Time-of-Day Bridal Shower?Has anyone ever done a time-of-day bridal shower? Apparently, each guest chooses a specific time of day out of a 24 hour day and brings a gift specific for that time period.
Inexpensive Wedding Centerpieces?I am getting married in May and was wondering if there were any ideas on cheap, but nice looking centerpieces?
Christmas Gift for Just Married?My friend recently got married. What is a good gift to give her and her husband for Christmas? They received lots of gifts at their wedding. Does anyone have any good ideas?
Save Money on Your WeddingWe have compiled numerous links to resources to help you save money on your upcoming wedding. Feel free to add your own ideas and resources.
Etched Flower Vase Wedding FavorsFor the favors we are getting small vases, without a ruffle around the rim, etching each with "Love is Always in Bloom", and then putting two red roses in each. Then as a finishing touch we are adding a couple drops of blue food coloring, to make the water super bright blue.
Fireman Hat Wedding Favors?Does anyone know where to get little fireman hats to use as wedding favors that we could fill with candy or almonds?
Cutting Wedding Costs: Find a Wedding Dress for LessConsidering many dresses carry price tags of a thousand dollars or more it pays to do your homework when shopping for a wedding dress. These following tips should help you in that process.
Recipes as Bridal Shower or Wedding GiftDo you need a last minute bridal shower or wedding gift and don't have much cash? For the cost of a pack of index cards you can write out all of your favorite recipes and start a recipe collection for your person of honor.
Outdoor Wedding Reception Decorations?I have another wedding question. Any ideas for outdoor wedding decorations, tablecloths and centerpieces? White and pink are the colors and I don't want them to blow away.
Planning an Engagement Party?I have to plan an engagement party for my brother and his fiance. I don't know what to do. I am married, but never had one myself. Please help.
Making a Towel Wedding CakeYou will need to buy two bath towels, two hand towels and two washcloths. Any color will do, but white works best for the affect of having a wedding cake.
Wedding Invitation - Firefighter Theme?I'm trying to plan my wedding with the firefighter theme. I am having problems with my invitations. I want to do my own, and I can't find a site to help me with this or anything that has to deal with firefighters.
Ideas for Inexpensive Wedding CenterpiecesYour wedding centerpieces don't have to look cheap, even if you can't spend a fortune on them.
Shopping for a PhotographerWe have a wedding coming up next summer and in order to cut one big expense, I suggest doing a LOT of shopping around for a photographer. You can find a good photographer at a reasonable price if you take the time to shop around. Some charge thousands of dollars to take pictures of the big day! We found a photographer that is more than reasonable. Charges a low hourly sitting fee, which includes all the proofs. This is also something he does for senior pictures! Shop around and ask your friends, family, and neighbors for referrals!
Keeping Wedding Costs DownOur daughter is getting married in June of '05 and we need to be careful about the amount we spend on the wedding.
Buying a Wedding Ring With Bad Credit?I want to propose to my girlfriend but I don't have the money to buy a ring right this moment, so are there any sites out there that you can buy now and pay later without good credit? and you can receive the ring before you get finish paying it off!
Wrapping Center Gift IdeaIf you're having a hard time thinking of a shower gift for the bride-to-be, a good present might be a gift wrapping center. Get one of those tall storage containers for the long roll wrap, add some bows, scissors, tape, etc.
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Decorating Ideas For An Outdoor June Wedding Reception?My daughter is getting married in June 2005. We are having a simple reception (cake, punch, fruit/veggie trays, finger foods). We will be having the wedding/reception outdoors around noon (the time hasn't been set in stone as of this writing). The wedding will take place in a beautiful field.
Flower Advice For a June Wedding?I am getting married in june 2005 and I don't know about flowers. What flowers do I use for a june wedding? What flowers should I put in the aisle and use for the banquet. I am lost with flowers but my mother wants flowers. I don't want to spend too much money.
Jennifer from Texas
Pick an Inexpensive Day for Your WeddingHave your wedding on a Sunday afternoon or even on a weeknight. The demand is way less for these days and you can get better rates and deals. I personally love Sunday weddings in the middle of the afternoons. It seems like there is always more attendance, too.
Throw a Decorating PartyAnd instead of a wedding shower or bachelorette party ask your family and friends to help you with decorating the establishment you choose. The day before just plan a 'party' and lunch. And most the time family and friends are great at donating for the occasion without being asked!
Renew Your Wedding Vows At Valentine's DayWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, plan to renew your wedding vows. Done it before? Then, you know how very special it can be. If you never experienced this fantastic opportunity, give it a try.
Wedding Cootie Catchers!Some of you may remember these from elementary school, but I used them to keep people at my reception busy! I made the template and then came up with the "fortunes". Plus they looked pretty cool scattered on the tables!
Give Wedding Centerpieces as FavorsHave your centerpieces double as favors. My centerpieces were little votive holders with pebbles and a piece of lucky bamboo. Just lined them up down the middle and made little tags for them that said thanks for coming and how to take care of the plant.
Saving Money On Our Honeymoon?Hi fellow spendthrifts! Well after being married and saving for 9 years my husband and I can finally afford a honeymoon! (YEAH) We want to go somewhere tropical, ie Jamaica, Fiji, etc. I've been looking at prices and nearly had a cow.
Looking for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Sunglasses?I joined while looking for those Audrey Hepburn "Breakfast at Tiffanys" sunglasses that was mentioned as a fun thing for a shower.
Order Your Wedding Cake EarlyAll parents with daughters know just how expensive planning a wedding can be. There seems to be an endless list of expenses. One of the best tips I can share is to order your cake as early as possible. My daughter is getting married in June and we ordered her cake in January. This allowed us to pay the small deposit and then make small payments until the cake was paid for! Much easier than paying the lump sum all at once!
Uses a Poster as Your Guest BookI hate guest books at family gatherings! Usually only a page or two is filled and afterwards they just sit in a box somewhere. Well, for my wedding we did something more fun!
Beautiful Engagement CakeI am a cake decorator. This cake is my favorite cake and it was a huge hit. This was for an engagement party. I am doing the wedding cake, but bigger and more elaborate.
Wedding Etiquette and Setting Up a Budget?I am getting married June of next year and am trying very hard to get together a budget for my wedding which I am planning myself. I have been doing research after research and can't come up with one answer. My mother is going to be my maid of honor, but what about his mother?
Picture Frame Wedding FavorsA great idea for baby or wedding shower favors. Buy small metal picture frames from your local dollar store and print out a label with a special saying for the occasion.
Hot Pink, Blue, and White Wedding Colors?I am planning my wedding. It is hard to decide on colors. I wanted royal blue, silver, and white, but I was told that the flowers would probably look black in the pictures and it is hard to find royal blue items. So I think I am going to go with hot or bright pink.
Homemade Wedding Cake Topper?Dollar Tree stores carry a lot of wedding items in early spring to June. Many times you can find a base with lace on it from Wilton. Cut a ball of styrofoam in half and hot glue onto base. Clip artificial flowers short and arrange on the foam base.Make a small bow and let the end hang longer to sort of drape over the side of the base.Maybe net behind the flowers. This would probably cost $20- $30 if store bought. OR you can use a small pringle or crisco lid and glue lace around the side.You can also find leaves,bells arches etc from Wilton at Dollar Trees. LOVE THOSE STORES! Sharon, Ky
Gift Cards for Wedding PresentsMy daughter is getting married in June and I just returned over $100 worth of items that she got as double presents. Considering that, I recommend giving gift cards or money to the bride and groom.
Shopping for Wedding FlowersWhen shopping for live wedding flowers, do some homework! Shop around and compare prices as well as quality to find the best deals. Sometimes cheapest doesn't mean the best quality and vice versa so shopping around is worth a little time and trouble.
Cheaper Musical Talent For Your WeddingWant a good musician but worry about costs? Check out a local college music scene.
"Swear By" Bridal Shower ThemeMy niece is a lawyer and I gave her a "swear by" shower. On the card we told the guests to bring things they "swear by" so that we could save the bride a lot of time and energy.
Tulle and Lights - Inexpensive Festive DecorationWith all of the weddings, proms and anniversary events coming up, don't forget that tulle (in any color) with twinkle lights behind it makes an inexpensive festive decoration that can go a long way!
Wedding Name BadgesWe're getting married on Saturday (!) and instead of name places for each person I have made badges, with the name of each guest and an interesting fact about them.
Printed Wedding Invitations?My fiance and I are trying to find ways to cut down the cost of our wedding and are thinking about printing our own invitations. I was wondering if anyone has done this for their own wedding and how the invitations turned out?
Charitable Wedding FavorI stressed out over wedding favors for our guests when we were getting married.
M&M's for our Wedding ReceptionMy daughter wants M&M's served at her wedding reception, but they are about $4 for one large bag! Fortunately, while I was standing there about to despair, I saw a large bag that had 18 'Fun Size' packages in them.
Best Wedding Fruit Punch EVER!Sort of expensive to make but well worth it.
Homemade Bridesmaid DressesI made 4 dresses for my son's wedding for around $20 apiece. Walmart sells a CHEAP pattern and it was a very simple, strapless A line. I hadn't sewn in years but it worked out fine.
Cheap Wedding Reception?Is there any way that I do a wedding reception for under $1,500.00, including hall, DJ, decorations and maybe fit in a caterer in that list? Please respond.
A "Do It Yourself" Wedding For Less Than $600When my oldest son married I knew that his fiancee been away from home for years and the expense of the wedding was pretty much up to them. Being the frugal Mom I am I went to bat.
Wedding Reception Slide Show PresentationAt the reception - set up your own slide show or hire a professional to walk your guests through when you met - to the present time. That will keep your guests busy while you take photos.
Wedding Photo TipA great tip is to take most of your "posed" photos before the ceremony even begins - at least with your girls. That will save a lot of time from leaving the guests bored at the reception.
How to Unstick Marshmallows?My daughter is doing a very "untraditional" thing at her reception. Instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles she wants to throw mini marshmallows, I think it will be cute but the marshmallows I have bought are starting to get sticky. Any suggestions as to how to "unstick" them so we can put them in tulle bags?
The Cheapest Time To Have a WeddingSave money by having your wedding between November and April. As it's considered 'off season'. All wedding related services are less busy. Ask for 'off season' discounts.
Pantyhose Race Bridal Shower GameAt my daughter's bridal shower, last Sunday, the hostess had the most awesome "game". She asked my daughter, the bride to be, and her future mother in law to come to the front of the room.
An Indoor Wedding For Less Than $1,500?Hi all thrifters. I am from New Jesey and cannot afford a $3000 wedding. My fiancee and I want a reception indoors, with a DJ, and dinner food (not brunch), but are looking to spend between $1000 to $1,500. I have made requests for help before but I was not specific, so many people, whose ideas were all great, suggested brunch and outdoors.
Elegant, but Cheap, Wedding Decorations?I am getting Married in September 2005 and it is a afternoon wedding. We have opted to pay for it ourselves and my colors are wine and champagne the accent color is gold.
Gift For The Groom - Baby Pictures of the BrideCreate a picture book for the groom with pics of his bride-to-be as a baby.
Decorating Your Guest Book CoverIt doesn't matter if your guest book is an expensive one or one with little covering and embellishment.
Make Your Own Wedding InvitationsTips and ideas for making your own wedding invitations. Post your ideas.
Making A Ring Bearer's PillowCut 2 heart shaped designs from a desired fabric. You can use white satin or if you want a little color showing, use colored fabric and cut a lace overlay so that the color shows through the lace. I cut mine about 8 inches around.
Inexpensive, Nice Wedding Reception Gifts?Can any one share with me a very cheap nice wedding reception gift for guests on tables?
Getting Married on the BeachGet married on the beach. Have a very casual wedding outside and then have a reception at your home. Just make sure the weather is going to to good. Less expensive and very enjoyable.
Recipe Cards for Bride and GroomFor the new bride, along with a card or gift, also give a recipe card with an easy dish. The new bride (and of course the groom) will appreciate an easy dinner idea.
Tulle and Lights Wedding DecorFor my daughter's wedding, she wanted to use lots of white lights. At this time of year, you can't just go out to your local department store and buy them so we decided to borrow as many as we could.
Saving Money on Your Wedding CakeWe saved money on the wedding cake because we ordered a very plain cake. It was only frosted with pearl frosting edging. Then we took left over live flowers that were not used in the wedding and decorated the cake.
Borrow Wedding DecorationsMy biggest tip for wedding decorations is borrow, borrow, borrow! We borrowed as much greenery, lights, tulle, gossamer, etc. as we could. We also borrowed dishes, punch bowls, serving bowls, etc. for the reception.
Instead of Rice, Throw Flower PetalsThis tip is from my daughter's recent wedding. She wanted something for everyone to throw that would be different than the usual. We looked into several things and found that assorted flower petals from Flowerama were cheap and beautiful.
Thrifty Wedding Tips from RobinI have listed several things about my daughter's wedding but realized that I don't think I sent in the prices for the items to decorate, etc. The greenery was either borrowed from friends or else purchased at Wal-Mart. It came in 9 ft. sections for $3/section.
Outdoor Wedding DecorationsWe have an outdoor wedding coming up and are making decorations to use afterwards. We may be making these and selling them.
Wedding and Bridesmaids Dresses on a BudgetThese bridesmaid dresses were made by my daughter's mother in-law for no charge. The total cost of each of them was about $50. That is buying material that was NOT on sale.
Wedding Table CoveringsHere is a picture of the very inexpensive table coverings we used at my daughter's wedding reception. The bottom coverings were only $1/each from Dollar Tree and the top were lace tablecloths from Dollar General Store purchased for $5 each.
Planning A Kitchen ShowerA very useful shower for a Bride-to-be is a Kitchen shower. This will help her stock her kitchen with small appliances, utensils, kitchen towels and recipes as well.
Saving on Wedding CandlesI recommend the Dollar Store for your wedding candles. While they do not carry unity candles, they do carry other types very inexpensively. For my daughter's wedding we bought all the taper style candles from our local Dollar General Store for 3/$1.00.
Nice, Simple Wedding CakeI made a cake for a good friend at work for her wedding. I wanted to make a nice cake, simple, cute and most important fast.
Saving Money on Wedding ProgramsMy mother in-law for my daughter's wedding. The wedding programs that you see sitting in the basket were designed by my son in-law on his computer. We then went to Staples and bought some good quality paper and ran them off ourselves at a family member's real estate college.
Bridesmaid Dress Dilemma?My best friend asked me to be her Matron of Honor. She emailed me today and said she would like to buy my dress and shoes. I am kind of stuck. I would like to buy it but is it ok if she does? She already will have enough to pay for. Any thoughts?
Church Decoration - LatticeThis is the decoration inside the front door of our church. We liked it so well that we decided not to change it for my daughter's wedding. Not the same colors but it still looked so nice!
Wedding Gift For Son?I need some gift ideas for my son and his future wife.
I have absolutely no clue as to what to buy them as a wedding gift. He is in the service and they plan on getting an apartment. I can't spend a lot of $$ but want a nice gift. Thought about getting them a bible? What do ya'll think?
Wedding Cake for Adorable PigsMy friend made a farm wedding for two adorable pigs. I made the wedding cake.
Happy to See the BrideAfter the wedding Dave, the brides nephew, got so excited to see her he ran up and jumped into her arms. Everyone laughed and thought how cute he was. His mom was one of the bridesmaids.
Play CD Music Instead Of Hiring A DJI just got married in August. I thought I would have to pay about $200 for a pianist, then even more for a DJ for the reception.
Wedding Expenses - Who Should Pay For What?I was just wondering if anyone knows where I can find a link of who pays for what expenses in a wedding?
Decorating an Old Church?I'm getting married on May 6th 2006 and my colors are pale yellow and sage. My wedding is in one of the oldest churches in Tennessee, it does not even have electricity and the pews are logs cut in half. If anyone can help with any ideas for CHEAP decorations it would be great.
Finding a Used Wedding DressGoodwill and Salvation Army often carry wedding dresses. Also, ask the local wedding places if they have any dresses on clearance. That's how I found mine for $100 at a wedding place and with alterations I needed, I only spent 350.00 but I also bought a veil and had my dress bustled in the back. Check your local papers too.
Making Wedding or Shower Decorations for the TablesMaking your own decorations is very easy nowadays with all the supplies available on the market. Here is a picture of mini bridesmaid bouquet centerpieces we made for a surprise shower for my friend's daughter.
Decorating a Hall for a Wedding?I'm looking for a cheap way to decorate my hall and tables. Does anyone have any ideas for decorations and a center peice to go on the middle of the tables?
Use Wedding Budget for Down PaymentI have a friend who just recently married and learned (the hard way), that the advice I gave her a year ago proved to be true. She spent almost a year and about $68,000 on "the perfect wedding".
Wedding Favors from Holiday ChocolatesWith Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner I would suggest buying some of the foil wrapped chocolates at the sales that occur on the day after the holidays. They make great wedding favors when you wrap a few pieces up in a piece of tulle and tie them with a ribbon.
Dealing with Children at a Rehearsal DinnerRehearsal dinners can be a boring affair for children in the wedding; at my son's wedding rehearsal dinner in our Hospitality Room at our church, I designed a child's table for the four children in the wedding...
Decorating for Your Wedding with Natural MaterialsDecorating for a wedding can be an expensive undertaking. Money can be saved on flowers if you are willing to recognize the beauty in weeds and limbs from dormant trees.
Luau Wedding Rehearsal?My son is getting married this summer. He wants a luau themed rehearsal dinner, very fun and relaxed. I know I can order decorations from some of the web sites but does anyone have suggestions for things we can do, music we can play, decorations, and (most needed) food suggestions?
Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gift Ideas?I'm kind of in a bind... I am getting married in May and am starting to look for the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts. Here's the thing... some really close friends of ours (part of the wedding party) just got married and their bridal party gifts where what I was planning to buy; personalized flasks and jewelry boxes.
Wedding Punch for 100This is a recipe for Wedding Punch that serves 100 people.
Saving Money on a Wedding DressDon't feel you have to spend a lot on a wedding dress. The First one for me was a version of my grandmother's wedding dress. And the second was a long green linen dress for a garden wedding I got in a thrift shop for $4. No one could tell the difference!
Evites Instead of Mailing Save-the-Date CardsBecause our wedding had a short lead time, we sent out save-the-date emails through Evite. It was much easier than phoning everyone and cheaper than mailing them.
Wedding Favor Ideas?I am looking for ideas for wedding favors, novel ideas, and ofcourse, within the bride's budget. I know your readers have great experience in sharing their novel ideas.
Something for Guests to Throw at Our Wedding?I need some ideas for something for the guests to throw at our wedding as we leave the church. I do not want to use bubbles, rice, or petals, something original and inexpensive. There will be about 300 guests and our colors are black and white with red accents.
Mr. Right Story Game (Bridal Shower Game)?A friend of mine is planning a bridal shower and is trying to find the details of a Mr. Right story game. She asked me, but I've never heard of it.
Wedding Flower Advice?I have a wedding this December 2006. I'm having some trouble deciding what kind of flowers and color of flowers to use as my center pieces. If there is anyone that could give me some ideas please do.
Growing Flowers for My WeddingI want to grow my own flowers for my wedding next summer, preferably perennials. which I would start growing right away. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what kind of flowers would look best if you grew them yourself.
Fire Theme Wedding?We are planning our wedding on February 20, 2007 at the fire hall. We are looking to do a fire theme based wedding and are trying to find things to do with the fire department for the wedding. If you could help us and give us some ideas that would be appreciated!
Taking Wedding Photos - Bring a HankieThis was taken at my son Joshua's wedding May 20th. I was the wedding photographer! My tip is, if you're going tp be the photographer at your own child's wedding, be sure to put hankies in your pocket...
Wedding Gift Ideas?My husband's boss is getting married next month. My husband is the office manager and has worked for him for 4 years. We were invited to the shower (a couple's shower) and so have already bought a gift (over $100). The boss and his bride-to-be both come from wealthy families.
Silk Wedding FlowersWe are using silk flowers to do our flower arrangements. The bouquets for the bride, attendants, groom, and best men will also be silk. The wedding cake will be outstanding in silks and will stand on a wedding cloth.
Saving for the WeddingBefore our daughter got married, we charged her room and board once she had a job. However, instead of spending it we saved it without her knowing it. . .