Ten tips for planning a simple wedding (Helpful guide)


  1. Set your budget with money that you already have in a bank account. No one, under any circumstance, should go into debt for a wedding. If you only have $500 to spend on a wedding, then plan a $500 wedding. If your parents are paying for the wedding and say that they have $5,000 for your wedding, then plan a $5,000 wedding. Best case scenario, spend less than you have budgeted.
  2. When choosing bridesmaids dresses, remember that the dresses will only be worn the day of the wedding. (No matter how many times a bride tries to convince her bridesmaids otherwise.) Asking your bridesmaids to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress and matching shoes might not be the best way to treat your friends. Consider letting them choose their own dresses, or buy them matching floor length skirts and ask them to buy coordinating tops in any style they want.
  3. When hiring a photographer, work with someone who will shoot your wedding digitally. You won’t have to pay for printing proofs.
  4. When choosing groomsmen tuxedos, consider letting them wear their own if they have them instead of forcing them to rent.
  5. Be sure to ask your wedding venue their policy on flowers and musicians. Many churches require that you leave altar flowers after your ceremony and pay for their staff musicians even if you don’t use them. We coordinated with the other couples who were getting married on the same day at our venue and the three of us split the costs of two large arrangements that worked with all of our flowers.
  6. Be willing to think outside the box. You and your future spouse are unique individuals and your wedding should reflect that. Just because everyone else has their wedding a certain way, doesn’t mean that you have to. Be sure to manage guest expectations, however. If you’re getting married on the side of a mountain in ski gear, your guests won’t appreciate it if you forget to provide this information. No one likes to ride a ski lift in a dress.
  7. Consider having flowers that are locally grown and in season — you’ll save a lot of money if they don’t have to be flown in from the tropics.
  8. Remember that your marriage is what is most important, not your wedding day. Keeping this in perspective will save you time and stress when it comes to making decisions about minute details.
  9. If you choose to have party favors, consider something edible or consumable. 
  10. Keep in mind that even if your cake is destroyed or your friends start a fight or your organist doesn’t show up and everyone has to sing a cappella that at the end of the day, you’re still married.

The points I’ve made barely cover the tip of the iceberg on the topic of planning a simple wedding. I’d like to open up the comments to everyone to share your tips on how to plan a simple celebration!


The Flight Attendant Lifestyle by The Flying Pinto (I love her post)

The Flight Attendant Lifestyle

By The Flying Pinto

Delta posted that they were hiring flight attendants and the applications started coming in two per minute! Why is a flight attendant career so desirable? Isn’t it low pay and long hours away from home?

It definitely takes a special person who can handle the job; one who enjoys flying, is independent and can handle many different, unique situations. Those that make it past the first six months tend to have it in their blood and become what we refer to as “Lifers.” On a personal note, having worked for an airline for 20 years, I am definitely a “Lifer” and find that being a flight attendant is not as much a job as it is a lifestyle.

Here are seven surprising reasons this career draws so much interest:

  1. You’re not too old! Are you thinking about a midlife career change? Are you retired and looking for something to keep you active and social? Airlines don’t discriminate against older applicants. There is no ageism with the flight attendant career. The airline industry appreciates anyone who has raised a family or has had experience in customer service. Having worked with schedules, people and handling crisis after crisis are just a few of the skill sets needed to be a flight attendant. I had a 63-year-old gentleman in my training class, a retired teacher. Who better to make an airplane full of passengers happy?
  2. Equal pay for equal work. A flight attendant career is one of the few that also doesn’t discriminate against one’s gender. And, contrary to the popular stereotype, male flight attendants are not all gay, but, if they are…
  3. More equality. The airlines were one of the first industries to grant equality to gay people in the form of travel benefits, health insurance and other benefits that may only be afforded to traditional couples at other companies.
  4. Free travel. You’ve probably heard flight attendants complaining that non-reving or “stand by” travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I disagree. The flight attendant lifestyle is a flexible one, which allows you to travel anytime you want. Paris in January? Why not? I’ve been all over the world sometimes waiting until the day prior to pick a destination according to where first class was available. Yes, I said first class. Have you looked up fares to Europe from the U.S. in first class? And, it’s not just for me. My parents, spouse or partner and children all have my benefits. My family has joined me on long layovers and my five year old has been to Canada, Europe and traveled the U.S. All for free.
  5. Another common misconception is low pay. Most of the vocalization regarding the low salary of flight attendants comes from new flight attendants (under five years) or regional carrier flight attendants. I’ll agree that you’ll never get rich as a flight attendant, although I know many who make well over100,000 per year. At my airline you can fly through your vacation time and end up with almost 200 flight hours for that month. As pay increases and tops out at about 50 an hour, flying can become very profitable; it all depends on how many hours you choose to pick up. The average schedule is around 80 hours a month. Not bad for what I call a “part time” gig with plenty of flexibility and benefits.
  6. Speaking of flexibility, you probably also heard that seniority is everything at the airlines and that one is true. Once you have what’s called a “line” meaning you are off of “reserve status” (on call) it’s pretty much like running your own business, but without the headaches. You bid your schedule, trade it around so it works for you and your lifestyle, working mostly without supervision. The best part? There’s no work to bring home with you. Once the last passenger has deplaned, you’re done! Bye bye, now!
  7. You have instant family. That means more than 90,000 family members world wide! And with social media we’re even closer. I’ve belonged to a private flight attendant group on Facebook for the past year. Since then I’ve seen flight attendants pull together and raise money for injured or sick flight attendants, and I’ve witnessed an unbelievable amount of support with family issues and work issues. I’ve even seen flight attendants pull together to rescue animals by raising money for vet costs and helping get them to new homes across the country. Flight attendants are amongst the nicest, most giving people I have ever met. Surprised? Don’t be. Just like bad passengers, the bad flight attendants stand out. If you encounter a mean stew move on to another. Chances are they’ll be more helpful.

Are you interested in the flight attendant career? Have you had the chance to check out my flight attendant survival guide? It’s available on AmazonNookVook and iBooks.

“Ever wonder what the lifestyle of a flight attendant is like? Whether you are newly hired or on the track to becoming a flight attendant this guide will help you navigate through your new adventures. With advice from finding your new crash pad to love relationships to how to pack for your trips and everything in between this is a must read for anyone thinking about a career in the skies.”

Consulting possibility!!!

Flight attendants always say — “Once a FA, always a FA.”

That statement is very true.

I ended my position as a FA with a great company. Being 42 I thought it was time to pursue other positions in the Aviation world. I’ve been pondering starting a Consultating Services on how to provide a great VIP experience to the elite in the sky.

Which would include: Culinary and Food Presentation


Sometimes in this industry a corporation will hire a person to be onboard the aircraft to help the guests and serve them, but not call them a “flight attendant” as they do not have the safety certification.
With safety courses for the corporate FA being upwards of $4000 plus for initial, and around $1500 for recurrent each year, company can save money if they don’t ‘require’ the training.

However, in recent years there’s been many small airplane crashes and the horror and the aftermath of what those onboard have gone through is working as a major wake up call to those aircraft owners/corporations.  Safety is not something to be tampered with, and an accident could happen no matter how many people are onboard.
Once something goes wrong, you want that safety trained personnel onboard to be able to guide you and help you to get out of that aircraft. These days more and more corporations that utilize business jets are asking to not only to have these safety certifications but be up to date just like all commercial carriers. reference skygurl7. With all of that being said, you must get  safety training/certification. After all is that achieved by you, I would offer my services :

How to prepare and present meals (Culinary skills).

How to serve a full course meal.

 How to select wines (talking to your local wine merchant about wines is always helpful).

  How to set a formal dinner table


Right now this is all a vision for me. As time progress I will keep you posted on my consulting idea.

Happy Flying







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