Tag Archives: budget wedding

DIY Tutorial: Photo Booth Chalkboard Speech Bubbles

Hello Kat & Rock n Roll Bride readers, I’m Rebecca Douglas of www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk a Kent based wedding and lifestyle photographer who loves working with people and making and creating beautiful things!  When I’m not shooting and doing photography related stuff I love to get a make on with all sorts of materials.

I really loved the images that I was seeing from wedding photo booths and so wanted to develop these blackboard speech bubbles for guests to write messages on while in photo booths at weddings.

Supplies Needed:

♥ 3mm thick MDF
♥ Chalkboard Spray Paint  (I bought mine from amazon but you should be able to get it in craft stores or places like B&Q too)
♥ Chalk board pens (as above)
♥ A laser cutter or jigsaw
♥ Sandpaper

Method:

Step One: Cut the MDF into the shapes you want the speech bubbles to be. You’ll find there are a lot of sellers on eBay that already sell pre-cut shapes if you don’t have a laser cutter or jigsaw yourself. I’ve had a google around and there are also a lot of companies that offer laser cutting online, where you just email in your order and voila, the cut shapes are sent to you. That said a bit of elbow grease with a jigsaw and sandpaper will do the trick too.

Step Two: Set out a wide area of newspaper and lay the cut shapes out. Before you start spraying, make sure you have a big border of newspaper, or you’ll be left with a newspaper shaped outline on your garden path like mine is now sporting! (Whoooops!) When you start spraying, be sure to keep a consistent movement across the shapes as you don’t want paint to build up in one area (this will show up in photos). The can recommends that you spray at a height of 30cm from the surface which gives a good even coverage.

Step Three: Leave the shapes to dry for around 20 minutes. I used this time constructively and had a cup of Yorkshire brew and a few obligatory custard creams.

Continue reading

A Budget-Friendly Wedding Planned in just Four Months: Terry & Elle

For Terry & Elle their wedding wasn’t about a big show or how much money they could spend. After a health scare in October 2011 they decided they wanted to get married quickly so planned the whole thing in just 4 months. They wanted a wedding that represented them and didn’t cost a bomb. As the bride explains, “We held a wedding for 90 guests, including bridal party plus all bridal attire, wedding rings the works for under 15,000 AUD (that’s about £10,000) – the average Australian wedding is $36,000 – do it all yourself and be resourceful and you can achieve wonders!”

“We did everything DIY – decorations, catering, fashion everything! Our original quote for catering was $10,000 so we shunned that idea and did it ourselves for $2,000! Whilst DIY allowed us greater control over our wedding and make it cost less, it is very easy to get carried away and become stressed! We learnt that it’s very important to keep on top of it all at all times!”

Elle wore a handmade green wedding dress with accessories which she found at flea markets. “We did a lot of shopping online, in flea markets and at op-shops etc. We also found out 7 days before our wedding that I was pregnant with our first child! It was a challange to keep it a secret.”

Continue reading

A Simple Wedding in the Family Home: Keegan & Vanessa

The backyard wedding of Keegan & Vanessa literally melted my heart as soon as I saw it. I love love love all the personal touches in the photos which came from the wedding being held in a family home. In fact as soon as it landed in my inbox I was dying to share it so I’m thrilled that today’s the day to do so!

The wedding took place on 11th February. The ‘at home’ location made the whole day really intimate and really personal. The groom is actually the brother of Amber, one of the photographers, which again, made the whole event special. The ceremony was small, held in the back garden, with only close family in attendance. Friends then joined for the reception.

The day had a real homespun indie vibe. Everything from the stationery to the catering to the cake was made by either the couple or their family.

Continue reading

A DIY Brazilian Wedding: Marcela & Paulo

Marcela & Paulo’s Brazilian wedding was a real DIY labour of love as their wedding photographers Frankie + Marília explained, “This bride is a nurse and very busy but she still somehow managed to find time to do everything for their wedding herself. She worked with a dressmaker that her family has worked with for years to come up with her perfect dress. It seems like everyone that has seen these pictures has fallen absolutely in love with it too!”

Marcela and her Mum also made as much of the wedding decor themselves as they could including the table runners and the flowers. “In Brazil, people usually give away little cakes called Bem-Casados as wedding favors,” they continued. “They are usually wrapped in some type of paper or cloth. Marcela ended up not having time to make the actual cakes, but she wrapped them in that awesome blue cloth to match the wedding theme. She even made an impromptu bouquet the morning of the wedding. She decided she wasn’t goning have one, but then decided to wrap a couple of tulips up with a bow and leave them sitting by the cake as decoration – we made her hold on to those for the pictures, that ended up being her bouquet.”

The wedding ceremony was also anything but traditional. The couple exchanged vows quickly followed by each sharing a touching sentiment about one another. “They are both very eloquent public speakers and it definitely moved everyone. Then their family and friends said a few nice words to bless their marriage, and that was it. They had gotten officially married in a courthouse the week before this, and didn’t think they needed any kind of fancy show. They didn’t exchange rings, but somehow it was one of the most emotional weddings we’ve ever shot.”

Continue reading

A Relaxed Southern Wedding: Anton & Megan

I’m so excited to share the incredible warehouse wedding of Anton & Megan with you today. I just know you’re going to love it! It’s simple, beautiful and just the kind of celebration I’d love to be invited too!

“Anton and I have been dating since my senior year of high school,” Megan wrote to me. “We met in February 2006 at a show his band O’brother played. Neither of us expected to be those people that are highschool sweethearts but now we both feel really lucky to have found each other so soon. We can enjoy being young and married – something that doesn’t seem so common anymore – as we grow old together.”

“I’m certainly the planning, left brain person in our relationship,” she continued, “arranging and attending meetings with vendors and making the 10 phone calls a day that are required when you’re planning a wedding. Anton is the creative, right brain 100%. He made our wedding invitation that is actually a stop-motion video we sent out to our guests (which you can view here). He also created all of our centerpieces – vases filled with synthetic and paper flowers with pictures of us, friends and family from the past years attached to looming bamboo. Everyone appreciated these personal additions, and the pictorial reminder that their presence and support is important in our relationship.”

The wedding was held at The Cotton Warehouse in Monroe, GA. As soon as the couple found it they knew it was perfect. “We looked at a lot of beautiful wedding venues but didn’t really find ‘us’ until we came to The Cotton Warehouse. We were both raised predominantly in the southern United States and wanted to incorporate this, but we didn’t want to play up any artificial elegance or ‘Gone with the Wind’ persona that comes with an antebellum mansion. That’s not the south we know and love. The Cotton Warehouse embodies the simple, sweet happiness that goes along with having the ceremony in a small town, serving whiskey & coke as your signature drink, and dancing with your 79 year old grampa and 100 closest friends to Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA.”

“So I guess our theme was complicated, mixing one part southern, one part Rock n Roll and one part earthy-wooden pieces. Understated, graceful and sometimes silly. Being true to what we like and being happy not to be doing the fancy, stereotypical, ballroom wedding. Enjoying our day our way, and the best party we would probably ever throw.”

Megan wore a J Crew wedding dress and Oxford brogues heels from Modcloth to which she added the blue ribbon herself. With their wedding being in February she wanted to make sure her shoes were not only stylish but practical!

Continue reading

DIY Tutorial: Yummy & Easy Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Hi! My name is Natty. I love making things, baking things and if I am honest, eating things. I turned my passion for design, craft and cooking into creating beautiful bespoke dessert tables. I love seeing the reaction from couples who see their table for the first time, it never gets old.

Today I wanted to share with the readers of Rock n Roll Bride one of my favourite treats. I think they’d make great homemade wedding favours!

Supplies Needed:

♥ Cup measures
♥ A couple of bowls
♥ A spoon
♥ Silicone cases or mini cupcake cases.
♥ Microwave

Ingredients:

♥ 1 cup of Peanut butter smooth or crunchy depends on your preference
♥ 1/2 Cup of icing sugar
♥ 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
♥ 400grams Chocolate. Milk, Dark or white. ( I use a mixture of white and milk for a sweeter taste that’s not too chocolatey)
♥ Sprinkles/ decorations.

Makes around 36, depending on how many you devour in the process.

Method:

Step 1: Measure out all your ingredients, sampling some chocolate if you desire.

Step 2: In a bowl mix 1/2 a cup of peanut butter with the icing sugar and salt until well combined.

Step 3: In the other bowl, place your white chocolate and remaining peanut butter in the microwave until melted. Keep checking every 30 seconds or so as you do not want it to burn.

Step 4: Add the milk chocolate, stir and microwave again, until all chocolate has melted.

Step 5: Take your moulds/mini cupcake cases and fill the bottoms with a covering of your mixture. Set to one side.

Continue reading