Attention Fall Brides! I Do Top Deals at Michaels This Week!

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Best I Do Deals for the Week of September 10, 2017 Including Fall Wedding Inspiration Ideas!

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             Craft Pumpkins – 60% off. This is the lowest price of the season and these pumpkins can be used as centerpieces for a fall                     wedding or Cinderella themed wedding (coupled with some glitter spray paint!) If you are getting married this fall…grab them                 at this price. If you are getting married next fall…wait for the clearance

            

  • Apothecary & Company Shimmer Lights- 50% off! These are FANTASTIC for outdoor ceremony decor or for a barn/rustic reception! I love the look of these lights…and the price. These lights are featured in the image at the top of this post!
 
  • Ashland Jar Candles– 5 for $10 (regularly $5.99!!!) This is an amazing deal! You can use these candles as part of the centerpieces or as favors! Guests would love to take these inexpensive but useful favors home and reminisce about the fun they had at your reception!

Michaels Bridal Deals for the Week of September 10, 2017- Fall Wedding Inspiration!

* This site in not affiliated with Michaels Craft Stores. Information here is for personal use only.

Bridal Deals for the Week of September 10, 2017 Including Fall Wedding Inspiration Ideas!

photo courtesty of Michaels.com

             Craft Pumpkins – 60% off. This is the lowest price of the season and these pumpkins can be used as centerpieces for a fall                     wedding or Cinderella themed wedding (coupled with some glitter spray paint!) If you are getting married this fall…grab them                 at this price. If you are getting married next fall…wait for the clearance

              Candy Melts- $1.99 (regularly $2.99) You can use these to make your own favors (chocolate covered Oreos, lollipops etc…) I                 am a Merckens Chocolate lifelong fan but friends have told me the Wilton Candy Melts are decent

               Canvases- 70% , this is the lowest price of the season. These canvases can be used for cute, inexpensive custom signs. You                      can use these to point guests towards the guest book, seating areas and more.

  • Celebrate It 360 Ribbon- 99 cents! This is the lowest price of the season and can be used for creating custom bouquets, invites, seating cards and more!
    Ashland Floral Accent Collection- 50% off. Guests would love to take home these cute artificial gourds and strands to use in their home decor…so you can use them in centerpieces or to dress up the venue for a fall wedding. This is a good price for this fall but wait for the clearance for a Fall 2018 wedding.
    Hay Bales- $6 (regularly $12.99). Hay bales are awesome for fall wedding outdoor ceremony seating, decor or for a DIY country wedding/fall  themed photo booth. Great price!
    Apothecary & Company Shimmer Lights- 50% off! These are FANTASTIC for outdoor ceremony decor or for a barn/rustic reception! I love the look of these lights…and the price. These lights are featured in the image at the top of this post!
     
  • Wax Candles– Lowest price of the season, 40% off! This includes tea lights!

 

  • Ashland Jar Candles– 5 for $10 (regularly $5.99!!!) This is an amazing deal! You can use these candles as part of the centerpieces or as favors! Guests would love to take these inexpensive but useful favors home and reminisce about the fun they had at your reception!

 

Michaels Special Wedding Clearance Items!

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Michaels , the craft store, recently sent out an email blast that the stores were holding a special 80% off clearance sale! Eager to score some treasures to put aside for Christmas, I went to check out the aisles. I didn’t find much to serve as stocking stuffers but I was overloaded by wedding merchandise! There were favor kits  for under $10, BRIDES brand invitation boxes (normally $40) for under $10! Now is the time to stock up especially if you are having a winter, spring or summer  wedding. The seasonal wedding merchandise has been marked down tremendously to make way for summer and fall! Wait another month and many more summer items will be on the way out as well for unbelievable prices.

There is also a huge selection of spring/summer artificial flowers for 80% off and summer/spring artificial flower arrangements at close-out prices. These can be used to make flower girl crowns, infinity bouquets, centerpieces and more!

Glass gems and river rocks are only $1 a bag. Stock up!!!! They are normally $2.79 a bag. This is the lowest price of the season. This is a cheapest price even with coupons! River rocks and gems are essential centerpiece fillers!

Remember as I always say…plan ahead…shop seasonal clearances…SAVE BIG!

Wedding Budget Tips: When to Splurge and When to Purge…

Planning a wedding is all about compromise…usually within yourself! You have to tell the good angel and the bad angel when to break out the checkbook and when to put it away. You have to find the balance of splurging on the things that matter most to you and knowing when to cut back on others. Financial priority should be assigned to the elements that are the most important and representative of you as a couple. However, there are some general guidelines, I believe, that should be used for spending to ensure that your day is not only memorable for you but for your guests as well.

 

WHEN TO SPLURGE: I can pretty much guarantee these are the items your guests will be walking away remembering the most. I an also say with full confidence that the following details are things that you and your beau will be glad you invested extra cash in later!:

 

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1. The Food- Food is everything! That doesn’t mean it has to be overly expensive and fancy though. You don’t have to serve French cuisine at your wedding but you do want to make sure it tastes good! You also don’t need to have enough food to feed a small country. Keep your menu simple if needed but just make sure everything tastes good and that there is enough for the guests to be satisfied. I have been to fancy venues where the food was okay. I have also been to backyard weddings that served the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches and homemade wedding cake! You can have family help out with the food if your budget is strict. Nobody will miss the filet mignon if the food you serve makes them sit back and say, “Man this is good!”. If you are using a venue or a caterer, you MUST have a tasting first! This ensures that our selections are just as tasty as they sound on paper!

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2. The Music- Music sets the tone for the night! You will want a DJ (cheaper than a band by far…although bands are awesome!) that can balance a variety of music and keep the crowd hyped and happy. Good music pumps energy into your crowd and keeps them there till the very end. Here you show your personality through song selections (see my previous post about using music to customize your wedding) but you also want to make sure that the music reflects your crowd so that there is something for everyone. You don’t need a DJ with a crazy lighting system and lots of bells and whistles. You do need a DJ with a great song selection and personality!

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3. The Photography- Yes, you can save money and put disposable cameras out on the tables and have guests take pictures but you may be taking a big risk! It will be impossible to use those in digital a;bums plus you are risking a plethora of shots you will never want or need! Your best bet is to find a PROFESSIONAL wedding photographer. Perhaps you can work out a deal where you only get the rights to the digital images and you can create your album yourself using sites such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. It pays to have good pictures though. You want these to be timeless. Wedding photographers can capture the emotion, beauty and subtle important details of one of the most important days of your life. Great pictures are worth every penny!

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4. Service- Read reviews of your venue! Good service makes a huge difference. Nobody wants to wait for orders, have their tables overcrowded with dishes and use dirty restrooms! You can utilize a buffet or cocktail style dinner but make sure that the food is easily accessible and that you have a plan in mind for getting food on and off the tables. Good service doesn’t have to be expensive but it’s worth paying for a couple of hands to help you out even if you are doing a DYI backyard wedding (and those usually have awesome service!).

 

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5. YOUR DRESS!!!!- That’s right! Get selfish! Everyone remembers what the bride looked like, very few remember the groom’s tux, hair…etc.! This is your night to be a princess and feel like a star! You can splurge on a dress that makes you feel beautiful. If you happen to find one for an amazing deal, even better! However, make sure the dress makes you feel confident, romantic and stunning. You deserve it!

 

WHEN TO PURGE: Here are some of the areas I think it is easier to cut back without lessening your experience and the overall guest experience.

1. Invitations- Most pieces wind up in recycling no matter how expensive or fancy! Pick something you like and that is affordable!

2. Centerpieces/Flowers I have attended two weddings recently that used the centerpieces that came in the venue package. Nobody cared! The centerpieces don’t make or break the experience! Save some major money here!

3. Favors- Pick something useful, fun and inexpensive! Most people don’t “need” their favors so don’t think you have to choose something over the top and expensive. One of my favorite weddings favors I received was a one dollar scratch off ticket with a penny!

4. Videography- Here you can have a friend film the most important parts only (such as the ceremony, cake cutting and toasts). You won’t sit down and watch a 12 hour video of your wedding…EVER.

5. Your Accessories- That means your shoes, hair accessories and jewels! No one is staring at them as much because your dress is the focus! The best accessory for a dress is great hair and make up! Invest in those and consider costume jewelry and sale items for the rest!

Michaels Clearance! Awesome finds for 25-50 cents regularly $1-$5!!!

 

 

 

I just got back from Michaels and saw some awesome deals!!!! There is a special clearance on children’s fun find items and adult fun find items. Adult items are only 50 cents each and children’s are 25 cents!!! These items normally retail for $1 to $5! I picked up socks for my girls, pens, markers and tons of other stocking stuffers! I also scored some items for an event! I had five bags full for only $26!!!! Some of my items were even free!!!! If they were marked for a penny (they aren’t marked you have to wait until checkout to know) then they are free once they are rung up! My little one’s water and glitter baton was free along with some bath accessories!

 

On the bridal note, there are tons of sachets with words insribed on them that can be used as decorative favors, pens, initial items, candle holders, glass vases, glass jars and pampering items. There is a also a large selection of sea glass, sand dollars and sea stars if you are planning a nautical wedding. I even saw some awesome blue ceramic tiles, black and white coffee tins and more! Use your imagination and you have some awesome favors and table decor!

 

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