Do-It-Yourself Invites!

Planning a bridal shower for my sister has ignited my penny pinching flame!  It IS possible to plan a gorgeous event on a budget.  Starting with invitations!  I choke when I see prices of formal invitations!  No way I am paying that price when it’s so easy (and cheap) to do it yourself!

What is the theme for the shower?  With my sister being an English teacher with a passion for literature, we are taking books and using it as her theme.  So I am using book pages as part of her invites.  What colors are the bridal party wearing?  Use those colors for the invites as well. 

Before you do the invites you must secure a location, set a time and know where the bride & groom will be registered.  Once you know all that information you can use Microsoft Word to type up the information.  If you aren’t sure how to word the invites Google “Bridal Shower Invite Wording”.  Find a verse you like and use it, just filling in personal info as you go.  Make sure you use both the bride and groom’s full names so friends and family of both sides will realize who the shower is for.  Play with fonts and colors of the words to play up your theme/colors. 

Next gather all the supplies you need.  I used cardstock, an old book, ribbon, scissors that cut in waves, a hole punch and the Microsoft Word print outs.  I bought the cardstock, ribbon & scissors with a coupon at JoAnn Fabrics.  It was all less than $10.00. 

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I carefully tore the number of pages out of the old book that I needed.  I then used the special scissors to cut wavy borders around all of the pages, to cut out the wording typed up on Microsoft Word and the cardstock so that they would all stack on one another.

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Use the solid color cardstock for the back, so that is slightly taller and wider than the other two pieces.  Then use your middle part that will tie your theme in.  (I used the book page.  You could use some scrapbook paper that had the bride’s flower of choice on it or maybe another solid cardstock page to use both of the bride’s colors, or sheer fabric, etc).  The top piece should be the page with the invite wording.  This piece should be the shortest and thinnest piece so that when stacked you can see each piece under the pieces on top.  Once stacked the way you want them to be secured together, use a hole punch to punch two holes at the top of the card, slightly apart. 

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The final step is to use a section of the ribbon to tie all the pieces together.  Push each end of the ribbon thru the holes from the back of the back piece (cardstock).  Then tie a simple double knot in the front.  You can buy special sized envelopes at an office store like Staples or Office Depot to mail these out.  Elegant, thrifty and personal- can be used for any event!  Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, etc!

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David’s Bridal Blowout!!

Getting married on a tight budget IS possible!!  I did my entire wedding for less than $ 5,000.00!!  To start with…your wedding dress!  Shop clearance…think outside the box!  Look at some of these AMAZING deals from David’s Bridal for less than $ 150:

Strapless Stretch Charmeuse Fit to Flare Skirt $ 99.99

Side Drape Gown with Beaded Bodice $ 149.99

Strapless Tea-Length Dress $ 79.99

Be the Bride of the Year by choosing low priced bridesmaids dresses!

Crinkle Chiffon Short Dress with Back Cascade Detail $ 49.99

Short Organza Striped Halter Dress $ 49.99

Spaghetti Strap Chiffon with Beaded Empire $ 69.99

Syracuse Bridal Show 1/13/13!!

If you are getting married, bridal shows are a great way to check out vendors who offer services to make your special day perfect.  Cake, pictures, flowers, jewelry, dj’s, caterers…so much planning! 

This Sunday January 13th, 2013 12pm-5pm there will be a bridal show at Driver’s Village in Cicero.  For free tickets click here.  Don’t forget to check the box for your FREE wedding magazine!!  For more details on this event head here.

Calling All Brides To Be!!

If you are a penny pincher and you plan on getting married soon you are in luck!  My sister is getting married and so I am all about wedding planning right now!  Elegant yet affordable is what we are aiming for!

Many stores offer bridal registry.  As stores compete for your business, they offer the bride lucrative bonuses in hopes of you registering with them which in turn brings customers to them to buy your desired bridal shower gift.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

Here are a list of some stores that offer gifts for bridal registries:

Bon-Ton: Scan 25 unique items, Earn a $25.00 Bon-Ton gift card!  1/1/2013-3/1/2013 Click here for details…can register on line or in store!

Macy’s:  Earn rewards for all items purchased off your registry, plus $200.00 in Savings Passes just for registering!  Click here for more details…can register on line or in store!

Kohl’s:  Earn rewards for all items purchased plus a discount on any items not purchased from your list after the shower!  Click here for more details on free gifts you can earn for registering for certain brands!

Target:  Free printable inserts for your shower invites as well as a 10% discount off any items not purchased off your list after the shower!  Click here for more details!

Please feel free to share any reward programs you know of for bridal registries not already listed!