Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cutting Wedding Costs? Try eBay!

Lets face it, money is tight for everyone,
especially for those planning their dream
wedding. Couples are trying to cut wedding costs
without sacrificing on quality or giving up on
their dreams. Have you thought about using
eBay to save some cash on your wedding costs?

eBay has nearly everything you can think of for your
wedding and some things you've never thought of...
like camouflage wedding accessories. Really!!

Lets start with the basics, shopping for your
wedding dress. You've hit the mother lode.
A quick check of eBay shows 37,000 items, that's
some choice. And not only are they all prices,
but you can find some real bargains on name brand
dresses like Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, Mori Lee
and Alfred Angelo. Use the search term
couture wedding dress and you'll pull up
181 choices including Pronovias from Spain, Eugenia, Paloma
Blanca, Kenneth Poole, Amsale, Reem Acra and even a
Jasmine Couture dress with bids starting at $54.99.
That's just crazy! These dresses are new and in the
thousand of $$$$! You can't buy the thread and zipper
for these prices, yet you can wear a couture wedding
dress
at your wedding for a paupers pittance!

And don't forget dressing your man...there are
men's tuxedos for less than rental prices. There
are ove 1800 choices including a Native American
Navajo tuxedo shirt. Try finding one of those at
the mall. Tux bonus, you actually own a tux and
aren't wearing someone else's tux that has been
rented again and again. You never know when
he'll need a tux...like on a honeymoon cruise!

Bridesmaid dresses
are plentiful with crazy prices
starting at$9.99. You have 13.000 choices! It ticks
me off when sellers throw wedding dresses in this
category, but with some surfing, you can buy new
or used dresses for a fraction of retail and have
your maids look chic without busting their budget.

What about wedding shoes? I found brand names
like Dyeables brand new and a pair of new white leather
designer shoes for a dollar! You can wear them again
and again and the price is ridiculously low!

Veils and tiaras are a total steal on eBay. I found
veils with Swarovski crystals for $9.99 and they
are BRAND NEW! Make sure you know your fullness
you want before you bid. 54" wide are skimpy,
108" wide are very full and probably the width
that is most standard. But what a deal!
There are mini tiaras starting at 99 cents.
I found a NEW Richards Design tiara for $24.99 and
its just robbery. Richards Design tiaras are all handmade
in England using genuine Swarovski crystals and they
retail in the $300 and up range. This is real quality
and a great find. There is a big quality range on
eBay from cheap crystals ( I'd call them rhinestones)
to real Swarovski. But you'll get your look at a fraction
or retail.

Search eBay for wedding favors and you'll find not
only favors, but personalized wedding coasters,
decorations, personalized printed ribbons and
bubble wands. This is such a fun category to get
ideas.

Surf wedding invitations and you'll find invitation
blanks from Wilton and other brand names to custom
printed invites. You even have save the date cards and
magnets to software templates to make the chore easier.
And don't forget to stock up your printer's ink!

Looking for ideas for wedding centerpieces for your
reception? eBay has them, including ostrich feathers
to make those expensive fluffy and airy arrangements.
Here's a tip you might not know...the feathers can
be dyed using spray floral dye.

Trying to find inexpensive wedding bouquets? eBay
has them already made up or you can buy the flowers
and fashion them yourself. I love adding crystals and
bling to wedding bouquets, you can have your own
crystal wedding bouquet by adding prewired crystals
to your fresh flower bouquet. Buy them on eBay and
supply them to your florist...savings, a LOT! I even
found a cool starfish made of crystals for your destination
wedding
bouquet. That takes personalization to a
new level at a low cost. And isn't that what we are
all about?

There are so many other categories with great finds,
but look for yourself. Check the seller's feedback, its
there for a reason. Many of thesellers are brick and mortar
stores that sell overstock and closeouts on eBay. Factor in
your shipping. and cross that item off your list.

Use your imagination and your mouse to save yourself
a lot of dough on things you need for your wedding
by surfing on eBay. You'll find something you need at a
price you CAN afford and you won't have to leave the
house! Mission accomplished!

Have a happy wedding, y'all!

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