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Seriously. I might be ahead of schedule, but my wedding dress has arrived in perfect condition for 80 percent off of the price I found it for in a local boutique.

How did I find such a deal? I went shopping with my sisters, my best friend, my mom, and my MOL to be. We went to all the fancy boutiques, and I tried on dresses that would have really stretched my budget. My wonderful entourage took photos of me in each gown, and we wrote down the style number of any contenders. Luckily, I had an open mind and managed to make a list of 5 or so gowns I loved rather than looking for The One.

We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and headed home, where the work began. I spent the next hour or so scouring the internet for the style number of my top 5 favorite dresses of the day. Here are some sites I found helpful:

EBay

Preowned Wedding Dresses

Once Wed

Bravo Bride

I found my dress on the Preowned Wedding Dresses site listed by a boutique in another part of the U.S. who had used the dress as a try-on. They were selling it on their sample rack for a fraction of the price, and it was in my size. I checked with the seller to be sure there were no rips, stains, pulls, or tears. We used Paypal for a secure transaction, and the dress arrived within a week.

Soon I will get it cleaned and preserved so it stays white throughout the 17 month wait. It was well worth the extra effort to have a few extra wedding bucks in my pocket.

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So, you’ve gotten engaged, maybe selected a venue, and want to start putting some details out for your guests to see. A great way to keep guests informed on the happenings of your wedding is to put together a wedding webpage. You might start by searching for a wedding webpage host, but I am guessing it won’t be love at first “site”. There are so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming.

Websites for the Somewhat Tech Challenged

Many wedding advice pages offer a free, easy to edit wedding webpage host. Some even offer your guests a way to RSVP online. The Knot offers a nice wedding webpage host page with an RSVP tool and a guestbook tool. This is free to use when you sign up for a free account. On the other hand, The Knot webpages give you a long wedding website name (http://www.theknot.com/ourwedding/yourname), which might look a little long on your Save the Date cards. You can purchase a domain name (www.johnandsam.com) for about 20 dollars a year. They also offer a limited amount of templates, so you may have trouble finding a color and design you like.

Eweddings hosts free wedding websites. The website address is long again, but they have a few more themes to choose from. On the other hand, the themes are less personal. Once you pick a theme, you can only customize the color. The rest is done by filling out form boxes, which is really simple, but allows you less control over the look of your page. The great thing about Eweddings is that they offer some really neat frills. Online RSVP, polls (“Where should we go on our honeymoon?), quizes (“Where did Joe purpose to me?”), music, photo slide show, wedding countdown and more. You could probably spend hours playing around with this page without getting frustrated.

Check out this adorable Ewedding Page.

For the Technology Whiz

If you want a fully customized page, try a free host like www.yola.com. You can make your own banner by using a Royalty-Free image, insert your own pictures, and add free gadgets. You could use the ideas from other wedding website hosts to find out what subpages and gadgets to include, but create your own, unique look.

Love These Gadgets

Wedding Wire Countdown

Map to Your Venue

Free Photos for Your Site 

*Alissa

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