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posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I know you have a peacock theme, but you may be able to save some money by going a little simpler and just salting in the peacock when you can. For example, you could go with a more white or ivory overall theme with pops of the blue/green/purple. If you buy some bulk peacock feathers, you can mix them into your bouquets and centerpieces.

If you’re not worried about everything matching, hunt through your house and that of your close family and friends for white and clear vases. You can borrow them for your wedding and put some flowers and feathers in there. 

Definitely print your own invitations at home. You can do beautiful invitations on white cardstock and if you know anyone that is into scrapbooking or crafting, you can ask them for ideas on pressing the paper, or even gluing or stamping a peacock feather onto the invitations.

Going with peacock accents instead of peacock everywhere should be an easy way to cut corners while still having a beautiful, classy event.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you chosen a venue? Do they supply linens? If not, it is often less expensive to buy your linens, then sell them after the wedding that it would be to rent them.

Using white linens may be less expensive and easier to find. You can also find linens on http://www.recycledbride.com, Ebay and Craigslist.

You can check all Craigslist sites at the same time by going to    http://www.google.com

enter     site:craigslist.org

then add what you are looking for   in this case   Teal table runners

Here are the results of that search:

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=site:craigslist.org+teal+table+runners&oq=site:craigslist.org+teal+table+runners&gs_l=hp.3…1644.15826.0.16556.40.39.1.0.0.0.282.2671.33j3j3.39.0.les%3B..0.0…1c.1.eTiJI0591Qg&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=3f58fa4e46081c66&biw=1010&bih=461

Keep centerpieces simple- the less fresh flowers you use, the less the cost.

You can collect jars and vases and use them for both candleholders and vases. Pick some that are narrow at the top and use these for single flowers. You have lots of time to get friends and family to help collect. There are lots of tutorials online re how to color clear glass.

Do you have a Pinterest account? It is a great way to sort and save ideas for later use.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It looks like you still have some time, so maybe start shopping around more. I went to our local grocery store a week before my wedding and ordered my bouquet for $35 (compared to $85 at local florist shops) and it was beautiful! We went on minted.com and spent $135 for 75 invitations printed with envelopes. We went to the Christmas Tree Shoppe and bought centerpiece sets for $8 each. I bought my bridesmaid’s dresses for $17 each on clearance at Banana Republic, they were originally $99 each. Since you already have a color scheme you could shop at the end of seasons. Maybe you could get some black or purple vases on clearance after Halloween, or green ones after Christmas.

I think that sometimes DIY projects can take longer and be more expensive in the long run than just looking for someone who can do it inexpensively, unless you are very good at it already. So I would shop until you find something good and look for coupons. We had popcorn as part of our favors and several months before the wedding a radio station had a 50/50 gift certificate for our local popcorn store, so we got the popcorn for half off.

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