Post # 1
Hello Bees! I am a bride on a budget… and I mean BUDGET! Like $5000 or less kind of budget honeymoon included in that (which was 2000 on its own). My wedding is in October but I picked it for the weather not for the color so I didn’t want the typical orange, brown, gold fall wedding. We chose navy blue and apple green. But we were at a loss for centerpieces… I didn’t have the money to spend on reall flowers and I don’t like cutting real flowers to use for one day and then they die. Even my bouquet is made of handmade fabric flowers so that I can keep them but they are still more elegant than cheap fake flowers (not that all fake flowers are cheap but on my budget they would have been lol).
I got to brainstorming and pinteresting of course.. I found a pin for the yarn wrapped wine bottles and being that my wedding is sort of casual elegance (certainly not overalls and jeans but not black tie) with a shabby chic diy twist, I decided that if I could get the bottles cheap then my centerpieces would be fairly inexpensive. So I called restaurants and bars and talked to my bartending friends and gues what!… I got 100 wine bottles and 50 beer bottles free!!! I just had to go pick them up every couple days. Then I started searching for candles and Holy wow they were expensive! Especially when you consider the holders also. So I researched and researched some more… annd found… dollartree.com ships free to store and sells in bulk!!!
I got the small tealight holders(they come in different shapes but there was an even number of each so I am using 4 of the same shape on each table i.e. hearts on one, round on another, stars on another.. etc.) and the pillar candle there (the pillar candles did have stickers on them but it was really easy to remove and didnt even have to use good gone). Next I went on the tealight candle hunt and found that hobbylobby has them on sale as does Old Time Pottery often and they both offer online coupons to print and use in store or online! So I got my tealight candles for $8 for 150 of them 🙂 at Old Time Pottery.
After getting the main parts of my centerpieces I went to Walmart to get the hot glue and yarn! I was excited to get started but I have to admit while this wasn’t hard to do it certainly took some time… In fact Im still not done. Mostly I have to get motivated because it is monotonous so I get burnt out quickly. I don’t really have any help with my diy projects since my MOH lives out of state and our families aren’t able to help either. I have to make about 50 beer bottles and 55 wine bottles so it’s taking awhile to finish.
I couldn’t afford to buy flowers so instead I searched for petals that were cheap but had good reviews and ended up purchasing them at efavormart.com. I signed up for emails from them and waited till there was a good sale and then googled a coupon code and bought all of my petals from them. The only downside is 1)when you first open they smell awful due to the chemicals used to starch them but it goes away after you let them air out and 2) they are cut stacked on top of each other so this means when you get them many are stuck together so you have to go through and separate them but this was worth the price to me because my FH and I just rented two movies and got it all done in one night.
Pictured is the mock up of the final product… I think its great especially for the price! I paid about $5 per centerpiece! Please note that the mockup is sitting on an end table covered with a pillowcase so while its not perfect its close to what it will look like!
Post # 3
Looks nice! I love budget friendly decor. I feel that your guests will appreciate your creativity more. I am doing something similar—we are having a beach wedding and a later reception. Our colors are pool blue and coral pink. I spray painted wine bottles blue, and I wrapped twine around the center of the neck of the bottle and attached a star fish or a sea shell.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
i too am having a wedding on a tight budget. (5k) i am doing the same thing for my november rustic/country wedding by wrapping wine and beer bottles in jute string and spray painted a few pale pink. ive also covered pickle jars in burlap and decorated them with pale pink ribbon, and am planning on making my own fabric flower bouquet. i never realized how expensive weddings were. between photos, dj’s, venues and food it can sky rocket your budget for sure. i love pinterest for all the diy ideas. speaking of money and spendy stuff….. how many guests are you having and what kinda food are you gonna do? im having a hard time with that. we are leaning towards a pasta bar (different noodles and sauses set out to make your own) noodles are cheap lol
Post # 5
knadams-Those sound adorable!!! I love the beachan wanted so badly to get married in Florida while on vacay and call it a day but some family member that we are close to can’t make the trip. Im sure your beach wedding is going to be amazing! I agree if guests dont like our centerpieces more because of the hardwork and love put into it they should! lol. Good luck wiith all the planning!
langlouis- My first advice to you is unless you have a bunch of competent family members doing it for you I would try to find a caterer simply because my sister and my friend both had family do their catering and were both so stressed over it and couldn’t just enjoy their wedding day. Both said going back they would have made that change if possible. If you go the family route definitely the easiest is pasta and its the most cost effective 😉 I have an alfredo sauce rescipe that super simple and sells like crazy at our farmers market. If you would like it let me know. If you do try to go with a caterer DONT ask for a price sheet instead tell them I can spend ($$) amount (for me it was 1500) and tell them how many people you have. Depend on them to accomodate your needs. Also be VERY clear on any extra charges. For ours I simply told him I could do 1500 (this was after he cooked and allowed us to try the food) and he offered me last years prices without the cost of dessert and it was still 1580 so I said no and about left while he looked at me like I was crazy and he finally said ” just $80 off and you’re ok?” And the deal was done. I did however make him handwrite a receipt for the amount and the deposit so that I had it in writing. They also are not adding any gratuity because we agreed on 1500 tops. Don’t just look online check out local cafes and your phonebook! Also you may consider doing just heavy appetizers I had a friend do that recently and it was really delicious and there was still food left over. I have found that buffet style is cheaper in our area but it differs by area I think. I have another friend getting married in may and she is having pizza and I have to say I am excited lol. It saved her a ton and its their fav food so they went with it. For desserts we went with a girl that lives in the area and just bake for a hobby so I asked her if she would be interested in make desserts for a dessert bar and told her 150 people and she came up with the price of 250 but I asked if she could do 200 and she said yes! We are getting cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and pies. She recently did a wedding for a girl I know and got great reviews and there was enough for her 200 guest and then some (her first wedding and it was after I booked her so I was relieved to hear it went well). Don’t underestimate the power of people with a hobby ;).