How To Save Money On Flowers for Your Wedding

How To Really Save Money on Flowers for your Wedding

We had a couple of huge breakthroughs in our wedding planning this week. The check for the venue and catering cleared (!!!), we received our fabulous, personalized guestbook in the mail, and our first two wedding gifts have been received! I have a dress (well, two...more on that another day), Terrence has his tux, and everything has been paid IN CASH. We are doing great with sticking to our budget, and both of us are determined not to go into debt over this wedding. We have been pretty fortunate … [Read more...]

Not Naughty Wedding Gifts for Brides

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Wedding season is in full swing, and even if you aren't the bride to be, chances are you'll be participating in someone's big day. As part of the wedding festivities, it's likely that you'll attend a bridal shower or two as well. Bridal showers have the reputation of being a bit risque, and it's a night that the girls let loose and get naughty.  If giving naughty gifts isn't your style, though, here are a few ideas for presents that are a little more tame. 1. Spa Gift Certificate Get a few … [Read more...]

I Will Not Stress Out Over This Wedding

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We are at the point in our wedding planning where stress is trying to make an appearance. Time is running out, money is running out, and it's tempting to get overwhelmed by it all. Well, I said it when we first got engaged, and I mean it now. I will not lose my mind planning this wedding. I have been through a lot in my life. There was even a time when I had stopped believing in love. I thought I couldn't love. I thought I couldn't be loved. And then I met Terrence and discovered that God had a … [Read more...]

Wedding Save the Dates: How and Why to Buy Them

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When Terrence and I first started planning our wedding, I wasn't convinced that save the dates were necessary. I mean, isn't that what invitations were for? After doing a little more investigating, it became clear why Save the Dates were so important. That realization, of course, came with a task (as most wedding realizations do), so Terrence and I scoured the Wedding Paper Divas site to choose just the right save the date for our big day. Take a look at what we found, and find out why you'll … [Read more...]

Wedding Contests – Week of 5/6

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It's official. We only have four months until our wedding! You know what that means.  I still have time to win our honeymoon! Since winning my bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo, I'm absolutely convinced that it's possible. There's plenty to go around, and I love to share, so here's a list of some wedding contests that I found for this week. I hope YOU get lucky, Bride-To-Be! Good luck, and let me know if you win! Micheals - David Tutera Sweepstakes David Tutera is synonymous with … [Read more...]

How To Find The Perfect Wedding Dress

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I have great news to share. Last week, I bought my wedding dress, and it is gorgeous! The best part of all, though? I was able to get it for half of what we had budgeted for a dress! It was really such a blessing. Three of my bridesmaids and I went to Alfred Angelo Bridal Salon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey last week. I won 5 bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo in a wedding contest, but I wasn't really expecting to leave with a dress for myself. I honestly had no plans of even trying a dress on! … [Read more...]

The Waiting Gain

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When my fiancé proposed to me a little over a month ago, it wasn't as if I didn't expect it. In fact, it was just hours before he popped the big question that I was chatting with my girlfriend about how I had the feeling that he might propose, but he wasn't acting weird enough for me to be sure. Then, minutes before Valentine's Day, he asked me to marry him in a simple, yet extraordinary, way. The next day, when I was able to speak again, I asked why he didn't wait a few more moments until it … [Read more...]

Wedding Contests – Week of March 11th #WeddingWednesday

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Alright, Ladies. How is the wedding planning going? In the past few days, we've spent hours and hours on Pinterest, and are starting to get some lovely ideas to incorporate into our special day. Of course, there's still the issue of that pesky budget, so I'm continuing to look for contests and great discounts to offset our costs. Here's a list of some wedding contests that I found for this week. As always, good luck, and let me know if you win! Alfred Angelo Bridal Glass Slipper Sweeps If … [Read more...]

Wedding Contests – Week of February 25th

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If you're on a tight budget for your wedding like I am, you're probably looking for all kinds of ways to cut costs. There are the usual tips like planning your wedding during the off season, or decorating the venue yourself. One of the things that you may not have considered is entering contests. I know what you're thinking, "Who has time to enter contests...I have a wedding to plan!" I feel you, Bride to Be. Many contests are super easy to enter, though, with just a simple form to fill out, or … [Read more...]