Friday, February 16, 2018

Saving On Your Wedding Using Valentine's Day Clearance

Tis the season for love. Not just love. Discounted love.

Valentine's Day just passed, which means that a ton of heart-shaped items and love-centric items are marked down at least 50% off. Hello wedding savings.

Use Valentine's Day clearance to your advantage when you're wedding planning. After the holiday is over, pick up candles, garland, petals, and more for your red wedding at a fraction of the price. Find out more at www.abrideonabudget.com.

You can look at discounted candy, but everything I found does say Valentine's on it and although you want to save money, you don't want to look like you saved money. So you have to get a little creative. Buying Valentine's items is a great way to save, but unless you are getting married on Valentine's Day, the branding doesn't make sense.

But, there's more than just candy on sale.

Use Valentine's Day clearance to your advantage when you're wedding planning. After the holiday is over, pick up candles, garland, petals, and more for your red wedding at a fraction of the price. Find out more at www.abrideonabudget.com.

My friend Erika found those wooden words spelling out "Amore" and "Love". Those are super cute for a welcome table, a lounge, or a buffet table.

She loves how they look as is. Personally, I would use spray paint to make them my colors so they were a little more subdued and didn't take away from the rest of my decor. But that's what's great about saving money. You have that extra money, then, to buy things like spray paint and glitter.

Use Valentine's Day clearance to your advantage when you're wedding planning. After the holiday is over, pick up candles, garland, petals, and more for your red wedding at a fraction of the price. Find out more at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Erika also found fake rose petals. That's awesome -- and a ton cheaper than actually buying real rose petals (and, if you remember, I actually paid for rose petals to be spread at our welcome table and they never made it to the venue).

Flowers are so expensive, so any way you can save in that department is something I support.

Use Valentine's Day clearance to your advantage when you're wedding planning. After the holiday is over, pick up candles, garland, petals, and more for your red wedding at a fraction of the price. Find out more at www.abrideonabudget.com.

I found this felt garland,  and I thought it was cute. If your venue has a mantle, this would be awesome. Or at the bar. Or welcome table. Or candy buffet.

Seriously, for $1, you can find a spot for it.

Use Valentine's Day clearance to your advantage when you're wedding planning. After the holiday is over, pick up candles, garland, petals, and more for your red wedding at a fraction of the price. Find out more at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Keep an eye out for small toys too, in case you're having young kids at your wedding. You are going to want to make goody bags (it helps to entertain kids at a wedding). I'm not sure if those whistles are your best bet, but those spinning tops look great. Plus, an 18-count bag for under $2 is a great way to keep your budget down.

You may have to get creative, and you may have to search through a sea of cardboard cards, but it's worth it.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Did you pick up any Valentine's Day clearance items for your wedding?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

No Decorating During Lent

If you're Christian, you know that today started the Lenten season. You're supposed to use this as a time of reflection, and end Lent as a better person, a better Christian. To help you aid in your betterment, you're asked to sacrifice. On Ash Wednesday, and all Fridays during Lent, you abstain from eating meat; on the holiest days of the Lenten season, you are asked to fast; and during the 40 days, most Christians will give up something extremely enjoyable to them. For me, it's chocolate; for that dude in 40 Days and 40 Nights, it was sex; for brides, it's decorating the church.

If you're picking your wedding date, and planning on getting married in a church, be sure to check to see if it's during Lent. Many churches will NOT allow you to decorate at all during the Lenten season, so keep that in mind -- and read this post from www.abrideonabudget.com about it.

That was news to me when I heard it.

A few years ago, I was out with my friend Nicole, blabbering about weddings, and she brought it up. She had a friend who planned her wedding and church ceremony, all blind to the fact that her wedding was happening during Lent. And that meant no decorations at the church.

No white tulle pew bows. No flowers adorning the alter. Nope, nada, zippo, zilch.

On one hand, it sure saves a lot of money. Having a bow on every pew and a runner down the aisle can get expensive. So getting married during Lent eliminates those costs (and since it's a church mandated order, it stops you from looking cheap).

But, on the other hand, it might make your photos inside the church a little lackluster.

Pete and I planned a summer wedding, so this wasn't something we had to keep in mind, but it is just one small aspect of the wedding to think about that you didn't think you had to think about when the planning process started. That there are a ton of those sort of things.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What small detail did you not realize until after you were engaged?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DIY I Love You Because Dry Erase Frame

Update: You can get a free 8x10 at CVS.com today (February 13) only with the code VALPRINT. 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, right in time for Valentine's, 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:

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Save our I Love You Because printable below.

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.

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.

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?