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As my wedding date comes closer, I decided I should check in with my invitations. I ordered them way back in January, because I got a killer deal at Zazzle through Groupon (and it looks like it’s still going!). I love them, but they are just a flat card, and need some dressing up. I couldn’t mat them, because to save money and paper, I had already decided that whatever I did to them, I needed to make sure they still fit in the original envelopes they came with. Sure, I’d *LOVE* some classy black envelopes, but when you know even the important inside parts are going to end up in the trash, it’s hard to justify envelope costs. White envelopes it is, and I’ll fancy them up later.
After a couple tours around Pinterest, I came across several variations of invitation suites using belly bands. This seemed like an elegant way to package my invitations.
As I thought about what I wanted the band to look like, I decided to try my hand at water marbling. Every time I’ve attempted this on my nails, I’ve failed miserably, but paper is bigger so it’ll be easier, right? Thankfully, the answer is yes.
Many of the tutorials I found wanted me to buy special inks, or watercolor paper, or other specific and expensive things. But this one just required nail polish! I followed these directions fairly closely, but here’s the step-by-step with some tips and tricks from me.
Nail polish in whatever colors you want
A pen, pencil, orange stick, or whatever skinny pointy object you can find
A tub bigger than your paper and at least 3-4 inches deep
A well-ventilated space — this project generates some serious fumes
A note on selecting nail polish: Probably don’t use your Essies or OPIs or Zoyas or anything else good on this project. It uses a ton of polish. The first time I tried this, I used L.A. Colors brand polishes from Dollar Tree, and they actually were better and cheaper than the Sinful polishes I picked up the second time around. But, the Sinful ones had a better purple. Balance your needs as best you can, and don’t stress too much about it.
1. Fill your tub with an inch or two of water. Room temperature gives you the most time to work with your colors. I used water straight from my hose, which was probably a bit on the cold side, and didn’t really have any problems.
You can see polish on the bottom and edges of my tub from my first trial.
2. Pour your polish onto the surface of the water, one color at a time. Be random, but also be generous if you want a really saturated look. I wanted the colors to be vibrant, not subtle, so I only got about 6-8 sheets of paper out of four bottles of nail polish each time. Don’t waste your time using the brush, unless you want a splatter effect.
3. Gently swirl your colors with the pencil/pen/orange stick. If you go overboard, you’ll end up doing too much mixing of the colors and the design will be muddy. Stick to swirls and stripes, and do as little as you can to get a design you like.
4. Pick up the design! Place your paper on the water — you don’t want to submerge it, just float it. Make sure the water touches all the edges, but don’t push too hard. If you do, water and polish can come over the edge and make cleanup and drying very messy.
5. Clean up. Before lifting the paper, run a pen or similar object around all the edges. This will break up any extra polish that is attached to the design, allowing you to pick up the sheet cleanly.
6. All done! Pick up the paper carefully and set it to dry for several hours. The polish smell will dissipate over time. If your paper is warped, set it between some books to straighten it out.
This DIY is great not only for invitations, but can easily translate over to signage, place cards … even thank-you cards!
For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:
In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet
Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?
A standard invitation suite has a whole helluva lot of components: Outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, RSVP card, reception card and that random piece of tissue paper that is seemingly v. important … but no one can figure out its true purpose (poor tissue paper). And each one of those components costs money — which is how invitations to your truly amazing, but still broke-ass, party can start costing you an arm, a leg and half your soul.
It’s cool, though. Ann’s Bridal Bargains has the easiest, simplest, prettiest and most cost-effective way to get your invites out and without sending you into debt: Send & Seal Invitations. Because: #duh.
Get rid of all the fluff — sorry, extra tissue paper — and send your guests everything they need in one adorbz little package. It’s an envelope, invitation and RSVP card all in one. You just fold up the invitation and the RSVP postcard — conveniently attached at the bottom — and seal it with the included seals. Slap a stamp on that bad boy, drop it in the mail box and chillax until the RSVPs start arriving — in swarms, likely, because your invites are just that rad.
There’s no need to assemble anything. There’s no super spendy postage to consider because of odd-shaped or uber heavy card stock. And there’s no need to worry about making sure that each suite has all of its pieces. Which, let’s be real, is pretty awesome. Who’s got time for that bullsh, anyway?
Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a buttload of other invitation options, too, y’all. And they’ve got ’em at broke-ass friendly prices, because they get that great style doesn’t have to come at a frightening price. Since Ann’s Bridal Bargains is special homies with Invitations by Dawn, they have access to the prettiest, most up-to-date designs but are able to offer them at a bigger discount. That’s pretty baller.
And, of course, they have a special offer just for you, Broke-Asses! Head over to Ann’s Bridal Bargains and get 20% off your purchase of $99+ when you use code BROKE20. Good for any damn thing on the site until 3/31.
How ’bout some freebies this Wednesday, BABs?
To celebrate their recent launch, Hoopla House is sharing free printable downloads with you guys (find the first set of printables here) —but it’s not that simple, because why would it be? Nope. The printables include favor tags, Mr. & Mrs. signs, bridal shower bingo, “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards and blank banners that are awesome for “Thank You!” or “Just Married!” photo props. Because homegirl knows the value of FREE when it comes to wedding land. And for that we thank her.
Click here to download Oh So Glam banner.
Click here to download Oh So Glam favor tags.
Click here to download Oh So Glam Mr. and Mrs. signs.
Click here to download Oh So Glam bridal shower bingo game.
If you’re loving this gorgeous design, head on over to Hoopla House for the accompanying invitation — available for about $1.88 each.
Ready for your weekly roundup of sales and deals? Dig in, BABs!
1. Ready to announce your wedding date? Wedding Paper Divas is taking up to 20% off Save the Date orders with code DATEJAN20.
The simple, bold design of the Deep Romance save the date is totally gorgeous.
2. Fab is having a rare flash sale, with 30% off furniture until tomorrow.
3. Need some new dresses for the new year? BCBG is taking an extra 40% off new markdowns.
4. Hair need a little boost? Madison Reed is taking 20% off your first box of hair color with code REFRESH.
5. It’s sales like this that make us love you: ModCloth is having a 70% “Now or Never” sale until 1/14.
If you even thought for a half a second about wearing a sequin blazer for your wedding, get the Statement of Sequins for $39.99!
6. Get a head start on your wedding decor with Beau-Coup’s tiered sale: Save 15% off $50+, 20% off $150+, 25% off $299 with code YUMS until 1/10.
7. Got some great photos from the holidays? Make a photobook with Blurb and save 25% on large square or large landscape books when you spend $100+. Use code LOVEBOOK25.
8. Express is having an end-of-season sale with up to 70% off and an additional 40% off already reduced clearance.
9. Bachelorette.com is doing one better than a discount: They have FREE downloadable bachelorette party invitations that you can print at home. Which: Awesome.
10. Get an extra 50% off sale styles at Banana Republic until 1/10 with code BREXTRA.
C’mon. You just try to tell me that the Ninah pump isn’t perfect for everyone … or, well, at least for me.
Happy shopping, BABs!
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 on, and I have seen some really wild, whacky and expensive ways to send these out. For those with an unlimited budget that’s all fine and dandy, but for us BABs we gotta get smart.
All your save the dates need to do is tell people which date to save. When you remember what the point of them actually is, it’s pretty easy to get nice and cheap.
Mike and I really like magnets, and we collect them on every holiday we go on. So it made sense to us to go for those for our save the dates. I shopped about a bit, and found that VistaPrint was the cheapest, although there are alternatives. They have LOADS of ready-to-go designs on the site, or if you are a handy type you can design one yourself and upload it. Ours is a design from the site…
Bish bash bosh, save the dates done for £50 ($78.19).
Looking for something even cheaper? My lovely friend Natto is also getting married next year and got some gorgeous little mini-business cards done for hardly any pennies at all. And depending on the number you need, VistaPrint often does deals for free business cards!
ProTip: When you’re counting how many save the dates you need, don’t forget to count families or couples as one! I definitely remembered to do that, and definitely DON’T have a box of extra magnets lying around my house.
Am dram bride – out!
Ooohhh … y’all! I’ve got such a treat for you wonderful, amazing BABs today and I’m so excited about it! The amazingly supersweet folks over at Hoopla House Creative reached out and wanted to give YOU, darling Broke-Asses, something in honor of the launch of their wedding paper goods site.
To celebrate their launch, Hoopla House is sharing free printable downloads with you guys — but it’s not that simple, because why would it be? Nope. The printables include favor tags, Mr. & Mrs. signs, bridal shower bingo, “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards and blank banners that are awesome for “Thank You!” or “Just Married!” photo props. Because homegirl knows the value of FREE when it comes to wedding land. And for that we thank her.
Oh, and Hoopla House isn’t just giving you ONE style. Nope. They’re throwing out five gorgeous designs for all five printables. Of course you can find the matching invitation suite on Hooplah House’s website, for about $1.88 per card.
But to make this super fun, we’ll do one new design every few weeks, so it’s like constant presents! Besides, I don’t want to overload you too much today … because … and to make your DIY-ing totally worth it …
Our friends over at Comp and Save, a website that sells ink, toner and printer accessories, has a $50 gift card with one lucky BAB’s name all over it.
So, how do we get this paper party started? Make sure you have some decent card stock (Michaels or other craft stores are good for this), then click below to download the Southern Belle printables (shown above), then head over to Comp and Save to enter the giveaway!
Now, get thee over to Comp and Save to enter to win a $50 credit toward computer ink, toner or printer accessories.
Good luck, and remember who loves ya, BABs!
Happy Monday, darlings! I hope you all had a great, restful Turkey weekend. As per usual, the holiday shopping has been kicked into high gear, and since finding a killer bargain is essential to any Broke-Ass wedding, I’d be remiss if I neglected to share these awesome Cyber Monday deals with you. Since Black Friday was a mashup of all the things, Cyber Monday’s deals are concentrated on Weddingland. From dresses to bridal party gifts to freaking HONEYMOONS, there are deals like whoa in here. Happy shopping!
Top Row, from left: Chinese lanterns, table runners, candle holders and more decor: Get $15 off purchases of $99 or more at Luna Bazaar with code 15PERCENT99 || Stationery, Thank-You Notes, Bridal Party Gifts: Save 30% off all gifts at Tiny Prints with code TPGIFTS30 || Designer outfits that you don’t have to buy: $40 off orders of $100 or more at Rent the Runway || Neckties, bowties, pocket squares and more: Take 40% off sitewide at Ties.com with code CYBERMONDAY
Second Row, from left: BHLDN is holding their biggest gown sale yet || Canvas prints, frames and other wall displays: Get 45% off + a $50 voucher toward a future order at Canvas on Demand with code JOLLY45AFF || Bridal party gifts, toasting glasses and koozies: Save 20% site wide at Swoozie’s || Shapewear and intimates: 20% to 60% off sitewide + free shipping at Hourglass Angel
Third Row, from left: Honeymoon or destination wedding: Huge sale at Sandals resorts || Dresses, shoes, accessories, decor … pretty much everything: Take 20% off your purchase from ModCloth with code CYBERMONDAY || String lights: Buy two, get one free on all Philips string lights from Target || Bridal party gifts: 30% off + free shipping at A Gift Personalized with a purchase of $30+
Bottom Row: Beautiful, sexy lingerie: 20% off orders $150+ and get a free lingerie wash at Journelle || Bocce ball, cornhole, croquet: Deals on tons of outdoor games at Amazon || Wedding dresses, bridesmaid attire, accessories: Save 50% at Ann Taylor || Necklaces, earrings and accessories: Save 20% off your purchase at BaubleBar with CYBER20
Bonus: Get 35% off any Wedding Stationery order at MagnetStreet. Enter code WETHANK35.
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 was in my head. And I didn’t find much, which was surprising (I touched on this a bit here).
Nerd invitations were pretty easy to find, but the type of nerd invitations I was looking for was scarce. My fiancé is a mathematician and I’m a chemist, and I wanted invitations that reflected both. I found some chemistry invitations, and some math invitations, but no general “nerd” invitations. There were also lots of video game nerd invites, and while my fiancé and I forged our bond over animated games of Super Mario on my Wii, I couldn’t call us gamers by any stretch of the imagination.
While I was lamenting the lack of cute nerdy invitations, I also realized a crucial point — custom invitations can be expensive, and expensive invitations are not a part of our budget wedding plan. We also realized that we didn’t have to share our wedding theme before the wedding – we could save it for the wedding and wow our guests on our wedding day. Once we decided to do invitations that weren’t custom, I started visiting invitation vendors and checking out both selection and prices.
I figured the best way to decide on an invitation suite is to get our hands on some actual samples, right? I love getting wedding-related things, so discovering that lots of online companies provide free samples gave me great joy. I wound up ordering samples from a variety of companies, including Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, MagnetStreet, and Invitations by Dawn. As I expected, designs that I originally loved online didn’t wow me once I had a physical invitation in my hand. But this wasn’t just my decision — my fiancé had a vote as well. I kinda expected him to defer to me, but surprisingly he has very strong opinions on what our invitations should look and feel like.
My BFF got married this past July, and his new wife raved about Wedding Paper Divas. I liked a lot of their designs online and also that you could receive 8 samples free! I’m all about the free stuff.
Some of the Wedding Paper Diva invitation samples we received
Our samples from MagnetStreet
Once we received all the samples, we laid them all out and started comparing. First we whittled down all the ones we liked, and then we compared prices, paper options, and the ability to customize. For us it really came down to 2 companies – MagnetStreet and Wedding Paper Divas. Both are comparable in price, and both had options that we liked, both in designs and paper options.
So what broke the tie? We considered what we’d already chosen. In August we got these awesome Save the Dates from MagnetStreet, which featured a chalkboard theme in green. We thought “why mess with a good thing? The chalkboard theme totally fits into our nerd wedding so let’s carry it through to the wedding invitations”. We adore our Save the Date magnets and our guests have all raved about them and the quality. The great products and fast service have made us big MagnetStreet fans.
Our chalkboard Save the Dates from MagnetStreet — ain’t we cute???
And that’s how we ended up choosing the Chalkboard Sweetheart Invitations from MagnetStreet. But the best part is the 25% off coupon we’re using to order them! Initially my coupon was set to expire before we attended our food tasting, but they were more than willing to allow us to use our coupon after the expiration date. Now THAT is customer service! I’m super excited to order these and I can’t wait to get them – yay!
*checks “decide on invitations off the wedding to-do list*
Next up – figuring out wedding decor!