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Magical Winter Wedding Savings

A winter wedding can be magical thanks to the natural glimmer of snow, the need for cozy textiles and the craving for warm comfort food. I am in love with the idea of a winter wedding. Picture it: glittering blankets of snow, crackling fireplaces, hot chocolate toasts, twinkling lights, and maybe even a bit of holiday bedazzle. Winter weddings can be truly magical and oh-so-cozy affairs. And the best part, a winter wedding can allow you to save serious pennies without compromising your dream wedding.


A Better Venue

winter-wedding-ideas-245516-1513889473566-image.700x0cFewer couples choose winter weddings which means less competition for dates and lower prices. January and February dates seemed to be least expensive out of the year. Many of the more expensive venues we looked at offered significant discounts in this price range. For couples who have their eye on a certain venue and are more flexible on time of year, this can be a great strategy.

Seasonal Decor

During the winter, you can save a lot on the decorations needed for your wedding. Instead of using tons of expensive fresh flowers, go with seasonal decor such as pine cones, berries, wood pieces, and evergreen branches. This not only looks more suitable for the season, but also saves you big money on decorations. Winter can allow for simpler flowers like Gypsophila (or ‘baby’s breath’),  a beautiful flower that you can buy direct from the flower market for a tiny price. You also probably have Christmas lights already on hand that you can use as well. Flowers are a huge wedding expense, so being able to only use a few or opt out completely helps keep your wedding significantly on budget.

Not only is your venue probably already decorated for the holidays, but you can also find plenty of decorations on sale at craft stores like Michael’s and AC Moore. Incorporate bare branches, miniature white lights and other items that you can easily find and are available  during the winter season. For example, you can find bare branches, paint them white and combine a few white flowers into them to create amazing centerpieces. In addition, think about how you may be able to recycle holiday decor into something that works well for a Winter Wonderland wedding.

Getting married in a church? Many churches go all out during the holiday season, adorning the building with intricate flower arrangements, take advantage of their hard work! Incorporate those decorations with your own! More bang for way less bucks!

Your Dream Dress

The best time of year to purchase your dream dress is winter. Between Black Friday and imagesCyber Monday, you’ll likely have your pick of sales and great deals on any dress you could imagine. The same goes for bridesmaids’ dresses, which is bound to leave your bridal party happy. Additionally, many bridal shops, have winter blowout sales where you can purchase the dress of your choice at a steep discount; think 70 percent off. Still, even if you happen to miss these particular sales, you’ll probably find your dress at discount anyway since winter isn’t typically a busy wedding season.

Inexpensive Food

Apart from a few holiday parties, most caterers are less busy in the winter months. Businesses usually see an abundance of clients during the spring and summer, and like venue owners, see a decline in the winter. Because of this, you’ll find that you can snag your favorite chef, or baker, for a lot cheaper than you would during the summer. Since caterers aren’t as busy, you’ll be able to serve a full meal for a fraction of the cost you’d normally pay and you can always utilize this slow time for negotiation as well.

Festive Drinks 

d5ad83efe99574d532be0852a1dd294eChampagne is traditionally associated with weddings but is very expensive. Serve something festive such as mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate or spiced cider for a fraction of the price.

Cheaper Favors

Instead of giving away the usual box of almonds, drink cozies, candles or picture frames, winter offers up an array of wonderful and inexpensive favor ideas that are bound to delight your guests and save you money. You can DIY everything from cute hot chocolate kits, to scented pine cone fire starters, to personalized gloves for the cold season. A winter wedding provides many unique and useful options for wedding favors that don’t have to cost you a fortune.

Beautiful Photos

carly-chris-atwell-winter-wedding-1-1500x837When everything is blanketed in fresh snow, the world looks a little more beautiful, at least in my opinion. No matter what’s going on with the weather, you’re bound to have beautiful pictures.  Unlike rain in the spring, you can still take pictures in the snow. You also don’t have to worry about renting a place for pictures because literally anywhere you take them will look beautiful and surreal in a winter wonderland. Also, like venues and caterers, photographers see a slow season during the winter as well, which means photos for less.


Brittany & Brianna


DIY Wedding Invitations

diy_wedding2_blog_extraThe cost of wedding invitations are between $400 and $800 on average. The price varies based on many different factors including the amount of invited guests, wedding theme or design, and materials, all of these are the major things that add up to give you your final price. Letterpress wedding invitations and hand-lettered save-the-dates are undeniably elegant, and invitation suites can get expensive—fast. Don’t forget to budget in the price of stamps. Who knew paper and printing could be so pricey? One way to cut some costs is to DIY your invitations.


If you’re on the hunt for a budget-friendly alternative (and aren’t afraid of a little DIY work!), there is another option: printing your invitations at home.  Website such as Etsy offer printable invitations designed by stationers and graphic designers, then delivered to you as downloadable .JPG or .PDF files that you can either print in the comfort of your home or hand off to the local print shop. For a fraction of the cost of a custom invitation suite and printing services, you can get a semi custom invitation that fits your weddings theme.

If you aren’t afraid of the computer, another option is to design your own invitations. Wedding invitations can be made on basic programs like Word and more advanced programs like Adobe Illustrator. There are even a lot of free templates online that guide you through the process of creating and designing your own invitation suites.

Flower Bouquet – Free Wedding Invitation Template
Cards & Pockets

Decorative papers, envelopes, pockets, stickers, whatever your heart desires can be purchased online for fraction of the price. Our favorite online website for the supplies is “Cards & Pockets.com” . They even have full kits for invitation suites and come in a variety of colors and designs.

With the help of the internet and the many blogs dedicated to wedding invitations there is no reason that with a little hard work you cant save hundreds of dollars.


Brittany & Brianna


Welcome to our Blog


Hi and welcome to our blog! We are Brittany and Brianna; wedding enthusiasts, and bridal shop owners.  We love all things bridal especially wedding gowns and accessories. We own Something Old, Something New Bridal in Manassas, Virginia and specialize in custom wedding dresses and alterations. We believe that your wedding gown should fit precisely to your figure down to every stitch and seam and we work our magic to do so. We also offer our brides a great selection of discounted sample dresses, secondhand  dresses and bridal accessories at affordable prices. Our view is that no matter the budget, or wedding date, all brides should experience the thrill of finding their dream gown.

Did you know that the average cost for a wedding in the United States is $33,391! And that’s not even including the amount spent on an engagement ring. The cost of a wedding depends on a wide variety of factors, including the amount of guests, the ceremony site, the time of year, the decor, the wedding gown, and of course, the city that you decide to get married in. We are here to tell you there’s no reason to go into debt over wedding details. Each week we will be giving you, our brides, ideas, tips, diy projects and money-saving hacks on how to trim your wedding budget without losing the class and elegance of your big day!


Brittany & Brianna


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