1. What inspired you to create your blog?
My hubby and I had to pay for our wedding ourselves and we didn’t have a lot of money, so we knew we would have to get creative and do a lot of DIY in order to make our dream wedding a reality. I created The Budget Savvy Bride as a way to record my thoughts, ideas, and inspiration for our own wedding. At the time there were wedding blogs popping up all over the place but none that really catered to brides that had a small budget, so I just happened to fit into that niche and soon brides from all over started coming to BSB to get inspiration and ideas to save money on their own weddings!
2. What makes your blog unique?
I think the fact that most of the weddings we feature cost less than half the national average wedding budget makes BSB unique. We help brides see that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to have a beautiful wedding day! All of the real weddings we feature include the cost or budget breakdown so that our readers can see how the bride spent her money- it gives some realistic numbers to help them plan and prioritize their own budgets!
3. How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic. I’ve always been a fan of mixing dressier pieces with casual ones. I’m that girl who wears her pearls with her blue jeans. I try to be a savvy shopper and am always looking for good deals! I love to pair better quality pieces with less expensive ones and I accessorize a lot. I believe that the right accessories can totally transform an everyday, so-so outfit into something chic and stylish! I’m a big fan of color so I try to incorporate a good pop of color somewhere in my outfit, whether it’s a bold cardigan, statement necklace, or colored denim.
4. What is your favorite piece on Gemvara?
When I first discovered Gemvara, I played around on the website for well over an hour. Being able to customize each piece with your choice of metal and gemstones is so amazingly personalized! I totally fell in love with the Cecilia ring in gold with a Citrine stone as the center and diamond pave band. It is STUNNING and amazingly priced at $935. I am a big fan of colored engagement rings so it would be a great option for an engagement ring, but I’m going to start dropping hints to my hubby about a possible 5 year anniversary present/right hand ring.
5. How would you style your favorite Gemvara piece?
The (2) Cecilia ring is a ring you could literally wear with anything- dressy or casual! The yellow is versatile enough to pair with a wide range of colors, but I love love LOVE yellow and green or teal together. So I put together this great outfit with a fabulous (3) green dress from ModCloth that would easily be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorize it. I paired the dress with some affordable (4) tan wedges from Target, and some (1) pear drop earrings from Gemvara. Finish the look with a stack of (5) delicate gold bangles, like the ones pictured. This versatile look could be worn to a shower, wedding, or engagement party! I love it so much I’m gonna have to snag some of these pieces for myself!