The Budget Savvy Bride » blog helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:17:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lingerie for Everyday and Bridal from True&Co Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:00:59 +0000

True&Co is a fairly new brand that has recently popped up on my radar. Following suit of many other home try-on programs, True&Co offers at-home try on for bras so you can find the perfect fit in the comfort of your abode. Whether you’re looking for new bras for everyday wear or some pretty lingerie styles for your honeymoon, True&Co has a variety of brands and styles to suit your needs. True&Co even has three great private label brands, including Uniform, Bezier or She Walks in Beauty (+ Light).

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First, you’ll need to take the True&Co Fit Quiz about your current bras and your sizing. You’ll answer a series of questions based on the fit of your current bras including how the cups fit, whether the straps dig into your shoulders and other  Then the site will match you up with the brands and sizes that will work best just for you! Each time you log in to True&Co you can shop from your own Personal Shop — filled with the sizes and styles of bras and panties the site recommends based on your Fit Quiz. It makes it crazy simple to know what will generally work for you!



Not ready to take the plunge? Consider doing True&Co’s home try-on program to test out a few bras you’re considering prior to making a purchase.




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I chose the Bezier Grammercy Plus (in a 34D) and Best Lace Thong Ever Panty (O/S). They arrived in a pretty little package and I was so excited to try them on.

My Review:

I absolutely love the Grammercy Plus bra. It’s sexy AND comfortable. I’ve never felt like I could wear “lingerie” style bras that were meant to be sexy underneath my normal clothes, but this one is soft and quite supportive, even with unlined cups. Definitely a new style for me, but I like it!

I’ve tried many of the top lace thong brands from the pricey high-end ones to the lace thongs you can buy at the standard lingerie mall stores, and just like the rest the True&Co version is listed as One Size Fits All. I wear a 6/8 in pants and this thong was pretty tight on my waist and therefore not very comfortable, leaving lines under my clothes. In the future, I would probably opt for undies that are sized to get a more accurate fit. Unfortunately, The Best Lace Thong Ever didn’t live up to its name in my opinion, but I’m hoping that with some wear it will get more comfortable.



Some other favorite designs:

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The folks at True&Co have generously offered up a giveaway for one lucky BSB reader! To enter, just follow the steps on the widget below! Winner will be selected at random, and will receive a bra & panty of their choice from their Personal True&Co Shop!

First – Take the True&Co Fit Quiz. Then complete the steps below:

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*this post has been sponsored by True&Co. All opinions are our own.*

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Wedding Deals: April 24, 2015 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:30 +0000 Hello my lovelies!

Hope you’ve had a fantastic week! I am in beautiful Nashville this week after attending the Inspired Retreat and am now spending some time with my family! :)

Check out the wedding deals below from some of our favorite affiliate partners — they just might save you a bundle on something for your big day!

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Favor Boxes on sale at Luna Bazaar!

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New customers receive 40% off Home Decor


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15% off on Sparkler bundles from WeddingSparklerStore!

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




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Get 20% off printable wedding invites!

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. 😉


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Custom Canvas Deal on Groupon!

Get a custom canvas of one of your favorite photos on the cheap from this Groupon Deal! Great for Mother’s Day gifts or for your own newlywed home! Starting at $9.99!



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25% off everything from Moo!

Get 25% off all MOO print products (yes, everything!) and accessories!



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Big savings from Wedding Paper Divas!

Save 15% off Wedding Suite orders, 20% off orders of $199 or more or 25% off orders of $299 or more using the code APRWED25 at checkout



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Enter the Martha Stewart #madeformom sweepstakes for your chance to win $2500 in product from Martha Stewart! The sweepstakes grand prize winner will win a complete Martha Stewart Crafts Craft Room including HDC furniture, paint supplies, and paper crafting tools – a prize value of over $2,500.00! Three other winners will win an assortment of Martha Stewart Craft products including an array of our paints, paper crafting tools, decorations and core tools.

You’ll also get a coupon for 40% off any Martha Stewart Crafts items from Michael’s just for entering! Good luck :)

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

Have a great weekend, y’all!



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Budget-Friendly Fonts for Your Wedding Invitations Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:02 +0000 We’re back again this week with 5 more budget-friendly font pairings for your DIY wedding invitations!

The best part? They’re each $15.00 or less!


1. Bladekade

What a fun font for a vintage style wedding! The best part about this font is it is actually two different fonts – one script font and one serif font. So if you’re looking for a set to use for your invitations, you’ll get more bang for your buck with Bladekade. $15 – Buy it here

2. Valerie

In a world of brush font popularity, this font is perfection. It looks great in all caps, and when you use both uppercase and lowercase you get lots of little swirls that you don’t normally see in brush fonts.  $15 – Buy it here

3. Rude Cookie

This is another font that comes as a set with both a script font and a serif font, The script font is perfect for the important things on your invitations like your names and the names of the venues, while the serif font would be great for the other wording. And you get 3 other variations of this font for layering and embellishing!  $15 – Buy it here

  • Pair it with: Nexa

4. Longshore

If you’re looking for something more simple for your invitations, Longshore is a great choice. It’s not to frilly or distressed, and it has the perfect amount of swooping on the J’s, R’s and Q’s.  $15 – Buy it here

5. Jackham

Jackham has an old-school feel to it with added imperfections here and there to create a nostalgic feel. This font is perfect if your wedding is going to be a little edgier or if you love the vintage tattoo look!   $12 – Buy it here

Are you DIY-ing your wedding invitations? Share your favorite fonts in the comments!

Mariah of Oh, What Love Studios
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Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:55 +0000 Since I live far away from a majority of my friends and family, I knew I wanted to incorporate my bridal shower & bachelorette party into one weekend. That way any bridesmaids or girlfriends that were able to come into town for the bridal shower could also attend the bachelorette party without it costing too much money, especially since all of them will be travelling for the wedding.

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Miss to Mrs.

Being an uber planner, my mom let me handle a lot of the planning around the bridal shower that would take place in Pennsylvania. She looked up venues and prices, and when we found one that worked with her budget, we went and checked it out while I was in town visiting. Truthfully, the great thing about the venue, Royal Manchester Golf Links, is that the venue itself is gorgeous (and you’d have no idea it was a fraction of the cost of other places!) so you don’t need a lot of decoration. We took some of our wedding décor & just used it throughout the venue to give it the look and feel we wanted – a downplayed version of my wedding.

For the bridal shower, we did a Bridal Brunch, and it seemed to be a huge hit. The venue organized the Mimosa Bar, kept the coffee full, and the food was delicious. I can’t say enough about Royal Manchester and their staff, and would highly recommend them for any event.

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“I have found the one whom my soul loves” Solomon 3:4

In regards to the bachelorette party, I let my matron of honor handle all details related to the “girls’ night” sleepover, and when I walked into the house, I was completely blown away. She went above and beyond anything I could have imagined. We had the sleepover with the girls that could make it in the night before the bridal shower and then went to the bridal shower the next day.

Bachelorette Party Decorations
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To say my weekend was amazing would be an understatement (my abs hurt that evening from laughing so much!). The love and support from not only my family that attended the bridal shower, but from my bridesmaids and girlfriends at the bachelorette sleepover was more than I could of hoped for. It made me even more excited for not only our wedding, but all of the festivities leading up to the wedding so I can spend more time with the women in my life who helped guide me to where I am today.

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And what’s even more exciting is that we’re less than a month away – After 2 years of planning (okay I didn’t really plan for 2 years!), I cannot wait for everything to get here!


Did you combine your bridal shower & bachelorette party?
Did you forego one for the other, or decide to do both?



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Creating A Wedding Timeline Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:00:55 +0000 Wedding_Timeline_partone

If you are a DIY bride and plan on handling most of the logistics yourself, you will need to create a wedding timeline once you get close to your big day. Each vendor will want a copy of this, and it is a good idea to give them to your bridal party as well. This will help everyone stay on track throughout the day and make sure things are getting done when they should. At some point things will likely be a bit behind, but it’s always good to know what needs to happen next.

When creating your wedding day timeline, remember to leave some buffer room around each piece. Also, be detailed. Instead of having “stylist arrive” at 10am, separate it into “Brides makeup”, “Bridesmaids makeup group 1″, “Bridesmaids makeup group 2″- this will help separate the day, and most importantly make sure the Bride is where she needs to be for everything else.

This list will include all of the details leading up to the walk down the aisle, next week will be everything after.

Brides Makeup

Typically this will take around 50-60 minutes. You will have likely had a trial before hand to have a better idea, but an hour is a great amount of time.

Brides Hair

Same as above for the trial time, but an hour is a perfect amount to allow for any changes.

Bridesmaids Makeup

30-45 minutes depending on type of makeup. If they are getting airbrush the amount of time will be different than the normal makeup. Also, think about eyelashes.

Bridesmaids Hair

45 minutes. This may be even less if they only have their hair lightly styled, but count on 45 minutes a girl on your timeline.

The Bride should also go first for makeup and last for hair. The photographer and videographer can catch the last minute steps of the hair styling when they arrive. If there are more than 3 people having makeup or hair done, ask the stylist to bring an assistant, even if it is only for cleaning brushes.

Getting Ready Shots

After all of the bridal party is finished, the Bride can get into her dress.

Depending on location, this is either a time for the bridal party to go to the venue for photos, or if they are already there, leave 30 minutes for photos before the groom and groomsmen arrive.

First Look

Leave at least 20 minutes for this. If not, make sure the bride is hidden during all of the photos with the men of the wedding.

The time prior to the ceremony is also a good time for the bride and groom to have shots with their respective families, before everyone becomes one single family.

Typically a ceremony will begin 15 minutes after the time on the invitation. Count on guests beginning to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to the start time, and 15 minutes later than the start time.

I will be back next week with timing for the rest of the day!



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Classy Navy Wedding Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:00:37 +0000

Navy and pink is a classic combination as evidenced in the wedding we’re featuring today, and everything about this event is classy. From the bouquets of pink and white roses to the floor length navy bridesmaid gowns to the church ceremony and gray tuxes, all of the details make for an elegant and chic wedding. The balloon backdrop for their rustic wedding cake is absolutely beautiful. Although this wedding has a traditional feel, I love that Rebecca and Isaac weren’t afraid to mix in some unconventional wedding decor too. xoxo, Jessica

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Rebecca + Isaac

May 24, 2014

Staunton, VA |  First Presbyterian Church and American Hotel and Banquet Room

What was your wedding budget?

Our overall budget was $15,000 and we ended up spending $13,408.06

Photography: $1,316
Minister: $250
Church: $500
Reception Venue: $2,775
Catering: $4,355.29
Invitations: $288.77
Rentals: $622.75
Flowers: Free
Day of Coordinator: Free
Wedding Dress: $1,200
Decoration: $550
DJ: $1,000
Cake: $50

Favors: Homemade Peach Jam by my In-laws



How many guests did you have?

124 guests



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

My name is Rebecca and my husband’s name is Isaac. We both grew up in Christian families and were familiar with the couple in the Bible named Rebekah and Isaac. We had our sister’s read the verses that contained their love story during our ceremony.

My paternal grandfather conducted and sang in his own big band called Dick Crist and the Sound of Swing before he passed away in 2003. A few years before he passed away, his band recorded a CD, and he sang on a track called “Slow Boat to China.” My father was extremely close to him, and to honor him we played that song as our father/daughter dance. It was a surprise to my dad’s whole family, and there was not a dry eye in the room!

Isaac and I both grew up with amazing cooks in our family and we both have favorite recipes from that. The cake that we cut was my grandmother’s Pineapple Orange Vanilla Cake, and we also served Isaac’s mother’s Shoofly Cake.

I had found an arbor online that I fell in love with. I asked my fiancé and father if they could build it based off the picture and other specifications. It was a great time for them to talk and bond while building it. They built it for half the price, and now it stands overtop of our bed!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

My uncle is a second-generation florist based out of South Carolina. As a wedding present to us, he provided all of the flowers and did the arrangements for free. It was a wonderful blessing and was the biggest decoration aspect of our wedding. When you walked into our reception, the smell of roses was the first thing that greeted you! I have been told that the flowers we had were valued around $7,000 and that certainly saved our budget.

Something that we personally did to save money was to have a simple design for our tables. We decided to use mismatched glass pieces with candles to add a glow and elegance to our centerpieces. Part of our engagement was over the summer months, so we were able to go to yard sales and thrift stores to find pieces. Overall, we were able to find all of the glass for our wedding for under $100.



What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?

Calligraphy is something that I have always found so beautiful. I wanted to have a professional calligrapher design our invitation suite as well as paper materials for our wedding. I shopped around and couldn’t find anyone in our price range. I ended up hand addressing the invitations and getting creative on the computer to create our programs.



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

I was a full-time student in my senior year during our engagement, and even up to a month before our wedding. I was trying to create my perfect wedding with limited amounts of time because of schoolwork. I wish that I had sought someone to help us carry out our vision of the wedding during the planning process. I am very thankful, though, that I had a day of coordinator. My mother’s cousin is a professional wedding planner in Tennessee and she offered to do the day of coordination for free. That helped relax my mind the day of the wedding and enjoy it that much more!



What was your biggest splurge?

The biggest splurge that I pushed for was renting chairs for our reception venue. The ones provided were white plastic chairs that I knew I would not be happy with. They did not have the warm romantic feel that I wanted my wedding to have. I had to convince my mother and fiancé that it was an important aspect, and $622 later on the wedding day, they agreed with me! It made the biggest difference.



What was your favorite detail?

Our guest book! We had a photo booth with pink and white balloons as a backdrop set up as guests entered the reception venue. The couples and families were given a board to write a message on and write their names, and we had a photographer stationed there to take their picture. We now have an album filled with funny, loving messages from our family and friends pictures just as they were the day of our wedding.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I remember walking down the aisle after the ceremony with my husband and feeling so relieved and excited and ready to celebrate! We ran off into the bell tower and got to ring the church’s bell as soon as we were married. The moments alone with each other right after the ceremony were so sweet, and they are something I will always remember.




Photographer: Kelly Dean Photography • Bride’s Gown: by Casablanca via The Castle Prom and Bridal • Bridesmaids Dresses: Kanali K via The Castle Prom and Bridal • Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church • Reception Venue: The American Hotel and Banquet Room • Catering: Weddings and Things • Florist: Coggins Flowers and Gifts • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Chair Rentals: M&S Events


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Wedding Budget Tip #31: Choose a non-traditional venue Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 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 #31:

Choose a non-traditional venue to save money! Think parks, libraries, zoos, etc!

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When it comes to choosing your wedding venue, consider some out-of-the-box options. A non-traditional venue could be anything that doesn’t have staff, rentals, fees, or plans for events. Think of places that maybe wouldn’t normally be considered for weddings as a possibility. Some good options are public parks, libraries, zoos, union halls, or the steps of a beautiful public building.

Deciding to hold your wedding at a non-traditional location definitely has its pros and cons. The pros include being able to create something unique, typically with a little more freedom and often less cost than an official event space. Cons would possibly include no dedicated staff to help you with things and having to start with a blank slate, meaning you’d have to bring in all your own rentals, staff, etc.

Other benefits of choosing a non-traditional wedding venue are getting to choose your own vendors without being limited to a preferred vendor list. You could choose to work with caterers and pick food offerings that really suit your tastes as a couple for a more unique and personalized experience. Some other possible struggles would be needing to apply for permits or permissions to use certain areas and obtaining an event insurance policy.

If you’re working with a blank slate venue, I would most definitely recommend adding at least a day-of coordinator to your list of must-haves. Being able to pass along some of your major workload onto someone else will allow you to still have a great event without having to stress over things yourself. Overall you should consider all your expenses involved with either option, as well as the level of work and commitment it might take to pull off an event at a location that isn’t typically used for weddings.


So tell us:

are you considering non-traditional venues for your big day?

Leave a comment below and let us know!




Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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Affordable custom suiting for grooms from OWNONLY Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:22 +0000

When it comes to the fashion of the wedding day, you want your groom to look and feel as amazing in his attire as you feel in your dream wedding dress. For the longest time, it’s seemed to be the standard mode of operation for the groom to be doomed to rent a standard style tuxedo with few customization options. Basic tuxedo rental companies don’t have the variety of styles and fabrics to allow your man to plan a look that encompasses his signature style or personality. Not to mention, who wants to throw $200 down the tube on a rental suit that isn’t even *exactly* what he really wants?

Luckily, smart grooms and budget savvy brides have a new option to explore for groom or groomsmen attire. Allow me to introduce you to OWNONLY!

affordable custom suiting for grooms

OWNONLY is a new company that saves grooms and groomsmen from the dreaded rental tuxedo with their custom tailored suits. Give your groom the chance to fully customize the perfectly tailored suit in his choice of fabric, color and style. OWNONLY helps your special guy look his best and feel as comfortable as possible in an impeccably tailored suit made just for your big day.


The ordering process is simple as pie. Just a few minutes and clicks through their online store and you’ll receive a custom sized and tailored suit crafted just for the special man in your life. And even better? The prices are incredibly affordable when considering the quality of their pieces and the level of customization offered. If you’re looking for suits for your entire wedding party, they’ll make it even more affordable for you, just inquire about their group orders for wedding parties.


Why We Love OWNONLY:


OWNONLY’s collection of affordable custom suiting starts at just $259! Ordering for a group? Orders of 2-10 suits will receive 10% off including shirts, accessories etc OR they will receive a free shirt with each suit purchase. Orders of 11+ suits will be given a 20% off the entire order. Larger discounts available if ordering over 20 suits! Innovative production along with low processing costs cuts their prices in half compared to standard menswear brands.



OWNONLY suits are delivered within 3 weeks of ordering, making them incredibly convenient even on a short timeline. The website is accessible online 24/7, so as long as you have proper measurements (which you can do yourself at home – just watch this measurement instructional video) you can easily order your custom suit anytime!



Not only will your suit be custom tailored to your measurements, but additional personalization options are available such as monogramming. From the cut of the lapel to the cuffs and buttons, you get to choose the exact details to create the suit you want. Whether you’re wanting a classic black tuxedo or a stylish and mod style tweed, OWNONLY has dozens of fabric options to create a unique and customized look so your groom feels just as special in his suit as you do in your dress. Does your groom want to rock a shorts tuxedo like Pharrell? He can get a professionally tailored version for himself with OWNONLY.



OWNONLY is an online custom tailor that offers the highest quality detailed custom wear at affordable prices. Their suits undergo over 100 quality assurance verifications to ensure that each product will last and won’t deteriorate over time. In order to increase durability in each suit’s construction, OWNONLY uses a horse hair lining which is known for its “memory” that keeps the suit looking new with the same elegant drape each time you wear it.



If you are not satisfied with your order, OWNONLY allows you to take your order to any local tailor for alterations and they will reimburse you up to $79. Or they will entirely remake your order. Full refunds are also available upon request if you are not completely satisfied! All the typical suit rental places cost a fortune and the fit is never exact. Plus, you don’t get to keep them! Wouldn’t you rather invest your money in a beautifully tailored suit made just for you that you actually get to keep and enjoy for as long as you want?



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Whether your guy is going for the look of Don Draper or Jay Gatsby, OWNONLY’s customization options put the style and control in your hands. Rental tuxedos give you limited options and the fit is hardly anything to write home about. With OWNONLY you get the look you desire and a perfect fit every time, thanks to their amazing commitment to customer satisfaction. If you’re not 100% happy with your tailoring, you can take your suit to be altered on OWNONLY’s tab up to $79 — I’d say that’s pretty amazing!!



Some of our favorite suits:

The bride gets to have the experience and joy of wearing the dress of her dreams on her big day — why shouldn’t the groom get to have the same experience of having a perfectly tailored suit made just for him on the most special day of his life? Not to mention he gets to keep it and enjoy it for years to come? Sounds like a sweet deal to me. Just check out how amazing this group of groomsmen look in their wedding day suits from OWNONLY?



There is nothing like an expertly tailored suit with a perfect fit — it’s the difference between an “off the rack” dress and the dress of your dreams — don’t you want your groom to have the same experience for your special day? If you’re looking for a custom suit for your special guy that makes him feel just as special as you do on your big day, tell your groom to “suit up” with OWNONLY!

*this post was sponsored by OWNONLY. All opinions are our own.*

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Wedding Deals: April 17, 2015 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:00:27 +0000 Hello my lovelies!

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic week. I’m heading out this afternoon to go to Nashville for the INSPIRED retreat by Amber Housley! Being a part of this event is something that always fills my heart with so much joy — be sure to follow along on my personal instagram for updates from this fun event!

PS – Don’t forget to check out my recent posts as the resident Weddings Expert for!


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Stay tuned for more wedding posts from me on, or subscribe to the newsletter there for regular updates.

And now, without further ado, this week’s wedding deals! Check out the wedding deals below from some of our favorite affiliate partners — they just might save you a bundle on something for your big day!

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35% off site-wide from CanvasPop!

Get 35% off your purchase from Canvas Pop! Turn your wedding or engagement photos into a custom work of art!


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25% off at Kate Spade

Shop the Kate Spade Friends + Family sale and score 25% off your entire purchase! They have such cute jewelry and gift items perfect for bridesmaids!





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15% off on Sparkler bundles from WeddingSparklerStore!

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Get 20% off printable wedding invites!

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. 😉


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Big Savings from Shutterfly!

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True&Co Wedding Shop!

Save 15% off your first order from True&Co with code FIRST15


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

Have a great weekend, y’all!



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Choosing our DJ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:23 +0000 Being that my fiancé is currently in law school, I tried to handle a majority of the tasks involved with wedding planning. However, I did ask if he would plan the honeymoon and find our DJ (he actually may have volunteered for these tasks!). Vacations and music are definitely more up his alley (although I enjoy both!), so this was an easy decision for us to make – to allow him to choose our DJ.



The nice thing about my fiancé taking on these tasks (besides the fact that I didn’t have to do them!) is that I knew he would put in a lot of research and wouldn’t settle until he got exactly what we wanted for a great price — There was no doubt in my mind he would be very thorough when choosing our DJ. He used Wedding Wire and The Knot, as his go-to when searching for DJ’s and came up with a list of about 3 or 4 that had high ratings, were reasonably priced, and seemed like they would be fun to work with.


When contacting the different companies, my fiancé wanted someone who would respond quickly and give us the details we needed without being vague on their services and prices. He immediately got a response from Frank Carbone, the owner and DJ of CWDJ Entertainment. Frank answered my fiancé’s questions and was upfront with his services prior to us ever meeting him. We seemed to find that other DJ companies wanted to meet with you before giving you information; although some people are comfortable with that approach, we were not.


Our next step was to set-up a meeting with Frank to discuss the possibility of him being the DJ for our wedding. Upon meeting Frank, the conversation was easy flowing and he was able to answer any questions we had. The great thing about CWDJ Entertainment is that you meet with the person who will actually be the DJ at your wedding – not just a sales person trying to get you to sign a contract with them.


After talking with Frank for about a half hour, we knew we wanted him to be our DJ, and we signed the contract that day. He has made the entire process very easy for us, and he even agreed to do a site walk-through as he’s never DJ’d at All Saints Chapel. He has definitely gone above and beyond, and we are excited to have him as our wedding DJ.


How did you choose your DJ?
Did your fiancé take on tasks during the planning?


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