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The Budget BrideThis week on the Budget Bride series we’re talking about how DIY can help you save money on your wedding. We know that DIY can often mean trading your time for cash, but we feel the trade off is well worth it.

Guests will appreciate handmade favours from the bride and groom more than a personalized shot class or a photo frame with your wedding date engraved on it. You are essentially thanking your guests for attending and supporting you and your partner as you make the transition to husband and wife, and what better way to thank them than with something made with the care and attention only you can give?

There are many options to explore when making handmade favours. You will want to pick a project that you can complete well before the wedding for little cost. Some brides make jam, cookies or other edibles for a fraction of the cost of buying these items in stores. The benefit to these types of items is that they will be enjoyed well after your wedding and will not sit on a shelf collecting dust.

Another option is to create items that your guests will use either at your wedding celebration or past the date are functional items such as golf balls, magnets, or keychains. These type of items are best when they reflect your wedding theme and do not have your wedding date or name plastered all over them. There are many ways to DIY these items such as borrowing a button maker, looking up your local office supply store to buy some sheets of adhesive magnets, or hand-painting onto pre-exisiting items bought in bulk.

Many brides still wish to give traditional favours at a lower cost so we suggest giving small items like bags of confetti or vials of bubbles for the send-off as a favour which can be customized and personalized for your guests. The level of personalization all depends on how crafty you wish to be.

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The Budget BrideToday we’re talking about craeting your own invitations on the Budget Bride series. Choosing to make your own invitiations can be quite simple and cost effective for many brides. You may choose to design your own template from scratch using a photo editing or word processing software on your computer, or you may use an exisiting template purchased for a small cost and print the items yourself.

Whne choosing to make your own invitiations you have the choice of shopping around for a printer to get the best cost or best options you feel will display your invitations in the way that you imagined. Many brides are happy to print their own invitations on their home priter but if you are printing a large number of invitations and reply cards you may find the cost of ink for a home printer outweighs the cost of having them done by your local staples or kinkos.

Some Brides who are havily into DIY decide to hand-print their own invitations with basic practices such as hand carved rubber stamp or potato stamp as a small coloured accent on simple black and white paper. Hand painting or hand embellishing invitations can be time consuming, but can also be a huge cost savings comparing black and white print to colour.

Another route to take alltoghether would be to forgo traditional invitations and do online RSVPs and invitations via email or various event invitiation software. We’re not suggesting you treat your wedding invitation as though it’s a party invitation on facebook, but it doens’t have to be a gilded letterpressed cardstock package either. Finding the balance and what is right for you is what makes these Budget bridge and DIY suggestions right for every Bride.

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Tips and Tricks from an Insider

One of the first things that most brides and groom need to discuss before starting their wedding plans is a realistic budget.  According to Projectwedding.com the average wedding spends 10% of its total budget on ambiance. That includes lighting, decorations and flowers (including bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces).  The average wedding spend is approximately $20,000.00.  This means that the average wedding would spend close to $2,000 on all these elements.  For a more cost-conscious bride with a modest budget of $5,000 it may seem almost impossible to include lighting, decorations and flowers for just $500. You should not despair.


There are many budget-friendly alternatives for brides look to maintain a beautiful and elegant wedding without the big bucks.  It will however involve a bit of sweat.  Online Floral distributors such as BunchesDirect offer an easy way to include simple and elegant flowers in your wedding that help you come UNDER budget.   I did a trial run on the BunchesDirect site to see how much it would cost me to buy all the flowers that I would need for my wedding.  Here is a list of all the floral arrangements that I wanted to include.
You can either make your own bouquets and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces pre-arranged and tied.   Both options still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

BULK PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Bridal Bouquet (18roses)3 Bridesmaids Bouquets (12 roses each = 36
roses)1 Toss Bouquet (7 roses)6 Boutonnieres (1 rose each = 6 roses)

4 Corsages (2 roses each =8 roses)

TOTAL ROSES = 75 Cream RosesCOST PER STEM = $1.39 = $104.25
1 Rose Petal Bag TOTAL ROSE PETALS = 1 Bag = $10.99
12 Centerpieces3 Hydrangeas per Centerpiece (plus some
extra)
TOTAL HYDRANGEA = 50 Blue HydrangeasCOST PER STEM = $3.49 = $174.50
Greenery: Centerpieces and Bouquets5 Bunches of Salal Lemon Leaf = 50 branches
(10 branches per bunch *5)
TOTAL SALAL = 5 BunchesCOST PER BUNCH = $8.99 = $44.95
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
TOTAL COST
$334.69 + 10% DISCOUNT
= $301.22

You can either make your own bouquets  and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still  save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces  pre-arranged and tied.   Both options  still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

PRE-MADE PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Value Package=1 Bridal Bouquet2 Bridesmaids Bouquets1 Toss/flowergirl Bouquet

3 Boutonnieres

2 Corsages

1 Rose Petal Bag

10 Piece Rose Wedding Flower PackageValue of $240.00 Save $41.00 = $199.00
1 extra bridesmaids bouquet3 extra boutonnieres2 extra corsages $44.953($4.99) = $14.972($8.95) = $17.9 = $77.82
12 Centerpieces  =12 Natural Beauty Wedding Centerpiece 12($15.95)=$191.40 = $191.40
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
$468.22+ 10% DISCOUNT = $421.40

For brides buying flowers from BunchesDirect for the first time, you can apply for a 10% to your purchase.  Meanwhile event planners and wedding planners can register on the BunchesDirect website as event and wedding planners for continuous 10% discounts to apply to all purchase, so that each one of your clients are able to save an 10% on the flowers that you help them pick out for their special day.

*Taxes apply to purchasers from Canada buying from www.bunchesdirect.ca.  There are not applicable taxes in the USA for purchasers buying from www.bunchesdirect.com.  

For your reference we have included a list of industry standard spending percentage averages.  Feel free to use this for your own wedding planning, no matter what your budget it.

 

BUDGET

$20,000

  $5,000

Catering and venue

50%

$   10,000.00

$   2,500.00

Ambiance (Flowers, Decorations,
Lighting)

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Music

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Photogaphy

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Gifts/Favors

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Rehersal

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Inivitation/Save the Date

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Transportation

1%

$        200.00

$        50.00

Dress/Tux

10%

$      2,000.00

$     500.00

 

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The Budget BrideWe’ve talked about a number of issues on our Budget bride series, and today we’ll be tackling the issue of your wedding venue. you may be getting married in your family church and feel as though the only option for the reception is the local community ballroom filled with glitz and galmour.

This is simply not the case. You may be married outside in a public park, at a campsite, in your home or at the home of a loved one, or rent out a small space such as a restaurant or community centre for a fraction of the cost of the traditional banquet hall.  The thing to keep in mind when looking for a space is of course seating and standing capacity. You should have a good idea of how many guests you want to include and ensure that any possible space you choose is large enough to fit them.

If you choose to rent a local favourite restaurant, you may find the cost of food will be much less than the catering quotes you recieved for that fancy banquet hall. You will also relaize that you will not be paying for items such as chair rental, plates, and glasses.

If you choose to have your event outdoors in a public park or campground, the location will be a blank slate in which you are free to create whatever you desire. You can rent tables or bring your own. Your guests may be up for a picinic-style celebration with various blankets and games instead of a more formal affair.

Only you will know what option is best for you and your guests. Many brides are choosing to host their intimate celebrations in their homes or at the homes of loved ones. This allows everyone to feel comfortable, save on cost of renting a space altogether in most cases, and make memories in the home of a loved one.

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The Budget BrideIn our budget bride series we’re discussing ideas to save money on your wedding day. you may be a simple bride with a low-drama idea of what she wants her wedding day to look like. You may have even visited a few bridal boutiques and felt like what you were looking at was a little too over the top for your simple tastes.

You may decide to work from a pre-existing pattern to create your own dress. Wearing a one of a kind item that has been created to fit you perfectly and sit exactly how you want could not be more practical. If you’re not skilled with a sewing machine, you could approach the idea of making your dress with a friend or family member who is more skilled in this area.

You could also approach a local seamstress with your pattern or images of the type of gown you’re looking for for a budget-friendly version of your dream dress.

This approach works best when you are not a person who gets hung up on minute details- the dress may differ slightly than what you had pictured initially – and may be changed according to the sewing skill of your seamstress (or yourself)!

You also have to keep in mind realistic goals. Just as doing your own flowers for your wedding differs greatly between a small backyard celebration to a packed banquet hall, a simple sheath dress is a very different undertaking than a full ballgown with numerous crinolines. Understand your strengths and play to them.

Overall, making your own wedding dress is an excellent way to save money on your wedding day.

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The Budget BrideThe Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

Your honeymoon does not have to be lavish ordeal that puts you and your partner in the poor house. Try a mini-moon or a stay-cation. Most brides are left feeling frazzled and overwhelmed as they rush to clear out the party and make their way to the airport. Instead try to relax somewhere close to home – you’ll really appreciate the time allowed to enjoy yourself and the freedom to pick up and do what you like in your neighbourhood!
This option works best for couples living close to big cities, as there are often lots of tourist attractions to explore. How often have you said “I’ve been meaning to check out that museum” “I’ve always wanted to see that play” or “I’ve always wanted to visit that festival”? Take the time to really play tourist in your town and learn to love the experience. You’ll get to enjoy all the joys of travelling with the bonus of not leaving the comforts of home! Another bonus of not straying far from home is the ability to enjoy your wedding florals and wedding centrepieces after the main event! You will have more of a change to enjoy your wedding flowers in your home.
The mini-moon is a similar idea – take a day-trip or a weekend away together without the large expense associated with an international flight or highly scheduled itinerary. Book a lodge on the water, or a cabin in the woods, or a night in the big city! The options are up to you, your partner and your location.
Your honeymoon is a celebration of your marriage for you and your partner – but that doesn’t mean it has to be on a grand scale. Take a look at what’s around you and explore the options you never felt you had the time or means to do so before. You’ll be surprised at what you can enjoy together when you’re looking at your city with fresh eyes!