Elegant and Affordable Wedding Decor

I am always on the lookout for great deals and things to offer brides to make their planning easier on them and on their budget.  I was really excited with my latest find at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  26 crystal bud vases.   Add flowers in your wedding colors, some candles and you have beautiful and elegant look for your reception.  Come on in to the design center and see about renting décor for your wedding!



Wedding Lanterns

One of the places I “yard sale” is at my mother’s house when I get a chance to go out to Ohio to see her.  The prices are great (free) and she has a basement full of things.   One of the last times I was there I found these lanterns.  One was black and the other a bronze or gold color.  To make them more “wedding like”, I spray painted them white.


I then added some crystals, ribbon and pillar candles to complete the look.  You could use any color ribbons, flowers or candles to match your wedding colors.  They would look great as part of an outdoor ceremony space in a tree, or even as an accent for your reception space.


The DIY Trap: Does it really cost less?


Most everyone is looking to save some money while planning their wedding.  DIY projects have been one of the biggest ways that brides use to save.  Can making things yourself instead of buying them save you some money?  The answer really is Yes and No.  It all depends on how much the project is going to cost you to make.  Sometimes after you have invested money in all the supplies, you end  up spending more than if someone else would have made it.   In the quest for savings, it is easy to get caught up in finding great deals and getting lots of supplies to make the projects.  Without really planning ahead it can end up costing you more in the long run.

I have done it myself.  I get all excited about a project and I search stores for sales, I go to yard sales and I get things I know are a great deal.  But, they are only a great deal if I can actually use them for my project.  I have totally ended up getting things I don’t need because I don’t plan ahead.

Before you go shopping make sure you have a vision on paper or a picture of the project with you  Know what your budget limit is and make a list of the things you need.  That way you know exactly what will work or not.  Yes, sometimes the plan changes if you find something you think will work better.  You are much less likely to get things that won’t work if you plan ahead.

Happy Project Making!

Not your ordinary wedding flowers

IMG_0965I love that more and more brides are adding décor elements to their weddings that reflect who they are, rather than what a  “typical” wedding looks like.  Why not use colored pinwheels for some whimsical centerpieces.  They will be unique and help keep your budget in check.

Say Yes to Your Dress For Less! – Featured Gown of the Week



IMG_0837Brand new with tags Maggie Sottero style #j1504, size 8.  White, lace, corset back, beaded belt, ruffled skirt, sweetheart neckline.  Original price $2000.00.  My price $1200.00.

Big Impact, Small Budget

Sometimes it is just the little touches that can make a big impact.  There are some great ways to add to your décor without having to blow your budget.  This trick I learned by being obsessed with wedding shows, and repeatedly watching episodes of Whose Wedding is it Anyways.    Instead of colored table linens, use ribbons to accent your tables.


You can also add impact by dressing up your table numbers to match your theme or colors.

IMG_0753You can even use colored napkins either with an accessory, or with an unusual fold.

IMG_0752You can also use a colored glass to give a pop of color to your table.

IMG_0751Use one, two or all of these ideas on just your head table or sweetheart table.  These will make a big impact on your décor but not your budget.


Peacock Bridal Show

IMG_0708We had a great time at the Bridal Show at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg, NY this past weekend.   The theme was Peacock and I had a great time making the centerpieces.  I never knew how much I loved the look and colors until I did these!  The lodge also does weddings and it is a beautiful location.  They have a place for the ceremony outside, and the reception in the main area of the lodge.

IMG_0692My little assistant wedding planner was so excited about being a part of the “fashion show” and had a great time walking around showing off her gown.


The lodge was absolutely beautiful and they provided a great room for the girls to get ready and hang out before the show.  They did not have an official fashion show, but my oldest and her 2 friends had a great time walking around in bridal gowns.


It was a great show and one I plan on doing again next year!