Your wedding represents a beginning of a new chapter in your life. Since this is such a big deal, it’s only right to make the ceremony as great as possible. Once you start planning the wedding, you may find it shocking how expensive it can be. Keep in mind that even a good cake can be very pricey. If you want to have a great ceremony your family and friends can enjoy, you can do it without breaking the bank. Here are some of the changes you can make to save money on your wedding.

Create a Budget

Before you start deciding how your wedding is going to look, it’s important you discuss your budget with your fiancé. Ask your respective parents whether they could help out and determine how much money you’ll have to spend for the wedding. It’s important you do research on the different wedding expenses as soon as possible. Keep in mind that creating a budget needs to be your first step when it comes to planning your wedding.

Do It Your Way

When you try to imagine a wedding the first thing that crosses your mind is likely a big wedding part with a sit-down dinner and a beautiful venue. However, you shouldn’t let these traditional images in your head have an impact on your wedding. Remember that this is your day, which means you get to decide how it will look. Don’t be afraid to make a few changes to the traditional wedding.

For instance, instead of having the ceremony on a Saturday (which is when the majority of couples get married), you should consider tying the knot on a weekday or Sunday. You can save a lot of money on caterers, florists, bands, DJs, and venues if you get hitched on a day that isn’t Saturday. Similarly, you should consider getting married during the winter, where there are significantly fewer ceremonies.

Use a Fake Wedding Cake

A wedding cake will probably cost you at least $500, which can be an unnecessary expense. The reason why these cakes are so expensive is because a lot of time goes into decoration. Another factor that has an impact on the price is the number of tiers it has. You can save a few hundred dollars simply by serving your guests sheet cake and placing a fake wedding cake on the dessert table. Since the whole point of the wedding cake is to look as marvelous as possible, a fake one can serve as a decoration throughout the whole ceremony. It’s also a good idea to consider serving a nontraditional wedding dessert like ice cream or pie.

Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

A wedding gown is not cheap, especially considering you’re only going to wear it once. With that being said, you should try to save money on it by either buying a pre-owned dress or buying a sample gown from a bridal store. Doing this will help you save at least several hundred dollars. Of course, you should always make sure the dress is in excellent condition before buying it. Your wedding outfit consists of shoes and accessories as well. It’s a good idea to borrow accessories from a friend or family member. In order to save money on your wedding shoes, you should consider shopping online.

There’s a good chance your local bridal stores have very expensive products. Online shopping is a great option for saving money because it allows you to compare prices. On top of that, it provides you with a wider selection of bridal shoes.

Make a Buffet-Style Wedding

One of the best ways to reduce your catering costs is to opt for a buffet-style wedding. Instead of hiring multiple people to serve your guests, everyone would be able to help themselves to food. By doing a buffet-style wedding, you will be able to save at least a thousand dollars.

Levi’s released an update of their WaterLess selvedge jeans, made in the USA, in 501, 505, and 511s. While Levi’s jeans might not be go-to for you, they are worth reconsidering to give the planet some help without making a huge effort. If you’re going to buy jeans anyway, have one pair be from Levi’s WaterLess. Last year, the first WaterLess collection came out, which used 28% less water, and the spring 2018 line is set to save an outstanding 15 million litres of water. In addition to the jeans, there’s also a denim trucker jacket available.

“An average pair of Levi’s® jeans needs 42 liters of water to be dyed, washed, and finished. Once we take them home we use even more water caring for our jeans using 21 liters every time we wash,” Levi’s explains about WaterLess. “That’s 4 times the amount of water someone in a developing country might use for an entire day’s drinking, cleaning, cooking, and washing combined.”

Multiple WaterLess washes are available for the picking, and since there are also skinnies in the mix, I can imagine everyone finding something to flatter. While I don’t have any in my closet at the moment, I think I should be able to invest in a pair and save some water in the process. If you go to the Levi’s website, you can see a full description of WaterLess. [via acquire]

Summer tweed? Don’t mind if we do. While summer’s a delight (especially when you’re bogged down all winter in white stuff), some of us find it hard to look sophisticated when there are few elements in play. Gone are the interest-grabbing layers, the attention-getting coats, the sweaters, and the heavy leather shoes. Things are lighter, and everything counts for much more, style-wise. That’s where this Ts(s) summerweight tweed jacket comes in, to save the day for those of us who want a break from maddeningly-wrinkled linen.

There’s a caveat, however: this stuff is expensive. The Italian Cotton Summer Tweed Two-Button Jacket will run you $792–it’s made in Japan–but perhaps you love it so much that it’ll be one of a few pieces you’ll actually buy this season. The jacket has peaked lapels and a 100% cupra lining, and it looks darn good in all its black-and-white-and-grey-all-over glory. That said, I’m not 100% sold on the content, which is 80% cotton (good), 16% acrylic (what?), and 4% nylon (eh). For nearly $800, original price, I don’t want acrylic in my stuff. Give me silk, give me cotton, but keep the acrylic far away from me. Do you find the acrylic addition off-putting as well? [via selectism]

The Union Street Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag for ONA’s the kind you have to hide from your friend with the huge messenger bag collection, for obvious reasons. It’s a bag you can easily justify; it’s got a simple look to it that’s matchable; it works for both cameras and laptops (together!); it’s grime-resistant and you can fit your DSLR, a 15″ laptop, and up to 3 accessories/lenses inside. Isn’t that convenient–and doesn’t that make it so much easier to work that ONA bag into your budget?

Waxed canvas adds a little water-resistance to your laptop/camera bag without leaving it super-slick and sweaty, and the bag has five customizable dividers inside to fit everything you need. Three cheers for the ousting of the traditional (and ugly) camera bag! Plus, since this one holds your laptop, you’ll be able to find more places to carry it around than just when you need your camera and the goods. At $279, it’s not exactly cheap, but camera bags always hang around forever before biting the dust. I wouldn’t call this an “investment piece,” because that just seems ridiculous, but at the same time, you won’t be wasting your money on something you’ll use a couple of times. [via hypebeast]

Oak finds! Oh, how fun. My weekly Oak stalking resulted in finding two nice “just in” pieces on the site: the Cold Method Navy Pieced Chambray Shirt, and the Electric Moto Jacket. One will be useful just as soon as it arrives at your doorstep (spring showers, unexpected gusty weather), and the chambray shirt can be worn on its own or layered come those cold-in-the-morning summer days that later get scorching. Unlike the nylon, your chambray from Oak is 100% cotton–breathable!–and has great drape. Don’t forget that you can pop that chambray into the dryer with a sheet or two to get it softer, and that it will get smoother and softer with age.

Oak’s Cold Method nylon jacket is a keeper for a long time to come. It’s black, has two front welt pockets, and a pocket on the upper left arm. Totally classic, and something that, just like the chambray shirt from the same designer, should come in handy for future seasons as well. If you’re in a more temperate climate, you’ll be singing this jacket’s praises three seasons out of the year. Cold Method delivers! [chambray is $136 at oak; electric moto jacket is $256]

Nudie Jeans is doing their bit to help the planet, and we’re happy to see what they’ve got in motion. Similar to the Levi’s WaterLess campaign, Nudie is trying to cut down on cotton waste that comes along with the jeans manufacturing process. Many of their jeans have been produced using a small portion of recovered cotton, and Nudie points out that the former waste is now recyclable, thanks to new technologies. Aren’t you glad that more and more companies are finding new ways to reduce their impact?

The new collection is appropriately called “This Blue is Green,” and it will become available in April. Smart earth-savers can market their recycled/reclaimed/sustainable work to the end of the earth and back, and I wouldn’t fault them for it. Anything to get the word out! The jeans also feature organic trims and pocket linings and are made from 78% “conventional cotton” and 20% recycled cotton, plus a touch of 2% elastane. If you’re not in the market for a new pair of jeans, you’ll be happy to know that you can also look for This Blue Is Green pieces that aren’t jeans: they’ll also have men’s separates available. I’m not sure if those pieces will include organic cotton, but I hope so. [more pics at denim geek]

These all-around terrific deadstock belts, long ago standard issue for soldiers in the Swedish army, are not easy to find. But lucky for us the team at Inventory searched high and low and ultimately secured a small collection of the vintage – real vintage! – Swedish Army belts.

The first round of belts sold out pretty damn fast, which you might have assumed, but somehow Inventory’s number one source for belts (apparently) had a couple more stored away in the basement. So lucky for us they are back: the sturdy natural tan leather is the perfect size, combined with simple details, nice hardware and a solid build.

I will gladly pay $75 for my own military-style belt. I’d pay even more this vintage belt. Made with that awesome, natural tan leather with reinforced clasps, the belts scream rugged and hard to destroy, which is what you want in a belt. Sure, it’s great for military battle, but hey, also looks great with your favorote pair of jeans!

These battle-tested Swedish Army Belts can take a licking and keep on looking good and doing their belt thing year after year. And hey, it’s going to work with just about every outfit I can put together. And if you had no clue Sweden even had an army, well they do – and they wear kick-ass belts! [via uncrate & inventorymagazine]

Austin-based Criquet delivers us the ‘Perfect’ Pique polo, cut from 100% certified organic pique cotton that’s not too heavy, not too thin…just right. At $55, the polo is part of Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown’s vintage-inspired collection of fine-looking polo shirts; good for the golf course, good for the bar after the golf course.

The duo went about their apparel plan by tapping Billy’s architecture background and Hobson’s creative wizardry; the pair set off to design a vintage-inspired shirt, combining old-school preppy with a splash of hipster, that would put an end to their ongoing search, while also aligning with a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The Criquet team boldly says: The quest for the perfect polo ends here.

You have to love the confidence. They want you to know these organic cotton, subtly-detailed and vintage-y Polos are going to make you extremely happy. And you’re going to have them in your wardrobe for a long time.

The Pique Polo is available in six colors, each featuring a two-button thin placket, classic fit with slight drop tail and chest pocket w/ embroidered grassy C. Preppy with a dash of the hipster magic, the shirts are a great find for those of us who worship at the Polo altar. [via valet]

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the Academy Award-winning performance by the legendary Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Oliver Peoples has debuted a very classic, very cool Gregory Peck frame.

The retro-inspired design includes an exaggerated keyhole bridge and genuine horizontal plaques on the frame front and temples. The discreet but recognizable Oliver Peoples logo is laminated at the temple end.

Anthony Peck, son of Gregory Peck, had the original optical frame worn in To Kill a Mockingbird in his possession for many years. With the 50th anniversary of such a great American film around the corner, he sought out Larry and Dennis Leight, the founders of Oliver Peoples, to discuss the classic frames – an ideal time to recreate this iconic style.

The glasses ‘look’ very cool, a perfect honor to a movie star such as Gregory Peck. And you don’t even need a three-piece suit to go with a pair (though it might help).

In the end, a great pair of glasses are never out of style.

The new frames ($315), available everywhere in May, arrive in four muted colors and made from a transparent acetate that resembles tortoiseshell with a bit more polish. All proceeds to the Peck Family from this project will be donated to the Los Angeles Public Library. [via hypebeast]

I admit I’m not always down with the floral print apparel. But that doesn’t mean my wardrobe can’t make room for one as sweet as the floral print design coming from Epaulet. The standard slim-fit shirt, made up in a nice printed UK cloth, shows off a likable tight pattern of floral, making it a shirt I can easily match with jeans or chinos.

And maybe because it’s getting warmer out, but the shirt just has a spring-y, summer-y vibe working. The floral short features a mid-length tail, which looks good looks good tucked or un-tucked. Its 100% Pima cotton fabrication is soft and comfortable. The shirt’s barrel cuffs close with a single button. A left chest pocket is perfectly matched to the shirt body.

The Brooklyn-based Epaulet opened in 2008 featuring all sorts of men’s and women’s boutique apparel and accessories.

The Red Floral Shirt runs $140 (get it here). You could make the case the floral shirt design is too loud, but I feel it’s subtle enough overall not to freak anyone out when you walk into the bar – beach or city. Spring is in the air, and the more I look at it the better I like it. [via por homme]