Have a Green Earth Day Wedding

Are you all about being green? Are you very eco-friendly? Do you recycle and compost regularly? Then why not have your wedding on Earth Day?

Use recycled items. This is a bit if a no-brainer. Do you have someone in your entourage that got married recently? Ask to borrow or buy their leftover decor and more. This way you save the items from getting in the trash and you save yourself lots of time and effort looking for similar things in stores.

Throw birdseed instead of rice. Rice is incredibly bad for birds, who will eat it unknowingly. Throw bird seed instead of rice and let the birds feast!

Offer plants or seeds as favors. This encourages planting, the nurturing of plant life as well as helping the environment. Plants filter out the toxins in the air and purifies oxygen. You are helping your loved ones breathe better by offering them their very own plant!

Save on paper and save trees by forgoing menus, invitations, thank you cards, save the dates and table name tags and numbers. Create a wedding website, do email invites, or even just by phone. You will save tons of paper and in turn, save plenty of trees! Tell guests that they can sit wherever since they are all family now!

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Donate leftover food to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks. The homeless and less fortunate will be able to eat quality food thanks to you! What a way to celebrate love; by giving it back to the community!

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Donate leftover items to second-hand stores, or sell hem to make your money back. Either way, you give your items a second life and encourage reusing. This minimizes waste and filling the dumpsters and landfills.

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If you use real blooms, use the bouquets as the centerpieces for the reception. Less flowers will be cut and uprooted in the process and you save tons of money!

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Bite size meals for your wedding reception

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Not a fan of huge meals or the prices that come with them? Is your family more of the grazer type? Is your wedding in between meals? Is your budget incredibly tight? If you said yes to any of these questions, these bite-sized meals will be perfect for you. These delicious meals also avoid mess, dishes and extra charges for cleaning. They pack all the flavor that a normal meal would have! Here are some great ideas for tiny edible delights.

Meatloaf Lollipops

Meatloaf Lollipops. With many different recipes to make these into the one that you want, meatloaf lollipops are a delicious blend of meat, sauce, and vegetables. Pack in protein-packed mini-meals to keep your guests full, longer. No one will go hungry with these delicious lollipops.

I like salad finger food.

Salad on a stick. For those who love salad, this will be fantastic. Egg salad and potato salad are the cheapest salads to make, so having them on a stick makes them even cheaper. Pick your ingredients and make sure they can be held well on a stick. Hard-boiled eggs, baby tomatoes and tater tots are some great options.

caprese salad skewers: 1/2 cherry tomato, basil leaf, small fresh mozzarella ball on a toothpick, drizzle w/ balsamic vinegar.  Can't get much easier than that!

Crepe Salad Skewers. These are another type of salad on a skewer and they are delicious! You can even do skewers like this for a fruit salad. You can add strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, grapes and more! Add toppings and syrups of your choice and you have the perfect brunch brochette.

Fresh Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey

Figs with blue cheese and honey. These tasty treats are a mouthful of flavor for you and for your guests! Prepare them how you want, and add ingredients as you go if you want to make it your own. Feel free to get creative and make a unique edible appetizer.

Good Ideas For You | Grape Poppers - so easy to make and great for any party

Grape Poppers. These can be time-consuming to make since you have to dip each grape, but they will be a huge hit. Sweet and crunchy at the same time will set an explosion of flavor in your mouth! These go great at a dessert wedding where sweets are mostly or exclusively served.

Enjoy these mini sized Caprese Bites with Pesto appetizers at your next party.  Extra special by making your own pesto!

Vegetarian Skewers. Here is a nice breaded hors do’oeuvres that is friendly for vegetarian guests. These can go along great at a vegetarian wedding. These can also be considered the side dish skewers to go along with the meat lollipops.

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Frugal Mother’s Day Wedding

Mother’s Day can be a great time to drink and be married. If you are a mother, it will give you even more reason to celebrate. Here is how to save big on a mother’s day wedding.

Honor the mother of the bride. Put her in the spotlight, toast to her, have a mother-child dance and more. It’s important to have moments for mothers in your wedding, since they may have given up family plans to be here.

Skip the invitations on paper and go for email invites. You can also create an event on facebook or a wedding website to keep your guests in the loop.

Go without a rehearsal dinner and easily save hundreds of dollars. There will often times be a big dinner at your wedding anyways.

Opt without a bridal shower and shave off another few hundred dollars. Gifts will be given at the wedding anyways so why have a shower beforehand? You don’t want to seem like a gift-hog.

Subtract the bachelor and bachelorette parties and add another several hundred dollars to the savings! Often they involve strippers, who aren’t cheap. If you must have one, chill with the guys with chips and video games or stay-at-home movie night with popcorn and the girls.

Who needs a wedding party? Allow all of your guests to sit down during the ceremony as you stand and exchange vows. You save on dresses, suits, and a lot of time.

Skip the fancy ceremony venue and tie the knot at the courthouse. You can have a chosen few witness your wedding and save hundreds on getting married. Many young couples are going this route to save money, because it’s smart.

Have a friend get ordained and marry you so you save even more money! They can do so with the Universal Life Church online or get temporarily ordained by the clergy. Be sure to do your research on how and if any prerequisites are required.

Reception and ceremony should be in the same venue to avoid travel costs and fees. Your guests will appreciate the accommodating gesture.

Save on decor by scouting stores the year before your wedding before and after mother’s day. There will be hundreds of available items for decoration in all kinds of stores.

Browse discount stores first to save the most money. Dollar stores, second-hand stores and heavily discounted stores cost much less than your local mall. You will save thousands of dollars!

Cheap columbus day wedding

Always loved pilgrims and their food? Want to get married on a day off to make sure everyone can attend? Want to get married on columbus day? Here is how!

Get married monday or sunday to avoid inflated costs. Saturdays are the most expensive days to get married, with fridays a close second. These are the most in-demand days, so they are the most expensive to book.

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Ask who gets off of work on the monday of columbus day. If too many guests work on that monday, consider a sunday morning wedding.

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Keep things festive with music, food and entertainment. A turkey dinner is often the staple in a pilgrim-themed wedding. Add potatoes, carrots and gravy and you get a real fine meal.

Let the music flow with an iPod on shuffle, a live band or a musician to play for you. Hiring a music teacher or student is a lot cheaper than a full priced professional without skimping on the quality.

Keep games light and fun. Depending on the weather, have your guests set up games to enjoy. Toss bags, have a horse shoe toss, play darts, play croquet or even polo to eep you occupied.

Drink up the wine and beer since they are the cheapest to provide for your guests. Put a cork on he liquor and save hundreds.

Ask retirees for help if they still volunteer locally. Got a widowed caterer that’s retired? Often they go back to work or volunteer to keep their sense of purpose. Settle a fair wage and enjoy the help!

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Labor day wedding

Everyone loves labor day. You get a three day weekend to relax and enjoy. Why not take advantage of the long weekend and get married?

Have a long engagement. A year to two years minimum is ideal, and allows you to book and gather everything ahead of time. Booking our venue at least a year in advance will save you lots of money and allow you to save up during a longer period of time.

Take advantage of labor day sales and use them to buy materials needed for your wedding. You will save hundreds! Get decorations, clothes, even centerpieces for a reduced price.

Browse google for templates for your invitations, save the dates and thank you cards. You can copy-paste on a powerpoint document and edit it to your own date, time and name. You an also pick up fancy letter paper at your local post office, Staples or second hand store.

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Let your guests help with anything and everything. Everyone can be in charge of something i your special day, you have to enjoy it. If materials cost well over the price of buying something, go out and buy it.

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Shop for used dresses or regular white dresses to save thousands of dollars. Second-hand stores have wedding gowns that are gorgeous!

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Go to your grocery store and get flowers, food and even your wedding cake! Get a few round white cakes and stack them on a tiered cake stand. Everything will be much cheaper there.

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Go to large sale events to save you even more money if you find what you’re looking for. Sales will often be advertised in the newspaper, online or on fliers.

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Knock off even more bucks like having someone pick things up to save on delivery fees. Wash your own hair before your stylist does your hair, and much more!

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Know what you don’t need to avoid over-spending. Have a list of must-haves and stick to it. Otherwise, you may buy out the entire bridal section!

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Cost-effective Independence Day Wedding

Love the 4th if July? Want to have the town’s fireworks light up the sky on your wedding day? Why not get married on your country’s independence day? This is especially a good idea for military couples who fight for our freedom every day. Here is how to get more bang for your buck.

Have your own playlist ready for your wedding day. Hook up your iPod ir computer to some speakers and place your playlist on repeat and shuffle. Make sure you have PLENTY of songs on your playlist since receptions often go on for hours. This will be comepletely free!

Have a friend get ordained to marry you for free. Be sure to check your country and state marriage laws to ensure the legality of your wedding. It also adds a personal touch to a uniform ceremony!

Make your own photobooth by mounting drapes, curtains or large cardboard or paper frames to mimic a polaroid on the wall. Instead of buying a photobooth kit, make your own. Get brochette sticks from the dollar store and glue on paper crafts. Make a paper mustache, lips, word bubble and more. Get funny hats, fake oversized sunglasses and more at the dollar store.

Non-wedding vendors such as ebay, amazon, wish and more drops prices a lot lower for the same items that you want. Get what you need and make sure it arrives in a timely manner.

Check out liw-price stores such as dollar stores, salvation army and goodwill for cheap decorations, clothes and more! The independence day items are brought out the sooner it gets to the 4th of July. The year before your wedding, grab all that you need and save thousands of dollars!

Pick up some fireworks if you know someone who can operate them without setting the venue ablaze. Enjoy he full effect of the 4th of July with fireworks for a big bang after the reception! They can be bought cheaply at corner stores.

Have a barbecue for he reception food. It goes great with the theme and is cheap to make. You can have hotdogs and hamburgers, or just cook beef, fish, chicken; whatever you want! You can even et away with paper plates from the dollar store since it’s often a semi-formal or casual theme.

Rent a food truck for a carnival-esque theme to match your 4th of July wedding. Depending on the activities available in your city on that day, it can match up perfectly with the festivities.

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Cheaper alternatives to a wedding cake

Are wedding cake prices for you? Are you looking for a unique wedding dessert? Have you never liked cake? Here are some cheaper wedding cake alternatives.

Cake pops are a tasty choice, and taste just like a wedding cake. In smaller, tasteful bite-size portions, cake pops are gaining in popularity in the wedding industry. They can be covered in fontant, sprinkles added, and pack a bigger punch when it comes to flavor. They are dressy, formal and easy to transport. They are also very portable, so guests can dance and eat their cake too!

Cupcakes are also a popular option in the wedding industry. Like cakes, they can have fancy frosting, fondant, even hidden flavors in the middle of the cupcake. You can stack them on a cupcake tower, they are lighter to carry, and they are also much cheaper.

Pies are common for people who dislike cakes and cake-like items. They can be flavored anything from blueberry, strawberry, apple, raspberry, lemon, peach, lime, and banana cream.They also have chocolate, even rhubarb, pumpkin and sweet potatoes for those who dislike fruit. You can stack 3 pies on a 3 tier wedding cake tower and cut a piece for yourselves as well, which makes a great photo-op.

Doughnuts on a cupcake or cake tower are rarer, but also a good option for those who love them. They can also be a joke factor for a couple who works at a doughnut shop, are in the police force, or work at a bakery. They come in assorted flavors, so they can be offered in many flavors ir just a bulk of the same flavor.

Pancake tower is what is used for morning or brunch weddings. They can be any kind of pancakes, even plain. You can add syrup, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, even strawberries on top.

Waffle towers are an alternative to pancake towers for those who dislike pancakes. Often covered in maple syrup, these can also be flavored such as blueberry or chocolate chip. You can make your own or buy in bulk at your grocery store in the frozen section.

Cookies are popular either with or without wedding cakes in french culture. They are often pastel colored sandwich cookies that go with the wedding colors and theme. American weddings more often have cookies with frosting on top to decorate.

Jello or gelatin can be served in individual portions or be made large and cake-shaped. You an choose the flavors you ant and the colors you want. If you have cake or jello molds, you could even DIY!

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