Friday, December 2, 2016

Get Bridal Guide Magazine For Free

As soon as I got engaged, one of my mom's best friends told me she had a few bridal magazines for me. And almost at the very same time, someone purchased me a gift subscription to Bridal Guide.

I didn't think I needed magazines. I had the Internet, and that was good enough. So I thought.

It's not.

The Internet is a great place to start, but magazines are so amazing and worth the cost. There is so much information, ideas on how to save money, how to address invitations, check lists, and a ton of ads for dresses (which are definitely ads I don't mind).

Bridal Guide is amazing, but it's $5.99 an issue. That's way too much to pick up at the store every month. Right now, though, you can get a free issue of Bridal Guide magazine.

Get a free subscription to Bridal Guide magazine. Find out how at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Right now, you can get a free issue of Bridal Guide magazine. Just click that link, enter your info, and your first issue should arrive in about six weeks.

I requested all the free wedding magazines I could find. They were all so helpful for me. I was able to flip through them when I had a few minutes and look at the dresses (bridal magazines are very ad heavy, but I never minded), read an article, and just feel like I was on the right track with my planning. That confirmation is worth the cost of the magazine.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wedding Deals And Savings (Current as of December 2016)

As I've mentioned before, I usually don't post deals on the blog. Yes, it's about saving money, but I try to keep deals on Twitter or Facebook because deals expire and posts on this blog last forever.

But people were really happy with the deals and savings I posted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so I decided to put together this monthly post of wedding deals and savings. I'll update it every month. In case you're looking for it, I'll put a direct link to it on the right side of this blog too.

Save on your wedding stationery, grab wedding freebies, and more from this post at www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated monthly!


Wedding Deals And Savings


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CafePress
Deal: 20% off your order
Code: CYBERWEEK
Til: 12/1/2016
Shop at CafePress

CatPrint
Deal: 25% off textured stocks
Code: FANCYCAT25
Til: 12/2/2016
Shop at CatPrint
Check out our CatPrint review here.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery

InkGarden
Deal: 25% off your order
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Sign up for the mailing list at InkGarden

Magnet Street
Deal: 40% off wedding sitewide
Code: WTHANKS40
Til: 12/6/2016
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: 15% off holiday cards (maybe use them for wedding thank yous?)
Code: SNOW15
Til: 12/5/2016
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: Up to 55% of orders of $30+
Code: JOLLY
Til: 12/5/2016
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Up to 50% off Paper Source favorites
Code: (none needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Shutterfly
Deal: Save up to 50% on your total
Code: BEST
Til: 12/3/2016
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Swoozies
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Swoozies

Tiny Prints
Deal: Up to 50% off all cards
Code: CYBERCARDS
Til: 12/1/2016
Shop at Tiny Prints

Vistaprint
Deal: Up to 50% off custom photo gifts
Code: CYBERWEEK
Til: 12/4/2016
Shop at Vistaprint

Walgreens
Deal: 30% off photo gifts
Code: SHOPEARLY
Til:  12/3/2016
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 40% off everything
Code: BESTSALE40
Til: 12/04/2016
Shop at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Deals

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AC Moore
Deal: 40% off any regular price item
Code: None, but you need a coupon from their website
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at AC Moore stores

Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!
Deal: Free gift with every order
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!

Beau-Coup Favors
Deal: 15% off $29+; 20% off $79+
Code: SLEIGH
Til: 12/1/2016
Shop at Beau-Coup

Blurb
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Blurb

Cufflinks.com
Deal: Free shipping on $50+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Cufflinks.com

Dollar Tree
Deal: Everything's $1
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Dollar Tree
See our post on why you should always wedding shop at the dollar store.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off custom stamps
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery
Read our post about 5 Times You'll Wish You Had A Stamp During Wedding Planning

Frecklebox
Deal: 10% off sitewide
Code: WINTER2016
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Frecklebox
*Perfect gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls.

Indochino
Deal: Clearance suits from $329 CAD
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (while supplies last)
Shop at Indochino

Julep
Deal: Free shipping on all orders over $10
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Julep
*We've used this nail polish before and loved it. It would be great for at home manicures.

Men's Wearhouse
Deal: 40% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Men's Wearhouse

Michaels
Deal: 50% off one item
Code: 50SAVE11276
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Michaels' website

Minted
Deal: 15% off on all gifts
Code: 12GIFTS
Til: 12/12/2016
Shop at Minted

Montage
Deal: Photo books starting at $29
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Montage

My Wedding Favors
Deal: 15% off $49+; 20% off $99+; 25% off $149+
Code: SHOPGIFTS
Til: 12/1/2016
Shop at My Wedding Favors

Napkins.com
Deal: 20% off your order
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Shop at Napkins.com

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on custom print orders of $75+
Code: CUSTOM75
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Deal: Free shipping on orders of $35+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at pinkEpromise Boutique

Shutterfly
Deal: Save up to 50% on your total
Code: BEST
Til: 12/3/2016
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Sole Serum
Deal: Free shipping on orders of $30+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Sole Serum
*Read our review here.

Tiny Prints
Deal: 30% off gifts and home decor
Code: CYBERGIFTS
Til: 12/1/2016
Shop at Tiny Prints

Visible Interest
Deal: 15% off your total
Code: MODHOLIDAY15
Til: 12/6/2016
Shop at Visible Interest

Walgreens
Deal: 75% off photo cards
Code: BOOKS75DEAL
Til:  12/3/2016
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Freebies


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Amazon
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Amazon.com

Exclusively Weddings
Deal: Free wedding invitation samples
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Exclusively Weddings

Minted
Deal: Free wedding sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Minted

Target
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Target.com

Things Remembered
Deal: Free personalized silver keepsake heart
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Join the mailing list here

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 10 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: R10WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

*Be sure to check out all our free wedding printables too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are you looking for savings on?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why Wedding Traditions Are So Important

It's your wedding. You want to do you. You want to buck traditions. You want a cupcake tower and a penguin ring bearer because YOLO. I get it. I wanted cupcakes and Pete wanted to ride in on a donkey. In the end, we went with a fabulous cake and Pete walked in with personalized Converse. Sometimes, traditional is okay. But always -- and I stress always -- wedding traditions are a necessity.

Wedding traditions are so important. Read this post from www.abrideonabudget.com and you will understand why.


When I was planning my wedding, I knew we would have Ave Maria sung during the ceremony. I didn't know when, but I knew it was my grandma's favorite song and that it was important to her to have it sung at my mom's wedding. So here I was, a generation later, knowing it had to be in our ceremony. I never mentioned this to my grandma. I never told her I had it sung because of tradition. I just wanted her to sit during our ceremony and have a moment where she heard the song and thought, "This is my favorite." I gave her that moment, sure, but tradition and history and nostalgia really gave it to her.

And we had a band. Before she passed, before Pete and I were engaged, heck we might not have even been officially a couple yet, Pete's mom told me her favorite weddings were the ones with bands. She said she let her daughters, Pete's sisters, make every wedding decision without her input -- except for the band. She insisted they opt for a band over a DJ and they were both grateful for the push in that direction. So, keeping up the tradition of Pete's family, we had a band. And what a difference the band really made. Pete even got to play with them, which was such a special moment for everyone.

I was grandma-sitting last month, thinking about how lucky it was for me to be able to give her Ave Maria at our wedding, how lucky I was to give her a photo of me alone with my dress and veil because that's the shot she wanted. Did I want a veil? Originally, no. But was it a tradition that was important to my grandma? Yes. And that was that.

These are the things people are going to remember about your wedding. As much as you agonize over it, no one is going to remember if you have a garden or Caesar salad. People won't care if you have yellow or white votive candles in your centerpieces, although that is a decision you will have to make.

But if you play your parents' wedding song and have them slow dance to it, they'll remember that. If your groom wears his grandpa's hat, people will remember that. Both things we did.

Here's the things about traditions: If you skip them, you don't get a redo. After the wedding is done, you don't get a second chance for any shoulda-coulda-wouldas. It's like life. You don't always get tomorrow.

So when you're planning your wedding, you're going to get upset. You're going to get mad over some suggestions and you're gonna want to plan your wedding your way. But when it's all done, the selfishness that comes from your frustration (aka your Bridezilla moments) may cause you to miss moments that are so incredibly important, ones you wish you could add back in. But by then, it'll be too late.

If you and your husband met at a cupcake shop and you really want to have cupcakes at your wedding, I get it. And if your mom really wants you to use her cake topper that her grandma gave her, I get that too. But you'll have the rest of your life to go get cupcakes with your hubby-to-be. You'll only have one chance to use your great-grandma's cake topper.

And maybe you don't want to have everyone watch as you dance with your dad. I get it. It's hard to have the spotlight on you, even on your wedding day. But that tradition, it's one your dad has thought about since the moment you came into this world. And one day, you won't have the opportunity to dance with your dad. And you'll be clinging to every memory; every moment becomes so incredibly important and special. And you'll be so grateful you had that father daughter dance. And that feeling that fills your soul is worth so much more than the nerves of all eyes on you and your dad for three and a half minutes.

I'm lucky that these are the thoughts that fill my heart and soul and mind. I planned my wedding with these thoughts in my mind, and I hope you will too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: I didn't proofread this. I can't. It's too close to my heart right now. Also why there's no bridal babble question on it. I'm not sure when I'll be ready to come back and read this and chat with you all about it. xoxo, Lisa