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    DIY Weddings

    5998592 Tips And Inspiration By Sara Doerrier Planning a wedding, especially on a tight budget, can be stressful. Obviously, we all want to find that perfect and affordable wedding dress. But while you search, some others ways to help you alleviate your budget would be doing some things on your own. Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a great way for brides to save some money and get very creative as well! Let’s take a look at some of the top wedding DIYs for some inspiration. Create beautiful invitation cards with Evite. Wedding Invitations We know that wedding invitations can be very expensive. Hand making your own invitations will not only save funds, but…

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    Eco-Friendly Wedding

    Think about all the excess from the last wedding you attended – extra programs, leftover food, tossed flowers. Now, multiply that by the 2.5 million weddings in the U.S. every year. On the day many couples are looking forward to their life together, they are also leaving behind a huge carbon footprint. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Choosing green vendors, cutting down on waste, and aiming for quality over quantity are just a few ways to ensure an eco-friendly wedding. Opting for a “green” alternative here and there will add up and cut down on a wedding’s negative environmental impact. Plus, using recycled paper for thank you…

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    Who Needs an Expensive Florist When Spring Gives You So Many Flowers?

    Spring is a wonderful time to hold a wedding. People generally feel happy because the sun has come out and the temperatures have started to become comfortable. Other than the high risk of rain showers, it might be the perfect season for holding a wedding. You also get the benefit of spring flowers. If you’re willing to spend some time collecting flowers before your wedding, this could literally save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Know the Types of Spring Flowers in Your Area Spring flowers vary by region, so you should know what kind of flowers grow near you. In the South, you can expect to find a large…

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    What to Do with Your Favorite Love Quotes

    We’ve been bitten by the love bug and in particular, lately we have a slight obsession with love quotes. We asked our ladies what quotes were their favorites and we received a flurry of romantic responses that kept our office awing all morning. Many people have a favorite love quote and those quotes hold special meanings but how can you incorporate them into your wedding? Vows If you have chosen to write your own vows consider adding your favorite love quote. Sheri has a family quote that she holds dear “All because two people fell in love.” and this would be perfect to include in her ceremony. Not every family…

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    One of a Kind Favors

    One-of-a-kind wedding favors should say something important about your personalities and interests. Don’t stop with the following suggestions. Use them as a springboard that will help you develop your own personal concepts. That way, your guests get to go home with something that really says something about you as a couple. Homebrew Favors If you’re into making your own homebrews, set aside a bottled batch for your guests. You might want to stick to traditional ingredients (hops, barley, etc), or you could use ingredients that honor the season of your wedding (think blueberries, strawberries, and other seasonal fruits). Come up with a creative name and make a label for your…

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    Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

    How to pop the question Will you be my bridesmaid? Also, known as the other big question. Some brides even go so far as propose to their would-be bridesmaids with ring pops and other baubles. You can be low key by just asking over a casual event like how Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) ask her best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig) in Bridesmaids. However, if you want a dramatic flair, here’s are some popular options. Personalized gifts: She can’t miss the point if you give her a present emblazoned with the word “Bridesmaid!” While you can put it on a T-shirt, it seems like these items have limited wear. After your wedding…

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    2 Fantastic DIY Favors

    Vanilla Extract and Hot Chocolate My home made Christmas presents were such a blast that I just can’t help sharing them with you. I come from a large extended family dominated by strong women who like to eat. My mom has four sisters and if your family sounds like mine, then I’m sure they’ll love these treats. 1. Vanilla Extract Whoever ever said vanilla was blah, obviously wasn’t using the real thing. The scent of vanilla mixed with alcohol is sensual. What I love about this recipe that it’s really easy to scale up. The vanilla extract takes about eight weeks to make, but there’s no harm if you start…

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    Six Folk Remedies that Really Work

    Natural Beauty Treatments By Anna K. December 27, 2011 Remember how Windex is toted as a cure all in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Here are some true folk remedies to try before your big day: 1. Mayonnaise The individual ingredients of mayo (eggs, lemon, vinegar, and oil) are all great for hair. Eggs and oil both add shine. Lemon juice is a natural styling agent and some girls swear by apple vinegar rinses. The only thing about mayonnaise is the smell. You can cut the smell of mayonnaise with vanilla or another of your favorite scents. Just work in a quarter cup of mayo into your skin, let it…

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    Wedding Favors: How to Make Spiced Rum

    By Anna K. December 19, 2011 Since the holidays are around the corner, I thought it would be great to share a recipe that doubles as a favor and as a nice gift to that dinner party you’re going to next week. You can get most of the ingredients at your local grocery store and feel free to change up the ingredients in the rum. Many of the spices (allspice, star anise, peppercorns, and nutmeg) can be dialed down or eliminated. However, the vanilla and cinnamon are essential. 1 bottle of rum, about 735ml 1 vanilla bean, sliced open 1 three-inch slice of orange peel, with no white pith 1…

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    How to Arrange Flowers in Vases

    Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces By Anna K. December 17, 2011 I have a lot of fond memories of my Aunt Alice’s rose garden. She was a flower whiz and with just a few minutes of movement, she can transform an average looking bouquet to something special. A few weeks ago, she visited and gave me a lovely wild flower bouquet. Aunt Alice gave me several neat tips for SimplyBridal’s crafty brides. For instance, did you know that roses with with a tougher layer of outer petals and you should remove them to reveal the softer, prettier inner petals. But this is how she arranges her flowers! 1. Put some…