Friday, June 16, 2017

Maid Of Honor Packing List

Are you the maid of honor in a wedding? It's a huge ask. You have so many responsibilities from planning the bridal shower to helping the bride pick her wedding dress.  You also have to make sure the bride has everything she needs on the big day.

You need to make sure you have everything for the wedding day too. But don't worry. We got you. I put together a really helpful maid of honor packing list. Even better, it's formatted to fit on an 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper. Print it, carry it with you, then double check it as you're running out the door wedding morning.



Maid Of Honor Packing List



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

July 4th Wedding Inspiration Board

I remember, back in 2014, Jessica Simpson's wedding to Eric Johnson was on July 4th, and it got me thinking: What do you think about couples who schedule a wedding on a holiday?

Jessica Simpson said something along the lines of (I'm paraphrasing here): "I used to hate them when I was younger but now I realized it's an extra day to spend with family." My brother translated that to, "I hated them until I decided to do one."

Personally, I think it's hard on your guests. Travel costs around holidays skyrocket, so anyone flying will have to pay a premium. Those same guests get hit again if they're staying in hotels because holiday rates are generally higher than regular rates. And sure, your guests don't have to travel. They can RSVP no. But for the people who want to be there, you need to take them into consideration when you're planning.

But holiday-centered weddings lend to some really easy, beautiful, and unique wedding themes.

Planning a patriotic wedding? Get some July 4th Wedding Inspiration from www.abrideonabudget.com.

When we were selecting our colors, I picked eggplant, lilac, and silver because purple is my favorite color and lilac and silver are good complements. A July 4th wedding is ready made. You already know your colors will be red, white, and blue, so you might as well have some fun with it.

July 4th Wedding Inspiration


Start your wedding theme off right by letting your guests know that you consciously picked Independence Day to declare your independence from single life and marry your best friend. You don't want people to think you picked the day to save money. Have them think you picked it with purpose (even if the purpose was to save money).

When you send your save the dates or invitations, be sure to incorporate red, white, and blue into them.

Planning a patriotic wedding? Get some July 4th Wedding Inspiration from www.abrideonabudget.com.
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I say stick with a white dress and add a pop of color with something like blue high heels. You can have your bridesmaids in blue with a red roses bouquet. If you want something subtle, you can always add a little red, white, and blue to your garter.

As far as venues, I would look for something rustic and very Americana. Think old barns, fields, and farmhouses. When you decorate, you can go as minimal or over the top as you want. I mean, it's America. No one's gonna say you went too far.

Consider red, white, and blue paper lanterns, red chairs along white tablecloths, white chairs among red and blue tablecloths, blue napkins ... you definitely have a lot of options for decor.
Finish your decor with a guest book that lends to your theme. This stars and hearts guest book I found on etsy is perfect. Leave a pen by the print and have each guest sign a star. You and your husband get the hearts, of course. The only thing I would change about it is the ampersand would be blue, not red. This is really cute to display on a wall too. Our guest book is a book and will be sitting on our coffee table (once I actually unpack our wedding stuff), but I had originally thought of having something to hang. That way, you can enjoy it often.

Planning a patriotic wedding? Get some July 4th Wedding Inspiration from www.abrideonabudget.com.
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I love cake. Absolutely love it. When I heard the rumor to pick your favorite thing and don't compromise it in your budget, mine was cake (Pete's, if you're wondering, was food and music). I had to have a top of the line cake. It worked out. Everyone loved it. Everyone I talked to admitted to having multiple pieces of it. That's the kind of compliment that makes me happy.

So personally, I wouldn't mess with cake. But if you wanted to incorporate it into a fourth of July wedding theme, a tiered cake covered in white buttercream icing with sliced strawberries and blueberries on each tier is a nice way to go. Just make sure the fruit is fresh and local to give it an extra kick.

Planning a patriotic wedding? Get some July 4th Wedding Inspiration from www.abrideonabudget.com.
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And, of course, no July 4th wedding would be complete without a sparkler send off. The photo below is my absolute favorite sparkler photo of all time. I actually chose our photographers because they had sparkler photos in their example books and I wanted to find a photographer who could do this. And then, at the end of the night, it was nearly impossible to grab people for a sparkler send off because they were having too much fun on the dance floor and enjoying the band (good thing music was one of Pete's priorities because we nailed it). So, it didn't work out for me. But if you are having a July 4th wedding, you absolutely need sparklers.

Planning a patriotic wedding? Get some July 4th Wedding Inspiration from www.abrideonabudget.com.
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Plus, as an added bonus, you might get free fireworks. There's a good chance you know where there are fireworks in your area, so try and pick a venue that has a view of those. That's a free perk you pretty much can't get any other time of year.

If July 4th isn't your thing, check out our other wedding inspiration boards below:

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Man Packing List

Pete was just asked to be the best man in a wedding. That's so exciting for him. It also means he needs to prepare. The wedding is next month, so I'm doing all I can to help him get ready for it.

Are you the best man in a wedding? For a maid of honor, she gets stuck with a ton of wedding planning tasks, like stuffing wedding invitations. As the best man, your roll is a bit more fun. All you really have to do, pre-wedding, is plan the bachelor party.

On the day of, you have a little bit more to remember. Like everything that goes with your tuxedo. And the wedding rings, if you're in charge of them.

Don't worry. We're here to help.

I put together a printable best man packing list. You can print it out and then check off everything you need as you go. That way, you won't forget anything.

Are you the best man in a wedding? Print this Best Man Packing List from www.abrideonabudget.com.


Best Man Packing List

  • Tuxedo - shirt, undershirt, jacket, vest, tie, pants, pocket square, cufflinks, buttons
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Accessories - watch, jewelry
  • Hair brush
  • Deodorant
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding card
  • Speech
  • Phone
  • Wallet
Are you the maid of honor for a wedding? You have a lot to remember too, even more than the groom. We'll have that list up for you next Friday!

BRIDAL BABBLE: What else would you add to our best man packing list?