Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Become a Long With Me - Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget!

You plan your perfect wedding day and you anxiously await for it to get here. Some have a short engagement, and others, like myself, have a long engagement (2 years.) After you wait all this time, you go to your dream vacation spot to start your new life as husband and wife. So how do you pick that "perfect" spot?

My solution was to leave it up to Dean. HA! I Since I am planning the wedding and he has taken a typical male approach of "it's your whatever you want," I figured I could give him one wedding task. The only thing that I told him was that I wanted to get a couple's massage.

So what did he come up with? The winner is...

The Sandals Regency St. Lucia! I never really thought to pick the Caribbean, but St. Lucia is absolutely beautiful! It is an all inclusive resort and the room we're staying in comes with 24/7 butler service (which was the selling point for Dean.) We can even do a honeymoon registry and guests can contribute to additional activities at  Sandals Honeymoon Registry

I was amazed at the price of the all-inclusive resorts at Sandals...definitely the most cost-friendly for our budget!

In planning the wedding myself, I've come to realize that you don't have to cut corners when you're on a budget.If you have the patience, diy projects can save you a ton on money, while giving your wedding a personal touch. With less than 4 months until the wedding, I figured my diy projects need to start NOW! Every week, I'll show you how I've managed to get exactly what I want, while being budget-friendly.

My diy project for this week is the wedding bubbles. I needed about 175 bubbles, and my best price option was at Walmart. For a 100 pack of bubbles, it cost me $15, so $30 for 2 packs. This is the before:

I simply took a piece of black ribbon and a piece of Tiffany blue ribbon together and made a bow. 8 packs of each color ribbon @ $.99 each at Michael's (on sale,) we have this:

 Lastly, my deal of the day. I've been ordering a lot of things off of eBay, and this is my latest purchase...the flower girl's dress. I was a little apprehensive because the price was so cheap and it was shipping from China, but once I received it (in a very tiny bag,) all of my worries were at ease! Here is where it looks like on:

I am in love with this dress! I haven't seen anything like it and I LOVE the ruffled neckline. I plan on replacing the white applique flower in the middle with a black flower (since the bridesmaids are wearing black.) The cost of the dress is as follows: $5.99 for the dress and $15.99 for shipping, totaling $21.98.

Just remember, you can find great deals without your purchases looking cheap. It's like they say, "Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget." Speaking of great deals, check in with me next week to see if I found a great deal on the next thing on my agenda...the rehearsal dinner venue!

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