Monday, December 14, 2009

How to shop for Christmas gifts

christmas gifts Do you feel it coming? It’s Christmas – and it’s just around the corner! To prepare for the holidays, you should have come up with a gift list by now. If you haven’t, don’t sweat it! Shopping for Christmas gifts for your friends and family is as easy as ho ho ho! All you need is a pen, paper, and your thinking cap.


1. Who’s on your list? Prepare a roster of whom you plan on giving gifts to this Christmas. Don’t assume that you can remember everything by memory alone; once you’re up to your elbows in presents, it’s easy to forget a name or two.

2.  What’s your budget? Before you rush off to buy gifts for your loved ones, set a budget range. You don’t want to be surprised later when you get home and find out you’ve spent more than you can afford. Write down how much you are willing to spend on every person on your Christmas gift list.

3. What do you plan on giving? Beside each name on your list, write down any gift ideas you have. This will help you narrow down your shopping agenda and help you plan on where to go buying gifts later on.

4. gift wrapDo you want to wrap your gifts on your own or have them wrapped in the store? If you plan on wrapping Christmas gifts by yourself, make sure to include gift wrap, tape, and ribbon in your shopping list.




5. Cash or card? If you want to use your credit card, make sure you bring your list – and a pen. You don’t to go overboard, so always jot down what you’ve already spent to make sure you know how much you’ve already dished out so far. Same goes for if you plan on using cash. Make sure you keep all your receipts to countercheck your expenses when you get home.

6. how to shop for christmas giftsWhen and where do you want to buy your Christmas gifts? Based on everything you’ve jotted down so far, what shops and stores do you think will suit your needs best? Remember that almost everyone will be shopping for Christmas gifts right about now, just like you. Shopping for gifts during the weekdays and early in the morning will be your best bet to avoid the shopping frenzy. You can spread out your shopping into several days to make sure you don’t rush into buying something you’ll regret later on.

Fate favors the prepared. Knowing how to shop for Christmas gifts helps guarantee that you get to enjoy it. After all, giving gifts is not a task; it’s a pleasure.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Wedding Checklist

How to prepare for a wedding:

wedding ring wedding band life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day Are you preparing for a wedding? You must have been dreaming about the perfect wedding since you were seven: the perfect cake, the perfect wedding dress… and the perfect groom, of course!

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Wedding preparations have to be made step by step in an organized fashion to guarantee that you don’t miss out on anything when that fateful day comes.

To help you keep things organized and easy-to-follow, the tasks you need to accomplish for the wedding are broken down for you:

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~ Wedding preparations 2 to 6 months before the big day ~

~ Wedding preparations 1 to 2 months before the big day ~

~ Wedding preparations 2 to 4 weeks before the big day ~

~ Wedding preparations 1 to 2 weeks before the big day ~

Six to Twelve Months Before the Wedding

Wedding Preparations:

One year may seem like a lot of time, but there is a lot of wedding preparations that need to be done! You have to pick out an entourage, decide on what dress to wear… oh, and there’s the question of where to get married. There should really be a wedding checklist!

Fortunately, we’ve provided one for you. If you’re wondering about how to prepare for a wedding 6 to 12 months before the big day, here is a detailed wedding checklist!

  • Pick the date and time of your wedding. This is the first decision you will wedding set the date life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day marriage preparationsmake as an engaged couple. Make sure to choose a date and time when everybody you want present on your wedding day is available.





  • Decide on how much you are willing to spend for the wedding. Is it going to be a simple, intimate wedding? Or a grand, fireworks-worthy one? Many of your decisions about the wedding will depend on the budget you will set aside.
    • After you’ve decided on the total budget, start planning on how much you are going to spend on the reception, the dress, the flowers, etc. Many couples find that their initial estimated budget is too small after they have broken down what the budget is for.
    • Remember that although you’ve already partitioned your budget, the allocation of funds to specific tasks should be flexible to allow for last-minute adjustments.
  • Establish where you want to get married. When choosing your venue, wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day consider where the actual wedding will be and where the reception will take place. Make sure that they are both situated within a reasonable distance from each other. Having the reception several kilometers away may bring problems later, like having late guests because of traffic conditions, etc.
    • After you have agreed on the location, don’t forget to have it reserved immediately. Some venues may take up to two years before they have an opening, so make sure to save your slot as soon as you can.
  • If you plan on getting married in a church, express your wishes to the parish priest or any clergyman in charge of church events.
  • Plan for your honeymoon. How much do you want to spend? Do you want to have your honeymoon outside the country? Are you having it right after the wedding, or about a few weeks after?
  • Start looking for the following:
    • Catering service
    • Cake designer
    • Wedding florist
    • Wedding photography and video services
    • Music and entertainment provider for both the wedding and the reception
  • Tell your family and friends about it. It’s time to share the good news with them! Your family and friends will also be more than happy to offer you help.
  • Start working on your entourage list. Would you want your boss at work to be one of your sponsors? Or do you prefer close relatives and friends instead? Choosing your entourage is critical. Don’t forget to include everyone special to you and your spouse. Always check with your parents for suggestions, just in case you forgot an uncle who happens to be a favorite of yours.
  • Look for a wedding gown. It is understandable that a lot of women feel this to wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding gown wedding dress be an important step. If your gown doesn’t come with a veil, order for one as well. Don’t forget to choose a pair of shoes to go with your gown. In addition, remember that you may need special underwear for your gown. You should also look for a dress you can wear for the reception, if you have plans of changing after the wedding rites.



  • Decide on what your entourage should wear as well. Choosing gowns and outfits for your entourage doesn’t have to be expensive. However, make sure that your entourage will be comfortable with clothes you pick. Consult with them and tell them what you have in mind. Just to be clear, you are not asking them what they want to wear; instead, you are asking them if they want to wear what you have intended for them. Asking for suggestions from your entourage may become problematic as they may give you requests that are hard to meet.
  • Choose your theme. There are many themes and color schemes available. Consider the location of your wedding when deciding on your color scheme.
  • Try to find a custom shop for wedding invitations. Your wedding invites should be in keeping with the theme of your wedding. Don’t forget to include directions on how to get to the wedding and reception venues. wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding vows marriage vows
  • Establish how you want to do your vows. Do want to have traditional vows or would you prefer to have them written yourselves?


  • Visit your jeweler to look for wedding rings. Remember that these are the wedding band marriage ring life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day rings you will be wearing everyday for the rest of your married life, so choose well. Take your time – there’s no need to rush.




  • Decide on where your bridal registry will be. Start registering the items you feel are appropriate as wedding gifts for you and your spouse. Choose items that you will need for a new home. Stick to useful pieces that will help you and your spouse-to-be start a new life together. Pieces that are easy to replace when they break are great for a starting family.

Want to know about how to prepare 2 to 6 months before the wedding? Read this.

Two to Six Months Before the Wedding

Wedding Preparations:

Six months before the wedding, you should have gone through the preliminary checklist and completed the initial preparations. If you haven’t read the preliminary wedding checklist, click here.

The wedding is just round the bend! Are you ready to tie the knot? Two to six months before the big day, you have a few more things to accomplishwedding flowers wedding florist life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day.

  • Look for flowers that will complement the color scheme and theme you c hose. Then, visit the wedding florist you picked and tell them about your ideas. Don’t forget to bring samples of the clothes your entourage will be wearing. Also, provide a picture of the flower arrangement you want.


  • Decide on what kind of food you want. Review packages from caterers and consider how many you plan on inviting to your wedding. Rank your choices according to what you want the most. Make sure to stay within budget.
  • At this time, you should be done addressing your wedding invites. Doing wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding invites wedding invitations this ahead of time will guarantee that you don’t run out of wedding invites later on. If you happen to run short, you will have ample time to order extras.



  • If you want to hold a rehearsal dinner, this is the perfect time to do so. If you’re thinking that rehearsal dinners are simply a waste of time and money, think again. Any unforeseen problems may show their ugly heads during the reception, which is better than noticing them for the first time during your wedding day.
  • If you have visitors from out of town, reserve hotel rooms or other lodging arrangements for them. Consider everything they need; these people have come from far away, setting aside their jobs to share your special moment with you. Make sure you give them the treatment they deserve.
  • Choose what type of music you want for your wedding. What music do you wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding music reception music reception entertainment want played when you are walking down the aisle? Decide on the ceremony music, including what songs will be played before, during, and after the wedding.
    • How about the music for the reception? Ask the music provider of your choice to provide you with a list of their available music. Screen a few tracks to make sure that the list given to you actually meet your specifications.


  • wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding photographer wedding videographer Get together with your photographer and/ or videographer. Ask to see packages and determine how much each will cost. If you have specific ideas on how you want your pictures and videos taken, give them clear instructions. Take your time when talking to your photographer as he will be the one immortalizing the most special day of your life. Your wedding pictures will not only be yours to look at; your guests and family will also be ordering pictures, so make sure your photographer is capable of giving you the pictures that you want.
    • After settling everything with your photographer, it’s time to have your picture taken. You and your spouse should have a proper photograph together, taken at a time when you are still not rushing arrangements. At this time, you still look fresh and relaxed, perfect for a wedding photograph. Have your nails and hair done.
  • Meet with your cake designer. Choose the wedding cake you want. When wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding cake marriage deciding on your cake, don’t forget that taste is just as important as the design. Choose a cake that won’t melt and soften during the reception.



  • Prepare wedding favors for your guests. You can either purchase them or make them yourselves.

Want to know about how to prepare for a wedding 1 to 2 months before the big day? Read this.

For the complete wedding checklist, click here.

One to Two Months Before the Wedding

Wedding Preparations:

The wedding is just a few months away! Before long, you’ll be married to the only man you want to be with. Are you ready to take the leap?

To get you ready for the wedding, make sure you’ve done all the necessary preparations a year before the wedding; click here to find out more.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time for the finishing touches.

  • Call your wedding florist and ask for updates. Do they have difficulties  wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding bouquet flowers wedding florist outsourcing the flowers you want? Will the flowers be available on your wedding day? Make sure there are no problems and work out any that you discover.



  • wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding cakeChoose your wedding and reception venue d├ęcor, such as balloons, candles, etc. 




  • Mail all your wedding invites.
  • Your wedding dress should be ready for fitting by now. Try it on and make wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding dress wedding gown sure you can walk, sit, and breathe comfortably in it. When trying on your dress, consider how you plan on wearing it for your wedding: is it okay to have your hair done before you wear the gown? Or will it be difficult to wear the gown after your hair is all done? Is the dress the right length for the shoes you are wearing? Or will you need new shoes or have the length of your gown adjusted?
    • Decide on what accessories to wear, such as earrings, bags, gloves, etc. Have your entourage fit on their dresses as well.
  • Ask your other service providers if there are any issues. Is the wedding wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding cakes cake going to be ready in time? Where and when will the photographer meet with you during the wedding? What time should the musicians start preparing? Do they have passes to set up before anybody else gets there, or do they have to meet with someone before they can start preparing their equipment?


  • Decide on what your transportation will be. Don’t forget to plan for your entourage as well. Will they be using their own cars, or will you need to rent or borrow cars for them? wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding announcement newspaper
  • Have your wedding announcement published in the newspaper. What kind of  announcement would you prefer, short but sweet or lengthy and elaborate?



  • Make necessary plans about living arrangements once you and your partner are married. Do you have any plans of purchasing a new house or are you moving into his?
  • Prepare a seating arrangement for the reception. Make sure you seat friends and family together. Organizing the seating arrangement involves strategy and cunning; make sure that brawling relatives are not seated together.

Want to know about how to prepare 2 to 4 weeks before the wedding? Read this.

For the complete wedding checklist, click here.

Two to Four Weeks Before the Wedding

Wedding Preparations:

Wedding jitters are common as the big day draws near. To maintain your cool, make sure you have gone through the preparations way ahead of time. For the complete list of tips on how to prepare for a wedding, click here.

Even when the wedding day is six months away, you have a few more tasks to prepare (listed here). When the wedding is a couple of months away, finishing touches are necessary to ensure that everything goes smoothly (click here to see the checklist).

Now that the wedding is less than a month away, you’re almost there! Just make sure that you have everything you need.

  • Check if everything is set. Call the florist, cake designer, etc. Verify delivery wedding set the date life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day dates. Make sure the shipping address is not confused with the delivery address. Finalize what inscriptions will be engraved on your wedding rings. Check that everyone has the necessary contact information to coordinate with each other. Does the florist have the address of the reception venue? Does the cake designer know where to go?


  • Prepare a list of tasks for the wedding day and make sure someone is assigned to all of them. Who will be the emcee? Who will coordinate with the musicians? Who will pick up your dress? And so on.
  • Make copies of the task list you made and give it to everyone concerned. That way, they won’t forget what they’re supposed to do.
  • wedding ring marriage band life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding dayHave your marriage license ready. You may need to have medical check-ups and labs done. If you plan on going out of the country for your honeymoon, get the recommended shots.
  • Contact all your banks and make necessary changes for your account name. Important documents and transactions bearing your name should also be updated.
  • Finalize everything. Wedding guests, sponsors, and the entire entourage should be ready. The seating arrangement for the reception should be complete. The reception venue should be double checked; make sure they have all your instructions down pat. Verify that they have the right date and time.

Want to know about how to prepare 1 to 2 weeks before the wedding? Read this.

For a complete checklist of wedding preparations, click here.

One to Two Weeks Before the Wedding

Wedding Preparations:

It’s almost time! Just a few more days and you’re married! Have you checked the complete list of wedding preparations? If not, click here.

You are almost ready to go through with the wedding! Just a few more things to check and you are ready to tie that knot.

  • Prepare ready-to-mail thank you notes for gifts that you will be receiving on wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding thank you note your wedding day. Prepare thank you notes for your partner’s parents, the sponsors, and the entourage as well.




  • Get in touch with the reception director and give your final seating arrangement and guest count.
  • wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding hair stylist wedding hairdresser hairstylist Book an appointment with your hair and make-up stylist. Schedule your nail appointment as well. Don’t forget to set an appointment for the groom, of course. Ask your bridesmaids and attendants where they plan on preparing for the wedding; coordinate with them if you plant to avail of a stylist for them in a common venue.


  • Get your something old/ new/ borrowed/ blue.
  • If some of your guests are being flown in, have them picked up on time. If they want to head to their hotel rooms first, arrange for them to be taken there and picked up for the wedding later on.
  • Plan what you are going to do on the actual date. What time will you get up? wedding life walkthrough wedding preparations wedding day wedding preparations wedding date What time will your stylist arrive? Make sure you have a schedule for your wedding day.




  • Now, it’s time for you to relax. You have done a good job preparing for your wedding day. It’s time to sit back, relax, and look forward to the day you will celebrate finding the one person you want to spend your life with. Congratulations and the best of luck!

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