Custom Wedding Portrait

As many of you know, I am always scouting for new and different products that relate to weddings.  Because a wedding is such an important day, a cornerstone of your life, here is something that I think is really special.  There is an artist here in town that makes custom portraits, and while I knew that she made custom “house” portraits, I never put 2 and 2 together, to realize that it could also make a tremendous wedding gift.  Let me explain.

Here is a photo of the Cabanne house in Forest Park with the inclusion of her daughter and now son-in-law in the painting.   This was where her daughter and son-in-law celebrated their vows, and what a wonderful, yet affordable, piece of art.  Note that depicted in the artwork on the front porch is the couple themselves in their wedding attire!

This custom portrait that will be hung in their home will always bring back memories of their special day. Compared to cost of the wedding, this is a small investment for a cherished keepsake.  If you have chosen a venue that has meaning to you, this would be a gift that would always be welcomed – so brides put this on your gift list.  You can see more of her work at    You can reach Richelle at

Budget Tip #3 – FREE wedding catalogs with special offers

There are some wonderful on-line catalog companies for wedding planning.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • – Wedding invitations, stationery, save the dates, programs, favors and more.  They are offering a 10% discount with the promo code “WCATALOG10” until 2/7/13.
  • – Wedding Accessories & Attendants’ gifts.  They offer free shipping on orders of $55 or more.
  • – Wedding gifts for groomsmen, bridesmaids and the entire wedding party.  They are offering 15% on orders of $95 or more until 2/1/13.
  • – Who doesn’t love chocolate!  They offer a great selection of chocolate Hershey bars with custom covers.  They are giving free shipping on orders of $99.00 or more until 1/31/13.
  • – Here’s a great assortment of gift ideas.  Champagne Flutes, Personalized Afghans, Frames, Hurricane Candle Holders, Character Platters and lots and lots of goodies.
  • – Just about anything you might desire can be found here.  Get a free 116 page catalog upon request.