The Budget Savvy Bride » blog http://thebudgetsavvybride.com helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Five More Budget-Friendly Fonts for Your Wedding Invitations http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/five-budget-friendly-fonts-wedding-invitations/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/five-budget-friendly-fonts-wedding-invitations/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:40 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=46173 Wedding season is here! If you’re DIYing your invitations, we’re sharing a fresh batch of font pairings that won’t break the bank.

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1. Boho

This font family is so much fun – with 26 variations including script, serif and san-serif versions, you really can’t go wrong. Use the fonts paired together for your stationery suite, or pair the script font with another san-serif font to switch it up a bit. $28 – Buy it here

2. Burford Rustic

Burford Rustic is another font with many variations. With light, shadowed or distressed versions, there are a ton of different ways to style this for your invitations. It would be wonderful for a rustic, nautical or vintage style wedding, don’t you think? $30 – Buy it here

3. Daft Brush

It is yet another brush font, but Daft Brush has a slightly more carefree feel to it than other brush fonts we’ve shared in the past. This would be perfect for a wedding with a backyard reception and would be lovely for a laid-back beach wedding. $29 – Buy it here

4. Quincy

Looking for a bold but more traditional font for your invitations? Quincy has you covered. This would be wonderful for a bold, typography inspired wedding or for a couple who wants a classical or scholarly feel on their wedding day – it’s perfect without over-the-top flourishes of frills. $15 – Buy it here

5. True North

The True North pack of fonts is a little more pricey, but it comes with two solid fonts that would be lovely for your DIY invitations. One is a thin, scripted font that adds the perfect touch of femininity, while the other has crisp lines plus a stamped feel that adds a bit of character to your suite. $45 – Buy it here

 

What font pairing matches your wedding style the best? Share in the comments!

Mariah of Oh, What Love Studios

 

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Floral Wedding Printables from Wonderland Invites http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/floral-wedding-printables-from-wonderland-invites/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/floral-wedding-printables-from-wonderland-invites/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45843 free printable table numbers - floral

We’re back with another fun treat for you today! So excited to be sharing another set of free wedding printables from Wonderland Invites! The lovely owner and designer Jenna reached out and offered up a series of free printable items that you can download and print for your wedding reception. Click here to see last week’s design. The designs including table numbers, a card sign and a welcome sign!

These items are so adorable and will make a great addition to your wedding day. All you need is some paper, a printer, and something to cut with and you’ll have precious paper items to add some extra sparkle to your big day. This will be the first in a series of three different designs she created, so be sure to check back next week for even more fun paper goodness!

floral wedding printables

Check out the floral wedding printable designs and download them below!

Pastel Floral Card

Card Sign

Print Size: 5 x 7 inches

Print out this sign and display it in a frame next to your card box or basket!

>> download the card sign <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

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Welcome Sign

Print Size: A2

Print out this sign and display it at the entrance to your ceremony or reception location!

>> download the welcome sign <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

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Table Numbers

Print Size: 4 x 6 inches

Includes numbers 1 – 12

Print out these table numbers and display them in a frame on your reception tables!

>> download the table numbers <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

Want them all? Download all the printables by clicking the link below!

>> download all printables <<

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Be sure to check out the full collection of wedding invitations and more available from our friends at Wonderland Invites. You can also follow Jenna on social media by visiting her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Check back next week for the last design in the series. Hope you love them!

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Best Bridal Shower Gifts http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/best-bridal-shower-gifts/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/best-bridal-shower-gifts/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:07:12 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=46195 It seems that as soon as we got engaged, several of my friends started adding some extra bling to their left hand as well. This meant picking out a lot of different adorable gifts, most of them I wanted for myself, but to give to these beautiful ladies to celebrate their “I Do’s”. While websites like Etsy and Pinterest have graced us with the pleasure of monogram and engagement ring overload, there are just some bridal shower gifts that stand out above the rest.

When choosing gifts for these special ladies, I thought about what I would actually use and want. Will they need the flip flops that say “just married” when they walk in the sand? Are they even going on a beach-y honeymoon? Once the shower rolls around, the bride is likely focused on the wedding and everything afterwards. Instead of all of the newly engaged items, it’s the time for things she will use as a Wife. Hopefully these Bridal Shower gift ideas will help you out when it comes to purchasing for your friends (or your own) upcoming nuptials.

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via Folirin, Etsy

I love this bracelet as a possible additional piece of jewelry for the reception, with the brides new initial. It’s such a sweet sentiment, especially if its from her MOH or Bridesmaids.

Mrs Apron

via Parris Chic Boutique, Etsy

Anything with the brides new last name would be adorable, but this apron is perfect! I would love one of these for while I am crafting, it’s great to have everything close by.

Monogrammed Hat

via SEmbroidered Boutique, Etsy

You know I had to throw in a monogram somewhere. This monogrammed hat would be perfect for the bride that loves being outdoors or on the beach! This is a great, inexpensive personal gift.

Wine Basket

via Spool and Spoon

A wine basket for “firsts” is becoming more and more popular, for obvious reasons, but it really is something to carry on for possibly several years after your marriage. I have given a few of these and it’s so fun to buy or create the labels for each wine.

Another idea that would be a great “post-wedding” gift would be a massage! I know I feel like I should have had one monthly while planning our wedding, and I don’t know a girl that would say no to relaxation for an hour! While all of these gifts would be welcomed, you can never go wrong with checking the registry 😉

Do you have a go-to Bridal Shower gift?

Macy

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Colorful Outdoor Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/colorful-outdoor-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/colorful-outdoor-wedding/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:00:14 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45496

 Today’s wedding is the perfect event to get us in the mood for all the summer weddings that are just around the corner! The vibrant colors, outdoor venue and rustic decor blend together beautifully. The classic Chrysler and their crossbow hobby were such a fun elements to incorporate into the photos. At the reception, I absolutely love the hot chocolate bar, antique dishes Nicole and her mom thrifted for the meal and the birch tree-inspired wedding cake. Enjoy this colorful outdoor wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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 Nicole and Joe Donahue

September 20, 2014

 Hamburg, NJ | Family Residence

 

 

What was your budget?

Our budget was $20,000.

Dress: $800 David’s bridal

Photography budget: $1600

Flowers: $200 ShopRite, bouquets and centerpieces

Makeup and hair: free

Shoes: $150 country outfitters

Rentals for venue: $6,000

DJ: $1500

Catering: $7,000 for 180 people buffet

Alcohol: $1000

Cake: $2000

Bridal accessories and jewelry: $50 etsy

Arbor: $1000

Hay: $500

Dance floor accessories and antique dishes: $300 garage sales

Groom attire: $50

 

How many guests did you have?

Number of guests: 180

 

 

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

 

We went to garage sales to get all the vintage tableware (dishes, mugs, silverware, etc.) We made the place cards with paper and an assortment of sticks to make a pretty tree. We used couches from our house and brought them to the dance floor area.  Bales of hay were the seats for the ceremony and the fire pit area and we just draped them with blankets.  My sister made a hot chocolate stand with candy and toppings and we bought all our own alcohol (beer and wine only).  My mom found the chandelier for the reception at a garage sale and most other things were from Etsy if we didn’t DIY them. And the arbor, my favorite part, was made by a family friend, we bought the wood and the flowers to go on it and he made it into a masterpiece.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money? 

Hired mom as planner and coupons and DIY!  We did all the work ourselves.

 

 

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

Don’t spend a lot of money on cake. Buy a sheet cake  and a small pretty cake to slice and take pictures, then everyone else can eat the sheet cake

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our cake was the biggest splurge.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

The arbor was my favorite detail.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

 The cows coming down to the ceremony while I said I do!

 

VENDORS

Jeweler: D’Andreas Jewelers • Flowers: Shoprite (local grocery store) • Dresses: David’s Bridal • Hair and make-up: Family friend • Catering : Family friend • Cake: Pink Cake Box • DJ: Global Productions DJ • Decor: Etsy and DIY • Photography: Laura Lee Photography

 

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Wedding Budget Tip #35: A la carte or all-inclusive venues http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-budget-tip-35-la-carte-inclusive-venues/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-budget-tip-35-la-carte-inclusive-venues/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 14:30:18 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45808 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 #35:

Remember to factor in rental costs!


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When it comes to planning your wedding, there are lots of options to consider for every potential vendor you book. The biggest tends to be the venue. There are so many variables involved depending on the type of venue you choose.

Some venues are a la carte. Some are all-inclusive. In this post we’ll outline the differences of each type of venue and explain what you need to keep in mind when getting quotes.

A la carte wedding venues:

A la carte wedding venues are typically a blank slate. You get the use of a room or site, but you are expected to bring in all your own decor, tables, chairs and more. Sometimes a la carte venues are cheaper, but you’ll have to bring in pretty much everything yourself, including, but not limited to:

  • tables and chairs
  • linens and decor
  • dishes, glassware and silverware
  • catering
  • sound equipment
  • centerpieces
  • and more

All-inclusive wedding venues:

All-inclusive wedding venues vary in the amount of items they include in their rental prices, but often include many of the things listed above. The ticket price is generally higher, but if you add up the costs involved with bringing things in yourself (including delivery and pick up fees) you might find that an all-inclusive is actually cheaper.

Or you may find that it’s more cost-beneficial to bring things in yourself. That’s why it’s imperative that you factor in ALL the costs associated before making your decision. Get it?

So tell us:

are you considering an a la carte or all-inclusive venue?

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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Montage Wedding Album Review http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/montage-wedding-album-review/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/montage-wedding-album-review/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45812 My wedding was nearly 1 year ago, but due to difficulties with our photographer I never received a wedding album.  I’ve been procrastinating  putting one together myself so when the opportunity came up to review a wedding photo book from Montage, I jumped immediately!

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Originally we had purchased a photo package from my photographer that included an album that was to be a 10 page spread (20 pages total).  However, we encountered multiple issues with our photographer. First, an additional 7 spreads were added to the sample book that she wanted to charge us an extra $700 (Mind you this was above the $1,200 we were already paying for her album package!). Second, the album she was presenting to us was what we felt to be extremely poor quality. The layout was atrocious and photos were off centered and looked oddly laid out. Not something we would expect from a ‘professional’.

Personally, the Montage book I received went above and beyond my expectations for a DIY wedding album and far exceeded a ‘professionals’ album!  My album arrived neatly boxed and suspense built while unpacking everything!

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Unpackaging my wedding album. Inside of the shipping box was a nice keepsake storage box to protect the album.
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My wedding album!

 
I love how thick the pages are (thicker than normal online photo books I’ve purchased in the past). The album had eco-friendly leather imported from Italy that was super soft.

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Photos can be placed on the front cover of the leather bound album.

The inner front and back pages were collections of all the photos I had arranged in the book. I took my album to work to show several co-workers and everyone unanimously commented how neat this looked.

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Inside collection of all my wedding photos included in the album.

I found the Montage site was extremely easy to use. First, I uploaded the photo files directly from my computer.

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After all the files were uploaded, there is a button to hit called, “Create My Montage” where your album is arranged for you.

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Montage then builds your album

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You then choose a Theme (I choose Portfolio Black)

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Once everything was arranged, I could go back and personally rearrange the photos how I wanted them. The only draw back to Montage was I wanted the photos to be laid out in chronological order for a story telling type album. Montage arranged everything regardless of the time period the photos were taken. But, it wasn’t hard to edit and re-layout the pages.

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Montage offers three sizes of books in affordable pricing.  The book I chose was ‘Medium’ and had 26 pages total. Plus, shipping was extremely quick! I received my book within 5 business days of ordering.

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For the value, I would certainly recommend ordering from Montage.  In all, my book would have cost under $70 with shipping. This is over a $1,800 savings of what my photographer was attempting to charge me for a lesser quality book!  I still have additional wedding photos from family & friends I’d like to have created into a larger album along with my honeymoon photos.  After the wonderful quality and ease of use, I plan on using Montage to create these!

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Inside details of my album. I was holding the album in this photo, but I loved the thicker, lay flat pages!

One last aspect of Montage that I was very impressed with is their return policy. If you are not in love with your book, a return service is offered! This is not a service I’ve seen offered with other online photo album ordering sites.

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In exchange for sharing my thoughts on Montage’s services and offerings, I was given a wedding album.  Rest assured all opinions are 100% my own and are in no way influenced by this exchange.

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Zankyou Wedding Websites + Cash Wedding Registry http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/zankyou-wedding-websites-cash-wedding-registry/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/zankyou-wedding-websites-cash-wedding-registry/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 12:00:38 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45800
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Zankyou is an online cash wedding registry where the couple can also create a free personal wedding website. Founded in 2007, Zankyou has grown to become the world´s most popular online wedding registry, and is available in 18 different countries and in 9 languages.

Zankyou was created as an online cash wedding registry and wedding webpage service that adapts to the needs of the new generation. These days, couples get married later in life and have often already been living together before marriage, so their wedding registry needs aren’t the same as the traditional options out there.  More than ever, couples and guests have a need to access important wedding info on the go, so the wedding website portion of Zankyou serves to fill that void as well!

Free Wedding Websites

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Using Zankyou, couples can personalize their wedding website to their liking. They can share important info with their guests such as the wedding agenda, maps, photos, videos, recommended hotels, and so much more. Zankyou also comes with a free mobile app for iPhone and Android, where couples can access their wedding website and wedding list anywhere, at any time! Talk about super convenient!

 

Online Cash Wedding Registry

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With Zankyou, couples can collect cash gifts from their guests to use as they wish. Guests can sign on and leave monetary gifts for the couple, who can then transfer all the funds contributed to their registry directly to their personal bank account, giving them the freedom to use the money on whatever their hearts desire. Zankyou offers the lowest cash registry rates in the market, and has an excellent internal customer service team to guide the couple through the experience.

Zankyou’s Premium Features

  • Personal web domain
  • Premium designs
  • PRO Gallery
  • Background music
  • Website without the Zankyou logo
  • PRO Statistics
  • Website lifetime extension
  • Unlimited Users Smartphone App

 

 

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Wedding Website Giveaway!

 
Dear married-couples-to-be,
 
Firstly, Zankyou would like to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials! We know how wedding costs can just keep piling on while your planning, so we´d like to help out by giving you our Premium Package for FREE in order to help you create your own wedding website without any extra costs. 
A little about Zankyou: we´re an international wedding website portal as well as an online cash registry that allows couples to receive monetary gifts from their guests directly into their bank account! Zankyou was created to meet the needs of modern couples like you who are looking to save money and streamline their wedding costs. 
 
A little about our giveaway: the Premium Package is our most popular package worth $99! The package includes a variety of features, including premium website designs that´ll have your wedding webpage looking stylish, fresh and totally unique, a professional gallery that automatically creates high resolution photo albums by quadrupling the resolution of your photos – it also has a section for bulk uploads of up to 128 photos at a time, and many more! 
 
Enter to win a premium package from Zankyou by using the widget below!

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Fit to be Bride Giveaway! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fit-to-be-bride-giveaway/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fit-to-be-bride-giveaway/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:20 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45798

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!

 

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In March, I received a Fitbit Charge (in blue) to review. This month, I’m passing along the fitness gadget goodness to a reader of The Budget Savvy Bride!

>> Read all about the Fitbit Charge here. <<

When it comes to fitness, whether you’re working out in prep for your big day or just trying to achieve better overall health, measuring your stats and progress is important! Even if you’re just working towards activity goals for the day rather than weight loss, a fitness tracker like the Fitbit charge can really keep you accountable and on track!

If you ARE looking to get firm and lean for the wedding, I’ve got another special surprise. This fabulous book, Fit to be Bride by Bonne Marcus is full of tips, ideas, and workouts to get you into the best shape for your big day, and I’m giving away a copy, too!

But first, let’s talk about S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals.

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S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym, as seen above. In order to make smart goals, your goals should fit into each of these categories:

SPECIFIC

Not just, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be more active.” Instead, quantify these goals with specifics. “I want to fit into my size 8 wedding dress.” or “I want to walk 10,000 steps a day.”

MEASURABLE

Make sure the goals you set are measurable with metrics (your Fitbit Charge will come in handy for some of these.) You can measure your progress based on your pants size, your weight, the number of calories you burn or the number of steps you take each day, depending on what your goals are.

ATTAINABLE

Don’t set unrealistic goals. You shouldn’t aim to lose 20 lbs in a month, nor should you attempt to walk 10 miles a day if that’s not realistic for your lifestyle and daily activities. Setting smaller, attainable goals will keep you on track and avoid you from feeling bummed out if you don’t meet an unrealistic goal.

RELEVANT

Consider if your goals are relevant to the overall outcome you are trying to achieve. Should you be focusing on walking 10 miles per week if what you’re really working for is muscle tone?

TIME-BOUND

Lastly, make sure your goals are bound by a period of time that you will measure. 10,000 steps per day, 20 miles per week, 100 miles per month. Whatever your goal, put parameters on it so you can track your progress!

 

 

Hope these goal setting tips help you in your journey to health and fitness, no matter the reason!


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I’m giving away a Fitbit Charge and a copy of Fit to be Bride by Bonne Marcus.

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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 from Verizon, but they are not sponsoring this giveaway. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Bunting Wedding Printables from Wonderland Invites http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/bunting-wedding-printables-from-wonderland-invites/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/bunting-wedding-printables-from-wonderland-invites/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=45834 free printable table numbers - bunting

 

 

I’ve got a fun treat for you today! I’m sharing a set of free wedding printables from Wonderland Invites! The lovely owner and designer Jenna reached out and offered up a series of free printable items that you can download and print for your wedding reception including table numbers, a card sign and a welcome sign!

 

These items are so adorable and will make a great addition to your wedding day. All you need is some paper, a printer, and something to cut with and you’ll have precious paper items to add some extra sparkle to your big day. This will be the first in a series of three different designs she created, so be sure to check back next week for even more fun paper goodness!

 

bunting wedding printables

 

Check out the bunting wedding printable designs and download them below!

Pastel Bunting Cards

Card Sign

Print Size: 5 x 7 inches

Print out this sign and display it in a frame next to your card box or basket!

>> download the card sign <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

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Welcome Sign

Print Size: A2

Print out this sign and display it at the entrance to your ceremony or reception location!

>> download the welcome sign <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

 

free printable table numbers

Table Numbers

Print Size: 4 x 6 inches

Includes numbers 1 – 12

Print out these table numbers and display them in a frame on your reception tables!

>> download the table numbers <<

** right click the link and choose “save as” **

Want them all? Download all the printables by clicking the link below!

>> download all printables <<

 

 

 

 

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Be sure to check out the full collection of wedding invitations and more available from our friends at Wonderland Invites, and don’t forget to visit her Etsy shop.

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Get 10% off orders in the Wonderland Invites Etsy Shop from now through June 30, 2015 with code WEDDINGFAIR10

You can also follow Jenna on social media by visiting her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Check back next week for another design in the series. Hope you love them!

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How to Throw the Wedding of your Dreams Without Breaking the Bank http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/how-to-throw-the-wedding-of-your-dreams-without-breaking-the-bank/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/how-to-throw-the-wedding-of-your-dreams-without-breaking-the-bank/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=45668&preview_id=45668  

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable of your life. As pop culture likes to remind us though, that joy could be tempered by the stress of planning – and paying – for the big day. According to The Knot’s 2014 Real Weddings survey, the average cost of getting married last year in America jumped to above $30,000. The good news is that with some careful consideration, your dream wedding doesn’t have to come hand-in-hand with a crazy price tag.

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Image via Addison Studios

Agree on a financial vision for the wedding

As you begin planning your upcoming nuptials, before all else, you need to sit down with your husband-to-be and discuss your current financial situation. Check your individual credit scores and reports at Credit Karma to make sure your finances are in good shape. Not only is this an important step if you plan on borrowing money to foot the bill, but it also ensures that you’re not spending money at the expense of addressing much more urgent financial responsibilities. Map out what your financial needs and goals are for after the wedding, so you can envision your big day in a way that is realistic for you both and won’t leave either of you with buyer’s remorse.

 

Set a realistic budget

Once you’ve created this financial vision and ballpark budget for how much you want to spend, it’s time to outline a more detailed budget. Agree on what aspects of the wedding are most important to you as a couple and allocate budget accordingly. Prices from different venders can differ wildly, so make sure you get a range of quotes before committing to anything. It’s always a good idea to keep close tabs on your spending while planning a wedding – Microsoft Excel is your friend on this – because if you’re not working from a complete understanding, it’s easy to spend a lot more than you planned.

 

Give the guest list another look

The first order of business for most weddings is usually making the guest list, which is also the easiest way to blow out your budget. Lowering your guest count saves you money immediately and across the board. Think about the people you’re inviting and why. You’re going to be looking at the people who attend your wedding in photos for the rest of your life. In ten years, is it going to be important to you that person X was there on the most special day of your life? Keeping the guest list in control will not only keep costs down, it will give your big day a closer, more intimate feeling.

 

Thinking differently can be a smart financial choice

Renting a fancy wedding venue on a Saturday afternoon in summer is understandably very desirable but is going to be priced accordingly. Changing up the location where you get married will help you bring costs down quickly with little sacrifice. Explore renting a non-traditional wedding space. Weather permitting, a pavilion or outdoor area can be charming. A museum, art gallery, or even a brewery will help you save money on decorations and won’t tie you in to a pricey list of preset vendors. Getting married at a less popular time of the week, or year, can be a great cost-saver. A Friday night cocktail wedding or a Sunday brunch wedding can still feel extravagant while being comparatively cheap. A winter wedding will save you a bundle.

 

Attention to detail can equal huge savings

As you go through the line items in your budget, you’ll find there’s an economical alternative for almost all of them. Limit the bar selection to beer and wine, or a signature cocktail. If you shop for a dress at retailers like J. Crew, you can find simple, elegant wedding gowns without the eye-popping price tag. You can cut back on stationery costs by printing invitations and save the date cards yourself, having people RSVP via a wedding website and serving up a buffet meal so you don’t need to print individual place cards. An expensive wedding DJ can be replaced easily with a well thought out Spotify playlist. And spare yourself the expense of party favors. Not as many people will cherish that monogrammed wine glass as you might think.

 

Some things are worth spending money on

Planning weddings are expensive. Throwing a financially responsible wedding will be a matter of deciding what is important to you to spend on and the areas where you’re happy to cut back. There are going to be things in your wedding that are inadvisable to scrimp on. For instance, people are going to be at your wedding for a long time, on their feet and even dancing and so it’s a smart move to keep everybody well fed. People will remember if the buffet ran out before their table was called. The day is also going to go by in the blink of an eye and you’ll feel like you witnessed only a small portion of the memorable moments. So for the sake of your future nostalgia, make sure that you have a qualified professional on hand to take photos.

 

 

 

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