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4th of July

Hosting A Great 4th of July BBQ

 

One of the best things to do on the Fourth of July is to plan a BBQ. Nothing says summer holidays like a good old-fashioned BBQ. Here are some tips for hosting a great 4th of July BBQ.

Tip one:
When it comes to food for a Fourth of July BBQ all you need to do is keep it simple and provide foods that are normally served at BBQ’s. Don’t worry about BBQing something that everybody is going to eat because most people will eat your classic BBQ foods, even kids. For meats you should stick with something simple like hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs. For side dishes you can have potato salad, macaroni salad or any other type of pasta salad that you enjoy on warm summer days. You should also include some type of green salad and corn on the cob (off the grill of course) to round out your major food groups. When planning the food menu for your BBQ do not forget to include some type of chocolate dessert and plenty of beverages for your guests to drink.

Tip two:
Planning a Fourth of July BBQ for numerous people can get rather expensive, especially if you are the one providing all of the food and beverages. One thing that you can do to help reduce the cost of the food is to have everybody bring something, such as a side dish, dessert, chips and dip, etc. Or you can have everybody bring their own meat and you can provide the side dish. One thing that is really common in Fourth of July BBQ’s is to have everybody bring their own beverages.

Tip three:
When you are planning a Fourth of July BBQ you will need to think about some kind of decorating theme. Most people will adorn their backyard with red, white and blue streamers and balloons. Some other things you might consider adding would be a tablecloth, napkins and plates that are red, white, and blue or you can choose ones that have a picture of the flag or fireworks. Just keep in mind that you are going to want to purchase plenty of paper plates and napkins for the BBQ, this way you won’t have a pile of dishes to wash once your evening has ended.


Tip four:
Another thing that you need to think about for your Fourth of July BBQ is what kind of daytime entertainment you will be providing. Will you have a karaoke machine, allow swimming in a pool, have a stereo system set up, or will it be a social event? Whatever you have planned, be sure to inform your guests so that they know how to dress and if they need to bring a change of clothes.

Tip five:
If you are really into planning theme parties, the Fourth of July is a great holiday for it because of the amount of history that goes along with the holiday. If you are planning on having a theme party be sure to research what theme you are choosing so you can decorate and plan your party accordingly. The Internet is a great source of ideas for Fourth of July themed parties.

Tip six:
One of the most important things to do when planning a Fourth of July BBQ is to decide where you are going to have the party. Some things that come into play would be if you are going to light your own fireworks, or if you plan on going to a park for a professional firework display. Whichever activity you choose be sure to leave extra time available so you can travel to your destination. Or if you are planning on going to a park to watch a firework display you might want to have the BBQ at the park. If this is the case, be sure to call ahead and reserve a table or get there early in the morning so you can still find a table.

 

 

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Are YOU up to planning your wedding alone?

Why We Didn’t Hire a Wedding Planner... But Wish We Had

 08/28/2014 04:17 pm ET | Updated Oct 28, 2014

Reflective BrideWedding blogger at reflectivebride.com

In the early stages of preparing for our big day, we decided not to employ the services of a wedding planner... but in hindsight, oh, how I wish we had!

Why we didn’t
We had very little debate about whether or not to bring a wedding planner on board. Quite simply, I wanted us to handle all the preparations and vendor research ourselves. I thought it would be fun to do the research, and also felt that us looking into the suppliers was the only way to know all the options... so that we could make a truly informed decision and ensure we got the style we liked at the most reasonable price — not simply a wedding planner’s “usual” contacts. My groom was more than happy with this conclusion, since it saved us an extra line item in our bridal budget... and we were indeed worried that a wedding planner would be quite expensive.

Why we wish we had
• Wedding tasks aren’t always fun. Sure, it’s a ball to ooh and aah over cake designs, but there’s nothing enjoyable about researching mini-buses for guest transport or making seating charts. There isn’t much joy in reviewing vendor contracts or keeping track of payments, either. Contrary to what I had thought, hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean outsourcing your entire wedding; a wedding planner only handles what you want them to (support at the start to get you on the right track, on-the-day coordination only, or indeed the whole shebang) so won’t take over and choose your final bouquet design for you. So if do you want to drive your wedding planning, you can focus on the fun parts... and leave the boring bits to someone else.

• Wedding planning is stressful. Wedding planning is not the romantic experience one expects it to be. There are many details to take care of, meddling family and friends might drive you crazy and vendors can be a source of drama. During our engagement, several recently married friends told me that in the final month before the wedding they had been so exhausted that they just wanted the day to be over. This ended up being true for me: in the final week I lost five pounds from stress, burst into tears a few times and my groom and I were snapping at each other. This is not how anyone’s planning should be. Bringing on board a professional planner to help and take some of the workload off our hands definitely would have made sense (and they probably could have given advice on managing family drama).

• We weren’t that great at choosing vendors after all. Despite thinking that researching vendors ourselves was the only way to ensure we could make the best supplier decisions, this didn’t work out so swimmingly. Out of 15 or so wedding day vendors, there were only three that we were actually totally happy with... and some others we were extremely unhappy with. When we started out planning, we had organized less than one wedding... why did we think our judgment would be better than that of a professional, who has seen these vendors in action at more than one (and perhaps several, and perhaps many!) weddings? Why did I think a planner would force us into choosing a vendor we weren’t completely happy with?

• We didn’t know what to look for in a vendor. Other than a little Google research before interrogating potential vendors via email, we really had no idea what to ask. For example, after contacting 20 different hairdressers for quotes, I realized I had to specify if I was planning an up- or down-do to get accurate pricing... so had to email them all over again. We asked cake makers for price quotes for a three-tier cake, but it didn’t occur to us to ask about the height of the tiers... until two months before the wedding, when we found out the “magnificent” wedding cake we were paying hundreds of dollars for was only nine inches tall, and we’d now have to shell out twice as much money to get it to the grandeur that we wanted.

• Wedding planning takes time. Until you really get into the preparations for your big day, it is impossible to fathom how much work is involved and how many details need to be taken care of. I know brides who have taken leave from work in order to have more time to prepare their weddings. If you work long hours, have lots of hobbies or have children to look after, and don’t want to be completely drowning in to-do lists during your engagement, a wedding planner handling some of those tasks for you could be a real lifesaver. Also, you really don’t want to get in trouble at the office by getting caught doing wedding planning on company time!

• Things do go wrong at the last minute. The day before the wedding, the baker for our cake buffet claimed they never received our order, and our dance floor provider phoned halfway through our bridal party lunch claiming they hadn’t been paid. That night while setting up the reception room, we realized one table setting was missing, so had to frantically call the decorator for extra chair decorations, and re-confirm guest numbers with the kitchen. Tiny things, but they were unnecessary and brought a general feeling of stress on a day my groom and I had planned to be lovely and relaxing. Someone to handle those details for us would have been amazing. We were lucky nothing went wrong on the wedding day itself, but — yikes! — what if something had?

• A wedding planner can help with costs. The imagined price for a wedding planner was a reason we decided against hiring one. However, here are two things that I realized in hindsight: 1) Planners know what different services cost, and can better spot when a vendor price is exorbitantly high or too good to be true. They know most local wedding vendors, and can help you get the best value for your budget. 2) As with any other wedding vendor, you will agree in advance what services you want from your planner and how much that will cost. It is not in their interest to hand you a bill at the end of the wedding that you can’t afford to pay. Wish we’d realized all that earlier!

• It can be difficult to find help elsewhere. There is much to do in preparing your special day, so without a planner you either must ask help from others or handle everything yourselves. Occasionally we asked our family or bridal party to help, but none actually themselves offered assistance, so we soon felt awkward asking. On the wedding day, when my groom should have chilling out, he was driving all over town picking up cakes and buttonholes, and when he arrived at the ceremony had to set up our refreshments table. We asked one friend to reach the ceremony early so she could SMS us that the officiant, musicians and decorator had arrived on time. These are all tasks that an on-the-day wedding planner could have coordinated for us, rather than burdening ourselves or our guests.

At the beginning of your wedding planning, sit down as a couple and consider how much time, how much budget and how many helpers you have available for big-day preparations. Consider which areas you could do with professional support, and which planning areas you’re less interested in and happy to outsource to someone. Look into wedding planners in your local area; even if you’re hesitant, it won’t cost you anything to give them a call and find out the range and price of their services. It could be your best way to a smoother, less stressful and more romantic wedding planning experience.

This post was originally published at ReflectiveBride.com. Follow the Reflective Bride on Facebook and Twitter.

Average Wedding Expenses in Tyler, TX (2015)

Wedding Market Summary Report

For: Tyler, TX

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Wedding Market Ranking

Tyler, TX is ranked no. 165 out of 977 Metropolitan Areas

Number of Weddings                   1,553

Average Wedding Cost                  $26,780

Total Sales                                       $41,589,340

Average Number of Guests            146 - 156             

Wedding Market Summary

Item Summary for Tyler, TX

This is the number of 2015 estimated weddings, estimated average amount spent, and estimated total sales for each item (product or service) we track. This includes weddings that originate and travel into this market.

Dress Accessories                                            $226

Tuxedo/suit/other rent/purchase            $203

Wedding Dress/es                                           $1,226

Hair Service                                                        $67

Makeup Service                                                 $54

Manicure & Pedicure                                     $44

DJ                                                                           721

Live Band                                                             $1,689

Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble               $ 605

Boutonnieres, Corsages                            $148

Bridal Bouquet                                                  $152

Bridesmaid Bouquets                                     $184

Event Decorations                                           $458

Centerpieces                                                     $334

Gift/s for Attendants                                     $97

Gift/s for Parents                                             $112

Tips (for all services)                                       $358

Wedding Favors                                               $219

Invitations & Reply Cards                              $242

Postage                                                                   $113

Save the Date Cards                                       $119

Table Name and Escort/Place cards         $88

Thank You Cards                                               $95

Engagement Ring                                             $3,352

Wedding Bands                                                $1,241

Wedding Photographer                                $1,660

Wedding Videographer                                 $1,079

Planner/Consultant

                Day-of Coordinator                         $837

                Full Service                                         $2,929

Ceremony Officiator                                       $201

Event Bar Service                                             $2,295

Event Food Service                                         $4,604

Event Location                                                  $3,501

Event Rentals                                                    $1,659

Hotel Room after Reception                       $298

Limo Rental                                                        $463

Rehearsal Dinner                                             $557

Wedding Cake/dessert                                 $40

Average Wedding Expenses in Midland, TX (2015)

I've found a list (below) of last year's average wedding expenses in Midland, TX. Enjoy!

Wedding Market Summary Report

For: Midland, TX

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Wedding Market Ranking

Midland, TX is ranked no. 112 out of 977 Metropolitan Areas

Number of Weddings              1,018

Average Wedding Cost            $31,674

Total Sales                                 $32,244,132

Average Number of Guests      181 - 191             

 

Item Summary for Midland, TX

This is the number of 2015 estimated weddings, estimated average amount spent, and estimated total sales for each item (product or service) we track. This includes weddings that originate and travel into this market.

Dress Accessories                                               $240

Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories                        $107

Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase                  $215

Wedding Dress/es                                             $1300

 Hair Service                                                        $71

Makeup Service                                               $57

Manicure & Pedicure                                         $47

DJ                                                                         $764

Live Band                                                            $1,791

Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble                     $642

Boutonnieres, Corsages                              $157

Bridal Bouquet                                               $161

Bridesmaid Bouquets                                  $195

Event Decorations                                        $485

Event Flower Arrangements                          $476

Event Table Centerpieces                              $353

Gift/s for Attendants                                  $103

Gift/s for Parents                                             $119                   

Tips (for all services)                                       $381

Wedding Favors                                               $233

Invitations & Reply Cards                               $256

Postage                                                             $119

 

Save the Date Cards                                       $126

Table Name and Escort/Place cards            $93

Thank You Cards                                             $100

Engagement Ring                                           $3,555

Wedding Bands                                              $1,317

Wedding Photographer                                $1,759

Wedding Videographer                                $1,143

Planner/Consultant

                Day-of Coordinator                         $887

                Full Service                                       $3,102

Ceremony Officiator                                     $213

Event Bar Service                                          $2,437

Event Food Service                                       $4,890

Event Location                                               $3,719

Event Rentals                                                 $1,762

Hotel Room after Reception                       $317

Limo Rental                                                    $492

Rehearsal Dinner                                           $591

Wedding Cake/dessert                                $433