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Weddings are expensive (boo!), which is why Marilyn’s Keepsakes la-Louvres helping our brides SAVE (whoo!)…

And today is no different!  With all the final details that go into making your day the BEST day, it’s easy to see how so many brides get the overwhelming itch to call it quits!  Buuuuut, if you do yourselves a favor and pop on over to Our Site… you’ll be up to your eyeballs in all things fabulous and rejuvenated to go another 12 Bridal Rounds!

And after you take advantage of our 20% OFF site wide sale, you’ll TKO any remaining pre-wedding stress and have one less thing to worry about!  Come on… what are you waiting for?  Marilyn’s Keepsakes is calling and it’s time for you to answer :) 

November 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

We Love That You Came To Visit & Would Like To Help You Save!

Weddings are expensive (boo), which is why Marilyn’s Keepsakes makes it a point to help brides save (whoo)! 

Recently featured in Brides Magazine, our tremendously popular Wedding Dance Floor Decals are flying off the shelves (errr, sublimation stations, err, printing presses, uhh) – you get the point!  Available in 6 Designs, 10 Colors and 2 Sizes, brides and grooms everywhere are discovering just how funky their chicken can be with their very own customized floor cling! 

In order to say “thanks!” for making our new arrivals feel so welcome, we’re currently offering a 10% Storewide Savings to all our guests! 

Buuuut I decided a 10% savings simply wouldn’t do for all my fabulous Blogger Buddies – that’s right, you’re fabulous and let’s face it, the best groupies ever – sooo… I would like to offer all my brides-to-be a chance to take an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF your favorite decal design… giving you a 20% SAVINGS! 

I mean honestly, 20% off one of the bridal industry’s hottest selling item in years!!??  That’s not only fiscally responsible; it’s borderline incredible!  Can I get an “Amen!”  <Crowd responds: AAAAMMEENN!>  Wow, I apologize for the brief skit.  I just get really excited when it comes to savings :)

Simply click on the picture below, pick out your favorite design, customize it for free and let the 20% savings commence!  (Refer to Promo Code: MKBLOG at checkout)


September 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Got A Case Of The Recession Blues?: How Budget Crunching Brides Are Saving & Surviving

Bridal-BluesI’ve always considered myself to be a fairly positive person.  Life just seems to be a bit easier when you’re laughing – and I’m not just talking about after viewing your bank account.  Hehe.  So, even though the economy may be in all kinds of depressive, recessive trouble, I still think brides everywhere have every right to PAAARRRTAAAY on their big day!  Don’t let the overbearing loom of negatively saturated media get you down.  Stay up!  And consider that if life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it, there’s no reason for you to not have a winning hand :) 

The Wedding Report – a research company that specializes in gathering and reporting wedding industry trends, facts and information – says that 2009 weddings have all been about budget crunching!  Not only did the average expense of weddings drop from 2008 to 2009, but there was another 14% dip in spending from the first quarter of 2009, where average costs were around $19,212 to the second quarter, where there average budget dropped to $16,546.  The silver lining, however, is that even though the expenses have dropped, the weddings themselves have stayed fairly the same.  But how?? – one might ask.

According to The Wedding Report, there are a number of ways for brides to not only survive the economic storm, but THRIVE through it with fury.  Below are some examples where brides and grooms-to-be can cut costs without cutting down their dream: 

  • Let your Friends & Family Shine:  Many couples are employing the talents and services of their loved ones to get things done.  All jobs from ceremony singers and instrumentalists to invitation makers and hair quaffers are being invaded by friends and family – and more often than not, at a fraction of the cost.  
  • Say it with me – SIMPLICITY:  Brides and grooms may not be willing to give up their guest list, but they are certainly cutting down the decor.  By simplifying their invitations, centerpieces and ceremony and reception decorations, which all add up, they’ve lowered their costs and risen their spirits!
  • Responding via Web Surfing:  Both eco- and wallet friendly, online RSVPs have started to make a splash with future brides and grooms.  This will cut the costs on both the invitations and the postage.
  • Consider All-Inclusive:  Not only has this helped lower the stress levels of soon-to-be I Do’ers, but finding vendors who provide multiple services can also be extremely budget friendly.
  • Dare to be Different:  Couples who have utilized “off-peak” times have seen a significant drop in costs.  Simply by getting hitched during a non-summer month or on a Friday, Sunday or Saturday morning, they’ve been able to limit the amount they’re paying the Pied Piper. 
  • Impress your Guests with Do-It-Yourself Projects:   DIY brides and grooms are all the rage these days.  By exploiting their inner-crafters within, these future Mr. and Mrs’s are creating their own favors, centerpieces, bouquets and more… showing how cutting out the middle man can be a real money saver.

No matter how you find the balance for your wedding budget, please know there are options out there to help you adjust.  Because even though timely trends and funky fashions may come and go, saving money never goes out of style!  So, feel free to leave you best money saving tips below… and help brides everywhere kick a little economic booty!

August 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm 1 comment

Wedding Tips From Bridal Chicks

Pretty-BrideIf you’re a bride-to-be, you’ve more than likely come to the inevitable conclusion that planning a wedding is a lot of work.  From booking sites and saving dates to finding flowers and inviting guests, wedding planning can take its toll on any future Mr. and Mrs.  But stress is the last thing you need on the most photographed day of your life… it’s bad for your complexion :)

So, the one question I’ve found myself asking brides over and over again is, “If you had it to do all over again, what’s the one thing you would change about your wedding day?”  Because while everyone who’s ever been married can offer 1001 pearls of wisdom, many of them aren’t pertinent to my particular taste or style.  Buuuuuut, if I can avoid a potential wedding day disaster by learning through other bridal debacles, I might as well take advantage.  Here are some of the “do over” moments from former brides, still working in the wedding biz!

  • Carolyn Siderys, Merchandise/Marketing Manager for Marilyn’s Keepsakes (Married in 1982):  “If you truly favor something – whether it’s a flower, a color, a theme, whatever – do NOT let someone intimidate you into doing something else.”  When Carolyn met with her florist, she knew exactly what she wanted.  Armed only with the idea of her perfect bridal bouquet, she informed the florist she wanted a timeless look of fully blossomed, ivory roses, but after several back and forths with the florist, he convinced her to do something that would coordinate with her Fall Wedding.  On the day of her wedding, Carolyn’s hope for a “timeless” bouquet looked more like a “timed out” display.  “It was a dead arrangement – filled with brown baby’s breath and completely, closed roses… not exactly an accessory a bride wants to ‘polish’ her look.”
  • Amy Furrow, Bridal Consultant/Customer Service Rep for Marilyn’s Keepsakes (Married in 2007):  “I would’ve invited less people for sure.  I like the idea of having a more intimate setting of close family and friends.”   Amy said it’s important to invite people you’ll still be excited to see in your wedding album, no matter how many years pass between looks.  Having a smaller guest list will also keep costs down and sanity up.  While you might think it’s a great idea to include your mom’s cousin’s dog breeder when the invites are sent, you just may end up changing your mind years (or let’s be honest – weeks) later.
  • Lindsey Kroemer, Wedding Photographer (Married in 2006):  A new trend that seems to be making its way into more and more weddings is having the bride and groom face the guests during the ceremony.  “I wish we would’ve taken the more traditional approach and kept our backs to the guests while the priest faced everyone.”  While good in theory, because it allows your loved ones to see YOU during your celebration, it doesn’t always work out for the best.  She says it’s important to not only consider ceremony site, photography rules but everyone should realize that just as clearly as your guests can see you, you can see your guests.   This can make it less about you and yours and more about you and your dramatically sobbing, insanely waving aunt three rows back.
  • Cheryl Simms, Wedding Accessory Sales Consultant (Married 1995):  “I encourage everyone to wait at least a day before hopping on a plane and flying off to honeymoon.”  Cheryl cringes as she remembers her early flight after a late, late night of 100 smiles and 1000 dances.  “Your body needs a minute to recover, because there’s nothing worse than starting a vacation in a bad mood.” 
  • Tammy Kopitzke, Bridal Store Consultant & Service Rep (Married in 1979):  “It’s been such a joy helping my daughter plan her wedding.  Everything from big decisions to small details are discussed, and while she makes the final call, it’s really great to be included, which is why I wish I would’ve asked my mom for more help,”  Tammy says. “I was young and stupid and thought I could do it all.”  In the end, however, she would’ve loved the extra advice.  Since weddings can be such a special time for mothers and daughters to bond, Tammy would encourage every girl to let their mothers be a part of the fun!
  • Tonya Copley, Marketing Manager for Online Bridal Stores (Married in 1999):  “I would have reconsidered having an open bar.  I married a fraternity boy, and all his ‘brothers’ were all too eager to turn our reception into a frat house thrown down.”  While this may not always be the case, it’s important to consider the expense as well.  Some reception sites may charge a flat fee per person, while others may charge by the bottle… which depending on the number of guests who enjoy a good drink (or two or 12), could get pretty costly.

And even though I’m not a bride who can talk about what I would do differently, I’ve been to enough weddings to know one thing for certain.  No matter how dolled up (or down) you choose to get, be sure to still look like you!  Every bride wants to look incredible, but there’s no sense in looking amazing, if you don’t look like yourself… after all, the man waiting at the other end of the aisle already thinks you’re the prettiest woman ever… so make sure he gets to see you!

May 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm 5 comments

Wedding Coupon Mania!

Andrea, the Wedding Coupon Guru with her main squeeze, Landon

Andrea, the Wedding Coupon Guru with her main squeeze, Landon

Alright, so my Mister and I have been together a little over three years, and within those three years, we have gone to 31 weddings together.  That’s right.  I said 31.  And while that may seem like a lot, it has worked out famously for me!   I’ve been able to pick out things I love, and even more importantly, things I didn’t love… to ensure my big day would be dressed to the nines and looking fine!

Approximately three months before my wedding in November, I have the distinct privilege of being the maid of honor in my girlfriend, Andrea’s wedding.  She is marrying her college sweetheart, who she has known since grade school.  Awwwww.  And while I’m uber pumped to be a part of their big day, I’m also pumped to have such a great friend to plan with!  Her wedding – even though it hasn’t taken place yet – has seemingly been my most beneficial wedding to date!  She has provided me with more specials / sales / and coupons than I know what to do with!  And here’s how…

Like most retailers and online stores, the minute you purchase, they cordially send you a “Save 20% OFF on your next order” email, which for most stores is great.  With wedding supplies, however, it doesn’t always work.  Unless you’re planning on sending out two sets of Save the Dates or giving your bridesmaids two bouquets… doubtful. 

So, if you have a friend or family member who is getting married or just recently got married, try to see if you can get up on the wedding coupon train.  Hopefully, it will help save you some money… cause Lord knows, weddings are expensive; so, it’s nice to cut some corners when you can… to have moolah left over for more important things… like your dress… or your SHOES!  Haha!  So, swoop in and use some of her “would-be-wasted” savings on yourself!

April 24, 2009 at 9:42 am 2 comments

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