DIY Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub


So I saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to try it. Fabulous idea for my Christmas gifts this year, but what an AMAZING idea for DIY wedding favors! You need just a few things that you might already have around your house to make this super scrumptious peppermint candy cane sugar scrub! You will need sugar, coconut oil (or almond oil), peppermint essential oil and a few drops of raspberry (or other) juice for coloring. This was super easy and super fun. I am constantly seeing “Pinterest Fails” posted on facebook which are hilarious and I’m totally not crafty so I thought for sure I would be able to submit this project to “Craft Fail” or some other such site, but alas… great success!!! So because I discovered this idea less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and I’ll be traveling to see family soon, I did not … Continue reading

Weddings on a Budget: An All Day Affair

Real Weddings on a Budget

Planning a wedding a month out is no easy feat, but planning a budget wedding a month out would ruffle the tulle of even the most laid back bride. Michelle and Jim planned a beautiful wedding – an all day affair for 150 people and I was stunned to find out how quickly and wonderfully they pulled everything together. From DIY decorations to Michelle’s gorgeous dress purchased off eBay, this sweet couple brings new meaning to the words big wedding tiny budget.   Weddings on a Budget: Michelle & Jim Lockport & Orland Park, Illinois June 22, 2013   What was your budget? We originally said no more than $8,000 but it ended up being $9,000 Venue: The Public Landing Restaurant for the ceremony and brunch; My (bride’s) parent’s backyard for the reception. $2,900 included the ceremony space, linen rental, food and drinks for 80 – we got really lucky … Continue reading

Weddings on a Budget: Backyard Connecticut Wedding


Necie and Richard held their afternoon July wedding in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home in Connecticut. Centered around family and close friends with a guest list of 60 – it was the perfect backdrop for their intimate ceremony and reception. The bride’s two children played very special parts as ring bearer and flower girl, as well as participating in the ceremonial union by adding their own sand to the bride and groom’s “unity frame” – a symbol that they are now a united family. With a budget of $5,000 they incorporated in many super savvy budget saving ideas like getting their alcohol from Costco and having a friend DJ the reception. The gorgeous sunflowers were purchased as single stems and arranged by the bride and bridesmaid. They were also fortunate enough to get a fantastic deal on their photography through a friend. Dotted with personal touches throughout all … Continue reading

Cheap Wedding Rings

Best Deals For Your Bridal Buck Believe it or not, cheap wedding rings are fairly easy to find. Budget Brides are thinking out of the box to get the most ring for their buck in what is usually a very expensive wedding item. There are lots of different and non-traditional places to find your wedding rings at a great price: Online auctions - In my opinion, best source to save the most money on a ring purchase. Heirloom rings - In your family or his – Most of the time, FREE. Estate sales - You may stumble across a treasure for cheap. Wholesale Jewelers - Sometimes hard to find, but worth the hunt. Online merchants - Another fantastic budget saving source as they don’t have the overhead of a brick and mortar. Family Jeweler - If your parents or another relative have gone to a particular jeweler for a long time for all their jewelry or … Continue reading