Happy Friday! What are your plans for this holiday weekend? We’ll be joining some family friends at their house for an Easter brunch, but otherwise I think we’ll have a pretty low-key weekend. I’m working on some things for Snippet & Ink that I can’t tell you about just yet, but that’s probably going to be how I spend at least part of my weekend. The rest of the time I might have to finish The Hunger Games trilogy (you can admit it – I know I’m not the only one who is loving these books)…

by Duston Todd


And now, some links for your weekend!

We didn’t bring home a puppy yet, but I’m still drooling over Frenchies.

2000 suspended dandelions – magical!

Love the tables in this Hawaiian rehearsal dinner.

Inspired by Molly Jacques.

OK Go always has the best music videos, from my friend Ariella.

Vintage-style scrapbook from BHLDN.

These Nutella waffle sandwich cookies look like a delicious accident.

Get creative with wall tape (maybe for a ceremony backdrop?).

Glittery wire name signs.

Cheesecake filled Easter eggs that look like Cadbury cream eggs.

I hope you enjoyed all the budget-friendly inspiration boards these past two weeks – I’m always open to your thoughtful feedback, so please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts! And in case you missed any of them, you can find them all right here.


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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Mood: charming elegance
Palette: seashell pink and white

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Top row from left: Kate Spade “Nico” dress from Nordstrom, foldover clutch by Claire Vivier, save-the-date from Paperless Post, cocktails with drink stirrers from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: tulip-topped square cakes and scallop hors d’oeuvres both from Martha Stewart Weddings, glass candelabra from CB2, tulip bouquet from A Country Farmhouse
Row 3: pocket squares from Martha Stewart Weddings, grosgrain ribbon ring from Doyle & Doyle, art space from Airspace via The City Sage


The Idea:  Food is one of the biggest places to save in a wedding budget, which is why these inspiration boards have largely focused on alternatives to traditional sit-down dinners. Today’s board presents the idea of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as an elegant way to make nice with your wallet.

The Paper:  Though I think formal invitations are appropriate and appreciated, digital save-the-dates are perfectly acceptable and a great way to save money. Paperless Post offers a number of charming designs, some of which are even free (their pricing system seems unnecessarily confusing to me, but bottom line is: they have attractive, customizable options at affordable rates).

The Fashion:  “Bridal alternative” is basically a term for a white dress that doesn’t cost as much as most wedding gowns, and lots of department stores carry them. All I know is, it’s a great option if you’re willing to think outside the box when it comes to traditional wedding wear, like with this adorable Kate Spade dress for $468. Bella Bridesmaid is another great place to look for less expensive bridal gowns. This gives you a little wiggle room for fun accessories like a chic foldover clutch from Claire Vivier for $156 (that you can definitely use again!).

The Decor:  Candles are a beautiful way to light a room, and they can be significantly cheaper than flowers. If your venue allows, decorate the room with glass candleholders from CB2 for a modern look – the one pictured here is only $20, and can double as a gift for your bridal party.

The Flowers:  When Ryan and I had our civil ceremony at City Hall the day before our church wedding, my cousin’s partner brought me a beautiful bunch of white tulips to carry that she had picked up at the grocery store that morning. If a professionally designed bouquet isn’t a priority for you, opting for whatever’s in season (and available at your local market) and tying it together yourself is one way to help out your budget (this is especially true if you have lots of bridesmaid who will also be carrying flowers). Let pocket squares take the place of boutonnieres, and double as groomsmen gifts – you can find some for under $20, or if you’re the crafty type, you can make them yourself with a favorite fabric.

The Food:  As with a dessert reception, as long as your guests know what to expect, and the reception is held in between meal times, it’s perfectly okay to serve passed hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal. Small bites are also a way to include more expensive ingredients that might be cost prohibitive in an entree, such as scallops or truffles. If your caterer and/or venue allows you to BYOB, find out if you’ll be able to return unopened bottles to the store – why pay for what people don’t drink!

Other Details:  As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of easy DIY projects. The drink stirrers in this board are made by simply folding a piece of washi tape over a wooden skewer to create a cute little flag. Easy peasy! Make enough to adorn all drinks, or just a signature cocktail.


Today’s the last day of this budget-friendly series. I hope you’ve enjoyed them! I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section – did you enjoy these inspiration boards? Were they helpful to you? Do you have some budget-friendly tips that I missed?


If you like this budget-friendly inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #184: Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres
Board #276: Keep It Simple
Board #355: Apricot and Rose Gold


Bella Bridesmaid is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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If you have your heart set on a totally unique engagement ring, then you will definitely want to sneak a peek at the one-of-a-kind vintage pieces available from Erica Weiner Jewelry. It’s not easy to find the perfect antique ring, but Erica Weiner does the work for you, scouring markets around the world and hand-selecting jewels to share on their website. Here are just a few of my favorites from their wedding collection (I especially love the two with the Georgian diamonds)…

I wear a 1920’s cocktail ring next to my wedding band, so perhaps I’m a bit biased, but I’d say that a vintage engagement ring is such a beautiful way to express your unique style! In addition to engagement rings, Erica Weiner Jewelry also carries unusual accessories like earrings made from antique hat pins and rhinestone dress clips, as well as items priced perfectly for bridesmaid gifts. See anything that you just have to have? Which vintage pieces are your favorites?


This post sponsored by Erica Weiner Jewelry.

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Mood: jitterbug and soda pop
Palette: cherry red, whipped cream

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Top row from left: retro-inspired invitation by Ello There, cherry cocktail from Tartelette, vintage paper honeycomb bells, soda fountain kiss photo by Megan W
Row 2: cherry cupcakes by La Ciliegina Sulla Torta, simple white bouquet with red striped ribbon photo by Angela and Evan via Delightfully Engaged, lemon meringue pie from Martha Stewart, In-N-Out burger photo by Jonathan Canlas
Row 3: red dahlia centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage Coca-Cola bottles photo by 1313 Photography via Southern Weddings, bride and groom at jukebox photo by Megan W


The Idea:  With a fifties  theme, it makes sense to wear a short dress, serve burgers, and decorate with paper bells… just so happens those are all budget-friendly ideas!

The Paper:  Etsy is an amazing resource for all kinds of things, including charming and affordable wedding invitations. One of my favorite vendors is Ello There, and their vintage record sleeve invite would be perfect for this wedding theme (at $6.50, it costs a little more than the one pictured in this inspiration board, but for such a custom look I’d say it’s a steal!).

The Fashion:  Go retro and save! Scour vintage shops (Meg found her dress for $250 at the last minute!), sites like Posh Girl Vintage and Mill Crest Vintage, or Etsy shops like The Vintage Studio and Salvage Life. Or you could go vintage-inspired with a new dress from Dolly Couture or, if you’re splurging, Stephanie James Couture. And how about a sassy ponytail that you can DIY?

The Decor:  If you can find a fifties-style diner for your retro reception, then you’re all set! If not, dress up the space with inexpensive honeycomb bells, paper garlands, and tissue fans for a perfectly vintage look.

The Flowers:  Monochromatic arrangements deliver a visual punch, and can be created with any number of less expensive flowers. Find cylinder vases or drinking glasses on the cheap at Jamali Garden Supply or IKEA. For your bouquet, the same trick applies: bunch lots of inexpensive flowers of one color, and tie them when a bold striped ribbon.

The Food:  Burgers and fries are a great way to keep costs down, and they’re a perfect fit for this fifties-themed wedding reception. Find out if local burger joints will cater – they may even have a cute food truck to bring to your venue! Soda in glass bottles adds a touch of nostalgia, and diner-inspired desserts (like lemon meringue pie and chocolate layer cake) will be cheaper than a traditional wedding cake.

Other Details:  Small details like striped paper straws add a fun retro touch, and are only $6 for a box of 144 from Sur La Table. Something to consider is a vintage jukebox rental. In addition to a DJ or band, it’s a fun detail that your guests will love, and in place of other music, it’s a budget-friendly way to play some golden oldies.

It might not be the most formal wedding, but I do love this playful vintage look. What do you think? Want more budget-friendly ideas? Click right here!


If you like this budget-friendly inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #356: Fiesta Means Party
Board #186: Casual Dinner
Board #274: Playful!

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Mood: laid back garden party
Palette: poppy red, grass green, paper white

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Top row from left: vintage seed packet save-the-dates from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of Saja wedding dress by Jose Villa, potted geranium and butterfly escort cards both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: Post Office with flowers photo by Meg Baisden, cocktail photo by Simply Jessie via Elizabeth Anne Designs, sweet pea bouquet and red poppy dress both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: rubber stamped invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper, geranium boutonniere by Chelsea Fuss for Once Wed, picnic lunch from Martha Stewart Weddings, strawberry buttercream cake via Whisk Kid


I’ve said it before, and it’s still true: in an alternate universe, my wedding would have been a picnic wedding. For this inspiration board, I imagined a picnic lunch for garden lovers – perfect for a spring or summer party.

The Idea:  Choose a lovely garden venue during warm-weather months, and invite guests to a relaxed picnic wedding.

The Paper:  Get creative with rubber stamps! There are some great tutorials over on Oh So Beautiful Paper of ways to use custom and pre-made stamps, and if you’re feeling really crafty, you can use them to create butterfly-silhouette place cards or save-the-dates. The other idea here that I love is to incorporate vintage seed packets into your stationery, or maybe as favors? They really set the tone for a retro-inspired garden party. A Google image search will turn up seed packet printables, or you can find the real thing on eBay or Etsy.

The Fashion:  This pretty chiffon dress by Saja is only $810, and would be especially lovely paired with a sun hat. Ruche also has a brand new bridal line full of beautiful budget-friendly dresses, and I think the Tiffany would be perfect for a picnic garden wedding.

The Decor:  Nothing makes an impact quite like a beautiful venue. Choose a local community garden, park, or perhaps the lovely backyard of a friend or family member, and let the surroundings do most of the work – if the venue is lovely on its own, you’ll save on decor. (Something else to keep in mind is that a daytime, outdoor wedding will result in photos with gorgeous natural light…)

The Flowers:  If you’re so inclined, potted flowers are an inexpensive way to decorate picnic tables – red geraniums are bright and cheery, but you can choose whatever is in season at your local nursery. Let them double as gifts and send them home with bridal attendants! You can also snip off a bloom and some leaves to create a simple boutonniere.

The Food:  Dress it up or down, a picnic reception is a unique idea that can save big. Whether you DIY or have it catered, a picnic lunch can be made ahead and doesn’t require an on-site kitchen. Set up a buffet of sandwiches, salads, and sodas, or pack individual lunch boxes or baskets with some of your favorite goodies. Here’s a great article that Jordan created for Project Wedding on how to DIY a picnic lunch. Ask friends and family to bring favorite desserts for an easy sweets buffet (this is also a great way to include people who want to help out).

Other Details:  Even if picnic tables are available, picnic blankets are nice to have around for guests who’d prefer to lounge on the grass. My mother used to paint roses on moving blankets for cheap (but attractive) picnic blankets, and Kathleen has a great tutorial on this exact idea right here, using a drop cloth from Home Depot to create a cute picnic blanket for under $7.

What do you think about a picnic wedding? Would you consider having this type of reception? For all of my previous budget-friendly inspiration boards, click HERE!


If you like this budget-friendly inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #279: Picnic in the Park
Board #277: Garden Party
Board #433: A Purple Picnic

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