Even if you never win anything, it’s worth entering wedding contests and giveaways. 2017 is no different. Brides can score almost anything. Prizes include bridal earrings, free bridesmaid dresses, dream honeymoons and help with other costly wedding necessities.
What you could win
There are all types of wedding contests and giveaways for engaged couples. All sorts of companies offer wedding contests. Megabus is currently offering an unconventional prize. The winner will receive a chunk of cash ($2,500) and a wedding ceremony on a Megabus.
The most common wedding giveaways have prizes ranging from $100-$500. Some wedding contests last a week, others go on for 6 months. Enter early and often.
Popular prizes include decor, bakeware, bridal party attire and honeymoons. But, before you get started, don’t forget to sign up for a second email address to make it easier to sort the prize emails.
Free wedding giveaways 2017
If you’re looking for new 2017 wedding contests to help you cut costs on your wedding day, here are my favorite resources.
Wedding giveaways on social media
Twitter is an excellent resource for finding new wedding contests to enter. New giveaways pop up all the time. It’s a good place to check weekly. Search Twitter for wedding contests and giveaways with phrases like “bridal contest” “wedding contest” “wedding giveaway” and “free honeymoon”. Find out about new wedding contests on Twitter by following @sipbitego and @weddingcontests.
Find Instagram wedding contests with hashtags #weddingprize #weddinggiveaway and #bridalcontest.
Enter wedding expo contests
This isn’t a myth. The odds are pretty decent for wedding expo contest. About 25-50% of vendor booths have entries to win free products or services. In-person contests are great for picking up stationary in particular. The first wedding expo I attended paid for itself. I won 100 free gourmet cupcakes from St. Cupcake in Portland.
Before the event, print out address labels with your name, phone number, email and wedding date on them. This is usually all the info the entry forms request. You’ll be able to fly through the wedding expo while entering every contest you like.
Many wedding expos also run separate online contests before the event, so check there too.
Wedding giveaways on blogs
Enter wedding contests on blogs like Wedding Bee and Getting Married. Subscribe to Sip Bite Go’s email newsletter (in the side bar) for new contest announcements.
Wedding gift registry contests
Gift registries regularly run contests to incentivize brides to sign up. Big companies like Macy’s offer high-ticket items like Kate Spade dinnerware. If you’re going to register anyways, might as well enter through a wedding registry contest. Search the store name + registry contest to find ones to enter.
Whether you’re always a winner or have yet to score something big, it’s worth entering wedding contests. Check back for updates on wedding contests and giveaways.
Have you entered any bridal contests? Any tips or winnings to share?
DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece
Dip your toes in the world of DIY flower arrangements. Not sure where to start? In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece. This floral arrangement is perfect for beginners because it utilizes one of my favorite visual tricks to make DIY centerpieces look expensive.
The trick is to use a mirror, like an antique vanity tray, to ground your centerpiece while making it appear larger.
DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece
Small glass vase
Mirror serving tray
Small white flowers (like the Magnolia flowers in this tutorial)
Daffodils (or make your floral arrangement with hydrangeas)
Pink garden roses
Floral arrangement tips
Before cutting the flowers, hold stems next to the vase to determine the length.
Add small white flowers first.
Add peonies and daffodils, dangling flowers over one side to make it asymmetrical.
Add a few wild, unexpected shoots of stems, buds or leaves.
How to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap
Afraid a simple floral arrangement might look cheap? A tiny flower budget can still furnish an impressive centerpiece. All you need is a couple tricks up your sleeve. Yes, even if your perfect centerpiece includes pricy flowers. Even if you aren’t Martha Stewart.
In this floral arrangement tutorial, I’ll dig a little deeper and share visual tricks utilized by pros. Anyone can tackle this project. The simple floral arrangement with pink peonies and roses you see in this guide was created in minutes with easy-to-find flowers.
I’ll teach you the basics of how to create a simple floral arrangement that doesn’t look cheap. By the end of this post, you’ll become a master illusionist. Creating bountiful floral centerpieces with little experience.
No smoke, just mirrors
I’ve seen this trick work in a range of venues, from an outdoor garden wedding to a rustic barn reception. It’s a trick that makes rooms appear bigger. It’s a photography tool to bounce light. What am I talking about? Mirrors. What’s better than one floral arrangement? Two. No, a mirror can’t clone your floral centerpiece. But it will make your wedding flowers appear bigger, while putting them on a “stage”.
Use a simple vase
When working with simple floral arrangements, it’s important to choose a vase that won’t overshadow the centerpiece. Flowers look more impressive when the vase “fits”. Try a slender vase that is half the height of the tallest flowers. Before cutting the flowers, hold them next to the vase to determine the length.
Keep flowers tall to create the illusion of height
Make a centerpiece look more expensive by filling up space with flowers. Choose flowers with straight stems like peonies and garden roses that will stand up straight. Roses have beautiful leaves that take up room from the bottom of the stem to the top. Because there appears to be a lot of flowers, your centerpiece won’t appear cheap.
Create a DIY floral arrangement that fits a variety of wedding types with these tricks.
Save simple floral centerpieces from feeling boring by adding shine. Try staging flower arrangements, table numbers, and candles on centerpiece mirrors.
Where to buy mirror centerpieces for a garden wedding reception
One of the easiest ways to use fewer flowers while creating a big impact is to include a mirror. Craft stores sell basic mirrors in circle and square shapes. But, standard mirror bases aren’t the only option. For a more ornate feel, use mirrored vanity trays.
The moss green / blue mirror tray in the photos is from Homegoods. The rounded, ornate edges, fit right in an antique garden wedding theme. It almost looks vintage, but it was under $15.
If you don’t see the mirror base you envision in stores, why not make your own centerpiece base? You can even make them out of frames. Peruse this DIY mirror tray on Pinterest for inspiration.
Looking for a unique wedding gift idea? Something that’s not so cliche as a toaster or veggie peeler? A personalized wood sign for a bride and groom will surprise and impress them. Plus, it’s a non-registry wedding gift they can enjoy for life.
Personalize a sign with:
The first names of the couple
Established wedding dates
Decorate with personalized wood signs:
On fireplace mantles in living rooms
On the wall of a shabby chic kitchen
Arranged in-between memories on a photo collage
My fiancé and I “oohed and ahhed” at the sight of our names tied together with a heart on our personalized wood sign. Our “established” date of 2017 is a sweet touch. Chelsea Nicole Designs created the couples sign for my garden wedding. I received it free in exchange for sharing it with my readers and it will be included in the upcoming Garden Wedding Ideas guide.
Since the sign stands up on it’s own, we’ve been trying it in different places around the house. So far it’s mingled with decor on the coffee table, buffet table and book shelf. The personalized wooden sign will definitely make an appearance at our wedding. At a sweetheart table or with the custom monogrammed log coasters on the dessert table. We plan to mount the sign above a wine rack after our wedding. (since we interact with the wine rack so much… we’ll get to enjoy this sign quite a bit!)
These personalized wood signs for couples cost $20. They are made to order on solid wood. You can choose to have them stained in ebony (black), espresso (dark brown – featured), and gun stock (light brown). Each signs measure 17″ x 3.5”. If you’re in a bind for a gift, turnaround time is only 3-5 days.
The owner of Chelsea Nicole Designs is a college student in Portland, OR. Outside of class and studying, Chelsea creates, stains and hand-paints wooden signs. Brides are flocking to her business for personalized wedding signs to use on their big day. Wedding guests are requesting custom orders for bridal shower and wedding gifts.
Need a wedding gift idea for the bride and groom who has everything? Here’s a fun option. Saving coffee tables everywhere, monogrammed log coasters are a unique personalized wedding gift. And about every new couple could use them. Plus, if you want to buy monogrammed log coasters, there’s a discount code at the end.
Creative WEDDING GIFT Idea FOR the BRIDE AND GROOM who has everything
I have quite a few months to go before my big day (August). So in the meantime, I’m enjoying personalized gifts like these sliced wood coasters with my soon-to-be initial “P”. I feel lucky to have a fiancé that makes me coffee every morning (it’s the little things, right?). Our mugs (and sometimes wine / beer glasses) look cute on these coasters. Rumor has it, my fiancé is plotting to use them in his future Man Cave. We’ll see about that…
Before I forget, special thanks to Out On a Limb Wood Products. The Etsy shop owned by Denae supplied these monogrammed log coasters without charge. Out On a Limb creates handmade unique wedding gifts. They’re also a featured vendor in my upcoming (+ free) Garden Wedding Ideas book.
Save 10% oFF personalized log coasters on Etsy
These wood slice coasters come in a set of 4 and cost ~$20. Shop Out On a Limb’s Etsy store + enter code “sipbitego” at checkout for 10% off. Code valid through 12/31/17.
Half decor / half drink accessory, these sliced log coasters can also be utilized as wedding decor. It’s easy to picture the log slices leaning against a floral centerpiece. Or scattered around cupcakes at a dessert table. (Whoops! The cupcakes were supposed to be a surprise… but obviously I’m thinking about cupcake decor for a reason…)
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