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{Real Bride: Mellzah} In Which I DIY My Own Wedding Wine (YES!)

As you can see, I am beyond pumped about the winemaking process.

In terms of our wedding, we’re committed to doing as much DIY as possible. Not only because in general it will help us save some cash for splurges elsewhere, but because it’s nice to add personal flair where we can–after all, nearly everything in our home has been altered in some way to reflect our tastes and aesthetic, so why shouldn’t our wedding be the same way?

In the spirit of DIY, Jason and I decided to make and bottle our own wedding wine.  Granted, we don’t have the equipment or expertise to handle it on our own, so we took a trip to Classic Winemakers in Olympia, Washington, for a crash course in winemaking.

After tasting a range of red wines*, we decided on a yummy South African Shiraz, and then we were thrown headfirst into winemaking – mixing water, various fruits, yeast, woods…and some other things I don’t remember, but since we were carefully supervised, we couldn’t toss in anything wrong or funky or poisonous and screw things up. After some stirring and clapping of hands in excitement, the wine was sealed in its barrel and you’re done for the next six weeks while the wine ferments: Classic Winemakers takes care of any necessary filtering or other steps along the way.

Just one of the many ways we’re secretly working nerdy things into our wedding.

At the six week mark, we drove back down with our label design on a thumb drive, and while the shop owners printed and cut the labels, we washed our bottles, filled them with wine, corked, wiped, sealed, and then labeled them–state advisory labels on the back, and our custom labels on the front.

Now we have thirty one bottles of our wine aging in our guest bedroom for the big day, and we’re both looking forward to our next DIY wedding adventure, whatever that may end up being.  It might not have been the cheapest way to procure wine (though very reasonable overall, at $300 for our entire batch), but it is one more way to put our stamp on the look and feel of the day’s festivities, and if we end up having any leftover bottles, we can save them and open them on our anniversary…or, if we run out, we can always go back and make more of the same blend!


*We decided to make red instead of white as neither of us particularly cares for white, and the majority of our friends are red drinkers; it would have been a larger blow to the budget to make both a red and a white. Instead, we decided we’d rather offer a couple of nice beers in place of white wine.

{Partner Intro & Giveaway} Promovizion’s Printed Eyewear Adds Serious Flair to Your Wedding

Promovizion‘s line of personalized, printed wedding glasses are a rad-tastic way to throw some customized swag into your big day. Whether you’re sporting them in your photo booth pics or handing them out as favors, they’re sure to be a huge hit. Slip on your specs, snap some photos and share away on Instagram and Facebook, so all your friends can see for themselves how truly awesome your Promovizion glasses are!

Oh, and because Promovizion hearts our broke-asses so much, they’re offering a 10% off coupon code to all our readers, AND an amazing giveaway! To claim your discount, just enter 10%offWedding at checkout. Leave a comment here and you can score two pairs of these bad boys – a pair for both bride and groom!

Zankyou for Total Freedom from Traditional Wedding Registries

We would like to introduce you to our latest supporting partner…

Sure, there are tons of online wedding registry websites, but there are precious few that allow you to create the registry of your dreams! A Zankyou wedding registry allows your guests to pay for gifts from your favorite shops, contribute towards big ticket items, make a charitable donation in your name, or fund a special little piece of your honeymoon. But there’s one tiny detail that separates this wedding registry site from the rest…

Zankyou allows you to redeem your entire gift registry as cash!  Now if you change your mind on that fondue set or decide to allocate more of your honeymoon hours to beaches than museums – no problem! With Zankyou, you have the freedom to choose how your monetary gifts are allocated. Plus, setting up your registry is FREE! And did we mention you can also make a FREE customized wedding website with Zankyou? Make wedding planning easy peasey by maintaining your wedding website and registry in the same convenient locale.

There are dozens of fun site themes to choose from, and you can set the whole thing up in 5 mins – no HTML wizardry required! Your site is completely ad free, and because Zankyou is an international company, your guests can read your site in six different languages! If your wedding party is bilingual, or even trilingual,  or if your guest list spans across continents, Zankyou is an absolute necessity. Link up your registry and website, then manage your guest list, share videos, provide maps and places of interest – Zankyou sites have all the interweb functionality you need to keep your loved ones in the know.

{Sponsored} Create Personalized Wine Bottle Labels with Bottle Your Brand!

Whether its monogrammed napkins, ice sculptures carved in your likeness, or temporary tattoos with your wedding date on them, there’s a million and one ways to make your wedding day super personal. But here’s a simple, cost-effective way that’s sure to resonate with you and your guests – Bottle Your Brand lets you design personalized wine bottle labels! Choose from their broad selection of designs, or, if you’re a stickler for absolute creative control, use their Design Online tool to make your labels from scratch!

You probably haven’t thought of approaching your wedding from a marketing perspective, but Bottle Your Brand gives you all the tools you need to let your event leave an imprint. If your life as a couple had a label, what would it look like? Create your own logo, add monograms, words of wisdom, favorite quotes, photos of you, your pets, your grandparent’s wedding snapshots – whatever strikes your fancy! Personalized labels from Bottle Your Brand are a sure way to get your goth college girlfriend and your 86 year old great grandma chatting over a nice glass of Syrah!

Maybe you’re opting out of wine and springing for a nice cooler full of microbrews instead? No problem! Bottle Your Brand also does beer bottle labels, and water bottle labels! They also have a ton of excellent, personalized little extras, like gift boxes, food labels, bumper stickers – the wedding favor options are endless! If you and your hubs-to-be spent an entire weekend canning your own salsa or making French macaroons, don’t let your guests walk away thinking they’re store-bought! Slap on a customized label and make sure they know how much love went into every favor.