Concord, NC (PressExposure) July 03, 2008 -- Recent studies have shown that the cost of getting hitched in the United States today has climbed above $28,500, according to national averages compiled over a 15 year period. This figure is far beyond the means of many engaged couples, who are looking for ways to celebrate that extra-special day with family and friends â without breaking the bank.
Enter Linda Mason, a Concord, NH based wedding planner who specializes in helping with the myriad details that go into the making of a successful nuptial bash. Ms. Mason is also the founder of a new website, www.marryplanning.com, which is devoted to the creative structuring of memorable receptions â and at an affordable price.
âMy web site is devoted to those who donât want to start their lives together by breaking the bank â or worse, getting into long-term debt,â says Ms. Mason, âthere is no reason to overspend on a budget-busting affair. I even provided a section on how to do a wonderful wedding for less than a thousand dollars.â
As hard as that may be to believe, the $1,000 wedding is indeed outlined on the website. âThe first thing to realize is that at that price, a professional event planner is NOT in the budget,â laughs Ms. Mason. âYou will have to do my job â and my site will show you how.â Ms. Mason goes on to point out all the areas where significent savings can be realized. âThe cake, the venue, musicians, photographers â these are all expenses that can be slashed to the bone,â she says. âThe dress need not come from a boutique establishment â elegant fashions can be found at re-sale shops, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.â
Step by step planning is essential to having a successful wedding party, whether or not the budget is tight. âThe very first thing to do is to get a notebook or wedding planner and start writing,â advises Ms. Mason, âand plan to spend 10 to 30% less than what you have in funds available, since there are always unforeseen problems and situations.â She suggests that those with full-time careers give serious consideration to a professional wedding planner. âThough it will eat into your budget, a professional will handle the making of all your arrangements, and deal with all of the minor problems that are going to arise.â
Extensive and informative, www.marryplanning.com covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from a âGuide for the Master of Ceremonies,â to advice on buying liquor for the reception, writing personal nuptial vows, party menu ideas, popular wedding hymns and even a section on cutting the cake.
âWhat makes my site unique is that all the content is derived from my 15 years of experience in the business,â claims Ms. Mason, âthis is not âby-the-bookâ advice, these are real-world tips culled from doing business with thousands of wedding couples from all walks of life.â
âWedding planning is getting more and more affordable. As long as itâs in your budget, hire an experienced person, and get started early,â she emphasizes. âPreparation should begin at least six months in advance of the big day!â
Founded by Linda Mason in March of 2008, www.marryplanning.com is a website that provides information on planning successful weddings and receptions. The site offers a wide range of resources and suggestions for couples of all ages and budget ranges.
Contact: Linda Mason PO Box 707 Concord, NC 28026 Phone: 217-510-5398