Sunday, February 7, 2016

Free Wedding Printable: Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl (for taxi cab phone numbers)

UPDATE: Today (February 7) only, you can make this for free. You can print a free 8x10 photo at Walgreens. Just save the image below, head over to Walgreens.com, upload the photo, and enter the code FREE8X10FEB. Choose in store pick up and that is free too.

There's a good chance that if you're having a wedding, you're having an open bar. And if that's the case, you want your guests to enjoy themselves. You don't want your invitees to turn into drunk messes who are making bad decisions ... and you especially don't want that bad decision to be driving when they shouldn't.

You can see if the local hotel has a shuttle service they can offer for your guests or you can book a shuttle service yourself (we did ours through our limo company). If that's not available, at the very least, you should provide your guests with numbers for the local taxi services.

But of course, if you know me, I can't do anything that isn't cute or punny. And this one, it's both. I created a printable where you can add phone numbers for taxi cabs.

You ABSOLUTELY want your guests to be safe at your wedding. Don't allow drunk driving! Print this Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl free wedding printable from www.abrideonabudget.com. Write taxi numbers on it and hang it at your wedding.

I put this one together in just a couple minutes. It'll be that easy for you too, since I already designed the printable for you. You can save it from the end of this post so you don't have to create your own.

You ABSOLUTELY want your guests to be safe at your wedding. Don't allow drunk driving! Print this Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl free wedding printable from www.abrideonabudget.com. Write taxi numbers on it and hang it at your wedding.

What You'll Need:
  • Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive free wedding printable
  • Picture frame
  • Dry erase marker

What You'll Do:

You ABSOLUTELY want your guests to be safe at your wedding. Don't allow drunk driving! Print this Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl free wedding printable from www.abrideonabudget.com. Write taxi numbers on it and hang it at your wedding.

Print the photo. Personally, I printed this one at Walgreens. I actually print a ton of photos there because you can order online, pick up in an hour, and I have one in walking distance.

Place the photo in a frame. You can use a frame from the dollar store if you want to keep this project budget friendly. If you want to keep it practical, what I would suggest is buying a really pretty wedding frame. That way, instead of having an unneeded dollar store frame after the wedding, you'll have a really nice frame for one of your wedding photos.

You ABSOLUTELY want your guests to be safe at your wedding. Don't allow drunk driving! Print this Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl free wedding printable from www.abrideonabudget.com. Write taxi numbers on it and hang it at your wedding.

Use a dry erase marker to write the names and numbers of cab services in the blank space. You can easily erase them after (that's why you wanna use a dry erase marker over a permanent one). Then, you can lend this to your friends who get married after you, since their location might be serviced by a different cab company.

To get the printable, just right click the image below. Save it to your computer, then upload it to a site to print it (or you can just print it on a sheet of printer paper, if that's easier for you. You may have to trim it to fit in a frame if you do print on a traditional 8.5x11 sheet of paper).

You ABSOLUTELY want your guests to be safe at your wedding. Don't allow drunk driving! Print this Be Wise, Don't Drink & Drive Owl free wedding printable from www.abrideonabudget.com. Write taxi numbers on it and hang it at your wedding.

We have a few other wedding printables available for free, too. They're all listed below:

BRIDAL BABBLE:Are you paying for a shuttle for your guests?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Best Wedding Advice: Take A Moment For Yourself

Take a moment for yourself.

All through the wedding planning process, that's what everyone told me. I think people knew I didn't need help deciding on what color bridesmaids dresses to pick or what to use as wedding favors. I had all that under control.

What I did need, though, was to hear: Take a moment for yourself.

Which is a funny thing to say, really, especially to me. I work full time at home as a blogger. There's a lot of me time (okay, it's basically all spent with my cat, but still). I am one of the few people who doesn't wish the workweek away to get to the weekend. And I'm the girl who will leave my phone in my purse at all times because I want to spend time with the person I'm with. I guess the buzzword right now is to be "present," but really, I make it a point to do that.

And even if you do, you need to remember that on your wedding day.

That day is filled with so much happy chaos. You know every single person there, so there are so many people to talk to and dance with. You just found the one whom your soul loves, as the quote goes, and your hearts were joined together. You're just happy and in love and twirling and spinning and it's over so quickly.

So you need to be reminded to take a moment to breath, to take it all in, to tune out all the noise and just be present.

The best wedding advice you can get? Take a moment for yourself. It sounds so simple and yet, it's really not. Find out why at www.abrideonabudget.com.


It's one thing to tell this to you and it's another to actually have done it. And I did really make sure to do this. So, my top three wedding moments that I took for myself and carry so deep in my heart:

1. Catching my dad cry.
Pete and I were sitting on the alter and I looked out into the church. I caught my dad crying. Not just a tear blurring up his eye but actual tears falling. And crying is so contagious for me (I cry when people make it through on American Idol and they're crying). So this, of course, set me off. I turned to Pete. "My dad is crying and it's making me cry," is all I remember getting out of my mouth before Pete started rubbing my hand. "It's okay," he said. "Just face me. No one can see you."

And in that moment, I have no idea what the priest was saying. I know he must have been talking, but I couldn't hear him. I just watched Pete's fingers run over my hand until my tears stopped. I honestly don't think anyone even knew I cried. I don't even know that Pete remembers this at all, but I do.

2. Sitting with my little brother at our table and giving him my shrimp.
I don't know how I ended up sitting at the sweetheart table. Those were our seats but it was just so hard to actually sit for a minute. Everyone wanted their chance to talk and dance, so I only sat at our table once. And somehow, I ended up with shrimp and grits. I don't know how it appeared. It was an action station in the lounge area was and I never made it into that room. Maybe someone set it at our table for me, I don't know.

But what I do know is my little brother came over to the sweetheart table and sat with me a minute. And I remember so badly wanting him to stay, partially because I don't see him often and I wanted to get a second to talk to him but mostly because if he was there, I could steal a minute to try to eat my first food in three days. And that food happened to be shrimp and grits. Except the shrimp and grits was on the menu because it's such a southern thing and I knew our guests would love it. I, however, don't eat shrimp. So I offered them to my brother -- and he ate them.

3. Hugging Pete after he played guitar.
I gave Pete his dream guitar at our wedding. (You can read all about it here.) I hugged him and explained that it was his ... and that's when he started to cry. So I walked him outside onto the patio outside our ballroom. And I hugged him and let him get emotional. I stole that moment for us. People were outside, but for that moment, it was just me and Pete. There was no one else in the world.

Until the lead singer of our wedding band came out and said it was time to cut the cake.

"Can you stall a little and just give us a minute?" I asked. Of course, he said yes. He went back inside and there, outside in the cool night, it was just us. No one else.

Of course I remember so much else, but it's all so fast: my grandma dancing in her wheel chair, watching my little brother put the garter belt on his girlfriend, walking down the aisle with my dad, Pete taking a picture in a port-a-potty, my parents slow dancing ... but these three times, they're when time froze.

So, I say to you, bride-to-be:  Take a moment for yourself. Sneak boff on your own if you can or, if you can't, just be present. Remind yourself that you don't get to do this day again, take a look around, and really let it sink in. Because those will be the moments you hold so dear. It won't be how the chicken tasted or what songs the band played. It will be the moments you take for yourself. Trust me.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which moment from your wedding was your favorite?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get Bridal Guide Magazine For Free

As soon as I got engaged, one of my mom's best friends told me she had a few bridal magazines for me. And almost at the very same time, someone purchased me a gift subscription to Bridal Guide.

I didn't think I needed magazines. I had the Internet, and that was good enough. So I thought.

It's not.

The Internet is a great place to start, but magazines are so amazing and worth the cost. There is so much information, ideas on how to save money, how to address invitations, check lists, and a ton of ads for dresses (which are definitely ads I don't mind).

Bridal Guide is amazing, but it's $5.99 an issue. That's way too much to pick up at the store every month. Right now, though, you can get an issue of Bridal Guide magazine for free.

bridal guide

Right now, you can get an issue of Bridal Guide magazine for free. Just click that link, enter your info, and your first issue should arrive in about six weeks.

I requested all the free wedding magazines I could find. They were all so helpful for me. I was able to flip through them when I had a few minutes and look at the dresses (bridal magazines are very ad heavy, but I never minded), read an article, and just feel like I was on the right track with my planning. That confirmation is worth the cost of the magazine.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Are you using any wedding magazines?