Post # 1
Hello fellow Bee’s
I’m a totally DIY bride with a 5k budget and still want to have all the cute trimmings of an expensive wedding. So here are my present bumps in the road:
– Making a flip flop basket-how many should I get? Having 50-60 guests, including children
– Trying to “bling out” my candle holders, which glue is best to use?
– Candy Buffet- How many jars should I have? In terms of pounds of things like M&M’s, almonds, etc, how many? Having cake, but want this as added treat. Also what are some less expensive candies to use?
Thanks ladies, I anxiously await your input!!
Post # 3
With the flip flop baskets I would account for every female guest and then rule out a few of the older generation.
So if there were 50 guests.. presuming most of them had partners that would be 25 and then minus about 5.. I would buy 20. 🙂
Candle holders have you got a hot glue gun? that seriously was the best DIY tool out.. for all my paper stuff I found spray glue for large surfaces
I cant help you out on the candy buffet but I would presume that you are doing it as favors in boxes? 1 scoop per guest would what I would do…
Post # 4
Flip flops – maybe 25-30 pairs? Although, it depends on your guest list. If you think everyone will def dance, put out more. If it were me, I wouldn’t spend more than $1 a pair though – try WalMart, Hobby Lobby, Amazon or Overstock.
Bling – depends on the size of bling. Hot glue gun, or crazy glue, or hobby glue (michaels or hobby lobby) – use those 40% off coupons!
Candy Buffet – haven’t figured out amounts yet, but thru research I’m finding candy is cheapest in bulk from Costco/Sams/Walmart, as I hear the online bulk candy places are expensive! Although, they will have the nicer specialty candies – so perhaps mix the specialty stuff with generic store brands. Also, depending on your style, instead of using metal scoops, I’ve seen brides use old silver spoons & ladles.
And if you haven’t figured it out: never buy anything at Hobby Lobby, Joann’s or Michaels without your coupons!!
Happy Planning 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! The candy buffet is not the favors, just an added for the sweet tooth and instead of a veinese table. Im including some cupcakes and cookies too.
@ Mrs Franks- I hear ya about Micheals…lol I go even to get a $1 item for my coupon…lol
@ ccranetobe- I found a site that sells the flip flops in bulk, but minimum is 72, but they are like $.67 – $.79 each. I won’t pay more than $1, I agree. Right now overstock doesnt have, old navy want $1.65-$3.50 each, so no way!
I have the hot glue gun but the bling is tiny and Im afraid it will be very messy. Ive heard e-6000 I think it is, so am looking for the glue that will make them look the nicest, even if it’s a few dollars more since I only have 8 tables.
My wedding is far away, so if you have any toher ideas plz feel free to come back, thanks again!
Post # 6
E-6000 for rhinestones/bling is the way to go! Most other glues, the bling will not stay as securely.
If the bling is small, just make sure you buy the tube with the “precision” tip.
I got the glue at Michaels with the coupon lol
As for candy, I would try Costco or similar store as already stated.
Candy is expensive! Totally going to try to get it all right after Halloween when it is 50-75% off lol
Some non-chocolate candies have a long shelf life so you might want to check that out too! Go expiration date hunting!
I am supplimenting my candy table with some cookies,nuts and preztels to save a little money.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre
Yes, E-6000 is the only way to go for small, shiny things like rhinestones! Make sure to clean the cap before putting it back on, so you don’t glue it on!
Post # 8
I’m doing a candy buffet as well. When I first started looking for jars I was shocked at how expensive they actually were. I don’t like plain jane jars. So I thought a candy buffet was out of the question for me.
But today I found two amazing deals. IMO of course. One of them is about $23 off until the sale ends ( not sure when that is ) at Sears. The other is a new product I found searching endless pages of google. And the best part ? Sears has online layaway if your on a budget like I am. 😛
I’m using 12 jars, two of each set. Maybe a few others if I find anything I like along the way.
Post # 9
I just bought flip flops last weekend at Target for $1 a pair, they had a limited selection of colors but I got lucky that they had bright yellow for us. It would be worth checking out and they seem to bed ecent quality (compareable to Old Navy). When figuring quantites I would buy a few pairs in men’s sizes, those tux shoes can be uncomfortable too!
Post # 10
We did a mini candy buffet. We only had a few large jars. It gets expensive quick! Esp if you’re doing a color scheme! We had 1 large jar of (fake) M&M’s and a jar of jelly beans all in yellow & green colors. We also had a mini jar that held 2-3 bags of andees mints and 1 jar of cheap olde white/green sucking hard candies. I spent probably $75 although I wish I could have spent less. I also got free little baggies from work and didn’t worry about fancy labels – people will eat the candy! I got 3 scoops for $1 at walmart. It wasn’t a huge deal where I calculated out lbs/guest and all that. I just made a nice little arrangement that was situated near the coffee station. Almost all the candy was gone at the end of the night so I think it turned out well.
Post # 11
I didn’t get glass jars, but glass “deep plates” from Ikea for my candy buffet. Bowls / plates are usually cheap and easy to find in a suiting color. I got my flowers from afloral.com. They arrived being beautiful and it was fairly cheap. I am making all the flowers myself. Good luck!
Post # 12
I am having my Vow Renewal in a park, which means no glass jars for my candy buffet… so I am doing this with 2 liter bottles… practically free… This says to use a 20 oz bottle, but a 2 liter and 3 liter will be perfect for a candy buffet I think…
Recycle a Plastic Bottle into a Vase
I love this website:) it has helped me come up with so many ideas;)