Monday, August 2, 2021

Wedding Deals And Savings (Updated for August 2021)

As I've mentioned before, I usually don't post deals on the blog. Yes, it's about saving money, but I try to keep deals on Twitter or Facebook because deals expire and posts on this blog last forever. But people were really happy with the wedding deals and savings I posted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so I decided to put together this monthly post of wedding deals and savings.

It is updated every month with the current deals and coupon codes. The post is separated into three sections: Wedding Stationery Deals, Wedding Deals (for anything other than stationery), and Wedding Freebies.

No matter what you are up to in the planning process, this list is sure to help you out.




Wedding Deals And Savings


Wedding Stationery Deals


Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery

InkGarden
Deal: 25% off everything (includes wedding invitations) when you sign up for the mailing list
Code: (will be emailed)
Til: ongoing
Shop at InkGarden

Magnet Street
Deal: 75% off sitewide and free shipping
Code: (apply on the homepage)
Til: 8/3/2021
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: $100 off wedding orders of $500+; $50 off $350+; $20 off $200+
Code: SUMMERWED
Til: 8/2/2021
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: 50% off $149+; 40% off $99+; or 30% off
Code: JULYFUN
Til: 8/2/2021
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on $50+ orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source



Shutterfly
Deal: Save 50% on almost everything
Code: (no code needed)
Til: 8/4/2021
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Swoozies
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Swoozies

Tiny Prints
Deal: Save 20% on everything plus free shipping
Code: SALE20
Til: 8/3/2021
Shop at Tiny Prints

Vistaprint
Deal: (nothing right now)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 6% cash back

Walgreens
Deal: 50% off cards and premium stationery
Code: THERES50
Til: 8/7/2021
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Deals


Alex And Ani
Deal: 15% off
Code: (sign up for the mailing list)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 8% cash back
*See our post about using Alex And Ani as bridesmaids gifts.

Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!
Deal: Free shipping on orders of $75+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!



Beau-Coup
Deal: 30% off your total
Code: YAHOO1
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Beau-Coup

Blurb
Deal: 35% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Blurb

Bold Loft
Deal: Clearance sale, plus free shipping on $40+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Bold Loft
*Cute couples gift ideas

Cufflinks.com
Deal: 20% off $125+
Code: DRESSUP
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Cufflinks.com

Dollar Tree
Deal: Everything's $1
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no end date)
Shop at Dollar Tree
*See our post on why you should always wedding shop at the dollar store.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery
*Read our post about 5 Times You'll Wish You Had A Stamp During Wedding Planning

Frecklebox
Deal: Free shipping over $45
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Frecklebox
*Perfect gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls.

Indochino
Deal: Up to 70% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (while supplies last)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 2% cash back

Julep
Deal: Free shipping on $29+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Julep
*We've used this nail polish before and loved it. It would be great for at home manicures.

Men's Wearhouse
Deal: 40% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 4% cash back
*Find out how to get a free tuxedo rental from Men's Wearhouse

Michaels
Deal: 20% off all regular price items
Code: 20MADEBYYOU
Til: 8/31/2021
Shop at Michaels' website




My Wedding Favors
Deal: 25% off your purchase
Code: MWFSALE25
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at My Wedding Favors

Napkins.com
Deal: Save 20% off $200+ when you join the email list
Code: (will be emailed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Napkins.com

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on custom print orders of $75+
Code: CUSTOM75
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Personal Creations
Deal: Up to 50% off everything
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 20% cash back

Pura Vida Bracelets
Deal: Free shipping on $45+ orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Pura Vida Bracelets
*Bridesmaids gift ideas starting at $5

Shutterfly
Deal: Save 50% on almost everything, plus free shipping on cards
Code: SHIPYAY
Til: 6/9/2021
 Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Tiny Prints
Deal: Save 20% on everything plus free shipping
Code: SALE20
Til: 8/3/2021
Shop at Tiny Prints

Walgreens
Deal: 50% off cards and premium stationery
Code: THERES50
Til: 8/7/2021
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Freebies

Bonus Gifts
Amazon
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Amazon.com

Bridal Guide Magazine
Deal: Free two-year subscription
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request here

Exclusively Weddings
Deal: Free wedding invitation samples
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Exclusively Weddings

Minted
Deal: Free wedding sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Minted

Target
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Target.com

The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly
Deal: Free sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly

Things Remembered
Deal: Free personalized silver keepsake heart
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Join the mailing list here

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 5 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: 5WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas


Looking for a fun bridal shower game? Get this Bridal Shower Word Search free printable at www.abrideonabudget.com.

*Be sure to check out all our free wedding printables too.

Note: Deals are subject to change. A Bride On A Budget is not responsible if they do.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are you looking for savings on?

Monday, July 26, 2021

DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors

This DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors post is sponsored.

I'm a huge fan of edible wedding favors. If you ask my opinion about your wedding favors, I'll suggest something edible.

My second suggestion is something useful.

These DIY Wooden Coasters fall into the latter category, but they kind of go with the edible -- well, drinkable -- suggestion.

These are so incredible easy to make, but they are time consuming. So, if you already have your wedding date planned, start making these coasters now.

I say this because these are made from wood that we cut from trees in our backyard that had fallen down during a hurricane. And wood takes a long time to dry well enough to be appropriate for crafting.

Fresh cut wood needs to air dry for one year for every inch thick it is. These are cut about 1/4-inch, so we needed to air dry them for approximately three months before we could make these.

Of course, you can order natural unfinished wood slices online too if you don't want to go into your backyard and chop down trees.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors


These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.


DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors Supplies:


How To Make DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors:


To Make Your Own Wood Slices:


These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Start with a piece of freshly fallen down branch.

We have a lot in the backyard that fall during storms. Branches that have dried out due to time won't work because the wood will basically turn to dust when you try to cut them.

Use a miter saw to cut 1/4-inch slices of the branch.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Leave the wood slices in a warm dry area for about three months. Every few days, flip them so each side gets exposed to the air.

To Make DIY Wooden Coasters:


Measure the widest part of your coasters, omitting the bark around the outside. That's the largest you're able to make your design. The design will look better if you leave some room between the edge of the design and the edge of your coasters, so we suggest not making the design go all the way to the edge.

Now, this is the fun part. You can design your coasters however you want. You can add your wedding date and your names, but honestly, something a little more generic increases the chances that your guests will want to keep these.

I made two different designs: "bottoms up" and "cheers". You could make them more wedding themed, like, "Let's toast the couple" or, if you're having a designation wedding, you could print an image of the state/country you're in with the words, "Take home a piece of (insert town here)" assuming, of course, your wood is actually from there.

If you have some graphic design skills, you can design your coaster images using a free design website, like Canva.com. That's what I used. If you don't have any design skills, the graphic I created is below.

To use that, just right click it and save it to your computer. 

Print the image on the NuFun Activities Wood Transfer Paper. You do not want to mirror the image when you print it. You want to print it as is.

If you've ever use transfer paper to make something like a homemade t-shirt, this is the opposite of how you print those. With that type of iron-on transfer paper, you mirror the image when you print it. Not with this transfer paper.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Cut your design from the transfer paper. You want to cut as close to the design as possible. There will be white remaining around the design, but that's okay.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Peel the liner from the back of the transfer paper.

Side note: This is a little difficult to do at first. I was able to separate them with a little pressure and my nails. It does start to get easier once you get the hang of it.

Place the coaster design exactly where you want it to lay on the wood slice you cut or natural unfinished wood slices.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Place the parchment paper on top of the design.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Use an iron to apply firm, even pressure on the parchment paper.

Alternating between holding the iron on top of the parchment paper and leaving it there is your best bet. You can slightly move the iron and back and forth over the parchment paper.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Remove the parchment paper to check on your design. The white around the design will be completely translucent when you're done ironing, leaving only the design behind. If there's still white remaining, keep ironing.

Set the coaster aside and continue until you've made all your coasters. Let them cool completely.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

What's really cool is as the coasters get heated up, the rings from the wood get really defined. I think this is actually the sap coming through the rings, but I'm not an dendrologist, so don't quote me.

I know this for sure happens with the fresh wood you cut on your own, since that's what we used. I don't know for sure if it happens with the natural unfinished wood slices you purchase online. If it does let us know.

The definition that comes out looks amazing. I love how it adds a different dimension to the coasters. The backside of the coasters get this definition too, which is cool.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Bring the coasters outside and spray them with spar urethane. This will protect them from spills and condensation from glasses. Let them dry outside for an hour before touching them.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

To Package Wooden Coasters As Wedding Favors:


When you're ready to package these as wedding favors, place two coasters in an 4x6-inch organza bag. Make sure the color of your organza bags matches your wedding colors.

These DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors are perfect for your rustic wedding. You can use actual fresh tree or purchased unfinished wood slices to make them.

Set one organza bag on each place setting at your wedding.


Free Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors Printable:


If you want to use the printable we created, just right click the image above (it has no border so it will print properly).

It's formatted to be printed on an 8.5x11-inch sheet of NuFun Activities Wood Transfer Paper.

How much does it cost to make Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors?


Each pack of NuFun Activities Wood Transfer Paper comes with 25 sheets of transfer paper and 5 sheets of parchment paper. Each of our free printables has designs for eight coasters. So you can 200 coasters per pack.

If you put two coasters per organza bag, as we suggest, that's 100 wedding favors from one pack of paper.

As far as costs go, the pack of NuFun Activities Wood Transfer Paper is under $10. You can get 100 organza bags for about $7. And the wood, if you cut it like we did, is free. That means you can make 100 beautiful, handmade favors for under $20.

Amazing.


Purchase Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors:


If you love the ideas of these wooden coasters as your wedding favors, but you don't want to make them yourself, that's okay. You can purchase wooden coasters wedding favors online.

Some of our favorites are below:



More DIY Favor Ideas:


If you're looking for more DIY favor ideas, we have a few you might love below:


BRIDAL BABBLE: What would you print on your DIY Wooden Coasters Wedding Favors?

Monday, July 19, 2021

Why You Shouldn't Get Married On A Holiday Weekend

Before we get started, I should tell you: If you're planning a wedding on a holiday weekend, you're not going to like this post. I mean, it's titled "why you shouldn't get married on a holiday weekend" for a reason, not for irony.

There's not going to be a sentence at the end of this that says, "but it's your wedding, so you do you." Because I don't believe that.

I'm super opinionated on this. Getting married on a holiday weekend is one of my five wedding pet peeves.

The other four? A Friday wedding, no favors at the wedding, when the bridesmaids keep constantly fiddling with the bride's veil during the ceremony, and having a buffet instead of a sit down dinner.  

Anyway. You might be thinking this is just a wedding blog, written by a random person on the internet who you've never met. But I assure you, other people have this same opinion. They just won't vocalize it. They'll say it's your wedding; they'll say you do you; but deep down, they'll be hoping you change your mind.

Oh sure, they'll still show up for your wedding. I've been to many weddings on holiday weekends. I always RSVP yes.

But it is asking a lot of your guests. And you should think about that when you're picking your date.

And if you don't, well, you can't say someone didn't warn you.  

Should you get married on a holiday weekend? Find 5 reasons why you shouldn't get married on a holiday weekend here.



Why You Shouldn't Get Married On A Holiday Weekend


There are five main reasons why you shouldn't get married on a holiday weekend. These are in no particular order.

Well, let me say this. These are the five main reasons I would tell you not to get married on a holiday weekend if you were my friend and asking my opinion.

Other people might have other reasons.

Traveling is more expensive on holiday weekends


Many people travel on holiday weekends, and the travel industry takes advantage of that. It's a time when gas prices and flight costs increase. Plus, hotels can charge a premium because of the holiday weekend. So rooms and flights and car rentals are all more expensive.

It'll end up costing your guests who are traveling a lot more than if you were planning your wedding on a non-holiday weekend. And those costs might deter them from coming at all.

Also, keep this in mind if you're planning a wedding on a "holiday in your town only" weekend. We have a huge annual festival here in our town and during that weekend, hotel rooms are almost double their regular price. So everyone here knows booking a wedding during that "holiday" weekend is a terrible idea.

People may have traditions


People usually have traditional plans. We have family come visit us every year for Easter weekend. That has been our plan for over five years now. If someone we know was getting married that weekend, it would really throw us off. Do we leave our family, who is only in town for three days? Do we skip the wedding?

And that goes for holidays that you might not consider a holiday, like Halloween. Parents, and often aunts and uncles without children, go trick-or-treating that day. So you are asking them to choose between their tradition of trick-or-treating or your wedding.

And sure, it's easy to say that there will be other years to trick-or-treat and your wedding will only happen once. But you don't get to make that decision for other people. And planning you wedding on a holiday or a holiday weekend forces some of your guests to make that decision.

And you might get upset with the decision they make.

You won't save as much as you think


Many people want to plan a wedding on a holiday weekend because it seems like it would be a good way to save. But it's potentially not going to be cheaper on a holiday weekend.

A lot of vendors have set prices. Florists don't sell less flowers on a holiday weekend than on a non-holiday weekend. In fact, around some holidays -- Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, specifically -- flowers are more expensive. So you may actually pay a premium if you're planning your wedding on a holiday weekend.

And some venues will look at long holiday weekends as a series of Saturdays. Friday is Saturday because people have a bunch of days off after; Saturday is Saturday because it's Saturday; Sunday is Saturday because there's a day off after.

Venues are hip to your save a buck scheme and often won't actually give Friday or Sunday wedding discounts on a holiday weekend.

You're monopolizing the weekend


People look forward to holidays because it's a day off from work. Not for everyone, of course, but for a lot of people. People just want to relax and have a day of nothing to do. 

And of course, you want to say your wedding is a big party, and it's the perfect way to spend a day off. But not everyone would agree.

Some people just need that extra day off from work to catch up on things like chores or sleep or season two of Ted Lasso. Who knows what people do on their days off. But, by having your wedding in the middle of a holiday weekend -- one people have been looking forward to since the last time that holiday rolled around -- people probably won't be happy. They'll show up to your wedding, of course, but they'll be grumbling about how they had something else planned for the weekend.

Which brings us to ...

People may already have plans


People have plans for the long weekend. We always set our plans for Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekend the year before because we know it's a long weekend, so it's a great time for us to travel without having to burn a paid vacation day.

If you plan your wedding on a holiday weekend, and don't give people a ton of advanced notice, they may already be booked. And then they can't come.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you agree with these reasons why you shouldn't get married on a holiday weekend? Do you have your own reasons. Let us know in the comments.