Wedding Wednesday

DIY Flower Girl Dress

Being someone with no patience for sewing, I thought this would be an easy, one-afternoon project.

This No Sew Flower Girl dress ending up being way more challenging than I thought it would be.

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As the instructions recommend, the top is a crochet band. With a quick Google search, I was able to purchase one from Girls Crochet Headbands. I chose a purple unlined Tutu Top because I wondered if lining would cause the top to be less stretchy.

Purple Crochet Tutu Top

Photo credit: Girls Crochet Headbands

Although I planned to cover the top with flowers, I didn’t want any part of it to be revealing (or scratchy) so I found a low-price ($3!), lavender, spaghetti strap tank top from Walmart to be worn underneath.

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Making the tulle skirt layers was pretty simple – with Mommy cutting the tulle into strips and me tying them to the crochet band, we were able to put two layers on quickly.

Even after a third layer was on, we were concerned about whether the tulle would be see-through. We ended up using a fabric skirt as a slip to be worn under the dress – luckily the skirt was a keepsake from when my sister and I were little, so this was no additional expense.

the-finished-productThe instructions showed how you could use a glue-gun to attach each flower to the crochet top. Of course the photos made it look easy, but I didn’t know how well they would stay on or how the flowers would keep their shape without the plastic stems.

Thankfully Mommy rescued the dress and this is also where this stopped being a “No Sew” DIY.

Mommy hand stitched each of the flowers to the dress along with a tiny purple bead in the center of each flower.

 

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While I liked the general idea to make this dress, it was not as fast as I thought it would be and it also required a skirt and tank top to be worn under it. Despite the extra effort – making a flower girl dress is a lot less expensive than buying one.

Overall, I’m so happy with this beautiful dress.

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Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

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Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

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Bridesmaid Boxes

Today’s post features another one of the many  sweet touches Mommy created for the wedding.

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Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

Each of my 5 special ladies got a colorful box with a collection of small gifts and a handwritten note from me inside.

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Nature Valley Bar and Belvita Breakfast Cookies – to keep energized during the day

Tissues – to wipe away happy tears

Icebreakers – for fresh, kissable breath

 Tylenol  and bandages – for fast first aid fixes

Emory Board/Nail grooming kit/purple nailpolish – for pretty purple polished nails

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Happy Wedding Wednesday!

For more Wedding Wednesday DIYs:

Bridesmaid Bouquets

DIY Wedding Card Box

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Cake Design Ideas

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning was visiting a local bakery for our Cake Tasting

Before our appointment, I decided to check out Instagram for cake design inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorites:

        cakethatbakedgoods                              sugaruffles                                 lunacupcake

 

While  the two designs on the left and right were fun, the cake in the middle looked the most elegant.

Cake toppers were another accessory to shop for and I liked that there are more options besides the traditional bride and groom figurines.

 

Glitter Mr and Mrs Wedding Cake Toppers in your Choice of Glitter, Elegant Custom Wedding Cake Toppers, Unique Wedding Cake Topper (S001)    love David's Bridal

                 Etsy                                    Amazon                                David’s Bridal

I decided not to purchase a cake topper – to me it wasn’t a must have, so I decided not to spend the money on it (#styleandsavings). I knew the cake would be gorgeous on it’s own.

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Our cake table

Photo Credit: Marta Lewis Photography

 

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

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DIY Wedding Card Box

Being a bride on a budget, I had a list of several decorations that I wanted to DIY instead of buy.

Wedding Card box / Card holder / Wedding money box - 3 tier - Personalized - Purple

I was inspired by this gorgeous Etsy listing. but I was not willing to pay so much 💵💰

Luckily I found these instructions from Michelle Ng’s blog.

Instead of painting and decorating a plain cardboard box, I found beautiful boxes on sale at Michael’s. They matched our purple and lavender wedding colors and even had our flowers (hydrangeas) on them.

While I saved time by not having to decorate the boxes, I didn’t realize these boxes are made of much stronger material and could not simply be cut with an Exacto knife.

Luckily, I have talented  parents (they ended up doing all of my DIY projects….) who were able to cut through the boxes with a jigsaw.

In addition to gluing the 3 boxes to eachother, the flaps on the front of the boxes were also glued shut. This way the boxes could not be opened and cards would be dropped in to the slot cut into the top box.

The pretty rhinestones came from a sticker sheet – also found at Michael’s

For more Style and Savings Wedding DIY Projects:

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquets

Silver Bells to Wedding Bells

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

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Perfectly Purple Bridal Shower

 My Bridal Shower took place on Saturday April 16th (also known as the best day of the year– keep reading)

Mommy worked tirelessly to make food, create decorations, and prepare games for my guests.

Every detail incorporated purple – down to the doily wrapped plasticware

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Contents:  purple loofah, hand sanitizer, a box of mints, a mini notebook w/ purple pen and customized pencils

  

Each bag also contained a package of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies — stay tuned for the recipe, they were really yummy!

                   Mashed potato bar with cheese, sour cream, green onions & bacon toppings                          Mini sandwiches, chocolate- covered strawberries, cheese & crackers, veggie tray

 

My Auntie is the queen of desserts — the dessert table looked decadent

All of the candy and even the insides of the cupcakes were purple

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The Chocolate Cake reads: “Showers of Blessings”

  As far back as I can remember, I have loved my Auntie’s  Coconut Pineapple Cake, so I specially requested it for my Bridal Shower because it was also my birthday 🙂

Celebrating both my bridal shower and birthday while surrounded by family and friends was a wonderful feeling and I’m thankful for everyone who celebrated with us.

Next Wedding Wednesday:   Bridal Shower Games

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Cake Tasting

This weekend was a milestone in the wedding planning process as  out last vendor is in place now.

This was also one of the most fun meetings we had, because who doesn’t want to taste cupcakes!

We went to a local bakery that I had visited before with co-workers. Periodically the bakery has $1 cupcake day!

This place not only smells delicious, but the decor is a gorgeous, vintage style.

 They not only do cakes, cupcakes and desserts, but they also can provide decor services.

 

A cake table display

Having been in the area for years, they have lots of experience with wedding cakes and regularly work with our venue, as they have several wedding clients per weekend.

We were allowed to try all the flavors we wanted, and of course we bought some to share with family we were visiting.

  

The cake consultation area with a Winter Wonderland theme

 

 

 

What’s your favorite cake flavor?

 

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Wedding Makeup

Wedding Makeup

 

One of the ways I’m saving on the wedding budget is DIY makeup and hair.

My Matron Of Honor is a makeup aficionado and did my makeup for senior prom and one of my besties is an Estee Lauder sales rep trained in makeup application –  we’ve got this covered!

Although I occasionally write about beauty products on Makeover Monday, I’m really not that into makeup. Usually I’m rushing too much in the morning to put on anything more than a < 5 minute Face.

Last year, some friends started selling Mary Kay and I picked up the Mary Kay CC Cream. I like how it feels smooth and light-weight.

My aunt always shares her Clinique free gifts, so the Soft-Pressed Powder Blush is from her.

The rest is on my Sephora Shopping List:

Eye shadow in shades of gold and pink – Urban Decay Naked 3 eye palette 

Defining eye liner crayon – Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil in Brown

lash lengthening mascara – L’ Oreal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara in Black

Kiss-proof lip color – Sephora Luster Matte Long-wear Lip Color in  Rose Luster

 

Have you tried any of these products?

Are there other beauty products that you would recommend?

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