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Day: March 21, 2018

Brides Can Add a Personal Touch to Wedding With Do-it-Yourself Flowers

Do-it-yourself wedding flowers have become more popular in recent years as resources for creating them have become more available. However, many women do not have the time or other means to take advantage of this option. One simple alternative is to do a little of both – hire a professional florist to handle the bulk of the flowers and save some DIY projects for yourself.

Take on Only What is Realistic

Some brides might like the idea of ​​lovingly creating every arrangement, bouquet and boutonniere. However, that romantic notification often goes out the window after several hours of work results in only miscalculations, wasted supplies and endless frustration.

A good rule is to take on only a few DIY arrangements, ones that will mean the most. For some, this might be the bridal bouquet. If that project looks like a bit too high-profile, consider smaller touches. Hand-crafted corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom would take on special meaning. Realistically decide on what projects you could complete, and leave the rest to your florist.

An already overwhelmed bride-to-be should use her DIY projects as a way to release stress, not create more. Consulting with a florist is a great place to start. Ask for advice on which arrangements are good for DIY projects. A good florist will share ideas, designs and other information that the bride can use to create her DIY wedding flowers. Working together with the florist will ensure that the DIY flowers complement the professional arrangements.

DIY Is not Just About Saving Money

Using DIY wedding flowers in combination with a professional florist offers many advantages. Saving money is definitely one of those benefits – sometimes up to 50 percent or more of a florist's cost. However, DIY wedding flowers can offer something more valuable than money: time, memories and a personal touch.

Some brides have the resources to create every last floral arrangement themselves. However, most women do not have the time, patience or creativity to spare. But by taking on just a few DIY projects, busy brides can still enjoy a sense of accomplishment and pride that no amount of money can buy. Plus, they always have the security of knowing they can call on their florist to help with any unfinished work.

Of all the wedding day expenses, flowers will be one of the few things that last, through photographs, scrapbooks and other mementos. DIY wedding flowers also give the bride an opportunity to invite bridesmaids, friends and family – even the kids – to have a hand in making the wedding come to life. Just the time spent with loved ones, sitting around a table creating bouquets and centerpieces, will create a lifetime of memories.

Resources to Get Started and Stay Motivated

Creating arrangements takes not only creativity, but also other skills such as budgeting, time management, organizing and delegating. Questions in these areas will most definitely come up as brides begin their DIY projects. The Internet is an invaluable resource …

Debt and the Single Parent in These Tough Economic Times

If you are a single parent in these tough economic times, the financial climate can be a little stressful. Finding ways to solve your financial problems due to immediate needs is not easy to solve due to all the competition in the workplace. The type of jobs that a single parent would take on a part time basis to get through are becoming more and more scarce due to job competition from others seeking employment. Keeping up with the bills is harder if you also have late payments which can add additional costs that were not there before.

It is harder to pay for the immediate needs of children if there are insufficient funds due to today's economic climate. Pooling resources with other single parents is one way that can be helpful. Babysitting services can be shared if one is working and the other is at home. This will help in the long run if there can be a shared sense of responsibility that can be worked out between the two single parents. I have two friends now who do this on a regular basis. A sense of financial stability is vital for children to grow up with a sense of security.

Sometimes, two single parents get together and find a real bond between each other and end up getting married. I have a friend that I went to school with that met a lady with a little girl. They worked together and shared responsibility and decided to get married because they had so much in common. They are still married today. This is one of those great stories that you never hear about because of all the negative feedback we are all receiving from the news media.

Debt management is tough when you are a single parent. Credit cards have made it so easy to get deep in debt and now we are all paying for this mistake. I blame the Credit Card Companies for all their advertising to encourage people to spend non-existent money. Remember that Credit Card commercial that everyone was charging their purchase in the line and one person was using cash and the music changed .. The Credit Card companies commercial claimed that using their card was fast and smart but using cash was slow and stupid. Do you see an example of those commercials today, the answer is no because the Credit Card companies are losing money due to defaults of creditors. Remember Cash is King and will always be.

In conclusion, the first step on the road to financial stability for a single parent is debt management. Working together with other single parents can help get you through times like this and give your children a sense of financial security. Occidentally, two single parents really hit it off, get married and have a fairy tale ending. So there is light at the end of the tunnel for some of us. Debt management takes prudence and discipline for success to help end the quandary …