The Budget Savvy Bride » blog http://thebudgetsavvybride.com helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:01:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fitness Trackers from Verizon Wireless http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fitness-trackers-from-verizon-wireless/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fitness-trackers-from-verizon-wireless/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:30:08 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=43935

Hey y’all! As you might remember, I am a part of the #VZWBuzz influencer program. So today I’m back with another post about how technology can help you in your life and wedding planning, thanks to my pals at Verizon Wireless!

 

Full disclosure: I’ve been a Verizon Wireless subscriber for the last 5 years or so. They’ve sent me a new device to review and share, and of course I’m going to also show you a couple of great features that you’re sure to love!

 

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This month, I received a Fitbit Charge (in blue) to review. Fitness trackers are all the rage these days, and this one gives you some incredible details to help you monitor your health and achieve your fitness goals! This high-performance wristband delivers real-time fitness stats right on your wrist, so you can easily keep up with your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes throughout your day!

  • Monitor how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alar

  • Accurately track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes

  • Displays Caller ID with compatible mobile devices like iPhone or Samsung Galaxy

  • Track your sleep and set a silent, vibrating alarm

  • Syncs with the mobile and online tools

  • Battery life of 7-10 days

  • Also doubles as a regular watch!

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The Fitbit Charge allows you to monitor your activity by wirelessly syncing data to your smartphone and / or computer. And they have a beautifully designed app that is easy to understand and accurately displays your stats — it’s super fun to check it out and see your daily progress in their handy and attractive charts and graphs. It even lets you record your workouts, share your stats, and compete in fitness challenges with your friends! You can also use their app to log your calories and meals with a handy barcode scanner, calorie estimator and food database. No matter where you are, you can stay motivated to track your results for health and reach or beat your activity goals!

I’ve only just begun to use this device, but it’s really fun so far. Overall it’s mostly comfortable to wear once you get used to it, and it’s super easy to use! If you’re looking to monitor your activity and keep you reaching for your goals as you are #sweatingforthewedding, I definitely think a Fitbit Charge is a device that you’ll love! Want to take it a step further? Check out the Fitbit Aria Scale (available from Verizon Wireless for $129.99) to get even more data to analyze your progress!

 

 

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The Fitbit Charge retails for $129.99 at Verizon Wireless. Buy it here.

Be sure to check out all the other great fitness trackers and accessories available at VerizonWireless.com and find the device that’s right for you!

Are you #sweatingforthewedding? What are you using to keep track of your progress or monitor your goals?

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Disclosure: I am a member of Verizon’s Influencer Team#VZWBuzz.  I received the Fitbit Charge fromVerizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Wedding Deals: March 27, 2015 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-march-27-2015/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-march-27-2015/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:30:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=43543&preview_id=43543

*This post contains affliate links. When you purchase items via our affiliate links, there is no additional cost to you, but The Budget Savvy Bride receives a small percentage of the sale as a thank you for making the introduction. You get a great product *and* you help support our website + the free resources that we share with our readers!

Hello my lovelies!

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! TGIF, am I right?

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This week has been a whirlwind! I returned from my trip to Asheville, NC last night — I can’t wait to share all the lovely options we explored in Asheville for destination weddings! You may have noticed I posted a bit of inspiration along the way on Instagram — just check out the hashtag #bloggersinthemountains!

And of course, this week we also launched the 2nd design in our Printable Collection with Download & Print! I hope you love Olivia as much as I do!

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Also of interest this week, we were featured in this great article:

target="_blank">27 Websites, Blogs, & More to Get You Wedding Planning by Wedding Shoppe, Inc.

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And ICYMI, here is my post from About.com this week:

Creative Wedding Favor Wording Ideas

As usual, I just wanted to pop in and share this week’s wedding deals with y’all! Check out the deals below from some of our favorite affiliate partners — they just might save you a bundle on something for your wedding day!

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Get 10% off Appy Couple

Get 10% off your Appy Couple subscription — boutique or luxury! Build a beautiful custom wedding website and corresponding app to keep all your guests in the loop leading up to your big day!

Use code: SPRING2015  | Ends: MAR 31

 

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Free tote with purchase at Plum Pretty Sugar!

Get a Free Hello Pretty Tote with Purchase of $80 or more from Plum Pretty Sugar!

Valid: 3/20/15 – 4/4/15

Use Code: PRETTYFOREASTER15  |  Ends: APR 4

 

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Cache Final Sale – 30-60% off everything!

Cache is closing its doors and that gives you incredible savings on their entire stock of dresses and accessories. There are tons of wedding, party or shower worthy dresses to be scored at a deep discount. Visit their website or your local Caché location to nab these deals while they’re there to be nabbed!

 

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Get 20% off printable wedding invites!

As you know we just launched our new Budget Savvy Bride collection and partnership with Download & Print — but just for being a reader of The Budget Savvy Bride you can get 20% off ANY purchase from the Download & Print shop! They’ve got a killer collection of printable wedding invitations and paper goods that will make your big day look like a million bucks, for way way less. ;)

USE CODE: SAVVYBRIDE

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20% off BONOBOS

New customers enjoy 20% off first-time orders from BONOBOS! They have fab suiting and apparel for the man in your life, including the impressively priced Jetsetter suit.

Use code SPRINGSTYLE  |  Ends APR 4

 

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15% off on Sparkler bundles from WeddingSparklerStore!

Save 15% on Sparkler Bundles from WeddingSparklerStore.com when you place your first order!

USE CODE: SPARKLE15

 

 


Hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Wedding Deals of the week!

Have a great weekend, y’all! Stay warm!!

xoxo

Jessica

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Honeymoon planning http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/honeymoon-planning/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/honeymoon-planning/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=43577 We have booked our honeymoon! My fiancé and I love going on vacations and traveling, so this was obviously one of our favorite items to plan. We have been together for almost six years and have been on 3 different cruises, visited Universal Studios and Disney theme parks more times than I can count, and take weekend getaways to the mountains and the beach, as often as we can.

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We did not include this in our final wedding budget, but saved up for it by limiting our trips within the past year and a half. We’ve only done short get-a-ways, rather than week long trips, so when planning our honeymoon we knew we wanted something to look forward to where we could both relax, but also go on plenty of adventures. My fiancé immediately thought of Atlantis, (we had visited before via multiple cruises that stopped at Nassau, but never actually stayed on-site), and although we loved the idea, the price tag for the room and style we wanted didn’t really sit well with us.

My fiancé decided to contact a travel agency in Raleigh (Omega World Travel), and the travel agent gave us some great ideas for our honeymoon. She gave us information on Atlantis, but suggested we look at adult-only places, as we plan to start a family very soon, and most of our vacations will then involve more than just the two of us! We narrowed down some options, but finally settled on a Secrets resort in Mexico. Neither of us has traveled out of the country before, which makes this even more exciting for us. Not to mention, it is an all-inclusive resort and has many activities you can do on-site or off-site, so we know how much we’re paying up front without any surprises once we arrive; We also completed a Honeymoon Registry, which allows our guests that want to gift us something, to purchase items/activities for us that we can do during our honeymoon (such as swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, spa treatments, etc.).

One of the main selling points for my fiancé was the fact that there is a world-class golf course very close to our resort where he can play golf. I, on the other hand, am excited to swim with dolphins and relax by our very own swim-out pool. But, I think we’re most excited to be able to spend an entire week relishing in the fact that we’re finally married! I can’t believe we’re less than 2 months away!

 

Have you decided on a honeymoon?
If so, where will you be going?

Natasha

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DIY Pink and Gold Bridal Shower http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-pink-gold-bridal-shower/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-pink-gold-bridal-shower/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:26 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=43643 A Bridal Shower is meant to be the kick off event for an upcoming Wedding, but it shouldn’t cost nearly as much. With that being said, the bridal party should still make sure to throw a great bash for their friend. There are several ways to decrease expenses, while putting together a wonderful day.

My Best Friend is getting married one month before I am, so I knew there wouldn’t be very much room in my budget for a shower, but it still had to be amazing. This is where a few cans of spray paint, and several trips to the Dollar Store came into play. I noticed from my friends Pinterest board that she loved pink and gold themed decor, so I took that route when planning.

The main details I wanted to be included were a mimosa bar, candy bar, and gold centerpieces.

DIY Mimosa Bar- $29 (not including fruit or Champagne)

Needs:

  • Gold Spray Paint (Walmart)
  • Plastic Glasses (Dollar Tree)
  • Plastic Bowls for Fruit (Dollar Tree)
  • D & J Cardboard Letters (Joann Fabrics)
  • Cardstock (Dollar Tree)
  • Burlap Banner (Bought From A Wedding Resale Page)
  • Chalkboard Picture Frame (Dollar Tree)
  • Carafe (IKEA)

I went crazy with spray paint on almost all of these items. For the burlap banner I printed each letter on printer paper, cut them out, placed them on a large piece of poster board and then cut each letter again. I’m sure there is an easier way to do this, but this was the cheapest I found. After I cut each letter, I laid them out and spray painted them gold. I then hot glued each letter to a burlap flag.

I used the spray paint again for the plastic bowls, cardboard letters and the bottom of each plastic champagne glass. I was so happy with how easy this was, but also how great everything turned out! I also had to hang the tan fabric behind everything because the walls in the hall were green…yikes!

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DIY Candy Bar- $34

Needs:

  • Various Size Jars (Dollar Tree)
  • Organza Bags (Efavormart)
  • Various Candies (Target)
  • Cardstock (Dollar Tree)
  • Burlap Banner (Wedding Resale Page)
  • Gold Table Runner (Efavormart)

The biggest money savor for this table was the candy. The day after Valentines Day I went to Target to find all of the candy 50% off. I may have not been able to pull this off on a budget if that sale hadn’t have happened.

I spray painted all of the jars gold, and attached some to candlesticks (which I also painted gold) to give things some depth. I used the same method as the Mimosa bar for the banner, and also the same piece of poster board to save money. The Gold sequin runner was on sale for $10 so I made sure to buy it as soon as I found it, they go out of stock often when a sale occurs.

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For the table centerpieces, I used a wine bottle, mason jar (Dollar Tree) and a vase (dollar tree) and painted them all gold. The flowers were purchased from Michaels when they were 50% off. 

centerpiecesThe bride was extremely happy with how everything turned out, and all of the guests enjoyed their morning mimosa along with some candy.

Macy

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DIY Wedding Flower Arrangement http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-wedding-flower-arrangement/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-wedding-flower-arrangement/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=43582&preview_id=43582 My son was married this past summer, and my sweet soon-to-be daughter-in-law asked me if I could make a silk floral arrangement for a large cement urn that was to be the focal point of the ceremony. (Other than her, of course.)

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Choosing the right flowers is the most important part of making a gorgeous wedding floral arrangement. The bridesmaid’s dresses were pale pink, so I chose flowers the same color.

 

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When making a silk floral arrangement you want to find flowers that look as real as possible. They may cost a little more, but watch for sales and you will save money for sure! Be sure to hit Michael’s with a coupon!

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Choosing different size flowers will make the arrangement elegant and airy. I also look for some very dainty flowers that I use as fillers. These think branches with minimal flowers were a good choice for the base of the arrangement.

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I purchased a large piece of floral foam and cut the foam to fit snuggly inside of a plastic pot. When arranging flowers, you want to start with the tallest flowers first. I like to use florals that resemble flowering tree branches for the tall flowers. Place the first flower stem directly in the center of the pot, and add more if needed. I also hot glue all around the stems for added support.

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I then added the next size flowers. Look at the flower on the right, see how it droops softly? This flower is a Wisteria. It adds a delicate softness to the arrangement.

Next, I added the blush pink roses, being careful to space them out evenly.

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Then it was time to add the smaller flowers. I placed them lower than the roses to help hide some of the stems.

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The last step was to add the very dainty flowers. These are what I call “fillers”. They are used to fill in the gaps. Just be careful not to over do it.

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The little “filler” flowers make such a difference!

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Isn’t this beautiful! And guess what? Everyone thought the flowers were real!

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It was a beautiful day! This Momma was happy, and I just smiled when people commented on the stunning roses. (I’m not telling them that they were silk!)

 

post and tutorial submitted by www.jenniferdecorates.com

 

vip-photo-meJennifer Davenport started her design business, “JD Designs” in 2004. She was honored to receive the People’s Choice award in the 2008 “Parade of Homes”.  She loves putting decor together to purposefully create a “home”. She’s knwon to hyperventilate when she is at the flea market, drive like a mad woman when she’s hitting garage sales, and lose many hours in a happy, vegetative state while on Pinterest. Visit her website:  www.jenniferdecorates.com

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Backyard Wedding in Sun City http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/backyard-wedding-in-sun-city/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/backyard-wedding-in-sun-city/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=42087&preview_id=42087

What a beautiful backyard wedding we’re featuring today to help ring in spring! Although Kyrsten and Jacob were married in December in the sunny Southwest, their beautiful backyard wedding and reception is especially inspiring for our readers who live in the colder states and are beginning to see the first signs of spring right now. Like many of our budget-savvy weddings, Krysten and Jacob show how using what you’ve got can save you $$$. They were able to use the grounds of a golf course for their ceremony for free and a they had their reception at the home of a friend. I love how the rustic details like the fireplace mantle and the flowers give the wedding intimate, comfortable yet chic atmosphere. xoxo, Jessica

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Kyrsten + Jacob

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Sun City, Az | Desert Sring Golf Course

 

What was your budget?

We had a lot of connections that saved our wallet! We were able to do the ceremony outside at a golf course for free. We did the reception at a friend’s house that was absolutely beautiful. I am a Pinterest freak and have had my wedding planned since I was 16. I wanted my wedding to have a rustic/indie feel to it. I did simple centerpieces of wood slab that I cut myself, doilies I found on saveoncrafts.com and lanterns with flicker lights I got from Hobby Lobby when they were on sale for 50 % off. The burlap runners were also from Hobby lobby.

We saved a lot by using our resources and connections, doing my own decorations, and looking at thrift stores and garage sales for the little stuff.

Photography (including free engagement session): $1450

Rented chairs and tables (from a school): $50

Linens: $255

Ceremony and reception venues: $0

Food and cake: $700 (Paid for by parents)

Flowers: 291.72 (used a wholesale florist)

Decor: $250

DJ: $0, done by a friend (Since it was a small reception area we just used the speakers we had installed at the house).

Photo booth: $400

Dress: $0 (Borrowed from my maid of honor who let me tailor it to my style)

At the end of all these we didn’t have money for favors , which really didn’t matter cause most weddings you go to they end up throwing half of them away at the reception and the other half get thrown out with they get home. In total we probably spent around $3500!

 

How many guests did you have?

100

 

 

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

I got all my girls in the bridal party white collared shirts with our date and initials on them for getting ready the morning of the wedding.

I lost my little brother to suicide 6 months before the wedding. He was supposed to walk me down the aisle. I walked alone because no one could come close to filling his shoes. For the “Father/Daughter Dance,” I  danced with all the men in my life who had made an impact on me. Most of them were close friends of Chris and I. A signature look for my little brother was how he tied his tied. He was a pro at the Eldredge Knot, so all the groomsmen and groom wore that knot. I did a special dance with my mom to our song.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We used what we had. We had a friend with a huge gorgeous house, so we used that. We had a friend that had a connection with a manager of a golf course, so we used that. We recycled decorations from our engagement party and used things we found at garage sales and thrift stores.

 

 

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Make a list of things that are most important to you. And when you get down the list and you don’t have money for the least important things then you don’t have the money and you skip it, it’s not the end of the world. It is one day and you don’t want to start your marriage off in debt.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The photographer. She is absolutely amazing! I don’t regret a single penny!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My dress. I got to wear a dress I looked great in, I made it my own and saved a lot of money!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The moment before I walked down the aisle, I was my changing room alone. I had a picture of my little brother with me and I thought about what his reaction would be of my dress and how handsome he would look walking me down the aisle, if he would cry or not, dancing crazy with him at the reception, and just having him there. Yes, it made me sad but it was my special moment with him to make me feel like he was there and a part of that big day.

 

 

VENDORS

Photographer:  Melissa Wright Photography  • Ceremony Venue: Desert Golf Spring Course • Photobooth: Hollywood and Mayhem Events • Catering: Oregano’s • Cupcakes: Sweet Daddy Cupcakes • Groom’s attire: Men’s Apparel Club

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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New Confetti Wedding Invitation Printable http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/new-confetti-wedding-invitation-printable/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/new-confetti-wedding-invitation-printable/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:30:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=43540&preview_id=43540

Y’all already know Download & Print from their amazing + fabulous printable tutorials they’ve shared on BSB! We absolutely love how Anna has built a platform to offer gorgeously designed, custom-looking paper goods to brides all over the world — no matter their budget!

Last month we launched our partnership with D&P to bring out a collection of chic, beautiful, designer-quality wedding invitation designs that are perfect for savvy brides looking to save money on their big day! We all know that DIY can be a great way to save money, and this collection of printable wedding invitations give you the power to do just that, and in a way your guests will never notice!

This month we’re super excited to introduce the 2nd design in The Budget Savvy Bride Collection for Download & Print — without further ado… say hello to:

 

Olivia

Confetti Wedding Invitation Kit

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The Olivia Confetti Wedding Invitation Kit is a perfectly coordinated confetti wedding invitation design that is carried through ALL the pieces for your big day. From the save the date through to the guestbook sign, program fan and table numbers. This collection will allow you to create a perfectly cohesive wedding day theme via paper goods, and on the cheap, too! This lovely design comes in 7 color ways and you get ALL SEVEN colors when you purchase this kit! So you could easily use other colors for an event or party down the line — so fab, right??

 

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When you DIY your own wedding invitations, you can save quite a bit of money, and these templates couldn’t make it easier. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to use these templates — they are already laid out in Microsoft Word — a program that pretty much everyone has on their computer already. The process for creating these designer quality invites yourself couldn’t be simpler:

1. Purchase & download your templates
2. Open in Microsoft Word
3. Enter in your wedding information
4. Print as many copies as you need (get the exact number you need without having to pay to make extras if you need them!)
5. Cut them out along the handy guidelines with a paper trimmer or cutting tool of your choice
6. Assemble and send!

Best of all, when you choose to work with these templates, the costs involved are low. Buy a ream (or possibly two if you’ve got a big guest list) of white cardstock (we love this 90 lb white from Amazon) and coordinating envelopes in A7 for the invite and 4Bar for the RSVP. (Or make your RSVP a postcard and skip the 2nd envelopes for even more savings!) You’ll need a color printer and plenty of ink, which can easily be purchased on the cheap. With these templates, you could easily get this glamorous look of an impeccably cohesive theme and make your wedding invitations (and plenty of other coordinating pieces) for less than $100 TOTAL. I’d say that’s budget savvy AMAZINGness.

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Remember, each template kit comes with files for the following wedding paper items:

  • save the date
  • wedding invitation
  • wedding rsvp card
  • directions / info card
  • wedding place cards
  • wedding menus
  • thank you notes
  • address labels
  • wedding programs
  • wedding signage
  • envelope liners
  • table numbers
  • seating chart
  • and more!

 

Another thing that I absolutely LOVE about this design is that you can easily create some adorable confetti to go perfectly with the paper goods — and this confetti can be used in a number of ways for your big day.

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Check out this tutorial from Download & Print to learn how to make this confetti for yourself! They’re even offering up a free wrap around label to use with a glassine bag to pass out the confetti to your guests!

Do you love this design?

Head over to Download & Print to purchase now — and remember, BSB readers get an exclusive discount:

Get 20% off your purchase
from Download & Print
with code SAVVYBRIDE at checkout!

 

Want to see us create a specific type of design for YOUR wedding day? Leave us a comment below with the type of design you’d like to see next!

Happy DIYing!!

Jessica

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Wedding Planning: Help For the Big Day http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-planning-help-big-day/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-planning-help-big-day/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=43610 disorga

Do you ever feel like that picture above? Like there is just so much information about weddings and so many lists and organizers and things to do??

Wedding coordinators are available to help with weddings, from the beginning of being engaged, to the wedding, even to cleaning up at the end. There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding, I have friends who use a wedding planner for everything and others who choose not to have one at all. All of the weddings have turned out well as a beautiful celebration of the couple’s love, so it’s not an essential “must” or “must not” on the long list of wedding things.

I never wanted a wedding planner to come in and put everything together for me, between all of the internet resources and the help of my friends and family I never felt that I needed more help. One of the things I enjoyed most about college was getting to plan and implement events, this is just a much larger and more memorable event than most of the ones I helped with as a part of the student activities team at my university. Another reason was that we do not have room in our budget to have a planner organize all aspects of our wedding!!

After some thinking and talking with my married friends, I looked more into the benefits of having a coordinator for the day-of wedding activities. This can be a life-saver for couples who want some help without breaking the bank!! Between having a morning wedding and hoping to enjoy our wedding day as stress-free as possible, and with a little wiggle room in our budget we decided that we wanted some help! The wedding and reception venue we are using provides a day-of coordinator for an additional fee. One of my friends utilized the skills of a family member, which we thought about. However, a married couple who also happens to be some of our good friends offered to help plan or coordinate if we needed!

I’m excited to have them help and make sure that nothing is forgotten, that the day-of schedule stays (reasonably/semi) on time! Although I am doing most of the pre-wedding planning myself, with help from Brady and my parents, it is so nice to know that I can hand it all over to them on that day and I won’t have to worry! It will also be another good way to involve a couple more people in our wedding who we care about that we would not otherwise have had in our wedding!

What has your experience been using a wedding planner, day-of coordinator, or none at all?!

Lydia

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Deal Alert: Convertible Bridesmaids Dress Deal http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/convertible-bridesmaids-dress-deal/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/convertible-bridesmaids-dress-deal/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:00:49 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=43654

*This post contains affliate links. When you purchase items via our affiliate links, there is no additional cost to you, but The Budget Savvy Bride receives a small percentage of the sale as a thank you for making the introduction. You get a great product *and* you help support our website + the free resources that we share with our readers!

Y’all know I love me a good Groupon deal, and this one is sure to make you happy!

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Groupon is running a great deal on these fab convertible dresses in dozens of colors and your choice of length — midi or maxi. These would make FAB and affordable bridesmaids dresses, or snag a couple for yourself for your honeymoon, showers, bachelorette party, whatever your heart desires. I personally just purchased one (in aqua, natch ) and can’t wait for it to arrive!

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I love this convertible style of dress because it gives you endless options for how to wear it — so your girls can choose the perfect bridesmaid look! Plus, you can easily switch up the style so you can actually re-wear these again and again! These dresses normally retail for $250 and they are on sale for $39.99! (Plus, Groupon has a fab discount code this week for an extra 10% off Groupon Goods items. Use code MEGA3 at checkout, and you’ll get this dress for even less!) This deal is only available for a limited time, so be sure to snatch up a dress while you can!

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New Wedding Budget Survey – What Brides are Really Spending http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/new-wedding-budget-survey-what-bride-are-really-spending/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/new-wedding-budget-survey-what-bride-are-really-spending/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=43535&preview_id=43535  

I’m always intrigued by the stats that come out each year from surveys on the average wedding cost. I feel like many of those surveys only give a fraction of the important information needed to really evaluate things, so I always thought it would be cool to do a survey asking some of the heavy-hitting questions.

So, I was super excited to team up with the folks from Toluna QuickSurveys to put together a special wedding survey.  We asked questions that were interesting to us, like how the couples saved money, things they cut out, who paid the tab, and more. Then QuickSuveys polled a group of 1000 Americans who’ve planned weddings to get the dirt on how they spent their wedding budget. The results are super interesting, and some are a bit surprising! Check out the results from the Wedding Budget Survey in this fab infographic below!

 

Wedding Budget Survey Results

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Wedding Budget Survey – What Brides are Really Spending via Toluna QuickSurveys

Pretty swanky, right? I’m a sucker for a good infographic. ;)

Some of the most interesting bits of the survey:

To Pay or Not to Pay?

  • 56% of respondents have planned their own wedding.
  • 40% say they paid for 100% of their wedding.
  • 23% say both of their parents contributed and both the bride and groom.
  • Only 14% had their parents pay for 100% of the wedding.

 

 

More People (i.e., Money), More Problems!

  • 25% invited 100-199 guests attend their wedding.
  • While only 18% invited 50 – 99 guests attend their wedding.

 

 

 

What I thought I’d Spend VS. What I did Spend

Ceremony
  • 31% who thought there were going to spend between $200-299 on the ceremony actually spend more than they anticipated.
  • 66% who thought there were going to spend between $400- $499 on the ceremony actually spend more than they anticipated.
Venue
  • 46% who thought they would spend between $3,001 – $5,000 on the venue actually spent more than they anticipated they would.
Flowers
  • 48% who thought they would spend between $3,001 – $5,000 on flowers actually spent more than they anticipated they would.
Dress
  • 18% who thought they would spend less than $1,000 on a dress actually spent more than they anticipated they would.

 

Let’s save money!

  • 35% say to cut costs they opted to D-I-Y some things!
  • 21% say to cut costs they didn’t serve alcohol.
  • 24% say to cut costs they had the ceremony and reception at the same place.
  • 22% say to cut costs they cut back on decorations.

 

Oh and there’s that little thing called Stress

25% said they stressed about trying to make both families happy with their wedding plans.

 

What do you think of the results of this wedding budget survey?

Anything you found surprising in the results?

 

Many thanks to Toluna QuickSurveys for putting together this survey for us!

xoxo

Jessica

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