DIY Bridal Garter

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Don’t have the funds to buy an expensive wedding garter? Do you still want one, but at a bargain? Why don’t you make one yourself?

Materials:

  • Stretchy, lace ribbon
  • Rhinestone appliqué ($6 and up at shinetrim.com)
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot fix rhinestones and rhinestone setter or iron (optional)

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Steps:

  1. Cut the Lace. Make sure the lace you buy is stretchy so it won’t fall down your leg.
  2. Sew. Find the center point of the lace.
  3. Add Rhinestones (Optional) Arrange the hot fix rhinestones around the appliqué.
  4. Finish Up. Turn the lace inside out and sew together.

Incorporate Your Dog(s) into your Wedding

Ways to Incorporate Pets into Your Wedding

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Dogs are loyal, friendly, and listen to commands. This makes them easy and practical to incorporate them into your wedding ceremony. They can feel like members of the family, so many people like the idea of them helping out. Always remember to check with your venue if dogs are permitted. Here are some inspirational photos of dogs at weddings to give you a good idea.

Engagement Photos

Dogs not permitted in your venue, your dogs aren’t finished their obedience training, or you don’t want to halt mid-ceremony to take the dog out? Here is a great option! Take your engagement photos with your beloved furry friend!

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Save-The-Date Cards or Invitations Photos

Want the engagement photos to be just about you two? Don’t have any children yet? Want your dogs in your photos as well as in your wedding? Take photos with your pooch for the save the date cards or invitations!

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Preparing and Getting Ready

Not comfortable with your pets at the actual ceremony, but still want them to be in your wedding album? Have them nearby while you’re getting ready for the big day and snap a few photos.

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Ring Bearer

Have a well-trained dog? Can they stand to carry something in their mouth or have a ring-bearer cushion on their necks or backs? Then it is a great and cost-effective way to have a four-legged ring bearer. Unless you want to, there is no need to buy a specific outfit and you can make the sash and sew it to the ring-bearing pillow as a DIY project. 

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Flower Girl

Don’t have a young girl in your family? Have a well-trained man’s best friend? Do you love the way your dog would look with a flower or flowers on them? Then do we have an idea for you! Use your pooch as a “flower girl” or be unique and use a “flower boy”. Put silk flowers on the dog’s collar or put a flower wreath around their neck.

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Usher

Whether you want your dog to carry a cute sign down the aisle, or escort a wedding party member or both: Here is a great idea! These signs can be purchased at etsy.com and other online stores, or you can make some yourself.

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Walking the Bride down the aisle

If you aren’t into the whole “Dad walking bride down the aisle” thing, or your father is deceased or you two aren’t exactly on speaking terms, or if you’re eloping: you can have your trusty, energetic sidekick walk you down the aisle. Why not? Dogs can protect you, love you no matter what, and are part of the family.

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Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Eloping, not wanting to spend money on wedding party dresses and suits, new to town without tons of friends, or you just prefer pooches to humans next to you when you exchange your vows: have your dogs stand by you for moral support. You can even go both ways and have the maid of honor and best man hold each dog on a leash by your side.

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Wedding Photos

What says unconditional love besides children and newlyweds? Dogs, of course! Why not incorporate that love into your wedding photos? Especially if you can’t have your dogs at your venue, you can have photos taken with them professionally at a designated destination.

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Custom Cake Topper

You can order custom-made dog cake toppers in the breed of your dog for an adorable, unique touch!

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Source of some of the ideas and photos: http://www.saphireeventgroup.com/blog/5-ways-to-incorporate-pets-into-your-wedding/

Wedding Essentials

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I have been combing wedding websites, search engines and even blogs for a list of wedding and reception items that people need in case I forgot anything. So, I’ve decided to write my own. Here is a list to use as a guide for your pre-wedding shopping list.

Essentials:

  • Marriage license
  • Officiant
  • Two witnesses
  • Place to get married

Those are the MUSTS for a legal ceremony. For those looking for a courthouse wedding, this is what you need, everything else is extra!

Here is a list of items used in a traditional wedding:

  • Bride’s wedding ring
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Hair and makeup
  • Wedding dress and shoes
  • Wedding veil
  • Bridal jewelry
  • Garter
  • Groom’s suit and shoes
  • Bouquets
  • Boutonnieres
  • Groomsmen’s suits and shoes
  • Bridesmaids’ dresses and shoes
  • Flower girl dress and accessories
  • Ring bearer’s suit and accessories
  • Ring pillow
  • Wedding arch
  • Aisle runners
  • Seating for the guests
  • Unity Candles
  • Table for the unity candles
  • Music

Here is a list of things that the average wedding reception has:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Tablecloths
  • Centerpieces
  • Chair covers
  • Silverware
  • Wedding cake
  • Cake topper
  • Cake cutting knife set
  • Buffet table or Catering
  • Ceiling hanging decorations
  • Wall decorations
  • Table number cards
  • Table placement and name cards
  • Gift and cards table
  • Cake table
  • Wedding favors
  • Dance floor
  • Music (iPod, Band, DJ, etc.)
  • Speakers
  • Games
  • Champagne flutes
  • Alcohol
  • Appetizers
  • Hors D’Oeuvres
  • Main course
  • Lights

Honeymoon and wedding night items:

  • “Just Married” banner for getaway vehicle
  • White lingerie 
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Bikini
  • “Bride” items
  • “Groom” items

16 Ways to Find Cheap Budget Wedding Venue Ideas for the Ceremony & Reception

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The average cost of a wedding in the United States is well over $20,000. But if you’re planning your big day, don’t let that number scare you! There are plenty of creative methods to implement budget wedding ideas without sacrificing what matters most to you.

One of the best ways to save is with your wedding venue. A wedding venue could be many things, but for most weddings, it means a place for the ceremony and a place for the reception. Planning the wedding venue is really the first step in planning a wedding – everything else hinges on the location.

So start off your wedding planning right by making the most cost-effective decision. Here are 16 ways to do just that……..

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Have a Cheap Picnic Wedding Reception

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Here is a cute yet cost-effective reception idea: PICNIC! Contact your city about renting a park, rent a house for the occasion, a barn, or in your backyard. It is fairly easy to put together! Here is a list of items you can get to use for the reception:

  • 1 Picnic blanket/pastel sheet for every 4-5 guests
  • About 3 tables, use picnic tables if there are some. Use them for the cake & drinks table, buffet table, and the gifts & favors table.
  • 1 tablecloth per table
  • Plates, utensils and flutes
  • Wedding cake
  • Serving platters for the food
  • Bowls to hold the punch
  • Punch
  • Food

You also have the option of forgoing the cake and tables and tablecloths, and just have a picnic basket or bagged lunch at the blankets, with wedding cupcakes instead of a cake. This would save even more money! The following items below are completely optional:

  • Cooler for alcohol
  • Mini-tables for the blankets
  • Tablecloths for mini-tables
  • Centerpieces for mini-tables
  • Tree decorations
  • Picnic table decorations
  • Speakers
  • iPod with a playlist on shuffle and repeat
  • Dance floor
  • Lights

If you were planning on getting married in the park as well, have the guests stand, make a circle around you or sit on the blankets to watch the ceremony.

Simple Wedding Cake (DIY)

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Two-Tier Simple Rustic Wedding Cake

Making this cake can be simple and inexpensive.

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Materials:

  • 2 cake mixes
  • 2 cake pans
  • Frosting
  • Icing tools
  • Flowers
  • Ribbons
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Large bowl

Directions:

  1. Get 2 cake mixes and empty both of the contents in a large bowl
  2. Add the required number of eggs, oil and water into the bowl
  3. Beat the mixture as instructed on the back of the cake mix boxes
  4. Place the mixture in 2 different cake pans, one smaller than the other
  5. Cool off the cakes by sticking them in the fridge or the freezer for faster results
  6. Stack the smaller cake on top of the bigger one
  7. Use buttercream or cream cheese frosting to spread on the cake
  8. Use an icing tool to smooth out the surface
  9. Add a flower of your choice with ribbons or whatever else you like to decorate
  10. Voila!

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