July 9, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Budget Tip: Amp Up Your Wedding Style With Accessories For Brides & Bridesmaids

TAGS: ACCESSORIES, DESSY, EXPERT TIPS, BUDGET

Choosing and finding the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids, in addition to the wedding dress of your dreams, can feel like a daunting task! There are so many options out there; short, long, designer or custom, form fitting, flowing, gem studded and more!


My best advice is to keep it simple and add accessories.


Expert Blog Tip - Accessories from Dessy


Image courtesy of The Dessy Group


Pictured Accessories (from top left):


  1. Quilted Clutch in Matte Satin
  2. Chiffon Rosette Handbag
  3. Chiffon Flower
  4. Pearl and Rhinestone Ribbon Necklace
  5. Double Headband in Matte Satin
  6. Pearl Bracelet Necklace and Earrings
  7. Fortuny Pleated Nu-Georgette Flower
  8. Faille and Crinkle Chiffon Flower
  9. Stretch Charmeuse Wide Stretch Head Band


You no longer have to spend thousands of dollars to have the perfect dresses for your big day. After choosing your favorite colors (and that’s the fun part!), ...

June 23, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Floral Expert Advice: How Exactly Does the Cost of Flowers Add Up?

TAGS: DIY, FLUR, CENTERPIECES, BUDGET, PRICING

You've got the dress, you've booked the venue and you've rounded up all your bridesmaids. Its time for the flowers!


Although they’re a seemingly small element, it really is the finishing touch to your big day. You head down to your favourite flower shops and look at their current supply of fresh flowers, noting the blooms that appeal to you and those that are in your wedding colours, often taking photos (when permitted) or simply writing down names and prices.


Centerpieces courtesy of FLUR


Image Courtesy of FLUR.



When you learn what you'll be paying for your bouquet and other arrangements, things just don't seem to add up. You may ask yourself, “If the individual flower is $5 and I'm ordering 20 for the bouquet, why is the florist charging me $150?”

June 30, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Floral Expert Advice: Debunking Celebrity Centerpieces

TAGS: DIY, FLUR, CENTERPIECES, BUDGET

Centerpieces often take up a large part of the decor and floral budget for many brides. They’re the focal point of the room and provide interest for your guests for the majority of the wedding festivities.


Celebrity Style Centerpiece courtesy of FLUR


Image Courtesy of FLUR.



That said, the cost of centerpieces can grow exponentially out of control. If you go over the top with your centerpieces, filling them full of expensive flowers, you can quickly blow your budget. Conversely, if you go with cheap looking centerpieces you may hear jeers from guests who’ll be able to guess how much you spent on decor.

July 13, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Budget Tip: How to Have An Engagement Party On A Dime

TAGS: ENGAGEMENT PARTY, TALEN, EXPERT TIPS, BUDGET

Congratulations, you’ve finally become engaged!


Now that you have the ring on your finger you want to announce to the whole world that you're about to marry the man of your dreams, but the catch is that you don’t want to spend a whole lot of cash making this announcement and celebrating.


Expert Blog Tip - Engaged Couple


Image courtesy of Talen Events


Talen Events has a few expert tips on how you can celebrate your engagement while saving money for your big day.


  1. Limit The Guest List: You don’t have to invite everyone who knows you as a couple to your engagement party. Keep the list short and invite only close friends and immediate family.

June 11, 2010, 1 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Whimsical Wedding Accessories from Oscar de la Renta

TAGS: WEDDING OBSESSION, OSCAR DE LA RENTA 2011, BUDGET, ACCESSORIES

Melissa from Wedding Obsession recently posted photos showcasing accessories from Oscar de la Renta's Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The veils, hats and jewelry in this collection were so inspiring that we just had to share them with you!


We adore the light and airy feeling of these pieces and the fresh take on florals and other natural elements, which are perfect for an outdoor wedding. The over-the-top butterfly hat with birdcage veil is very Carrie Bradshaw and would make for a fun, fanciful and high fashion wedding photo session.


Oscar de la Renta wedding accessory photos


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