Monday, June 24, 2019

Are ColorStreet Nails Right For Your Wedding?

When I was planning my wedding, my bridesmaids were so sweet. I tried not to be bridezilla, but I did pick their dresses and shoes. In our group message on Facebook, they asked if I had a color I wanted for their nail polish. I did pick a pale pink because I'm not a fan of French manicures, and let them choose whatever was closest to that at their salons. But recently, I got a pair of ColorStreet nails to try and it got me thinking: Are ColorStreet nails right for your wedding?

Quick side note. I tried ColorStreet, so I'm going to use that name throughout. That's a brand name for nail polish strips. That's a lot to type every time, though. Plus, right now, ColorStreet is the most popular nail polish strips. In the past, Jamberry was everyone's brand of choice, but I actually never tried those. So ColorStreet it is.

ColorStreet nail polish strips are the hot trend, but are ColorStreet nails right for your wedding? Find out at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Are ColorStreet Nails Right For Your Wedding?


ColorStreet Nails are nail polish strips that come in a set of strips. You can get them in a variety of designs, with plain, glitter, floral, geometric, and a variety of other options. You can get them in either manicure or pedicure packs.

ColorStreet is sold by independent retailers (as an MLM company), but you can also purchase them online at Amazon or in store at Ulta.

The strips come with a small nail file, which is perfect if you're using these for your bridal party. That means everything your bridesmaids could need is included in the package.

And you do need that nail file to help with the application. The instructions mention using a nail file to remove the excess polish, so having everything you need in one package is perfect.

Each set comes with 12 strips, which means you have multiple sizes so you can could choose what fits your nails best.

For the most part, they're really easy to apply once you get the hang of it.

ColorStreet nail polish strips are the hot trend, but are ColorStreet nails right for your wedding? Find out at www.abrideonabudget.com.

A friend's friend sent me a package of nail polish strips to try. I started with my thumb. I put a strip on, pushed it down onto my nail so it would stay, then filed the excess off with the provided nail file.

I didn't realize until a few nails in that if you are careful, and your nails aren't too long, you can actually do two nails with one strip. I destroyed a few of the strips when I filed them down before I realized that, so I didn't have enough to do a second application from the pack. But, if I would have known, I could have been able to get two applications from one pack and that's well worth the money.

Plus that means if you want your bridesmaids to have the same style at your bachelorette party and your wedding, they only have to pay for one pack to do so. They'll love that little bit of savings.

What's great, too, is that it dries immediately. That way, you can apply and move on with your day. You don't have to sit waiting for it to dry.

The nail polish strips were a little wider than my nails, so I did pick at the excess with my nails that were already done and that caused some nails to start getting ruined at the tips almost immediately. I was looking at ColorStreet on Instagram and someone suggested doing your thumb last so you could use it to peel off the excess. Keep that in mind.

ColorStreet nail polish strips are the hot trend, but are ColorStreet nails right for your wedding? Find out at www.abrideonabudget.com.

ColorStreet lasts so much longer than regular nail polish, so it's perfect for wedding week. You can do these earlier in the week and still have perfect nails on your wedding day.

I squeezed in getting my nails done at the salon two days before our wedding, a couple hours before we were meeting all of our out of town guests for a barbecue at their hotel. I was nice to sit in the salon and get pampered, but my mind was racing while I watched the clock, hoping we didn't hit traffic on the way to the barbecue.

With ColorStreet, I could have done them in the car on the way to the barbecue (while someone else drove, of course), and had a lot less stress.

If you do them during wedding week, you don't have to worry about chipping. With traditional polish, I usually have chips after a couple days. So for my wedding nails, I got gel polish done so I could assure they wouldn't chip before photos. The ColorStreet nail polish strips took about a week before they started to chip.

But, the nail polish strips did started cracking about three days into the wear. You can't tell that from far away, but I could see it. For a bachelorette party, or your honeymoon, that's no big deal. But for your wedding, where you will have photos of your nails taken, you might want to keep that in mind.

The cracks didn't turn into the polish falling off in chunks until 10 days in. And then I had to take them off. With regular polish, you could repaint the part that chipped, but you can't do that with ColorStrip nail polish strips. Removal is easy, though. You just use traditional nail polish remover. It does leave a little sticky film behind (like when you remove the price tag from a package and it leaves a little sticky goop), but you can just pull that off with your fingers.

So, overall, are ColorStrip nails right for your wedding? No, probably not. The cracking is the only deterrent for me, but that's enough. But for any other wedding-related event (like a bridal shower, bachelorette, honeymoon, etc.), these are perfect.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you wear ColorStreet nail polish strips for your wedding?

Monday, June 17, 2019

DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox

The day after my brother and his wife got married, they were heading off on a Mediterranean cruise. As we were saying our goodbyes in the hotel, my brother's wife handed her bouquet to my mom in case we were able to do something with the flowers. And, if not, no worries, she said. I immediately thought about a DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox.

See, when we got married, I preserved my flowers using silica gel. Well, not exactly my flowers.

We stayed the night at the hotel where our reception was, and when we got home, I realized that I left my bouquet in the room. We called immediately upon noticing, but they were gone. It broke my heart because I wanted to save them. So Pete actually called our florist and had them recreate and then deliver my wedding bouquet. And I was able to preserve those and use them in the projects I had intended.

I didn't want to make my brother's wife the same exact thing I made for myself, so I decided to use a few of their wedding items to create a full wedding shadowbox. It came out even better than I could have imagined.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox


What You'll Need:



What You'll Do:

As soon as possible, put the entire bouquet in a large plastic bag and tie it shut. I would recommend a small garbage bag with a knot tied at the top. You want to keep out as much air as possible so the flowers don't start oxidizing and discolor I got.

Then, keep the bag in the fridge until you've purchased your silica gel and container. That will also delay the discoloration of the petals. You can, honestly, keep it that way for a month, but the sooner you make it, the better.

This is a two part process. The first involves preserving the flowers in silica gel, which takes two weeks. The second is the assembly of the wedding flowers shadowbox. So, keep in mind that if you do want to make this for yourself or offer to make this for someone, it's not a project that will be completed quickly.

To Preserve The Flowers:

Take the bouquet from the fridge and remove it from the bag.

Carefully, unwrap any ribbon or burlap from the handle. It may be attached by pins, so look out for those. Don't throw these away. You'll use these to decorate the shadowbox later.

Very gently separate the flowers and any baby's breath or greenery. The petals are so delicate and may start falling off if you're too rough.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Fill the bottom of an airtight container with a layer of silica gel.

Place in a layer of flowers, baby's breath, and greenery on the silica gel. Cover that completely with another layer of silica gel. Add another layer of flowers and greenery, then another layer of silica gel.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

If you're preserving flowers like roses, you'll want to pour some the silica gel directly into the top of the flower before (gently) placing it in the box. This will help it hold its shape better and will preserve the inner petals as well.

Leave the box in a dry spot for two weeks.

After they've sat, carefully remove the flowers from the silica gel being sure to discard any silica gel that is between the petals. You can pour the silica gel from the box into a large airtight, zip-top plastic bag and reuse it. I've used mine a few times in the last five years.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Individually spray each flower and piece of greenery with a layer of triple thick clear glaze. One layer is enough, but be sure to get both sides (and the inside of the flowers). Store them upright until they've dried. Overnight is best.

To Make The Wedding Shadowbox:

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

In the two weeks you're waiting for your flowers, print a couple of wedding photos from the couple and accumulate any wedding accessories you can: the invitation, the save the date, wine corks, escort card holders, etc. Of course, some of that takes pre-planning.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Take out the backside of the shadowbox and arrange your photos, accessories (including the burlap and ribbon), flowers, and greenery.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Once you have everything arranged, you'll be able to decide if you need to trim the stems off the flowers and greenery or the burlap/ribbon.

Try to keep things like the invitation or save the date as is.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Once you have everything as you want it, use the double-sided tape to hold down the burlap or ribbon. Then, if you have something like an invitation wrap, affix that to the front of the box.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Add a few petals on the bottom of the box to add a little depth.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.


Use the pins to affix everything else down. For the flowers, try to put two pins per (short) stem, then another two in the flower itself. You can glue everything down if you prefer, but I prefer the airy feeling the pins provide.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Put the back on the shadowbox and double check to make sure nothing moved before you close it.

Hang it on the wall.

Preserve your wedding items with a beautiful DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox. Get the tutorial to make one on www.abrideonabudget.com.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What would you add to this DIY Wedding Flowers Shadowbox?

Want other ideas for your wedding flowers?


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Should You Take Engagement Photos?

When we were living in New York, Pete and I went to Wave Hill , a gorgeous park close to his house. We walked around the gardens, through the woods, looked at the bridge and the river, and at the end, we both said this is where we'd take our engagement photos.

That was just wishful thinking at that point because we weren't engaged then. 

We did get engaged (obviously), but we ended up not taking our engagement photos in Wave Hill because we moved to North Carolina before he proposed. We did take them at a beach close to our home in North Carolina.

But they question remains: Should you take engagement photos?

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.
My friend Mallory, who got married in July 2012, got hers done too, and I borrowed some of hers for this post.

Should You Take Engagement Photos? 


The Pros For Taking Engagement Photos:
Engagement photos are a really nice way to capture how you look at the time of your engagement. In ten, twenty, fifty years, it will be so sweet to look back and see how in love and how young you were. Pictures are a great way to capture a moment and for that, I'm always for them.

And there are a lot of fun engagement photo ideas out there now: from a beach to a park to just showing your personalities. So it could actually just be a fun day to spend together.

Even better, taking engagement photos is a good excuse to test out your photographer. It also helps you get comfortable with them, which could do wonders for you being comfortable around them on your wedding day.

Reasons For Not Doing Engagement Photos:
If you take engagement photos, you can then use them for your Save the Date cards. But, realistically, you use one photo for the save the date and that's it. So to spend about a hundred bucks on one photo, that's silly to me, especially if you're planning your wedding on a strict budget.

So, if it doesn't fit into your budget, you should skip them. Or, do what we did. To save, we actually ended up taking them with a new photographer who was looking for photos for her portfolio. She didn't charge us, but we did tip her because I didn't feel right not giving her any money for her time.

We ended up using just one photo from the shoot for our save the dates and on a canvas print to hang in our bedroom. Other than that, I'm not sure what engagement photos are for, to be honest. I made wedding confetti out of a few of them, just to get more use out of our photos. You could put together our DIY photo banner with them. But other than that, you're just pushing it.

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.

When Should You Take Engagement Photos?
There's no strict timeline for when to take engagement photos. We took ours seven months after we got engaged, mostly because we didn't want it to be freezing cold on the beach when we took our photos. That was 14 months before our wedding.

You just want to make sure you take your photos after you get engaged, but before you need them. If you are planning on using them for your save the dates (which you mail out a year beforehand for a destination wedding and six months before a local wedding), use that as a factor for when you should take them. Also, double check the photographer's turn around time before booking them because you don't want to wait three months for these, like you can wait for your wedding photos.

Do You Need To Take Engagement Photos?
You don't need to do anything.

We took a selfie the day we got engaged, and that's what I used for our engagement party invites. Good enough for me.

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And, if you did take your photos already, you're in luck. Right now, you can get a free 8x10 at CVS. You can upload a photo, add it to your cart, and enter the code DAD810 at checkout. Choose in store pickup and your photo will be completely free. The code is valid through today, June 11, 2019, so don't miss it.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Did you get engagement photos professionally taken?

Need help with your engagement photos?

Check out our Engagement Picture Tips post.
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