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Do It Yourself Weddings Guide, Issue #010 -- Cheap Outdoor Reception Location Tip From A Reader
March 08, 2006

The Do It Yourself Weddings Guide Newsletter is written by Amber Dusick, editor of the Do It Yourself Weddings site. This issue brings you even more ideas, instructions and tips on doing everything there is to do with weddings...yourself.

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Contents of this issue of Do It Yourself Weddings Guide

  • What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings - New Articles
  • Reader Tip: Cheap Outdoor Reception Location Idea
  • Question From My Email Bag: Dog Themed Wedding Ideas

What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings

Several great new articles for you to enjoy this month! We've built a Do It Yourself Wedding Attire section and are slowly adding articles and projects to it.

Instructions For Making a Bridal Veil
Complete instructionis for making a bridal veil, includes tons of photos of the sewing process and finished pictures! Save money by easily making your own veil that is attached to a plastic comb.

Wedding Veil Options: Fabric, Head-Pieces and Length
All about wedding veil options including different fabric, lengths and head-pieces or how they will attach to your head.

Wedding Guest Book Alternative Ideas
Here are great wedding guest book alternative ideas. You don't have to be stuck with the traditional sign-in books! Let your guests be creative and you'll have a keepsake you'll treasure.

Do It Yourself Bridal Attire & Accessories Section
Our newly built section on all things that you wear! Veils, dresses, shoes and more to come.

Check Our Newest Articles Page for More New Articles! Our newest articles page lists all the new articles as soon as they are uploaded! Never miss a new article by simply checking this page.

Reader Tip: Cheap Outdoor Reception Idea

The following great reader tip was sent in by Jennifer Armocida:

I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, but the price to rent an outdoor venue is outrageous, upwards of $1000! I started looking into state parks and found the perfect site. I was able to rent a 200 person pavillion in Cedarville State Forest(Maryland) all day (8:00am - 8:00pm) for $200. The wooden pavillion is in the middle of the forest, has it's own parking lot, is set up with water, electricity, and lights, has lots of picnic tables, has a bathhouse within walking distance and has a large brick fireplace in it. It's beautiful!

Make sure to ask the park about alcohol policies (Cedarville allows alcohol -some parks don't and some need require you to purchase a permit for a small fee) and to ask about day use fees. Cedarville requires a day use fee($3.00 per vehicle), but I talked to the park and they said that I could give a good faith estimate of the number of vehicles and prepay the fees so the guests don't have to pay that day. (So add another $100 for use fees and it's still only $300 for the venue) They also said that if the pavillion is not in use the day before, that I could come and set up the day before the wedding.

So...check with local and state parks and forests for an outdoor wedding...I will send pics after the wedding and show you all of my projects

Question From My Email Bag: Dog-Themed Wedding Ideas

A reader named Molly wrote in to ask:

"I am having a dog themed wedding. I am having a dog house be my card holder and in lieu of favors I am giving a donation to the ASPCA. I need a centerpiece. I want it to be simple and tasteful. No fire hydrants. If you have any ideas at all, please share them."

While I don't always have time to personally reply to emails requesting ideas, a dog themed wedding was too fun of an idea to pass up!

How about clear glass shallow bowls that are shaped like a dog's bowl as your centerpieces! You could fill it with colored glass pebbles that would look like dog food...but prettier. You could also add a floating candle if you add water or a pillar candle in the center. Alternatively instead of the glass pebbles you could have your "dog bowls" filled with candy. Your table numbers could be little homemade tags on the bowls that will make it look like a personalized dog bowl. You could use traditional dog names (Rover, Spot, etc) or perhaps dog breeds (Golden Retriever, Boston Terrier, etc) for your table names on the tags.

If you really want flowers you could simply have an arrangement at each table and have a dog collar wrapped around the vase.

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