Tag Archives: inexpensive

My DIY Cake Stands

10 Oct

I really wanted dramatic cake stands that:
a. didn’t break the bank
b. looked fantastic

I needed 5 and set my budget at under $60 for the whole bunch – virtually impossible, right?

Wrong.

We purchased 5 wooden discs – 1-12″ and 4-10″ – from our local home improvement store. Each cost about $5.

Then we found fence post caps – to serve as the bases. Each cost about $1.20

For the rise, we chose 12″ high carved decorative fence posts – they looked like miniature stair spindles – each costing about $.97.

We grabbed some 1 1/2 inch screws and just screwed the disc to one end of the spindle and screwed the fence post cap to the other end. Once this 5 minute task was completed, we hauled them outside and spray painted them our desired color (ivory).

2 coats later, they were done!

Since we were planning to place food (cake & cupcakes) onto the discs, and they’d been spray painted, I trimmed out some discs of paper to match the card box and guest book.

The final product took under an hour to make, and cost about $42 to make them all (the spray paint added about $6 in cost).

Oh, don’t mind the stupid carrots on our cake, our ridiculous caterer (Miel y Leche) decided to “surprise” us with them. Ugh. at least the cake was delicious.

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Want more info/tutorial photos? Comment with interest. I’d be happy to recreate and photograph the process.

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Details: The Centerpieces

22 Sep

The centerpieces were simple, exactly what I wanted. I purchased 60 old blue Ball quart jars on Craigslist. The day before the wedding, my sister and I purchased 12 bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s.

We paired them with tealights and a mixture of bamboo table runners and polka dotted runners. My awesome aunt Vivian sewed the runners and arranged the flowers.

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The results: bright, cheery and perfectly matched for our casual spring wedding.

All photos taken by Laura Ivanova – and cannot be reproduced or used, on the web or otherwise, without permission.

Inexpensive, Easy Save The Dates & Thank You Cards

16 Sep

I wish I’d explored save the date options more when we first chose our wedding date. I know a lot of brides and grooms use the photocard option – it’s inexpensive and can highlight those often underused engagement photos.

I stumbled up Costco’s photocards recently – and just have to share how wonderful they are. The process for ordering is absolutely simple. Just load your photos, add them to a template, add your copy, review and submit. Once you’ve submitted them, you can have the order processed and pick them up THE NEXT MORNING at your local Costco. The price is pretty fabulous. 6.5×7 photocards with envelopes are $15.99 for the first set of 50, and $6.99 for each additional set. 75 Save the Dates for only $22? That’s pretty amazing. The prices are better than what I’ve found on Target, Shutterfly and Walmart – especially when considering the size and quality. Is it obvious that I’m super impressed by these photocards? They’d also work really well as thank-you cards!

I heard that they’re changing the designs available pretty soon – but I imagine they’re just adding options or making them more customizable.

If you’ve got a membership, check them out. If you don’t — the membership is more than worth it, if you’re getting your STDs here.

Retro 70s Dress – What a Steal

12 Sep

ebay is loaded with fabulous wedding dresses, from high-end to cheap, awesome-retro dresses to brand new frocks. I’m going to start highlighting some of the fabulous non-traditional dresses I find. Hopefully I can help a bride or two find a fabulous dress for a fantastic price. And ladies, if you do use an ebay dress or non traditional dress for your wedding, or even your rehearsal, please send a few photos to me, I’d love to feature your wedding!

Here’s the first of many – listed for only $80!

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Here’s the link.

Venue Review – Arneson Acres

2 Jun

Venue grade: A+

We weren’t originally planning to have our reception at Arneson Acres. In fact, we were all set to have it at another location, with a ceremony at AA, until several surprises caused us to change venues.

We are SO glad that we did change!

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Vendor Review – Officiant

1 Jun

Vendor grade: A-

Since we knew that we wanted to be married outside, we weren’t too set on having a specific person marry us. We wanted someone who would do the ceremony we both wanted (somewhat quick, personal and comfortable).

We emailed and spoke with several officiants, and none really fit what we were looking for. Finally, I accidentally found this site.

We used their online ceremony builder to put together our ceremony (combining their prepared options with some of our own) to come up with exactly what we wanted.

Reverend Maverick showed up a bit before the ceremony (it would have been nice if he’d been a little earlier, but we didn’t ask him to be any earlier, in fairness to him) and we discussed the order and setup of the ceremony, then relaxed a bit as we waited for our guests to file in. He seemed a bit soft-spoken at first, but once the ceremony began, we found that his voice projected nicely, even in the wind.

The ceremony was warm and sweet and executed perfectly.

We were very happy with the Reverend, and also quite pleased with the price (around $200).

Introducing Both Pairs of My Wedding Shoes

23 Apr

I’ve gone back and forth on wedding shoes. I’ve got 3 pair sitting in my closet that I loved, and will love to wear, but that aren’t perfect for our wedding.

Pair 1 – apple green peep toe Salvatore Feragammos from Saks – very 1950s
Pair 2 – a cute ivory patent peep toe wedge from Zara in San Francisco (R picked them out)
Pair 3 – black satin peep toe with a beautiful silver/jeweled flower near the toes

But, in having an outdoor wedding, I felt I needed something that wouldn’t sink into the grass while we were shooting photos, or if I accidentally stepped off the path.

My ceremony shoes have to have a little height (I’m cool with only 2 inches), open toe and some sort of wedge or thicker heel, to prevent that dreadful “sinking into the grass” feeling.

My reception (or later into the reception) shoes need to be something I can dance in, and feel comfortable in for hours. Oh, and they have to be cute!

I think I finally found both of them.

Introducing:

My ceremony shoe – Hali by Report (and they’re on sale!) – cute, and perfect for an outdoor soiree.

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My reception shoe – the always awesome J. Crew Joley. These babies will get a lot of love after the wedding too.

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Looking for Hanging Votives?

2 Apr

While perusing my favorite wedding blogs, I find a lot of brides looking for hanging votives. I bet this little deal will fit the bill for a number of brides.

Target has these lovely hanging votive holders:
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In their Dollar Section — that’s right, they’re $1 each.

I saw them in clear, blue and green glass with black hangers (near Minneapolis, MN) — I’m not sure if the inventory is the same at every Target.

Hope this helps!

Preppy Wedding? Cheap/Cute Dress for Your 'Maids!

11 Mar

I haven’t really spent any time on the David’s Bridal website, but my mom sent me a link to a MOB dress she was considering, and I snooped around a bit. Um, how cute is this bridesmaid dress in yellow/green?! The fabulous part is the price: $39.99! Find it here.

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I'm Like a Bird… Or at Least "I Like a Bird Cage"

19 Jan

I have spent FAR too much time stalking Save-On-Crafts and other craft sites, looking for my birdcage cardholder/cardbox/whatever.

Then, feeling bored the other day, I swung over to Craigslist and searched for “birdcage.”

I found a fantastic metal and wood birdcage from Pier 1 — it was about 15 miles from my home and a whopping $10.

Of course I got it! Here’s the “before” pic. And, watch for my “improved & wedding-ready” version of this cage (hint: the spruce up “ingredients” all came from Paper-Source). I love it!
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