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Nothing says shabby chic like blue mason jars filled with flowers or tea lights. They add that charming look that almost every bride is after. But darn can they be expensive/hard to find! Well no more, I say! You can find clear mason jars anywhere (and for cheap). Add in the some transparent glass paint for around $4 and you’ve got some new and blue jars for about $1.50 each. Saweeeeet.

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The berries are making an appearance in good ol’ Oregon and it’s making my mouth water thinking about all the yummy berry pies and homemade jams I want to make this summer! If you’re having a summer wedding where the berries are sweet and plentiful, I can’t think of a better favor to give your guests than homemade jams…they will not only represent your location and season, but are super cute and super yummy- something your guests will have no choice but to appreciate!– and subsequently gobble up.

Find jars at thrift stores (or purchase them new), make your favorite jam (and coincidentally make your kitchen smell like candy…double bonus), and then package them with scraps of fabric (you can find great deals on scraps at your local fabric stores) and these awesome FREE jam labels from EatDrinkChic.com!

There’s something so comforting about homemade jam…and these labels capture that essence perfectly. So if you’re looking for a charming and sweet (pun most certainly intended) favor to give your guests, look no further than the local fruits in your area this season for a low-cost and high cuteness-factor favor. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy and happy planning!

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My sincerest apologies for going MIA for a while there…amongst summer wedding planning and a kitchen remodel, it’s hard to find inspiration while covered in dust. But here I am, with some great ideas for a low-cost bridal shower that is sure to impress- at least on the food front…because let’s be real…it’s not just the bride and groom who are short on wedding-related cash. If you’re a bridesmaid in charge of the shower, don’t stress. There are plenty of ways to give your bride the shower she deserves on the budget you can afford. ๐Ÿ™‚


I LOVE this Springtime party idea presented by Southern Living. It’s simple, it’s fresh, and not to mention tasty-looking! Plus, it can be done for less than $10 a person. The table cloth above is actually a king-size sheet found on sale and the table runner and napkins are remnants from decorator’s fabric. Beverages are served in old canning jars and displayed in an antique baby’s bathtub.

Feta Cheese Truffles are served with cucumbers, tomatoes, almonds, and olives. Yum! Use antique or heirloom dishes and glasses that you either already own or can score for cheap at a thrift/antique store….and maybe gift them to the bride after the shower! (after they’ve been washed of course) ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken scaloppine is served for a refreshing and not-too-filling entree. Dessert is simple and simply delicious with a Sweet Dip served with cookies, fruit and chocolate. Southern Living writes that it’s reminiscent of buttercream frosting secretly swiped off a cake. Umm…yes please!

As far as the food goes, this is one bridal shower I’d be RSVP-ing to with a resounding “Yes!” Bridal showers are way more memorable when they are personal and well thought-out…and that definitely does not always equal spending more money. So get creative- the guests and the bride are sure to appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Has anyone received the new Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel catalogs in the mail? While these two stores offer a zillion things for the home to swoon over (and make us wish we all had larger bank accounts), their new spring collections are full of wedding inspiration! Check them out! Do you see what I see?

The centerpiece on this table found at Pottery Barn is so fresh and springy! Plus, you can create this look for cheap! If you're having a spring wedding, plant tulip bulbs in your own garden in the fall and come spring, you'll have beautiful flowers to make your own centerpieces! And filling the containers with lemons and limes not only looks great, it's inexpensive!

who doesn't love twinkle lights? These globe string lights from Pottery Barn will set a romantic glow to your outdoor garden wedding. Just perfect!

Serve lemonade, sangria, or a signature drink in gorgeous drink dispensers for an upscale backyard gathering look.

How adorable are these dahlia napkin rings from Crate and Barrel? While these babies can be budget-busting at $2.95 a piece, I see the perfect opportunity for a DIY project with fake flowers and hair ties. Or just buy a few and wrap them around votives instead of napkins!

Since when did paper napkins get so cute! For these, you should have no qualms about nixing the linen napkins (and the rental cost associated with them!)

If you're having a spring wedding (actually, I could probably justify it for every season), you NEED this pedestal stand. Use it for cupcakes, desserts, favors, anything! It will make whatever you put on it that much cuter. And for only $29.95, it's budget-friendly.

Spring inspiration is all around us! Look for it in unexpected places and you’re sure to find ideas that will not only make your wedding unique, but more “you.” Happy hunting!

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Today I have for you Option 2 for my friend Alicia’s 2010 Arizona wedding. If succulents aren’t perfect for an AZ wedding, I don’t know what are! When I heard Alicia’s bridesmaid dresses were slate color, my mind automatically went to yellow. Yellow and gray are so popular right now. But throw in the beautiful muted greens ofย  various succulents (and the fact that Alicia isn’t the biggest fan of flowers), and you have a color palette that is fun, sophisticated, and totally stylish. I love love love how well the yellow billy balls plays against the textures of the succulents. So, what do you think? Slate, hot pink, and creamsicle? Slate, yellow, and green? Neither? What colors do you see when you think “fun, outdoor, Arizona wedding?”

p.s. Need color inspiration? E-mail me! andreaskaar@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today’s board comes to you inspired by one of my ASU sorority sisters who’s getting married next May in Peoria, AZ (congratulations Alicia!).ย  Her bridesmaid dresses are a luminescent slate color, just dying for bright, summery colors to pop against it. I remember the sunsets in AZ…orange, pink, and all around gorgeous. Now, hot pink can be a little…harsh. But played against the creamsicle orange and silvery gray, the pink is toned down, yet still provides the “pizazz,” if you will. I love how this board turned out…but I have another color scheme in mind that I want to show her (and you!)…just to make the decision even more difficult (or easier!). Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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