Brides and grooms, you have until February 14 to win the Ben Bridge $100,000 Wedding of the Century. In celebration of the wedding jeweler’s 100 year anniversary, engaged couples have the opportunity to win a dream wedding that includes $30K in jewelry for the wedding party, a cash prize for the ultimate wedding and a honeymoon in Africa.
Simply visit Ben Bridge on Facebook, upload a photo of you and your honey and get friends to vote. We don’t promote wedding contests often, so when we do, it has to be good. This one just might be worth your time!
If you don’t win, and you’re a budget savvy bride looking to throw your dream wedding for cheap, there are numerous ideas and affordable wedding accessories at Advantage Bridal. We carry DIY wedding invitations and favors, as well as discount bridal shoes and reception decor.
Scour flea markets and swap meets for interesting pieces or props for a DIY photo booth. Search local parks, beaches and outdoor spaces for an inexpensive wedding venue. Throw the reception in a grand backyard or club house, which can often be rented for a nominal fee. Visit your city’s website for a list of local parks and beaches that may be available to rent for a ceremony.
You’ll be surprised what you can find with a little research. Buy a gently used bridal gown, sample dress or last year’s styles for even more savings. And you know what? You don’t need a bridal gown at all to feel and look like a bride. Think of all the glamorous styles seen on the red carpet. An elegant evening gown in white, ivory or champagne might do the trick.
It’s the accessories that say “bride.” Add a veil, rhinestone headpiece or bridal hat to a simple white gown. Add a sash, sparkly jewelry and a bridal jacket for more impact. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on your bridal ensemble or venue. A little creativity and imagination goes a long way. . .