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The weddingistas over at Oncewed.com have done it again. They’ve created an inexpensive, and beautiful (!!) DIY centerpiece that is sure to make you and your budget very happy. These tissue paper centerpieces are so easy to make, and to customize, you’ll have no trouble creating unique centerpieces that are all your own.


Using the materials shown in this centerpiece, this project will cost you around $7 a pop. That’s right! $7!! Of course there are ways to customize this project that can either add or subtract costs, but you’re sure to end up with fabulous centerpieces that will set you back WAAYYY less than traditional floral arrangements.

Ways to customize:

  • Use different colors, patterns, and textures for the flowers (you can even purchase silk flowers for a more “realistic flower” look…this will cost you a bit more, but is still very reasonable)
  • Spray paint the branches to coordinate with your color scheme
  • Add crystals, ribbons, buttons, feathers, etc.
  • Hang table numbers from the branches
  • Use different vases (teapots, birdcages, gourds, baskets, etc.)
  • Fill the vases with different materials (fruits, pebbles, marbles, colored water, baby’s breath, leaves, etc.)
  • Make it a “wish tree.” Provide the table with little slips of paper and pens for guests to write wishes/congratulations to the couple to be hung from the branches. A centerpiece guests can interact with is sure to be a hit…and is a great alternative to a formal guest book!

Find more on this project here! Happy planning! 🙂

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In these economic times, many couples are opting to skip/postpone a honeymoon. And for couples on a tight wedding budget, spending money on a lavish trip is that much harder. But it shouldn’t be! After all of the stress of planning, and the fun celebrating with family and friends, every newlywed couple deserves time to celebrate with each other as the new Mr. and Mrs.  As the creators of Honeyfund.com state, “Your wedding day goes by so fast! It’s your honeymoon that creates the memories that last a lifetime.”

Most couples these days already have all the kitchen appliances and linens they need, so the need for a traditional registry is minimal, if not totally unnecessary. Honeymoon registries are a great way for your guests to maintain the tradition of gift-giving at weddings, while giving you the honeymoon you deserve. There are many honeymoon registries out there, but few that are free of registry fees…until Honeyfund.com hit the scene.

A sample Hawaiian Honeyfund registry

A sample Hawaiian Honeyfund registry

They have created a site making it easy for couples to register themselves for Honeymoon-related gifts, where guests can “purchase” activities for the couple to enjoy on their honeymoon, help the couple pay for airfare, romantic dinners, or spa treatments, or give just a simple dollar amount to be used towards the couple’s honeymoon. You can personalize your registry any way you’d like, even having the option to donate a percentage or a fixed amount to a charity of your choice. Simply direct your guests to your honeyfund.com registry, and let the fun begin!

With a resource like Honeyfund.com, your dream honeymoon is just a few clicks away! 🙂

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If you’re going the DIY route for your invitations, #1- Good for you! If done correctly, you can save a lot of money by tuning into your craftier side. And #2- START EARLY!! This project will take you more time than you think (says the girl who spent a whole day punching, embossing, and gluing hundreds of punched out snowflakes…and that was only one of around 32 steps to completing these invitations. Whew!)  However, there are ways to make your life easier during this process.

One way is to use stamps! I love Impress Rubber Stamps. They have such a wide variety of images to choose from, including the option to create your own custom stamp if you’d like a custom monogram or have an image you’d like turned into stamp. Their stamps run from $5.25 up to around $18.00, depending on the size of the stamp, and whether or not it is custom-made. They even have a Wedding Ideas page, showing you how their stamps can be used for you own projects. These are some of my favorites:



These elegant stamps not only make your invitations beautiful, but they make them easy. And you can use these stamps again on your programs, thank you cards, escort cards, coasters, or wherever else you’d like to carry on that image.

A simple way to make stunning and inexpensive invitations?  Done and done. 🙂

Happy planning!

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Leaving your mark


Cookies are becoming increasingly popular as wedding favors for guests, and it’s easy to see why- who doesn’t like cookies?! While any cookie (as long as it tastes good, of course) will do, why not spice them up by personalizing them? Bakeries can surely do this for you, using your colors, monogram, or theme to make beautiful baked treats…but they’re also going to charge you up to $5.00 (or more!) per cookie. Why not get your girls (or boys) together to make these beautiful, personalized cookies yourself and save some valuable dough (again, pun most definitely intended. ha). And you don’t have to have a steady hand with icing either! All you need is a regular rubber stamp to make impressions in the dough before you pop them in the oven and they’ll come out looking perfectly delectable! Only you will know how easy (and cheap!) they were to make. It is recommended that you use shortbread dough for these cookies (or dough with no leaveners), to ensure that the design comes out clearly.

Create your monogram with a custom stamp from The Stampin’ Place for around $20, that can be reused for invitations, thank you cards, or anything else you’d like to see your monogram. The monogram used in the picture above was purchased from Wax-Works, to give it the raised look. The bird was created using a ceramic stamp, by Rycraft.

Anyone else’s mouths watering already at this simple, cheap, chic, and yummy idea? 🙂

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Using bird cages in your centerpieces is a great way to bring the outdoors in for your indoor wedding, or to accentuate the summer setting at your outdoor event. If you’re having a “garden” themed wedding, I can’t think of a better centerpiece to fit that theme. Bird cages are completely different from your standard floral arrangement, adding visual interest and a touch of whimsy that your guests are sure to not only notice, but talk about them well after the event!

Inside, you can fill them with whatever you want! Flowers, moss, branches with little fake birds on them, fruit, hanging pomanders, candles, whatever fits the style, feel, and theme of your wedding. Whether your look is vintage or modern, bird cages can match any look you’re going for.

Sooo, how much do these classy cages cost? Well, if you can find a place in your town to rent them, that’s going to be your best bet. Otherwise, it’s time to bargain hunt! Currently, on ebay.com, this beautiful blue bird cage is on sale for $11.00:

This very ornate birdcage is also on sale, with the bids currently at $11.00:

With the size and grandeur of this particular bird cage, too many of them would clutter the room. Having just one, maybe on the head table, the table in the very center of the room, or on the dessert table, would make a statement, still giving off the vibe you’re looking for. And on other tables, you can have your typical floral arrangements along with a few mini bird cages to keep the theme consistent. This bird cage is on sale for $7.50 on ebay:

And don’t think that the bird cages all have to match. Having different colors, sizes, and materials will bring in variety, while still looking cohesive, being surrounded by the same flowers and colors of your other decor.

With a little bargain hunting, and a lot of creativity, you can have these beautiful centerpieces and still stay on budget!

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As the Summer wedding season gets underway, we are sure to see bright pops of color to accent the brightest season of the year. It’s no surprise to anyone that the best way to cut down on the cost of your floral arrangements and bouquets for your wedding are to choose flowers that are local and in-season.

So which flowers are in-season right now?

Calla Lilies

These funnel-shaped, elegant flowers aren’t really a flower at all, but a large horn-shaped extension of the stem, called a spathe, which ranges from 6″ to 9″ in length. Most available from March through June, they come in a small variety of colors that range from pure white to orange to dark magenta. Currently very popular flowers for wedding bouquets, also use this dramatic flower as the focal point of centerpieces, or singly for bridesmaids to carry.

Dendrobium Orchids

These delicate, six-petaled beauties are tropical flowers of summer that are least expensive during the months from April to August. Available in a variety of colors from simple to truly exotic, dendrobiums make exquisite additions to your hair, corsages and boutonierres. In addition, you can sprinkle over tables, down the aisle, or add to centerpieces for a heavenly floral arrangement.

Dahlias

Available in a variety of rich colors and easiest to get in the summer and early fall, these full-bodied blooms laden with petals are great stock flowers for centerpieces, pew decorations, and other sturdy arrangements.

Daisy

Blooming from May to July, these classic wedding flowers represent hope, purity, and innocence. Whether mixed with greens in a bridal bouquet, placed in bud vases for airy centerpieces, or hand-tied in minibouquets for the bridesmaids, add the joy of daisies to your summer wedding celebration.

Chrysanthemum

Daisy’s spiny-bloomed cousin is also most readily available during the long, hot months of summer. This airy flower with narrow petals comes in a much wider range of colors than the classic daisy, and looks beautiful in bouquets, centerpieces, and decorations.

Baby’s Breath

Each stem is bursting with tiny white blossoms on this summertime flower used as a filler for bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, and boutonierres. Although most florists carry it the whole year through, if you’re thinking of doing your own flowers or want to choose from a local garden, baby’s breath is in full bloom in the garden from May – August.

These are just a few of the most popular flowers that can be found during the summer. By choosing flowers using these varieties for your summer wedding, you’re sure to keep your floral cost to a minimum.

Happy planning!

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Just in case…

On your wedding day, there are a million things to make a bride (and/or groom) stressed out. Don’t let the exciting event of getting ready with your bridal party be one of them. With this Wedding Day Survival Kit from Amazon.com, you can rest assured that you are prepared for anything thrown your way!

Packed full of essentials like toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, safety pins, pain relievers, and mending kit, as well as things you’d never think of until you were caught without them, like clear nail polish, stain remover (and speaking from a MOH whose sister conveniently got a bloody nose on her wedding day and had blood dribble down the front of her white gown and we had to make do with soap and water, stain remover is definitely a must have in my book!), super glue, static remover, earring backs, corsage pins, and extra wedding bands, this wedding kit really does have everything you could possibly need to ensure a smooth…well, smoother day.

This kit runs for $49, and would make a great bridal shower gift for any bride! There’s even a Groom’s Survival Kit as well, full of goodies for the groom-to-be, including a “stress” ball and chain keychain (That’s not funny). 😉

The best part about this kit is, it can serve dual purposes, as many of the things you may or may not need on your wedding day, you can also take along on your honeymoon, all ready in travel sizes, making this fabulous find well worth the $49 it’ll set you back.

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