Home & Garden: Frugal Fairy Tales

Keri Yanchick’s enthusiasm is contagious as she spills out one creative idea after another on how to have a beautiful wedding on a limited budget. Founder of Frugal Fairy Tales, a website that has averaged 75 new members a month in the short time it has been in operation, Keri shares tips and do-it-yourself videos on the web and even offers a way for brides to barter time and services with each other.

Having worked as a wedding decorator, Keri often met brides who felt they could not have the wedding of their dreams on their budget.  “When you hear statistics on TV spout $22,000 as a limited budget, what does the woman with $10,000 or less think?” asks Keri, who did nearly everything for her own wedding, clear down to cutting the meat for the buffet at 5:00am on her wedding day with her hair in curlers.  “I don’t expect most brides to do what I did,” she says, “but there are a lot of simple, do-it-yourself (DIY) things that can be done well in advance and save lots of money.” 

Before partnering with Rena Mason to start Frugal Fairy Tales, Keri had finally become a stay-at-home mom to her three kids, something she had dreamed of during the years she worked full-time to put her husband, David through pharmacy school. However, she still enjoyed being creative and hoped to find a balance between home and workplace. It was at church where she met Rena and they connected. “I told her how I wanted to start my own business, maybe do a website and she took me seriously,” says Keri.

Rena, the mother of two grown da