July 6, 2010, 2:45 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Budget Tip: Don't Forget to Budget for What You Don't See


Most brides have a number in mind when they are shopping for their dream dress, veil, jewelery and other accessories - but it's easy to forget to set aside some of your budget for what you DON'T see.

We're talking about all the lifters, shapers and sexy little things that go UNDER your dress which are the unsung heroes of glowing brides strutting down aisles around the world.

Here are 2 ways to save big on underpinnings:

Plunging Nude Bra from Sears Canada

Arianne® U-bra - $40 from Sears.ca.

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

Expert Budget Tip: Help Your Bridesmaids to Save by Mixing & Matching


As with most things in life one size usually doesn't fit all and one dress won't suit all unless your bridesmaids have similar body types.

When it comes to your attendants' attire uniformity is nice and expected, but absolutely not necessary. In fact, mixing up the styles a bit is practically the norm these days. At the very least, it’s nice to set your maid of honor apart by choosing a different dress in the same color or the same dress in a different color.

Expert Blog Tip from The Wedding Planner - How to Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

Image courtesy of The Wedding Planner

Choosing a bridesmaid dress shouldn’t be looked at as an opportunity for retribution for that frilly sea-foam green number taunting you from the back of your closet. Be nice. These are your friends!

How to Mix & Match:

  • Consider choosing a color and style grouping from one designer and let your bridesmaids choose which one ...

July 8, 2010, 7:15 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Budget Tip: Give Your Mom a Break


Sometimes we forget it's not all about the wedding dress. (Wait, what did she just say?!?) Seriously though, both your bridesmaids and your moms are likely worried about looking their best beside you on your big day. And while they want to look smashing, most wonder "how much is all this going to cost?".

Here are some tips for moms of Brides and Grooms, but be sure to check out expert budget tips for bridesmaids too.

Tradition/MD Shantung-Printed Jacket and Dress Set from Sears Canada

Tradition/MD Shantung-Printed Jacket and Dress Set - $84.49 from Sears.ca.

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

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


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!), ...

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

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


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.