Wedding Planning 101: DIY Projects

Not all DIY projects are created equal.   DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive.  My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store!  Planning ahead is key.  Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.

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1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.

2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces.  The cost of materials can add up quickly.   Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again.  Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.

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Wedding Planner or Venue Coordinator?

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Brides are always saying they don’t need a planner because they have someone at the venue taking care of things for them.  Are they doing the same job?  No they actually are not.  For those who are unfamiliar with the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner, it’s important to recognize that they are two different positions each serving their own purpose in the bride and groom’s wedding preparations.

Remember JLo’s famous role in The Wedding Planner where she planned every intricate detail leading up to the wedding day? This person guides the couple through the planning process, from setting a budget to keeping Aunt Sue away from crazy Uncle Ned. The wedding planner will also answer the couple’s questions, assist with contracts and vendor negotiations, help with event design and create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events.  Then on the day of the wedding, the planner will coordinate and be there to take care of every last detail from the ceremony to the reception.

If the wedding planner does all of this, what is left for the venue coordinator to do? The venue coordinator ensures everything taking place at the venue is in order.  The venue coordinator usually enjoys organizing weddings, but does not have the responsibility of handling all matters for bride and groom. This person will handle the set-up of all tables and chairs, manage the food and beverage provided by the venue, coordinate placement of wedding items with the wedding planner, handle venue parking logistics and manage the venue staff.

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Wedding Planning 101- Get Organized

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Getting organized is probably the most important piece of advice you can have when planning your wedding.  Make lists, write out everything, and settle on a definite budget. If you don’t, I truly believe you are setting your self up for a lot of extra stress.

The first thing you should always do is settle on your budget. You need to know how much you can realistically spend. It is so easy to get carried away and lose track of how much you are spending.  You find something you think is a good deal on sale, and the next thing you know you have spent more on things that you were not even planning on buying.

Yes, these days brides are keeping all their plans on phones, computers ect.  I am one of those people who want a tangible way of organizing.  I recommend still keeping a binder of all your wedding details.  You can keep everything in there from inspiration pictures, checklists, budget tracking, brochures and anything wedding related.  Besides, if you love office supplies and organizing like me you can get a prettiful binder, daily planner and clips to make it even more fun. 🙂

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Survive the holidays while planning a wedding.

  • Christmas is a great time to begin to assemble the addresses for your wedding invitations.  You may already be assembling addresses for your Christmas cards.  You may also see distant relatives over the holidays and can get missing addresses for your list.  If you are sure that your Christmas card list is the same as your invitation list, you can include your save the dates with the cards.
  • Take advantage of the after Christmas sales!  You can get some real bargains on things for the wedding such as candles, strings of lights, wrapped chocolates and even clothes for your honeymoon.
  • Having a holiday party?  What a great time to take advantage of testing out a caterer, florist or a baker. You can get a feel for their work and if you like their product enough to book them for the wedding.
  • Schedule your hair and makeup trial right before you attend a holiday gathering.  You will be able to test out your wedding look, plus you will look great for your holiday party.
  • If your family asks what you want for Christmas, do not be afraid to ask for a few things for the wedding.  You could ask for shoes, jewelry, or even a gift certificate to the salon where you will get your wedding day hair and makeup done.
  • Most of all relax and enjoy the holidays.  Don’t worry if wedding planning is put to the side for a little bit.  You can get right back to it after the holidays.

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All about Fall : Wedding Decorations

Even though it is winding down a little here in Arcade, Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons and Fall wedding décor is not an exception.  There are so many color and accessory options you can choose from.

If you don’t have a lot in your budget for décor, concentrate on places like the head table or sweetheart table.  Get a decorative tablecloth and chargers to bring in the theme.

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Add some decorative table numbers even if you are not using escort cards.  Use seasonal object such as gourds, wheat and leaf garlands.  You can even reuse the chargers in your home later on for a holiday dinner party.

Fall Wedding Decorations

Fall is one of my favorite times of year to decorate.  One of the best things about this time of year is that you can incorporate things like apples, pinecones, gourds, sticks and mums that are already in season.  They look great and for the most part, are kind to your budget.

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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.

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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.

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