DIY weddings cut costs, not cornersWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Win a $14,000 ‘Running of the Brides’ bridal package
Toledo Free Press Star will give away a bridal prize package estimated at $14,000. The package coincides with Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides in Cleveland on Aug. 27. One winner will receive a stay at the Cleveland Marriot East, across from Filene’s Basement, and a gift certificate to purchase a dress at the Running of the Brides. The winner will also receive breakfast for two at the River City Grille in Cleveland.
In addition, the winner will receive free bridal makeup and hair from David Broadway Salon & Spa; a free bridal bouquet from Bumble Floral & Gifts; free bridal consultations from Crowning Celebrations; a free engagement photo session with Decisive Moment Photojournalism; a complimentary $200 cake from Cherry Lane Cakes; and chair covers from Meredith Party Rentals. The Blarney Bullpen will offer a complimentary location for the Bride’s Choice of a rehearsal dinner, couple’s shower, day-after brunch and present opening or a reception based on the wedding party size.
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Brides and grooms looking to cut costs, or for ways personalize their wedding are turning to do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.
“Creating a lot of things yourself adds a personal touch and you get exactly what you want,” said Jessica Ciesler, an area DIY bride.
Ciesler and her husband made their own center pieces, unity candle, guest book, programs and ring-bearer pillow for their May wedding.
Ciesler found ideas she really liked and thought of ways to change them into her color scheme or hot pink and navy, she said.
“Every idea is possible within your cost you just have to figure out how to do. Then cost isn’t always an issue,” Ciesler said.
Ciesler said her one-stop-shop was pretty much Michael’s Arts & Crafts.
“Michael’s had everything — the ribbon for the programs and unity candles, the floating candles for the center pieces,” she said.
Ciesler said the programs turned out to have huge savings printing at Kinkos.
Alana Woods-Stockard, of Toledo, planned her July wedding at a local metropark.
“I was the ‘frugal bride’; everything was on a super budget,” Woods-Stockard said.
Wood-Stockard looked at websites and read lots of magazines to find what were popular wedding trends, she said. Then she began searching for ways to have those trends.
Woods-Stockard bought many of her decorations from Oriental Trading and found her wedding dress on Craig’s List.
Most of Woods-Stockard’s decorations were pre-made, but some had minimal assembly.
Her biggest difficulty was setting up everything in one day, since her wedding was at a pavilion in at metropark, she said.
“You have to be really efficient and a good manager to get everything worked out and do what you have to do to get done,” she said.
“It was stressful, but fun.”
Future bride Kim Hancock, of Toledo, is currently working on DIY projects. The bride is making her flowers and invitations.
“It seemed easier and a lot cheaper,” she said.
Hancock searched online and found flowers she liked, then went to the different crafts stores for them, she said. She also went to Hobby Lobby and purchased wedding invitations and then added ribbons to jazz them up, Hancock said.
“It’s a more hands on approach. You have a lot more control,” Hancock said. “As long as you have the time and patience to do it it’s a much better experience.”
The biggest piece of advice the three brides have for fellow DIY brides: Don’t spread yourself too thin. The trio said to ask family and friends for as much assistance as possible and not wait until the last minute to do projects.
Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have dedicated wedding sections for DIY brides and grooms.