Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the Know: Contests, Events, Promotions 9/11

Happy Friday Budget Brides!!

Here is our next installment of In the Know: Contests, Events, Freebies & Promotions. We strive to inform you about contests, events & promotions from mainstream companies as well as companies you maybe less known. See below for all of the entries that we received for this week.

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Shop Til You Drop With Your BFF.... Ideeli is hosting a $2,500 Shopping Spree Giveaway. The winner receives $1,500 and their BBF will receive $1,000 to shop along with them. Click here to enter.


Clean Your Closet & Save.... Nine West & Sole4Soul is sponsoring a shoe drive where customers can drop off a gently used pair of footwear at any Nine West Specialty Retail store between 09.09.09 thru 09.24.09 and you'll receive a 15% off coupon.


One-Stop Shopping.... Ideeli is hosting a ton of sales this week including BCBG and Lenox. Click designers to enjoy the savings.


Nine West


Daily Candy


Mark Your Calendars.....

Happy Wednesday Budget Brides!!

Here are two great in-store events that you can include your fiance or bridal party to help you in creating your fantasy registry.

Bloomingdale's NYC 59th Street

Bloomingdale's and Martha Stewart Magazine are inviting you to an evening this Thursday of wine, hor d' oeuvres, cake tasting while creating the ultimate wedding registry for your big day. Come and meet some of the best and brightest in the wedding industry like wedding gown designer Monique Lhuillier, cake master Sylvia Weinstock and bridal salon owner Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, editorial director Darcy Miller as well as many others.

Enter to win a 3-night stay at Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos Islands when you sign up for a registry.

Click image for more information including date and time.

Crate & Barrel @ Store Nearest You

Crate & Barrel invites you to a morning of food, drinks, music and advice from the experts.

With three dates on the calendar you have no reason not to make at least one.

September 13th, October 4th and 18th from 9am - 11am


Information from Perfect Bound amd Fete Fanatic

Friday, September 4, 2009

In the Know: Contests, Events, Freebies & Promotions 9/4

Happy Friday Budget Brides!
Here is our next installment of In the Know: Contests, Events, Freebies & Promotions. We strive to inform you about contests, events & promotions from mainstream companies as well as companies you maybe less known. See below for all of the entries that we received for this week. Enjoy!


Diamonds Galore! is hosting a $2500 jewelry rental giveaway from Adorn Brides. Click here for entry form. Contest ends Oct. 31st & winner drawn on Nov. 2nd.


Every Girls Addiciton... Kleinfield is hosting their September Bridal Sample Sale. Save up to 70% on select gowns from top bridal designers. They are only accepting one hour appointments only for September 13, 2009. Call (646) 633-4300 today for your sample sale appointment!

Experience the Vineyard.... Visit a Priscilla of Boston salon near you from Sept. 10 thru Sept. 14 to view the Vineyard Trunk Show. View Vineyard Collection here.

For the Fans.... Are you a Kenneth Poole or Christos Fan? Well here is your chance to checkout their 2010 collections. Kleinfield's is hosting a Christos & Kenneth Poole Trunk Show September 11 - 13, 2009. Visit Kleinfield's for more details.


Bookworms Unite.... P.S. it's in the details has this amazing idea of creating fabulous bookmarks. Here is a link to a freebie bookmark. Perfect favor idea for the bookworm Bride on her wedding day. I would contact Patty directly if you want a custom bookmark.


Glitter in Diamonds.... Adorn Brides is offering $50 off jewelry rental when using coupon code: MODERNBRIDE50

Amazing Bridesmaid Dresses! Sash & Bustle is running a fall promotion of 15% off their Coren Moore Bridesmaid Collection from now until October 30th.

Sophiscated Gifts & Accessories! Save up to 75% off shoes, apparel & accessories at the Kate Spade Sample Sale.

Rings & Bobby Pins! Bettina Johnson Jewelry has just launched their Fall 09 collection and they want to give you 20% off any order from Sept. 1st to Sept. 15th. Use code: ANYSAVE20

Make It Personal! Kiwi Embroidery is offering a 10% discount off your order. Use Code: ETSYITUP. Even more fabulous is that there is no expiration date.

Information - The Knot, Bride on a Budget, A Hot Pink Petticoat


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A is for..... Attendants

Happy Wednesday Budget Brides!!!

Today is the kick-off of our ABC's of Weddings series. We will start right at the beginning with the letter A. A is for Attendants, you know the most important people in your life that you would want to share your special day with. We will go over 4 important aspects concerning your attendants also known as the Bridal Party which are attendant selection, attendant duties, attendant attire and attendant gifts.

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Attendant Selection

Matron of Honor - Your Matron of Honor is usually one of your closest family members or friends who is already married. They will usually be the person you confide in or consult when you go through the highs & lows of your courtship and marriage. Typically Brides only have one Matron of Honor; however, if you have more than one person who fills this role for you then have two. Our suggestion would be to keep it to one but no more than two.

Maid of Honor - Your Maid of Honor is a single friend who you are extremely close with and have shared imitate life experiences. Most Brides usually opt to have a best friend or sister for their Maid of Honor. I have also seen Brides who do not have this type of connection use this position for a male that they are very close to renaming the title to Man of Honor. As with the Matron of Honor title, we suggest that you do not have no more than two Maid of Honors especially if you don't have a Matron of Honor.

Best Man - A Grooms' Best Man is usually your fiance's best friend, college roommate or brother. The BM is the person that your fiance has gotten into the most trouble with and had the most fun with. As with the Man of Honor title, I have also experienced women holding the title of Best Woman. Typically, men are a little less complicated than women so they usually only have one Best Man. But if your situation does not fit the norm then I would suggest no more than two.

Bridesmaids - Bridesmaids are the Brides closest friends who she should cherish as lifelong friends. Often times the bridesmaiad position is also given to siblings as a way to include all family members in the wedding process. Many brides opt to have junior bridesmaids in their wedding to include pre-teen and teenage family members in the wedding as well. When it comes to the number of Bridesmaid you can have as many as you would like. However, I feel that weddings with over six Bridesmaids is a bit much and you can definitely find other roles for those additional people to fill.

Mini Bride & Groom - The mini Bride & Groom is an Italian tradition. The mini Bride & Groom can be portrayed in the ring bearer and the flower girl but it can also be two separate children altogether. They are also usually many replicas of the Bride and Groom.

Groomsmen - Groomsmen are usually close family and friends of the groom. When it comes to the quantity of Groomsmen, I will give the same suggestion as I did for the Bridesmaids. Less is more and you can find other ways to include the additional people into the wedding.

Ring Bearer & Flower Girl - These two titles are usually held for young children under the age of 8. However, you can have Ring Bearers & Flower Girls of any age.

Ushers/Greeters - Ushers are usually family or family friends who greet all guest to the ceremony and reception.

Ok so we're done with the Attendants Selection. I think that this was alot of information for today.

Stay Tuned.....

Tomorrow we will try to finish up the letter A with more information on Attendant Duties, Attire & Gifts.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

We're Back and in Full Effect......

Happy Tuesday Budget Brides!!

We know that we have been pretty relaxed in posting during the summer months but September is here and we're back in full effect. Whoo Hoo!!!

In celebration of our full-time return to the blogging world we have decided to embark on a challenge of bring to our readers everything weddings from A- Z. We will also continue with our Sunday Brunch & In the Know segments as well.

We are asking that all vendors who have budget conscious products or services as well as Brides who want to share their stories of how they have achieve their dream wedding within their budget contact us at so that we can feature you on the website.


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