Category: diy wedding

Which Wedding Details to Skip? – Real Bride Advice

We checked in with Real Bride Newlywed, Vicki, for some candid wedding advice for our readers. We wanted to know which wedding details to skip, based on what she did for her own wedding. (Cause, you know, hindsight is always 20/20!) Vicki offers up her advice to our readers PLUS she gives insight on which projects were easiest to tackle herself. Enjoy!

p.s. Here’s the beautiful bride and her groom on her wedding day!


Take it away, Vicki!

Which Wedding Details to Skip?

Vicki: “This answer is totally dependent on the bride. Personally, I skipped having fresh flowers because that takes a huge chunk out of a budget. Our centerpieces and boutonnieres were all dried flowers (and guitar picks for the groomsmen) and the bridesmaids carried clutches they can reuse instead of flowers.”

Here’s a photo of the clutches and the boutonniere from Vicki’s wedding:

bride and bridesmaids with clutches

Vicki: “If you are a bride on a budget, I would advise you to decide what details are most important to you. For example, ours were photography, and foot & alcohol. We cut flowers completely out of the budget (saving a couple thousand dollars in the process!) because I didn’t feel like I needed them. My advice: figure out what is important and what is not in the beginning; it makes it much easier in the long run!”

What were the easiest details to DIY? What were the most challenging?

Vicki: “Our entire wedding was DIY. We were paying for the wedding mostly ourselves, so DIY elements and handmade finds were extremely helpful in keeping with the budget. Our DIY projects also allowed us to have our personalities show! The easiest DIY was the centerpieces (blue mason jars tied with twine with dried baby’s breath and lavender).”

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“We also had burlap runners that I cut from a roll paired with two tea lights from IKEA. The most challenging was the invites—I’m sure everyone has struggled with formatting and printing issues with irregular documents! With the help of my husband, I figured it out, but it was good I had extra paper!”

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Great advice, Vicki! Thanks for sharing with our readers! You can see Vicki’s Real Wedding here.

So, loves: what’s a wedding detail you might do without? Share below in the comments section!


All photos above courtesy of BG Productions Photography & Videography

DIY Dahlia Flower Brooch

Ah, a DIY dahlia flower brooch: the perfect accessory for the crafty, not-so-crafty, or last-minute holiday gift wrapper (like me!) who wants to use something other than throw-away bows. We spotted this darling DIY dahlia flower brooch tutorial over at Not Martha and we love how easy it is to do. I can think of so many ways to use this brooch: as a gift topper, as an alternative to a corsage (place a pin on the back for wearing), or as a cute brooch for your tote bag or purse. And… there’s even a little surprise on the back to make this a truly personalized handmade gift. Take a peek…

red diy dahlia flower brooch via not martha

DIY Dahlia Flower Brooch

The red flowers above seemed appropriate for the holiday season, but you can use any colors you’d like for this tutorial. For winter weddings (or holiday gifts), opt for red and green or white and ice blue. Spring or summer soiree? Yellow and green, blue, orange, light green, and pink all fit the bill. These would also be cute in autumn with gold, orange, crimson, and brown. Oh, the possibilities of these sweet little flowers.

colorful diy dahlia flower brooch tutorial via not martha

My favorite part of these flowers, though, isn’t just how cute they look or how versatile they can be… it’s the secret personalized message that can go on the back. Love, love, love.

diy dahlia flower brooch back via not martha

OK, if you’re like me you’re ready to get crafting: head over to the full tutorial! If you make one (or a dozen) of these, please do send them in for us. We’d love to add our readers’ DIY dahlia flower brooch creations to this post. We always love to see what you create.

Oh, and I just had to add: we’re a little nuts about felt wedding ideas here today, no? Check out the earlier post — 25+ Felt Wedding Ideas You’ll Actually Love — just in case you missed it!

Happy Crafting!


P.S. Have you entered our wedding giveaways this week? There are so. many. amazing. items.

Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings + Crafts

Planning your wedding is 10x more frustrating when you don’t know where to buy a particular item. For instance, when Kellymarie wanted to make these rustic escort card horseshoes (see #5) she asked us for our help. We sought out the ultimate list of where to buy horseshoes for weddings (and crafts!) so your wedding can be 10x less frustrating. Read on to see what we’ve found…

where to buy horseshoes for weddings crafts

Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings

There are two types of horseshoes: old and rusty (authentically used on horses or salvaged from an old barn) or brand-new and silver in color. Here’s where to buy both:

where to buy horseshoes for weddings - rustic old authentic horse shoes

o Old, rusty & used horseshoes

Our top pick: EBAY! Check out all of these amazing listings going on right now. I suddenly want/need 50 of them. ;) Photo above via this awesome listing. Another place to look: estate sales. I’ve seen at least one rusty horseshoe at nearly EVERY estate sale I’ve been to.

where to buy horeshoes for weddings new silver horseshoes

o New, silver-y, and clean horseshoes

Our top pick: AMAZON! These horseshoes seem like a pretty amazing deal. Plus, they’ll be shipped straight to your door. (Those suckers can get heavy.)

And, if you’re putting together those escort card horseshoes as we mentioned earlier, you’ll need tags. Just use regular white paper luggage tags (find them at your local craft store – I know Hobby Lobby sells them for sure) and white cotton twine. Hand-write the names using a permanent (fine-point) Sharpie marker. That’s it! So easy.

Hope it helps, lovelies!

Thanks to Kelly-Marie for writing! (Psst. Have a wedding question for us? Send it in here and we could answer it in an upcoming post!)

Tune in tomorrow… we have some exciting features planned!

Happy Planning!


Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses / Mugs

Brides: wondering where to buy mason jar drinking glasses for your wedding? Want to make mason jar drinking glasses but want the kind with a handle? You’ve come to the right place! This post will show you the best places to buy mason jars with handles to use as drinking glasses AND how to save a bunch of money doing it. Read on to find out more…

Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses (w/ Handles)

Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

I’ve purchased many mason jars in the past, and I always order from the same place. Amazon. Why? I can almost never find the mason jar drinking glasses with the handle at my local stores, nor do I feel like picking up two or three boxes of quart or pint-sized mason jars and lugging them around with me all the way home. Plus, ordering mason jars in bulk is always a money-saver, which matters oh-so-much when planning your wedding.

Libby Fair Mason Jar Mugs

If I had to pick, the Libby Fair 16 1/2 oz. mason jar drinking glasses are my fave. They even feature a cute little country fair emblem on them, which is perfect for a country wedding.

libbey county fair mason jar drinking glasses with handle

libbey fair

Golden Harvest Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

You can also try these by Golden Harvest, which feature a smooth front.

mason jar drinking mug glasses

golden harvest

Ball Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

The most inexpensive ones are probably these by Ball, but they’re a bit smaller (12 oz) and I haven’t tried them myself, so I won’t vouch for them. The reviews look promising, though!

mason jar drinking mugs


Anyways, I always buy mason jars here because they arrive right to my door (you can get a lot of ’em for free two-day shipping, which is awesome, especially in a last-minute party panic) and the prices are always so reasonable. Whenever brides ask us where to buy mason jar drinking glasses, mason jars, or jelly jars, the answer is always Amazon. Plus, you can pair ’em with striped drinking straws easily all-in-one order. And, stripey straws make drinking out of mason jars infinitely more awesome. (And, some people just don’t like to drink out of a jar, so a straw definitely helps.) Besides, have you seen how many amazing striped and patterned drinking straws are available today? It’s amazing. Ah, well, we’ll talk about that in an upcoming post. :)

Hope it helps!