Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts

For the bride-to-bes

not from my wedding!

It’s been almost a year since my wedding, and as I see others plan for their wedding on Facebook, I can’t help but reflect on my process last year. For one thing, I’m SO glad that I’m done my wedding. It’s quite stressful to keep predicting the weather when you have an outdoor ceremony. And even though I had most of my things ready and bought, I couldn’t stop thinking about how everything will come together on the day of – I kind of like to micro manage, and won’t settle for anything less than perfect. So since this is supposed to a “once in a life time thing” of course I’m going to make sure it’s perfect. Looking back, I realized I spent WAY too much time and energy worrying about the wedding day. I’m glad to say that I was able to let go of most of the worry the day of to actually enjoy the true meaning of the wedding day - celebrating our union with our friends and family.

So if you’re reading this and planning your wedding, don’t worry – everything will turn out fine! And if you’re stressing about the tinniest of details, I bet your guests won’t even notice. The one thing our guests commented on was how down to earth our whole wedding was – the guests only really care about the stories, the experience and the food – not so much about the decorations.

Now if I were to tell my past self what I should be focusing on, here’s what I’ll say:

- Find a good photographer and videographer, their experience were essential to the flow of the day. Having a videographer also allowed us to review the whole morning’s activates at the reception – especially for some people that couldn’t make it. I don’t regret spending money on either of these!

- Simple decorations goes a long way. We were debating if we should get chair covers (our place had really outdated chairs) and the chair covers made a huge difference! It made everything look sleek and uniform.

- Don’t spend so much time on finding table decors. Most people don’t even notice it and it took up too much space on the table.

- Writing down the whole day’s schedule out was helpful. It gave us an idea of where we should be at a certain time. The photographer even said I was the most on-time bride she’s seen ;)

- I should have made a more detailed list of photos I’d like to take…the photographer ended up running around a lot gathering people… although we had a really patient one, so she was awesome!

- We had way too many food left over at our wedding. I wish there was a way that we can donate them or have people bring some food home. It was such a waste!

- I was debating for a long time where to have our ceremony. I finally ended up doing it in the small backyard of my parent’s place. Although I was reluctant at first (it was outdoors and had no backup plan), I was really happy I did. It was a special place in my heart since it was at the place I grew up in, and it made the whole ceremony more sentimental and intimate. It also cut the travel time for the wedding party!
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Frugal wedding tip- cheap wedding veils

For the longest time I was u see the impression that I could only get my veil at a dress shop or make my own. Either I when to sacrifice money (~ $100) at the dress shop or time (find material and sew the lining of the veil).  But I have found the perfect solution today ! I went into Michaels for a browse and I stumbled upon this item in the wedding aisle.  It was just what I needed. Something simple and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. The total cost was under $30 !  I tried it on and was a bit crinkled from being Ina box but it's nothing I can't fix. It has two layers and comes down to my finger tips.  It also comes with the comb.

Best solution to my wedding veil dilemma ! What do you think ?

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How to find affordable wedding veils

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For the longest time I was u see the impression that I could only get my veil at a dress shop or make my own. Either I when to sacrifice money (~ $100) at the dress shop or time (find material and sew the lining of the veil).  But I have found the perfect solution today ! I went into Michaels for a browse and I stumbled upon this item in the wedding aisle.  It was just what I needed. Something simple and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. The total cost was under $30 !  I tried it on and was a bit crinkled from being Ina box but it's nothing I can't fix. It has two layers and comes down to my finger tips.  It also comes with the comb.

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Here is what the packaging looks like :

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Best solution to my wedding veil dilemma ! What do you think ?

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Guest Post - Planning Your Wedding on a Shoe String

Planning Your Wedding on a Shoe String

It’s one of the most exciting times of your life, but can also be one of the most expensive. What are we talking about? Planning your wedding. However, if you are prepared to be creative, put in some hard work and have a few willing helpers, you can still have all the trimmings for your wedding, but save yourself a good chunk of money that you can put towards your honeymoon, house deposit or starting a family.

Create your own invitations

With so many areas in which you can save money, it can be hard to know where to start, but what better place than with your wedding invitations?  While you can pay for these to be made for you, making your own invitations, in whatever design you choose, is a good way to add your own personal touch. You don’t need to be a whizz at card-making - though if you do have previous experience it will always come in handy – as they are surprisingly easy to produce. The materials you need – card, stencils, metallic pens, sequins, glitter or whatever else you need to make the invitation your own – are also readily available. For our wedding we chose a simple design – a white card with a glitter finish, on which we mounted a pair of hand-drawn wedding bells and used transfers for the writing – but we were very pleased with the end result. If you’re struggling for ideas, have a look online for some suggestions and tips for making your own wedding invites.

Design your own tableware

Table decorations are another area where you can step in. You can let your imagination run away, but like with many things, sometimes simple ideas work best. We liked the idea of giving our guests something to take home to keep as a reminder of our day. So for each table setting we took a wine glass and with brightly coloured marker pens for glass wrote their name and added decoration. The rest of the table was decorated with red cut-out hearts in varying sizes and strewn gold and silver sequins. At other weddings I’ve seen some other interesting ideas for table decorations. One friend used the popular heart theme, but instead of using card, had found sets of heart-shaped cookie cutters in increasing sizes – it was certainly a nice gift for the children to take away with them. At another they had used spherical florist’s foam and mounted heart-shaped sweets on cocktail sticks; unsurprisingly these disappeared as the reception went on.

Something old

Although the majority of what you will use for your wedding will tend to be purchased or made for the day, it is tradition after all to have something old with you at your wedding. We dug out some old fairy lights to decorate the top table and after replacing some bulbs, they worked a treat and fixing up some lights is easier than repairing a phone.  It’s surprising what can come in useful; perhaps have a look around your home and that of your family to see what you can find.

Make your own favors

It’s a nice gesture to give your guests a favor as a little thank you for sharing your wedding day. It’s all too easy to buy these readymade, but obviously a more expensive choice. If you’re a dab hand at sewing, you can make little fabric pouches to fill with candies. Alternatively purchase small gift boxes to do the same. Perhaps bake a cookie for each guest. If you fancy having a go at origami, this might solve the problem of what to give for a favor and can also be used for additional decoration at the tables.

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{Guest Post} 7 Ways to Have a Frugal But Fabulous Wedding

Another Guest Blogger to help me with frugal wedding tips!  Enjoy!


When the man you love gets down on one knee and getting married becomes a reality, there are lots of things to think about. Many women have been planning their special day since they were a little girl, and will know how they want everything to be. Even if you weren’t bitten by the bridal bug at a young age, you will be when it comes to organizing your wedding.

If you’ve let your dream day run away with you, you may be met with a shock when it comes to costing the event. But budgeting worries shouldn’t dampen your special day. You can still plan the day of your dreams, without giving your bank balance nightmares.

How to Have a Frugal Wedding
With money tight for most of us right now, having a frugal wedding is becoming more and more commonplace. But compromising on cost doesn’t mean compromising on quality. There are loads of ways you can still have a perfect wedding but on a budget. Here are seven ways you can have a frugal, but fabulous wedding:

1. Invitations
Wedding invitations can leave a large and unexpected hole in our budget. Not only do we spend a small fortune on the best designs we can find, the cost of posing hundreds of letters mounts up. If you’re looking to save on the invites, why not get crafty and make your own? There are plenty of kits out there to help you out, or you can even make some online.
If you have a very large guest-list, postage can cost a small fortune. If possible, give out invitations by hand, or send multiple family members’ invites to one address. You could also consider sending out e-invites via email as a free but effective alternative.

2. Dress Alterations
If you’re lucky enough to find your dream dress fits perfectly, then you’ve already saved time and money. But if your dress does need any alterations, it is best to shop around. Ask the bridal boutique whether alterations are included in the cost, or how much they will set you back.
If you can’t afford to part with that much cash, don’t be afraid to take your dress to another seamstress. Just make sure you leave enough time for the alterations to be made, and for extra fittings. When including your wedding dress in the budget, make sure you account for alterations so the cost isn’t a shock.

3. Grooms’ Tux
Your husband-to-be may have just as much difficulty as you in finding the perfect suit. Getting matching suits for him and all his groomsmen can be costly, but there are ways to cut the cost. Firstly, look into hiring the suits. This will be much cheaper than buying one he will never wear again.
You should also check out what the high street has to offer. There are loads of great stores where you can buy classic suits, for much less than a tailor would charge. There will be little compromise on quality, but your budget will be much less restricted.
4. Favours
The giving of wedding favours is a great way to thank your guests for sharing your day. However when you have a large list of invitees, the costs can mount up. Frugal but fabulous wedding favours can be found all over the internet, meaning you don’t have to miss out.
Many vendors have favours for under £1/$1 on their sites, so you can still give a small token. If nothing takes your fancy there, why not make your own? DIY favours are a great way to show your appreciation, and add a personal touch to your day. 

5. Catering
Catering is pretty much an essential part of any wedding day. But it can prove to be one of the most expensive. Some frugal brides are choosing to prepare and provide the food themselves. This may only be a cost effective solution though if you’re having a small [party].

Shop around and compare prices before settling. You should also weigh up the costs of having a sit-down meal to having a buffet. Both work perfectly for weddings, but the difference in cost may surprise you.

6. Photography and Videography
Everyone wants to capture their wedding day perfectly. But wedding photography can be expensive. If you know someone with a professional camera, why not ask them to take some photos on your behalf? You could also give guests disposable cameras and get them to capture your day.
Some photographers will charge less if you book an engagement and wedding shoot in one. Look into the options open to you, and don’t feel pressured. Just because your best friend had an engagement shoot, doesn’t mean you have to. Save your money for the things that mean the most to you.

7. Honeymoon
Some couples will spend just as much on their honeymoon as they did on the wedding. If you’re planning a frugal wedding, you can save on the honeymoon too. Travel agents may offer deals on post-wedding getaways so it’s worth checking these out.
Too expensive? Why not book a last minute break, or try online? Many sites will book your outbound and inbound flights, accommodation, and transfers separately. This will reduce the cost, but not scrimp on style.

Planning a wedding on a shoestring doesn’t have to mean being ‘cheap’. You can still have an amazing day, and no-one need know you’ve budgeted cleverly. And all these touches will make your day much more personal. And isn’t that what your wedding is all about anyway?

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{Guest Post} Do-it-Yourself Wedding Centerpieces

Here's a Guest Post on DIY centerpieces...Enjoy!


Most of us are aware that weddings can get pretty expensive. While couples can generally plan for the bigger expenses associated with a wedding ceremony (venue, dress, catering, etc.), it is the little unaccounted for purchases that can secretly build up and surprise the bride and groom with a larger-than-expected bill at the end. Luckily, do-it-yourself wedding crafts have slowly become popular among couples looking to save cash wherever they can. One wedding decoration that can easily save you money if you make it yourself is reception table centerpieces.

Here are five ideas for centerpieces you can make yourself in order to save you money:
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Most wedding crafters will know the wonders a mason jar can do. From cups to centerpieces, a mason jar can be a key money saver for DIY wedding decorations. As a centerpiece, simply using a jar as a vase adds an artistic touch. If you have a few mason jars laying around, put them to use as a wedding decoration. Wrap the vase in burlap, fabric, or lace to match the theme and environment of your wedding.
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For a funky twist, add fruits to a clear flower vase along with the water and flowers. If you are planning to have an afternoon or outdoor wedding reception, sliced limes or lemons brings a refreshing taste to see-through vases. It’s a great way to add some color and liveliness to a reception table.

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This centerpiece brings elegance to a dinner or nighttime wedding reception. If you are going for a more classic and chic look, a few clear vases can do the trick. Add some pebbles or marbles to the bottom with a few dried leaves (make sure to superglue down anything that you do not want to float up) and fill it up with water. Finish the look by putting a single tea light in the vase that will lightly sit on top of the water. You can use a plain round or rectangular mirror as the vase platform to create a late-night elegant centerpiece.

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This decoration only requires two materials per centerpiece: a cake stand and flowers. If you want to get a bit more creative, you can make pomander balls to be placed on the cake stand. Besides flowers and pomander balls, cake stands are great for creating an elevated look for centerpieces. You can place flower vases, pictures, and candles on a colorful stand to build a crafty and artsy look.


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For a beach wedding, this decoration will be the perfect table decoration for a wedding reception. Use shallow clear vases, fill it with sand, and add little ornaments to it. These ornaments can be found at the beach and save you the cost of having to go out and purchase them. Gather some shells, twigs, and flowers to stick into the sand to mimic beach scenery.
Ideas for a wedding centerpiece do not need to be limited to these five basic craft suggestions. Mix and match ideas and materials if you want to create your own unique look. One more important thing to note is that most of the vases used for centerpieces can easily be found in local thrift stores. No need to splurge on fancy vases that will only be used for one day; buy funky, elegant, or simple vases from a second-hand store and embellish it with details to create your own signature centerpieces.

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Author bio: Katrina Sanga is a content writer for Robert Koenig, an injury lawyer at Accident Attorneys’ Group.
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Wedding Photographer - List of photos


Looking at other people's wedding pictures makes you wonder how they make sure the wedding photographer captures all their special moments. I did a quick search and here's a cheat sheet of important pictures a wedding photographer should take.

If you have any creative ideas, share with me ! =)


  • Bride in mirror
  • Bride / Maid of Honor in mirror
  • Bride / Mother in mirror

Bride / Mother:

  • Full length
  • Close-up
Bride / Father:
  • Full length
  • Close-up
  • Boutonniere
Bride / Mother & Father:
  • Full length
  • Close-up
  • Bride / Maid of Honor
  • Bride / Attendants
  • Placing on garter
  • Family portrait
  • Leaving home
  • Entering limo
  • Groom / Mother & Father
  • Groom / Mother
  • Groom / Father
  • Groom / Best Man
  • Groom / Attendants


  • Groom alone
  • Groom / Best Man
  • Bride / Father limo
Aisle Shots:
  • Bride’s Mother / Escort
  • Groom’s Mother / Escort
  • Ushers / carpet roll out
  • Bridesmaids
  • Ushers
  • Ring Bearer
  • Flower Girl
  • Maid of Honor
  • Bride / Father
  • Giving away
Altar Shots:
  • Center aisle
  • Lectors
  • Ring Exchange
  • First kiss
  • Presentation of gifts
  • Sign of Peace
  • Balcony
  • Recessional


  • Bride / Groom Church steps
  • Bride / Groom greeting guest
  • Receiving line
  • Toast
  • Inside limo

  • Full length
  • Close-up
  • Maid of Honor
  • Female attendants
  • Male attendants
  • Bride’s family
  • Full length
  • Close-up
  • Best Man
  • Male attendants
  • Female attendants
  • Groom’s family
Bride & Groom:
  • Full length
  • Close-up
  • Bride’s parents
  • Groom’s parents
  • Maid of Honor / Beat Man
  • Flower girl
  • Ring bearer
  • Wedding party
  • Family


  • Cake
  • Guest candids
  • Receiving line
  • Misc. family
  • Introductions
  • Blessing
  • Toast
  • First dance
  • Wedding Party dance
  • Bride / Father dance
  • Groom / Mother dance
  • Garter ceremony
  • Throwing bouquet
  • Table shots
  • Dance candids
  • Misc. specialty dances
  • Going away dance
  • Circle of Love greeting
  • Leaving reception hall


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Wedding Wednesday - The Checklist !

Check back for more updates! 

June 13, 2012 -The wedding is more than a year away, but it's never too early to start!
November 2012 - falling a bit behind....=s

 12 or More Months Before
  •         Determine potential dates and times for your wedding.   Sept 2013!
  •         Decide on the size, formality and setting of your wedding.small wedding of under 120
  •         Create a wedding and engagement budget.  under $20,000
  •         Reserve the locations for your wedding and reception.  we're doing it on the water ! ;)
  •         Meet with and book your wedding officiant or clergy.just booked!
  •         Choose your wedding party and confirm the participants.
  •         Choose your wedding rings.
  •         Draw up an initial guest list. brainstorming started on google docs!
  •         Organize your engagement party.
    9–12 Months Before
  •         Order your wedding dress and attendants’ attire.
  •         Book your photographer and videographer.we're way ahead of schedule on this one ;)
  •         Reserve a caterer. done
  •         Arrange for decor, chair covers and linens.
  •         Book your live entertainment or DJ.
  •         Reserve your florist.
  •         Order your wedding cake.
  •         Reserve any rental items from the rental company.
  •         Register your gift choices at your favourite stores.
  •         Research accommodation for out-of-town guests.
  •         Plan your honeymoon.planning!
    6–9 Months Before
  •         Decide on your menu. we're ahead on this one!
  •         Reserve the musicians and soloist for your ceremony.
  •         Reserve your limousine service.
  •         Order your invitations and any other stationery.
  •         Order wedding favours for your guests.
  •         Choose outfits for mother of the bride and mother of the groom.
  •         Check marriage licence requirement
    3–6 Months Before
  •         Finalize your guest list.
  •         Choose the reader for your ceremony.
  •         Finalize your order with the florist.
  •         Reserve the men’s wedding attire.
  •         Make an appointment with your hairdress
    2 Months Before
  •         Mail the invitations.
  •         Decide on your wedding vows or compose your own.
  •         Finalize the reception menus.
  •         Confirm the wedding details with the musicians and clergy or officiant.
  •         Have the programs printed.
  •         Purchase gifts for parents and attendants.
  •         Make appointments for nails and make-up.
  •         Schedule final dress fitting.
    1 Month Before
  •         Apply for a marriage licence.
  •         Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  •         Meet with photographer and videographer.
    2 Weeks Before
  •         Have a party for the attendants.
  •         Draft the speeches.
  •         Finalize reception details.
  •         Call any guests who have not replied.
  •         Meet with your hairdresser and make-up artist for consultation.
  •         Deliver song lists to musicians or playlists to disc jockey.
  •         Confirm honeymoon reservations.
    1 Week Before
  •         Finalize seating plan.
  •         Determine the order for the procession.
  •         Have your rehearsal.
  •         Confirm accommodation reservations.
  •         Pick up the attire for the groomsmen.
  •         Confirm the final numbers with the caterer.
  •         Confirm details with the limousine company.
  •         Deliver your marriage licence to the officiant.
  •         Draw up a seating arrangement for the reception and write out the place cards.
  •         Choose someone to hand out the bombonieres or wedding favours.
  •         Choose someone to return any rented items after the wedding.
  •         Write any cheques required for the wedding day.
  •         Pack for your honeymoon
    On the Day
  •         Give the wedding bands to the best man.
  •         Give the best man any cheques that need to be given out that day.
  •         Present the attendants and parents with their gifts.
  •         Relax and enjoy your special day!
    After the Wedding
  •         Make a gift list and send out your thank-you notes.
  •         Send thank-you letters to suppliers and attendants.
  •         If you are changing your name, you can purchase a kit to make the job easy.
  •         Arrange for cleaning and preservation of your gown.

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Vancouver Frugal Wedding - Reception

Cruise Weddings

yacht wedding

Pretty out there...sounds expensive..but think again!

From all the research I've done, cruise weddings as extravagant as it sounds, is actually quite affordable.

Some companies in Vancouver can offer wedding reception for 100 people with meal included, for under $10,000!!

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Vancouver Frugal Wedding - Reception


Horizons Restaurant (Burnaby Mountain)
 Dinner buffet starts at $55 per person.  They look like they have lots of experience with weddings.  Also, it's on Burnaby Mountain, the view will be amazing for pictures.

 Bridges Restaurant (Granville Island)
On first look, their website already shows wedding setup.  I've seen wedding pictures taken at this location and it looks amazing.  When I was quoted for my party (around 100) the cost came out to  $150 per person, ceremony site available for no extra cost and also 2 cocktails per person and wine included.

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Vancouver Frugal Wedding - Reception


The can we forget? Some offer pretty good deals, but that all depends on the size of your party

Hotel offers packages, which is nice because they have all the services you can think of and a venue you can mold to your liking.

Executive Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby

From a package I received at a wedding show, it offers ceremony, reception and cake included. The cheapest option is around $80/ person.

Delta Hotels and Resorts Burnaby (Grand Villa Casino)

They offer buffets that are as low as $58 per person!

Four Seasons Vancouver

This is the only hotel in Vancouver that offers Chinese banquet style catering. You can have a modern twist to your Chinese style wedding with their Chinese Kitchen catering.

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Vancouver Frugal Wedding - Reception

Chinese Restaurants

We are ASIAN! so of course we want to look at Chinese Restaurant first:

Our price comparisons:

Floata Seafood Restaurant (富大海鮮酒家)

This restaurant offers banquet menus that are can be as low as $500

Kirin Restaurant
This restaurant is a bit more expensive, but offers many locations and really nice decor.

Jade Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Restaurant in Richmond. This looks like a nice venue and pictures show that their venue is capable of a nice wedding.

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We're Engaged!!...

Being a Frugal Couple, we, of course want to find the best deals around for our big day. Seems like anything with the word WEDDING attached will send their price skyrocketing! But we are determined to have a wedding that won't send us in do debt.

Picking a venue is the hardest part of the wedding. You have to make a decision way ahead of time and know how many people will be on your guest list.

Stay tuned for updates on our findings!
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