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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…

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…

On a Tight Wedding Budget? DIY Projects Can Save Money

Many couples are paying for their own weddings nowadays, and with that can come a lower budget for the event. However, there are many ways that you can save thousands of dollars on your wedding day and that is by doing it yourself, or DIY. Even if you are not the most crafty person, you and your partner, along with help from your wedding party, will be able to do all kinds of projects that will save you lots of money in the long run. If you have time in your week for DIY projects, this may just be for you. Why Should I DIY? If you have time in your day, there are a handful of projects that will help you stay within your Read the full article…

5 Saving Tips When Buying Wedding Items

We sometimes think a small budget means doing everything ourselves and giving up on the dream wedding. Not necessarily. The good news is the dream can survive the pinch! It will, however, require more thoughtful spending. The key when buying wedding items is to combine DIY projects with discount suppliers, sales or coupon codes, and used items in a way that not only gets the most value for your money, but also keeps your stress levels down. The dream wedding, after all, does not include Bridezilla raising her harried head and ruining your big day. There are various tactics to help you save money on your venue and service providers as well (see Top 6 Tips for Saving Money on Your Dream Wedding), but here I am focusing more on purchased items. Without further Read the full article…

7 Fun Beverage-Related Wedding Favor Ideas

Sure, you could just go with plain, rented beverage glasses for your guests’ drinks and be done with it, but why not add an entertaining twist by relating the favor to the drinks? The glass itself, how you decorate it, what you put in it, or what you serve with the drink can all create a bit of joy for your guests. A big thank you to Michelle of Choice Promotional Products, who suggested some of these ideas as well as sponsored the post. 1. Personalized drink glasses can be all kinds are fun. The pre-printed, clear glass varieties have been around for ages, but modern technology and today’s more laid-back weddings have allowed for an expansion of the concept. Take these double-walled tumblers, for Read the full article…

Top 25 Ideas for your Rustic-Elegant Wedding

The rustic-country wedding has been around for awhile and is here to stay (yay!), but there is an up-and-coming twist to this theme–elegance (think rustic chic with a drop or two more spiff). While, certainly, the setting goes a long way in creating the rustic aspect, details can be critical to the overall look as well. With that in mind, scroll down for my top picks for rustic elegance, all of which are neutral so will go with any wedding color! (Note: some of the links go directly to my affiliate partners, in which case I’d get a commission if you buy. But no one paid me or gave me anything for their items to appear in this post. These are strictly my picks. ~Bobette) Read the full article…

Veil Lengths and Styles Demystified

To the uninitiated, choosing a veil seems rather straightforward. We soon learn, however, that the veil can be one of the hardest decisions. Short or long? How short? How long? How many tiers? What shape? Blusher or not? Edging or not? If so, what kind? What color? Embellishments? Shimmer? The choices seem endless. Veil length is one of the most important factors in how a veil looks, so it’s best to begin there. (Click/tap on each veil name in the text below to see examples to browse or buy.) Veil Length You can have a veil customized to any length, but many veils are described in reference to where they fall on the body (shoulder, elbow, or fingertip for example). Where the veil actually falls will depend on your height and Read the full article…

Wedding Planning Inspiration: Focus

7 Ways to Save on Wedding Jewelry

Typically, the bride and bridesmaids’ jewelry ensembles are made up of a necklace and earrings, but they can also include brooches and bracelets or cuffs, depending on the formality of the wedding, how elaborate the dresses are, and the bride’s preferences. In any case, there are several ways to match the cost to your budget. Bride’s Jewelry 1. Make the jewelry “something borrowed.” One way to slash bridal jewelry from the budget is to borrow it. If someone you know already owns a piece you love, and if it works with your wedding dress and hairstyle, borrow it to wear on your big day. 2. Wear an heirloom necklace, earrings, or other jewelry. Another no-cost solution is to wear a piece handed down from a family Read the full article…


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