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1. Have a budget.  A budget will force you to prioritize.  If having a great photographer is important to you, but your cake doesn’t matter, then spend your money accordingly.  It will help you plan ahead without going overboard.  Everything seems important in the moment and advertisers play on our emotions to make us feel like we deserve it all on this day.  We DO deserve a special day, but no one deserves to be in debt.

2.  When you were a girl, you may have dreamed about your husband, your dress, your flowers, but did you ever dream about your calendar date?  Didn’t think so.  A venue on a Friday night can be $1,000 less than Saturday.  Any month but June can also be less, and not just for your venue.  Other vendors follow the rule of supply and demand.  Since demand is up in June, florists, bakers, and photographers may charge more also.

3.  Location, location, location.  Besides the day of week and month of your wedding, you can also save money by choosing the right location.  If you can find a venue that allows you to choose your own vendors, you will be able to save money.  Try nonprofit venues, such as churches, parks, and museums.  You’ll save money and feel better that at least the money you are spending will be going to a good cause.

4.  Think about the time of day you want your wedding.  It would be poor taste to have a 6 pm wedding and not serve dinner, but a 2 pm wedding could serve light hor dourves and be splendid.  Also, a cocktail hour would not be necessary for an afternoon affair.

5.  Try cupcakes instead of cake.  Not only are they adorable and trendy, cupcakes are $2 a piece compared to a tiered cake that can be up to $10 a slice.  Want that traditional cutting of the cake ceremony?  I found that Food Lion offered simple yet beautiful wedding cakes that you could use as the top layer.  They only come in buttercream not fondant, but really, buttercream tastes better anyway. 

6.  Wedding dresses are only worn once.  You can wear a Vera Wang gown that costs $9,000 or a Vera Wang gown that has been worn once for $900.  http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/by-designer/Vera-Wang-wedding-dresses.html

7.  Ask the photographer if you are able to buy the CD of all images.  For me, buying the CD and printing my own images was cheaper than ordering an album and prints.

8. Flowers can be ordered from on-line florists who work in bulk to save you money.  The choices are limited, and you must designate a volunteer to be in charge of delivery, but they are a way to save money.  Here is the package I like for a wedding party of 6.  http://www.fiftyflowers.com/product/collections/Alluring-Peruvian-Lily-Wedding-Flowers-Box-~-20-Package-_24214.htm

9.  I do recommend hiring a professional DJ.  A DJ provides atmosphere music and entertainment but furthermore acts as MC of the event and helps everything run smoothly.

Overall, just remember that money does not buy happiness and that your wedding is about a covenant between your spouse, yourself, and God.  It is not about spending money to impress other people.

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These ditties are from Anthropologie:

Taylor Swift owns this one. Flattering on hourglass shapes and structured top is supportive.

Gorgeous dress for engagement party or rehearsal dinner. Tint is gray so will look good on people with cool skin tones.

The lack of structure causes this dress to show everything. If you've got it, flaunt it.

Boho bride

Boho bride or with a long sweater and leggings for holiday party.

 

Banana Republic more your style?

Great color for warm skin tones.

Classy, shimmery, feminine: perfect for a winter rehearsal dinner.

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emilie wrap dress in ivory with lace sleeves

Emilie wrap dress Millie NY

white knee length shift with white beads around neckline
Crystina beaded dress Milly NY

If you’re like me, you milk your time in the spotlight. Why not show who’s the bride and wear white to all of your wedding occassions: engagment party, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, leaving the reception dress, and honeymoon dinners.  Check out these designers for stylish cocktail dresses in shades of pearl: Milly NY, Alice and Olivia, and Sue Wong.  For an actual bridal collection called The Little White Dress, view Amsale.

ivory dress with puff shoulders accessorized with black belt, heels, and gloves

Lady Puff dress Milly NY

sidney bow dress

Sidney bow dress Milly NY

vivi dress Milly NY with rhinestone belt at empire waist, sleeveless

Vivi dress Milly NY

 

emalina strapless white cotton eyelet milly ny

Emalina strapless Milly NY. Perfect for late spring, early summer bridal showers and even for a casual, outdoor wedding dress.

 

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Summer on the farm is by far the best place to be in June: moderate weather, sweet smelling breezes, and vibrant sunsets.  If you grew up on a farm like I did, nothing could make your father more proud than having the ceremony in your own back yard.  If you don’t have a red barn to use as your backdrop, the sprouting of agri-tourism has turned many old-fashioned farms into charming bed and breakfast inns.  Here’s a couple tips to keep your wedding country classy and not, as we say, “hick.”

The dress: ivory lace strapless, belted straight to floor, no train (it’d just get dirty).  Check out Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Collection http://www.priscillaofboston.com/Designer-Bridal-Gowns?&f5=VY&f2=all

The flowers: daisies, wildflowers, and greenery

The shoes: ballet flats

The groom: seersucker suit

The centerpieces: mason jars filled with flowers

Color options:

Pink     If you dream of a pink wedding, use the bouquet idea above.  Guys will look great in either gray or tan seersucker.  Use clear mason jars and accent with green to keep the wedding appropriate for the rural outdoor setting.

Blue     If your primary color is sky blue use the blue tinted glass jars filled with wildflowers, daisies and yellow roses. Try gray seer sucker suits, if you don’t want to look too matchy with blue. Use a red barn as a backdrop for pictures.  The primary trio of colors from the dresses, flowers and backdrop will be pleasing to the eye.

Yellow      If your primary color is sunshine yellow, look for carnival glass or sandwhich glass to use in your centerpieces.  Both have a yellow tint and will add an antique feel.  A bouquet of one kind of daisies is classic. Beige or gray seer sucker suits. Use a red barn or a wildflower patch as a backdrop for pictures.

Red      Accent your red wedding with drops of blue.  The Americana theme can be completed with blue seer sucker suits on the guys, blue tinted mason jars filled with white daisies, serve strawberries on your cake, and include red and white gingham as a motif.  Find an old red bicycle to use as a prop for pictures.  Check out Lytle Photo http://www.imageryforlife.com/ for other nostalgic prop ideas.  For a more modern, fresh feel, keep the accent blue a robin’s egg shade or turquoise.

Favors: Guest can take home a mason jar filled with homemade jam or candy.
And since you are out in the country, end the night with a fireworks display or more simply, sparklers.

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I found my dress at White House Black Market.  Since then, they have added a wedding dress line.  The great thing was that I was able to wear my dress twice on my honeymoon and I’m wearing it  to a Christmas ball this year. 

You can also buy a long dress for the ceremony and thencut the dress above the knee for a cocktail dress later.

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