Flowers for the Occasion

Flowers are one of those timeless treasures that never cease to bring a smile, a blush, a skipping heartbeat – flowers are an example of a love that grows with treasured care and love. With the right soil, water, sunlight, and care, flowers grow to be ornaments of pure astounding beauty; same with love. There are so many occasions where flowers are a meaningful addition to a perfect day. What are some of those occasions, you might ask? Alright gentleman, grab your pen and paper (or iPad, phone, tablet, or whatever it is you use!) and take note – these occasions are the best times to give the lady of your dreams a bouquet of flowers.

Daffodil Bouquet by Josh Lowensohn

Will You Be My Valentine? This is probably one of the most obvious occasions where flowers are a perfect touch to a romantic day, afternoon, or evening. Valentines flowers are absolutely perfect – they set the mood of pure romance as the heavenly scent of roses permeates the air. Bashful Birthday Babe: It’s her birthday, and whether or not she’s excited about it, giving her a gorgeous bouquet of flowers is important. Make it unique by choosing “birth flowers” – it’s the same idea as a birthstone. Each month has a special flower, and by getting your wife, fiancé, or girlfriend her birth flower, it shows her you put a little effort into the choosing! Here’s a list of birth flowers for ya!

  • **January**: Carnations **July:** Larkspur/Delphinium * February: **Violet/Iris **August:** Gladiolus * **March:** Daffodil **September:** Aster * **April:** Sweet Pea/Daisy **October:** Marigold * **May:** Lily **November:** Chrysanthemum * **June:** Rose **December:** Narcissus/Poinsettia **Marvelous Mommy Day: As a mom myself, Mother’s Day is a special time; it’s recognition for all the sweet and glorious hard work us mommy’s do in order to take care of our beautiful babies and fantastic husbands. Remind your sweet wife that she’s your whole world by giving her a gorgeous bouquet of her favorite flowers!

A Life of Forever with You: Your anniversary day is one of the most important days y’all will have together; it was a day of pure enigmatic joy as love saturated the air and promises of forever were whispered ever so softly. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting your anniversary day! Bring home a gorgeous bouquet of roses to show your wonderful wife how much you love her!

Bringing Home Baby: This one isn’t quite as popular as the other occasions, but it’s still a great time to get fabulous flowers for the new mommy! A small bouquet of sweet smelling flowers will help to brighten the plain hospital room. Although you both will only have eyes for each other and your new bundle of joy, a bouquet of flowers will help to make the room feel a little homier! Now, gentleman, since y’all have a list of occasions that are great for flowers, there are no more excuses! So, now that the opportunity is here, take the moment and surprise her with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers on hers or y’alls special day!

March Wedding Madness

March is my absolute favorite time of the year – mostly because it’s the month when my fabulous hubby and I got married. With the month of March comes a thawing of frost, the blooming of flowers, the warm kiss of the sun’s rays on your cheeks; simply put, March is one of the best months to get married in. Between the warming temperature and the blooming flowers, you simply can’t find a more beautiful backdrop or more comfortable time. Since March is marching away, you’re probably on the rush to finish last minute things, such as table cards. So, in order to help you out a bit with ideas and how-to’s, here are some gorgeous and great table placement card ideas for ya!

Floral and Chalkboard Table Number by Gemma Morgan

Table Numbers: First things first – table numbers. There are, literally, hundreds of different table number ideas, but my favorite has to be the floral table numbers, simply because March is a gorgeous time filled with blooms and delicious scents. Here are the directions:

  • What You Need: * small vintage medicine bottles
  • 1 flower per vase- choose a favorite that’s in season such as:
  • Hydrangea Lillium Casablanca
  • Iris Magnolia
  • Wooden round craft sticks
  • Material of your choice
  • Iron-on letters or numbers (if you want to change it up from the widely used numbers, you can place your guests at tables a, b, c, and so on.)

  • **Assembly:** * Snip one flower, leaving the stem ¼ of an inch longer than the bottle

  • Place flower in bottle – add a little water to elongate flowers life (or leave without water)

  • Cut material into triangles, and then wrap around one stick.
  • Iron on table number on each side of material
  • Place completed table number in bottle with flower, place on table, and done!

Table Seating Chart: To continue with that vintage chic, floral theme that we’ve got going on, let’s opt for something like this: a large white board surrounded by your flowers of choice (opt, again, for flowers in season) and toss in a ton of Baby’s Breath. Baby’s Breath is super inexpensive, it’s a gorgeous filler, and it lasts for forever (almost literally) Here are the (generic) directions:

  • What You Need: * Large White Corrugated Sheets
  • White Card Stock in 2 different sizes
  • 1: Medium in size, to have you and your fiancé’s name and wedding date written/typed on (opt for calligraphic text)
  • However many cards you need per table (if you have 7 tables, get 7 rectangular cards and type each person’s name on the cards)

  • **Assembly:** This is pretty self-explanatory and relatively easy. All you need to do is have all the above information printed on each card stock (guests names typed on each card, telling them which table they’re at) and glued to the large white board. After that’s completed, you attach all of the flowers on the edge of the white board. Once that’s finished, if it won’t look too overdone, add simple decoration pieces (like pearls, lace, or whatever else you can think of) on the table cards, underneath the table number. This is just one of many table seating ideas, and it can easily be changed to your preference! It has a vintage chic appeal, so it’s perfect for all you vintage brides!

DIY Save The Dates

Save the dates are marvelous for many reasons – you have the ability to give your guests a notice well in advance, it sets the date in stone, and it prepares you for the next step, the invitations. Now, for those of you who want to save a few pennies, there are a few ways of going about it, one being DIY save the dates!As I was scrolling through my Microsoft Word menu, I noticed a template for save the dates! How convenient! So, I went ahead and started playing around with it to see what I could come up with. Not only was it easy, but the result was professional, easy, and free! So, here are a few ideas that include Microsoft Word and a few great websites!

Microsoft Word: For those of you with an updated version of Microsoft Word (Microsoft 2013) than these directions will be easier for you to follow. For those of you who have older versions, I’m sure the directions are similar, but you may have to dig a little deeper to do the same thing. Let’s get started!

Shutterfly: This is a really popular website that many brides (including my wonderful friend!) has used and the save the dates always come out fabulously. On this website, you can upload your own photos, design the cards however you want, order, and print! This allows you to make and design the invitation however you want, giving you the freedom to make it as personal and detailed as you want.

Vistaprint: This is another great website where you can not only make your save the dates, but you can also create your invitations. Make sure (with both websites) you know exactly how many cards you need, and then order 3 or 4 extra, just in case you forgot someone or wanted to add someone to your guest list.

Tinyprints: This is another website where you can create your own invitations with some of the pre-designed templates that they have. You don’t have quite as much designing freedom, but the templates they do have are wonderful and gorgeous, so no worries about attraction and style here! These are just four of many different ways you can create your own invitations! If you have any other invitation ideas, be sure to leave an idea in the comments section! Any and all ideas are appreciated, loved, and definitely considered!

An Irish Wedding: Outdoor Décor

Ok, so far we’ve taken a look at [indoor Celtic-themed wedding decorations](http://theplungeproject.com/irish-wedding-diy-wedding- decorations), but what about those of you who are hosting you wedding outdoors? If you’re on a budget and you’re a DIY fanatic, you can go about decorating your reception and ceremony area with a personal touch! There are so many cool and fun DIY projects for you to do, but I’m only going to mention a few. So, if you’re ready to check out some great outdoor wedding decorations, here are some ideas!

Lighting: Again, lighting is super important when it comes to decorations for many reasons. Some of the reasons include bathing your guests in an illuminating glow that allows them to see everything and everyone, and having the proper lighting ensures that your photographer will be able to capture all the right moments in the best light possible. Here are a few lighting ideas:

  • Paper Lanterns- Paper lanterns are absolutely stunning – they create a whimsical appeal, giving your wedding that mystical appeal. You can get a variety of sizes and colors on great websites such as this!

  • Candles: You can hang a whole bunch of little candles in clear jars from the limbs of trees or place them on the tables. The options are endless, and with a whole bunch of little candles all over the place, your reception and ceremony area will be well lit! You can find a bunch of little white candles at dollar stores, or you can order them online. You can purchase a bundle for a great price on Amazon, or you can order them from actual online candle stores.

**Fabrics for Decoration: **Let’s take a look at some other decoration pieces that you can purchase or do yourself!

  • Sheer White Cotton Drapes: You can use these for a lot of different things. For example, you can use them to drape over and through the pillars of the arch, you can use them above the table where you and your wedding party eat, and you can use them to drape on the side of the benches. Finding white linen is easy – you can either order it online or you can buy bolts of fabric at your local fabric shop.

  • Burlap: This is usually a rustic decoration piece, but done just right you can really make it Celtic! Websites such as this offer a huge selection of burlap rolls for great prices. You can purchase Tartan burlap here or at your local fabric shops.

Celtic Knot by travelling.steve

Outdoor Tabletop Decorations: Like we’ve mentioned before, a whole lot of greenery is a good thing! It’s reminiscent of the Irish mountains and rolling hills that are draped with a rich green blanket of grass and clovers. Here are some ideas:

  • Candles: Candles are great decoration pieces for your tables. Place tall and squatty candles in clear vases, and then surround the bottom with lush greenery. Throw in a few baby’s breath for a snap of white.

  • Celtic Cross: You can place a Celtic cross in the middle of each table for that perfect Celtic touch. You can find gorgeous Celtic crosses on websites like this!

  • Celtic Knot: Not only is the Celtic Knot an intrinsic piece, but it would also be a great decoration item as well. You can hang the Celtic knot on the front of the bridal party dining table, you can place them on the guest’s tables, or you can use mini Celtic knots for guest seating and as favors. These are just a few of the many great outdoor decoration ideas that you can pick from. With your wedding being outdoors, you can let nature do a lot of the “wowing.” Using simple yet gorgeous Celtic pieces to decorate your tables will give your reception and ceremony area a touch of perfection!

An Irish Wedding: DIY Wedding Decorations

Ok, now that we have a list of Celtic themed wedding favors, now we can take a deeper look into some great DIY Celtic themed wedding decorations. Remember, lighting is important, so we’ll take a look at some great light fixture ideas!

Table Lanterns by FestivitiesMN

DIY Decorations: This may seem a bit daunting, but truth be told, this could be more fun than you think! We’ll organize decorations by indoor and outdoor, focusing today on indoor decorations. If you’re wedding is outside, the next blog post is just for you! Ok, so, here are some great indoor DIY decoration ideas just for you!

  • Flowers: This is an easy one. If you’re on a budget, a great way to keep things under control is to minimize the actual use of flowers. Instead, opt for buds and lots of greenery. Ireland is known for its green, rolling hills and greenery painting the surfaces of walls, trees, and homes, so a lot of greenery isn’t bad. Opt for Bells of Ireland for your greenery and then throw in some of your other favorites. Place them strategically on a few tables, on the outer arm of every other chair or pew in the church, and then maybe one or two vases of flowers on the serving tables (if there’s room).

  • Lighting: This is a biggie. If you want your guests to be able to see well, especially if your wedding is in the evening, than you will need to take care to make sure your reception room is well lit. Some lighting ideas include:

  • Candles: Short, squatty candles of varying heights are great in clusters. For a little extra Celtic twist, you can adhere a 4-leaf clover or horse shoe on one or two of the candles per table.

  • Lanterns: If you’re indoors, you can place the lanterns on each table. The fun part about lanterns is you can find them at second hand stores. Having a variety of styles and sizes makes your decorations more interesting while remaining consistent.

  • Icicle Lights: You can find inexpensive boxes on Amazon. You can hang these everywhere – the entranceway, above you and your wedding party at the dinner table, even on the front of the serving table(s). Hang them above a few windows and on your favors table even. Remember, the more lighting, the better.

  • Table Cloths and Runners: Your tables need to be covered in order to make it more ornate, attractive, and decorative. If your wedding colors incorporate green at all, you could opt for a deep, emerald green table runner to go over a crisp, white table cloth. Your chairs could be covered in a crisp white cover with an emerald green sash. Another idea is to have emerald green napkins as well. Choose one or two of the table ideas, not all of them. You don’t want to go overboard. Another idea is to do every other table one way or the other, that way you can add a consistent variety. A lot of places that you rent dinnerware from also provide table cloths or runners. If you want both, you can always shop online for bolts of cloth for your table runners, or you can shop on Amazon or EBay for inexpensive runners. These are just a few of the many ideas for decorations that you can consider for your indoor Celtic themed wedding! For those of you celebrating outside, take a look at tomorrow’s blog post and see what’s up!

An Irish Wedding: DIY Decorations

Ok, we’ve taken a gander at attire and taken a smidgen of a glimpse at some DIY things you could do for favors as well as decorations. I’m going to show you just how to do these favors and decorations to not only save you a few pennies, but to make it a little more personable, enjoyable, and unforgettable!

An Irish Proverb by Abby Lanes

DIY Irish Themed Favors: One of the greatest favors since sliced bread is ingredients in a jar for breads, cookies, and even hot chocolate. So, let’s go ahead and take a favorite Irish dessert and let’s turn it into a delicious favor!

  • Irish Soda Bread Cookies: These seem to be a popular choice when it comes to cookies. Click on this link to find the exact directions and ingredients. Now, in order to make it a favor, put all of the dry ingredients in the jar, starting with the flour and making your way to the caraway seeds. Once all your ingredients are in the jar, screw on the lid and then wrap a piece of twine with a Celtic symbol, horseshoe, or clover on the string. If you want, make the shamrock or whatnot big enough so you can print directions on one side and you and your spouses name and wedding date on the other. This is a delicious and relatively easy favor. Seriously, who doesn’t love cookies?

  • Bless them Guests: A lot of Irish proverbs and blessings are out there, and what better way to send your guests off than with a blessing and a showing of love? One unique way that you can send your guests off with a blessing is to type in a gorgeous font a sweet Irish proverb and print it on a scroll, a 4-leaf clover, or any other Irish-themed design, and then place it at each seat. This is inexpensive, sweet, and easy.

  • Saved by the Bell: One Irish tradition is tiny silver bells that are rung once at the wedding ceremony, and then after your wedding. Whenever you and your spouse find yourselves in a disagreement, you can ring the tinkling tiny bell in reminder of your deep and unmovable love for one another. Give one to each of your guests with a little note of what the bell represents.

  • Seeds of Love: Seeds are a great little reminder of what love does – with nourishment, love and care, the buds bloom into gorgeous, breathtaking flowers. So, one great favor is to choose an Irish flower that grows well in your hometown’s climate, and then put a few seeds in a little brown packet. On the front of the packet, put something cute like “Seeds of Love” or “Growing in Love” and then you and your spouse’s wedding date. On the back, put what type of flowers you have in the packet and directions for watering, planting, etc. You can find great websites such as this one that explains what type of flowers they are, what climate they grow best in, and you can even order them straight from this website. Look online for reputable floral websites and then order a bundle. We’ve taken a look at some great, easy, inexpensive DIY Celtic favors that are not only cute, but they’re personal and memorable. One thing to remember is to make sure your favors are testament to you and your spouse – if y’all like to bake, then do the cookies. If you love gardens and flowers, than choose the seeds. Make it personal and have fun!

An Irish Wedding on a Budget: Part 2

We’ve already taken a look at just some of the pieces that you need to pull off an Irish wedding! We’ve looked at the groom and groomsmen pieces as well as some advice on your wedding dress. Now, we’ll take a look at bridesmaid dresses and we’ll start looking into DIY Irish decorations that are gorgeous, eye catching, and affordable!

The Bridesmaids: Now, like your dress, you can find a lot of great selections on line. But, unlike your wedding dress, it’s not crucial that they try on a similar style before they order. There are a ton of great bridesmaid dress websites, so I’ll list just a few great ones. * http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_bridesmaid-dresses-all-bridesmaid-dresses This website does have its selection of higher priced dresses, but if you shop right and use their discounts when they’re offered, you can find some great dresses for much less!

Shamrock Garland by Dizzy Girl

Décor on a Budget: Now we all know that candelabras, lace table runners, and fine china are all gorgeous, but they also all come with a hefty price tag. In order to keep your Celtic wedding on a budget, you’ll need to do a little shopping as well as a little DIY! Here are a few (of the many!) ideas for you to consider!

  • Think lots of greenery, as it pays tribute to the rolling green hills and the breathtakingly gorgeous mountains. So when choosing flowers, think lots of greenery. One great way to save is to purchase imitation flowers rather than live ones – don’t shake your head no just yet! Believe it or not, there are a lot of beautiful fake flowers out there. For you as the bride, your bouquet could be made of real flowers, but have your bridesmaid and all your decoration pieces fake.

  • Horseshoes are known as good luck trinkets, and are definitely an Irish charm. If you know anyone who has horses, ask them if you could have their horseshoes! Also, ask their (or yours) Ferrier if he has any he could spare. If not, you could always check on Ebay for used ones, or for newer, shinier ones, check Amazon!

  • Shamrocks are great too. For wedding favors, you can create jars with the needed ingredients for things like Soda Bread, Irish Breakfast, Irish soda bread cookies, or Irish shamrock cookies and then wrap the top of the jar with twine and a Celtic shamrock!

  • For table lighting, you can purchase inexpensive, short and squatty candles from the Dollar General or Family dollar, and then you can decorate them with little shamrocks or with the Celtic symbol. Add lots of greenery and white flowers and your tables will take your guests right to the lands of Ireland! These are just a few decoration ideas! If you want something a little more in depth, take a peek at the next blog making its way to your computer screen!

An Irish Wedding for the Lass on a Budget!

Groom and Groomsmen by Duncan C

Ireland – A place where lavishly green rolling hills, crystal blue skies, impressive waves and lulling accents are an everyday thing. In my opinion, Ireland is one of the most beautiful places on God’s green earth, and for good reason! Beauty is all around and in the air there in Ireland, and for those of you wanting to celebrate one of the most important days of your life (your wedding!) than this is a must-read for you! In this blog post (and many more to follow!) we will take a gander at what makes a true Irish wedding, and how to do it on a budget! Times are tough and money is tight, so spending an extravagant amount of money on a one time deal can seem a little… frivolous, shall we say? So in order to pinch pennies and still have the most ornate and beautiful wedding, you’ll need to trim here, splurge there, and organize everywhere! You can still have a beautiful Irish wedding without spending your mom and dad’s 401K, retirement, and their life savings… **What it Takes To Have an Irish Themed Wedding:** For you Irish buffs (or true Irish lasses!) having a perfectly Irish wedding is fun, easy, and definitely one-of-a-kind! So, in order to pull off a true Ireland-inspired wedding, here are a few things for you to keep in mind!

* **Attire:** This is the biggest give-away when it comes to an Irish wedding. Take a look at some of the pieces you’ll need:
* **For the Gentlemen:** In order to find everything you need, [visiting Celtic websites](http://www.kilts-n-stuff.com/wedding-kilt-rentals/rental-package-full-formal.html) will help to make sure everything is legit.
* Kilts! This is an obvious and a must! In order to look extravagantly Irish, you’ll need to don your men in kilts.
* Jackets: This makes the gentlemen look stylish, sexy, and posh. With a fitted jacket, they’ll look every bit the Irish groom/groomsmen!
* Sporan: This completes the Irish look!
* Kilt Hose
* Hose Flashes
* Fly Plaid and Brooch
* **For the Lasses**: Celtic dresses are a whole lot different than your average wedding dress, but if you want to keep with the American/English style of dress, than you can visit different websites to find gorgeous, yet inexpensive, dresses. If you want to keep with the Irish style without the kilted skirt, tartan gown or Tartan sash, try opting for an A-Line or Princess wedding gown. An Empire Waist gown is also another style that would go well with a Celtic themed wedding. A few websites that you can find great, inexpensive dresses include:
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Word of advice – if you’re going to shop online for your wedding dress, you
really, really need to try on the exact, or same design, dress as the one that
you want. That way you’ll know how it looks on you. Dress shop in all the
stores, find the one you love, and see if you can find one extremely similar,
or the same, but cheaper online! Also, if you want to keep expenses low,
renting a dress is a lot less expensive than buying one! These are just a few
of the many different attire pieces that you’ll need to pull off an Irish
wedding on a budget! We’ll delve a little deeper in later blogs, but here’s a
sneak peek just for you!

Destination Wedding: Visit Your Destination

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a huge, major factor when planning a
destination wedding. Reason being, you want know the exact layout of your
venue; you want to know if this room is big enough for the food, if that room
is big enough for you and your bridesmaids to get ready in, and if the aisle
is down the center of the church or to the sides. Things like that can make a
huge difference in your planning and decoration, so take the time and put
aside the necessary funds to visit your venue at least twice before the
wedding date. Here are a few things for you to consider when visiting your
wedding venue!

Wedding Planner by Eleonora Gianinetto

**Talk to Your Wedding Planner:** This is a
biggy. Because you’re not right there all the time to make sure everything is
going as you want it, you and your wedding planner need to be on the same
page, same paragraph, and same sentence. There should be no questions
whatsoever, and if there are, make sure to iron out those wrinkles way ahead
of time. Take the time and the hours needed to visit your ceremony and
reception rooms and make a blueprint of sorts to show where you want certain
decorations and so on. Also, make sure that your wedding planner is well aware
of what all you need and want – what type of food you expect, the style of the
wedding, what type of music/musicians that are needed and so on. Don’t leave
your wedding planner guessing. Of course, some of these things can be done via
Skype, the phone, and emails, but seeing the venue in person can really help
to decide exactly how you want everything. **Visiting Your Venue:** When you
visit your venue, there are a few things that you should keep in mind and a
few questions that you should ask. Here are a couple tid-bits and tips:

* What rooms do they have available? Will they fit all of your guests comfortably?
* Is the wedding package flexible, meaning can you change your food menu, your DJ, and the photographer?
* How much of a deposit is required to save your date?
* What packages do they provide and what are the differences?
* How many weddings have been hosted at that particular venue? Do they have pictures of previous weddings? Also, is there someone you could talk to who has been married there or was a guest at a wedding?
**How Often and When Should You Visit Your Venue?** Like I mentioned before, try to visit your venue at least one to two, if not three, times before your wedding commences. Visit your venue once you’ve settled on a place, and then visit at least one month in advance (if not two months) to make sure everything is in place, flowers are being ordered, a salon is found and booked, and so on. Your last visit should be your roundup – everything is done except for the “I do’s”! Now that we’ve taken a gander at everything destination wedding, hopefully you’ll be feeling a little more confident! Destination weddings are fun, exciting, unique, and unforgettable, so enjoy every moment of the planning process, and of course, every moment of your vacation!

Destination Wedding: Where & How to Get Group Discount Rates

As we’ve seen, there’s a lot of [preplanning](http://theplungeproject.com
/destination-wedding-preplan-everything), scheduling, and traveling involved
when it comes to planning a destination wedding. We’ve taken a look at a lot,
from [wedding attire](http://theplungeproject.com/destination-wedding-attire)
and [invitations](http://theplungeproject.com/destination-wedding-save-dates-
invitations) to [marriage requirements](http://theplungeproject.com
/destination-wedding-marriage-requirements) and
[expenses](http://theplungeproject.com/destination-wedding-expenses). Today,
we’re going to take a look at how and where to get group discount rates for
traveling. So, get your pen and paper (or tablet!) and get ready to jot down a
few places where you can get group discounts!

Airlines by Gunnar Kullenberg

**Group Rates for
Airfare:** If you’re traveling out of the state or country, than finding
affordable and inexpensive plane tickets is important. By looking at the right
time and the right place, you can really save a few pennies. Here are a few
tips and places for you to consider:

* **Where to Look:** There are a lot of different websites you can look when shopping around for tickets. For example, you can check out websites such as:
* Expedia: You can [visit their website](http://www.expedia.com/Flights?semcid=33316-1&kword=+discount_+airfare!p.ZzZz.2520000116875.0.5377052781.where%20can%20you%20look%20for%20discount%20airfare%3F.+discount_+airfare&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=USA:ENG:USA:GT:@::&utm_term=+discount%20+airfare&gclid=CPjGxeCL3cMCFbBR7Aody0IANQ&gclsrc=ds) and preplan all of your traveling and even your hotel stays. You can choose how many people will be traveling with you, and even what airline you prefer.
* Orbitz: [Orbitz](http://www.orbitz.com/?WT.mc_ev=click&WT.srch=1&ap=%7badposition%7d&attrsrc=adgroup&crid=6050428765&dv=t&dvm=%7bdevicemodel%7d&gcid=18552&keyword=+orbitz&ksaid=33&kscid=221157&kskid=3218&kspid=401&mtn=p&utm_campaign=ORB%20SEM%20Brand&utm_medium=SEM%20Brand&utm_source=Google&lpid.ruleId=5900001000&lpid.category=generic&lpid.priority=1000.0&lpid=plhomeGr) is pretty much the same as Expedia – you can choose what airline you want, how many people, and all of your traveling/hotel preferences.
* Kayak: [Kayak is another website](http://www.kayak.com/sem/flights/general?gclid=CPKh9Y-b3cMCFXJp7AodrBAAwg&lang=en) where you can find inexpensive airline tickets. They don’t have as many options as Orbitz and Expedia, but you can definitely still find great prices.
* **When to Look and When to Fly:** As with anything, there’s a time for everything, especially when it comes to purchasing airline tickets. Here are a few tips:
* Tuesday’s are the best days to find cheaper airline tickets, because Monday evening is when the airlines post new prices.
* Unfortunately, the cheapest days to fly are also the most unpopular. The most unpopular and cheapest days to fly are Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.
* The early bird gets the worm when it comes to airlines. The early flights, such as 4 am, is when the cheaper flights head out. It’s inconvenient, but worth it in the end if you can save a lot of money.
* [Book 18-28 days](http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/08/30/how-to-get-cheapest-price-on-airfare/) before you plan on leaving, since that’s usually when your tickets will be cheaper
**Group Rates for Hotels:** Group rates for hotels can be easier to find with websites such as helping you out. Find hotels that are relatively close to where your venue is for easy access, and then see what deals they have. Also, most hotels have what’s called a room block. This is great for those of you who will need more than 9 rooms. Now that we’ve taken a look at when to book both your airline tickets and how to book your hotel rooms, you should be feeling pretty confident and prepared! Just remember to consistently and constantly shop online for good deals, book flights at least 28 days prior to your wedding day, and “room block” at hotels for cheaper rates.

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