September 8th, 2011

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Cost-Cutting Advice From Fellow Brides

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Wondering how other brides are saving money on their weddings? We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to share their best cost-cutting tips and tricks. Here’s what they had to say:

I printed all the invites, rsvps, and envelopes. I bought my dress from a wedding consignment store which only cost me $500.00 and veil $75.00. My husband rented his tux and I bought my daughter’s dress from Walmart. I made all the little treat bags for the tables and the name cards for the tables. We paid everything up front and not on credit. We got married in a park which only cost $80.00 with a justice of the peace which was only $100.00. All and all our wedding cost us $3000.00 and we didn’t have to pay interest as it was all paid for in advance.
- Rachel Burnie via Facebook

Bargain shopping online and Etsy. That website has saved me tons and tons of money!
- Liz Gruening via Facebook

We photographed a bride the other day who grew flowers and made her own simple bouquet with some ribbon and pins!
- @GreenPhotograph via Twitter

We cut the guest list and had a BBQ reception with homemade food…yumm.
- Mary Giesbrecht via Facebook

We invited 24 of the closest people to us that we actually see on a regular basis. Extended family, co-workers, acquaintances, etc… were not included on the guest list. We also had a two-hour thank you reception with cocktails, appetizers and cake. People talked and mingled about in a private dinning room. Best $5000 we ever spent!
- Christina Hiebert via Facebook

We printed our own invites and arranged all the centerpieces. We were also able to get into a military venue thanks to a friend.
- Radhika Khan via Facebook

Handmade soap for the guests as favours!
- Lise Huppler via Facebook

We made our own invitations (paperless!)
- Stefanie de Best Photography via Facebook

We did our own flowers & no boutonnieres!
- @Orsolya via Twitter

To join in this discussion and others follow us at facebook.com/weddingbellsmag or twitter.com/weddingbellsmag.

8 Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

Fashion & Beauty » Bridesmaid Dresses

While being chosen as a bridesmaid is always an honour, it can also be extremely expensive. With gifting, getaways and celebratory nights out, your wedding could end up costing your maids hundreds of dollars before the big day even rolls around.

For that reason we set out to ease some of the financial burden by hunting down some of the prettiest affordable bridesmaid dresses out there in colours perfect for a fall wedding.

5 Wedding Donuts Ideas That Will Wow the Guests

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Chocolate, old fashioned, apple fritter, honey cruller–whatever your choice of flavour, donuts are a popular dessert choice and would be an instant hit with the guests. Not to mention, they’re easy on the wedding budget. Although, we’ll be the first to admit, they’re not the “prettiest” of treats–especially when you can have beautifully iced cakes and cupcakes. Fret not, we spied 5 delectable ways to spruce up this sinful dessert. Go ahead and indulge.

Elements For Your Fairytale-Inspired Wedding

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Always dreamed of being a princess? Make this dream a reality on your wedding day with our fairytale-inspired wedding ideas. Take your fashion cue from Cinderella with a voluminous gown and long gloves accessorized with a bejeweled silk headband and sparkling pumps (a definite step up from the glass slipper!) Even your invitations can reflect your “happily ever after” theme. In this story there will be no pumpkins to speak of (unless they’re on the menu).

Clockwise from top left:

Bridal gown, courtesy Priscilla of Boston, Platinum Collection. Seen in this slideshow.

Shoe, courtesy Jimmy Choo.

Cake, courtesy Bobbette and Belle. Photography courtesy 5ive15ifteen Photo Company.

Silk headband, courtesy Haute Bride.

Invitation, courtesy Down-to-Earth Paperworks via Etsy. 

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