DIY…or Not

Wedding Planners and Coordinators receive many calls from couples looking for help and direction. More and more, soon-to-be-newlyweds are simply seeking staff to set up and breakdown the DIY decor that they themselves have created. Some couples spend months, if not a year, creating and assembling décor, favors, and centerpieces. However, few have considered who would be setting these items up and taking them down on their wedding day. 

Doing things yourself for your wedding day can be a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your event. If you’re lucky with some items, you may even reduce some of your costs. Small items like favors, chalkboards, and welcome signs are all do-able, simple tasks for most couples. Attempting fresh flower arrangements, room draping, and mismatched china will actually cost you more money than if you hired a professional.

Some event planning and coordinating companies will not take on clients that are paying for labor only. And those companies that do will charge a premium for staff only. This alone will likely make going through the event planning company from the beginning a more affordable option.

If you are considering taking on some of the tasks for your wedding, ask yourself these questions: How much money will I save if I do this myself Have you received some quotes from professionals? Will I be able to complete this in advance of the wedding? Who will deliver this to the wedding site? Who will set this up on the wedding day Who will clean this up at the end of the night? ?DIY often causes couples undue stress. Add too many things to your to-do list in the few days before the wedding, may not be in your best interest. In addition, putting the burden of setup and breakdown on the wedding party, family, or friends, may take a lot of the fun factor out of your wedding for them. We love DIY touches that make weddings personal and heartfelt, but some things are better left to a professional!

Soft Earthy Toned Wedding With DIY & Dried Flowers: Debs & James

Soft Earthy Toned Wedding With DIY & Dried Flowers: Debs & James

We were looking for a small, relaxed, super chill venue. The Chilli Barn was perfect and cosy, and surprisingly well within our budget! The surrounding area of the Otley Chevin was amazing for our outdoor shots in the woods. We both love the wild outdoors, so the venue was perfect!

I love nature and wild-looking things, so flowers from my mum’s garden were perfect. I wanted soft, earthy tones with a bit of colour. We were also on a bit of a budget, so Etsy was my friend!

Words by Debs. Images by Stevie Jay Photography.

I bought my dress from Confetti & Lace in Farsley, Leeds, which is the village that I was born in. My mum was driving past the shop and popped in on a whim. She booked an appointment and the ladies that worked there were all so amazing and helpful. I fell madly in love with my dress, which was almost a perfect fit. It only needed small alterations which were done at Joana’s Bridal Boutique in Harrogate. She was fantastic and got everything done so quickly and perfectly!

I walked down the aisle to the song ‘You’re So Cool’ by Hans Zimmer, which is the theme tune from the movie True Romance. Which is my favourite movie of all time! It always makes me feel happy when I hear it!

My wedding bouquet was bought from Etsy. I loved the way my dried flower looked and that they will last forever.

We made the flower bunches that were tied on the chair covers. We bought vases from charity shops and filled them with dried flowers from Etsy, fresh flowers from my mum’s garden, and we also hung and dried some of my mum’s flowers too.

The Pampas grass was from a friends garden. We brought our own fairy lights and used some of the venue’s lights that were available to us.

The wedding favours were succulents and cacti from Craghouse Farm.

Running off into the woods to take pictures and have some time to ourselves was one of the most memorable moments of the day, that and slaying the dancefloor to RuPaul in my sparkly Asos dress, with my sister Liz.

Stevie-Jay our wedding photographer is the absolute best! I don’t just mean her bomb ass photos, as those speak for themselves! As soon as we saw her photo gallery we knew we wanted her to be part of our wedding day, and after we met for a brew, we knew she was the one for us.

She is fantastic and we cannot recommend her enough or speak any more highly of her! If you want a relaxed, amazing day whilst still getting all the shots you want, you should get in touch with this rad human! She’s the best!!!

If we could impart any words of wisdom to other couples planning their big day, we would say… Enjoy the ay as it will go really, really fast! Do what YOU want, it is your day so it should make you happy.

If your dress is a bit extra (like mine was) and you want to dance, later on, get a second dress for free movement and that doesn’t matter if it gets a bit messy. I bought a super sparkly dress from Asos and danced barefoot into the wee hours! I felt super free and didn’t have any worries about anyone accidentally standing on my dress.  It had a bit of a train and I still felt very bridal in it.

What an absolutely gorgeous wedding! Loving those earthy tones and all the dried and DIY flowers! Loving the rustic wedding vibe? Follow the links for even more laid back loveliness.

Photographer: Stevie Jay Photography / Venue: The Chilli Barn, Otley / Confetti: AdamappleConfetti / Dress: lilybridal / 2nd Dress: Asos / Alterations: Joana Bridal Boutique / Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair & MUA: Liz Miller / Grooms Suit: Tkmaxx / Boutonniere: Rosehip and Wren / hairpieces for women: lilyhair

Save 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. Yes, you can absolutely save on your wedding using Valentine’s Day clearance. And no, no one will ever know.

Well, your wedding budget will know because there will be more in it.

But none of your guests will know. Or care, honestly.

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.

Save On Your Wedding Using Valentine’s Day Clearance

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. It’s not like Christmas where you can buy bags of candy with red, green, and silver wrappers then just use the ones that match your colors. Valentine’s Day candy always seems to have hearts all over. That’s fine. It’s the “To:” and “From:” on them (you know, so the kids can hand the fun-sized candy out in class) that makes them unusable for your wedding favors or candy buffet.

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” when I originally wrote this post. 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.

You could also use Mod Podge to affix scrapbook paper on top of them if you wanted to add some color that way too.

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?

DIY Photo Banner

Update: Right now, you can get a free 8×10 print from CVS with the code CUPID. It’s a good time to print out the main photo for this DIY photo banner.

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

I think a lot of people are like that too.

But, lots of photos on your phone comes in handy when you’re planning your wedding and can quickly open a photo app and print pictures 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 8×10. 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?

Free Trust Me You Can Dance – Vodka Sign

UPDATE: Head to the end of this Free Trust Me You Can Dance – Vodka Sign post to get the printable and a code to get a free 8×10 at Walgreens, valid until February 4, 2020.

I dance. A lot. All the time. By myself, around Pete, at our wedding.

I wouldn’t ever say I can dance. I remember being at a sweet sixteen in high school and having a few of my friends try really hard to teach me how to swing my hips to the beat. But my beat and the song’s beat aren’t always the same.

And that’s me sober.

I laugh at myself though and have  a good time because life is too fun to take seriously all the time. Especially at weddings. If your guests have trouble loosening up, you’re not alone. A lot of guests start stiff. Open bars help … and that’s probably where the “You can dance – Vodka” quote came from.

How fun is this Trust Me You Can Dance - Vodka sign for your wedding? You can get it for FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com.

If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve definitely seen that quote. It can be expensive to order it, though, s so I actually made a free printable sign for you with that exact quote. You can print it, put it in an 8×10 picture frame, and stand it at the bar at your wedding. It’ll make your guests laugh, order vodka, and dance.

It’s formatted to be 8×10 so you’re gonna want to print it somewhere like Walgreens. Actually, right now, you can get a free 8×10 at Walgreens with the code FREEBIE8X10.

How fun is this Trust Me You Can Dance - Vodka sign for your wedding? You can get it for FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com.

If you want to use this for your wedding, you can crop it after you upload it and cut off my watermark. That’s fine with me. You just can’t reproduce my design without the watermark for anything but your wedding.

Our watermark doesn’t appear on the items we have in our shop on CafePress. You can get the item on shot glasses, flasks, mugs and more. Sounds like the perfect gift for your vodka loving friends. Plus, you can save 15% right now with the code EXTRA15.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you hang this Trust Me You Can Dance – Vodka sign at your wedding?

Love this design?

Purchase our design on shot glasses, flasks, and more here.
How fun is this Trust Me You Can Dance - Vodka sign for your wedding? You can get it for FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Black Friday Wedding Deals (Updated for Black Friday 2019)

Update: This list of Black Friday Wedding Deals is updated for November 2019 with pre-Black Friday deals. We’ll be updating for Black Friday 2019 and Cyber Monday 2019 as the deals roll in.


For our monthly wedding deals and freebies link, check out our list, updated monthly, here.

I usually don’t post deals on this blog. Yes, it’s about saving money, but I’ll usually just post deals on Twitter or Facebook because, well, deals expire. And I don’t want you to come to a blog with a bunch of expired deals. That’s sort of useless. But with Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 around the corner, so many stores are having really hot deals. Plus, this is engagement season, so now might be when you’re planning wedding stuff. I put together a list of the best Black Friday wedding deals for 2016 and have been constantly updating it so you can get the best deals.

The deals are split into three categories: Black Friday Wedding Stationery Deals; Black Friday Wedding Deals; and Wedding Freebies.

Bride and groom. Text reads: Black Friday Wedding Deals Updated for 2019.

Black Friday Wedding Stationery Deals

Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

Artsy Couture
Deal: 15% off your first purchase
Code: HELLOTHERE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Artsy Couture
*Check out our review of Artsy Couture Save the Dates.

CafePress
Deal: 15% off sitewide
Code: THANKFUL
Til: 12/2/2019
Shop at CafePress
*Check out our review of wedding items at CafePress.

CatPrint
Deal: (nothing yet)
Shop at CatPrint
*Check out our CatPrint review here.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery


InkGarden
Deal: 25% off everything (includes wedding invitations) when you sign up for the mailing list
Code: (will be emailed)
Til: ongoing
Shop at InkGarden


Magnet Street
Deal: 50% off, plus free 2-day shipping
Code: (apply code at the top of the homepage)
Til: 12/3/2019
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: 20% off $150+, 15% off everything
Code: BF2019
Til: 11/29/2019
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: 55% off your favorites
Code: BFDEALS
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Up to 50% off Paper Source favorites
Code: (none needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Shutterfly
Deal: Up to 50% off everything, plus an additional 20% off
Code: EXTRA20
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Snapfish
Deal: 75% off all photo cards
Code: MERRYCRD
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Snapfish

Swoozies
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Swoozies

Tiny Prints
Deal: 40% off everything, plus free shipping
Code: GIVETHANKS
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Tiny Prints

Vistaprint
Deal: Up to 50% off cards
Code: NOVEMBER19
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 6% cash back

Walgreens
Deal: 60% off all cards and premium stationery
Code: CARDSTAT
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Walgreens’ website

Black Friday Wedding Deals

Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!
AC Moore
Deal: 40% off any regular price item
Code: None, but you need a coupon from their website
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at AC Moore stores

Alex And Ani
Deal: 30% off everything
Code: (no code needed)
Til: 12/2/2019
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 8.4% cash back
*See our post about using Alex And Ani as bridesmaids gifts.

Artsy Couture
Deal: 15% off your first purchase
Code: HELLOTHERE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Artsy Couture

Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!
Deal: Free gift with every order
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!

Wedding Freebies

Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

Amazon
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Amazon.com

Bridal Guide Magazine
Deal: Free two-year subscription
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request here

Exclusively Weddings
Deal: Free wedding invitation samples
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Exclusively Weddings

Minted
Deal: Free wedding sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Minted

Target
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Target.com

The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly
Deal: Free sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly

Things Remembered
Deal: Free personalized silver keepsake heart
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Join the mailing list here

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 5 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: 5WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Looking for a fun bridal shower game? Get this Bridal Shower Word Search free printable at www.abrideonabudget.com.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Are you shopping on Black Friday?

Note: Deals are subject to change. A Bride On A Budget is not responsible if they do.

Wishing Jar Guest Book Idea

A wishing jar guest book idea is super fun. We did something similar for our engagement party with a “Wedding Advice” box. It was really cute to see what everyone came up with.

I was in the dollar store recently and saw this cute wishing jar. It was the perfect wedding guest book.

Of course, me being me, I know you can make it. Sure, sure. It was only a dollar at the dollar store, but what kind of blog post would this be if I didn’t tell you how to make it yourself.

Mason jar with black tag sitting on the floor.

Wishing Jar Guest Book Idea

What You’ll Need:


What You’ll Do:

Use the tag-shaped paper punch to cut a tag from the black card stock.

You can, of course, cut this out with scissors too and not use the paper punch. That’s fine. But let me tell you. We got a tag-shaped paper punch when we were wedding planning, mostly because we were planning a destination wedding for everyone but us. Almost all of our guests were traveling from out of state, so we have a lot of travel-themed accents. So we used this tag-shaped paper punch a bunch of times because it looks like a luggage tag.

But, after that, we’ve used it so much too. Every time Christmas rolls around, I pull out that tag-shaped paper punch and use it to make gift tags. So if you’re hemming and hawing about buying a paper punch for wedding crafts, I assure you that you’ll use it after.

Anyway … cut the tag.

Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the tag.

Draw some embellishments on the tag, then (if you want to follow this wishing jar completely), write the following on the tag: “Wishing jar: Add your wishes or messages to the wish jar”

Cut a long piece of the jute cording. Wrap it around the lid of the mason jar a few times, then string it through the hole in the tag. Tie it.

That’s it. Your DIY Wishing Jar Guest Book is made. Well, that portion anyway.

For your wedding day, cut our large pieces of the black card stock. Leave the card stock, silver pen, and the Wishing Jar Guest Book out at the entrance table near the escort cards.

Your guests will see it as they pick up their escort cards and jot a wish for you and your husband.

If you would prefer to just buy a wishing jar, you can buy one below.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you rather make or buy this Wishing Jar Guest Book?

DIY I Love You Because Dry Erase Frame

Update: You can get a free 8×10 at Walgreens now with the code EIGHT19. 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, 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:



What You’ll Do:
Save our I Love You Because printable from the end of the post.
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.

Don’t forget to keep an eraser handy so you can change it.

Now, about that printable …

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.

When you’re ready, upload it and print it.

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?

DIY Lovebirds Wedding Countdown Sign

UPDATE: You can get a free 8×10 photo at CVS with the code TREAT today, October 30. Use that code to print this DIY Lovebirds Wedding Countdown Sign for free.

I love wedding countdowns. It’s just such a fun way to get excited over your upcoming wedding. Okay, sure, maybe that wedding countdown sign also gets your a little nervous. I mean, watching that number go down while your amount of wedding tasks goes up, it can be a bit scary. But you’re counting down to the day you get to marry the love of your life. That’s the best.

You can purchase a wedding countdown sign, but I would advise against it. Why? Because I made a super adorable one that you can print and put together yourself. That’s way more fun!

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

Lovebirds Wedding Countdown Sign

You can display this fun sign anywhere. Put it on your dresser, hang it on a wall, put it on your desk at work. Just make sure you change it every day or you’ll lose count — and have to recount all over. That’s easy if you have 30 days left, not so easy if you have 342 left!

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

What You’ll Need:

What You’ll Do:
Print the photo (at the end of this post).

You can print it anywhere that prints 8×10 photos. Right now, I would suggest printing it at Walgreens. Today (May 13), you can get a free 8×10 photo print with the code MOMSFREE here.

Put it in the frame.
Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!
On the glass of the frame, use your dry-erase market to write the number of days left until your wedding in the white icon.
Every day, change the number in the icon. Picking a dry-erase marker with an eraser will make this just a little bit easier. If not, you’ll end up saving a dirty paper towel and that’s sort of gross.
Count down until you are happily married. Then, you can pass the sign to your next engaged friend.
Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!
Now, about that free printable wedding countdown sign.
All you need to do is right-click the image below and save it to your computer. When you are ready for it, just upload it to a site where you can print (like Shutterfly, Walgreens, etc.). Print it as an 8×10 (that’s what it is formatted as) and you can fit it in a frame.
Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!
You can print this personalized wedding countdown sign at home too, if you want, but because the background is black and meant to look like a chalkboard, I wouldn’t recommend that. It would be pretty ink heavy. Plus, I don’t think the paper would look as nice in a frame as it does on photo paper.

For all of our free printables, be sure to check out this link.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this DIY lovebirds wedding countdown sign?

Elegant, relaxed and a touch of rustic wedding – Holli & Richard

Bride’s Maiden Name: Wilson
Occupation: Retail Logistics Manager
Groom’s Full Name: Richard Suddes
Occupation: Physiotherapist

Contact Email: holliwilson27@gmail.com

Wedding Date: 23.06.18
How many guests? 96 day 190 evening
Wedding Budget (Optional):

The Team

Wedding feature thanks to: Adorn https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Wedding Invitations: Dandelion Stationary
Dress: Badley Mischka http://badgleymischka.com/
Veil: The Bridal Collection Harrogate
Makeup: Megan Bulmer
Hair: Laura Collett-Bradley
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bridesmaids Dresses: Ted Baker https://www.tedbaker.com/
Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith
Groomsmen Suit: Ted Baker
Cake: Made by a family friend!
Food: Taste Cuisine
Flowers: Leafy Couture
Photographer: Lumiere Photographic https://lumierephotographic.com/
Ceremony Venue: Priory Cottages
Reception Venue: Priory Cottages http://www.priorycottages.co.uk/
Entertainment: Jonny Ross Music + Simply Strings + Marcus Songs
Celebrant: Harrogate registrars
Transport: None
Wedding Favours: Krispy Kerme Doughnuts
Any Other Vendors: Balloons by Funky Muppet

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?
We met working together at Ted Baker when Rich was at university and I was just out of school.

How did he propose?
We were on holiday in Costa Rica. He had set up with the hotel that we won a romantic meal for two on the beach so I didn’t suspect! It ended up raining so they moved in into a wine cellar in one of restaurants. He had chosen my favorite food and I thought it was strange how the hotel had known! Little did I know he was about to propose 

Length of Engagement?
2 years

What do you love most about your partner?
His humor

How would you describe your wedding in one or two words?
Perfect 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.
It was the last dress I tried on at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate – it was the first time I had ever tried on dresses and I knew I wasn’t going to be one of those people who went from shop to shop! When I first put it on a wasn’t 100% but my bridesmaid said why don’t I try a belt and it completely changed the dress and I loved it! I felt so comfortable which is something I really wanted to make sure of and I felt amazing in it 

Did you do a ‘first look’ before the ceremony?
No – it was all a surprise!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We didn’t want to make it too formal. We wanted everyone to feel as relaxed as possible so kept things quite simple but with a touch of elegance. I didn’t want it to become to country themed with it been in a barn so made sure the flowers and the decoration didn’t fall into that and brought out a little bit of glamour!

How did you come to choose the location and venue?
It was the first and only venue we looked at. I loved that we could all stay at the venue and has access to the whole site for 2 days and the amazing courtyard! This made the wedding as all our friends and family could enjoy the run up and be together to celebrate with us for as long as possible! The day ended up been really warm so our singer and string quartet ended up been outside in the courtyard and it was amazing. We are both very laid back so as soon as we went to look we knew it was the one so went for it! 

Can you describe what type of ceremony you had and how you were able to personalise it. 

  • Any readings? Yes we had both our sisters do a reading each. 
  • Vows – did you write your own vows, if so, would you be willing to share them in the feature. If you didn’t write your own vows, can you share what you said or were asked by your officiant? We didn’t write our own we stuck to the standard ceremony 
  • Were any of your guests involved in the ceremony in any way? No but my flower girl (my niece) decided half way through that she wanted to come up and hold my hand so we had a little guest stand with us for part, which was very cute!
  • How did you enter your wedding ceremony? (Accompanied? Together? Solo?)
    I walked down the aisle with my dad

  • What made you choose the type of ceremony that you had? We wanted it to be simple and short. It’s a lot of pressure to stand in front of everyone saying your vows, so we wanted to make sure we both felt as relaxed as possible, but not putting too much pressure on ourselves 
  • Do please share any other thoughts or feelings that you have about your ceremony, which might help inspire others. We had an amazing string quartet who were playing at the ceremony. 

Describe the cake (including the flavors) and cake topper.
We had cupcakes and then just a small cake at the top! The small cake was made by Richs mum. They love fruit cake and this was a really nice touch for her to be involved with the making of the cake! The cupcakes where made by a family friend. I didn’t want a huge cake that no one would eat, so went for cupcakes and I didn’t even manage to get one as they all got eaten that quick! We had white chocolate and lemon flavor with a few different icing designs, it was really affective and looked amazing!  

What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
We opted for an all-white colour theme with touches of blush and ivory for contrast and to tie in with my dress and the bridesmaids. My bouquet was white roses, peonies and blush colored stocks with some tiny eucalyptus, we had two amazing floral columns at the ceremony made from white lisianthus, big white roses, white peonies, green bell and white hydrangea. 

How did you choose your table décor?
We decide to go for half the tables decorated with an arrangement of candles which we did ourselves and the other half with big floral center pieces that where high and had floating candles to tie in with the other tables.

What was the menu for the reception?
We had an informal BBQ type menu. We didn’t have starters and we increased the number of canapés. For main we had the taste surf & turf grand skewer which included, smoked rib eye steak, Giant Szechuan king prawns and Butter grilled chicken with Chunky hand cut chips, Classic Caesar salad and garlic and tomato herb breads. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding and a cheese board. 

What were your favorite moments from the day?
The speeches. They were all amazing and I don’t think these was a dry eye in the room! 

Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle entrance & exit, reception entry, first dance songs):

  • Aisle entrance: Can’t Help Falling In LoveElvis Presley (played on the string quartet) 
  • Exit:Think I Want To Marry You – Bruno Mars (played on the string quartet)
  • First dance: Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran 

Any DIY décor elements?
We decorated part of the ceremony room ourselves. There was a large opening which we wanted to fill so thought what’s better than flowers. My mum loves flowers so we ordered from a wholesaler and got some vases and it looked amazing! We also did half the table decorations ourselves which were simple but affective 

Any sentimental personal touches?
My bridesmaids were my cousins who are my best friends. We have grown up together so for their gift we got them a picture of when we were younger and framed into a lovely frame with a nice message at the bottom. 

How did you save on costs?
By doing some of the decoration ourselves. I have a very creative family which helps but where able to make it look like it was done by a professional by just keeping it simple and setting it all up at home until it looked perfect!

In hindsight, anything you would have done differently?
Absolutely nothing

Where did you go on honeymoon?
Mexico – we spend the first week on our own and then family and friends came to join us for the second week to extend the celebrations!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t overthink it! The little things that you stress about are not worth the stress! It was all work out perfectly

If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Best day of our lives!