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photo by Cakes and Kisses
Yeah … don’t even think about it.  Photo by Cakes and Kisses

As you get closer to the end of the aisle, one question starts to overwhelm all the others: “How the heck are we going to get all this stuff over there?? The favors, your escort cards, your wedding dress. Maybe you scored and you can bring in your own alcohol. Maybe you wanted to score, so you’re creating your own centerpieces — which means flowers and vases. Or all the different DIY projects you put your heart and attention to over the past few months. They’re big, or numerous, or unwieldy, or need to be packed correctly in order to survive the journey from Point A to Point B. You may be tempted by the siren call of the saved dollar, but sometimes you need to just save your peace of mind, instead. Here’s a few rules:

What Can Not Be Damaged Must Be Delivered

“Can Not Be Damaged”? Hmm. The first thing that comes to mind is the cake. If its’s any taller than a  tier, then odds are it’s smushable. And frosting — even fondant frosting — is near impossible to fix. A bakery truck has things that your Mom’s SUV does not, like special spots and slots to keep the yummy pretty stuff from sliding around. And the driver  knows exactly how to pack and load the cake and unload and unpack the cake and set it perfectly on the table. And it’s all their responsibility, not yours.

The second thing is your flowers. Depending on what kinds you’re using, crowding them together, with the water and the containers, might not work. You can get it all over there yourself, but be realistic about how much room you’ll have, and what you’ll be able to carry. And if you’re not creating your flower arrangements yourself — in other words, if you’re using a florist or designer —  then don’t pick them up and deliver them yourself. It’s not worth it — better to pay and not worry than to not pay and then … pay for it, you know?

The third thing is catering. I’m talking meals, not necessarily small things like appetizers or cupcakes. But, if you can’t keep it warm, or keep it cold, or keep it in one piece as it should be, then get it delivered by someone who can.

You’re probably thinking that the fourth thing is your dress, but we’ll talk about your dress in a minute.

Never Touch Anything More Than Once

It’s work efficiency thing — when you’re starting a task, don’t put it down until you finish it. In pick up/delivery terms, if it’s something you have to make two trips for because because it won’t fit in your car (come on, will it?) then recruit a second driver, or have it delivered. Your time, and the time of everyone who is helping you out, is at a premium on your wedding day — don’t let the miles eat it up. And if it takes multiple stops to get it there, wherever there is? Get it delivered.

So, What Can I Pick-Up Myself?

For the most part, your dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the tuxes, will be okay. Your guest book, signs, favors. Anything that won’t be susceptible to heat or crowding. But, whoever you’re getting it from, ask them what the best way is to transport it. And then, do that. Buy the fancy big dress bag/box that will be just tight enough and loose enough to avoid massive wrinkling. Buy the steamer just in case and keep the receipt, or just keep the steamer — you’ll probably want to use it again someday. If you like red wine or dark liquor, grab a Tide pen. Put a plastic sheet down to catch the water, put the cupcakes down in the passenger seat well. Refrigerate immediately once you get there. Whatever it is, just do it, and get it done right.

What are you trying to decide if you should pick up or deliver yourself? Let me know in the comments below, and we’ll figure it out.

And if you would like to find out a little more about me and my part of Wedding World, go to Silver Charm Events.

See you at the end of the aisle,

  • 6/3

    We’re a few months out from our wedding. So now it’s time to dabble with some of the fun stuff, before we go crazy with seating plans and RSVPs and fittings (oh my).

    What fun things? Why, let me explain …

    1) Words, words, words
    At the moment I have a file as long as my arm full of poignant speeches, readings and poems. I have to whittle this down to just one or two readings for the ceremony. I’m looking for a reading that isn’t too soppy, that reflects the fact that we have been together for an awfully long time (12 years!), and also gets a little of my feminist swagger in it.

    iPhone 5, Pen And Notebook On Wooden Desk (1)

    Looking for a reading for your wedding? There are just tonnes of resources out there to help you find the right speech. For something unconventional try song lyrics, or be totally brave as ask someone to write something for you (huge respect to our friends who are getting married soon who have done just that, literally cannot wait to hear it).

    2) Sowing the seeds of love
    El Fiance has decreed that he will be growing the flowers for our wedding. Now that it is apparently Summer (although the weather in the UK is still horrendous), the little seedlings are now planted, and our kitchen looks like this:

    Emma's Seedlings

    Image credit: moi

    We do have back up plans in place, just on the off-chance his grand horticultural experiment doesn’t come through, but for now we will be devoting a fair amount of time and kitchen-space to growing our little darlings.

    3) Fizz-bang-wallop
    Another grand experiment is brewing elderflower wine for our reception drinks. We tried brewing it the old-fashioned way last year, and although it was passable, we’ve decided to try something a little more reliable.

    Enter Wilkinson’s home brew kits! We’re trying one out now, and we’ll see in a week or so whether it works or not.

    Emma's Elderflower home brew

    That’s it for now folks,

    Am dram Bride – out!

    Emma Watkins
  • 5/26

    We have talked a few times about saving money on your bar by cutting down to beer, wine and a signature drink. And sure, your signature drink could very well be whatever you and your beloved love to throw back from time to time (moi? Old fashioneds, all the way), or you can get all kinds of creative and make up an easy big-batch cocktail…

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    As I and many of my fellow Real Brides will tell you, DIY is a great way to save some dollars. IF you're crafty. IF you know where to get supplies on the cheap. IF you've got buttloads of free time. I tossed around the idea of designing my own save the dates, but when MagnetStreet was running a great sale (and they do that…

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    You guys. I recently read that the average bridesmaid spends $1,700 for your broke-ass wedding. Wait, what?! As it turns out, this number is pretty real. Check out this breakdown:  Average cost of bridesmaid dress: $200 (without alterations!)  Average cost for bacholerette party: $400/bridesmaid  Average cost for wedding day hair and makeup: $100-180  Average cost on gifts (engagement, shower, wedding): $200  Average cost for traveling…

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    We've shown you how to make your own deodorant, now Classic Bride is sharing how to make your own coconut and honey conditioner ... they say for your ladies, but I'd probz just keep it mahself. Glitter + cupcakes already wins, but you add in Mickey Mouse? Yep, that's a solid victory. Inspired by Dis shares a how-to for making these sparkly cupcake toppers. Looking…

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    Winter may be nearing an end, but it's still fairly frigid through much of the US. Austrian photographer Karin Ahamer schemed up this gorgeous, intimate sparkly shoot that brings a whole new beauty to even a dreary snowless winter. Using items found, thrifted or bought for very little money, this styled shoot epitomizes the BAB idea living up to your wedding vision on the budget you have…

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    Have a few spring weddings to attend? Dress for the Wedding compiled some gorgeous dresses for those nearing nuptials. This UP themed wedding on Inspired by Dis is just ridiculously awesome. The Dolly Couture dress, the sprinkle cake ... and look at her ring! Photo: Chris + Jenn Photos  On Hey Wedding Lady, a husband surprises his wife with a vow renewal on a lake, a gorgeous…

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