March 30th, 2010
Top: Maggie Sottero – $1400, Maggie Sottero – $700
Bottom: Maggie Sottero – $600, Maggie Sottero – $800
I’m loving these Maggie Sottero designs but loving the prices even more! Someone just mentioned this brand, and after doing a little research I have come to love it. The prices are low but the quality and the design detail still remain solid.
Search more Maggie Sottero listings on Smart Bride!
March 25th, 2010
Show it Off:
Posting an ample amount of photos of your dress is better. The more you post, the better idea a person can get of the dress and all the different views. After your wedding you are bound to have tons of photos of you in your dress, in ALL different angles, so give people a real idea of your gown.
Models are no Substitute for the Real Thing:
Posting pics from the designer’s collection photo shoot will give people some what of an idea of the dress design, but it is no substitute for the real thing! So it is time for you to be the model to show your dress in your size, on you (while also giving people a little glimpse of your gorgeous wedding!). The more the buyer can see the real dress, the better chance you will have of getting some interest.
Fill In the Blanks:
Give people as much information as possible about your dress. Fill in all the blanks so you end up in more searches and so that potential buyers can get the true look and feel of your dress!
Tell everyone you know about it. If someone is interested in purchasing your dress, send over the Smart Bride link so they can get all the details. That will save you time and effort and makes it easier for the buyer as well! Tell your Twitter followers, post it on Craigslist, Wedding Bee, etc etc. Smart Bride is completely free for you as a seller, so use it as a place to store all the info you want about the dress, then send people to the link to check it out!
List your dress now!
March 23rd, 2010
Browse through Smart Bride to find your perfect gown at a discount, THEN search the sale racks for your perfect shoes!
All of these are on sale at Nordstrom right now!
Shoes are my favorite part of an outfit as there are so many things you can do. You can make a big statement with an epic pair of shoes under your white wedding gown. It adds that “pop” that is always unexpected. Go a little outside the box, and people will notice.
Check out the sale racks at Nordstrom and other retail stores first though. It never hurts to save some money and still get what you want
March 18th, 2010
A budget is a funny thing, especially with wedding blogs galore these days showing you what you “could have” and what is “ideal”. Well it all comes with a price tag, and sometimes that price tag is more than just money.
I learned the lesson some time ago that no tangible thing is worth the amount of stress and worry that will come with debt. If you are one of those couples paying for your wedding, remember that spending your savings or putting it all on credit cards is just not going to be worth it later. Despite it all, the big day is extremely important, so being smart about your money choices is important. Realize that a wedding is just one event and there will be plenty more amazing events that take place in your life as a married couple.
Look a Little Harder:
Read the fine print and ensure you find the photographer with the best package for the best price, look for the perfect items at garage sales instead of giving in to expensive antique shops. Make sure the venue you pick doesn’t show a good rental fee, then ding you with food minimums, corkage fees, etc. Looking a little harder to get exactly what you want will end up being the smarter choice in the long run.
Become a Little Smarter:
It is important to become smart about your wedding choices. I personally am booking the wedding off season (April!), looking for my dream Vera Wang dress pre-worn and finding a venue that let’s us serve our own alcohol. Those things right there take a little more searching but will save thousands!
Become More Creative:
Use your favorite blogs as pure inspiration for your wedding, then take that inspiration and create your own personal twist by adding in some handmade items from Etsy, or watching a few how-to videos to create your own place cards or decor details! These things will create a unique space and cut your budget significantly.
Search a little harder, be a little more creative, get smarter about how you spend your wedding fund, and keep your savings accounts and zero balance credit cards right where they are! And if you get stuck, or need more cost cutting ideas, I will be here to supply you with my favorite low cost finds and budget ideas. Or leave a comment and ask me a question!
March 17th, 2010
I am fairly new over here, so I figured my first order of business would be to peruse through the listings of Smart Bride. Melissa Sweet is one of my favorite dress designers, so I thought I would start out with a little showcase of what I found of her work. Keep checking back as I will be showing off more great pieces from all sorts of designers!
Top: Melissa Sweet-$1600, Melissa Sweet-$2250
Bottom: Melissa Sweet-$1500, Melissa Sweet- $1800
All are reasonably priced, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous! The best thing about finding a recycled dress is that you don’t have to break the bank to get that designer you love. And since I am planning my wedding right now too, I know there are about a thousand other things you could be using that money for!
Enjoy your search through smartbride.net. Let me know what you find!
March 15th, 2010
I would like to take a chance to introduce myself as I will be here fairly often blogging about DIY tips, budget tricks and how to be a Smart Bride!
I just recently jumped on the wedding planning band-wagon when I got engaged in December 2009! After being a wedding blog junkie for over a year, I am now able to create my own special day! To filter all the excitement, I created a wedding blog, Engaged and Inspired, to post inspiration and wedding plans as I go through the process!
My style is very classic and neutral with bold accents! My goal is to create a wedding on a budget and with very little waste! By that I mean I am decorating the space with items that I either already have and can re-use or items I can then use in my house after the fact as decor. It’s a challenge, but I am excited to see what I can do.
How about you?? Are you a bride-to-be budget-bride, or are you already married? Either way, introduce yourself and let me know your wedding plans, or how your wedding turned out! I would love to get to know you
I’ll be back to post more shortly, but in the mean time, browse the Smart Bride website to find your perfect dress!