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Handmade Tulle Pew Bows for Wedding Ceremony Under $100

Keep your wedding decorating costs down by using pew bows instead of real flowers to decoration your location during the ceremony.

There are many great reasons to use pew bows: 

  • They are reusable
  • They are re-sellable
  • They are easily transportable
  • They won’t wilt or die

Here’s how easy it is to do:

You can buy the pew bows online or purchase pre-made from a store.

We found the handmade tulle and ribbon pew bows (pictured) on Craig’s List for only $60.  This was 50% off what they would have cost if we were to purchase them at a store and they were much more elegant.  There were 18 pew bows total.  We purchased them as “second hand” bows from a bride who was selling items such as her gift card box, unity candle holder, rose petals and pew bows after her wedding.  The bride we bought them from a told us she came up with an idea to have a “bridesmaid bow making party” about one month before her wedding. What fun!

Here’s How To Have a Pew Bow Making Party:

  1. Go to Michael’s Arts and Crafts or Party City and buy the tulle and ribbon.  Keep an eye out for coupons in your Sunday paper for 20% off materials.  The bow making “how to” instructions are marked clearly on each package.
  2. Pre-cut the tulle and ribbon so everything is ready when your friends and family arrive for the “bow making” event.
  3. Serve simple appetizers and drinks for the “bow makers.”
  4. Maybe even watch a fun wedding themed movie while making bows such as Bridesmaids, Runaway BrideFour Weddings and A Funeral or Wedding Crashers.

Simply Chic Bride Suggestion:  At the end of the event perhaps have all the bow makers drop their name in a hat for a drawing as a thank you and give away a gift card, a music CD or a gift basket filled with great smelling lotions and soaps.

Pew Bow Storage, Transportation and Pew Bow Clips:

**Important Tip**   Most churches will not allow anything to be taped or affixed to the church pews.  The clips slide over the top of the pews for easy preparation and dismantling after the service.

  • Once the service is over have your storage tubs handy and a person designated to carefully place the bows back in the tubs to avoid wrinkling for easy resale.

What a wonderful, Simply Chic Bride way for your family and friends to create a great pre-wedding memory and keeping costs down at the same time!

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Romantically Chic Wedding and Reception Sites – Minnesota

Today’s tough economy has many brides and grooms completely changing the process of how their big wedding day will be planned.  Newly engaged couples are now becoming their own “wedding planners” and “creative wedding architects” by utilizing the resources available on the internet and designing that perfect wedding themselves without utilizing the services of an expensive wedding planner.

Whether you and your beloved envision a grand cathedral wedding followed by a reception at an exclusive country club or perhaps you plan to have an intimate wedding ceremony performed on a boat followed by a reception/boat tour on a river or lake, whatever it is you decide upon, you are in luck because the affordable wedding and reception site options in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area are endless.

Here’s an example of how Simply Chic and easy your wedding day can be:

For our upcoming wedding my fiancé and I are getting married at an adorable little church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, called The Golden Valley Historical Society, Historic Church.  It’s run by volunteers who are all exceptionally great people that want to preserve the history of this quaint little church built back in the 1800’s.

We made an appointment to see the church and when we pulled into the parking lot we knew right away before even stepping inside that it would perfectly fit our needs for the wedding ceremony we envisioned.  This quaint little church seats only 80 people, and or our guest list total came to 75 guests.  It was a match made in Simply Chic heaven 🙂

The next step was deciding on the location for our wedding reception.  My fiance’s sister suggested that since we both love to cook and entertain that perhaps a home reception would be a good fit.  And, the more we thought about it, the more the idea seemed absolutely perfect for it accomplished four very big things:

  • It matched our vision perfectly.
  • It saved us a lot of money on site rental.
  • It saved us a lot of money on minimum food ordering requirements.
  • It allowed us to stay within our wedding budget.

We then hired a friend of my brother, (blessing someone within our friend network with employment for the day in this tough economy), who works in the catering business to take care of the food and serving so we don’t have to.

So as you see, once you define how you want your wedding to look, your wedding budget, the size of your guest list and the general geographic area where you want to perform your nuptials, your wedding location and reception decisions should all fall into place relatively easy.

Simply Chic Wedding Fun Facts:

Did you know:

  • Every year in the United States there are approximately 2.5 million weddings.
  • The average wedding in 2007 cost $29,000.
  • The average wedding cost in 2010 was $20,000.
  • The average cost for the wedding ceremony is $2,500.

As our wedding gift to you, The Simply Chic Bride has compiled a list of beautifully romantic wedding and reception venue options in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area to get you kick started in designing your perfect day.  We are adding to this list all the time, if you have any great ideas on websites that you would like to contribute we’d love to hear from you.  Please email us at:  thesimplychicbride@gmail.com

Wedding and Reception locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota:

Bearpath Golf & Country Club – Eden Prairie, MN

Blaisdell Manor – Minneapolis, MN

Café Lucrat – Minneapolis, MN

Calhoun Beach Club – Minneapolis, MN

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Conservatory at Carlson Center – Minnetonka, MN

Earle Browne Center – Brooklyn Park, MN

Edinburgh Usa – Brooklyn Park, MN

Fort Snelling Club – St. Paul, MN

Gale Mansion – Minneapolis, MN

Golden Valley Country Club – Golden Valley, MN

Golden Valley Historical Society, Historic Church – Golden Valley, MN

Grand Hotel – Minneapolis, MN

Harrington Mansion/Zurah Shrine – Minneapolis, MN

Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska,  MN

Hotel Sofitel – Minneapolis, MN

Interlachen Country Club – Edina, MN

International Market Square – Minneapolis, MN

 James J. Hill Reference Library  – St. Paul, MN

Landmark Center – St. Paul, MN

Legends Golf Club – Prior Lake, MN

Paradise Charter Cruise – Minneapolis, MN

McNamara Alumni Center – St. Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN

Midland Hills Country Club – Roseville, MN

Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minikahada Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Boat Club- St. Paul, MN

Minnesota History Center – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Historical Society – Historical Venue Locations

Nicollet Island Inn – Minneapolis, MN

Nicollet Island Pavillion – Minneapolis, MN

Northwestern College (Nazareth Chapel) – St. Paul, MN

Padelford Riverboats – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

St. Anthony Main Event Center – Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Hotel – St. Paul, MN

Science Museum of MN – St. Paul, MN

Summit Manor Reception House

Union Depot – St. Paul, MN

Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN

 Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

 

 

Copy and paste the condensed list below for easy reference and printing:

Bearpath Golf & Country Club – Eden Prairie, MN

Blaisdell Manor – Minneapolis, MN

 Café Lucrat – Minneapolis, MN

Calhoun Beach Club – Minneapolis, MN

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Conservatory at Carlson Center – Minnetonka, MN

Earle Browne Center – Brooklyn Park, MN

Edinburgh Usa – Brooklyn Park, MN

Fort Snelling Club – St. Paul, MN

Gale Mansion – Minneapolis, MN

Golden Valley Country Club – Golden Valley, MN

Grand Hotel – Minneapolis, MN

Harrington Mansion/Zurah Shrine – Minneapolis, MN

Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska,  MN

Hotel Sofitel – Minneapolis, MN

Interlachen Country Club – Edina, MN

International Market Square – Minneapolis, MN

James J. Hill Reference Library  – St. Paul, MN

Landmark Center – St. Paul, MN

Legends Golf Club – Prior Lake, MN

Paradise Charter Cruise – Minneapolis, MN

McNamara Alumni Center – St. Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN

Midland Hills Country Club – Roseville, MN

Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minikahada Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Boat Club- St. Paul, MN

Minnesota History Center – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Historical Society – Historical Venue Locations

Nicollet Island Inn – Minneapolis, MN

Nicollet Island Pavillion – Minneapolis, MN

Northwestern College (Nazareth Chapel) – St. Paul, MN

Padelford Riverboats – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

St. Anthony Main Event Center – Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Hotel – St. Paul, MN

Science Museum of MN – St. Paul, MN

Summit Manor Reception House

Union Depot – St. Paul, MN

Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN

Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

 

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.”
                                                      ~ Barbara DeAngelis

 

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It’s the Amish Way

Since the launch of my new blog, The Simply Chic Bride, I have received many great comments, emails and feedback from friends and fellow bloggers.  People have said it’s really cute and I say, don’t you mean chic :)?  Readers have commented and said they have found useful links and great information contained within this blog, but many are asking me to define the concept behind The Simply Chic Bride.

So here it is:  The Simply Chic Bride is all about finding the beauty in simplicity during the entire wedding planning process.

It’s about getting out in front of your upcoming wedding by doing something each day to have forward movement and progress so that when your big day arrives you arrive in Simply Chic style, within your budget, without stress and hopefully you make some new friends and form new relationships along the way.

It’s about inviting your family and your closest friends to your wedding and “connecting” with them.  These are the people that would love nothing more than to attend this beautiful occasion and enjoy it with you.  These wouldn’t be the people that would say, “Yes, I have to go to another wedding this weekend.”  The Simply Chic Bride’s people would say, “My family member or dear friends are getting married and I can’t wait to go to their wedding.”

It’s about being mindful in really knowing who is on your guest list – it’s not about “the big show” and inviting so many people that you don’t know each and every person attending, personally.

It’s about being a kind, gracious and a thankful bride – not a Bridezilla.  It’s about the groom too.  How many grooms have you known that got lost in the wedding shuffle? The bride completely steamrolled through the entire process spending money and making decisions without involving her beloved.  Is this foreshadowing how it’s going to be once they are married?  Decisions should always be mutual, don’t forget there are two of you exchanging vows.

The Simply Chic Bride is the polar opposite to the popular TV show, Say Yes To The Dress, where many times the bride calls her fiancé on the phone to convince him to spend hundreds or even thousands over her bridal budget on a dress that will be worn for just 4.5 hours, yikes!  Decisions made under duress, as we all know, never turn out well.

It’s about doing things “The Amish way,” by keeping things simple and utilizing those within your friends and family network for assistance with ideas, services and skills.

Have you ever met a stressed out Amish person?  The answer most likely is no.  Reaching out to their friends and family network and the bonds they have created are so strong that stress and anxiety are not allowed to be a big part of their lives.  If someone needs a barn built, or heck, if a bride needs a wedding dress made, those in the community all pitch in to help out.  It’s a way of life that seems tested by time.

By doing things the Amish way and The Simply Chic Bride way you can accomplish great things on many different levels.  Not only are you assisting those in your friends and family network by hiring them during these tough economic times, but you are blessing them with the opportunity to be a part of your big day.  In return, I guarantee, you will receive the best service or skills they can offer.  Who has your back better than friends and family?

The Simply Chic Bride way is all about being grateful that you’ve found the love of your life and letting others know that too by modeling good communication skills, decision making skills and yes, sometimes negotiation skills, during the planning and preparation process between the bride and groom leading up to your wedding day.

And most importantly, The Simply Chic Bride way doesn’t want you to flash forward to your wedding day by wishing yourself into the future. The wedding planning process is a part of living. Keeping things simple will prevent you from falling into the flash forwarding trap. If you find yourself saying, “I can’t wait until our wedding and these details are behind us.”  There is something definitely wrong and adjustments need to be made.

Instead, be present in the planning – embrace the entire process right down to picking out your shoes.  To accomplish this it may mean getting up an hour earlier for work so you have a little time to do research online before heading to the office.

The Simply Chic Bride would like to leave you with this quote…

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

We want to hear from you!  Please email us your questions or comments to:

Email:  thesimplychicbride@gmail.com

Cheers!

The Simply Chic Bride

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