Bridal On A Budget

Style and Savings Reads: The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

I first read about this book in Essence magazine book reviews and added it to my Want to Read list on Goodreads.

When I got the email about the Goodreads giveaway, I entered the giveaway and won!! Now I always enter Goodreads giveaways – who knows, I could win again : )

#Goodreads drawing winner! Happy to have an autographed book for my collection! This should be a fun summer read 😎☀️📖

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Between wedding planning

Wedding day nails after a relaxing salon trip with @wandiitastic & wandiitastic'smommy #becomingmrsu👰🏽 #bridetobe #weddingday

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and international travel

When in France, eat French Fries #france🇫🇷 #pommefrites #goldenarches

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I was having a busy summer and didn’t get around to reading this book.

This summer, my plans were pretty open and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the summer by creating a Style and Savings Summer Fun List and a Style and Savings Summer Reading List.

Of course this book was on the list –

The Perfect Find was the perfect summer read

It was fun and romantic, and better than the usual rom-com because its plot is not predictable.

The main character Jenna, is in a similar situation as Liza of TV Land’s Younger, being a 40-something woman working in a youth – obsessed industry (although Jenna is honest about her age and experience), trying to keep up with millennial culture and falling in love with a younger man, Eric.

I liked that the story began with Jenna’s current situation but later covers the backstory of her college days, rising up in her career, and her previous long-term relationship with her college sweetheart Brian.

Unlike Younger

The Perfect Find has diverse characters!

If the book is made into a movie or TV show (I wish!) it would have a Shonda Rimes-esque cast. I can see Vanessa Williams as Jenna’s “queen of mean’ boss. The handsome leading men  chosen to play Brian and Eric must have looks, charm and personality worthy of attracting a beautiful, unique, and accomplished yet down-to-earth woman like Jenna (and worthy of being my new celebrity crush!)

The New York backdrop and fashion culture are both integral to the book and would translate well to the silver screen or flat screen.

Without giving away any spoilers, I was satisfied with the book’s ending. It ends with a five year jump into the future. It was a nice stopping point, but still leaves room to for follow up stories in the form of a sequel or series.

Thank you Tia Williams for writing such great book and allowing us to peek into your glamorous life!

 

DIY Flower Girl Dress

Being someone with no patience for sewing, I thought this would be an easy, one-afternoon project.

This No Sew Flower Girl dress ending up being way more challenging than I thought it would be.

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As the instructions recommend, the top is a crochet band. With a quick Google search, I was able to purchase one from Girls Crochet Headbands. I chose a purple unlined Tutu Top because I wondered if lining would cause the top to be less stretchy.

Purple Crochet Tutu Top

Photo credit: Girls Crochet Headbands

Although I planned to cover the top with flowers, I didn’t want any part of it to be revealing (or scratchy) so I found a low-price ($3!), lavender, spaghetti strap tank top from Walmart to be worn underneath.

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Making the tulle skirt layers was pretty simple – with Mommy cutting the tulle into strips and me tying them to the crochet band, we were able to put two layers on quickly.

Even after a third layer was on, we were concerned about whether the tulle would be see-through. We ended up using a fabric skirt as a slip to be worn under the dress – luckily the skirt was a keepsake from when my sister and I were little, so this was no additional expense.

the-finished-productThe instructions showed how you could use a glue-gun to attach each flower to the crochet top. Of course the photos made it look easy, but I didn’t know how well they would stay on or how the flowers would keep their shape without the plastic stems.

Thankfully Mommy rescued the dress and this is also where this stopped being a “No Sew” DIY.

Mommy hand stitched each of the flowers to the dress along with a tiny purple bead in the center of each flower.

 

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While I liked the general idea to make this dress, it was not as fast as I thought it would be and it also required a skirt and tank top to be worn under it. Despite the extra effort – making a flower girl dress is a lot less expensive than buying one.

Overall, I’m so happy with this beautiful dress.

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Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

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Bridesmaid Boxes

Today’s post features another one of the many  sweet touches Mommy created for the wedding.

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Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

Each of my 5 special ladies got a colorful box with a collection of small gifts and a handwritten note from me inside.

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Nature Valley Bar and Belvita Breakfast Cookies – to keep energized during the day

Tissues – to wipe away happy tears

Icebreakers – for fresh, kissable breath

 Tylenol  and bandages – for fast first aid fixes

Emory Board/Nail grooming kit/purple nailpolish – for pretty purple polished nails

For more bridesmaid box ideas:

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

For more Wedding Wednesday DIYs:

Bridesmaid Bouquets

DIY Wedding Card Box

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Cake Design Ideas

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning was visiting a local bakery for our Cake Tasting

Before our appointment, I decided to check out Instagram for cake design inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorites:

        cakethatbakedgoods                              sugaruffles                                 lunacupcake

 

While  the two designs on the left and right were fun, the cake in the middle looked the most elegant.

Cake toppers were another accessory to shop for and I liked that there are more options besides the traditional bride and groom figurines.

 

Glitter Mr and Mrs Wedding Cake Toppers in your Choice of Glitter, Elegant Custom Wedding Cake Toppers, Unique Wedding Cake Topper (S001)    love David's Bridal

                 Etsy                                    Amazon                                David’s Bridal

I decided not to purchase a cake topper – to me it wasn’t a must have, so I decided not to spend the money on it (#styleandsavings). I knew the cake would be gorgeous on it’s own.

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Our cake table

Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

 

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

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DIY Wedding Card Box

Being a bride on a budget, I had a list of several decorations that I wanted to DIY instead of buy.

Wedding Card box / Card holder / Wedding money box - 3 tier - Personalized - Purple

I was inspired by this gorgeous Etsy listing. but I was not willing to pay so much 💵💰

Luckily I found these instructions from Michelle Ng’s blog.

Instead of painting and decorating a plain cardboard box, I found beautiful boxes on sale at Michael’s. They matched our purple and lavender wedding colors and even had our flowers (hydrangeas) on them.

While I saved time by not having to decorate the boxes, I didn’t realize these boxes are made of much stronger material and could not simply be cut with an Exacto knife.

Luckily, I have talented  parents (they ended up doing all of my DIY projects….) who were able to cut through the boxes with a jigsaw.

In addition to gluing the 3 boxes to eachother, the flaps on the front of the boxes were also glued shut. This way the boxes could not be opened and cards would be dropped in to the slot cut into the top box.

The pretty rhinestones came from a sticker sheet – also found at Michael’s

For more Style and Savings Wedding DIY Projects:

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquets

Silver Bells to Wedding Bells

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

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Wedding Makeup

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One of the ways I’m saving on the wedding budget is DIY makeup and hair.

My Matron Of Honor is a makeup aficionado and did my makeup for senior prom and one of my besties is an Estee Lauder sales rep trained in makeup application –  we’ve got this covered!

Although I occasionally write about beauty products on Makeover Monday, I’m really not that into makeup. Usually I’m rushing too much in the morning to put on anything more than a < 5 minute Face.

Last year, some friends started selling Mary Kay and I picked up the Mary Kay CC Cream. I like how it feels smooth and light-weight.

My aunt always shares her Clinique free gifts, so the Soft-Pressed Powder Blush is from her.

The rest is on my Sephora Shopping List:

Eye shadow in shades of gold and pink – Urban Decay Naked 3 eye palette 

Defining eye liner crayon – Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil in Brown

lash lengthening mascara – L’ Oreal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara in Black

Kiss-proof lip color – Sephora Luster Matte Long-wear Lip Color in  Rose Luster

 

Have you tried any of these products?

Are there other beauty products that you would recommend?

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Toast to Tuesday: Signature Drinks

The most expensive part of a wedding is not the wedding – it’s the reception. Serving food, drinks and cake to all of your guests really adds up. One way to save money on the bar tab is  by having a Signature Drink.

If you want your guests to dance and keep the party going, you are probably having a bar and in general as a hostess, your guests shouldn’t have to pay for drinks at a cash bar. Really – Miss Manners says so. Your open bar doesn’t have to be a full bar though – just keep it simple with beer, wine, and a signature cocktail.

Having a signature cocktail is a fun way to incorporate your theme, wedding colors, personality, or honeymoon destination. My cousin and her new husband were headed to Antigua, and their signature cocktail was a tropical blue drink called Antigua Breeze.

Since we are headed to a warm-weather locale (to be revealed later), I’m also going for a tropical umbrella drink .

 

MALIBU Piña Colada                                                  

Malibu  Run’s Pina Colada                                      The Original Mai Tai

 

What is your favorite cocktail? 

 

 

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