Bridesmaid (or Wedding Guest) Dress Option – Under $30!

Kohl’s is offering an enormous discount on this full length evening dress, available in two colors with most sizes available (note that size 2 is at the end of the list, but available.)

Kohl's Bridesmaid Dress

Don’t forget to stack the savings!

  • Use code “BBQ30” for 30% off if you’re a Kohl’s charge holder. Else, the site is promoting 20% off with “BUYNOW” through the 19th.
    • As long as part of the purchase goes on your Kohl’s charge, you can pay with any discounted gift cards you may have or choose to purchase (I like raise.com-they seem to have the fastest turn-around.)
  • You’ll also receive $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, so get the gals together and combine into one order.
  • Unless you’re a Kohl’s MVC and can use “JUNESHIP” for free shipping, spend $75+ to avoid the shipping charge. You can always return whatever you purchased beyond the $75, so don’t hesitate to order two sizes if you’re unsure  and your credit situation allows.
  • Be sure to start at cashbackmonitor.com; the Ebates 6% back offer seems to be the current best deal.
    • When you join Ebates, you can refer your bridesmaids with your own link, which will earn you a $50 bonus when they complete their first $25+ purchase. In other words…somebody is getting a free dress, am I right? If you want to use my link, I certainly appreciate the support.

Here’s the final tally:

Purchase price: $42.00

30% Discount: -$12.60

6% Ebates Cashback on $29.40: $1.76

Final price: $42 – 12.60 – 1.76 = $27.64 for a discount off 80% off retail!

Will you purchase this dress?

Maybe this isn’t perfect for your bridal party, but hopefully it is another good example of stacking savings. It would be perfect for a guest, too – at this price, you won’t feel bad buying a gown you might only wear once.

If you find a great dress offer at Kohl’s, please let me know!

Bridesmaid Gift Idea: Monogrammed Jewelry

This cute online shop, Ally Anna Gifts, has a number of steals available through Groupon and Living Social. Here is the Living Social list:

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The Groupon list is similar. Don’t forget to shop through a portal. Start at cashbackmonitor.com for ideas; I shopped through Discover for an extra 10% back! With the double-cashback promotion from last year, that’s going to be 20% back!

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Other AllyAnna Gift Ideas

If you make a selection from one of these vendors, don’t rush off the AllyAnnaGifts.com site! Check out the sale section. I know a few friends at my Alma Mater (Clemson!) that might love the bangle with orange and crystal beads.Screenshot (132)

The prices are great, although I won’t know anything about the quality of the piece until it arrives (review are 83% positive…biggest detriment is for issues with the redemption code – yes, I’m having this problem – and, oddly enough, that the bracelets smell…?)

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Bridesmaid Wedding Day Jewelry

I think it’s great if you can give your bridesmaids a gift they’ll use again; jewelry intended for your wedding day might never fit into their wardrobe again. With prices like these, you might have some room in your budget to buy a tasteful gift along with costume jewelry for your event. Or, just the contrary; these would make great gifts if you’ve already picked out wedding day jewelry!

I’m a big fan of gift baskets. You’ll be able to pick out a handful of small items that will be fun to open, especially if you wrap them up and use a trendy tote instead of a woven basket (unless your gals are into that sort of thing.) Take a look at my Bridesmaid Gift catalog for more ideas (please consider the no-obligation option to add me as your personal shopper – I would be flattered!)

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What gifts did you discover for your bridesmaids?

Leave a comment!

My Grandmother’s Advice: Color-Coordinated Everything for $2

Technically, this was my mother’s idea…but we had to talk to my grandmother to get the process straight. Apparently, home-dyed “everything” was popular in generations past! Just think of whatever wedding accessory or item you’re looking for in your colors – here’s how to get it in your colors for around $2.

Even though orange wasn’t our wedding color, I had my mind set on Clemson-orange shoes. Do you know how difficult it is to find a quality pair of formal shoes in ORANGE? Despite my expertise in shopping (har har), I struck out in the shoe department. It was my mother who suggested, on a whim, we buy a pair of cream designer heels and dye them…on her kitchen floor, with a couple sponge brushes and zero experience. I included in the photo my Apple red shoes, dyed by David’s Bridal. I think we did a darn good job in comparison, wouldn’t you say?

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Our job on the left; David’s Bridal on the right.

Ever heard of Rit? Probably not, unless you tye-dyed tshirts at summer camp.

It comes in two forms – powder or liquid – and costs about $2/box or bottle at most craft stores. Use a coupon and it’s even cheaper, but let’s be real…

They’ve done the legwork and published the formulas for hundreds of shades…because you just had to pick some special shade of purple, huh?

The shoes took a couple coats, and maybe could have gone for another, but I got my orange shoes! I was able to choose a comfortable style rather than limit myself to the options in orange (extremely slim…and I didn’t find clubbing shoes with spikes to be wedding appropriate.) You might also consider a long list of other products you could buy in white and dye til your heart’s content (handbags, shawls, hair accessories, sashes, tableclothes and decor). You’ll probably want to put anything that can be washed through a cycle or so to avoid a wedding-day run, or seal in the colors with a product like Scotchguard or Rit’s version.

What do you think? There are dozens of sites with detailed directions, based on what you’re dying. Is there a particular item you haven’t been able to find in “your colors?” Will you try and do it yourself? Please share your story and photos!

Bridesmaid Dresses, Up to 85% Off!

One of my favorite places for wedding-guest-dress shopping is none other than David’s Bridal. The store runs continuous sales, and when you only need to find a dress in your size…it’s a great option!

Big discounts at David's Bridal!

The recommendation for those of you actively planning a wedding is to collect your bridesmaids’ sizes and be ready to jump on a sale when it comes up. Ask your gals to visit David’s Bridal and try on a long and short dress, maybe in two different fabrics, to make sure you have the right size – bridal sizing often differs from regular sizing. Consider whether you want everyone to match or if you like variety – it will give you a better chance of finding all the sizes in one particular style. Lastly, make sure you have the credit to cover all the dress purchases at once; you might miss out if you wait on everyone to purchase their own dresses, and what a disaster that could turn into!

Also, keep an eye out for “Final Sale” items, as these cannot be returned or exchanged.

I was unable to find any additional coupons, portal bonuses, or discounted gift cards for David’s Bridal. But that doesn’t mean they’re not out there…do let me know if you find something!

 

 

So, did you find a great deal at David’s Bridal? Never pay retail!