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STD...BM...FMIL...Have you seen those abbreviations and wondered what all those letters mean? Here's your guide to PW LINGO!
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AW - Attention Whore
BM - Bridesmaid or Best Man
BP - Bridal Party
B-Pics - Boudoir Pics
BR - Baby Related
Bump - Bumping a post so it appears first on the forums page
DH - Dear Husband
DIY - Do It Yourself
DOC - Day Of Coordinator
DTD - Doing the Deed (Sex)
DW - Destination Wedding
E-pics - Engagement Pictures
ETA - Edited to Add
FBIL - Future Brother in Law
FFIL/FIL - Future Father in Law/Father in Law
FG - Flower Girl
FH - Future Husband
FI - Fiance
FMIL/MIL - Future Mother in Law/Mother in Law
FSIL - Future Sister in Law
FOB - Father of the Bride
FS - For Sale
FW - Future Wife
FWIW - For What It's Worth
GM - Groomsman
GTK - Good To Know
GTKY - Getting To Know You
HTH - Hope That Helps/Happy To Help
IMO/IMHO - In My Opinion; In My Humble/Honest Opinion
ISO - In Search Of
ITA - I Totally Agree
JFF - Just For Fun
KWIM - Know What I Mean
KWR - Kind of Wedding Related
LBR - Let's Be Real
LW - Lovely Wife/Loving Wife
MOB - Mother of the Bride
MOG - Mother of the Groom
MOH - Maid of Honor
MUA - Make Up Artist
NTK - Need to Know
NWR - Non Wedding Related
OMG - Oh My Goodness
OOT - Out of Town
PIA/PITA - Pain in the A**
PM - Private Message
PP - Previous Post/Poster
PSA - Public Service Announcement
RB - Ring Bearer
RD - Rehearsal Dinner
SMH - Shaking My Head
SO - Significant Other
S/O - Spin Off
STD - Save the Date
TBH - To Be Honest
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TMI - Too Much Information
TTC - Trying To Conceive
TTD - Trash the Dress
WTK - Want To Know
WP - Wedding Party
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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!!!
DIY Tea Bag favors plus a pouch to keep it clean.
The cost for me was under $15 for 36 favors.
Loose leaf 1tsp-2tsp per pouch
or Instant tea bags
mini safety pin
Oraganic cotton/hemp spool
Sewing Thread and needle
Stamp for design
I used a stencil brush to apply paint to stamp
Blow dryer to dry the paint quickly or air dry over night
POUCH: I used a Lipton Tea Bag in a foil wrapped pouch for the general template size then increased by 1/4" for seem allowance. and folded it over for a front and back.
muslin is roughly 7 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Fold over top and bottom edges 1/4" towards the wrong side and stitch the edge. You want to make a gap to fit in the string.
Cut string approx 8 inches You can attach a tag with hot glue at the end or just knot it.
Teabag: You can use a store bought tea bag which is a lot less expensive!
I took a pouch and folded it into a long tube and stiched and then sewed into one end the string and added 2 teaspoons whole tea and then stiched the bottom closed. Yes you can see these two seems which is why they are decorative stiches.
Now I have have a tube left to make a second tea bag.
Picking out shoes can be tough sometimes--I know a lot of us drool over pricey shoes! Here are a few options at both ends of the budget:
Badgley Mischka Gylda: $134.99
rsvp Stormy: $39.60
Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection, France: $384.99
rsvp Linnea: $39.50
And I have to include this last shoe, but I do not have the Steal to show you!
Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection Gloloopy: $392.99
David's Bridal had a shoe almost IDENTICAL last month when I was there for $59!! They do not have it on their website, but you might just get lucky in store!
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Check out this $500 ensemble for some elegant inspiration!
From David's Bridal:
Vera Wang empire waist halter-neck with draped charmeuse bodice and net skirt. $99
The veil shown with the dress is $248, I found a similar two-tier chapel length on Etsy for $34.99 (I found most of my wedding accessories on Etsy, if you take the time to shop around, you will usually find some good deals on quality stuff!)
For the reception, the veil comes off and you are left with these lovely jeweled combs, also from an Etsy seller, for $27.95
The dress has a classic or almost vintage, romantic feel to me, so I thought these shoes would be stunning!
or if flats are more your style:
These are both $150, from Etsy and weheartit.com respectively, but there were more and less expensive options, as well as sellers willing to pearl and lace up your own pair for a custom look!
A pearl cuff is always elegant, and will match the shoes. Again, Etsy is the winner. This vintage style bracelet was $68, and the matching earrings were only $59.
The grand total for this entire wedding ensemble - only $439!!