Friday, July 20, 2018

Bride's Wedding Day Packing List

The day after our wedding, I woke up in the hotel room and was getting changed. My family was picking me up in a little bit to go to church.

"Ugh," I thought. "I forgot to pack a bra."

I ended up throwing a zip up on top of my shirt, then had my long hair fall in front of me. Long sleeves on a June day in North Carolina was a little hot, but it was better than showing the Lord the goods. So now, any time I'm talking to a bride on her wedding morning, I always remind her to pack a bra. That's not the only thing I forgot to bring with me, though. I was sitting in the limo, heading from taking photos downtown to the hotel where the reception was. I had my personalized sneakers with me ... but not socks. Ugh again, right? So I sent a text to a local friend, asking her to bring me a pair.

I don't want other brides to find themselves in these situations, so I put together a list of a few things a bride needs to pack on her wedding day.

Bride's Wedding Day Packing List


At the end of the post, there is a printable Bride's Wedding Day Packing List. 

You can actually right click the image below and print out the wedding day checklist printable. Then, physically check off each item when you're packing. That way, you will make sure to not forget anything!

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Emergency Kit
You can make your own emergency kit -- filled with aspirin, deodorant, nail files, and more. Or you can buy one. Whatever way you go, though, bring it. There are so many items in there that you (honestly) won't need on your wedding day. But, for the one item you do need, you'll be happy you packed it. And since you won't exactly know what item is the one you'll be hunting for on wedding day, you need to put together and bring a whole kit.

Flip Flops/Sneakers
Are you going to wear your high heels all night long? Probably not. You'll want some comfortable shoes to change into. I actually packed both flip flops and sneakers. I had the flip flops for the beach (since we had a beach reception) and personalized sneakers to match Pete's when we were dancing the night away.

Don't forget anything on your wedding day when you print this Bride's Wedding Day Packing List from www.abrideonabudget.com. It's the perfect last-minute wedding day checklist.

Rings
Don't forget the rings. You can't get married without them. You'll have them with you during the morning, since a photographer will be with you and taking shots of all three rings, and then you'll want to pass them to a bridesmaid to take care of. Make sure she brings them into the ceremony space and hands them to whoever needs them.

Lipstick
It was an accident, I'm sure, but the makeup artists who were at my house gave a small swatch of lipstick to everyone -- except for me. So I didn't have any extra to match my lips. That's life. I wasn't too worried about it, but my bridesmaids were sure concerned. If it happens to you, be sure to pack a similarly colored lipstick -- or just a shade you like.

Don't forget anything on your wedding day when you print this Bride's Wedding Day Packing List from www.abrideonabudget.com. It's the perfect last-minute wedding day checklist.

Tip Envelopes
You'll need to tip your vendors, if they do a good job. So you'll want to carry envelopes with cash inside and the name of the vendor outside. Bring them to the venue and then hand them to your dad to hang on to until the end of the night. For a whole list of who gets tipped, check out our post here.

Snacks
You won't eat. For days, you won't eat. Heck, you might not even eat this snack. But it's good to toss in some grapes or granola bars. Anything easy to eat -- and things that are not messy. You don't want to spill on your white dress.

Don't forget anything on your wedding day when you print this Bride's Wedding Day Packing List from www.abrideonabudget.com. It's the perfect last-minute wedding day checklist.

Water Bottle
I would suggest a water bottle with a straw so you don't ruin your lipstick or accidentally spill on yourself. Maybe a cute one water bottle with pink sparkles because why not. Or how about our personalized bridal party water bottles? Fill it with cold water and sip on it when you can. It's so important to stay hydrated, so this will help.

Schedule
We put together a schedule of events with times (first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc.) with our band. If you've done something similar, take it with you the day of the wedding. That way you -- or your maid of honor -- can keep track and cross reference it during the day.

Change of clothes/Luggage
If you're staying overnight at your reception venue or a close hotel, be sure to pack a change of clothes for the next day. From my experience, I want to remind you to pack and bra and socks. Whatever else you pack is up to you.

Bag Of Toiletries
If you're staying overnight, you'll need to get ready for bed, then ready for the next day. So you'll need to pack a travel bag with toothpaste, a toothbrush, makeup remover, shampoo, etc. Be sure to pack enough to share with your new husband too, in case he forgets his bag!

Now, about that printable ...

Don't forget anything on your wedding day when you print this Bride's Wedding Day Packing List from www.abrideonabudget.com. It's the perfect last-minute wedding day checklist.

Just right click the image above to save it. Then, print it out when you're ready to pack.

When you use the printable, just put a check in each box after you have packed it. This wedding day checklist for bride will make sure you don't leave anything at home.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What other items would you add to this bride's wedding day packing list?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Shark Week Wedding Inspiration Board

UPDATE: Shark Week 2018 starts Sunday, July 22 so get ready! It's also the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, so let the Shark Week 2018 countdown begin.

We don't have cable and I'm already way more nervous in the ocean than any woman my age should be, so Discovery's Shark Week is not for me. But for so many people, Shark Week is a holiday in itself to be celebrated. A week long TV marathon featuring the ocean's not-so-friendly creatures.

To get in on the fun, I was thinking about a Shark Week wedding. It would be great to have it during Shark Week. Then your busiest week of wedding planning would be Shark Week, and you would be able to sit and relax and watch sharks on TV after running around planning all day.

Plus, Shark Week actually lends to a lot of ideas (some of which are really cute).

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!

For a Shark Week-themed wedding, you're going to want to focus on blues for your decor. Personally, I would go with a navy and add in pops of a lighter blue. It lends to really great wedding photos (and, after all, it is a wedding).

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I would absolutely put the bridesmaids in navy as well.

Have the groomsmen match with navy vests and ties and in a gray tux because, come on, this is Shark Week. You have to have them in shark gray. If not, that's a big missed opportunity.

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I would keep flowers really simple and go with baby's breath bouquets for the bridesmaids. 

Gypsophila bouquets are really popular right now -- and budget friendly. Plus, you can say the white represents a shark's white teeth (that and I think any other color would really take away from the theme).

And red would just be terrible.

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During the reception, you'll have a ton of places that you can add in a pop of shark, but you really don't want to go overboard (What a terrible -- and unintentional -- pun that was). If you do, you'll look like you're throwing more of a birthday party than a wedding.

But there's no way you can have a Shark Week-themed wedding without those painted toasting flutes. They're really cute and are a nice keepsake for the future. See, most of your Shark Week wedding decor will get tossed or lost, but you will definitely keep these -- and use them during Shark Weeks to come.

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I absolutely think you need shark cake toppers too.

Personally, I think wedding cake toppers are a place to shine. They're really a great opportunity to tie your wedding theme into your cake.  Plus, if you have a really cute topper, you can have simpler cake decorations.

And, small aside: Cakes are expensive and elaborate decorations add to that expense. Any intricate and ornate decorations involve a ton of manual labor -- which you will end up paying for. So yes, it would be cute to have waves piped all over your cake with a ton of fondant air bubbles, but you will be paying someone to sit and roll those fondant bubbles, and that labor cost adds up.

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But if you do decide on it, can be cute.

Also cute: Shark-themed cupcakes.

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Regular cupcakes with blue-tinted frosting and a chocolate shark fin. Who wouldn't love those? Plus, they're really eye catching, especially since frosting just lends itself to looking like waves. 

If you want to be simpler, you can dress up plain cupcakes with shark cupcake toppers. Just drop them off with your baker and they'll show up to your Shark Week wedding already decorated.

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If you're planning on a candy buffet, you're in luck. 

You can have foil-wrapped candies alongside shark gummies. They're cheap if you buy them in bulk. And if you just have a little bucket of sharks mixed in with the other candies, it will make your guests really smile. Plus, it won't be overkill.

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And favors are easy. Shark bottle openers. That personalized set above is a little pricey, but I found this shark bottle opener pack on Amazon for a bit less.

And, no Shark Week wedding post would be complete without mentioning this photo that went viral a few years back:

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Seriously, that would be the perfect ending to your perfect Shark Week wedding.

Your only problem, honestly, is the start. I was looking and only found one shark-themed invitation that wasn't strictly for a birthday party. And I wasn't crazy about that invitation suite at all. If you really do plan on having a Shark Week wedding and need stationery, your best bet is to go to a designer. P

And trust me, with this type of theme, invitations are important. You want your guests to immediately know they're invited to a Shark Week wedding. This isn't something you want to spring on them like a shark attack (womp womp womp).

BRIDAL BABBLE: What else would you add to your Shark Week wedding?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DIY Music Note Escort Cards

Pete loves music. It's such a huge part of his being. So when we were getting married, he was absolutely set on having a live band. Of course, we did. If you love music and want to incorporate it into your wedding, and easy way to do that is with our DIY Music Note Escort Cards.

Now, a quick note if you're new here. Escort cards are the cards where you put your guests' names and table number. They're often mistakenly called table cards. Table cards are actually the literal card with the table number on it.

And then there are place cards. Those are actually the most specific of the bunch. They not only direct your guests to a specific table, but they give them a specific seat at that table as well.

Add a little music to your wedding reception with these DIY Music Note Escort Cards. Find out how to make them on www.abrideonabudget.com.

DIY Music Note Escort Cards


These DIY Music Note Escort Cards are an easy way to add a little bit of music to your big day.

You could actually make large versions of them too to have as table cards.

Add a little music to your wedding reception with these DIY Music Note Escort Cards. Find out how to make them on www.abrideonabudget.com.


What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:


Using the paper trimmer, cut your teal card stock into 2- by 2-inch squares. Fold them in half, then set them aside.

Add a little music to your wedding reception with these DIY Music Note Escort Cards. Find out how to make them on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Then, cut the beige card stock into 1 3/4- by 3/4-inch rectangles.

Carefully glue the beige card stock onto one side of the teal card stock.


Use the scissors to freehand music notes from the black card stock. What I do to make it just a little easier, I cut a strip of black (using the paper trimmer), then fold it down just a little bit. Cut the music note from there and you've made two at once. That goes a little faster in case you have a lot to make.

If you don't think you can freehand these, just cut them using a music note paper punch.

Add a little music to your wedding reception with these DIY Music Note Escort Cards. Find out how to make them on www.abrideonabudget.com.

Glue the music note to the upper corner of your teal and beige rectangle.


Use the marker to write your guests' names and table numbers.

Add a little music to your wedding reception with these DIY Music Note Escort Cards. Find out how to make them on www.abrideonabudget.com.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make these DIY music note escort cards?