Posts in the 'save-the-dates' Category

Win This: Score A $125 Gift Card To FineStationery.com!

finestationeryYour 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 at FineStationery.com.

At FineStationery.com, they’ve got designs from the most sought-after brands, like Kleinfeld Paper, Crane & Co, and Vera Wang, as well as up-and-comers like Jasmine & Woo; you’ll see designs you’ve never seen before, and won’t find anywhere else! Not ready to shop for wedding invitations yet? FineStationery.com also offers a huge selection of save the dates (including magnets!), party invitations, and couples stationery so flipping cute that I’d feel hard-pressed to actually mail it to anyone else. No matter your stationery needs, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to FineStationery.com first! Plus, this week, everyone wins: BABs can save 10% on save the dates with FineStationery.com with the code LOVE10 from now through March 31st!

This week, one lucky BAB reader will win a $125 gift card to FineStationery.com! Want it bad? You can get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed with BAB-exclusive deals, contests, and the best the wedding web has to offer, and we’ll never spam ya!

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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. But as far as I know, there is no such thing in existence.

I wish there was, as it would appear the planning process is filled with potential traps and pitfalls around every corner. Just when you’re patting yourself on the back for checking a biggie off the to-do list, there is someone just waiting to pull you by your shirt sleeve off into a corner and whisper conspiratorially into your ear about how you should have done it.

The guest list, for instance. Trust me on this: Someone will be forgotten. And even if it was COMPLETELY on accident and you have not spoken with them in years, they will be deeply, gravely and irreparably hurt. Or conversely, you may invite someone controversial – someone you know will cause a ripple in the emotional pond, but social obligations win – and suddenly you’re being angrily chastised for your insensitivity. As it turns out, guest lists are a tricky, tricky bitch to tame and you can’t and won’t win, so the best you can do is just make your choices, put on the battle gear and prepare yourself for the reactions.

Speaking of, don’t even get me started on my Save the Dates. I second-guessed my use of the clear address labels. The fonts I picked. The magnet vs paper. The design. The colors. The stamps. When to send them. And what to include in the content of them. In the end, I loved what we sent. And you know what? Apparently I screwed up because I didn’t put the location of our wedding on it. Oh, and I didn’t create a website (or register yet!!) and include that on it too.  I’m a terrible bride-to-be. 

I thought I did so well…

Now prepare yourself, because I’m going to be straight-up, balls-out, honest with you for a minute. Between my bestie (also getting married) and I, we have personally been through the following because of our choices thus far:

  • de-friendings on Facebook
  • nasty phone calls/texts
  • silent treatments
  • family feuds of WWIII proportions
  • fist-fights between grown men
  • being made to feel inferior because of our wedding decisions
  • being told our choices are flat-out wrong
  • requests that decisions be cleared by family members before being finalized
  • emergency therapy sessions (for us)
  • emergency therapy sessions (for family members with us, because of the wedding)
  • Tears. Epic amounts of tears. Ours, especially.

I only wish I was kidding.

If you knew my bestie or me personally, you’d know that we are two of the most considerate and loyal people out there. We are doing everything to try to please everyone on both sides, not rock the boat and be/do all things wedding perfectly. But our very best attempts at playing nice in every single sandbox are being thwarted. Almost comically so.

We DO realize that it’s not just about us and that we have to take other people’s feelings into consideration. But please, somebody tell me what we are doing so terribly. Are we just doomed to offend someone, somehow, no matter what? And does this feeling of inadequacy and “NO, YOU’RE DOING IT ALL WRONG!” happen to all brides?

Because at a time when I’m supposed to be dreaming of my gorgeous dress and how romantic the ceremony will be, standing in front of the garden’s waterfall and professing my love to my person… I feel like crap. And I kinda want to bag the whole thing and go elope in Times Square.

Who’s with me out there? Happen to you, too? Tell my bestie and I that we’re not alone.

Till the next throat-punch,

Win This: Send Out 100 Amazing Save The Dates From The Memory Trunk!

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 the dates than The Memory Trunk. The Memory Trunk will work side by side with you, creating the perfect save the date from scratch–working with your style and your colors to make a cohesive whole that will make everyone excited to get their mail. Smiles all around, courtesy The Memory Trunk! This week everyone wins: The Memory Trunk is offering all Broke-Ass Bride readers a 5% discount on their orders from now until August 1st with the code BROKEASS2014! That’s on save the dates, full invitation suites, your entire order!

This week, one lucky BAB will win 100 save the dates from The Memory Trunk (white or off-white matte paper with matching envelopes)! Want it bad? Get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed full of the best deals, steals, and giveaways from across the web (plus some BAB exclusive deals) and we’ll never spam ya!
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Wedding Inspiration: Fun, Geeky Save The Dates!

A great place to begin personalizing your wedding is with the save the dates; while wedding stationery is often quite formal, save the dates give you the freedom to be a bit more quirky and fun. Now, you don’t need to send save the dates–depending on how soon you’re getting married, and the number of people you’re planning on inviting, they might be an unnecessary expense. However, if you’re six months or more out from your wedding date and you’re planning on inviting a number of people from out of town, save the dates are a great way to ask your friends and family to keep you in mind as they make plans for both the time and expense of travel. It’s also a great place to include your wedding website information if you’d rather not include it on the formal invitations. I know that as soon as I receive a save the date, I tack it up on the fridge so as not to forget–and looking at any of the following save the dates would make me smile every single time.

Dana’s friends Ben and Renee just made these adorable Save the Dates based on some of their favorite movies, with a little help from their friends:

Photos by: Josh Gibson; Grooming + Layout: Annah Yevelenko-Gibson

Seriously, how cute are these? So stinking adorable!

Five for Friday: Glittery and Gilded Save the Dates

Happy Friday, BABs! In the premiere edition of our new Five for Friday series, I searched the Internetz for my five favorite shiny, glitterized and golden Save the Dates! These pretties are often the first taste of your … well, taste … that your guests will receive in anticipation of your wedding day. While they are by no means necessary, they do serve as a useful (and beautiful!) reminder of when the big day is. AND! Your Save the Dates can be wildly different than whatever you have in mind for your invitations, so don’t be afraid to reach for the (gilded) stars!

“Classic Quill,” InvitationBox.com., starting at $174 for 100.

“Gold Crest,” Invitations by Dawn, starting at $94.09 for 108.

“Golden Afterglow,” Wedding Paper Divas, starting at $114 for 100.

“Gilded Grace,” Wedding Paper Divas, starting at $139 for 100.

“Glamorous,” Invitations by Dawn, starting at $94.09 for 108.

Any of these glimmering lovelies strike your fancy? What type of Save the Date style would you like to see? Tell us in the comments!

Score Awesome Invitations + A Killer Deal With MagnetStreet

BABs, let’s talk paper. There’s a lot of paper involved in weddings, from checklists, to contracts to the copious amount of dollar bills you shell out, to your invitation suite: the pièce de résistance of wedding paper. And man, they can be expensive, with add-ons like RSVP cards, self-addressed envelopes and rehersal dinner invites, adding hundreds to your final tally.

But Broke-Ass partner MagnetStreet takes the pain out of paper products and helps you keep some of your hard-earned cash in your wallet. With a plethora of free samples (paper samples, color swatches, custom artwork downloads, photo booth props … just to name a few), and a ridiculous amount of customization options and customer service options that will put your mind at ease, MagnetStreet is a no-brainer for wedding stationery shopping.

Add in some rockin’ tools, like being able to save your color palette and shop accordingly, as well as budget guides and checklists, MagnetStreet has got your back for a multitude of wedding planning conundrums.

ALSO: They’re having a killer salethat lets you choose how much you save. Right now on MagnetStreet, you can take advantage of one of these  awesome options:

  • Spend $100, get $15 off
  • Spend $200, get $40 off
  • Spend $300, get $75 off
  • Spend $500, get $150 off

So head on over and start your planning the wedding invitation suite o’ your dreams.

Wedding Paper Divas’ New Spring/Summer Collection Is Frikkin’ Gorgeous

“Lovingly Scripted” Wedding Invitations

I know, I know, it’s mid-November, but Wedding Paper Divas just released a gorgeous new collection of Spring & Summer invitations, and we just had to share with our spring and summer brides-to-be. (Sorry, fall and winter BABs. We still love you.) Wedding Paper Divas specializes in beautiful, customizable photo invites (like the one seen above) and save-the-dates. Of course, if you don’t want to plaster your mug on your formal wedding invitation, they also have some of the most modern looking “traditional” invites in the biz…

“Blooming Together” Wedding Invitation

I LOVE these striking, watercolor bleed “Blooming Together” invitations – they’re truly eye-popping.

What’s the consensus, warm weather brides – do these bits of stationery strike your fancy? Have you found your ideal save-the-dates or invitations at Wedding Paper Divas?

Exclusive Broke-Ass Bride Wedding Printables: Free Chalkboard Style Save-The-Dates!

A few weeks ago, we rolled out the very first of our BAB-exclusive wedding printables, provided by Felicia from Acrassy Marketing – these chalkboard style thank you cards!  Now we’re super pleased to present these matching Save-The-Dates! To get the printing party started, you’ll first need to download the front of the postcard, and then back of the postcard (don’t forget the back!!!), from our Dropbox folder. Since they’re postcards, you’ll be printing both sides on the same piece of cardstock, natch. (So economical!) To get the most profesh look possible,  follow these tips from Felicia:

  • For best results, take the printable to a print store with a full bleed printer. If the printable is printed on a regular printer it will have a white edge.
  • Even though the image is black and white, it must be printed in color, otherwise it looks like the printer is running out of ink. The backside can be printed in black and white.
  • Don’t forget to print the postcard on both sides. The orientation doesn’t matter because one side is vertical and one is horizontal.

You’ll definitely want to have this printed on plain white cardstock (available from any craft store or office supply store, some big box retailers, and presumably, most print shops), OR something even nicer, to keep it looking as professional as possible! Cutting each card with a paper trimmer, like the ones sold at most craft stores, will give you a nice, straight edge.

How much do you love these?! Rumor has it that Felicia might be providing us with matching WEDDING SIGNAGE next! SQUEE!!!

{Ask Liz} Exes On The Guest List, & Save-The-Date Dilemmas

Got a questions for Liz? Go to the Contact page and let us know what’s up!

Dear Liz,

I am starting the process of planning my wedding, and I keep thinking about my fiance’s guest list. I know its going to be long (close to 100, easy).  We are on a tight budget, and my side of the family and friends are maybe going to be 30 at most. My concern is two- fold…

1. I have never met most of the people he plans on inviting and I’m  socially awkward when it comes to meeting new people, and…

2. Some of them are a part of the dreaded ex’s family, since they are “friends of the family.”  I have said something, which has gone ignored or forgotten about, but do I make a stand to say “No” to the ex,  or do I take it with a grain of salt?

Signed,

Over Guest-ing

 

…just not for everyone!

Dear Over,

If you two haven’t written the list out, yet, then you’re doing a little bit of “future tripping” here, worrying about a problem that’s not a verified problem yet. Get his list, and then see what issues there actually are. It’s not unusual to invite a bunch of people that you haven’t met before – there are probably a few on your side that he’s not familiar with either. But seriously, if your numbers have to be tight, start with saying NO to inviting his ex’s family, for starters.

If he starts to complain about it, counter with numbers. I.E., five more people x $79.95 = a lot. Firm, but calm. Keep in mind that if they are family friends he probably feels pressure (from somewhere) to invite them. Still, NO.

Dear Liz,

I’m getting married this summer, and we just booked our venue. My mom says that I need to send out Save-The-Dates, but aren’t you supposed to use your engagement photos on those? We don’t have a photographer yet! Are save-the-dates necessary, and if so, how do we do it if we don’t have pictures?

Signed,

 Out of dates for save-the-dates

And booze! Don’t forget free booze, too!

Dear Out,

I’m not the hugest fan of save-the-dates, but the “Wedding World” has overruled me on that one. It takes too much time and money and stress, when you could just send an email to announce your engagement, and then send invites in enough time for people to get their plane flights. Save the $100+ for stamps and favors. But as I said, overruled. There are a ton of non-picture based options out there, including the one on the right that I’m pretty much in love with (click to find out more). There are a couple more on my Pinterest board too. That being said, you’re still probably not going to get them for another week or two, another week or two to package them and ship them out…and then you’re sending out actual invites only a couple of months after that. You and your mom are the only ones who can say if it’s worth it.

Do you have exes on your guest list? Did you even bother to send out Save-The-Dates? Let us know below! And, as always, you can find out more about me and my part of wedding world at www.silvercharmevents.com.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz