This Savvy Shopper Bride! | Shelby & Nate

Shelby and Nate were married on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Keswick Vineyards starting off another 3-wedding weekend for this very popular Charlottesville wedding venue.  For those that know me know I love a good deal and that I am a thrifty shopper.  Right away I knew I loved this bride when she told me some of her money saving ideas!  What a brilliant idea she had that I’m not sure why I never thought of it.  Well, we all know how groomsmen all rent their tuxedo’s, right?  But the bridesmaids have to buy their dresses which can get really expensive and they usually never wear them again so, why wouldn’t you rent those too?????  With Rent-A-Runway, you can!  All the bridesmaids wore the same dress.  With this online web site, you can order a dress and get it in a couple of sizes if you are unsure of what would fit you best.  When you are finished you just simply mail them back and that’s it!  How simple is that?  I think Shelby said these dresses retailed at $2,000.00 or $3,000.00 and rented for $90.00!  

Now, if that wasn’t amazing enough, I have one more to share from Shelby.  Just look at her dress.  Isn’t it amazing?  It was definitely made for her, right?  Well, not exactly.  She bought it from a consignment shop!  Can you believe that?  I couldn’t.  She saved thousands of dollars and no one would ever guess!

Now, onto the wedding part.  You have read in my previous blogs how I love it when the officiant has some personal connection with the couple.  Well, something else I love to see is when the best man or matron of honor is a parent.  Yep, Shelby’s matron of honor was her mother and you could see the special bond these two share throughout the day and evening.  I hope one day to be one of my daughter’s matron of honor.

So, with Shelby’s Mom being the matron of honor, what could her father do besides giver her away?  Well, how about him playing the guitar while her younger sister sings for their first dance?  Yep, that happened!  What a great wedding for so many reasons.

Thanks to the following vendors for all their help:  Keswick Vineyards providing day of coordinator service, Catering by Catering Outfit, Paradox Pastry providing the wedding cake, DJ Mark Allen, Photographer Crystal Image Photography, Hair & Make-up done off-site at Salon DeShano, Flowers by Barn Swallow Blooms, Festive Fare for rentals, Officiant Jeff Cramer and Skyline Tent Company for lighting.

Brian Schornberg