Majority Of Couples Cutting Back On Wedding Expenses Due To Economic Downturn

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced the results of its 2008 Wedding Planning Survey. The survey gathered information about wedding budgets, location, guest count, wedding party size, and how the economy is affecting wedding planning in general.

A majority of respondents (57%) are having their wedding within the next 2 months, andAmericanBridal.com wishes to thank our many customers who, amidst the frenzy of wedding planning, participated in this survey. Especially since most (90%) are doing the planning themselves, with help from family and friends, and not hiring a professional wedding planner.

Since budgets are a concern for many, It looks like there’s a major spread in wedding budgets. About 25% are planning a wedding on a budget of less than $10,000, while 25% have wedding budgets over $25,001. The remaining 50% are somewhere in between, with 38% reporting in the range of $10,001 to $20,000.

“Location, location, location” as the saying goes, and roughly a quarter (25%) are having the reception at a hotel, and 10% have opted to host their nuptials at a country club. About 6% of couples selected a destination wedding, while a majority (55%) reported they are finding another type of venue to rent for the event and reception.

Size matters for this year’s brides, and by that we mean the size of the wedding party. Most couples (48%) will have between 5 to 8 people, while 37% of respondents have 9 or more bridesmaids and attendants. The trend seems to lean toward larger, more inclusive wedding parties, which leads us to the number of invited guests. Nearly 40% report they will have a guest count of more than 200 and 14% say their total guest count is under 100. A good 34% are inviting 100 to 150 guests.

As for cutting costs and wedding budgets, 68% said they’ve lowered their budgets by $1,000 or less. However, the small cuts they are making may not have a big impact on the actual wedding. Items that brides generally won’t skimp on are wedding gowns, photography and wedding rings.

When asked more specifically about what they would and would not change, most are not significantly altering music, location, reception style, or dress. Instead, they are more likely to adjust the cost of invitations, wedding favors, bridal accessories and gifts for the bridal party (combined, 46% of respondents said they would make changes in these 3 areas).

“The uncertain economic climate doesn’t automatically mean couples must forgo special touches to commemorate the beginning of their life together,” says Shirley Tan, American Bridal founder“We are pleased to help the bride and groom stay within budget with affordable wedding favors, and bridal and wedding party gifts.”

Now that potential money-saving opportunities are identified, look for vendors that offer discount wedding favors whose products don’t look like cheap wedding favors. Economical, do-it-yourself favors add the elegance of custom favors without the price tag. Do-it-yourself favors are popular since they can be customized to suit a particular wedding theme. AmericanBridal.com features a wide selection of do-it-yourself favor supplies from which to choose. Add personalized ribbons to create one-of-a-kind favors that look as if not a penny was spared.

One thing is clear: everyone wants to have a memorable wedding, at a special location with beautiful photos and videos. Families and guests must have a great time with plenty of food, drinks, and even entertainment. After all, a wedding is a time of celebration and a party! Most advised planning early, so it is easier to plan ahead, save money, avoid stress and enjoy the anticipation of the special day. The extra time will help to ensure that no detail is overlooked, and that the couple can enjoy their day without reservation.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, bridal shower favors, bridal shower ideas, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Leading Online Retailer Is Authorized To Sell Genuine COGE Designer Palladium Rings

Titanium-Jewelry.com, a leading online retailer of mens wedding rings, tungsten rings, titanium rings and unique contemporary jewelry designs for men and women, announced today that it is now carrying a selection of COGE designer palladium rings, wedding bands and partner bands.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer the finest COGE designer palladium rings and wedding bands to our customers,” said Ron Yates, founder, Titanium-Jewelry.com“In terms of luxury jewelry, COGE’s unique combination of precision German craftsmanship and innovative design is unrivaled. The addition of the COGE line complements our existing selection of high-end palladium, titanium and tungsten bands.”

COGE palladium rings utilize the most progressive fabrication techniques and feature avant-garde styling. Individually machine tooled and hand-crafted in Pforzheim, Germany, COGE’s artisan quality harkens back to a time before mass production, when each piece was handmade. A COGE wedding band bears the signature German precision and world-class quality control, because of the care each ring is guaranteed to meet the most exacting standards.

Most gold, platinum and palladium rings on the market today are cast, which will inherently lead to some metal porosity. While it might take a jewelers loupe to see, the porosity affects the shine and durability of the metal, and over time, small pinpoint holes will develop, causing the ring to wear down. COGE palladium rings resist this type of erosion because hey are individually machine tooled from a solid billet of metal.

The unique “lathing” process makes the COGE palladium ring harder and stronger, resisting everyday wear and tear more effectively than its cast counterparts. After a few months’ wear, most typical palladium rings will show scratches, however, the COGE grade of palladium is the highest quality and the hardest alloyed palladium in the world, as measured by the Vickers hardness scale or the Vickers Pyramid number (HV). COGEpalladium rings measure between 180 – 240, while typical palladium measures between 125 – 135.

In addition, the multiple step “lathing” process used to create COGE actually strengthens and hardens the material. As such, the COGE palladium ring is much denser and harder than a typical cast palladium ring. The heavier weight lends to a much more luxurious and rich feel that rests comfortably around the finger, without the extra weight of heavy metals.

An investment in a COGE palladium ring, as a superior alternative to a mass produced, lower quality cast ring, will ensure quality and value for many years to come. Wedding bands symbolize a lifetime of commitment and dedication, and deserve to bear the impeccable quality and beauty that are hallmarks of the COGE Design Group.

In addition to COGE palladium rings, Titaniun-Jewelry.com brings cutting edge designs to market offering affordability and stylish value to couples in search for unique rings and contemporary jewelry. Enticing grooms and couples worldwide, the online retailer provides a multitude of styles and metals representing the best selection of palladium rings, titanium rings, tungsten rings, and mens wedding rings for the up and coming male and female demographic. For more information, please visit http://www.titanium-jewelry.com.

About Titanium-Jewelry.com
Titanium-Jewelry.com provides a wide selection of tungsten rings, titanium rings and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern mens wedding rings and modern metals jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry.com leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please visit www.Titanium-Jewelry.com.

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Up to 70% Savings on Kitchen Lights & Bathroom Lighting

www.AccessDiscounts.com – a leading supplier of commercial lighting, residential lighting and grow lights, today announced its holiday sale on residential lights including kitchen lighting fixtures, bathroom lighting and indoor lighting solutions.

Shoppers can benefit from huge price reductions on the highest quality residential lighting solutions. Numerous styles from Hunter Kenroy are on sale at Access Discounts, where savings as great as 70% can be leveraged during the holiday season.

During the winter season, indoor lighting and outdoor lighting is imperative not only for safety, but for ambience and festive gatherings. Often consumers neglect the essentials to a good holiday gathering and focus on temporary decorations. The addition or enhancement of residential lighting fixtures can often be the most powerful element to holiday lighting but carries the value on well through the holiday season. Providing 100% American made commercial lighting products guaranteed to be of the highest quality, Access Discounts aims to provide customers efficient, effective and quality residential lighting solutions.

From ceiling lights, wall lights and kitchen and bathroom fixtures to lamps, sconces, chandeliers and pendants, Access Discounts has a wide assortment of quality lights.

“Our instant savings on residential lights offers consumers site-wide cost savings with value energy efficient features,” stated Christina Roush, spokesperson for Access Discounts“With energy costs rising while the economy continues to weaken, it is important to our business philosophy to offset the burden and position our products in the very best light to our customer base,” Roush concluded.

By offering precision engineered products meeting ETL, UL & CUL standards, the company brings the very best in energy efficient lighting solutions to market while passing savings on to their customers. Customers can take advantage of Access Discounts‘ price breaks and implement power saving and cost saving solutions with minimal investment. For more information on residential lights on sale, please visit http://www.accessdiscounts.com

About Access Discounts
AccessDiscounts.com provides a wide selection of grow lights, residential lighting andcommercial lighting of the highest quality. Leveraging the close relationships developed with top lighting manufacturers, Access Discounts is able to provide the very best in lighting solutions at affordable prices. As a leading supplier of lighting fixtures for horticultural lighting, indoor and outdoor lighting, Access Discounts strives to bring quality lighting to customers nationwide. Founded in 2002 with headquarters in Milpitas, CA AccessDiscounts.us offers lights, lighting fixtures and accessories for residential, commercial and horticulture lighting needs. For more information, please visit http://www.AccessDiscounts.com.

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Ernest Jones Online Launches New DHL Delivery Service For More Delivery Times, Improved Security And Customer Satisfaction

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has launched a new DHL delivery service to complement its existing Royal Mail service. For greater customer convenience, the new service offers an alternative secure delivery option for only £6 to any address in the UK (excluding Eire and the Channel Islands). DHL will deliver between 12pm and 9pm.

The DHL Life Style courier service was chosen to offer Ernest Jones customers further flexibility and convenience. DHL uses Lifestyle Couriers who are familiar with their local area and will aim to deliver orders when the customer is likely to be at home. However, should redelivery be necessary, DHL offers a flexible re-delivery service. The service is available for any products bought online from Ernest Jones, includingTag Heuer watches and diamond engagement ringsthrough to gifts and tableware.

A secure and reliable service, the DHL courier delivery costs £6 for any order and has the following lead times, which are provided in checkout:

DHL delivery lead times are extended over public holidays, and expected delivery dates are provided in checkout.

Ernest Jones will continue to offer secure Royal Mail delivery services at their usual rates with Standard, Next Day and Free Delivery on orders over £50. Customers can also select a free Delivery To Store service that allows customers to collect their purchases at their local store at no additional cost.

This tie up with DHL is particularly timely for Ernest Jones, as it means that the Diamond & Watch Specialist are able to fulfil Christmas delivery on orders placed right up to 3pm on the 23rd December. This puts Ernest Jones right up there in the top bracket of retailers for online delivery this Christmas, with only the likes of Amazon UK offering a Christmas Eve order fulfilment service in the London and Birmingham areas.

About Ernest Jones: The Diamond and Watch Specialist 
Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has over 200 stores and a retail website at www.ernestjones.co.uk. Featuring a wide range of premium brand watches and a selection of high quality, beautiful diamond jewellery, Ernest Jones also has a stunning selection of gifts for all occasions. Ernest Jones is part of Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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