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DIY Ideas for Jewelry and Accessories for the Bride and Her Maids

The bride’s jewelry is one of the crowning pieces of the day, and they must be special, especially because all eyes will be on her. It can be extravagant or as simple as a pearl set from your grandmother.  Which ever way you decide to go, do it your way.


These sets are beautiful and can be made in almost any color these days.  They would make a beautiful thank you gift  for all your bride maids….Made by me, and they will even make a nice gift for the mother of the groom.

Now for the bride only…The Garter Set.  These are custom made just for you, your choice of colors….Made by me  

I found 2 very budget friendly and simple idea on Even if you are not a crafty person I know you have some finger nail polish in the house. The site gives you an excellent step by step instructions with pictures. And of course you can choose your favorite color and or lace trim.

What was your easy do it yourself project for your wedding??







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Ideas For A Frugal Bride


We all know that a wedding can cost in the thousands if you let it . The frugal bride finds a way to save on everything starting with getting herself dressed. Let’s start with the dressing the head . Will you wear a  crown, hair combs or maybe just a few jeweled hairpins. All of these can be hand-made in one hour or less, using real or silk flowers.

Now you need your bouquet, these too can be hand-made in an hour or two, with real or silk flowers also. As you see your bouquet can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. These same flowers can be used for the groom and groomsman .



10 Smart Ways to Save on your Wedding

Planning a wedding is stressful we known so saving a few bucks is always a win, win.

My suggestion

  1.  Get married in the courthouse.  This will eliminate several things, the fee  for the minister, the cost to decorate a church or hall, the cost of those flowers for the church or hall. As well as the cost for an expensive gown. Depending on the size of the  courtroom, at least 10 people can fit, which will be a nice size ceremony for less than $500.00, depending on the cost of the dress.

   2.   Hold your ceremony in the park in the Spring.   Hopefully, the flowers are in full bloom, this will eliminate the cost for flowers.

3.  Getting married during the holiday season. This will help to reduce your decorating cost because most businesses will already have some decorations in place, so you can add more or not.

4.  DIY your own flowers. Maybe you have a crafty friend that can help. Silk flowers come in an array of colors and all designs, plus they will last forever. Visit your local craft store most have discount coupons and everything else you will need. Vases for table decorations can come from the thrift store, yard sales or flea markets and can be spray painted any color you like.

5.  Have your ceremony and reception in the same location.  This will help with transportation cost, no limo required. Your out of town guest will not need to travel in unfamiliar places and possible become lost.

6.  Have your reception in a restaurant. This eliminates the hassle of having a venue set up with tables, linens, decorations, flowers and not to mention bring in the food. You will get one bill and the restaurant will provide everything.

7.  Don’t serve a sit down dinner.  You can cut your food bill in half by serving heavy hord’oeuveres. If you are having an outdoor wedding have an ice cream bar, morning wedding, set up a breakfast bar, if you are having a mid morning wedding, serve finger sandwiches.   Save money any way you can.

8.  Fake your wedding cake. Have a bakey decorate one or 2 layers of cardboard with the top layer real for cutting.  You can serve cupcakes  or buy a couple sheet cakes from your local grocery store and decorate with the same silk flower from your wedding.

9.  Don’t offer endless alcohol.  Serve 1 signature cocktail, beer from a keg and or wine.

10.  Be your own DJ. Plug in your playlist. Connect your phone to a speaker and party on.

Here is a  Free suggestion: If you have a friend that offers to bake your cake, decorate your venue or do anything for free, Let Them


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The Best Ways to Save for your Spring Wedding

If you are planning a Spring wedding this blog will be your go to blog for saving on your big day. We know weddings can cost from a mere $5,000.00 to $50,000.00 . I plan to share Do It Yourself ideas, images of ideas, found discounts and sales and the latest trends all to help reduce your wedding budget cost.

I also know that the stress is in the details. So I offer an event assistant service. I had an event planning business several years ago and I know that juggling all the small details can be quite stressful whether you plan to spend $5K or $50K.

So let me help you with the small details like making favors for your 100 guest, making gifts for your bride maids, headpieces for you and your flower girl .  It would be my pleasure to help make your special day a perfect one.

In my previous post I spoke about getting married in a courthouse, small, intimate with a few friends and family members with a cost of $200.00, maybe.  This will cover the license and maybe your dress. This eliminates things like decorating the church and the fee for the minister, maybe the grooms tux and the cost of that expensive dress.

Hopefully, your courthouse  looks like these out front…….statue-964658_640lukas-county-1937446_640

The second way I suggested to eliminate or reduce the cost of your wedding was with the flowers. If you are getting married in the Spring have your ceremony in the park, a perfect place for taking pictures.hdkhsqzgfca-anne-edgarwedding-659418_1920bride-1867318_1280My 3rd suggestion was to Do It Yourself Flowers. They can be silk from your local craft store. But if you must have live don’t forget to check your local nursery  or garden store and spend half the cost.

Another suggestion was NOT to serve a sit down dinner. If you are having an early morning or  midday wedding serve a light lunch.

And don’t forget to either eliminate or fake the cake.  Purchase two sizes of a sheet cake from your local bakery and decorate it with silk flowers in your choice of colors. If you serve cookies they can also double as a  favor.


Having an open bar or even purchasing alcohol for a wedding can run into the $100s. So I suggest a signature drink, a keg of beer or wine for those who like to drink.