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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What You’ll Need:
What You’ll Do:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Black Friday Wedding Stationery Deals
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery
Deal: 25% off everything (includes wedding invitations) when you sign up for the mailing list
Code: (will be emailed)
Shop at InkGarden
Deal: 50% off, plus free 2-day shipping
Code: (apply code at the top of the homepage)
Shop at Magnet Street
Deal: Up to 50% off cards
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 6% cash back
Black Friday Wedding Deals
Deal: 40% off any regular price item
Code: None, but you need a coupon from their website
Shop at AC Moore stores
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.
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.
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?
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
This frame is super easy to put together, plus a great way to share love notes with you and your honey.
What You’ll Need:
What You’ll Do:
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).
Don’t forget to keep an eraser handy so you can change it.
Now, about that printable …
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.
Love dry erase frame?
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!
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!
What You’ll Need:
For all of our free printables, be sure to check out this link.
Bride’s Maiden Name: Wilson
Occupation: Retail Logistics Manager
Groom’s Full Name: Richard Suddes
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Date: 23.06.18
How many guests? 96 day 190 evening
Wedding Budget (Optional):
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
Wedding Favours: Krispy Kerme Doughnuts
Any Other Vendors: Balloons by Funky Muppet
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?
What do you love most about your partner?
How would you describe your wedding in one or two words?
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 Love – Elvis 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?
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!