Bridesmaids Gifts!

Ah the bridesmaids gifts!! This was such a fun little project for me, but at the same time it was slightly stressful because we were on such a tight budget. I scrolled Pinterest more times than you could possibly imagine and found the sweetest gifts, but they were all so expensive (the personalized robes are so cute but super pricey)! I did get ideas from Pinterest, but I really had to stop stressing to get something picture perfect from there because money was just tight, and I have a rather large wedding party. I slowly started accumulating little pieces here and there and came up with this really cute gift that's practical as well as sentimental. I chose a nail polish colour for each individual girl that I thought suited their personality, got everybody a silly pink straw cup to drink mimosas out of on the day of, and this gorgeous, simplistic necklace from BaubleBar. These gifts will never amount to show how thankful I am for the girls that are going to stand up next to me on my big day, but I think they turned out pretty cute ;)

Necklaces were on sale for about $30.00 each, nail polishes varied from $4.00-$8.00 each, and the cups were $4.00 each. A total of about $40.00 per gift bag, and $280.00 for all 7 bridesmaids.

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I hope this helps any budget friendly brides out there!

Take good care lovies!

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A DIY Wedding!

This week has been jam packed with DIYs and prep work for the wedding! Our whole wedding is basically a do it yourself kinda thing because we aren't having it at a traditional venue. Our location that we picked is sentimental and absolutely beautiful: Kyle's childhood home. We had to rent a huge tent, dancefloor, tables, chairs, table cloths. We have to purchase all of our alcohol and mix (theres about 65 2litres of pop in my living room right now...). We have been gardening there for a few months now, and the rest is all up to me and my craftiness to fancy it up! Here are a few pieces we picked up at Michael's yesterday and crafted to add a little bit of country chic to our classy, clean theme. I'll be posting our pictures from the photographer of our décor after the wedding so you can see exactly how it all turned out! We made 2 signs like this because our venue is off a few gravel roads. One will be at the highway where guests will need to turn  off, and this one will be at the intersection of the venue! Just used some old pallets and white wall paint that I had laying around, and boom! A super cute, $0 decoration piece.

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Found this wood crate at Michaels. Used the same white paint as we used for the pallet signs and gave it a nice light wash of white. This will be on our guest book table where our guests will place their cards! More details on our guest book to come!

A sample of how we are displaying our seating plan. Each table seats 8, and we will write their names on the doily! The strips will be hung on twine and attached by a clothes pin.

A few of our chalk board signs! The square ones to the right are just black canvases that were less expensive but work perfectly as little chalk boards!

As the night goes on and things run out, our bar tenders can simply erase what has run out!

We wrapped a few large mason jars in this burlap lace from Michaels. The bridesmaids will place their bouquets in here as décor for the head table! The other centerpieces for the guest tables are left plain - you'll see those soon!

Come back tomorrow to see what I got my bridesmaids as gifts!

Take good care lovies!!!

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Wedding Planning Tips To Help You Stay Grounded

Wedding planning!!! We have a year and a half engagement so we have had a lot of time to figure our shit out if you know what I mean... Even then, it has been overwhelming at times, especially now that there is only 21 days left! I have been thinking back to our first few months of engagement and these are some tips that I wish someone would have told me.

1. Pin a lot, but don't mimic or expect everything to come to life straight from your inspiration boards. There is a ton of really great inspiration online that can kickstart your wedding planning process but sometimes it can be overwhelming and it can also set your expectations a bit too high. Don't get me wrong you most definitely should have incredibly high expectations for your wedding day but it is really important to keep in mind that the wedding is symbolic and the important part is that you're marrying someone really special. You also want to showcase both of your personalities using inspiration from what you find online, not mimic exactly that. It's so easy to get swept up in the Pinterest vortex, but make sure you're being realistic and not stretching or over stressing yourself.

2. Create your own checklist. There are hundreds of checklists and timelines that you can follow but every wedding, every bride, and every relationship is different. Compile the checklists that are most reliable and realistic for your specific wedding day. I printed at least 10 from Pinterest and ended up making one that was perfect for what I wanted my day to be.

3. Let the people who want to help, help, and let those who are uninterested be. I spent a few months at the beginning of our engagement trying to really engage my bridesmaids in the planning process, because I was so dang excited. I didn't really realize at first that there are a few reasons this wouldn't work. Firstly, everybody still has their own life happenings, and while that is common sense, I got a bit overexcited and thought that they would make more of an effort. Secondly, when you have a group of girls that are coming together to support you, personalities can conflict. I had a lot of this in my bridal party which seriously upset me at first, until I realized that they're not in the wedding party to be friends with each other, they're in the wedding party to support me on my day and be of help on the way. You asked your girls to be in the party for a reason, so cling to that. Don't expect everybody to be friends or be super engaged in the planning process because in all honesty, there isn't THAT much to be done that you'll need all hands on deck for other than the actual day. Let your friends and family help where they offer and have one key person picked out that you can ask for specific and constant help (my person is my momma) and let the rest be.

4. The wedding is one day of your life. One very special day that signifies the beginning of your life with your best friend. But please, keep in mind that it is one singular day, out of a thousand more days that you will be blessed with. It is so important to keep this in mind when you're budgeting, mainly. Try your best to keep yourself out of debt when planning your wedding. It is such an expensive aspect of marriage, but there are ways around starting your life together in debt from your wedding. More tips on keeping costs low to come! I will be posting more and more about my wedding planning process as the day sneaks up on us, so stay tuned! For now, I hope this helps you keep some of the important factors in mind. It truly is the marriage that is the most important, the wedding day may be a dream but it is secondary to the person you are committing yourself to for the rest of your life. Always keep that in mind!

Take good care, lovies!

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