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Hello and Happy New Year everyone!

I first want to thank each and every one of you who have stopped by to read this blog. For the subscribers,a HUGE thanks for hanging in there even though it’s been a year and half since my last post (eek!). But I have exciting news! Almost a year ago, I started a wedding planning business, here in Portland, and have been putting tons of time and effort into developing it and helping to create weddings of my clients’ dreams! I have a blog associated with my new business that I’ve been (sort of) updating, so I kind of (ok, totally) let this blog go on the back burner. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that people were still visiting, commenting, and subscribing to Weddings Chic and Cheap! And I don’t want to leave you hanging!

So I want to re-direct all of you to my new website and new blog over at www.first-comes-love-events.com. While there isn’t a whole lot of content on the blog (YET) related to planning weddings on the cheap, I have a plan in the works for a weekly post dedicated to budget wedding planning (maybe “Frugal Fridays?” “Money Saving Mondays?”…I’m gonna have to work on these haha).

But the point is, I appreciate all of you who come to my site to look for ways to save some money on your big day. I know I appreciated all the help I could get when planning my own wedding, and I want to continue to pay it forward! So please check out my new website, subscribe if you’d like, and if you’re a Portland bride looking for a wedding planner, by all means, please contact me!

Thanks again for all of your support and I’ll see you over at www.first-comes-love-events.com!


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I can’t believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, with your homes  full of family and your tummies  full of turkey and pumpkin pie! And if you happen to be celebrating your wedding around this Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I’d share some bountiful, Thanksgiving inspired centerpieces that would be perfect for your harvest wedding. 🙂 Enjoy!

I absolutely love these centerpieces.They are nontraditional, elegant, and season-appropriate. All you need are colored grasses, wheat, and some gorgeous ribbon to achieve this look. Make one large one for each table like the picture above, or make smaller ones of varying heights to fill the center of the table. The best part about these is that they can be made weeks ahead! Double points for being inexpensive and being able to check it off the list early!

The fruits and vegetables available in the fall season are not only scrumptious, they’re absolutely beautiful. Add color, texture, and natural elements to your tables with these bountiful foods. Use green beans, asparagus, or citrus slices to surround candles…or artichokes as votive holders. To make the vegetable centerpieces, simply use a rubber band to secure the veggies around the candle…then cover with ribbon of your choice. Gorgeous. 🙂

For the citrus centerpieces, thinly slice the citrus fruits about 1/8-inch thick. Place a wire cooling rack on a cookie sheet, and then arrange the sliced oranges, lemons, and limes on the rack. Put the cookie sheet and rack in an oven preheated to 250 degrees for approximately two hours, or until all moisture is removed. (Tip: If you find that your slices have not dried in 2 hours, you can also turn off the oven and leave the fruit in overnight.) Using a glue gun, connect the citrus slices to each other, forming a band around the base of each candle. Do not glue them to the candle. Once your candles are decorated, cluster them in the center of your Thanksgiving table and weave berried branches throughout to create a cohesive centerpiece.

Cranberries make a huge color and texture statement. Use them to surround candles in clear vases or glue then to foam balls for nontraditional pomanders that everyone will be talking about.

Incorporating traditional fall elements in nontraditional ways is a great way to bring an unexpected twist to your Fall wedding. And these ideas are simply beautiful…and beautifully simple. 🙂

Happy planning!

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