Real Simple Weddings Tips

By AM Northwest Staff



Today we spoke with Real Simple Weddings Magazine Editor, Jamee ZanZinger. Jamee offered some tips on keeping your wedding elegant yet also simple and affordable!




Here are some of her helpful hints on different wedding components:


  • Choose a rectangular invitation rather than a square one which will cost 17 cents more per invitation to mail.
  • Mail invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at 3 weeks after the postmark so you can be prepared.
  • For an eco-friendly option, create a wedding website, with information for guests.


  • On a budget? Look for an unadorned inexpensive dress, and place your other investments into things such as crystal beads, imported lace, a beautiful headpiece, or a great pair of shoes.
  • Create a big day survival kit by including items such as; sewing kit, extra buttons, white chalk for disguising dress stains, a compact steamer, and white gaffer's tape to patch tears in your dress.
  • Shop on E-Bay for wedding accessories; scour consignment shops or nonprofit resale shops for a hidden treasure.


  • Avoid planning your wedding near major floral-heavy holidays of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day due to a possibility of increased prices.
  • Consider opting for blossoms such as Freesia, Snapdragons, Sweet William, and Chrysanthemums that are available year-round for less than $2 a stem.
  • Get creative with containers: Try daisy-filled galvanized buckets or sunflowers placed in antique milk jugs. You can also make great centerpieces using flowers purchased at the supermarket or farmers market.
  • After the event, donate the flowers to a hospice, a hospital, a nursing home, or a meal delivery program.


  • Sign up at an independent site such as Felicite that allows you to register for items from any website. Guests can then contribute whatever amount they would like toward the purchase. Another idea: visit The Big Day where friends and family can fund honeymoon activities like a candlelit dinner or scuba-diving excursion.
  • If you already own household essentials such as flatware and dishware, don't be afraid to register for big-ticket items that you do need,  such as a loveseat or a coffee table. Guests can band together to buy one item.
  • Register eight months before the wedding and sign up at a minimum of three retailers so guests have choices. 


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