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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…

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…

11 Ideas for Cute but Inexpensive Wedding Accessories

Ladies, there are a couple of ways to approach accessories. You may make the dresses the focus and choose understated accessories or decide to go with simple dresses—of which there are more inexpensive choices—and focus on shoes, sashes or belts, scarves, wraps, bags, etc. Either way, there are a variety of techniques for stretching the budget. Shoes 1-4) Any fashion diva knows shoes deserve a special mention! Consequently, they get a post of their own. Click over to The Secret to Finding Inexpensive Wedding Shoes for four footwear-specific ideas. The Sashes or Belts 5) Make your own belts or sashes. Both generally cost much less to create yourself than buy, and you can accomplish the project with only a few sewing skills. Research first to Read the full article…

The Secret to Finding Inexpensive Wedding Shoes

While having a wedding shop such as David’s Bridal order wedding shoes for the bridal party may be a convenient option that move will likely result in the costliest footwear. The secret to the best selection at the most savings is to go online: Broader Selection. In addition to the obvious—you have access to more inventory through the Internet–all types of shoes are showing up in weddings these days. You still have the option of purchasing traditional bridal brands like Touch Ups and Dyeables in white satin, of course, but the alternatives are much broader. Color is common for today’s brides and no longer do the bridesmaids’ shoe colors have to match each other or their dresses. Quite often, footwear is an assortment of shades, Read the full article…

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…


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