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Wedding Planning Checklist

A wedding planning timeline that works no matter how long you have to plan your wedding.

When planning a wedding it’s easy to accidentally let something slip through the cracks because you thought of it too late or overlooked it. Either way, you end up paying…with higher costs or by missing out on what you wanted. Avoid that by using the cheat sheet, detailed further down, to help you stay organized as you plan your wedding. Notice I’ve left off timings except for week of wedding and the day before. That’s because you may be planning for anywhere from two months to two years ahead of time. Instead, I’ve sectioned off the tasks as: engagement getting the ball rolling picking vendors deciding what to DIY items to buy don’t forget to do last minute details last second details This more closely Read the full article…

78 Unconventional Wedding Ideas to Help You Stay Within a Wedding Budget

There are options beyond the traditional for every decision you make. Most unconventional wedding ideas revolve around buying products and services from non-wedding vendors, or you completing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. You can utilize items in less-than-usual ways or even skip a tradition entirely, and you can often save money along these less worn paths. Here are 78 ideas, plus some resources, to help you brainstorm saving money by “taking the road less traveled” when planning your wedding … Shop non-wedding vendors, retailers, and online sellers for potential savings. Make your own traditions or skip some entirely. Do it yourselfifyou have the resources and it makes financial sense for you to do so. Think “beginning talent” when hiring vendors. Choose less-expensive, non-traditional venues for your wedding Read the full article…

How to Make Gathers in a Veil (Veil Making Step 4)

In step 3, you added an edge to your veil. Here, you will make gathers in the veil. These are what give your veil fullness around your head and create soft folds in longer veils. I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post. Gathering your veil will create the tiny poufs where your veil meets your head as well as soft folds down your back. To do this, we are going to scrunch the material along the line where the veil transitions into the blusher (or on an edge if you decided to have no blusher). Before you begin, unfold your veil or unclip the pseudo-gathers from Step 2: Making the Veil Blusher, if needed. You will Read the full article…

Step 5: How to Make a Veil with Comb

In step 4 of the how to make a veil with comb tutorial, we created the gathers in your veil. Here, in step 5, we will finish by wrapping an inexpensive comb with material and sewing it onto the veil. I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post. What you will need: Piece of veil material 4″-6″ wide and about 18″ long, needle and thread, and a cheap veil comb. How to Wrap the Comb This is not the only way to attach your comb, but for me it seems the most reliable. By securing the comb with thread you get a harder hold than if you use felt and glue. I also like the way the tulle looks Read the full article…

Example Wedding Veil Trim and Edgings

Wedding veil trim and beading (or other embellishments) are two of the elements that make a veil uniquely yours. Whether you are going to make your own veil or buy it, below are a video and pics with close-up examples to help you decide what type of finishing you would like on your own veil. Note: The discount veils in the video and mentioned below are from this store, whose prices usually start at around $9.99. To help you weigh your craft-making abilities against what you want when making the decision whether to buy or make a veil, I occasionally refer to how difficult it would be for “someone like me” to make a similar veil. (Sewing and craft projects are not my forte, which means Read the full article…

30+ Inexpensive Wedding Favor Ideas

Favors can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a wedding for both you and guests, even when you spend little on the favors. Basically, you can take several approaches to coming up with inexpensive wedding favor ideas: (A) Have them do double duty as centerpieces, desserts, or place cards, (B) make your own, (C) buy inexpensive varieties, or (D) omit them completely. Skipping favors, of course, would be the most economical, but your budget can survive with barely a dent if you want your guests to have a special treat or something to take home. Here are some ideas to get you started. Use these or let them inspire your own versions… Create your own favors. Making favors is one of the most Read the full article…

Step 3: Make a Veil with Rhinestone Edge, Beading, or Lace Trim

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In step 2 we shaped the face/blusher piece of your veil. The next step is to glue edging and/or other embellishments onto the veil. How much bling should you add? This depends on both your dress and your preference. A plain gown can benefit from a veil decorated with rhinestones or larger additions such as decorative butterflies, rosebuds, florals made from seed pearls, or sequined designs. A more bedazzled gown, however, benefits from a more subdued veil. As for your style preference, do what feels comfortable and do not give in to trendy fashion pressure from others. Imagine looking at your wedding pictures ten years from now. Will you think your veil is perfect on you or will you wonder, “what was I thinking?!” If Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 1: Measuring and Cutting Fabric

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Before ordering the material (called tulle), you will want to give some thought to how long you’d like the piece that falls over your face, so you will have enough for both the veil and blusher. In fact, I recommend buying 2-3 times the length you think you will need so you can experiment and practice. The extra tulle can be used for a number of decorating projects as well. The process of measuring and cutting is explained below, followed by the video version at the end of this post. Making a Veil: Measure and Cut Tulle Before you measure or cut material, you’ll want to give some thought to how long you’d like your blusher and how full/number of gathers you’d like in it. Read the full article…

DIY Wedding Planning Checklist (and PDF)

Planning your wedding yourself and need a checklist that does not rely on an “X months before the wedding” timeline? Here is a checklist you can use no matter how long you have to plan the wedding! DIY WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST PDF The detailed checklist is below, but you can also download the wedding planning PDF. What you get in the printable file: Interactive Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet (pages 2-6). It’s a more detailed version of what’s in the infographic at left. You can also make notes and check off each step as you complete it. Blank January-December monthly template with room for notes (pages 7-18). There are also notations of important days to be aware of each month, like holidays and other events that Read the full article…

How to Make a Wedding Veil; Video and Written Instructions

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If you are like many budget-minded brides, you are uncomfortable with paying a lot for the veil you want. The good news is you don’t have to. There are discount veils available, but you can also DIY. Below is a series of tutorials on how to make a wedding veil, step-by-step. You can watch videos and/or read instructions, whichever you prefer. If you are thinking you do not have the talent to do this, think again. The number one rule for my do-it-yourself videos is I have to be able to do it all by myself. On the 10-point “craftiness” scale I am a 2-3. So if I can do it, you can too. What’s in this “How to Make a Veil” DIY? An overview Read the full article…

Engagement Rings for Men: 9 Style Ideas & How to Wear Them

If women can wear engagement rings to announce their status, why can’t men? Well, there really is no reason. Historically, the wearing of men’s engagement rings is more common in other countries, but we expect the tradition to spread as more U.S. couples prefer the man–or men, if the couple is same-gender–to wear evidence of their status. Why Would a Man Want to Wear an Engagement Ring? Well, for all the same reasons a woman would want to… It is a symbol of commitment. Like it or not, the presence or absence of a left-hand ring is a cultural cue as to whether that person is available for a more-than-just-friends relationship. It is a visual representation of involvement in the process. For many, there are Read the full article…


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