Weddings certainly are sparkly affairs! The engagement had you at "I will" with a firey and brilliant gemstone, but now you're thinking, "why should it end there?" No need! Today you can keep the wedding glowing with Swarovski-accented cake and flower jewelry--and you can do it cheaply as well as chic-ly. How to? Basics first:
Don't worry, your guests won't go without. There will be a sheet cake in the kitchen. Savings here? With a real cake going for $3.50 a slice ( $525 for 150 guests), these fakes average around $110 per cake with the additional sheet cake going for about $17 per 50 guests. A sweet savings.
Still insist on the real thing?
Downsize cake and upsize savings. Again, have a sheet cake on hand in the kitchen for additional servings. (Also, smaller cakes mean smaller jeweled -cake toppers which cost less too.)
Now for your shining moment. The cake jewelry. We spoke to Laura Lyon at Serendipity Tiara who suggested purchasing plain brush-metal monograms and DIY to save big . Flat back Swarovski crystals are readily available at local craft stores at incredibly low prices. Pick up some hypo-cement and you're good to go. Or, if you're not the DIY type, we liked this French-font, partially covered Swarovski crystal cake topper for only $29.00 at Laura's site:
Have a look at another jeweled-cake topper we took a shine to at Serendipity Tiaras for around half of what you'd pay the baker to supply:
Still looking for a little extra bling-zing on your cake/cupcakes? Time to bring out the little fairy-princess in you and sprinkle some gold (or silver) dust (notice we changed font colors) on your cake or cupcakes. Check out Fancy Flours for some edible shimmer. A 150 mg. box of these scrumptious-looking, and tasting, 23- karat gold-leaf petals are only $45--so you can go for the gold!
FLOWER POWER! Ready to catch some savings on yours bouquet and centerpiece jewelry? Basics first again:
Keep flower costs down by choosing one type of bloom ( bulk-ordering translates into lower costs for you--you can vary color in this case for more visual interest) and stay with in-season flowers (local) to hold down on transportation costs which are passed on to you.
Purchase individual crystals at sites such as Fusion Beads and create your own bouquet jewels with floral wire for up to 75% less than a florist would charge!
Or click and buy these crystal-cluster jewel picks at Wedding Factory Direct for $11.99 a pair.
Or check out Serendipity Tiaras for these showstoppers!
For more great on-trend tips on a discount budget, check out the Deal Diva Bridal Guide-How To Throw A Designer Wedding On A Discount Budget! at www.dealdivabridalguide.com
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