In Decoration, Photography, Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm
Wedding guests are a little like small children who ignore their birthday present and spend hours playing with the cardboard box it came in – their interest is often not in what you’d expect. It’s the little, often inexpensive things that are remembered. You spend thousands on an expensive venue, and then people just remember that sweet thing you did with the hat clips or the seating plan board. Damn them. Unless, of course, you’re flat broke, have a cheap venue, cheap dress and cheap eats, in which case you’ll be happy they’re so easily pleased.
Here’s five ways to distract them with details:
1. Crazy table naming – do something special with your table names. Be it giant numbers, the names of your favourite films or, perhaps, all the places you had your best shags (“So daughter, why is our table called The Back of The Nissan Micra?”)
Giant table numbers
2. Giant balloons.
Giant white balloons fade any bouquet into paltry insignificance.
3. Chinese paper lanterns – each guest lets their off at the end of the evening. Watch them float away over the countryside (and hopefully not land in a tree, start a fire and land you in the dock on arson charges).
Fly me to the moon
4. Windmills, masks and fake moustaches. All are amusing when discovered at table settings, after a couple of glasses of bubbly. Then again, most things are amusing after a couple of glasses of bubbly.
5. Guest-generated photography. Disposable cameras on tables or a photo booth will create equal amounts of genius and terrible shots as well as the occasion rude photo of genitalia.
6. Sparklers – Even adults go gooey-eyed over sparklers
In cake on April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm
If you don’t fancy handing over a wild amount of crisp notes to a wedding baker, then a home made cake is the way to go. The secret is to avoid the traditional…
1. The Rainbow Cake – Cut through the white icing to reveal rainbow sponge. This is modern day genius.
OMG, simply the most awesome wedding cake on the planet.
Making rainbow cake
Find out how to make it here.
2. Big balloons, tiny cake. The cutting of the cake isn’t really about cake. It’s about drama. Create an exciting cake environment, and no one will notice the frugality of your actual cake.
Big balloons, tiny cake
3. No cake. Really, you wont spontaneously combust if you don’t have cake.
4. Sweetie Bar. Or, as the Americans say, a candy bar. You could sack off the cake, and have your photo taken opening the Sweetie Bar by cutting a ribbon with an ornate pair of scissors. It could be called The Opening of The Sweetie Bar Ceremony.
The Sweetie Bar a.k.a The Candy Bar
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In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys, Decoration, DIY, Flowers on February 23, 2009 at 11:41 am
After the enthusiasm for The Totally Cheapest Bridal Bouquets Ever, it seems time to release Part 2. Ladies, put those floral worries aside, here’s some alternatives to the classic bridal bouquet:
1. The dried flower bouquet – it’ll never wilt and you can put it together yourself weeks before. Imagine the aroma of lavender wafting down the aisle.
Californian based Lavender Fanatic
2. The origami bouquet – if you are blessed with endless patience, this could be a route for you.
A solution for brides who don't have jobs
3. The Wire Bouquet – This one’s more for the rock chick bride. Make it barbed wire if you’re really alternative.
wire bouquet for the 'hard as nails' bride
4. The Etsy bouquet – there’s always an alternative version of a bouquet on Etsy, which is an online marketplace for independent designers. Try The Storque for recent creations.
$105 for 24 silk roses, each with real branches
5. Balloons as your bouquet. Flower girls with miniature balloons? Whats not to like?
A bouquet of balloons
6. A fan. Blushing brides with fans are sexy, it’s a science fact.
7. Peacock feathers. A single one, or a fan of them.
In Confetti, Decoration, DIY on February 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Confetti shouldn’t cost a thing. It is simply daft to spend any money on something that is literally going to be tossed on the floor. Some people release doves, or blow trumpets. Okaaay. Here’s some confetti ideas that are as cheap as they should be:
1. Rice. The classic option. I’d say long grain easy cook is a winner.
2. Hole punch confetti.
Simply hole punch a lot of coloured card
3. Dried petals, stolen over a number of weeks from your local park. For kleptomaniac Londoners, Victoria Park has a marvellous rose garden.
4. Bubbles. Also, very eco. Just make sure they wont stain your dress.
5. Lavender rice.
6. Brightly coloured popcorn. Sweet, not salty. Again, be warned about staining your gown.
7. Birdseed. Very eco (ahem, cheap).
8. The big balloon release. Very grand, very un-eco.
9. White feathers. No need to add tar.
Or, blow the confetti budget on.... ostrich feathers
10. Leaves. Not sure about this one.