BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro's Blog (19)

Cyber Monday Christmas Giveaway!

We have a fabulous giveaway for a couple celebrating their first Christmas together! Susabella (our new sister site!), specializes in handmade ceramics for weddings, baby and the home. They’re giving away this lovely…


Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on November 28, 2011 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Vintage Bride Brooch Bouquet Giveaway!

We blogged about the these gorgeous bouquets last month and now Kathy from Vintage Bride Keepsake bouquets is offering a $50 gift certificate to one of our lucky BravoBride users. This can be used towards any of her beautiful and one-of-a kind creations or if you don’t see one that matches your wedding theme…


Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on September 26, 2011 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Preowned Wedding Dresses of the Week

We had a lot of beautiful wedding dresses listed for sale this week at amazing prices. You can snag a one of kind $3500 Allure Couture gown for $650 or a brand new… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on January 30, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to Buy a Used Wedding Gown

He asks, “Will you marry me?” The engagement bliss is setting in, and wedding planning is only just the beginning. Most newly engaged couples begin the creative planning stages of their anticipated wedding day within the first week of the engagement. Then reality hits… the wedding budget.

After photography, flowers, catering, wedding planning services, the cake, the rings, the groom’s tuxedo, one of most important items at the wedding is the bridal gown. Your dream dress may not be in… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on November 22, 2010 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Win wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture – sweet!

Bella Cupcake Couture is the passionate creation of Carrie Middlemiss. After a year of research and talking to cupcake lovers and shop owners, she created stylish textile-inspired cupcake wrappers to hide the crinkly, translucent paper they’re baked in.

Carrie wanted something fashionable for the bottom portion of her…


Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on November 15, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

5 things to know before buying a used wedding gown

When you start shopping for wedding gowns you may quickly realize how expensive your dream dress is. But not to worry, we have a solution for you! If you don’t want to comprise style because of your budget, a great alternative is to buy a gently used wedding dress. Not only is it good for your pocket book, but also it’s an easy way to make your wedding…


Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on July 7, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments

The BravoBride DIY Guide

There a lot of great way to cut costs when planning a wedding, while exploring your own creativity. The new weekly BravoBride Guide for a DIY Bride is going to show you some fun and easy way to make your big day stand out, without having an enormous budget. Today we are looking an easy way to pick colors for the big day.…


Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on July 3, 2010 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Garter Trouble

The groom was obviously done trying to impress his father-in-law by this point.
Check out the BravoBride blog for daily funny and awkward wedding photos!

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on January 27, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

New Blog Giveaway! Vemayca™ Cosmetic Bags

I am so excited about our latest giveaway! Vemayca™ cosmetic bags are not only stylish but they are perfect way to stay organized too. Vemayca™ introduces the only cosmetic bag that features an innovative removable Soft Pearl Liner™. Veronica Mayo, a wife, mother and former airline marketing executive who became frustrated on a business trip that her favorite cosmetic bag had become so dirty inside, started Vemayca™. She decided to do something about it, which led her to the idea for the… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on November 19, 2009 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Our favorite preowned dress of the week!

This week our favorite preowned wedding dress is a Kitty Chen Couture Brier Rose gown. It features embroidered translucent lace over a chiffon all tied together with a sweet bouquet of fabric flowers. The bride describes it as Jane Austen meets the 21st century. For more information and to view detailed images of the gown please… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on November 12, 2009 at 12:14am — No Comments

Wedding Savings Tip - Use an Outdoor Backdrop

If a fancy reception site isn’t in your wedding budget, then just take advantage of an outdoor backdrop. A new trend in Providence, Rhode Island is to take advantage of The State House and its sweeping staircases and impressive rotunda to capture a formal wedding photo. Many couples are heading to the gorgeous location between the ceremony and reception to… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on October 26, 2009 at 12:10pm — No Comments

What to do with your wedding items after the big day!

If you just got married you might be staring at a closet full of candles, vases and other wedding items that you’ll never use again. Instead of shutting the door and dealing with it later, consider selling your items to another bride. Not only will you be helping her save some money but you can recoup some of your wedding costs, too.

Online after-wedding marketplaces are becoming very popular. With the average cost of a wedding… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on August 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Introducing BravoBride Boutiques!

We’re excited to introduce BravoBride Boutiques! We created this new section for brides who have more than 10 items to sell and for vendors to list their discounted products. We’ve added new features and a lot of extras that will boost trust with buyers and improve future sales! If you have a bridal store or are just a bride with a lot of items to sell, becoming a BravoBride Boutique is an easy way to make business with… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on July 13, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Unique wedding favors ideas for your big day!

Favors are a way of showing appreciation to family and friends who have taken the time to share your special day. While grandparents might be delighted to go home with a set of coasters framing your newly married face, everyone else might not be so keen on the idea. Instead of spending time and money on something that is going to be left behind at the reception or thrown out later, treat guests with something unique that ties in with the theme of your wedding or represents you as a couple.… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on June 18, 2009 at 2:32pm — No Comments

First Ever Give-Away on BravoBride's Blog!

We are excited to announce our first BravoBride blog give-away! Our friends at were kind enough to send us a gift card to give away to one lucky reader. I have been married for nearly a year and legally I still have my maiden name. I did change my email and business cards to my new last name but I don’t think that quite counts. So if you’re are like me and have put off changing your name because of the… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on May 12, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Tips to Make Your Wedding Eco-Friendly

We live in general heightened awareness about how our daily decisions affect the environment. With all of the hype surrounding environmental problems, it can be difficult to feel like anything we do as individuals will have a substantial impact on the worsening state of our world. Fortunately, with your big day approaching you have countless opportunities to make eco-conscious decisions that will have a lasting effectas your guests take part in the “green” wedding you create using these simple… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on May 10, 2009 at 10:04pm — No Comments

New Vendors area on BravoBride - we have free listings!

Hi Everyone! We recently launched a vendor section on BravoBride. We are opening it up to all states and have free and paid listings. For more information please click here: or send me an email ( for our media kit.




Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on April 26, 2009 at 4:56pm — 2 Comments

Tips to Help Avoid a Wedding Meltdown

BravoBride is a popular online marketplace where brides and newlyweds can buy and sell new and pre-owned wedding items, from discount designer wedding dresses and jewelry to shoes, favors, reception items and more. The company’s founder, Susan A. Shapiro is here with some tips for grooms on maintaining wedding sanity.


You may have seen TV shows where the bride has succumbed to wedding… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on April 25, 2009 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Money Saving Wedding Tips!

Wedding Attire

Most of the big bridal shops have huge sales once a year, which are typically held at hotels or other venues like wedding shows. Look in your local paper or ask a wedding planner to find out what time of the year the sales are held.

Think about looking in unconventional places to buy bridesmaids gowns. Go shopping for them during prom season and after New Years Eve at department stores or online. A bridesmaid's gown doesn't have to come from a bridal… Continue

Added by BravoBride - Susan A. Shapiro on April 16, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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