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!

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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:

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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!

xo
-E.

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

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…

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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.

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Golden Harvest Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

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

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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!

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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!

xo,
-E.