Broke-Ass Tag: wedding decor

4/21

 This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program

Wouldn’t we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream … but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.

In partnership with Evite® and Olive Garden (helloooo, breadsticks!), we’re sharing some easy, creative and affordable ways to bring Tuscany into your wedding venue.

Simple sprigs of rosemary here and there — we especially love the idea of tying escort cards to them! — make for the perfect aromatic touch without breaking the bank. Super bonus if you have a huge rosemary bush in your garden! And any good Broke-ass knows that a few little string lights go a long way. Coil them into empty bottles, flip the switch and you’ve got stunning mood lighting with very little work.

As convenient as printing out thank you tags and escort cards may be, it does take some resources to pull off, and ink toner doesn’t come cheap. Add a super personal touch by hand-writing these little extras (and go ahead and take the occasional wine and spaghetti break to stave off hand cramps).

We’re huge proponents of only having favors that are useful, and in our book that means they have to be edible or drinkable. Send your guests off with a small bottle of olive oil with a sprig of rosemary and Olive Garden’s signature dressing.


And we all know that stationery costs can be a doozy to your overall budget, not to mention can add up to a lot of unnecessary environmental waste. So instead of racking up that cost sending invitations that will hang out on the fridge for a while, then likely wind up in the trash, look into sending a digital invitation. We’re loving this Tuscany-inspired design from Evite®, which perfectly complements the rest of these simple but big-impact decor ideas.


Which of these easy Tuscan-inspired ideas from Evite and Olive Garden is your favorite? Take a look and come back to tell us in the comments!



christen
  • 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

    12×12 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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  • 5/26

    I cooked this fun little geometric garland project up for Little Wedding Extras, but this has all the makings of a great DIY or DIE project: A.) It's super easy. You trace, cut, fold and glue or tape. Painting is totally optional. B.) It doesn't have to be wedding-specific. I love a project that can be recycled for home use later. (Christen is using this for #babything's…

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    4/29

    I've had the idea of carnival weddings on my mind ever since Rachel revealed that would be the theme for her Ohio nuptials. I've seen a few weddings with the theme before and have always loved the fun, colorful, eclectic vibes and gorgeous blend of whimsy and romance. It's kind of impossible not to feel like a kid at heart when attending an event with…

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    4/27

    Bridal shows -- also known as insanely crowded, chaotic mob scenes. Well, that's my experience anyway, limited as it may be. Prior to April 3rd, I had never been to one. I had no desire, and none of the brides I'm close with ever asked me to tag along to one. I do understand their appeal, and I know they can be extremely useful, but they…

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  • 4/4

    Wedding Fund Piggy Bank available from Etsy seller AncientWisdomBuddha Let's talk savings. That's why we're all here right? When you are a serious tightwad like me, you plan to save. Being a Broke-Ass, I have no choice but to be a saver, so over the years, I have become pretty good at it. I'm always over here tryin' to make a dollar outta 15 cents!…

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    4/1

    We don't get a lot of BAMs around here (Broke-Ass Moms), but I love it when we do! MOB (Mother-of-the-Bride) Anne's request for help was so succinct it read like a telegram! Photo provided by reader Daughter’s reception venue, need an idea to hide those cabinets. The wedding is outside in the gardens. Rustic. Naturesque. More plants than flowers. Candles. Help! Every BAB and MOB can…

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    11/13

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! It's starting to get a little chilly in my little corner of North Texas, but that just means nights around the fire pit with good friends, good beer and good music, plus some super cute and cozy outfits. But I digress. I've been thinking a lot about small, fairly inexpensive ways to ultra-personalize your wedding day. From rubber stamps to complementing your…

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  • 9/8

      Suitcase available from Etsy seller VintageAtmosphere Have you wondered what you’re going to do after the wedding with the loads of fake flowers, chalkboards and whatever other delightful piece of wedding décor you couldn’t bare to part with? You may even have magical ideas of turning it into a wreath for your front door or re-purposing it for the holidays. Of course, some make…

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