Used Wedding Dresses

You’ve found your soul mate, and you are now planning your dream wedding. If because of bad luck you can’t afford to buy a new wedding dress, consider buying a used wedding dress. There are so many beautiful used wedding dresses available nowadays. It is not difficult to find a great bargain to fit your budget. Many brides choose to sell their wedding dress than to store it in a box. Believe it or not, you can even find wedding dresses in charity shops, dress agencies, online auctions, and not to mention the several online bridal stores.

The month of June is a great month to go wedding dress shopping. Many stores go on sale during this month. Also, some of these used dresses are not necessarily “used.” They include dresses worn by the mannequins and displayed on the windows. This does not include the dresses that were not saleable or forgotten to be picked up.

If you go online, you will find many used wedding dress options. Use keywords like wedding dress discount, used wedding dresses, used wedding gowns, wedding dress bargain. SEE LIST BELOW FOR MORE INFO. Craigslist is an excellent source. You never know what you will find on Craigslist.

Do your homework. Know your measurements and preferred dress styles. This will make buying a used wedding dress easier to choose according to your needs. Check for any damages or stains before you make the purchase. If they cannot be removed, try to put beadings or other embellishments to hide it. Additionally, send it to the cleaners before your big day to make it look as good as new.

The veil is just as important as the wedding dress itself. It is not as expensive, and you can get a brand new one for relative cheap.

A study recently showed that Americans spend on average $10,000 to $14,000 on their wedding. This is a substantial amount. It might make you feel better to pay as little as $200 for a used wedding dress. It is not traditionally what you planned for. However, if it makes you feel beautiful and sophisticated, it is a small price to pay.

Although you may think you have the perfect dress, make sure that your used wedding dress fits well. Ask the owner of the store if there were any alternations. This would change things quite a bit on a dress even when the tag says size 14.

Another popular alternative is to rent a used wedding dress. Is it wrong when a guy rents his tuxedo? It shouldn’t be wrong when a woman rents her wedding dress either. Talk about a savings! There are several locations to choose from in your local area.

Unless you tell your guests, no one will know that you’re wearing a used wedding dress. Most people will assume that you purchased your dress new or had it made. If you carry yourself with style and grace, no one will know the difference.

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Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

After a long summer, wedding season, I found myself asking, “Why am I not getting married?” Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Oddly enough, I found myself looking for answer from an intuitive named Shawna.

Shawna, the Intuitive
I know, I know what you are all going to say. An intuitive? In a nutshell, Shawna’s method is channeling. Over the phone, she gave me a world of information without knowing anything about me. This was so different from the look into a crystal ball we are so familiar with. She started by telling me of the colors around me. She accurately described the color of my business card and my business website. Lucky guess, I suppose. Then she said I had a lot of sand around me. I live on an island. She mentioned my new career and the work I had been doing with meditation. She noted the successes and momentum that was building in these aspects of my life. All of which was great, but what about my love life and my endless walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid.

I’m Not Ready
She said it in very simple words: I wasn’t ready. Oddly enough, it was rather freeing to hear her say that. I felt pressured by myself, my life circumstances, and especially by others, to be married. Most recently, I clung firmly to a wonderful man. With him, I thought I would finally stop being the eternal bridesmaid. He was handsome, kind, and safe. Ah, there’s the word. It was safe to be with him because I trusted him. He was always busy because of his profession which made things nice for me. Neither of us could get too close even though we both played the game of tug-a-war. There was such a pull to be together because we had an incredible connection unlike one I had ever felt before.

Shawna said that I had just opened the door to what could be. I wouldn’t want to be with someone like him anyways, she said, because I’m evolving. I would be bored and unfulfilled. He would never be able to give me the type of depth I want from a relationship. He gave the perception that he could, but I would always be “hungry” for more. Boy did she nail that one! Even when we were at the height of our relationship, I always felt like there was something missing. Still, she assured me not to be too upset about that relationship because he was the perfect man for me at that time. Somehow, her words gave me the courage to let go of him. From that minute onward, I released him. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.

My friends would say things like, “Oh, he’s just not that into you.” “He should make more time for you.” Blah, blah blah. Really, it was never about him. It was always about me. I simply was not ready for more. I have so much to be grateful for. He taught me ME; he led me to the door of awakening. Thank you, thank you.

Change is necessary
Shawna said, “It’s ok to change. Change is necessary for more to come.” Then she gave me something that was wonderful. She said that I would find that connection and depth even deeper than I have ever felt before. When she said this, I felt such a wonderful sense of sureness, security, and knowing. He is coming, and he will be here when I am ready. In the meantime, I’m getting ready to be ready.

Shawna reminded me that I should dance more at weddings. It’s ok to be a bridesmaid. If I were getting married, I wouldn’t want my friends jealous or envious of me. I would want them to be happy for me. You may think I could have come to these conclusions on my own, but really, it doesn’t matter how to get to the finish line as long as we actually get there. Right? Yes, I would go back to Shawna because she gave me that release and peace I was seeking. I absolutely loved the experience. I loved knowing that he is waiting for me to be ready. He can wait a little bit longer. I’m busy enjoying…

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Maternity Wedding Dress Options

Times have changed. People are getting married later in life. Several states are now allowing same sex marriages. What was frowned upon just a few years ago is now becoming more common. This includes getting married while being pregnant.

Growing Belly
Being pregnant has its own challenges. Pregnancy is an important time in a woman’s life. No doubt. That is one reason why it is twice as important when you are getting married while being pregnant.
A maternity wedding dress with a growing belly is different from others. Although there is extra space in the belly area, it does not mean that style has to suffer. There are plenty of dresses for a pregnant bride-to-be to choose from. Designers are catering to pregnant brides and adding maternity wedding dresses to their collection.

The Right Time
The wedding can take place when the tummy has not expanded, and the bride-to-be is showing only slightly. There is nothing wrong in having a wedding for a late term pregnancy either. It is what is right for you and your family. Another determining factor for timing is the . Although the couple may opt to have a quick civil service, it is very common to see women walking down the aisle in the gown of her choice, in the color of her choice.

No More Reason to Hide
Back in the old days, it was deplorable to conceive a child before marriage. Today, it’s becoming more acceptable and quite the norm. There are other reasons to ruin this special day than trying to hide a pregnancy. A white gown is not off the table whereas before it would have been a different situation.

Finding The Right Fit
A pregnant bride might think it will be difficult to find the perfect dress, but the task is easier than it’s made out to be. An appropriate gown can be found to fit the special bulge growing. There will be plenty of options available. Start by looking through bridal magazines. See what styles are flattering. Go online and look over the dresses. Do this all before making an appointment to the bridal dress store and especially before having a gown made.

The most essential thing here is for the dress to fit well. The tummy will grow as the days and months go by. No one can predict how big the tummy will be, but a good seamstress will plan for a bigger mid area. It is easier to hem than to add to a dress. The bride-to-be needs to be in constant and open communication with the gown designer as the adjustments are made.

The Right Choice
Other things to consider: comfort. The wedding day is long and has its challenges. Consider wearing comfortable shoes and proper support.
One can also opt for a more , maternity wedding dress that is stylish and pretty but less traditional. This, of course, depends on her personality and wedding theme. An airy and more simple wedding dress would go well with a beach wedding theme. There are more options in choosing a beautiful dress to fit the occasion to make a pregnant bride radiate.

Putting Together A Wedding Budget

Set a realistic wedding budget when you’re planning your wedding

Wedding budgets often times is the source of disagreement for many soon-to-be-married couple. There may be different ideas about what kinds of weddings they each would like to have and what is realistically affordable. To avoid a quarrel, the couple should discuss financial constraints early and make a firm decision to stick to the budget.

Save for It
Discuss your finances before you start planning and shopping. You and everyone with decision-making power needs to understand exactly how much money there is to spend on the wedding.
Start saving for your wedding early to maximize your wedding budget. If you plan in advance and save, you will then maintain and maybe even exceed your budget. That way, your wedding planning will be easier and more fun.

All Aboard
It’s a good idea to set aside your wedding budget once it has been established and review it again in a few days. Then give everyone a chance to verify that that they understand and agree to the established wedding budget. Although it may seem trivial, this is extremely important. Someone who is not in agreement with the budget may feel the urge to overspend and jeopardize the rest of the budget.

Budget Line Items
The next step is to divide the total into budget categories- venue, food, drink, bride’s dress, groom’s attire, limousine, photograph, favors, entertainment, centerpieces, flowers, gifts, etc. You should also set some money aside for unforeseen expenses.

Who Pays For What
Clarify who is paying for what. This will save you lots of headaches.

The Art of Negotiation
If you have only $300 for entertainment, look for DJs who are in that range. Once you have selected a good DJ, you will need to negotiate their services to fit your budget. Obviously, if you can get their services for less, that’s a huge plus.
With everything you do for your wedding, it is wise to shop around and make comparisons. People like to share their experiences and make recommendations. However, some recommendations may be out of your price range. It is ok to let your recommendation know why you are not going with them. They may surprise you and offer less. You never know.

Do It Yourself
Doing things on your own can keep your budget down. Try making homemade invitations or your own favors. You can also make your own centerpieces. All of these little DIY projects can free up money better used for other areas of your wedding.
Do not think of your budget as restrictive. Try thinking of it as what you can and can’t afford. Focus on how you can make your wedding truly yours, truly unique. This will inspire you to create a memorable wedding regardless of your budget.

Prepare for The Unforeseen
It’s a wedding. Something is bound to go awry. If you go over your wedding budget in one area, you might need to cut in another area. Stay aware of the ramifications of your actions. Roll with the punches and alter where you need to accommodate.

Make It Memorable
Planning a wedding can be an emotional strain. A couple might feel the pressures of managing a wedding budget. It is important to talk about finances and clarify budget concerns for their wedding. If you do this early in the wedding planning, it will help avoid conflicts and disagreements. This is your wedding. Remember to make it fun for everyone involved and especially for yourself. Start your marriage on a positive note. Learn to work together. In the end, that’s what a marriage is all about.

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