Always A Blogsmaid: Owning Vs. Renting!

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid Even if you are looking to trim your budget, you may not want to to scrimp on style. Lately, I've been advising my clients to consider working with your florist or decorator to supply some of your own materials. Sometimes buying your own votives, pillars, candelabras or even vases may enable you to get the look you want for less. It's not uncommon that you'll have to pay your florist a small handling fee for the items, but it's often a small price to pay to...

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Bring the celebration home with a tropical-themed party!

by Azure

Destination Weddings are a popular choice for couples-to-be, and while the concept of a big party “away from it all” is exciting, not everyone can make it. Luckily, there are many ways a bride and groom can celebrate with family and friends who couldn’t make it to the big event. To help bring the party home, throw a small celebration with a tropical theme! Three simple steps to bring the celebration home (without throwing off your budget): 1. Use backyard decorations but keep...

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Butterfly Inspiration Boards!

by Azure

Whether you are a butterfly fanatic like Mariah Carey, or just looking for a little something to put some “spring” in your step, get inspired by our Butterfly Inspiration Boards! From beautiful Save the Dates to gorgeous Versace dinnerwear, these items are sure to make your heart flutter! Inspiration Board 1: 1. Martha Stewart Weddings magazine: Winter 2009 2. Versace Butterfly Garden Dinnerware 3. Versace Butterfly Garden Coffee Pot 4. Versace Butterfly Garden Service...

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Saving money on wedding decorations

by Azure

Your wedding décor is one of the areas where you can get really flexible with your budget. There’s very little that’s mandatory nowadays, so spend on what you love and toss the rest. Here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Go with the season. In-season flowers are much cheaper than anything that has to be grown in a hothouse or imported. There’s beauty all year round, so check with your florist and see what will be available locally – you may even be able to work your...

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Something to clutch at your wedding

by Azure

Let's face it: even if you have a champion maid of honor, you may need to have a place to keep a few little things on your wedding day. Since wedding dresses with kangaroo pouches are out this year, how about this practical-yet-delicious clutch instead? It's a perfect winter white for your wedding day, but stylish enough to make the cut for nights on the town on your honeymoon. You'll be able to keep everything you need, like a touch of mint for when you plant one on your...

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The Man Registry: It’s my Bachelor Party, do we have to hit the clubs?

by Azure

About The Man Registry As Best Man, you surely want to give your best bud a proper send-off into married life. The bachelor party is your opportunity to do so. However, before you start planning the ultimate man-bash, you need to consider the wishes of the groom and his fiancé. Traditional bachelor parties at the clubs can be a blast, but they can also upset the bride-to-be. Do you really want to land the groom in the doghouse with the wedding just around the corner? What's the...

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To Trash or Not To Trash?

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene Your wedding is over. It was a huge success with lots of great memories, and you’ll see your proofs in a few weeks. Now what? What will you do with that beautiful wedding dress? You searched months to find the perfect one. You probably spent a good bit of money on it too. Will you preserve it with the hopes of your future daughter wearing it at her wedding? Will you donate it to charity? Will you sell it on eBay? Will you trash...

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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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A DIY Wedding… with Professional Flowers

by Azure

Sometimes, being a DIY bride isn’t as much of a money saver as you expect. After all, professionals have a little perk known as “wholesale prices.” Fiftyflowers.com gives you the best of both worlds. Their DIY packages let you purchase all the flowers you need to make your own bouquets and table arrangements at deeply discounted prices. Depending on the flowers you want, you could save $200-$300. Here’s the catch though, these are fresh flowers, so ideally you’d have them...

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We’re Delightful & Alltop!

by Azure

We are so proud to join all the fantastic wedding bloggers listed on Delightful Blogs&AllTop! Featured Fashion Blog If you have a second, please rate OneWed's Savvy Scoop on Delightful Blogs!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: “Hello, Gorgeous.”

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing "How Do I Look?" Aaah yes, the classic favorite quotes from Barbara Streisand and Audrey Hepburn. Both lovely and alluring, these women knew just the right way to get a guy's attention. Right now, you get to play the role of bride-to-be...but are you ready for the role of Mrs.? Get prettied up for your honeymoons, darlings...but don't let it stop there! You've got a long road ahead of you ~ my suggestion? Through your entire marriage, never stop...

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Finding a Bargain Wedding Dress that Looks Like a Million

by Azure

Sure, you want to look amazing at your wedding, but a Savvy Bride like you knows you don’t have to spend a fortune to do so. Here are a few tips on finding the perfect white wedding dress without spending too much green. 1. Set a budget before you start looking. Yeah, we say it over and over. But that’s because it will really help you out. Decide early on how much you’re willing to spend, striking a good balance between the fact that it’s for a dress that you’ll only wear...

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Light up your Outdoor Wedding

by Azure

Your outdoor wedding just got even more gorgeous. These beautiful sea glass luminaries from Package Perfect are just the thing to light your way down the beach at sunset or illuminate the faces of your loved ones at the reception. And with their soft, frosted glass and beaded silver handles, your guests will be thrilled to get them as wedding favors. They come in sets of three, and there's even a discount for multiple orders. Heck, just dot them around the yard or your apartment and...

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Bubbly Bride: Welcoming your Guests in Style

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When your friends and family fly in from around the country, it is always nice to have something to welcome them and let them know how grateful you are they came! This is especially important for destination weddings since most of your guests traveled further to attend. You want to introduce your guests to the city and let them know all of the fantastic sights and places to eat during their down time. Another great idea is to include an itinerary for the long...

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Bridal Showers vs. Man Showers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

by Azure

Last week The Man Registry wrote about “The Man Shower". I’m all for single-sex parties and showers. I have lots of male friends, but I really value the times when I can just hang out with the girls. I know plenty of guys feel the same way. When you’re planning a wedding, those events can be extra special. BUT, what’s with this line “A man shower is the perfect opportunity to grab some of the gifts that you care about! The bride usually has several showers and brings home...

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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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Expert Answers: The Picture of Financial Compromise

by Azure

Special Feature from Dr. Taffy Wagner, Creator of Money Talk Before The Commitment Walk and Debt Stops At The Altar Over the last few days, I have watched different clips on morning shows or read in the news about brides saving money as they plan their wedding. One that really spoke volumes to me and bodes well for the couple’s financial future was a $20,000 wedding on a $6,000 budget. Take a look: http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=6969926&page=1 Let’s look at...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Three-Ringed Circus-Themed Weddings!

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Here we go then, my debut as not only a Savvy Scoop guest blogger but any guest blogger. I am super excited (and shh! a teeny bit nervous – please play nice with the new girl). Quite apart from the lengthy and wordy bio I’ve already shared with you (I’ve never been a girl short of words) there are a couple of things you should know about my blogging style over at Rock ‘n Roll Bride (or R’nR Bride as it is slowly becoming affectionately known...

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Introducing Rock ‘n Roll Bride: One of Our Fabulous Weekly Guest Bloggers!

by Azure

Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness in a cookie cutter, pastel pink, poufy dressed wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day – let *you* define your day. I'm Kat AKA The Rock 'n Roll Bride. I'm a pink haired, tattooed, Britney loving girl who has a rather sizable obsession with weddings...oh and yes you did read that right. Britney. As in Britney Spears. I love her. Don't mess...Britney and 24 are my weaknesses. Just leave it...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Beautiful Bordeaux

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Whether you’re planning a wedding at a vineyard or simply love a fine vintage, this inspiration board is for you! Burgundy and gold are a beautiful color combination to pair with ornate and elegant details. Surprise your guests with a wine tasting or test your abilities as a sommelier by carefully selecting a wine for each course of your wedding dinner. Wine bottles have beautiful decorative labels and a favorite design might inspire your wedding...

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Bride Chic: BEYOND WHITE

by Azure

About Bride Chic Would you get married in black? Once upon a time most women did. In the 1800's brides wore everyday colors, mostly darker, somber ones. Today when we think black though, brides rarely come to mind. It's usually a shade reserved by society for widows and vamps. But times are a' changin' ladies. We're in the midst of an era where we're looking beyond the white philosophy that's defined wedding fashion for two centuries. No longer restricted to white on white, red, blue...

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The Worth of a Good Wedding Photographer

by Azure

Special Feature by Krista Guenin of Krista Photography Every once in a while, a bride will contact me about photographing her wedding and will find that I'm out of her price range. It always stinks to miss out on a potentially great wedding, but I've done my homework and know what I need to charge to make a living, and so I usually pass along the names of some other great photographers who might be a better fit for her budget (and who I know will do a great job). Not long ago,...

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Featured Wedding: How Amy Met Gabe

by Azure

Admittedly, I am a sucker for "how we met" stories. The tale of Amy & Gabe, below, is just one of those stories. How did you meet your sweetheart? I was staring into space as I waited to order my Potbelly’s sandwich in Midway Airport. My future husband thought I was “checking him out.” Little did I know that a tired gaze would lead to love! I proceeded through the line, bought my sandwich, and headed towards my gate. Meanwhile my future husband was contemplating...

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