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Essence Photography

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Wedding planning can be stressful enough with plenty of time to plan, but when you’re short on time and also short on the perfect vendors to fit your vision and budget, the stress can get real and real fast.

Perhaps your ideal photographer booked up quickly or ended up being outside of your budget, and you put off your search until you could dedicate more time to finding the right fit — and now you’re less than six months away from your big day and you’re still photog free.

Or maybe you just don’t want to wait to get hitched, but you don’t want to elope, either. It can be tough to find all the pieces to the puzzle as time ticks away.

Stephy Wong Photography

Credit: Stephy Wong Photography

Enter: Last Minute Wed, a website that bills itself a mix of Groupon and a larger traditional wedding website where you can find talented pros to help make your big day come to life. Created by a husband and wife team, Last Minute Wed is a one-stop-shop for wedding deals of all kinds, ranging from coordination and planning to photography to hair and makeup and beyond.

Susan Shek PhotographyCredit: Susan Shek Photography

Whether you’re taking your damn time and have a year to go before you walk down the aisle or you’ve got a fire under your feet and are less than six months out, you’ll find customized deals exclusively on Last Minute Wed to help you get all the little details in order and within your broke-ass budget. Simply use Last Minute Wed‘s wedding concierge page to specify which wedding professionals you’re in search of and when your big day is and then let them come flocking to you with deals catered to you and your nuptials.

Monika John Photography

Credit: Monika John Photography

Don’t think that just because you’re working on short time you need to sacrifice quality. Last Minute Wed allows amazingly talented professionals to share their unbooked dates so you can work with the very best without spending the very most.

Head on over to Last Minute Wed to check out the deals in your area or connect with vendors to receive your own custom offers.

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  • 9/13

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWe love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We’re huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that’s far from the only paper decoration option.

    DIY or DIE arbor decorationFor this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design in Cricut Design Space, enlarged it and cut multiple of the design (we’re talking about 16 here) and tied them together with twine to make a painfully easy arbor or archway decoration. The supply list for this DIY project is super minimal but the visual impact is huge. While I decided to use a design already available in Design Space, I also think a spirograph design (PicMonkey has a few) would be fun, or you could use cardstock in varying shades of the same hue to create a cool ombrè effect. After cutting the doily design, I added a little something extra with small flower accents. The options are limited only to your imagination!

    If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.

    DIY or DIY: An Easy Arbor Decoration With Cricut Explore Air

    Supplies:

    Easy Arbor Decoration SuppliesCricut Explore Air

    1212 Cardstock (I used 15 pieces, fitting an arbor about 4.5 feet wide, with 4.5 feet of decor down each side)

    Twine or Ribbon

    Standard Grip Cutting Mat

    Weeder Tool

    Spatula Tool

    Scraper Tool

    Wine and a Great Soundtrack

    How To:

    Step 1:

    Launch Cricut Design Space. Click “New Project.” Click “Insert Image” and enter “doily” in search box. Click on design so green checkmark appears and click “Insert Image.”Selecting Doily Design

    Step 2:

    When design is imported, drag it to the farthest upper left corner of the Design Space grid — this will help maximize the amount of paper used and ensure Cricut Explore Air cuts from the appropriate spot. Stretch the design to 11 inches — if you go all the way to 12 inches, it will be too large to cut.

    Placing Design in Upper Left Corner

    Stretching Design

    Step 3:

    Remove background layer from design by clicking on eye in lefthand sidebar under “Layers” tab.

    Removing Background from Design

    Step 4:

    Affix cardstock to the standard grip mat (ProTip: I had two mats at the ready, so as soon as one was done cutting I could load the next one, expediting the process.)

    Click “Go” in Design Space, make sure your Cricut Explore Air is powered on and open and follow the instructions in Design Space. (Hint: You can change the quantity of pieces you’d like cut on the instructions page.)

    Cutting Design on Cricut Explore AirStep 5:

    Pour some wine and set Pandora to your favorite station, because this takes a while.

    When each mat is finished cutting, carefully peel away outer border. Using the spatula tool, gently lift the design from the mat.

    Lifting Design from Cutting Mat

    Once the design is separated from mat, use the weeder tool to remove any small pieces that remain within design.

    Removing Small Pieces Using Weeder Tool

    Clean mat by using the scraper tool to remove small negative pieces left behind.

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 until desired number of designs are reached.

    Step 6:

    Lay out cut designs side-by-side in arrangement that will fit your arbor or archway. Gently tie designs together using twine.

    Optional:

    Affix additional decoration, such as paper or live flowers, glitter, etc.

    Tie Designs Together Using Twine

    Step 7:

    Affix finished garland to arbor or archway using nails, tape or twine.

    Step 8:

    Finished Arbor DecorOgle your handiwork!

    This Week’s Cricut Contest:

    Win $1500 in Wholesale Wedding Flowers from FiftyFlowers!

    Cut out the middleman with FiftyFlowers and get wholesale flowers delivered fresh from the farm to your door! FiftyFlowers prides itself on excellent customer service and delivering a wide variety of fresh flowers to DIY and budget minded couples.

    From peonies to roses to protea and beyond, couples can use the FiftyFlowers website to shop by color or flower type. And for those who want to forego the DIY, FiftyFlowers offers gorgeous pre-arranged centerpiece, gift arrangements and other specialty pieces.

    Fifty Flowers Badge

    Head on over to Cricut to enter to win $1500 worth of wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers!

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  • 8/29

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    Finding wedding stationery that suits you and your partner's style while not costing an arm and a leg can be one helluva daunting task, especially as stationery is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding style. With options ranging from huge mass-printing sites to small bespoke boutiques, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to begin. Which is why…

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    8/3

    Things Remembered Monogrammed Flasks

    Choosing what to give your bridal brigade as a thank you for standing by your side (and making sure you were nice and toasty during your bachelor/ette bash) is no small decision. You want to make sure it's something meaningful, but preferably that they'd actually use, too. You don't want to spend a bajillion dollars, but you don't want to go Dollar Store cheap, either.…

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  • 6/24

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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    6/20

    Catering Your Own Wedding Do It on the Cheap with Sam's Club

    Original photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography So you've decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It's a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch ... but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost ... the biggest cost,…

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    6/17

    Melissa Sweet Illusion Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at Davids Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first two here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years…

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  • 6/13

    Personalized Snapchat Filters by XO Bespoke

    We're huge fans of social media here (#duh) and have totes been guilty of Instagramming erry-little-thing, tweeting out cool stuff and (over?)sharing on Facebook. Why would our weddings be any different? That's why we're totally loving the customized, affordable Snapchat GeoFilters created by our homies at XO Bspoke. The stationery company, which should be high on any broke-ass's radar because of its DIY-friendliness, knows that…

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