Money-saving tips for a Winter Wedding

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Winter weddings are beautiful. The holidays are coming up. everywhere is covered in a blanket of white snow, temperatures drop and lace every rooftop with icicles. Who isn’t in the mood to celebrate in winter? Here are some ways you can save on your winter wedding.

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Have an outdoor wedding. However crazy this sounds, it will save you thousands. If you’re in an area who is known for its warmer winters, that the coldest months don’t drop far below freezing during the day, it’s the right place! Also, venues will be much cheaper since they never expect couples to wed outside.

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Buy lots of paper. You can easily make paper decorations for your wedding. Do a little DIY crafts. Make paper snowflakes, snowmen, and any other shapes you want. It’s cheap, and it’s white, which goes with the theme!

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Use your local stores. Winter items and decorations often come out after halloween. Wreaths and more show up even in dollar stores. Buy what you need in bulk.

Do you have any money-saving tips for winter weddings? Comment below!

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How to do a cheap last-minute wedding

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Not everyone can plan a large wedding and take years to pull it all off. Some couples have a change in circumstances that makes for a rapid wedding. Whether a family member got sick, the bride or groom is terminal, or the venue cancelled last minute; you need to know how to pull everything together last-minute. This is true even if you have a week or less to get married. But can you pull it off without having to spend an arm and a leg? It’s possible, and here’s how.

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Go to church. Are you a church-goer? Are you baptized? Simply ask your local preacher, pastor or priest if they are available for a quick ceremony. They often charge a fee of about $100 for officiating, and you get beautiful wedding photos inside a church.

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Ask a friend. Can’t find an officiant last minute? Ask your friend to become one. They can easily get ordained online free of charge. Ideally this will be done at least a few days before the wedding so the friend can register with the clergy and ask overnight shipping of credentials.

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Grocery store. Want a reception afterwards? Even if it’s very small, you can get cupcakes, a cake, and ready-to-serve dishes. You can buy a cooked chicken and fresh veggies, fresh fruit, even pre-packaged veggies and dip.

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Potluck. Invite your friends and ask them to bring their favorite food or beverage. This way everyone is sure to have food to eat.

Backyard. No venue? No problem! Have the wedding in your backyard, front yard, or even a friend’s land. It’s no muss, no fuss, simple and easy.

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Garments. Everyone has been to at least one formal affair in their life, even if it’s just the prom at high school. Bust out formal wear and wear that to your wedding. You can also ask your mother for her wedding gown if you wish to wear it.

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Rings. Go to a jeweler or a pawn shop and buy rings that fit. Or you can buy rings later, some weddings don’t even have the couple exchange rings or wear rings at all.

Photographer. See if local professional photographers are available for your wedding day. Contact every single one and you’re more likely to have at least once positive response. If not, you can have family or friends take photos if there is no other option.

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Flowers. You can make a bouquet out of silk flowers at the dollar store, wild flowers in a field close by, or grab your favorite blooms at a florist. The choice is yours!

Music. The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to have the music you want is just to bring your iPod and possibly speakers, make a playlist and put it on repeat.

 

Create the perfect must-have wedding emergency kit

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Have a favorite lipstick that fades after a few hours? Afraid to stain your dress and be unable to get it out? Are you dreading having runny mascara and no way to fix it? Here are some must-haves for your wedding emergency kit that will cover all of your bases.

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  1. Brush/comb
  2. Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
  3. Dental floss (for all those photos!)
  4. Emery board
  5. Extra panty hose
  6. Hair spray
  7. Handkerchief
  8. Makeup
  9. Mints
  10. Mirror (small and portable)
  11. Perfume, travel size
  12. Legal documents needed
  13. Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
  14. Bobby pins and hair elastics
  15. Brush and comb
  16. Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs)
  17. Corsage pins
  18. Cotton balls/swabs
  19. THE DRESS!
  20. Extra earring backs
  21. Extra pair of flat shoes
  22. Hairdryer
  23. Iron
  24. Lint brush
  25. Makeup
  26. Nail polish in the bride’s shade
  27. Undergarments
  28. Sewing kit
  29. Shoes
  30. Shoe polish
  31. Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
  32. Static-cling spray
  33. Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
  34. “Throwaway” garter
  35. White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
  36. Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using)
  37. Antacid
  38. Aspirin/ibuprofen
  39. Band-aids (that best match your skin tone)
  40. Contact lens solution/cases
  41. Deodorant
  42. Dental floss
  43. Eye drops
  44. Insect repellent (for outdoor ceremonies or events – be sure it smells nice!)
  45. Lotion
  46. Medications
  47. Moist towelettes
  48. Mouthwash
  49. Smelling salts
  50. Sunscreen
  51. Tampons or pads
  52. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  53. Tissues
  54. Wash cloth or hand towel
  55. Bug spray (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
  56. Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
  57. Handkerchief for dabbing sweat
  58. Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)
  59. Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for)
  60. Disposable camera
  61. Driver’s license or photo I.D. card
  62. Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
  63. Extra copies of directions to your reception
  64. Important phone numbers
  65. Notebook and pens
  66. Portable flashlight
  67. Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
  68. Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
  69. Umbrella
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How to have a Dollar Store/Dollar Tree Wedding

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Tips for what to buy to use at the dollar store, what to prioritize in your wedding, and many more tips to make your wedding more affordable!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/how-to-have-a-dollar-store-wedding/

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How to turn dollar-store bought items into beautiful, creative, unique wedding items.

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/04/shopping-at-dollartree-com-wedding-edition/

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The same woman who wrote the above two articles, makes a page for dollar store crafts and tutorials. Having items from the dollar store can easily NOT look tacky!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/find-projects/wedding/