DIY Wedding Centerpiece

Here’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to create a centerpiece for your wedding reception tables. Everything was bought locally in Milwaukee and it’s pretty easy to put together.

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Do It Yourself Wedding Flowers

Update April 2013: We’ve found a great way to get great DIY Wedding Flowers from Milwaukee’s Belle Fiori. Check out the article and their awesome service!

Last month, I undertook a most fortuitous task. I did my own wedding flowers. You see, I live in a rural part of the country and was having a wedding far from the city lights and most florists. I did locate a city florist willing to drive 3 hours to setup my wedding flowers for my special day, but 2 weeks before the actual event, my florist called to tell me the florist business was being closed due to the poor economic environment and needed to cancel our arrangement. I then frantically tried locating another florist but to no avail.

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DIY Hershey Kiss Rosebud Wedding Favors

For our wedding, we did not give our guests a large scale wedding favor.  Instead we donated a certain amount the American Cancer Society to each person who was in attendance that day.  To inform people of our donation on our guest’s behalf I made Hershey Kiss roses and attached a note letting them know about the charitable contribution.  Here is how you make a Hershey Kiss Rosebud favor.
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Creative Ideas For Making a Wedding Invitation

Many of us are trying to stick to a budget when planning our Milwaukee wedding. To help stick to this budget, or if you simply want to inject a more personal note into your wedding preparations, making your own wedding invitations can be an excellent idea. There are many sites out there that will help you with wedding invitation ideas. For more ideas on how your can save money and personalize your wedding, here’s another article on do-it-yourself wedding invitations and one from our sister site on making your own invitations.

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DIY Winter / Holiday Themed Weddings in Milwaukee

As many engagements occur around the holiday season, winter-themed Milwaukee weddings may pop into your head.  This can be a very inexpensive way to design your wedding experience if you plan ahead.

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Wedding Themes and Favor Ideas

Attention to details is the key to making your theme wedding unique and memorable. Below are some simple decorating ideas for popular wedding themes to help make your day truly magical.

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The Right Timing is Critical to a Cheap Wedding

There are plenty of ways to save on your Milwaukee wedding, but timing is an essential element of getting a great bargain for your cheap wedding. If you’ve got the time, can you work ahead, then choosing the right time of year, month or day can make a huge difference to how much you can save.

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Budget Wedding Centerpieces

We did double duty for the wedding rehearsal and reception decorations.  We purchased rose bunches from Pick’n Save and vases from TJ Maxx for decorations at the rehearsal dinner.  Then we used the same vases for the wedding bouquets at the reception.  We then removed the rose petals the next day to use as part of the centerpieces on each table.

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Budget Conscience “Wedding Cake”

Budget Wedding CakeIn planning a Milwaukee wedding, specifically a budget conscience one, decisions are made regarding what is important to you.  Basically, you prepare a “must have, great to have, nice to have” list.  One way to cut money easily is to forego a cake.  While this is a strong tradition for some, it wasn’t on my “must have” list.  So to preserve some of the tradition, but not spend the money, we made a few adjustments.

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Invitations

Inspired by my wife’s do-it-yourself flowers article, I decided to tell the story of creating our wedding invitations. When we were planning our Milwaukee wedding, we did go out and browse different wedding invites – wow, they were expensive! Since we were trying to stick to a budget, but still give our wedding its own unique flair, I decided I’d create the wedding invitations myself.

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