Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Useful Wedding Freebies! Free Stuff For Your Wedding

Who doesn't love free wedding stuff??  I love free anything!

Free bachelorette party drink recipes, download instantly.

Free bachelorette party invitations, download and print them.

Free bachelorette party scavenger hunt, another free download.   Play it at a bar, sounds like fun!

I don't think he's free, but I'll take one of these please!! 

Free printable wedding invitations, click here.

Free perfect wedding guide to help you plan your wedding.

Register at Kohl's wedding registry and receive a lot of amazing free gifts if you register for certain gifts, like Kitchenaid , Keurig, Circulon, Dyson and other top names.   I have a Keurig and it makes the best home coffee you've ever tasted. 

Get a free gift from Conde Nast Group, the publishers of Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Bride's magazine. 

Free wedding weblog, tell the story of your wedding and engagement. You can even add audio!

Free wedding toasts and speeches.

Free FICO Credit Score

Don't forget Vista Print. There are so many ways you can use the freebies from this site for your wedding. I use Vista Print for all my printing, from bridal shop brochures to wedding fashion shows and they are freaking awsome!
FREE Product Samples for home and office

And the deal of the week: There are some serious good buys here, you can save a bundle on your wedding party gifts. Shop bridesmaid gifts at The Knot Wedding Shop as low as $4.99! Save on totes, jewelry, compacts and more. Hurry, sale ends November 16.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Money Saving Wedding Tips: Bridesmaid Dresses

The cost of bridesmaid dresses is an expense of your bridesmaid.  Since a lot of  today's young women have been hit by the economy, its important to keep the costs of their dress affordable. 

Here are some internet sources to purchase nationally advertised bridesmaid dresses at a discount.

  • Bridesmaid Dresses Huge discounts on nationally advertised bridesmaid dresses from the House of Brides.

If you find a dress you just love and your maids can't afford it, try looking at the bridesmaid line called Expressions from Forever Yours.  They make inexpensive bridesmaid dresses in tons of colors and sizes that are very close in looks and quality without the price tag.  

Bridesmaids by Forever Yours

Many bridal salons will discount bridesmaid dresses if you purchase your wedding dress there.  If you can't score a big discount, the salon will sometimes throw in free shoes!

Bridal shows often have show specials or coupons on maids dresses.  

Check your bridal salon for discontinued sample dresses.  You can sometimes pick a color and buy the dresses on their sale racks if your maids can fit into the sample sizes with some minor alterations.

Ask the bridal salon if they have any maids dresses from canceled weddings that they'll sell at a discount.

Some wedding parties will consign all their bridesmaid dresses at a resale shop.  Sometimes you can even score matching shoes!

Buy the bridesmaid dresses from a friend who has recently gotten married.
    How about a dress that can  twisted and tied in a lot of ways to change the look of the dress? Every bridesmaid will be happy because she can personalize the dress and have options to wear the dress again!  From the Dessy Group. Introducing the Twist Dress for bridesmaids. Style you can fashion yourself. 

    Everyone has a little black dress in their closet.  Your maids can wear their little black dress (gasp, no spandex mini's please!) to give the wedding a formal look.  Gift them with matching accessories.  Have them purchase matching cool black or silver shoes.  Costs for them are shoes.  If their black dress is inappropriate,  have them borrow one or lend them one. 

    Choose a wedding color and have them all shop for their own dress in a style they feel comfortable in and they can afford.  

    Check the department store sale racks after prom time.  Some prom dresses will easily work as bridesmaid dresses.

    For summer weddings, you can find beautiful sundresses at the mall that will work for your wedding and  can be worn all summer long. 

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    21 Proven Wedding Money Saving Tips: Save Money On Your Wedding Dress

    Your wedding dress is the most important and most photographed article of clothing you will ever purchase.  You want to look fabulous, but you don't want to break the bank.  Here are proven tips to save on THE dress and where to look for the hottest deal. 
    • Shop within your budget.  Don't try on dresses that are so outside your budget that it is unworkable. Don't allow any salesperson to talk you into a dress you can't afford, don't be pressured into anything!
    • Shop off season.  The months of November and December are the doldrums in bridal dress sales.  The bridal shops slash prices of dresses for a lot of reasons:   They need to cut their inventory for end of the year taxes.  They need money to PAY their taxes.  They need rack space for next seasons dresses AND they  need money to pay for all the inventory coming into the shop.  
    • Shop the sale rack. Every salon has one, the bargains are screaming! 
    •  Shop sample sales, blow out sales and trunk shows.
      • Buy a dress with good bones:  built in crinoline, boning, built in bra as it will save you money on expensive add ons.
      • Buy a dress off the rack.  Don't hesitate to ask if the shop will discount the dress if you buy the rack sample or if you are willing to pay cash. 
      • Shop Ebay.  Look for the word authentic in a designers dress name.  Ask the seller if the dress is authentic or a knock off.  Inspired means knock off and is probably an import from China and it won't have same fit, look or quality.   There are a lot of bona fide bargains on Ebay from bridal salons selling excess stock below their cost.
        •   Shop resale stores.  Many resale shops have brand new wedding dresses that they've purchased from bridal salons or from canceled weddings. 
        • Shop closeout stores.  
        •   Think outside of the box:  A white, ivory or pastel prom or formal dress are STEALS after prom time, shop in May,June or July.
        • Shop for the silhouette and fit that flatters your body.  Simple dresses can be accessorized to have the same impact as a dress with costly lace and beading.
        •   Polyester fabric is less costly than silk and most of your guests won't be able to tell the difference.  If you fall in love with a silk dress that is out of your budget, ask if the same dress can be ordered in polyester.
        • Wear your mother's wedding dress or another heirloom family dress.
        •   Borrow a dress.
        • Order a bridesmaid dress in white or ivory. Savings run into the 4 digits.  This season Bill Levkoff bridesmaids have some amazing chiffon dresses that would make a gorgeous informal dress.  Other companies have beading and embellishment on dresses that rock as wedding dresses.
        •    Shop online at discount web sites such as House of Brides, not only can you score a discount on an authentic dress, you can get free shipping and no sales tax.
        •  David's Bridal had a discount online outlet.
        • Shop vintage antique stores for rocking styles for a non traditional bride!
          •   Check the department store sales racks, I've seen Jessica McClintock dresses marked down to a twenty dollar bill.
          • Shop factory stores. 
          •   Craig's list always has new wedding dresses, as well as pre worn or vintage dresses. You deal directly with the seller which gives you the opportunity to negotiate on price.  
          • The number one way to save on your wedding dress: Shop with an open mind!  You never know what might cross your path if you are open to opportunities.  
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