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Free Wedding Table Numbers

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 20, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Table numbers make it easier for guests to know where they are seated. They will know which table to look for once they view the seating chart, or you let them know some other way that they will be sitting at a certain table. It will make things much less hectic for you and for your guests on your special day.



One of the best part about table numbers is that they are easily recyclable. You can either put them in the recycling bin after your wedding, or you can simply reuse them for a different event. You could also give them to a friend or family member for their wedding day. 



Before you use table numbers, be sure to have a seating chart and let your venue know how many people and tables you will need. You will also need to know the number of chairs you will need as well. Once that is all settled, be sure to seat strategically so divorced people don't have to sit next to each other or across from each other. You want your reception to be peaceful and fun, not turn into a brawl or a shouting match.



Don’t break the bank getting custom-made numbers designed by a graphic artist or spending hundreds on premade ones. Choose a design and print them off for free at your home printer, or for less than $20 for 12 at Staples!


 

Here is one place to get some gorgeous, free table numbers:

 www.invitationsbydawn.com/content/printable-wedding-table-numbers/


 

Check out this site for different free designs:

 www.weddingchicks.com/84_table-numbers.html


 

Got any other ideas? Comment below!


A Love Letter To My Husband On Our Anniversary

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 6, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




My dearest life partner,


Today marks two wonderful, joy-filled years that we've been married. I have to say I am not surprised, since I knew we would be happy together years before we married. We have so much in common, I knew that we were very compatible. Our shared morals and values really brought us together, and I knew we would make a life together. Here we are, having accomplished so much already. I am very proud of us.


Together, we made some of our most important dreams come true. Your dream was always to have a family of your own, and now you do. I wanted a house, and now we live in one. We both wanted a practical vehicle, and now we do. I've always wanted a dog, and now we have one. But most importantly, you have someone to come home to now, and so do I. 


The pandemic has seen a rise in breakups. Most marriages are just a couple of hours a night. However you and I got to live together full time when the first wave hit. I am so lucky I found someone I actually like, because now we miss that time together. I love when you have vacation time so we can spend more time together. It brought us closer together and we were able to do the small things like cuddle while watching a movie with the kids. We didn't have to worry about getting up early in the morning for school for them or work. Whatever hardships we faced, we faced together. Small bumps in the road could never stop our journey.


I can never truly express how incredibly grateful I am to you. You changed my life for the better, and the life of my children. You turned everything around for the positive. I am excited when I wake up in the morning, and I look forward to sleeping beside you every night. I love that you give me what I need and express what you need. We've both learned to put ourselves first and advocate for what we want and need, and I am so glad we did. We know to treat each other well and have known since before we got together. We've grown together and become a team, working together for a common goal. 


After all of these years being together, and for these last two years as well, thank you for choosing me. Thank you for waking up every day and choosing to still stand by my side and be my husband. Thank you for choosing yourself, your happiness, me, my children, our happiness, our love, and our life together. I love you beyond the stars, my love. 



Love,


Your adoring wife.

Cheap DIY Wedding Food

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 29, 2021 at 8:40 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Are you good cooks, or at least good at following recipes? Are you having a last-minute wedding and you don’t have time to book a caterer? Is your budget not allowing you to hire a cook? No worries! Here are lists of foods you can make at home and either serve buffet-style, or serve on plates for your guests.

 

 

Bite-sized. Are you having your reception between meal times? This is a great time to serve tasty snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Cut up and lay out cheese cubes, celery stalks, baby carrots, biscuits, dinner rolls, grapes, rolled meats, chips with dip, crackers, fresh fruit, meatballs, sandwich trays, and more.

 

 

Tacos. The great thing with tacos, burritos and fajitas is that you can customize them yourself; so why not let the guests do the rest? Lay out the pita bread, the meats, the veggies, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and everything else your guests could possibly want in their tacos. Be sure to include utensils.

 

 

Bars. Lay out delicious ingredients for “bars”, such as taco bars, omelette bars, potato bars, salad bars, and more! The cheapest options are potato bars or potato salad bars, since they are easily the cheapest food to come by.

 

 

Chips and dip. Tried and true, chips and dip are the musts for any party. More of a formal affair? Get fancy chips, veggie chips, and more. Make your own fancy dips for them; homemade salsa, your own guacamole, ground beef sauces, cheese fondue, and more.

 

 

Bread. Have bite-sized baguette bread slices topped with the homemade salsa of your choice. Be sure to offer many different options to appeal to everybody. Add pate, slices of deli meats, chopped up veggies and tasty sauces.

 

 

Quick fixes. Roll up some meats, serve up some slices of veggies such as cucumbers, olives, pickles, carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and more. Offer up bite-sized sandwiches, tater tots, baked potatoes, baby potatoes, mushrooms, chicken wings, and more finger foods.

 

 

Crockpot. Use your slow-cooker for delicious wedding meals. Look up tasty wedding recipes for casual lunch or a gourmet meal. This way, you can run the cooker all day during the ceremony and wedding, only to have a hot meal ready by supper time! Make mouth-watering classics such as a roast with potatoes and carrots, a cheesy casserole, stuffed peppers, turkey and veggies, and more! You can even make crockpot meals for just $5. Serve on paper plates, plastic plates, or fine china; whatever floats your boat!

 

 

BBQ. Are you skilled on the grill? Whether you want a casual barbecue or a fancy home-grilled feast, a BBQ is the way to go. Go all out; smoked meats, grilled chicken, brochettes, or just some casual wieners and patties. Serve with traditional sides, which are also cheap to buy; corn, carrots, rice, potatoes and salad. If you’re more casual, serve them up on paper plates.

 

 

Freezer meals. You can prepare food weeks or even months ahead of time and freeze them. You can just thaw them the day before or the day of the wedding for minimal effort for wonderful meals. Just mark on your Ziploc bags or Tupperware the name of the recipe, how to thaw and for how long, and you’re all set.


 

Got more fast and cheap food DIY ideas for your wedding that you’d like to share? Comment below!

Cheap Wedding Backdrops

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 15, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments ()

 by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Wedding backdrops can be hard to come by when you’re on a budget. Just like photo shoot backdrops, they can range for several hundred dollars. Even store that sell pre-made wedding backdrops often charge a ridiculous price. So, how can you find or make a wedding backdrop the frugal way? Here’s how!

 

 

Fabric. Go to your local fabric store or a second-hand store and buy the fabric of your choice, ideally in your wedding colors. You can chose a single color, or many colors. Cut them into straight strips. Then, tie them to a curtain pole for the indoors, and a clothesline for the outdoors. Bunch the strips as close together as you want them so they look good, and put them in a pattern if you want. Then, hang the pole on hooks in the wall, or tie the clothesline to poles or trees outside. Voila!

 


Ribbon. It’s fantastic in that it’s widely available, has many different textures, designs and colors, and that it’s cheap. Visit your local dollar store, craft store, even your Walmart and choose the colors and designs you wish to use for your backdrop. Make them as long as you want them and hold them side by side to make sure they’re the same length, if that’s what you’re going for. Once you have all the ribbon you’ll need, tie each end to curtain poles, plastic tubing, or a clothesline. Hang wherever you wish, and enjoy!

 


Streamers. Go for the tried and true and go to your local party store or dollar store. Grab all the streamers you want for your backdrop. Ombre is popular, so grab a few shades of the same color. Streamers often come in packs of several yards per roll, so you will have plenty for whichever project you come up with. Depending on what you’re going for, you can braid the streamers, or just let them hang. Cut them to the desired length, sort them into a pattern of color, and tie them to poles, rods, rope or string. Admire your work!

 

 

Tulle. A great choice for weddings and for ballet lovers, tulle makes for a gorgeous wedding backdrop. Simply find a large sheet for you to use, drape it over a rod, pole or clothesline, and fix with pins. Can’t find tulle? Use sheer curtains on a curtain pole.

 

 

Curtains. White fabric curtains are the most popular for this sort of simple, yet elegant backdrop. If you’re having an indoor wedding, simply stand in front of a curtained window. Be sure the curtains are opaque to avoid a silhouette effect, or transparent if that’s what you’re looking for. Want a larger backdrop? Put curtains on extra long curtain poles, or clothesline. Support them accordingly, and you’re done! Remember to keep in mind that white stains the easiest, so if you have lots of children attending your wedding, white may not be the best color choice.


 

Crystal curtains. Go to your local dollar store and get strings of beads and pearls. You can even buy craft bracelet kits and make your own custom designs. Hang them off poles fixed to the wall for a gorgeous backdrop!

 

 

Fairy lights. Re-use your white holiday lights and combine them with curtains or tulle for a magical backdrop.

 


Paper butterflies. Buy construction paper and print out an outline of a butterfly on thick paper. Cut it out, then trace the outline on the construction paper. Afterwards, cut out all the shapes. Then, take a white thread and needle and sew the thread through each butterfly until you’ve reached your desired length. Hang overhead on a chandelier, poles, or clothesline.


 

Paper flowers. Either with tissue paper or coffee filters, make gorgeous paper flowers and glue them to a wooden plank you can stand up to make a unique backdrop.

 

 

Wax paper. Got lots of wax paper cone-shaped cups you’re not doing anything with? Take a needle and thread and make strings worth of hanging garlands for your backdrop.

 

 

Coffee filters. Dip-dye coffee filters in food coloring and let dry. Then, thread a thread through each filter with a needle and create your very own wedding backdrop.

 

 

Paper hearts. You can cut out paper hearts from either white paper or come construction paper for color. You can glue or tape them with some string and hang them up on the cieling. They will look very cute as a backdrop.

 


Paper snowflakes. Cut out snowflakes out of white sheet paper and tape them in the windows. You can also hang them from the cieling as a sort of winter wonderland. These are great as decorations during winter holidays and themes birthday parties so you can easily reuse them.

 

 

Greenery. Hang greenery from a large flower put from the ceiling. It can be vines or long branches of willows. Get creative!

 

 

Christmas Garlands. Everyone uses garlands to wrap around their tree. They may even make their own wreath by wrapping faux pine tree branches around in a circle. Recycle these items by placing them in an upside down U shape for an eye-catching backdrop.

 

Got more ideas? Comment below!

Cheap yet gorgeous wedding arch ideas

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 1, 2021 at 8:40 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Wedding arches are popular to get married under. Originally from the Jewish “chuppah”, meaning “blanket”, it symbolizes the home the couple will later live in and have children in. Whether as decorations or for religious significance, wedding arches are popular for ceremonies, especially civil ceremonies or outdoor weddings. They are easily transported from one location to another and are often made of metal, plastic or wood.

 

Do you want to have a wedding arch at your wedding? Are you on a budget and looking to have an arch to get married under? This article is for you!

 

Tree arches. This is the easiest to DIY. Simply grab a long cloth, curtains, streamers, or strips of fabric and lay them across tree branches to make the form of an arch. You can attach banners, balloons, flowers and more!

 

Simple arch. These are easily made with metal, or bought at gardening stores. Just attach tulle and flowers for decorations, and you have a simple wedding arch.

 

DIY branch arch. Simply find large branches, peel the bark off, sand them, then nail them together. Plant them firmly into the ground so they don’t sway in the wind or tip over. Then, decorate to your heart’s desire.

 

Plastic arch. Often sold in wedding stores or cheaper gardening stores, these can easily be decorated with lights, tulle, fabric, greenery and more. Simply plant wherever you want to get married, decorate, and voila!

 

Garden arch. These are great for vineyards in your garden and can stand at your home for many years to come in memory of the wonderful day of your wedding. Bought at garden stores, this arch is often made of plastic and can have someone install it for you. Weave vines through it and wait a few years for a lush tumbling of leaves from the top. The foliage makes it very gorgeous in the summer.

 

Chuppah. Often used in Jewish weddings, chuppahs are sort of like a canopy arch or a tent-like arch. It has four poles and there is a blanket or sheet on top. You can make one of your own using plastic tubes or wooden poles. Attach a sheet on top, tie it down, and decorate with flowers, ribbons, and more.

 

Flower pot arch. Where planting the poles in the ground isn’t possible, stick them in flower pots filled with earth, or rocks if the wind is heavy. You can use poles, tubes, or branches to make your own arch, or you can buy pre-made ones on etsy. Decorate accordingly if you so wish.

 

Got any more tips and tricks on making or obtaining a cheap wedding arch? Comment below!

How To Propose To Your Boyfriend

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 18, 2021 at 9:10 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




 

Proposing to your boyfriend can be exciting for anyone! Whether in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, engagements are a big step in any couple. Often, it’s men who propose to women, so there isn’t a lot out there that tells you how you can propose to a man. However, there is a tradition in the UK and Ireland where women propose to their man on February 29th. It started in Ireland in 5th century when St. Patrick heard St. Brigid complain about having to wait 7 years before getting engaged. It has been tradition every since. However, for all other countries, we don’t have any such dates. If you want to propose to your boyfriend, here are some ideas.

 


 

Get a mengagement ring. Does your man like jewelry? Does he like rings? Then get an engagement ring for him! There are plenty of styles out there for men, or feminine styles for the metrosexual. Not sure what styles he likes, or would like? Ask his friends to ask his opinion on rings. Or, you could always propose at a jewelry shop and have him pick the ring he wants.

 


 

Location, location, location. Pick a location you know he’ll like. Some great ideas are; the place you first met, his favorite restaurant, his favorite park, where you had your first kiss, by a meaningful location for him (the neighborhood where he grew up, where he graduated, his childhood home, etc), at a family gathering, at a family event, during a party for him, and more. Are you planning a special trip or vacation together? Propose then!

 


 

Tokens of affection. If your man isn’t someone who likes rings, consider offering him something else as a token of your affection. Give him a puppy, a collectible item he’s been vying for, a new video game system, his favorite athlete’s signed poster, tickets to his favorite team’s game, front-row seats to his favorite band’s concert, plane tickets to a vacation location, and more.

 


 

Do it at the right time. If you’ve been fighting a lot recently, or you have been together for less than a year under normal circumstances, it’s not the right time to propose. It’s better to wait until you both are sure that you want to spend the rest of your life together. Also, it’s important that you’ve already lived together for a decent amount of time. Just like your friends, just because you get along doesn’t mean you’re meant to live together. Be sure you really are a good fit in the long-run before taking such a leap. Take your time to really plan everything out to make it special.

 


 

Wear something special. Don that dress he loves on you, or that snazzy suit that makes him grin. If it’s a quiet evening at home, his favorite T-shirt with nothing underneath is sure to get his attention if you want some fantastic love-making afterwards to celebrate. You can also wear something thematic; a jersey of his favorite football team if you’re at a game or proposing at the superbowl,

 


 

Ambiance. If you aren’t proposing at a romantic restaurant or somewhere with a nice feel to it, feel free to make it your own. Set up a romantic picnic at his favorite park. Spell his name out with candles. Play his favorite songs by his favorite bands. Throw rose petals on your bed. Get creative and set the mood.

 

You can also take another turn and plan out something completely different. Some couples have had the proposing person carry signs outside on top of buses saying romantic things before proposing. Some have involved the children by having them give the partner the engagement ring. Some have planned out an elaborate choreographed dance for their loved one. Some people even propose on stage, by lettering on a sea plane, a billboard on the busiest highway, or their partner’s first grade class carrying each a letter that spells out “Will you marry me?” Nearly all ideas are good ones, go with what feels right and what you know your loved one will love.

 


 

Be sure he’s open to being proposed to. Some guys prefer to do the proposing, usually these are men that are fairly traditional, and may have always dreamed of their proposing to their soulmate. Have one of his friends ask him what he thinks about women proposing to men? If he’s open to it, you probably have the green light to go ahead with your plans. Not comfortable soliciting the help of his friends? Watch “The Proposal” with your significant other, and ask if that’s something he would be into.

 


 

Be sure he’ll say yes. If you’ve been talking about your hypothetical wedding plans and have agreed you both want to get married someday to each other, and you’ve been in a solid, meaningful relationship for years, then by all means propose! If your significant other has had a bad divorce and has sworn off all weddings and marriages, or if he simply doesn’t believe in marriage, then proposing may not be the best idea.


 

Got anything more to add, or any tips, tricks and advice? Comment below!


Have a Booze-Free Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 4, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree




Weddings are often times where guests, the bride and the groom sip a glass of champagne. However, not every couple likes alcohol, and not every guest drinks already-bought booze. Here are some great tips to throw a dry wedding!

 


 

Cut out all the booze. Whether you have alcoholics in the family, party-people that go crazy when drunk, or you just want to avoid drunken driving, drunk dialing or any sort of mishap associated with drinking; don’t have alcohol at your wedding. When venues ask if you want alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks, stick to virgins. You can even have virgin cocktails available that are delicious even without alcohol. Have a Shirley Temple, Virgin Mary, and Virgin Daiquiri. They are delicious, refreshing and perfect for hot climates and months.

 


 

Have your summer wedding during the hot months. Alcohol is a dehydrating agent, so it’s especially dangerous in the warmer months. Have the wedding in the season of your dreams without having to worry about the health of your guests. Serve up alcohol-free punch, mixes, juice and more! Be sure there is plenty to drink on hand, since your guests are sure to work up a sweat dancing it up!

 


 

Have a designated drink. Pull out something fancy for the big wedding toast. Go for sparkling cider, sparkling juice, or even alcohol-free beer. Say cheers to all of your guests and listen to heartfelt speeches from loved ones while sipping on something tasty. Plan ahead if you’re having your wedding in a park or in a backyard; you may need to make the drinks yourself, or have someone make them.

 


 

Have a theme. Choose your drinks according to your theme. Are you having a tea-party or garden wedding? Lemonade and tea are perfect! Are you having a green, vegan wedding? Water infused with herbs, citrus and berries are perfect! Having your wedding in the colder months? Stick with coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Having a black-tie event? Have sparkling cider, sparkling juice and cocktails handy. Is your affair more casual? Lug out your cooler and drink some non-alcoholic beer, or even some soda in vintage bottles. Semi-formal wedding? Break out the punch!

 


 

Recipes. Once you have your theme picked out, do some research on the types of recipes you want to use. It’s cheaper to make the drinks yourself, or have a friend make them. Once you found the recipes you want to use, print them out to have them on hand when it’s time to make them. Keep your fridge clear for when you’re ready to refrigerate them.

 


 

Shopping. Go to your local market or grocery store to buy the ingredients needed for each drink recipe. If you’ve chosen sparkling cider or alcohol-free beer, you can buy them in the drink aisle of your grocery store. If you want virgin drinks like virgin margaritas virgin pina coladas and virgin daiquiris, you can get the syrup for the drinks at your local dollar store. Mix them with soda and you’re all set! Be sure to get ice, or crushed ice for your cocktails, and have a blender handy. For other recipes, buy the fruit, sugar, and herbs accordingly. Have the number of guests attending on hand, so you know how much you really need.

 


 

Storage. Stop by your local dollar store and pick up pitchers with taps to serve your drinks. Make iced tea, lemonade, and more. Fill up the pitchers and let them chill overnight. Soon, you’ll be ready to lug them out to the reception area where they can be served ice cold. Put some sliced fruit in the drinks to make them look and taste even better.

 


 

Have a blast at your wedding and your reception, and enjoy your tasty drinks throughout your party!


 

Got anything more to add? Have you had a dry wedding and you want to share your tips? Comment below!


All-Inclusive Honeymoon Packages under $2000 per couple

Posted by Live Love Mom on April 22, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree





Do you want a destination wedding, but can’t afford the several thousands of dollars it takes for a tropical paradise? Look no further! Here are some all-inclusive honeymoon packages under $2000 per couple.


 

Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

13-night cost per couple: $1,885


Breezes Bahamas Resort and Spa – Cable Beach, Bahamas

Cost per couple: $1,930

 

Grande Oasis Tulum – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cost per couple: $1,875

 

Sandals Grande Riviera – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Cost per couple: Starting at $1,809

 

Barcelo Bávaro Beach – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Cost per couple: Starting at $1,104

 

Paradisus Cancun – Mexico

Cost per couple: $1,600 per couple

 

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Cost per couple: $1,145 (includes all hotel taxes, service charges)

 

Melia Caribe Tropical – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

11-night cost per couple: $1,936

 

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos Resort – Los Cabos, Mexico

Cost per couple: $1,028

 

Paradisus Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Cost per couple: $1,460

 

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cost per couple: $1,004

 

Occidental Grand Aruba – Palm Beach, Aruba

Cost per couple: $1,992

 

Grande Oasis Viva – Cancun, Mexico

Cost per couple: $1,750



How To Have A Wedding In An Ugly Backyard

Posted by Live Love Mom on April 8, 2021 at 9:55 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree




 

Are all your dream venues booked up? Unable to afford a big, fancy venue? Would you like to have a backyard wedding, but your yard is ugly, or you’d see too many commercial buildings in the background of your wedding photos? Here is how you can have a great wedding with beautiful photos either way.

 


 

Rent a tent with chairs and tables. It will hide any eye-sores your backyard may have, especially if your tent has walls. Some places even allow you to rent wood floors from them so it looks like you’ve got a venue! Get one as large as your backyard can handle to be sure you can fit all of your guests. Tents are great because no matter if it rains or snows, your tent will protect you and your guests from the elements outside. It is better to have a wedding with a tent in late spring or early autumn so it is not too hot or cold inside the tent. However you can always bring a battery-operated heater or air conditioning unit. 


 

Photograph strategically. Have your photographer avoid including unfortunate objects in the pictures. Position yourself away from the offenders. Big group photos can also help hide anything ugly. Fill up the picture so each end of the photo has people. As your parents, siblings, and in laws all in the photo together. This way you get to have good wedding photos


 

Clothes lines. Attach clothes lines and drape a sheet with lights to hide any buildings or other eye sores from your backyard.You can also string lights behind the sheet so it looks like twinkling lights and a magical backdrop. If you do not have a clothes line you can set one up. You can also just set up backdrops along the border of your yard like tall balloons or screens that show slideshows.


 

Decorate. Bring in some flower pots, rugs or even antique furniture to beautify your yard. This will give a rustic feel to your wedding photos. Be sure it will not rain on the day so you do not damage any of your belongings. You can even rent stands and furniture just to showcase for your wedding. You can set up a photo booth, long mirror, even set up a gazebo or two. It all depends on what you can find and rent. There are even giant-sized letters that spell out LOVE or MR & MRS that you can border your land or put in front of any unpleasant things. If you can, remove any eye sores from your yard.



Do you have at least a year before your wedding and you want your backyard to look good permanently? If you plan to move one day, another perk is that it could add to the resale value.



Plant grass. Wherever there is just a patch of dirt or mud, sprinkle some grass seeds and bury them so grass will grow. Keep watering it and mow it when it gets too long. A grassy yard looks better than one that is just made up of dirt. 


Plant flowers. Plant a few trees, shrubs and flowers around your house to make it look amazing. You can get inspiration off of photo sites such as pinterest or instagram. You can then look up in your local warehouse stores or florist shops where you can buy the seeds or flower pots where you can take out the flowers and plant them. This way you already know what they will look like so you can choose what you would prefer right away. You can also plant or order privacy hedges to border your land. It looks good and is a natural way to decorate your yard. 


Do some landscaping. Lay cement paths, a bird bath, fountains, a gazebo, patio furniture, or anything else you think will look good in your backyard. You can also lay tiles to use as a path to your garden or to the garage. You can also put any stray tools or items in a tool shed you can build or buy. Simple organization can make your yard look much better.


Got any more ideas? Comment below!


FREE Wedding Invitation Templates

Posted by Live Love Mom on March 25, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree





Weddings are often quiet expensive, and it forces us to have to tighten the purse strings and re-think our budgets. You probably thought to save the big token items for the actual wedding instead of paper items, and you're right! Why spend hundreds of dollars on invitations and designs when you can just download them for free? There are plenty of ways you can choose different wedding invitation templates free of charge.

 

 

Often, wedding invitation templates often come with free editing so you can type in your names, the venue address and your wedding date. There are even RSVP cards, free and customize-able that are included. You can also do save-the-date cards, and even thank you cards all in the same template. RSVP cards not your thing? You can go without. Or, you can change the wording so they are either thank you cards, save the dates, and more.

 


Once you have chosen the type of invitation you want, you can even change the color of the invitation. The templates are often offered in various colors. Pick them so they match your wedding colors, and you’re all set! 


 

My personal favorite website for free wedding invitation template downloads is this one: www.greetingsisland.com/invitations/wedding/1



Once you are on the page to download, you can either download the invitation in photo format or as a PDF. For a PDF, you can even choose the size of your invitations. How much more practical can you get? Once you’ve downloaded the file, all you need to do is print them out in the exact number you want and on the paper you want. If you don’t have a printer at home, simply put the file on a USB key and take it to your local Staples. There you can select the type of paper you’d like the invitations printed off of, and order them accordingly.


 

So far I haven’t been able to find another site that is actually free, and that actually lets you download the templates. So if you find another, please comment below!

How To Save On An Evening Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on March 19, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments ()

By: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Receptions are often held in the evenings. Is it possible to save on such a high-demand time? Yes it is!

 

Use cheap foods. Buy lots of potatoes, carrots and rice. These items are cheap to buy in bulk, which is why many restaurants have these as sides.

 

Carnival foods are good picks for cheaper food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, popcorn and cotton candy can be great. Guests can customize their meal with their condiments, and you won’t have to worry about guests not liking the food.

 

Instead of hiring caterers, hire a food truck. You’ll have fresh food able to be served on-the-go. You’ll also only pay for exactly what the guests eat. It’s brilliant!

 

Say your vows at sunset. Ceremonies often occur in the afternoon, and it’s very romantic to say your vows at sunset, where the light is the softest on your skin. Since most vows are said in the afternoon, you can save a lot of money by having your ceremony at sunset.

 

This is a great idea for an outdoor wedding. This allows proper visibility of sunset while the ceremony is underway. A beach wedding is a great option, or at a public park.

 

 

Picnic wedding. Save thousands on chairs and tables by throwing some blankets on the ground and voila; free seating! If you don’t have blankets to spare, buy some at your local second-hand store to save dozens of dollars. Add a few throw pillows to each blanket to makes sure everyone is comfortable.

 

Got some farmer friends? See if you can use some bales of hay to put food on, or for seating during the ceremony. Got some tree stumps? Use them for seating or centerpieces.

 

 

Off-season. Choose an off-season wedding month, day of the week and season to lower the price tag on your wedding even more. Spring or winter are the seasons where weddings are lest performed.

 

So far, the most popular months to get married are June, September and October. Pick a date that doesn’t fall around those months and you will save at least hundreds of dollars.

 

Saturdays are the most popular days of the week to get married. Choose a friday or sunday and you will be shaving off dollars even more!

 

 

Have any more ideas on how you can save money on your evening wedding? Comment below!

How To Save Hundreds Of Dollars On Wedding Flowers

Posted by Live Love Mom on March 11, 2021 at 7:15 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Is your quote from the florist ridiculous? Are you looking for alternate ways to decorate your venue? Are you looking for realistic-looking, cheaper flowers? Or do you want ways to trim down costs from the flower shop? We’ve got you covered!

 


 

Pre-made bouquets. You can buy some pre-made bouquets online that are made with silk flowers. Often they are found on websites like ebay. There are also many cheap ones available on wish. You can also look on aliexpress to find what you’re looking for. There may even be some available at your local Michael’s store.

 


 

Scour local stores. Some smaller versions of pre-made bridal bouquets are available at your local dollar store. Too small for you? Use them as bridesmaids bouquets. Want them to have larger flowers? Give them to the flower girls!

 


 

Make your own. You can buy many silk flowers almost anywhere. Sometimes even Walmart has some. Most likely they are available in your local dollar store and second-hand stores. There may even be some at party shops. Buy the blooms that you want, then arrange them to your heart’s desire into bouquets, centerpieces, and anything else you want to make.

 


 

Brooch bouquet. This is the latest trend in bouquets and is usually mixed in with silk flowers. If there are lots of brooches and family heirlooms in your family, this is a perfect way to honor them. You can even buy a bunch at your local second-hand store, or even online.

 


 

Recycle real blooms. Is your heart set on having real flowers at your wedding? Never tell the florist it’s for a wedding, because they usually hike the prices up just because you’re getting married. Reuse the same flowers! Use flowers to decorate the arch where you’re getting married. After the ceremony, have the venue staff take it down and put it up at the reception venue for a backdrop, or to decorate the head table. Another idea is to have one bridesmaid per guest table that you will have. This way, you can have the bridesmaids give their bouquets to the staff to put in vases at the reception for centerpieces. Save even more by having smaller bouquets. Don’t have a separate bouquet to toss, just toss your real bouquet, if you’re tossing at all.

 


 

Got more ideas for saving big bucks on wedding flowers? Comment below!

Save on a Night Time Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on March 6, 2021 at 8:20 AM Comments comments ()

By: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Wedding receptions often stretch out into the night. However, to get married at night and have the reception even later, now that’s not too often. Perfect for night owls, saying your vows under the stars can be incredibly romantic. How can you get your fantasy twilight wedding without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas.

 

Get some tents. Have tents outside, thin enough to see the stars. See if you can buy used, or rent used tents. Those will come around cheaper than brand-new. Ideal for summer, thick tents usually make the interior stuffy. You can feel the night breeze to keep you cool.

 

Watch the shooting stars. Have blankets laid out in august on a clear night and have guests lay down and watch the meteor shower. If you live up north, enjoy the northern lights at the reception. This is a peaceful, relaxing activity for guests and the couple to enjoy all together.

 

Look for discounts. Many venues offer discounts for off-peak seasons, months, and days of the weeks, maybe even times of day that are not often used. Who doesn’t want to save more money on their special day?

 

Sparklers. They don’t stand out nearly as well in the daylight, and they’ve been increasing in popularity. There are even signs sold for weddings specifying the time for a sparkler sendoff.

 

Use your resources. Surround yourself with professionals, students, and talented individuals. Knowing you personally, they may offer you their services in lieu of a gift. Especially students, who haven’t gained enough experience yet and can’t charge you full price, but need the work on their portfolio.

 

Lights. Light up the room, venue or outdoor area with lights. Yellow lights add a soft glow and a romantic feel to the ceremony and reception. They also make the wedding photos look gorgeous. Recycle your white holiday lights and decorate your backyard with them. Light candles in an indoor venue, or electric candles to avoid fire hazards.

 

Hire people you already know. Have your hairdresser do your hair. Have your dentist bleach your teeth. Use your local beautician to do your nails and pre-wedding care. Call up the deejay you used at your niece’s baptism and ask if they do weddings.

 

Lanterns. Light lanterns and light up the sky at your reception. Paper lanterns can be bought for a low price. Have guests light them up and let them float away. Having a wedding by the ocean or a large body of water? Light floating lanterns and watch them drift away.

 

Use your own music. Hook an iPod to speakers, pick a playlist and set it on shuffle. There! You’ve saved hundreds on hiring a band or a DJ for your musical needs.

 

 

Wear long sleeves. Nights are cold, and you can finally have an excuse to wear the long-sleeved dress that you’ve been eyeing. You can purchase that adorable shawl to adorn your shoulders as you stand and declare your love.

 

Keep your guest list short. If you’re a regular reader of my articles, you will see that I write this tip a lot. That’s because, it’s one of the top ways to save money on your wedding reception. Nowadays, receptions are paid by the plate for guests. If you’re paying $25 a plate and you have 100 guests versus 25 guests, you will pay four times more than if you just invited close friends and family. Convinced yet?

 

Browse discount stores. You ca save hundreds by getting lightly used items instead of brand new. Go to the cheaper stores first before you visit high-end stores. That way, if you find an over-priced arch at a fancy store, you will know that there is one half the price waiting at your local second-hand store.


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Who to invite to your wedding?

Posted by Live Love Mom on February 4, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev. Dr. Stephanie McEndree



 

Have you made a list of everyone you want to invite, but the catering surpasses your budget? Is your guest list too long for your venue of choice? Are you not sure who to weed out of your guest list, or unsure of who to add to it? Then this is the right post for you.


 

Family. Unless you are no longer in contact or you don’t get along, inviting your immediate family is common. The bride and groom’s parents and grandparents, and their brothers and sisters with the spouses are where to start.


 

Close Friends. Invite your closest of friends, who you talk to and see often. Someone you can’t imagine having your big day without.


 

Extended Family. If you’re close to your aunts and uncles and cousins, you can go ahead and invite them. However, if you barely see or talk to them or if you’ve never met, it’s safe to leave them off of the guest list.


 

Friends. If you haven’t seen or talked to the person within the last year, it’s safe to say you shouldn’t invite them to your wedding. If you’ve had friends get married and they didn’t invite you, definitely don’t invite them. If you close your eyes and imagine that friend’s wedding, do you picture them inviting you? If not, cross them off the list.


 

Coworkers and Classmates. Sure, invite them if you spend time together outside of work and are good friends. Otherwise, if you only see each other at work, you can safely cross them off the list. If you don’t see your classmates outside of class, it’s safe to exclude them as well.


 

Acquaintances. All of these can easily be crossed off of your list, or excluded altogether. These are often just people you know through friends or family. This also includes friend’s plus ones; you don’t have to feed a total stranger. On the invitation, you can write just their name or just the friend’s name on the envelope.


 

Make a rule about children. It’s becoming more and more normalized for restaurants and salons to ban children from attending. You can confidently say whether or not children are allowed at your wedding, and stick to it. Your friends can get a babysitter, and if they refuse, they can always skip the wedding. It’s your day, it’s perfectly understandable that you don’t want babies crying or screaming during your big day. Love kids? You can always let children be a part of the reception, since it’s a party anyhow, but exclude them from the ceremony. If you’re fine with children being at both, you can always let the officiant know and let them know how you’d like them to handle the situation; ignore it, or make a joke about it.


How To Plan Your Own Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on January 21, 2021 at 8:05 AM Comments comments ()

 by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Start planning at least 1 year before your wedding date. This gives you plenty of time to book your venues ahead of time. If you live in a high population city however, you should start planning at least 15 months before the big day since wedding venues will get pre-booked fast.


 

Start by looking at things on pinterest. Themes, colors, dresses, suits, flowers, makeup, nails, etc. Get a good idea of what you want. You can make a board on there to save all of your wedding ideas. You can also show them to your future spouse and get their idea of what they would like in their wedding. 


 

Make a guest list of who you couldn’t imagine the day without, then made a “maybe” guest list of other people you’d like there. Once you choose your caterer, decide how many guests you can afford and put together a final guest list. You can comfortably ask your caterer to feed about 75% of your guests. An estimated 25% will not attend or will be no-shows. 


 

Do your research. Look up venues, officiants, caterers, DJs, Bakers, photographer, florist etc. Compare prices and what is included in those prices and make a decision, and make a deposit to each to reserve them for your day. If your budget is super tight, you can go with who is cheapest. If you strongly prefer one over the other, you of course choose the one you prefer. 


 

Make it your own. You can personalize the officiant’s ceremony a little into your own, and make a wedding website for RSVPs and all that. You can get free online wedding invitation templates and printed them out on 65 lbs paper at Staples with an RSVP card. Be sure to buy supplies such as envelopes, some ribbon, doilies and stick-on crystals and voila! Sent out the invitations. You can also come up with themes, and anything else unique to make it even more personal for you and your fiance.


 

Buying. You should then start buying stuff for the wedding (flowers since we’re going silk, wedding dress, wedding shoes, etc). You should call places such as linen stores where you want to rent linens and other things and ask if they are available on the date you want to have your wedding. If so, start booking. You also want to do the same with other services such as music, officiant, venue, florist, caterer, and anything else you would want at your wedding. 


 

Pro tip: Made a facebook group to keep the wedding party updated on how things progressed and new ideas you have.

Cheap DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Use

Posted by Live Love Mom on December 25, 2020 at 7:10 AM Comments comments ()

 by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Save money and enjoy crafting as you make your own wedding favors. From edible goods to useful household items, create your own little masterpiece filled with love that your guests will enjoy.


 

Dry rub. Gather all of your spices and either make your own, or follow an online recipe. This is great because dry spices last years, so you can make them way ahead of time. You can always buy spices at the grocery store.



Ornaments. Most people have a holiday tree they put up during the holidays. You can make an ornament for them to decorate their tree with. This is especially appropriate for weddings in December. Your favors can be as simple as picking pine cones, painting them and tying a ribbon so people can hang it on their trees. You can even add a tag with your wedding date on it, or simply write happy holidays on it.


 

Sugar scrub. This is great to use as a deep exfoliation for your body. Make them for your guests in small jars or even plastic bags tied with a ribbon.


 

Salt scrub. Similar to the sugar scrub, salt scrubs can last a while and can be made far ahead of time. With coconut oil and a drop of essential oils, it will keep for a while so your guests can wait for a special moment to use it.



Wine Glasses. If you have too many of these in your own home or shot glasses, you can give them as favors. Use a hot glue-gun to write something personal to you and your future spouse, or even a symbol that means a lot to you two. You can sprinkle some glitter on top of the hot glue before it dries or paint over it.



Coffee Mugs. Plenty of people have plenty of coffee mugs, some that they never use. However, not everyone has enough at home for themselves or for visitors and family memers. If you have too many or you do not mind a trip to the dollar store, you can always buy some. You can also get some plain ones and paint over them in a ceramic shop and make them unique.

 


Soap. Look up a soap recipe, buy the ingredients and make a nice-smelling gift your guests can use to get clean. Everyone needs soap! Just be sure to ask if anyone has allergies.

 

 

Baked goods. Make cookies, brownies, cake pops, rice krispie treats and more. These delicious delights will be consumed in no time!



Keychains. The best keychains are those that include something useful on them, like a tool that can do many things, a bottle-opener, mini flashlight, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, a whistle, or anything useful.


 

Home-made jam. This is a great idea especially if you have fruit trees or berry plants at home. Make your own easily. Just get some fruit, sugar or stevia, and boil while stirring until it’s the consistancy you want. Put in jars and serve!



Alcohol. You can buy mini bottles of different types of alcohol and offer this as favors. They will definitely get used, and the small bottles may even be kept as a souvenir. 

 


Chocolate-covered pretzels. Follow a recipe. You can always buy pretzels, melt down some chocolate, dip the pretzels inside and freeze them to harden the chocolate.



Tea. Tea bags always come in handy for tea drinkers. If you know your guests are the tea-drinking crowd, you can offer tea bags as favors. You can make these yourself if you have an herbal garden and put dry mint leaves in a sachet. 



Seeds. Grab some seeds from the plants in your backyard and put them in a little burlap pouch and offer these to guests. You can also harvest seeds from a tree in your yard so each guest can plant a tree in your honor.



Coffee. One of the most common beverages people drink in the world, you cannot go wrong with coffee. You can buy a coffee can and scoop some beans in individually sized bags. You can also add in some hot chocolate powder so people can make themselves a nice mocha.


 

Caramel apples. You can make candy or caramel apples for your guests to devour. They can also be a fun alternative to dessert if you do not particularily like cake to serve your guests. 


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Frugal Honeymoons $100 and up

Posted by Live Love Mom on December 11, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()
by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree







Can’t afford a fancy trip overseas for your honeymoon? Do you only have the budget for your dream wedding or dream honeymoon? Would you rather have a small honeymoon now and a big one later? Look no further! Here is how you can have a honeymoon for as low as $100 per night.

 


 

Look on AirBnB. Some people have their entire houses for rent by the day, week or month. Rates can be as low as $15 a day. Check out the owner’s pictures and see what they’re offering.

 


 

Hotel room. Some hotels offer rooms as low as $99 a night. Look up the town you want to go to, and then look at different hotels. Make the hotel in another state or province if you’d like some alone time on the road.

 


 

Rent a cottage. Google websites where people offer their cottages or summer homes for rent. Many are luxurious with a view on the water, spas, and more. You can even pick your criteria.




Rent a cabin. Similar to renting a cottage, renting a cabin in a remote part of town is wonderful. They are often in mountains or in forests where you can meet plenty of wildlife. This getaway is perfect for someone who loves photography as you can go on hikes and photograph deer, rivers, and views below.




Go camping. Whether you go glamping with an TV or trailer or you use a good old-fashioned tent, you are sure to get the best views of the sky. Lay on a blanket and stargaze with your spouse, cook on the fire, and bond with nature. There are often parks nearby and beaches, and you can even go fishing.




Road Trip. Fill up your gas tank and drive around. You can visit nearby cities and the sights that you've never seen before. Take historic tours, look at the museums, see an art gallery. Go watch a play or the opera. You can see a sports game, go to a cultural festival, a concert, or even a circus. The sky is the limit!




Visit the beach. Go to the nearest beach where you live and make it a day trip. Bring some folding chairs, towels, sunscreen and your bathing suits and you're all set. 


 

Don’t want to make your own meals while you’re there? Go out to a new restaurant every time and get your food cooked for you. It gives you a chance to explore different types of cuisine and culture while you’re on your post-nuptial vacation.


 

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Things Your Guests DO Care About

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree


Here is what’s worth shelling out a few extra bucks on.



 

Date, Time and Location. Be sure to ask around about your loved ones’ work schedules before you choose a date, since you will be able to know ahead of time what you need to book. Choose a date where most of your guests would be available. Holidays are an inconvenient time for guests as they often go on vacations. You also want to give enough time for people to get ready. Pick a location that is easily accessible to everyone. It’s also best to have your wedding on a weekend, since many people don’t work on weekends. However, if most of your friends and family work weekends, try having it on a weekday. Give crystal clear instructions and an address so guests can locate the area and not end up late to the wedding.


Labels. Clearly labelled areas such as the gift table for wedding gifts are essential, especially if your venue is having more than one wedding going on. You don't want your gift ending up with another couple. You should also provide clear indications of where to go. Venues who are used to hosting weddings and large gatherings already have this set up. However, especially if you have guests who speak and read a different language, it's important to lable important places such as the restroom area, the reception area and the ceremony space. 


 

Weather. Too hot or too cold causes miserable guests. If you insist on having an outdoor summer wedding or a wedding in hot climates, provide lots of water and an indoor air-conditioned space. If you are having an outdoor winter ceremony, be sure to make the ceremony short and offer an indoor heated space for the reception. You don’t want uncomfortable guests.


 

Parking. Parking should be near the ceremony and reception and be free. No one wants to pay for parking, ever. Don’t make your guests walk for miles in their formal wear either.


 

Timeliness. Do everything on time. It will stress guests out and they are getting bored. Guests will notice if cocktail hour lasts 3 hours, and if it takes 3 hours to have the meal served. You also need to have some time to let guests be and mingle, socialize, and take bathroom breaks. This is especially important if your venue only has 1 bathroom for 100 guests. The ideal venue will have  more bathrooms, so guests needing to go to the bathroom at same time because they will end up drinking and eating at the same time. An example of a good place to host your wedding are country clubs which have many bathrooms with stalls, so everyone can relieve themselves without having to wait in long lines and miss parts of the wedding. Keep in mind guests with children or elderly guests that may not be able to sit still for a 2 hour ceremony and will probably only be able to stay until their children's bedtime. Front-load all of the important things within the first 5 or so hours so everyone gets to participate in the important stuff. Keep the games, drinking contests or anything younger-crowd oriented towards the end.


 

Entertainement. A deejay is priceless. They can read the room and play songs and games accordingly. They set the tone of your entire day and shouldn’t be taken for granted. They often ask ahead of time if your guests area a younger or older crowd and choose songs, themes, and even make jokes accordingly. Be sure you don't shine light in anyone's eyes!


 

Music. Guests want to dance to songs they know, and songs that have a good tempo. Be sure to have slow as well as fast-paced songs. Classics never go underappreciated. Provide a song list to your deejay so they can play the songs during the best moments, and you have your chance to get your favorite tunes play at your reception. Be sure the sound system isn't too loud or hard to hear. Ideally, people who make speeches will practice at home or even at the rehearsal so the microphone isn't screeching, staticky or dropped during the reception.


 

Food. Be sure to serve some good food at your reception. People will be getting hungry, and you don’t want them leaving early because they are starving and can’t stand your food. Also, serve appetizers so guests will be full, especially if your meal is a long time after your ceremony. Many guests skip lunch so they can eat lots on your wedding feast. Warn them ahead of time to have a lunch if you don’t want guests to be too hungry.


 

Drinks. Guests like having something to drink, even if it’s wine or beer. If you’re not having alcohol, have interesting drinks such as mocktails. Cash bars are also a downer; if you can’t afford an open bar, serve wine and beer. You also want non-alcoholic drinks even if you are serving alcohol. With guests that are younger, be sure to have water and juice available as well, and maybe even milk if you are having really young guests. Sodas can also be used as mixers with alcohol so they are always useful to have.


 

Acknowledgement. Guests want some time with you, even if it’s just a few minutes. Be sure to chat with them, maybe take a few photos. Make the rounds at each table, the guests will love that they got to have a moment with you on your special day.


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Things Your Guests Do Not Care About

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Why spend hundreds of dollars on them when they just get thrown out? Do an e-vite instead, or have people RSVP through a wedding website. This option is also greener and more environmentally friendly. Send a letter to grandparents who aren’t very tech-savvy, or those who don’t use the internet.


 

Programs. These also end up in the trash. No one needs meticulous details about what happens when, and weddings rarely happen on so strict a timeline anyhow. Save your money and forgo these altogether.


 

Escort cards. These as well as their place holders will never leave a lasting impression, and guests will forget all about them, especially after the wedding. Make a large seating chart instead.


 

Slideshows. After sitting through toasts and speeches, why make things extra long by sitting through a slideshow? Opt instead for a slideshow area where people can look at it if they so choose. Otherwise, they will be pretty bored.


 

Guest book. You will get your guest book about half filled if you’re lucky. Guests don’t sign the guest book. Also, what will you do with it after the wedding? Are you going to look through it? Probably not. How often do you look at your yearbook signatures? Probably never, or once every five years. It’s just not worth it.


 

Favors. At the end of the day, very little people actually go home with favors. They either forget about them, or they don’t care about them. Instead, donate to a charity or just don’t do it at all. No one will be angry that you don’t have any favors at your wedding.


 

Multiple locations. It’s actually a pain for your guests to arrive to one location, find parking, only to do it all over again multiple times during the day. Your bridal party will already be at the designated place to get ready–a hotel or your place–and have to worry about getting to the venue. It’s a lot to ask, and adds to the cost of your special day. Stick to one location.


 

Linens. Use traditional linens instead of those with fancy colors. No one will rae about how unique your linens were. What people often remember are the food and music. Stick with white linens and you will be fine.


 

Elaborate decor. However fabulous the photos will look, it’s good to have shorter centerpieces so guests can actually see the people across from them to carry on a conversation. Many weddings have minimal decorations and the simplicity is what gives it it’s elegance. Guests will take note about how pretty the venue is, sure; for about a few seconds. They will be more anxious to eat, then party with you!


 

First dance. The guests don’t care about a choreorgraphed dance, if you sway back and forth, dance during the full song or not. What they care about is sharing that moment with you, the first dance between the two newlyweds. It doesn’t matter how you do it, so don’t shell out hundreds of dollars for private ballroom lessons.


 

Open seating. Especially with different languages in the family, it’s important to have assigned seats, or at least an assigned table. It will also avoid confusion as to where to sit. No one wants that feeling of wondering where they sit as if they are freshmen in high school. Be sure to sit everyone with anyone else who can speak their language, and keep your divorced parents (or other relatives) away from each other.


 

Cake. Why go overboard? Don’t get a 7-tier cake with fondant. Fondant doesn’t taste good, and 7 tiers is way overboard. Order your cake with the size of your guest list in mind, and opt for buttercream. Keep in mind, not everyone eats cake. Go with a dessert cake.


 

Bouquet and garter toss. It can be embarrassing for the single ladies and gentlemen to be on display for their marital status to be shown in front of many people. Guests won’t appreciate being told to halt the festivities either, they want to keep dancing! Let them do it!


 

Grand exit. It would just stress guests out to be shouted at by the photographer to smile, don’t blink, positioned a certain way, etc. It all feels pretty staged and doesn’t feel very authentic. Don’t worry about sparklers and those perfect photos, just have the deejay announce your departure and make a break for it!


 

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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After The Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM Comments comments ()

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree


Lots of people have no idea what to do with their wedding dress after the wedding, or how to use their mother’s wedding dress when they don’t want to wear it themselves. Whether you want to reuse, recycle, or donate your dress, here are 60 ideas for you (with pictures) to inspire your imagination!


 


 

  1. Have it cleaned and preserved to keep for your future daughter.

  2. DIY wedding dress preservation - $8 Ziplock suit size space saver bag. Put dress in, seal, suck air out. This dress is a full ball-gown style dress that normally takes up over 5 ft of floor space reduced to about an inch in thickness. Easily hung and stored away and can take it out and re-seal anytime!

  3. Sell it on ebay, or to a used dress shop and make some of your money back.

  4. Have a “trash the dress” photoshoot.

  5. Have it made into a wedding memory bear.

  6. Frame it in a shadow box to display in your home.

  7. Have it sewn into throw pillows for your bed.

  8. Have it made into hankerchiefs you can keep or give as gifts.

  9. Donate it to where people can use it, such as brides across america. If you wore a wedding dress that’s a non-traditional color, donate it to an organization that gives away free prom dresses.

  10. Donate to an organization that turns them into angel gowns for stillborn babies.

  11. Keep a piece of fabric to sew into your daughter's wedding dress. You can do the same for your granddaughters, goddaughters, and more!

  12. Shorten it and wear it as a cocktail or evening dress.

  13. Have it altered into a nightgown.

  14. Have a seamstress sew them into christening or baptism gowns for your future children and grandchildren.

  15. Throw a wedding dress party or wear to the wedding dress charity ball.

  16. Have the material made into a quilt.

  17. Hire a seamstress to make the material into a comforter for your bed.

  18. Scarves can be made from wedding dress material.

  19. Turn your wedding dress into a gorgeous tree skirt for your holiday tree.

  20. Use the fabric of the dress to make a clutch purse.

  21. Use some material for some Christmas ornaments. You can use them for keepsake ornaments where you can stick your wedding garter inside, use the lace to embellish an ornament, or make an angel ornament out of the material.

  22. Save it for a photoshoot with your future little one.

  23. Sew it into a fancy tablecloth

  24. Make a gorgeous table runner to use for your dining room table.

  25. Make it into a frame.

  26. Use some material to make a garter for a family member’s wedding, including your daughter or granddaughter.

  27. You can sew wedding dress fabric into a little money pouch.

  28. Use the material to make it into a Christmas stocking.

  29. Use the material to make jewelry such as a lace choker, lockets, bracelets, earrings and more.

  30. Make a miniature replica of your wedding dress with the material. You can make it small enough for dolls, or big enough for a child to wear.

  31. Turn it into a tote or beach bag.

  32. Save some material to turn into hair pieces, such as a delicate lace headband.

  33. Turn it into a white ruffled wreath.

  34. Turn the bottom into a fancy skirt to wear.

  35. Use the top part to repurpose into a blouse or a lace or embellished top.

  36. Use it to make beautiful bassinette skirt, especially if you plan on having children.

  37. Make a bouquet wrap.

  38. Use pieces of fabric to embellish your wedding photo album.

  39. Turn it into a princess dress for family members, or a formal dress for a younger girl.

  40. Dye it a different color to wear to different occasions.

  41. Wear it on your wedding anniversary to surprise your spouse.

  42. Renew your vows and wear the same dress.

  43. Make a jewelry display out of the lace so you can hang earrings off of it.

  44. Turn them into ring pillows for your children’s weddings for the ring bearer.

  45. Sew it into a baby blanket for your future child.

  46. Use the lace to use as decorations with candle holders or mason jars.

  47. Make shoes for baby baptisms or christenings.

  48. Make it into a tutu for you or a young girl to wear.

  49. Use the dress to make padded clothes hangers for your future daughter or granddaughter’s wedding dress.

  50. Use as a lampshade in your home. To repurpose/reuse a wedding veil: I cut off the lace trim because it clashed with my wedding dress. I draped it over boring lampshades to give them a feminine touch.

  51. Turn it into a throw for your living room furniture.

  52. Have part of the dress made into a belly sash for your future pregnancy.

  53. Use your wedding dress to make a belt for your daughter or granddaughter’s wedding dress.

  54. Use tulle or details from your wedding dress to add to your daughter or granddaughter’s wedding bouquet.

  55. Use pieces of the dress or a silk flower from your wedding into a corsage for your daughter’s prom and wedding day.

  56. Recreate your wedding photos on your anniversary or during special occasions such as a pregnancy or birth.

  57. Use details from your dress to make a unique hair piece for yourself or your daughter, such as lace barettes, hair ribbons, or scrunchies.

  58. Use pieces as keepsakes.

  59. Turn the fabric into wedding decorations for your daughter’s wedding or your own anniversary party down the line.

  60. Turn fabric into works of art for you to hang in your home.

  61. Repurpose your dress into curtains for your new home.

  62. Use the fabric to make a Christmas angel for the top of your Christmas tree.

  63. Make some gorgeous lingerie to wear on your anniversary nights.

  64. Make a gorgous sash! You can use it for your daughter's bachelorette party, or even just a chic accessory with an evening gown.

  65. Make it into a shawl to wear on those cold nights with your favorite nightgown, or at a fancy affair to go with your floor-length dress.

  66. Make a tie for your husband, your son, or another special person in your life. This works best with silk gowns, but you can also make a lace tie for your daughter, aunt, mother, or anyone else to wear as well!

  67. Make flower girl dresses from your wedding dress by sewing parts of your dress into miniature versions!

  68. Turn your dress into a magnificent hijab. Whether you have a family member who is getting married, you know someone or you just want a woman to look amazing on her wedding day while respecting her religious traditions, this is a perfect way to surprise a bride-to-be!

  69. Turn a piece of your wedding dress into a beautiful headdress for your daughter. You could even bunch it together to make fabric flowers to add to it!

  70. Make fabric flowers out of it to display as decorations in your home, use as a bouquet for your children, or to embellish clothing or curtains you own.

  71. Make a boutonnier out of pieces of your wedding dress so your son and his groomsmen can wear on their wedding day. Your son could also wear it on his prom night!

  72. Make a cape a family member can wear on their cold winter wedding day.

  73. Make it into a fancy coat to wear over a fancy dress.

  74. Sew it into a kimono. If you are Japanese or someone you know is, it would be a great way to repurpose your wedding dress. It could be made into either a wedding kimono or to wear during holidays.

  75. Have you ever seen those cute little white bags that carry candy, nuts, or other wedding favor goodies? Make little pouches so your daughter can use for her favor bags on her wedding day.



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