Lauren Kelly

Lauren Kelly

13 Jan

Graduation season is expensive, between paying for a cap and gown, settling the last of the school costs, buying presents, and possibly making a down payment for future education. A graduation party is a wonderful way to celebrate your graduate’s achievements, but many families simply do not have the money for a lavish bash. Fortunately, there is no need to break the bank to give your graduate the party he or she deserves.

13 Jan

Is It Worth Taking Out a Loan to Pay for My Wedding?

Wedding costs are skyrocketing in Australia and across the globe, with the average Australian wedding now reaching an eye-popping $65,482. While many wedding couples never come close to that sum, paying for a wedding can be a real struggle for families. A wedding loan is an increasingly popular solution, but many people wonder if it is truly a good idea.

13 Jan

Shopping for wedding vendors can be confusing. You are in the market for someone who not only shares your vision, but has the knowledge and experience to bring it to life at a reasonable price. When you finally find someone with whom you click, you are probably eager to sign on the dotted line. Before you sign, however, get the answers to five crucial questions that could make or break your wedding day. After all, it is all too easy for something to go wrong and you to be left holding the bag.

30 Oct

Kids parties have become more and more expensive as parents try to outdo each other to create bigger, more elaborate, and flagrantly over the top birthday bashes. While these extravagant parties can certainly be fun, they are also unnecessary. With a bit of creativity and a dash of ingenuity, you can throw an amazing kids party without breaking the bank.

29 Oct

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and you are understandably eager for it to be as perfect as possible. Yet how to accomplish that is unique to each wedding couple. Some couples choose a huge, formal gala for 250 people. Others prefer a low-key affair with their closest family and friends.

05 Oct

Should you plan your big event, or would you be better off hiring a professional event planner? This is a common question with no easy answer. While a professional likely has much more training and experience, some people have a natural talent for planning their own events and those of their friends. You might have a relative or friend who fits the bill, or you might like the peace of mind that comes with hiring an expert. Regardless of who ends up doing the planning, below are 3 key signs that the person you chose will do an excellent and professional job.

05 Oct

According to the latest report in the Herald Sun, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is up to $65,482—a shocking sum to many brides-to-be. If you have the spare cash, that sum will certainly buy you a modern fairytale, complete with a lolly buffet, fairy floss carts, imported flowers, and a personalised menu designed by a celebrity chef. However, it is just as possible now as it always was to design an elegant, meaningful wedding at a fraction of the cost. Just how much less depends on your personal tastes. Below are the typical expenses incurred by bridal couples.

05 Oct

An outdoor wedding can be as stunningly elegant or as invitingly informal as you choose. Unlike a traditional venue, in which your design options are restricted by what is already there, an outdoor venue represents a blank slate on which you can build your dream wedding. However, not all outdoor spots are alike. Before signing a contract, think through these 7 important considerations to ensure that your chosen venue meets your needs.

05 Aug

When you think of a wedding, banquet, or other special event, an outdoor location doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. After all, we have been conditioned since childhood to think of churches and banquet halls. Yet an outdoor locale can add an extra layer of style to any event, from a casual dinner to a black-tie affair. Here are 5 major benefits of holding your next event outdoors.

29 Jul

Whether you are planning your wedding or organising a large charity function, you might wonder whether to handle the event yourself or hire a professional event planner. While do it yourself events have become quite popular, and many are perfectly lovely, hiring an event planning company removes a great deal of the stress. Forgotten items, parking hassles, and complex vendor negotiations are just a few things that can and often do go wrong.

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