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Wedding Toast Options for Those on a Budget

Wedding toast--ideas for having a formal toast while also saving on champagne. #myonlineweddinghelp

Toasts are traditional and lovely, but hardly anyone actually drinks the champagne! That means it is both smarter and less expensive to avoid the waste. You can, of course, ask folks to use whatever they are currently drinking, but there are ways to both save and provide a special beverage for the ritual. . 1. Toast with a signature drink instead of champagne. 2. Serve a bubbly alternative. Sparkling grape juice or white soda pop works just as well. If you do want to have the traditional drink, there are still ways to save. 3. Make the toast beverage a sparkling wine. If it looks like champagne and acts like champagne, it may not actually be champagne.The authentic beverage is made from grapes grown in Read the full article…

Budget Wedding Idea #221: Hire a Day-Of Coordinator

Wedding Idea on a Budget: Hire a day-of coordinator. Paying a coordinator can help you save. Article explains and there is a link to find a wedding planner who offers these services. #myonlineweddinghelp

Hire a “day of” coordinator. Doing it all yourself on the day of the wedding is like directing and starring in your own production. It’s doable, for sure, but it is a lot more work and likely to be less than dreamy. Even the best-planned events have something go wrong. Do you really want to be dealing with those hiccups—or even directing the players—when you should be relaxed and having the time of your life? Of course not. After all your hard work, you want to be able to enjoy your big day. A day-of coordinator should come into the picture three or four weeks before the wedding so there is time for her to put together the schedule and communicate with everyone involved. She Read the full article…

How to Get Heirloom Quality Wedding Photos Without Breaking the Bank

Wedding photography tips: how to get good-quality on a budget without breaking the bank. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

One of the most important facets of a wedding has nothing to do with the day itself but is your memories years and decades later. This is why the photographer and videographer are so important. The images they create, edit, and deliver to you will be the tangible record of one of the most memorable days of your life. A combination of experience, quality equipment, and a professional lab really does make a difference in the results. For those reasons, many are of the opinion this is the one area where you DON’T want to scrimp. Bobbi Brinkman of Bobbi Brinkman Photography explains, “My service and products are the only thing, aside from the rings, that are more valuable after the wedding is over. Documenting Read the full article…

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

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

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

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

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.

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…

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