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Better Nashville Interview: 3 Ways to Save + Splurge on Your Wedding

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last week, the lovely folks at Better Nashville asked me to share tips for maximizing your wedding budget and 2011 wedding trends.  You can see the entire interview via this link if you missed it.

ashley king discusses wedding trends better nashville

Since then, many of you have raved over some of the items that appeared on that segment and wanted to know more about the featured items.  So, here's info on what I shared and additional info that did not make the segment.

Ways to Save on Your Wedding:

1) Hire a Wedding Planner - a great planner will help you make smart financial decisions, hire better vendors for your style/budget, hire reliable vendors (so you dont lose money and have to rehire).  Some planners, like Regalo Design can even help you save money by allowing you to access their wholesale floral discount or helping you with DIY projects that will save material and stress.

paper wedding flowers

Paper flowers by Regalo Design

2) Determine Splurge vs Save Items Early On - whether your wedding budget is $5k or $65k, you can't have it all but you can have what you love.  Determine what you love early on and allocate the money for those items.  For some, it's amazing florals, others it's a dream designer gown.  For newlyweds Krista (of Becoming Mrs. Dial) and Phillip who stuck to a $5k budget, those splurge items were a vintage bouquet ($360) and a designer suit ($1100).  This couple spent 30% of their budget on these two items BUT it's what they valued and the items can be enjoyed long after the wedding.

vintage brooch bouquet

Krista's bouquet - she collected the brooches from friends all over the country.  The, she worked with Fantasy Floral Designs to design her bouquet.  She also had bouquets created for all of her bridesmaids.

unique wedding bouquets vintage paper button

Splurge bouquets - left to right - Regalo Design (vintage brooch bouquet - Nashville TN designer), Fantasy Floral Design (vintage brooch bouquet - online), Regalo Design, Designs in Paper (paper bouquet - Nashville TN designer), RKB Creations (button bouquet - only)

3) Research and Find Nashville Wedding Deals + Savings

- is the only resource that has a list of specials for Nashville weddings.  We also have started a list of specials and contests (to help you save) on our Facebook fan page.  Don't hire until you've checked our list of wedding specials. 

- There are tens of Nashville bridal shows and bridal events over the next few months.  At almost any bridal event, you will find wedding specialists offering special incentives if you hire them.  Take advantage of those deals!

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Ashley King

Hey - I'm Ashley! I started to give Nashville brides, or folks planning a Nashville wedding, a local resource for inspiration and resources. Hope to see you at a bridal show soon! Until then, Find me on

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send Posted on January 24, 2011 | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Contests, Giveaways, Specials, Florals, Details & Design , DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Inspiration & Trends, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Resources,

3 Responses to This Post
Krista says...

I had SUCH a blast collecting brooches for my bouquet. It’s become a beautiful keepsake to relish for years to come. :) So happy it’s inspiring other brides to think outside the box when it comes to their bouquets…

Posted on January 27, 2011 @ 7:23pm

Courtney says...

I love this idea! I really do think it’s a good thing to save as much as possible on the big items, and spend more when it comes to cute decorations!

Posted on February 6, 2011 @ 9:17am

acsilver says...

There is so much expense when it comes to weddings these days, its so important to save where you can. Being from the UK I am new to the brooch bouquet idea, however it is great!! As i am a fan of diamond brooches this may not be the best money saving idea for me :(

Posted on July 10, 2013 @ 8:34am

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