Category Archives: Weddings

Budget Candy Table – red and white

Ahhh… the dollar store. How I love thee. Each of these glass containers was $1. The twizzlers were $1. The rest of the candy was $40 on the internet (do a little searching) and scoops for the adorably named for about $1.25 each. We just need to add one bowl of my fellow blogger and handy office mate’s very awesome red ‘n’ white M&Ms with our names printed on them. Snacks for the dancin’, and one less thing on the ‘To Do’ list.

Cnady Buffet, a Southern Classic

Thank you notes

So, I am lucky enough to already have a lot to thank people for – my bachelorette was perfect (and the topic of an upcoming post) and I got wonderful, wonderful gifts. So, now I got an excuse to trial out the ‘thank you’ notes I will be making. Given that I may need to make quite a lot, I wanted to keep them simple. Using my new stamp (which I could not resist as it was on sale in Michael’s for $2.99):

Wedding stamp

and black card (pre folded), hand made red paper, white card and two stamps I already owned (Butterflies… of course… they are inked on me… they are all over my study…. I wear them in my hair… Love the freedom they make me think about…)

Old stamps on white card, ready for cutting out

I just stuck them all together:

I liked the outcome in the end. So, this was for my two girls who went above and beyond with my bachelorette. But I also had lots of letters to write to say thank you for my gifts, so here is the paper I knocked up from some plain cream paper:

Thank you paper

Mmmmm…. excuses to be crafty 🙂

Favours boxes

OK, so nothing is going to be a surprise about my (first) wedding anymore, but I am too excited not to share everything 🙂 A little bit of bargain hunting and self assembly / creative putting together of cheap components,  gets you what I think are frankly awesome favours boxes for 15 cents a piece:

Good for butterfly / garden themes and great for putting personalized beans in.


Made our centrepieces for a grand cost of  $2.50 each + some spray paint (about $3). 🙂 Just spray a terracotta pot white


And glue-gun some ribbon around the rim:

I also stenciled the wedding date on the back (no pic).

Keeping with the ‘garden’ theme, we’re looking forward to filling them a couple of weeks before with live dark red and white flowers – currently we are thinking white impatiens with red celosias. And it makes a nice keepsake.

Favors :)

Have finally designed our favors table. We are not having a sit down meal – just a buffet people can stand up with (like at a party) or eat on their laps, though there are a few tables inside if people need them. So I wanted some weddingy decorations in the house to set up (LOVE crafts and designing stuff like this!) that don’t break the bank. A favors table will hopefully add prettiness and to the atmosphere.

The table will have a white tablecloth with red rose petals on. To the left, we will offer a stack of CDs of Josh Vasa’s music, since (1) he is awesome, and it will make a memento of the day and (2)  he is basically playing for the price of the gas to get to us, as a kindness, so we would like to help him promote his work. Hopefully we will stamp the front of the CD insert with our personalized stamp, which I ordered yesterday for just $28 from Etsy:



Being a craft queen, and having stamped all my life, I am sort of in love with this stamp, and slightly at risk of over branding everything. But moving on… In the middle will be our version of a ‘guest book’. Given the informality of the event, and the outdoor nature of the wedding, and myself, and the fact that Wes and I first bonded over plant talk (he was doing a botany degree) we have a rough ‘garden theme’. So using an idea from Brides, but also mentioned by my friend Holly, we will fill a vase with branches, sprayed white and deep red, and leave a stack of white cards (stamped with the above) for people to hang messages on. We can then mount all the cards in a book, or keep them in a box later.

To the right will be our favors. I fell in love with (and Wes was semi-into but couldn’t deny me in the face of much excitement) these personalised beans:

They are a little kooky, sure, but at least they are unique – beans with our names on, that people can grow! We will put out little terracotta pots to go with them. I also wanted some signs to let people know what to do… we need a few signs about the place, including one with the ‘order of the day’ in place of having program printed. The programs would have cost alot alot alot relative to what they are, and the fact they probably mostly get chucked away, so for $20 we are just making signs like this:

Go to a charity or discount store and get a frame:

Spray the outside white and the inside with chalkboard paint:

Decorate as you like (we have lots of red and white [LIVERPOOL] and butterflies or bows instead of flowers as I am not very keen on flower decorations) and write on messages:

It’s a little different, and I might need to work on my handwriting, but hopefully it will be cute, and reflect Wes and I as a couple 🙂

Getting married! Invites and venues

I wasn’t going to blog about getting married, it seemed silly and vaguely obnoxious. But now I am trying to throw together a weeding in about 10 weeks (yes, really) for under $2,000 (yes, really) I am realising how grateful I am to others who have blogged their tips ‘n’ tricks, like the wonderful Allison Crawford (nee Kirk). And so I thought I would have a go at blogging this journey for several reasons:

1) It might help someone plan a quick and cheap wedding

2) It is a challenge in itself to plan a wedding and ceremony across the continent in under 3 months

3) It is a way to keep in touch with all my girlies back in England. Times like this are hard without your Ma and best friend to go through it with (although ultra kudos to Clio and Holly for being so there on email and Skype it is *almost* the same… they are helping make this very special for me)

4) I like blogging 🙂

So, yes, 8 1/2 weeks means that everything has to get going ASAP – as much and as quick as Wes and I can tolerate. The big thing is going to be finding a venue, because we need to do that ASAP so the parentals and some of my best buddies can book their flights. The plan for that is to rent a lake house and have the ceremony there, in the early evening. The rest of the day will be spent with a bring ‘n’ share dinner – we will provide wine (lots of it), champagne and meat (Mmmmm…. Jim N Nicks BBQ…..) and ask guests who don’t mind to bring a side or dessert to share. So, we are looking for a lake house where we can essentially have a party for ~60 people. Once that is done and tied up I will definitely relax. But we gotta press on…

So, tonight is invitation night. It is close enough to scrap ‘Save the Date’ cards (a good and a bad thing). Wedding stationery can be hella expensive, so of course I am making my own! I mean, I want to anyway, because I love crafts 🙂 A quick trip to Hobby Lobby’s 40% off sale and for $40 we got three stamps, 2 ink pads, some cards and envelopes, glitter, embossing powder and a craft knife.

I wanted butterflies or birds, and unfortunately the stamp I liked had ‘best wishes’ written onto it, so the boy got busy with a craft knife and removed the offending words:

I got my stamp & embossing abilities out:

But the birds were meant to symbolise Wes and I and didn’t really stand out, so out came the blue stamp pad and glitter:

And the finished product:

I think I like it! I love crafts and making things, and this reminds me of the crafts I used to do with my Ma. Wes liked it – he thought it was cute and personal, and so I think this might be what we go for. The only thing I might like to do is edge the card, but I am not sure how. Ribbon didn’t work very well, and I can’t think of any other ideas.