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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).”

shown here:

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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!

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-E.

All photos above courtesy of BG Productions Photography & Videography

Rustic Wedding Card Box » Photo of the Day

This rustic wedding card box is Thursday’s photo of the day. This card box is created by handmade wedding artists Nicole + Jeff from Country Barn Babe. Customize your rustic wedding card box with a personalized engraving, add burlap, and even make it lock!

Rustic Wedding Card Box

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Want to see more handmade wedding goods? Find customized handmade wedding accessories for your wedding in the marketplace.

Keri + Drew’s Shabby Chic Wedding

Keri + Drew’s shabby chic wedding is absolutely stunning. Their Iowa shabby chic wedding has so many beautiful details including mason jars, weathered furniture, and flowery greenery that pops. Keri and Drew went out incorporating the color green into their wedding details from the brides shoes and table centerpieces to their delicious green candy table. Using more than just the color green, one of the most unique and creative ideas Keri and Drew used in their shabby chic wedding was the use of plants as guest favors. Photographing their Iowa wedding was Emily from Emily Crall Photography. Emily fills us in on some of the couple’s wedding day fun.

Emily tells us, “Keri and Drew were married in the hot, muggy Iowa summer, but no amount of heat could overshadow their beautiful day. Every little attention to detail was carefully created and crafted by their family and friends, who spent days and weeks preparing the grounds for this wedding. The groom’s mother owns Sisters’ Garden & Bloom, where the reception was held, and so there was an endless supply of unique vintage furniture, candles, antiquities, apothecary goods, tableware and chandeliers. Since the groom himself is a landscaper, he created a sort of sandy beach area as well as a gurgling tiny waterfall and stream in the backyard area. Keri and Drew had guests write their well-wishes on stones and Drew will use those to incorporate into a landscaping design at their home.”

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Ceremony: Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, Iowa
Reception: Sisters’ Garden & Bloom, Kalona, Iowa
Flowers: The Empire House
Decor: Keri & Drew’s family and friends

Want to see more happy couples? Check out Emily Crall Photography for more lovely Iowa weddings.

All images courtesy of Emily Crall Photography. All Rights Reserved.