Halloween Wreath

Halloween is upon us and we finally have a door to decorate! Woo-hello wreaths! I was at Michael’s and they had some Halloween wreaths that were on sale for $40 (normal $80), I nearly died.  They were okay, but not worth $40, let alone $80! They must have gotten into the candy a little earlier and were on a sugar high when they did that pricing.

I decided to make my own and looked at the foam wreaths at Michael’s again-for the size I wanted it was like $12. Come onnnn! For some foam? The thrift (cheap?) side of me did a little more research and found that people were using foam pipe insulation from Home Depot! This is in bulk (50 pieces), but I only bought one piece for around $2. I was able to cut it in half, so two wreath rings for $2-take that Michael’s! You just need to stick them together (take off the yellow stripping and stick it together!).  Then you’ll need to just duck-tape your two ends.  Anyway…

I headed over to the dollar store and picked up some Halloweenie things.  Two big spiders ($1 for both), some black streamer rolls ($1 for two rolls), little spiders and their webs (12 for $1) and some orange paint ($1)- a total of $4!

Onto the construction-sorry there are no pictures of the process, I was watching M15-Spooks (BBC show) with the Mister and totally forgot, oops! I wrapped the wreath in the streamer, I went around twice.  Then I pulled out the hot glue gun, stuck on one big spider and went crazy with the spider webs and itty-bitty spiders.  I used some cardboard I had around the house and cut out the word “BOO” and painted it orange; once dry I stuck the letters on the wreath.  I just used some more of the streamers to hang it up on the wreath hanger.

For $6 (with left over pipe and Halloweenie things), I think it turned out pretty well and I didn’t waste a fortune on it!

Halloween Wreath: Property of Lemon Delights

Side view of the Halloween Wreath: Property of Lemon Delights

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Birdcage Veil

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m drawn to the vintage life.  I love (almost) all things vintage, but I adore the style the most.  When looking for a veil, there was no contest: I wanted a birdcage veil.  They are vintage and glamorous, but incredibly expensive at bridal shops and even on Etsy.  So off to Pinterest I went. I found a  couple great tutorials from: Wedding Chicks, Project Wedding, and Martha.  My MOH  and I tried to make a veil…this is also the same night we decided to try out different alcoholic drinks for the wedding. We tried to make a fabric flower to put on the veil too…we kept burning our fingers. The tutorial is really great though, check it out on The Polka Dot Closet.  Anyway, we learned that drinking and veil making do not go together…so we gave up on the veil making and continued the necessary task of trying out the drinks. I decided instead of trying to make a flower from scratch, I took a stem flower from JoAnn’s and disassemble it.  I bought a 25″ Gardenia Spray (found here).  I also bought a fancy button (sparkles and all) from JoAnn’s, it was under $5. After the flowers were disassembled, I used one of the green center pieces to the flowers and started from the largest petals on the bottom and worked up to the smallest.  I then strung the button with some thread and fed it through the green stem.  I did this back and forth a couple of times to secure the petals.

Flower: Property of LemonDelights

Thankfully my Mom is super crafty (she is also a florist and did all my flowers for the wedding!!) and helped with the veil.  We used a plain hair comb because the flower covered it up. After some adjusting the length, it was perfect! We ended up using about 14-16″ of veiling material. I think it turned out lovely and only cost $5 for the flowers/button, $2 for the hair comb, $3-5 for the netting, a total of $10-12! A savings of roughly $50-$60!

Me: Property of LemonDelights

Post nuptials :)

Post nuptials 🙂

I am so lucky to have such a beautiful MOH and best friend.

I am so lucky to have such a beautiful MOH and best friend.

DIY Bow Ties

I love bow ties.  Hands down, I think they are the most adorable things within a man’s wardrobe, well bow ties and suspenders.  But they really go hand-in-hand.  I knew I wanted bow ties for the gents at the wedding.  I, however, didn’t want to pony up a lot of money for them.  So I made them.

I made two pink ones for the Mister and his best man (his brother, who is fantastic), and two yellow ones for my brothers (whom I adore).  I had the yellow fabric and I bought the pink (a fabric quarter) from JoAnn’s-this was on sale, and I spent…oh…$1 or $2 on it? I also bought some interfacing (roughly $2), to keep the bow ties stiff.   This is the tutorial I used from A Beautiful Mess! I cheated and used stitch witchery to put everything together (no sewwwwwing for this lady!).  The only difference between mine and A Beautiful Mess’ is that I used interfacing to stiffen up the bow ties: you cut your interfacing the same size as your fabric, and iron it on (as per the directions).

I couldn’t find bow tie clips (gah, the horror!), but in a moment of clarity, I realized I could make it a snap on! I bought a pack of four from Wal-Mart: I think they ran me about $5 (no more than that for sure).  I measured each of their necks with fabric I attached to the back of the bow tie and stitched on the snaps.  Make sure you stitch them on the correct way or else you’ll be re-doing them. I had to do this twice.  Also, when  you measure their necks, give a little extra space for their collared shirts.  My brother said it was a little snug (as his face was turning purple 😉 )

Anyway, check them out!

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My brothers and their yellow bow ties!

The groom and his best man, Brent

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My brothers and I with their yellow bow ties!

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Groom and Best Man!

 

I think they turned out great and only cost roughly $10 (that’s $2.50 per bow tie!) to make all of them! Amazing, eh?

 

 

 

Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates!

People need to know about your wedding right? I mean, if you don’t send invitations, you’ll just be throwing a party for yourself and the hubster.  I mean, this would be pretty alright, but that’s a lot of money just to have a party for two people 🙂

So the Mister’s family is from Canada (eh!), more specifically British Columbia and Alberta (further out West) and my family and the mass majority of my friends are from the East Coast USA! We decided to have our wedding in New York for a number of different reasons.  Anyway, because people would have to travel, we wanted to give people enough time to book their necessary holiday travel.  We sent our Save-the-dates out around 6 months in advance (more than enough time to book necessary travel arrangements).

I knew I wanted something casual, so off to Pinterest I went. I found the most adorable DIY Save-the-dates. You can check them out hereThey are super adorable and exactly what I was looking for.  However, these were being mailed in the UK and their postal service allows for different items to be on the outside of their package (as does the US, but with an extra cost…we’ll get to that later).  I did away with the raffia ribbon and went with an adorable pink heart on the back.

I bought all of the paper (heavy card stock for the card: which you can’t tell from the photos, but had a white bark pattern on the inside and was a brown bag colour on the outside. for the heart, it was a cotton based pink paper with little raised gold bumps) from Joann Fabrics, with a coupon, of course.  I believe it was like a 35-50% off total purchase, so the Save-the-dates cost me…um…maybe $20 to make? My MOH and I spent an evening trying to figure out the printing configuration, but when we did, we were set! We made a template of the necessary size and got set to printing, hand writing the names, folding and  sealing with a little love (the adorable pink heart…which we cut by hand).

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This adorable picture was taken by one of my girlfriends, Jessica! Thank goodness for her, or else I wouldn’t have a photo of the save the dates!

So, how stinking cute are those? Well, I was totally prepared to pay the regular standard postage, but uh…because of those adorable little pink hearts, I had to pay a little extra because they needed to be hand processed so the hearts didn’t rip! I mean, it was totally worth it, but it was an unexpected cost.

For the invitations, I search for someone to make them for the longest time, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to actually pay someone thousands to make me invitations! So, I went to Etsy (oh, that site makes me so happy…maybe not my wallet, but my heart is happy). I searched for a bit until I found exactly what I wanted.  The shop is called SplashofSilver and were amazing to work with.  Robbie and I went back and forth maybe 4 or 5 times.  He was able to get the colours exactly right and incorporate the font (Lobster) I had used on the Save-The-Dates.  FYI-You can find some adorable FREE fonts online!  In a couple of days, I had my file of invitations (Main invitation, Thank you cards, Directions and the RSVP cards.  The total was $50, and was so worth it. Instead of bringing my files to a kinkos or another printing place, I decided to print my own out! Whoa, getting spicy here.

I have a canon printer and my ink (for both the black and colour) costs $50. I bought one pack for everything.  Then I bought the card stock, which was…um…max $10.  I also had to buy the envelopes, those cost $10 for over 100 (so now I have extra!).  I bought plain ivory envelopes, because let’s be honest, people just throw them away. So now I’m in a total of $120 for invitations (custom made invitations too boot!). It took me a day or two to print off everything.  Then my MOH and I spent a night stuffing envelopes-which was a lot of fun.

I made some detailed directions for those coming from out of town (not all the guests got them) and printed them on regular coloured paper…pink I think, that we had around the house.  I also wasn’t sure how to tell people it was okay to bring a guest, so I made a little “business card” size simply saying “Please bring a guest!” (or something similar to that).

I also got my thank you cards along with my purchase from SplashofSilver.  I bought coloured card stock ($8) and sweet little scalloped envelopes from the dollar store ($1 for 6).  I also bought cute little hearts (to play off the hearts from the Save the Dates!) for $1. I printed them off and then I trimmed them with a pair of scalloped scissors I had (uh…who’s crafty now?!). I also added in a photo or two to each Thank you Card.  I printed them off for less than .13cents a piece. So, that was…$20!

A word to the wise, our RSVP’s were postcards (adorable) that the guests were able to write a mad-lib sorts on the back.  (I’ll write a post about those later!). But, I made our RSVP cards a little too big for the standard postcard size, so I had to purchase extra postage: just be aware of your sizing, before you purchase your stamps. 🙂

Things I learned from making your own invitations and save-the-dates:

  • Stay within your budget (man, I feel like a broken record here).
  • Find something that reflects your style and how you want to present your wedding to your guests.
  • Don’t be afraid to DIY it! You CAN do it! Even if you make a couple of mistakes, it’ll still save you a TON of money to make your own.
  • Make sure to have someone proof your documents (I misspelled our website, but thankfully my MOH caught it before we printed it all).
  • Make sure you check your postage BEFORE you buy stamps. 🙂
  • If you are mailing invitations outside of the country and want your RSVP’s back, make sure you put the correct postage on them. We were able to get stamps (From Canada-shipping to the US) for our Canadian guests.
  • Don’t waste money where it’s not necessary.
  • Save your RSVP’s 🙂
  • Total cost of Invitations, Thank you cards, envelopes and Save the Dates (Sans postage): $161 for  (compared to $1000’s you COULD spend)!

Desserts For The Wedding

Okay-I love sweets.  Hands down, I would prefer a piece of chocolate cake over anything else. I knew that when we got married, I wanted to dessert table, but I also knew that it would cost a fortune. So I made my own desserts (with a little help from my Aunt and friends!)

Firstly, I decided on what would be on the dessert table.  I polled the Mister on what he would like and came up with a list.  Our dessert table consisted of:

  • Chocolate-chip cookies (8 dozen)
  • Peanut-butter cookies (8 dozen)
  • Oatmeal Raisin cookies (8 dozen)
  • Oatmeal raisin chocolate-chip cookies (3 dozen)-I use this recipe and added the chocolate-chips
  • Chocolate brownies (these were all bite sized: Thanks Aunt Tasha) There was an assortment of types: nuts, plain, m&m and they all had either chocolate frosting or a drizzle on them! (I have no idea how many we made…like 16 dozen??) Follow the direction on the back of the box!
  • Chocolate Peanut-butter truffle brownies (3 dozen)
  • Lemon loaf (7 loafs)
  • Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate buttercream frosting-for the frosting, play around with the amount of cocoa powered you use and adjusted the liquid amount accordingly.  (I think there were…4-5 dozen)
  • Lemon cupcakes with a lemon buttercream frosting (use lemon juice instead of other extracts) (same again…4-5 dozen) Just follow the directions on the box: I also added in a couple squeezes from fresh lemon juice.  We coloured the frosting pink and yellow 🙂
  • The only things we bought were from Wegmans: A small chocolate cake, a small lemon raspberry cake, a cheesecake for my Maid of Honour because it was her birthday! and a tiny cake for our 1 year anniversary! A total of $50!

Phew! Just reading that makes me want a cookie! Hahah.  I know, you’re probably thinking, “She’s crazy” and you’d be right, but I didn’t want to spend a lot.  In total my dessert table cost me $150 (including what was purchased from Wegmans!!!).  You can freeze everything, so long as it is in an air-tight container. I made the cookies two weeks in advance over two rainy days and stuck them in our freezer. I then made the cupcakes and froze them (unfrosted).  We made the brownies a couple of days before and froze those too!

We pulled the cupcakes out the day before the wedding and frosted them.  My MOH, her husband (who is amazing at frosting cupcakes) and my good friend spent roughly an hour and a half frosting them all. We also put sprinkles on the cupcakes and brownie bites.  I bought the white pearls from Joann Fabrics with a 50% off coupon.

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Where we saved money:

  • Buy things on sale.  Brownie and cake mixes go on sale all the time.  Stock pile those suckers.
  • Buy your cupcake liners from a Dollar Store.
  • Limit yourself to a few different desserts.  I made what the Mister and I like.
  • Make things ahead when ingredients are on sale and freeze them!
  • We clearly had far too many of everything (uh, that love of sweets kicked in), so make sure you only make enough for a couple of extras.  I was handing out cookies by the dozen to guests!

I hope this helps you!