For the budget bride, the dress can be a real worry. We still want the perfect dress but don’t want to have to pay through the roof for it or break our wedding budget for it.
One great way to pick up your perfect dress at a discount rate, is to go 2nd hand. Charity shops like Oxfam have shops designated for wedding dresses and other wedding day items such as veils and shoes that have been donated by brides who decide not to keep them.
Brides also sell their wedding dresses on wedding forums such as www.youandyourwedding.co.uk, and the dresses are often this seasons as they often sell only a couple of months after the wedding day.
There are a ton of dress makers on ebay, who also do very good wedding dresses that can be made to be very similar to that designer dress you’ve been lusting after but can’t afford. When looking at dress makers on ebay, be very careful and choose wisely. Make sure to check out their reviews fully before choosing which one to go for, as the reviews will tell you alot about the quality of fabric used, the overall turnout of the dress and the speed of turn around from ordering to being delivered.
Bridal shops also have sales, selling off last seasons stock and end of lines. This isn’t the place to be looking for the best deals as such, but at least you’ll know the dress is yours and not been worn by any other bride on her wedding day. Many of the dresses may be ex-demo dresses, so will have been tried on by other bride-to-be’s so make sure you check the stiching on the dress to make sure it is till good. Any pulled stiching or hanging detailing and make sure the bridal shop fix it for you FOC.
Don’t forget the highstreet! There are loads of highstreet shops that sell wedding dress too. Lovely styles at really good prices. Check out my previous posts for where to shop.
However you obtain your dress for your big day I also advise any bride to try on a range of styles before settling on which one to go for. The reason for this is because often you’ll think you know what you are looking for and what style of dress you’d like, but you never really know until you try them on, and you might be quite surprised at what looks amazing on you when you get in the shops and start having a play.
My wedding items are for sale.
I am no longer a budget bride to-be. I am a single woman. Therefore I am selling all my wedding items I had spent so many months collecting.
You can find the items I have for sale on Facebook and on a wedding forum called You&YourWedding.
This has been re-blogged from lynetteradio.
Letter from a Mother to a Daughter:
“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionaly lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.”
Oh, my, I have a new obsession!
Pinterest is amazing. I will be honest I didn’t really get it at first; and the whole needing to request an invite thing just ruffled my feathers a little, but I still thought I would give it a go as my sister in-law had been raving about it and telling me to join.
I know it is only pictures, and I am much more a word person than a picture person, which is why I didn’t think I would like it and couldn’t really see the point in just posting up a bunch of pictures, however the whole pinning pictures, repinning and liking thing really does draw you in, until you can’t imagine not pinning your way through a lazy Sunday afternoon. My Pinterest profile has 13 boards, some of which seem to be common amongst pinners. Bucket List, Quotes and My Pin Wardrobe all seem to be common boards created by pinners.
There are boards to which are commonplace on Pinterest that I do not have, such as a food board and a body inspiration board for fitness motivation. Both of these boards are often held by the same pinners, which seems rather contradictory, to have tempting, no doubt calorific food, alongside fitness motivation. A little taster of what to expect:
If you are not currently a pinner, why not?
if nothing else, Pinterest is perfect for wedding inspiration, ideas and How To’s. Sign up and give it a go, I’m sure you’ll love it. If you’re already a Pinner, comment with your link to your Pinterest profile so others can check out for profile and maybe even repin for pins.
Seven Things That Are Underrated (if you ask me)….
I agree with the first 5 points of things that are under-estimated.
“I hate to sound cliché, but everything really does happen for a reason. Sometimes it’s good to be lost, and sometimes it’s good to not have your life completely planned out. Trust me, I learned this one the hard way. I spent most of my early 20′s trying to control everything and everyone who walked into and out of my life. Finally something clicked one day, and I realized that living my life this way made me miserable, so I decided to make a change. One of the best times of my life was when I decided to stop looking at the big picture, just take each day at a time, and give myself permission to flounder…and do you want to know a secret? I became happier, and something wonderful happened. I met Matt, who eventually became my husband. You might think something is right for you, whether it be a job, relationship, etc., but it might not be what is best for you. If you refuse to let yourself be lost, than you never allow yourself to truly be found.”
I will write a post soon when the dust in my head has settled explaining why this point of Sarah Smiles Awhile’s blog post is poignant for me at the moment.
It is my Birthday today!
I’m going to work and then having a nice evening out at the pub with my colleagues. Ace!
Freak Like Me
I have a freaky finger. I have thought for a long time that I have a freaky finger. The finger in question is my middle finger on my right hand.
You see it bends to the right at the top.
I’ll show you my left hand first. I have drawn a straight line on the picture in both pictures so you can see the difference more clearly.
And here comes the freaky right hand with the offending middle finger.
Anyone else have any freaky fingers?