Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIY Photo Banner

Update: Today, March 28, you can get 101 free 4x6 prints at Shutterfly with the code 101FREE. It's a good time to print out photos for this DIY photo banner.

I love pictures. I had so many on my phone at one point that I have to delete an app or two if I wanted to take any more. Really, my dinosaur of a phone was basically an oversized SD card.

I think a lot of people are like that too.

It comes in handy when you're planning your wedding and can quickly open a photo app and print out tons of photos to create a DIY photo banner.

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

DIY Photo Banner


I've seen this done two ways. You can either print pictures of you as a couple or you can print photos of each of you growing up until now. The latter is really cute if you met each other later in life. That way, your family and friends can see your fiance as a child and vice versa. If you have grown up together, photos as a couple works better because then you're giving your guests a glimpse into your life.

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Print your photos. 

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

Hang the fabric on a wall in your venue. I used a chair sash and hung it with Command hooks (using a quick knot) since you can pull them down without leaving behind holes.You could go with something like jute cording, but I would worry about the clothespins slipping during the reception and you having photos all over the floor by the end of the night.

Quick aside: Be sure to double check that you're able to do this. Venues have their own rules about hanging things. So before you spend money printing photos, ask your venue if it's okay to hang -- and how they advise you do it.

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

Affix clothespins to each of the photos. You want clothespins instead of anything that involves glue, especially if you borrowed these from baby books.

Attach the clothespins to the fabric ribbon. Put the "Every Love Story Is Beautiful But Ours Is My Favorite" free printable in the middle and scatter the other photos around it.

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

Now, about that printable. I actually made it for you already so you don't have to. Just click the image below, save it to your computer, and then print it as an 8x10. I would print it somewhere like Walgreens photo instead of at home, so it's on photo paper, matches the other photos, and doesn't waste all your ink.

Want something fun to hang at your wedding reception? Make this BEAUTIFUL -- and easy -- DIY Photo Banner by www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, it comes with a FREE Kate Spade-esque "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite" photo printable.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this DIY photo banner for your wedding?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY Bridesmaids Cards (Plus a free printable for flat and folded cards)

Asking your friends to be your bridesmaids is getting out of hand. It used to be just a phone call and now it's super elaborate. Sort of like a promposal. When it was my prom, I called my then-boyfriend and invited him to my prom. That's it. It wasn't prom spelled out in tea lights, I didn't dress up like a zombie, and it had nothing to do with involving other people. Honestly, some promposals are a lot more thought out than some of the wedding proposals I've heard about.

Finding bridesmaids is getting to be that way too. I mean, I can't say I haven't bought into the culture of that. I did propose to my bridesmaids. But maybe you're looking for something in-between, something that's a little more than a phone call but less than a full out gift.

A card is the way to go. You could buy one at the store ... or you could make one yourself. But don't worry. You don't really have to put too much effort into these DIY bridesmaids cards. I've already designed them for you. All you have to do is print and cut if you make the folded cards and print, cut, and glue if you make the flat cards.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

DIY Bridesmaids Cards

These cards are completely made by me and available free to you. I designed the cards myself (not using a template, so they're absolutely unique and exclusive DIY bridesmaids cards only found here). I picked the fonts and I even made up the bridesmaids poem. Yup, completely created off the top of my head. I haven't even used these (since my wedding is long over), so if you are the first to print, you'll be giving out bridesmaids cards that were never given out before. Pretty cool, huh?

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

What You'll Need:
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Card stock (if you're making the flat cards)
  • Free bridesmaids cards printable (grab those at the end of the post)

What You'll Do:

Print the free bridesmaids cards printable. There's one for flat cards and another for folded cards. We'll go through the steps of the folded bridesmaids cards first.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Align the edge of the card at the edge of the paper trimmer and print. Cut out the whole card (and that will cut off the link to A Bride On A Budget in the middle. Don't worry. It won't appear anywhere on your card).

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

The cards are designed to have a small bit of white around the magenta edge because I think it looks better than way. If you cut too wide an edge, no worries. You can just use a pair of scissors to trim the edge.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Fold along the center line and you're done. The front and back of the cards both have the maroon rectangle design, making them look just like cards from a card store.The inside is blank so you can write a heartfelt not to your bridesmaid-to-be.

If you want a card but not a space to write a note, the flat bridesmaids cards are for you.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Just like the folded bridesmaid cards, cut these using the paper trimmer. After you do, they're a 4.5x3.125 rectangle. You need to know this for the next step.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Cut the card stock to make a backing for the flat card. You'll want to make this 5x3.75 to give it a quarter inch border around it.

I used purple card stock because I love purple, but you can use whatever color you like best.

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Apply a light line of glue around the edge of the printable's backside. The thinner you can apply it, the better if you print these onto printer paper. If you print straight onto a white card stock, it's thicker so it can handle a thicker line of glue (and won't show it through the paper as easily as thin printer paper).

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Stick it onto the card stock.

I actually used the lines on the paper trimmer to measure it evenly.

If you wanted to jazz these up, you could use glitter or rhinestones. Maybe make a belt of rhinestones on the dress?

DIY Bridesmaids Cards Free Printables

The free printables for the flat and folded cards are labeled below. To save them to your computer, just right click the image and save it. Then, you can just print as normal on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. On my laptop, the default option of "print picture to frame" is selected. I unchecked it for these printables because it looked like keeping it checked would cut off the edge of the cards.

DIY Bridesmaids Cards Folded Card Free Printable

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

DIY Bridesmaids Cards Flat Card Free Printable

Use these cute -- and free -- bridesmaids cards to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. Get them at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Would you rather order bridesmaids cards? That's fine too. Now through March 31, you can get 10 free bridesmaids cards from Wedding Paper Divas with the code AFFBRIDESMAID. There are so many cards to choose from. My favorites are below:

Ask your friends to be your bridesmaids with these super sweet cards.
Ask your friends to be your bridesmaids with these super sweet cards.
Ask your friends to be your bridesmaids with these super sweet cards.
BRIDAL BABBLE: Which type of these bridesmaids cards would you use?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert (perfect for bridal showers)

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I'm a big fan of at-home bridal showers. If you have a large space, it's nice to have all the women over for something low key and casual. Yes, that means you'll have to clean up after company has left instead of leaving a mess behind in a catering hall, but it's actually not that bad. We host a football party here every weekend, and I always feel like I spend more time cleaning up than actually watching football. Our guests all have a great time, though, and that's what matters.

Especially if you're hosting someone's bridal shower. It's not about you and your good time. You want to make sure your bride and her guests have a good time. And if that means you have to spend more time washing dishes than watching the bride open dishes, that's okay.

Preparing food ahead of time will make your life infinitely easier. So recipes that can be made, then refrigerated and taken out when necessary, are best. And super simple recipes are perfect too ... like our Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert.

Hosting an at-home bridal shower? Make this Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert from www.abrideonabudget.com for your guests.

Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert


This recipe makes about four servings. Multiply it based on the number of guests you're hosting.

What You'll Need:
  • 5.3oz container of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • Red grapes
  • Green grapes
  • Walnuts (optional)

What You'll Do:


Hosting an at-home bridal shower? Make this Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert from www.abrideonabudget.com for your guests.

Mix together the Greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.

Hosting an at-home bridal shower? Make this Yogurt-Covered Grapes Dessert from www.abrideonabudget.com for your guests.


Drop in the grapes and coat them.

Using a toothpick, drop the grapes into a mason jar (because everything is cuter in a mason jar). You can also toss in walnuts when the jar is one-third of the way full, then two-thirds full, then on top.

Store them in the fridge (and stack them, if you need) until it's time for dessert.

Super easy and delicious.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you serve this yogurt-covered grapes dessert at an at-home bridal shower?

Want more bridal shower ideas?

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Planning a bridal shower? You need bridal shower games, so print this FREE bridal shower word scramble game from www.abrideonabudget.com.