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Wedding toiletry basket.

Ladies Toiletry Basket For GuestsThis is a ladies toiletry basket, I made for my daughter's wedding back in September. She was married at Castle in The Clouds in New Hampshire. So, with a castle setting, I chose a brown tin large oval planter in place of a basket. It gave it a more medieval look to it.


Wedding Roses

Saving Money on Wedding FlowersSave lots of money when it comes to flowers for your wedding. Visit your local markets and use in season flowers to create wonderful wedding bouquets with out the hassle of over priced florists.


Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - favors in bags

Bird Seed Heart Wedding FavorsMy daughter's wedding has a natural theme and so we wanted a favor that would be consistent and something anyone could enjoy once they got it home!


An elegant bowl of soup served at a wedding.

Plan a Lunchtime Wedding ReceptionIf you are on a budget or want more bang for your buck, I would highly look into having a lunch wedding reception versus a dinner reception. Chances are you will be paying less per person during lunch and I was even able to upgrade to a dual plate for less than one plate during dinner.


Wedding Emergency Kit

Wedding Emergency KitSometimes it's literally the little things that can make the day most stressful. By packing a small emergency kit with things you think you may need just in case, they can really come in handy when time is important!


Two wedding rings on a calendar.

Save Your Wedding ReceiptsEverything that you purchased for your wedding, do save your receipts. Just toss all of those receipts in a shoe box and label it "Wedding" or the event/celebration you are hosting. Add all the receipts in the box as you purchase and it makes budgeting easier (by documenting the receipts in a spreadsheet if you'd like).


Adding Fresh Flowers to Cake Decoration - two small wedding cakes decorated with fresh flowers

Adding Fresh Flowers to Cake DecorationHere is a tutorial on how to add fresh flowers to a cake while also making the cake food safe.


Using Mirrors For Your Wedding Table

Using Mirrors For Your Wedding TableUse mirrors for a pretty and unique way to dress a table. 75% of my items come from the dollar store and I can make several different themes/looks for different types of weddings, from traditional, to beachy, fall, etc. Use mirrors at a fraction of the price. This is great for guest tables for a reception or dinner.


A wedding cake decorated with hydrangea blooms.

Making A Wedding Out Of Very LittleMy neighbor, who has been divorced for years, is finally getting married. She said she didn't want a big fuss about it, not to mention not having the funds. With her family in Canada, there would only be just us neighbors and a few friends. So, as a small gesture to let them know how happy I am for them, I went shopping in and outdoors of my house.


Wedding Countdown Frame - 9 days flag on display

Wedding Countdown FrameAdd a cute touch of decor to your home with this countdown frame. This countdown frame is designed for a "wedding", but the concept could be applied to other special events like an engagement party, birthday, concert, etc.


A chalkboard celebrating a wedding.

Using Chalkboard Paint For Your WeddingChalkboard paint is very popular thing right now; it comes in black and all facets of colors. The most popular is black. It is available in cans, containers, and, my personal favorite, spray. Here are a few cost saving ways that will save you money and make that special day unique for your guests.


Souvenirs and decorations for a wedding.

DIY Wedding Props and SouvenirsWay back in 2016, I was a sister who had nothing to offer to my "groom to be" brother. They had planned for a themed wedding, but due to budgetary constraints the couple was not able to provide and perform a hundred percent of what they actually wanted to happen. So, here comes the DIY sister offering a big hand of creativity.


A couple walking down the aisle at their wedding.

Keep Your Wedding SimpleI've been married going on 44 years, and personally, I don't see why you have to break the bank or go into debt to have a huge, fabulous wedding. Now, if somebody has the money, then what they do is their business.


Fingerprint Guest Book Picture - tree covered with prints

Fingerprint Guest Book PictureThis easy project is a wonderful wedding reception memory. Instead of signing a guest book, guests are invited to make their thumbprint on a picture of a tree.


An arbor and white chairs set up outdoors for a wedding.

Frugal Wedding Location SuggestionsI had the honors of attending my cousin's wedding ceremony at Calumet Park in La Jolla, California. Calumet Park is a small neighborhood park overlooking the beautiful beach view, quietly located in a residential area. The great thing about this park was that it wasn't crowded (in fact, sort-of hidden) so there was hardly any traffic. There is no beach access, no restrooms, no tables, just a couple of benches so less foot traffic, better for a wedding ceremony.



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Staying Within Your Wedding BudgetI am engaged to be married next year. This is a second wedding for both of us, so we are really on a budget since we are paying for everything ourselves. Here is some advice I can offer from what I have done.


Inexpensive Chair Cover

Inexpensive Chair Covers For WeddingAnyone who has thrown a semi-formal party or planned a wedding knows that chair covers are a huge cost. I'll let you in on a secret. Pillowcases.


Watering Can Centerpiece

Watering Can CenterpiecesI had an outdoor wedding in June and made these pretty centerpieces. I bought the watering cans at Big Lots and bouquets of flowers at Costco.


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Planning a Wedding on a $500.00 BudgetWith the 9/9/09 wedding day drawing ever nearer, I have decided that I want to spend no more than $500 on the whole thing. I have tailored down some ideas to create a great party while saving some extra money in the bank.


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Weddings Are Too Expensive for Just One DayMy fiancee and I had been together for a year when I asked him why he had not proposed. His reply was that, "Weddings are too expensive for just one day". Ahh, true love. Because neither of us came from money, we did not have to worry about the whole thing getting out of hand.


A beach towel wedding cake.

Towel Cake for Beach WeddingThis is a towel cake I made for my brother's wedding this summer. He and his wife were married on the beach and I used the towels they had on their wedding registry.


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Coffee and Dessert Wedding ReceptionHave a Coffee and Dessert reception. This is only a possibility if you hold your wedding at an appropriate time of day (either in the afternoon before dinner, or in the evening after dinner) when you are not obligated to feed your guests a complete meal. We had the following:


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Buying Supplies for Bridesmaids DressesAll my daughter's bridesmaids were in college and on a tight budget. My daughter and I went to JoAnn's to pick out and purchase the patterns of our choice on 99 cent day. We collected coupons from friends and used them for zippers, thread and other notions.


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Unique Wedding Dress From A Vintage PantsuitWhen I got married, OK, it was 10 years ago and it wasn't for the first or last time, but let's skip over that part. Great wedding though, and my dress has an interesting story. You see, it began life as a brocade formal pants suit, of 1960's vintage.


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Thrifty Wedding at HomeWe are having both the ceremony and reception at my father's house. We do have to rent everything which I gasped at first too. But after comparing, it is less costly than having a hall do everything. So the actual site is free.


Planning A Kitchen Shower - gift basket with lots of kitchen tools and recipes

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.


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