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Like many girls, I had all sorts of ideas and plans about my wedding long before I even met my Mr. Perfect.  Since I wasn't much of a ring girl, I couldn't imagine myself wearing an engagement ring - my thought was to get another piercing in my ear when the time came, and get an engagement earring instead.  Well, as it happened, when the time came, I was up and ready for a proper engagement ring, a classic one, right on my finger.  But now I had to catch up for lost time, for all those years I … [Read more...]

iPod your Wedding Music

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It will require time, thought, and effort on your part, but it could save you a couple thousand dollars if you B.Y.O.M. (bring your own music, of course)!  You save money on hiring a DJ or band, and you can control every song that's played at your wedding, from your walk down the isle to the dinner music to the last crazy dance. feature image credit "But like everything else, if you want to pull it off and not drive yourself nuts, there are rules," says The Broke Ass Bride.  Here she lays … [Read more...]

Must-Read Tips for Staying within your Wedding Budget

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The most daunting part about planing a wedding, perhaps, is figuring out how to get the wedding you want within the budget you set forth. That's why a little financial planning will take you a long way to keeping you out of debt. Talk about money: Sit down with your fiance and go through your bank statements, pay stubs, bills, and other financial records. Discuss how much each of you can afford to put toward the wedding. Write it down: You might think this goes without saying, but some … [Read more...]

Budget-Slashing Wedding Planning Tips

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Martha Stewart Weddings presents 65 Ways to Trim Your Budget... and who's budget couldn't use a little trimming, right? Here are some of their best wedding planning tips. If you have any other great budget-slashing ideas, please add them in the comment section! Save on Alcohol Instead of providing a full bar, serve a signature drink, such as punch or a favorite cocktail, instead of providing a full bar.  Another option is to limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer, choices that will … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate with Wedding Vendors

According to The Knot, it's worth negotiating with even the hottest vendor in town, especially if there's a good reason: like having the wedding on a less-popular Friday night. Here are some more crucial pointers: Know the market Find out what other vendors offer for the same price point, and use this as leverage. Ask about every single thing that's included in your package. Then find out in advance what extras are going to cost -- and whether those costs can be waived. Stick to your limit A … [Read more...]

First things First: Booking a Wedding Venue

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If you are newly engaged and wondering where to begin the wedding planning process, one of the first things to sort out is where you will be getting married.  Along with your caterer, one of the biggest chunks of your budget will quite possibly go toward your wedding venue. Here are some points to keep in mind and some questions you may want to ask during your search, culled from essortment.com. How to choose a venue: 1.  Do you plan to marry in a church or synagogue, and then move somewhere … [Read more...]

Wedding Planning Priorities: Part 1

You can plan the wedding of your dreams, even if you don't have unlimited funds (most of us don't), but you have to decide what is most important to you and your honey.  Is it a 5 star menu or a certain reception site? Maybe the season or even the music? Flowers and photography? What you need to do first is create a list, and put it in prioritized order.  This will lay the groundwork for every single decision you will have to make about your wedding.  Refer to this list to determine how your … [Read more...]

Planing a Recession-style wedding

Photo from Arbutus Photography. Not to keep rubbing it in... but with the barrage of news stories like these, what can you expect!? Although some may say weddings are "recession-proof" (we can hope!) these headlines seem to differ.... Wine-country weddings, recession style Budget-minded brides seek out thrifty elegance Brides make mad dash for discounted wedding dresses Budget Brides: Planning a wedding during a recession 10 Ways to have a Frugal but Fabulous Wedding So we … [Read more...]

Looking to Save? Buy and Sell Pre-Owned Wedding Stuff at Bravo Brides!

The current recession has forced many brides to slash their wedding budget and cut out some of the more extravagant details from their original wedding plan. The New York Times reports that some brides are relocating to cheaper venues, nixing the wedding cake, asking a shutter-happy friend to replace the photographer, downsizing the bouquets, and slashing the guest list. The NY Times also mentions a cool website called Bravo Brides. This is a fantastic forum for brides-to-be who want to save … [Read more...]

Saving on wedding cakes: Fake layers, fresh flowers, and more!

For the bride who wants a traditional wedding cake, without the outrageous costs that go with it, there are many creative alternatives. One idea is adding fake tiers to your wedding cake. According to Napsnet, this can save you about 50 percent per slice. If you have your baker create a fake layer or two in your wedding cake, and actually serve slices from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen, no one will know the difference! Simply desserts points out that some bakers charge by the … [Read more...]