Inspiration For A Black, White & Yellow Wedding!

Rice Krispy Tree(t)…

Posted in Cakes, Centerpiece Ideas, Food & Drink, Ways To Save Money by Jaime on February 19, 2008

Everyone Loves Rice Krispy Treats.  So Why Not Have A Rice Krispy Tree?

Want to think outside the cake box?  Instead of having an expensive cake, make a Rice Krispy tree!  You could also use these as centerpieces or as something special on a dessert buffet.

This would be a very easy (maybe time consuming) Do-It-Yourself project, and could also save you tons of money!

What you’ll need:

A pot(to use as the base), styrafoam for the middle (think tall cylinder shape or better a tree shape if you can find one), tissue paper (in your wedding colors), wooden popsicle sticks, your favorite rice krispy treat recipe, and chocolate to dip them in.

What I’d do:

Bake your treats like normal.  After baking, either cut them into circles or form them into balls.  Next, stick a wooden stick into each of the Rice Krispy Treats.  After you’re done with that, dip them into chocolate (the kind you put on ice-cream that hardens when frozen), and stick in freezer.

After the chocolate has hardened in the freezer, take them out.  Wrap each cookie with tissue paper around the base of the stick, but allowing the cookie to show.  Place stick into the styrafoam middle.  Work your way up until you have your tree!  As you work your way towards the top of the tree, start facing cookies up to form the shape of the tree. 

Wa-la!  You now have your Rice Krispy Tree!

Note: This rice krispy treat idea was my own, but the inspiration came from this picture found at: A Bride In The Making.  I am not sure if tree shown is actually rice krispy treats or cookies, but if I were to make it, that’s how I’d do it.  Happy baking!

P.S. Used with yellow tissue paper, this kind of resembles a sunflower look, doesn’t it? 🙂  Whoa.

Sunflowers & Billy Buttons…

Posted in Decor Ideas, Table Decor, Ways To Save Money by Jaime on February 18, 2008

Running out of dough but still want to add more touches of yellow for your wedding day? 

Instead of begging everyone you know to start planting sunflower seeds in hopes you’ll be able to have more sunflowers at your wedding, why not take a trip to the craft store instead? 

Think about using sticks or some sort of flower wire, to poke into styrafoam balls, which you could spray paint yellow and place into vases!  They could look like faux billy-button flowers!  

Idea found at: www.blackwhiteyellow.blogspot.com!

Ways To Save Money…

Posted in Ways To Save Money by Jaime on January 25, 2008

Hey you two…while it’s fun to look at pictures and get ideas, keep in mind weddings DO get expensive, so decide what’s most important to you and splurge on that.  Here’s a list I’ve compiled of ways to cut back and save money.  You’ll also save your sanity, and your parents’ too!  You can be budget savvy and still have the wedding of your dreams! 

1.  Order a SMALL fancy cake to show off at the cake table, but keep a large sheet cake in back to cut & serve to guests, they’ll never know, and you’ll save TONS on your cake costs!

2.  Having a Friday wedding is a great idea, so much less expensive than Saturday weddings!

3.  Use your bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces, just put them into vases on every other table, or use them to decorate your headtable by laying them towards the guests, or placing in vases as well.  This will save you TONS of money flowers and centerpieces!

4.  Want to decorate with candlelight?  Before you go and purchase 200 glass votive holders or hurricane vases, ask your reception venue if they have any to lend you.  Ours did, and we saved hundreds of dollars, because we were able to borrow them from our hall!  All we did was supply the actual candles, which I got for free by hosting a Partylite candle party!   Another great idea is to order your centerpieces after hosting a Partylite candle party, get them for free with your hostess credit you earn.  Ask your mom, Katie…she’s all about Partylite!  My friend did this, it’s such a great idea!

5.  When picking your menu, opt out on ordering dessert, and just use your wedding cake as the dessert instead!

6.  Also, when choosing your menu, offer both chicken and a vegetarian meal like pasta, something everyone will love.  Often times vegetarian meals like pasta cost less than meals with meat…and can be just as delicious!  Another thing to do is ask your venue if they have children’s meals you can offer your guests…those are also much less than “grown up” meals, and great for any kids attending your wedding!

7.  Three words.  Do-It-Yourself.  Otherwise known as “D.I.Y”, you can save tons of money by doing things yourself, such as tying your own favors, making your own bridesmaid gifts (cookies, personalized bags, etc.), and paying attention to Martha Stewart (www.marthastewart.com) to help you find other creative ideas to save money by making things yourself!  Also check out your local craft store, or go to www.save-on-crafts.com.   Don’t have the time or energy?  No worries, that’s what your bridesmaids and family are for!!!  I’m in! 

8.  Pick flowers that are local, and in season.  Splurge on your bouquet because you deserve it since you’re the bride and all, but have your bridesmaids each carry either one flower or 3…it’s still beautiful, and will save you a lot of dough!

9.  Interview, interview, interview SEVERAL vendors before choosing any.  Do your research, or ask me and I’ll do it for you.  I’ll even go to the interviews! lol It’s SO important to research and interview each vendor, as there is always the fine print at the bottom.  READ THE CONTRACTS before you sign, ask lots of questions and don’t book unless you get answers you’re happy with.  This is YOUR day.  It only happens once.  No sense in paying $20,000.00 for a so-called “amazing” photographer if they’re going to leave the wedding right after dinner.  That actually happened to one of my friends, she was devestated.  Also, barter with your vendors.  It never hurts to ask for a better deal.  They won’t always say yes, but sometimes they do!

10.  Pay as you go.  It’s easier to pay your vendors in monthly installments than it is to pay all at once the night of the wedding, plus it’s less stressful!  And it forces you to not spend that “extra money” laying around.  Most vendors are happy to work with you on this, they’ll take your money any time!  Ha ha.

11.  Instead of having a full open bar, why not offer a signature drink that you as a couple create (maybe in your wedding colors), and only serve that along with wine and beer.  Or, just serve wine and beer!   Instead of having a champagne offered all night, only offer it for the toast.  These options are perfectly acceptable at weddings.

12.  Do you really want to actually SAVE money?  Do what we did.  Live on Ramen Noodles and movie marathons, baby!  Your dough will add up REAL quickly if you’re not going out and spending it all! 

More money saving ideas to come…these are just a few to get you started.  Hope you found it helpful.  Happy planning!