Post # 1
I am so excited to post my first post! I just started wedding planning and feel so stressed out that it’s not even fun anymore 🙁 My wedding is in March 2013 and we just booked a venue! The only thing I have down is my wedding dress and save the date cards. I feel so overwhelm because I don’t know where to start and that time is running out? We’re on a tight budget since we are paying for our own wedding and all the things I want seem to be way more expensive than I expected- like flowers, photography, and music… Borderline I just want to elope!
Anyways, I’m really hoping I could get some advice and help from my fellow weddingbee brides. I want a winter wonderlandly theme wedding and really want crystal trees for my centerpieces. But they seem to be super pricely. Any ideas on how to give the same glam effect without spending a lot of money. I really want to minimize the amount of flowers used as the venue that we picked makes us use their house preferred florist thats super pricey.
Are there any websites that are good deals to get invitations, wedding favors, or things that I need to buy? I just have no idea where to start and it’s driving me insane…
Also, I really would love to lose 10-15 lbs for the wedding. Any tips on that?
Thanks in advance for wedding my post and I hope to hear back from you!! 🙂
-Bride in Distress
Post # 3
To save mone on your invitations you can print your own, target, walmart kmart all sell 50 count kits, you just format and print. Here is one from target.com that would go with you winter wedding theme;
$40, 50 count invitation kits free shipping on all orders of 50 or more.
Post # 4
The center piece idea you have is going to be expensive. My advice is to sit down and go over your budget, since you have the venue and dress, subtract that cost from you budget, and see what your left with. The next few things you need to book are photographer, DJ, cater if ones needed. Once thats done deduct that cost from you budget see whats left, and you will know what you have to work with regarding decor, flowers, transporation if needed.
Post # 5
Maybe I don’t understand what you mean by crystal trees, but I would start Googling for info about DIY winter branch centerpieces. There has GOT to be a way to do that with some kind of glitter spray and branches.
Many brides these days are skipping favors…or doing something DIY like cookies, fudge, etc. I would really put them at the bottom of your priorities list unless it’s a special thing for you.
Post # 6
Have you paid your deposit on your venue?
The single biggest savings I had was choosing a venue that let me bring in my own vendors. That saved soooo much money since it gives you choice and negotiating ability.
Of not, I agree about DIY centerpieces and possibly even bouquets.
Take each item one at a time. Its easier to say, but try not to stress. Choose a project, complete it and start the next one.
How many people are you expecting?
Post # 7
Pinterest! And DIY. I’m sure you could make trees by buying sticks for cheap (like the slightly more decorative kind) and then buying jewels of some sort to hang off of them from a craft store. I made my own invitations for less than $20 by cutting 12×12 sheets of decorative paper (like for scrapbooking) into 4×6 cards and printing on it then gluing ribbon/pearls on it. We also made thumb print hearts to make it more personal.
Pinterest is amazing for ideas, especially DIY ideas. And for exercise tips.
Post # 8
I just got married and there were several things i thought were so important and they wernt at all. Like centerpieces and flowers. Dont panic!! We got our flowers from a local grocery store,publix, and put them in vases. NO one really cares about all the decorations. Our guests had so much fun drinking and dancing and nothing else mattered!
Post # 9
Dont panic! I did the same thing as you when I realised how expensive everything is.
Firstly, make a priority list. Is having great photos more important than decorations?
I would also get on pinterest and look at all the DIY options. You may love the crystal trees, but they can be expensive. What about getting some branches, and spraying them silver and have a handful of crystals hanging from them instead?
Any friend labour you can use is great! I have friends doing my hair and makeup, flowers, cake set up. if someone offers help, take it!
Post # 10
For winter wedding last year I’ve saw a branch centrepiece – I think they were just cut off trees and painted white with spray paint and had sparkles hung from them. It would be a bit of work but you could get it ready ahead of time.
here are some ideas: