April 10

Recessionista Shower Planning Tips: Easy (Cheap!) Ways to Dress It Up

If you’re a bridesmaid on a budget and helping to plan a friend’s shower (like many of the staffers here!), this post is for you. We know you love your friend and want them to have an unforgettable shower—and we also know that being a bridesmaid isn’t necessarily a cheap endeavor. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite (dare we say, effortless?) ideas to help you throw a chic and thoughtful shower, without breaking the bank.

1. Use your leftover bridal shower invitations as centerpieces and decor.

2. Ask guests to bring a dish from home. This way, your fruit platter from Costco will get a little makeover. And, hodgepodge can have a sweet, shabby chic look when done right!

3. Make your own favors. We absolutely adore this DIY mason jar favor idea. Use the bride’s favorite cookie recipe as for a cute personal touch. Plus, you can decorate the jars with a personalized gift tag that matches the invitation or shower theme—they are just $7 for a set of 24!

4. Stack books or wrap styrofoam in fabric to stagger food and add depth to your display table. Really, it doesn’t get easier than this.

5. Use photos as decor and hang them with clothespins or display them in jars like we did during this fun DIY shoot.

Do you have any recessionista shower planning tips to share? Leave us a comment below!


March 16

Budget Friendly Thank You Cards: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

When it comes to wedding planning, we Wedding Paper Divas staffers know that costs can add up quick—especially with so many pre-wedding events like showers, engagement soirees and bachelorette parties. So, if you and your soon-to-be are browsing for stationery on a budget, you’ll be sure to love the thank you cards from our Studio Basics Collection. These chic designs start at as low as 69¢ each, so you’ll never have to sacrifice your style to stay within your budget!

Here are some of our newest Studio Basics designs. Which one will make your gratitude gorgeous?


January 17

Do We Have to Send Save the Date Cards?

To be honest, we love our collection of save the date cards so much, this question tends to shock us (why wouldn’t you want to send them? They’re adorable!). But we do understand that some brides on a budget might be looking for ways to trim down their stationery spending. Here’s what we suggest, as framed by one reader’s question.

Dear Divas,

Do we have to send save the date cards? We’re on a budget and looking for ways to keep the wedding simple.

Thanks for the advice,


Dear M.D.N.,

We don’t think, “Do we have to?” is the right question to ask in budget situations, but more “What’s the cost/benefit ratio?” And, quite frankly, save the date cards are one of the most useful tools in any wedding planner’s toolkit.

Although your year is going to be spent planning and prepping for that all-important date, your friends and family members aren’t going to have the day penciled in until they hear from you. This means you can personally call everyone on your list and let them know (hoping they’ll jot it down), count on all of your guests having nothing to do that day so they can squeeze you in when the invitations arrive six weeks before the big day, or simply send save the date cards. Which sounds more appealing?

You can even send save the date magnets that will hang on the fridge and serve as a constant reminder that your big day is looming. Plus, save the date cards can be invaluable in establishing the style and tone of your wedding, so you can make a chic and lasting first impression that will carry through until your big day, AND they come at very budget-friendly prices.

This adorable design, for instance, can be yours for as low as 84¢ each:

So trust us—you can create DIY favors, change your hosted bar to beer and wine only and finagle a deal with your venue, but whatever you do don’t skimp on save the dates!

Would you give the same advice, or so you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post an answer for you!


September 10

Are Wedding Favors Required? Today’s Diva Dish

If you’re a recessionista bride or engaged couple on a budget, this email from a reader is probably something you’ve considered…

Dear Divas,

It’s a recession. We’re buying a house. We’re on a tight budget. Are wedding favors really necessary?

Thanks for your input,

Budget Bride

Oh, Budget Bride, this question has been asked so many times! The fact of the matter is that, like most parts of traditional wedding planning, favors are not “required”—but it certainly is lovely to have something for your guests to bring home. I think the question shouldn’t be whether or not favors are required, but more a matter of how to find inexpensive favors that are still brimming with fresh style. For instance, how does this sound?

Great, right? They are all from our Beau-coup wedding favor boutique. Even if these favors don’t fit into your budget, you can still set up a candy or cookie bar and order these personalized goodie bags for only 60¢. That way everyone will go home with a treat and you’ll still stay well within your price limit.

Good luck with the rest of your wedding planning!

Do you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post an answer for you!


August 26

Weddings on a Budget: Diann Valentine’s Tip of the Week

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Planning a wedding can be pricey—no one would deny that! But our favorite celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine recently explained her favorite cost cutting tips on Fox Morning News in Seattle. Watch this short clip to find out what Diann says to splurge on and what is the number one thing a bride shouldn’t stress over.

You’ll also hear her worst bridezilla story of all time, and some information about her upcoming tour!


April 9

Rant or Rave: A Makeshift Photo Booth?

Wedding photo booths continue to be a hot trend for brides of any budget, but some crafty brides-to-be have come up with ways to create makeshift photo booths using digital cameras, backdrops and props instead of renting a professional booth to come in for her big day.

Have you ever been to a wedding with a makeshift photo booth? What did you think? Would you prefer to splurge on a rented photo booth? Do makeshift photo booths make you want to rant or rave?