Friday, January 30, 2009

Two Birds Bridesmaid Dresses

Happy Friday Budget Brides!
So last weekend I was in downtown Brooklyn with my mentor and we stop in this little shop that sold convertible dresses. We thought that this was such a cool idea. Who wouldn't want a dress to wear 10 different ways. So I just had to find a designer who specializes in the bridal industry to bring this idea to all of you. Now I know that most of you are wrapped up in this being your wedding day and your bridesmaids should be more than happy to be in your wedding. But let's be for real, we are in a RECESSION almost DEPRESSION right now. So let's make it a little easy on them.

Two Birds Bridemaid dresses is a wonderful company that makes convertible dresses for both Bride & Bridesmaid. I think these dresses are just so cute. I am thinking about buying one just because. These dresses are comfortable and verstaile. Made of Jersey & Nylon they look fabulous on every figure and very forgiving. Coming in two lengths of calf length and full length and with the option of styling it as least 10 different ways these dresses become unique for each bridesmaid.

Provide how to video & instructions on how to style the dress
Samples can be sent to out of town wedding attendants for a nominal fee
Groomsmen Ties are available
Color swatches are available
Monogramming Available
Pricing: Calf Length $270 & Full Length $290
Visit Two Birds Bridesmaid for more info.

Images and information courtsey Two Birds Bridesmaid


Thursday, January 29, 2009

New York Magazine Weddings Event

Here is another awesome wedding event for all of you to attend and it seems like the best of the best in the New York wedding scene will be there.

New York Magazine Presents:

New York Weddings Event

Wednesday, Apr 01, 2009 5:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, Apr 01, 2009 8:00 PM EDT
at Metropolitan Pavilion

General Admission for 1 is $35.00

other pricing options available for multiple attendees

New York introduces you to everyone you need to know to plan the perfect wedding. For more information, please visit

Image & information courtsey New York Magazine


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Wedding Main Street

I stumbled upon this vendor on Ebay called The Wedding Main Street and I was so impressed by the creative thought that went into this product. I just had to introduce this company to all of my Budget Brides. The Wedding Main Street is a company that creates cardboxes, centerpieces and guestbook sets. What makes me so excited about this product is that it puts a new spin on the way that couples can collect their wedding cards. Some people choose to use birdcages or money bags but this is a way to better coordinate the idea with your wedding color scheme. I pulled two of my favorite pieces from their collection.

This Tiffany Box with Engagement ring is the perfect centerpiece at a bridal shower or a Tiffany-themed wedding.

Here is a look at their card box. It brings a touch of elegance, color and class to an idea that could that is usually done the same way over and over.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DIY: Crystal Tree Centerpiece

Happy Tuesday Budget Brides. I found this article on Project Wedding and thought that it would be a great idea to share with all of you. Many Brides love the Tree Centerpiece idea but think it is way out of their budget. Here is some instruction on creating this centerpiece and for only $25!!! Enjoy and let us know how it works out.
Image courtsey Project Wedding

Supplies purchased/used:

Crystals: (crystals sold as "beaded curtains") They're acrylic crystal strand curtains. I simply cut the strands from the curtain rail and then cut them into various lengths to hang on the branches. **They're also the same crystal strands I used as a prop in my boudoir**

Branches: SF Flower Mart And from
Base/Vase (Urn): Michael's (local craft store)

Silk Orchids: Michael's (Purchased on stems) I trimmed blooms with wire cutters and used low-temp glue gun to adhere to branches.

Ribbon (on "table"): SF Flower Mart

Votives (not pictured):

Tools needed for this project:
Low-temp Glue Gun & Glue sticks (to adhere flowers and crystals to branches)
Spray Foam Insulation (found at hardware stores & is typically used to fill cracks and crevices around doors and windows during construction). Its inexpensive, light-weight, extremely easy to use and VERY sticky!!! Be careful when using...whatever the foam gets on, its there forever...seriously.
Painter's Tape (to hold branches in place in the Vase/Urn while filling with foam insulation)
Wire Cuters (to snip silk flowers off stems).

*Total Cost: Approx. $25 each centerpiece (not including Tools, Ribbon, and Votives)

  • Once the crystals were cut from the curtain rail, I cut them into varying lengths (approx. 24"-30" or so) Drape crystals on the branches. You can add as many as desired. I've seen some trees that are filled with crystals and look like Weeping Willow trees. I preferred less. For my branches, I used about 15 strands of crystals for each branch. I placed the strands so the hang on the branch about midway of the strand.
  • Add silk blooms (if desired). I put 2 blooms together (back-to-back) so that the back of the bloom didn't show. I placed five of those throughout each branch (10 blooms per tree). In terms of design, odd numbers are best for arranging things like this.
  • I used spray foam insulation to hold the branches in place. It worked really well...inexpensive, light-weight and easy to use. I used "painter's" tape to wrap around the base of each branch and secured to the vase/urn just the way I wanted it to set. Once the tape was secure, I sprayed the foam according to the directions. Remember to allow for the expansion. Most foam insulation doubles in size. To ensure it dried thuroughly, I sprayed one layer at a time. It took about an hour to dry to the touch. Once filled and dried, I removed the tape and used extra crystal strands to cover the foam. It looks almost like the vase/urn was overflowing with crystals.
  • *TIP: Between use of the spray foam, leave the straw on the can and leave it filled with the foam. It will expand within the "straw" by oozing out a little. Let it dry like will keep from the entire can from drying out. When you go to use it again, gently press the "trigger" and the dried foam in the straw will push right out. Use wax paper on your work surface to keep the foam from sticking to your table/work surface.
  • I used votive candles on the tables for ambiance and to add sparkle to the crystals. Extra crystal strands were used as filler/cover on the top of the base. In place of table runners, I used ribbon. I pre-cut them into desired lengths (same length as table linens) and re-rolled them for easy storing and transporting.
  • I purchased my crystals from They're acrylic crystal stand "curtains." I simply cut the strands from the curtain rail and then cut them into various lengths to hang on the branches.

Article Courtsey Project Wedding


Friday, January 23, 2009

Emplume: A New Spin on the Wedding Bouquet

In our constant mission to bring our Budget Brides new, innovative and exciting products to our Budget Brides we have found the perfect alternative to a flower bouquet. Emplume specializes in making bouquets from feathers while adding Swarovoski crystals, rhinestones, pearls and ribbon to complete the look. These bouquets are beautiful and definitely serve as an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional bouquet. Check out the images below for a sampling of their work.

Here is a blurb from the Emplume website about the cost of these beautiful bouquets.


All Emplume bouquets are custom made so cost can vary widely. Nearly all of the bridal bouquets shown in our gallery are priced from $150.00 - $450.00. Maid bouquets are $100.00 - $175.00, and boutonnieres/corsages are $20.00 - $45.00.

A few things that will affect cost of your bouquet are the style and amount of jewels (Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, pearls, etc.) style and type of ribbon used, and the overall size of your bouquet.

Images from Emplume

Monday, January 19, 2009

PreOwned Wedding Dress Contest - $1500 Dress

Good Evening Budget Brides! Here is an exciting contest from that I am sure you will love. Below you can find all of the details of the contest. Good Luck!!
We’re celebrating the New Year by giving away a wedding dress!

Want to wear a free Vera Wang or Melissa Sweet wedding dress on your wedding day?
Would you rather spend your money on your honeymoon instead of your wedding dress?
With the Wedding Dress Giveaway - the winner could.

From January 1st 2009 - February 28th, 2009, you can enter to win a wedding dress valued at up to $1500 USD. On March 2nd, a winner will be selected at random from all entries received by the contest deadline.

How it works: Enter with our online entry form. There is a limit of one entry, per email address, per day.

The prize: You can win any wedding dress available for sale on If the winner’s selected wedding gown is up to $1500, we’ll pay for it! If it is over $1500, we’ll pay $1500 to the seller and the winner will be responsible for the remaining payment.

The details: Contest is open to legal residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only. See our terms and conditions for full contest rules and regulations.
All contest veribage & images from

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Update from the Behind the Veil Bridal Expo

Good Morning Budget Brides!! I hope you had a great weekend. On Sunday, I visited the Behind the Veil Bridal Expo. It was a wonderful event and I had a great time meeting all of the wonderful vendors there displaying their services. Of course I snapped some pictures for my girls so that you can get an inside look on the best of the best in the New Jersey/New York Bridal Industry. Take a look through the pictures below and let me know what you think.


Images Courtsey of Laurelwood

Images Courtsey of Laurelwood

Images Courtsey of Laurelwood

Images Courtsey of Laurelwood

I just loved the look of the floral & table decor created by Laurelwood in Washington Township, NJ. They took the pink & brown trend to a whole new level. Who would have thought to use tree branches, hanging candles and flower bunches to dress up the table.

Images courtsey of Laurelwood

Images courtsey of Laurelwood
This purple floral & table decor is another showstopper from Laurelwood. The team over at Laurelwood does an excellent job at taking color and applying it in a way that does not feel over done or gaudy.


Image courtesy of Black Eyed Susies
This beautiful centerpiece arrangement was created by Black Eyed Susies a wedding & event floral design company in New Jersey.
Black Eyed Susies

Image courtsey of A Touch of Elegance

Image courtsey of A Touch of Elegance

Image courtsey of A Touch of Elegance
I just loved this beautiful pink table from A Touch of Elegance. The pink & gold theme is just perfect. I loved the way the floral designers chose a broad range of pink flowers to decorate the table and the pink chandelier is amazing.

A Touch of Elegance

Image courtsey of The Empire Club

Image courtsey of The Empire Club
Here is another elegant table from The Empire Club. This is a full service catering company that provides everything from delicious dining to elegant decor.

The Empire Club

Image courtsey Carlo's Bakery

Image courtsey Carlo's Bakery

Image courtsey Carlo's Bakery

Image courtsey Carlo's Bakery

Here are two gorgeous cakes from Carlo's Bakery. I actually had a small sample of their cake and it was amazing. Carlo's Bakery also specializes in custom creations like luxury handbag and shoes cakes. Visit their website for all of their wonderful creations.

Carlo's Bakery
The next set of images is all about the attire. The bridal gowns, attendant & engagement attire was provided by Demetrios at Macy*s. The men's suits were provided by Biltmore Tuxedos.

Tonight we will be at The Great Bridal Expo so don't forget to check back tomorrow for an update.

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