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10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

06 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

If you didn’t get the memo about the sky-high cost of weddings, you’re not alone, by any means. When exactly were you (or your loved ones) supposed to squirrel away $25K (the national wedding cost average) between high school, college, crappy first jobs, crappy third jobs, etc? More bad news: if you’re in a major city like NYC, that wedding cost average nearly doubles. If you’re working with a budget of significantly less than either of those figures, I do have some good news for you. It doesn’t cost $25K to get married. (There’s a big difference there.)

There’s no need to despair – you can absolutely have a fabulous big day for far less than five figures. So before you start racking up the wedding-related credit card debt, and buying in to every bit of wedding-related hoopla in the known universe, read these 10 things every cash-poor bride should know before you begin your wedding planning journey.

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1. The wedding industry doesn’t want you to think you can have a truly awesome wedding for less than 25K. But you absolutely can. It might not have all the bells and whistles of an “as-seen-on-TV” wedding, but it can still be beautiful, memorable, and most importantly, budget-friendly.

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2. Some wedding vendors may sneer at your small budget. They’ll insist that you can’t have a “decent” wedding for less than five figures, and they’ll make you feel crappy about your wedding choices. Don’t reward them with your business. (They’re totally wrong, btw. Your wedding is going to be awesome.)wedding-cake-serving-set.jpg

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3. Planning a wedding is like taking on an unpaid part-time job, no matter what your budget. You’ll probably put in 20 hours a week on Pinterest alone. However, if you have the time to plan your own wedding, skipping on a wedding planner will save you thousands.


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4. Proceed through bridal magazines with caution. The wedding glossies frequently feature wedding items that are way out of your budget. Do your research on designers and brands before you give your heart to a $4000 Wedding Dress. (The same goes for bridal salons – be sure to ask about price points before you shop. For more dress shopping tips, check out our ultimate guide to Wedding Dress shopping!)

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5. Gorgeous examples of budget weddings can be found at any price point. Don’t believe me? Google “$5000 wedding”, or “10K wedding”. You’ll find enough budget-friendly inspiration on the interwebs to fill three weddings. Trust me, it’s out there.

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6. Know that you’re not alone – and finding a supportive, like-minded community of brides will make your wedding planning journey so much easier. There are tons of resources out there for budget-minded brides – blogs like The Broke-Ass Bride, or The Budget Savvy Bride, and SHEfinds, of course!

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7. Pick the three things that are most important to you – now you know where you’ll be allocating most of your wedding budget. (Do remember that the food is usually the biggest wedding expense, and if it doesn’t appear on your top 3, you can save a lot by not serving a full sit-down meal.)

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8. Still feeling self-conscious about your small budget wedding’s status? A smaller guest list will allow you to devote more of your budget to food, flowers, and decor – which will make your wedding look much pricier.


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9. Don’t be quick to turn down free help when it’s offered. If your Aunt wants to bake your wedding cake as her gift to you, let her do it. Likewise, if your Maid of Honor wants to help you tackle every wedding-related project that comes up, by all means, let her tag along!

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10. If certain wedding traditions don’t speak to you, they’re not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Axe them. It’ll leave more room in your budget for the things that truly matter.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

04 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

An oversized bouquet has a dramatic look for the flower-loving bride. This is a stunning idea for outdoor and boho weddings with a focus on freshness and color. These bouquets can be your main floral arrangement if you’re having smaller floral pieces in the rest of your decor. We’ve picked out 10 gorgeous oversized wedding bouquets to inspire you.

1. Summer Pinks

Peonies, garden roses, decorative kale and green hydrangea are the perfect ingredients for a fresh and colorful summer bouquet. The large blooms make this DIY bouquet an easy one to construct and has such a lovely result.

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2. Botanical 

This modern mix of flowers and foliage has a distinctive botanical feel. With touches of copper added to the palette, it creates an enviable mid-century look.

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3. Peaches and Succulents 

Succulents are a bouquet fave for a reason. They effortlessly enhance the other flowers in the bouquet and work well with neutral tones. Make the succulent a centerpiece by choosing one in a significant size.

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4. Bold Brights

For double the impact, go for both color and size. Vibrant reds teamed with slightly burnt orange blooms are a great pairing for larger bouquets. Leaving the stems bare, also creates an informal look to balance everything out.

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5. Pink Blossoms 

A feminine, elegant and ethereal take on an oversized bouquet. As light pink is such a delicate color you can get away with having more blooms.

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6. Clean and Simple 

If you’re weary about going for such a bold piece, you can keep the bouquet clean with white and cream flowers. This will give you the opportunity to play around with the size of the bouquet without it being too overwhelming.

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7. In the Wild 

This lush bouquet with hints of lilac and peach has a wildness to it that goes hand in hand with a garden affair.

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8. Deep tones 

For fall weddings, deep and rich autumnal tones work especially well in larger arrangements. Blending these with trailing greenery finishes the piece.

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9. Whimsical Paper 

For a touch of whimsical charm, go for oversized single paper flowers. A quirky look that would fit in perfectly in a woodland wedding. Extra bonus points if you fancy a challenge and decide to make them yourself!

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10. Cascading Bouquet

A cascading bouquet is a true statement piece, which gives you the opportunity to play around with proportions and the dimension of your bouquet. It is a lovely way to complement the silhouette of your dress.

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40 Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women For 2015

02 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

May it be a 18 year old teenager or a working mother, showcasing the attitude with the personality is of utmost importance since that outer thing is what everybody is going to see first. Beauty and elegance impresses anybody at a single glance.
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Who likes having a same hairstyle for a long time? The basic necessities of women lies in being hot and shocking the world around them with their ever new look. Try these Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women and watch how your crush feels Goosebumps on his skin after encountering you. Stay stylish! Give yourself the gift of new and refreshing hairstyles this summer to both be comfortable and look great.

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Best for the women of all age groups since it is the style of the decade. It looks cool on professional dress code to outfit for DJ nights. You may put on the colour on your hair as to highlight it and get stylish.

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Yes, you got it right! These are asymmetrical bangs which looks classy and gorgeous on a formal outfit, though people wear this hairstyle in parties as well. You, preferably, tilt your hair to either right or left side of your head to avoid encounter with eyes.

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  • Forget about the attention that people around will die giving you, think of the moment when you will find yourself having the most unique and gorgeous hairstyles with headbands.
  • A hot pop star, Lady Gaga has finally got this wonderful hair style as to define a new style by her name.
  • You don’t even need to colour your hair as the natural shine looks great.

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  • Girly hairstyle and a good choice by women since it look great with hot one piece and formals as well.
  • Yeah! These are a bit time taking hairstyles but then you need not put an effort throughout the day to maintain the hairstyle since it won’t get ruined easily. You may also check unique braids to try out in 2015.

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Indeed, why do boys have all the fun? This hairstyle was ruled by several men out there but now women have snatched the incredible grace and charm on the earth of fashion. Highlighting the tips of hair with bright and funky colors looks damn glamorous since it is a new fashion statement.
If you have a sleek and straight hair, you turn your hair curly or wavy and then go for this gracious haircut style. Tilting hair on either side by layering up hair asymmetrically looks sassy. You may put on head band of colors similar to your dress for an elegant feminine sensation.

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You remember Dolly Parton? This well known singer and lyricist is the one who explored this authentic hairstyle, as the name suggests. Messy Doll-Y hairstyle has been one of the most Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women of all time. Beads may help you enhance your look even more making you look stupendously fantabulous and swag.

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  • All you need to divide your hair unevenly so as to suit your face cut and facial features. You may go for layering of hair so as to get a U-shaped styling on hair.
  • If you face a frequent hair fall or have thin hair, you may love to see your hair getting voluminous by curling up your hair using dryer.
  • Both, hair with colors and without colors, look great being the part of newest trend in fashion.
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Get flirty with all these fantastic hairstyles to make guys turn and stay awestruck by watching your hearty hairstyle. These Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women will suit every kind of faces and surroundings. Congratulations for now you have a distinct set of awesome haircut styles. Do share your views and queries, if any.

Reception and Evening Dresses by Tarik Ediz | 2015

01 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Evening Dresses
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My obsession with turkish designer Tarik Ediz has been well documented on this blog. Between his Tarik Ediz and Tarik Ediz White Collections .. there’s enough style candy for the bride and her Bridesmaids. Tarik dresses have also been a HIT with brides looking for sexier dress changes for their wedding reception. His dresses are feminine, sexy and guaranteed show-stoppers. See and swoon for yourselves.

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Sophia Tolli 2015 Bridal Collection

01 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses
This gorgeous collection of Wedding Dresses is what I call bridal perfection, every single one of these wedding gowns is better than the next one… seriously! Filled with sophisticated pieces and elegant princess moments, the newest collection from Sophia Tolli is a total must-see. If you are looking for the ultimate blend of femininity and glamour for your wedding day look, today is your lucky day because Sophia Tolli 2015 will deliver that and much more. So, don’t miss a minute of divine… Join me for the compilation of dreamy fashion moments!
Please contact Sophia Tolli for authorized retailers near you and pricing information.   

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Surprise All Inclusive Wedding Costs

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

One would think “all” means–well, all— when buying an all inclusive wedding package. Unfortunately, the definition varies for each venue. If you are not wary, your final cost may vary substantially from what you expected.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Surprise All Inclusive Wedding Costs

To avoid sticker shock be sure to have a detailed conversation about what is (and is not) included in your package price and any additional fees that may apply. Also, read the contract carefully and ask questions about gray areas. Sadly, whoever you are speaking with will not necessarily disclose everything.

Here are some tips for getting the most for your all-inclusive dollars and circumventing surprise charges.

1. If you are having the reception at a hotel, make it clear you will reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests. This puts you in a better position to negotiate extra fees out of your contract and get additional discounts.

2. Ask if tips are included. Bartender, wait person, and other service tips can add substantially to the cost.

3. Confirm your price includes all support staff needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up.

4. If you are putting together welcome bags, discuss if there are any fees associated with holding or delivering them.

5. Talk cake. Whether you bring in your own or use their baker can affect the cost, as will the size and construction, of the cake.

6. There may be an extra cake cutting and/or plating charge.

7. If applicable, see if they will throw in decorations, linens, or other supplies from the hotel for no extra charge. It’s no extra cost to them and saves you money.

8. Be clear on time limits and additional prices if you run over.

9. Understand the parking arrangement. Is valet included or will they add extra? Are there charges for guest parking?

10. Don’t forget about taxes. They add up. Figure it out when discussing costs and explicitly add them as dollar-amount line items to your quotes.

Elegant Rustic Wedding Cake Tutorial

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com–cake decorating tutorials showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to ice and decorate the rustic wedding cake in the photo at left. (Tip for when using non-food-grade material: back it with wax paper before putting on the cake.) The best part is it’s easier than you may think. You can do this without decorating bags or tips and you do *not* need experience.

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What’s in the new section?

At the beginning and end of each video you will find what I call a menu, where there will be links to each of six videos and this page. The cue that you are in a menu section will be my black shirt. In the actual tutorials I’m wearing salmon with polka dots. You can always skip past this part at the beginning of any video by going straight to 1:05.

The main video is below. It shows the process of assembling the cake. Since I have no decorating experience and little natural craftiness, my videos are geared toward helping those with limited talent figure out how to DIY. Consequently, I show you easier methods than you may find in videos from experts. Additionally, I share tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls you may run into.

The six additional videos demonstrate, in detail, how to make some of the decorations and create the icing effects.

Here is an outline with links to the videos, followed by the main video:

  • Basic Rustic Look. This is the method of thickly applying buttercream icing and is the first step in creating the look on any of the three tiers.
  • Bottom Tier Icing. This technique creates the illusion of deeply-cragged tree bark, something like an elm tree.
  • Center Tier. This icing method looks similar to ruffles without all the work (I admire those who can pipe the icing on and make an awesome-looking ruffle). Here, I create the effect by using a knife tip to dig into the icing.
  • Top Tier. I started out trying to use an impression mat, but there are just too many variables to get it right if you are not experienced (interpretation: I couldn’t do it without making a mess). So, this is a way to get a relatively shallow, albeit less precise, tree trunk design. I did a random free form style, but if you wanted to you could try for some sort of design.
  • Rustic Love Knot Hearts. These are celtic knots crafted into the shape of a heart instead of the traditional round shape. I used sisal rope for a country look.
  • Burlap Leaves. The leaves on the roses in the topper and around the base are made from burlap. I bought silk flowers and switched the green plastic leaves for burlap. I’m actually making an entire flower in this video. To make the leaves for the cake, follow the directions for only the bottom, largest layer. That is the part that goes under the roses.

25 Non-traditional Wedding Ideas You May Not Have Thought About

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

One of the most overwhelming parts of making your wedding decisions is what others think you should do. A common line of reasoning is “do it this way because that’s the way it’s done.” Well, times change and “non-traditions” flourish in this age of individuality. Plus you are unique and should have a wedding that reflects who you are and what you care about. For those reasons you do not have to follow tradition unless you want to! Scroll down to find 25 unusual ideas.

25 Non-traditional Wedding Ideas You May Not Have Thought About

Here, in no particular order, are some ideas (the money-saving ones are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook, where there are over 300 additional ideas and tips):

1. Have a family wedding–instead of the couple only–by including your children in the vows, with hugs and kisses all around.
2. Buy a wedding gown in your favorite color and put the Bridesmaids in white.
3. Toast with a signature drink instead of champagne.
4. Have both sets of parents give away their son or daughter to the bride(s) or groom(s).
5. Instead of “giving away” the bride, have each set of parents “take in” the future spouse. (Not literally, of course. They don’t want you living with them! LOL.)
6. Let your Bridesmaids wear cocktail dresses with a color or style theme rather than those made specifically as Bridesmaid dresses (some of the pins on the Bridesmaids Ideas pinboard can give you inspiration).
7. Let the guys wear suits instead of renting tuxes.
8. Carry ferns instead of flowers.
9. Make the bouquets from buttons, brooches, or paper instead of flowers.
10. Instead of guests throwing rice or bird seeds as you come out of the church, play music and have everyone dance.
11. Go bareheaded instead of wearing a veil or hat.
12. Hold the ceremony someplace besides a church. (See 76 Unexpected Wedding Reception Venues for ideas. The ceremony can be held at all of these as well.)
13. Skip the guest book and opt for a creative way to remember your guests–a thumbprint wishing tree or wishing rocks, for example (more ideas are on the Guest Book Ideas pinboard).
14. Set up a self-serve drink station instead of full service bar.
15. Instead of best man and maid of honor speeches, have those in the wedding party share their best story.
16. Have groomspeople and bridespeople instead of -maids and -men, mixing genders according to friendships or relation.
17. See each other before the wedding.
18. Toss something fun, like bride and groom bears or candy, instead of the bouquet and garter.
19. Feed each other something besides cake–another dessert or favorite entree, for example.
20. Skip the tiered wedding cake altogether and have an ornate cake table with several single layer versions.
21. Provide an empty, food-friendly favor box and let guests choose their own from a candy or food buffet.
22. If there are no obvious choices for flower girls and ring bearers, omit them from the ceremony.
23. Make your centerpieces mini dessert stations and forego separate desserts and favors.
24. Have son-mother-in-law and daughter-father-in-law dances.
25. Have the wedding party face the guests.

Or come up with your own ideas to create a ceremony and reception that reflect who you truly are as a couple. Any aspect of the wedding, short of the legalities, is optional or open to your own interpretation.

5 Ways Your Budget Wedding’s Ambience Determines Choice of Savings

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Either wedding guest count or how much you spend per guest must be limited to stay within budget (if you are like most of us). Chances are, however, you’ve envisioned a “personality” for your wedding that must also remain intact. Scroll down for ideas on how to accomplish both.

5 Ways Your Budget Wedding’s Ambience Determines Choice of Savings

You likely expect your wedding’s ambiance to be either gregarious and full of merry making or more demure and conversational. Quashing the traits you’ve pictured could put a nightmarish tint to your dream wedding. If you really want to have all of your large circle of friends at the wedding or have your heart completely set on a sit down gourmet meal, you can still stay within budget by choosing to focus on one or the other (but not both!) and curtailing the opposite. If you are not sure which route to choose, ask yourself these questions:

1) Is it more important (a) to have a large reception or (b) for your guests to feel personally pampered?

2) Do you see your wedding as more like a (a) party, with extended friends and family, or (b) special gathering of your “inner circle?”

If the (a)s are more appealing, you want a big, party-like wedding with a lot of people. If the (b)s are more attractive, you prefer a more quietly social, intimate wedding. Which you want will drive your decisions every step of the way.

Money-saving ideas for five aspects of your wedding.

The venue, menu, dessert, drink, and photography & videography choices are all important considerations when it comes to the event’s atmosphere and how you will perceive that Big Day. Some different ideas, depending on your preferences above, are below.

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The (a)s tend to be more suited for “big party” weddings, in which case you will need to focus on controlling your per-person costs. Thus, these are options that will get you more with less money.

The (b)s tend to be more appropriate for an “intimate gathering,” where you can spend more per person. This means inviting only a small group to your wedding. When planning, focus on the core aspects of a product or service that make it feel upscale and limit the more frivolous options, so you can make more premium choices without breaking the bank.

1. Venue

(a) If a typical reception hall (VFW, banquet facility, etc.) is not right for you, go for an unexpected, but affordable venue. Barns, rural fields, gymnasiums, and warehouses that can hold a lot of people at a low cost per square foot are all options.

(b) Consider a restaurant for your reception, with a sit down dinner served in courses. This allows a more opulent setting, but allows you to save on extras like décor, space rental, and wait staff.

2. The Menu

(a) Choose foods that are filling yet inexpensive, like pasta and rice dishes, as entrees. Guests will feel satisfied while you avoid breaking the bank on per-plate costs.

(b) Choose the chef’s specialty as the entree and opt for lower-cost sides (if needed). Focusing on one or two showcase items helps give a posh ambience to the meal.

3. Dessert

(a) Have a spread of desserts homemade by family and friends. It’s an economical way to have a large-volume dessert table without correspondingly high cost. Spread the tasks among your bake-loving helpers and the burden will fall heavily on no one’s shoulders.

(b) Have a small, but lavishly decorated, wedding cake just large enough to feed your guests—beautiful, upscale, and economical.

4. Libations

(a) Set up a self-serve drink station—stocked with alcohol you bought—with only beer, a red and white wine, and signature drink. This allows you to shop around for the best prices and, possibly, save on volume. One caveat: check with your venue to make sure this is allowed and there are no “corkage” fees for bringing in from the outside. The latter could erase your savings.

(b) Offer served drinks from pre-determined options chosen to fit within your budget. This prevents unexpected costs due to overshooting usage from an open bar.

5. Photography and Videography

(a) Hire an experienced photographer with good equipment to take a few core pictures. For the rest, set up a photo-sharing app or Instagram hashtag for your guests to upload the photos they take. You still get some professional shots for your formal albums, yet have captured memories from the entire day.

(b) Have your photographer and videographer document your whole ceremony and reception, then limit the size of the packages and special effects or other editing options you purchase. This approach gets you a full package without having to pay super-premium prices.

By using these guidelines to choose cost-cuts based on your wedding’s personality you can have the big party or intimate gathering of your dreams!

7 Ways to Save on Wedding Jewelry

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Typically, the bride and Bridesmaids’ jewelry ensembles are made up of a necklace and earrings, but they can also include brooches and bracelets or cuffs, depending on the formality of the wedding, how elaborate the dresses are, and the bride’s preferences. In any case, there are several ways to match the cost to your budget.

7 Ways to Save on Wedding Jewelry

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1. Make the jewelry “something borrowed.” One way to slash bridal jewelry from the budget is to borrow it. If someone you know already owns a piece you love, and if it works with your Wedding Dress and hairstyle, borrow it to wear on your big day.

2. Wear an heirloom necklace, earrings, or other jewelryAnother no-cost solution is to wear a piece handed down from a family member as the “something old” in your wedding.

3. Buy fashion jewelry instead of the finer variety. Jewelry doesn’t have to be “real” to be beautiful. It is entirely possible to find affordable pieces that are both lovely looking and affordable. It is also, however, easy to get caught up in coveting the expensive varieties. Here are a couple of ways you can keep those impulses under control:

– Look at only inexpensive jewelry. Skip the upscale pearls, diamonds, 24K gold, and platinum and home in on jewelry made from more affordable materials such as freshwater or man-made pearls, imperfect diamonds, cubic zirconium or crystals (which generally looks much better than low-grade diamonds), affordable gemstones, silver, 10K–14K gold, titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel.

– Figure out what you like about a specific expensive piece; then, look for more affordable jewelry with similar features.

5. Make your own jewelry. If you have talent and fine-motor skills, or you know someone who has them, making your own jewelry is an attractive option. You can buy crystals, beads and other supplies at specialty merchants. Be sure to leave enough time to practice making quality jewelry and for experimenting.