Broke-Ass Tag: save-the-dates


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s been really nice to take a breather from wedding planning for a bit. I feel like we’ve really stayed ahead of the game by scheduling roughly a task a month or so. It has always been a goal to make planning as stress-free as possible. I never wanted to look back at this experience as a frustrating or stressful time. It helps that my fiancé and I have the same taste, in literally everything. Things have simply been moving along effortlessly.

It felt really good to get those Save the Dates out a week or two ago. I might’ve bit off a little more than I could chew with those, but I think we’re both happy with the end result. It felt like I had really checked something major off of our to-do list when I dropped them in the mailbox.

Valerie's Completed Save the Date

It was also a weird sense of self-consciousness. I felt unexpectedly concerned about what other people thought of them. In my mind, this is the first impression that people are getting about your wedding. It was only after a friend texted saying they were sweet and the amount of care, time and handiwork shows, that I felt like I made the first impression that I had hoped.

So the next thing coming up is to try on my dress. It’s scheduled to arrive at the beginning of April, and I am dying to try it on. In the moment I made the decision about my dress, it was definitely a gut decision. I was 100% convinced until the next day or so, when I looked back at a picture of it. Now that the look and feel of the wedding has evolved and started to come to life a little more, I’m really thrilled to try it on again.

One of the last major details is our invitations. I have been looking into ways to create them as cost effectively as possible, without fully DIY-ing them. I am looking into purchasing a design, possibly from Etsy, and printing them ourselves. I really like the look of those wax stamps, similar to the one found on Etsy below, so I’m hoping to secure some jute cord (the same that’s on the Save the Dates) on the front of the stack of invitations and RSVP cards. So while they aren’t DIY’d, per se, there will still be that hand crafted element that’s really important to me.wax_stamp

Elephant Wax Stamp available from Etsy seller Backtozero

Our Broke-Ass budget is still pretty well intact, which I’m happy to report. Some things came in high, some came in low, but I still consider that a win!

  • 12/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewI love the holidays as much, if not more, than anyone, but wedding planning during the holidays makes for one overwhelmed BAB. We’re 10 months out, and there are things that really need to be decided upon. Save the dates? I do realize they need to go out in about six weeks and I’m DIY-ing them, but for strictly chronological reasons, I need to drop that and start thinking Christmas cards. Booking that photographer? Nope. He can’t meet now because he’s leaving to go back home to Montana for the holidays and won’t be back until January. Registry? I’m so mentally exhausted from working on a computer all day and online shopping for holiday gifts that the (super fun!) idea of completing an online registry has me ready to toss my computer out the window.

    I think I’ve convinced myself that it might be best to drop all wedding activities until after the holidays. As the consummate planner and organizer, it’ll never truly get shut down, but I think I do need to stop and not let the holidays completely fly by with the impending doom of our ever-growing wedding planning to-do list. I can’t seem to get anything done, and no one else is getting anything else done either, so no need to worry about the next bride swooping in on our potential photographer or florist.

    With that being said — I’m happy to share a bit of what I have gotten done. I just purchased our website URL. If you recall, I am in the web development industry, so a website and web URL that follows industry best practices was a bit of a necessity for me. Now that we have the URL, I was also able to purchase this rubber stamp for our save the dates from Etsy.


    Vintage Typewriter Stamp Design from Etsy seller LoveToCreateStamps

    One thing I am hoping to complete before the end of the year is to have a few different layouts for our save the dates completed for my fiance to choose from. With a few days off of work here and there, I’m thinking I can at least take care of that. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you all (hopefully) the next time you hear from me!

    Also: the dress has been purchased. I can’t go into any detail since there are wandering eyes on my blog posts, but I will tell you I found an amazing ivory Maggie Sottero dress. I had been keeping an eye out for discounted events or other special deals, and I came across a bridal salon offering quite a large percentage off a dress if we brought in 20 non-perishables for the Hunger Task Force. So not only did I get an amazing deal on the perfect dress, but I felt like I helped some people in need as well. Win/win.

    Back to the holidays: Are other BABs struggling with balancing the craziness of the season with things they simply need to get done?

  • 2/16

    Wedding Stationery

    Hunting for wedding stationery can be a totally daunting experience. There are those that say invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding. There are those that press the importance that your stationery is one of the few things you get to hang on to forever afterward. Everyone and your grandma will probz hang your Save the Date and invitation on a refrigerator or cork…

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    Told you I'd be back at it in no time! With my show closed, I'm down to just two jobs - my full time work, and then the freelance writing I do on the side. The full time is not very demanding and has a lot of downtime, so I felt comfortable diving back into planning, little by little. The easiest job on the checklist…

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    Hello! Sorry I've been a little quiet, am-dram life took over for a while and wedding stuff just had to go on hold! But, now I'm back and starting to pick things again. Time is flying...eek! With just under a year to go to our wedding, we've now handed out (most of) our Save The Dates! This is one thing that brides can go ker-azzzy…

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  • 10/29

    Back when we first got engaged, I had a specific plan in mind for our Save the Dates and wedding invitations. I initially wanted our Save the Dates to look like a tweet (because we met on Twitter) and for our invitations to have a nerd theme. In those first exciting days of our engagement, I started Googling, looking for possible ideas that matched what…

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    Your wedding stationery is the first impression anyone will get about your wedding: it will give them cues about what to expect from the evening (or morning, or afternoon) and how to dress appropriately. No matter what your style, from traditional to modern, rustic to preppy, black and white to bold color, you're certain to find an invitation that suits your event and your budget…

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    Real Bride Peach: Bridal Failure

    This is my face. No one tells you how shitty planning a wedding can make you feel sometimes. I was simply not prepared. Before I expound, I have to make this humble request: If there is actually a 100% tested-and-approved rule book to follow for not pissing people off when planning a wedding, please order it for me on Amazon and send it my way.…

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  • 2/28

    People are so darn busy lately that save the dates are becoming necessary to remind them that yes, they do have plans the third week of August, and not only do they have plans, but they have GREAT plans. A beautiful, vibrant save the date makes people excited about your wedding every time they see it, and there's no better place to get custom save…

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