Alix Woods is a Calgarian who writes a blog called the Coffee Filter Bride, where she documents the process of planning her wedding on a budget.

Why did you call your blog the Coffee Filter Bride?
I’m not a professional, I’m just another girl getting married and trying some odd things to get there. Coffee filters were the “main ingredient” in my first craft and I feel like the name speaks to that. I’m not taking myself all that seriously and I don’t think you should take me too seriously either.

How did you come up with the idea for the blog?
I knew I wouldn’t be able to last 14 months planning a wedding. I would need some busy work to keep myself from spending money on stuff I wouldn’t end up using. The blog was a way for me to not drive my fiancé crazy with all my wedding chatter (which he is very thankful for) and keep my wallet closed while I waited.

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned in researching for your wedding?
The most useful research I’ve done is certainly talking to other brides — girls who have just gotten married. The most useful thing I’ve learned from them is to think about being a gracious host more than being a bride.

What’s been the most challenging part of planning a DIY wedding?

It’s hard not to get caught up in things! You get excited, read other people’s blogs, get inspired, your imagination gets rolling. And then, all of the sudden, it’s been three hours on the Internet and the sun has gone down. I can see why girls go a little nuts. For so many, it’s almost a social pinnacle and for even the most level-headed girls you find yourself doing strange things you wouldn’t otherwise. On the bride forums, you see girls commenting on posts who have been happily married since 2006. What are they doing on there? It’s very easy to get too wrapped up in your wedding.

When’s the big day?

Sept. 16, 2011. TGIF wedding!

Do you plan on incorporating coffee filters into your wedding in any way, shape or form?
Absolutely! I am tea dying about 10 million coffee filters to do my centrepieces as well decorative garlands. My mom has picked out a wedding dress for me with ruffles that look like coffee filters and she’s dead serious. We’ll see.