Wedding

April 26

Amazon Canada: Wilton Cake Divider Set $24 (Was $102)

Posted by on April 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Wilton Cake Divider Set $24 (Was $102)

Any bakers in the crowd? I am certainly a baker, a cake maker, but I have never quite reached the talent that would utilize this beauty! Pick up a Wilton Crystal-Clear Cake Divider Set for only $23.67, originally $101.99. You are saving 77% on this tall beast!

The legs of each stand penetrate the cake and connect with the plates, eliminating the need for dowel rods. The divider set’s legs measure 7 1/2 inches high each and there are six sets of legs. The plates are 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 inches in diameter.

Use it as a wedding cake stand for up to a seven tier cake. Accord to one reviewer on Amazon:

I love this stand! It works wonderfully as a cupcake stand too. But it does get top heavy. I love that the pillars are hollow, I used colored yarn stuffed in them to give the stand even more “pop ” appeal.

Others said they were a bit anxious about stability, so be careful when stacking your cakes together. Either way, this is an excellent price for this sort of stand. It’s a great way to keep down on wedding expenses, too. This cake divider is used in both of the wedding cakes pictured above.

Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

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April 25

Paying For Your Wedding On Your Own

Posted by on April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Paying For Your Wedding On Your Own

Weddings can be ridiculously expensive, as everyone well knows. If you are getting married in the future, congratulations. If you are paying for the wedding yourself, don’t fret, you can do it. I’ve been married twice (second time’s a charm Paying For Your Wedding On Your Own ) and paid for both weddings on my own with a little bit of help from parents. My first wedding was a large affair, a backyard ceremony with a full dinner and dance afterward. My second wedding was a shotgun wedding in the Caribbean with just the groom and two close friends. Both weddings had their appeal, both cost more money than they needed to. Whether you are getting married in Canada or abroad, I’ll give you tips on how to save on your wedding day and do it all on your own.

Set Priorities

Although brides seem to typically control most aspects of a wedding, don’t forget about your partner in life, who probably wants some input about their special day too. Sit down together and talk about what is important for both of you. The first time I got married, I felt like I needed a large wedding with everyone I ever knew there, and I had to have a sit down dinner, full bar and fancy cake. While it was a very lovely experience, I realized the second time around that getting married is about the marriage, not the party, so I basically eloped. I did want the special ceremony and to wear a beautiful dress for my husband, so I splurged on those two things. He wanted a fun getaway somewhere hot in January, so we did that too. If you want the most gorgeous dress anyone has ever seen, splurge on that. If you don’t care if everyone gets drunk (and prefer they didn’t), save by having a pay bar. Dummies.com has tips on making a priority list for your wedding and how to compare it to your future spouse’s list.

Make a Budget

A budget for a wedding is just as important as having one for your day-to-day life. You don’t want to overspend, so you need to figure out how much money you have, then allot it to each aspect of the wedding. Since you’ve figured out your priorities, your largest amounts to be spent will be on the first priorities and will go down from there. If you have to scratch off certain items, don’t be afraid to do that. One tip: don’t count on money coming in as gifts to pay for your wedding. You may overestimate and then be stuck with bills after the wedding is over. Think of the gifts as a way to spend on your life together after the wedding, not to pay off something that has already happened. Real Simple has an awesome printable worksheet that you can use to budget.

Saving on the Ceremony

Considering this is the part where you get married, the ceremony should be at the top of your list, but maybe it isn’t. You can save money here without even trying. If you always had a certain spot in mind for your wedding, then you should definitely get married there. If you are easy and open-minded, consider places to get married that are free and maybe already have a beautiful view, so you don’t need extra decorations. This could include someone’s backyard, a beach, a park that doesn’t have rental fees and more. The trick here might be to only invite very close guests to keep it small and make it easier without having a crowd. Another option might be to get married where you are holding your reception, as there isn’t always an extra cost for that.

Doing it Yourself

You should figure out what you can do yourself, or get someone else to do for you, maybe even as a wedding gift. If you have a friend who makes fabulous cakes, ask her if she can make your wedding cake as a gift to you in lieu of anything else. While you should never expect any gift, this might make your friend feel special for having the privilege, but could possibly save her/him money too. If you wanted to make it yourself, taking a course at Michaels is very inexpensive and you can get baking items cheaply if you do your research. At my first wedding I was very particular about what kind of flowers I wanted. I had a friend who was a floral designer and asked her to do my flowers for me. I was able to purchase the actual flowers very affordably at a floral greenhouse and she put them together for me as a gift. At my second wedding, the flowers were still important, especially since I was on a Caribbean island with some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. I had an all-inclusive wedding package, but opted to spend extra on orchids. Decorations are one thing I’d say you could definitely make yourself. If you have beautiful flowers already, you shouldn’t need too many decorations. As always, I submit to Pinterest and have boards and boards full of DIY wedding decorations.

Getting Away

When my husband I got married, we chose Sandals as the resort of choice because they had free wedding included with your stay. This means we paid for our wedding by paying for our honeymoon. It included everything I needed to get married, although I had to pay extra to get my hair done and for the ultimate photography package, but it was all worth it. The prices for both were far less than I would have paid here for those things. If you are just getting away after getting married here and have a limited budget, consider staying in Canada to save on the cost of your passport. There are some really nice places to visit in Canada that would be romantic enough for a honeymoon. Canadian Living has a great article on five affordable honeymoon destinations. Since taking a honeymoon is an indulgence that people with a limited budget might have to forgo, consider asking for this as a wedding gift from your guests. I know someone who registered their honeymoon so guests could buy them special trips while away or put money towards their vacation. Honeymoon Wishes is a full service honeymoon registry that is just really fun to browse.

Looking Good

This is your wedding, you have to look good. Looking good can get expensive. At my first wedding I spent over $1500 on a gorgeous dress that I ordered, which in the end was too big on me as I had worked out hard and lost weight before the wedding. I spent the whole night pulling it up. The moral of that story is that no matter what you spend, make sure your alterations are done by a professional and get recommendations instead of just walking in somewhere like I did. At my second wedding, I went to a bridal store and picked something off the rack that I knew my husband would love. It was a simple but elegant dress that I wanted to wear at my 25th wedding anniversary. See, the frugal me wanted a dress that could do double duty. I spent less than $400 on this dress. You can even get dresses cheaper than this, especially if you want a simple white dress. For example, I found this simple and sexy dress at Guess by Marciano, which would do perfectly for the bride who wants to cut with tradition. It is only $150 and I’m sure there are coupons you could use as well. Of course, you can find longer dresses and less skin-showing dresses at many different stores.

Again, you’ll have to figure out what is important to you to spend your money on. I don’t think pedicures are always worth it, so I painted my own toe nails. I do think a manicure is important as there might be a load of photos of your hands and your rings. For my hair, I had a friend do it for me, and she did a fabulous job. There are some very simple up-dos you can do yourself that look gorgeous. One word of advice: bobbypins. Bring extra with you and have your Maid of Honour hold them for you and check your hair often. At my first wedding, I had a friend who is a makeup artist do my wedding as a gift. At my second wedding, I did it myself as I know my face best and can do the type of look I want. The only issue I had was too much oily foundation as I was down south and my forehead has a nice gleam in all my photos.

Bargainmoosers, did you pay for your wedding yourself and if so, how did you do it?

(Photo credit: Timoni West)

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April 18

How To Be a Frugal Wedding Guest

Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Be a Frugal Wedding Guest

With Spring and Summer comes nuptials. May is actually the month that most people get married in, what with all the beautiful flowers and colours and baby animals. You might be invited to a wedding this season and are stressing about it because it just might not be in your budget. I have a wedding this Summer that I’m looking forward to because I absolutely adore weddings, but I’m more stressing about childcare since one half of our family will be at the wedding. Childcare could also be another budget woe for you when it comes to wedding. So, how can you attend a wedding and not break the bank? I’ll tell you how.

Gift

As soon as you are invited to a wedding, the first thing on your mind might be a gift. Weddings are expensive for everyone, and while I don’t think anyone ever should expect a gift (and certainly not these bridezillas), it is good etiquette to give the new couple a gift, even if you don’t believe the marriage will ever last. Many people like to give money, especially if the couple is young and is just starting their life and would like to buy a house or have a nice honeymoon. If you aren’t sure what to give, check out this handy dandy calculator.

Moneysense suggests that if you know you have a wedding in your future, begin budgeting ahead of time. If you don’t have or want to give money, there are gifts you can give that are inexpensive, but thoughtful. Is there a service you can provide for the bride and groom that would go farther than any expensive gift? For example, as a writer I could write something beautiful for the wedding. A person with a lovely voice could sing at the reception. A floral arranger could do the bouquets. These services don’t have to be for the wedding either. A person who is a fantastic cook could offer to cook the bride and groom one special meal a month for the first year. If the couple has kids, offers of babysitting go a long way.

Alternatively, guests could make something special like pottery, artwork or more. Check out this Pinterest page with lots of great ideas for DIY wedding gifts.

Attire

Going to a wedding usually (but not always) means dressing formally. I don’t know how many women I’ve heard complain that they don’t have anything to wear to an upcoming wedding. I know I don’t have anything for the wedding we have coming up, so I need to figure out what to do. First, check your closet and figure out if you really don’t have anything. Just because a dress is ten years old doesn’t mean it won’t do perfectly. Some classics never go out of style (as long as they still fit). If you’ve worn a dress one too many times, try dressing it up a little more with showpiece jewellery or a scarf or a great pair of shoes. If you really feel like there is nothing in your closet, ask a friend. Even if your friend is not your size, I bet they could have some gems in there saved from a bigger or smaller time in their life. This is exactly what I did two years ago for a friend’s wedding. If all these are a no-go, consider wearing some classic dress pants and a top and doing your hair in a beautiful up-do that will be the star of the show, not your clothing. Pinterest also has some great ideas for up-dos.

Lodging

If your wedding is out of town or far enough away that you don’t want to drive home, you’ll need lodging, which could be expensive. I’ve found that hotels on sites like Hotels.com or Orbitz paired with coupon codes are really the best deal. Many times as well, the bride and groom will reserve a block of rooms somewhere at a discounted rate. Talk to them or someone else involved in the wedding if this is an option.

Showers & Other Parties

A wedding doesn’t just stop at the day of the wedding, there are usually a number of parties beforehand and some after that guests will be invited to attend. The shower, the stag, the buck and doe are all huge money-dwindlers that will leave you crying. Although all of these could be fun, opt to attend only one instead of all to save money. You could use the tips above for shower gifts, which shouldn’t be a huge cost anyway. If you really want to attend the bachelor or bachelorette parties (and why not, they are my favourite part!), opt to eat or drink before you go so you don’t spend a lot of money out on the town. Instead of spending a bunch of money at the buck and doe, sell as many tickets as you can for the event, knowing you contributed that way instead.

If you get a wedding invite and you really can’t afford to go, don’t go. Send a gift when you have the money at some point in the future. If the bride and groom are truly your friends, they will understand.

Bargainmoosers, what are your tips for not spending a lot this wedding season?

Photo credit: 阿乃

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March 18

Kate Spade: Surprise Bridal Sale With Up To 65% Off

Posted by on March 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Kate Spade: Surprise Bridal Sale With Up To 65% Off

If you are getting married this year or in the future, congrats! Besides that, you need to take a look at the Kate Spade surprise sale with up to 65% off select bridal items.

I feel like I got married an eternity ago. It was almost ten years ago, so not really an eternity but some days it feels like forever. I remember every aspect of the planning and the excitement of it all, even though I eloped in Jamaica. Kate Spade has some really gorgeous pieces for your day, so if you are a bride, mother of the bride or groom, bridesmaid, or you just love looking at bridal stuff, this sale is for you!

This potential bridesmaids dress is insanely gorgeous! Made of silk and cotton, this sheath dress has a bow front, is sleeveless and is a stunning strawberry colour. Was $428, now $169.

There are also quite a few items that aren’t just bridal, and can be used for other special occasions too.

I’m totally crushing on this Kennywood Bee wristlet. I don’t know what I love more, the black/bone dot or the red stripes. Was $78, now $39.

Anything that is over 50% off is final sale and be aware that Kate Spade ships from the U.S., so you may encounter duties. They have a flat rate shipping of $10 to Canada, which is very reasonable.

(Expiry: 19th March 2014)

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July 3

Invitations by Dawn Coupon Code: 25% Off Wedding Invitations

Posted by on July 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Invitations by Dawn Coupon Code: 25% Off Wedding Invitations

There is a new coupon code available from Invitations by Dawn that will help all of those brides and grooms out.  Save 25% on the cost of all wedding invitations for a limited time only.

Click here to shop @ Invitationsbydawn.com now

  • Coupon Code: SUMMERSALE
  • Discount: Save 25% on wedding invitations
  • Expiry: 8th July 2013

There is no minimum purchase, so you can order as little or as much as you would like and still save 25% on all of your wedding invitations.  The only wedding invitations this excludes are the Disney invitations.  Unless you are going for some sort of Disney themed wedding look, this exclusion most likely won’t bother you!

They have a another great deal on right now as well.  For a limited time only, you will be able to get up to eight free invitation samples. This is for all invitations, so you can check out birthday, wedding and special event invitations when you place your order.  If you already know which ones you would like, it might be handy to just order the free eight wedding invitations anyway.  You never know if you will have some unexpected person you need to invite that you forgot about or didn’t count on.

As for the cost of shipping, they offer free shipping for all orders of $175 or more. They shipfrom the US.

For all of the latest Invitations by Dawn promotional codes make sure to stop by the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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June 25

How to Save Money on Wedding Season

Posted by on June 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Wedding Season

Let’s face it, wedding season is well upon us.

One of my friends has a wedding to go to each weekend in June.  We all know how expensive being a guest at a wedding can be (not to mention actually being in the bridal party).  According to the Yahoo Finance, in 2013, the average cost for a guest to attend a wedding is $539.  Last year it was only in the $300′s.  The cost of gas and inflation has certainly affected this.  Either that or people are getting more flashy.  This factors in buying new clothing to wear to the wedding, buying the wedding gift, possibly taking time off work to attend the wedding, and also arranging for transportation (e.g. a flight or gas money) to get to the wedding venue.

The breakdown, according to Yahoo, is $97 on a wedding gift for a friend (and $147 on a family member) and 32% of wedding guests give this in cash as a gift (which over 50% of couples are happy with).

If you don’t want to be part of the statistics who spend on average $539 to attend a wedding, it certainly helps to plan.

Here are some tips on how to save money on wedding season:

Get the Outfit and Shoes Ahead of Time

This is probably one of the best ways to save on your wedding guest budget.  Plan ahead of time.  The last thing you need is a frantic trip to the mall grabbing anything that would look decent but might not be at an optimal price.  Shop at end-of-season sales from the year previous for the following season’s wedding.  Have a dress swap with your friends- this is one of the best ways to get new clothes into your wardrobe and best of all, it’s free!  Also, find a pair of shoes that will work great with any dress you wear.  Don’t buy new shoes for each wedding!  (Unless you are a shoeaholic and you would like an excuse to buy new shoes).

Avoid “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

It’s probably safe to say that when you give a cash gift, people tend to spend more because they don’t want to look too frugal or cheap.  Opt for something sentimental and thoughtful instead of flashy.  Photo frames and something for the home or a experience gift (maybe not a Groupon) can be a great idea.  The bride and groom just want their friends and family there to celebrate their big event.  It’s not a cash grab to pay off their wedding.  At least it shouldn’t be!

Don’t Stay with the Bride and Groom 

If you’re attending an out-of-town wedding, the bride and groom may suggest a place to stay that may be out of your budget (or within your budget but too pricey).  You are not obliged to stay at the fancy place they choose.  Savvy Sugar agrees, stay somewhere else.  Do your research to find a reasonable place to stay.  Check out websites like Airbnb, Hotwire, Priceline, and Hotels.com, which are some good options for discounted accommodation.

Chip In On a Gift

This is by far the best option, especially if you’re going to the wedding with a group of friends.  If everyone chips in a smaller amount, you can get the larger big ticket item (e.g. like a stereo system or some nice kitchen appliances) and  or buy an experience (e.g. a helicopter ride or a zipline ride) that they won’t forget.  Just be careful you buy a gift or an experience, because chipping in and amalgamating cash is kind of cheesy.

Get to the Gift Registry Early

The Loop suggests that guests hit up the gift registry early.  That way, you’ll have more selection to choose from and you won’t have to be stuck spending $250 on the kitchen appliance that they won’t ever use anyway or the $800 home theatre system (yes, I saw this on a gift registry once).  Also, if you wanted to buy the item at another place (especially if it is generic) you can always ask that the item be removed from the gift registry.

You either hate or love weddings, love it because it’s a time of fun and celebration and hate it because it can be a huge wallet gauger.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any other tips on helping your budget survive wedding season?

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April 12

Sandals: Free Airfare, Spa & Adventure Credits Plus Firefighters and Military Get an Extra 10% Off

Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Sandals: Free Airfare, Spa & Adventure Credits Plus Firefighters and Military Get an Extra 10% Off

If you are planning your honeymoon or a romantic vacation away, now is the time to book with Sandals with some great deals available.

Sandals has some awesome deals on right now, depending on the resort you pick:

  • Up to $555 airfare credit when you book six paid nights or longer or up to $250 air credit for stays over three nights
  • $100 spa credit when you book seven nights or more (expires today!)
  • Free couples massage when you book seven nights or more
  • Free catamaran cruise when you book six nights or more
  • Free golf at championship courses
  • If you are a firefighter and member of IAFF, you’ll save an additional 10% on top of these deals
  • If you are in the military and have military I.D., you also qualify for an additional 10% off

Depending on what resort you book, there are also deals with up to 65% off a minimum of three nights, booked by today and two free nights on seven booked, if you book by today.

I actually got married at Sandals Ocho Rios (now Grande Riviera). While we were there, they were renovating the entire resort, which honestly was not the greatest for us, but what they have done with it is fantastic. I loved staying at Sandals as it had a real romantic, couples-type feel. Since it was our wedding, we didn’t want a party atmosphere – we wanted something that catered to couples – and that is what Sandals is best known for. We felt very pampered and relaxed. I’d love to go back to renew our vows in a couple of years and I have my eye set on the Royal Bahamian, which has an island all to itself or the new LaSource Grenada.

(Expiry: 30th May 2013 for most deals)

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April 4

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

Posted by on April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

If you are anything like me, you have a ton of old art and photo frames in the storage area in your basement. You don’t just want to toss something that sat in a special place in your home for years, until you decided the new Umbra frame you bought better showcased your trip to Hawaii. Or maybe, also like me, your mother didn’t want to throw out these special frames, so she gave them to you, making it now your responsibility not to throw it out. I call that Hoarders: Pass it On edition. But, seriously, here are some great ideas for creative ways to use those frames and not have to pitch them.

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

Love Of Family and Home took an old frame that was her grandmothers, removed the artwork, added burlap and a self-painted letter for a beautiful monogram wall hanging. This was very cheap and easy!

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

This could be one of the most awesome ideas I’ve ever seen. Wedding Paper Divas gave us this idea for a wedding frame wall, with photos of your family, plus two inconspicuous trap doors within the frame for the happy couple to pop out of. I love the vintage look of this one, but you could do it according to whatever style you fancy.

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

Homedit has a ton of great ideas for old picture frames, but I love this one where they framed old letters. You could frame letters from family members, from your loved ones, even your children. Whatever letter is sentimental to you, which you’d rather not keep in a box would be great for this idea. You could even take a copy of a page from a deceased family member’s journal. This idea costs literally nothing, but means so much.

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

HandMakeMyDay had this fabulous idea to make a rainbow out of cardboard and glitter and glue it on to the glass of an old frame. They added the hat and it instantly became the perfect backdrop for a St. Patrick’s Day photo session. You could also do other themes like an Easter bunny for Easter or elves for Christmas. Use your imagination! Again, another cheap idea, although this one looks like it took a bit of time.

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

Melissa at 320 Sycamore used tea towels and old frames (this one had hooks, bonus!) to make amazing jewellery holders. This is one idea I’m passing on to my crafty hubby to make for me. How awesome would it be to see all of your jewellery right in front of you, instead of having to dig through a cluttered storage case? Love it!

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

I always adore anything Shanty 2 Chic blogs about and this frame is no exception! They painted the frame, added fabric rosettes and used a staple gun to apply the jute in a haphazard manner. Then simple clips like laundry pins do the job to hang your photos and you can change them out whenever you want.

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

Meadow Lake Road was very crafty and sentimental when she put together this frame with thoughts from her heart, using of all things, a sharpie. Imagine your family waking up each day to see how you feel written out in plain words, just in case they need a reminder. Beautiful thought!

8 Inspirational Ideas For Reusing Your Old Picture Frames

I love this Father’s Day idea from Positively Splendid. She took photos of her kids with chalkboard quote signs that said what they loved about their dad. She put the collage of pictures into a frame and this was his cheap and from the heart Father’s Day gift. I have had this pinned since last year because I really want to do this!

Spam me with your old photo frame ideas and let me know if you create any of these masterpieces. I’m on my way downstairs to find those old frames of my mom’s. Happy crafting!

(Image credit: maury.mccown)

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April 1

4 Wedding Must-Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Posted by on April 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

If you want to save money on your wedding, then be prepared for the term DIY to become a very important part of your vocabulary. That being said, once the wedding bells have stopped ringing, if you want to recoup some of your costs then the names eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist will also become very familiar to you. What’s the point of learning how to make boutonnieres out of ribbon and cake stands out of old plates and glasses if you can’t also start selling these unique handicrafts online for some extra cash? I’ve made a number of wedding essentials for my own wedding and you better believe that after I’ve said “I do” I’m gonna turn my skills for making chalkboard paint signs and bedazzled tea lights into a money-making side hustle. Here are a few of the most in demand wedding must-haves that you can make then sell online for a profit.

Cake stand

The wedding cake is a major part of the wedding experience, but most of the time you have to either rent or buy a cake stand and those things don’t come cheap. I’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced cake stand to buy for weeks and I still haven’t found anything under $50. Instead, I’m going to make my own out of some old dishes, and lucky for me it’ll be the perfect touch of shabby-chic for my special day. Not only that, I’ve seen dozens of these same homemade cake stands on Etsy selling for $70 and up, so it should be a piece of cake to sell it later on. I found a great how-to guide on Pin Cookie’s blog too!

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Cake topper

As silly as it may sound, the first thing I bought after getting engaged was my wedding cake topper. I spent $50 on a ceramic bride and groom high-fiving when I could have just made my own for under $5 with materials from the craft store. It may be too late for my wedding, but I bet I know a number of brides who would pay me at least $15 for one of these handmade creations. Thanks to Confetti Daydreams for the inspiration.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Boutonnieres

Flowers are expensive no matter what season you get married in, so making your own boutonnieres using ribbon or other fabric will save you a ton of cash. Moreover, many brides like to be unique when it comes to styling their groom and groomsmen, so it wouldn’t be difficult to sell these thrifty and fashionable accessories after the wedding. Polka Dot Bride and Hip Hostess have some great tutorials on how to make them, so make sure to check them out.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Garter

As cute as all of the different wedding garters are splashed all over Pinterest, the fact remains that you’ll only wear the thing for a day. After that it’s either sell it or keep it in a memory box for decades to come. That being said, spending more than $10 on an item that almost no one will see anyways just seems silly. If you follow A Beautiful Mess’ instructions, you can make your own with ease, and since the blogger had such a hard time finding a garter like this for her wedding, I bet you won’t have any trouble trying to sell these online to other brides too.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

(Image credit: rgbstock)

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March 13

Vistaprint Canada: 33% Off Everything

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Vistaprint Canada: 33% Off Everything

Vista Print has a great sale on right now with 33% off everything on their site. This deal can only be activated by clicking the link below. It will not work if you just go to the Vistaprint site.

Vistaprint has everything custom-made that you can think of that you’d need to print, including marketing materials, photo gifts, business cards, signs and banners, invitations and stationery, clothing and much more. They also have very easy-to-use templates for building your website.

With baseball season fast approaching, custom caps are a hot commodity. You can get yours done at Vistaprint starting at only $10.05, regularly $15.

These Mommy cards are super-cool! Ever met someone at the park or at a playgroup and wanted to pass on your information for future get-togethers? Well, these mommy cards make it very easy for you to do so. Being a mom is a full-time job, why not have a business card? Get 25 for only $3.74, regularly $6.

Wedding season is almost here and have you invited your guests to your big day yet? You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars and many hours looking through books to get the perfect invitation. Vistaprint makes it so easy with many styles to choose from, including the simple, the funky and the downright elegant. Starting at only $6.49 for 10, regularly $10.

Shipping starts at $7.49, but allows you to get however many items you want for one flat-rate.

(Expiry: 18th March 2013)

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March 4

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Posted by on March 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day have come and gone, and now is the time for all you recently engaged brides to start planning for your big day. Even if your wedding isn’t for another year or two, from one bride to another, the coming months will go by faster than you think, so the sooner you start getting everything together the better. My wedding is only a few short months away and lately my weekends can be summed up with three little letters: D-I-Y. I’m definitely no Martha Stewart, but I am a frugal bride who will do anything to save a buck, and I’ve saved hundreds of dollars so far by making my own decorations with materials from the dollar store. If you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, and can stand spending a few nights cutting, gluing, and bedazzling, then you might want to try out some of these cheap and easy-to-make creations for your wedding day too.  

Chalkboard Sign ($10 – $15)

If you’ve ever been on the wedding section of Pinterest, then you know that chalkboard signage is all the rage right now. And it’s a good thing too because it’s both cheap and easy to make at home. All you need is a bottle of chalkboard paint from your local craft store ($8 – $10), and either a metal serving platter or a large picture frame from the dollar store ($2-$5). It’s recommended to coat the surface of the platter or frame at least 3 times before using. The bonus with this type of signage is not only will it give your wedding a hint of trendiness, but you can also easily wipe the board clean and write something new on it to use again and again. Cheap and reusable? Now that’s my kind of craft!

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Floating Candle Centerpieces ($20)

Any wedding magazine will tell you to set aside 8% – 10% of your budget for flowers, but the thought of spending $1,000 on flowers for a one day only event just boggles my mind. Instead, you can save your money and make your own floating candle centerpieces instead. To put it together you’ll need 3 vases ($2 each), a bag of small rocks ($1), 3 floating candles ($5 for a 24 pack), and an orchid with multiple blooms ($10). After gathering all of these materials, it literally took me 10 minutes to assemble and the candles lasted about 6 hours before they burnt out.

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Paper Banner ($5)

The great thing about the Internet these days is that there are a number of websites that have free printables that you can use. I used the printables from Shanty 2 Chic’s website, and printed the words “JUST MARRIED” using my ink jet printer. You can go fancy and buy some shimmery or textured paper from the craft store, but I just used some regular white printing paper for the letters, then spent $5 on some colored card stock to give it a pop of color around the edges.

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Wedding Card Box ($5 – $20)

I’m not doing a gift registry for my wedding, but instead am following the popular trend of only accepting cards or monetary gifts. I may not need to worry about setting up a gift table anymore, but I do need a nice looking box for guests to drop their cards into. So far, my two favorite ideas for this are the vintage suitcase and the mailbox card box. Not only are they both very unique looking, but you can also find either of them for cheap or free on Craigslist or at a garage sale. Another idea that is equally frugal friendly and unique is the faux present card box. It’s great because all you need to do is wrap a few boxes together like a present, cut a slit in the top, then put it in the recycling bin when you’re done!

Dollar Store Wedding Décor

Bargainmoosers, what other dollar store creations can you suggest to all the future brides out there?

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February 23

Groupon Canada: Awesome Wedding Deals to Get You Ready For the Big Day

Posted by on February 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Groupon Canada: Awesome Wedding Deals to Get You Ready For the Big Day

Groupon Canada has some great deals on right now that will help you start or finish your wedding planning.

Wedding season is fast approaching, so if you are getting married this year (or even next), Groupon has you covered with all sorts of great deals. I loved planning my wedding and in fact wanted to become a wedding planner, except for the fact that I would have to deal with frantic brides and grooms.

First things first, you need to pick a location. If you’ve decided to run away to Vegas, well Groupon has a great deal for that! For $549 for weekdays and $639 for weekends, you get a two-night stay at Treasure Island hotel in a strip-view room plus a wedding package. The wedding package includes your half-hour wedding ceremony, half an hour of chapel time for up to 50 guests, plus a photography package with a photo album. This entire package is valued at up to $1,060.

After you get your dress and choose your wedding party, you need to invite the guests. This deal from Delphine gives you:

  • C$99 for US$225 worth of wedding invitations, stationery, and fine paper goods
  • C$179 for US$450 worth of wedding invitations, stationery, and fine paper goods
  • C$299 for US$800 worth of wedding invitations, stationery, and fine paper goods

Get your authentically designed invitations, save the date cards, envelopes and RSVP cards for way less than half the price.

Once those first details are out of the way, you can concentrate on the actual wedding. I love these My Own Labels, for labelling your wedding favours, thank you cards, placecards and much more. You can even upload your own photo to be made into the label. My favourite wedding favour is a bottle of homemade wine with a personalized label. You seriously can’t go wrong with wine as a gift (in most cases). Choose between:

  • C$19 for US$40 worth of personalized products
  • C$35 for US$80 worth of personalized products

Check out all the other great Groupon deals that are dependent on your home city, including ones for dry-cleaning of your wedding dress, videographer, and even wedding planning.

(Expiry: Depends on Deal)

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August 12

Invitations by Dawn Coupon Code: Save $30 on $199

Posted by on August 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Invitations by Dawn Coupon Code: Save $30 on $199

If you are someone that is planning a wedding or large event in the near future, then this is definitely the store to help you do that.  Invitations by Dawn is a great store to help plan your big day and save money while doing it.  Right now they have a coupon code out that will save you $30 on your order of $199 or more.

Here are the details for this coupon:

  • Coupon Code: August30
  • Discount: Save $30 on orders of $199 or more
  • Expiry: 20th August 2012

One of the biggest stresses of planning a wedding is the expense; you’ll want to save money every chance you get.  It is also stressful to get everything purchased on time, and you can easily get lots of your wedding supplies here.  You can make beautiful invitations, save the date cards, party favor boxes, engraved wedding party gifts and much more, all in one place.

Invitations by Dawn also offers free samples of any invitation and a free catalog so that you can choose exactly what you want.  For all of the latest Invitations by Dawn promotional codes, make sure to check out the Bargainmoose coupon forum on a regular basis.

 

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July 16

6 Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

Posted by on July 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

6 Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

Have you noticed a few more wedding invitations in your mailbox than usual? Well, if you’ve ever had to plan a wedding you know that June, July, and August are the most popular months for getting hitched. What does this mean for you as a wedding guest? It means postponed vacation plans, a scramble to find a date perhaps, and a few unexpected costs that you didn’t budget for. Of course you don’t have to pay anywhere near the sum that the bride and groom are shelling out for their big day, but being a wedding guest doesn’t just mean taking advantage of the buffet and chocolate fountain. It means wedding gifts, outfits, travel costs, and maybe even chipping in to pay for one of the numerous pre-wedding parties.

But being a good friend or relative doesn’t have to mean going into overdraft. There are plenty of ways to save money while not looking like a cheapskate who only came for the free booze. Whether the wedding is a grand black tie affair or a backyard wedding complete with mason jar flower arrangements, with these 6 tips you can celebrate anyone’s nuptials without spending much money.

6 Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest1. Try not to buy a new outfit – Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, but the first thing that pops into my head when I get a wedding invitation is, “What will I wear?” If you have a few weddings to go to this summer, make sure to look through your closet before running to the mall to buy a new dress or suit. If there’s nothing appropriate in your wardrobe, see if a friend or family member has an outfit you can borrow. If that doesn’t work, then try to buy an outfit that is classic and can be worn to several different types of weddings, and try to recycle your look whenever you can (if Kate Middleton can do it, so can you!).

2. Go in on a group gift – If you have friends or family attending the same wedding as you, suggest buying a wedding gift together. Those Dyson vacuums and Kitchenaid stand mixers aren’t cheap, but splitting the cost will make them significantly more affordable.

3. Don’t stay at a hotel – If the wedding is out of town, staying at a hotel for a night or two can really add up. Sure, you can find a deal on one of the many hotel deal sites, but if you really want to be frugal you can always stay at a hostel instead (E.g use Hostelbookers.com). Or if you’re a bit more adventurous, you could always stay the night for free on a stranger’s couch using couchsurfing.org.

4. Pick and choose which parties to attend – If you are part of the wedding party, then rule of thumb is to show up to all the main wedding events leading up to the nuptials. If you’re just a regular guest, you can be a bit more selective and only attend the events you feel are the most important to be at. As much as a bachelor or bachelorette party in Las Vegas sounds fun, it might be wiser to pass and save your money for the wedding shower instead.

5. Stock up when you see a deal – If you have an inkling that you’ll be attending a few weddings this summer, or even this year, if you see a deal on a pair of dress shoes, wedding cards, or even a mani/pedi, jump on it! As that old adage goes, a dollar saved is a dollar earned.

6. Ditch the limo and carpool – I definitely recommend not driving yourself if you want to celebrate at the reception with champagne, wine, and any other liquor they are giving away for free, but booking a limo or paying for a cab can be pretty pricey. If you know some of the other wedding guests, see if anyone wants to carpool with you. Otherwise, it might be worth looking into a designated driver service such as Sober Ride or You Drink, We Drive.

What other ways can you save money as a wedding guest?

6 Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

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October 19

Wants & Wishes: Gold Scalloped Edge Veil & Rhinestones $29.98 (Orig. $59.98)

Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Wants & Wishes: Gold Scalloped Edge Veil & Rhinestones $29.98 (Orig. $59.98)

Wants and Wishes is a great destination for all things wedding and party related! I found a great deal in their clearance section on a Gold Scalloped Edge Veil with Rhinestones: originally $59.98 – on sale for $29.98! You are saving $30 (50%).

About the veil:

The 2-Tier Soft White Tulle with Gold Scalloped Edge and Rhinestones Veil is a subtle way to add extra details to your outfit without it overpowering the dress. This design features gold edging with scalloped edges and rhinestones all throughout the body of the veil.

It comes with the comb. 2 tier is the only way to go in my opinion – I am such a traditionalist when it comes to veils. I remember pricing them out for my wedding and goodness they can get expensive.

If you have a little girl in your house who loves to dress up this is a great idea for her too – very reasonably priced and authentic! She could go as a bride for Halloween! Wants & Wishes: Gold Scalloped Edge Veil & Rhinestones $29.98 (Orig. $59.98)

Be sure to check out the rest of their clearance section for amazing prices on wedding and party favours n’ decorations.

Even though everything is priced USD the company is actually out of Edmonton, Alberta!

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