The Budget Savvy Bride » Avalon http://thebudgetsavvybride.com helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:30:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 {Avalon} Irene is NOT My Friend: part deux http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-irene-is-not-my-friend-part-deux/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-irene-is-not-my-friend-part-deux/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11994 I’m still here! I’m almost done, I swear. I just came back from my refreshing and relaxing honeymoon, which thankfully went off without a hitch. Unlike my wedding. Remember? Many of you wanted to know more details of my canceled/redone/thrown-together-in-five-seconds wedding, and I’m here to give them to you! After I got over the fact […]

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I’m still here! I’m almost done, I swear. I just came back from my refreshing and relaxing honeymoon, which thankfully went off without a hitch. Unlike my wedding. Remember?

Many of you wanted to know more details of my canceled/redone/thrown-together-in-five-seconds wedding, and I’m here to give them to you!

After I got over the fact that my wedding was being canceled [am I over it?] my fiancé soon-to-be-husband and I shot it in gear. Always the levelheaded, my man kept me in check by looking me straight in the eye and saying “I don’t know what we’re going to do, but if this day ends and I’m not married to you, I’m going to freak out”. We quickly decided that being married was the most important aspect of our wedding day [obviously], so we settled on having our ceremony a few hours later in the living room of my Groom’s childhood home.

As soon as we made the call to his parents the were in a flurry moving around furniture and setting up last minute decorations. My parents took to calling all of the closest family and friends with the update of location and event. Our wedding party whirl winded around getting dressed for our new celebration. We decided that the guys would wear their matching outfits and the girls would just dress it up pretty. I honestly can’t remember why we decided this, but I’m sure in the flurry of things there wasn’t really a reason. We all got ready in the wedding night hotel suite, eventually leaving it looking like an actual hurricane of clothes went through. I did not have a backup/less formal wedding dress [shocking, I know] but for once luck was on my side. One of my bridesmaids had a gorgeous cream floor length dress she graciously gave me for the occasion.

Dressed to the nines we made it over to Ben’s parent’s house where they had whipped up an awesome spread of cheese and crackers followed by delivery pizza. Classy, I know. In times of hurricanes, pizza is what happens.

Our actual ceremony took place in the living room with 50 or so friends and family members crammed in, standing room only. The priest fumbled with his part, we fumbled with ours, but it ended the right with sealed with a ring, a kiss, and commitment!

All dressed up for a hurricane wedding!
Our barely used but much appreciated bouquets
And...we're married! And exhausted, can you tell??

My husband and I have come to realize that in many ways we were lucky. We had a much more intimate ceremony than we planned, and it was even more memorable than we could have hoped. We were able to get our money back from the venue, and a good chunk back from the caterer, so in a sense, we saved money! With a lack of festivities we had more time to spend one on one with visiting family and friends that would have otherwise been taken up by wedding reception formalities.

We’re thinking that some day we will have our big reception that we’re missing, but we’re not even remotely ready to think about all that yet!

-Avalon

PS…we did get all dressed up for formal pictures…

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{Avalon} Irene is NOT My Friend http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-irene-is-not-my-friend/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-irene-is-not-my-friend/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:00:04 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11847 Hello friends! I’ve been MIA the past two weeks because I have been frantically preparing for my wedding! I have had several lovely experiences during that time that I will forever remember. I had an amazing and successful bachelorette party on Martha’s Vineyard followed by an adorable rehearsal dinner barbecue in the backyard of my […]

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Hello friends!
I’ve been MIA the past two weeks because I have been frantically preparing for my wedding! I have had several lovely experiences during that time that I will forever remember. I had an amazing and successful bachelorette party on Martha’s Vineyard followed by an adorable rehearsal dinner barbecue in the backyard of my fiance’s childhood home. I was watching the weather the whole time, not avidly, but I was paying attention. The first time my wedding date showed up on the ten day forecast I was pleasantly surprised to see that it would be seventy-nine and sunny! Amazing luck! I was prepared for rain, but it looked like I was in the clear!
Then that brat Irene came around. Like the rest of the country, I witnessed the east coast slowly going bananas over this impending hurricane as it crept its way towards the states. Then I watched the hysteria grow as the hurricane swept by Florida without touching land. Then I watched the bottled water fly off the shelves as the hurricane touched down in North Carolina. Then I watched the news as NYC was evacuated and declared in a state of emergency. Then I watched the weatherman tell me that the eye of the hurricane would be passing through just seven miles from my venue on the day of the wedding.  Shockingly, I still wasn’t panicking.

The morning of my wedding I awoke in western Massachusetts to some heavy rain and my hairstylist calling me to tell me she wasn’t venturing out in a hurricane. While I will say it was a tropical storm at best, I didn’t want her to risk her life to put a million bobby pins in my hair. And this my friends, is when I started panicking. My bridesmaids kept me moving, kept me calm, and we checked into the hotel to get ready for the big day while pictures of flooding were being splashed upon the television screen.

And then my venue called. They lost power. My wedding was canceled.

YES. CANCELED.

I know. I also know that I just gave y’all the most dramatic build up in the world, but canceled? Seriously? We never get hurricanes in Massachusetts on a normal day, nevermind the day of my wedding! I freaked out for a few minutes and then realized I wasn’t going to torture myself with crying because although I had spent a year of my life and thousands of dollars on this very disastrous day, it was not anything I could control. My fiance immediately told me that he would be the most upset if the day went by and we didn’t get married. After we called everyone on our guest list, we then called our close friends and family to have them meet at the groom’s parent’s house for a makeshift ceremony. It ended up being hilariously imperfect and thrown together, not at all what I had planned. My husband and I came to the conclusion that we would never really have the wedding we had planned considering that around half of our guests traveled quite a long distance to be there with us on Hurricane Day. Even if we had wanted to bump it a day, the power at our venue was still out.

The day after our wedding day was gorgeous, naturally. We took that opportunity to don our wedding attire for the first time and get those photographs done! Although we had an abundance of phone calls to return, cupcakes, flowers, favors, etc. we managed to make it out the other end alive and happy.

The moral of my sob story is that the best part of a wedding is the marriage. Literally EVERYTHING went wrong for our wedding [or what we had of one] but we said our vows, meant every word, and now we are blissfully, happily, giddily married.

That being said, I am wishing all of you nothing but blue skies for your big days! -Avalon

PS: Pictures to follow, I promise

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{Avalon} The iPod Playlist http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-the-ipod-playlist/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-the-ipod-playlist/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:02:32 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11673 Dun dun dunnnnnn. That was supposed to be a dramatic sound effect after I revealed our music source for our wedding, however sound effects aren’t properly portrayed via text. That’s right, the fiance and I have opted for an iPod wedding, complete with a laborious playlist. Luckily for us, our venue offers a ready made […]

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Dun dun dunnnnnn. That was supposed to be a dramatic sound effect after I revealed our music source for our wedding, however sound effects aren’t properly portrayed via text. That’s right, the fiance and I have opted for an iPod wedding, complete with a laborious playlist. Luckily for us, our venue offers a ready made sound system just waiting to be connected to my ipod, so we could hardly pass up the opportunity to be frugal. After I saw the included sound system I started making a mental playlist in my head, which I later transferred from my brain to my iPod.
One day during my daily wedding blog perusing I happened across this incredibly helpful article. I ended up taking quite a few pieces of advice from this entry. I broke my playlists down into sections; Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, and Dancing. Breaking up the playlists made the task of preparing them less daunting and way more organized. I searched around the internet for new and fun wedding playlists that didn’t include “Kung Fu Fighting” [sorry, not my thing!]. Because I am an internet ninja I found this AMAZING article that provides 175 unique, fun and upbeat wedding song suggestions! I immediately got my downloading pants on, and tore through the list.
We are now down to crunch time in the timeline of our wedding, so we really should have all the music figured out by now, however we aren’t perfect. I will provide you with a sampling of our playlists!Ceremony:
Processional: Something by Vitamin String Quartet, they are amazing!
Recessional: “You Are The Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagneCocktail Hour:
Your Love Gets Sweeter” – Finley Quaye
Sweet Darlin’” – She & Him
You and I” – Ingrid Michaelson
All I Do Is Dream of You” – Michael Buble

Dinner:
This is actually to be determined, because I cannot decide what to do! I can’t decide if we should stick solely to instrumentals, or even just one artist? We will see!

Dancing:
Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’” – Mayer Hawthorne
Signed, Sealed, Delivered” – Stevie Wonder
The Way You Look Tonight” – Maroon5
Heart Attack” – Raphael Saadiq

There it is! A smattering of styles that I’m hoping come together nicely. We’ve convinced one of our dear friends to be the MC and man the iPod, so we’re hoping all goes smoothly.
Anyone else opting for an iPod wedding?

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Wedding Stress… Just Breathe!! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-stress-just-breathe/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-stress-just-breathe/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 12:00:16 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11538 While the rest of my posts have been about color schemes, décor, and projects, this post is going to be about the most important aspect of wedding planning: taking care of yourself! In short, wedding planning is overwhelming.  The balance of wedding planning and the rest of your life is virtually non-existent, speaking from my […]

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While the rest of my posts have been about color schemes, décor, and projects, this post is going to be about the most important aspect of wedding planning: taking care of yourself!

In short, wedding planning is overwhelming.  The balance of wedding planning and the rest of your life is virtually non-existent, speaking from my own experience of course. I eat, sleep, and breathe weddings, whether consciously or not.  I think about my never-ending to do list while in the shower, making dinner, and even balancing expense reports at work [whoops]. This constant background noise in my life has proven to be overwhelming and stressful, and I am willing to bet some of you feel the same way.

While overwhelming, wedding planning is also magical. Here it is, the day we’ve thought about since we saw Maid Marion ride off with Robin Hood in the Disney classic [oh, just me?]. It is so important to keep the magic with you along with the stress, if only to maintain good perspective. Here are a few tips that have helped me maintain my sanity and excitement leading up to the big day!

#1. Take time for yourself, non-wedding related  – After awhile I found myself running around like a mad woman without taking any time for myself between working full time, planning a wedding, and moving [oh yes, I also just moved, great timing. I know]. I found that I was much happier and more reasonable after I took a personal time out here and there. Because I’m an adult now [HA], even taking time out of my day to go to the gym felt like a break for my brain.

#2. Stop looking at countdowns  – When you first get engaged it is tempting to make a countdown somewhere in your life that ticks down until “the big day”. Trust me, we all do it. In my personal opinion it stops being exciting once the double digits arrive and it just turns into a stress clock. Unless you are completely oblivious to what day it is, in reality you don’t need a countdown.

#3. Date night – Oh right, there’s the guy you are walking down the aisle with! Just because you’re planning one of the most romantic days in your life doesn’t mean all other romance must stop! For fun, hit up some of your old stomping grounds to reminisce of a time when you didn’t talk about floral arrangements [unless you did then, because that’s cool too].

#4. Organize yourself – I have found that one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding is staying focused. It is so easy to want to try to do everything all at the same time, but that is obviously not very productive. Break your tasks down into groups to be done weekly, and try going at in that fashion. If you finish your weekly task early, reward yourself with #1 or squeeze in an extra #3!

#5. Take time to remember what you’re doing – Don’t forget, YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED! It’s amazing, and easy to lose sight of once headcounts and addressing invitations rolls around. The most important part about all this planning is that you are marrying the love of your life, and what is a better reward than that?

How is everyone doing on stress? Am I the only one that needs to be calmed down?

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Dress Me Up Pretty! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/dress-me-up-pretty/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/dress-me-up-pretty/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11468 I enjoy looking slightly put together just as much as the next girl, but I have never really gotten into accessories. Sure I have a few nice pairs of shoes and statement necklaces, but they aren’t anything to write home about. I know from reading wedding blogs that the accessories are a huge part of […]

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I enjoy looking slightly put together just as much as the next girl, but I have never really gotten into accessories. Sure I have a few nice pairs of shoes and statement necklaces, but they aren’t anything to write home about. I know from reading wedding blogs that the accessories are a huge part of the complete package, and I was decently unprepared. After I picked out my dress I knew that the daunting task of choosing accessories was coming up next. As I mentioned in a previous post, the first thing I figured out was that I wasn’t really a veil-wearing bride. So the first accessory I purchased was my beautiful flower for my hair. I spent hours [days?] looking at Etsy.com and every single hair ornament I could lay eyes on. Thankfully I settled on this one days later and I am in love with this flower.
It is important to note that there is also a small flower on the sash of my wedding dress, so we’re really flowered out now. I figured that if I placed the flower on the opposite side of my body than the flower on the dress we would be good to go, and no one would be distracted by my matrimonial garden.
Jewelry wise, initially I wanted to have a big chunky statement necklace to fill up the space that my strapless dress was leaving void. After careful consideration I realized that a chunky necklace really wouldn’t look right between two flowers. I continued to drive myself crazy for about a month before I decided that I was going to *gasp* forgo the necklace all together. With the necklace finally stricken from the list I gratefully moved on to earrings. I searched many options from dangley, to chandelier, to posts when I happened on these beauties.
So, it’s probably relevant to tell ya’ll that my wedding colors are grey and yellow. These earrings made me squeal, yes squeal, with delight the moment I saw them! They are fun and they go along with my color scheme! They are the size of a medium post earring so not too big but just the right size to get noticed. I love them.When it came to shoes I knew I wanted something slightly unconventional and in short, awesome. I decided on grey for no reason other than there are more grey options in shoes than yellow for some reason. After scouring every shoe website I finally found the ones I love.

These shoes are super high but super sexy and I’m ready for the challenge. I am incredibly short and these shoes will be completely hidden under my wedding dress, so it’s basically like my little secret/lie [because I will be tricking people into thinking I’m tall].
The flower was $35, the earrings were $30, and the shoes were $50, making me feel pretty proud of my shopping skills. Normally I don’t like to spend more than $20 on anything, but I noticed that in the wedding world this becomes a hard line to live by. I happily finished off my wedding day attire at only a little over $100. Great success!
How are ya’ll doing with the accessories scavenger hunt? Are you leaving any big ones [like a necklace] out?

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Wedding Favor Assembly http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-favor-assembly/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-favor-assembly/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11379 Previously I wrote about the journey of wedding favor selection, and I just finished putting them all together! Just to jog your memory, after much deliberation the fiance and I decided on colorful stick candy for our favors. We ordered them from Cracker Barrel at just 10 cents a pop! When we picked up the […]

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Previously I wrote about the journey of wedding favor selection, and I just finished putting them all together! Just to jog your memory, after much deliberation the fiance and I decided on colorful stick candy for our favors. We ordered them from Cracker Barrel at just 10 cents a pop! When we picked up the order, the ladies working were nice enough to throw some extras in gratis just in case we happened upon some broken sticks [we did].
I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to package the sticks, but I knew I wanted to maximize the cuteness as much as possible. I toyed around with some ideas including just wrapping them up in a bow, but ultimately settled on a pretty package. I ordered some cellophane “treat bags” from Amazon.com that only ran me about $3 per 60 count! I quickly began punching out my own heart confetti, because it is apparently impossible to find heart confetti in yellow or gray.
I knew I wanted to include a cute and simple thank you note on each favor just thanking the guest for making it out to our special day. After playing around with wording for way. too. long. we settled on “Love is sweet! Thank you for sharing our special day!”. It was perfect because it was concise and also a little bit pun-ny [ get it? Love is sweet and its a tag on candy, and candy is sweet, just like love….you get it]. After some toying around on the computer I made up a template for name tags and printed out the labels on tan colored paper. Once I had my beautiful labels all printed and cut, that’s when I went crazy. High on weddings and arts and crafts I decided I wanted to SEW the labels to slightly larger gray hang tags that I also made. I sat down at my sewing machine and individually sewed 130 labels to 130 hang tags, only after playing the sewing machine “what level tension do I need” game for about an hour. I sewed them in kind of a messy manor because the uneven stitches looked surprisingly rustic, which worked in my favor.

I put one of each flavor of candy stick in a cellophane bag with a pinch of homemade heart confetti.
I took some of the leftover [from the invitations] yellow bakers twine and wrapped the top of each bag, and affixed the homemade tags from hell.

I am happy with the final product! I apologize for these sub par photographs, I was relying on the camera on my ipod touch…not that great. Good news is, I am finally done putting them all together!

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Wedding Veils http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-veils/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-veils/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:00:28 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11198 I remember feeling a huge sigh of relief after I finally said “YES” to the dress at the bridal salon last fall. This feeling of relaxation was quickly replaced with a feeling of panic as the lady at the salon placed a veil atop my head. OH YEAH, THE VEIL. How could I forget? I […]

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I remember feeling a huge sigh of relief after I finally said “YES” to the dress at the bridal salon last fall. This feeling of relaxation was quickly replaced with a feeling of panic as the lady at the salon placed a veil atop my head.
OH YEAH, THE VEIL. How could I forget? I left that day without purchasing a veil because I couldn’t wrap my mind around another component to my outfit just yet. The veil that adorned my head on that momentous day looked something like this:

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After some later contemplation I realized that this look was not the look for me. My fiance and I were envisioning something quirky and whimsical for our casual outdoor ceremony, so this veil didn’t really fit with what we were picturing. My fiance also decided he was forgoing the traditional tux and sticking with a simple vest/trouser combo, so a veil would have looked a little formal and out of place next to him.

My next idea was a shortened version of the traditional veil, the full birdcage style. I was set on this one for the longest time. I loved the casual but elegant look of the birdcage veil and I also loved the retro feel it added to my entire look. It seemed perfect for our outdoor fete and it was spoke to me for the look I was going for. I had my heart set on a particular one I found on Etsy, and I was almost ready to fork over the $80 for something I was pretty sure I could probably make at my kitchen table.

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Before I purchased anything I went for my first fitting and I told the attendants that I was skipping the long veil and had my heart set on a birdcage style to complete my look. As they were pinning me here and there, they came up with a birdcage veil that I could try on with my dress before I made the final decision. While the veil wasn’t an exact replica of what I was planning on purchasing, it had the same idea and looked something like this:

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I hated it.

I was heartbroken when I left my fitting, but I quickly accepted that maybe veils weren’t for me. When I was standing in front of the mirror with the veil on I realized that I hated having something over my face! I hated feeling claustrophobic behind all that netting and didn’t love feeling like I was going to walk to the end of the aisle and surprise my husband-to-be with what was behind that veil. After I accepted my wedding day would seriously be lacking in the veil department, I decided to jazz up my hair with an equally elegant accessory. I found this flower clip online and I am thrilled with my purchase and my decision!

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Beautiful right? What about you guys, are you going with a veil? Or something less traditional?

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/i-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/i-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=11042 Anyone trying to tackle wedding planning knows how far a little help can go! I am somewhat of a perfectionist and a lot of a control freak so accepting the help when offered is another problem all together. Recently while looking over my ever growing [when it should be shrinking] to-do list, I realized that […]

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Anyone trying to tackle wedding planning knows how far a little help can go! I am somewhat of a perfectionist and a lot of a control freak so accepting the help when offered is another problem all together. Recently while looking over my ever growing [when it should be shrinking] to-do list, I realized that I REALLY lucked out in the helpful acquaintances department.

The week after I got engaged I had my lovely friend Caroline offer to take my engagement AND wedding photos for me. She admitted to having little to no wedding photography experience, but I was happy to have her on board anyway. I was thrilled to have someone who I knew around to capture all the moments I didn’t want to ever forget. The fiance and I tried her and her new photog partner out for our engagement photos, and now we are SO excited to see the wedding pictures in August! Caroline and Kylie are INSANELY talented behind the lens with the astonishing ability to make me look less awkward!

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After trolling the interwebs for centerpiece ideas, I finally found one that felt like it fit us. We decided on herb centerpieces with the name of the herb acting as the table name. I spent time jotting down as many herbs as I could think of but knew that my plant-killing hands could never cultivate such beauties. As soon as she heard of my garden flare idea my aunt offered to not only grow the plants but also – BONUS – create the pots to hold the herbs on a pottery wheel! She’s working her way up to favorite aunt…

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My older brother’s lovely girlfriend is an organic baker in Portland, Oregon where they live. One day my brother mentioned in passing she could probably do some wedding baking and I jumped on the opportunity! To my delight the bro’s gf agreed to not only bake my cupcakes on this side of the country, but they were also serving as their wedding gift to us!

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My lovely friend Clayton has an equally lovely sister who just began an internship at a flower shop! I know, I know, could fate have dealt us a better hand of helpful and wonderful people? She surprised me with floral arrangements for my bridal shower and then knocked my socks off by offering to also do the bouquets and flowers for the wedding! I almost collapsed with gratitude at this point.

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I know that sharing with ya’ll what wonderful support I have seems like bragging….but I really just wanted it to be inspiration for us all to ask for help when we need it and offer it when we can! Put your feelers out, you might be surprised at what you can check off your list!

PS – Obviously I wasn’t paid for any of these glowing recommendations, I just love them and am forever grateful for their contributions to my big day!

 

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Which Favor to Favor? http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/which-favor-to-favor/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/which-favor-to-favor/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=10742 When it came to favors the fiance and I knew we didn’t really want to trot down the traditional path.We knew we wanted something unique and if possible something that represented us as a couple. As I’m sure everyone reading this blog is aware, that is a tall order for something being ordered in bulk […]

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When it came to favors the fiance and I knew we didn’t really want to trot down the traditional path.We knew we wanted something unique and if possible something that represented us as a couple. As I’m sure everyone reading this blog is aware, that is a tall order for something being ordered in bulk cost effectively. We toyed around with a whole mess of different ideas, the favorites of which I will share with you now!
1. Cookie Mix Jars
I saw this idea and immediately fell in love. Basically it is a jar filled with the dry fixings to make delicious cookies! Instructions are included, and guests get a tasty treat for later. This is probably also a budget savvy favor because usually the dry baking ingredients are the cheapest!

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2. Potted Seed Paper Plants
This idea is too adorable for words. Guests take the pots home and then plant the seed paper leaves in the soil. The paper disintegrates and the seeds from the paper are then implanted in the potted soil! You could even write a little note or thank you on the leaves.

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3. Scrabble Magnets
My fiance and I LOVE to play scrabble, so when I saw this idea I was in love! The more I read into it, the more I realized the cost might get out of hand and the amount of work that would go into it might be more than I was willing to sacrifice. There are some places where you can order scrabble letters in bulk, but picking the words out for the magnets is where it gets a little tricky.

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After much discussion we realized that the majority of our guests were coming from far away to attend our wedding. Given that most of our guests would be temporarily living out of their suitcases while in town, we figured that maybe a large or cumbersome favor was not the way to go, no matter how cute.

We finally settled on a completely different favor that more adequately fit the needs of our guests, Old Fashioned Stick Candy.

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I saw this idea on a wedding blog out there, and was completely enamored by the budget savviness of the idea! Stick Candy comes in a variety of different colors [good for wedding color coordination] and is incredibly affordable. The fiance and I went to Cracker Barrel and ordered three different flavors per person with the plan of wrapping them up pretty when we get them!

Cost breakdown:
$0.10 per stick
x130 guests
x3
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$39.00!!

I will even throw in a super generous $20 for wrapping material [raffia perhaps?], making the favor total for 130 guests finish off at $59. Not bad right?
Check back for updates on the completed favor later!

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{Avalon} Invites: Out of Sight Out of Mind! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-invites-out-of-sight-out-of-mind/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/avalon-invites-out-of-sight-out-of-mind/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=10480 I am seriously addicted to online research. Can you be addicted to such a thing? Before every decision I make I hop on the interwebs and check out the situation, ie; reviews, deals, coupons, etc. Wedding invitations were no exception to this illness. I ordered packet after packet of free samples from companies and spent […]

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I am seriously addicted to online research. Can you be addicted to such a thing? Before every decision I make I hop on the interwebs and check out the situation, ie; reviews, deals, coupons, etc. Wedding invitations were no exception to this illness. I ordered packet after packet of free samples from companies and spent long lengths of time looking at each one and trying to decide if I really cared about paper weight.

After much ado, I decided that I liked what Invitations By Dawn had to offer the most. The invite wording was 100% customizeable and I love the way they turned out!

 

With our invitations we also ordered inner lined envelopes, coordinating RSVPs and tissue. When it all arrived packaged so nicely I realized I had no idea how to put them together or what I wanted them to look like. After some more brainstorming I bought a tag puncher by our girl Martha Stewart and some lovely amazing bakers twine from The Twinery.

 

One night while watching American Idol I sat down and punched little tags out of yellow corrugated oak tag and stamped a grey heart on each one. I piled the paper goods together in the order of invitation, tissue, rsvp, website card, and wrapped them in three rounds of twine. I secured my little heart tag, and voila, my invitations were finished!

Needless to say I am now in love with bakers twine and I want to use it for everything.

We also decided to take a page out of fellow BSB blogger Julie’s book and include a wedding website card to let people know [again, it was on our save the dates] what our website is and where they can get their information.

Invitation tips I learned along the way:

1. I’ve said it before, sign up for newsletters and pay attention to sales for the best invitation bargain!

2. Take a finished invitation product to the post office before you plan on mailing so you can be sure of the correct postage for your invites.

3. Do the invitation process in pieces so you don’t get overwhelmed or frustrated. Trust me, it makes a difference!

 

How is the invitation process coming along for ya’ll?

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