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Skin Care Ideas and Other On the Cheap Tips for Becoming a Radiant Bride

Bridal skin care, stress relief, and health tips. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

There is much truth to the observation that every bride is beautiful. In her own way, each glows with happiness and excitement. What could be more beautiful than that? The secret is starting early so you have time to cultivate that glow with good habits. There are steps even those on the most frugal of budgets can take in the months leading up to the wedding Eat and drink right at all times to stay healthy The best thing you can do to be most productive throughout planning and look your best on your wedding day is to take care of yourself by eating right and staying well hydrated. This helps you stay on top of your game by warding off illness and stress, thus Read the full article…

5 Winter Save the Date Theme Ideas

Winter wedding save the date ideas ... snowflakes, Christmas, snowy tree landscapes, silver, New Year

Even though it is the heat of summer, now is the time to send save the date cards for your winter or holiday wedding. You can send them later, of course, but conventional courtesy asks that you give people a heads up about six months before the event. Here are some ideas to consider for yours (click each to browse more designs). And as an added bonus, most are very affordable, in the range of $1-$2 each …   Snowflakes falling from the sky or simply incorporated into your design add an elegant touch.   Christmas red and/or holiday trees are cute for a late December wedding.   Silver is a classic and usually gives a more beautifully formal vibe.   New Year’s-related save the Read the full article…

How to Make Mini S’mores Bar Centerpiece Favors

Mini smores bar wedding favors tutorial. They are the centerpieces, too. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

Nearly everyone loves s’mores and they are so fun to make! They are a natural for outdoor dessert stations, but we tweaked the idea for use as favor centerpieces. What you will need. 1. S’mores ingredients: chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows. 2. Skewers (or forks) to hold marshmallows. 3. An indoor flame: non scented pillar candles (better than votives in the photo) or Sterno cooking fuels (works even better). 4. Glass platters. Plastic is doable, but I’d be wary of them getting melted. 5. tulle 6. ribbon 7. scissors How to put the centerpiece together. 1) Make two chocolate and graham cracker “sandwiches” for each favor pouch and top with two marshmallows.  2) Make the pouches: Set each s’more stack in the center of a circle or rectangle of tulle, and Read the full article…

Budget Wedding Idea #242: Share wedding decorations with another bride.

Wedding Idea on a Budget: Share decorations with another bride. #myonlineweddinghelp MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

If you are having your wedding on the same day in the same place as another wedding, both of you can use the decorations and split the cost. One of you can take care of set-up and the other take-down, saving time and money for both of you. The wedding ideas on a budget are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.

Top 6 Tips for Saving Money on Your Dream Wedding

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In some ways, getting married is like buying a house; it’s a major milestone in life and–almost always–there is initial sticker shock. (“It costs how much?!”) For those of you who cannot afford the average $26,000-ish wedding cost, some ideas for keeping both the dream and piggy bank intact are below (these are some of the 300+ tips from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook): Tip 1: Invite close friends and family; send announcements only to more distant acquaintances. Guest count is the largest single determinant of wedding costs (more guests require more food, more drink, a larger space), so it stands to reason you will spend less if you invite fewer guests. Also, a more intimate wedding is more Read the full article…

23 Wedding Ideas you MUST consider for Blending DIY and Outside Help

Wedding ideas for combining DIY with wedding vendor help or purchased items | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

You may be tempted to try planning the entire wedding yourself, with only the help of family and friends. Actually, all but the smallest weddings are usually most economical with hybrid solutions. Purchase some items, make others; hire pros for some services, do others yourself. Few pieces of your wedding are “all or none” propositions when it comes to DIY versus hire or buy (Note: This is Secret #5 in the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook).  In general … 1. Make the easy products, buy the rest. Depending on your expertise and cost of the supplies, some tasks will be more realistic for you than others. If you and your helpers have limited craft skills, for example, you Read the full article…

Economical Musical Entertainment Choices for Your Wedding

Wedding Entertainment: Planning for Inexpensive Music | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

The musical entertainment for your wedding and reception can take many forms, ranging from pre-recordings, organists or other instrumentalists, live vocalists, solo artists, bands, and/or DJs. On the expensive end of the spectrum you have a choir, soloists, and organist or band at the ceremony and a full 17-piece band playing throughout the whole reception. On the other end, you can pare down the bare minimum by playing from MP3 speakers. Chances are your wedding will fall somewhere in between. That said, there are a variety of budget-friendly solutions to the music puzzle without going “bare bones” … Band, DJ, Both, or Neither at the Reception? A DJ costs less than a band and will help move events along, but nothing can replace live music Read the full article…

Budget Wedding Registry Tips

Wedding Registry Tips: Ideas for choosing a registry when you and your guests are on a small budget. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

So you are engaged, have sent save the dates, are trying to figure out how to stay within your tight wedding budget, and now need a wedding registry. While it may be tempting to go with a higher end store, it’s both more practical and beneficial to you if you stick with a quality discount retailer.   Your guests are on a tight budget, too. It’s unlikely they can easily afford many of the items on your registry if you opt for a high-priced store. For example, as of this writing a Calphalon 4 Quart Slow Cooker at Crate and Barrel is $79.95. The Crock Pot 6 Quart at Target is $34.95. More folks are likely to be able to afford the Crock Pot.   Read the full article…

Budget Wedding Idea #121: Hire a wedding planner to handle choice aspects of your wedding.

Wedding Idea on a Budget: Hire a wedding planner for choice aspects of your wedding. Saves you time and stress, freeing you up to do things you are better at. #myonlineweddinghelp MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

While you can certainly hire a planner to handle everything between your engagement and honeymoon, some will, if you choose, also plan only certain parts of the wedding, such as handling all the details related to your out-of-town guests or managing vendor communications. Whatever her planning role, there are advantages. The planner: – Becomes the point person for all involved. A lot of time and tension can be involved with fielding questions from everyone, especially when you are not sure of the best response to some of those questions. The planner can take that load off your shoulders in the area in which she is helping. – Helps make choices. There are a lot of decisions to be made along the way, especially when it Read the full article…

Groomsmen Attire: 7 Ways to Save (Plus an idea for the groom’s tux)

Groomsmen Attire: ways to save money for the guys, plus a good idea for the groom

Tradition dictates that the groom and groomsmen all get fitted for and rent tuxes, along with the accouterments, for the big event.  There are, however, other alternatives as well. Here are some ideas for saving on the guys’ attire … 1. Use coupons and discounts when renting tuxedoes.  A store will often give the groom a discounted or free rental when the rest of the men rent their tuxes from the same shop. 2. Save money by skipping the tuxedos. Even “casual” tuxedos have a formal air about them that may not be a good fit your wedding. Plus, to avoid fines, someone must ensure that all attire is returned promptly post-event. 3. Let the groomsmen choose informal attire they can wear in everyday life, Read the full article…

7 Ways to Save on Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Wedding Invitation ideas ... 7 Ways to Save. Links to a lot of different inexpensive designs, too. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

Unlike the days of old when all printed pieces were ordered in a pricey matched set through the local printer or bridal salon, today’s bride has a wide range of choices. Many of these possibilities can be accomplished for much less. Here are some of those options. Save-the-Date Cards While save-the-date cards are optional, even couples on very tight budgets sometimes choose to send them because they are eager to tell everyone immediately. And, because these reminders are sent so far ahead of the wedding, it almost feels as if they are not part of the budget. While there are choices that cost as much as the invitations themselves, a few techniques can help you spread the word relatively inexpensively. 1. Send-save-the-dates to only your Read the full article…

23 Wedding Getaway Car Ideas

23 alternatives to a limo for the wedding car / transportation. MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

Limos are lovely, but they do not always fit your vision for the wedding transportation and/or budget. The good news is there is a whole plethora of alternatives, one or more perfect for you! Take a look at the list below (which is in no particular order) and check out ideas on the wedding car Pinterest board here . Golf cart Antique car Go “old school” and decorate your own car. Rent an awesome car like a convertible or upscale car. Tractor Truck Buggy Motorcycle Surrey Bicycles Bicycle built for two Boat–row, sail, canoe, or motor boat Street car or trolley Bus–public transportation, private, like a VW, or a school bus Van Lawn mower Train Covered wagon Horse cart Rickshaw or bike taxi Taxicab Horseback Read the full article…

Top 7 Ideas for Wedding Cake Savings

Wedding cake ideas ... saving money while still having great cake and desert for the wedding reception. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

Often, one’s first inclination about desserts for the wedding is to go to the most popular local bakery that specializes in wedding cakes and order a cake large enough to feed everyone at the reception. While you can be assured of plenty of high-quality cake, it may also cost more than you have to spend. There are a few different approaches to “having your cake and eating it, too,” so to speak. Size Matters If you look at most price lists, you will see the smallest two-tier cake is considerably less than the larger ones with more tiers. By going the smaller route, you can still have professional decorations but pay much less. On the other hand, unless your wedding is very small, the smaller Read the full article…

23 Ways to Make Time Your Friend When Organizing Your Wedding

Wedding Planning Ideas: 23 tips for staying organized and using time efficiently. | http://MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

Do not underestimate the impact of time on your wedding—your time, as well as that of your helpers and vendors. Just like money, there is a finite amount of time that must be spent wisely. 1. Consider “opportunity cost” before deciding to spend your time on a particular activity, thus giving up the chance to do something else. It’s tempting to overextend yourself to save money, but in the end it’s likely to cost more in terms of money and sanity. 2. Get organized from the start. With your game plan already laid out, you can work much more efficiently and make better decisions along the wedding planning path. (Get my Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet here.) 3. Be truly interested in working together with your Read the full article…

Creating a Cohesive Wedding

One of the ways to make an inexpensive wedding look more upscale is to have a cohesive look throughout. Here are some ideas from SimplyBridal…


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