Broke-Ass Category: Wedding Planning

2/27

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Hair trial

I have reached a weird point in my wedding planning. It’s March, and all of the boxes are basically checked. Venue, check. Dress, yep. Hair trial, been there. Vendors, nailed it. It’s basically empty nest syndrome for wedding planning.

I keep glancing over my shoulder and looking around expecting some giant forgotten thing to come knock me on my ass. All you ever hear are horror stories about planning a wedding — how super stressful and nerve wracking it is. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some stressful, hair-pulling, tantrum-throwing moments in this whole planning business that have kicked my butt. But, my wedding is not until September and I’m pretty much done. All the things that are left to do are smaller decoration type things.

So … now what?

Yeah sure, I still have to make all of the wedding paper things like the program, escort cards, and possibly menus. The centerpieces still need to be finished, and some of the bases need another coat of paint. That will have to wait for warmer weather. The bridesmaids have to pick and order their dresses at the end of this month. I have my wedding dress alteration appointment at the end of March also. I have finally nailed down a officiant, the last giant outstanding item that I was stressing over.

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Wooden Roundabout Centerpiece

I’m still working on the problem of Michael and I living in completely different states. Short of standing on a rooftop with a stack of resumes and a giant fan, I’m doing all I can to hunt down a job. I don’t want to start a large-scale project like making the programs, cards or the rest of the centerpieces and then suddenly get uprooted. I keep reminding myself that they are one more thing to pack. Any new projects I start, I make sure that they are easily stored flat or that they rate a place to live at my mom’s house until the wedding. A few days ago I casually assembled a roundabout and a ferris wheel while I was home sick with a fever. They both fit happily in a shoebox so they can go live with mom.

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Wooden Ferris Wheel Centerpiece

I keep getting filled with the desire to tackle some large item only to realize there isn’t anything large left. I wonder if this is normal.

Are any of you other brides experiencing this empty nest problem?

  • 2/24

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHarwick J Crew Bag
    Harwick Duffel Bag, $98 from J. Crew

    Let’s talk about baggage (no, not THAT kind of baggage).

    Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii? A getaway wedding in New Hampshire? No matter what the occasion is, when it comes to prepping for a trip, quality luggage should always be the first thing you consider. Shoddy luggage will wear quickly with all the throwing around and your stuff won’t be as protected. Wouldn’t you be so wrecked if your favorite college-T had succumbed to a catastrophic cologne spill? To avoid these types of mishaps, it’s best to have a case with pockets and compartments to help keep you organized — and a dopp kit to keep toiletries from being exposed.

    Below are some travel bag options I’ve found, ranging from suitcases and carry-ons, all the way down to shoe bags (keep those shoes clean, fellas!). I also threw in a garment bag for those that are shopping for a destination wedding.

    Samsonite Luggage
    Samsonite Geotraker Spinner 21, $192 from Amazon

    Herschel XL Luggage
    Herschel XL Wheeled Packing Case, $200 from Nordstrom

    J Crew Backpack
    Harwick Rucksack Backpack, $98 from J. Crew

    Utility Canvas Duffel
    Utility Canvas A-Frame Duffel, $168 from Upstate MN

    Everlane Backpack
    Modern Zip Backpack, $58 from Everlane

    Denim Dopp Kit
    Denim Dopp Kit, $30 from Etsy seller GiantPhantom

    Plaid Dopp Kit
    Vintage Plaid Dopp Kit, $25 via Etsy seller LittleCollective

    Old Navy Dopp Kit
    Old Navy Dopp Kit, $13

    Mens Wearhouse Garment Bag
    Men’s Wearhouse Garment Bag, $30

    Travel Shoe Bags
    Travel Shoe Bags, $25 for 4 pairs from Amazon

    That just about wraps it up! Any jetsetters out there have some other brands they recommend? Share with us in the comments or on our Instagram. Bon voyage!

  • 2/22

    Share Your Love Story with Lovebook

    I'm a total sucker for those "just because" gestures -- and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it's a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in…

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    2/21

    decisionmakingcycle

    After spending six years in the military, I'm known to apply my military training in daily life, even after getting out. For wedding planning, I liberally applied the strategic planning cycle theory. Mostly unintentionally, but once I realized what was happening, I went with it. The down side is that I begin to use military terminology around people that have no idea what I'm talking…

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    2/20

    Etsy Cayteelynn You're Invited TinyTalk Pillow

    TinyTalk Invitation Pillow available from Etsy seller cayteelynn Ah, invitations. So simple in theory, so complex in reality. They look like innocent paper beacons of joy, but they come with a lot of, well, baggage. This is my how the invitation process of my wedding has gone down so far: The Save-the-Dates (aka. The pre-invitation): I get this. The vast majority of our family and friends…

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  • 2/17

    caring for friends

    Finding the love of your life and taking that next big step towards forever is a blissful time of your life, but what happens when someone you love has life experiences that are giving them a broken heart? Whether it's the ending of a relationship, loss of a loved one, money, job or health troubles, certain struggles can zap the celebration spirit right out of…

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    2/15

    ModCloth At a Rosette Time Dress

    We're all about finding fab frocks for less, and we're always super thrilled to get an amazing deal. Whether it's your priority to not spend a ton of dollars on your dress because you think you'll only wear it once and you'd rather allocate the cash to something that lasts longer (hello, photography!) or you're boot-scootin' it to the courthouse -- big party be damned!…

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    2/14

    Real Bride Ciji's Invitation

    Invitations are just one of those things on my list that are not super important. At least they weren't important in the beginning. Of course, slowly but surely as I started to confirm my wedding vision my thoughts started to shift. I naturally began to consider foil cut designs, envelope liners and beautiful calligraphy until I realized that these extras were costly and time was…

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  • 2/10

    Etsy TamarasTreasureTrove Hair Cut and Shave Sign

    Vintage Sign available from Etsy seller TamarasTreasureTrove Shaving. It can be kind of a pain in the ass, but we have to do it. Even if you have a beard, there’s some maintenance that needs to be done. For your wedding day, I’d 100% recommend you have a professional barber clean you up, but not all of us have that kind of time or cash.…

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