Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Inspiration


Affiliate Disclaimer NewDIY or DIE 3D Geometric Paper GarlandI 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 room) C.) It’s cheap! No matter what your budget, there’s nothing wrong with an inexpensive project that looks great!


Thick paper or card stock (I used watercolor paper)
– Tape
– Basic Craft Glue
String or narrow ribbon
– A ruler or straight edge
Paint if you want it
Cube and octahedron (diamond) templates

Step 1:

Trace your shape.

Tip: Rather than cut the template out and using it like a stencil, tape a printout of the shape over your paper. Trace the lines with firm pressure to leave an indentation where you need to cut (solid lines) and fold (dotted lines). Use a ruler or something with a straight edge to keep your lines straight.


See the indentations?

If you want to paint an image or pattern onto the shape, paint BEFORE you cut. It keeps you from having to handle the cutout with wet paint. If you’re going the spray paint route (I used Rust-Oleum Hammered Effects in copper on half), cut the shape out first, spray second.

Step 2:

Cut your shape out, then fold up along the dotted lines. The tabs on the end can be a little difficult with thicker paper, but placing the straight edge along the line and folding up makes everything easier.



Step 3:

Use a quick-dry glue to secure the tabs inside the shape. You can also use an invisible gift wrap tape to speed up the process. Leave one side open for the moment.


Step 4:

Cut a length of your string or ribbon and tie a couple knots on top of each other at one end. Stick the knotted end inside your shape, then close it up. Use the free end of the string to hang each shape to a horizontal length and you’re finished!


String that pretty garland up anywhere you want a little decoration (we love the idea of stringing it along the head table, over the cake or along the bar), then hang onto it to use in your home later!


To snag the free downloadable templates, head on over to Little Wedding Extras!

  • 5/13

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewCake toppers are a fun way to add a personalized touch to your wedding reception without spending a billion bucks. Whether you’re going all out with a multi-tier cake, are doing a fun twist with individual cupcakes or are turning the whole cake tradition on its head and opting for pie, donuts or some other kind of awesome treat, a cake topper gives your sweet ending a little something extra. And man, are there options out there! From classic bride and groom (or bride and bride, groom and groom) figurines to lettering displaying your married moniker (if you are changing your name) to whimsical animals and characters, there is no shortage of creative, classic or fun ideas for cake toppers. Here are five of our favorites:

    Etsy AcrylicDesignforYou To the Moon and Back Cake Topper

    To the Moon and Back Cake Topper, $15.99 from Etsy seller AcrylicDesignforYou

    You love your partner more than anything — so much that you’d reach across galaxies for them. Let them and everyone else at your wedding know that!
    Printed Squirrel Cake Topper from BHLDN

    Printed Squirrel Cake Topper, $28 from BHLDN

    Ugh, how freaking cute and sweet and adorbz are these? The best part is they’d look amazing sitting on a shelf in your home afterward!Etsy ThePinkOwlDesigns You're My Greatest Adventure Cake Topper

    You’re My Greatest Adventure Cake Topper, $20 from Etsy seller ThePinkOwlDesigns

    Love and relationships are adventures, and for those with souls that won’t stop wandering, this cake topper couldn’t be more perfect.Etsy ChicagoFactory Mutual Weirdness Forever Cake Topper

    Mutual Weirdness Forever Cake Topper, $15 from Etsy seller ChicagoFactory

    Revel in your weirdness. Embrace the quirks. Shout your oddities to the world!Amazon Unicorn and Horse Cake Topper

    Unicorn and Horse Cake Topper, $13.15 from Amazon

    I was looking for another pretty one, but the pull of the unicorn is just to strong with this girl. Guys, seriously, how freaking perfect is this?

    Which one of these is your favorite? Share in the comments!

  • 5/4

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    On top of making my wedding dress and flowers for my centerpieces, I came to the conclusion not that long ago to yes, DIY most of our printable materials for the wedding as well. This isn't because I'm a crazy-insane person that decided to take on even more to DIY during our wedding planning chaos, but resulted from not finding the exact kind of designs…

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    Beau-Coup Rock Candy on a Stick

    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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    Etsy AncientWisdomBuddha Wedding Fund Piggy Bank

    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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  • 3/30


    If you had asked me 10 years ago what my ideal wedding style was, I would have said a classy black and white affair. I thought it was elegant and timeless, and completely eliminated the task of choosing colors or decor that might go out of style down the road. Really, I still feel that way. I do not think you can go wrong with…

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    There's long-held idea that a Broke-Ass wedding means a DIY, craft-filled fete. And sure, some of us are absolutely skilled at making the pretty from scratch, but others of us (like yours truly) don't have a single crafty bone in their body (for serious: I consider taking a can of spray paint to something a major DIY accomplishment) and are still totes focused on making our…

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    K2 Awards Personalized Mason Jars

    It's your wedding day, so shout it from the rooftops! And don't let anyone forget it, either. Personalizing favors or small elements throughout your wedding is a great way to seal the memory of your celebration without going overboard (you don't need a bat signal, I promise). Broke-Ass homie K2 Awards has a huge selection of glassware you can customize with your wedding motif, initials or…

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  • 11/25


    Holy cow, you guys, it's already Thanksgiving! The holidays are upon us. But before I run off to be thankful, let's see if I can help out our dear reader, Hannah, who is on the hunt for a gown for her December wedding. She writes: "Please! I need your help in the worst way!! I have fallen head-over-heels for the "Londyn" dress by Hayley Paige…

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