Brides Against Breast Cancer- Find a discounted gown for you and support a great cause too!

I just found out about this awesome group called Brides Against Breast Cancer. Brides can donate their used gowns to the charity. Many designers also donate new gowns too!  The charity then sells the gowns at affordable prices for to brides through their nationwide tour and out of the boutique in Sarasota, FL. They tour with over 100 nationwide bridal shows! Gowns are priced between $99-$799 but can be valued at up to $3,900!

The revenue is used to provide support and services to children and adults who are impacted by cancer. This organization is affiliated with the Center for Building Hope in Sarasota, FL which provides support, programs and services to people with cancer and their families.

The best part is that not only can you score a beautiful, gently used or new designer gown for a fraction of the cost but you will also be helping others! After you say, “I Do”, you should consider donating your own gown to the cause. You will receive a tax deduction as well.

Want to keep your wedding dress for your future children? No problem! You can also participate in their “I DO” Campaign. Just text BRIDES to 85944 to make a $10 donation. Be sure to respond YES to confirm your donation.

We Beer Budget Brides may need to pinch our pennies but a little giving goes a long way for us too!

To learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer, visit their website here.

To learn more about the I Do Campaign, visit the site here.

To find out when BABC will be having a bridal show in your area, click here (many are upcoming in September!)

To make an appointment for the Sarasota, FL bridal salon, click here!

To donate a gown, you can drop it off at one of the bridal shows in your area (see link above) or mail it to the Sarasota, FL salon. You will need this form here to donate.

Please share any dresses you decided to make your own or donate!

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!