April officially equals Spring in the wedding world and prices are starting to heat up as Summer is just around the corner. This is always that time where we know budgets are out the window… Which is exactly why I wanted to kick off the wedding season with a beautiful and intimate garden wedding full of DIY handmade pieces like the wedding programs, the bride’s bouquet, and boutonnieres proving that a Spring/Summer wedding can be stunning – and not too expensive. The wedding, by Sincerely Liz Photography, was held in a peaceful outdoor garden, the colors – blue-grey patterned bridesmaids dresses blended with pale yellow touches here and there screams spring, but the DIY work pays off here; striking that just right balance of gorgeous and realistic!
It’s a budget friendly Thursday here on OTW.. I am actually shocked that I’ve waited this long for an official budget savvy post because let’s be honest, I love a good bargain every so often (and by every so often I mean everyday). So I wanted to compile my own little list of top wedding saving tips for any budget. Things that you may have already thought of, things you maybe haven’t, and one or two that you may think I’m crazy for… but I think they’re great!
1. Backyard Wedding Bash – Make it a DIY affair and find your perfect outdoor space (aka backyard) and dress it up however you like. Check out how one crafty bride made these lovely white (plastic) chairs chic and stylish (first and third photos)
2. DIY paper accessories – Seriously, do you know how expensive paper is on the wedding front? Think menu cards, table numbers and place cards. If you can make some time, then you can make your own paper accessories. I love the place cards (and step-by-step tutorial by Something Turquoise – second photo below)
3. Big Day Prep – Call me crazy, but I actually like doing my own nails. And if they look great on me, then they would look better on you. And if I can do it so can your maid of honor (or a bridesmaid!) Save that expensive mani/pedi at an overpriced spot and do them yourself!
4. Rent a “Something” – I know you always wanted that $500+ pair of fabulous shoes but if your budget is cramped wouldn’t you rather rent your dream pair than settle for second best on your wedding day? Check out sites like Rent the Runway to rent your dream item for a fraction of the cost.
5. The Band – Skip it. You don’t have it in the budget. As an alternative try a one man (or woman) show… like a guitarist during the cocktail hour (keyword being hour) or violinist during the ceremony
6.Something Old – No need to buy that overpriced vintage item you had your eye on. Borrow mom’s (or grandma’s) classic.. I like the idea of the veil, and love classic details on the ones below (forth and sixth photos)
7. Something Borrowed – A “something borrowed” does not mean recently-bought-for-the-wedding. Literally, you borrow something already owned and meaningful…
8. DIY Favors – I think these beautiful cupcakes (fifth photo) are at least pretty, if not also tasty. And I made them! If I can… you can. While baking isn’t as cheap as you may think, DIY favors are still a lot cheaper than anything bought
9. Winter Wedding – Love the summer but still want everything you ever could imagine on your wedding day? Well, perhaps an off season wedding is key. January isn’t all that bad is it?
10. Destination Wedding – What? Really? Yep.. but maybe not the exotic (and expensive) locations you are imaging. Sticking with the continental US here, I did a quick comparison of average costs of your big day thanks to Cost of Wedding (so fun to play around with!)
NYC – $37,037
San Francisco – $34,281
Charleston, South Carolina – $25,054
Bar Harbor, Main – $23,452
Memphis, Tennessee – $23,132
Omaha, Nebraska – $22,491
The point is… if you live in the big apple and have a budget of $5,000, the city may not be for you. But there are plenty of cheaper and very lovely options, if you just think out of the box….
On the seventh day of Christmas, aside from some swans-a-swimming there were some fun, easy, and personalized ways to spice up your Christmas wedding favors…DIY style Christmas cookies!
You don’t have to be a master chef for this (trust me, I’m far from it)…although being a half decent baker or semi-crafty in general doesn’t hurt! But even if you are none of the above, you can pull this one off!
So one of my very favorite ideas for any wedding is to DIY on the favor front! This goes for any season but I just can’t help myself especially for Christmas weddings to feel the need to put a personal touch on a special day. You may not think you’ll have the time…but find it because this is a de-stressing activity perfect to take your mind off all the other wedding crazies! I’d recommend obviously not choosing more than one type of cookie here…I realize you won’t have that much time…so pick your favorite to either serve your guests for an after dinner but before dessert surprise or for your favors! You can package these yourself using cute plastic bags, throwing a tables worth in adorably red and sparkly take out boxes (see below) or just keep them on a plate for each table to grab on the way out! The possibilities are endless!
I made all of these cookies (and more!) in one weekend with a little bit of help from my family.. but they are all from scratch and came out beautifully which is why for the seventh day of Christmas I wanted you all to have some faith in your own DIY Christmas cookie skills and indulge in these fun favors…if I could do it, so can you!!
For the inspired…our recipes came from all different places (see bottom of post for links!)
On the 14th day of our Christmas countdown, may I suggest some fun and always Christmasy ideas for your wedding centerpiece! For a Christmas wedding, I wouldn’t expect anything less than a Christmas table complete with reds, greens, whites, golds and the occasional pine cone. Your centerpiece can be as big or small, as intricate or as simple as you like but making it reminiscent of Christmas is a must.
Now creating the perfect centerpiece for your wedding is best left in your own hands… so yes, I’m suggesting this be a little DIY project. Think of it like decorating your Christmas tree… it always comes out pretty right? Well… most do. So extend your craftiness (or lack thereof) to a very simple budget-friendly wedding project. Decorate a tiered stand with evergreen and different colored Christmas tree ornaments, then scatter around a few of those same ornaments and some evergreen extending out from the centerpiece (first and forth photos), or make your own vases with white candles surrounded by a bed of evergreen or on a tree stump…add a few sprigs of holly into the mix for some color (fifth and sixth photos) and two more DIY Christmas centerpiece ideas are born…
Ahhh… I am SO excited for today’s tasty (and DIY) post for our lovely, crafty brides on the yummiest wedding dessert favors to dazzle your guests and leave them with a pleasant taste in their mouths (literally!)
I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, but these days favors are dead….and it is a terrible thing!! Why does no one celebrate the wonderfulness of the wedding favor! These are essentials for a fabulous wedding, and the last thing that your guests will take away from your big day… so make them special! And today special = yummy/DIY! I have a running list of my own favorite favors but I wanted to cover the tastiest bases today and some easy dessert favors that you can make yourself!
First off, for a rustic, outdoor wedding I love a twist on the chocolate chip cookie…cookies AND milk (second photo)! This is such a fun idea and your guests can pick and choose what they want here. All you need for this one is a tasty chocolate chip cookie recipe, and clear mini bottles to fill up with some chocolate milk! But if you don’t like chocolate milk, just the cookies still make a perfect treat for a rustic affair (fifth photo)
Next up…the cupcake (forth photo)! This is a fun idea for a fall or spring wedding. Yes I know we’re not all pastry chefs but honestly, cupcakes aren’t that hard! And if you want to cheat and start with a mix… I’m okay with that for this one Focus on a pretty presentation and your guests will love this idea.
Third we’ve got dainty cakes that are a must for an elegant wedding. These cakes (first photo) may be a little bit of a stretch in terms of all of our baking capabilities, but I couldn’t resist because they looked so beautiful and delicious! But mini cakes in general are doable for the average bride-baker; there are plenty of recipes that are easy but come out looking as good as bought!
Finally, I can never resist the donut. For my final wedding dessert favor pick, I am loving the donut holes. These are SO easy to make.. literally I made them this weekend and I promise anyone can do it, and they seem so creative and impressive! So two different styles… for a modern wedding, I love the donut kebab (third photo)… all you need for this is kebab sticks; you can just line your homemade donut holes one by one to create your dessert kebab. This is a fabulous idea for our trendy brides! More traditionally, I’m also not opposed to a stack of tasty donut holes (last photo)! This is best for a summer backyard wedding…completely down to earth and super fun.
So that’s it… my four favorite types of tasty wedding dessert favors.. easy to make, delicious to eat, and perfect for your guests!