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  • I want to do a simple backyard bbq/rustic style engagement party . 

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  • I'm a shoe whore and so are my best friends . I will be asking them to be my bridesmaids with a dozen of cookies and brides maids goodie bags .

    0
  • Im having about 40 guest for my destination wedding .Here is my vision. Im gonna Diy whatever can be .

    0
  •  

     

    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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  •  

      Just recently engaged!! (and very new to how this site works so please excuse my errors) ...I am picturing a rustic, chic, vintage-feel winter 2015 barn wedding in New England....most likely Massachusetts or Connecticut.   Still very new, just in the "brain storming" phases!!          
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  • You've got a big day coming up and you know that you really want a photo booth, but thats about it.  You don't have any clue where to begging looking?  We'll i've just been through this painful process and hopefully the things I learned will help you make a better decision. 

    The tough part about finding the right photo booth for us non technical folks is that with something like a photo booth the technical details are actually important.  The quality of the picture and your experience will depend on some of the technical details.  We're going to walk through some of the important questions to ask yourself and also the photo booth company to make sure that whoever you hire is a perfect fit for your event.  

    Firstly you need to start with some basic questions about the purpose of the event and how you want the photo booth to be used. This is pretty simple, but I always find lists helpful so I thought I might as well provide one.

    - Purpose of event?

    - How will the photo booth enhance the event?

    - How/when will my guest use the booth?

    - Where will the booth be placed for maximum usage?

    - Do I want prints or socially shared photos?

    - How much am I willing to spend ?

    - Do I need the booth all night or just for a few hours?

    These questions may seem basic, but take the time to put real answers down I promise it will help out in the long run.  Getting thoughts down on paper always helps me when I'm working through a decision like this.

    So now that we know exactly how this booth is going to be used and why it's going to be totally awesome for our guest we can start drilling down into some of the details about the booths themselves.

    First thing you're going to need to ask the photo booth company is

    What Type Of Camera Are You Using? 

    This question might seem daunting to the non technical user, but believe me it's an important one.  I'v been to plenty of events when this question was not asked and the photos printed were of terrible quality.  Most professional companies these days will use a DSLR which stands for Digital Single-Lense Reflex.  DSLR camera's are known for their high quality images.  If a company is using a DSLR it means they were not afraid of spending money on quality, which is a good sign for you.  If they are not using one, then simply ask some questions about why they do not.  Many other camera's are capable of taking high quality shots and the company may have a valid reason for using a different type of camera. The purpose of these questions is to get the company to start talking with you about their equipment and to see if they really stand behind their quality.  And also to see if they really know their equipment well.  Another great tip here is to check out the photos on the companies sight.  If you look through several different companies you are bound to see some that are dull and lifeless and some that really pop.  Notice those differences and look for the company that has the vibrant colors that you expect out of your photo booth.  If a company displays poor quality images on their website guess what, that was the best they had.  Meaning you're going to be getting something that quality or lower.

    Checking into the camera is definitely not a step you want to miss and remember even if you're not technical the point here is to get the conversation started and let them educate you.  You want to make sure that when you choose a vendor you feel comfortable with their equipment and expertise.  You are not the expert, so let them prove it to you.  One of the best ways to let them prove it to you is by viewing their previous events.

    Here are two examples which one do you think is using higher quality equipment?

    Example 1

    Example 2

    What Type Of Printer Are You Using? 

    Not asking this question up front has undoubtely caused tremendous amounts of pain over the years.  Grainy and blurred images are not every brides dream, yet sadly it happens more then you'd think.  Typically printers will fall into one of two categories, Ink Jet printers and Dye Sub printers. The qaulity is often hard to distinguish at first, but the processe's behind each printer yield very diffrent long term results.  Ink Jet printers have wet ink on the photo when they print out and are likely to smudge.  They also are not as durable long term as Dye Sub prints.  Dye Sub prints also won't fade in the sunlight or be damaged by spills. 

    Dye Sub printers also print faster then ink jet printers which can mean more people get through the photo booth and get their photos.  When your talking to your vendor about the printer make sure they know the pro's and con's of their machine and ask them how they deal with printing speed if their using an Ink Jet?  Maybe they have two running so that people won't have to wait so long for prints.

    How Long Will You Be At My Event? 

    This question is one of those classic fine print type of questions.  I've seen photo booths being rented in all types of diffrent time frames.  I've seen them rented by the hours, for four hours, by the half day, by the week ect.  It's always important to know exactly how your company is going to charge you.  Do they include set up and tear down in that time?  Or is that time only including the photo booth taking shots?  A friend of mine hired a photo booth for her wedding reception and they thought they had the booth for four hours, but apparently that included an hour for set up and an hour for tear down.  Be wary of the fine print! 

    Other Things To Look For

    Do they charge extra for props and backgrounds?

    Can their booths post directly to social media? I've found this company offers social media posting or even the ability to text you the pictures.  

    Do they offer scrapbooks or flip books? 

    Hope this little guide helps you make a better photo booth decision and helps you avoid some of the common pitfalls! 

    Here's a fun picture of the photo booth at my wedding! 

     

     

     

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  • Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos


      


    Destination: Los Cabos

    What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.



     


    Sport & Adventure

    Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.



     


    Sites to See

    Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!




     


    Where to Stay

    When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.  

    2
  • 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!!!

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  • DIY Tea Bag favors plus a pouch to keep it clean.


    The cost for me was under $15 for 36 favors.



    Materials:


    Loose leaf 1tsp-2tsp per pouch


    or Instant tea bags


    mini safety pin


    Muslin undyed/unbleached


    Oraganic cotton/hemp spool


    Sewing Thread and needle


    Stamp for design


    Fabric paint


    I used a stencil brush to apply paint to stamp


    Blow dryer to dry the paint quickly or air dry over night


    Directions:


    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.

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  • I want to do a simple backyard bbq/rustic style engagement party . 

    0
  • I'm a shoe whore and so are my best friends . I will be asking them to be my bridesmaids with a dozen of cookies and brides maids goodie bags .

    0
  • Im having about 40 guest for my destination wedding .Here is my vision. Im gonna Diy whatever can be .

    0
  •  

     

    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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  •  

      Just recently engaged!! (and very new to how this site works so please excuse my errors) ...I am picturing a rustic, chic, vintage-feel winter 2015 barn wedding in New England....most likely Massachusetts or Connecticut.   Still very new, just in the "brain storming" phases!!          
    0
  • You've got a big day coming up and you know that you really want a photo booth, but thats about it.  You don't have any clue where to begging looking?  We'll i've just been through this painful process and hopefully the things I learned will help you make a better decision. 

    The tough part about finding the right photo booth for us non technical folks is that with something like a photo booth the technical details are actually important.  The quality of the picture and your experience will depend on some of the technical details.  We're going to walk through some of the important questions to ask yourself and also the photo booth company to make sure that whoever you hire is a perfect fit for your event.  

    Firstly you need to start with some basic questions about the purpose of the event and how you want the photo booth to be used. This is pretty simple, but I always find lists helpful so I thought I might as well provide one.

    - Purpose of event?

    - How will the photo booth enhance the event?

    - How/when will my guest use the booth?

    - Where will the booth be placed for maximum usage?

    - Do I want prints or socially shared photos?

    - How much am I willing to spend ?

    - Do I need the booth all night or just for a few hours?

    These questions may seem basic, but take the time to put real answers down I promise it will help out in the long run.  Getting thoughts down on paper always helps me when I'm working through a decision like this.

    So now that we know exactly how this booth is going to be used and why it's going to be totally awesome for our guest we can start drilling down into some of the details about the booths themselves.

    First thing you're going to need to ask the photo booth company is

    What Type Of Camera Are You Using? 

    This question might seem daunting to the non technical user, but believe me it's an important one.  I'v been to plenty of events when this question was not asked and the photos printed were of terrible quality.  Most professional companies these days will use a DSLR which stands for Digital Single-Lense Reflex.  DSLR camera's are known for their high quality images.  If a company is using a DSLR it means they were not afraid of spending money on quality, which is a good sign for you.  If they are not using one, then simply ask some questions about why they do not.  Many other camera's are capable of taking high quality shots and the company may have a valid reason for using a different type of camera. The purpose of these questions is to get the company to start talking with you about their equipment and to see if they really stand behind their quality.  And also to see if they really know their equipment well.  Another great tip here is to check out the photos on the companies sight.  If you look through several different companies you are bound to see some that are dull and lifeless and some that really pop.  Notice those differences and look for the company that has the vibrant colors that you expect out of your photo booth.  If a company displays poor quality images on their website guess what, that was the best they had.  Meaning you're going to be getting something that quality or lower.

    Checking into the camera is definitely not a step you want to miss and remember even if you're not technical the point here is to get the conversation started and let them educate you.  You want to make sure that when you choose a vendor you feel comfortable with their equipment and expertise.  You are not the expert, so let them prove it to you.  One of the best ways to let them prove it to you is by viewing their previous events.

    Here are two examples which one do you think is using higher quality equipment?

    Example 1

    Example 2

    What Type Of Printer Are You Using? 

    Not asking this question up front has undoubtely caused tremendous amounts of pain over the years.  Grainy and blurred images are not every brides dream, yet sadly it happens more then you'd think.  Typically printers will fall into one of two categories, Ink Jet printers and Dye Sub printers. The qaulity is often hard to distinguish at first, but the processe's behind each printer yield very diffrent long term results.  Ink Jet printers have wet ink on the photo when they print out and are likely to smudge.  They also are not as durable long term as Dye Sub prints.  Dye Sub prints also won't fade in the sunlight or be damaged by spills. 

    Dye Sub printers also print faster then ink jet printers which can mean more people get through the photo booth and get their photos.  When your talking to your vendor about the printer make sure they know the pro's and con's of their machine and ask them how they deal with printing speed if their using an Ink Jet?  Maybe they have two running so that people won't have to wait so long for prints.

    How Long Will You Be At My Event? 

    This question is one of those classic fine print type of questions.  I've seen photo booths being rented in all types of diffrent time frames.  I've seen them rented by the hours, for four hours, by the half day, by the week ect.  It's always important to know exactly how your company is going to charge you.  Do they include set up and tear down in that time?  Or is that time only including the photo booth taking shots?  A friend of mine hired a photo booth for her wedding reception and they thought they had the booth for four hours, but apparently that included an hour for set up and an hour for tear down.  Be wary of the fine print! 

    Other Things To Look For

    Do they charge extra for props and backgrounds?

    Can their booths post directly to social media? I've found this company offers social media posting or even the ability to text you the pictures.  

    Do they offer scrapbooks or flip books? 

    Hope this little guide helps you make a better photo booth decision and helps you avoid some of the common pitfalls! 

    Here's a fun picture of the photo booth at my wedding! 

     

     

     

    0
  • Wanted Artist: Hunter Hayes Album: Not Provided Description Not Provided Lyrics Not Provided Video Not Provided
    0
  • Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos


      


    Destination: Los Cabos

    What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.



     


    Sport & Adventure

    Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.



     


    Sites to See

    Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!




     


    Where to Stay

    When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.  

    2
  • 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!!!

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  • DIY Tea Bag favors plus a pouch to keep it clean.


    The cost for me was under $15 for 36 favors.



    Materials:


    Loose leaf 1tsp-2tsp per pouch


    or Instant tea bags


    mini safety pin


    Muslin undyed/unbleached


    Oraganic cotton/hemp spool


    Sewing Thread and needle


    Stamp for design


    Fabric paint


    I used a stencil brush to apply paint to stamp


    Blow dryer to dry the paint quickly or air dry over night


    Directions:


    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.

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