One of my best friends just got engaged to be married! Congratulations Kat! It is such an exciting time especially the planning and the time right before the wedding. Every bride wants the perfect wedding and the perfect weather. Well, you can only do so much, right? I got married in August of last year. Some may still call us newly weds. For our wedding, I did most of the planning and all of the decorating! It was a lot of work, but I also enjoyed it very much, and I saved a lot of money! Since it is wedding season, I decided to share some of the crafts that I made for our wedding.
Paint.net, which is a program that you can download for free. I cut each and every paper! That was the hardest part of this project. If I were to do it again, I would invest in a paper cutter. There were also two cards that went with the invitation. One had all the info for times and places and the other was an RSVP card to be returned with a reply so I had a semi accurate account of guests. I also included a return envelope with a stamp. I wanted it to be as simple and convenient for the guests as possible.
The place cards were also a lot of work. These were made after getting the RSVP cards back. Again I cut and folded all of these by hand. The outside is the hand written name in calligraphy and on the inside their table number and a note of thanks in the guest's original language which was either English, Spanish, or Filipino. I was a little upset at the guests who didn't show, because I feel like I wasted time and energy in making their place cards so personal. But, it happens, people won't show even if they say they will. I'm over it now!
jumping the broom. During this ceremony, the couple will sweep away their old life and leap into their new family together. I found this broom in an Asian food store. It was very cheap. I decorated it with our colors. I used blue ribbon and a gold wire spiraling down the handle of the broom. I embellished it with ribbon flowers and bows that I made. I also used gold glitter hair spray for the bristles of the broom.
There are so many resources out there and online for ideas for your own wedding. You can save so much money by doing some things yourself, and you might have fun doing it! You could also recruit some of your bridesmaids or family members to help.