Managing Your Wedding Budget During Covid-19

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Weddings going forward will be smaller. The dreaded novel Corona Virus is one reason, economics is another. Let’s face it, we probably won’t return to our normal lives for quite awhile. On top health concerns, many have lost jobs or are impacted economically. Does that mean couples will not want to marry? Of course not! We will just have to find creative, less expensive ways to go about it.

What are the two biggest costs of a wedding? …your caterer and venue. What about renting an” Air B n B” for your wedding party and ceremony? Not only could you hold your celebration at an “Air B n B” home, you could also stay there instead of a hotel. Disclaimer: you must be upfront with the owner and declare your intended use. Keep in mind, celebrations may not be allowed at some properties. Look at the beautiful property above. Beach front property! What a perfect location for a wedding AND a rehearsal dinner the night before. You may even want to consider a post wedding brunch the next day.

The Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Hour Guide

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Doesn’t the above photo look cozy for an intimate affair? Oh! Your property doesn’t sport outside furniture?…easy to rent from a staging/event rental company. Once again, check with property owner to see if outside furniture is allowed.

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Let’s talk caterers. This is probably your biggest cost. Who says you must have a formal sit down dinner? In my role as wedding planner, I see most guests fill up on food and drink at “Cocktail Hour” and only pick at the formal dinner. Everyone is just too full. What a waste! One can save money and still have a plentiful offering for your guests with heavy appetizers.

Just remember, there is no right or wrong for your wedding, just what you want for your special day.

 

“Doggone Dead” – A Book Review

Looking for a new mystery to while away those extra quarantine hours? Look no further than Doggone Dead by the talented Dane McCaslin. Below, you can read Barnes and Noble’s overview and enjoy a quick recap of the story. Don’t you just love the cover?

Retired high school teacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet valet business with her BFF, and a whole new leash on life. But a killer is about to come sniffing around . . .

Gwen Franklin is looking forward to spending her retirement drinking her favorite coffee and reading mystery novels. Those peaceful plans are brought to heel by her best friend, Nora. Sporting stiletto heels, leggings, and a “more is better” makeup routine, fifty-something Nora Goldstein has a penchant for marrying—and divorcing—rich men. Now that Gwen’s got free time, Nora figures they should start a dog-walking and pet-sitting service together.

But it’s far from a walk in the park when the corpse of Linda Fletcher is found in Nora’s kitchen. Linda was Nora’s nemesis, and the large knife protruding from her chest points to murder. With no doubt that her bestie’s being framed, Gwen puts her sleuthing skills—acquired from reading every Agatha Christie mystery—to the test as she digs through suspects, including four disgruntled ex-husbands, ten greedy ex-stepchildren, not to mention all her exes’ exes. But with death threats and another body surfacing, can Gwen curb a killer before her own (dog) days come to an end?

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It has all the elements I love in a cozy mystery: fun and quirky characters, a mystery, (of course!), surprises/twists and turns, and dogs! Spoiler alert…don’t be surprised if there is a little bit of pet adoption going on. 🙂  I’m a big fan of rescuing dogs, so this warmed my heart.

I can’t wait for the second in the series, and I doubt you will be able to either!

Below the  lovely Dane McCaslin

Would you like to purchase your own copy of this delightful read? Then click on one of the links below to be directed to your favorite book seller.

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A Short Wedding Dress?

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With our ever-changing world, your wedding plans may have changed as well. Perhaps you have gone from a guest list of 250 to 50, or even smaller.  Many weddings this 2020 season have been cancelled, rescheduled  or postponed. This includes the weddings I have coordinated.

Has  your vision of your wedding  dress changed?  Are you contemplating a more simple style, perhaps a shorter version? Well, first off, if you wish to wear an over the top dress…do it!  This is YOUR day, there is no right or wrong. But… if are considering a shorter dress. I have some lovely options to share. Below is a tea-length gown. A tea-length gown is one that is not to the floor, but well below the knees.  This is a nice compromise between a floor length gown and a shorter dress.

Gorgeous Tea Length Wedding Dresses ★ tea length wedding dresses simple halter neckline true bride

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Are you looking for a classic short dress? Then you may be interested in the gorgeous dress below.

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If I were a bride today, I think I’d choose a dress like the next one. This is a vintage 50’s era frock. I love the belted waist, the sweetheart neckline and the lace bodice. It checks off all my wishlist items.

Vintage 1950's lace and tulle ivory short wedding dress

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Can’t make up your mind? Well the gown above gives you the best of both worlds, long in the back shorter in the front.

The best things about a shorter wedding gown? It is a perfect way  to showcase some extra special wedding shoes. So if you do go with a shorter dress, consider some spectacular heels!

No matter what dress you choose, make sure you select a trusted family member or friend to take your wedding gown to a specialty clean/preserver. If you’re not taking a honeymoon right after your wedding, you can do this yourself. But remember, the care of your gown can’t wait. It should be done with in two to three days.

 

Lineage Most Lethal – A Book Review

Well, she’s done it again!  SC Perkins has written a new blockbuster, sure to please cozy fans and classic mystery readers alike. Lineage Most Lethal is out July 21, 2020, and I was lucky enough to acquire this delightful read as an Advanced Reader Copy. I shouldn’t confess, but I finished Linage Most Lethal in one sitting (don’t tell my family that’s the reason I didn’t get their laundry done or that we had frozen pizza for dinner). It’s the second in the “Ancestry Detective Series”, the first being Murder Once Removed,

Perkins does a fantastic job of bringing her characters to life, especially Lucy, our heroine. She’s smart, likable and creative, much like Perkins herself.

Here’s a little blurb from Amazon about Lineage Most Lethal:

It’s the week before New Year’s Eve and genealogist Lucy Lancaster is ready to mix work and play at the beautiful Hotel Sutton, enjoying herself while finalizing the presentation for her latest client, hotel heiress Pippa Sutton.

Freshly arrived at the hotel―and determined not to think about Special Agent Ben Turner, who went radio silent on her after one date―Lucy is stopped in her tracks when a strange man comes staggering toward her. She barely has time to notice his weak, sweaty appearance before he presses a classic Montblanc pen onto her hand, gasps, “Keep them safe,” and collapses at her feet, dead.

When Lucy shows the fountain pen to her grandfather, an avid collector and World War II veteran, she’s in for another shock. Not only does Grandpa recognize the Montblanc, he also reveals a secret: he was an Allied spy during the war and the pen is both a message regarding one of his wartime missions and the key to reading a microdot left by the dead man.

On the microdot is a series of ciphers, some decrypted to form names. Could they be the descendants of Grandpa’s fellow spies? When two from the list end up murdered―including the chef at the Hotel Sutton―and Grandpa’s life is put in jeopardy, Lucy’s sure she’s right. And with Lucy’s and Pippa’s names possibly on the list, too, she’s got to uncover the past to protect those in the present.

With a secret Allied mission, old grievances, and traitors hiding behind every corner, Lucy must use her research skills to trace the list’s World War II ancestors and connect the dots to find a killer in their midst―a killer who’s determined to make sure some lineages end once and for all.

I love the cover, don’t you?

Below, the beautiful SC Perkins. Don’t miss the short bio below about this talented new star in the mystery world.

Would you like to acquire your own copy of Linage Most Lethal? Just click on any of the pink links in this blog post.

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S.C. Perkins is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and
eating lots of great Tex-Mex. Her first book, Murder Once Removed, was the winner of the 2017 Malice
Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition, and an Agatha Award Nominee. She resides in
Houston and, when she’s not writing, she’s likely outside in the sun or on the beach. You can find her at
scperkins.com or on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Facebook at @SCPerkinsWriter.