Wedding Accessories and Veils, Just as Nice the Second time

by Azure

I wanted to wait until after April Fool’s day to post this, because it’s almost too good to be true. Preownedweddingdresses.com now has a section for pre-owned veils and other accessories, including some stand out jewelry you might be interested in long after the wedding day. Even if you already have the perfect dress and accessories, make sure to bookmark this page. When your wedding day is over, you might want to give your dress or veil a second life. Will you be selling...

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Always a Blogsmaid: Cherree Berry Papers

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid Last night was the New York Weddings Showcase, which for NYC brides is sort of THE event to go to. I was so excited to get to finally meet Cheree of Cheree Berry Papers. Based in St. Louis, I've been corresponding with her off and on for my clients, but never actually got to meet her or really see her invitations in person. I was beyond impressed. Cheree has existing suites in a variety of styles, but she also works to create gorgeous custom sets for...

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A tasty way to make every penny work double-time!

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene This post is from my personal experience as a bride, as opposed to being a photographer. But I really think it’s a valuable tip and wanted to share! My husband and I had a 16-month engagement. This was for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we wanted a long stretch of time to come up with ideas, secure the right vendors, and have the money to pay for everything. One of the smartest things we did was to have our...

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Saving money on your reception menu

by Azure

Sure, your guests expect to eat at your reception, but they probably won’t be demanding Lobster Thermidore with a caviar chaser. If you remember to think in terms of satisfying your guests rather than impressing them and keep a sense of play in your planning, you can keep everyone happy without busting your budget. 1. Go loco. Locovore, that is. Choosing foods that are locally grown or raised and in season will cut your costs by a lot. Even better, your food will be fresher and...

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Keeping honeymoon costs down and the romance up

by Azure

Getting away with your groom is half the fun of getting married, but the honeymoon is another thing to budget for. A few tips and a little research can help you get the financial wiggle room to let you give your wanderlust free rein. 1. Work the off-season. Just a few weeks out of most tourist destinations’ high seasons, you’ll find the same great weather – but way more empty hotel rooms. You’ll be able to get better rates and should be able to get some good packages as an...

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Lowering the Bar for Your Reception

by Azure

Alcohol is one of the big expenses of most wedding receptions. In most areas, your guests will expect an open bar, and costs can rack up faster than you think. Fortunately, your friendly former bartender is here to help. One of the most important things to know is that most mixed drinks do not need top-shelf alcohol. If you’re having a dry martini, in which only a tiny drop of vermouth (if any) is added, then, yes, you might want a high-quality gin or vodka. But if you’re having...

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