3 Tips For The Poor Bride

3 Tips for Poor Brides

Looking for ways to save money for your wedding day? Just need a little extra to get that Vera Wang dress or that vintage wedding ring you had your eye on. Here are 3 tips I’ve found useful for saving money that just might help you get what you want.

1. Trick Yourself. Have part of your paycheck automatically deposited into a separate savings account. Trick yourself into forgetting it is even there so you don’t spend it. When I started saving for my wedding I was short on money but big on ideas. And this was one of the ways that I was able to put money aside without being tempted to use it for other things.

2. That’s A Latte Money. Cutting out Starbuck’s (or something else) for a year might be tough but the extra money you will save for that honeymoon to Bali will be worth it.  I used to go to Starbuck’s every morning before work. That was about $4 a day, $20 a week, $1,040 a year! On coffee, who knew! By just cutting out the Starbucks you could have a nice chunk of change to go towards your honeymoon. Don’t want to cut out the coffee? Find other things that you can cut. Keep a journal for a week that tracks every single thing you buy. You might be surprised on where your money is going and find some things you can cut (at least for now). While it may not be fun, it would be worth it to have the extra money for your once in a lifetime event.

3. A Simple Switch. Can you switch one of your everyday products for a lesser expensive or store brand? This could be anything from your tin foil to your laundry detergent. Items you might not even think much about. Until I took a closer look, I didn’t realize this myself. I too was purchasing the most expensive brands without even giving it a second thought.  For example, I used to buy a contact solution that cost $9 a bottle. One day I realized that there was another store brand that was a fraction of the cost. I gave it a try and it worked fine. Why was I overpaying? Just out of habit. Are there any brands you can switch so you can use that extra money for that calligrapher you wanted to hire?

These are just a few ideas to help you save that little extra to make that extra special day a reality. These small sacrifices will be well worth it for a day you will always remember. I would love to hear if any of you have ideas on how to save extra money for your wedding. It would be great to share as many ideas as we can. Till next time…

Color Inspiration…Vintage Carnival

I’ve got another shot of color inspiration for you today. I was looking through some amazing photos. Color photos from the Great Depression and it was so moving to see these photos in color. It made that era come to life. We’re so used to seeing all the black & white photos it almost doesn’t feel real sometimes. But seeing it in color brings it into the same context as we see things everyday, in color. It made me feel even more connected to these people.

The photo I chose above really popped out at me when I saw it. The rich colors, graphic carnival banners and 1940’s gent drew me in and made me wonder what it would have been like to be there on that bright sunny day.

Does this photo draw you in as much as it does me? Would love to hear what you think. Till next time…

Photo: Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Fun Finds

Fun Finds

Button and fabric Bridal Bouquet

I ran across this gorgeous and unique bridal bouquet while searching for wedding inspiration this week. I love that it is not your typical bridal bouquet. It has a handmade personal feel to it that I think many brides are leaning towards these days. And it is a  keepsake from your wedding that you will be able to cherish forever. You Fascinate Me So is the designer behind this beautiful piece.

What do you think of this bouquet?

Mother’s Day Finds

Ok, I realized this is a little late for finding Mother’s Day gifts. But in case you are running behind, here are some really cute options. As a Mom I can say I would be happy to receive any of these gifts. What do you think of these picks? Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there. Enjoy your day, you deserve it!

Custom Fingerprint Jewelry Heart Necklace by Rock My World, Inc.  |  Nerd Herder gadget wallet by Rock It Bot  |  Amy Butler Cosmo Bag by House of Stitches  |  Personalized Bird Bracelet by Beautiful As You  |  Deep Mum Metal Frame Purse by Daphne  |  Po’ Dot Series Blown Glass Tumbler Set by Demi and Dean  |  Dear Mum and Kid Necklace by Cecilia

Project #DesignLife365

#designlife365

Here’s a little peek at my life from this month. A hail storm, Mommy Daughter day at the art museum, new baby chicks and a happy 3 year old.

As if I don’t have enough projects, I’ve decided to start yet another. I’ve heard of people who take a year and commit to doing something everyday. Draw a picture, design a dress, decide on a subject that they will work with each day. Then at the end of the year they have a great collection to look back on. I decided it might be fun to take a snapshot of my life each day  for a year. They might not always be exciting pics but just a little snap or peek into my everyday life. Then at the end of the year I will have a great mosaic of what my year had been like. This is more something I’m doing for me. Please don’t think I am so egotistical that I would think people would care to see me everyday like a Reality TV show. But if you would like to come along for the ride, I’d love to have you. I will be posting a photo each day on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter @Genevieve_Lucy or search for the hashtag #designlife365 and you will be able to see all my tweets. You can comment, share, and let me know what your day is like as well.

Have any of you committed to one of these 365 projects? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us below and let us know how it went. Till next time…