Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Used Vera in Toronto!

Image from the Vera Wang site

For those Toronto brides who desire a Vera Wang for her big day but are working with a tight budget - check out This tulle & organza gown is selling for less than half its original price! is an another listing service for used and sample bridal gowns. The site is updated a few times a day.

Looking to own an original? Visit the Vera Wang store @ Hugo Nicholson in Yorkville!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Something Old, Something Vintage......

In keeping with the theme of Frugal Fridays, here's a lovely used Cymbeline dress for sale at Once Wed. The low back is so sexy! Great for a vintage wedding. The seller happens to be north of the border in Vancouver, thus saving the buyer from any custom/brokerage fees from shipping across the border.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Once Wed, it is a free listing service for used/sample wedding dresses. Emily, the genius behind Once Wed, also provides wedding inspiration by posting amazing real life weddings and DIY projects. Go check it out!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Frugal Fridays: Budget Friendly Weddings

This new "economic reality" is having many 2009 brides reconsider their wedding budgets. Do I really need a 4 tiered cake? Is a Vera Wang a must? Can I live without a full bar? Should I just elope?

A recent Metro News article, How to Tie the Knot without Your Strangling Budget, suggests that many couples are proceeding with their nuptials but have decided to tone down their big day by cutting corners.

The article goes on to highlight It's Your Event, a do-it-yourself wedding planning company based in Nova Scotia. Patricia Pardy, the owner of It's Your Event, advises brides to take control of their event, as opposed to handing the reins over to their parents, future in-laws or wedding planners, and to take control of their budget. Pardy even offers Do-It-Yourself (DIY) wedding workshops, designed to help the most clueless bride to navigate through the wedding planing process allowing her to reduce her stress levels, save time and most importantly, leave her rainy day jar somewhat intact.

For more information on It's Your Event, visit
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