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"I Saved $30K on My NYC Wedding!"


(via The New York Post) When Christina Rosas began planning her New York nuptials last spring, she was terrified of the $45,000 estimates haunting the small-but-elegant affair she envisioned for 70 guests.

“I made a promise to my husband-to-be,” she says of then-fiancé Jason Hart, 32.  “We wouldn’t be in over our heads.”

Relying on creativity, ingenuity and plenty of generous friends, the couple hosted a stunning ceremony in Central Park and an opulent reception at Tavern on the Green last September for 70 guests. The grand total? Less than $15,000 — a full $5,000 cheaper than their budget ceiling.

Christina Rosas snapped up an elegant halter dress at a David’s Bridal sample sale for a mere $330. She glammed up the gown with a $3,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted veil and headpiece — loaned by a friend, of course. While the groom, Jason Hart, rented his wedding suit ($119), the couple found a flower-girl dress and shoes for Hart’s 8-year-old daughter on eBay — for just $50. “And that includes shipping!” raves Rosas.

Read the full story here of how one bride threw a luxurious bargain bash.

DIY Wedding Planning 101


If you’re like most brides, you’ve already been to quite a few weddings. Come time for your own, you’re probably trying to think of ways to personalize the affair. One of the best ways to achieve an individual touch is to add something DIY, whether it be tiny (home-baked cookies as favors), or a bit more elaborate (centerpieces). Adding something you created yourself will make your wedding stand out, and reveal just a little bit more about your personality...  Keep reading here.

Creative Ideas for Reception Tables: Non-Floral Centerpieces


Non-floral centerpieces are a popular alternative to bouquets or single flowers. They can be simple and elegant (candles), or festive and full (twigs, baskets of fruit). Couples often opt for non-floral reception table centerpieces because they tend to be cheaper than flowers, but they can also add a touch of personality to your wedding.

Keep reading here.

DIY is Good For You and Your Wedding


Check out this article by Make Editor I Chief, Mark Frauenfelder:

"As the editor-in-chief of the do-it-yourself magazine Make, I've met scores of dedicated makers. They come from all walks of life -- rich, poor, young, old, male, female, religious, atheist, liberal, conservative. They're as varied as the things they make: kites with cameras, homebrew biodiesel, treehouses with ziplines, cigar box guitars, remote-control lawnmowers, automatic cat-feeders, high-altitude water rockets, robotic blimps, worm composting systems, stylish plywood furniture, pinhole cameras, experimental surfboards, solar water heaters, portable drive-in movie projectors -- there's no limit to their aspirations. And while no two DIYers are alike, in general they're an upbeat and friendly group that shares a special trait: the courage to screw up."

Read the whole article here.

While Mark doesn't get into DIY weddings specifically, it is fun read about how embracing the non-perfect, the "right to err" can have an amazing impact on your outlook and your enjoyment of things.  It's a great reminder for us, because even though we all want our wedding day to be perfect, it's the little glitches and whoops-es that are often the most memorable and enjoyable.

How to Make Your Wedding Reception Napkins Personal and Stylish


If you’re like most brides, you want to make sure every detail is just right, right down to your wedding reception napkins. Wedding reception napkins are an important component not to be overlooked. While you might think that merely matching your napkins with your color scheme is enough, think again.

You have many options when choosing the perfect style and color that complement your wedding's décor and theme. The following ideas will point you in the right direction when choosing the perfect wedding reception napkins.

Read the rest of this article here, including how your napkins affect your theme, how to fold them properly and more.

DIY Wedding Planning by Someone Very New to DIY!


Celebrity weddings and glamorous bridal magazines are a lot of fun, but nothing’s more helpful than learning how real brides plan their big day.

Meet OWD's Real Brides: real OurWeddingDay.com Brides-to-be sharing their experiences.  It’s not about the “right” way to plan; it’s about each bride planning the wedding that’s right for her

Jenn from Jefferson Valley, NY writes:

All of a sudden I find myself in the unusual (for me that is) position of "making things."  I don’t make things.  I can cook and I can bake, but I stopped making things many, many moons ago.  I don’t have anything against people who can whip up a batch of multi-layered invitations without breaking a sweat, but painting is a high-stress activity for me.  I get itchy when it comes to making Halloween costumes.  I don’t hate the people who can sew more than a button and do more than just fix a busted hem -- I admire them, but I never, ever, ever thought I’d be one of them.

It started out innocently enough.  I designed and printed my own invitation set.  (I finished addressing the envelopes this weekend!)  Once that project was under control, I started looking at other parts of the wedding that I could do myself.  Surely, there must be more!

The favors?  Nahhhh… I found what I want on Etsy and can’t believe that I could do it myself for less than that.  Never mind whether or not I could actually do it myself.

The music?  Hmmm… maybe.  I looked at the costs of a DJ and of renting speakers.  The speakers are definitely less.  I could make my own playlists and be in charge of all that.  But, everyone I know keeps reminding me that I’m supposed to be having the time of my life at my wedding and not freaking out every single detail.  And, I’m already freaking out… So, maybe not.

The centerpieces?  YES!  I could do those!  YES I CAN!  I’m not a big fan of cut flowers (I know, I know… but I’m allergic and don’t really care for the smell.)  So, the thought of having gigantic sprays of flowers on the tables doesn’t thrill me.  Sure, I could do a single flower in a small vase or whathaveyou.  But that doesn’t do anything for me, either.

So, I went to the local closeout store and bought a few clear vases, some white and clear rocks for the bottom of the vases, some candles and a candle holder thingie to try out at the reception hall.  I brought them all down there and tried them out individually on a table all set out with napkins and silver.  As it happens, one of the vases with rocks in the bottom and a single, white pillar candle on top of the rocks looks absolutely FABULOUS!  And, the cost?  About $9 a table.  Not too shabby, huh?
I’ve still got other things to take care of and I know I’m about at my creative limit, but I’m pretty psyched about having actually made some things for my wedding!

Wishing you a stressless planning!

A Small Problem with DIY Wedding Invitations


Celebrity weddings and glamorous bridal magazines are a lot of fun, but nothing’s more helpful than learning how real brides plan their big day.

Meet OWD's Real Brides: real OurWeddingDay.com Brides-to-be sharing their experiences.  It’s not about the “right” way to plan; it’s about each bride planning the wedding that’s right for her

Jenn from Jefferson Valley, NY writes:

If you’ve been reading my posts you’ve probably noticed that I’m ….well….err….cheap.   In addition, I’m not particularly crafty.  So, you wouldn’t think that I’d be one for making my own anything.  Especially not anything wedding related!


I started looking at wedding invitations back in October of 2009.  I skimmed through the offerings at the local bridal shows and clicked to my heart’s content online.  And as I went I realized that I could make my own invitation set with little or no problem.  It’s not rocket science.  Now, I’m not talking about fancy shmancy invitations with ribbons and bows, or cutouts or even layers; I’m talking about straight up, simple one layer invitations.

I went to Michaels Arts & Crafts store to start poking around and found a very plain and simple invitation set (Gartner Studio’s “Create On Your Own Computer Invitation Kit”) of 50 invitations, outer envelopes, response cards and response envelopes.  They’re ivory paper with a raised pearlized border.  Very low key.  I bought two sets and eventually had to go out and buy a set of “All Purpose Cards” so I can insert an information card into the invitation for our out of town guests.

What about the invitation itself?   I cut, pasted, cursed and created a top and bottom border of kissing birds and some clip art from out on the world wide web to use as a background image behind the wording on each piece of the invitation.   After a couple of go-‘rounds with my mother about the wording of the invitation, I finally got it done.  AND printed!  Including ink it cost me less than $100.  I brought one to post office to get it weighed for postage and it’s ONLY $0.44!  That’s right, no extra postage for me!  WOO!

I do have one itsy bitsy problem, though: I’m inviting a significant number of people to the wedding who are neither married nor living with anyone.  I want to invite my single friends and family members with a "plus one," but there’s no interior envelope!  That’s where, traditionally, you would address the invitation to "Mr. Kevin Smith and Guest," or "Ms. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guest."  So, I’m still chewing that problem over.   Anyone have a thought they’d like to share on this?

Thanks!  Here’s wishing you a stress-less planning!