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By: Victoria Hudgins; Photos by Erin Holland
Paper bunting looks ultra modern and chic in polkadots and stripes. Use this simple tutorial and pattern inspiration to make accordion fold bunting for your ceremony or reception. It's sure to draw attention and adoration from guests!
Choose papers that coordinate with your palette and theme; each bunting piece is made from one 12x12 inch page of scrapbook paper.
Fold the paper back and forth- accordion style.
Locate the middle of the folded paper, then fold the entire length of the accordion in half.
Glue the center sections to one another.
Affix to a string and fan out the folds for display.
Make the strands as long as you need or combine multiple strands to create an artful wall display.
Ideas to trim your wedding budget!!!!
Here are some great and easy ideas on how to save some money on your big day ♥
Consider a signature cocktail-
Serve a custom-made cocktail, such as punch or a classic libation, instead of providing a full bar
Limit alcoholic beverage choices –
Limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer, choices that will satisfy most of your guests. Join mailing lists at wine shops, then, when wines you want for your wedding go on sale, buy in bulk and in magnum sizes to save. When you're ready to buy wine, go with wholesale. You'll pay your caterer a corkage fee to pour it, but wine purchased through him can cost twice as much. Most merchants offer a 10 percent discount for buying wine by the case, and they'll often increase that if you purchase several cases at once.
Consider a wedding breakfast or brunch –
Breakfasts, brunches, and afternoon teas are usually more affordable than evening receptions: They're shorter, the fare is lighter, and guests tend to consume less liquor early in the day.
Buy local ingredients –
Have your caterer use local fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only will these items be more economical, they'll taste fresher.
Avoid pricey main course –
Use expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d'oeuvres rather than in a main course. Consider a raw bar for cocktail hour stocked with fresh clams, oysters on the half shell, and poached jumbo shrimp, lobster, smoked mussels, and crab cocktails.
Forgo Full Dinner service–
How dinner is served affects the price. French service, in which guests are served by waiters from a platter at the table, and regular plate service are the most expensive. More economical is family style, where diners help themselves from serving dishes brought to the table.
Make wedding cake the dessert –
Dispense with a separate dessert course, and just present the wedding cake as dessert, with coffee and tea to end the meal.
Punch and cake Reception –
A punch-and-cake reception held in the late morning or afternoon is the least expensive type of party. To make it special, serve several cakes of different designs and flavors, or make punch in colors that match your palette.
Two Wedding cakes can be cheaper –
Order two cakes for the reception: a large sheet cake and a small fancy one to be used for display and the cake-cutting ceremony. The sheet cake, which can be less elaborately decorated than the other, gets sliced and dished up in the kitchen.
Repurpose your wedding flowers –
Make floral arrangements do double duty: If there's an adequate number of ceremony flowers and they're an appropriate size, they can serve as centerpieces at the reception; otherwise they can decorate guest-book, seating-card, and favor tables. Place bridesmaids' bouquets on the cake table.
Turn Favors into centerpieces-
As an alternative to traditional flower centerpieces, group favors together on the table. Even if you spend a bit more on the favors themselves, you'll probably save overall.
Two in One favor place cards –
Use favors as seating or place cards to save a bit on stationery costs. For seating cards, write guests' names and table numbers on strips of paper, affix them to the favors, and set in order on a table near the entrance. For place cards, put favors with names attached at guests' places.
Downsize your bridal party –
Try to keep the number of attendants as small as possible: The larger the bridal party, the more you'll spend for gifts and flowers.
Fly on Credit -
Pay wedding costs with a credit card to earn frequent-flyer miles toward your honeymoon. Just make sure to avoid incurring interest charges by paying the balance in full each month
Sample Size your makeup –
If you're getting your wedding look done at a makeup counter, buy only the items you'll definitely use again (e.g., lipstick). Scoop up samples of anything you'll use only on the big day (e.g., face powder).
Give a newbie a chance –
There are many talented photographers who haven't made a name for themselves yet, and their lack of fame can save you a fortune. If you fall hard for a photographer who's in high demand, ask if she'll refer you to a lower-priced colleague (just make sure you like his work before you commit).
Source (and more ideas) I ♥ me some Marth Stewart!!!
For a fun holiday project, I figured I’d try my hand at a different take on the very popular brooch bouquet. I chose instead to make a bouquet out of holiday decorations. There was about a 50/50 shot starting out on this project that it would end horribly. But fortunately it turned out just as I would have wanted it to. It has all the charm and sparkle of a brooch bouquet, a beautiful sculptural feeling, and costs FAR less to create. Because I can’t ever decide on one project (there were seriously about 5 possible iterations), I threw in a sparkly bridesmaid bouquet as well (next post). I wanted to keep this one classy so I only picked ornaments that looked like flowers and tried to keep it sparkly but monochromatic.
Materials – All from Hobby Lobby:
6 Lily shaped bell ornaments
4 Glitter snowflakes (Mine had two different patterns)
7 Bundles of silver filler flowers (pine needles and sparkly berry clusters)
White floral wire stems
White floral tape
Silver floral wire (I used a medium gauge jewelry wire)
Magazine, paper towel, hot glue (Optional)
Wire cutters and needle nosed pliers
I started by preparing the pieces:
I cut the bundles of filler foliage into two pieces (they were attached in such a way that this was very easy). I folded the heavier gauge white wire in half, laid it beside the stem, and taped them together with floral tape to elongate the stem. You could easily cut these bundles into even more individual pieces for more controlled placement or to make them go a little farther.
For the lilies, I had to get more creative. They were originally intended to be flower shaped bells. I inverted them, cut out the crystal piece, and snipped the string. I figured the most secure way to attach a stem was by passing it through the entire flower. Using the hole that was already in the crystal, I passed the silver wire through in a figure 8 shape and pulled tightly. This made a knot on either side of the crystal. Then, holding the wires together about an inch from the crystal with a pair of needle nosed pliers, I twisted until the wire was tightened closely to the crystal. I re-positioned the pliers in one inch increments down the wires and continued to twirl to combine the two wires into one. I cut off the end of the flower and made a hole to pass the wire through. Then I hot glued the crystal in place to stabilize the entire piece.
Finally, for the snowflakes, I used the method commonly used for brooch bouquets. I cut a long length of wire and folded it in half with the center wrapped around one arm of the snowflake. Then I grasped the wires with the pliers as I did for the crystals and twirled to tighten the wire. I repeated this with arm of the snowflake immediately across from the one I just wired. The more of these you do, the stronger and more pose-able your flower will be. I only did two here but the others I did 3. Then, I twisted all the wires together using the pliers again.
I arranged my bouquet in a vase as I did in my last project. I put all the lilies in place and then twisted together their wires. I actually really liked the look of just the lilies. It was like a sculpture. But I opted to keep adding to it. I added in the snowflakes and twisted their wires into the bundle. Then it was just a matter of strategically placing the fillers to make the arrangement fuller. In some places I had to use hot glue to tack the flowers together to get them to hold where I wanted them.
Once I had all the wires and stems collected together, I wrapped them in a lot of floral tape to keep the bundle together. The problem with these arrangements is that the stem bundle is very spindly and, in my case, tapered. To add bulk to the handle of the bouquet, I wrapped a catalog around the wires and taped it in place. I then wrapped the whole thing in a bunch of the floral tape to hold it tight and make the base white. But before I could wrap it in ribbon, I had to address the ugly, hollow bottom. I took a doubled up square of white paper towel and put it across the hole in the bottom. Then I used the tape to secure around it and help meld it into the overall shape of the bouquet.
All that was left was to wrap the bouquet. I chose a shimmery, semi-translucent ribbon. I folded the ribbon over itself a few times and then glued it across the bottom. I taped around it as I had done with the paper towel. Then starting at the bottom of the handle, I hot glued the ribbon in place and then started wrapping at a slight angle upward very tightly. When I got to the top, I tacked it in place with hot glue again. Then I wrapped it back to the bottom, glued, and back up to the top. This was necessary for me because my ribbon was somewhat transparent. I tacked it with hot glue one last time at the top and then tucked the tail of the ribbon into the arrangement. At this point you could add more detail, contrasting ribbon, flower pins, etc. I wanted this one to be very sleek to complement the style of the bouquet.
Cost breakdown: Lilies (6 x $3.99), Snowflakes (4 x $3.67), Filler (7 x $3.27), Ribbon ($3.99), Silver Wire ($2.99) , White Wire ($2.99), Floral Tape ($1.99). This amounts to $73.47. I got all the ornaments and the ribbon on sale for half off so the actual cost was $40.72. This is less expensive than a brooch bouquet by a long shot!
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To see a bridesmaid bouquet: http://www.acoloradocourtship.com/2012/11/25/holiday-bouquet-the-bridesmaids/
How to make your own candles.
For the Mold:
I use PVC pipe from Home Depot or Lowes etc in the diameter size you need and get the length based on how many you want to make at a single go. Yes these can be re-used!
Also I forgot to add that you can turn ANYTHING into a mold including cookie cutters. following this method of tracing and taping a bottom. So many of us need personal favors for our weddings.
Candle wax from Micheal’s or another Craft store also avail online. Buying candle wax in bulk is cheaper.
Coloring either Crayola crayons or Candle dye wax
Scent I don't use this, but you can!
Wick sold on the spool since you are doing a lot
Quarters, Washers or special wick base holders
plastic lids the size of the PVC
Use a cutting Dremel tool bit to slice the height you want for the PVC mold.
As for the bottom you use the plastic lid of a can like: Pringles, coffee oatmeal etc and cut a disk the same size of the PVC and duct tape it to the bottom of the pipe.
Now grease the inside with shortening of the vegetable variety You can wash off residue with soap and water with care not to wet the wick.
Note: You can also buy Soy melting pellets or bees wax from Micheal’s or online.
Melt according to directions if you do not have directs then this is what my Grandmother Herrmann taught me to do.
Get a double boiler and put the water so that it is just below the resting pot and place the wax on top and put it on the flame/burner to Medium High heat and stir wax with wooden spoon until melted
You can add Candle coloring or use Crayola crayons until the desired color is achieved. Grandma always used Crayola Crayons with me.
You can also add Candle scents if you like, I tend not to add scents to mine.
Now you will need a wick that is attached to a disk or you can use a quarter and the wick tied and glued with a drop of Hot Glue or Tacky glue to the top of the quater. So the knott and the wick are able to be enclosed by the wax.
Elmer's is not strong enough to it to weight it down
And now use a pencil to hang across the top of the PVC and affix the wick to the middle of the pencil.
You can tie, or tape the wick to the pencil and make sure the wick is also in the middle of the mold. A bit of tape on can help keep the pencil from moving.
Please check to be sure the quarter is resting flat at the bottom middle of the can.
Now when the wax is all melted and the right color has been achieved pour just a quarter cup of wax into the can and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes this will help set the wick in the center
now using the quarter cup measure slowly pour in the wax until it reaches the top so as not to get any bubble is the wax.
Let the candle cool over night in a cool and dry place, be careful if you set it out on a porch that the weather is not colder then 45 degrees as it could cause the wax to become brittle.
To remove candle detach the bottom tape and carefully push the candle out of the mold and if it is being stubborn put into the freezer for 10 minutes and try again.
If it is still sticking try a little warm water run on the outside of the mold and push again. If that does not work then you did not grease the inside well enough. Do not fear your wax is recoverable. You can melt the wax out of the mold in a pot of hot not boiling water and the wax will melt out. Now stand to let cool. Once cooled the wax will be on top and you can retrieve with a slotted spoon and turn out onto a paper towel and once dry re-melt in a double boiler.
I have not used this link, but I thought it maybe helpful.
Here is a link from the WWW that you can also read about http://www.squidoo.com/do-it-yourself-how-to-make-candles
This how to was created and written by Bridie Pearce as taught to her by her grandmother Margaret A. Herrmann 1926-2010
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Having a hard time deciding on which sections you want or should include in your bio? Here are some "popular" bio entries (also known as sections). You don't have to include all of these, but this is a wonderful list that you can use as a guide. Thank you to the many hostesses that helped out over the last year or so.
About Us/Our Story
Inspiration versus Reality
Bridal Party Gifts
Meet the Wedding Party
Create a Page explaining special traditions or cultural elements you are including/or have included in your Special Day.
Extra pages you may want to include are Our Children, Our Furbabies and We've Been Blogged.
Now that we have made a list of page ideas, how do you organize them?
Chronologically - Meaning the order in which everything happened, starting with the proposal.
By Topic - Meaning all of the ladies' attire, then the mens' attire, then paper products and so on.
Inspiration Versus Reality - For this, you would post all of your inspirations on one page and then creating a second page, you would include how your wedding actually turned out.
** If you are already married/newly married, you generally want to place your recap and professional pictures up at or near the top of your bio.
weddings can become very expensive... in every way to save money ...do it! find a delicious cake recipe online for your cake ( look at tutorials for basic cake designs) have the closest people on both sides cook or do a BB&Q. Go to the court house and get married then have a ceremony & reception afterwards to save on an officient. Have disposable cameras and order a photographer for an hour or two. Get everyone involve to help out... you want a really nice dress go to recycle bride and get your dress. choose time to marry around the time family is already going to be there...a fam reunion halloween party 4th of july memorial weekend christmas or thankgiving
Wedding Vows Tips!!!!
Make sure that everyone is on the same page. Talk to your FI, SO and your officiant and make sure everyone is okay with personalized wedding vows. Make sure your ceremony officiant will actually allow personalized vows. Certain celebrants and houses of worship may require you to recite a specific set of traditional vows.
Start Early. I can't say this enough: Don't leave writing your vows until the day before the wedding! You'll be too nervous, excited and rattled to give them the time and thought they deserve. Give yourselves at least a month, or work on your vows in that pocket of time after you've set up all your major vendors and before you have to start thinking about the details. Vow writing should be done in a relaxed, not rushed, frame of mind. Some loose deadlines to aim for: Try to get a first draft together about three weeks before the wedding and have your final version completed at least two days out.
Answer some simple questions Yep, it's homework time. Sit down in a quiet space with paper and pen and answer these questions
What is the single greatest thing about the person you are going to marry?
When did you know that you were in love/ know that this person was the one you wanted to marry?
What does marriage mean to you? Why do you want to be a married person?
What is the most important thing you want to promise to your partner?
What is the promise you most want to hear from them? (For example, it might be really important to you to promise that you will always respect them. Or you might really want them to promise their eternal fidelity.)
What will change about your relationship once you are married? What will stay the same?
What is your most favorite memory of your partner?
When you were little, did you dream of your wedding day or your future spouse?
How does that vision match up (or not) with your sweetheart?
Set the Tone. Before putting pen to paper, decide what overall tone you want to achieve. Humorous but touching? Poetic and romantic? It's your call -- the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they're from your heart. One word of advice: While your vows can be lighthearted (or even hilarious), they should, in some way, acknowledge the seriousness of the commitment you're about to make. One way to do that is to weave little jokes into traditional vows (for example: "I promise to love you, cherish you and always watch Monday Night Football with you").
Steal Ideas.Borrow freely from poetry, books, religious and spiritual texts -- even from romantic movies. Jot down words and phrases that capture your feelings. Widely recognized works ring true for a reason.
Remember Your Audience. Don't make your vows so personal that they're cryptic -- or embarrassing! You've invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.
If that didn't work Try filling in the blanks in a more simple vow.
(Name of your sweetheart), you are my (best friend, one true love, the one I want to spend the rest of my life with, etc.) Today, I take you to be my (wife, husband, lawfully wedded wife or husband, life partner, etc.) I promise you that I will be (faithful, worthy of your trust, worthy of your love, your loving partner, etc.) I vow to (honor you, cherish you, love you, respect you, laugh with you, cry with you, support you in your goals, etc.), (insert here the length of your vow, for example, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.)
Practice Out Loud (Seriously!). These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences -- you don't want to get out of breath or stumble.
I hope these tips help someone because they are helping me. Good Luck!!!
Look at this Look!!
Dress- $99 davids bridal (vera wang, orig. $600!)
Headpiece- $52 - etsy
Earrings- $42, amazon
Bracelet- $79, etsy (ivory lace and ribbon with rhinestones - romanticccc!)
Shoes- $125 (orig. $495!!) jimmy choo
Shoe Clip, also your something blue! -$42, etsy
seriously, what kind of bride wears Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, and has beautiful accessories for under $500?! this could allllll be yours for a grand total of $439!!