Wedding Wonderland: Wedding Planning Tips For The DIY Bride

Wedding Dress on a Budget!

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Wedding Snap

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Finally! Someone thought of a way to get all those wedding photos from your guests' phones so that you don't have to spend hours trying to track them down later. Check it out!

Wedding Snap

Here Comes the Bride... and the Groom?

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Lately I have been thinking about the traditional wedding processional, which includes the bride escorted down the aisle by her father who "gives her away". I got to thinking that maybe that's not the only way to do it, especially since nowadays brides are being given away by their mothers and all sorts of other relatives (even pets).

What about brides who don't feel like they are necessarily a possession to be given back and forth in the first place? I say, why not walk down the aisle with your husband to be? I have seen it done in a few weddings and I think it's marvelous.

What do you think? Have you seen any other interesting processionals?

Card Box Ideas?

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I just saw this article about things to do with your wedding card box when the wedding is over... video game controllers works if you are a gamer, but I am sure there are dozens of other cool ideas. What unique use did you find for your card box?

Weddings on a Budget

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Here's a great article for couples on a tight budget! How I Did It: Held a 100-Person Wedding for Under $4,000

With good time management, you will be able to fit in all the necessary steps to get yourself feeling relaxed and beautiful before your wedding day. Don't forget to work in these tasks to keep the stress level low:

The month before the wedding, get a hair cut and make an appointment to practice your wedding day hair style. You may also want a facial to give you a healthy glow!

To save money, go to a department store for a makeup demo and purchase any products that you might like/need to DIY for the wedding day.

If you are going away on your honeymoon to a sunny location, be sure to get a base tan so as not to burn early on in the vacation, causing you pain or discomfort for the rest of the time!
The week before the wedding, definitely make time for a massage and a pedicure or manicure. Go to bed EARLY the night before your wedding. Trust me... this is key.

Tea Staining Wedding Items

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Here's an age-old trick for giving wedding related fabrics and other items a vintage or antique look... tea staining is relatively easy if you have time, patience and a bunch of tea bags! Click here for the do-it-yourself instructions.

Paper Lantern Decor How-To

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Offbeat Bride featured a great article about how to create wedding decor with cheap paper lanterns by jazzing them up with arts and crafts... check it out!

It doesn't get much more bohemian than tricking your guests into attending your wedding by telling them they are going to a graduation party! Read more about the Facebook mogul's very private wedding day on Offbeat Bride...

Roll Out the Red Carpet

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Talk about a grand entrance! Alive Entertainment, a locally owned and operated business, is now offering their red (and other colors!) carpet services to Capital Region couples. If you are looking to jazz up your wedding reception with a Brangelina vibe that is funky and fresh, I suggest contacting them for a consultation. They even offer Papparazzi-style photography that will step up the wow factor for your guests. Go big or go home, right?

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Stacy LaCombe-Kraft

Stacy LaCombe-Kraft is a special events coordinator located in Schenectady, New York. She specializes in wedding day coordination and nonprofit fundraisers in the Capital Region. She holds a B.A. in Event Design & Production. For more information about Stacy's coordination service for DIY brides as well as helpful bridal resources, please



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