The Budget Savvy Bride » Gracie http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:17:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 600 or less http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/600-or-less/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/600-or-less/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:39:57 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22352 It really didn’t feel like I was getting hitched since I hadn’t found THE dress.  And to be honest I had given up hope to find my dream dress with in my budget. I thought at best I’d find a dress that was within my budget and I could live with wearing. After looking online […]

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It really didn’t feel like I was getting hitched since I hadn’t found THE dress.  And to be honest I had given up hope to find my dream dress with in my budget. I thought at best I’d find a dress that was within my budget and I could live with wearing. After looking online and doing some research, I wasn’t comfortable buying a dress from a website without trying on the dress nor knowing if it was actually what I was purchasing. I then went to where every bride on a budget first stops, David’s Bridal.  I made my appointment, called all my bridesmaids, had my mother and grandmother come as well. I figured this would be it. I would find my dress today!!             

After trying on about 20 dresses, I left empty handed and once again I was back to the drawing board.  I was as confused as before not knowing if I could purchase a dress that I liked. I scoured the web for blogs or forums that suggested good websites that I could look into. It wasn’t until I asked one of my aunts where I can find flower girls dresses that it clicked: Fashion District in Los Angeles! I thought surely I could find bridal stores in that area as well, so I began to do some research. I found out that there are several stores that I could look at, unfortunately most of – if not all of them – had terrible reviews on the service as well at the fitting, but what the heck I could at least check it out.

I had plans with one of my bridesmaids to go and look at flower girl dresses with me, she then suggested why not stop by a bridal store and check it out. 

I went to IBEX Bridal thinking I was going to look at dresses but probably not actually find a dress. When I first arrived I was asked several questions: what style I liked, my budget,  my wedding date, etc. They then took out several books for me to look at and asked me to mark the dresses that I liked best. Nora the sales rep was nice enough to help me out, and also let me know right off from the start if the dress I was going to mark was over my budget, which was helpful!! I then was taken to a dressing room and asked to get ready for the dresses. I tried on several dresses but the last one was THE ONE- my dress! I asked the price and it was $817. I was hesitant because of the price and shrugged it off, she then told me she would go to the back and find out what is the best price possible they could give me. She came back and told me they would lower it by $300! I was shocked but at the same time happy. I HAD FOUND MY DRESS!!  And the best part- it was with in my budget!! Now as much as I would like to show you the dress I know my Fiancé reads my posts. What I can tell you is that it is absolutely beautiful and ivory. And although it might seem silly and outdated, I would like to surprise him on our wedding day. 

 

 

 Did any of you seriously luck out with your wedding dress search? 

 

 

*FTC I was not paid any monies nor given any product for mentioning the above bridal stores.  

 

 

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Mr. Right Venue http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/mr-right-venue/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/mr-right-venue/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:29:28 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=22084 When working on a budget I think the biggest issue is finding the right venue that will work with your budget. When we first began wedding venue hunting we didn’t really know what questions to ask, or what to look for. After long trips to different venues we began to figure out what things we […]

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When working on a budget I think the biggest issue is finding the right venue that will work with your budget. When we first began wedding venue hunting we didn’t really know what questions to ask, or what to look for. After long trips to different venues we began to figure out what things we were looking for.

 

The All-inclusive venue is a great option for those that are looking to have a full packaged and do not want to spend the long hours of researching different catering companies, Rentals, and or a Bakery. Look for what exactly is included and what are your different options that they have available. Make sure that you express what is important to you and if they are able to accommodate you.

 

For us it didn’t really make sense to get an all-inclusive location, as we know a lot of catering companies and pastry chefs. We wanted to look for something that allowed us to do it as simple or extravagant as we wanted. And after long hours of research I out weight my options and found that in LA getting a all inclusive deal was really not a deal at all (really!). Not to mention that I am obsessed with a barn style wedding and lets get real here that doesn’t exist in a city like this, and if they do they will cost you an arm and a leg.

 

Since I am planning to do most of my decorations I didn’t want to spend unnecessary amount of money on things I didn’t need nor wanted. Although most of these places are big and beautiful we always envisioned our wedding to be small and quaint. I knew that in LA I would not be able to find a location we both liked, so I began to search in the surrounding areas but still with in our county limit, and after long hours of research I found thee perfect location, and the best part is I found it on the Parks and historical landmarks section of the city website. It was Exactly in our budget and best of all we can choose the catering company they work with or bring out own. We pick and choose what we want. AND THE BEST PART IS A GOT MY BARN LOCATION FOR 3,000!! We chose to have it in Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and the people have been nothing but helpful so far. The price includes both the ceremony and reception. I am so excited!

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Rustic Chic http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/rustic-chic/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/rustic-chic/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:51:10 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=21789     We both decided we aren’t the formal type of couple, we are both quirky and we wouldn’t want to sit at our own wedding bored to death!! I’ve always liked the vintage shabby chic style and since my fiance is a chef so he’s into rustic displays of food and innovating new ways […]

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We both decided we aren’t the formal type of couple, we are both quirky and we wouldn’t want to sit at our own wedding bored to death!! I’ve always liked the vintage shabby chic style and since my fiance is a chef so he’s into rustic displays of food and innovating new ways of showing and delivering a plate presentation. So we figured why not incorporate the two!

 

Now the hard part was I really wanted an outdoorsy feel to the wedding- something very modest but yet classic. After long hours of research for rustic weddings we both decided we wanted something different than what we have seen around Los Angeles. 

 

Our colors are Dusty rose and gray shades; we want to keep it simple- nothing too elaborate. And I am currently obsessed with barn weddings and am on the hunt for the perfect barn location in Los Angeles. As for now I am inspired by simple flower arrangements and decorations. Let me know what you think! Do I have any rustic brides out there on the hunt as well?

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I am Engaged!!…. But now what!? http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/i-am-engaged-but-now-what/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/i-am-engaged-but-now-what/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 14:53:13 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=21778         After calling my mom and best friend and my brothers and sister and announcing it to the world, I began to think well now what? Planning a wedding was completely new to me, so how should i get started? well the first task I tackled was to develop a list. I […]

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After calling my mom and best friend and my brothers and sister and announcing it to the world, I began to think well now what? Planning a wedding was completely new to me, so how should i get started? well the first task I tackled was to develop a list. I wrote down all the items that a wedding must include. Such as a venue, flowers, catering, music, decorations, a cake, rentals (chairs and tables etc.), attire (dress, tux), Stationery (invites, save the dates, programs etc.), Photographer, and transportation.  Regardless of the theme of a wedding all weddings have each item.

 

After making this list I sat down with my fiancé and we talked about a budget, we both would love to get a house with in the next couple of years so we new right off from the start that our budget would be rather small. With my School District salary and his Sous Chef salary it would be impossible to have a wedding that would cost us more than we can afford while saving some money. We both settled on 10,000 we couldn’t do more. But what could i really afford on a tight budget and what should i be looking at spending for each item. How should the money be distributed.  

 

At this point I realized I needed some kind of guidance, so I spoke with my Fiancé sister (whom is a wedding planner) she gave me some helpful hits, she asked me to priorities my list, and number what is the most important thing about my wedding, she explained how for her wedding music was extremely important as her husband was a big music aficionado. So here is how I did it.

 

Wedding Budget Amounts

 50% of Budget – Venue & Catering – 5,000

10% – music – 800

10% – Photography – 1000

3% – Wedding Gifts for Wedding Party and favors for guests – 360

3% – invitations – 360

1% – Transportation – 120

10% – wedding attire – 1000

3% – for additional cost if wedding ceremony is different than reception venue. – 460

10% – Flowers – 900

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I knew that my biggest priority was to have a nice venue and excellent food (since my chef Fiancé is so darn picky) I knew that most of my money would be going to those two items.  Everything else I broke down according to what I felt was least and most important. Now although the budget may shift but at least now I have a foundation which to work on.

 

 

 

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