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10 Real Weddings Planned on a Budget

If you’ve ever thought working with a tight wedding budget means sacrificing all sense of style, I invite you to think again. Because, believe it or not, we’ve managed to round up 10 budget-friendly affairs that are out to prove that “handmade” can be oh-so-chic. Thanks to our fabulous contributors we’ve got weddings from all corners of the blogosphere, and the pretty parade starts now.

Budget Beautiful Real Weddings
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DIY Floral Beach Cruiser

Beach cruisers make me happy but beach cruisers decorated with the prettiest florals? Those have me doing high kicks. We first fell in love with this floral infused bicycle here and have since been dreaming of crafting a get away bike of our very own. The Little ThingsSweet Annie Floral Design and Ruth Eileen Photography came to the rescue with this simple DIY that will leave you doing high kicks and maybe even a few jazz hands too.

From The Little ThingsA custom, floral laden beach cruiser just might be the ultimate “getaway vehicle” for any beach celebration, and they’re easier to put together than you may think! Be prepared for envious stares as you’re riding off into the sunset on your own personalized floral beauty!


Beach cruiser
Blank hanging sign
Squeeze paint
Flowers with thick, sturdy bases, such as roses, dahlias, carnations, zinnias
Floral clippers
Floral wire, clipped into 6” pieces
Zip ties


step-1  Start with an awesome beach cruiser- preferably one that you grabbed off of Craigslist and fixed up to suit your color palette (like we did)!

step-2 Use your squeeze paint to write something simple and sweet on your hanging sign, such as “hitched,” “Mr. and Mrs.,” or “forever.” Be sure to practice writing with the squeeze paint first!

step-3 While your sign is drying, place your basket on the bike and secure it with zip ties. Fill your bike basket with florals until it’s bursting at the seams, and use another zip tie (or floral wire) to hang your sign.

step-4 Take your flowers out of water and clip them so only the base of the flower remains. Thread the floral wire through the base of each flower.

step-5 Take your wired flowers and place them up against the wheel spokes, starting from the inside of the wheel and working outward. Wrap the wire together and around the spokes as needed so the flowers are affixed and will stay in place throughout the day.

step-6 Once complete, clip off any extra floral wire peeking through, and you’re finished and ready to ride off in the best beach cruiser ever!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Design And Concept: The Little Things | Venue: Beach

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Bali Garden Party-Inspired Wedding

When it came time to pick a wedding venue Georgie and Tim wanted something special. A place not only beautiful - trust me, the Amanusa Resort fits that bill – but also somewhere layered with meaning. In a nod to the Bride’s Indonesian roots and desire for a garden party vibe, they settled on a Bali-set wedding designed by Asmara Weddings and captured by Thomas Stewart. See the whole day here. 


From The Bride…Georgie and Tim met at work, in an advertising agency in Sydney. As Tim was leaving the company he decided it was about time he asked Georgie out. She said yes and a year later they went traveling through Europe and South America for six months and moved to New York, where they got engaged. Georgie always wanted to go on safari for her honeymoon so Tim filled their apartment with inflatable zoo animals and asked her to go to Africa with him.

We wanted to get married in a place that would not just mean something to us on the day but in the future as well. Georgie’s mum is not only Indonesian, but her mum and dad have just moved to Bali. We wanted a garden party style venue and when we saw Amanusa, it was easy decision. Plus, it’s Bali.

Planning the wedding was interesting to say the least! We planned the whole thing from the States, with the exception of a 4 day trip to Bali. During this time, we also changed jobs and moved to the other side of the States 6 months before the wedding. When you are doing so much via email and Internet searches you really have to trust the people you are working with. 

When they tell you the day goes fast, they are not lying. I think we were both quite taken aback on the day. To have so many loved ones there for you and to see this event you have been planning everyday, actually happening, even better than you imagined, it was almost too much. Someone described a wedding day to us as being like a soldier returning home from war. You can do no wrong. It’s your day to be a hero, so stop for a moment and take the whole thing in.

From Thomas Stewart…Georgie and Tim’s wedding was just epic. I’ve never seen a venue as incredible as Amanusa; at night, the reception looked like a scene straight out of a fairy tale. Despite the heat and crazy humidity, and even despite some random lighting problems during speeches, the day was a huge success. I loved Georgie’s incredible Jenny Packham gown which was super elegant; I also loved the venue styling. The Balinese love their styling!

Photography: Thomas Stewart | Event Planner: Asmara Weddings And Events | Cake: BuzzBakeHouse | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Nine West | Rings: Equinox Jewelers; Portland, OR | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Hair Stylist: Yuni At La Fausta Salon | Band: Martini Club Sydney | Groom's Shoes: Saint Laurent | Groom's Suit: Tom Ford | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Amanusa Resort | Earrings: Nadri Jewelry | Florist / Stylist: Gloriosa Flower House | Stop-Motion: Anna Blackman

15 Reasons to Choose a Fall Wedding

With summer’s fade to fall, weddings amongst the golden leaves are officially on the horizon. And with that comes rows of candles, woven blankets, mugs of cider, and a million other details that speak to this cozy time of year. Still deciding if a fall wedding is for you? We’re about to count down 15 reasons that’ll easily sway your decision…without a pumpkin or gourd in sight.

Fall Wedding Inspiration
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