Jun 12, 2009
During the wedding planning process, I really had to find a way to cut corners on EVERYTHING on order to work with our limited budget. Not only was I interested in saving money on all wedding items, but I also continued to try saving money on EVERYTHING. That's when I came across and developed my obsession with couponing and getting everyday items for FREE! Visit my blog (South Suburban Savings) to find out how to do the same!
Here's just a couple examples...my recent trip to CVS...final price was under $18!
Well, it's been a while since I've been on PW, but I plan on coming back a lot more. I finally have some time to post our pro pics...everything came out beautifully! Of course I have to showcase the DIY projects...I told our photographer to go take pics of all the details instead of coming for the "getting ready" part of day cuz it really isn't my thing. I'm thrilled that she had the extra time instead to take pics of the projects I did! Enjoy!
We loved the look of the cake done by Calumet Bakery...the only thing is that we didn't get to taste it! We were too busy walking around greeting everyone at the tables. Everyone seemed to enjoy it though! They forgot to include the cake stand that we paid for, but we didn't even notice until a few days later when we started searching our boxes to return it! lol They returned our deposit and even gave us a little refund even though we didn't complain...I recommed working with them :) Those are real flowers on the cake...simply beautiful and exactly what we wanted!
Although we did a whole lot of work, one of the most prized details of the wedding (and now one of our most prized possessions) were the champagne flutes my grandparents gave us for Christmas last year. It was such a sweet gift and we'll use them forever and forever!
Photo guestbook made with our engagement pictures ordered through Snapfish. We had our bridesmaids who helped set up sign the day before so people had some inspiration :)
Our favors were a big hit! Everyone loved the chocolates and I got tons of compliments about how I personalized all the sides of the pyramid. Our photographer took a pic with the chocolates upside down (it's a B with butterflies), but you get the idea :P
I made a banner for our sweetheart table with our monogram instead of doing one for the aisle runner. It was tedius, but it was a great detail to add and we're framing it to hang in our living room! Since it was on the table, it didn't get dirty :) PS. LOVED having a sweetheart table! Even though we didn't get to spend too much time there, it was nice having a little bit of private time to be off in our own world. And it was great having the wedding party sit with their families and enjoy themselves!
Our centerpieces were a big hurricane candle with brown stones underneath and smaller votive candles surrounding. All had brown ribbon and helped to bring in the chocolate brown accents for our lilac theme. They looked so nice when the lights were dim during dancing time. I made our table numbers on Word using our engagement pictures and made a trifold type stand out of cardstock. The other side had the dinner menu. The freeze dried petals were easy to work with, soft, and added a lovely fragrance to the room!
We didn't have too many kids at the reception, but I wanted to make sure they'd have fun too. I made personalized activity books for all the kids filled with mazes, coloring pages, word games, etc. I also put together boxes for all the kids filled with a variety of toys including personalized rubix's cubes! I peeled off the stickers of one side of all the cubes and replaced it instead with a sticker of their name I made on Word. They were a hit and some adults wanted one too! lol There were also card games, teddy bears, crayons, and glowsticks (for the older kids) among lots of other goodies! Ordered the boxes through Oriental Trading!
These two projects were a HUGE success for the wedding. I made a flip flop basket from purple and brown sandals from the Dollar Tree. Total cost of the project was around $30 and all the women LOVED them. I felt kinda bad cuz we ran out of flip flops...I thought 25 pairs would be enough for a wedding with only 100 guests. I even made myself a pair and still wear them all the time over three months later! I ended up putting on my pair halfway through the night when my feet started killing me and my feet could not thank myself enough...lol. They were even the pair of "shoes" we used for the newlywed shoe game later in the night! I made extra activity books for the "adults at heart." I got the pens from Oriental Trading Company...everyone kept asking for more! lol I honestly didn't think they'd be that popular among the adults but the basket was empty halfway through the night!
One of our adorable ring bearers reading his activity book...upside down...with his grandpa's glasses...lol...He can be so silly :P
Love this pic...
And me in my flip flops...
My DEAR HUSBAND (love saying that instead of FH now...lol) also helped on a few projects. He took over the cake letters project since I was struggling with making them smooth (they were cheap from the Dollar Tree but really rough) and he's a professional finisher. He made them so smooth they look like plastic now...lol. He also sprayed them lilac. We're going to hang them up somewhere around the house...just not sure where yet. My OCD mind goes nuts on one little detail though...I guess someone bumped the cake table before the reception so the letters aren't all even spaced out and it looks kinda sloppy...the flower petals shouldn't be that wide around the cake either, but oh well...lol. LOVE how everything turned out anyway! Andre did such a beautiful job!
A couple cool shots of our rings...
This bride went totally crazy with DIY...lol. I even did the bouquets on my own with some help from my husband's cousin and her daughters. I actually ordered the flowers from Sams. I was planning on just doing all hydrangeas for all of us...me too. However, when they came (they were gorgeous...highly recommend Sams), there was one very large hydrangea branch that stood out among the rest. We decided to make my bouquet from that one stem and get other flowers to add to the bouquet from the grocery store. Love how it all turned out! After the ceremony, we used the bridesmaids' bouquets to decorate the sweetheart table and we made an extra one for the bouquet toss. We also had some extra stems so we decorated a little here and there, like on the guestbook/favor table.
An extra special little touch is we got personalized cufflinks for all the guys. We didn't get initials or anything like that, but cufflinks for something of their personality or something they love. For instance, my brother is a musician and actually composed and performed the music for our ceremony. He LOVES music so we got him musical notes. My best friend groomsman has always been a die hard Snoopy fan so we got him Snoopy cufflinks. My husband's brother-in-law collect Marilyn Monroe memorabilia so we got him Marilyn Monroe cufflinks. You get the idea...lol. It all started when I got Superman cufflinks for my Superman :D
An online friend gifted us with her flower girl baskets and they were so cute, they needed no extra decoration. We made our ring bearer pillows ourselves though...love how they came out. They were fake rings from the dollar store...our grandparents were cute...they thought they were real and tried to save them from the ring bearers after the ceremony! lol
Another project by my DH...he made the cardbox. It's so beautiful and he gave it a good finish. It's professionally done since he's professional finisher :P I attached a beautiful monogram "B" that we got for our cake but decided not to use since it was pink. He told me he did a great job because he wanted me to keep it for keepsakes or whatever after the wedding :)
The scavenger hunt was another big success that really our guests involved. I was pleasantly surprised with how many good shots we got from the cameras. True, the lighting was off in a lot of the pics and they were disposable cameras after all, but some of our FAVORITE pics came off those cameras...a little more than half came out great. If we had to do it all over again, we'd definitely do the scavenger hunt again!
Our programs were a little labor of love, but they were a hit! Glad I made them and kept a few for myself! Even my uncle was impressed...and he's a professional printer! The tears of joy went over well, although we did have some leftover.
Our recessional petals were another hit...
The sand ceremony was definitely a combined effort. My DH made the beautiufl table that we now have showcased in our living room, and I made the sand ceremony set from Dollar Tree vases. I dyed the sand myself two different shades of purple with food coloring. It actually took a lot longer thank I expected but we saved a ton ($50 for a sand ceremony? No way we'd pay that...lol) and it all cost around $5! After the ceremony, when we got home, I sealed our sand container with hot wax and it's all safe and sound! As you can see, there was extra sand leftover. I carefully measured out the sand ahead of time so I think it had something to do with the way we poured the sand during the ceremony. When we got home and the sand had settled, there was room for what was leftover...if my DH hadn't thrown it away! lol
Reserved seating for the VIPS...just make sure you let them know ahead of time! I let my family know but my DH forgot to tell a handful of family members so the VIP were left empty :(
There are TONS of great resources on the net and I have a section called "Favorite Sites" dedicated to those resources. Well....the list is now too long (lol) so I thought I'd edit my page a little and have a section dedicated to SOME of my favorite Bios and Bridal Blogs!
Favorite PW Bios:
- Abattyref (cute DIY projects with directions; tons of info on everything)
- GoingtobeGoff (cute DIY projects with directions; tons of info on everything! LOVE her E-pics)
- Married2mrwright (cute DIY projects; good decor ideas)
- Soon2Bmrsjaramillo (cute DIY projects)
- Nidia112 (cute DIY projects; tons of info on everything!)
- Myfiancesbrave (cute DIY projects; lots of inspiration pics)
- Charmeng (cute DIY projects)
- Trinityvz (cute DIY projects)
- Khill (great pics of wedding day)
- AMiller (great pics of wedding day; love ceremony decor)
- HolyMolyMatrimony (beautiful wedding; great pics of day)
- Evans1hb (great DIY projects)
- Chubsmom (beautiful wedding pics)
- Claudmend (LOVE the engagement pics!)
- KristinKay (cute DIY ideas)
- GraftefulBride's bio is definitely one of my top TOP favorites...just jam packed with DIY ideas, inspiration pics, various info on everything, etc.
- KSirish (a knottie) has a lot of great DIY ideas and beautiful day of pics
- Ailinamei808 (a knottie) has a ton of great DIY ideas
- Academybeldam (a knottie) with cute nature-y wedding
- The Chicago Wedding Bio - lots of helpful info for Chicago brides (vendors, bios, etc)
- Darling Dexter has lots of cute ideas
- For Brides on a Budget
- Miss Bee's bio with tons of creative ideas
- Miss Champagne's bio
- Wedding Chicks has a ton of great ideas and templates
- Elizabeth Anne Designs has tons of ideas for DIY projects and great profiles of real weddings
- DIY Bride is a blog with TONS of ideas including tons of templates
- C(oi)n:purse is a cute blog with lots of wedding ideas
- Stylish Events is an awesome wedding blog
- Bridal Bliss in Memphis
- PW's Blog
- The Bridal Blog has lots of ideas and tons of free templates!
On June 12, 2009, I married the man of my dreams. He's my best friend, my lover, my constant companion, my shoulder to cry on, my partner in crime, my comedian, my soulmate. Everything went smoothly and everything was beautiful! I'll post more details later, but I wanted to post some pics from our guests' cameras while we're waiting for the pro pics!
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE:
I wanted to do a flip flop basket but didn't think we'd have the money. Well, through a combination of some fortuate blessings from God and finding a bunch of PURPLE flip flops at the Dollar Tree (for a buck each), we're doing one after all! I also found a handful of brown ones that are a different style to give some variety :)
There are 18 pairs total (hope that's enough) and most are between sizes 6 and 9. I also found some really small ones (large kids sizes) so I decided to make tags that say (extra small, small, medium and large). They were just regular plastic for the tongs part. They were alright, but I decided to spruce them up a bit with some satin ribbon that we've been using on other DIY projects. It makes them so much comfier...I made myself a pair and I've been using them for days!
Anyway, I'm LOVING how they're coming out! I'll post more detailed DIY instructions later, but you can download the template I created for the tags here! I put a sign on the front that hangs off the basket with ribbon bows. Download the sign here!
Well, we decided to splurge a little more for our guests and I've been working on hospitality baskets for the bathroom. I ended up ordering some free samples online of a few things (tampons, prilosec OTC, lactaid). I'll post up pics when I have finished collecting stuff, but here's my list so far:
- 3 Playtex Sport Tampons (free sample)
- 3 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (free sample)
- First Aid Kit ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- Dove Extra Hold Hair Spray ($1 Walmart)
- 30 pack of Q-tips ($1 Walmart)
- Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer ($1 Walmart)
- Mini Bottle of Lavander Body Spray ($1 Walmart)
- 1 Tablet of Prilosec OTC (free sample)
- 2 Tablets of Lactaid Fast Act (free sample)
- 2 Always Pantyliners & 1 Pad (free sample)
- Sample of Ralph Lauren Perfume (from magazine)
- 12 pack of Ouchless Ponytail Holders ($2 Walmart)
- 1 Brush ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- 4 Individually wrapped combs ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- 12 Nail Files ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- Sewing Kit ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- 2 Packs of Certs Mints ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- 2 Packs of Gum ($1 from Dollar Tree)
- Floss ($1 from Dollar Tree)
I'm still going to add a few more things, but not sure what. I want to look around the next time I go to the Dollar Tree because I already hit up the travel-sized item bin at Walmart. :) Some more ideas:
- Women's Spray deodorant
- Clear nail polish
- Antacids (Tums?)
- Contact solution
- Bobby pins
- Cough drops
- Earring backings
- Aspirin/Ibprofin/Tylenol (worried about kids though)
- Individually wrapped toothpicks