Monday, June 20, 2011

Getting ready to day "I do!": Episode 1- How to plan a cost efficient wedding

Hello my beauty minions! I know, I know, you click on my blog expecting beauty goodness and instead you find not one, but two completely non-beauty related posts. For shame you say! However, I say, tis the season for proposals and wedding bells! And since I am one of those bells, I fully intend to impart ALL of my wedding knowledge on you; beauty related and non-beauty related. So, here are my tips for a cost effective, yet classy wedding.

  • Tip # 1: Relax. So what if one table linen is lighter than the rest or someone forgot the right shoes. You're  guests are there to celebrate your union, get free food, eat cake and dance. They could care less about everything being perfect. They are not going to sit there and critique a minor flaw in your decor. The more relaxed you are, the happier both you and your soon to be el hub are, as well as the rest of your wedding party.
  • Tip # 2: Make your own food. The three most expensive portions of a wedding are the venue, the dress and the food. A caterer will up the cost of your wedding $1-5000 depending on your guest count. Most caterer's will charge anywhere from $9-20 per plate, and rarely is the $9 plate worth spending money on. We estimated that for our 120 person wedding, it would have cost us upwards of $3000. However, we enlisted the bridal party, friends and any family in town a few days prior to the big day to take over 4 kitchens and whip up our food. We chose foods that can be made a day in advance and sit, without problem, and cook wonderfully. It will cost us roughly $400 to feed our guests a feast of  pineapple glazed ham, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, green beans, baked mac & cheese, 7 layer salad and baked beans; which is WAY more than you get from a caterer for WAY less.
  • Tip # 3: Make your own announcements and invitations, or purchase them from an inexpensive place. If you are crafty (or in my case know someone who is crafty) you can make announcements and invites for a fraction of the cost. My announcements ran just under $100 for 170, including postage. However, if you aren't crafty they have several pre-made kits where you just need to print the information on them yourself (or take them to kinko's) at places like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Target and Walmart. If those don't strike your fancy, David's Bridal and InvitationsbyDawn do invitations for fairly cheap, and they do the printing for you. This is how we are doing our invites and it's running a little closer to $250, not including postage; however you can save some money here by opting for black ink and non-lined envelopes.
  • Tip # 4: Use recycled wedding decorations. If you ever hit an Arc or Goodwill, chances are you will see 15 of the exact same hurricane or vase. Why? Because someone got married and didn't want to keep 8 million vases. You can pick these up for under $3 in most cases, or you can get various sizes and colors for an eclectic decor. We are using old milk-glass vases, filled with roses in my colors, as our centerpieces. They blend, but each vase is unique, which makes it fun. Also, have any friends that recently got married? If so, raid their leftovers, it'll save you hundreds.
  • Tip # 5: Use silk flowers for the bouquets. They are cheaper, resilient and there is no need to worry about wilting on the big day.
  • Tip # 6: If you want to book a restaurant/bar for a reception, pick a smaller one away from the main parts of town. These business owners love new business and will bend over backwards to have yours. You will be bringing in business that they normally do not get, since they are away from the places where people flock. I managed to get 3/4 of a restaurant, my own bartender, and 2 servers for free because I chose to move my reception to a smaller restaurant/bar and the owner was ecstatic to have an extra 100 people, who all want to buy booze.
  • Tip # 7: If they want booze, they can buy it. A dry reception will save you several hundred dollars, and several thousand in comparison to an open bar.
Well, my lovelies. Those are my new-found tried and true money saving tricks for a wedding. They have served myself, as well as my soon-to-be-hub well, allowing us to have a fantastic wedding with all of the bells and whistles for around $5000. Considering the average cost of a wedding now is $15-20,000, I think we did darned good. So, my young padiwans, go forth and prosper (yes, I did mix references on purpose. So, HA!).'s been awhile

Hello people of the interwebs. I know, it has been a LOOOOOOOOONG time since my blogging cohort or myself have posted anything. We are terrible people. We are sorry. However, we have had a lot going on. She was switched from part-time to full time at her job, while she was also taking college courses, then she had to move and got some new kitties that need love and are still adjusting to their new people-parents. So, needless to say, Heather did not and still does not currently have bloggy-time. She will post when able, but until then, you're stuck with just me *panic-striken face*.
   Now, on to where the heck I have been. Well, I was sucked into the vacuum of college much-ness. I, alas, could not find time to blog or make new videos between my 14 credit hours of upper-division science courses, work and wedding planning. However, now that the summer is upon me, even though I am working full time for the summer and wedding planning, I have much more time to dedicate to my 5 youtube followers and anyone who happens to stumble onto my blog. Yay!
       So, for a wedding update, for anyone interested I did do a video on  my youtube for DIY wedding announcements, and I plan to do a video on wedding make-up do's tomorrow afternoon. As for the rest of the wedding things, I have my dress fitting in a few weeks, the cake is ordered, we have decided on what food we're serving, we have decorations all planned and the only thing we're missing are the wedding invitations. Which, in all honesty, I wanted to go out a week and a half ago; but I promised Mike he could be in charge of the invitations. So, we are currently choosing between 3 final decision options and will be ordering them and paying for speed delivery so they can be out by Monday. This is one of those times where I'm glad I have a family where everyone knows everyone's business, since it allows me to not panic because everyone already knows when the wedding is and most people have R.S.V.P'd. That is all for now, but I will post again shortly. Tata!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I'm super excited and patiently awaiting Monday. For those of you who are unaware, Zoya decided to do a facebook promo and promised to give away 3 free full size bottles of nail polish to all of their supporters if they could get 20,000 people to "like" them on facebook. I, being the nail polish spaz I am, jumped on the chance. So now, it's december 30th and I already have my polishes chosen and in my cart while I patiently await Monday and the promo code. The colors I chose were Tallulah, Juno and Freja. Tallulah I fell in love with instantaneously. My fellow nail freak got a spoon of the color and it is the most perfect shade of Cerulean blue (my favorite color), so I HAD to have it. Now. Juno is an awesome purple-blue that is just....vibrant. It's phenomenal. freja is a steeley gun metal blue that is unique and I have nothing like it. Needless to say I'm terribly excited. I am awaiting Monday. =0(

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Spectrum Cosmetics Giveaway by Konad-licious!!

Hi guys, sorry it's been so long. School this semester was a beast and between 17 credit hours of class, work and wedding plans I completely failed at the blog-ness. I promise to overload you with blog-goodies while on break to attempt to make up for my failings. Anyway, that is not the point of this post. The point is that one of my very favorite bloggers, Mrs. Konad-licious, did a review of some awesome eyeshadows by Spectrum Cosmetics ( Spectrum makes natural mineral pigmets and the payoff is spectacular. Anyway, Konad-liscious is doing a giveaway with Erica from Spectrum Cosmetics for a free custom 7 stacker eyeshadow. The giveaway is through her blog ( ) and all details and giveaway rules can be found there. The giveaway goes until Jan 16th. So go, look, subscribe and good luck!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Eye of the day #1

So, I've decided that whenever I do an eye shadow look I dub particularly awesome, I shall post it for you. On top of that, if I have time, I will also do my best to make a tutorial for you folks too!! So, anyway, above is today's eye. I have dubbed it Magenta Madness!! It's using mostly MAC, and unfortunately, the colors I'm using are from previous collections and I'm not sure which are permanent. Anywho, I used the hello dolly quad (romping, stately black and yogurt) with the blue half of the she who dares duo. The liner is denim by prestige.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Youtube and update

Hello lovelies!! So, this is a quick update for you. I've posted a few new youtube videos, one of which is really cool neon eye look. I'm also planning to post a new eye tomorrow, but it's going to be a back to school gold and purple that's a tad more subdued. If you want to check it out, my account is TheAnomalousIzzie. Also, I believe I may have to go shopping soon. There are some MAC shadows that have caught my eye as well as OPI's swiss collection. When I say collection, I mean the whole darned thing. Anywho, more to come shortly!