Be on a TLC Wedding Show!



TLC is currently casting for many of their popular wedding shows. You don’t receive compensation for travel expenses or for being on the shows (except for the chance to win a honeymoon on Four Weddings) but it is a fun way to remember and document your wedding planning!Here are the current shows casting and links to the applications! Good luck!


Say Yes to the Dress: Kleinfeld’s, NYC

* Try to submit interesting and beautiful pictures of you and your groom to be! Unusual and heartwarming stories help you in the selection process! This show documents your search for the perfect wedding gown at Kleinfeld’s in NYC!

Say Yes to the Dress Application


Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta and Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids Atlanta: Bridals by Lori  Atlanta, GA

* This show requests that you send your information via email. It isn’t a formal application but it would help to look at Kleinfeld’s application to get an idea of what you should include. This show documents your search for the perfect wedding gown at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, Georgia

Email your information to



Randy to the Rescue: Randy travels! 

* This show requests that you send your information via email. Again it helps to have a good backstory or share an aspect that makes you unique!

Email your name, wedding date, location and age to


Four Weddings: Brides within 1 hour of NYC, Pittsburgh and Seattle who have wedding dates between June 2013-October 2013

You have the opportunity to win a dream honeymoon if your wedding is voted  the best out of four…but careful…the votes are casted by fellow brides to be who will attend your event. You will also get to be a guest at their weddings and rate and vote accordingly! If you have a thick skin and don’t mind hearing criticism about your special day…sign up! Just remember to add three more guests into your budget (unless TLC picks up the tab?!) and ask yourself if the competition would take away from your big day…if so…PASS.

To apply, email your contact information, picture of you and your fiance and your wedding date to



Something Borrowed, Something New: various locations

If you are debating on whether to borrow a special dress or buy a new one, you may be interested in this show. A borrowed dress can receive a makeover but all the while you may be tempted to go for a new dress altogether! Send your contact information, age, location, wedding date and pictures of the dress you currently have plus a description of why you would be perfect for this show to



I Found the Gown: VOWS bridal outlet in the Boston Area

If you are looking for a discounted designer gown (and what beer budget bride isn’t?!) then send your contact information, age, wedding date and photos to Big personalities are a bonus!


Good luck! Come back and post if you are accepted!



Thank you for visiting! I have been on vacation and unplugging to have adventures with my family but I will have new posts up in a few days. I visited one of those most romantic places in the country which means I have been inspired with more great budget friendly ideas for you! They are coming soon!

My Yankee Candle Bridal Shower Poem

You may be familiar with the candle poem for a bridal shower. The premise is that the bride and groom receive a collection of candles in different colors to light with corresponding events in their future married life.

I decided to put my own spin on this tradition and give it a modern makeover. I wrote my own poem and candle descriptions to correspond to events in a married couple’s life together and used Yankee Candle votive candle scents. The name of each scent corresponds with a special event. I also found this awesome votive candle holder from IKEA. It has been in stock since I used this poem for my best friend’s bridal shower in 2007 so I don’t think it is going anywhere! I love this candle hold because all of the individual votive holders link together and can form a circle. They can also be unlinked and rearranged so that as events happen in their lives they can rearrange the candles in order!

The IKEA candle holder is $8.99 for 12 candle holders. The votives are $1.99 each (keep your eyes peeled for awesome Yankee Candle coupons that come around seasonally). You can browse all the votive scents here.

A 12 candle arrangement will run you just about $33 which isn’t too shabby for a personal, memorable gift from the bridal it is fun for your guests!

This poem can be shared for any noncommercial purpose. Please just cite this site as the origin and source.

Check out my poem and descriptions below!

 Dear (Bride’s Name and Groom’s Name),

When two people marry,

Their lives link and become one.

Entwined, connected

A new life and chain of events have begun.


The circle of candles,

Represents the milestones and special days.

The memories that build a marriage

As you enter each new phase.


As you light each candle,

Reflect on your lives and marriage wishes.

Life is unpredictable

So feel free to change the order and make switches!


We wish you many years

Of love and good fortune as a pair.

Cherish each memory

In the new united life

You will share!



Wedding Day

  Light this candle on your first night as a married couple. Your new life has begun!


Mandarin Cranberry

Light this candle on your first Thanksgiving. Who’s cooking?

Christmas Cookie

Light this candle on your first Christmas together.

Enjoy it as you decorate and listen to Dominick the Donkey on repeat!


Midnight Jasmine

Light this candle on your first New Years’ Eve.


Another year together!


True Rose

Light this candle on your first Valentines’ Day.

Cupid would be proud!


Midsummer’s Night

(this scent can be replaced with any seasonal scent depending on when the couple is getting married)-

Light this candle to remember your first anniversary together.

Reflect on your first year together and your special evening one year ago.

It’s a  great night to watch the wedding video!


Home Sweet Home

Light this candle when you have officially moved into your first new home together.

Unpack later!


Whoopie Pie!

Light this candle the day you find out you are pregnant with your first child.

Then go buy out all the baby books in Barnes and Noble.


Soft Blanket

Light this candle the day your first child is born!

This is your first day as a new family.

It’s video camera and mini van time!


Vanilla Cupcake

Light this candle on your child’s first birthday.

Then clean the ice cream cake out of his/her hair.



Light this candle on your child’s first day of school.

You are your child’s first teachers.

Now you just have to share him/her a little!


Enjoy your years and memories together!

We will be with you every link of the way!



Your Family and Friends


 This poem and descriptions are the protected property of Kelly Maver and For Beer Budget Brides. This poem and descriptions can be used for noncommercial purposes. Please just cite this web site as the origin and source of content. Thank you!


This site is not affiliated with Yankee Candles. All information is for personal use only.

My Bridal Shower Wedding Poem using the Best Chick Flick Romance and Wedding Movies!

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If you are a bridesmaid, perhaps you may consider creating a gift basket of fabulous wedding and romance movies. You can use the poem I wrote below to go along with it (just substitute names in the parentheses). You can have each bridesmaid read a stanza and hold up the movies that go with it. Many of the movies I found on DVD for under $5 on Amazon. You can also save money and just print out pictures of the movie poster images or DVD covers in color ink on cardstock. Guests can then vote for their favorite of all the movies or guess which one the bride likes best! Follow it up with a bridesmaid sleepover or get together and have a movie marathon!


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Chick-Flick Bridal Shower Poem!

It’s My Best Friend’s Wedding

And I have a lot to say

So (bride’s name)

Listen to my advice

And you will have a perfect wedding day!

No Dirty Dancing
when you and (groom’s name)

Have that first dance

Remember (name of father), the Father of the Bride

Reserved his dance with you in advance.

Don’t be the Runaway Bride

And leave too soon!

Don’t escape Before Sunrise

because (family member or friend) is planning on

partying till the next afternoon!

Please don’t make us try on

27 Dresses
that don’t fit right!

Just choose what you want,

Because there is no way

We are wearing it after the big night!

We don’t want any Wedding Crashers

So we hired security

Both (male) and (male) promised,

“Nobody’s getting through me!”

Please don’t let (friend’s name)

attempt to step in as The Wedding Singer !

Even though (he/she)

Thinks (he/she) is

(bride’s favorite singer)’s

dead ringer.

Have great aim

when you throw

that beautiful bouquet,

We all believe in Love Actually

And (single female friend’s or relative’s name) will tackle anyone who gets in her way!

We know (groom’s name) will think

Mamma Mia!

When his Pretty Woman

walks down the aisle

You won’t have to Say Anything…

He will just know by your smile.

You are destined to be,

A stunning Princess Bride.

Just know your Bridesmaids

and I

Will be standing

proudly by your side.

Follow my advice

and you will avoid

a My Big Fat Greek Wedding

like disaster!

Follow your heart

And you and (groom’s name)

will live happily Ever After !

This poem and post are the protected property of Kelly Maver and For Beer Budget Please feel free to share and reproduce the poem and materials but reference this site and Kelly Maver as the original author. Thank you!

Kohls Flower Girl Dresses for under $26.00!!!


This dress is $39.99, down from $80.00!


My biggest tip to all budget savvy brides to be is to avoid the bridal stores! Thinking outside the box will help you score inexpensive and unique quality items for your big day. These flower girl dresses are no exception! I found tons of great potential flower girl dresses today during Kohls big sale. The dresses are almost all under $30! If you received a mailer coupon code for 30% off you are looking at only $21 for a beautiful quality flower girl dress that your flower girls will want to wear! There are 25% off coupon codes  and free shipping codes (below) for card holders and 15% off for everyone else (code below). That means that the dresses can range from a mere $21 to junst under $25! WOW! The bridal stores and designers charge over $100 for a flower girl dress, plus alternations and shipping! Most of the time the dresses are too heavy and itchy for the little girls to enjoy!

Here are the coupon codes available to make these beautiful dresses attractive to the eye and your pocketbook!

       SAVE25KC– 25% off sale and clearance prices with a Kohls Charge

JULYFREE4U – free shipping with a Kohls charge

ICECREAM– 15% off for those who do not have a Kohls charge.

There are so many color options for dresses at Kohls so you are sure to find not only the color you want but a variety of styles and looks in that color combination! The best part (besides the price) is that most of the dresses from one style come in infant, toddler and child sizes (all the way up to 14!) so you can find a fit for any of your flower girls. They usually don’t need to be altered either! BONUS! If you have the cash on hand to avoid interest charges, it is well worth it to open a Kohls charge to receive the free shipping and additional discounts! In store returns and exchanges on online orders are EASY! I had to return my toddler’s flower girl dress for a wedding for a different size ans I was able to do so quickly and with no penalties.


Here is my oldest in the girls size flower girl dress from Kohls (it was a black and white themed wedding)


Here is my toddler (and her grandfather) in the same flower girl dress from Kohls. I could have shared a better picture if she would stay still! =)

If you miss the sale today, you can be fairly confident that the dress will be on sale in at least a month. Also look for days that you can earn Kohls cash on orders over $50. If you are buying more than one dress, this will put some extra spending money in your pocket. To browse through the dresses yourself, click any of the dress pictures above!