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Wedding Items That Are Completely Overpriced

Paying for a wedding is nearly always a large expense. However, some items needed for a wedding are pricier than others. There are usually cheaper alternatives if couples are willing to consider them.

One wedding item that is often overpriced is invitations. An alternative to this is for couples to create and print their own wedding invitations at home. Couples can either design their invitation themselves or purchase a software program that will help them put one together at home. Another option that some couples are willing to consider is sending digital wedding invitations, which also makes it easier for guests to RSVP.

Another wedding item than can often cost more than couples would like it to spend is a custom veil. While standard veils can be bought at wedding stores, some brides have caught on to the idea of finding a veil that they like and having a local seamstress creating it for them.

Table linens are an expensive item for most couples. The cost of renting one for each table can pile up rather quickly. An alternative to spending so much money renting them is to purchase table linens from a site such as eBay and then re-selling them after the wedding is over. This has the potential to save couples a significant amount of money and even let them at least partially recoup what they paid for them. For many money savvy couples this is a desirable option.

Since a wedding and reception can’t take place without a venue, this is an essential that can easily be overpriced; yet it doesn’t have to be. The best way a couple can avoid paying more for their venue than they would like is to have the wedding during the week. Most wedding venues will give couples a discount for doing so because the majority of weddings take place on weekend afternoons or evenings.

Flowers can also be an overpriced wedding item if a bride insists on choosing flowers that are out of season and/or not available locally. To save money on flowers most of the time a couple will either choose to use one they can readily obtain or purchase silk flowers instead, which look just like real flowers but are much cheaper.

Wedding dresses are often overpriced, causing some brides to spend more money on their dress than they can afford to spare from their budget. In fact, most brides agree that a new dress is one of the most common wedding items that aren’t worth their price at all. For more laid back brides, or those who are willing to make sacrifices to keep from overpaying, there is the option of borrowing a dress from a friend or family member or purchasing one from a local thrift shop. Brides that have their heart set on a brand new wedding dress can avoid overpaying by choosing a dress from the previous wedding season.

Couples want to purchase high quality items for their weddings without being overcharged. This is not only possible, but easy to do if couples are willing to make sacrifices to have an affordable wedding.

Summer Handbags for Any Event

With summer just around the corner, handbags are taking center stage on many women’s shopping agenda; including my own! Summer is the best time to diversify your handbag collection because there are so many color choices available, and there are also a large number of excuses to use them. There are simply more parties and events that take place in the summer, and when you stack that on top of the summer holidays you have a very eventful season.

When choosing an appropriate handbag for a specific event you need to make sure it embraces the mood and color scheme perfectly. On the other hand, you can have an equal amount of success choosing a handbag that is outrageous and a very risky fashion choice. No matter which route you choose to go, here are a few things to consider for specific holidays and summertime events before you head out shopping for the perfect purse.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is well known as the first real party of high summer, but the day itself is actually quite somber and emotional for many people in the world. When choosing your handbag for Memorial Day, make sure you’re considerate of people thinking about their loved ones that have passed. You can treat the rest of the weekend like a party and show off an edgier handbag, but keep Memorial Day itself a little higher class when it comes to your handbag choice.

4th of July

The 4th of July is probably everyone’s favorite summer holiday, and who can really blame them? Good people, good food, and of course some fireworks, you can have a great time in your very own backyard. I like to choose my handbag based on what I need to carry with me. For instance, if I need to carry sunscreen, some sparklers, and the rest of my normal purse contents, my handbag is typically very large. Since I love my country, I always make sure my handbag is red, white, and blue, but I try to make it look as creative as possible within those confines.


Weddings are a really fun time to do whatever you want with your handbag. Most women carry a clutch filled with necessities, but it all depends on the outfit you intend to wear and how formal the wedding is going to be. The only fashion taboo at a wedding is showing up in a white dress, so anything short of that is totally fair game. Feel free to express yourself with rich colors of the summer like bright yellows and oranges or even bright blues and greens. I personally find that the function of your purse or handbag at a wedding is much more important, but fashion is always a primary concern.

No matter what summer event you’ll be attending, some carful thought should lead you to the perfect handbag. Make sure you choose a different handbag for every big event, because that’s half the fun of going in the first place!

What Are the Benefits of a Wedding Website?

With our new technological age, couples no longer have to pack their invitations with information that guests may lose or misplace. A wedding website, while it is a little bit of work to get up and running, is very beneficial to you and your guests in many different ways. There are numerous things that having a wedding website will allow you to do that you would otherwise need to do manually, so there are many benefits to going through the process of setting one up. Here are a few things to consider if you’re on the fence.

Travel Options

If you are having out of town guests, you can include recommended hotels or ones your wedding guests will get a discount at. You may also suggest restaurants for those staying several days, and even different transportation options. You can usually get a much better price if you block out rooms for your wedding guests, plus it will ensure availability during busy seasons.

Share Your Registry

It is easy for guests to find your wedding registry on your website and since it is considered tacky when including the registry with an invitation, this is the best way to tell everyone about it. It may even save you some time on the phone explaining your registry location to everyone.

Introduce the Wedding Party

Not everyone attending the wedding will be acquainted with the people in your wedding party. On the website you can introduce every one of them with their name and a little bit about them, such as how you met. This will help familiarize your party with your guests.

Share Photos

Sharing photos before and after your wedding can be a huge hassle; even though social media has simplified it a great deal. The problem is that almost every one of your guests will have some good pictures on their phone to share, so having a wedding website will allow you to have a central place for everyone to share their photos. That way, if one of your guests snaps a great picture at your reception, you won’t have to spend a ton of time tracking down the photos.

Talk About One Another

Share a story about your partner or your plans for the future! Your guests will love to hear a story they may not have heard before and may want to know a little more about your future husband or wife. Just make sure to keep the stories wholesome, you wouldn’t want your grandmother hearing about you doing keg stands on a vacation!

As you can see, there are many opportunities and features that building a wedding website will open up for you. There are plenty of free places to get one setup quickly, so I suggest you take the extra time to get your very own wedding website setup and reap the benefits of the modern world.

Tiaras that Sparkle

When putting together your wedding outfit, your tiara is supposed to compliment your dress and really sparkle in the light. Though many brides consider accessories like their tiara an afterthought to the rest of the outfit, the one you choose can either make or break your entire look. If you are looking for a tiara that really sparkles and will accent your wedding dress perfectly, there are a handful of classic options that you should consider. While your final choice will hinge on the exact style of dress you choose, these styles should give you some initial direction and help you choose what’s right for you.

Winter Snowflake Tiara

Winter Snowflake TiaraThis headpiece is a stunning choice for the winter bride. Pink rhinestone encrusted snowflakes dance along the silver plated band, ending in a silver bead detail at every point. The ornamented portion of the piece measures 9″ wide and 1″ tall and the piece ends in two loops that allow you to fasten it in your hair with bobby pins.

Snow Crystal Swarovski Tiara

Snow Crystal Swarovski TiaraIf you’ve chosen winter wonderland as your wedding theme, then this snowflake tiara is the perfect addition to your wedding attire. This rhinestone tiara includes a Swarovski crystal design that mimics the elegant symmetry of snowflakes. At 9” across and 1 ½” tall at the center peak, this crystal tiara makes you the belle of the ball. End loops secure to your hair to ensure the tiara doesn’t fall off during your special moments. Choose the Rhinestone and Swarovski snowflake tiara for your winter wedding or event today.

What Works for You

Choosing the right style for you is completely a matter of personal taste. The two styles of tiaras listed above are a good fit for nearly any wedding dress and ensemble, but they may not be what suit your personal taste. Make sure you have a good idea of what your dress will look like before you go shopping and you should be able to find the perfect tiara that will sparkle beautifully and also match your outfit.

Fun Sparkly Items for Your Wedding

As you probably know, this entire blog is dedicated to things that glitter, sparkle, and add to the overall “shine” of your wedding. This can range from something as common as a diamond ring to something as fabulous as ruby slippers, but the sky truly is the limit. Below are a few of my favorite sparkly items that I simply adore and think and wedding could benefit from.

Rhinestone and Pearl Bridal Sash Belt

Rhinestone and Pearl Bridal Sash BeltThis sparkly sash will be the perfect finishing touch to your bridal gown or dress for a special event. The sash measures approximately 105″ long, allowing you to tie it in the back. The rhinestone and pearl appliqué measures 17.5″ long by 2.25″ tall and is mounted on 1.5″ wide white satin double face ribbon. The ends of the ribbon have been treated to prevent fraying. If you would like the ribbon to be shortened to a certain length prior to shipping, please don’t hesitate to message me and I will shorten it and retreat the ends.

Crystal Rhinestone Hair Comb

Crystal Rhinestone Hair CombThis very sparkly rhinestone encrusted hair comb will be the perfect accent to your wedding day or special event coiffure. It is perfect for brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride, proms, girls celebrating their quince, and more. The comb measures 2.25″ wide by 3″ tall (brooch measures 2″ tall) and is mounted on a silver plated comb. The brooch is made of high quality crystal rhinestones.

Bow-Shaped Clear Rhinestone Silver Headband

Bow-Shaped Clear Rhinestone Silver HeadbandThis headband is made of a clear crystal rhinestone-encrusted appliqué mounted on a silver-plated headband. This headband REALLY shines and sparkles! It will be the finishing touch to your wedding-day or special event hairdo. The sides of the headband can be tucked into your hair so that only the rhinestone piece is showing. Pair this headband with a birdcage veil for a touch of vintage style!

Including Sparklers

Wedding SparklersSparklers are turning up at a growing segment of weddings, and brides who want things to be very sparkly are heading up the pack. Wedding sparklers can be used for a variety of different functions at your wedding; all of which will benefit the overall glittery feel of your special day. If you are like us, you want everything at your ceremony and reception to be as sparkly and fun as possible. Sparklers are a fantastic way to accomplish this while at the same time making the entire experience even better for your guests.


Photos can be dressed up quite nicely using sparklers. As we all know, weddings are one of the most documented events on film in your life; so adding something like wedding sparklers to the shots can really make things stand out better. Everything from the first dance to the first kiss will be captures in photos, so adding the glittering effects of sparklers to the backdrop can really make those photos sparkle.

Send-Off Lines

Many weddings have send-off lines at the end of the reception, and usually the guests are given some type of favor to make the event more fun. Historically, the items that they were given included rice or birdseed to throw as the couple made their exit. However, if you want the event to sparkle from start to finish, there is no substitute for using sparklers. Using them will make your send-off line a glittering experience for all involved and make the entire party much more fun and exciting.

Favors and Fun

If you want your wedding to have “random” acts of sparkling fun, you can always set a bunch of sparklers out for your guests to use at random. By handing out wedding sparklers as favors, you can create an atmosphere where your guests can make sparklers at any time they choose throughout the affair. Besides just making the event have more glitter action, it also takes care of the need to buy wedding favors.

Glittering Champagne

ChampagneChampagne is a staple beverage at every wedding celebration, and most people would concur that it already has sparkling properties of its own. Not just because it’s known as “sparkling wine”, mind you, but because of the way it reflects light and actually appears to be glittering as the bubbles flow along the edge of the glass. Champagne is used all over at wedding receptions from the first toast for the couple to kiss to the guests tapping on the glass to incite them to kiss again and again.

Sticking with the theme of our blog, there are even more ways to make your champagne sparkle brightly. As I said before, it already does a pretty good job all by itself; but “supercharging” this effect can only make the deliciousness better.

Adding Edible Glitter

Edible glitter is a great way to make your champagne sparkle even more than it already does. Simply sprinkle a little glitter into each of your champagne flutes before you pour in the champagne and enjoy the fun. The glitter will float suspended in the champagne, and it will look amazing in photographs and to the naked eye.

Light-Up Champagne Flutes

Another way to highlight the glittering effects is to hand out light-up champagne flutes to your guests. There are several options available for light-up champagne glasses including a variety of different colors and even ones that alternate colors in a specific pattern. The alternating ones are the best for a sparkling effect because the dancing lights are marvelous in their own right.

Diamond in the Glass

We have all seen it in the movies. A guy drops a ring into the bottom of the champagne glass, proposes a toast, and in the process he is proposing marriage. This is actually a risky idea because of the obvious choking risk (not to mention the expense). However, you can buy plastic champagne flutes that have a ring “built-in” to the bottom to create the illusion. Though it isn’t the same as giving real diamond rings to all of your guests, it certainly adds some fun sparkle to your reception.

Sparkly Items

Sparkly ItemsWeddings are a time to shine and express your glowing personality, and nothing does that better than items that sparkle. Everything from the sequins on your wedding dress and shoes to the rock on your finger are sparkling tributes to the celebration you are undertaking. For everything that glitters or sparkles at your wedding ceremony and reception, we have created this website.

Our blog is dedicated to discovering and discussing thins that sparkle and can be used as part of your wedding. Whether it is something as simple as a diamond ring or as complex as champagne with edible sparkles suspended in the liquid, we will attempt to leave no stone unturned. We will be adding new ideas and product reviews on a very regular basis, so feel free to check back often during your wedding planning endeavors.

Thank you to all of our readers, and we hope you have an amazing wedding with plenty of sparklers and splendor!