Home Bake – Wedding Cake


My favourite You Tube ‘How To’ for making your own  wedding cake at home. Over these two videos Chef Alan Tetreault, owner of Global Sugar Art shows you have to create your own three tiered wedding cake.

I would say only people who enjoy baking and who bake regularly should even contemplate making their own cake, so do approach this with caution. If you are determined to go down the DIY route for your cake but aren’t great at baking, you could either ask a friend/family member to bake it and you decorate it.

 

DIY Wedding Flowers


I’m delighted to bring to you a guest blog contribution from Ruth, the owner of ‘Natural Favours‘ who supply natural confetti, bespoke wildflower seed favours and Special Christmas Wildflower Seedsseasonal home-grown DIY flowers.
I’ve been following Ruth for a while since I fell in love with her wildflower seed packets as the perfect wedding favour for couples who are in touch with nature. Since then Ruth and I have got to know each other in on-line networking events and I can honestly say she has a passion for eco-friendly, home-grown & budget friendly wedding supplies.
In this guest blog contribution from Ruth, she helps you to create your own wedding bouquet and table centerpieces so your big day floral’s stay on budget! …

We love all things natural and rustic here and are influenced by the beautiful Derbyshire countryside where we are based.  Growing our own flowers, be it for confetti or arranging, brings us an immense amount of joy.  We recently launched our DIY flower service, selling blooms by the bucket of seasonal florals.  We have found that some people are wary of arranging their own wedding flowers, but there is no need!  If done properly it can be a really fun way so shave hundreds of pounds off your wedding budget.

The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10% of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k.  Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag.  If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY flowers could be the way to go!

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Here are our 7 handy hints and tips on how to save on cost but not on quality of your wedding floristry;

  1. Plan! Probably the most important point. Think about the type of arrangements you want, how many you might need, what sort of vases you’re using and what flowers are in season. Your chosen flower supplier should be able to help answer all these questions if you aren’t sure
  2. Be realistic! If you want an intricate floral arch or complicated structured arrangements then maybe going DIY isn’t for you. If you want something natural, rustic and relaxed then it’s the perfect solution!
  3. Be confident! Creating your own wedding flowers is a lovely way of putting a unique stamp on your day and is something you can look back on and be really proud of. If the thought of it all is still a bit overwhelming, you might want to ask your supplier to make your bouquets and buttonholes but leave the venue decorations to you
  4. Volunteers! Gather a few willing friends or family members to help, the more you have the less time it will take to make your arrangements. If you’re using jam jars or old bottles as part of your display, ask them to help you collect them over the weeks running up to your big day
  5. Research! Creating effective arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes is not as difficult as you might think. For extra help you could attend one of the many floral workshops that are out there, Ayrton-31 copysome offer specific courses for DIY brides. There is a wealth of information online that you can also utilise, from videos to articles, that take you step-by-step through creating everything from
    gorgeous hand-tied bouquets to perfect jam jar posies
  6. Practice! Buy a couple of bunches of cheap flowers from your local supermarket or pick some from the garden and have a play!
  7. Timing! We advise making your floral arrangements the day before the wedding, so arrange for delivery of your flowers accordingly. Ask a couple of your volunteers to take them to the venue and decorate the tables so you can relax on your big day.
For more information on our DIY wedding flowers, natural confetti or wildflower seed favours please visit our website www.naturalfavours.com or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/naturalfavours
Photographs courtesy of www.chocolate-chip.co.uk

My Order From Ahoy Designs


Ahoy DesignsComing home from work on Thursday  to see the package I’d been eagerly awaiting lying on the welcome mat made me so giddy. The Guest book I had ordered from Ahoy Designs came quicker than I thought it would.  I was planning on creating a video of me opening the package to share with you but I am very sorry to say that excitement got the better of me so there isn’t a video😦
if you’ve seen the guest books Rachael at Ahoy Designs creates you’d know why!

Buxton based Rachael  single-handedly runs Ahoy Designs  hand crafting each sumptuous Guest Book to suit your wedding colours. As many of you know the colours the H2B and I have chosen for our October 2016 wedding are blue and gold so I requested the ribbon colour to be gold.

Packaging

wpid-imag1257.jpgOn the Jiffy bag was a “FRAGILE handle with care” label
The box inside the Jiffy bag is wrapped in tissue paper
when I peeled back (who I am kidding – Ripped off) the tissue paper I found the book inside a PVC box.
Upon opening the box I found my guest book, a pen and a personalised note from Rachael
In my opinion the delivery couldn’t have been packaged better – I’m a sucker for tissue paper!😀

The Guest Book

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The ribbon is iridescent and seems to almost sparkle under the light. I couldn’t help but run my fingers over the different textures from the ribbons to the lace onto the card. It is obvious from the cushioned feel of the book to the soft n silkiness of the materials that Rachael pays close attention to detail and sources her materials from quality suppliers.

Overall Experience

I’ve left this up to the H2B: “I love the textures and the handmade feel. Everything from the book itself to the note just make it all feel personalised to a T. Everything about opening gave a real sense of occasion that even made me feel excited.”

So there you have it, even my caveman of a H2B had only good things to say, which is why I wpid-imag1264.jpgwanted to share with you this Spot Light on Rachael and her Ahoy Designs business.

What inspired you to start Ahoy Designs?

I made my own guestbook for my wedding back in August 2014. I’ve always been crafty and loved making something we used on our special day. I got so many compliments on the guest book from wedding guests that I started making them for my friends and family . In June 2015 I took the plunge and started Ahoy Designs as a business.

How do you juggle working full time in web design and running Ahoy Designs?

It’s been a hard learning curve to be honest. I burnt myself out in September – I’d go home after being busy in my day job and work on Ahoy until 10-11pm at night. I didn’t realize I was burning myself out, because I love what I do and didn’t mind working late each night. I’ve now learnt to listen to my body and have a couple of nights a week off which means I can make more time for my Husband.

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PinkWeddingVenues


My Second Contribution

As you all know from my post on 30th September, I have the honor of providing guest blog contributions to the awesome Pink Wedding Venues who supply the LGBT community with dependable wedding planning help and advice.

you can see my last blog contribution here.

Favourites From The Archives


IDoOnABudget has been running for 4 years now, although I feel the blog only really started to come into its own in February 2015.

The realisation of how long I have been writing IDoOnABudget has made me think about all the support I have received from all you readers and followers. This blog would be a mere diary if it wasn’t for all of you, so thank you, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading the posts. I have been lucky to meet some amazing wedding industry professionals this year, some of whom have contributed to the blog with their pearls of wisdom & others who products I loved so much I couldn’t help but share them with you.

For all these reasons and more I’ve shared below some of my favourite posts from across these past 4 years.
DECEMBER 2011 – First Things First
My first ever blog post! This post goes over how you can determine what your wedding budget is when you are first engaged and how you should go about your initial planning if you are on a tight budget.

MARCH 2012 – Fantastically Priced Suppliers 
This post was me sharing some wedding suppliers I have used when I was planning a wedding that I thought were not only very budget friendly but also gave superb customer service.

MARCH 2012 – CRAFTY WEEKEND
In 2012 my sister and I made 5 button holes, 2 wrist corsages and 1 bouquet using woolen pom poms. This is the biggest wedding DIY I’ve ever undertaken (to date) and couldn’t be more proud of what we achieved.

APRIL 2012 – DIY Bunting Making
A step-by-step guide to how my sister and I created a lot of bunting from scratch. Creating the triangle template to sewing each triangle onto the line to create the bunting. We even layered lace fabric over normal fabric to create the desired effect. I will be having another go at making bunting in 2016 I hope.

FEBRUARY 2015 – Proposal!
The story of how my H2B proposed to me

JUNE 2015 – Hen Do Planningwpid-imag0978.jpg
The Hen Party I planned for my colleague and friend.What I ordered and where from. I loved planning the Hen Party and really enjoyed sharing the planning with all of you.

JULY 2015 – Hen & Stag Party Ideas
Here are my favourite ideas for Hen & Stag party activities. I wonder if any of these appeal to you?

SEPTEMBER 2015 – Invites for Less
This is one of my favourite blog posts because I teamed up with Rosie at Little Vixen Designs and Suzanne at Paper Tree Design to provide you with loads of hints and tips on how you can have bespoke professionally made wedding stationary while keeping within whatever budget you have set.

Can’t see your favourite post anymore? Or looking for a post on something and can’t find it? You can search key words in my posts by using the search at the top right of the page.
SearchBarBlogEnter your chosen search words (E.G. dress, alternative, autumn, white etc) and any posts that refer to the keyword will be shown.

I’d love to know which posts are your favourite, so let me know by commenting, tweeting me or posting onto the Facebook page.

Lesson Learnt from a Sample Sale


samplesaledisappintmentOn Monday my sister and I attended a Sample Sale event hosted by a Bridal Shop in Swindon. I feel for this post it is best that I do not state the name of the boutique in question. The sample sale was hosted in a pubs function area where pop up changing rooms had been erected and three dress rails took centre stage.

I found out about the sample sale as my sister advised me they were having a week sale of sample dresses within the boutique. I couldn’t make it to the boutique that week so I phoned to ask when they would next be having a sale and the assistant advised me (on the down low) that they would be selling all of their 2015 samples over two evening sales.

4P-8PM on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th – So naturally I went on the Monday.

The feel of the room did deflate me quite a lot. The realisation of what finding your dress on a budget can mean you miss out on – the special feeling you get with booking a private appointment and twirling in front of just your chosen people in dresses you’ve hand selected.

Pushing the disappointment aside I put on my practical head and started to look through the dresses on the rails. Another wave of displeasure came over me as I couldn’t find a single dress I liked even a little bit. There was mountains of bling, satin and strapless – not what I am looking for at all! My sister encouraged me to stay for a bit longer to see what dresses came out from the changing rooms as women discarded dresses, but as gowns came out of the dressing rooms I still didn’t see a single dress that I wanted to try on, let alone buy.

THE LESSON I LEARNT

Before you attend a sample sale event make sure you visit the bridal boutique beforehand. I did not visit the boutique to see what styles they stocked before attending the sale which was a big mistake. Each Bridal Boutique stock different styles of dresses (plus they choose to stock different sample sizes) and the styles stocked will change each season. Some will stock more lace or more embellished, some will stock more with sleeves or straps while others will keep a majority of strapless gowns.

it is vital it ensure you know the type of gowns the boutique stocks and what dresses may be included in the sample sale (A few covert questions are all that are needed to figure this out).

I have not been put off of attending other sample sales in the future! But I will be more careful to ensure that I know more about the boutique first.