The BBF Blog

3 Tips for Wedding Décor Without Flowers

I get a lot of questions about flowers and florists and even more about saving cash by creating wedding décor without flowers. When you’re a DIY bride, there’s a delicate balance of understanding where you need someone’s expertise and where you can save some cash by doing it yourself. One of the easiest ways to save money when planning a wedding is to cut the guest list, but if you’re looking for a few other options, I’ve compiled my favorite ways to save on your floral bill while achieving [...]

Top 3 Guest Book Ideas

Lots of couples are moving away from the traditional guest book. You know the one that has one line for each couple and gets shoved in a drawer a month or two after the wedding? Here are some of the cool ideas we've seen put together and we just wanted to share! 1. Puzzle Picture Photo courtesy of Memory Lane Puzzles One of my favorites (thanks to John + Shawna) is the puzzle photo guest book. They had a one-of-a-kind puzzle printed with a photo of the [...]

To Toast or Not To Toast

Toasts are a great way for your closest family and friends to share an intimate moment with you by sharing stories, laughter and tears at your wedding reception. How do you manage who has the special privilege of giving you a wedding toast? I like to follow three simple rules. 1. Pre-select your toasters. Yes, I just called them toasters. Moving on. There are a few reasons why I suggest pre-selecting the privileged who will toast you at your wedding. They all revolve around creating a great experience for [...]

The Reality of Dance Lessons

A lot of couples ask whether or not it's worth it to invest in dance lessons. Here's what we think! There are several times throughout the night for dancing - from the first dance, to the line dances and the electric slide, people getting on the dance floor is a great way for your guests to enjoy themselves! First Dance The first dance can be many different things, but a scripted dance is a lot of fun to watch as a guest (or as a vendor). We've attended quite [...]

Ideas We Love

1. Write a love letter to each other One of my favorite moments to hear about (because I wouldn't dare interrupt) is the love letter exchange. Both the bride and the groom write and seal letters to each other to be opened just before you walk down the aisle. The amount of emotion and expression that can be delivered in a handwritten letter is a powerful gesture that many couples miss out on. What's the History? Did you know that love letters were popular in the Victorian era? Because [...]

5 Tips To Stay In Budget

1. Use Free Planning Tools Did you know there are a lot of tools that can help you plan, stay organized and keep track of your budget? They both offer simple budget tracking to let you know about how much you should expect to spend in each category depending on your overall budget. When you put in your overall budget, it'll automatically calculate how much you can expect each piece to be. That doesn't mean you won't take some from one category and [...]