How to do a Cocktail/Appetizer reception for 100 people under $300

One of the easiest wedding menus to pull off is the appetizer and cocktail wedding reception menu. This is best for wedding receptions that are held between 2p.m.- 6p.m. Any time before or after that falls into lunch and dinner territory. 

This type of menu needs some preparation and can be done by you or by friends and family for fairly cheap. Plus, many of these can be made ahead of time (no more than three days, though) and stored in the refrigerator until the wedding

Tips

 For appetizers and cocktails, you should create the illusion that your guests are eating more food than they really are. To do this, serve the food and drinks on smaller plates and in smaller cups. Do not use red, orange, or yellows because those are colors that make people think they are hungry. Neutrals or cool shades work best for the dining ware, and patterns make plates look more full. This will trick your guests into feeling full and satisfied until they are able to have dinner on their own.

The style of your wedding should be reflected in the type of appetizers you serve. A casual wedding can do pretzels in a bow, while a formal wedding will need pinwheels and cream cheese spreads to give in a more sophisticated feeling. 

To really get the most out of this type of wedding, serve an array of different appetizers, from fruit trays to chips and dip, crackers and cheese to finger sandwiches. Arrange these on platters of various sizes, shapes, heights, and styles to give it a funky look, or keep the platters the same shape and color for a more chic appearance.

Portion out the appetizers to make serving plates look fuller and only make enough of one appetizer for twice the amount of guests you expect. For instance, if you make cucumber sandwiches and you;re inviting 100 people, make 200 small sandwiches. To make sure you prepare enough food for everyone, do your final headcount one week before the wedding and account for at least 10 additional guests. 

Do an appetizer bar and make it flow. Place all of the needed utensils, plates, and napkins at the front of the bar and then scatter smaller stacks of the dining ware throughout the bar in case someone needs an extra plate. Serve your cocktails and all other drinks at another bar so that the line flows smoothly. 

Appetizer Menu:

These are just a few of the great appetizers you can choose to serve at your cocktail and appetizer wedding reception. 

* Pinwheels (choose three different kinds and make handmade labels for them for each platter)
* Veggie Tray (this can be bought the day of and arranged on a large serving platter)
* Fruit Tray (this can also be bought the day of the reception)
* Bread basket (serve with butter on the side)
* Chex Mix (make your own signature wedding blend)
* Chips and Dips (this is something that can be picked up a week before the wedding and stored. Serve the dips in cute bowls or portion out the dip in plastic containers to make it easier for guests to serve themselves)
* Pistolettes (these meat filled rolls are great to cook right before the wedding reception and serve well with dipping sauces)
* Little Smokies (throw them in a crock pot and place a basket of rolls next to it for guests to make small little sausage sandwiches)
* Cheese and cracker trays (can be bought the day of and arranged nicely on platters)
* Bacon wrapped Jalapenos (these are harder to make ahead of time, so ask someone you trust to make them right before the wedding) 

Cocktail Menu:

Choose only three types of liquor to serve, and five drinks that are non alcoholic to give the cocktail bar plenty of options. For a real treat, make your own signature wedding cocktail and serve that in bulk, but offer older guests the option of another liquor or ask them the bring their own bottle if they don;t drink what you will be serving. Toast your guests with our signature drink. 

On-hand, offer:

Chilled bottles of water
Sweet and unsweet tea
Coke
Sprite
Juice (especially if you have children attending the wedding) 

Have you been to a wedding that had a great menu on a budget? Share it with me in a comment.

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The Benefits of a life insurance policy

The Benefits of Taking Out a Life Insurance Policy

If you happen to be a person who thinks you do not need life insurance, you should think again. There are several benefits that a person gets from purchasing a life insurance policy. The money that your life insurance policy will generate when you finally die will help to address several fundamental needs of your loved ones:

1. It will provide income for your family while they are adjusting

When a person dies who is an income provider, there is a major impact on the surviving family’s finances. The income of the family will certainly decrease. There is an excellent chance that a lower standard of living will be experienced by the survivors. The death benefits provided by a life insurance policy can ensure that this does not happen. At the very least, the negative financial impact will be minimized. This is why it is important that the person who is insured has enough coverage so that the surviving family will have adequate financial support during an extended period of grieving. They can then have time to get back on their feet by finding new sources of income.

2. It covers funeral and medical expenses

It is possible that the insured person will have large medical expenses before their death. An extended illness can easily cost many thousands of dollars in hospital bills. Even the most basic funeral service can also be quite expensive. All of these expenses will be paid for by an insurance policy with adequate coverage.

3. It funds specific financial goals

Along with providing the surviving family members with a source of income, the money from a life insurance policy can also create money to go towards financial goals that the insured person had planned for their family. These goals might include capital for a business, the purchase of a home, or college money for children. Since the main income provider can no longer save money to use towards these goals, a portion of the insurance money can be used to provide some of the necessary funding.

4. It pays for debt and taxes

There may be a large amount of debt that is left behind by the deceased. If the estate is large, taxes may also become an issue. Inheritance and property taxes must be paid before the money can be distributed to any of the heirs. The money provided by a life insurance policy can be used to settle obligations like these. If no money is available, the heirs may be forced to sell assets at below current market value to pay taxes and other debts. Large penalties can be levied against the estate if these taxes are not paid on time. The survivors might even be forced to forfeit their ownership of the estate in certain extreme cases. Adequate life insurance coverage will ensure that your estate is taken care of. Your heirs will be provided for and your cherished possessions will go to the people you want to have them, instead of being sold at auction to pay estate taxes and debts. Purchasing an affordable life insurance policy will allow you to take care of your family even after your life has ended.

Fun, inexpensive ideas to do for your anniversary! #anniversaryideas

fun and inexpensive anniversary ideas
my hubby and me on our 20th anniversary

 

My hubby and I celebrated 20 years together this year. That’s a lot of anniversaries we had to find things to do on. With small kids and a small budget that sometimes made for some very interesting anniversaries. Here’s a list of all we’ve done.

1. Go kayaking together and spend time on a quiet lake or river. This was such a great anniversary date. We enjoyed the quiet of the lake and the company of each other. The poison ivy I got was just a bonus. Oy!

2. Go on a long hike and take a picnic. We enjoy nature a lot. So we spend a lot of time out in it. It’s so relaxing just being together and drowning out the world, cell phones, internet.

3. Have a pot luck dinner and invite your friends. We did and supplied a nice big cake and drinks and we all had a blast. It was one of the most fun anniversary date ideas that we had. Celebrating with those you love always makes it special.

4. Send the kids to the grandparents, rent a redbox and make a nice dinner. We are always on a budget so this was definitely one we’ve done and what we are able to afford. It’s still a special night with you and your love.

5. Write love letters to each other, turn off the tv and all the interruptions and just be together. Play board games or cards and just share your time. 

Anniversaries are the time to just spend time  reflecting on the years you’ve made it through and the ones to come. There’s no reason to spend tons of money just be together and remember why it is you feel in love. Happy Anniversary and may you have many more to come! 

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