Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Save Money: Your Wedding Dress

One HUGE expense for your wedding is your dress, but this is one of the easiest areas to cut back without missing out. I once heard a bride say that your dress should be 50% of your budget! YIKES, that would have sent me back until I was 60! I promise you, that is not necessary. You no longer have to spend a lot to walk down the aisle in style.

There is a growing market of "used" dresses. Don't be turned away by the term "used" as many of these dresses are floor models, or sample dresses that have yet to be worn for a wedding, but can no longer be sold at full price. Among the many places you can get designer dresses for a better price, these are my top three favorites:

PreOwned Wedding Dresses: PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com is a listing service designed to connect buyers and sellers of new, sample and used designer wedding dresses.
The site boasts hundreds of wedding dresses with easy to use search criteria like designer, price, and location. Not only can you buy dresses here, but after your big day, you can also sell your dress here! (40% of the gowns listed on our site is sell - most in less than 3 months.)

Save The Dress: SavetheDress.com is a listing service for owners of designer wedding dresses to sell to prospective buyers. They are one of the leading sites to sell or buy pre-owned, new or sample wedding dresses. Buyers benefit from a large collection of affordable top designer wedding dresses including Kenneth Pool, Vera Wang, Justina McCaffrey, and Monique Lhuillier all at an affordable cost.

Encore Bridal: Encore Bridal is a consignment bridal e-Boutique, offering new, sample, and nearly-new couture that will take your breath away - at a price that won't! Our collection includes dresses and bridal accessories from today's most well-known designers... Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Amsale, and Pronovias to name a few. The brands you desire are now within your reach -- all priced at 30-70% below retail.

Browse around these online shops to see why you can be part of a
eco-conscious and affordable movement in wedding gowns!

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