DIY Wedding Ideas

The one thing I’ve (re)learned about planning a wedding is how expensive weddings are!  Even though I’m only planning my sister’s wedding, and not paying for it, I still want to help them save money and stick to a budget.  As my sister and I have been tackling the wedding planning checklist, we go over needs vs. wants, and try to come up with ideas to save on expenses.

In the age of the internet, social media, YouTube tutorials and hashtags, there are so many Do-It-Yourself wedding ideas out there.  Pinterest alone can show you a plethora of things you can do with a mason jar!  If you’re a little crafty, creative, and have the time, there are ways to save money by doing things yourself! 🙂

When discussing what my sister envisioned for her flower girls, I recommended tutu skirts.  I got this idea from a friend who got married a few years ago, her flower girls were the cutest little things in their fluffy, blush pink colored tutu skirts!  I looked them up online, and found that tutu skirts are actually a pretty common alternative to traditional flower girl dresses, and just as beautiful (if not more)!  Initially, we thought we would order a skirt for Cienna who will be a flower girl. Then I got to thinking that with plane tickets, hotel stays, rental cars and other expenses, wouldn’t it be nice to make one and save money?  (I’m a planner, a saver and I’m pretty crafty, I can figure this out!)  Check out these cool videos I found on YouTube on how to make a tutu, here!

Cienna is technically old enough to be a Junior Bridesmaid, but tutu skirts can be worn by younger or older girls.  Either long or short, what I love is that they’re simple yet very beautiful!  How pretty are these flower girls?!


     

So, with plenty of time before the wedding, I wanted to make sure I could pull this off.  It’s one thing to do a little research, but what if I make something that ends up looking atrocious?  Lol!  I ordered the materials and got to work…

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Getting started!
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First layer done, working on the second layer.

I won’t spoil the fun and post a picture of the final product, or any pictures of Cienna trying it on, you guys will have to stay tuned for future blog posts, but here is a picture of the *almost* finished product:

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Almost done, will probably add some ribbon, maybe another layer?

This is a no-sew tutu skirt, I didn’t need any special tools or materials, just the tulle fabric, crochet headband, a ruler and some scissors.  It took about two to three hours to make because I was being extra careful, and trying to make it perfect!  At first, this was just a project to see if it would turn out, and I’m so pleased with the results. The best part is that they were inexpensive to make.  With less than $50, I made two and a half skirts!  There will be three flower girls so I’ll need a little more material to make the last one.  Now, we just need to find a good top to go with it.  I would recommend these cute tutus not just for weddings, but for birthdays, or for costumes too!  No need to spend a lot of money ordering one, this is a very easy and fun project you can do with your special little girl, just Do-It-Yourself!

Done and Done. What Now?

If you’ve known me for the past few years, you know that I’m a stay at home mom and also a full time student.  Well, after this week, I will no longer be a full time student, or a student at all.  I’m so glad to finally say that I’m done with school.  Not done with the quarter, or done with a class.  Like done, done!

I’m mostly happy about this, it’s what I’ve been working toward for the past 3 and a half years, no more stressing about term papers, exams, projects, deadlines, I get to sleep a little more!  This is awesome!  But wait…I’m really done?  But what am I gonna stress about?  What am I going to work toward?  Do I have to find a job?  What Now?  Being a student has been my purpose for so long, but…school wasn’t my sole purpose, and now I get to focus on other things that make me happy besides straight A’s.

Although I’m not sure what the near or distant future has in store for me just yet, I do know that I always want to work toward something, I always want to be creative and productive.  We should always have goals, they give us a sense of purpose.  So that brings me here, I created a blog as a requirement for a Communications class, but I’ve always wanted to blog and have a creative outlet for documenting day to day (or maybe weekly, monthly) life stuff.  To stick with the theme of having goals, here are my August goals:

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I’ve already checked one thing off the list!  Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by! 🙂