How to pull off a cheap vegan wedding

It can be hard to find ideas to pull off a vegan wedding. It can be even harder to pull one off when you’re on a budget! Here is advice on how to throw the perfect wedding without breaking the bank!

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Makeup. Get makeup that is known to be cruelty-free, such as Younique. Make sure that the makeup isn’t so much as tested on animals.

Attire. Be sure that no furs or leathers are used in any attire at your wedding. It’s important to maintain that cruelty-free vibe.

Invitations & Thank-You notes. Make a facebook event instead, and email thank you’s to guests. This saves a lot on paper and saves a lot of trees, all while trimming your budget!

Cake. Be sure to tell your baker that you don’t want any eggs, butter or dairy used in your cake. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can always make one yourself or have family/friends do it if they want. You can also be sure that the frosting is animal-product free!

Decor. Use decorations that you can re-use later, or recycle. Opt for silk flowers instead of real ones, and use potted flowers as centerpieces. This way, no flowers will be sacrificed for the wedding!

Toss. Instead of tossing harmful things at the newlyweds such as rice (bad for birds), confetti or more, you can toss bird seeds. Birds will be very happy to have a free snack, and you won’t have to pluck flower petals from living flowers.

Food. This depends on where you will be getting your food from. If you are having a potluck wedding, specify the dietary restrictions of a vegan diet to your guests to avoid confusion and mishaps. If you are ordering from a restaurant or catering service, it’s also a good idea to prepare a list of things you don’t want used in your food. If you are making the food, then you can look up great vegan recipes to make with vegan-friendly foods. There is even a website where you can check off ingredients that you own, and it whips up recipes for you!

Here is an article here to give you amazing, frugal advice on throwing a vegan wedding.

 

Wedding dress two-pieces

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Wedding two-piece wedding dresses have been an arising new trend. With tops coming in various forms of colors, patterns and material, they add a romantic and more casual feel to the traditional wedding dress.

A two-piece can also be less expensive than a one-piece wedding dress, since it’s less traditional. You also have more options when buying them, since often prom dresses are made into two-pieces.

If a two-piece is for you, be sure not to look for designer brands and freshly-made gowns from pricey bridal stores unless it’s an area where you can splurge. You need to be able to have money left for the actual wedding.

Don’t have the money for one, but you really want one? Ask if you can use your mother’s wedding dress, or aunt’s, grandmother, sister, etc. If they don’t want it back, you can take it to a seamstress and have them cut the dress into two pieces and hem them. If you just want to wear one part of the dress, you can choose to keep the skirt and pick your own top, or keep the top and choose your own skirt.

Here are some models to pique your interest and inspire you for ideas!

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The two-material frugal wedding reception centerpiece

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I came across these beautiful ceterpieces completely by accident! Using only two materials; candles and flower petals, you can make a dreamy table centerpiece for your wedding reception while also pinching pennies.

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Here are ways to get around the heft costs of roses:

  • Buy silk roses and/or flowers at your local discout store. They even have some at the dollar stores, even in pre-packaged silk rose petals.
  • Buy small candles at a discount store or dollar store. You can also look online like craigslist or kijiji to find candles that someone never used and is selling cheap.
  • If you want real roses, have your wedding when they’re in season. They’re less expensive this way.
  • When you buy real roses, don’t mention that it’s for a wedding. Say it’s for a valentine’s day party if in february, if not say it’s for an anniversary party.
  • Grab some seeds at your local Home Depo and plant your own roses, if you’re a few years away from your wedding. This way, you can pick them from your rose bushes and use your own, and have a lasting reminder at your home of the beautiful wedding day you had.
  • Make tissue-paper flowers instead. Be sure to keep them a safe distance from an open flame, and have candle holders taller than the flame with the candles inside to avoid a fire hazard.

Here are some inspirational photos to get those hamster wheels turning.

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Have a low-budget vegetarian wedding

Meat is expensive! Having a vegetarian wedding not only makes sense, but it can save you hundreds of dollars on feeding your guests.

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There is a reason restauraunts most often offer sides of rice, potatoes, or carrots. These are the cheapest foods to buy, and easy to prepare. If you are looking to save even more money, buy plenty of these.

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Carrots can be served with dip and dressing on pretty serving plates. You can add other vegetables such as celery and cucumbers to accompany other edible delicacies.

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Potatoes can be cooked many different ways; into fries, baked, whipped, and more. Lay the various options out on a buffet-style table so guests can self-serve. You can even chop them up and serve them as a potato salad.

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Rice can be brown or white, served plain or with salt, sauce or dressing. You can buy variety and cook them in different ways with different spices to appeal to all varieties of palates.

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Appetizers are good to throw in there if you want to have a three-course meal. Soups and salads are popular options, as is cheese and crackers or bread with butter and cheese. Potato salad can be a yummy side dish as well as an appetizer. Deviled eggs are great additions if the couple is lacto-ovo vegetarian or just ovo vegetarian. Having a mexican-style wedding? Add some chips and dip to the menu, and make your own salsa and guacamole.

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For snacks, make pretty fruit brochettes or fruit salad. Pick up the in-season fruits at the grocery store or at farmer’s markets to get a great deal. Feeling adventurous? Go apple-picking or fruit-picking at your local orchard and strawberry fields.

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If the couple eats seafood, this can be the main course of the meal. Large packs of frozen seafood can be bought for $10 a pack at local grocery stores that prides themselves on savings. The seafood packs can include: mussles, shrimp, tuna, salmon, tilapia and more.

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Do you have recipies you would like to share? Comment below!

Easter Wedding on the Cheap

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Spring is upon us, and it has many engaged couples dreaming about spring weddings. The weather is not too hot, not too cold, and bursting with fresh, new life. It just so happens that a holiday most people have off of work, is Easter weekend. Whether you decide to get married on Easter Sunday or on one of the days off on Easter weekend, it’s the perfect time! Here are some ideas on how to save money on your upcoming Easter wedding.

Invitations.

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Easter wedding invitations can be as colorful as you want! Whether you choose bright, neon colors that pop or subtle pastel shades, there are infinite possibilities. Many websites will provide low-cost templates for wedding invitations that you can personalize. If you know someone who is a graphic designer, you can ask that they make your wedding invitations. They could always make them in lieu of a wedding gift. Email invitations and a facebook event is a free way to invite all of your guests!

Decor.

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Around Easter time, right after Valentine’s day, stores become flooded with easter decorations. A year before your wedding, start buying easter-related decor at your local discount stores, such as the dollar store, dollar tree and iParty. You can find an assortment of bunny decorations, brightly colored eggs, streamers, confetti and more!

Flowers.

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Flowers don’t even have to be real; you can buy silk flowers at discount stores. The brighter the better! Arrange them into bouquets and put them in mason jars or discount vases filled with plastic (or real) easter eggs! Don’t be afraid to mix-and–match vases and jars. Each unique touch is special, and weddings that are edgy and different are celebrated and praised!

Food.

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Easter is marketed to sell lots of candy. For this very reason, Easter weddings are popular options to go for a dessert reception, or a candy bar. Indulge that sweet-tooth and get as much discounted candy as you want! Chocolates, jelly beans, peeps, whatever you want! Arrange them stylishly on a table and voila!

Attire.

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Find a dress you really like that comes in different shades. Then, buy one of each! Your bridesmaids will be a colorful addition to your white dress when you stand at the altar with your beau. Of course, if you don’t have the budget to buy their wedding dresses, have them buy their own in lieu of a wedding gift. You can find beautiful and discounted dresses at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Want brand new? Go to stores that are known to sell all types of clothing for less! Is your groom out of ideas for attire for his big day? Have him pick a color; blue is very popular. Have him wear a dark blue suit with a teal or sky-blue tie or bow-tie, and voila! Easter-ready.

Rings.

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If you want your wedding rings to match the style of your wedding, go for colorful. Teardrop-shaped stones mimic the shape of an easter egg, and in a pastel color, matches the ceremony perfectly. Going for traditional wedding bands? Place them in a colorful easter basket and take photos that way.

Venue.

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Here is the tricky part; most, if not all, venues will be closed for easter weekend. You will have to call around ahead of time to make sure that they are open. Want to simplify things? See if you can have your wedding at a local park, or at a friend’s backyard. If you know anyone with a farmhouse, they may let you use their barn! Almost everyone knows someone who has a backyard. It doesn’t have to be a big one, and it can be as plain as day; a little decor can spice that right up!

Cake.

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Here is where you can get creative. You can have an easter egg style cake, a carrot cake, a regular pastel colored cake, or even cakes made of bunnies! Cupcakes and even doughut cakes are popular options. Find a local bakery and ask if they do big easter cakes. The plus side of having your wedding on easter, is that you can legitimately claim that it’s for an easter party. The prices skyrocket at the mention of the word “wedding”, so it’s safe to stick to easter. Do you know anyone going to school for baking, or cake-decorating? Does your local bakery offer apprenticeships? Ask a student to make your cake. They will be just as good as a seasoned professional, but for half the price! Be sure to tell them that you have no problem that they use photos of your cake in their portfolio.

Favors (optional). 

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Baby food jars stuffed with candy-coated chocolate easter eggs! You can also fill shot glasses with the candy and add a cute little cloth square and tie it up with ribbon, rope or string. Fast and easy!

Have you had an easter wedding? Do you have any tips to share? Comment below!

How to get all your wedding stationary for under $50

Wedding prices are sky-rocketing, and the average wedding is already at around $26,000. That’s the minimum deposit on a $260k house, or a full payment of a brand new car! Are you looking to save money? Are you stuck on how to cut costs on your wedding stationary? Is it a must for you to have invitations, place cards, and more? I’ve got good news for you!

How to get all your wedding stationary and more for under $50, by Just Reenski. Source here.

Here’s my haul (pictures to follow) using a Groupon and Hayley’s Slickdeals discount link. I put the Groupon code in first, clicked on the Slickdeals link in another window, and like magic, my total dropped dramatically! What did I get?

Brunch cocktails lawn sign, no holder (for our bar)
-2 Unplugged wedding lawn signs, w/ holders
-250 business cards, black & white on front & back, matte stock (favor cards)
-100 postcards, uploaded color design on each side, recycled matte stock, w/ envelopes (invitations)
-20 note cards (standard size), color front & back, matte stock (table cards)
-1 notepad (envelope liners – I have WAY more envelopes than I need)
-100 oversized postcards, color, recycled matte stock (programs)
-1 pen
-50 thank you notes, matte finish (English)
-10 thank you notes, matte finish (Spanish)
-10 rehearsal dinner invitations, matte finish
-140 return address labels with my new last name for thank you cards

These were the items that were COMPLETELY free (no upload charges, backside printing charges, paper charges, etc)

-Brunch cocktails lawn sign
-Notepad
-Pen
-Spanish thank you notes
-Rehearsal dinner invites
-Address labels

Final total cost: $38.66

$7 for the Groupon (had $10 from a referral), $31.66 over the Groupon amount, so free shipping.

Won’t lie, had 10 folded note cards to use as thank you cards in my cart (also free) that I didn’t like as much as the original design I picked. If I’d just kept those (or tweaked the design), it would’ve been $5 cheaper. 😦 Also, the oversized postcards that I’m using for my programs I did on recycled matte stock, and then realized that I could have just kept it on regular matte stock and saved $3.74. Couldn’t do both because it wouldn’t meet the $25 minimum though. They upgraded their paper recently, and the regular matte (used on my table cards and others) was definitely a good thickness. It would have been fine for pretty much everything so I could have saved and/or bought other things. Le sigh.Also, one lawn sign was missing, but I called up VP’s customer service and they placed a re-order at no charge. They offered 3 day shipping, but I don’t need it until December, so instead it’ll be 7 days.

My advice — get the Groupon (refer other Groupons to people to get Groupon bucks, too!), put everything you want in your cart, then click on as many discount links as you can to see what gets you as close to $95 as possible – after the Groupon and the discount link, you should only be paying that $25 (or slightly over). Also, think outside the box — Hayley has TONS and TONS of links/ideas, so take advantage, or think up new ones! I know I could have done better, but I honestly got pretty much everything that I’ll need, so I can’t complain. Happy Vistaprinting!

Now, on to the pictures! I’ll spread out the loot when I get home, so those will be up later. Here are the designs from VP:

1. Invitations (front)
2. Invitations (back)
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1. Favor cards (English)
2. Favor cards (Spanish)
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2. Table cards (Spanish)
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2. Pen
3. Programs
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2. Thank You Cards (English)
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Have a Courthouse/City Hall Wedding to brag about!

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Courthouse and City Hall weddings are rising in popularity, especially with the rising price tags on venues, officiants, and decorations. Couples want to marry young, before their careers take off. Some just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ceremony and reception, others don’t want to make a big deal out of being hitched. Perhaps you just can’t wait to be married, and agreed to have a big wedding later. Maybe your fiance(e) wants a tiny, quiet courthouse wedding and you always dreamed of having a wedding at a venue with all of your friends, and you are trying to compromise. Whatever the reason, some judgemental people will roll their eyes when they hear that someone had a courthouse wedding. So here I give you ways to make those people’s jaws drop when they see photos of your wedding!

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Pick the courthouse. If you have this option, visit different courthouses to see what the building has to offer. Some have a nice arch with a few flowers on it that you can get married under. Some have fountains, statues, or other fun spaces to take photos with. The price will be the same, but you can pick the one that will be the prettiest to be married in.

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Wedding Invitations. You can still make great wedding invitations for those few who will be there to witness your ceremony. If you are having a reception afterwards and you are only having your 2 witnesses at the ceremony, you can make a wedding reception invitation and send it out to the people you want to invite. To keep it budget-friendly, you can make online ones here or go to your local dollar store and make DIY invitations!

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Hire a Photographer. The right photographer can get the most amazing shots for your wedding. A courthouse affair gets the most unique, edgy photos. You can get some really intimate, romantic, and cool pictures for your wedding album! Here are some of my personal favorite shots.

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Have a fancy ride. Rent a limo, rolls royce, or even a horse-drawn carriage to take you to and/or from the court house. Cheap option: ask a friend or a friend of a friend who owns nice wheels (mustang, audi, etc.) to drive you to and from your wedding. Of course, offer to pay for the gas that it would take to get there.

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The Dress. If you choose to wear one, you can wear whatever you want! No one will give you any weird looks for wearing a black-tie affair wedding dress, and even if they do, you will probably never see them again so why sweat it? If you are going to have a big wedding later, take this oppurtunity to wear the dress that you love but thought was too casual or short, your mother’s dress, the non-white dress you were dying to wear but tradition won over, a bridesmaid dress you love but never thought you’d wear again…the possibilities are endless!

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The Suit. It doesn’t even have to be a suit. A guy can get away with wearing a nice button-up dress shirt with trousers. Some guys like to add creativity factor and add suspenders and a bow tie.

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Accessories. It’s the little things. Don’t skimp on the details, unless you want to accentuate simple, effortless beauty. Wear the jewelry, get those shoes, buy that veil. Don’t be afraid to dream big for your look. Want to find great accessories for less? Check out Payless Shoe Source for foorwear, or ask friends and family that share your shoe size if you can borrow their kicks. Visit your salvation army or iParty for a veil, and find great accessories at the dollar store.

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Flowers. For your bouquet and his boutonniere, browse your local flower shop and say you need flowers for a centerpiece at an anniversary party. Never mention that it’s for a wedding, because the florists will automatically jack up the prices for a fast profit. Tell them what you want and add a little more than you would want in your bouquet, so you can take some out and make a boutonniere out of it. Don’t have the budget for flowers? Head to your local dollar store and pick out all the fake flowers that you could ever want! After you two are hitched, toss the bouquet outside from the top of the stairs so your guests can catch it, and have your photographer catch the memorable moment.

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Have a reception afterwards. Whether big or small, lots of people have a reception where more people are invited there than at the actual ceremony. If you got married at the courthouse so you could have the huge reception of your dreams, you can skip this part of this article. Looking to have a small party/reception after your wedding, while not spending lots? Ask a friend, family member, or friend of a friend if you can use their backyard to have a little get-together. You can also tell your guests to meet you at a public park, which usually will only charge a minimal fee for a license to have an event there. Worried that it won’t be weather-permitted? Try reserving a room at a bed and breakfast and having a few of your friends and family come up to your room for drinks and cake. You can do the same with a hotel room, or reserve two adjoining rooms. You can also have a picnic or a barbeque with your guests. Not wanting a reception, but still want memorable photos of after your wedding? Go paint the town red in your wedding outfits. Go to a nice restaurant, go play golf, a museum, an art show, to the park where you first met…wherever you want!

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The Cake. Get a one-tier cutting cake so you both can enjoy cutting it together. You can also have a cupcake tower, or a combination of both. Tasty treats are always wonderful to have to celebrate the newlyweds. In the old days, there were no sit-down dinners, a wedding was just a cake-and-punch reception. So don’t worry about providing expensive meals.

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The Honeymoon. Have extra money to spend on a honeymoon? Book a cruise to wherever you would like! Want something less expensive? Stay at a bed and breakfast, have a road trip and explore, go camping, go on a hunting trip, visit long lost family or friends, etc. The world is yours!

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