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Tips for testing pre wedding

Everything at my wedding was done in a simple way and thought to be practical and have my face.

The pre wedding trial was a plus, was not within the original budget, but I wanted to give away.

I decided that the pre wedding photos would be used in the decoration of the party and, later, in my house. That's why I took everything to the test with a certain caution, for it was natural and fit in the tight budget the eve of the big day.

Thus, the investment has more sense than just posting on Facebook:)

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Started researching photographers outside my region, which were outside the METIER of marriages, the same criteria used to choose the wedding photographers.

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  • If you want an essay on the beach, place the shift in care.

Most exciting photographers, who are always at the fairs, charge by name, by their brand-what is fair, you know? I'm not talking about expensive or cheap, because it is relative. But, it is important to search because it is not only the most famous photographer that will deliver a quality service.

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Needless to say, security, right?

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So much so that on the day of pictures, my brother was there with my nephews, the Gu and the Isa, that would be my page and my.

The photographer had the courtesy to click them without us or 3 < ask, you know? This is a careful so special, that shows that she was there to tell our story.

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Composed of wreaths, white clothes and etc, if not its vibe will only leave you.

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What makes all the difference is you are at ease and comfortable. Everything from the clothes, the location and the team must leave you in your secure environment, to smile wonder:)

Hold the anxiety and controls the fighting saw?

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My DIY Wedding Decor

Did I ever tell you how I did my my DIY wedding here, everything was done for me, alone and with money well controlled on the tip of the pencil.

Today we completed 2 years, cotton anniversary and I want to set a date with this post super special and exciting for me.

There's even video! < 3

The items I chose to invest more on marriage were:

  • Photo and video, I had 2 different teams.
  • Buffet service (food) and bar (drink).
  • Location of the ceremony and party.

But, why do wedding decoration alone?

My life is full of meanings, symbols and details. I wanted to put those features into every detail of the wedding. I wanted to express my energy and my faith in every corner of the marriage, but I couldn't find anyone who would embrace this dream.

What did I do?

First I received many criticisms, no one offered to help and I cried too, see? But during 12 months I collected bottles and items to decorate, bought every little thing and I was riding slowly.


I worked with events, and used that experience to organize and define what I needed. After: a lot of research, and Google hits.

  • I chose a beautiful place with small personal touches was perfect for my taste.
  • I closed my eyes to the trends and opinions of others: my taste was the focus.
  • Set the colors, and I haven't changed my opinion for a second: it was focus and knife in the skull.

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How was do the decoration on their wedding day?

I made it very clear in my mind that what went wrong or different in the day was just have patience. The day of the wedding was not to stress, was to enjoy and know that I did my best.

Did the best and who like me (and groom) would understand any "faults". Even though it's a very demanding, the meaning of marriage, to me, was not.

I hired a team of support and was very honest: "I'm going to decorate the wedding day and I need you guys to help me, it's just going to be loading and packing, ok?"

My only requirement was that the team knew the place, for if this some shit, they'd know where to run.

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I made a plan, a schedule, and follow everything to the letter. 

I organized me financially to know when buying each piece of décor, items for souvenirs and etc.

No running, no debts, all divided into the 17 months that lasted for the production of the wedding.

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Two weeks, or less, before the wedding I had to ask for help:

I had already done much of the craftsmanship, origamis, lace, fasteners, laces and details, but there was mounting.

I asked help from several people, but only my uncle and Godfather of marriage must really. At his house, the neighbours-people who didn't even know me-have been helping and it was beautiful!

In 2 weekends it was all ready: more than 300 bottles decorated and 300 boxes of souvenirs assembled!

Last week I rode the booties for the guests, with the tags that I made. My sister-in-law bought his tie cut, I sent my dress for laundry-which was already properly scheduled.

Still closed a special bar drinks (with a few bucks left over). Thank God, good things happen to good people:)

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A day before the wedding:

Ah, calm on the day 13 (2 days before the wedding) my second dress, party, bought at the last minute because I was waiting for the money. I wanted something more sexy and comfortable to the party and FEDEX delivered it right!

14 day I closed one of the hotels of honeymoon calmly, waited for the best price and left home to go to buy flowers at Ceagesp dawn. In the van, with old floor. Turned the night by choosing, bargaining and breaching security.

I remembered I had no time to get out of the fair, the Venerable in Ceagesp, walked like camel and loaded a darn weight: with a huge smile on his face and speaking with pride that was getting married the next day.

The Venerable didn't share of animation, was well stressed out and took a super hard time not to annoy me and stop being the bride. PITI on my wedding day just if it was mine!

In the end, I was proud of having bought the flowers I wanted paying ANYTHING-I spent less than 200 R$ in flowers. I was very grateful because I had help from some retailers out of the Ceagesp:) through the docks


I went back to my mom's House, I slept 3 hours and it was time to go to the site! Bora in Van, laden with flowers and I was at chop, 1000 energy!

That day I learned to keep my energy and my good vibration just up to me!

I got the Brigadier in the Groupon purchased cake-nothing more-well before the sets, see?


I hired a great hairdresser and a great makeup artist: 

They not only understood that I would not be a bride like me helped, no ugly face.

I told them I would just stop everything, to get ready, after the 12:00-my wedding was the 4:30 pm on the invitation.

I didn't want to be late, we set the hair and I was doing the arrangements. After the Assembly, which was coordinated by the staff.

I was going to oversee and indicating where to put everything.


Everything went in the most perfect order, as planned.

4:30 pm I looked beautiful, ready! I enjoyed until a quick wedding and hydro delayed thanks to mother-in-law-Oh life!

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Guess what I heard all the wedding plans?

"You're the most calm bride I've ever seen!" Our as you're calm. " "Girl like you can arrange everything so that easy?" 


Anyone who knows me knows I'm a very stressed and perfectionist, what changed was: my DIY wedding would be perfect for me and that was the only thing that mattered.

The things that went wrong were insignificant: I didn't realize and no one noticed. The decor was not perfect. Had details that I certainly had to ignore. But no one imagined that I had done everything alone there in the day.

Was delicate and full of meaning.


Everything is here in the pictures was made by me.

The swag decoration, of the bottles to the cake table arrangements. Until my bouquet I made as I imagined:) but thanks a LOT!

My DIY wedding is a point of pride, you know? I love remembering each step, even the most difficult!


My tips for anyone who wants to do a DIY wedding:

  • In General, no one supports the bride who says he will decorate the wedding. Not discouraged, okay?
  • Choose the location of the wedding, it's easier when the place is beautiful.
  • Research and study hard. Close an idea and has focus, organization and planning.
  • Hire good people and that embrace your dream!
  • Don't despair if something goes wrong: be patient! What has no solution, solved is. Don't be stubborn and learn to compromise, no drama.
  • Know that the most important thing is your love!


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How I made my DIY wedding: Step by step!

Como eu fiz meu casamento DIY

My DIY wedding was one of the greatest projects of my life! When I decided to marry we lived together for 2 years, we wanted to have a party and all the adjectives but the money was short and we have bills to pay.

 It was not easy, but I managed to make my DIY wedding and I want to share a bit of how the preparations were.

Maybe, will help a bride to be?

When I got married, making DIY wedding was not so fashionable. I faced the challenge knowing that it would not be easy, for my perfectionism and that I would have to do everything all by myself.
Family, friends and close people did not believe it was possible
to Make A DIY Wedding, they said that it was the invention of my head. But, I already had an idea of how I would like it to be my wedding and I started researching.
  • 17 months before the wedding

When I began to have an idea of how I wanted to marry, I began to research the cost of marriages in my area.

I have seen budgets of more than R$ 100 thousand (BRL) in ALL identical weddings in the photos, a standard format. So I decided that I would do everything I could on my own and that I would have a meaningful and exclusive marriage.

I've made a spreadsheet for planning the wedding and planned all possible expenses, and, without scamming, I did everything in accordance with my possibilities.
I closed the date, I chose a Friday afternoon, until my marriage no one I knew had been married on a Friday and even more so in the afternoon. I made the guest list in 3 days, without a break and being practical, I just wanted friends and family (still the list got huge).
I began to direct my research to the style of marriage I wanted and I already had an idea of where I would like to get married.
  • 15 months before

I closed the space of the ceremony and the party, a place where I could do everything there with freedom.
After more research and tastings, I closed the buffet. I found one that met all my requirements (French service, cocktail, and dinner, with simple menu and drinks).
The buffet was my priority, so I closed well before and did not skimp. You must choose an item to be your priority, be it the venue, the dress or anything else.
  • 12 months before

In the meantime I went to the ABC bridal salon I met suppliers of all kinds and got many cards. I've come back to a few vendors later and these fairs are great for that but do not fall for the tale of the unique opportunity for the fair, just close if it really is something that has won you.
Photography and filmmaker – I closed a deal with the 1st team that I knew and I would have a 2nd team yet. Then I had to stop and breathe a little (to pay the bills, right?). It was a strategic break, to start paying for the most expensive things.
I planned to, in a few months, do not close any contracts, but visit several potential suppliers to only know them and decide me later.
  • 10 months before

I started gathering glass bottles for the decor and planning the honeymoon, listing package options and gift quotas. I decided to do everything all by myself, so I was able to spend less than in travel agencies.
I chose the godparents, pages and checkers and the color chart that I would use in the decoration. I made myself 😀 the art of my wedding invitation, with the help of a friend who has worked as a designer, because I wanted to vectorize a single image and that nobody could copy, I personally chose the fonts of the visual identity and the printing paper of my invitation.
  • 8 months before

I started looking for the ideal clothes for the groom, children and me: of course! Here the research was quick because I already knew well what the "dress code" of the wedding would look like.
I choose the DJ, stage lighting, musicians for the ceremony and the 2nd photography team.
  • 6 months before

I choose the makeup artist and hairdresser in the city of Mauá (where I lived). I started buying the decorating items and making the handmade souvenirs.
I closed the groom's clothes on a tailor, had 2 suits tailor-made, and together they cost the price of renting a fake here in my area.
I chose the list of songs of the ceremony and with the help of the person in charge of the choir we had an idea of what would be the great moment: with prayer and much meaning.
  • 4 months

I looked for a graphic designer specializing in wedding invitations and I closed the printout of everything: invitation, tags and individual invitations. It came out much better by closing everything together, but I researched a lot before closing.
I closed the bridesmaid's dress and pageboy – without the mothers of the children, remember that I said I did not have help? It was tense!
I chose the bridesmaid dresses with them at José Paulino, my 3 bridesmaids chose knee-length dresses and I thought it was great that they were comfortable.
I bought my hair and jewelry accessories.
I ordered the " candy" in a studio in my region, with a great price because I met them at the fair and was talking to them a long time, at the time of closing rolled discount!
  • 2 months

I closed an unconventional advisory, I found a team that would be my staff. No conventional advice accepted the fact that I would make my decoration on the day. I hired 3 people to be a support team myself, they were my arms and eyes.  I agreed with them that only 3 hours before the wedding I would leave the scene and I would be the bride and it was done!
I tried several dresses, from the most expensive to the cheapest, and did not beat that love. I chose to have a unique model, imported by me from Australia, which reduced my cost by 80%.
I bought my shoes and those of the fiancé, in the same mall and we still use it today. In 45 of the second time I bought a second dress for the party, I waited to know if the expenses would be in the limit.
We decided to make the honeymoon: we bought the tickets and made the itinerary with 3 international destinations.
  • 1 month before

We marked the civil register and St. George church confirmed that it could celebrate the blessing of marriage outside the church.
I made the party kit: posters for photobooth, faces, mustaches, plates and etc. Here I already knew the flowers I would buy, how I wanted my bouquet and how I would decorate it in the day. My tip is to make decisions, make choices, but be flexible if you need to change them.
I bought my dress for the civilian and did the pre-wedding rehearsal, I used the photos of that day in the decoration. We hired a beginner photograph here from the ABC that burned in the photos and so we closed with it the cover of the civilian that we would not do.
I also bought some gourmet for the cake table, it was an ABC candy that made delicious burgers of pistachio, traditional strawberry, coffee and lemon that decorated the table.
  • Some days before

In the last days, I finished cleaning the bottles and my uncle and godparent helped me paint. We all decorated in his house where several people came to help, some people who did not even know me.
I bought little shoes as gifts to my guests, they arrived and I glued one by one in the tags.
I hired a team of bartenders to have a bar of drinks, I gave as a gift to my Excellency (and me) with a nice of funds!
My sister-in-law sought the groom's bow tie on March 25, which I was almost forgetting.
  • 1 day before

It was just the two of us and our mothers getting married in the morning, then having coffee and focusing on the final preparations.
The dress of the party arrived on time, I did not despair because I would easily use the same ceremony, but I was very happy with FedEx the day before the wedding at my gate.
I looked for the girl's and the pageboy's clothes and the gallons of helium gas for the decoration balloons.
I closed the lodging of the honeymoon trip and the car to take us from the airport to the hotel in the first city. All of it 1 day before, in the greatest calm. I was monitoring the prices I knew I would catch the smallest if it closed that day!
At 11 o'clock the day before the wedding I left home in a beaten van and went to the CEAGESP to buy flowers: I came home at 05h in the morning and at 08h I was on my way to the place to get married!
I started arranging the arrangements on the bottles, the buffet staff set the tables, my husband carrying the banks of the ceremony. The dears Wanderson and Jéssica (hairdresser and makeup artist) helped me with the arrangements, the staff (3 women and 1 man) arrived and set the rest the way I asked.
I was very well disposed of, with dark circles, but I chose the best makeup artist I know to handle it and I did not feel a little sleep.
A few hours before the wedding, I said goodbye to the groom and would only see him again at the altar.
We got separated and he took his bath in the reserved room and I still relaxed a few minutes in the tub.
And at the last minute, I invited my brother to accompany my mother and take me to the altar.
During all the preparations and especially on the day of the wedding I heard several times that it was amazing how calm I was and how everything was at peace. That was very gratifying!

Wow, it was well worth it, did you see? I did everything the good and my best, without hanging myself to pay.

Planning a wedding alone requires a lot of attention and dedication. There are no ready-made formulas, you'll need to figure out how to make it happen.

But, believe me, it's tiring, it's hard, but I had a DIY wedding for 250 people and I did not even spend close to the R$ 100,000 BRL from the first survey.

I found a website today, unfortunately, that I have already married. But they have a lot of beautiful photo of DIY wedding to inspire you (click) and everything that It's all I've said about Wedding is here on the blog (click here)

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The essentials for planning the wedding

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It’s not very conventional the bride do more than hire services for the wedding.

But, in addition to planning the wedding, I made decoration, souvenirs and many other things alone.

Few people helped a lot of people criticized. Truth is, that not only was possible as was the way I wanted to.

So I want to tell you about planning the wedding DIY and, who knows, help other brides to be?

When we started thinking about marriage, I wanted a ceremony, the Honorable wanted to party, the two of us we dream with the honeymoon. If all of this would be possible, was another story.

I started to imagine possible dates to marry, by will, didn’t want a Saturday-as is normal here in Brazil. But, before closing the date I started thinking in places, prices and possibilities that would be in my power.

Were 2 months researching everything about marriage, wondering if it would be possible to do everything I wanted. I think it’s the best time to plan the wedding, is where we stay hours watching inspirations and dreaming how will the party, ceremony, travel, etc …

When we decide a date, I started-effectively-plan. I chose a Friday, with 1 year and 6 months in advance.

Then I got 1 month just doing math, I already had the reference and research focused on accounting. Most importantly, for me, was to plan the budget carefully. As far as possible I wanted to predict how much I could spend with the whole wedding.

It is common for brides start the guest list, but it’s no use having a huge list and not having enough money to “play.” For me, starting with the budget was more down-to-Earth.

To set the budget of my DIY wedding I did a simple account:
(my salary + salary of groom)-(fixed + variable expenses)

Multiplied the value that would have a month, by the number of months to forget for the wedding day and arrived at the total amount of the wedding budget, the budget.


Knowing the budget I chose my priorities at the wedding.  The items that were most important to me, where would invest more money.

With a lot of patience and focus that used a trick my financial management it always works. Have an emergency, a margin value of negotiation and an exception.

  • The emergency value is for if something come out of schedule. Need to increase the list, the shoes got more expensive, things that happen at the last minute.
  • The trading margin is the extra value that I would be willing to pay for something. For example, if I did a lot of matter of married on site X, or Y brand’s dress, or the food and they were more expensive than I planned I had a limit to increase my budget.
  • The exception I call the basic luxinho. The money will provide that surprise hot for the groom or bride. One thing, you don’t have to be essential to the wedding, but that would make me happy to have.

Even after all this set, it was time to go to the final prices with suppliers. But, Yes, make the guest list.

I have had no problems with the list, just to close friends and family were 180 possible guests.

Using the example above budget, 20% for the buffet would have R$ 12,000.00. A list of 150 guests, would be $ 80/person, in São Paulo can do a little simple, but decent, see? Now to a smaller list, for example, 100 people the value of the breakfast buffet could be up to $ 120/person.

That’s how I realized that everything was depedender of how I wanted my marriage and how much I was willing to pay.

Respecting my budget I closed the list in 150 people, with a margin of exception to 180.

After budget and well-defined list that I started asking REAL wedding vendor quotes.

 It is important to separate search planning, search you can see everything, you can freak out!

I googled from the our Lady of Brazil, Chapel of the PUC, restaurants, farms and even a private beach to do my wedding … My dream!

But, in planning needs to have FOCUS.

In the research I had already decided that I get married outdoors and had an idea of possible suppliers. I got in touch with at least 3 suppliers of each type of service to have a good idea of price.

But, I selected well the list, not to waste my time with visits and tastings.

Were 4 months planning, budgeting and visiting suppliers. I held the anxiety and the fear of losing the date and just started to close contracts with 12 months in advance.

My wedding planning followed a simple base: research, budget, planning, budgeting and hiring/purchases. I’m determined and I did these steps very easy, then it was just close contracts and arrange payments.

I found on a website of brides, I can’t remember the name, an example of 30000 real budget. With a few tweaks, it’s quite possible to be followed.

 Plan the wedding with real 30000

I don’t follow these percentages because I did a lot of things alone.

  • Decorations and souvenirs, handmade and were all made by me, over the course of 1 year.
  • The stationery was made by me, and produced in a wedding invitations.
  • The cakes and pastries I bought the same buffet made the cocktail and dinner.
  • The cake table candy bought the piece in a small amount.
  • I didn’t need a car rental, the ceremony took place in the same location of the party.
Everything saved in this process I used to have more quality in other services, that was my priority. As dinner served the French, special cocktails, 2 photo, 3 teams clothing options for me and 2 for fiance and a few more things … I had a wedding chic and perfect Rico and done much for me.

What I learned while planning the wedding:

  • Few suppliers know working at weddings DIY – where the bride does things, especially the decor.
  • Wedding vendors play with your head of brides. That sucks!
  • Have a plan B safe and reliable (for all) is essential.
  • If any supplier to pressure you to sign, only accepted if it is too good and you do about him at the wedding.
  • For months, much more expensive, may and December, for example.
  • Invest in a more expensive and complete buffet, it was worth it!

My stance when planning my wedding was simple and decided. I still had moments of hassle, but I didn’t give up my DIY wedding and work so well.

I hope that all the brides who read this post have the same success on your big day. If you want to talk or ask questions, I always answer the comments:)