Quick and easy photo booth props and banners :)

We are currently building a photobooth wall (SO EXCITED) to look something like this. I’ve got a few old hats and other accessories, but it ain’t a photobooth without a few moustaches, right? So I found these free printables, printed them on heavy cardstock, and glued them to some dowels I found in the floral section of Jo-Anns for a few bucks. ImageI’ve also seen those adorable thank you photos like this one:

And I wanted to do that too. I printed them on the same heavy duty card stock, punched some holes in the top, and threaded through some blue and green ribbon. Now we will have cute thank you pictures. I was on a roll, so I made one for my card table too – I put scrapbook paper backing left over from my invitations on the back to make them stand out, since they would be up against a white table. If you want either of these printables, just let me know and I’ll send ’em on over. 🙂



Our goofy take on table numbers!

Remember that whole “I love photographs” thing? Well I am incorporating them pretty much everywhere possible, and I got a great idea of taking photos with the table numbers from this website,. However, I didn’t love how the couple was just holding a piece of paper with a printed number, so I decided to go a little bigger. I bought 10 pieces of black posterboard (about $5) and cut out large numbers, enough to make all the numbers up to 21.  My fiancé’s mom took our photos, and the photos are very accurate to how goofy and odd we are. I got the frames from craiglist for $20 from a bride who had previously used them at her wedding, and printed the photos in black an white ($3 from Walgreens). To make the numbers stand out a bit more, I outlined them in silver glitter puffy paint ($3 from hobby lobby). Voila – table numbers for around $31. I love them 🙂Image

Cupcake tower!

We decided to go the route of cupcakes, and found a great hometown bakery to whip them up for us: Gwen’s Catering. Her cakes are AAAAAAAMAZING. We went in for a tasting, and I’m not sure what the proper protocol is, but we practically licked our plates clean after each generous slice of cake. And, even better, her cupcakes were very affordable and included a standard 6 inch cake on the top of the cupcake tower for us to cut the cake. Anywhoo…I had no idea how to distinguish cupcake flavors from each other, so I whipped up this little document and threw it in a garage sale frame. I’m meeting with the caterer in a week, and will be coloring the cupcakes to help people find the flavor they want. Yay! If you want the document, just let me know and I’ll email it to you! I literally spent 20 minutes looking for cupcake clipart that was cute enough…I’d hate for anyone to have to do the same. 😉Image

For your tears of joy and laughter…

I never planned on making these silly things, but when I purchased some votive holders from someone on craig’s list, I talked her into giving these tissue packets to me for $3 – and there are about 50 of them! I bought a basket at goodwill for $2 that ended up being a perfect fit for all of the packets. I printed out some cute little labels with a monogram B and our names, and made a small sign to go in front of the basket that says “For tears of joy and laughter.” Cheesy? Maybe…Total cost: $5, Supplies: Basket, tissue packets, tissues, 1-2 sheets of labels. The best part?  I know my crying mother won’t have to remember to pack the tissues. ImageImage

Kid’s Activity Book

Since my fiancé and I are expecting at least 20 kids under the age of 13 or so, and with my whole career-in-teaching thing, I figured I should find a way to keep the kiddos entertained, especially during cocktail hour. Thus, my search for a kid’s activity book commenced. I found this one from lovelyindeed which I LOVED: http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-activity-book-free-printable/. However, I wanted to add a few more pages. After googling a few other kid’s books, I came up with this as a final product. I bundled together some crayons that I collected from a restaurant with some scrap material in one of my wedding colors – spring green. (SIDENOTE: did you know restaurants throw away crayons after ONE use due to health code? Craziness. They all look brand new and were FREE) Total cost for this project: nada. Supplies: printer, paper, stapler, crayons, scissors, scrap material. Easy peesy and super cute if I do say so mahself. 🙂 Image


Let’s do dis.

Well hello! I’m Nicole, and I’m engaged to an amazing guy and we have been planning a (hopefully) amazing wedding for over a year now. Between spending hours on pinterest, googling my crazy ideas, walking every aisle of hobby lobby at least twice a month, and turning my house into a crafter’s sweatshop, I think I may just pull it off. I’m a month out from the biggest day of my life, and I have this little thing called the internet to thank for helping me plan every detail of it. I’ve been so inspired by things I’ve found online that I thought I could share my ideas for future brides as well – I think of it as passing the torch…or something. So here we go – I will post my projects I’ve made, websites I’ve used, and how I’ve managed to pull off my dream wedding for less than half the cost of the average wedding in the US. Aww yeah.