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Why You Should Learn How to Make a Boutonniere Before Your Wedding Day

by M.E. Gray

How to Make a Boutonniere for your Big Day


When I was a little girl, I was a part of my local 4-H club (for those who weren't lucky enough to be a part of it, 4-H is a community club where kids take classes and can present their projects at their local county and state fairs and it was SO MUCH FUN). One of the 4-H classes I took was floral arranging. When I signed up for the class, I thought, "Piece of cake. Flowers in a vase. Boom, done." Not so. There is so much more to arranging...

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Roundup: 20 Amazing DIY Outdoor Wedding Ideas

by Brittni Mehlhoff

20 outdoor wedding ideas

It's no secret that we all love DIY around here, especially when it comes to home improvements and decor. But there are plenty of other categories to cover when it comes to how-to projects. So today I'll be focusing on a realm that we haven't delved much into before: weddings. This roundup of DIY outdoor wedding ideas covers everything from outdoor lighting projects and unusual centerpieces to thoughtfully handmade photo booth backdrops and DIY ceremony arches. There's even a driftwood candelabra.   

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16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable Enough to Dance the Night Away

by Holly Wade

16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable for Dancing the Night Away

On your wedding day, it's safe to say that you want to both look gorgeous and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, these two things often don't go together, but when it comes to your shoes, maybe they can! Ladies, you can have pretty wedding shoes that don't make your feet hurt all night, and this roundup of wedding shoes comfortable enough for dancing all night in will save the day. 

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Print This: Wedding Puzzle Page for Antsy Little Guests

by M.E. Gray

Wedding activity pages | Free printable!

Weddings can be exciting, emotional, and/or stressful times for everybody involved - except for the younger guests. For them, the majority of the day is dull, dull, and duller. Sure, it's awesome when the cake gets cut, but little Johnny couldn't care less about the best man's speech. If you're planning an upcoming wedding and want to give the kids something extra to do during the quiet times, gather up some crayons and print a few off a few...

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10 Awesome & Budget-Friendly Gifts for Groomsmen

by Holly Wade
10 Budget-Friendly Groomsmen Gifts

I've gotta say, I feel a little bad for the groomsmen in a wedding. You want to say thanks for being here for us today, but there are so few ideas out there when compared to gifts for bridesmaids. Have no fear! Whether you're a bride or groom shopping for the men in your wedding party, these 10 budget-friendly groomsmen gifts are sure to be appreciated. 

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How To: Make a Bridal Bouquet That'll Last Forever

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make this life-like floral bouquet - perfect for the bride who wants to plan ahead

Why hello there, wedding season! If you're currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone's dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family - the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. If you're DIY-ing your upcoming nuptials, making a faux bouquet ahead of time can help you tackle your checklist in a timely fashion. Plus you'll be able to keep the bouquet forever as a memento of the special occasion.            

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Celebrate Your Guests with DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

by Holly Wade

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Confetti is an integral — no, necessary — part of any type of party for me, and although I have not personally planned a wedding, I think confetti definitely belongs at all of them. These DIY confetti wedding favors are incredibly easy to make using test tubes, and adding a homemade tag gives them a personal touch your guests will appreciate. 

 Whether you want the guests to throw around the confetti as you depart, or you simply want to give them a gift they can enjoy later on, confetti tubes are a perfect little favor. Plus, you can make custom confetti with your wedding colors to make them feel even more personalized.

 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Note, if you will be throwing the confetti outdoors, consider biodgradeable paper confetti to make for an easier cleanup afterwards. 

Here's how to put together these simple wedding favors! 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Materials:

  • Plastic test tubes with caps (approx. 4 inches)
  • Small confetti
  • Funnel, optional
  • String/ribbon
  • Paper tags, optional
  • Stamps or stickers, optional

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Step

Remove the caps from the test tubes to insert the confetti. Perhaps the easiest and least messy way to do this is with a small funnel. Loosely insert the confetti into the tubes. If too packed, guests will not be able to easily remove the confetti. 

Step

Replace the caps and cut a piece of string or ribbon (I used baker's twine) about 5 inches long to tie a bow. 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Step

If you'd like to attach tags (not necessary, of course), write on the paper or use stamps or stickers to embellish them with your desired saying, such as "thanks." You can also print tags designed exactly how you want them and punch holes in the paper to hang the tags. 

Step

Lastly, tie the string around the tube where the cap meets the plastic. I found that it held best when I left a little crevice between the cap and tube for the string to fit in. Thread the tag on the string (if using) and tie a bow. 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

When the wedding comes along, simply place a confetti favor at each place setting or leave a cute container filled with them near the doorway for guests to pick up. Everyone loves the chance to play around with confetti, and it adds some fun and color to your big day! 

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Celebrate Your Guests with DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

by Holly Wade

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Confetti is an integral — no, necessary — part of any type of party for me, and although I have not personally planned a wedding, I think confetti definitely belongs at all of them. These DIY confetti wedding favors are incredibly easy to make using test tubes, and adding a homemade tag gives them a personal touch your guests will appreciate. 

 Whether you want the guests to throw around the confetti as you depart, or you simply want to give them a gift they can enjoy later on, confetti tubes are a perfect little favor. Plus, you can make custom confetti with your wedding colors to make them feel even more personalized.

 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Note, if you will be throwing the confetti outdoors, consider biodgradeable paper confetti to make for an easier cleanup afterwards. 

Here's how to put together these simple wedding favors! 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Materials:

  • Plastic test tubes with caps (approx. 4 inches)
  • Small confetti
  • Funnel, optional
  • String/ribbon
  • Paper tags, optional
  • Stamps or stickers, optional

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Step

Remove the caps from the test tubes to insert the confetti. Perhaps the easiest and least messy way to do this is with a small funnel. Loosely insert the confetti into the tubes. If too packed, guests will not be able to easily remove the confetti. 

Step

Replace the caps and cut a piece of string or ribbon (I used baker's twine) about 5 inches long to tie a bow. 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

Step

If you'd like to attach tags (not necessary, of course), write on the paper or use stamps or stickers to embellish them with your desired saying, such as "thanks." You can also print tags designed exactly how you want them and punch holes in the paper to hang the tags. 

Step

Lastly, tie the string around the tube where the cap meets the plastic. I found that it held best when I left a little crevice between the cap and tube for the string to fit in. Thread the tag on the string (if using) and tie a bow. 

DIY Confetti Wedding Favors

When the wedding comes along, simply place a confetti favor at each place setting or leave a cute container filled with them near the doorway for guests to pick up. Everyone loves the chance to play around with confetti, and it adds some fun and color to your big day! 

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20 Things You Could Borrow (Not Buy) For Your Wedding

by Jennifer Farley

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding

Weddings are expensive, and more often than not the things purchased for ceremonies and receptions are used only once. Borrowing some of the items needed for your wedding can help you cut costs. Here are twenty things (big and small) you can borrow instead of buy for your upcoming nuptials.   

 

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding
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1. Vases and Mason Jars

Table centerpieces can really be expensive, so send out an email to your friends and family asking to borrow vases, glasses, or mason jars.

Have a plan in place for each item's return before you ask to borrow something. This gives the owner confidence that their item won't get lost in the clean-up.

2. Decor for Centerpieces

You can achieve a more eclectic or "collected" look for your wedding by borrowing home decor pieces (like hurricane or lantern candle holders) for you centerpieces.

 

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding
Mary Fields Photography: Photo: Mary Driver

3. Cake Stand

While a cake stand isn't too expensive, it's the little stuff that adds up. Cut costs by borrowing a cake stand from a friend, and take it to your decorator to use for your cake.

Tip: Make a simple cake stand something more grand with a wall mirror. In the wedding above, I added a borrowed wall mirror to give this on-loan cake stand a little extra punch.
20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding

4. Tablecloths

It can be hard to find enough tablecloths to borrow for all your reception tables. But, you can save money by borrowing tablecloths for some of the spaces, like for serving tables, guest tables, or the cake table. 

Styling Trick: To get a "floor length" look, use two tablecloths and hide the seam with a patterned fabric remnant. Place the serving table against a wall so the tablecloth only needs to drape on one side of the table.

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding

5. Serving Trays

The above wedding used a mismatched set of borrowed serving trays to serve sweets at the dessert table.

Place a sticker or piece of tape on the bottom of anything borrowed with the name of the person who gave you the item. Have a designated bin (or bins) for all borrowed things to be stored during clean-up so they can be returned properly.
20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding
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6. Bridesmaid Dresses

Save yourself and your bridesmaids some money by allowing them to borrow a dress. Once you pick your wedding colors, go to a fabric store and cut fabric remnants in the colors that will blend and work with the look you are aiming for. Give the fabric remnants to your bridesmaids to use as a guide as they ask friends for potential dresses to borrow. You will be "friend of  the year" for saving them money and your wedding will be unique.

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding
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7. Flower Girl Dresses

I don't have a little girl, but many of my friends who do have flower girl dresses wasting away in their daughter's closets. I wish some mama would have given me this idea. My mid-twenty self, nowhere near mom stage, had no clue the closet life of flower girl dresses... it's worn once and then outgrown six months later. Have the mom of your flower girl ask her friends if they have a dress her daughter can borrow. It doesn't even have to be an official "flower girl" dress. If you give parameters or a color theme, most of the time a fancy dress will work.

8. Bridal Veil

Veils are usually worn for pictures, your 45 minute ceremony, and then taken off so you can move and groove at your reception. Before spending $500+ on a veil, see if your married friends have one to loan you.

If you can't borrow, save money by renting your veil instead. Veil rentals are typically less than $50 for the day at places like Rent the Runway.

9. Bridal Jewelry

This is such a fun thing to borrow from friends or family - and you carry a piece of them with you all day when you borrow their beloved jewels. 

10. Baskets and Boxes

You will need baskets and boxes for things like programs, flower girl petals, and party favors. These are easily borrowed items if you don't already have them yourself.

11. Cake Server and Knife

Your grandmother probably has a really nice set of these sitting in a drawer ready for you to use. I actually forgot to get these for my wedding. The day of my wedding my coordinator/friend called a neighbor when she realized I had forgotten. I had no clue (nor did I care when I found out afterward) that I was cutting my cake with Joe and Debbie's engraved cake server!

12. Your Bridesmaid Flowers

Wait... what? What I mean is "borrow" your bridesmaid bouquets as decor at your reception. Leave a few empty vases on reception tables and have your bridesmaids place their bouquets there during the reception. This will help you save money on centerpieces and wedding decor. Without a place to store their bouquets, your bridesmaids will likely lay them down somewhere at the reception to dry out, so you might as well use what you paid for to the fullest! And, if your bridesmaids want to keep them, they can pick them up before they leave. This works really well if you have done your pictures beforehand.

Don't let those beautiful large flower arrangements sit at your ceremony venue during the reception. Plan ahead and get your coordinator or a friend to take them to your reception after your ceremony is over.
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13. Venue Decor

When you book your ceremony or reception venue, ask if there's any decor they have available for you to use. Often churches have wreaths or decor they use for other occasions. It may not be your style, but it's a worth a look. Often times this decor is free or included in your venue cost. I didn't use them, but my ceremony venue had candles stands that fit their pews perfectly. If you are having a religious or cultural ceremony, your ceremony venue might have specific items to accommodate these traditions such as communion glasses or unity candelabras.

Christmas time is where "borrowing" decor from a church or venue really works. Most churches are already decorated with trees, poinsettias, and garland, and won't mind you incorporating them into your decor.

14. Ring Bearer's Pillow

Borrow a pillow for your ring bearer to carry with or without the ring. A cute pillow can make for a great photo for your wedding book. Let's be honest though, the photo will be the only time the pillow will really be noticed.

15. Furniture

Instead of renting furniture, borrow that special piece you want to use in your wedding.

16. Shoes

Ask your best friend if you can borrow a favorite pair of shoes for your wedding.

17. Photo Booth Accessories or Backdrop

Get creative with your photo backdrop and borrow fun accessories so your guests can take fun, stylish pictures! I love this unique umbrella backdrop - which is so simple and an easily borrowed.

Look through a younger or older family member's costume closet for fun jewelry, hats, and sunglasses.

18. Leftover Flowers

Ask your florist for the leftover flowers they don't use to make your bouquets and ceremony decor. Most florists order over what they need to make specific flower arrangements. The flowers are paid for by you, even the extras, and most brides don't know to ask for them. Have the florist deliver them (preferably in a bucket of water) when the flowers are delivered, or have someone pick up the extras when the florist is done making the arrangements. Set aside extra vases and use the extra flowers as centerpieces, or in places that need a little extra decor. 

19. Respectfully borrow the skills or time of friends and family.

We all have gifted friends or loved ones who love to help out in anyway they can. Say "yes" to good friends and family who offer to help you! Maybe it's having a party to stuff and address your invitations, or asking your friend with awesome handwriting to paint lettering on a large sign. Enlist a group of friends who are not involved in the wedding party to help you decorate on the day of your wedding.

You will save money enlisting good friends to help, but don't be skimpy. Use a little of that saved money to put toward 'thank you' notes or even gift cards to say how much their help means to you.

 

Borrowing Magnolia

20. Your Dress

If you are on an extreme budget, borrowing a dress from a family member or friend of a similar size can be a huge money saver. My wedding dress has been in a box for almost 12 years and I would happily loan it to a friend if they wanted to wear it. It can be tricky to make it fit perfectly, so another way to do this is to "borrow a dress" from a rental site such as Borrowing Magnolia. Renting is a very affordable way to wear a high-end dress.

20 Things to Borrow Instead of Buy For Your Wedding
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Afterwards, you can take all the money you saved from borrowing to decorate your new home!

If you are planning a wedding, here are 14 sneaky ways to save even more money on your wedding.

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DIY Wedding Gift: A Gift Card Recipe Box

by Alicia Lacy

DIY Wedding Gift: A Gift Card Recipe Box

Our dearest friends got married last weekend, and we were tickled to pieces. We've known them for years and years and when they decided to take the leap, we replied, "Well it's about time." These two people belong together, and we wanted to commemorate the start of their journey as a wedded couple in a special way. But, we had a hard time coming up with an appropriate gift to mark the occasion.

The gift they gave us when we got married was...

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Make a Vintage Cake Stand from Secondhand Stuff

by DIY Maven

vintage cake stands

Christina shows us how to make the prettiest vintage cake stands from secondhand items that, when put together, look like a very upscale (code for 'expensive') serving piece. (Don't they look like they could be in a Martha magazine?) If you're as smitten as I with the idea, here's what we'll need to make one (the construction reminds me of my garden decor post from earlier this week):

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