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7 top tips to find your dream wedding dress on a budget

7 Mistakes to Avoid When You Go Wedding Dress Shopping

Your wedding dress is one of the most unforgettable aspects of your wedding. However, it does not have to be one of the most expensive aspects as well.

Trim down your wedding gown budget and find you dream dress for less with these 7 top tips to find your dream wedding dress on a budget from Best for Bride, Canada’s leading bridal boutique.

Keep it simple

Choose a simple gown in a single fabric with few details and save a lot of money. Then, dress it up with statement accessories like an embellished sash, opulent jewelry, or a stunning veil. You can thus achieve a stylish look without having to splurge on an expensive wedding gown. For more tips on making an affordable wedding dress look expensive, visit this post on the Brides Website. You can also opt for simple silhouettes like the sheath that cost less than elaborate dress styles like the ball gown.

Target clearance and end-of-season sales

Score fantastic new wedding dresses at clearance and discount sales, when bridal shops slash prices. Most boutiques conduct sales in June and November to get rid of existing stock and make way for new collections. Therefore, you can find beautiful gowns at unbelievably low prices at these events. The dress will of course, be from earlier seasons. However, it is highly unlikely that anyone at your wedding will even notice.

Mix and match

With bridal separates being a big hit on the wedding fashion scene, this is the right time to embrace the trend and take your wedding dress budget further. Not only do bridal separates give you more choices to fit your budget, they also allow you to enjoy a unique and highly personalized bridal look. The options are endless, and whether you prefer an edgy Bohemian bridal look or timeless elegance you will have no trouble finding the perfect combination. Visit this post on the Martha Stewart weddings website for fantastic ideas on how to pull-off bridal separates.

Explore second-hand options

Find your dream wedding dress at a fraction of the original cost when you buy it second-hand. Websites like Preowned Wedding dresses and Bride2Bride list used wedding dresses online and simplify the entire shopping process. Alternately, you can also buy your dress at a bridal consignment store or thrift store. This cost-savvy idea is not just environment-friendly, it is also a beautiful way to give a wedding dress a second chance to shine.

Rent the dress

Renting your wedding dress is another cost-effective, practical, and environment-friendly choice. Rental wedding dresses are well-maintained, and most boutiques allow slight alterations to ensure the dress fits you perfectly. Moreover, you need not worry about preserving or selling your dress after your wedding day. Simply return it to the bridal store, and they will take care of the rest. Hence, it is a sensible option to look like a dream on your wedding day in an expensive designer wedding dress, without drilling a hole in your pocket.

Buy off-the-rack

The sensible choice for brides who are on a tight timeline, buying off-the-rack is also a smart way to find a fantastic dress when you have a limited wedding dress budget. The only constraint in this case is finding the right size. Most bridal stores stock floor samples and off-the-rack gowns in standard sizes only. Therefore, you may have trouble finding a suitable gown if you are on either end of the size spectrum. With limited choices available, it is also likely that you may have to settle for what is available. When shopping off-the-rack, make sure to thoroughly check the gown for any damages. Also, entrust alterations to a talented seamstress to ensure that the final fit is perfect.

Explore unconventional choices

You can save a lot on your wedding day attire, if you are flexible with your options and open to non-traditional dress choices. Make a major fashion statement on your wedding day with a curated dress that is unconventional, but chic. Find the right dress that reflects your bold personality from bridesmaid collections, dresses for special occasions, wedding jumpsuits or collections of colorful gowns. With this choice, you are more likely to wear the dress again which makes it worth the expense. This post on the Knot website will direct you towards unexpected, but interesting ideas for unconventional wedding dresses.

Author Bio: As Canada’s modern bridal shopping destination, Best for Bride is home to exquisite designer wedding dress collections, bridesmaid dress collections, bridal accessories, dresses for members of the wedding party and a wide range of wedding day services. Having been in the wedding industry for over a decade, this bridal specialty store caters to all needs of the modern bride through four bridal shops and an online shopping portal. Find out all about their extensive dress collections and services by visiting the Best for Bride website – http://www.bestforbride.com

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6 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

6 Tips for Wedding Flowers

Photo by Laura’s Focus Photography, Florals by Stems & Whims

Flowers add so much to your wedding… pops of color and fragrant scents all help to set the tone of your day – not to mention that they are also beautiful and add softness to any event. I reached out to my friend and floral designer, Amy Thornburg of The Arrangement Company, and she offers 6 tips to consider with your wedding flowers.

  1. Think outside the color box. When choosing the palette for your wedding, don’t feel compelled to have it all match. Coordinate, yes, but matching isn’t a necessity. Multicolor combinations and contrasting colors can be a pleasant alternative to a monochromatic or two-tone approach. The Perfect Palette is a great resource to help you visualize different combinations.
  1. Choose seasonal flowers. Many brides desire a peony wedding in November, but for peonies, you are best to stick with April and May. Global growers and worldwide shipping provide peonies throughout the year, however the cost increases significantly. There are many other flowers that are similarly affected, but rejoice because there are always flowers in season. Keep an open mind, and make your choices practically.

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

  1. Hydrate your blooms. During pre-wedding photography keep in mind how long your bouquets are out of water. You don’t want to walk down the aisle with bouquets that have been tossed around and dehydrated for two hours prior. While you want the bouquets in your photos, consciously limit their time out of water, or perhaps the flower shots can be reserved for after the ceremony.
  1. Be aware of your budget. Not everyone has had to buy flowers in quantity like they do for their wedding. This can cause quite the “sticker shock” during planning. Be sure to enter each consultation with a figure in mind so your designer knows where to begin and how far they can go. A little research on wedding costs can prevent the surprise that can come with the quote and can save you time while easing your mind.

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

  1. Choose linens thoughtfully. Linens are an important piece of your table décor. The right choice can enhance and compliment the centerpiece, while the wrong choice can make the flowers appear washed out or dull. If colored linens are not an option, a simple change from white to off-white can make all the difference.
  1. Bring in the professionals. The most well executed event has more than likely had numerous behind the scenes challenges. Vases break, layouts change or linens can be the wrong size. In such times, experienced professionals are able to respond appropriately. They have the resources to resolve potential disasters, taking upon themselves the stress that you do not need in the days leading up to your wedding.

Jennifer Prince’s favorite flowers are peonies, and she provides inspiration to The Bride Box brides each month via an advice card and also through her wedding blog at www.hillcitybride.com


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10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom

Tender Tie

10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom

In modern society, it is a given that the guy is supposed to surprise the gal. Popping the big question at your favorite restaurant, throwing that surprise 30th-birthday party, showing up at your door with flowers and a chick flick when you’ve had a bad day, etc. Why not take the opportunity to turn the tables and surprise HIM on your big day? Show him that you too, are skilled in the art of the unexpected and shower him with a secret attack of sentiment. Here are 10 charming ways to surprise your groom:

1. Geek Garter

Surprise your sweetheart with a pop culture garter that is specific to his geeky passions like his favorite superhero, video game, tv show, or sports team.
10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom
[photo: Something Blue Wedding Photography]

2. Love Letter

Tell him how much he means and how excited you are by crafting a quick, from-the-heart love note. Hide it in his dopp kit, or be extra cute and give it to the flower girl or the ring bearer to give to him when they reach the alter.
Love Letter
[photo: dnk Photography]

3. Message on a Fingernail

We love this clever, sneak attack of putting a tiny message on the polish of your ring finger. When he grabs your left hand and pulls it towards him, watch both his and your eyes well up.
Message on a Fingernail
[photo: Freshly Wed]

4. Lego Links

Everything is awesome indeed! Before the wedding, stash a pair of Lego cufflinks among his belongings. Or better yet, give them to his best man so he can help apply them.
Lego Links
[credit: Michelle Prunty Photography via WeddingsOnline.ie]

5. Tender Tie

If you are a crafty cat, you can try sewing or embroidering a secret tender message of love on the underside of his tie. He’ll find this as he’s getting dressed, and it’s 100% guaranteed to melt his heart.
Tender Tie
[Janae Shields Photography]

6. Groom Gear

We’ve all heard about wedding survival kits, but those mostly include items for the bride. Why not assemble a groom kit, complete with everything your guy’s gonna need like socks, mints, and maybe a wee bit of alcohol for nerves.
Groom Gear
[credit: ShadesOfPinkPaperBtq]

7. Sentimental Sway

Put together a kick-ass dance routine with your bridesmaids to show him how you move. Dance to some Uptown Funk, Single Ladies, or even a mash-up of some classic dance hits.
Sentimental Sway
[photo: Craig Warga Photography]

8. Emotional Engraving

Get his wedding band engraved on the down low. Write your own inscription, because it will be more special that way. Keep it short, simple, and from the heart.
Wedding Band Engraved
[photo: Susan Stripling]

9. Double Take Cake

We are willing to bet that your man is a Star Wars junkie, and that it’s probably at a fever pitch lately with the release of the new film. Have your baker hide a Star Wars design in the back of the cake, and watch his eyes gleam like lightsabers!
Star Wars Cake
[cake design: Julia Baker; photo: TierByTier.co.uk]

10. Lingerie

Nothing delightfully surprises a newly-wed groom more than a little something special on your wedding night. Wow him with some new lingerie that you think he would love and spoil yourself at the same time.
Lingerie
[photo: Claire Pettibone lingerie]
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How are you planning on surprising YOUR groom? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
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Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

wedding activity coloring book

Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

If you’re having a kid-friendly wedding, then you’re going to want to provide them with some fun. Check out our top 11 ways to entertain kids at your wedding, or those 5-minute long wedding toasts may put them to sleep, or make them stir crazy…and you don’t want that to happen:
kid
[source: dumpaday.com]

Indoor Receptions

Kids Cave

Children, much like cats, enjoy being enclosed in small spaces, where their mischievous imaginations can run wild. Give them a corner of the room and set up a space like a tent, tee-pee, or cave like this creative couple:
11 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Activity Book

Giving the little darlings something to color and complete while at the table will keep them occupied and happy. Plus, who doesn’t love coloring these days? Check out these awesome activity books from Etsy seller BizzyHeartsWeddings:
wedding activity coloring book

Kids Coloring Table

A similar option could be to designate a kid’s table, cover it with inexpensive craft paper, provide crayons, and let the little Van Gogh’s go hog wild.
coloring
[source: misstweedle.com]

Legos

We love the idea of providing the kids with their own Lego table, filled with various pieces that will keep them busy for hours on end. Just make sure it’s in a sequestered area of the reception, or those colorful blocks of imagination will become little instruments of death when combined with spiked heels.
Legos

Teddy Toss

Keep the kiddies included in activities normally reserved for just the adults and they just might have a good time. Why not have a separate “Teddy Toss” before or after the bouquet toss?

Camera Scavenger Hunt

Provide each child with a disposable camera and a scavenger list of things to find and take pictures of. This not only entertains them, but provides you with more photographic evidence of the best night of your life.
Camera Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Receptions

Lawn Twister

Not only will lawn twister occupy their minds, it will also give your little ones great exercise. It’s easy to set up too. Just buy a few cans of different colored water-based spray paint, cut a large hole in a cardboard box, and spray away!
Lawn Twister
[source: signs.com]

Bubble Station

Why not set up a little bubble competition with a bubble blowing station? Watch their eyes light up as iridescent soapy creations materialize in front of their adorable faces.
Bubble station
[source: Breelyn Bowe Photography]

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Turn those wee ones into miniature Lara Crofts and Indiana Jones’s and set them loose on the nature surrounding your outdoor reception. You can print adorable scavenger lists here:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
[source: tinyme.com]

Ring Toss

Have you met a child that didn’t like throwing things? I didn’t think so. Set up a good old-fashioned carnival-style ring toss, and watch them squeal with joy. We love this rustic-style version from Etsy seller (and featured vendor in our November Bride Box), DownInTheBoondocks:
Ring Toss

Hula Hoop Contest

Get those youths in a friendly little hula hoop competition. The winner can get a gift bag of treats. Plus, it’s a fact that kids love hula hooping. Just ask Hayley:
Hula Hoop Contest
[source: buzzfeed]
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What activities are you setting up for kids at your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:  “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue.” – 1898 compilation of English folklore

It’s a saying/tradition we’re all familiar with. Some of us might not know that tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.”) These five objects each represent a different concept that the bride is supposed to carry on into her marriage. You certainly don’t have to abide by this tradition, especially if you are not superstitious. If you are going to participate, don’t let it overwhelm or stress you too much. These are usually little things that your family members bestow upon you so that you don’t have to think about it too much. Although, you can certainly gift them to yourself if you are so inclined.

Here’s a brief rundown of our favorite ideas for Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue:

Something Olde

Definitely the most sentimental of all the “somethings,” Something Old is supposed to represent continuity and tradition. A lot of mothers and grandmothers donate their old gems, broaches, gloves, or pearls for this portion. Obviously, you’ll want to work with your matriarchs to find the perfect, personal fit for you. We love this idea of tying an old photo from your parents or grandparents wedding day onto the bouquet from JunebugWeddings.com:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
[La Vie Photography]

Something New

Something new is supposed to represent optimism for the future. Some brides keep it simple and use their wedding ring or dress as their something new or assume they will have a new piece of jewelry gifted to them the day of the wedding. However, you can also have fun with it and let your creative juices flow. We like the idea of using your bridal shoes as your something new. Check out these Badgley Mischka ‘Rouge’ pumps, found on Nordstrom:
something new

Something Borrowed

Something borrowed is supposed to represent happiness. This is where you can start to think a bit outside the box. What you borrow, doesn’t necessarily have to be something you wear. You can borrow dishes for the reception, or even borrow a wedding theme from a family member, or even your parent’s or grandparent’s wedding song. We love the idea of borrowing old family photos from both sides to create table centerpieces (via The Wedding App):
something borrowed

Something Blue

Blue is most people’s favorite color for a reason. Among other things, blue represents purity, love, and fidelity; all concepts you want to infuse your marriage with. Some brides enjoy hiding their blue underneath the dress with blue shoes or a blue garter. Both are wonderful ideas, but if you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, why not apply a temporary tattoo? We love this bold, floral tattoo from Etsy seller Siideways:
something blue
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What are YOU doing for Something old/new/borrowed/blue? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas

Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Looking for a specialized twist on the classic rustic chic wedding? Honey is a universal symbol for sweetness and love, so why not spread some of that joy to your guests? A fall date is a great time for an outdoor or tented honey themed wedding.

Colors

Depending on your area and what your local bees are feeding on, the honey you use can be a variety of colors. You therefore have a versatile color palette to work with including, light yellow, peach, gold, or deep amber. Any combination of these shades will be complimented by the greenery of the outdoors and your beautiful white or off white dress.
Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Decor

Try going for a base of rustic chic (wood, burlap, chalkboard, etc) and add your twist of honey on top. Try creating table centerpieces with bee pollen stalks inside mason jars, or tin tea canisters. If you are an artist or know someone who is, have them draw or paint bees and honeycombs on your chalkboards, or any wood structures. If you don’t know any artists or don’t have the time, use these stencils from Michaels with spray paint. Check out this wooden honeycomb backdrop designed by The Style Co.
Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas
[photo by Hikari Photography}

Fashion

Don’t agonize over your dress. Whatever style you have your eyes on and whatever color from the honey palette you choose, will probably look gorgeous. The key is in the accessories. There are many honeybee or honeycomb accented jewelry pieces out there to top of your look, from headbands, to broaches, and even bobby pins and bracelets. All you need is one perfect piece to give yourself that bee-kissed aura, like this exquisite Austrian crystal honeybee hair clip:
honey bee hair clip

Food

This is a unique opportunity to do something different from the normal served dinner. Of course, you’ll want to provide your guests with some sort of main course, such as roasted herb chicken or dinner ham. For an appetizer, try providing your guests (via buffet table or the guest tables) with platters made of aged cheeses, in-season fruits, and artisan breads. Make sure each table has a sampling of local honey for dipping.
wedding food ideas
[photo by Daniel Kim Photography]

Cake

You have several options here. You can have a simple, understated cake that would go well with any outdoor scheme, or you could go very playful with a full-on towering honeycomb design, complete with fondant bees, honeycombs, and hives. You’ll have to decide which style goes best with your overall wedding tone of course, but we happen to love this cake from Melissa & Matt’s rustic honey bee wedding, created by the bride herself!
honey bee wedding cake
[photo by Lisa Burgess]

Favors

As for wedding favors, tiny jars or vials of honey would be a safe and obvious choice. If you are feeling a little more inspired, then why not try some beeswax candles, or bundles of honey sticks wrapped with decorative fabric or twine (wonderful if you are on a tight budget.) We adore these Old Fashioned Double Filled Honey Candies from Etsy seller holyhoney:
etsy wedding ideas
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Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016

Snow White wedding theme

Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016

Are you and your fiance fun, inventive, creative people? Are you looking for some inspiration for a unique wedding theme that is a little different from the usual rustic chic? Check out our top 12 unique wedding themes for 2016 and get inspired!

Star Wars

The upcoming release of The Force Awakens this December has brought Star Wars mania back to an all-time high. We think 2016 will see a lot of Star Wars-themed weddings. May the force be with you, in sickness and in health.
star wars themed wedding
[photo by Lisa Jane Photography via Rock N Roll Bride]

Game of Thrones

Why not theme your wedding around the world’s most popular television show? Make it a gallant, medieval-style celebration and feast, fit for a king. Just make sure it doesn’t turn out like the Red Wedding, am I right?
game of thrones wedding theme
[photo by Mollie Tobias Photography]

Mad Men

Who doesn’t love Mad Men? This is a great opportunity to showcase a very specific era (1960s) in the vintage wedding theme craze.
Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016
[photo by Esenses Photography]

Steampunk

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that utilizes elements of the technological and aesthetic designs of the Victorian era to create a look that is quirky, different, and is the very embodiment of geek chic.
steampunk wedding theme
[photo found on Tanis J Events.com]

Superhero

Today’s films and TV shows are flooded with superheros, and it’s because we can’t get enough of them. We love this photo of the bride and her bridesmaids, who took it one step further and got vintage with it!
Superhero wedding theme
[Cat Norman Photography]

Nintendo

From Duck Hunt all the way to Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo has produced some of the most popular video games around and touched the hearts of many a nerd. We love these creative Nintendo cartridge wedding invites found on 72pins.com:
Nintendo wedding theme

Snow White

You’ve heard of a Cinderella wedding, sure, but how about a Snow White wedding? Enchant your guests with “poisoned” candied apples, vintage mirror-mirrors on the wall, and your lips, red as rose.
Snow White wedding theme
[photo by Claire Marika Photography]

Beauty and the Beast

Picture your wedding invitations reading “Be Our Guest” and you’ll have the spark of an idea for a Beauty and The Beast wedding. Make sure there are candlesticks, clocks, and teapots a plenty. Plus, it’s a good excuse for an over-the-top ball gown dress.
Beauty and the Beast wedding theme
[photo by Raiya Corsiglia]

Great Gatsby

Another unique twist on the vintage wedding. This 20s era masterpiece of literature is a great opportunity to show off your uniqueness and fashion prowess, complete with pearls, fringe, and feather headdresses.
The Great Gatsby wedding theme
[photo by Mike Larson] [Photographer’s website: http://mikelarson.com/]

Harry Potter

Did you think the Harry Potter fever had finally died down? Guess again. With the new release of an illustrated edition of the first book, the Pottermania is back in full force!

Harry Potter wedding theme

[photo by Chris Martin]  [Photographer’s website: http://www.photosbychrismartin.com/dinodigs/ ]

School Theme

This wonderfully delightful theme is adorable for any teachers, high-school/college sweethearts, or any people who just plain loved school (they must exist, right?)
School wedding theme
[photo by This Modern Romance ] [Photographer’s website: http://thismodernromance.com/main/ ]

Starry Night

If you’re having a winter wedding, why not make your theme starry night? This exotic and romantic atmosphere is achieved by having dark hues and undertones splashed with white lights and elements that sparkle.
Starry Night wedding theme
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We hope this helps you get creative and inspired! What unique theme are you planning for YOUR wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

There’s a sudden rip in your pantyhose; the ring bearer spills his grape juice on your dress; you get teary-eyed, causing your eyeliner to run. All of these little scenarios might cause you to feel overwhelmed with anxiety, as though the world were ending. Fear not lovely brides! There is a secret weapon called a bridal emergency kit, that will arm you against any little wedding-day mishaps that might occur. Check out our list of what to have in your wedding emergency kit.

Medical/Health

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit
Painkillers/Allergy Pills: Don’t let that tension headache or allergy attack ruin your day.
Antacid: Because sometimes nerves can get the better of your tummy.
Tampons: Just in case!
Mini First Aid Kit: This is always good to have handy.

Food & Drink

Straws: Don’t ruin that perfectly-applied lipstick, brides!
Granola Bar & Floss: Quite possibly the only thing your stomach will be able to handle. You don’t want anything stuck in your teeth while taking wedding pictures!
Mints: Create that minty fresh magic for your first married kiss.
Alcohol: There is no shame in needing a little liquid relaxation for one of the most nerve-racking days of your life.

Cosmetics

wedding day prep
Hair Pins: What is it about stressful situations that makes your hair spike up and fly away? These will tame the little beasts.
Tissues: Your emotions are going to be running rampant, understandably. Make sure you always have some handy to gently blot away those water works.
Tweezers/Mini Scissors/Razor: Tweezers for any splinters (hey, if you’re having a rustic barn wedding, this is very likely to happen!); mini scissors for any facial hairs that you missed the previous night; and a razor for any leg hairs that devilishly decide to sprout up at the last minute.
Baby powder: A lot of brides say they didn’t realize that a certain part of their dress would cause chaffing until the day of the wedding, when they are walking around in it for hours. A little bit of baby powder can combat this.
Deodorant: Your nerves might cause you to sweat a little more than usual. It would NOT hurt to have some backup deodorant.
Lint Roller: This one speaks for itself. Do you wanna glide down the aisle covered in lint?
Make-Up Bag: Include a compact mirror (for last-minute make-up checks; nail file (for last minute nail snags), and concealer (for last minute zits – trust us, it’s a thing.)

Emergencies

wedding day emergencies
Small Sewing Kit: Make sure it is stocked with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins for any last-minute clothing catastrophes.
Clear Nail Polish: For runs in stockings.
Crazy Glue: Just in case one of your heels breaks off, or you have some other embellishment disaster.
White Chalk: This is an age-old secret trick for brides. If you get a last-minute stain on your dress, cover it with a bit of white chalk.
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What items are you stocking in YOUR bridal emergency kit? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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Wedding Flowers by Month

wedding flowers by month

Wedding Flowers by Month

Choosing the flowers for your wedding requires special attention. First, you want to decide on which colors and style your wedding will take on. Then, you can determine what flowers will best compliment that style. Season is also an important factor in this process. Check out the chart below and read our favorite choices for wedding flowers by month.
wedding flowers by season
(found on IvyHouseWeddings.com)

January:

If you’re getting married in January, tulips (meaning: love & passion) are a wonderful option. They are simple, smooth, elegant, and make for a beautiful bridal bouquet.

February:

Soft-headed, with delicate petals, Ranunculus (radiant charm) makes a wonderful wedding flower in February. The Persian buttercup variety features an enchanting, swirling bloom that will captivate you and your wedding guests.

March:

Usually coming in blue, white, or purple, irises could be the perfect choice for your March wedding. They have a message of faith and wisdom; perfect concepts for your new life together!

April:

Gerbera daisies (sharing your feelings) would make lovely displays in April. Not only are they an economical choice, but their warm color varieties and dynamic petals can add lots of happy charm to your special event.

May:

Native to Asia and Southern Europe, the peony flower (m: bashfulness) has a rich history of being used for medicinal purposes. We think these flowers and their soft, pretty colors will add a hint of Asian flavor to your May affair.

June:

Calla lilies are a great choice for a June wedding. With a meaning like “magnificent beauty” you can’t go wrong. These lightly fragrant flowers usually come in a deep, dark, Hot Chocolate color and will add a rich, tropical vibe to the party.

July:

If you’re having a rustic summer wedding, consider the sunflower. These striking, orange-yellow perennials can add the perfect punctuation to your day. They are also great on a budget, considering all that is needed for a bridal bouquet is one, single stem.

August:

Lilies are wonderful flowers that come in a large variety of classifications and spotted patterns. Usually associated with wealth, majesty, and honor, these classic fragrant flowers can add that touch of graceful design you’ve been looking for.

September:

Roses have always been the most popular choice for wedding flowers, and it’s easy to see why. Most associated with love & joy, roses comes in several pleasing and understated colors that are sure to compliment your wedding colors perfectly.

October:

The dahlia (blessings & inner grace) is a lovely option for your October day. The perfectly-symmetrical geometric design of the Ball and Pompon varieties make it perfect for a modern style wedding.

November:

Chrysanthemums are a nice, inexpensive, and not-so-over-done flower for your November wedding. These blooms carry meanings of abundance & truth, and they are sure to impress guests with their uniqueness.

December:

Hydrangeas (understanding) are a gorgeous option for a wedding in December. These thick, lush blooms come in a multitude of (usually) cool color tones, which are sure to mesmerize your guests.
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Thanks for listening brides! Stay tuned for the next part of our Wedding Flower series!
What flowers are you planning on for your wedding? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

bridesmaids

Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

In early Anglo-Saxon traditions, the men in the wedding party were referred to as the “Bride’s Knights” instead of the groomsmen. This was because they were responsible for being her protectors before, during, and after the ceremony. Today’s wedding party roles and responsibilities are a bit less…demanding, however, it can be a bit confusing with all the different wedding party roles. Which roles do you pick for your wedding, and who do you give them to?

Maid of Honor

Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

Assign your Maid of Honor as soon as possible. This should be someone extremely close to you. Responsible for the bridal shower and other various wedding day details, like helping the bride get dressed, looking out for the bride’s dress train, and toasting the bride at the reception, the Maid of Honor is probably the most crucial party member to you. She is like a second pair of eyes and hands for the bride, and there to provide you with the emotional support you will need to stay sane during this whole process.

Bridesmaids

bridesmaids

Typically the amount of bridesmaids you have will be determined by the size of your wedding. If you are having a large formal wedding, then up to twelve bridesmaids can be acceptable. A smaller, less formal wedding will constitute fewer. As for who you appoint in the bridesmaids positions, they should be your closest gal pals and should be willing and able to help with smaller wedding planning tasks such as stamping wedding invitations and crafting wedding centerpieces, etc.

Best Man

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Your hubby-to-be will want to appoint a Best Man. This role is typically responsible for acting as his right-hand guy, advisor, and aid throughout the process. He will most likely be the one responsible for planning the bachelor party,  paying the officiant’s fee, making sure the groom is on time for the ceremony, and of course, toasting!

Groomsmen

groomsmen

Just use your bridesmaids rules for choosing groomsmen; more for larger weddings, fewer for smaller weddings. However, the groomsmen can also double as ushers. This can be handy if you are trying to whittle the wedding party down.

Mothers & Father of the Bride

mother and father of the bride

Your mother can be responsible for as much or as little as you want. A lot of brides appoint these lovely ladies as their wedding-day contact so that they can relax knowing that “mama’s got it.” Your pops is responsible for footing most of the wedding bill, walking you down the aisle, and most importantly, the father/daughter dance.

Mother & Father of the Groom

mother and father of the groom

(Photo by: dparkphotography)

Once again, the mother of the groom can assume whatever role your man wants her to. She also has the privilege of dancing with her wonderful son during the reception. Your superhero father-in-law is usually responsible for footing the cost of the reception dinner, and trying not to tell every cheesy joke he knows.

Wedding Officiant

Wedding Officiant

This is pretty much non-negotiable. You will need an officiant to receive and witness your consent to marry each other so you can be, well…legal!

Other wedding party roles you can have but are certainly not required to fill include: Ushers, candle-lighters, flower girls, ring bearers, and pages (or train bearers.)

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Ok brides, that about wraps it up. How are you narrowing down your wedding party? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!
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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

At some point in your planning process, you may have decided to have a destination wedding. Not only is it a great excuse to limit the guest list, but you can also enjoy an exotic experience from ceremony to honeymoon, all in one place. Check out our best places for a destination wedding!

Kauai

If you want to be surrounded by a pristine beach, huge volcano, or romantic waterfall when you marry, then look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. Also known as The Garden Island, Kauai is one of the oldest and less populated islands in Hawaii, so it definitely exudes an old-timey, authentic feel.
best places for a destination wedding
(photo by Coconut Coast – Kauai Weddings & Photography)

Italy

Italy has been a hot spot for destination weddings for a long time. With such rich, diverse regions, it’s no wonder why. You can have your nuptials on the rocky Amalfi Coast, surrounded by the dazzling ancient ruins and art of Rome, or on a beautiful bridge in Venice. Either way, you’ll be livin la bella vita!
wedding in Italy
(photo by Cristiano Brizzi)

Costa Rica

If you want a tropical-vibe destination wedding with a little more affordability, you might want to consider Costa Rica. Lush rain forests, beautiful beaches, striking volcanoes, and some of the best eco lodges in the world have kept Costa Rica at the top of destination wedding lists.
Costa Rica wedding
(photo by a Brit and a Blonde photography)

Belize

With 78-degree weather year round, friendly locals, a great barrier reef, and ancient caves, Belize is a great choice. You can wed on the shores of Ambergris Caye by candlelight, and then explore Mayan ruins in Chiquibul Forest Reserve for your honeymoon. Plus, it’s just a quick 2 or 3 hour flight from most places in the U.S.
Belize wedding

Las Vegas

Everybody wants an excuse to go to Las Vegas. Have your wedding there and your guests will feel like they are getting away for the biggest party of the year. Say your vows against the backdrop of stunning canyons and rocky landscapes, and then head to the strip for swanky shopping amidst resplendent lights and energy.
Las Vegas wedding
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Aruba

Located in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is often called “the happy island.” What better place to start the happiest period of your life? Home to amazing, crystal-clear waters and intriguing shipwreck sights, Aruba provides the perfect backdrop to your special day. You and your guests can always party it up at one of many of the islands casinos in the days leading up to the wedding.
Aruba wedding
(Photo by Crooze Photography)

Jamaica

With 600 miles of gorgeous coastline and home to lots of wedding-friendly resorts and villas, Jamaica has always been a top destination wedding locale. Enjoy the frenetic nightlife of Negril, or tour a coffee farm in Brandon Hill. ‘Ey mon, it’s romantic!
Wedding in Jamaica
(photo by Tryall Club)

Bahamas

Picture your stunning, white wedding dress draped over soft pink sands. That little fantasy can be a reality if you wed in the Bahamas. This has always been one of the most popular wedding destinations thanks to it’s rich and friendly atmosphere. Consider having your wedding at the beautiful Versailles Gardens, located on Paradise Island.
Wedding in the Bahamas
(Seen on: OceanClub.com)
That about does it brides! Where is your wedding destination going to be? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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How to Deal With Bridesmaids Drama

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How to Deal With Bridesmaids Drama

Are you having bridesmaids drama? Do you wish you could sail them all out into the middle of the ocean and leave them there? Fear not! We have gathered together the most common bridesmaid offenders and have offered possible solutions. Don’t go starting up that sailboat just yet!

how to deal with bridesmaids drama

The One with Dress Issues

This is the oldest bridesmaid problem in the book. She doesn’t like the style, color, or material of the dress you’ve picked out, and she’s not afraid of being VERY vocal about it. There is a solution to this and it involves a bit of compromise. If you can get your ladies to at least agree on either the style or color of their dresses, then you can let them choose on the other. Letting your maids feel like they are in some amount of control over what they will be wearing will usually diffuse most anxieties before they get out of control.

The One with Money Problems

Weddings are expensive affairs, and the bridesmaid’s portion is nothing to be taken lightly. If you are choosing unreasonably priced dresses and wedding locations, you’re going to hear some grumbles about money. Make sure you are taking into account your bridesmaids situations. Are they students, single-income household, etc? Once you have considered this information, determine your bridesmaids budgets and plan accordingly. If you are still getting complaints, try to determine whether or not you can help cover a bit of the cost of someone’s dress if their participation is important enough to you.

The Complainer

She doesn’t like the dress. She’s too busy to help you plan. She doesn’t like the other bridesmaids. She has too much stress in her life to worry about your wedding too. What if you’re saddled with a bridesmaid who won’t stop complaining? First, sit down and have a talk with her to find out if there’s a reason for this. Maybe you two are close and she is sad over “losing” you to your hubby. If you’re still not able to hash things out, then ask her as politely as you can if she wants to resign her duties as bridesmaid and ask someone else.

bridesmaids drama

The One Who Doesn’t Get Along

If you unfortunately have a couple of bridesmaids who are not getting along, then stress not. This is pretty common and there are steps you can take to ensure that an all-out cat fight does not occur. First, if the issue is just that your maids are not familiar enough with one another then just organize a little ladies night out at a bar or club. They can have a few cocktails, let their hair down, and really get to know each other. If the problem is that they just don’t like each other, try getting together with them for logistics separately on different days. You can also try seating them farther apart at functions like rehearsal dinners, and showers, etc.

The One Who Doesn’t Pull Her Weight

What if one of your bridesmaids is not quite measuring up in terms of her moral support or willingness to help with certain tasks? First, ask yourself or her if there’s a reason she doesn’t seem interested in helping. Maybe your wedding has stirred some negative emotions in her life based on past experiences. Once you’ve had a chance to talk all that over and she is STILL not pulling her weight, then it’s time to have a chat. As nicely as you can, communicate your needs and give her a few simple tasks to see if she can handle them. If things are still not working out, then remember it is YOUR special day and you can replace anyone in your bridal party if it’s not working out.

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That’s it brides-to-be! Are you having bridesmaid drama? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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2016 Wedding Dress Trends

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2016 Wedding Dress Trends

Every girl fantasizes of wearing the perfect wedding dress on her fairytale wedding day. To walk down the aisle, all eyes on you, admiring your stunning display in white silk and satin, is the stuff dreams are made of. We’ve all combed through magazine after magazine of brides dresses, feverishly searching for that special, glittering gown. But, there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. A good place to start is by narrowing it down to just a few upcoming trends, so that you can look not only gorgeous, but FRESH and ON POINT for your wedding. Here are some Spring 2016 wedding dress trends that have been setting the runways abuzz:

3D Floral Appliqué

Designed to elicit a garden-esque feel, the 3d floral appliqué trend has been steadily growing over the past few seasons. It made a big splash at the 2016 bridal runway shows, and we can see why. With blooms of Chantilly lace, or beautifully-detailed laser cut patterns, any bride who chooses a floral appliqué dress will feel like the queen of the garden.
 2016 wedding dress trends
[above dress by Marchesa Bridal]

Feathers

Wanting to create the illusion that you are fluttering through the day like a winged wonder on a sunny, picturesque day? Why not go for a feathered look? Feathers were all over the dresses in the latest bridal shows. Whether they are thick and dark on Vera Wang dresses, or soft and sparse on an Amsale, feathers are showing they are here to stay.
feather wedding dress

Illusion Bodice

If you don’t mind a bolder choice, try an illusion bodice. More designers are utilizing sheer fabrics in the bodice area this season to create a more sensual feel for 2016. Some designers even took it a step further and used the sheer fabric throughout the entire dress, and then strategically placed certain embellishments.
illusion bodice wedding dress
[above dress by Christos Costarellos]

Dipped V Neckline

Another fierce, bold trend we’ve seen this season, is the dramatic, dipped V neckline. This neckline goes lower than a sweetheart neckline, but is not quite as scandalous as a plunging neckline. This way you can show off your elegant femininity without showing too much skin.
dipped v wedding dress
[gown by Antonio Riva]

Tiered Skirts

The best thing about tiered skirts is their versatility, no matter what bridal dress design you have chosen. From skinny mermaid trumpets, to big tulle gowns, a tiered skirt can give you a luxurious, layered look. We love this beautiful blush pink tiered skirt.
wedding dress tired skirt trends
[Photo by FirstView]

Thigh High Slits

Want a touch of classy, Angelina Jolie-esque sophistication to your wedding gown? Try a dress with a thigh-high slit. Thanks to the black-velvet Versace gown that Angelina Jolie wore to the 2012 Oscars, this trend has been steadily growing over the last few years. The 2016 bridal runway shows were saturated with the look.
thigh high wedding dress
That’s it you gorgeous brides-to-be! We hope this helps you in your search for the perfect wedding dress! What style of wedding dress are YOU shopping for? Let us know in the comment section below.
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How to Narrow Down Your Wedding Guest List

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How to Narrow Down Your Wedding Guest List

how to narrow down your wedding guest list

We know that the stress of planning your wedding can feel like being inside a pressure cooker at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of that, the guilt of having to nix people from your guest list can send you boiling over the edge. We are here to tell you that you don’t have to indulge that guilt. This is YOUR special day, and cutting people from your guest list is one of the fastest, most efficient ways to cut from your overall budget. Here at The Bride Box, we’ve gathered some wisdom and techniques on the art of the guest-list chop. So, grab a pen, pair of scissors, or X-ACTO knife and get ready to cut cut cut…

1st Consideration: Venue

First and foremost, you need to decide on a venue. You can’t really determine how many people you can afford to entertain unless you first know the cost of entertainment per head. Decide on the location of your reception and then you will have a rough number to start with.

2nd Consideration: Percentages

You also need to decide on what percentage of the guest list is allotted to you and your fiance, and what percentage is allotted to your parents. Because the bride’s family pays for most of the wedding, they usually have more control over the guest list than the groom’s family. You can work that out however you see fit, but keep in mind both sets of parents will want to invite their close friends.

3rd Consideration: Groups

Another good way to slash larger quantities of peeps is to think about the groups they fit into, such as young children, co-workers, extended family, or acquaintances. Perhaps you decide that you don’t want to invite the extended family that you never see anyway. Maybe you decide that you don’t want to mix your private life with your work life by inviting your co-workers. If you cut the entire group, you will also avoid hurting certain people’s feelings.

4th Consideration: Time

If there are still more people that you are conflicted about, a good rule of thumb is to think about the last time you saw them. If it has been a year or more, you can probably leave them off the list. Of course, there are going to be exceptions to this. If your bestie moved to the Southern France two years ago, to live off of wine and baguettes, you’d still want to toss her an invite!

5th Consideration: Introverts

Another thing you may want to think about is any introverts that are in your circle of friends. Some people may care a great deal about you but also dread weddings due to their shy nature. Cutting these people from the list may not only do you a favor, but them as well. If you’re not sure about a particular person, you can always just be honest and ask them how they feel in a way that doesn’t put them on the spot.

We hope this helps you cute down your wedding guest list! Remember, this is one of the most important, special days in your life, so don’t let ANYONE make you feel guilty for your guest-list decisions! Good luck brides!

wedding guests

What techniques are you using to narrow down YOUR guest list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Who Pays for What in a Wedding

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Who Pays for What in a Wedding

Picture this scenario ladies: It’s 3000 b.c. and your family has decided that you will marry Lord So-and-Such from a neighboring village. You haven’t met this man, but you hear from the townsfolk that he’s mildly handsome and has plentiful farm land and lots of animals that will provide you with all the support you need. Now picture your father offering this man some of your family’s cows, land, or jewelry in order to make the union between your families more appealing.

It all sounds like such a whirlwind of enchanted romance!

Who Pays for What

Or not. Luckily, we don’t live in the old days anymore. We are no longer tasked with securing our family name’s future and livelihood through marriage. Now, we are free to fall in love with whomever our heart desires. There are, however, some modern financial customs that stem from these ancient dowry dealings. The following is a rough guide to the traditional rules that most modern families adhere to when paying for the various costs of a wedding. Of course, you may have your own take on things, so let this serve as a general outline of information you can turn to if you are lost in a quagmire of financial decisions:

The Bride’s Family:

Traditionally, the bride’s family is going to cover most of the total wedding bill. These costs include, but are not limited to:

– Engagement party
– Wedding planner or coordinator
– Bridal party transportation to wedding
– Vendors
– Gifts for the couple
– Reception costs, including food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment
– Ceremony costs including rental fees, decorations
– Flowers for ceremony and reception
– The bride’s wedding dress and accessories
– Invitations, announcements, programs, and mailing costs
– Favors
– Photography
– Their own attire and travel expenses

wedding photo

The Groom’s Family:

Ladies, this is where your man’s family comes in to take some of that pressure off your family’s plate. It will also probably keep your father from having a nervous breakdown:

-Rehearsal dinner
-Alcohol at the reception (optional)
-Their own wedding wear
-Gifts for the couple

groom and mother

But don’t think you and your guy are getting off scot-free! You are both responsible for a few small, yet very important expenses for the big day:

You:

– The groom’s ring
– The groom’s wedding gift
– Bridal part luncheon
– Gifts for the bridesmaids

Groom:

– The bride’s engagement ring
– The bride’s wedding ring
– The bride’s wedding gift
– Boutonnieres and corsages for the wedding party
– The officiant’s fee
– The honeymoon
– The marriage license

bride and groom wedding photo

Did you notice how the groom’s family list was significantly shorter than the bride’s family list? This is most likely due to those ancient dowry customs we were talking about before. But, due to ever-changing, ever-evolving hearts and minds of the modern 21st century couple, these customs are becoming less and less revered. If both of your families have a different take on things, then more power to you all!

Happy planning brides! How are you budgeting YOUR wedding? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding

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Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding

Greetings Brides! We thought we’d take the opportunity to help many of you out there, who are planning your weddings, with financial advice. We know it can be a grueling, arduous effort to plan your nuptials, complete with nagging in-laws, cat-fighting bridesmaids, and more cake tasting than the average stomach can handle. The least we can do is offer some tips on helping you save some of your dough so you can alleviate some of that palpable stress you’re bound to be feeling.

Tip #1: “Hire” Your Friends

Do you have crafty gal pals? Why not ask them the favor of helping you put your wedding together? Hiring a professional wedding planner/organizer/crafter can be one of the biggest wedding expenses that you’ll have to dish out for. Getting together with your friends on a weekly basis for a wedding-craft and wine extravaganza can not only help you towards your wedding goals, but also provide you with some much-needed stress relieving laughs. You could also tell your friends that their time put into this endeavor can be their wedding gift to you, thereby saving them money as well. It’s a win-win ladies. Check out this DIY idea board from Weddbook.com:
diy wedding crafts

Tip #2: Bigger & Fewer Tables

Ladies, we know you fantasize about your reception hall, and how there are tables for miles, with everyone you’ve ever known, sitting around them, their eyes glimmering with a mixture of awe, emotion, and jealousy. Now picture fewer, bigger tables, instead of lots of little ones. Fewer tables means you have to construct fewer centerpieces, and fewer dollars dished. We love this outdoor table set up from Rajabf.com:
wedding reception tables

Tip #3: Friend Photography

Do you know any amateur photographers with amazing, expensive cameras? Chances are you do. With photography software becoming increasingly popular, people don’t necessarily have to take the most perfect pictures on site, and can tweak them later. There are a lot of folks out there who are fairly savvy with a camera and VERY savvy with Photoshop, so you don’t necessarily have to spend lots on a photography bill.
Top 10 Wedding Saving Tips for Your Wedding

Tip #4: Buffet vs. Dinner

You may want to consider having buffet-style food at your reception, as opposed to plated, or family-style. Having plated meals with controlled portions, being served by an elegant wait staff may SOUND appealing, but that can add up quickly. Firstly, you need to pay for the extra wait staff AND tip them at the end of the night. You also need to send out response cards so that guests can indicate their meal or meat preference, which is another added expense. Look at this unique dessert buffet set up from Cakeslindalewis.com:
Wedding Dessert Table

Tip #5: Your Friend’s Band

We all know that typically, a DJ is going to be less expensive than a band, right? Well, what if your friend, or your friend’s friend has a band and is willing to play for very little money, or even free? Maybe you pay these nice musicians back one day by hooking them up with free mani-pedis, or whatever your trade may be. Hey, musicians need to stay well kept too…(below picture was taken from DanceBands.com)
wedding bands

Tip #6: Local Flowers

Flowers can be one of the most important, mood-setting elements of your special day, and we don’t think you should have to skip them altogether just to pinch pennies. If you buy flowers that are local, or in season, you will most likely save a decent percentage on this expense. The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is a great resource for finding flowers near you.

Tip #7. Design Your Own Invitations

According to TheInvitationBlog.com, the standard, one panel wedding invitation can cost around $2 – $5 per invitation, while a print-your-own design version can be $1 or less. Try your hand at making your own design, or enlist the help of a friend who’s good with Adobe software. Make it a simple, elegant black & white design and save even MORE on the cost of printing. We are loving these simple, but beautiful invitations from onewed.com:
elegant wedding invitations

Tip #8: Bargain Hunting

I’ve got three little words for you, brides: Ebay, Craigslist, and Etsy. There are loads of former brides out there who are willing to sell their gently-used sets of wedding decor on Ebay or Craigslist, you just have to spend a little time hunting. Etsy.com is great if you’re in search of decor that is fresh and new. If you are able to find a newer shop on Etsy, they will be more willing to haggle with you in order obtain your business and garner a good review.

Tip #9: Secondhand Dresses

You don’t necessarily have to buy a severely USED dress, ladies. Sometimes women will just decide against a certain dress, after they’ve purchased it. They may have gained a bit of weight, making the dress no longer fit, or they may just decide to go in a different direction at the last minute. Websites like oncewed.com or stillwhite.com connect brides to be with former brides looking to get a little something back on their purchases. Just make sure you get plenty of photographs, and even ask the owner to Skype with you for a bit before buying. Look at this gorgeous gal selling her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown for 67% off the original price!
Wedding dress for sale

Tip #10. Twigs & Branches

The centerpieces at your reception can be one of the most biggest expenses in your wedding budget, especially if they are floral. They can be upwards of $150 per centerpiece. Luckily for you, natural/rustic weddings are all the rage right now. If you were to assemble your own pieces using twigs and/or branches, it could save you roughly 75% percent of the cost. Start collecting branches now, ladies. Nature is free! Martha Stewart has some awesome ideas for branch-themed centerpieces!
branch themed center pieces

We hope these tips will help you save some on your big day! What are you doing to save some money for your wedding? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Wedding Planning Questions Answered

Wedding Planning Questions Answered

Wedding Planning Questions Answered

Q: We don’t want a bartender, how do we display/chill the wine for 20 tables without breaking the bank, or how do we set up a drink station for the wine?

A: Generally when I have a couple who doesn’t want a bartender, we just put bottles of wine on each table, with the whites already chilled. For a table of 8-10 guests, I would generally put one red and one white wine on each table and guests can serve themselves a glass of whatever they would like! And it is far more convenient than getting up to go to a bar or waiting in line for their drink!

I would recommend having some extras as well, and having your servers replace empty bottles once they are finished. Or if you don’t want your guests drinking too much, two bottles at each table will definitely do the trick! The white wine always seems to stay chilled just fine but if you are worried, you can always provide individual ice buckets at each table for the whites. Personally, I think you’re fine without them though.

Q: How do you involve family out of town in the wedding planning process?

A: There are many ways you can involve your family in the planning who are from out of town! If you want the experience to be personal, such as trying on dresses, FaceTime or Skype always does the trick.

Or if they want to be more involved, you can ask for help in researching and getting quotes from vendors for you to then narrow down, collecting or addressing your invitations, or the best way to get everyone involved is to start group Pinterest boards so that everyone you want involved, can look around and pin their favorite inspiration and ideas to your wedding planning boards!

Wedding Planning Questions Answered

 

Q: How can I make my theme flow at the wedding?

A: When it comes to making your theme flow on your wedding day, simple is always better! Don’t try to over complicate everything but rather, focus on the aspects of the wedding that will work best with your theme. Whether you have a very specific theme or just a color scheme for your wedding day, items such as favors, the wedding décor, and your personal accessories are wonderful ways to tie in your theme without overdoing it! The simple and subtle accents that incorporate your theme or colors are what make your wedding so beautiful and unique!

Check out great wedding planning advice and much more from Jenn at The Overwhelmed Bride and look forward to more expert advice and planning tips in future editions of The Bride Box. Check by often to read more wedding planning questions answered by Jenn.

What are your wedding planning questions? We will get them answered in our next blog post!

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The 4 People You Should Hire for Your Wedding

The 4 People You Should Hire for Your Wedding

The 4 People You Should Hire for Your Wedding

Close your eyes and imagine your wedding day. Are you stressed out of your mind while guests stand in an empty warehouse that smells oddly like new paint and only has the echoes of footsteps and awkward conversation to fill the air? I would guess not. You’re likely imagining the opposite. You are sipping on a glass of rosé feeling like a pampered princess while your hair and makeup artists flurry around you, meanwhile guests begin to casually mingle in a charming warehouse space styled to perfection, with an alter area draped in ferns and peonies, while a band plays your favorite songs and the scent of your 5-star meal begins to linger by the caterer’s station. Which is exactly why the following are the 4 people you should hire for your wedding: a wedding planner, wedding stylist, entertainment, and a caterer.

1. Wedding Planner

The 4 People You Should Hire for Your Wedding

Take it from me. I’ve been working in events since high school and even I will be hiring a wedding planner. You may be the most organized person and have negotiation skills that land you a venue for half the price during peak season, but when it comes to the hours before you walk down the aisle to do this marriage thing, the last worry you will want to deal with is finding an extra chair for Grandma Suzy because the hotel miscounted while you were getting your nails done. Find a wedding planner you are comfortable with and who understands your vision. You can hire someone for the entire planning process, or hire a day-of planner who will manage the details for the week leading up to the day. Let the wedding planner sweat over the details while you sweat on the dance floor.

2. Wedding Stylist

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A wedding stylist will communicate with you, the florist and the rental company while searching for the perfect props to ensure a cohesive look is maintained throughout the entire event. To take an example from one of my favorite shows of all time, Ace of Cakes, think of your wedding planner as the one who bakes the cakes, while the stylist is the person who comes in and works their magic with fondant and icing to create the detailed cake rendition of Hogwarts. The stylist will work to decorate your space and photographs with all of those perfect details. A great way to do a trial run is to ask your stylist to style your engagement session.

3. Entertainment

Ryan Polei

Whether it is a DJ, the band that frequents a local pub, or a cirque du soleil troupe, invest in entertainment. The best events have a form of entertainment to keep guests lingering longer while taking the pressure to be everyone’s source of entertainment off you.

4. Caterer

Jessica Charles PhotographyYes, you may have thrown amazing parties in the past and made all of the food from scratch leaving your guests raving about each bite. However, a wedding is different than your typical dinner party. Hire a caterer who has similar tastes to your own culinary style. You’ll still feel connected to the experience, even if you weren’t the one rolling each cannoli. Many certified caterers also handle the serving staff, bartender, as well as a liquor license.

At times a wedding can seem like a giant puzzle. Think of these 4 hires as the corners of your puzzle, holding everything together and helping the other hundred pieces to fall into place along the way.

Jenny of Jenny Does Weddings is a blogger, wedding planner, and stylist who can be found spending her weekdays blogging and her weekends’ thrifting.

Who are the 4 people you would hire for your wedding day?