Country Wedding On A Budget

Country Wedding On A Budget

Want to have a beautiful outside country wedding but think you can’t afford it? Here’s a few tips to help you through!

Many barn wedding venues look beautiful but even the cheapest can cost thousands simply to use the property and that’s without a single decoration, table, or the food. We have our own small farm so we used it and dressed it up. These tips can be used to do it all yourself at your own place or it’ll save you a bundle after spending the money to rent a venue!

We started by clearing the field and getting spools from the local electric company (FREE I might add, we just went and picked them up. Call early as they are sporadically available, so try and plan ahead) and used them for tables. There were several sizes so we used them as seating tables as well as cake and present and drink tables! Some were tall enough we put them around the perimeter and some people liked to use them to stand around!


Backdrop for the Ceremony

Next we made the backdrop for the ceremony. We were using the barn but needed to dress it up a bit. This was a fall wedding so we incorporated sunflowers into a burlap wreath. To make it the large scale we wanted and so it would be heavier than the normal wreath to hang and help us shape properly, we used chicken wire and doubled it over. We then took Burlap Ribbon (easily found at craft stores for $1.00-$5.00 per roll) and intertwined the holes in the chicken wire. Put in some sunflowers and you have a simple but eye catching backdrop for an overhead backdrop. Bales of Hay and pumpkins and one of the larger spools set up with a unity candle finishes off where the bride and groom will stand and take their vows!

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Dance Floor and Presentation Area

Next we built our own dance floor. Find level ground then use Particle board and 2×6’s screwed together in any dimensions that will accommodate your number of guests. Bales of hay around the perimeter holds the 2×2’s to string the lights on (it always helps to have cute little helpers with the lights) and the hay bales double as seats for spectators who want to be close to the action! We had a friend we hired who is a DJ, so that’s where we spent our wedding allowance in addition to the dress of course! 

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Centerpieces and Signs

Next we made centerpieces and signs! We took a small tree and cut it into slices then used a simple wood burner tool to make the bride and grooms initials. We repurposed some different shaped beer bottles and painted them wedding colors (purple and white here) and used them for simple flowers and wheat stalks. Repurposed wine bottles were used as candle covers. We used a glass cutter and took the bottoms off the bottles and used a citronella votive to help at night when the mosquitoes are out. The sign was just a piece of particle board painted with whatever message you want…for this one Here Comes The Love Of You Life. It can be made small enough to be carried by one person but we had 2 so we used a pole through the top!

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Goody Bags and Cake

Next instead of the usual birdseed or bubbles we made a goody bags instead and we had them available for guests at the end of the meal line as we also had a bonfire pit available after the sun went down. We used Sending You S’mores Love as the theme as Smores are a great idea to make outside at a bonfire. 1 Pack was 2 smores and we simply printed and cut the tags on our home computer as well. The wedding cake was made by a friend of ours. Always price your local bakeries but also as around your area for some folks who might do this as a hobby. By all means be sure you get samples and see pictures and don’t just take someones word for it. The level of skill for the cake you want for your big day makes alot of difference in price too.


Bouquets and Tutus!

The bouquets we made from a local supermarket and plant stand with sunflowers and some accent flowers. We used a spool of flower tape and ribbon to keep them spun tight and beautiful! For the flower girls we dyed the shirts/onsies ourselves to be sure we got even colors for the 3 of them. Next we make them tutus with some elastic bands and tulle! 



Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Bridesmaids got to go pick their own style dress as long as they got the same fabric and color. So the bride made it easy. These bridesmaids paid as little as $25 for their dress, but by having the option to pick whichever style they wanted as long as they stayed with the same fabric and color let them spend as little or as much as they wanted. For the groomsmen, the only thing they spent money on was a white long sleeve button up and a purple tie. The vests were rented for $8 each! The little boys simply wore white button ups with their jeans!



Feeding the Crowd

BBQ is always a cheap way to feed alot of people! You can crock it and do it yourself or its pretty cheap to cater in as well. Chips and Beans are easy peasy as well. We used Mason Jars with lids and straws. Using plastic cups is cheap too, but we opted to do these in case it was windy so they didn’t blow away when they were getting empty!

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The Final View

The finished product! We used folding chairs and had everyone bring theirs from the ceremony area over to use at the tables. It was super fabulous both day and night!

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Dance Floor Fun

And the crowd danced into the night! 


The Best Wedding Ever….Keep It Simple!

The Wedding Party! A beautiful country wedding for less than $500!!!!





7 Bridal Shower Games The Girls Will Love

7 Bridal Shower Games The Girls Will Love

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Bridal showers are one of those parts of the wedding experience that the bride gets to enjoy with her best gal pals. Usually a little more tame than a bachelorette party but still just as fun! My maid-of-honor when all out for my bridal shower which was an Alice in Wonderland theme and we had such a wonderful time. We also played some fun games that were really great ice breakers for those that didn’t know the others before meeting at the party. So with that in mind I thought I would write a post for any of your Bridal Shower party throwers out there that are looking for some fun Bridal Shower Games to include in your party! Let’s check them out! Continue reading “7 Bridal Shower Games The Girls Will Love”

7 Bachelorette Party Games To Get The Party Started

7 Bachelorette Party Games To Get The Party Started

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So you have decided to throw your best gal pal a Bachelorette Party huh? How fun! Who doesn’t love a night out (or in!) with some of their best friends celebrating a bride? I know I do. I know as a Bachelorette party planner you want to make sure everything is perfect, and I’m here to help with some fun party game ideas that is sure to make sure everyone is having a great time. Let’s check them out! Continue reading “7 Bachelorette Party Games To Get The Party Started”

5 Great Groomsmen Gifts (That They Will Actually Use!)








5 Great Groomsmen Gifts (That They Will Actually Use!)

5 Great Groomsmen Gifts

If you are having trouble choosing groomsmen gifts you came to the right place. You want to give your groomsmen gifts that they will actually use, not something that is going to get thrown in a drawer and forgotten about just days after your wedding. Putting a bit of thought into each gift, you can find something that will be perfect for all of your groomsmen.

Here are 5 great groomsmen gifts that they will actually use.

1.If you have a groomsman that is a high roller or just loves going to the casino, you can hit the jackpot by buying them a really nice Poker set that comes in a high quality wood box or a fancy casino set that incorporates a few different casino games. They will use it for years to come.
2.Maybe one of your groomsmen is a wine or beer connoisseur. Get them a subscription to a wine or beer of the month club for a year. You can give them a set of monogrammed beer mugs or wine glasses to go along with the subscription. Every month when that delivery comes, you will be thought of and your wedding will be remembered fondly.
3.Cuff links can make a great gift, but you don’t have to buy the same exact pair for each of your groomsmen. Try to choose a pair of cuff links that mean something or are personal. If your groomsman loves Superman movies, get him Superman cuff links. There are a very wide variety to choose from these days with everything from really classic and elegant ones to funny cartoon characters and superhero logos. Truly something for everyone!
4.The Spa is not just for women! Pamper your groomsmen with certificates for a spa day complete with massages. They will be in Heaven and will definitely enjoy this relaxing gift idea.
5.Engraved watches make a great groomsmen gift. Depending on the style of each groomsman in your wedding you can choose either a pocket watch or wrist watch. Have them engraved with a special quote and the date of your wedding for a timeless, elegant gift.
It might seem hard to choose gifts for the groomsmen in your wedding, but it doesn’t have to be. You can give really awesome gifts that your groomsmen will absolutely love. Use an idea from my 5 great groomsmen gifts that they will actually use and your gifts will be perfect!

5 Bridesmaid’s Gifts (That They Will Actually Love!)



5 Bridesmaid’s Gifts (That They Will Actually Love!)

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When you are planning your wedding, you put a lot of thought into everything, especially who you are going to ask to be your bridesmaids. It should go without saying that you put just as much thought into choosing their gifts. We have all heard the horror stories of the ugly bridesmaids dress or a really cheesy gift that the bride gave the bridal party. Being a bridesmaid can be a lovely occasion or a nightmare. 

Make it a dream come true for your bridesmaids with these 5 bridesmaid’s gifts that they will actually love.

1. Every woman needs a little bit of self pampering sometimes. Give your bridesmaids a lovely gift that will allow them to pamper themselves after the big day is over. Make each set unique and customized to the bridesmaid it is for. A scented candle, bubble bath, lotion, bath pouf and body spray in each person’s favorite scent and colors makes a perfect gift that your bridesmaids will actually use and love. You can also add their favorite perfume and put it all together in a nice tote bag that you know they will use again and again.

2.Being a bridesmaid can be quite expensive. Between the dress, accessories, shoes and travel, it can be costly. One of the best gifts you can give your bridesmaids is to help with those expenses. Buy all or part of their outfit, pay for a hotel room or car rental or anything else you can do to ease some of the financial burden. You can then give each bridesmaid a small trinket or gift at the time of the wedding.
3. A piece of jewelry can be a perfect gift for your bridesmaids, but try stick to classic jewelry that has a special meaning to each of them. Put thought into each piece and select it with the recipient in mind. Don’t get anything too flashy (unless the bridesmaid loves flashy stuff, of course) because you want them to be able to wear it anytime for any occasion.
4.A year’s subscription to a box of the month club is an awesome gift that all of your bridesmaids will adore. Don’t subscribe to the same one for all of them, always make the gift as special and personal as you can. There are so many out there, you will have no problem choosing the perfect one for each bridesmaid and they will look forward to it coming in the mail each month.
5. Book them a spa facial, along with manicures, pedicures and their hair done the evening before the wedding. It’s a little bit of pampering that will have your bridesmaids looking and feeling their absolute best when they walk down the aisle for you. It’s also the perfect way to spend some time together, have a champagne toast and laugh, take lots of pictures and create memories of your last night as a single woman!
You can give everyone the same type of gift or you can give each bridesmaid something completely different, just keep in mind you want to stay in the same price range for all of them. If you aren’t sure what gift to give your bridesmaids use one or more of my 5 bridesmaids gifts that they will actually love and your gifts will be a hit!

ABC’s of Marriage

A~Arrange to take a date night together weekly.

B~Be kind and treat your partner the way you want to be treated

C~Connect with your partner by spending a minimum of 5 minutes alone without the kids each day

D~Dream together. Share the dreams that you want to accomplish in this life.

E~Encourage each other daily.

F~Feelings Share your feelings, s/he’s not a mind reader.

G~Grow together by finding new things to learn.

H~Happiness breeds Happiness…it’s contagious so be happy.

I~I Love You say it often.

J~Joyfully do things for your spouse. Don’t do it for kudos, do it for yourself.

K~Keep the spark alive and kiss for one minute every day.

L~Love the life you’ve been given and the partner that you choose.

M~Manage your money because it is an important aspect of a happy marriage.

N~Notice the little things. Did you get a haircut today? Trust me they love that you noticed.

O~Object only when necessary (and not often!) 🙂

P~Promise your love.

Q~Quality time If you’re not spending time together start today.

R~Read  uplifting marital books.

S~Sex Have it frequently to reconnect.

T~Think before you speak and make your words thoughtful.

U~Unintentional Words still hurt. Say I’m sorry and move on.

V~Value time with your spouse (especially if you have kids).

W~Withholding sex should not be an option.

X~Xamine your relationship yearly and make new goals for your marriage.

Y~You should be taken out of the equation. You are now two. Work together for solutions.

Z~Zone Get into the zone together. It’s always more fun when you do things with your spouse.

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