Winter wedding? Collect some pretty metallic bulbs like these and display them in a variety of containers. They're inexpensive and will be useful again at your first Christmas. They're about the most low-maintenance centerpiece idea I could possibly imagine.
When you're planning a wedding on a budget you have to decide how you're going to spend your money. You've read all the articles about choosing to spend your money on the things that are most important to you. Perhaps the meal is the most important or the music, maybe you're most excited about a decadent cake or a deluxe bar. Whatever the category may be, you already know to spend your money there first and cut in other places.
But besides that more general rule, I would also recommend thinking about the future. What do you most want to keep from your wedding? Obviously, everyone wants at least a few good photos. But what about memorabilia, what things do you want to save?
I don't care to keep my dress or to spend a lot on my shoes or jewelry but there are other items that I'll be selecting with care. Those items include the program, cake topper, some paper decorations, my veil and a tablecloth from our table at the reception that I'll have monogrammed. I'd like to keep my cake topper for fun and as decoration in our home (I'll prove that they can be beautiful), my veil for sentimental reasons and perhaps I can lend or give it to someone later, and the tablecloth for our table on special occasions. I'm less concerned with saving and spending big money on my dress, shoes, and jewelry which is where people will push you to spend. There's obviously nothing wrong with those things but I would encourage you to think past the usual big ticket items and consider what else might be important in the future, especially in regards to your everyday life.
This is how I want to pack for my honeymoon, but I don't think my fiance' will want to carry it all.
We're discussing the honeymoon. He wants an adventure filled with hiking and the great outdoors and I want relaxing getaway filled with beaches and shopping. We're working on a compromise now, oh what good preparation for marriage. He's making a list of his top five picks and I'm making a list of my top five. I'll share them with you when we're finished, along with the chosen destination.
This song, "Hey, I love you" by Michael Franti has been on my favorites list for months. It's such a fun song and the lyrics fit perfectly for a wedding- "I love you, I love you, I love you", "Rockin' in the dance hall movin' with you", "But I know one thing, that I love you", etc. It's perfect for a choreographed dance, that is, for anyone brave enough to attempt it!
I'm increasingly excited about setting up a home. This book, Crafting a Meaningful Home, looks like a good read, filled with ideas for creatively decorating and incorporating family photos. More from Design Sponge.
I realize that I've been pushing doilies like a little old lady in Spring but I can't stop myself! With the right design and some modern styling they can be beautiful decorations, like this doily curtain.
If you need curtains for a tent or to cover some wall space at a reception hall then consider a curtain like this.
My fiance' introduced me to this show by How Stuff Works. The hosts share stories about the people, places and events that you aren't likely to discuss in school. They just posted this show on show-stopping historical weddings. I enjoyed it and thought you might. You can listen here. You can also subscribe on itunes for free. I'd highly recommend it.
Sorry for my lack of posts these last three days. I took a little trip to visit my fiance' and got stuck without internet for three days! It was strange (and occasionally stressful) to be detached for so long but it was a nice break.
On Sunday, I had a great conversation with some friends about sites like Groupon and Living Social. I use them for many things and you probably do too. Why not use them for wedding-related services? They offer stellar deals on spa services and hair treatments/styling. Consider watching for deals on highlights, haircut, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure etc. that you could use right before the wedding.
Molly Ringwald, as Andi from the movie Pretty in Pink. Her character inspires me, it's a fun 1980's romance and her friends, Duckie and Iona are hilarious. I highly recommend this movie. Not much to do with weddings but Andi would have make her own wedding dress.
I'm engaged to a wonderful man and planning my own wedding. Like so many brides, I intend to host this lovely event on a limited budget. I'm approaching this without the wedding industry "to do" list and with a focus on the marriage and graciously welcoming my guests.