Friday, September 21, 2018

Nifty Nautical Wedding Favors

Ahoy mateys.

That's exactly how someone should greet your guests if you're planning a nautical-themed wedding. Have someone at the venue dress like a captain and welcome people aboard the S.S. Wedding Ship Of Love.

I'm being completely serious. That sounds amazing.

And it would be a little needed pop at a nautical wedding. Because nautical weddings are really popular and you don't want to be another bride who hangs a couple life preservers on the back of the chairs at the sweetheart tables.

You can have such fun with whimsy nautical wedding favors. Anything with an anchor or boat pretty much passes. Plus, you can focus on rope because you're tying the knot. And an anchor because your new spouse is your anchor. Oh, you see now why this is a popular theme.

I put together my favorite nifty nautical wedding favors. Check them out below.

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Nifty Nautical Wedding Favors

  1. Nautical-Themed Glass Coasters Set
  2. Nautical Anchor Bottle Stopper
  3. Silver Anchor-Topped Kissing Bells
  4. Blue Sailboat Tea Light Holders
  5. Personalized Frosted Glass Votive Wedding Candle Favors
  6. Personalized Wedding Stir Sticks
  7. Anchor Bookmark
  8. "Voyages" Anchor Muslin Favor Bags
  9. Spectacular Anchor Design Candle Favors
  10. Nautical Candy Boxes
  11. Ship's Wheel Design Wine Bottle Stopper
  12. Nautical Mini Candy Bar Wrapper Sticker Labels

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Nautical-Themed Glass Coasters Set
I love coasters. If you've ever been to our home, you know this. We have dozens scattered throughout, just in case you, you know, take a drink into the bathroom and need a place to put it down. Shockingly, I've never gotten a coaster as a wedding favor and I think that is a big missed opportunity, especially when there are cute ones like the nautical-themed glass coasters set. It comes as a pair, but you can split it up (so basically, it's like two nautical favors in one).

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Nautical Anchor Bottle Stopper
If you and your fiance like wine, you want a favor that reflects that. But you can definitely find a wine nautical wedding favor, like this nautical anchor bottle stopper. Each stopper is just over five inches, which makes it a good size favor. This isn't something little and cheesy. And if you like wine, chances are your friends do too, and they'll actually use this favor post-wedding.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Silver Anchor-Topper Kissing Bells
I didn't purchase kissing bells for our wedding because I didn't think I'd be around Pete long enough to actually kiss him. At one point, my mom's friend did start tapping on her glass with a knife, but I turned to her and said, "That's my brother" revealing my younger brother (not my husband) at the head table with me. If you think you'll spend more time together than Pete and I did, check out these silver anchor-topped kissing bells. They're kissing bells (you and your groom will kiss each time they are rang), they're favors, and they're escort card holders. Triple threat.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Blue Sailboat Tea Light Holders

If you know us, you know we always have candles burning. They're pretty and set such a romantic mood. Now, imagine an entire ballroom filled with candles. So pretty. You can do that with the blue sailboat tea light holders. Have them act as table decorations during the reception, and you'll save on centerpieces. Then, have your guests take them home as favors, and you'll save yourself clean up. Plus, they're really pretty. Everyone wins.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Frosted Glass Votive Wedding Candle Favors
If you like candles but the sailboat idea isn't for you, check out these Personalized Frosted Glass Votive Wedding Candle Favors. There are actually a bunch of nautical ideas to choose from for the labels. You can mix and match too so if you want some with rope and others with anchors, you can do that. That's easy in case you've decided on a nautical theme, but can't exactly decide on which style of nautical wedding favors you want to go with. You just have to order 24 of each, which should be easy for most weddings.

Purchase here.


Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Wedding Stir Sticks
I'm not sure you can call personalized wedding stir sticks a favor, but I absolutely love them. They're something I only discovered at the very last minute before our wedding and it was just too late for me to order one more thing. So now I'm a big supporter of letting everyone know that these are adorable, available, and a great wedding accessory. These come in three shapes (rectangle, oval, and round), are double-sided, and have over 70 different icons to choose from -- including anchors. Yup, you can get away with calling these useful nautical wedding favors.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Anchor Bookmarks
I don't read as often as I would like. I used to read books all the time, but then I started working 14 hours a day and I pretty much don't have free time for anything but dinner and sleep. If you and your guests have time to read, you should definitely get these anchor bookmarks as your nautical wedding favor. They come individually packaged in a striped envelope that you can personalize with three lines of text. Plus, they go great if you've decided on vintage book centerpieces.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
"Voyages" Anchor Muslin Favor Bags
If you are decided on an edible favor, like M&M's, but they're not exactly themed, you're in luck. You can grab these "Voyages" Anchor Muslin Favor Bags. Since they're not see through, you can fill them with anything you want and you don't have to worry about it matching your theme. The bag takes care of that for you.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Spectacular Anchor Design Candle Favors
Last candle favor on the list. I swear. But I couldn't pass up these spectacular anchor design candle favors. I mean, what a cute nautical wedding favor -- with some bling. The deep blue is so dramatic and will add so much color to your table settings. Plus, it'll cut your cost on table decorations and that's always a good thing.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Nautical Candy Boxes
If you're planning on a candy buffet being your wedding favor, you need these nautical candy boxes. They're 3 x 2.75 so they'll hold a nice amount of candy, but not too much that you'll have to buy the entire candy store. Plus, they're one of the few favors that if they don't all go, you can reuse them. Use them as popcorn boxes on movie nights or snack packs when you're trying to portion control.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Ship's Wheel Design Wine Bottle Stopper
A nautical favor list wouldn't be complete without the ship's wheel. The classiest place I found it was as a ship's wheel design wine bottle stopper. If you didn't like the cork on the wine bottle stopper above, this metal is the way to go. I love that the boxes are labeled to say, "Love is a Voyage" ... because that's a very true sentiment.

Purchase here.

Planning a nautical wedding? Check out a dozen nifty nautical favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Nautical Mini Candy Bar Wrapper Sticker Labels

If you have a little free time pre-wedding (or really helpful bridesmaids), definitely pick up the nautical mini candy bar wrapper sticker labels. You can actually print on them yourself, so you can add your names and wedding date. Or just write "Ahoy." You then affix them to mini chocolates.

Purchase here.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these nifty nautical favors is your favorite?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Football-Themed Wedding Ideas

Football season is finally here. It's Pete's favorite time of the year. If it's yours too, you may want to include football into your wedding. So, for you, I put together a list of football-themed wedding ideas.

This is definitely a theme where you could go overboard, so be sure to pick wisely.

You want to have subtle football wedding ideas around, but not anything that makes your big day look more like a Super Bowl party instead of a wedding.

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Football-Themed Wedding Ideas

  1. Football Wedding Cake
  2. Football Cake Topper
  3. Football-Themed Wedding Invitation Suite
  4. Football Rose Boutineer
  5. Football Cufflinks
  6. NFL Socks
  7. Football Team Nail Tattoos
  8. Football-Themed Garter Belt
  9. Personalized Football
  10. Football Jersey Guest Book
  11. Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Footballs
  12. Football-Shaped Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Pops

For a football-themed wedding, you need to go with green. Green dresses for your bridesmaids, green bow ties for the groomsmen, lots of greenery in your bouquets. Let the green of the field really shine through in your accents.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football Wedding Cake
I'm in love with this football wedding cake from Momma T's Place (although the site no longer exists). If you remember, our wedding cake was super modern and on theme (it basically was a sand castle cake), but this is something special.

If you want more of a traditional wedding cake, you could do one layer of the cake in the photo above and have it as your groom's cake. Or just have a traditional cake and add football helmet cake toppers.

But if you want something more traditional ...
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Football Cake Topper
... go with this playful football cake topper. You still get your bride and groom on top of your cake, but when people are looking a little closer, they'll see the football in the groom's hand.

Purchase here.

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Football-Themed Save The Date
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football-Themed Table Numbers
Good, now that we have cake (my favorite part of a wedding) settled , let's start at the beginning -- the pre-game, if you will: invitations and your stationery suite.

MagnetStreet makes a really great football-themed wedding invitation suite called Touchdown Wedding. You can get save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, table numbers, and more. There is the outline of the NFL logo and a field behind the image. I actually really like this set. Plus, it's a way to tell your guests right from the start that football is going to be a huge part of your event.

Purchase here.

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Football Rose Boutineer
If your guests receive football-themed save the dates and invitations, they won't be surprised when they see your guys' uniforms ... um, wedding attire. Tuxedos with green or NFL ties, but don't stop there.

I am slightly obsessed with this football rose boutineer from Sports Theme Weddings. It's so creative, and so different, and will definitely last a lot longer than a live rose corsage will last. Until I was writing this post, I had never seen anything like this, so I know your guests will be really awestruck by it too.

Purchase here.

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Football Cufflink
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
NFL Cufflink and Tie Bar Set
Don't stop at the boutineer, though. Definitely go with fun cufflinks. You can go with simple football cufflinks or you can pick up a NFL cufflink and tie bar set with a specific team. This is such a great idea for a groomsman gift. If your groom knows all his friends' favorite football teams (and I'm sure he does because we know who all our friends root for), this would be a really fun gift for them.

Purchase here.
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NFL Socks
If you want something more subtle for your groomsmen, I suggest NFL socks. You can get each groomsman a different team, or maybe his favorite team, and have them wear the football socks on your wedding day. Be sure your photographer snaps a photo of all the men pulling up their pants legs to reveal the socks.

Purchase here.
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Football Team Nail Tattoos
Now, what about your attire?

If you want something subtle, check out these football team nail tattoos. They come four to a pack, but I would suggest you only put one on each of your ring fingers (or pointer fingers, depending on which accent nail trend you fancy).

Purchase here.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football-Themed Garter Belt
To do something simple that doesn't take away from your dress at all, you can go with a football-themed garter belt. I found this one at Fanatics, which boasts a lot of college teams. That's cool if you love your college. But you could tweak this Michigan State garter belt by pulling off the Trojan helmet. Now you have one that looks like you wanted New York Jets colors. Works for me. Since, ya know, I'm a big Jets fan.

Purchase here.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Personalized Football
Speaking of your garter, instead of throwing it, have your groom throw a football. I found the personalized football in the photo above on Etsy, but the shop is taking a break. Instead, you can head over to Wilson and make a custom football there. Add your names and wedding date and "You're Next" because, really, that's what the garter belt catch means.

Purchase here.

Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football Jersey Guest Book
While you're being non-traditional, go with a completely different guest book. Purchase your favorite player's jersey, or create your own personalized football jersey. Use your wedding date as the number and your new last name on the back and have your guests sign it. That would be something really fun to hang in the man cave after the wedding.

Purchase here.
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Footballs
Planning a football-themed wedding? These ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are GREAT!
Football-Shaped Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Pops
And of course, you need football wedding favors. You know I am always a fan of edible favors, so I vote with either foil wrapped chocolate footballs or football-shaped chocolate-dipped Oreo pops. Count me in for your wedding with either of those as favors.

Purchase here and here.

If you're looking for more sports themed wedding ideas, check out our Baseball Weddings Pinterest Board.
BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these football-themed wedding ideas is your favorite?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Photo Wedding Guest Book Idea (Make it from your engagement photos!)

UPDATE: Through September 11, you can get a free 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly with the code FREEAND40

At the very beginning of the wedding process, I said we wouldn't take engagement photos. I just didn't see the point to them.

And then we took them (because I wanted one for our save the date), and I wasn't sure what to do with the others.

Someone suggested making them into the guest book for the wedding. Photo sites have the same idea.

Need a wedding guest book idea? How about making a photo book from your engagement photos! Get all the details at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Shutterfly actually has a whole page dedicated to wedding photo books. There are examples of ones to tell your proposal story, ones specifically for guest books, ones for wedding photos, and ones for honeymoon photos. This is great for any stage of your wedding/wedded life. I absolutely love the idea of making a guest book with your engagement photos. It's a nice way to get a bit more use from them, plus you'll have a photo book that isn't filled with selfies.

My suggestion: Take your engagement photos, plus your favorites from Instagram, and your favorites that are housed only on your phone and make them into a guest book for your wedding. There are a lot of guest book ideas for wedding receptions out there, but this is one of the most special.

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You can create the pages chronologically, which is a nice relationship keepsake. It'll be a lot more personal than purchasing a generic guestbook on Amazon. Plus, it will give your guests a little glimpse into your life and what you and your fiance are like, what you like to do, and just how happy you really are.

Place the book at your venue's main entrance, leave a Sharpie nearby, and hope that no one draws a mustache on your face.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you have a wedding guest book yet?

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