Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Bridesmaids Boxes

I really believe that every part of your wedding needs to be special. Every aspect is a way to be sentimental and stand out. I mean, you only get one chance at everything. There are no redos. So why know go all out?

That's how I feel about asking your girls to be in your bridal party. Oh sure, you can just ask them casually ... or you can be inspired and do something special that they will really remember.

That's exactly what Lydia (my Twitter friend who you can find on Twitter at @lgtz85) did. She asked her girls first, then, after they said yes, she presented them with these beautiful bridesmaids boxes. I'm in love with them.

What You'll Need:

Wood boxes*
White marker*
Fake flowers*
Light up ring*
Star decals*
Blue scrapbook paper
Spray paint
Barefoot pink moscato (That's what she used. You can grab your favorite)
Label stickers
Ring Pops

*She picked up these items at her local Michaels, but I linked comparable items from Amazon since Michaels doesn't really let you link to what's in stock very easily.

What You'll Do:

Remove the little clasps on the box and fill the holes with glue.

Spray paint the boxes.

Although it looks like she used chalkboard to write the names on the boxes, it's actually not. It's a mix of printed and handwritten, so I'm going to let Lydia explain exactly how she did it because modifying her words might make it a little confusing:

The font is called KG Eyes Wide Open and I downloaded that for free from dafont.com.  I changed it a little in Photoshop white color then added a thick stroke so it would be an outline, printed that out, and then on the backside of the paper, shaded it with pencil, then traced it onto the scrapbook paper (this is the best and easiest way to do this and get awesome font styles!) The inside, I kept it in its regular style. Then outlined with the marker, I love that it kind of looks like a chalkboard, my cousin actually thought it was! I was able to slide the scrapbook paper into the top part of the box and fit it under the wood; I did glue it just for extra measure.

Tie the =light up ring around the "diamond" with the ribbon, then glue the ribbon to the box. 

Add a Ring Pop.

She even created the labels for the wine in the same font. The text up top says The Smith-Jones wedding (okay, no, it doesn't, but just pretend the bride and groom's last names are Smith and Jones and you get the idea). She put a small maraca image on both sides of the text because, if you remember, this is the same Lydia who is planning the Tex/Mex/Fiesta wedding (and the reason behind my Fiesta Wedding Inspiration Board). Her colors are navy, white, and pink, so it was great for her to incorporate her color scheme into these.

They're really adorable. Imagine receiving one. Is there any way you could say no? (Actually, she told me she had verbally asked them months ago, just to make sure they wanted and were able to be a part of her big day and she gave them these beautiful boxes later as a surprise).

In case you're curious, I "proposed" to my bridemaids when I asked them to be a part of our wedding party. You can see that in this post.

Be sure to tweet Lydia at @lgtz85 and let her know you saw her amazing creations on A Bride On A Budget.

BRIDAL BABBLE: How did you ask your girls to be your 'maids?

Monday, September 29, 2014

How To Store The Top Tier Of Your Wedding Cake (so it tastes great a year later)

The end of our wedding reception is more of a blur than the wedding itself. Nearly all our guests traveled, so they almost all took the shuttle we rented back to the hotel after the ceremony ended. Pete and I were left, carless, at the venue. We had a room in the resort for the night and I knew we could get a ride back home in the morning, but I never thought about all the items that we would actually have after the wedding. We had leftover favors, miscellaneous centerpiece items, two guitars, and gifts that had to go somewhere ... somewhere that wasn't our honeymoon suite.

Two of our friends, who live in our town, were amazing and took all of our stuff back to their house.

Including the top tier or our wedding cake.

I really thought storing the top tier was simple. I thought you put it in the freezer and took it out a year later and had it on your first anniversary. Simple. Oh no. There's a process to it.

Our friends did ours for us (small aside: If you read our post Five Things No One Tells You About Your Wedding Day, number four was that you need that one random friend who will help you at the end of the night, after your parents and bridal party have retired from their duties. These friends were those friends) so I don't have any personal experience doing this. But I do have instructions from the bakery we used: Imaginary Cakes. Their instructions are paraphrased below:

How To Store The Top Tier Of Your Wedding Cake

  • Remove the cake topper and any big decorations from the top tier of the cake. Any edible decorations can be left.
  • Freeze the cake in the freezer for an hour. This hardens the icing so it doesn't stick to anything later in the process.
  • Remove from the freezer and wrap in plastic wrap. Cover the cake in its entirety, making sure its covered from the top to bottom and all sides. This wrap should be airtight.
  • Double wrap the cake with aluminum foil. This makes sure there's no taste of freezer burn.
  • Put the wrapped cake in a box.
  • Place the box (with the cake inside) in a freezer-safe tight container, plastic bag, or a garbage bag.
  • Leave the cake in the freezer for a year.

The Day Before Your Anniversary

  • Take the bag from the freezer and place in the fridge overnight.

The Day Of Your Anniversary

  • Remove the cake from the fridge and let it thaw for 30 minutes before serving.
The cake above, that's my friend Susan's baseball cake from her wedding last weekend. It was delicious, in case you were wondering. If you want to check out a photo of my cake, there's one in this post.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you plan on saving your top tier?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Wifey Tee From Deighan Design

Getting married is fun. You get engaged, which is always a fun story to tell. Then you plan the wedding, which is one of the hardest and stressful but most rewarding tasks you'll endure in your life.

And then you're married.

And what people lose sight of is the actual marriage. Yes, you should plan a wedding, but you need to plan for your marriage. You need to remember that the reception is a party but the commitment you make is important. Really important.

That part is fun too. Trust me. It's nice to have a husband and to be someone's wife. That's what the engagement and wedding lead to. So instead of filling your closet with items that say bride and bride-to-be, fill it with a word that's less fleeting: wife.

We got a chance to check out the off-shoulder wifey tee from Deighan Design. I'm in love with it. The letters are screen printed on some of the softest and most comfortable fabric I've ever worn. And, honestly, that's how marriage is. It's really comfortable. That's how is should be. It's work (just like Ben Affleck said in that speech when he won some award for Argo and everyone gave him a ton of slack for it. But, he was just being honest: marriage is something you have to work at), but it's comfortable.

The shirt came wrapped in really pretty purple tissue paper (which may look familiar to you because I reused it in our DIY tassel garland tutorial. I tried it on immediately and it fit perfectly.

It's not the only wedding items you can purchase from the Deighan Design Etsy shop. There are a ton of personalized wedding items, like bride and groom wedding hangers, customized hoodies with Mrs. and the bride's new last name, Team Bride tank tops (which are perfect for a bachelorette party), cake toppers, and more. You can even grab a garter there too, which makes things easy. I feel like a garter is always the thing you buy last minute because you forgot to grab ne along the way.

The shop has Bride's Entourage tank tops, which I absolutely love. The only thing the store lacks, honestly, is those same style shirts that say, "Groom's Entourage." Now, I know what you're thinking: A man isn't going to wear a lace-backed tank top. And I know, I woudn't expect one to. I'm thinking about myself. See, my youngest brother is dating this girl who is absolutely fantastic. I love her like my sister and can only hope that eventually, one day, she will be. And if (fingers crossed) that day comes, I'll still be on my brother's side. He is my blood, after all. So I wouldn't wear a shirt that said "Bride's Entourage" because, even though I love her, I'd still have to be Team Groom. So a cute lace back tank with Team Groom would be for the sisters and mothers of grooms. Whole different market than the bridal party.

All the prices on Deighan Design's items are really affordable. The Wifey top is only $29 and the custom wedding dress hangers are on sale for $24. You can get a set of ten bachelorette party tanks for only $120, making them $12 each. I haven't ever seen them lower than that.

I love personalized wedding items. They're really cute and great for photos. But they can end up being one-time use items (I have a bridesmaid robe that has been stuck in my closet since my cousin's wedding ended). Something like the Wifey tee, it's a one-lifetime use item. And that's a lot more uses.

Connect with Deighan Design: Website | Etsy | Facebook | Twitter

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you get more use from a shirt that says Wifey or Bride?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How To Write A Check For A Wedding Card (And guarantee it gets deposited)

This is a touchy post. One I put off writing because this is a fun blog with DIY projects and budget saving tips. It's not an etiquette blog. But the more I put it off, the more I thought about posting it.

When you get a gift, you have to be grateful for it. As the bride and groom, you are inviting people to your wedding for their presence, not their presents. It is absolutely not a requirement of your guests to give you any gifts. If they do, that's very nice of them. And if they don't, that's okay.

If you're a guest and you decide to give a check to the couple, here's my etiquette tips: Write it out to the bride using her maiden name, write it out to the groom, or write it out to cash.

I know, you probably want to write it out to the bride with her new last name. But here's the thing: You don't know if the bride is changing her name and you also don't know when. Most suggest not changing your name until after the honeymoon so that travel documents and ID match in your maiden name. You can legally change it after then.

But if the bride takes her time changing her name or doesn't at all (like me!), and a check is written out to Mr. & Mrs. Husband's Last Name, well, that Mrs. doesn't exist. And that makes it very hard to cash a check.

Pete and I opened a joint account after our engagement party so our wedding money would remain separate. At my bridal shower, someone wrote a check to Mr. & Mrs. Pete's Last Name. Let's give him the last name of Jones because that will make it easier for the rest of this post. So they wrote the check to Mr. & Mrs. Jones.

My shower was six months before the wedding. My last name was mine, not his. In fact three months after the wedding, my last name is mine, not his. Because his name was on the account and because it was low value compared to the rest of my deposit, they allowed me to deposit the check ... after authorization from a supervisor. After the wedding, though, the majority of our checks were made out to Pete & Lisa Jones. But Lisa Jones, that person doesn't exist. And I have no intention of her existing in the immediate future. Maybe when we have kids, but we'll visit that then. For now, Pete can't RSVP and say the attendees are, "Me and Mrs. Jones."

So, anyway, I took Pete with me to the bank when I was making a deposit after our wedding. I didn't want a hard time. We got there and immediately had an issue with the names on the checks. The ones in my name were fine, the ones in Pete's name were fine, but the 75% or so with this imaginary wife were a problem. Not only did the teller have to call a supervisor, the supervisor had to call someone and talk to them for a very long time to get authorization for our deposit.

It was enough time for me to reflect on the times when I had written checks for weddings and wrote them to the bride and groom with the groom's last name. I never gave it a second thought ... until then. Now, all my checks are getting made out to cash or I'm just giving cash. A hold up at the bank teller is a minor annoyance, but a new couple should be blissfully entering into their new life. I don't want to be the cause of any annoyance for them.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Are your plans to change your last name when you get married?
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