If you don’t know about the chat that is on Wednesday evening then you either don’t have Twitter or have been living under a rock! #Weddinghour is an hour long Twitter chat every Wednesday 9pm-10pm.
But there used to be other wedding chat hours too. There was #BrideHour every Thursday evening 8pm-9pm and #weddingoclock on Sunday evening 9pm-10pm. It would seem that both the and chats have completely stopped; you try looking at the tweet results for those hashtags now and all you’ll see is the occasional tumbleweed.
But who wants to have only one day a week where they can engage in a Twitter chat about everything wedding? I know I don’t!
and I have worked together to start a new chat hour for all things weddings! will be every Sunday 8pm-9pm and launches this Sunday!
Anyone who is on Facebook knows of and maybe uses Facebook groups. We all know that buying ‘second hand’/’once used’ is one of the best ways to save money on your big day, but how do you go about purchasing them?
One of the ways to find wedding items ‘once used’ is to find Facebook groups that have been set up for people to sell wedding paraphernalia. Some groups will be regional while others are set up for the selling of wedding items across the whole country. The groups with the most traffic will be the open groups as opposed to closed/private groups. A quick search for ‘wedding items’ in the Facebook search function will bring up a number of groups, however be careful not to join ones that are inactive.
Many Newlyweds choose to sell everything from table centerpieces, sweetie buffet jars and tools, to outdoor venue decorations and the little extras they’d bought after their big day to recoup some money. Some Newlyweds will even choose to sell bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses and some even choose to sell their wedding dress. Most people who are selling off their decorations etc will do so a within the first year of marriage.
My favourite thing to look for in these groups is decorations. If you haven’t already, join/like the Facebook groups/pages in your area that are dedicated to selling wedding items. Sometimes people post wedding items for sale on generic selling pages too so make sure you are on those as well. Unless you’ve chosen a very unconventional colour scheme you will be able to pick up, ribbons, decorations, outfits etc in your wedding colour scheme and suiting your theme. Even if you can’t find items for sale that suit your theme/scheme you will still be able to buy things that don’t need to fit a theme or colour scheme such as bubbles for the table, diamanté table scatters, glass jars etc.
Big popular items can be bought and sold dozens of times – think big glass jars and scoops for a sweetie buffet, candle sticks, table number holders and photo booth props to name a few.
No one will know these items weren’t bought brand new by you, so why pay over the odds? Decorate your venue and add finishing touches to your day at a fraction of the cost of buying everything new.
Not to mention you can feel good twice – saving money and recycling!
Here are the Hen Party Bags I ordered from ‘vintage*dotty’ on eBay.
The personalisation service they offer is second to none. For only £2.95 per bag you choose the colour of the bag, the design and information on the label, the colour of the tissue paper inside the bags and you choose 8 items out of a large list to fill the bags with. The 8 bag fillers I decided upon are: Willy Sucking Straw; Mini Survival Kit; Scavenger Hunt Game Sheet; Strip of 10 Diamanté Face Jewels; Love Heart Sweets; Red Juicy Lip Sweets; Neon Pink Bracelet and Stiletto Fashion Foot Cushions.
I also put the sashes I ordered from PartySashesGalore.co.uk in the bags and wrote each hens name on the bag so the process of handing them out is easy.
Sitting out in the sun this afternoon to assemble the bags was very enjoyable.
Invites can cause so many issues, not only with the design but also the wording and what information should be included within the invites. trying to include the some of or all of the following information:
1) The invite
2) Gift List
3) Directions/parking instructions
4) RSVP Card including menu options
5) Song Recommendation Card
6) Other important wedding information
can be really difficult and can make the cost of your invites spiral!
I recommend that brides and grooms keep the wedding invites simple – decide if you want shop bought invites, to order professional custom made invites or to make your own, but keep the invite simple.
Within your invite mention that for venue information, the gift list etc they can go to a certain website and give the website address on the invite.
You can create a free wedding website on sites such as GettingMarried.co.uk; an example of a completed wedding page can be found here.
These websites allow you to provide full information to your guests in one easy place and makes it easy and free for your guests to RSVP, recommend songs, check out the directions and how to book a room, and after the wedding your guests can upload pictures to the site which you could then use to create a photo book.
Other websites that offer free wedding websites you can personal are:
Make use of a wedding website to save money on your invites by putting the extra information on the website and having the invite as a just “we invite you to our wedding on this date and time at this venue” – leaving you extra room in your budget and giving you time to agonise how to word that crucial invite.
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 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 regularly 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 a lot about the quality of fabric used, the overall turnout of the dress and the speed of turn around from ordering to being delivered. Also, check out this Facebook page that warns you which eBay wedding dress sellers to steer clear of.
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 stitching on the dress to make sure it is till good. Any pulled stitching 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 dresses 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.
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, re-pinning 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 re-pin for pins.