On your wedding day, let loose with your besties – these are your girls, your best friends, your biggest supporters ! It’s your wedding day, time to let go and enjoy!

 love +playfulness +   gratefulness

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The day before your wedding pamper yourself, Get a massage, go for a hike, listen to your favorite music.  Whatever it is that makes you happy DO IT!

Pamper Day

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Being grateful for your blessings in life, your family and your friends opens the door to a life of happiness and joy. 

Be Grateful

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Surround yourself with friends and family who are positive, supportive and full of love and want to help bring your vision to life.

Positivity + Support +
 Love

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what makes a Happy bride

artwork by Morgan Czosnowski

Wedding Planning
Super Saver Ideas

NUMBER ONE STEP TO WEDDING PLANNING  
Know your priorities and allocating your wedding budget funds wisely. That's why making a list of your priorities and setting a budget should be step number one of wedding planning.

CHOOSING A WEDDING DATE 
Selecting a wedding date during the “off season” can save hundreds of dollars in the venue price. December through March is usually what is known as the “off season” for weddings, and most venues offer a lower rate for a date booked during that time. Choose a Friday or Sunday for your wedding day.

DRESS SHOPPING
Order your wedding gown 8 to 9 months before your wedding to avoid rush fees and last minute alternations. Check local department store and consignment shops. A secondhand wedding dress isn't for everyone, but it is a budget friendly option for brides. There are bridal shops that specialize in pre-owned wedding gowns, or check out websites like Stillwhite or NearlyNewlywed which have tens of thousands once worn and never worn wedding dresses. You can also sell your dress via these sites after the wedding. Follow your favorite local bridal stores on social media to learn about trunk shows, sample sales, and other promotions that can save your money on your wedding gown.  

RETHINK THE PARTY FAVORS 
Your guests probably won't mind that you didn't spend $300 or $600 on little favors for everyone. After all, they're showing up for you, not for free goodies. If you want to give your guests some token of your appreciation, consider providing some inexpensive items such as magnets, homemade cookies, or lollipops. Search online for some ideas that will appeal to you There are plenty of ideas online. 

BYPASS THE CUSTOMIZED INVITATIONS 
There are couples who will spend thousands of dollars for engraved customized invitations. If you are looking to save money on invitations, check out Etsy for a variety of lovely invitation designs.  Feeling a little creative? Invite some of your crafty friends over and make your own wedding invitations. Go paperless and send electronic invitations using Joy Wedding Website, an all-in-one registry that allows you to manage your guest list and track the RSVPs.  You will save money on stationary and postage. 

WEDDING VENUE
Have your wedding at a non-traditional location such as your favorite restaurant, a brewery, a vacation house.  Check out NerdWallet for eleven possible locations to host your wedding.  

More super saver ideas are forthcoming!