Gen DIY-er, Reviews, Thriftster weddings

Ahead of its time: The DIY Wedding

The DIY Wedding: Celebrate Your Day Your WayThere’s something contradictory about a generic instruction manual espousing ‘celebrat[ing]…your day your way’. Nevertheless, props must be given to a DIY wedding how-to that was published ahead of its time in 2007, before the global financial meltdown turned thrifster DIY into hipster cool*. Props must also be given to the author, Kelly Bare, and her publisher, Chronicle Books, for creating a wedding book that has yet to date. This is achieved in part by a lack of photos (though the website references and pink, blue and cream colour scheme will eventually need a refresh) and a back-to-basics approach. Continue reading

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Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er, Thriftster weddings

Lifehacked earrings

At the Colette sale, I found some ‘classy crystal earrings’ for $3, which was 75% off the regular retail price:

They’re a bit OTT for my little ears but they make the perfect kind of bridal bling for my ballroom heels. Continue reading

Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er, Thriftster weddings

Shoe bling

Need some fancy-schmancy shoes for a special occasion? Instead of buying a new pair, why not invest in some shoe bling?

Thanks to the T-bar design, I’m able to add some sparkle to my ballroom shoes with brooches from Diva:

For T-bar-less shoes, try shoe clips from eBay or Etsy.

If brooches and shoe clips are too big an investment, make your own shoe bling. Continue reading

Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er, Thriftster weddings

Improv, 1940s style

I read somewhere that I should be treating this wedding as a chance to learn new skills. While most DIY types take on this opportunity to learn the art of floral arrangement or how to crochet wedding toppers, I thought I’d spend my time (and mullah) learning how to do my own hair and makeup*. After all, isn’t that what Kate Middleton did?

Chrissy Keepence from the Lindy Charm School For Girls has been helping ladies achieve vintage glamour for years; I was fortunate enough to attend her three-hour workshop at the Vintage Emporium in Tyabb. Most of the three hours were dedicated to pincurls, victory rolls, do-rags, and snoods, but Miss Chrissy also spent some time demonstrating 1940s makeup and the importance of structured undergarments.

What I love about the 1940s is how natural and versatile the makeup is. The only ‘pop’ of colour is the red lipstick, allowing ladies to go from day to night, casual to glam without needing to alter their look or rely on a multitude of products. Super Kawaii Mama’s Candice DeVille has made an excellent video putting together the look:

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Gardening on a Budget, Gen DIY-er, Going Green

My dad’s mini greenhouses

Dad is a Jim’s Mowing man. He’s also one of the thriftiest gardeners I know. I don’t think he’s ever bought a bag of compost or a plant; most of his specimens come from seeds or cuttings or are castoffs from other people’s gardens.

I shared some of my seeds with him and he’s been nursing them in mini greenhouses made out of plastic food containers:

The greenhouses help maintain a warm and consistent climate for the seedlings. They also protect the seedlings from snails. Continue reading

Footnote Frivolity***, Gen DIY-er, Money Matters, Thriftster weddings

Mustbethrifty challenge for 2013: plan a wedding under $15K

Last year I posted about Josephine and Patrick’s thrifster wedding. Theirs was an incredible effort of beg, borrow, or buy secondhand and they ended up spending just over $7K, less than a fifth of the average Aussie wedding budget.

Cheap Geek and I are now organising our big(ish) day and we’ve set our budget at $15K. It’s an amount that we can save in the upcoming months, preventing us from starting our marriage with communal debt*.

With my copy of Kelly Bare’s The DIY Wedding – Celebrate Your Day Your Way and Ariel Meadow Stallings’ Offbeat Bride – Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, I will tackle the big ticket wedding expenses such as venue, catering, flowers, attire, and photography in the typical mustbethrifty fashion, i.e. by blogging about it. Continue reading