Wrapping Paper Table Runners & More!

A beautiful and inexpensive way to create table runners for your wedding: wrapping paper! You can cut them to any length, roll it down the center of the table, and voila-- gorgeous tables in no time at all. Plus, for a really finished look, you can layer them, or create matching place mats or gift favor boxes. You can also embellish the table runners/place mats by gluing ribbons or other trimming along the sides of the wrapping paper. Scrap-booking papers, while smaller, also provide lots of … [Read more...]

Bridal Bouquets: The Look You Love for Less!

Have you seen a bouquet you crave as your own, but can't stomach the price tag on it?  Take a look at these photos and see if you can tell the difference between the budget bouquets and the pricier deluxe versions. Then head on over to Brides.com to see how they did it! Can you tell the Difference? Can you tell the difference between the affordable and deluxe bouquets? Head on over to Brides.com to test yourself!  They'll also give you some good tips on what affordable flowers you can … [Read more...]

Affordable Ways to De-stress

We don't need to tell YOU how stressful planning a wedding can be.  If you are feeling, exhausted, overwhelmed, and stretched beyond your budget, you may be wondering how to loosen up without spending even more money.  A deep-tissue massage at the spa or dinner and a movie with your girlfriends might do the trick, but it will cost you! Here are some ideas from AllHealthcare, via Four White Mice to help you relax with an easy conscience. It's good for you and your relationships, too! feature … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Date Ideas

You don't have to be dating to go on dates. Spending quality time together as an engaged or married couple is important to maintain a healthy relationship. Just because money's tight doesn't mean you can't go out for a night on the town... or spend the weekend doing something new and fun. So get out of your pj's and check out these budget-friendly date ideas from Marie Claire. 1. Rent bikes and go for a ride in the park or by the beach. Pack a picnic lunch or grab hotdogs at a nearby … [Read more...]

7 Sites for Incredible DIY Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the prelude to the happiest day of your life, setting the stage for the wedding itself. It shows up your loved one's mailboxes, announcing the significant change that is occuring in your life, and also honors your guests by telling them you want them to share in your celebration.  You'll want your invitation to reflect your personality and style, and there are a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) websites that can assist you in creating the perfect invitation. For some, … [Read more...]

Looking to Save? Buy and Sell Pre-Owned Wedding Stuff at Bravo Brides!

The current recession has forced many brides to slash their wedding budget and cut out some of the more extravagant details from their original wedding plan. The New York Times reports that some brides are relocating to cheaper venues, nixing the wedding cake, asking a shutter-happy friend to replace the photographer, downsizing the bouquets, and slashing the guest list. The NY Times also mentions a cool website called Bravo Brides. This is a fantastic forum for brides-to-be who want to save … [Read more...]

Saving on wedding cakes: Fake layers, fresh flowers, and more!

For the bride who wants a traditional wedding cake, without the outrageous costs that go with it, there are many creative alternatives. One idea is adding fake tiers to your wedding cake. According to Napsnet, this can save you about 50 percent per slice. If you have your baker create a fake layer or two in your wedding cake, and actually serve slices from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen, no one will know the difference! Simply desserts points out that some bakers charge by the … [Read more...]