Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Great Bridal Expo

The Great Bridal Expo hits NYC on January 19, 2008. Below you will find a chance to get 2 free tickets to attend the Bridal Show.

Information acquired from the Knot


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Behind the Veil Bridal Show

You are cordially invited to receive the royal treatment at the Behind the Veil Bridal Show.

  • Fireside Chat with celebrity wedding planner Samantha Goldberg of Style Network's "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?"
  • Fashion Spectacular~ stylish wedding gowns & formalwear by Macy's Bridal Salon by Demetrios Bridal and Biltmore Tuxedos!
  • Treasure Trove Bouquet Toss ~ tucked inside each bouquet will be a certificate for significant prizes, including Macy's signature furniture & dazzling jewels!
  • Tailor-Made Tabletops ~ work hands-on with specialty linen & reception decor experts to mix & match tabletop ideas!
Enter for a chance to win the BTV "Cure for the Wedding Day Blues" Contest!
Prizes include wedding day coordination with Samantha Goldberg, a Demetrios bridal gown, limo service, wedding cake and more!
Register at www.btvexpo.com
Questions: 201.322.3466

Images from Behind the Veil


Introducing Wedding Paper Divas & House of Brides to The BBH

As always our mission is to bring new & exciting products to our customers. We have just become affiliates of Wedding Paper Divas and House of Brides. These new affiliations mean that all of our Budget Brides will receive the opportunity to have first hand knowlegde of sales, discounts and w product from both of these amazing companies.

Wedding Paper Divas

House of Brides

Designer Wedding Dresses ship FREE - 0% sales tax!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Beautiful Wedding Dresses Under $600!

Wedding Dresses under $600! I know blink again. Yes, Miss Budget Bride. You can get a wedding dress for under $600 dollars. Hell, you can get a wedding dress under $300. You will have to do a little digging, alot of trying on and find beautiful accessories to add that touch of glam. (If necessary of course). I have search a few popular department stores and some websites to bring you amazing dresses all under $600.

Under $600

BCBG Max Azria Lace & Tulle Tier Gown

Under $500

ABS Empire Waist Chiffon & Satin Gown

Under $400

Aidan Mattox Niteline Beaded Keyhole Gown
Under $300

Sean Collection Keyhole Silk Gown

Silk tricotine Sophia long dress
Reg. $295
On Sale Now $200

Under $200

JS Boutique Embellished Jersey Knit Gown

Kate Metallic Strapless Dress

Under $100

Betsy & Adam Pleated Halter Gown
Reg. $160.00
Sale $96.00
Images from Nordstrom, J. Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor & Dillards

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wedding Atelier Sample Sale

Sorry Budget Brides this one is not for you. But your Mothers and Bridesmaids will be more than happy with this post. The Wedding Atelier is having a Mother of the Bride & Bridesmaid sample sale. Prices are starting at $399 & if you have a new order of 6 bridesmaid dresses or more you will receive an additional 20% off.

Friday, December 19th through Tuesday, December 30th

103 Fifth Avenue
(between 17th & 18th)
Second Floor
New York, NYC 10003

Call to make an appointment now (646) 638.3263

Images from Wedding Atelier


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Introducing Month & Day of Wedding Coordination

The Budget Brides Handbook is so excited to announce the introduction of our Wedding Coordination Packages. We know that all of our Budget Brides are looking for ways to cut cost on their big day. So maybe having a wedding planner from start to finish is not in your budget. However, our month or day of wedding coordination is well worth the money. We cannot think of one bride who would want to be hassled or stressed out on the most important day of their lives.
See below for package details and email us for a consultation and price*.

Month of Wedding Coordination

Meeting with Client to create a wedding date confirmation
Listing of all wedding day vendors including vendor contracts
Rehearsal dinner coordination and direction
Distribution of wedding day timeline to all necessary vendors and bridal party memebers
Coordination & direction of wedding day
By hour listing of wedding day activities

Day of Wedding Coordination

Distribution of wedding day timeline to all necessary vendors and bridal party memebersCoordination & direction of wedding dayBy hour listing of wedding day activities

Package Add-ons

Access to wedding planner for questions via telephone or email
Referrals to wedding vendors
Ceremony Decor
Reception Decor
*Please note Month or Day of Wedding Coordination is only provided in the following areas: some areas of Connectcuit, New Jersey, New York (Dutchess, New York City, Nassua, Rockland, Suffolk & Westchester Counties) & Eastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier

Dress & Gown Sample Sale

Save up to 80% retail on a wide selection dresses & gowns normally priced $3,200 - $8,000

Saturday, January 3, 2008
Sunday, January 4, 2008

Hours for both days: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

110 East 55th Street
Between Park & Lexington Avenues
8th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Call TODAY for an appointment 212.319.6778 by December 24, 2008

Find sample & stock sizes from the following top designers & more in the bridal industry

Angel Sanchez
Anne Barge
Monique Lhuillier
Peter Langner
Jenny Lee
Ulla Maija


La Perla Sample Sale

Lengendary lingerie fashion house La Perla is having an explosive sample sale. So all of you Budget Brides get your cash and your bridesmaids ready to do some deep sea diving for the perfect ensemble for your wedding night.

Save up to 90% on most items

Tuesday, December 16th thru Friday, December 19th
260 Fifth Avenue
(Near 29th Street)
New York, NY
Images from La Perla

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Creative Dining with Social Couture

Some consider decorating as an art form, as a representation of ones self and can play a huge factor in our ranking in our own little cliques. Well Social Couture has saved all of you budget brides who are decorating challenge or whose budgets cannot keep up with the Jones', Silverman's or O'Donnell's. Social Couture is a website that provides decorating kits as well as accessories for any event such as a bridal shower to a Girl's Night Out. These decorating kits provide everything from napkins to candelabras. Decorating kits are for a party of 8 and price from $170 to $270. Check out Social Couture and see which theme you like for your wedding activities.

See Below for Themes from Social Couture

Bridal Shower

Hollywood Glam

Asian Affair

Girls Night Out

Preppy Party

Images from Social Couture


Monday, December 15, 2008

Explore: Jen Huang Photography

Happy Monday Budget Brides! I was recently introduced to the work of an up & coming wedding photographer by the name of Jen Huang. And I must say that I was quite impressed with her work. Jen Huang pays great attention to detail making every picture flawless, glamourous and chic. She is based out of New York City but also specializes in destination weddings. Check out her site http://www.jenhuangphotography.com/ and don't forget to mention that you first saw her work on The Budget Brides Handbook.

Noami & Benji Beach Wedding


Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Budget Brides Handbook Shop

Save 10% off Winter Theme Merchandise
So your having a winter theme wedding and you cannot find the wedding favors that you. Well don't look any further The Budget Brides Handbook Shop is offering 10% off Winter Theme Merchandise. See below for a sample of the winter themed merchandise that we carry and click any image to go to our online shop.

Click here to preview our entire line of winter themed merchandise

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vera Wang Sample Sale

For all of you ladies still looking for wedding gowns or bridesmaids dress. Well Ms. Wang is having a sample sale this Saturday and a Trunk Show at Saks 5th Ave throughout the weekend. Be there or be without the Vera.

Vera Wang Bridal and Bridesmaids

One-of-a-kind samples — plus a ton of overstock — 35-75 percent off retail. Bridesmaid dresses, too.

Saturday, December 13, 2008.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The New Yorker Hotel,

481 Eighth Ave., at 34th St.

post courtsey of Brooklyn Bride & Daily Candy

Vera Wang Bridal Trunk Show

Bridal Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dec 11, 2008 thru Dec 13, 2008

Saks Fifth Avenue

611 5th Ave

New York, NY 10016

212-940-2269 (Call for Details)

image courtsey Vera Wang


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A $6,000 Dollar Wedding: Can it be done?

I came across this article today via Essence.com and I thought that it would be great to share with all of my Budget Brides. Tavon Fergeruson, a 25 year old from Altanta, GA explains to Essence.com writer Bridgette Bartlett just how she was able to plan a wedding on a $6,000 budget. See article below and don't forget to make comments.

Essence.com: "I Designed My Dream Wedding on a Dime!"

Admit it. No matter how cynical you might be about love and marriage, you've fantasized about your dream wedding at least once. But with the average American wedding costing nearly $30,000, most of us quickly put those dreams on the back burner. Meet Tavon Ferguson, a 25-year-old sister who managed to pull off her fantasy nuptials—complete with a fly gown and gorgeous reception—for $6,000. ESSENCE.com spoke to the graduate student to get the scoop on how to not become a bridezilla, using the Internet to find free labor, and what really counts most when tying the knot.

ESSENCE.COM: Congratulations, newlywed! So, were you one of those little girls who started planning her wedding at 12?
I really didn't even think I was going to get married until I met my husband. It wasn't until we started dating that those dreams actually came about. I had ideas of things I wanted to do, but I hadn't been to a lot of weddings so I was very open to the things that I wanted to have for my own.

ESSENCE.COM: So spill the beans, because sisters want to know-how did you pull this off?
(Laughs.) I live every part of my life with the motto: I'd rather have more for less. So, whether it's shopping for clothes or the house or even tuition for school, I follow this and the wedding just became an extension of that motto. I was able to get my photographer and deejay for free. I found the photographer, another graduate student, on Craigslist.com. He was trying to get his name out as a wedding photographer. Our engagement and wedding pictures were free. The deejay was the boyfriend of a friend and he was also trying to get into weddings. A lot of people don't realize that most vendors will work for free when they're just starting out as long as they're able to reference you. A friend of mine is a makeup artist and she did my makeup for free that day as my wedding present. One of my husband's friends is a caterer and he hosted our rehearsal dinner for free as well.

ESSENCE.COM: Amazing! What other ways did you save money to jump the broom?
I purchased my wedding gown from Craigslist.com. I got a $650 David's Bridal dress for $200 with the tags still attached! I was able to purchase 100 invitations from Party City for $30. I hosted a party with dinner and drinks one night and had my bridal party help me assemble them. I got my flowers from Costco and rented a cake for my pictures but served sheet cake to my guests at the reception. We held the ceremony and the reception in the same place and everything: the food, linen, drinks, chair covers, the cake-cutting fee, wait staff was all $5,500. Everything else was only $500. And I even saved on our honeymoon. It was $1500 for the entire trip; eight days and seven nights at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Our airfare was included. [Editor's note: The honeymoon costs are not included in the $6,000.]

ESSENCE.COM: Very impressive, but it seems like it was a lot of work. How did you avoid becoming a bridezilla to your friends and family?
It is a blessing for people to agree to be in your wedding. I didn't think that it was a privilege for my friends to participate. I didn't want my bridesmaids to spend $200 on a dress that they would never wear again. Knowing that people may not have a lot of money, I went out of my way to find a dress they would all like. I knew I had succeeded when one of my bridesmaids asked if she could wear her dress before the actual ceremony. They were from Delias.com on sale and I got free shipping. I also purchased their bridemaid's gifts, sterling silver engraved bracelets, for $8 from Weddingchannelstore.com.

ESSENCE.COM: What do you have to say to brides who still think they need a year's salary to plan their own dream wedding?
I think the biggest thing is that your wedding should be more about you and your husband and not about the price tag of the things you think you have to have. If you focus more on it being the perfect day for you and your husband, you will have a lot less stress. You won't compare yourself to your friend that just got married or Star Jones or some other celebrity. That way you're able to add and subtract and create a wedding that is really your own. The type of wedding where people leave and say, "Wow, those two really love each other." Concentrate on making it about you and your husband.

This article marks the start of our Real Weddings section. If you have a Real Wedding that you would like displayed on The Budget Brides Handbook website, please send information and pictures to realweddings@thebudgetbrideshandbook.com.

Article and images from Essence.com
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