DIY Ideas for Brides on a Budget

DIY projects are not only fun, but budget friendly. If you're on a budget, like most brides are, why not incorporate some DIY magic into your wedding?

Enlist the help of your family and friends and you'll have projects, like these, done in no time. If they need some bribing, we all know free food and drinks do the trick! DIY Party!

DIY TABLE CENTERPIECES

This example is seriously SO. CUTE. and easy! Michael's carries those exact pieces of wood, at a reasonable price; you can find some online, as well. Use any glass bottle and a mason jar as the "vases". Decorate, fill with fresh flowers (even silk would work well!) and you're done! I estimate this exact setting to cost somewhere around $25.

https://www.michaels.com

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/wood-wedding-centerpieces/

Kraft Paper Invitations

DIY WEDDING INVITATIONS

I have a major love affair with kraft paper. You can dress it up, or down, use brown twine, bakers twine, add embellishments and so much more - it's just so versatile and clean looking; I love it. Something like what's pictured, is so easy to do on your own and looks super sharp. Stack the cards and tie with brown twine (or any color bakers twine) for an added "pop", place into an envelope and you're good to go!

 

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kraft-paper-wedding/

http://paperworks.com/specialty-papers/greengrocer-brown-bag-100-recycled

DIY - Rustic

DIY DESSERT TABLE

A Fancy Pop DIY Popcorn Buffet Bar is the perfect option for those who want to incorporate something special and creative into their wedding, but don't necessarily have the budget for our full-service popcorn bar options. We have 3 styles to choose from, and options for 25 - 100 guests. You choose the style, flavors and guest count, we ship, then you display! Pricing starts at $200.

https://www.fancypop.net/diy-popcorn-buffet-bar/

snack pack favors

DIY POPCORN FAVORS

How cute are these?! Our snack packs make great favor and / or table setting options. Decorate as you please to create a cute, custom favor. Pricing starts at $2.25 / bag.

Hook a Bridesmaid Up!

... with some budget friendly alternatives - because being apart of a wedding can be expensive!

In a recent (100th) viewing of the always entertaining, "Bridesmaids", I began to think about all of the costs bridesmaids accrue in being apart of a wedding - dress, makeup, shoes, accessories, bachelorette party gift, bridal shower gift, wedding gift, flight, hotel and more. Whoa. That's a lot of cash and like most these days, I'm sure many of your bridesmaids are on a tight budget.

Link to image: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/bridesmaids_vs._the_hangover

Here are some great ways to "hook a bridesmaid up":

DRESS

Link to image: http://www.whitneyupdate.com/6606/showcase/rent-the-runway-provides-access-to-expensive-high-end-brands-for-less/#prettyPhoto

I'm sure many of you have heard of the fabulous company, "Rent the Runway", but if you haven't, listen (read) carefully: You can rent a DESIGNER dress for as little as $70 (sometimes, even less). I've actually used this service and it was so simple. They even allow customers to choose an additional size of the same dress (since trying on isn't an option, unless you live in Las Vegas) at no additional charge. They have accessories, too. Score!

MAKEUP & HAIR

Link to image: http://dfemale.com/tips-makeup-artist/how-to-be-a-makeup-artist-youtube/

We all have those couple of friends who are great at makeup and / or hair. Forgo a professional and ask a couple of your bridesmaids if they'd be willing to help out with this task.

SHARING IS CARING

Link to image: http://www.uvchealthequipment.com/hotels/

Have your bridesmaids share hotel accommodations - even if they don't know one another. Of course, if someone isn't comfortable with that, they'll get their own room, but for those who are on a budget, they'll appreciate this suggestion. Send out an email, introducing everyone and suggesting this option, to get the ball rolling.

THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

Link to image: http://www.aplithelp.com/wackywednesday-crafting-innovative-lesson-plans/

- Instead of a spa day with the girls, spend a day getting mani/pedis, tans and /or facials.

- If guests need to travel to attend your bridal shower and bachelorette party, have them on the same day, or weekend, to cut travel costs.