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Top 10 Mason Jar Wedding Invitation Ideas

Ten different styles / ideas for mason jar wedding invitations. The page has links to examples and a whole bunch of other mason jar designs.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of modern weddings is the range of rustic and country-inspired elements popping up, the mason jar being one of the most predominant. Not only is it fun to drink from, but the container is also a natural for wedding decorations. And, as with most wedding decor, it has made its way onto invitation and save the date designs. After studying what’s available, I’ve come up with ten different general looks you may like, along with an example of each. Find them left to right, top to bottom on the graphic in the order listed below. You can also find over 1,000 different mason jar styles here. 1. Wooden Background. Because barns are often a venue in farm weddings, it Read the full article…

Unique & Inexpensive Men’s Wedding Bands

A plain wedding band for your husband-to-be would be, but you do, even on a tight budget, have the option of choosing a more unique style. Here are four of my favorites (top to bottom, left to right in the image). (1) Mesh. Both masculine and stylish, this industrial-looking ring is made from titanium and stainless steel. Currently $65. Find it here. (2) Wood. Rings featuring wood inlays are my personal favorites. This particular style also features a recessed cubic zirconium (CZ). The metal portion of the band is made from titanium and includes an inscription. Durable, stylish, and personalized—who could ask for more? Currently $40. Find this wedding band and other wood-band styles here. (3) Camo. If yours is a military family or if Read the full article…

33 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Wedding by Stacking Savings

  Savings Secret #7 in Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride  is “Stack and Save.” What you ultimately pay from your budget shrinks proportionately when you find multiple ways to lower the cost of items or services—shopping for the best value plus getting an added discount, having others pitch in on the cost of a purchase, or finding ways to use less.Here are 33 ideas for taking more than one approach to savings on the same aspect of your wedding. Look for ways multiple parties can contribute to the cost of the same item or service, such as both getting a discount from the vendor and receiving partial payment for the service as a gift from a relative. Save by Read the full article…

Top 6 Tips for Saving Money on Your Dream Wedding

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…

Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet

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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 this cheat sheet 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 reflects how you Read the full article…

5 Car-Buying Lessons for the Trusting and Naïve

Note: I know this isn’t “spot on” target for a wedding site, but as year-end approaches and dealerships begin a push to clear out old models, I felt it important to share this information with you. The story is true and the ten resources named in the article are to help you avoid the same type of car-buying experience I had. ~Bobette The old saying, what you don’t know can’t hurt you, is not only false, it’s dangerous. What you don’t know about buying a car, even from a car dealer you trust completely, CAN hurt you, sometimes by thousands of dollars. The purpose of this article is to save you from having a buying experience like the one I just had with Sunset Ford Read the full article…

Black Friday and Holiday Deals Available Now

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As merchants gear up for the holiday season, discounts and deals have already begun. Whether you are shopping for items for your wedding or for gifts, here are some of my favorite deals for you to check out: Jewelry For inexpensive jewelry (especially personalized rings or engagement sets) take a look at Limoges. Their Black Friday deal is 31% Off + Free Ship on Orders $50+ with Coupon Code: SHIPBF14, through November 30, 2014. Sears has early Black Friday pricing on a whole bunch of different gemstone pendants. They are here, with their regular price listed. The BF prices, which seem to run 45%-50% off, show up in the cart. MyJewelryBox’s holiday sale Holiday Sale is 20% off your order with code HOLIDAY20. Shoes $20 Read the full article…

Making a Wedding Veil How-to

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While reorganizing the website I realized it’s been more than 2 1/2 years since recording these make your own veil videos. While I’ve gained some weight and gotten considerably more comfortable in front of the camera (compared to the recent How to Decorate a Country Wedding Cake tutorials, OMG!), the information remains as relevant as ever. Enjoy! ~Bobette I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to make a veil yourself. Why make your own wedding veil? There are a variety of reason ranging from you are having trouble finding what you want to cutting costs, to creating a family bonding experience and heirloom. If you are thinking you do not have the talent to Read the full article…

Your Veil: Do it Yourself (DIY) or Buy?

In today’s economy, many are looking for ways to have the wedding of their dreams while also keeping costs low. If this describes you (or a client), doing your veil yourself (DIY) may be an option. Or not. It comes down to personal skills and preferences. Here are some considerations when deciding whether to make a veil. Read below or scroll to the video at the bottom of this post: Pros of creating your own veil: You may save money. You get the color, length, trims, and beading, etc. you want. You also have the option of buying a relatively simple veil, then decorating it yourself. Making some types of veils is relatively easy, even if you are “craft impaired” like I am. If you 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. 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. The wider your material, the more gathers Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 2: Adding the Blusher (Face Veil)

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Last time we measured and cut the tulle. In today’s Step 2 video, I explain tips for adjusting the fullness and length of your blusher, so you end up with the results you had in mind. If you are still in need of tulle, see our merchants’ selections here. Marking the point where your blusher will end and veil begins. From here forward, your veil creation activities will focus on the line where your blusher ends and veil begins. It’s where your tapers (if any) will begin, as well as where you will make gathers and sew on the comb. To mark the tulle for reference: First, take your oval of tulle from step 1 and fold it in half lengthwise,  focusing on smoothing out Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 3: Edging and other Decorations

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 4: Creating Gathers

In step 3, you decided on beading and trim designs and glued them to your veil. Here, you will learn how to put gathers in it. 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. Before you begin, unfold your veil or unclip the pseudo-gathers from Step 2: Creating the Blusher, if needed. You will be using the pencil Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 5: Attaching the Comb

Last time, 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 is the most comfortable. By securing thread onto tulle you get a harder hold than if you use felt and glue. I also like the way the tulle looks on the front edge of the comb, which may be visible at Read the full article…

Country Love Knot Heart Tutorial

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Do you adore the concept behind hearts—love—but you find the look of a traditional heart not quite your style? Then a rope love knot heart may be just your taste. Step-by-step instructions for making love knot hearts from sisal rope are below, followed by the video tutorial. (Note, this video is part of the making a rustic wedding cake series. If you do not need to see the “menu” section at the beginning, skip straight to the 1:06 point.) What You Will Need For the heart itself, you need ¼” sisal rope and Matte  Mod Podge. Separate the rope into strands (my rope had three intertwined). I used a single strand to make the smaller hearts and two to make the larger ones plus to Read the full article…


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