Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Photo Wedding Guest Book Idea (Make it from your engagement photos!)

UPDATE: Through August 18, you can get a free 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly with the code FREEPB

At the very beginning of the wedding process, I said we wouldn't take engagement photos. I just didn't see the point to them.

And then we took them (because I wanted one for our save the date), and I wasn't sure what to do with the others.

Someone suggested making them into the guest book for the wedding. Photo sites have the same idea.

Need a wedding guest book idea? How about making a photo book from your engagement photos! Get all the details at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Shutterfly actually has a whole page dedicated to wedding photo books. There are examples of ones to tell your proposal story, ones specifically for guest books, ones for wedding photos, and ones for honeymoon photos. This is great for any stage of your wedding/wedded life. I absolutely love the idea of making a guest book with your engagement photos. It's a nice way to get a bit more use from them, plus you'll have a photo book that isn't filled with selfies.

My suggestion: Take your engagement photos, plus your favorites from Instagram, and your favorites that are housed only on your phone and make them into a guest book for your wedding. There are a lot of guest book ideas for wedding receptions out there, but this is one of the most special.

Need a wedding guest book idea? How about making a photo book from your engagement photos! Get all the details at www.abrideonabudget.com.

You can create the pages chronologically, which is a nice relationship keepsake. It'll be a lot more personal than purchasing a generic guestbook on Amazon. Plus, it will give your guests a little glimpse into your life and what you and your fiance are like, what you like to do, and just how happy you really are.

Place the book at your venue's main entrance, leave a Sharpie nearby, and hope that no one draws a mustache on your face.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you have a wedding guest book yet?

Want some non traditional guest book ideas?


Looking for a unique wedding guest book idea? Check out this DIY Date Night Guest Book from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Want a fun wedding guest book idea? Check out this DIY Wooden Letter Guest Book from www.abrideonabudget.com. Yes! You CAN make it yourself!!

Monday, August 5, 2019

How To Create A DIY Floral Garden Boxwood Backdrop

This How To Create A DIY Floral Garden Boxwood Backdrop post is a guest post.

When we went to Hilton Head Island a couple years ago, there was a beautiful floral garden boxwood backdrop in the hotel's lobby. That was when the Kardashians started having floral walls for pretty much every occasion.

They're still so popular.

But chances are, you don't have a Kardashian budget for your wedding. That's why DIY can be your BFF. But to be honest, I have no experience putting together a greenery panel photo backdrop. Luckily, our friends at 3rd Street Inn, an artificial plant supplier, were kind enough to put one a floral garden boxwood backdrop tutorial together for us.

Take it away ...

You can have a floral wall at your wedding without spending a ton on it. Find out how to create a DIY floral garden boxwood backdrop on www.abrideonabudget.com.


How To Create A DIY Floral Garden Boxwood Backdrop


Sometimes you just gotta fake it till you make it.

Adding a natural appeal into any event brings a fresh, earthy vibe with it. 3rd Street Inn's Boxwood Panels are the farthest thing from looking fake. They mimic an actual boxwood plant texture and hold true to the deep, dark green hue. Sounds like it's time to incorporate faux greenery panels into your wedding decor.

Not only do you steer clear from the steep florist prices, but you also don't have to worry about wilted, crippling foliage. Plus, you get to relish in the pride of crafting your spotlight piece while also enjoying the fun of DIY. And just to top it off, you get to hold onto it and continue using your boxwood wedding backdrop for the long run!

The specific backdrop we’ll be talking about in this blog is perfect for accessorizing any space in your wedding venue. Prop it up as a photo backdrop, display it behind the cake and dessert table, or even place it front and center, where the vows are exchanged.

What You'll Need:

With this specific design, you will need to purchase 16 3rd Street Inn Artificial Boxwood Greenery Panels. You can purchase through 3rd Street Inn's website or on Amazon.

Materials



*If you don’t own a staple gun and don’t want to buy one, there are alternatives: Your old fashioned hammer and nails will work or even a hot glue gun with lots of glue! If you decide to take the glue gun route, make sure you purchase the most durable glue possible; we don’t want the panels slipping out onto the beautiful cake during the event.

Lisa's note: Wood glue or E6000 glue are great options to glue wood. Just be sure to test out glue's durability before putting the entire project together.

What You'll Do:

Step 1:
Cut the plywood into two halves, each measuring 40 inches wide and 80 inches long (This creates the two pieces we included in the supplies list). If you purchase your wood at a home improvement store, someone at the store should be able to cut it for you before you bring the wood to the register.

Artificial Boxwood Greenery Panels

Step 2:
Connect eight of your boxwood greenery panels together by using the simple snap method to ensure they are all attached. Once you're done with the first eight, snap the other eight together. Now, lay them over the plywood boards and use your staple gun to secure them onto the boards.

Step 3: 
This is the fun part!

Now that the hard work is done, it's time to add your personal touch to the project. Using real or faux flowers, accessorize the boxwood foliage however you desire. You can accessorize your flowers in whichever way suits your theme and wedding colors. Maybe try a flowery border or an ombre effect from top to bottom; play around with different designs and colors.

The back of each 3rd Street Inn panel looks and acts as a net. Sliding flower stems and other greenery into the net is very simple. You also don't have to worry about your flowers budging with the extra backing of the wood behind the panel securing them. If you want an extra sturdy flower arrangement, simply affix the flowers to the board with the staple gun.

We recommend cutting the stems to about 4 to 5 inches in length.

Finding cheap, affordable faux flowers to accessorize to your greenery panels should not be an issue. The dollar store, other discount stores, or any cheap online flower outlet are the best ways to go. Decorating with real flowers is also an option also, but keep in mind that you won't really be able to make this too far in advance of your wedding if you use fresh flowers.

Step 4: 
This step is optional.

Another great way to accessorize the boxwood backing is using balloons or woodcut lettering. The netting on the back of the boxwood panels is perfect for typing up lettering of all sorts with thread or wire. Whether it be initials, quotes, or sayings, any kind of crafted lettering looks perfect on the boxwood foliage.

Another great route to take is to hang up rustic picture frames of the bride and groom throughout wedding planning. Adding sentimental value to your decor is always a great idea. Whatever suits your occasion and your venue, go for it!

BRIDAL BABBLE: How would you embellish your DIY Floral Garden Boxwood Backdrop?

Monday, July 29, 2019

DIY I Love You Because Dry Erase Frame

Update: You can get a free 8x10 at Walgreens today, July 29, with the code FREEFREE. Use it to print out our DIY I Love You Because ... Free Printable. It'll make the perfect last minute Valentine's Day gift.

I love things that are cute. They just get me. Anything cute, sentimental, that sort of thing, is just perfect. It works as home decor and as a wedding gift (depending on what side of the wedding invitation you're on).

So when my friend suggested the idea of an I Love You Because dry erase frame, I had to jump at putting one together.


DIY I Love You Because Dry Erase Frame


Want a fun gift idea for your significant other or a friend who is getting married? Check out this DIY I Love You Because ... Dry Erase Frame from www.abrideonabudget.com. You can get the printable for free in the post too.

This frame is super easy to put together, plus a great way to share love notes with you and your honey.

Want a fun gift idea for your significant other or a friend who is getting married? Check out this DIY I Love You Because ... Dry Erase Frame from www.abrideonabudget.com. You can get the printable for free in the post too.

What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Save our I Love You Because printable from the end of the post. Upload it and have it printed.

I would suggest printing it at a local Walgreens instead of at home because it will be better quality there (plus, it will be an ink hog at home).

Want a fun gift idea for your significant other or a friend who is getting married? Check out this DIY I Love You Because ... Dry Erase Frame from www.abrideonabudget.com. You can get the printable for free in the post too.

Put the photo in the frame.

Every day, use the dry erase market to write a new reason why you love your man or lady.

Don't forget to keep an eraser handy so you can change it.

Now, about that printable ...

Want a fun gift idea for your significant other or a friend who is getting married? Check out this DIY I Love You Because ... Dry Erase Frame from www.abrideonabudget.com. You can get the printable for free in the post too.

To save it, just right click and choose where you want to save it on your computer.

When you're ready, upload it and print it.

BRIDAL BABBLE: If you were making this I Love You Because dry erase frame today, what would you write on it?

Love dry erase frame?