A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Possible?

A do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding in New York City sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. There are various ways of complying with that statement above and all for under $10,000. Well, under $10,000. You can still have quite an extravagant wedding, even an over the top wedding for under $10,000 AND in New York. Let me show you how it can be done, including your honeymoon. Now I know you’re thinking that is an impossibility. My husband and I did it and so can you.

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

What if you only wanted one thing to be the major featured item? Of course, it does not have to be just one thing, it can be several, but just so you don’t go crazy, I suggest you choose one to two items rather than a whole slew, but if you want more than that, don’t do any more than five. Most brides start off believing they can do it all and realize within eight to six months of the wedding that they can not. A friend’s help comes in quite handily, after all your really close friends will have asked you all along what they can do to help. At about ten to eight months out from the wedding is the best time to take them up on their offers. I did. More about me later, though. I have a friend who did a wedding with a potluck reception at a very famous church here in Manhattan and even though it was phenomenally delicious, to my idea that was not even the featured item in her wedding. I am getting ahead of myself though.

Her wedding had a committee of three women -the project managers- to help her stay within her budget which was WAY under $10,000. I believe she and her new husband paid no more than $6000 for their entire wedding, which included the reception space in that very same famous church. They did not pay for catering which can be quite pricey when it comes to weddings. In fact, the wedding couple paid nothing for the food at the reception, so plus the cost of the space, If they’d paid for catering it would have run close to the $6000 for their 150 guests. By having a potluck, she paid nothing other than the cost of the hall. The Riverside Church Chapel for me cost $800 (In a previous …

Diwali Gifts

Diwali (also called Deepavali) the major Hindu usually takes place eighteen days after Dusshera in the month of karthika or ashwin (October/November) colloquially known as the “Festival of Lights,” it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and people traditionally lit lamps and place them around the home, in courtyards, verandahs and gardens as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. It is celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities throughout the diaspora. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships.

As with other Indian festivals, Diwali signifies many different things to people across the country. In north India, Diwali celebrates Rama’s homecoming that is his return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king; in Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth; and in Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali. The lighting of the lamps is explained as a material substitute for the light of holy knowledge that was extinguished with Mahavira’s passing. Everywhere, it signifies the renewal of life, and accordingly it is common to wear new clothes on the day of the festival; similarly, it heralds the approach of winter and the beginning of the sowing season. The North Indian business community usually starts their financial new year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.

The celebration of Diwali festival is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks. Crackers resound and light up the earth and the sky. The faces of boys and girls flow with a rare charm in their dazzling hues and colors. And all this illumination and fireworks, joy and festivity, is to signify the victory of divine forces over those of wickedness.

However simple these may be, Indusmall excels in providing high quality Diwali gifts that ranges from traditional Indian sweets like kaju sweets, cadbury chocolates to dry fruits and Diwali gift packs. Shop Diwali gifts from this site for all your loved ones along with online e cards and corporate Diwali gifts to friends.…

Champagne Gift Baskets – A Taste of the Bubbly

If you are sending a gift basket for a significant celebration of some sort then it needs to be a champagne gift basket. Nothing is more perfect for a celebration, whether it is a wedding, anniversary, retirement or birthday celebration.

Do you know who Dom Perignon is and why his name is associated with superb champagne? I'll tell you in a little bit.

We all love champagne because of its effervescent bubbles. The bubbles are created in spite of the wine is fermented twice. Once before it is bottled, just like regular wine, and then once in the bottle. A little yeast and some sugar are added to cause the carbonation and the bubbles. Tall, narrow champagne flutes are designed to enhance the bubbling and the flavor.

Technically in order to be called champagne the wine needs to come from the Champagne area in France. Similar bubbling wines from other places are called sparkling wine. Here in the United States, Oregon, Washington and the Napa valley produce distinct sparkling wines.

A basket that has champagne in it describes to be accompanied by top quality gourmet foods, cheeses, and even chocolate.

You may want to think of a "toast" to include in the basket. Here is one for free:

"When wine enlivens the heart, may friendship surround the table"

And by the way, Dom Perignon was a French monk who made several advances in the producing of champagne. Including the wire collar that is used to keep the cork in the bottle. And that is why the person who receives your gift of champagne will get to pop the cork and enjoy all the bubbles. …

Flowers By Mail

One of the best gifts that someone would receive are flowers, they represent your true feelings toward people you love. Flowers are compatible with any occasion, whether it is a birthday or a funeral, that's why many people prefer them upon other gifts.

Many years ago, people used to go to local shops to purchase gifts and flowers for other people they love and care about. It was very hard to find the right gift shop not to mention the right gift, it took all the day to find a gift that would be a great fit for the occasion they were facing.

Now, time has changed, with the development of the web, flower companies are moving their services online and offering to deliver flowers by mail to any location on this planet. The reason behind this is to save you a lot of headache and time if you were doing it the traditional way. Now with a few mouse clicks, you can choose whatever flower you want and send it anywhere you want.

Most online florists offer you very helpful choices like:

1. Regrouping by category: you do not have to be a flower specialist to know what is best arrangement for your occasion, because you'll find your flowers grouped by: occasion, price, type … etc, the only thing you do is to specify the delivery location and time so they send your flowers by mail to the recipient you've specified.

2. International flower delivery: this is a very helpful option for many people, many reputable flower delivery companies offer you to send your flowers by mail to worldwide (some of them operate in more than 150 countries).

3. Same and next day flower delivery: you can even order your flowers and get them delivered the same day (how cool is that!)

4. Not just flowers: if you think that these companies offer just to deliver flowers by mail, then you are wrong, because many of them let you send: balloons, chocolate, gift baskets and even food.

5- Guarantee: If you do not like the quality or the delivery time of the flowers you've ordered then you can ask your money back and they'll refund you. …

The Pocket Watch Gift

A friend of mine had a difficult few days looking for a gift for his father, it was the fathers seventh year birthday and the occasion called for a special gift that would be remembered and used for a long time, it is almost always very difficult to find the right kind of gift for older men, the many ties and letter openings that they got through the years do not give a lot of options for a surprise quality gift.

The one solution my friend found the men's pocket watch, a symbol of time past when men used to carry their watches and every pocket watch was completely different in make and design, the pocket watch is still considered as a gift of elegance and uniqueness, almost as a jewelry is for women the pocket watch can be worn for special occasions and used for only a part of the time.

The gift can be also made even more special, you can choose to engrave something on the body of the pocket watch, so you can make the occasion with some words for the person that you are giving it to, or even think of an original line that you think that the person would appreciate. An engraved pocket watch is an excellent idea when giving a pocket watch as a gift to a colleague or work associate. Personalizing the watch is also a nice gesture of appreciation and can hold some words about the men who is carrying it.

While regular watches are very popular as gift for men, the pocket watch is not yet as popular, mostly because of the price and the fact that not everyone uses a pocket watch today, so you should also get the pocket watch to, is he going to use this kind of thing and appreciate its beauty and uniqueness, or is the pocket watch going to find its way to the draw, never to be seen again? In this case it will be better for all involved to look for a different present.

Some people are antique lovers and that can give you an excellent opportunity of finding an antique pocket watch as a gift, this is almost as sure as you can get to giving the best present you can, an antique watch is something that will inspire the antique admirer and will supply him with many hours of joy and pleasure, the great thing is that the internet and antique shops around the world have many pocket watches to offer, some of them tell very special stories, this is one gift you do not forget, and that even if not used is greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

In general the pocket watch is a gift you will need to spend some time researching and finding, it is also a gift that, if given to the right person, will be forever remembered and enjoyed. Even the simplest of men likes to think of himself an old time gentlemen from time …

3 Baby Boy Gift Set Ideas

There are many things that you could give your boy for his birthday. The only difference that makes each gift special is what relevance would it be to your child. Here are some baby boy gift set ideas:

1. Pillow case and blanket.

These would be very useful for you boy's room. He could make use of them the entire year. You could even customize them and put designs which you think your boy would be pleased with.

But sometimes, kids are kids. If they do not get a toy, and get this instead, they're likely to be disappointed. Especially if you do not bring up the decorations you have made yourself for the gift. But if your boy knows the skill of appreciation, he would appreciate the gift no matter how simple it is. And some kids are like that, they like to receive things no matter how simple they are.

2. Remote control car he wanted since Christmas

If you give your child his dream gift, it's likely you'll get those big kisses and big hugs you love to receive from your child.

The only problem with this on is that once he gets tired of playing with it and finds a new dream toy in the mall, this would get into the closet with the rest of the other toys and you would need more closet space in his room, which is something that you have to think of too. Occasionally you might have to put up a closet for toys alone.

3. Drawing and writing materials

Boys love to draw. They love to scribble and doodle around. I guess it's high time that you buy your boy a set of drawing and writing materials and make him make his own story books. This way he is able to practice his writing abilities and artistic skills in making drawings. Let him color his drawing and let him make stories out of his drawings. This way his creative writing and artistic skills are practiced.

The only problem with this one is that it could get very messy. Especially if he would be using pastles. You might need to buy a table too for him to make his art, which can be an added cost, but still your boy could learn a lot if you give him this gift set. …

Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Perfect


Valentine’s Day is no less than a festival for people in love!

Valentine’s Day is the day of expressing love to your partner and in order to make the day special, everyone starts preparing for it in advance. However, most of the people get confused on what to do and what not, in order to turn the day into a memorable one. Here is the list of things that you can add to your Valentine’s Day celebration and sweeping your valentine off her/him feet:


Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to express your love and nothing can do it better than flowers. You can go for flowers in different colors and varieties, if you don’t know your valentine’s favorite.

However, the flowers that we would suggest are roses, lilies, orchids, carnations and gerberas in red, and if you don’t find the exact type of flowers, you can just go for their favorite colours, such as pink, white, yellow and blue; available in any type of flower. You can also go for a multi-colored flower bouquet. To make the flower bouquet a little more special, add a love note in it. Or you can also buy beautifully arranged flowers; flowers in glass vase, heart-shaped flower bouquet.


A cake is an integral part of almost all occasions, be it birthdays, anniversaries, or any other occasion for that matter. You can also order a designer cake for the celebration; a heart-shaped cake, photo cake, a multi-tier cake or number cake indicating the number of years you have spent together.

In addition, you can also order cake in your valentine’s favorite flavors; this will convey that you care about his/her likes and dislikes.


Add the sweetness of chocolates to the occasion! Chocolates are the symbol of love and affection. With the variety of chocolates available these days; dark chocolates, milk chocolates, caramel chocolates and white chocolates, you have the opportunity to pick your valentine’s favorite.

Nonetheless, if you don’t know what she or he might like, buy a bouquet made of different chocolates. How about a chocolate and a teddy bouquet?!


No occasion is complete without a gift! In addition to all the little things you want to do to make the day special for your valentine, you must also plan for a Valentine’s Day gift for her or him. You must be a little innovative in selecting the bestgiftfor your valentine; instead of going for the usual gifts you can select something different, such as a gold plated rose, a photo canvas, or a photo mug.

Valentine’s Day is not only about showering your valentine with gifts but also about making them feel special with all the little things you can do for them.


Wine can add the much-needed fun to the occasion! Good food and good wine can take the joy of Valentine’s Day to another level, and to add to the celebration; you can select your and your valentine’s favorite wine. Nevertheless, if you …

Virginia is for Lovers

It's hard to decide whether Virginia is for lovers or not. Appropriately it is one of the few remaining American states where state laws are still deciding the sexual morality – or lack thereof – of their citizens. Perhaps it was correctly named, valuing as it does the sanctity of marriage, and the celibacy of those who choose to remain single. Nearby in Virginia, you can not have your cake and eat it too.

However, while out of step with the lax moral habits of the citizens of the majority of other American states, Virginia's history is certainly filled with love and romance.

It's from this state that we have the story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. According to folk lore, when her father was about to club this particular trouble maker to death, she twisted herself on his body intimating that if he wanted to kill Smith, he would have to kill her first.

Almost John was the kind of fellow who bought out the best – and worst – in people. This was not his only brush with death. As a matter of fact, one of his captains, on which ship he was traveling, was so ticked off with John Smith, that he made the decision to have his executed the minute they landed. But would not you know it, no sooner was he standing on land, than, after opening the sealed orders from the Virginia Company on which behalf they were traveling, than he saw that Smith had been designated as one of the leaders of the new colony. Swearing under his breath, the Captain spared Smith.

But, for Smith, it was out of one bit of trouble into another. In another battle he was wounded, captured, and sold as a slave by a Turk. Not realizing the man's charms, the Turk sent him as a gift to his sweetheart. It was not long before Smith had the girl wrapped around his finger. Of course he realized that she would not want to lose such a privilege as himself, so it was another case of gaining her confidence, and watching for a means to escape. Which, of course, he did.

However, as one of the leading lights in colonizing Virginia, Smith proved himself not only an able lover, but an extremely ruthless businessman. He could probably be called the father of Capitalism, encouraging the settlers as he did with his slogan, "He who does not work, will not eat." …

Spa Gifts Differentiate Your Spa

Women have many choices when selecting a spa. There are a number of salons offering spa services and full service luxury spas are expanding into many US cities. A way to differentiate your spa is to offer a special gift with each service or as an add on to a relaxation package. The perfect selection of spa gifts will remind women of the great experience she had at your spa.

The International Spa Association reported in 2003 that there were approximately 12,000 spas in the United States which generated $ 11.2 billion dollars in revenue, up from $ 5 billion dollars in 1999. Over 45 million Americans visit spas annually, with 77% of those clients being women.

With so much competition in the spa and salon marketplace, differentiation is key. Women are no longer just seeking a pampering and relaxing experience, they are seeking wellness benefits as well. Many spas have reacted to this trend by highlighting their services and wellness benefits. Many spas are offering more medically inspired services. While this trend has been helpful in getting more people to seek the services at a spa, the relaxation and pampering component of the experience has been lost in the process. While it is true that many services at a spa, do have wellness attributes, one of the best benefits of a spa visit is the sense pampering and relaxation which each service can provide.

The quiet, lush and luscious surroundings, with soft colors and music can build a sense of calm. The attentive and knowledgeable salon and spa professions will make the experience truly wonderful and keep clients coming back for more. In the past, these were the keys to success. Now with so many more choices in the market place, spas will need to do more than offer a relaxed environment and superior spa services. In today's market place, offering each client a gift with each visit is not only a great marketing strategy it is a way to truly set the experience apart. The size and nature of the spa gifts should fit the size and nature of the service (s) provided. If a client books a full or half day package, consider offering them a basket of trial size lotions, scrubs and other products, which were used during their visit. Then at home, she can experience the smell and feel of her day at the spa all over again. Another idea, is to offer a plush robe, which she can wear during or in between her treatments and then take home with her. Every time she slips on the robe, she will be reminded of her peaceful and relaxing visit to your spa.

Another choice is to offer a basket filled with candles, which are the signature scent of the spa. The fragrance should be subtle, but relaxing. When she burns the candles at home, she will be reminded of her trip to your spa. Each spa gift can be tailor in size and service the …

Finding a Dora the Explorer Gift

If you are like millions of other parents across the world, you have a child who is obsessed with Dora the Explorer. They talk about Dora, sing about Dora, pretend to be Dora, and all around love anything that relates to their favorite bilingual adventurer. When it comes time to buy your child a gift for their birthday, or whatever other special occasion might merit gift giving, the obvious course of action would be to get your child a Dora the Explorer gift of some kind. The challenge is, with so much merchandise on the market, and children’s amorphous tastes, it often becomes difficult to pick out exactly which things will make good gifts and which ones will not.

Obviously, this problem’s solution relies heavily on your knowledge of your child’s preferences. If they have a favorite character from the Dora cast, then your job may become a bit easier. Or if, for instance, they prefer a certain kind of toy or game, or enjoy story books, then that too will help you in picking out what to get them. You may also want to consider trying to get some of this information from your child in conversation, as that could easily save you a great deal of time and frustration in the long run.

If your child is approaching the age at which they are learning how to read, or if they simply enjoy having stories read to them, then you may want to consider buying your child a few Dora the Explorer story books. There are a wide variety of picture books to choose from, each one with a plot that is guaranteed to be fun, and maybe even teach your child a thing or two. You may also want to consider a few of these books for the subject matter they deal with. For instance, if your child has a new sibling on the way, there is a Dora book on that subject which might help with any feelings of insecurity. There are also some books that focus on the educational aspect more.

There are, of course, a large variety of Dora the Explorer toys that you can choose from. There are several different varieties of puzzles, ranging in difficulty from simple puzzles of around 12 pieces, to ones which have 48 or so, meaning you can find puzzles for whatever skill level your child might be comfortable with. If they prefer dolls to puzzles, there is a large selection of figures and play sets such as the Animal Rescue Adventure set, which has Dora and her cousin Diego rescue a jaguar cub. There is also a Lego play set that allows your child to build a playground for Dora and Boots to play in. The pieces are all very simple and easy to assemble, so you will not have to worry about it being too difficult.

Lastly, you may want to consider buying your child one of the Dora the Explorer music CDs that are available. …