Prepper Wedding

prepper-wedding-radical-survivalismPrepper, Homesteader, Minimalist…It’s a lifestyle and a choice. Decisions are weighed out carefully regarding multiple variables. What does it cost, can it be reused, how will it improve our life? When it comes to your big day, this can make budgeting a huge challenge.

You’re an outdoorsy type, maybe a hunter, a hiker, maybe a bit of a tomboy, or not…Maybe you’re having difficulty relating your future zombie chaser style into a wedding that not only makes sense, but will look good on you, too!

Here at RSW, we are a prepping, homesteading, minimalist family so we understand how our chosen lifestyle impacts our end game. We understand the struggle because, we live it, too! If we spend too much money on something, will we have less toilet paper? Will we have less canned food put away? Will we feel less prepared? And worse, will we feel less empowered?

TIP: Always have a notebook handy so you can jot down those spur of the moment inspirations. Why a notebook? Minimalists may rely on the Cloud for saved info, but homesteaders and preppers typically prefer a written record. You can set a budget and keep track of your spending so you don’t have any surprises later on. This is really important: set a budget for each category. If it looks like you will have money left over in one category, then you can apply the difference to a different category. For example, flowers cheaper than you thought? Then add an appetizer or another food station. (Or, buy more toilet paper!)

Here’s an idea that will save you possibly hundreds of dollars: Yes! You can make and design your own wedding cake! Better yet, enlist a friend or family member. Some big box stores and hobby stores are carrying nested (graduated size) cake pans by Wilton. We LOVE “naked” wedding cake layers! You can stack your layers with a luscious filling and minimal frosting, actually leaving the cake showing through. This is great for people who don’t have perfect frosting skills or who will never obtain a PhD in fondant assembly. Here’s a hint: fondant doesn’t taste as good as it looks. Decorate with edible pearls, fresh mint sprigs, fruit, berries, or other edible flowers such as lavender, borage, and nasturtiums.

prepper-wedding-radical-survivalismTIP: have plenty of refrigerator room to store cake layers and assemble at the reception area. Fold up with shipping tape cardboard boxes to transport the cake layers. You can also purchase cake boards at big box stores in the wedding section by the crafts!

When it comes to flowers, this is another huge expense that can be drastically scaled back without making your wedding appear anything less than amazing. Consider silk flowers in mason or plain glass jars weighted with glass drops from the hobby or dollar store. If fresh is your style, consider fresh flowers for the bridal bouquet and boutonnière and compromise for silk or dried for the bridesmaids and centerpieces. For our centerpieces, we traveled to Detroit to a large craft store and purchased light weight vases and silk flowers in the colors of our wedding theme. Add a battery operated fairy light. We used these vases for gifts for our immediate family to take home after the reception as we were married on Christmas Eve. We purchased jar labels that had a downloadable template to print at home for our wedding favors that were small bail closure jars filled with red and green M&M’s.

TIP: Contact your chain grocery store that has a floral department. Make a contact there who is your go-to person from beginning to end. Estimate what you will need for your flower requirements. Include extras in case of brown leaves/petals or breakage. Let your contact know this is for your wedding and for what date and time someone will be there to pick up your flowers. If you don’t feel comfortable with their ability to get this done on your schedule, then move on to another option. Don’t forget to include greenery and/baby’s breath for accent. Ask your contact to get you the price ahead of making your commitment to purchase. Get ribbon with crystals, feathers, sparkly picks, floral tape, floral wire and the bouquet holder from Hobby Lobby. Check their website for additional sizes and colors for bouquet holders. Keep in mind you will want extra refrigerator space to store your flowers. Check YouTube for flower and bow tutorials. Less is more is now the fashion statement so keeping it simple is the way to go.

THE dress can be another huge expense. Thrift stores can be a great place to start. Traditional gowns don’t thrill you? Consider brides maid dresses in your chosen color. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Not interested in thrift store finds? Look for moving sales, demo dress sales, and last year design sales.

TIP: Upcycle a corset dress by changing the ribbon to your wedding color and hand stitching beads or bits of lace on the bodice or skirt. Need alterations? Check with your local bridal stores. Many offer alterations for dresses not purchased in their store.

prepper-wedding-radical-survivalismThe food…for starters, skip pre-wedding appetizers. I swear, I think the wedding shows started this nonsense with caterers just so the caterers can make more money! “Sit down, Per Person Plates” are an indulgence that just isn’t necessary. Appetizer stations are much more festive than full meals. Also, appetizer stations don’t require a serving staff. Popcorn bars are much more affordable than a candy bar. Speaking of bars, a signature cocktail will save you loads over having an open bar.

Well, prepper gal (or guy,) we’ve got some handpicked wedding ideas just for you! Your wedding can reflect who you are without costing a fortune and most of these ideas are strictly DIY! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for your lifestyle…Prepper, Minimalist, Homesteader, we’ve got you covered.

TIP: Sign up on line for JoAnns coupons sent to your email for ribbon and fabric. Search on line for Hobby Lobby coupons for 40% off a single item that isn’t already on sale and you can show the image (usually-that has been my experience,) to the cashier from your phone.

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How the Times Change

When the United States was founded, 90% of the population was in agriculture.

When Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, 50% of our population were farmers, and almost everyone was close to fresh farm sources.

Today, less than 1% of the population raises our food.

See the problem?

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

This Week’s News Headlines

Plunging prices could force a third of U.S. oil firms into bankruptcy

(MarketWatch.com) “…The current downturn is now deeper and longer than each of the five oil price crashes since 1970, said Martijn Rats, an analyst at the bank (Morgan Stanley)…”

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Another Great Recession threatens world financial markets

(MarketWatch.com) “…Mr. Global Economy has spent much of the past seven years in an induced coma, with only a modest recovery from the Great Recession. The root causes of the life-threatening 2008-09 financial crisis remain unaddressed. Debt levels are higher now, and imbalances remain…”

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OPEC considering emergency action on oil prices

(Money.CNN.com) “…After watching the price of crude oil collapse by more than 65% to a 12-year low, there are signs that OPEC may have had enough…”

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Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

(Reuters.com) “…A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State…”

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FDA approves OxyContin for kids 11 to 16

(USA Today) “…Among adolescents who are prescribed OxyContin, a small but significant number are going to become addicted…”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Make a Simple Intercom From a Pair of Old Corded Phones

From Makezine.com | By Jason Poel Smith

In a SHTF situation, this may work as an alternative to purchasing a military field phone set and is much more affordable. All you need is some very basic electronic and soldering skills to complete the set-up and make it fully functional. Scaling it up to utilize on your property should then be fairly easy.

“An intercom can be a useful tool or a fun toy. In this project, I am going to show you how to make a simple intercom using a pair of old corded telephones. This is an easy electronics project that is great for beginners and fun to do with children…”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Spelling Out the Phonetic Alphabet

“The NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also called the ICAO phonetic or ICAO spelling alphabet, as well as the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. Although often called “phonetic alphabets”, spelling alphabets are not associated with phonetic transcription systems such as the International Phonetic Alphabet. Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of language barriers or the presence of transmission static.” – Wikipedia

The 26 code words in the NATO phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet based on a match to each code word’s first letter.

Letter    NATO Phonetic Code Word
A    Alpha
B    Bravo
C    Charlie
D    Delta
E    Echo
F    Foxtrot
G    Golf
H    Hotel
I    India
J    Juliet
K    Kilo
L    Lima
M    Mike
N    November
O    Oscar
P    Papa
Q    Quebec
R    Romeo
S    Sierra
T    Tango
U    Uniform
V    Victor
W    Whiskey
X    X-ray
Y    Yankee
Z    Zulu

This may come in very handy in a WROL situation where electronic communication goes primitive.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Will the FDA Finally Crack Down on Homeopathy?

From Bloomberg Business | On April 20th, 2015 | By John Tozzi

“On a recent afternoon in midtown Manhattan, I popped into a chain drug store and picked up some $12 sleep tablets whose label promises both “courage and peace of mind” and “focus when ungrounded.” I also got a $17 tube of cream offering “rapid, soothing relief of pain” from conditions as varied as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bug bites. Both products sat on shelves alongside familiar drugs such as Tylenol and Claritin, which regulators have carefully scrutinized for safety and effectiveness. The half- dozen products I bought—labelled as “homeopathic”—aren’t vetted for either…”

Remember folks, if you control the peoples’ food and healthcare, you essentially control the people…

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Video: Explaining the Squad or Group Attack During WROL

Army veteran and co-owner of Practical Preppers LLC David Kobler explains how to conduct a squad attack on an enemy position.

“How to defend your patrol from a attack. Can be used to protect your retreat or community during a WROL situation.”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Monday Quote of the Day

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of The United States of America.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

The Truth About US Militias: HBO’s VICE Gets an Inside Look

HBO sent correspondent Gianna Toboni from their news documentary series titled “VICE” to go in-depth with a Texas militia group to find out the truth about who they are and why they do what they do.

“Gianna Toboni explored the growing number of Americans joining patriot groups, training and taking up arms along the border. This is her Debrief from Season 3 Episode 3 of VICE on HBO.”


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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Attracting Swarms to Get Free Bees

“We have told the story before about how we stumbled into beekeeping. Our first year as beekeepers we were able to attract a swarm directly into a hive without much effort. Last season we got 4 the same way (although one entered the owl box) and even caught one on video. So this year we have our method pretty much figured out and are hoping last year wasn’t a fluke. Here’s what we do…”

READ MORE: http://blog.corujas.net/attracting-swarms-to-get-free-bees

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.