The Budget Savvy Bride » blog http://thebudgetsavvybride.com helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Love it, book it, and get more from Secrets Playa Mujeres http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/love-book-get-secrets-playa-mujeres/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/love-book-get-secrets-playa-mujeres/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:00:36 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37399 <img height=’0′ width=’0′ alt=” src=’http://pixel.watch/m9u7′ /> Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is an all-new Unlimited-Luxury® property from Secrets Resorts & Spas in gorgeous Playa Mujeres, Mexico. In case you aren’t familiar with Secrets Resorts & Spas, they have some of the best offerings around. This new resort is set along the gorgeous white sand beaches of Playa […]

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Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is an all-new Unlimited-Luxury® property from Secrets Resorts & Spas in gorgeous Playa Mujeres, Mexico.

Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa

In case you aren’t familiar with Secrets Resorts & Spas, they have some of the best offerings around.

This new resort is set along the gorgeous white sand beaches of Playa Mujeres and a mere 10 minutes north of Cancun. The brand new all-suite resort will raise the bar on adults-only luxury. This stunning resort is set to open on Nov. 15, 2014 and is sure to completely wow couples on their big day with a uniquely romantic setting, Unlimited-Luxury® amenities, dedicated wedding services and more. Enjoy elegant accommodations, 24-hour concierge services and numerous amenities including:

 

  • Gourmet dining at eight on-site restaurants and a café
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Choice of mood setting turn-down service
  • Complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily
  • Unlimited premium drinks at six bars and lounges
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • Endless day and nighttime activities and entertainment
  • Pool and beach concierge
  • Sparkling pools
  • Sugar-white beach
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor lounge area
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary greens fees at nearby Playa Mujeres Golf Course
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Option to upgrade to Preferred Club privileges
  • All taxes and gratuities

I’m all about saving on the wedding day so you can enjoy the experience of a lifetime on your honeymoon! What a romantic and amazing way to enter into married life!

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To celebrate the launch of this new property, from now through December 31, 2014, the first 50 couples to book their wedding at the all-new Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa will be instantly treated to $500 towards premium wedding day add-ons of their choice:

  • Lively Entertainment (i.e., mariachi band, Caribbean trio, fire dancers)
  • Unforgettable Special Touches (i.e., fireworks, drone videography)
  • Above-and-Beyond Style & Decor (i.e., exotic tropical flowers)

Interested in having your wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres? Fill out a wedding request form to book now!

 

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Oh, and by the way, between now and the end of November, you can also enter to WIN an Unlimited-Luxury® wedding at this brand new resort! To enter:

  • Fill out the simple entry form
  • For an ‘extra’ chance to win, choose from a selection of options which special wedding day extra you think would be the perfect finishing touch
  • Share with friends

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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what’s ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

 

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Wedding Budget Tip #10:

Do what feels right for YOU, not just what people expect.

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We’re taking a little break from the concrete money saving tips and taking a slight detour into the more emotional side of wedding planning today.

You see, it’s easy when you’re planning a wedding to get caught up in the details. With the never ending sources of wedding inspiration like Pinterest and countless wedding blogs, you can easily fall down a rabbit hole of DIY projects, wedding details and ultimately — unnecessary expenses.

On many wedding websites you visit, you’ve likely seen lots of lists of must-do’s, must-haves, and swoon-worthy details. But the thing that many of those sites probably won’t tell you is that, quite frankly, there are no rules when it comes to weddings.

If you don’t want to do things that are considered traditional… don’t do them.

Not into tossing the bouquet or the garter? Don’t do it. Heck, don’t even buy a garter if you don’t want to!

Are you and your fiancé not big dancers? No one says you HAVE to have dancing at your reception. Don’t worry about hiring a band, just set up a nice playlist for background music on your iPod — you’ll save a bundle.

Don’t get caught up in doing things because they’re expected or just because they’re considered part of tradition. If it doesn’t feel right and authentic to you as a couple… simply skip it!

At the end of the day, you want to enjoy your wedding and for it to be a representation of you and your new spouse – so nix anything that’s not a fit.

You’ll be happier, avoid stress, and likely save money in the process!

 

Are there any wedding traditions you plan to skip on your big day?

 


 

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Gift Guide: Father of the Bride / Groom http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-father-bride-groom/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-father-bride-groom/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37431 Happy Tuesday, y’all! To continue on with our gift guide series, today we’re talking all about gifts for dads. The Father of the Bride and Father of the Groom are two very important men on the wedding day — so why not choose a gift that truly celebrates your love and gratitude for your pops? […]

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Happy Tuesday, y’all! To continue on with our gift guide series, today we’re talking all about gifts for dads. The Father of the Bride and Father of the Groom are two very important men on the wedding day — so why not choose a gift that truly celebrates your love and gratitude for your pops? We’ve rounded up some sentimental and practical items that would make perfect gifts for fathers – whether on the wedding day or for Christmas! Hope you enjoy!

 

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Personalized Clocks

This classic “book” style of clock uses a satin mahogany finish and is ready to showcase a favorite photo. Personalize this large book clock with a wedding photo of you with your dad inside it and have a heartfelt message engraved inside.  It can also be engraved with your dad’s name or monogram on the outside! A truly personal and meaningful gift that your father can keep on display in his office or home to enjoy for years to come.

Personalized Gold Club Toppers from Red Envelope

Is your dad a golfer? These elegant golf link toppers will make your dad’s clubs stand out amongst a crowd. Customized with a monogram and full name, they’re lightweight enough to not affect his swing but will definitely add some personal style. The toppers are available in bronze, black, silver or gold tones and the set contains 14 engraved golf link toppers.

 

Engraved Watch from ThingsRemembered

There’s nothing quite like a classic wristwatch to show the world that your dad’s a man of distinction. This sophisticated watch has a “skeleton” dial which shows the inner workings of the watch. You can also share the inner workings of your heart by engraving a touching message on the back of the watch. A personal and meaningful touch for your dear old dad!! The watch comes with a wooden presentation box that can also be engraved. This watch is unique in that it has a skeleton movement — the motion of your body keeps the clock movement running. If the watch is not being worn every 24 hours then it will need wound by hand to continue the clock movement. Luckily – the watch looks great dressed up or down, so there’s no reason for him not to wear it every day!

 *special deal*

Up to 25% off Engraved Wrist Watches from Things Remembered! Shop the 6-Day Sale Now.

 

BetterBow by Horace Hugh

Forget boring old cufflinks. I was recently introduced to this genius men’s fashion product that I predict will be the next BIG gift trend for Men in weddings!! The Better Bow is designed with a magnetic clasp that you can attach different 100% silk bow tie “tails” to create the perfect dapper look for any event. The magnetic clasp allows you to tie the bow tie in a way that you’re able to look at what you’re doing — their suggestion is around your thigh, and then once you’ve arranged the perfect bow, you can unclasp it and refasten the bow around your (or your guy’s) neck! The easiest bow tie ever!! Watch this video that shows how much easier The Better Bow makes it to tie a bowtie!

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You can get a basic Better Bow with silvertone clasp featuring the Horace Huge logo for $65, or for an extra special keepsake you can purchase a Better Bow with a custom monogrammed Sterling Silver clasp for $165. A great gift idea for the Father of the Bride!

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Happy Monday! We are back with the next post in our Gift Guide series!!

 

Today, I’m highlighting some personal and meaningful gift ideas for your moms – whether that’s the mother of the bride or mother of the groom. Let’s face it- none of us could even be here without our mommas, so it’s nice to show a little extra gratitude around wedding time if you are able.

I think it’s especially important to get something for your mom that truly expresses your love and is deeply meaningful or personal. Moms love that stuff and it’ll be sure to make her feel extra special! Extra points if she gets teary when she opens it. :)

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One of my favorite places to shop for personal and meaningful gifts is ThingsRemembered.com! I love that they have a large selection of items that can be personalized, engraved or customized in some way. Personalizing an item with a heartfelt message is a wonderful way to give a useful and meaningful gift at the same time! Here’s a few favorites from Things Remembered:

  • Does your mom love to cook or entertain? Consider a really nice engraved cutting board to add a little personalized flair to her kitchen.

 

  • I’m sure your mom would love on of these engraved crystal vases from ThingsRemembered. She can use it to hold the flowers you give her each year for Mother’s Day. (hint hint! Treat your mommas right!)

 

  • An engraved photo frame is a touching and meaningful gift that your mom can keep on display in her home for years to come. Include a photo of the two of you from your wedding day and have a sweet message engraved for her to treasure forever.

 

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Of course no gift list for mom would be complete without the ever popular Pandora Bracelet. What I love about these bracelets is that it’s easy to add onto over time and you’ll never be stumped for a gift idea again! Just choose some meaningful and personal charms to gift for any occasion – it allows your mom to create a truly personal and custom piece of jewelry she will treasure for her entire life!

 

 

Another favorite source for personalized and thoughtful gifts is RedEnvelope. They’ve got such a wide selection of unique and personal gift items for just about anyone on your list! It’s definitely one of my go-to spots when I am looking for a special and meaningful gift. Here’s a few favorites for your mom from RedEnvelope:

 

  • I really love this personalized Disc necklace that you can engrave with your and each of your siblings’ names for your mother to keep her darling children close to her heart, always.

 

  • I also love this custom pillow cover where you can include the names of all your family members on a tree to create a truly personal piece of decor for your parents’ living room!

 Don’t miss this selection of gifts that you can get for 15% off now at RedEnvelope!



 

So what do you think of our Mother of the Bride gift guide? Find anything you might like to give your momma this year for Christmas or for the wedding day? Let us know if you have other ideas to include!

 

 

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Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings Special Issue http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/martha-stewart-weddings-real-weddings-special-issue/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/martha-stewart-weddings-real-weddings-special-issue/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=37917&preview_id=37917 I’ve got a special treat for y’all today — an exclusive peek into the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! This isn’t any ordinary issue of MSW — no, ma’am. This is the Real Weddings Special Issue! And who better than BSB to share a few of the (30+) fabulous tips to save money on *your* real wedding? […]

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I’ve got a special treat for y’all today — an exclusive peek into the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

This isn’t any ordinary issue of MSW — no, ma’am. This is the Real Weddings Special Issue! And who better than BSB to share a few of the (30+) fabulous tips to save money on *your* real wedding?

Here are a few of our favorite tips from this great article, Spending Smarts, from the Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings Special Issue on newsstands now!

 

Save Money on Your Wedding Invitations:

Look at designing your own suite. Sites like weddingpaperdivas.com, printablepress.com, and empapers.com have upped the design-it-yourself game, with results you’ll be proud of.

 

Save Money on Your Wedding Dress:

If you’re not sentimental, kick around the idea of renting a high-end number at a low-end price (check out renttherunway.com).

 

Save Money on Your Wedding Flowers:

Consider potted plants as centerpieces; they look lush, and you only need one per table. Or play up candlelight. If your venue allows it, cluster together pillar candles in glass hurricanes and smaller ones in votive holders. For added romance, set them atop low-cost mirrors.

 

Save Money on Your Wedding Photographer:

Opt for basic coverage instead of pricey packages. See how your photos (and budget) look after the fact, and then order any extras, like blowups and gallery wraps, à la carte.

 

 

Want more money saving tips for weddings?

Pick up the special issue of

Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings

on Newsstands now!

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Thanks to the team at Martha Stewart Weddings for sharing this peek into their newest magazine issue with us here at The Budget Savvy Bride!

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Wedding Deals : November 21, 2014 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-november-21-2014/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-november-21-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:38 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37884   Hey y’all! Have you had a great week? I cannot believe how close we’re getting to the holidays!! Such a fun time of year — as you probably know, many of the BIGGEST sales of the year begin next week — so stay tuned for very special editions of our Wedding Deals for both Black […]

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Hey y’all! Have you had a great week? I cannot believe how close we’re getting to the holidays!! Such a fun time of year — as you probably know, many of the BIGGEST sales of the year begin next week — so stay tuned for very special editions of our Wedding Deals for both Black Friday AND Cyber Monday!!

But enough about next week, it’s time for this week’s wedding deals! Here’s some of the best wedding sales I’ve found around the web this week!

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Reception Favorites Sale on TheKnotShop!

Save Over 60% On Reception Essentials Thru 11/23! We love TheKnotShop for decor, accessories, favors, bridal party gifts and more! Currently crushing on this adorable pinwheel cake topper. SO CUTE!!

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Get 25% off Sitewide from Silk’n!

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday Event at Silk’n has already begun and it’s THE BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! They have some really amazing at-home beauty treatment products / tools that are a bride’s BFF!
Get 25% OFF SITEWIDE now through Dec 3rd! Use Promo Code: SILKYBLACK at checkout.

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50% off at Michael’s Stores!

50% Off Any One Regular Price Item at Michael’s Stores. Use Promo Code FESTIVE50 at check out to save! Expires Saturday, 11/22, so act fast! Now would be a great time to pick up a larger ticket item you’ve had your eye on from Michael’s — don’t forget they have a fab selection of items for weddings, from favors to centerpieces and other accessories. Michael’s is definitely our craft store of choice when it comes to getting supplies for our DIY projects!!

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 Save at Ties.com

12% off any size order at Ties.com. We love their selection of ties for your groom and groomsmen! Whether you’re looking for solid, striped, or patterned… silk or linen… long or bowtie — Ties.com has all the best ties for your wedding day and beyond! Use ISAVE12 at checkout. Expires Nov 30th!

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Sale on Twist Wrap Dresses from Dessy!

Short, long or in-between, Dessy has gorgeous Twist dresses on sale through the end of December!! Get your Twist Wrap Dress on sale before the end of the year! The versatility is unbelievable, and the selection of colors is fab!! Don’t miss out — I’d get one in every shade if I could afford it ;)

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Oh, and guess what? We’ve got an *exclusive* code for you — save 20% off sitewide on Dessy with code: holiday20 at checkout!

 

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New customer offer at Wedding Paper Divas!

Save $50 off orders of $150 or more using the code WPD50 at checkout. Valid only for new Wedding Paper Divas customers (those who have never purchased from Wedding Paper Divas). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. This particular offer code can only be redeemed once and is only valid on Weddingpaperdivas.com. If you’ve never ordered and have your eye on some of their gorgeous wedding invitations, I highly recommend getting in on this deal!! Offer expires 11/25/2014 at 11:59 P.M. PT

number 7

30% Off Jewelry at Fab.com!

Fab.com is one of our favorite destinations for gift items, stocking stuffers, cool stuff for your home and so much more. They’ve got a fantastic collection of items for anyone you could imagine needing a gift for — but especially yourself! Right now you can take 30% off all jewelry from Fab.com when you shop through our link! I personally love this delicate gold plated necklace- a great idea for a bridesmaids gift!

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Save 25% off at Vistaprint!

Vistaprint has all the designs, customization features, and paper options to make every occasion special—and, for as low as $.39 a piece, you can make a statement at a low price. They’ve got invites for your big day, bridal shower, or bachelorette party with easy photo uploads that help give your message a personalized touch! You can take 25% off your order from Vistaprint with code VPINVITE25 at checkout!


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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Gift Guide: Groomsmen http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-groomsmen/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-groomsmen/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37427 Next up in our gift guide series here on BSB is gifts for all of the dudes who stand by your side on your big day! Let’s face it – most guys aren’t that sentimental and would rather have something functional that they’ll actually use again. (How many pairs of cufflinks or monogrammed flasks can a guy have […]

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Next up in our gift guide series here on BSB is gifts for all of the dudes who stand by your side on your big day! Let’s face it – most guys aren’t that sentimental and would rather have something functional that they’ll actually use again. (How many pairs of cufflinks or monogrammed flasks can a guy have in his life?)

So I decided to round up a group of gifts that I think any guy would love. Lots of bar and tailgating accessories, travel bags, tshirts, etc. Good dude stuff, ya know?

 

Each of these gifts costs less than $40. You can click on any of the images below to be taken straight to the shop to purchase them. Easy peasy!! Hope you love these gift ideas for your the guys in your life… be it the groomsmen, ushers, or even your groom himself :)

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What do you think? If your groom is having trouble picking out gifts for the guys who’ll stand next to him on your big day, share this list with him!

Stay tuned next week for more gift ideas!


Groomsman Gifts at The Knot Wedding Shop

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Gift Guide: Bridesmaids http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-bridesmaids/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gift-guide-bridesmaids/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37425 Next up in our gift guide series here on BSB is gifts for all of your best girls, your BFFs, your partners-in-crime – your bridesmaids! In case you haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with anything gold and sparkly, so I decided to round up a bunch of my favorite glittery gold gift ideas! These are items […]

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Next up in our gift guide series here on BSB is gifts for all of your best girls, your BFFs, your partners-in-crime – your bridesmaids! In case you haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with anything gold and sparkly, so I decided to round up a bunch of my favorite glittery gold gift ideas! These are items that I think any gal would love — so if you’re on the lookout for a great gift to snag up for your bridesmaids (or any dear friend) these are some great options!

 

Oh, and did I mention that each of these gifts costs less than $30? You can click on any of the images below to be taken straight to the shop to purchase them. Easy peasy!! Hope you love these gift ideas for your bridesmaids… maybe you’ll even find something to add to your own wish list!

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See anything you like?

I hope that this collection of items is helpful in brainstorming gift ideas for bridesmaids!

What are you planning to get your bridesmaids as gifts?

 

 

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Free Delicate Floral Wedding Invitation Suite http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/free-delicate-floral-wedding-invitation-suite/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/free-delicate-floral-wedding-invitation-suite/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:24 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=37551 Hello Budget Savvy Brides! Anna here from Download & Print and this month’s download is a free delicate floral wedding invitation suite, that includes the invitation, RSVP card and name badge. It’s a little bit girly, but I think brings in enough neutral colors to please your Mr. Perfect. I was inspired to create this […]

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DIY delicate floral wedding invitation suite

Hello Budget Savvy Brides! Anna here from Download & Print and this month’s download is a free delicate floral wedding invitation suite, that includes the invitation, RSVP card and name badge. It’s a little bit girly, but I think brings in enough neutral colors to please your Mr. Perfect. I was inspired to create this design by a gorgeous vintage handkerchief that I found when out antiquing. I loved the scalloped edge and floral spray in the corner and thought it would transfer really well to paper. I hope you agree!

If this pretty botanical isn’t perfect for your wedding, never fear! Enter my #PinToPaper contest for your chance to win a 10-piece custom invitation suite! I’m running the contest on every bride’s favorite pastime, Pinterest. All the juicy details can be found here, but you only have until November 30 to get in your entries, so start pinning! Jessica is on the talented judging panel, and we want to see wedding items you love that will inspire invitations you love.

If you are ready to start a DIY project now, lets put together this Artisan Botanical set:

 

Supplies

 

Step 1: Download and Print

Free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

Download the template file and open in MS Word. The file contains the invitation, RSVP, and name badge. Add your information and format to best suit your text. I chose the fonts Tw Cen MT and Olympic Branding, however you can choose any fonts that you like. If you download the sample fonts make sure to install them on your computer before opening the template file in Word.

 

Print free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

When you are happy with the layout print the file on 8.5 x 11” paper in white or cream.

TIP: Print one copy first! Check this for spelling errors and formatting issues. Have someone else check over your files before committing to print all your invitations. This could save you lots of heartache!

 

Step 2: Trim

Trim free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

Using your paper cutter or scissors, trim the invitation and RSVP cards along the trim lines.

 

Trim result of free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

 

 

Step 3: Cut Out Name Badge

Cut free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

Use scissors to do a rough cut around the name badge.

If you don’t have a circle punch use your scissors to perform the final cut around the name badge. The trick to cutting circles neatly is to use long sweeping cuts with your scissors, keeping the scissors stationary and rotating the paper.

 

Punch out name badge on free printable wedding invitation suite

If you have a 2.5” circle punch take your rough cut name badge and punch neatly to the edge of the design. Having a punch on hand will speed things up enormously for you.

 

Free printable wedding invitation belly band badge

Step 4: Create Band

Create belly band on free printable wedding invitation suite

Cut a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around the invitation, overlapping the ends a little. Use a piece of double sided tape on the overlap to secure the ribbon into a band. Trim the ribbon tail if necessary.

Adhere name badge on free printable wedding invitation suite

Use another piece of double sided tape on the back of the name badge and adhere it to the center of the ribbon.

 

Step 5: Assemble the Invitation Package

Free delicate floral printable wedding invitation suite

Insert the RSVP card and gold 4 bar envelope into the band. The whole package fits into a 5.75” square envelope and is now ready for mailing.

Don’t forget if this delicate floral design isn’t perfect for your wedding, enter our #PinToPaper contest for your chance to win a custom invitation suite. Entries must be in by November 30 so you’d best head on over to Pinterest and start pinning!

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Glamorous Grey Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/glamorous-grey-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/glamorous-grey-wedding/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:57 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36791 Oh my gosh, you guys — today’s featured wedding will take your breath away!! I just love the glamour that this wedding exudes — from the deep grey suits on the groomsmen to the stunning bridesmaids dresses to the gorgeous lighting over the reception! And the best part is the couple was able to create […]

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Oh my gosh, you guys — today’s featured wedding will take your breath away!! I just love the glamour that this wedding exudes — from the deep grey suits on the groomsmen to the stunning bridesmaids dresses to the gorgeous lighting over the reception! And the best part is the couple was able to create this gorgeous day on a budget that was right for them. You’ll love this bride’s advice and attitude towards saving money — she’s definitely a budget savvy bride!! So thrilled to feature your day, Lauren + John! xoxo, Jessica

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Lauren + John

May 3, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona | The Felch House

 

 

What was your budget?

When we started planning our wedding I said that I wanted to spend under $10,000, because I knew I could have everything I wanted for under 10k, even though many doubted me!

The venue was $4500. The DJ was $500 & our photographer was $500. Our caterer was about $2500 & the florist was $350. The table/chairs/linen rental was roughly $200. Our cake was about $200 (we had cupcakes). We spent about $500 for all the alcohol. I used a vintage rental company for some décor and that was about $200. All the other décor was around $200… keeping it under our $10,000!

 

How many guests did you have?

We invited 125 guests but we had 92 guests attend.

 

 

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

I did the majority of the personal/creative aspects of our wedding. For starters, I made all of our wedding invitations. Pearls & lace were a recurring theme of the wedding and the invitations included those things. I had lace that I received from my grandmother that I used on the invitations and then carried that into décor at the wedding as well. I bought classy pearl & silver cardstock at Michael’s and then I created the template of the invitations on my computer & then had them printed at a local Fed-Ex store, only because I didn’t want to use my own ink on my printer at home.

My parents remodeled the house I grew up in & saved their old baseboards for us from the house. We then cut them, painted them & created frames out of those. We then added a backboard to the frame & used pearls to create a number in the frame. Those were our table numbers. We also had a double sided picture frames that had a picture of me & a picture of John at the same age as the table number. So, table five had a picture of John & I when we were five. Also, in the courtyard area of the reception there was a large tree that had little white lights. I collected many pictures of John & and I with our families, friends, and each other over the years. I used clothespins & strung them on some twine and strung those through the tree. It looked really pretty when they lights came on!

We got married on the same date as our first date. So, we created fans that were also programs that had the story of it being three years to the exact date of our first date & a brief background & history on the wedding venue, as it is an old house in a historical district of Phoenix. We also included the names of our wedding party on the other side of the fan. It was the first 100 degree day of the year in Phoenix so the fans were quite handy during the ceremony. During the ceremony I had each bridesmaid give John a hand written note from me when they walked down the aisle. Those made our guests giggle & kept everyone wondering what was on those notes! We had John’s brother in law officiate our wedding. Rather than paying a stranger to officiate our wedding we had his brother in law become ordained & together the three of us created a really personal, sweet ceremony. Also, John’s sister gave a reading during the ceremony. My grandmothers were the flower girls, as well. ‘Family’ was a really big, personal theme of our wedding.

We also made welcome bags for our guests that came out of town. This was a huge success, as almost every single guest thanked us for this & loved that they received the bag when they checked into the hotel. We made chocolate chip cookies and included two of those, we made homemade salsa and I bought the 8oz mason jars for really cheap, I bought a huge bag of tortilla chips from Costco & distributed those into little bags for each bag, we included a mini water bottle that we bought in bulk from Costco & created a label from our computer & printer for the bottles, and then we included a travel size sunscreen. Each bag was really inexpensive, most of it was homemade but a huge hit with guests.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing is that John & I did the majority of the work. I wanted to have the personal touches & I wanted to be what I had envisioned, and the way to do that, for me at least, was for me to create these visions myself. Some of it was using stuff I already had, such as the baseboard frames & pictures, those were free; except for the $3 I spent on paint for the frames. I spent a lot of time going back and forth to Hobby Lobby but pretty much waited until the things I wanted were 50% off or I used 40% coupons on anything that was not. I dragged John along many times so we could each use coupons! Also, I chose a venue that I had the freedom to use any vendor I wanted & could decorate anyway I wanted. However, I ended up using a large majority of the preferred vendors from our venue. By doing that I was able to get discounts on pretty much every vendor I used that she had recommended. Some of those discounts were percentages off or delivery fees waived, etc.

Another huge saving was I chose a photographer that had amazing work, believed strongly in not going into debt for a wedding & had the exact style I had envisioned but just had not done a ton of weddings. I booked her about a year before my wedding and at the time she had only done a few weddings but I liked the work I saw regarding other types of shoots she had done. Over the year she shot more weddings, gained more experience. I booked her for $500; she now charges $1500! I also saved a ton of money by using a wholesale florist. It was very personal working with her & she knew I absolutely did not want to spend a ton on flowers. So, she kept my budget in mind, not letting it go a penny over $350 & my flowers were amazing! I received so many compliments on my bouquet yet I saved so much on it!

But really, our strict belief in not spending a fortune on our wedding & being willing to do things myself to create the perfect day is really what kept us saving money!

 

 

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

I’d say that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a perfect, gorgeous day. Also, know that with a little research & effort, you can find deals & things that are less expensive and by doing that you can justify splurging on things you didn’t HAVE to have. I’d also say, try to stay organized. I was a little over the top on my organizing but it helped to decrease my stress, a little. Speaking of stress, one piece of advice I should have taken: let people help. I knew how I wanted things so I chose to do things myself but that just stressed me out. I should have given people projects and allowed for some help!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

I used a vintage rental company for some really cool vintage furniture places. It wasn’t a must have but it gave the wedding those added touches that I just loved! I rented really cool chairs & a vintage sweetheart table so our sweetheart table was unique and added some shabby chic/rustic/ vintage décor the reception. I also used some other vintage tables around the venue for different things. We also rented a really cool stand up cupcake stand for our cupcakes. A lot of these items were things I reserved pretty close to the actual wedding date, since I knew I had the money in the budget by then to snag them! We also splurged a little bit on our catering. We upgraded on some aspects such as having a beef option, having our salads plated versus buffet, but we saved using a caterer our vendor had recommended!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

I have so many favorites! But I think that the entire wedding was exactly what I had envisioned. It was so extremely personal and I could see touches of John & I and our families throughout the entire thing.   The entire wedding was my favorite. It was definitely my best day ever.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I’d probably have to say turning the corner with my dad and seeing John. Our ceremony was short but very sweet. John isn’t a huge mushy guy, so hearing him read his vows that he wrote was very special and something I will remember forever. Writing our own vows was very sweet & special and vows that I think we’ll actually be able to remember.

 

 

VENDORS

Photographer:  Jillian Ryan Photography  •  Venue: Felch House  •  Caterer: AZ Inspirations Catering  •  Florals: Jennifer Knoles  •  DJ: Push Play Entertainment  •  Cake: Lovely Little Cake Shop  •  Rentals: Royalty Rentals  •  Vintage Rentals: Prim Rentals

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