<![CDATA[The DIY Bride - Blog]]>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:30:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[I'm Married!]]>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:55:25 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/im-marriedHello dear readers! I am so, so sorry for the incredibly long hiatus. I got so busy finishing school whilst doing an internship, and then turning that internship into a full-time gig over the summer and oh yeah! Planning my own wedding! Just an update on my life since so much has changed....

My wedding was an absolute blast

There were oh so many things that went wrong, but at the end of the day I was proud of what I had accomplished. It felt wonderful to have several of my friends and family tell me that it was "simply the best wedding they had ever been to..." such music to my then exhausted ears. Check some pictures and my wedding highlight video! More to come later on the juicy details of dos and don'ts!

The honeymoon

The morning after our wedding, Trey and I hopped on a plane to Nassau, Bahamas. We stayed at The Cove at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Islands and the views were absolutely breathtaking. Everything was unbelievably expensive ($18 for a bottle of Aloe Vera!), but our honeymoon package and my financial skills saved us from too much harm.

I am now a Bostonian

That's right! Exactly one day after Trey and I arrived home from the glorious place that is Paradise Island, we packed a 26 foot Penske and drove to Hyde Park, MA, part of Boston's many facets. The trip took a hellish 20 hours, and the police yelled at us for parking the yellow bohemoth outside our townhome (where else were we supposed to park it while we unloaded, honestly!) and threatened to issue hefty tickets if we didn't have it moved in three hours. I am currently job hunting and dove right back into musical theater. In fact, it was the reason we left for Boston the day after our honeymoon. We didn't want to miss auditions! I will be playing the role of Philia again and my husband (squee!) is playing Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Riverside Theatre Works

- Adina Lundquist 
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<![CDATA[The Bride's Manifesto]]>Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:50:21 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/the-brides-manifesto-advice-for-the-weddingI found a great manifesto on Pinterest to live by as I'm planning my wedding and I thought I'd share it with all of you. It's all about enjoying the process, not winning a competition or showing off!
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Christina Friedrichsen of intimateweddings.com
- Adina
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<![CDATA[DIY Branch and Moss Centerpiece ]]>Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:41:53 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/diy-branch-and-moss-centerpiece-for-the-rustic-weddingPicture
I made this centerpiece in less than 10 minutes. It's perfect for a rustic, outdoor, or nature themed wedding... Really for any type! I'll be using this or something similar for my own. The best part? It cost less than 7 dollars to make!

Materials and Prices:
  1. Branches                                                                             I used some from my front yard.
  2. Proflora Sheet Moss ($3 at Walmart)
  3. 3 Cylinder Vases ($1 each at Dollar Tree)                                 One tall, two shorter.
  4. Floating Tea Lights ($1 for bag of 10 or so at Dollar Tree)
  5. Scissors 
  6. Matches
  7. Water

Directions

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Step one:

Once you've found some branches, cut off any parts of it that you don't like. You want it to look as clean and simple as possible, so don't leave any tiny twigs poking out.

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Step two:

Arrange the branches in the vase to your liking.

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Step three:

Take the moss out of the bag and arrange it until it is as flat as possible. Make sure there are no gaps between the sheets.

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Step four:

Fill the vases with water. It's up to you how much you want to put in, but I recommend stopping at least two inches from the top so the candle can float safely inside.

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Step five:

Arrange the vases on top of the moss. Make sure they are steady so they don't fall over. Then place the candles in the smaller vases and light them. For extra lighting, add a few candles between the vases. Just be sure the candles are contained, especially if your venue has a "no open flame" policy.

Extra Tips

  • I highly recommend hot gluing the moss onto a sheet of foam ($.99 at Hobby Lobby) or another surface. This will keep the moss in place and it will help you to flatten it better. Plus it will make it easier to set up on your wedding day.
  • To get the stickers off the bottom of the vases, soak them in warm water for a minute or two. The stickers will come right off. 
  • From trimming the branches to shaking the dirt off the moss, it can get pretty dirty. So have a broom and trash bags ready.
  • Change it up and make it your own! Fill the vases with stones or sand. Scatter petals instead. Be creative!

That's It!

I'm thrilled about the way this turned out, and I can't believe it was so cheap! For less than $65 I will be able to decorate 10 tables (remember I only used three tea lights and each bag comes with 10 or so). 

Are your centerpieces similar? Tell me about them!

- Adina
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<![CDATA[How to Find a Wedding DJ or Band That Will Rock the Party]]>Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:40:36 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/how-to-find-a-wedding-dj-or-band-that-will-rock-the-partyPictureTrue Photography
Nothing is worse than a reception with a terrible music selection and/or performers. It's a huge waste of money, not to mention the fact that it's completely awkward when three people are dancing to the "Cha-Cha Slide" and everyone is sitting down staring at each other. You want a party, so much so that even your grandparents will dance! 

So how can you make sure you have killer music for your wedding reception/ "I just got married!" party?

Three Primary Options

  1. Hire a DJ                                                                                                                                               Generally they cost less than a band ($350- $3,500 on average). DJs are great for smaller spaces because there are less chords and cables to set up. I've seen some pretty terrible ones though, so make sure you check references! Nothing's worse than a DJ who doesn't play your songs on cue (like the first dance). 
  2. Hire a band                                                                                                                                Whether it's a wedding band, a local band trying to make it, or some friends of yours who play in their garage, there's nothing better than good, live music. Warning, they are more expensive ($1,300- $10,000 on average), unless your friends offer you a deal. Just be sure you have a demo or audition of sorts before you hire them to make sure they're right for you.
  3. Use an iPod with a set playlist                                                                                                            This is a great option for smaller weddings with a tight budget. Just borrow or rent some sound equipment if your venue doesn't have any, let a bridal party member or another friend MC and you're good to go!

The Hiring Process

  1. Ask for recommendations. Whether it's from friends, family, other vendors or from people who have recently been married, recommendations are the best place to start.
  2. Contact, contact, contact! Once you have a starting list, contact your leads and ask for rates, how many people they'd be bringing along (how many band members or how many people will help the DJ set up) and get an idea of what songs they generally play. If that person(s) is over budget or doesn't fit the style you want, move on!
  3. Review the contract (if they have one). Read every single detail. If something isn't clear, ask. If something doesn't ring right with you, move on.
  4. Talk with your venue. Make sure you know the noise limits (if there are any). Do you need a special permit to have music in your outdoor reception space (for example, a public area)? Don't hire someone without knowing these things! 
  5. Book your date. Well-known, well-reviewed DJs and bands go fast! Sign the contract and make your deposit to secure your date before you lose them!

Tips For Killer Reception Music

You want your wedding reception to look like this: Party!
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Not this: Can you say boring? 
YouTube channel: mi1stranger
So here are some tips to get everyone on their feet!
  • Variety is key. What appeals to your college friends won't appeal to your grandparents, so try to play songs for everyone. Trey and I will have live dubstep (played by JP and DrewoftheDrew) for the younger crowd as well as a standard wedding band that will play classics and other well-known hits (for everyone else). Sounds like a lot, which it is, but I'm marrying a drummer from Berklee College of Music. So..... yeah, music was a big thing for him ha ha!
  • Know your guests. If you don't think anyone will dance to the "Electric Slide," don't play it. In fact, make a list of Don't Play and give it to the band or DJ. The list can include over played songs, offensive songs, songs with language, songs you hate with a passion... you get the point.
  • What do your guests want? If you want input from your guests, put a line on your RSVP cards so that they can request a song. They'll flip when they actually hear it at your wedding!
  • Utilize your bridal party. It's the one day they'll have to do what you say (in moderation of course). Get them to bring a few guests with them. When people see other people dancing, they'll join in.
  • Start the dancing early. Don't wait until after the last course is served or once the cake is cut before you start the party. More and more couples are starting the music after the first course. Not only will your guests stay longer, but they'll have more fun.
  • Make sure the band or DJ knows the schedule and has their material. It's horribly awkward when they don't have it together. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out this poor couple. Their DJ ruined their first dance. It's so painful. I can't... I can't even watch. 
YouTube channel: newflava89AGAIN
- Adina
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<![CDATA[10 Budget Friendly Wedding Decorations That Don't Suck]]>Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:03:36 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/10-budget-friendly-wedding-decorations-that-dont-suck1. DIY String Lights
You can use white Christmas lights too if you don't like the colored look. Borrow some from the family! A pack of 144 ping pong balls is $13 on Amazon. Now you don't have to shovel out money to rent or buy string lights. 
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instructables.com

2. Flowers to Toss

Instead of buying petals from a flower shop (can someone say expensive?), start collecting flowers at least one month before the wedding. These can be from your backyard, the side of the road, etc. Hang them up to dry upside down. Once dry, you have perfectly dried petals for guests to toss during the recessional. And it's free!
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From left to right: stylemepretty.com and chuppphotography.com
Here's a great video tutorial by ModernMom on how to make those paper cones!

3. Photo Booth Backdrop

For the frame: 
  • You can purchase PVC pipe at your local home improvement store. This cost less than $20 to make!
  • Or just find a blank wall and attach your backdrop with thumbtacks or Command Strips.
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For the backdrop:

4. Candy Buffet

Buy assorted vases and candlesticks from Dollar Tree, paint the candlesticks, glue the vases to the top of them and voila! You have adorable candy holders. You can buy candy in bulk (in specific colors if you want) from Candy Direct! Purchase some favor bags from Dollar Tree as well and your guests now have a favor to take home. How perfect is that?
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From left to right: diyprojectnetwork.com and cameroningalls.com

5. Make Your Own Trees

To add a little nature and soft lighting, all you'll need are pots, thick branches (find some in the woods or trim a tree of yours), lights, spray foam and moss to cover the foam (you can purchase bags of moss for $3 at Walmart).

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6. Paper Lanterns

You can buy them in bulk for pretty cheap at The Paper Lantern Store. This will allow you to create the perfect lighting for your reception without breaking the bank by hiring someone to uplight your space. 
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lifespelledjen.com

7. Sparkler Exit 

Sparklers Online sells them in bulk for a great price. Their 36 inch sparklers last up to four minutes! Perfect amount of time to get a few great pictures. 
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From left to right: savvydeetsbridal.com and klsywrd.tumblr.com

8. Pomanders (Or As I Call Them, "Those Flower Ball Things")

Just buy a styrofoam ball, some ribbon, straight pins and fake flowers and you're good to go! You can use these as aisle decor, centerpieces, bouquets, etc. The Ornament Girl has a quick and easy tutorial for you to check out! For a more natural look, use real flowers.
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9. For Just the Right Amount of Shine

Adding hints of sparkle to your wedding will make your decor pop in just the right way. Spray paint some baby's breath gold or sprinkle glitter on a branch using mod podge. Use them as part of your centerpieces and you've got the perfect touch of shimmer.
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From left to right: save-on-crafts.com and theglitterguide.tumblr.com

10. Paint Chip Escort Cards

Paint chips are free at stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Plus they come in all sorts of colors, so you can match them to your theme! Why not use them as escort cards if you're having assigned seating? Write the names of your guests and the table numbers on each and you're good to go!
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From left to right: rustweddingchic.com and dimestorediamondblog.com
- Adina
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<![CDATA[DIY Disney Photo Booth Props With Templates]]>Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:21:55 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/diy-disney-photo-booth-props-with-templatesMaterials and Prices
  1. 5 Black Foam Sheets ($.99 each at Hobby Lobby)
  2. Bamboo Skewers ($1 for 100 at Walmart)
  3. Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  4. Scissors
  5. Large Colored Cardstock ($.69 each at Hobby Lobby) 
        *2 red, 2 gold, 2 yellow, 1 brown, 1 blue, 1 light blue (You don't have to use the exact colors I used.             There are plenty of different shades to choose from!)*
   6.   Large Black Cardstock ($8 for pack of 50 at Hobby Lobby)
   7.   Pencil

Total Cost: about $19. I used the cardstock and skewers in the DIY Photo Booth Props With Templates tutorial as well, so not bad!

Templates

No one provided free templates online, so I got crafty! I found images of the Disney princesses and villains I wanted and hand drew everything for my props. I'm not a great artist, but I don't think they turned out too bad. Use them to your liking!

I don't have a scanner, so the best I could do was take a picture of my drawings and upload them here. 
  • Right click to save the image to your computer.
  • Import the picture into Microsoft Word.
  • From there, enlarge the images to your liking. (Tip: right click on the image, select Text Wrap, and select In Front of Text. This will allow you to enlarge the image without margin restrictions.)
  • Print and voila! You now have templates to work with.

If you simply can't get the images large enough, your local office supply store or printing shop will be able to print them on larger sheets of paper than the standard 8X10. They'll work with you!

If you don't like that method either, try free handing using my templates as a guide. "Bah! I'm not an artist!" Give a shot, you never know!

Directions

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Step one:

Trace the templates onto the colored cardstock (depending on the character) and the black cardstock, which will be used on the backside of the foam as extra support.

*Be sure the outline of your tracing is on the opposite side of the side you want displayed so the outline doesn't show.*

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Step two:

Cut the outlines. 

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Step three: 

Using the hot glue gun, glue the black cardstock cutout to the foam sheet, then cut the foam. On the reverse side, do the same thing with the colored paper.

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Step four:

If you want smaller pieces such as earrings or bows to stand out, glue those shapes to foam and cut them. Then hot glue them onto the prop. This will give the props a 3D feel.

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Step five:

Use the hot glue gun to glue the bamboo skewers to the back of the prop. 

TaDa!

This is a great way to personalize your wedding if you love Disney without making it an overriding theme. Check out these two pictures from my own wedding! I would show more, but since we had an open bar, it's safer not to. I don't want my friends to yell at me for posting drunk pictures! Ha ha. 

Let me know if this works for you!
-Adina
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<![CDATA[Wedding Thank You Gifts: Are They Necessary?]]>Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:33:37 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/wedding-thank-you-gifts-are-they-necessaryAre they necessary if you're on a budget? YES! Don't neglect the people who helped you. Here's how:

Who Gets Them?

  1. Bridal Party. The groom is responsible for gifts for the groomsmen; the bride is responsible for gifts to her bridesmaids. The bridal party serves as your emotional support. They'll help you plan, make those centerpieces, lick dozens of envelopes for you... Giving them a gift in return is a small price to pay for their help.
  2. Parents. They'll be helping you, whether it's financially, mentally, emotionally, etc. It's tradition to give them a gift. Plus they raised you! Thank them for that!
  3. Financial sponsors. If someone else such as another relative or friend helped you out, you need to thank them too.
  4. Bride to groom, groom to bride. I'll admit, this one seems a little strange to me, but think about it. He's supported you through all your bridezilla moments. You've supported him even though he probably didn't help you plan as much as you would have liked. 

What to Get Them

Bridal Party:
Don't get them something with the bride and groom's name and wedding date engraved on it or anything that says "bridesmaid." 

Do get them:
  • Robes for getting ready: This bride sifted through thrift shops to find unique silk robes for her girls. It makes for great photo opportunities and it's something that will be used again and again. Or you can get your girls matching robes, have their names monogrammed on them... That gets expensive, so be careful. We're on a budget here!
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  • Jewelry: Don't get them something that perfectly coordinates with their bridesmaid dress and that dress only. Get them something others will compliment and envy. My bridesmaid Nichole has a boutique that sells adorable jewelry. When you catch a sale, it's pretty cheap! These earrings are just $24! 
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  • Pay for their mani/pedi, hair and makeup, or chip in for their hotel: This is something they'll really appreciate. Being a bridesmaid can be expensive! This will be more expensive for you, but it will save them cash and spare them the pain of acting pleased with another gift. 
  • Celebrate their individuality: Perhaps you can get them each something different besides a one size fits all gift. If one's a foodie, maybe she's been eyeing a new whisk. If one's a bookworm, give her a book she's been dying to read. 

Parents:
Don't get them something generic like a gift basket. They raised you, put some more effort into it!

Do get them:
  • A Personalized album or photo: Once you've gotten all of your wedding photos, create an album and write letters to them inside the cover thanking them. It's something they'll love to look at again and again. You can also pick your favorite picture and place it in a really nice frame for them to hang on the wall.
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  • A night out: Treat them to a nice dinner, just the two of them.
  • Spend the day doing something special: Take your mom with you to a spa day. Maybe your dad loves hiking. Spend some time just the two of you or do something all together, expenses on you.

Financial Sponsors:
If you don't know them that well, getting them something personal isn't completely necessary. If you do know them well, personal is always best. 

  • Thank you letter: I know you don't think it will amount to much in comparison to the money they gave you, but it will show them just how appreciative you are. Maybe you can offer to cook a nice meal for them sometime!
  • Gift basket: I am so not a fan of them because of the lack of personalization (and often people don't use the stuff in them anyway), but for a family member you don't know too well, it can work. If they love wine, get them a nice bottle and put some assorted cheeses and crackers in there. Try to make it personal by catering to their interests. 

The Groom:
  • Letters: Again? Really? Look again. Notice the s? From now on until your wedding day, write him a letter. It doesn't have to be long. For example, each day you can write a reason why you love him. Put it in a nice box and give them all to him on the day of your wedding. Once you are married he can take his time looking through the notes. Romantic right? This can come in handy after your first fight or your first night away from him.
  • Boudoir photos: This is for the braver girls out there. Recently these have become a trend. For those of you who aren't familiar, these are simply teaser photos for your groom to see just before the wedding of you in lingerie. No, they are not revealing. It's not porn ladies, be classy. After the wedding, some people create a small canvas and hang it up in the master bath or bedroom. Or you can simply put the photos in an album that he'll keep in his night stand. 
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Left to right: thebeck.com and Tori Leiszler
By no means have I covered all possible gifts, these are just a few suggestions based on the research I've done and my personal thoughts. Have any more suggestions? Received a great gift you want to share? I'm curious! Let me know!

- Adina
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<![CDATA[DIY Chalkboard Signs]]>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:11:10 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/diy-chalkboard-signsPicturethesecretlifeofinvites.com
Pinterest is going through a sort of chalkboard sign faze. And why shouldn't pinners share the idea? It's adorable! Unfortunately not a ton of people know how to do it. That's where I come in. Here's an easy how to tutorial for you!

First Things First:

Wear old clothes! You'll be so mad at yourself when you spill, splatter, drip, or smear paint on your favorite pair of jeans. 

Materials and Prices

  1. Chalk ($2 for 4 pack at Hobby Lobby)
  2. Black Paint ($14 for gallon of Valspar 4000 matte black paint at Lowes)                                                           * A gallon might seem like a lot, but I had 18 cabinet doors to paint two coats of paint on the                  front and back. If you plan on doing one or two signs, purchase a smaller amount. Also, this                  type of paint, rather than an acrylic or other craft paint, will last me. If I need to do touch ups on            the signs 10 months from now, I know the paint won't dry up. *
  3. Paint Brush ($6 for Blue Hawk Angled Brush at Lowes)
  4. Signs                                                                                                                                                              * These can be any material you wish such as card board or foam board. For a modern rustic look,           I reused some old kitchen cabinets from a house my family is renovating.* 
  5. Sharpie White Paint Pen ($5 for 2 at Staples)                                                                                                  * Acrylic paint and a thin paint brush will work too ($3 for a large bottle of paint and $5 for an                   assorted pack of small paint brushes at Hobby Lobby).*
  6. Surface to Paint On (I purchased tablecloths for $1 each at Dollar Tree)

Total Cost: about $30. The fewer signs you have, the less it will cost. I purchased in bulk.

Directions

Step one: 
Paint one coat of the Valspar 4000 paint onto the front and back of whatever you chose for your signs. If you used wood or another heavy material, paint two coats to ensure none of the surface shows through.
Step two: 
Let dry, then touch up any areas that you missed. Pretty right? I must admit, this took me a few days, but I got there!
Step three:
This part is tricky and takes some time and effort. 
  • If you're not sure what you want, get inspiration from these signs on Pinterest and Google Images
  • Use Microsoft Word or another program to begin creating what you want on your signs.
  • If you can't find the perfect font, try sites like Font Squirrel and download free fonts. This is where the one I used, Good Vibes, came from.  
  • Play around with the size of your design to make sure your design fills the space you want filled.

Below are some of the ones I created, save for the photo booth sign which was created by Enchanted Prints. You are more than welcome to use them!
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Step four:
Once you've printed a design, rub the back of the paper with a piece of chalk. Make sure the entire area is covered. 
Step five:
Using a pencil, trace the outline of the image onto the surface of your sign. Make sure you press down hard so the outline transfers.
Step six:
Use the paint pen to fill in the outline. This will ensure that your sign will last while maintaining that chalkboard feel. 
Step seven:
Once the paint dries, gently wipe the excess chalk away with a cloth. If you acidentally drew outside the lines or smeared paint, use the black paint and a small paint brush to clean it up. 

That's It!

As you can see, I'm not near finished. These are the only three I've done so far and I have yet to touch up on them. This project takes time, concentration and effort depending on the type of design you are doing. I'm not going to lie, the photo booth sign was absolute torture to paint. Good luck!
- Adina
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<![CDATA[How to Get the Perfect Guest List]]>Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:17:46 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/how-to-get-the-perfect-guest-listThis should have been one of the first posts published as it's one of the first things you do once you're engaged. I'm sorry, I'm only human! The guest list will help you browse through venues much faster. If you have a number, you can skip places that won't house that number. Huge help!

For Starters...

You, your fiance, his parents and your parents should each make lists of who to invite. Sounds crazy right? "I don't want my parents to dictate who comes and who can't!" Hear me out. You and your fiance will include your best friends and closest relatives. Your parents, however, will likely include family members whose names you forgot, the neighbors who babysat you for years and years, etc. Let them feel included, especially if they're paying for the big day. 

Show No Mercy

  • The Budget rules. Remember you'll be paying a set fee per person for the food if you're working with a caterer. If the money doesn't allow for 250 guests (the fantasy list), don't invite that many.
  • Can't imagine getting married without them there? Keep them and move on to the next name.
  • See anyone on your fiance's list who is absolutely not welcome? These names can include exes, his old roommate whom he doesn't really speak to anymore but you know will drink the bar dry.... you get the point. Same for you too though. You can't slash his list without letting him slash yours. Negotiate.
  • Have you talked to them in the past year? Yes, this means your old high school, middle school and elementary school buddies and college roommates are out.
  • Are they more like acquaintances? If the person is simply a friendly coworker or neighbor, cut them too. 
  • Kids or no kids? No judgement here, but if you go the no kid route, be sure that your guests are aware well in advance so they can hire a baby sitter and no hard feelings are had.
  • Dates. This one's tough when it comes to RSVPs, but if you're looking to save money, don't allow for plus ones unless that person is in a committed long term relationship or is married. Casual dates are a no go, so be sure not to include "and guest" on the RSVP. 
  • Don't be pressured. Just because you were invited to their wedding doesn't mean they have to come to yours.
  • The wedding funders get a say. Your parents and his parents may have people they want to see at the wedding. Let them have those people (in moderation of course), especially if they're paying the bill.

For the Visual Learners...

Check out this helpful guide by Simply Bridal.
- Adina
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<![CDATA[DIY Photo Booth Props With Templates]]>Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:59:40 GMThttp://thediybride.weebly.com/blog/diy-photo-booth-props-with-templatesPhoto booths are a huge wedding trend right now. Personally, I think they are adorable and will be using one at my own wedding to serve as a guest book. Plus, it is so easy  to create the props yourself! Grab some bridesmaids to help and you're good to go!

Free Templates

I'm not much of an artist, but if you are, you can create your own. If you aren't talented like the rest of us, take advantage of free templates. Here are the ones I used:

  1. Magnet Street
  2. Kensie Kate
  3. Oh Happy Day

Know of some other great free templates? Share them in the comment section below!

Materials and Prices

  1. Printed Templates ($17 at Staples because I don't have colored ink. Boo.)
  2. Bamboo Skewers ($1 at Walmart for 100)
  3. Elmer's Spray Adhesive ($7 at Hobby Lobby)
  4. X Acto Knife ($5 at Walmart)
  5. Heavy Weight Cardstock ($5 at Hobby Lobby for 50)
  6. Scissors 
  7. Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  8. Foam Sheet ($.99 at Hobby Lobby)
  9. Chalkboard Spray Paint ($4 at Walmart)

Optional Materials

  1. Glitter ($3 per large bottle, $5 for pack at Hobby Lobby)
  2. Mod Podge ($4 at Hobby Lobby)
  3. Sponge Brush
  4. Signs ($3 each at Hobby Lobby)
  5. Frames ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
  6. Acrylic Paint ($1 each at Walmart)
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Total Cost: about $46. This seems a little expensive, but remember I had to print the templates at Staples and I didn't own an x acto knife. 

To save some cash, borrow a friend's printer along with any other item you can! 



Directions

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Step one: 

Cut the props. The edges don't have to be perfect. I quickly learned to leave plenty of room (you'll see why in step three).

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Step two:

Use the Elmer's Spray Adhesive to coat the backs of the cut outs. (Don't do them all at once. Switch between steps two and three until all are glued onto the cardstock). I used an old poster board as a backdrop for this. I highly recommend this as the glue is incredibly sticky and is hard to clean off of surfaces.

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Step three: 

Place the glued pieces onto the heavy weight cardstock, then cut each prop piece out, using the x acto knife as needed (I used the same poster board to bare down on when using the knife). As you can see, I left plenty of room so that I could make sure my edges were clean and I didn't cut too much of the actual prop away. This happens when you cut neatly the first time around.

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Step four:

Using the hot glue gun, glue the bamboo skewers to the cut outs. Switch up the sides on which you glue the rods on so that guests can hold one in each hand when taking photos. It would be difficult if all rods were glued on the right! 

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Step five:

Set the glued pieces aside to dry. Don't worry about the frame, it was drying because I accidentally broke it. Typical me.

Speech Bubbles

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  1. Cut out the shapes with the cardstock.
  2. Hot glue the cut outs onto the foam sheet.
  3. Once dry, cut the shapes again.
  4. Spray two coats of chalk board paint onto the cardstock side of the prop.
  5. Once dry, glue the skewers to the back.

Optional Steps

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One: 

If you want to glitterfy some props (yes, glitterfy), add a layer of mod podge using a sponge brush. Once you've tapped off the excess glitter, spray with the Elmer's Spray Glue to set it.

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Two:

Paint the frames whatever color you choose or glitterfy them to add some flair.

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Three:

Paint the back, front and sides of the signs black, then spray the front with a layer of chalkboard paint. Let dry, then spray a second layer. 

If the photo booth is also serving as the guest book as mine is, these signs will allow people to write advice or messages to you!

Enjoy!

Photo booths aren't just for weddings. Use them for a party or get together with friends and family! I got the vases for $1 each at Dollar Tree and I'll be purchasing a few more so guests can easily search through the props. 
- Adina
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