SAY WHAAATTT!!!? I’m “old school”, therefore this concept would be a little unnerving to me. HOWEVER, I’m also “frugal” Fea, so the least I could do was entertain the thought of researching this concept!

At first I thought I could rent “MY WHOLE WEDDING” (wouldn’t that be nice ūüôā Actually, that wouldn’t be a bad idea (a company that offers basic wedding day templates, EVERYTHING already in place like a model home, it sounds crazy but it would sell, by the way, this blog is my way of owning the copyrights to that idea JUST IN CASE if anyone wants to start that business, LOL, I distress!

Anywho, as I was saying, I thought I could rent “THE WHOLE WEDDING”. However, the concept with is to rent equipment that will provide your special day with that “Special Touch” without “breaking the bank” (i.e. uplighting, monograms, backdrops, and photo booths, the majority of items that your DJ can provide, however, it may cost a pretty penny to add to your DJ package). If you have a Wedding Planner/Designer/Family Member/Friend that is helping you to plan and decorate your wedding, the RentMyWedding concept could actually work in your favor. For example, if you have already secured your venue, cake designer, photographer, DJ, and decide that the decorations will be a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project (with the help of at least one or two other people), will be a wonderful resource for you. As I type this blog, the ideal place to

If you have a Wedding Planner/Designer/Family Member/Friend that is helping you with planning and decorating your wedding, the RentMyWedding concept could actually work in your favor. For example, if you have already secured your venue, cake designer, photographer, DJ, and decide that the decorations will be a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project (with the help of at least one or two other people), will be a wonderful resource for you. As I type this blog, the ideal place to

As I type this blog, the ideal place to utilize RentMyWedding resources in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area is The Grand Marquise (this location is ideal for anyone that wants to have an elegant or a smaller scale “royal” themed wedding). Keeping those themes in mind, The Grand Marquise will provide uplighting (it’s included in your venue rental cost), however, they only offer chivari chairs (that do not need chair covers, unless your color theme will not work with gold chairs) and tables (no linen). Therefore, you will need to weigh the cost of having your wedding at that venue; I believe it will be feasible with a caterer that provides linen and centerpiece decorations or renting equipment from

I believe the RentMyWedding concept is popular, especially for DIY brides that have support to decorate their wedding/for Wedding Planners/Designers that decorate for their bride. This company has also scored several accolades: (1) To date, they acquired 5 stars out of 5 for 2,351 reviews, (2) They received The Knot best of weddings award, (3) They won the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award in 2013, (4) They won the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award in in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and (5) They have been featured on Four Weddings and TLC!

As previously mentioned, I’m frugal, so I believe it’s “icing on the cake” for them to offer free shipping nationwide! Would you consider using equipment from you rent from for your own wedding? If so, please share your experience, I would greatly appreciate it.

I do not receive any proceeds from promoting RentMyWedding or The Grand Marquise Ballroom!

Happy Planning!

Bride on a Budget (Felicia)

The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh: October 5, 2017, 7 pm The Stockroom

Greetings Everyone,

They’re BACK! The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh will be held on Thursday, October 5th at ¬†The Stockroom¬†230 Fayetteville Street Raleigh, NC 27601!

If you have never experienced a Big Fake Wedding Event, it is most certainly worth experiencing at least once.

The Big Fake Wedding¬ģ is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.

If you would like to attend The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh event or if you have further questions, please visit this link.

Happy Planning (on a budget, that is)!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

The Knot’s 2015 Stats: The Least Popular Time of the Year to Get Married!

Greetings Everyone,

Okay, my blog title is NOT the actual title on Kopf’s (2016) article! However, that is the information I was most interested in researching as I read the article!


The least popular months to marry are just after Christmas and just before Summer (December 26th-March 7th, to be exact), the numbers spike just a little between those timeframes but there is no significant spike.

July 4th was also found to be the least popular week during the Summer to marry. Another interesting factor that I noticed in Kopf’s article, regarding the Southern States¬†(i.e. North and South Carolina), is that July and August are the least popular months to marry.

What can we do with this information? PLAN AN INEXPENSIVE WEDDING, of course! Wedding costs will be significantly lower during the least popular months compared to those that are popular/holidays.


During your wedding planning phase please consider one of the least popular months to have your blissful wedded day (in addition to narrowing your planning phase 6-9 months, the longer you have to plan, the chances are you will spend more).

I hope that you are enjoying your summer! Happy Planning (on a budget, that is)!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


Kopf, D. (2016). What’s the most popular time of year to get married? Retrieved from¬†

Plan to Wed at Castle McCullough: Bridal Show, Sunday, July 9th!


Greetings Everyone!

To follow up on my blog from May 1, 2017, I’m sharing a few of the pictures that I took at Castle McCullough during my visit on Tuesday, March 14, 2017!

You are invited to Castle McCullough’s ‘Eat, Drink, and Be Married¬†Bridal Show’!¬†Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT). Castle McCullough’s address is¬†3925 Kivett Drive Jamestown, NC 27282


I do not benefit in any way by promoting this event!

You can register for or find out more information regarding the event at this link.

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


You’re Invited to Eat, Drink, and Be Married Bridal Show at Castle McCulloch


Greetings! This is a wonderful bridal show event (it’s a Castle Venue)! If the weather is nice on tomorrow, this is the perfect time to visit. If time permits, make reservations at Southern Roots Restuarant before or after the event! Stay tuned for pictures from my visit on Tuesday, March 14, 2017! Happy Planning!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Castle McCulloch, Inc.
3925 Kivett Drive
Jamestown, NC 27282

Take Advantage Of The Online Price: Use Promo Code: CASTLE for a free ticket.

Be Sure To RSVP For This Extraordinary Bridal Show As Spaces Fill Quickly! So Register Now To Secure Your Spot!

Guests Of All Ages Are Welcome!

  • Guest Admission Is $15.00.
  • Guest Tickets Are Sold At The Door The Day Of The Show!
  • Bride Tickets Will Be $10.00 At The Door The Day Of The Show.

*Giveaways Are For The Brides Only. Tickets Sold Online & On This Site Are Also For The Bride Only.

Eat, Drink, and Be Married!


Plan to Design Your Event On AllSeated!
Bride on a Budget AllSeated!



A wedding or vision board is a wonderful resource to brainstorm a¬†wedding theme. However, it can be challenging to imagine how your wedding theme will physically look until you actually “see it”. Well, I have wonderful news for YOU! You can actually experience a “working visual” of your ceremony and reception floor plans on the AllSeated website!

Below are examples of floor plans from a recent wedding that I coordinated. The AllSeated software is free and user-friendly. In addition, the AllSeated website provides several tutorials that can assist you or your Wedding Planner as you build your floor plans and create your guest list.

AllSeated Floor Plan


AllSeated Floor Plan

I absolutely LOVE this software, it provides a 3-D version of your floor plans! I believe this software is a wonderful way to effectively communicate what both you and your Wedding Planner discuss.

We establish “wedding themes” to convey a general idea of our vision for our special day, however, an actual visual conveys that meaning (or at least comes close). When you have the opportunity visit the AllSeated website to see what it has to offer you.

In addition, I have been trained on how to use the software and can provide a demo or reports on how AllSeated can make the planning process easier in planning your special day! Please contact me with any questions that you may have regarding AllSeated. I receive no proceeds by promoting AllSeated in this blog post.

Felicia, Bridge on a Budget


Congrats Nysheria and Arthur! #SnowInLove11417


It’s a family affair¬†because Nysheria and Arthur are #SnowInLove11417!

Nysheria¬†and Arthur’s special day was met with love from family and friends!


From beginning to end family and friends (as well as the Embassy Suites staff) stepped in to help when and where they could. You could feel the love and positive vibes during the rehearsal, and especially on Nysheria¬†and Arthur’s special day.

The wedding planning details went without a hitch, given that the Bride and Groom planned their North Carolina wedding while in New York. They trusted me with the details and followed my advice to show up, relax and enjoy their special day!

The week prior to the wedding, North Carolina received snow. However, the week/day of the wedding the weather was chilly, bringing the Bride and Groom’s Winter Wonderland wedding theme to fruition.

In addition to the weather and the atmosphere the venue provided, the Groom’s sister created a beautiful candy display. The display was so beautiful the guests didn’t want to touch it, however, they huddled around the display, took pictures (during the cocktail hour and reception) and discussed the design in amazement. After the wedding cake was served, guests helped themselves to the candy display.


Following an intimate wedding ceremony, the guests were escorted to cocktail hour and serenaded by Eryn Jones Fuson (the harpist). Shortly after, they were escorted into the reception hall where they searched for their designated Winter Wonderland table theme.

After the guests were seated, the Wedding Party danced their way into the reception hall. The highlight, of course, was the Bride and Groom’s entrance to “Bring Em Out” by T.I! This most certainly got the party vibe started off right! The DJ kept everyone on the dancefloor throughout the night!

Nysheria and Arthur are such a beautiful and loving couple! I wish them much peace, love, and happiness as they continue to grow in love together! They are #SnowInLove11417

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

Venue: Embassy Suites Brier Creek

Caterer: Embassy Suites Brier Creek

Officiant: Pastor Ashley Carter

Photographer: Esther Hicks Photography  

Nysheria and Arthur’s Slide Show

Harpist (Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Entertainment): Eryn Jones Fuson

DJ: DJ Rem.e

MC: Johnny Famous

Hair and Makeup: Petra Clemmons and Shatara Jennette

Cake Designer: Brenda Brown-Infinite Cakes

Candy Display Table: SimplyChante #simplychante

Florist: Sam’s Club

Photobooth: Holland Rent-All and Party City

Day of Coordination: Bride on a Budget

Happy First-Year Anniversary Brit and Derez!


WOW!!! It sure doesn’t seem like it has been a year since you became husband and wife! However, it is true!


Although you may have endured a few growing pains since your nuptials (most couples do), the most important factor is that you endured them together! Facing your growing pains or challenges over the past year has not only helped you to grow in love as a couple, it has also made you a better individual and teammates (#STRONGERTEAM)!


I don’t know if you remembered my words of inspiration during the toast, however, I told you (as shared by one of my friends) that “it” (the marriage, your relationship) will work if you work it! I have to tell you that I’m proud of both of you because YOU ARE WORKING IT (quite nicely)! None of us are perfect, therefore, all we can do is what we can do. I believe that if the two of you continue to communicate and love each other to the best of your abilities, you will be just fine!

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I wish you much happiness, success, love, and peace as you continue to grow in love together! #TeamJones #EstablishedDecember31,2015 #HappyNewYearJoneses!


Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

Yolanda’s Freedom Celebration! With this ring, I me Wed!


Yolanda has such a beautiful soul! We joined her in celebrating a Recommitment Celebration, with a small number of family members and close friends on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.


During the celebration, we recommitted ourselves to ourselves by reading Soul Vows and symbolizing that recommitment with a ring. In addition, we all wrote down a vice that we did not want to carry into 2017; then we burned it with a candle right after the Commitment Ceremony.

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The evening ended with each individual creating their own vision board, to remind us of our goals and potential (throughout the new year)!





Tune into your Freedom Celebration playlist as needed! I wish you much success in your New Beginnings, Yolanda! Peace and blessings!


Felicia (Bride on a Budget)



The 100th Big Fake Wedding: Congrats Julie and Bobbie!


Julie and Bobbie are such a wonderful couple! They renewed their Wedding Vows at the 100th Big Fake Wedding. This event was a major milestone for both Julie and Bobbie (as they celebrated their 8th year Anniversary) and the Big Fake Wedding (as we celebrated our 100th wedding)!


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The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative, where the Bride-and-Groom-to-be are the guests, they are also provided an opportunity to see each vendor in action during this event (please view the Vendor Guide).

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This event began with a vow renewal followed by light bites, drinks, dancing and a “Send-Off” for the bridal couple. From the beginning to the end of the event guests are welcome to visit and speak with Vendors.




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We hope that you will consider joining us for one of our future Big Fake Wedding events! Please feel free to view the events calendar for upcoming events (you are more than welcome to use the discount code XOXO91 for $10 off Raleigh, NC, and Charleston, SC events). Happy New Year!


Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh November 2016 Wedding Vendor Guide