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Budget Resources #4 – DIY

Budget Resource of the Day: DIY Inspiration

If you don’t know, DIY stands for Do-It-Yourself and it has become quite the phenomenon in the wedding world.  It wasn’t until I was introduced to the ‘blogosphere’ that I discovered the true art of DIY and how to make it work for the big day.  Saturated with forums, journals, websites + plenty of how-tos, the internet is a wonderful resource to get inspired + learn from others. 

While DIY may have started out as a budget resource, it has quickly turned into much more.  The whole process can help you develop new skills and render an enormous feeling of satisfaction when you see your results. To me, this is worth far more than the money-saving satisfaction that comes with it.  It’s like cooking in the kitchen vs. eating out – you save money, build skills and enable self-expression.  {i guess this is my form of ‘cooking’ — sorry honey :)}

Whether you’re a reluctant bride reverting to DIY out of necessity or an avid do-it-yourselfer, these sites below will help you generate unique ideas and {hopefully} make the DIY process a little easier.

Love at first {web}site! iDiY {yes, another blog :)} is written by three women who, throughout their own wedding planning, “stumbled across dozens upon dozens of amazing sites that inspired [them] creatively” and now, they want to share their goodies with other DIY brides.  Full of tutorials, how-tos & free downloads you’re sure to fall in love too!

When I visited iDiY this morning, I was greeted with a delightful array of greens and yellows – reminiscent of a childhood lemonade stand. Complete with templates, this post is perfect if you plan to have a pre-ceremony lemonade-cocktail hour or are using the yellow/green hues for your wedding theme {so cute!}.


Another cute gift idea, handmade love for your BM’s!


bbuble bath - idiy

{a little bubble bath appreciation}

Like the idea of jumping on the DIY bandwagon now? Well, here, let me introduce you to this crafty little lady: Martha Stewart and her exclusive MS Weddings website.  With a brand new DIY Center, MS Weddings offers every DIY project you can imagine. My current fave: this Paper Garland Canopy  . . . so easy to add a pop of color to the ceremony!  No one does it quite like Martha 🙂


MS - paper canopy

Other resources: Check out my Real Wedding: Tori + Chad. Tori’s wedding was full of projects she created herself and you get to see how she used them throughout the ceremony and reception. Other great blogs are Budget Savvy Bride {forced to get creative on a small budget}, My DIY Wedding Day and Wedding Planning With Joy {check out her clay flowers}!   

I hope you enjoy these projects and resources as much as I do!

Take care . . . see you tomorrow!



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.::Marathon Month::.

Marathon Month

I’m declaring August as .::Marathon Month::.!

For the month of August, I will be posting every day Monday through Friday according to the theme of the week.  I will also attempt {key word} to post my regular wedding planning pieces to keep you up to date on my nuptial knick-knacks {and to keep myself on track!}.

Here is the month’s line-up:

Week 1 – Wedding Movie Reviews: I’ll sort through the wedding movie mania and do the dirty work for you {watch the movies :)} and relate to you real life bride and grooms (and parents!) alike.   Check out the blog this week for my take on Hollywood’s versions of the big day!

Week 2 – Yakima’s Unique Attractions: They do exist! And I really believe they’re worth checking out, what better way to impress your out-of-town guests!

Week 3 – Budget Resources: a must need for all bride and grooms!  I’ll take you through some of the {wonderful} resources I have found to hopefully help make planning your wedding a little easier on you and your checkbook!

Week 4 – Valley Deals: Each day this week, I’ll highlight area resources that are worth your buck!  

I hope you enjoy my first round of Marathon Month, I’d love anyone’s input or suggestions!



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