Brides on a budget

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Oct 052014

Wedding Day

As we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week I took a moment to look back at our big day. I had only just moved to Australia and we were busy setting up house (as well as going through an expensive visa application) so we were a bit strapped for cash and planned our wedding on a tight budget. I wore a bargain USD $9 wedding dress, did my own makeup and a girlfriend did my hair, mother-in-law made the cake, an uncle performed the ceremony and that’s just the start. Some might find this a punishment but I actually loved the challenge, you all know how much I love hunting for the best buys!

With lovely Summer weather on the (far) horizon it won’t be long before wedding season kicks off. If you’re tying the knot this year it’s time to get your invitations ordered and in the mail and no, they don’t have to break the bank:

Pre-cut InvitesThe easiest way save on your invites is by making them yourself, it’s not as tricky as it sounds and the internet is full of wonderful pages to get inspiration from. You can grab your invitation paper or pre-cut cards, ribbons, invitation envelopes, seals and other decorations like lace, tape and studs from specialist stores like Paper Warehouse which will save you big bucks compared to ordinary stationery or craft shops.

Paper Warehouse stocks many of the big names in decorative paper e.g. Cristina Re, Paper Craft and Paper Chic at bottom prices so you get the designer look you are after without the designer price tag. Weddings are expensive enough as it is and by going the DIY route you can save some much needed extra cash to spend on other parts of your wedding.

DIY RibbonWe did a lot of our wedding preparations ourselves and while it (obviously) takes a bit more time than having someone else do it for you it is very rewarding and it allows you create something that is 100% you and suits your wedding perfectly. If you get some of your family and girlfriends together to help out it will cut down the workload and it is a great bonding experience, I have fond memories of our evenings spent wrapping wedding favours and writing envelopes.

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ElmiraIf you have a very large wedding party, are running out of time or are simply not a crafty person and prefer to let the experts do the hard work you can find an affordable range of pre-made wedding invitations at Invitation House. There are some really lovely styles to choose from: gold or silver, earthy tones or black and white, beautiful elegant wedding invitations or pretty beach wedding invitations, it’s up to you! Prices depend on the options and extras you choose, DIY packages are available for those wanting to save even more.

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Happy wedding planning!


Party! The ultimate kids’ party book

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Jun 162013

As a mum of four I have my work cut out for me with all those birthday parties and with four birthdays in August it really is time for me to get my wiggle on. I’ll admit that I wasn’t looking forward to all those celebrations but when I stumbled upon Party! The ultimate kids’ party book I felt a whole lot lighter straight away.

This amazing book might well become my kids’ party bible as it contains all the tips and inspiration you need to create the ultimate kids party. The book covers 10 popular party themes but you’ll soon see that you can easily use the ideas to build other themes on too. From invites to party food, from games to costumes and decorations, Party! The ultimate kids’ party book covers all aspects in the finest detail.

My personal favourites are definitely the ‘Under the Sea’ theme and the ‘Zoo Party’, one look at this book is enough to get anyone excited. If you click on the image above you can have a quick flick through some of the pages, the complete book has 172 pages full of party goodness on offer! At $24.99 Party! The ultimate kids’ party book is very well priced, if you have small children you will no doubt use it a lot so it is a great investment.

To find out more about Party! The ultimate kids’ party book ($24.99, published by Pan Macmillan) and to order your copy online visit