Archive for ‘DIY’

November 21, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Budget-friendly Bridal Shower

Planning a bridal shower can be stressful and can put a strain on your wallet, but there are great DIY and budget-friendly ways to throw (and host) a shower without breaking the bank. Here are some great tips to having a first class party in honor of the bride-to-be.

Location, Location, Location
Who says that a bridal shower has to be at a fancy hotel or boutique tearoom? Consider hosting it at your home or another bridesmaid’s home. Or if you have access to a community clubhouse, consider hosting the bridal shower there. You can save on any major rental fees that a hotel or restaurant may charge.

Good Eats
Think about having a potluck where each bridesmaid brings a dish or two to share. Simple DIY dishes like a cheese platter or a fruit tray with some of the bride’s favorite fruits is a great potluck dish. Want to add a fancy touch to the food? Try a simple recipe for creamy brie en croute, savory bacon wrapped dates or festive prosciutto wrapped breadsticks. Also, a potluck shower is a great way to share recipes with the bride – have each bridesmaid write down the recipe on a recipe card and have a recipe box as a gift for the bride.

You don’t need to spend hundreds to turn a room into a well-decorated space. DIY pom balls and paper canopy can add a festive touch!

Martha Stewart Weddings

October 24, 2011

DIY: $5 Fascinator

Add the finishing touch to your bridal look with a funky and fun fascinator. These beautiful headpieces can replace a veil or be worn during your reception. Whether it’s soft floral petals or a feathery number with a bold pop of color, you can create your own fabulous fascinator for just $5!



  • Step 1: If you’re unable to find the flower with the clip already attached to it, just buy the silk flower and clip separately and glue them together. A big silk flower costs about $3-5 and a pack of alligator clips will cost about $2-3. Both items can easily be found at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts.
  • Step 2: Apply epoxy glue to the backside of the button.
  • Step 3: Glue the button in the center of the flower and let dry.
  • Step 4: Trim feathers to desired shape and length.
  • Step 5: Squeeze out a dollop of glue and dip the end of the feather (we used a water bottle cap).
  • Step 6: Carefully insert the feather in between the flower petals, glue-side in.


October 3, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Cost

We can all agree with & that being a bridesmaid comes with a price tag.

  • Before agreeing to be a part of the bridal party, get a general idea of when and where the wedding will take place. You’ll want to know if it’s going to be a destination wedding, so that you can take into consideration travel costs and time off work to attend the wedding. If the bride and groom aren’t sure yet, ask if it would be okay to give a definite answer later when the couple has more details about the wedding. You don’t want to be stuck in a sticky situation where you say “yes” and then be forced to back out at the last minute due to financial circumstances.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about wedding day attire, address them as early as possible. For example, if the bride picks a dress that you can’t afford, take her out for a coffee and explain your situation so that you can come up with a solution together. Don’t wait until a month before the wedding, or after all of the other bridesmaids have already purchased and altered their dresses!
  • For pre-wedding event budget concerns, talk to the maid of honor since she will be in charge of planning most of the festivities such as the bridal shower and bachelorette party. If you are not able to make an equal financial contribution, offer your time and labor! For the bridal shower, help put together the favors and be in charge of setup and cleanup. For the bachelorette party, be the concierge and research fun activities that everyone would enjoy.
  • DIY isn’t just for the bride! Save money by watching YouTube tutorials and learn how to do your own hair and makeup.
Makeup tutorials:

Hair tutorials:

– – – – –

The honor of being a bridesmaid doesn’t need to dragged down by dollar signs. Get creative and be a budget-savvy bridesmaid!

September 19, 2011

DIY Bartender: Cookies & Milk Bar

Ready to Raise the Bar for your wedding? Creating a Cookies & Milk Bar is very DIY-able and won’t break the bank.


Get a few of your friends and family together for a baking party. There’s nothing better than eating spoonfuls of cookie dough with your favorite girls. Below are our picks for some delicious cookie recipes!

[Tip: You can bake you cookies in advance and freeze them for 3-4 weeks. Let cookies completely cool before freezing. Wrap cookies individually in plastic wrap and store them in a ziploc freezer bag. The cookies will thaw in about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.]


A perfect solution for the working bride or the novice baker. Go to your local grocery store and load up on your fave cookies.

September 12, 2011

DIY: $5 Cake Stand

Happy Monday, everyone! The My Other Half team has been working on some great DIY projects to add fun personal touches to your wedding day. Here’s a creative budget-friendly idea for just $5. Take a plate and a wine glass and turn it into a simple, elegant and affordable cake stand!


  • Plate (Ikea Öppen, $0.99)
  • Wine glass (Ikea Närhet, $3.99)
  • Wrapping paper, construction paper, fabric, lace, etc.
  • E6000 glue (Michael’s, $2.39 with 40% off coupon; Not counted toward final budget since this tube of glue will be used for several other DIY projects.)
  • Heavy book (Hardcover books are recommended for stability. Textbooks are perfect!)


  • Step 1: To add a colorful decorative backing to your cake stand, trace your plate (upside down) and trace a circle on material of choice (wrapping paper, construction paper, fabric, lace, etc.). This is a great way to incorporate your wedding colors!
  • Step 2: Draw a second line about ⅛” outside of the outline and cut circle.
  • Step 3: Cut evenly spaced slits (8-12) about 2¼” deep.
  • Step 4: Apply a thin layer of epoxy glue to the backside of the plate.
  • Step 5: Carefully glue the paper onto the plate, allowing the slits to slightly overlap. This helps the paper wrap smoothly around the curved part of the plate.
  • Step 6: Apply the epoxy glue along the rim of the wine glass.
  • Step 7: Position the bottom of the wine glass to the back of the plate. Please a heavy book on top to weight it down and let dry overnight.


August 22, 2011

Get Organized

You’ve got the man and the ring…What next? It’s time to start planning for your big day! If hiring a wedding planner is not in your budget, a well-organized wedding planning binder will be your best friend in the upcoming months. As a budget-minded DIY bride, you can take matters into your own hands by DIY-ing a wedding planning binder.

[Tip: Take advantage of back-to-school sales at your local office supply stores.]

  • 3 ring binder
  • 8-10 dividers with tabs
  • Sheet protectors
  • Paper and pen

[Click on the links below for templates and forms.]

  • Calender: Keep yourself on track by jotting down appointments, project due dates and vendor payment schedules. [Tip: Share Google Calendar with your fiancé.]
  • Budget: Discuss budget and priorities with your hubby-to-be and create a spreadsheet of your estimated budget. Make sure to record your actual spending and track any payments/deposits made throughout the wedding planning process. This is the easiest way for you to know if you’re over, on track or under budget.
  • Guest List: Keep detailed information about your guests. This list will come in handy for RSVPs, meal selections, and sending Thank You cards.
  • Venue: When searching for the perfect budget-friendly venue, it’s essential to have an apples-to-apples comparison of your options.
  • Dress: After visiting handful of bridal salons in search of the perfect dress, it can get overwhelming to keep track of everything. Use this section to jot down details of the dress, including price, likes and dislikes. Don’t forget to try on your favorite dresses at different salons as some will offer better prices.
  • Photographer: It’s extremely important to meet with the photographer before making your final decision. As photos last a lifetime, you want a photographer you connect with, someone who can capture the emotions of your wedding day.
  • Flowers: Flowers play a big role in defining the feel of your day. Whether you’re looking for a romantic wedding or a modern affair, it’s important to find a florist who can translate your vision through flower arrangements.
  • Bridal Party: If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses, stop by a hardware store and pick up paint chips to give to your girls for reference.
  • Beauty: Print out pictures of your hair and makeup from the trial session. Make note of any changes you would like to see for your wedding day. I’m sure your hair and makeup artist will appreciate this reference on the day-of.
  • Music: Start a list of must-have grooves. Don’t forget to create a “do not play” list as well. You don’t want the Macarena to scare people off the dance floor.
  • Inspiration: This is the fun part! When flipping through a magazine or surfing your fave photographer’s blog, cut out or print any images that inspire you.
Tags: , ,