Wednesday, April 02, 2014

B is for ...

No IWSG post from me this month, normal service will resume next month - unless being mega stressed about all the prep for our 'do' can be counted? - a month today! Eeek!

Budget - As mentioned yesterday our finances have taken a severe battering, so we had to look at as many DIY alternatives as possible - and in the process we probably saved thousands! The photo is of a standard wedding budget, but it gives you an idea of how you can make a huge difference, without losing style and individuality. Excluding the venue as that's a personal thing (a castle - I wish, when I win the lottery! or a scout hut) we have saved thousands!
Bridesmaids - So when we got married we had 2 of my best friends, Julie and Sandra, as adult bridesmaids and a flower girl who is a friend of the family. And now those 2 adults, much older, maybe not wiser, are joining us again, with Jeanette this time - Racal girls reunited! But Jeff has been referring to them as Oldsmaids, so you'll read all about them under 'O'.
Bunting - Two pairs of second hand curtains with a vintage print for a fiver and some bias binding. A few evenings in front of the telly cutting up 100's of triangles and you have yards and yards of pretty bunting for less than £20 :)
Bomboniere - The original gift, before favours become the in word. The idea was 5 almonds representing health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility. We still have the bomboniere we gave out at our wedding - dread to think what state the almonds are in now! Now, it seems anything goes. But you don't have to give them out, it's not obligatory :)


  1. Is that what those almonds are for? I used to see them at all the big fat Italian weddings I went to when I was a kid.

  2. I'm pretty sure those almonds will be fine in a thousand years :) Reflex Reactions We don't use bunting here but I love the creativity :)

  3. My wedding is in August and my fiance and I have been doing a lot of DIY projects for the big day. It's the best decision with tight pockets. We made the center pieces by hand and we did most of the other decorations by hand as well. To me, it makes the day a bit more special. I can't wait to see all of our hard work and how it complements the mood of our wedding day :)

  4. How cute is that notebook! I remember when I got married *too long ago LOL* was pricey then!
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  5. Love the notebook

  6. I love those almonds. I think that's half why I go to weddings. :-)

  7. I never knew that about almonds. Those dresses are gorgeous and I love that scrapbook plus your blog 'look' is fab, I am not sucking up LOL, honest..just being honest...anyway lovely read and hello from another fellow A-Z blogger

  8. Planning a wedding on a budget these days is not easy. I love wedding almonds, and never knew they had so much meaning behind them.

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  9. This is turning into a big event, but you are finding ways to save with a budget. Amazing how we can save when we set our minds to it.

  10. I've never heard of a bomboniere before ... sounds a lot like the company that makes Ski-Doos!

  11. Oh neat I had no idea that's what the almonds were for. I have a friend getting married soon and she's going way low key and inexpensive which I love :)

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  12. I never heard of bomboniere before. What a nice idea.

  13. I think that your scrapbook is very pretty. I have found lots of free books recently for the Kindle about DIY weddings, frugal weddings, etc. Maybe some of them would be helpful to you, too.

    Best wishes on your renewal day!

  14. Visiting from A/Z. I think your theme is cute, especially when it is going to culminate in a wonderful event of renewing your vows after 20 years of marriage; that in itself is an accomplishment these days! Wise too to make a budget to plan for the special day! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!


  15. wooww.... sounds so exciting :D i love the bridesmaid dresses here :)
    Oh and I hadnt heard of bomboniere either :D
    with me planning my own "May Wedding " i can understand how so much needs to be planned and yea Budget the key thing :D

    Congratulations on the 20 th Anniv suzanne

  16. Thanks for all your lovely wishes. Having Italian roots I always knew about the bombonniere, so great to be sharing info :)
    Good luck Ramblingsonthe wall for August - it definitely makes it more special DIYing it - also more stressful and time consuming LOL!
    Good luck Megsone for your May wedding :)

  17. The images you have on this page are so pretty. All awesome ideas! :)

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