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Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet

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…

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…

5 Ways Your Budget Wedding’s Ambience Determines Choice of Savings

Either wedding guest count or how much you spend per guest must be limited to stay within budget (if you are like most of us). Chances are, however, you’ve envisioned a “personality” for your wedding that must also remain intact. Scroll down for ideas on how to accomplish both. You likely expect your wedding’s ambiance to be either gregarious and full of merry making or more demure and conversational. Quashing the traits you’ve pictured could put a nightmarish tint to your dream wedding. If you really want to have all of your large circle of friends at the wedding or have your heart completely set on a sit down gourmet meal, you can still stay within budget by choosing to focus on one or the Read the full article…

25 Non-traditional Wedding Ideas You May Not Have Thought About

25 Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of

One of the most overwhelming parts of making your wedding decisions is what others think you should do. A common line of reasoning is “do it this way because that’s the way it’s done.” Well, times change and “non-traditions” flourish in this age of individuality. Plus you are unique and should have a wedding that reflects who you are and what you care about. For those reasons you do not have to follow tradition unless you want to! Scroll down to find 25 unusual ideas. Here, in no particular order, are some ideas (the money-saving ones are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook, where there are over 300 additional ideas and tips): 1. Have a family wedding–instead Read the full article…

Elegant Rustic Wedding Cake Tutorial (no decorating experience required)

I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com–cake decorating tutorials showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to ice and decorate the rustic wedding cake in the photo at left. (Tip for when using non-food-grade material: back it with wax paper before putting on the cake.) The best part is it’s easier than you may think. You can do this without decorating bags or tips and you do *not* need experience. What’s in the new section? At the beginning and end of each video you will find what I call a menu, where there will be links to each of six videos and this page. The cue that you are in a menu section will be my black shirt. In the actual Read the full article…

Free Wedding Plan Checklist with Monthly and Yearly Calendars

The original Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet has been so popular I’ve expanded it for those of you who also want printable planning calendars that cover the months leading to your wedding. As with the original cheat sheet, you can save and print the file or simply work with it on screen, filling it in using Adobe Acrobat Reader or the Acrobat app (both are free). You may also share with friends or clients as long as you keep the information complete and as is, plus do not charge people for it. The file with both the checklist and calendars is here. What you get: Interactive Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet (pages 2-6). It’s a more detailed version of what’s in the infographic at left, plus you Read the full article…

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Surprise All Inclusive Wedding Costs

One would think “all” means–well, all— when buying an all inclusive wedding package. Unfortunately, the definition varies for each venue. If you are not wary, your final cost may vary substantially from what you expected. To avoid sticker shock be sure to have a detailed conversation about what is (and is not) included in your package price and any additional fees that may apply. Also, read the contract carefully and ask questions about gray areas. Sadly, whoever you are speaking with will not necessarily disclose everything. Here are some tips for getting the most for your all-inclusive dollars and circumventing surprise charges. 1. If you are having the reception at a hotel, make it clear you will reserve a block of rooms for out of Read the full article…


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