Jake & The Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Birthday Party: Bryson DeCuir’s 2nd Birthday Party

 

I hope by now that you guys have realized what a huge arts & crafts/DIY fan I am – I LOVE working with my hands and creating things, plus it’s very therapeutic and I love to see my work come together. For those of you that missed it, last year I went DIY crazy for my son’s 1st Birthday party – a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme. Well this year, I also decided to pick one of his current favorite shows and decided on putting together a Jake & The Neverland Pirates themed birthday party for his 2nd birthday. I had one caveat though with this theme, which was to pull off a creative Neverland pirate’s theme with no skulls – personally I am not a fan of skulls, especially for kids – so if you know anything about pirate parties, skulls are everywhere. I definitely had a challenge on my hands, but I saw it as a creative challenge to create more DIY decor items for the party – fun, fun, fun!

First, I created a Jake & The Neverland Pirates invitation to mail out to close family and friends. Here is the invitation:

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After the invitations were taken care of I went to work on brainstorming and soon after began shopping for items at my favorite stores: Dollar Tree & Michaels! After a month or two of planning and DIY projects, it all came together beautifully for his 2nd birthday. I am super excited and couldn’t wait to share the amazing pictures with you – a huge THANK YOU to Danny Mariscal from The F Stop Design & Photography for taking these awesome pictures that captured all of my hard work!

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Appetizer Table
DIY Projects: Food Tent Card Labels & Water Bottle Labels

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates inspired DIY food tent card labels

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates inspired DIY Birthday Banner, Pirate’s Flag and Dessert Table Decor

 

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Homemade Birthday Cake, DIY Burlap Bunting & Pirate Ship Sail Banner Cake Toppers

 

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Birthday Cake on DIY Cake Stand

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table
DIY Projects: Cake & Cupcake Stands, Treasure Maps, Goblets, Tent Cards, Treasure Chest & booty for guests.

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table

 

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cupcakes

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cupcakes by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake

 

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Pirate Cake Pops by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake! DIY Treasure Chest filled with gold & gems!

 

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Pirate Cake Pops by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake! DIY Treasure Chest filled with gold & jewels + tent card label.

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cupcakes by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake. DIY projects: goblet filled with gold & jewels & pirate map.

 

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Gold Doubloons, DIY tent card, and burlap table runner

 

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DIY Treasure Maps & Tent Card

 

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DIY Treasure Maps made out of Jake & The Neverland Pirates Coloring Pages

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table

 

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DIY Pirate Booty Favors for the guests!

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Party DIY Treasure Chest Centerpiece!

 

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DIY Treasure Chest Centerpiece

 

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The Birthday Boy – Captain Bryson!

 

My Family - me, the hubby, and the birthday boy!

My Family – me, the hubby, and the birthday boy!

 

My months of planning paid off and boy did the birthday boy and his guests have a blast! The kids, and even some adults, got to enjoy inflatable slides and a foam shooting range for 1.5 hours, plus face-painting, caricature drawings, and pirate favors for all the kids. It brought joy to my heart to see all the smiles on our friends and family’s faces. I really can’t tell you how happy I am that all my DIY details came together beautifully and were perfectly captured by Danny’s photography! I am proud to say that every single detail that you see in these pictures were designed, coordinated and/or created by me, except for the Jake & the Neverland Party stickers, Jake & The Neverland Party shirt, and the gorgeous cupcakes and cake pops that were made by Rebekah from Let Them Eat Cake! (Please find the vendor credits below.) There was cutting, painting, burning, designing, tearing, purchasing, planning and many more activities involved in these DIY projects and did you notice that I was able to pull it off without any skulls?! :)

SHARE WITH ME: I want to hear from you – what do you think of this Jake & The Neverland Pirate themed party? What do you think of the details and DIY projects?

HIRE ME: Want to have a creative and unique party for your child? Baby shower? Bridal Shower? Wedding? Any other event? As you can see I take pride in my work and make sure that I plan for every detail. No matter what the event or occasion, I will make sure that your event has the WOW factor and will leave your guests talking about it for months. Let me help you create memories and celebrate your special day! Contact me today for a FREE consultation – I can’t wait to plan your next event! (See more of my decor projects here.)

 

{Vendors}| Event Decor, Details, & Styling: DeCuir Details & Designs | Photography: The F Spot Design & Photography  | Cupcakes & Cake Pops: Let Them Eat Cake | Custom Jake & The Neverland Pirates Stickers:  Lily Pads Invitations | Jake & The Neverland Pirates T-Shirt: Fun Fashions, Etc

 

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Valentines Day

 

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13: 4-8

Valentines Day is a widely celebrated day filled with LOVE, hearts, candy, flowers, and gifts exchanged between loved ones. Curious on how Valentines Day started? Read about it here. How are you celebrating today?

My husband and I have been married for 4.5 years and tend to not celebrate on actual holidays in order to avoid the crowds. I was pleasantly surprised by my wonderful husband – he surprised me with a planned Valentines Day evening out. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my sister to watch the baby and then he took me to Color Me Mine! Oh, I LOVED it! I am such an artsy person and I’ve done   a previous painting project there before, but it has been a long time since then and I was thankful to have this bonding time with my love! The cool part is he actually participated and enjoyed it – if you knew my husband you would know that this totally is not his thing, so I really appreciate the kind thought, planning, and participation.  After we finished painting our projects – a tea cup for me and a tile coaster for him – he took me to a romantic dinner at the Summit House! This restaurant has an old English Inn feel to it and the food was delicious, the wine was great, and the live pianist, fireplace, and amazing views overlooking the city really created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. The evening ended with a beautiful heart-filled card and 3 new lovely pashminas to add to my collection – I LOVE pashminas! I really felt loved yesterday and was overwhelmed by my husbands thoughtfulness – he is not the planning type of guy so this was a big deal :).

My son just started school 3 weeks ago and I signed up to bring in goodies for his class – I am definitely going to be that kind of mom and I LOVE it! So, I made little goodie bags for his classmates and gifts for his teachers. I thought I would share these super easy DIY projects with you. Also, I bought almost everything for these projects from the Dollar Tree – so it goes to show you don’t have to spend alot to put together a thoughtful gift.

DIY Tutorial Steps:

Materials: coffee mugs, candy, tissue paper, medium and large heart doilies, heart sticks, and gift wrapping ribbon

1. Insert the medium heart doily into the coffee mug, with the colored side facing up. Adjust it so that the heart shape is visible.

2. Fill the coffee mug with candy.

3. Write a note on the large doily and take two heart sticks and stick it through the bottom of the doily and into the mug until it reaches the bottom.

4. Layer 2 sheets of tissue paper and wrap it upwards, gathering it right above the base of the coffee mug. Use ribbon to tie a knot and secure the gather. Feel free to tie a bow and/or curl the ribbon.

 

Here is the goodie bags that I put together for my son’s class:

(Buy the items for your goodie bags and make sure they are age appropriate. Fill goodie bags and tie them with a pipe cleaner. Make a heart from the ends of the pipe cleaner, joining the ends in the middle and twisting them to make a heart shape.)

The teachers and kids LOVED their gifts! It only took an hours of my time to put together but the satisfaction of smiles on the kid’s faces and thankfulness from the teachers was priceless. All in all this Valentines Day has been a blessing and I wish a very heart-filled and loving day. Try to bless someone else today and remember we should celebrate love year round – not just on Valentines Day!

I decided to do something different and special today, so no Etsy Thursday this week – but please stop by next week for some more Etsy Wedding inspiration! In the meantime, feel free to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Pinterest for more lovely wedding, DIY, and event decor inspiration!

3D-Memoirs wishes you all a Happy Valentines Day!!

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Etsy Thursday: Valentines Day Wedding

Valentines Day Wedding

With Valentines Day only a week away, it was so necessary for me to search Etsy for some loveable, red, heart-inspired wedding finds! Valentines Day, after Christmas, is the most celebrated holiday. Loved ones and couples typically exchange cards, gifts, candy, flowers, and anything else that symbolizes their love for the other. What an amazing day for any couple – struck by cupid – to choose to exchange their LOVE vows in front of their loved ones! Sounds so romantic and beautiful! Take a peek at these romantic handmade wedding finds and make sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this heart-filled collection.

 

Valentines Day Wedding Invitation

Is it too much for me to say that I LOVE these invitations? I do! :)

 

Valentines Day LOVE Address Stamp

Super cute LOVE Address Stamp!

 

Valentines Day Wedding Luminary Table Numbers

Table Number Luminaries

 

Valentines Day Wedding, Valentines Day, Be Mine Burlap Banner

Be Mine Burlap Banner

 

Valentines Day Wedding Decor Sign

Loving this Wedding Day Decor Sign

 

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Valentines Day Wedding Guestbook or Photo Album

 

Valentines Day Wedding, DIY Cupcake Toppers, Heart escort cards

These Valentines Day DIY Cupcake Toppers would make awesome favor tags or escort cards!

 

Valentines Day LOVE Hearts Wine Glass Place Cards

Creative LOVE Wine Glass Place Cards!

 

Valentines Day Heart Place Card Holder

Heart Place Card Holder

 

Valentines Day Red Heart Paper Straws

Valentines Day Red Heart Paper Straws

 

VAlentines Day Wedding Love Birds Cake Topper

Adorable Love Birds Wedding Cake Toppers!

 

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Valentines Day Wedding Marshmallow Pop Wedding Favors

 

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Wedding Cake Pops

 

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Valentines Day Wedding Dress (even if this dress doesn’t catch your eye, I recommend checking out the other beautiful dresses that this Etsy shop offers!)

 

Valentines Day Wedding Feather Headband

Feather Headband

 

Valentines Day Wedding Bridesmaids Dress

Valentines Day Wedding Bridesmaids Dress

 

I hope you enjoyed this collection of Valentine’s Day Etsy wedding inspiration! As a lover of DIY projects and handmade goods, I really do invest time in searching Etsy and presenting you with the best and most creative wedding finds each week! This week, I thought it would be a cool idea to share a couple of awesome DIY wedding projects that I found on Pinterest.

Kisses Candy Bar for your Guest

Kisses Candy Bar for your Guest

 

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DIY Valentines Day Boutonniere

 

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU:  Valentines Day, Hearts, LOVE – makes me happy! I am looking forward to taking snacks and Valentines for my son’s class next week! Do you have any awesome Valentines Day DIY projects to share? What did you think of this week’s collection? Have you ever attended a Valentine’s Day wedding?

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Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower

Today’s DIY topic is Baby Showers! I can’t believe it but a couple years have already passed since my baby shower and I meant to share it with you guys earlier, but better late than never. When I had my baby shower in November 2010, I really wanted a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower. With my planning and DIY obsessed self, I couldn’t just sit back and let my family plan for me – no, I had to be involved. I came up with the idea and had so much fun being involved and making the decor that you will see below. (My only regret is that I didn’t have a photographer capture the beauty, so please forgive me for these novice pictures.)

 

When it came to the baby shower invitations, I wanted something really fun and clever that would match the Mad Hatter theme. So, I contacted my amazing graphic designer girlfriend Marsinah, (Owner of Blushing Pearl), and she came up with the design for these adorable invitations – I added the verbiage – and viola I had a beautiful invitation that I loved! (FYI – I cut off the bottom to remove the personal information.) What do you think?

 

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The invitations set the tone for the baby shower and from there I went DIY and baby shower planning crazy! I bought all kinds of unique tea pots for centerpieces, filling each teapot with hot water and allowing my guests to choose their own tea bag flavor and additions. I made “This Way” & “That Way” signs out of cardboard, scrapbooking paper, and painted popsicle sticks to hang around the venue. I made my own hanging tissue paper poms to hang from the ceiling. I made creative favor boxes that said, “Eat Me” full of white chocolate suckers, and “Drink Me” full of personalized tea bags for my guests. I stacked teacups on top of each other along with flowers, playing cards, and confetti for the tables. I made a sign requesting advice from my guests and ordered custom advice cards from VistaPrint. I also ordered the most amazing decorative, fun, and tasty cake from the talented Sara, owner of For The Love of Sugar, and it went perfect with the theme! Take a peek at the party details below!

 

 

All in all it was a fun affair and I am happy  that I was able to pull off  a fun and decorative Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower, of course with the help of my sisters and best friend. I had a wonderful time and opened many lovely gifts for my little one! I hope this post serves as inspiration to any of my DIY readers.

3D-Memoirs is looking for submissions…..

Do you have a DIY project/tutorial that you would like to share? Do you have a recent creative event that designed and/or made the decor for that you would like to share?  If you answered YES to either of these questions, please contact me!

 

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Real Wedding: Gaby Ruiz & Jorge Marquez

I was hired by Gaby & Jorge to coordinate their wedding and make sure that all the details that this DIY bride and groom wanted were carried out seamlessly on their wedding day! I would definitely say that this was the most challenging wedding that I have coordinated simply because when they hired me, less than 2 months from their wedding date, they only had the venue secured. I assisted this couple in locating and securing their vendors, provided timelines and checklists to stay on schedule, listened to their vision of the wedding and provided additional inspiration, expertise, and ideas on how to best bring their wishes to reality on their wedding day within the short time frame and tight budget we had to work with. In order to make this the dream wedding that my clients wanted,  a lot of time and effort went into planning and coordinating this wedding prior to the day of, and I am happy to share that on September 2, 2012, this lovely couple shared wedding vows and expressed their love for each other in front of 170 of their family and friends at the Red Horse Barn!

This outdoor wedding turned out beautifully and I received many amazing compliments from the venue, vendors, guests, and the bride and groom regarding how lovely it turned out and how perfectly the day went! (Actually the venue and one of the resident vendors said that out of all the hundreds of weddings they had witnessed at the venue, this one was the best coordinated and planned, and that I was a pleasure to work with.Yay!) I can easily smile along with these two love birds because I was able to plan and coordinate a beautiful wedding for 170 people in less than 6 weeks!  Please take a look at this shabby-chic vintage-styled outdoor wedding held in Huntington Beach, CA.

 

The Bride & her Bridesmaids

 

Bride & her Bridesmaids
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Wedding Ceremony & Gazebo at Red Horse Barn

 

Bride – down the wedding aisle

 

Wedding Ceremony
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Mr. & Mrs. Marquez
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Bridal Bouquet

 

“Thank You” Personalized Mason Jar Favors

Personalized Mason Jar Favors

 

Wedding Centerpiece
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Reception
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

Centerpiece on the reception table

 

Bride & Groom Photo & Guestbook
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Outdoor wedding reception at Red Horse Barn

 

Bride & Groom’s First Dance

 

Wedding Cake
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

Wedding Cake

 

Bride & Groom Grooving on the dance floor

 

The love birds
Photographer: Pavonne Photography (www.pavonne.com)

 

I hope you enjoyed my labor of love! What did you think of this shabby-chic vintage outdoor wedding? How did I do with only 6 weeks to plan and coordinate this wedding?

Are you or someone you know newly engaged or planning a wedding? If so, I can help you plan your wedding! I offer 3 unique wedding planning packages and can easily tailor my packages to fit your wedding planning needs. Do you have any wedding planning questions? I invite you to review my wedding planning services and contact me for an initial free consultation!

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Weddings on a Budget

Dear Brides & Grooms on a budget:

After you have answered, “YES!” and all the excitement has died down, your mind becomes flooded with questions regarding the details of your wedding day. This journey to the altar that you are about to embark on requires a lot of research, decisions, planning, and money—whether you choose to hire a planner (which I highly suggest) or you decide to be a “DIY Bride & Groom”, the most important question to kick off your planning is “what is your budget?” You may already have a dollar figure in mind or an idea of what you can afford when faced with the reality of what it will actually cost to invite your closest friends and family to witness your exchange of marriage vows. If you have done any research then you know that a wedding is a major financial obligation and not a cheap one, but you don’t have to spend $20,000+ to have a beautiful wedding. I am confident that a couple can have a beautiful wedding on a budget, but it will take some sacrifice or what I like to call, “opportunity costs”, which basically means the value of what you are losing in choosing an alternative option. So how does this Economics term come into play during your wedding planning process? You and your fiancé will have to determine, what is a “must-have” that you are willing to pay more for vs. an item that you are willing to go with the basic option or forego.    

 WHAT IS YOUR WEDDING BUDGET?

*Blank Stare* “Good question”, you say to yourself. First I recommend that you and your fiancé sit down and discuss two questions when it comes to your wedding budget—what would you like to spend? And, what is the absolute max amount that you can afford to spend? — This will give you a budget range to work with, which will provide some flexibility for an extra item that you may want and didn’t budget for or an unanticipated cost that may take you by surprise. You should plan for hitting your initial budget, but it’s nice to know that you have the flexibility to go beyond, if need be.

WHAT IMPACTS YOUR WEDDING COSTS?

Before sharing some cost-saving tips, I want to talk about one of the biggest cost driver for your wedding. Can you guess what will have the biggest impact on your wedding costs? Surprise, it’s your guest count! Your guest count will impact your budget the most because the costs of the following items are typically based per person: invitations, favors, food, drinks/cocktails, tables, linens, wedding cake/cupcakes, etc. Therefore the more guests you have the higher the costs.  I know that it’s easy to want to invite all of your family, even if you haven’t seen them in 10 years, or a friend from college that you keep up with on Facebook. Your parents might even want you to invite all your cousins you have never met or their co-workers, but if they are not contributing to the wedding, you will have to take control of the guest list. If you are on a budget then you and your fiancé will want to scrutinize your guest list and determine the “must invite” guests versus the “maybes”. How do you do that? Well, start with adding close family and friends to your list. You may want to limit your list to people who you have talked to and seen within the last year, that have at least met your fiancé, close co-workers (the whole office does not need an invitation), and choose to have an adults-only wedding. Do not go for sympathy invitations, inviting people because you don’t want to hurt their feelings. Remember this is an intimate affair that you picking up the check on, so you want to be surrounded by close friends and family.  (Keep in mind that not all of the guests you invite will not be able to make it, so for example if  you would like a guest count of 150, then you can get away with inviting 170 guests.)  Make sure to have a guest count in mind when visiting venues so that you can estimate costs.  If you end up with a sizable guest count, but you are trying to stay within a tight budget, then you will likely have to sacrifice or compromise in another area to stay within budget.

 

HOW CAN YOU SAVE MONEY?

Besides the guest count there are several other cost-saving ways to save money on your wedding without compromising a beautiful wedding. Below I have shared 4 tips on how you can save money on your wedding.

Save Money on the Wedding Venue

You and your fiancé will want to determine how flexible you are when it comes to the season, month, day of the week, and date that you want to get married. You can typically save some money by having a wedding during the off-peak season (typically Nov-March, varies by venue), or having a wedding during the week, Friday, or Sunday. Some venues will offer discounts for day weddings vs. evening weddings. If you have a sizeable guest list, another cost-saving option is to sacrifice location (select a venue farther out) or venue prestige (a venue that may be a little outdated or you have to spend money to decorate it) to save money and remain within budget.

When doing your venue search, try to find one that is all-inclusive or very close to it, this will save you money in the long-run. It is best to find a venue that will include food, drinks (open bar, cocktail hour, signature drink, or BYO option), tables, chairs, & linens in their packages. There are venues that will even include your cake and offer discounted options to rent additional items (centerpieces, upgraded linens & chairs, chargers, lighting, etc).  The more that is included in your package the less you will have to spend out-of-pocket for these items with other vendors.  (Before adding additional items to your package, I always recommend doing a little research to see if in fact you are getting a reasonable deal or if you could save money by utilizing an outside vendor.) (Feel free to use this Venue Analyzer that I developed to help me analyze costs and inclusions between venues to determine which one was offering the most bang for our buck!)

 

Cut Costs on the Wedding Bar Tab

A lot of brides and grooms like to offer their guests cocktails during their wedding, but for most venues this is an expensive additional cost, which may send your budget overboard. A couple alternatives to a hosted bar for the entire evening is to offer a partially hosted bar (set amount of hours), cocktail hour, signature drink, non-hosted bar, or offer wine/beer with dinner and champagne for the toast.  Another option is to find a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. These options will be dependent upon what your venue offers, but it is definitely something you should inquire about when searching for your venue.

 

Save Money on Wedding Invitations

I’ve seen so many beautiful invitations that make you fall in LOVE with them, but if you are on a tight budget, you may want to cut your costs on your invitation suite. (Keep in mind that a majority of your guests may throw these in the trash, $500+ on paper to be thrown in the trash?) I recommend that you look at ETSY for invitation options. Although there are pricey invitation options on ETSY, among them you will find economical options to pay for a PDF file of the invitation suite customized with your special wedding details. The great thing about this is that you can print it on your own. You can use a company like Overnight Prints or Vista Prints (they always have print deals, plus you can sign-up to receive emails for their specials), upload your PDF and pay to have them professionally printed. For the “DIY” couple, you have the option to print them at home or go to local print shop.

Another option to save on invitations is if you or one of your close friends is a crafty person, you can always make them yourself! You just want to make sure that the costs involved in making the invitations yourself is actually cheaper than purchasing them, or you have just given yourself more work that doesn’t save you money, which is the last thing you need when planning a wedding!

 

Wedding Flowers & Centerpieces

Flowers are very popular for weddings and with good reason–they make such a beautiful statement. However, the reality is that unfortunately they die, typically only days after your wedding.  Flowers are very expensive due to the materials and labor that goes into making the beautiful finished product. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on centerpieces, do some research (online or in a magazine), find a few centerpieces & bouquets that you like, then find a local florist/floral shop and see what they would charge to make something similar—make sure you give them an idea of what budget you are working with for flowers. (When looking for a florist, keep in mind that there is a good chance that a floral vendor that you see on TV or is widely known is probably very expensive—you are paying a markup for their brand and prestige. It doesn’t hurt to reach out to them, advising of your budget and seeing if they can work with you–just don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out.) During your consultation ask the florist to advise which flowers will be available around your wedding date that fit within your color scheme as well as cheaper alternatives, if available. If you are flexible with your flower options, you can definitely save money.

Another cost-saving idea is to use flower alternatives such as fillers, succulents, plants & herbs, candles, or something that combines minimal flowers along with fruit, stones, sand, or any of the other flower alternatives mentioned. You can find a lot of inspiration by searching Google, Pinterest, and wedding blogs.

 

KEY TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGING A WEDDING BUDGET

During the wedding planning process, the important thing is to have a plan and some flexibility when planning your wedding. Know what you want and must-have versus what you are willing to sacrifice and scale back on. Be realistic and honest with yourselves–the beautiful weddings you see in magazines and on blogs cost money–you may not be able to get everything that you want if you are working on a tight budget. Make sure that you keep track of every expense and use a budget worksheet to forecast your spending.  If you have a wedding planner, it is important to communicate your priorities.

Research is the key to knowing your options and alternatives, as well as knowing if you are getting a reasonable price from a particular vendor. Also, don’t expect to haggle vendors down to the bare minimum, there may be room for negotiation but that is not the case for everyone. Just as you work for a living, these vendors have to make a living too by charging according to their vested interest and time. Lastly, an important thing to remember is that you do not want to sacrifice quality for cost, just because it is cheap doesn’t mean that it is the best option for you.

The journey to the altar that you are about to embark on will require money, time, decisions, research, and can be stressful. It is important for you to remember that this journey to the altar is just a stepping stone to what is ahead and what is important, which is the exchange of your wedding vows and the life that you two will create together going forward. The little details–navy vs turquoise napkins, steak vs chicken, cake vs cupcakes, etc–do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Work together as a team and have fun in reaching your ultimate goal: marriage!

COPYRIGHT © ELVIRA DECUIR

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Ideas for a Vibrant Summer Bridal Shower

Everyone LOVES weddings & so does 3D-Memoirs, but before you take the most anticipated walk down the aisle there’s a little celebratory event with close friends and family called the BRIDAL SHOWER!  Today, I have the honor of sharing some amazing invitation “eye-candy” from one of our favorite sites: Wedding Paper Divas!! I hope you are as excited as I am to see some of the creative & lovely bridal shower invitations that Wedding Paper Divas offers–a perfect personal touch for those DIY Bridal Showers!

To add to this “eye-candy”, I will be sharing a couple of DIY ideas (found across the web) to incorporate with these lovely Bridal Shower invitations! Ready for some Bridal Shower inspiration?

 

Bridal Shower Invitation from 

Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive : Basil}

Back of Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive: Basil}

 

Lovely vibrant punches of color makes this invitation perfect for a late Spring or Summer Bridal Shower. I am loving this fresh color scheme of soft mint punctuated with bright orange, yellow and cherry. A potential theme that comes to mind is “Summer Love” (or “Spring Love In Bloom” if you have it during the spring) and here are some DIY ideas to help you put this bridal shower together.

 

Bridal Shower Food & Drinks

For this “Summer Love” Bridal Shower a simple, light, & refreshing meal would be ideal. Here are some wonderful menu & drink options, courtesy of some of my favorite Pinterest pins!

Here is a sample health-conscious menu: finger sandwiches (pick your favorite meat(s) & bread(s) or offer a variety), veggie tray, mixed greens salad (add blueberries, strawberries, blackberries/raspberries) tossed with a light fruit vinaigrette, and these lovely fruit kebabs!

Fruit Kebabs

Below you will find some of my favorite Pinterest pins for drinks & libations. Whether you choose to add alcohol or not, these tasty drinks will go perfect with your “Summer Love” Bridal Shower theme!

Pineapple Sangria

Low Country Lemonade (lemonade, peach schnapps & blue curaçao)

Sweet Basil Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler (Rum is optional)

 

To add to the summery charm, don’t forget to add colorful straws wrapped with the bridal shower details.

Colorful Paper Straws

 

Bridal Shower Decor

Make a crepe paper backdrop, perfect to display behind the food/dessert table or as a funbackdrop for photos with the Bride.

Crepe Paper Backdrop (featured by DIY Weddings Magazine)

 

Hang colorful paper lanterns and/or honeycomb tissue balls (see below) around the house/backyard/venue to decorate your event space with color. Use varying sizes, shapes, & patterns of orange, yellow, pink, white/creme, red, turquoise, & mint green to match the Wedding Paper Divas invitation!

 

Orange Paper Lantern

Yellow Nylon Hanging Lantern

Begonia Red Paper Lantern

White Honeycomb Ball

 

It would be amazing if you could score mint green tablecloths to compliment the Wedding Paper Divas’ Bridal Shower invitation, but I realize that it is probably a difficult color to come across. Whether you rent linens or buy paper/plastic tablecloths I would recommend white, yellow, or ivory and utilize your decor to bring in the colorful elements.

 

For your table centerpieces, a simple touch of flowers will add a elegant element to this summer Bridal Shower. Here are a few simple yet beautiful examples of centerpieces that you can incorporate:

Colorful Gerbera Daisies

This lovely centerpiece combines colorful Gerbera Daisies in a tall vase lightly filled with rocks. The pop of color from the flowers and simplicity of the centerpiece definitely adds an elegant touch to your bridal shower decor.

DIY Floral Centerpieces {Featured by Hostess With The Mostess}

This beautiful DIY centerpiece by Geranium Lake (featured on Hostess with the Mostess) is a simple and lovely centerpiece for a “Summer Love” Bridal Shower. Select beautiful & colorful wrapping paper to wrap around cylinder vases and/cans and add a beautiful trim with a complimentary ribbon. (You can probably substitute the wrapping paper for colorful fabric or layered tissue paper.)

Fruit Centerpiece

Pick bright fruits that compliment this Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower invitation–strawberries, lemons, oranges, cherries–and fill (at varying heights) a couple vases for each table and add a few colorful flowers, rocks, gems/beads to the vase and VIOLA!

Succulents

Loving the look of these mint to light green succulents in silver dishes as a centerpiece!

LOVE Flower Centerpiece

These monogrammed mugs filled with flowers make for beautiful centerpieces. Use bright and colorful flowers, or stick with white flowers if you have enough color infused throughout the room. If you don’t have these crafty mugs to use, simply substitute them for colored/painted pots, tin cans, or bark wrapped vases.

 

Bridal Shower Favors

For your guests favors, you can either fill a mini pillow pack with red hots (hearts) or a daisy favor box with colorful candy and personalize the label with “Summer Love is so Sweet” or the Bridal Shower details (date, bride’s name, etc)!

Mini Personalized Candy Pillow Packs

Gerbera Daisy Favor Box

 

I hope you didn’t overdose on all the sweetness from the *eye-candy* provided above! What are your thoughts on Wedding Paper Divas lovely Bridal Shower invitation, the “Summer Love” theme, and the DIY details that I’ve shared with you? In addition to this lovely bridal shower invitation, Wedding Paper Divas offers a variety of several other creative and beautiful bridal shower invitations for you to choose from, here are a few of my favorites:


 

No matter what your bride’s style or the theme for the bridal shower, you are guaranteed to find a lovely Bridal Shower invitation from  to match. Also, don’t forget about your thank you cards, you can find the perfect Thank You card here.

I would love your feedback on today’s post! Do you have any creative bridal shower themes that would go perfect with any of the other invitations shown above?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas! (Comment below the post or send me a note at 3DMemoirs@gmail.com.)

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