Alright ladies, your man FINALLY put a ring on it. So now its time to plan the big day! I am currently in this situation and figured I would lend some tips that I have used along the way that have saved me some serious cash.
First things first, create a list and start with the things that you absolutely cannot live without and then end it with the items that aren’t as important to you. Here is mine but, keep in mind, yours could look completely different:
I know some girls make sure the first thing they do is purchase a dress and then use it as a source of inspiration of how they want their wedding to look. But for me, I don’t normally dress up so I can’t see myself paying thousands of dollars on a dress I will only wear once.
So the very first thing I booked was the venue. I’d definitely recommend booking the venue first since it’s going to be one of the most expensive costs. Our wedding is going to be held at The Baltimore Zoo. This was perfect because they hold the ceremony outside and have their own mansion that was built in the 1830’s where the reception will be held so guests won’t have to travel. This is also great because you are only making payments to one vendor versus multiple if you decide to book different locations for your ceremony and reception. Another tip is to make sure the venue offers some sort of monthly payment plan. This venue required a down payment for the contract and allowed me to pay it off in small increments whenever I wanted.
When booking our photographer, I browsed on various wedding vendor search engines and looked through reviews. I made a list of the ones that had the best reviews and checked out their websites. You can get a pretty good idea of how creative they are and what their pricing looks like by looking through their website. I know sometimes the prices on their websites might seem high, but keep in mind, this is if you decide to get everything they offer and, trust me, they do offer a lot! I lucked out and had our wedding announcements done by a girlfriend I knew from high school who gave me a really good price. All photographers did try to up-sell me saying that engagement photos were included in their price but remember, there is nothing wrong with staying firm with what you want as long as you’re nice about it. After about a week, I ended up finding the perfect photographer who didn’t force me to get engagement photos and offered a great price.
Another tip is to only book the photographer for the times you really need them. My photographer will be coming in the morning when I’m getting ready and for our first reactions when seeing each other for the first time that day. He’ll also be there to capture photos of our entire wedding party two hours prior to the wedding. Then, all that’s left is taking photos during the ceremony and important moments like our first dance. I contracted the photographer to leave shortly after the reception starts because my fiancé and I want to enjoy ourselves and drink too! I ended up saving about $400 because I didn’t need him to stay the whole night.
I used the same method for the DJ and went off of reviews to pick the one who gave me the best price. I especially loved the fact that my DJ and photographer accepted payments over PayPal, which made it easier for me to pay off the contracts over time. You might think that giving $50 to $100 to a vendor every two weeks won’t help in paying off the contracts but, when you’re planning a wedding, every little bit helps.
Lastly, the wedding dress! I went to two bridal stores near my house and ended up finding my dream dress. Both stores quoted me $1,350 for the dress and, in my mind, I knew I had to have it. I also knew that I would have to pay for alterations, shoes, and jewelry and that can all really add up. So when the sales lady wasn’t looking, I wrote down the model number of the dress and called every store in Maryland to find the dress at a lower price. The lowest price I found was $1,210 but I still wasn’t satisfied. I decided to try calling stores in other states and ended up finding a small bridal store in Massachusetts who was selling the dress for $900. What a steal! I spoke with the manager and asked her to email me photos of the dress and once I saw them, I knew I had to have it. The manager then said she would email me an invoice on the dress and since the purchase was over 500 dollars, it would be shipped for free! Finding my dream dress at the right price was definitely a lot of work but trust me, it’s worth it in the end. Don’t get yourself down if something doesn’t work out price wise right away. There’s a million other places and vendors to call - you just have to be patient!
Until my next wedding post,
Ever since we launched 99dresses last October, we’ve had an overwhelming demand to create a similar app for children’s clothing. We’re ecstatic to announce that the day has finally come!
A few things you should know:
1. 99onesies is for boys and girls of all ages including newborns, toddlers and pre-teens.
2. Your 99dresses account is the same as your 99onesies account so you don’t need to create a whole new profile. Simply login with your 99dresses account information and you’ll be good to go!
3. Any karma or store credit you earn in one app can be used in either app.
If you are a mom who loves shopping on a budget, go head on over to the iTunes App Store and download the brand new 99onesies app.
Meet Jessica. She is currently in university studying nursing in hopes of becoming a future Neonatal Nurse Practioner. Her friends would describe her as lovable but goofy. Jessica loves to laugh, sing, dance and SHOP. She also loves meeting new people and refreshing her old wardrobe which is why she tried 99dresses.
1. What do you love most about 99dresses?
How easy it is to meet new fashionistas and refresh your closet at a low price.
2. Favorite item won on the app so far?
My favorite item that I have won so far would have to be a pair of brown combat boots with floral lining. Theses boots were in mint condition when I received them and were 70% off it’s original value. They go with every outfit and I wear them often. They’re so cute!
3. When you aren’t shopping, you can be found…
Studying! I won’t get that Master’s degree shopping all day. ;)
4. If your friends could describe you in one word, what would it be?
5. What’s currently on your shopping wish list?
Currently on my shopping wish list are diamonds and some Pandora jewelry, particularly a necklace.
6. If you could hang out with any celebrity for the day, who would it be and why?
It would have to be Marshall Mathers aka Eninem because he’s an artistic talent and I would love to talk to him about his music. I’d also love to meet Jennifer Gardner. She just seems so down to earth, goofy and fun - like me! I think we’d get along well.
7. Favorite song of the moment?
My favorite song right now might just have to be Chandelier by Sia. It really tells a story of her struggle which is so empowering and the beat is AMAZING!!
8. Any trends you are loving right now?
Floral everything! And chevron. Both are so chic and stylish!
9. On a typical weekend, you can be spotted wearing…
A pair of boots, skinnies, a cute sheer top, cardigan and an oversized bag.
At 99dresses, we do things a little bit differently. Instead of one-to-one trades, we allow trade in the items they no longer wear in order to earn ‘karma,’ which they can then use to claim the items they want. Once great about this is that you can give your stuff to someone who will love them, even if they don’t have something listed that you’d want in return. It gives you a lot more freedom.
But what other benefits does this type of trading system offer?
Well for me, one of the main benefits of trading is getting more value back for your item. When listing an item for trade, we’ll determine how much karma your item is worth based on it’s value. When selling, I oftentimes feel as though I am practically giving away the item for free since, in order to move the item, I have to price it insanely low.
With trading, it’s much easier to move items quickly since the buyer is only paying 7% of the item’s original price. In turn, you’ll earn karma when the item is sent to a new home, which you can then use to claim items from other girls. It’s more of a win-win situation!
Trading is also great for getting rid of the cheaper items in your close that have little to no resale value. Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and H&M are some of our most popular brands traded.
What else do girls love about trading fashion on 99dresses?
“I love how I can contain my budget being a school student and still be fashionable. Without this app, that wouldn’t be possible for me. And I never want to go back to paying full price for anything!” – Ranae D.
“I love the fact that I can clean out my closet and get new stuff for work without spending a lot. I like 99 more than other apps because the 99dresses team is always on top of everything and they make it so easy to score great clothes and accessories!” – Nikol N.
“This app is a godsend for a growing pregnant woman who doesn’t want to break the bank before baby.” – Lauren P.
“After experiencing 99dresses, it is hard for me to want to pay retail price for anything. It is such an awesome way to get fabulous clothes on a budget. Not to mention that the 99dresses team is awesome to work with and always understanding!” – Stacey A.
So what are you waiting for? Get hooked on trading!
As the dreary spring months come to a close it is time to shed your longer layers and bear your beautiful skin to beat the summer heat. But for many of us, the cold, dry winter months have left our skin looking less than luminous. Gallons of moisturizer, extra water and a trip to the beach or tanning salon are often the remedies we seek out before pulling on our favorite pair of daisy dukes. And although these tricks help our skin glow, our efforts are oftentimes short-lived and that glow seems to fade away all too quickly.
The problem? You can’t bring dead skin back to life. Yes, you can bronze it and dress it up with lotion and makeup, but at the end of the day your skin will always just end up looking as lifeless as it truly is.
Removing the pile up of dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface of your skin throughout the dry winter months is essential for attaining healthy, glowing skin long term. Without exfoliation, excess debris from dead skin cells clog pores and prevent hydration from reaching pores, making moisturizing and cleansing ineffective.
When: Exfoliate your body two or three time per week in the shower using a body scrub, loofah or pumice stone for your feet. Exfoliate your face in the morning before applying makeup to help your makeup last longer and go on smoother. Be sure to use a sensitive facial exfoliant if applying daily but you can use a harsher facial exfoliant once or twice per week.
Caution: Freshly exfoliated skin can be tender and more susceptible to burning so it is important to wear sunscreen when outside. Also consider speaking with an aesthetician or beauty expert if you have highly sensitive skin. Natural and chemical ingredients in facial scrubs or the texture of certain loofah sponges can irritate your skin and cause breakouts or redness.
My Favorite Products: There are three different processes used for exfoliation. They include abrasive scrubs, chemical creams and lotions, and exfoliating tools like pumice stones, face brushes and body scrubbers. My longtime favorite products are Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish and Louis Widmer’s Skin Appeal Peeling face wash. If you are looking for an inexpensive product, Burt’s Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub smells delicious and can be found at CVS and other drugstores.
DIY Body Scrub: The practice of body exfoliation has been around since the ancient Egyptians as most body scrub products simply contain a mixture of different natural household items. This means there is no need to break the bank to get baby-soft, glowing skins. Sand, salt or sugar are used to act as the exfoliator and different grocery store products such as olive oil, honey, scented oils or fruits are used to provide moisture and a pleasant aroma. For a few great body scrub recipes check out our DIY Pretty board on Pinterest.
I hope this blog posts helps you make your skin glow all summer long!
So you want to clean out your closet? On 99dresses, we allow girls to sell their items for cash OR trade their items for karma, which they can then use to claim items from other girls.
The question is: How do you decide which items you want to sell and which items you want to trade?
Well, for one, you can check out the quick guide below to see which one your item is ideal for.
Selling is ideal for:
- High-end designer items
- Items that have a retail value over $60 and are in excellent condition
- Cleaning out your closet. Earning cash for items gives you more flexibility, especially when you’re saving up something special and aren’t necessarily interested in shopping for more clothes.
- One-of-a-kind items that are difficult to find
Trading is ideal for:
- Fast fashion items and clothing that retails for under $60 (Fun fact: Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and H&M are all in our top 10 most popular brands traded)
- Refreshing your closet. If you’re interested in cleaning out your closet so that you can replace them with new pieces, trading is a much more efficient option for that. Plus, you’ll save a ton of money by utilizing the items in your closet that you no longer wear.
- Items that were more expensive, but have a slight flaw that needs to be repaired.
- Girls who don’t want to deal with pricing their items and are moreso interested in getting their true value back. Remember, you’ll earn comparatively more karma for trading in higher value items, which will allow you to claim even more things!
- Cash strapped girls who want to refresh their closets without spending a lot of money.
If you just want to get rid of your items and FAST, you can always list your items for ‘trade and sale.’ For the first 24 hours, the item will only be able to be claimed using karma but, if no one claims it before the timer ends, it will also be available to be purchased for cash.
Now, it’s your turn! Tell us what makes YOU decide whether you’re going to list an item for selling or trading?