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The completed beverage server.

Garden Themed Beverage Server/Bird BathMade this punch bowl bird bath to serve punch in at a wedding reception with a garden theme.

 

A wedding budget list on a clipboard.

The Best Ways To Cut Your Wedding BudgetMany brides and grooms get a wedding quote with everything they desire, but it's over budget. 

 

Wedding Reception Table Topper

Wedding Reception Table TopperWeddings can be very expensive. One place you can, not only save money but also, exhibit your creativity and personal taste is by making your own table toppers for the reception. This page contains steps and photos you will need to make a table topper or get ideas for your own version.

 

Let Love Grow Wedding Favor Gift - finished favor

Succulent Plant Wedding FavorGive your wedding guests a living favor gift. Learn how to make these "Let Love Grow" wedding favors, using painted plastic pots and succulent cuttings.

 

DIY Folded Name Place Cards

DIY Folded Name Place CardsLearn how to make original, handcrafted folded placecards. They are perfect for a wedding reception, party, or other get together with assigned table seating.

 

The completed wedding anniversary card.

Wedding Anniversary Greetings CardYou don't need to be brilliant at drawing to make this cute anniversary card. Just follow the instructions and with the addition of some scraps of paper and glue you'll make a card to be proud of

 

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Sides To Serve 175 With Lasagna?I'm making lasagna to serve at our son's wedding. We are planning for 175 guests. What sides would you suggest that are good but not too expensive?

 

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Trash Can Bridal Shower Wishing Well?How do I make the supports for a trash can bridal shower wishing well so I can place a top onto it? Do I put the legs into the can with a cross bar on top? Ideas?

 

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Vow Renewal Ceremony?My husband and I just celebrated 19 years of marriage on March 17th. Our first wedding was just with the justice of the peace which was fine with both of us at the time. I just randomly picked a day a month before we knew we wanted to get married.

 

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Inexpensive Wedding Dinner Ideas?Can any suggest cheap ideas for a wedding dinner?

 

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Venue for 5th Year Vow Renewal?My husband and I are planning to renew our vows next year for our 5 year wedding anniversary. I already have a dress. We have no kids. We want a wedding that we never had, but not in a church partially since we have a lot of friends and family. Any suggestions?

 

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Decorating Exposed Steel Beams for Wedding Reception?My daughter's wedding reception will be in a church activity center that has exposed steel beams in the walls for a total of 6 - 8 beams. How can I disguise them?

 

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A bouquet of early spring flowers.

Colors for a March WeddingMany brides choose their wedding colors based on the season. This is a very traditional approach; use it if it works for you. March leads into spring bringing to mind bright or pastel floral colors. However, choosing your favorite colors is always an option.

 

White cake with a "love" topper, twinkling light backdrop.

Wedding Reception in a Church's GymKeeping the decorating costs down and creating an elegant setting can be a challenge in a gymnasium. This is a page about wedding reception in a church's gym.

 

Welcome Bags: one looks like a tuxedo and the other a wedding dress.

Welcome Bags for Wedding GuestsPut together a welcome bag for your out of town wedding guests. The contents can vary depending on the location of the ceremony. This is a page about welcome bags for wedding guests.

 

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Side Dishes for Baked Chicken at Wedding?My daughter is serving baked chicken at her wedding reception and we're wondering what are some good side dishes. We're both picky eaters but we both want everyone to enjoy the food and have a good variety without overdoing it. Also, any tips for wedding favors?

 

Wedding Reception Decorations

Inexpensive Wedding Reception IdeasWeddings can easily get expensive very quickly. Help keep the cost of your wedding down by planning an inexpensive wedding reception. This is a page about inexpensive wedding reception ideas.

 

Notebook labelled Wedding Budget surrounded by flowers

Planning a Wedding for Under $1000This is a page about planning a wedding for under $1000. Weddings can be very costly. Working with a relatively small budget can be a challenge.

 

Box with 50th Anniversary written in gold.

Writing a 50th Wedding Anniversary AnnouncementBeing married for 50 years is worth celebrating. This page has tips and examples for writing a 50th wedding anniversary announcement.

 

Wedding Pen Holder

Wedding Pen Holder IdeasThis is a page about wedding pen holder ideas. When planning a wedding the bride often wants to have a memorable wedding book display area that fits in with the overall theme.

 

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Inexpensive Catholic Wedding Venue in New York?Can any one please advise how we can organise a Catholic wedding in New York? We are from Ireland and plan on just the two of us getting married in New York. We are both Catholics and would like to be married in a Catholic church.

 

Young woman at her engagement party.

Planning an Engagement PartyThis is a page about planning an engagement party. The engagement party is often the first in a series of events that celebrate your upcoming wedding.

 

Planning a Wedding for $1500

Planning a Wedding for Under $1500This is a page about planning a wedding for $1500. Careful planning is necessary to keep wedding costs down.

 

Wedding Reception Food Ideas

Wedding Reception Food IdeasThis is a page about wedding reception food ideas. Deciding on the food to be served at your wedding reception is an important part of the planning process.

 

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Stylish champagne glasses and food appetizers on table.

40th Anniversary Party IdeasA 40th wedding anniversary is a very special occasion. This page has ideas and tips for throwing a 40th anniversay party.

 

Placing money in a jar labelled wedding on top of a wedding album

Planning a Wedding for Under $2000?This is a page about planning a wedding for under $2000. Some couples can plan their entire wedding for less then some brides spend on their dress.

 

A platter of fruit and cheese.

Inexpensive Wedding AppetizersOne way to reduce the cost of food for your wedding reception is to serve inexpensive but tasty appetizers. This is a page about inexpensive wedding appetizers.

 

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Floor Covering Ideas for a Barn Wedding Reception?Our son and his bride-to-be are having their reception in a barn. What could we put on the ground under the tables? I know we can rent a dance floor but flooring for the whole barn is too much? Thanks.

 

Bride and Groom porcelin decoration next to hundred dollar bills

Planning a Wedding for Under $3000This is a page about planning a wedding for under $3000. With careful planning a couple can have a lovely wedding on a tight budget.

 

Babysbreath flowers in a fishbowl vase surrounded by pinecones on a round of wood.

Wedding Centerpiece IdeasThis is a page about wedding centerpiece ideas. If you are planning and decorating for your wedding, one of the important decisions will be creating the table centerpieces.

 

Jar with coins labelled Wedding

Planning a Wedding for Under $500This is a page about planning a wedding for under $500. A very small wedding budget does not necessarily mean you can't have a lovely event.

 

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Wedding Gift For Boss?I need a gift idea to buy my husband's boss and bride to be. They are well off financially and they invited us to Cancun, Mexico for the wedding so I do not know what to buy them.

 

Student Photographer Shooting Wedding

Hiring a Student Photographer for Your WeddingThere are definitely ways to reduce the cost for your wedding. Rather than hiring an expensive professional photographer, try contacting your local college or university to find a talented student photographer. This is a page about hiring a student photographer for your wedding.

 

A wedding reception with tablecloths.

Saving Money on Wedding Table CoveringsWeddings can be so expensive; anywhere where you can save money is a good thing as long as the result is still in keeping with the occasion. Save on table coverings by buying plastic table cloths at a dollar store, consider using flat bed sheets or yardage. The fabric can be used later in crafts or decor projects.

 

Wedding Appetizers

Wedding Appetizer RecipesThis page contains wedding appetizer recipes. Planning the menu for your wedding reception will often include some type of appetizers.

 

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Food For Small Wedding Reception?What should I serve at my wedding reception for only 60 people?

 

An older couple getting married at the beach.

Gift Ideas for a Second Marriage?Trying to choose the right gift for a second marriage might require some thought as they may already have a lot of the common wedding gifts. If you know the couple well you can select something that they truly need, otherwise refer to the suggestions below for fun gift ideas.

 

Food Ideas for Wedding on a Budget

Food Ideas for Wedding on a BudgetThis page contains food ideas for wedding on a budget. Sharing food with friends and family at a wedding does not have to be expensive.

 

Wedding mints in a serving dish at a wedding reception.

Serving Nuts and Mints at a Wedding Reception?This is a page about serving nuts and mints at a wedding reception. If you are looking for lighter fare at your wedding reception, perhaps nuts and mints served along with the cake and beverages will work for you.

 

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wild flower wedding bouquet

Planning a Wedding for $2500?Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. This is a page about planning a wedding for $2500. Your budget will certainly dictate the event, but with some ingenuity even a smaller budget can allow for a memorable day.

 

2 glasses of wine at a party.

20th Wedding Anniversary Party IdeasPlanning a 20th wedding anniversary party can get costly. This page has tips on how to have an inexpensive yet memorable anniversary party.

 

A wedding reception.

Frugal Food Ideas For Wedding ReceptionThis is a page about frugal food ideas for wedding reception. Food for a wedding can be very expensive.

 

Wedding Reception Buffet

Cheap Wedding Reception Food IdeasThis is a page about cheap wedding reception food ideas. One way to keep within your wedding budget is to serve reasonably priced food at the reception.

 

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Asking Wedding Guests to Bring Finger Foods?I am looking for ideas for our wedding reception in June. It will be indoors. This is our second marriage and we want to keep things simple and inexpensive. Would it be tacky to tell guests to bring finger foods to the reception? My aunt is making the cake and we are serving pink lemonade punch.

 

Two men at their commitment ceremony

Planning a Commitment CeremonyThis is a page about planning a commitment ceremony. Planning a commitment ceremony requires just as much planning as a traditional marriage. There are however, some areas where you can create your own new traditions.

 

Brown bows on the backs of wedding chairs.

Brown Wedding Decoration Ideas?This page contains brown wedding decoration ideas. An unusual brown wedding theme gives you chocolate to incorporate in your decorating.

 

Bride and Groom Clothespin Decor - ready for the big kiss

Making a Bride and Groom Clothespin DecorMake these cute wedding favors or name card holders. Using spring clip wooden clothespins, paint, markers, and a few other simple supplies you too can add this handmade bit of decor to your wedding.

 

Bride and groom at Wedding

An Indoor Wedding For Less Than $1,500?Planning a wedding on a budget, requires that you research all of the possible ways to save on expenses. If the ceremony and reception are indoors, consider a church hall or civic group facility for the reception. Food, flowers, and entertainment can all be tailored to stay within your budget. This is a page about planning an indoor wedding for less than $1,500.

 

An older couple walking down the center aisle during an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Parents of the Groom Asked Not to Attend WeddingIt is a truly awkward and painful situation when the parents of the groom are excluded from their son's wedding. This is a page about parents of the groom asked not to attend wedding.

 

Embroidered Wedding Veil

Making a Wedding VeilThis is a page about making a wedding veil. Making your own wedding veil can save you money and also allow you to have a unique accessory to your gown.

 

Small Tree Being Held

A Good Tree for a Wedding GiftGive a unique living gift to the bride and groom. A lovely tree might be perfect for the couple if they have purchased a home. This is a page about a good tree for a wedding gift.

 

A bride with the Arizona cliffs in the background.

Inexpensive Wedding and Reception Venues in Arizona?Some on-line research and networking can help you identify inexpensive wedding and reception venues in any area. Be open to less traditional options, consider home ceremonies, or public spaces. Other great options follow.

 

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Planning a Wedding for Under $6000?This is a page about planning a wedding for under $6000. No matter what your wedding budget, careful planning is needed to control costs.

 

red and white tablecloth

Where Can I Buy Used Tablecloths?You may be able to save money on a large event or simply reduce your household expenses, by buying used linens such as tablecloths. This is a page about, "Where can I buy used tablecloths?".

 

Woman celebrating at a bridal shower.

Bridal Shower Game IdeasWhen planning a bridal shower, deciding which games to include is a fun part of the process. Our readers submitted their ideas. Here are our favorite bridal shower game ideas.

 

Closeup of a wedding cake top layer.

Fixing A Damaged Wedding CakeThis is a page about fixing a damaged wedding cake. Occasionally a wedding cake can be damaged prior to the reception.

 

Bridal Dress Flower Vases

How to Make Bridal Dress Flower VasesIf you are looking to make a fun table decoration for either a bridal shower or the wedding reception try these cute bridal dress flower vases. They are inexpensive and simple to make.

 

Party accessories on wooden table.

Planning a Jack and Jill Wedding Party?This is a page about planning a Jack and Jill wedding party. A Jack and Jill wedding party is the perfect event to help the couple raise money to cover the expenses of their upcoming wedding. Party guests purchase tickets. There are typically games and plenty of food.

 

A wedding dress and shoes.

Saving Money on a Wedding DressThis page is about saving money on a wedding dress. Every woman wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be time consuming and expensive. There are many ways you can save money on a wedding dress.

 

Wedding Buffet

Wedding Buffet Ideas?This page contains wedding buffet ideas. Planning good food for your wedding guests can be set as a buffet.

 

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Activity Ideas for Visiting Parents?I am in need of some ideas of what to do with my mom and her husband when they come to visit. My family loves the outdoors and they would rather sit and read the paper or watch TV. We have games but also a 2 year old so we are limited on things to do.

 

Wedding celebration.

Having a Wedding Ceremony After Eloping?When you choose to get married quickly, you may still want to make your commitment to each other with friends and family. This is a page about having a wedding ceremony after eloping.

 

Decorating an Ice Arena Ceiling for a Wedding?My daughter is getting married in August, and we are having the reception at an ice rink/ice arena. We are renting white pipe and drape to section off about a 80 feet on each side to about 80 feet across.

 

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Browning Emblem for Groom's Cake?My son is getting married in December. He is a hunter and he wants the Browning emblem on his groom's cake. Are there any Browning emblem figurines out there to buy or make for a cake topper on the groom's cake?

 

Bride and groom running from the church

Ideas of What to Throw at a WeddingWhen the bride and groom are leaving the wedding ceremony it is customary to throw something in celebration as they run out. Rice, confetti and birdseed are common.

 

The completed keepsake box.

Groom's Wedding Keepsake BoxWhat do you do with keepsakes from a wedding/reception? I displayed some in a shadow box for my son-in-law who was the groom at our recent family wedding and reception.

 

The completed tile centerpiece.

Tabletop Tile CenterpieceMod podge tile base for wedding reception garden themed table centerpiece. After the reception, these tiles can be given to guests to use as hot plates on their table at home.

 

The completed lighted floating pearl centerpiece.

Lighted Floating Pearl CenterpieceI made up this "mock" centerpiece to try out the floating pearl centerpiece idea for wedding reception guest table.

 

The completed book safe.

Vintage Book SafeThis is a storage book I created for my daughter's fairytale/garden wedding theme. The storage on the inside will be used to store her wedding advice cards.

 

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Wedding Gifts From Parents?My son is getting married next month. What would be an appropriate wedding gift from parents?

 

The completed newlywed clothespin magnet.

Newlywed Fridge MagnetI saw this cute idea online and thought I would make one as a "gift topper" with a few recipes clipped to it. The gift was a waffle maker, so I attached some waffle recipes under the clip.

 

The completed wedding frame.

Inexpensive Wedding Gift IdeaHere is a thrifty wedding gift that only cost $5.50!

 

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Edible Tea CupsThis was a fun dessert to serve at a tea party themed bridal shower I hosted for my daughter-in-law last spring.

 

A wedding with beautiful decorations.

Selling Used Wedding DecorationsOne easy way to stretch your wedding budget is by reselling the decorations that made it so special. This will not only help you, but also the bride and groom that get them.

 

A row of bridesmaids in pink dresses.

How to Choose the Best Color for Your Bridesmaid DressesIf you're arranging a wedding, you will find plenty of details to arrange and choose upon, from picking your wedding dress to setting a date and booking a photographer. Even so, you also have to aim a few of your focus in your wedding party, particularly your bridesmaids. Amongst your bridal shower, bachelorette party and your big day, your girls will be helping you out a lot. You'll need to decide on their dresses, including the fashion, length and especially the color with the dresses.

 

A collection of wedding favors.

Giving Money as a Wedding FavorA card that says "For Richer, For Poorer" on pink paperHere is a way to have inexpensive but fun wedding favors, by purchasing $1 scratch-off lottery tickets. Get pennies with the year you are getting married. Place them in personalized envelopes and have someone pass them out at your party entrance! :)

 

Two fingers decorated as a bride and groom with a background of dollar bills.

We Tied the Knot . . . and It Didn't Cost a Lot!Trying to stick with a $1,000 wedding reception budget is a challenge. So I knew I had to be "extra creative" with reception refreshments so we didn't come across as cheap. I decided to have a pretzel bar.

 

A luncheon wedding buffet.

Plan a Lunchtime Wedding ReceptionIf you are on a budget or want more bang for your buck, I would highly look into having a lunch wedding reception versus a dinner reception. Chances are you will be paying less per person during lunch and I was even able to upgrade to a dual plate for less than one plate during dinner. Try to aim at the latest lunch slot available so it's in-between a late lunch and early dinner.

 

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