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Where to Splurge and Where to Scrimp When Budgeting For Your Wedding

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Wedding Budget

Planning a wedding is stressful. While you might wish you could buy every thing your heart desires, the truth is that most of us dream on a budget. So where should you spend your money, and where can you cut costs? This guide of places to spend money versus places to scrimp when planning your wedding can really help you out.

Let’s start with the top 3 places you really should spend your money:

1.) Photographer

Your wedding lasts one day, and while that day is awesome, when it’s over, it’s over, and you might wonder where all your time, money, and energy disappeared to. Your wedding photos are the one thing you get to keep at the end of the night. Looking through wedding photos with my husband was one of the best things we did after our wedding, and I can’t wait to one day share those memories with my children.

Of course, in this age of smart phones, everyone there will act as some sort of photographer, and it can be tempting to want to scrimp here. I’m so grateful my dad pulled me aside as I was planning my wedding and told me that the one thing he regretted about his wedding was not splurging on a good photographer. Your family and friends will do their best, but unless you have a professional photographer coming to the wedding, those photos are filler, and you’re still going to want some professionally-done shots where the lighting is perfect and you’re caught at your most slimming angle.

2.) Music

Music can make or break your reception. If your music is good, your guests have fun and stay longer. Our guests stayed all night despite being a mostly-older crowd, and the comments at our wedding were that it was one of the most fun weddings they’d been to in a long time.

If you want to try something unique at your wedding, try a wedding singer like the one at http://www.theweddingsinger.uk.com. A wedding singer will set you apart from the DJ crowd, or even the live band crowd, and make your wedding something to remember.

3.) Thank-you gifts

Weddings are not all about you. At the end of the day, you’re going to want to thank the people who got you down the aisle, from the maid of honor who take your late-night, tear-filled phone calls to your parents who supported you emotionally (and possibly financially).

You want your thank you gifts to really show your appreciation, which means putting a lot of thought and a little bit of money towards them. You’ll feel better about presenting them when you know that you splurged for some nice quality items.

Next, let’s talk about the top 3 easiest ways to save money on your wedding:

1.) Decorations

Pinterest is a life-saver when planning your wedding, and if you take advantage of some of the great DIY-ideas available, you can save a lot of money on your wedding by putting in a little extra time. I’m not a crafty person, but I still managed to have an awesome Harry Potter themed wedding on a pretty tight budget by pulling ideas from Pinterest.

If you’re really smart, you’ll do what I did and have a couple of craft nights with your bridal party. As the saying goes, many hands make light work!

2.) Clothing

If I had known how much a tux rental cost before the big day, I wouldn’t have insisted my guys get so dressed up. I mean, I loved my husband in his tux, but it wouldn’t have ruined anything to have him in a nice pair of slacks and a solid dress shirt, and splurging on a nice bowtie would still have been way cheaper than the tux rental.

The same is true of wedding dresses. You can get some great dresses on sale if you watch for sales online. And make sure you shop around for alterations. By going outside of the store I bought my dress in to do my alterations, I saved tons of money!

3.) Flowers

This may come as a shock to you, but I didn’t have any real flowers at my wedding. My husband and I have some major allergies, so it didn’t seem worth it to me. Instead, we made flowers out of the pages of Harry Potter books. Youtube tutorials helped, and though it was time consuming, it actually wasn’t that hard and the results were fantastic.

Even if you want real flowers, there are ways to do them cheaper. Make sure you buy flowers that are in season, and consider arranging your bouquets yourself to save a little money.

So that’s it: The top places to spend your money versus places where you can scrimp.

Of course, your mileage may vary. The important thing when planning your wedding is to decide on your priorities, and to figure out what you already have for resources. For example, my husband’s sister is amazing with hair. So while I could never have done my own hair for the wedding and definitely would have spent some money on hair if I hadn’t had her help, knowing I had her as a resource saved me a bit of money and my hair looked gorgeous for the big day.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I would never have been able to pull off my mostly-DIY wedding if it weren’t for both of our families pulling together and helping us get things done.

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The Use of Identification Cards in Different Industries

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Identification cards are practically a necessity in any industry. Each industry has a different way of using these basic yet vital documents both for identification and security purposes. The process of identification has advanced over the past few years and industries can now confidently bank upon the benefits of these cards to secure their resources and data. Let us look at the use of these cards in different industries.

Company Security

For starters, you can create these cards for the simple purpose of identification. Photo ID badges make it easy for managers and security personnel to verify the legality of employees moving around the facility. Technological advances have made these IDs easy to use with security clearances and access control especially to sensitive areas in the company.  You can vary the design so that you define the type of clearance each person has.

You can have ID cards for your visitors and customers. Each visitor gets verified before receiving the access card, which means every person in the facility can be identified at any time.

Another feature that you can incorporate into the company ID card is the time tracking option. You can integrate the system in such a way that the employee uses the card to punch in and out. This is one of the easiest ways to monitor the work behavior of your employees.

The Entertainment Industry

Today, towns and cities are populated to the extent that security has become one of the major concerns. You might not know the person who lives next door. One industry that is receiving a lot of human traffic is the entertainment industry. With the increase in the number of people comes an increase in security risks.

If you have ever attended a major concert then you have an idea of what I mean. These venues can get rowdy because of the large number of people at the same venue at the same time. When this happens, management has to worry about the security of this large number of high-paying patrons. One of the top security measures is to prevent just anyone from accessing the area that has your visitors. For starters, you can have backstage passes for only the chosen few to gain access.

The safety of the performers has to be taken into consideration as well. Fans can easily wreak havoc to a perfect entertainment event if security isn’t taken seriously. You can use VIP passes for this purpose to prevent unauthorized wanderers from accessing the area.

Other entertainment spots can design cards for customers for rewards. For instance, you can use the identification cards to give your customers points that they can redeem at a later date.

The Retail Industry

Retail stores can use identification cards and badges for their employees. They can also use them as loyalty and gift cards.

You can give each new employee an identification card to use for clocking in or out. This gives you an exact record of the time the employee is in or out of the premises. It also eliminates the need to use time cards, which also saves you on paperwork.

Using identification badges for your retail store employees makes it easy for your customers to relate to the employees personally. Apart from making the customer know that the employee works there, they can also track down an employee whenever they have a complaint or compliment.

You can print loyalty cards complete with a picture of the customer on it. This is a kind of reward program that works by use of points. The customer receives points whenever he or she makes a purchase. Use these cards to give your customers discounts, which promote customer loyalty.

Casinos

There is an abundance of money in casinos and gaming establishments. Where there are a lot of people and money, security becomes a major concern. At the prime of this is the issue of identification. One of the top needs in such establishments is identification of employees.

Today’s gaming and casino establishments are multifunctional facilities that have lounges, hotels, entertainment complexes, restaurants and more. This means that the establishment employs so many workers in the different departments. Using identification cards makes it easy to single out the employees and have a way to control access to sensitive areas of the establishment. The IDs can also help with employee monitoring.

These establishments have several sensitive areas that need access control. These include money counting rooms and cashier offices.

Conclusion

Traditionally it was tough to get an ID card for any purpose. You had to travel all the way to the nearest town, at times out of town, to get the right card printed for you. You had little control over the whole printing process; your task was to wait for the final output. This was frustrating. I remember the process used to take weeks to get the ID cards I needed. I decided to try online ID card printing services. I tried easyidcard.com and I have never looked back. The design process is easy and quick, and the quality of the cards is unmatched. I would recommend this service to anyone seeking quick ID card services.