Broke-Ass Category: Danielle

7/17

We’re in the home stretch for the wedding now. The countdown is at seven weeks. Last week, at the eight-week mark I had a mini panic attack about how close the wedding was and how much was undone. To calm myself, I sat down and tried to do two of the larger tasks that were left. I was finally able to tackle the program and the name cards for the tables.

At first I had these grandiose plans of designing my own wedding programs. I wanted it to be sort of like a poster advertising the circus with each section being acts. So the officiant would be the ring leader, we’d be the main event, etc. I knew I wanted the programs to be attached to a wooden stick so they could be used as fans. I always get hot at weddings so I might as well make something that can be used well as a fan instead of a flimsy piece of paper.

With these grand plans in mind I sat down at my desktop to see what I could crank out in Publisher and quickly realized this was a task for Photoshop. I dusted off my college laptop (the only computer in the house with Photoshop) and sat down to get to work. Then cried. I don’t actually have any serious design skills. I can dabble and do something simple, but nothing as beautiful as what I had envisioned. After a good hard melt down, I got onto Fiverr.com and Esty to see what I could find. Maybe someone had a template I could work off of or I could just find a pre-made program and to hell with designing.

Program Template by Etsy Seller BirDIYdesign

BirDIYdesign came to my rescue. After a fairly thorough, weeklong hunt I found a nice simple, not at all what I had originally had in mind, program that cost me $16. ($5.60 for the template, $10 for two color change). I’ve come to realize I have a price where I will pay for something that will take me hours, possibly days to make myself. If I can buy it under $30, its worth it. My time is my money.

Ticket Template by Etsy seller Eudanedigital

The name cards I was willing to spend hours of work on to create. I knew exactly what I wanted. I saw a pin on Pinterest of some name cards an Etsy seller made that I absolutely adored. I tried to find the seller again to see if they would make them for me, but they have vanished off the face of Etsy. So instead I found a seller that had a template for them that I was able to make my own. Eudanedigital makes some snazzy, stupid cheap templates for editing. I found this one and was able to use my limited Photoshop skills to make these name cards. 

I’m stupidly pleased with these, they came out really well and only took me about four hours to pump out. The part that took the longest was editing the image of the ferris wheel to go in the background. There are so many nooks and crannies between the spokes. Each table will be a different theme like ferris wheel, carousel, dancing bear, etc.

Getting tasks complete lifts a HUGE burden off my shoulders. I do still need to print up the programs and name cards, but I can’t physically print them until I have all the RSVPs in and I hear back from the officiant on her official title. Next up will be the ticket booth and signs for the wedding. I can calm down, these tasks aren’t nearly as daunting as I originally thought.

How’s your countdown going? What big projects do you have left?

  • 7/5

    Wedding planning definitely teaches you a lot of lessons about yourself and you as a couple that you might not have previously known. It has brought my little sister and I much closer together. We are five years apart and were never really close until maybe a year or two ago. I wish I had asked her to be my maid of honor. The idea never crossed my mind because I am not used to having a sister I can talk to or rely on.

    My sibs and dad before my sister’s graduation

    Our wedding has brought to light some superstitions I never knew I had, like not wanting something old or borrowed from couples that had failed marriages. It has brought Michael and I up close with not being able to afford many of the things we would like to have and learning to deal with the disappointment. Sometimes we realize what is actually the most important to us and shift our plans so that we can afford those things instead of something else less important.

    The most reason lesson I have learned about myself (or perhaps just had reinforced), is my utter lack of patience. Summer is most definitely wedding season. I was invited to two different weddings only a week apart. One was the friend’s I mentioned missing in my last post and another of my girlfriends was getting married July 4th weekend. One of the things their weddings made me appreciate is sending my RSVP in a timely fashion.

    Wedding RSVP

    I have sent out the shower and wedding invitations already and the RSVP deadline for the shower was last week. My sister let me know that 14 of the people invited had not yet RSVP, so I called, texted and emailed each of them to see if they were coming. For the majority of them the response was pretty much immediate and I knocked out 10 in one day. Now I’m just glaring at my phone and email waiting to hear from the last four stragglers. Yes, I realize that my wedding and shower are not the most important things that you ladies have going on in your lives. I understand you probably got the invitation and immediately lost it. But for the love of all that is holy, could you please just RSVP as soon as you get it so I have one less wedding thing to stress about?

    I think I will set up a laptop or my iPad at the shower so that I can capture a few wedding RSVPs while I have a captive audience. Tacky? Possibly. Do I care? NOPE!

    What about you, what have you learned about yourself?

  • 6/19

    I got engaged Memorial Day Weekend in 2016. We set our wedding date for September of the next year because September is a special month for us and it gave us about 15 months to save for our wedding. I asked all my girls to be my bridesmaids and I was locked and loaded to go. I was trying to be gracious. Then one of…

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    6/6

    Keepsake box from Etsy Seller mariaallenboutique Tradition recommends a bride have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue as she goes down the aisle. I’ve been throwing tradition to the wind all Willy Nilly the entire time but this one gives me pause. Four items -- how hard can that be? Famous last words. Obviously the something new is easy enough. Essentially everything I’m wearing is…

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    5/23

    Gift-giving is perhaps one of my favorite pastimes. Michael thinks I’m insane for getting the amount of sheer joy I get from purchasing/making, wrapping and giving gifts to others. I also love getting gifts, too. Yes, I have come to terms with the fact that I’m a small child trapped in a grown person’s body. That being said, I have known, even before we got…

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    5/9

    An older person once told me that you shouldn’t marry someone unless they were your best friend. At the time I didn’t really understand what he meant, but I think I have a better idea now. Michael and I have been going out for almost eight years now. We’ve fought as fiercely as siblings at times. We’ve laughed so hard we cried and cried so…

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    4/26

    So the bridal shower has been sort of an ongoing issue with my bride tribe and I. To be honest, a shower was never even on my radar as something I would need to worry about. Isn’t that a time when friends and family get together and shower the bride with gifts? Shouldn’t her only job be to show up? Welp, apparently not. My MOH…

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    4/11

    If you saw my last post, you know what I’m in the middle of packing and moving everything. I can’t find anything because most of it is already packed. A few days before I found out I was getting a new job and moving, I started doing trials on drying flowers. As a broke, DIY bride, I was hoping I could preserve my own wedding…

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