Just because you are on a budget doesn't mean you have to settle for something inferior. As the markets are falling around us, banks are folding one after another, we are told the economies are going into recessions etc, it's natural that we should watch our pockets. But to sacrifice a lifetime event? It's painful. So let's be creative and DIY by minimizing effort, but maximizing your creative juices.

Take your own pictures, incorporate the content of the invite, do some arranging, print it into photocards and have it sent out. How cool and money-smart can we get? Found in Cheap Ways To.


...for our Wedding. How?

Remember how ilane showed how the shower party for the bridal couple can be in a movie setting? To continue the movie theme, present your guests movie tickets to attend the banquet. Perfect for movie buffs couple.

Found in Bliss Weddings.


My friend J is getting married next Feb and designing her own invite. She wants to make it truly unique but has no idea where to start.

For most of us, the first impression guests will form of your wedding is from your invites. That's why I think it is really important to create something that reflects the bride's & groom's personality and wedding theme.

I have found some beautiful invites for J (not necessarily for weddings). Hope these will serve as inspiration for you too.

~ Ilane

The ornate border, cursive writing and choice of colours makes this a very classic card.   

Colours are the easiest way to set a wedding theme particularly 'odd' combinations like red and aqua, chartreuse and purple, purple and silver. These eye-catching combinations are sure to make an impact!

Prints are another fun way to set the tone.

Seldom seen, 60' mod polka dots.

I like how this reminds me of old school pop corn holders way before there were any advertisements on it.

For avid golfers, here's an argyle invitation which will definitely be a talking point.

Yee Haw! Cowboy Western anyone?

For the glamourous couple. If you want to go the DIY route, look for rhinestone buckles and ribbons at Spotlight and wrap these around your invitations.

Quirky motifs. This is a love birds theme.

Abstract and Modern.

This is another favourite of mine. All the traditional elements but updated for current times.

And finally, we can all take a leaf from Eva Longoria's (Desperate Housewives) wedding Invitation. Her wedding was held in France, hence the Eiffel Tower. You can based your wedding invite on where he proposed, where your favourite vacation spot was, where the wedding will be held or even where your honeymoon will be. Though the honeymoon motif might be better saved for the Thank You cards.

All of the featured cards are available at Etsy with the exception of Eva Longoria's of course.


I don't remember what we call them as kids. Do they even have a name??! But more than a childhood game, this versatile origami piece can be converted into a wedding programme and trivia piece about the bride & groom.

This would be a cute talking point among your guests. You can make your own here.  ~ Ilane


How cute are these?!! They are available at Etsy. But you can make them yourself too. It's really easy. All you need is sturdy cardstock, a round cutter and steady hands.

Since my wedding is 4 weeks away (ahhhh!), I have a legitimate excuse to buy rather than make. On my day-of, I will ask the valet guy to hang these on my guests' rearview mirror as a sweet surprise.  ~ Ilane


Cinderella finally found her Prince Charming. They married and lived happily ever after. What's more fitting than to have seats designated just for Cinderella and Prince Charming? I found this in the portfolio from ImageGarden Photography.


Or were theatres your favourite paktor spot? Why not consider a movie-themed wedding then?

Throw a Popcorn + Martini party for all your girlfriends at The Screening Room. Book their private theatre, indulge in Sex and The City, chick flicks or slasher flicks and scream the house down.

After that, adjourn to the Rooftop bar with gorgeous views of the city and thrash the bride! Same for the bachelor. Though the choice of drinks and movies might be different. Or not. ;)

 While we are on Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, why not host a couple shower? Since the Jie Meis and Siong Dis typically don't run in the same circles, it would be a great chance for your bridesmaids to get to know your groomsmen.  And who knows, the Jie Meis can take the opportunity to suss the guys out and modify their door games accordingly! Just a thought.

For invitations, look for inspiration in the old school movie ticket or favourite movie poster. Bride on a budget? Ask around for a Poly graphic design student to customise an invitation for you.

And lastly, isn't a popcorn table number just a fabulous idea? Something to fill up the guests too as they wait for dinner to start. Can even personalise with your wedding photo shoots on the other side.

~ Ilane






You want to tell your guests when they arrive, Welcome to Our Wedding. All the more you want to make sure they feel assured that it is the right place, especially when it's a "hot" day and there's more than 1 bridal couple sharing the same hotel, same floor, ballrooms next to each other etc.

Short of pulling out a A4 size paper with names scribbled on it, take advantage of signages as decorations or even complementing your wedding theme.

Get a carplate made, involve it in your photoshoot, put it up as a signage for the dinner and after the event, put it up on the wall in your new love nest. Multi-Purpose!

My artistic sister drew a couple caricature for us for use on our Solemnization Day. She requested two pictures of us, used watercolors to give some texture feel, cut out pictures of roses and precious moments to give more layering effects. Our florist then put up the picture on the wall, with two richly coloured rose petals taped next to it. It drew marvels from our guests that day.

Wedding movie posters have been a rather popular sights in recent times. I guess the saying is that life is like a movie. And after all, weddings can be pretty egoistic. I spotted this arty poster that looks like some award-winning movie from Picturehouse in printpalette.


As part of sharing your joy with the guests, you might want to tell them about you and your life partner, how both of you go together, what are the desirable or undesirable stuffs about each other etc. Photo montages is a popular practice. For those who seek a more humorous, less geeky, cuter look, animations are recommended. Guests appreciate such entertainment and you have a memorable keepsake after the event. Animations is a channel of communication to your guests, keeping your wedding theme coherent and understandable.

Coffee & Tea Dreamworks offer 4 kinds of animation -  cartoon, head-toon, special and photo. Each animation lasts 3 to 5 minutes and follow a storyline that the bride and bridegroom will write to the producers at least 2 months before the presentation. The mascots are personalized and you get to select two songs for the animation.

For a DIY couple, the online DIY Love Story offers 2 types of cartoon animation, manga or chibi style and charges according to number of scenes. With the mascots done up by you yourself, you can even use it for posters at the event. Sweet.


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