For obvious economic reasons, you decide to skip hiring the wedding planner. Faced with a enormous pile of tasks to do, either you pare it down to short and simple, or you get organized. Since this is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event, the reluctance to make it too simple will mean you better get proper organization.

Fret not. There are resources out there to help you get focused and systematic. You have your pick of pen and paper, software programme or good old simple Excel spreadsheet.

I first found this book in Wood Would at The Cathay. What I like about this book is the concept of togetherness, that a wedding is organized not by one but by two people. Both partners' opinions are to be written down in the book. Then, the book help the users to organize their thoughts through categories of budgets, guests lists, decorations, rings, timeline etc. A list of priorities is being built up via this method. No more haphazard mad rush, no more wastage of resources, no more post-buyer syndrome.


For the computer savvy people who have forgotten how to use pen and paper. iDO wedding by Elm Software.


ExtraOrdinary Weddings have created an Excel spreadsheet for budgeting. It's very simple to use and cater for almost all races and religions.

 
 

These are gorgeous cake stands but put some candies/mints in them, place them on your guest sign in table and you will have a sweet touch your guests will appreciate.

~ Ilane

 
 

A chic, simple statement of appreciation for the people in your life. For your bridesmaids or engrave yohusband's and your name for a classy necklace you can wear daily. Get the name of your friend's newborn initialed and present it as a one month gift. Comes in bracelet form too. Get it here.

 
 

It is almost a "must-do" ritual to toast during the wedding banquet. Champagne bottles are typically presented to you in a bucket of ice. Let's be more visual and enhance the presentation with roses.

"Now the groom and the bride will pour the champagne and let's toast together, wishing them a rosy future ahead!"

To make this, refer to Jonathan Fong Style.


 
 

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


 
 

Thrill your guests with some cutsie buttons of love. Put in more variety and have the guests scrambling for their favourite design. They can pin them anywhere. Singapore-grown Forestprints Design has created some of these lovely stuffs. I like the loveable luva owls.

 

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