Posts tagged ‘tutorial’

October 3, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Cost

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

Mint.com

  • 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:

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

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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!


Supplies

  • 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!)


Instructions

  • 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.


Finished!