Planning a wedding on a budget can be challenging. There are so many different things to take into consideration. And when you attach the word wedding to anything you are searching for, well you can expect the cost to be even greater.
And right now I have been doing everything I can to help my daughter, who is getting married on February 21,2020. Which is why I haven’t been posting as much as I typically do. Even just being the mother of the bride has had me doing a lot of projects to try and help my daughter and her fiancé for their special day.
Lets Add Some Stress
And adding to the stress as the big day gets closer, their chosen venue closed its doors, 2 weeks before their wedding. The money they had paid for the site is gone, and they were left scrambling to find a new venue.
And while I was freaking out, I am so proud of my daughter, and her fiancé. The remained calm and found a solution, which promises to be even better than their original choice. I am so proud of the both of them. They were one of the couples affected by fiasco of Noah’s Event Center closing. And they found out exactly 2 weeks before the big day.
Luckily there was an outpouring of support for all of the couples affected, and many wedding venues offered discounts to help them out. And I cannot say thank you enough to Lionsgate Event Center. They really stepped up and helped.
I am so grateful that the kids were able to make this work, and able to have this venue. If you are looking for an incredible venue for your wedding, and live in the Denver area, you really should at least check out Lionsgate. It is spectacular.
Proud Mother Moments
And even though I was freaking out on the inside for my daughter and her fiancé, and I wanted to jump in and solve the problem, they did it themselves. I had posted a plea for recommendations on my personal Facebook page and received a lot of helpful recommendations. And then my daughter posted this:
“Katie Bell’s Update from my Noah’s crisis:
First of all I want to thank everyone for the recommendations and kind words. I feel for every Noah bride and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
We still haven’t heard from Noah’s yet, aside from the email.
My fiancé and I have signed a contract with Lionsgate. They (like a lot of other venues) understood our situation and they were so amazing!
I appreciate every one for helping out!
11 more days!”
Wow. That’s my baby girl, and she is all grown up. Just wow. Ok, I guess I can put the Momma Bear back in the cave for now and get back to having everything ready for their big day.
Budget Wedding Flowers
About 4 months ago, we started planning on what we could do ourselves for the wedding. And our first project was making the bouquets, boutonnieres, and miscellaneous floral arrangements for the wedding. It was a lot easier than I had anticipated.
To create the arrangements, we spent around $250.00. I bought flowers on sale, and mainly online from Amazon, and Factory Direct Crafts. If you are looking for silk flowers for a wedding, I cannot recommend Factory Direct Crafts enough. They are affordable, have great products, and ship super fast.
Almost all of the silk flowers we got came from Factory Direct Crafts. Along with the rhinestone ribbon, pins, floral wire and accents.
I wish I would have made a video of the process, because it really was easy. But since I didn’t, I will just have to tell you what I did.
I basically started with single stems, and just held it in my hand. I kept adding flowers until I had the look I thought I wanted, and when I was happy, I wrapped the stems with floral wire.
Then I used hot glue to really hold all the pieces together. And then overwrapped the stems with ribbon that I had bought from Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off. Then to finish it off, wrapped some rhinestone ribbon at the top and bottom of each bouquet.
And this wasn’t just me making flowers, my daughter and her fiancé helped during the entire process. We basically had a flower party making bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. It was a very fun evening!
Dollar Store Bouquet Holders
And once we had the flowers complete, I started thinking about how the girls could display their bouquets during the reception. We thought about using paper towel rolls, but I couldn’t come up with a way that it would work. So I put on my MacGyver thinking cap and came up with these:
These are simply Dollar Tree vases that I spray painted hunter green (thanks Rustoleum). Then because I had a lot of rhinestone ribbon left, I added a rhinestone collar to each vase.
Not only doe this make a pretty vase to hold the girls bouquets, but it also adds a little extra decoration for the reception.
To make these 8 bouquet holders, I spent $8.00 for the vases, $3.99 for 1 can of spray paint, and $1.00 for the rhinestone ribbon. $12.99 to make 8 vases. Pretty neat huh?
Dollar Store Dessert Stands
And continuing my Dollar Store quest, we made a bunch of stands to hold cupcakes and cookies. This was a lot more affordable instead of buying a lot of trays, and stands.
These are super easy to make. I bought gold plate chargers from Dollar Tree, and a bunch of different glassware and bowls.
I spray painted the bottom of the chargers with Rustoleum gold spray paint along with the bowls, and random glassware.
Next I added a coat of triple thick spray glaze to the plates that were smaller, to really make them shine. And did the same to a couple of the glassware pieces.
After allowing ample drying time, I attached the glassware to the bottom of the chargers using E6000 adhesive. I laid this on thick. A little too thick on some pieces, because it kind of melted the centers of the chargers, but they are definitely sturdy.
And to cover up the oopsies in the center of the chargers, I just covered them up with paper doilies. And the cupcakes and cookies will add a little camouflage as well.
They turned out really nice, and made an affordable way to display all of the sweet treats during the reception.
Dollar Store Table Numbers
This project was so simple. My daughter has assigned table seating.
So we wanted a simple way to let people know which table is which, so we bought small frames at the Dollar Tree, and used some card stock paper to write numbers on. And presto! We have numbered tables!
Add a venue provided lantern, and battery powered candles for a little something extra, and the tables decorations are complete! And yes, the candles are from the Dollar Tree too.
She also found a frame at Michael’s that we spray painted the tiny clothespins hunter green to hold the seating assignment cards. And the colors matched the main colors of the wedding, so it fits into her decor beautifully!
Affordable Wedding DIY Projects
And these are just a few projects that we did for my daughter’s wedding. Each project was affordable, and fun to do.
We did these projects over time. So if you are planning a wedding, or helping out with one, I would suggest making a Pinterest board to keep all of your ideas together.
And over time, you too can create some original and affordable wedding projects for your special day!
I now this isn’t horse related. But I just couldn’t help myself. I had to share these ideas with you. Hopefully, if you are planning a wedding this post might help give you some ideas of how to affordably decorate for your wedding.
And keeping with the wedding theme that seems to have taken control of my mind for this past this month. Sorry about that! And we still have to talk about the photography…..and I could talk about a lot more, but I will limit myself to just a few blog posts regarding the wedding. And now my mind can get back to obsessing over my horses, and LOTS more equestrian related DIY projects!