On a Budget? Check Out Our Favorite Frugal DIYs

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While some couples have the privilege of spending thousands of dollars on their special day, we recognize that not everyone has that same luxury. Here are 3 budget friendly, DIY wedding trends that we think you’ll love.

Everyone loves saving a buck, but let’s remember that our goal is to keep your big day special as well. Keeping it classy is always a good goal.

Remember it has to make the CUTChic, Uniform, and Tasteful.

1. Mason jars

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Luckily these festive glass jars come in all shapes and sizes (not to mention, you can buy them in bulk–and they’re cheap!). They are all the rage in Rustic & Country Chic, Southern, and Vintage Weddings lately. This versatile staple is one of the simple ways to class up your wedding without breaking the bank.

From customized glasses, to isle decor, table center pieces to walk-way lighting these jars can add the perfect (cost-effective) touch to your special day!

Kerr vs. Ball jars? We found that they are cost competitive, Kmart sells 16oz Kerr jars for $9.99 and 32oz jars for $11.99. Ace Hardware is your spot for Ball jars selling 16oz for $10.99 and 32oz for $11.99. There are 12 jars per package. So, your preference!

2. Burlap

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Like we mentioned, Rustic and Country Chic have been trending lately. One of the cutest aspects of these weddings that we’ve seen over and over again is burlap. You can use it as a table runner, bouquet wrap, isle lining, centerpiece decoration, as a banner, the list of possibilities is endless.

This simple, textured fabric can add a charming touch to your big day. It also adds a neutral to your wedding color palette, providing the perfect backdrop to make your accent colors pop.

It is easy to add ink or paint on this fabric which can be a simple way to personalize it with a monogram. You can also use burlap for your table numbers, labels for your  dessert/buffet lines, and so much more.

Hobby lobby sells burlap by the spool at $2.99 for 5 yards(6″ width) and by the yard at $3.99  (47″ width) while Jo-Ann Fabric sells it a little cheaper at $2.99 per yard at 48,” either way you look at it, burlap is a steal.

3. Re-purposed Vintage Windows

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Windows have been popping up in DIYs everywhere. We have fallen in love with their versatility. From clever, customized seating charts to monogrammed accents, welcome signs to picture frames they can add so much personality to your big day.

Another thing we love about these glass-paned elders, you can set them sporadically (tastefully) around your venue, and add a vintage feel that you’ll adore. Not add a thing. No paint, or glitter, or stencils, simply hang them, stack them, lean them and viola! Automatic atmosphere.

They make the perfect back drop, and even encourage guests to get creative with their photography!

Search around when you’re looking for windows, and get picky! When you’re searching, keep your eyes open for demolition. Most demo crews will let you have windows for free, they often remove the windows before wrecking buildings and old homes.

Feel free to gather all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. The more the better in this sense. Here, we are little bit flexible with the uniform rule because the concept of the windows keeps it uniform. You don’t need them to be identical. Unless that’s your thing of course, in which case we say go for it!


Mason Jar Ideas/Candle Mason Jars

burlap banner/burlap table runner/burlap bow /burlap wrap

window seating/picture frame window/monogrammed window/hanging windows


Welcome to Big Hat


My name is Leah. Planning and executing events is my passion.  This is one area where my creativity is allowed to spill over and be used for something tangible for others to enjoy.  Creating a hub of family, friends, and fellowship surrounded by classy decor in a tasteful, appropriate venue is a thrill all its own.

Ever since I was young I have loved all things art. Painting, sketching, sculpting, the list goes on and I have dabbled in nearly every medium. When I decided not to attend a fine arts school, I chose instead to pursue a degree in communication with an emphasis in Public Relations in hopes of partnering with some close friends to build my own company.

The first event I planned was a surprise party for my Mom who had been away for a week-long vacation with her sisters. At the age of twelve, my decorations consisted of a homemade crayola-colored “Welcome home, Mom!” sign, cut out colored hearts, and a few flat balloons. But, her reaction made me want to plan parties for the rest of my life. She swooped me up into a bear hug, and told me she had never felt so loved.

“Big Hat Events” is a name that my cousin, Jill and I came up with when considering the type of events we would like to be associated with as event planners. Our hope is to always produce classy events, with a sweet disposition and chic charm. This blog  is our kick-start. We will showcase the latest trends of the industry, post ideas and input, contribute research regarding venues, photographers, florists, caterers etc. Obviously our information and research will be geared toward–what we describe as–Big Hat Events.

I hope you will enjoy our posts, and continue to visit blog for information, motivation, and inspiration.

Feel free to contact me at leahjfanning@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.

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