9 Simple Ways To Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget (Part 1)

A wedding is a very special occasion that deserves to have a little more money put toward it than your average shindig. Still, no one wants to wake up the day after with a long list of bills to pay and nothing left for the honeymoon or even your day-to-day living. WhereBridesGo.com has a few easy ways for you to cut spending and still plan an amazing wedding. This week features the first five, and we'll continue the list in next week's blog.  

Shop Smart
There is no reason to rush out and buy everything you need the second you see it. Start by researching to find what you love, then keep an eye out for sales on those items. As long as they aren't going to sell out and you are planning far enough in advance, you can hold off on buying many wedding accessories until closer to the actual date. 

You can sign up for alerts by text or email from many stores to get updates about when they are running sales. Following them on social media is an excellent way to know when the buys are the best too. If you are planning your wedding at least one year out, hit all of the after-holiday sales for decorative items.  

WhereBridesGo.com always has some type of code on our website offering special discounts. These change, so visit the site often until you see the deal you have been waiting for! (Remember to leave enough time for your orders to ship!) Also, under the "Ceremony" tab we feature a "Clearance" section where you can take advantage of some unbelievable special prices. Visit that section often too, but if you see something you have to have, order it before its gone!  

Find Unused Money
There are most likely quite a few things laying around your house that never ever get used. These items can be turned into cash for your wedding! If you have lots of them, or if you will be consolidating two households into one, consider having a garage sale. Another option is selling on Ebay or one of the many local Facebook selling groups that have formed. 

Another great way to find extra money is by using credit cards. This particular tip is only helpful if you pay them off right away and avoid interest charges. As long as you promise to do that, many credit cards will give you cash back for purchases made, or even free mileage that can be used for your honeymoon trip. Buy everything for the wedding with the card, earn the free money, then pay it off with what you already had saved for your wedding budget.  

Host A Weekday Wedding
Many venues offer discounted rates if you get married on any day other than Saturday. This may require a bit of extra planning for your guests to be able to attend if they have a Monday-Friday job, but you can throw an awesome celebration for a fraction of the cost for the venue rental. It's definitely worth considering if you want to save some money.

Have It All In One Place
If you can find a venue that allows you to have both the ceremony and reception in the same spot, this will save you from having to pay two separate venue rental fees. If you can find one that allows you to bring in all of your own vendors (cake, catering, etc...) it's usually a lot easier to keep the prices down on those. Do the math though, because some all-inclusive venues have wonderful package deals to take advantage of.  

Save on Stationery
Wedding invitations come in all different sizes and often with lots of bulky, extra inserts. If your invites are larger and heavier than a regular card, the postage you have to pay will start rising quickly. Keep this in mind while stationery shopping. 

Having a wedding website, which you can find as a free service online, will allow you to skip many of the inserts that are normally found inside a wedding invitation envelope. You can virtually accept RSVPs, give directions to the venue, share hotel information, and much more.  



Those tips should get you started on your budget wedding planning, and next week we'll cover a few ways to cut back spending on reception items in Part 2 of 9 Simple Ways To Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget. Don't forget to visit WhereBridesGo.com often to check out the new clearance items and special discount codes. If you'd like to join our mailing list, you can do so from the right-hand column of this blog. See you next week!  



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...for What Brides Love!



~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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11 Of Our Favorite Wedding Cake Toppers

Deciding on the style of wedding cake that you will serve, and especially picking the flavor, is one of the most fun tasks during wedding planning. The crowning glory on that magnificent cake is the wedding cake topper that you choose to decorate it with. 

WhereBridesGo.com has just about every type of cake topper imaginable, from elegant and romantic to whimsical and silly.  Here are eleven of our favorites (because we had a hard time stopping at a top ten!) but you really should visit our online wedding accessory store and pick out a few favorites of your own!

Monogram cake toppers are always popular, and look very elegant on the top tier of your wedding cake. They can also look wonderful positioned on the gift table or near the guest book. 


Burlap banners are a very popular decoration at rustic weddings, and this shabby chic topper is the perfect complement to those. 


Chalkboards are also wonderful wedding decorations for announcing event schedules, seating charts, or labeling different items on the reception tables. This cake topper follows that theme, and can be personalized by us so you don't have to worry about the handwriting. 

  
With football season going on right now, we couldn't resist featuring this sporty cake topper. If you are sports fans, head on over to WhereBridesGo.com and check out all of the other activities that we highlight too. 


The most important phrase of the day will be "I do!" This cake topper honors that, with the reminder that it's not just for now, but for always!


We have lots of cake toppers that are perfect for any couple that remains young at heart. This adorable couple is sharing a kiss before surprising each other with sweet gifts. 

   
For all of you "lovebirds" out there, this one is perfect. It not only declares that "Love is in the air," but also features your initials, names, and the wedding date. 



If you're a couple that loves the feel of the open road and the wind in your hair, this just may be the cake topper for you.


A heart cake topper symbolizes the love that this special day is all about. This particular one has the addition of the wedding rings, which symbolize your promise of forever to each other. 


We love this cake topper because the couple is looking so lovingly into each other's eyes, with the simple "&" between them summing it all up. 


Normally you will find top ten lists, but we had to add just one more. The loving dip and kiss between the bride and groom on this cake topper says pure romance to us. 


Our online wedding store has a huge variety of wedding cake toppers for every person, covering hobbies, different styles, and other symbols that help to tell the story of you as a couple. Many of them can be personalized with the wording, and quite a few can even be ordered with specific hair colors to match the two of you. 

Even if you won't be having a traditional wedding cake at your reception, these cake toppers work equally as well for decoration at the wedding. Set one on your dessert table near whatever sweets you've decided to serve instead. Once you've found the perfect topper for your wedding, go ahead and browse the rest of WhereBridesGo.com for all of your other wedding needs.




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...for What Brides Love!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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Helpful Wedding Invitation Tips

The wedding invitation sets the tone for the formality and feel that you want conveyed at your wedding. It is your guests' first introduction to what they can expect on your special day. Many DIY couples prefer to design and print their own invitations rather than order them pre-made. If this is you, WhereBridesGo.com has a few tips for you to turn our customizable wedding invitations into exactly what you need. 
Photo Overlay Invitation Kit
Pick Your Design
As we mentioned earlier, the wedding invitation that you choose will set the tone for the type of wedding your guests should expect. An extremely formal affair will need a very elegant invitation, and for a casual, afternoon event you can go with an invite that is more whimsical and fun. Once you have the overall feel decided, browse through the different colors and styles that are available at our online wedding accessory store

Another thing to keep in mind when you are choosing a design is the size, shape, and weight of the invitation. The bigger or bulkier it is, the more it will cost to mail. Figure out how much money you want to budget for postage, and stick to the invitations that will allow you to stay in that price range. 

Decide What Information To Include
There are many inserts that can be included in the envelope along with the invitation itself. These extra papers are for giving your guests information that is not listed on the invite. You should alert guests what type of reception to expect after the ceremony, but any more details than "Dinner and dancing immediately following" should be listed on a separate card.

You will want to include an RSVP card, unless you choose to accept RSVPs by phone, email, or through a website. Additional sheets that you may want to have as an extra insert include: a map and directions, travel/hotel information, or reception details. If you have a wedding website to alert your guests about wedding updates, make sure the page address is included with your invitation.   

Get The Wording Right
The formality of your wedding will dictate how the wording of your invitation should be. Generally, numbers such as dates and times are spelled out rather than using numerals (half past seven, the eighth day of October.) If parents' names will be included on the invitation, the hosting family will be listed first. If the couple is hosting, the bride's name will come before the groom's. 

You will want to decide how you would like to invite your guests:

  • ...request the pleasure of your company...
  • ...invite you to celebrate the marriage of...
  • ...join us as two become one...
  • ...formally invite you to the wedding ceremony of...
In addition to the persons hosting and the names of the bride and groom, include the date, time, and place, and what type or reception, if any, will follow. Wedding invitations only have the most basic of details, worded in a pretty way. Use inserts to give out additional information. 



Double, Triple, & Quadruple Check The Details!
You do not want to print 200 wedding invitations, only to notice a misspelled name or, heaven forbid, the wrong date printed on every one of them. Proofread it carefully, line by line, until you are positive that it is 100% correct. Then have 1 or 2 more people do the same thing. A fresh eye is much more likely to see a problem than the person who has already been staring at it for hours. 

Do A Test Printing
Whether you are printing your invites at home or taking them to a store to print for you, only print 1 copy to start with. Once you are positive that nothing looks out of place and you are completely happy with how it turned out, go ahead and have the rest printed. 

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Get Them In The Mail
Once everything is printed, it's time to stuff envelopes. If you are only sending a single invitation, it's a simple, yet time-consuming, task. If inserts are included, stack them in the following order before putting into the envelope. The wording on each piece of paper should always be facing up. If you invitation folds, place the stack of inserts inside of it rather than on top.

  • The invitation 
  • The reception card
  • Additional inserts
  • The RSVP card, tucked under the return envelope flap
Now all that's left to do is drop them off at the post office to be delivered. Leave yourself plenty of time to pack and address all of your wedding invitations so that you can get them in the mail 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. 

With that task out of the way, you can concentrate on all of the final details that go into planning your wedding. WhereBridesGo.com not only has invitations, but also everything else that you need to pull off a gorgeous ceremony and reception, plus the fun extras to go along with those. After all, we are "Where brides go for what brides love!" 




Where Brides Go®
...for What Brides Love!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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