Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Real Life Wedding: Sarah's DIY Homemade Wedding Bouquets

I was just going through the blog, looking for DIY homemade wedding bouquets for someone. I completely forgot about this post from when Sarah was planning her wedding. So, of course, it's getting a little update ... almost five years later.

Five. Years.

Man, I've been at this wedding blog thing for a long time.

You can make your own bouquet if you want. Get inspired by this DIY Homemade Wedding Bouquets post. Get all the details at www.abrideonabudget.com.

I was on Twitter five (!!!) years ago, talking to Sarah (@cpss_girl) and she let me know she was in the process of making the bouquets for her August 2013 wedding.

It was over a month away at that point. There was no way she could be using real flowers, so I had to figure out what she was up to.

This I had to see.

I asked Sarah if she could tweet me a photo after the wedding. I didn't want her to give up any surprises, but she shared with me right away. And oh my gosh.

Her bouquets were gorgeous. They look straight out of a bridal magazine. There is something so absolutely breathtaking and incredibly romantic about them. There is no way I would have been able to envision these on my own, let alone sit down and figure out a way to create them.

When you've got a talent, you sure do have a talent.

I'll be honest. When I read her description, I was a little skeptical. I had no idea how she was going to get so many elements into her creations. I've heard of a brooch bouquet before, but those are pretty much just pins. They don't contain multiple elements. I was worried her bouquet was going to look cluttered.

My mind was absolutely blown when I saw the photos.

You can make your own bouquet if you want. Get inspired by this DIY Homemade Wedding Bouquets post. Get all the details at www.abrideonabudget.com.

If you have a talent like Sarah's, absolutely use it. This is exactly how you make your wedding your own. There is no way you can go to the florist and buy this. You buy the florist's vision and her creation. By doing it yourself, your creation is coming to life. And the fact that she incorporated brooches from her grandmothers, oh, what a sweet tribute to the women in her life.

I just really am, still, years later, in absolute awe of what she has created.

She spent under $5,000 for her 250 to 275 guest wedding. It can be done. And doing things yourself, that makes it happen.

But, keep in mind: This is not a simple wedding bouquets DIY. This is a lot of work, time, and effort. DIY doesn't mean it's easy, and it doesn't mean it saves you any time.

So. if you don't have skills in some department, don't do it. If you can't visualize a brooch bouquet (or a similar one) and bring it to life like Sarah, don't do it. You will come out with a mess. Spend your money there. But, if you can design your own save the date cards, go right ahead and do that. Make what you can, buy what you can't, and you will have a gorgeous wedding (at a price you can afford).

BRIDAL BABBLE: What do you think of Sarah's DIY homemade wedding bouquets?

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Friday, April 13, 2018

10 Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas

I had such a hard time picking the invitations for our beach wedding. I looked at dozens (a hundred beach wedding invitation ideas, maybe) -- and ended up having ours designed professionally. Going through them all, though, it was so time consuming.

I don't want you to waste your time, so I'm helping you out. I put together a list of some of my favorite unique beach wedding invitations. They are in a list of ten below, and then you can scroll a little to see the image and the reasons why it made the list. Just click through the links and you can just go straight to the invitation, personalize it, and place your order. Super easy.

And don't worry. I actually go through these lists and update them every six months or so to make sure the wedding invitation ideas I post are actually in stock still. The worst thing would be to fall in love with one and then find it's not available.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.

10 Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas

  1. Flip Flops In The Sun
  2. Palm Wedding Invitations
  3. Sunset Silhouette
  4. Passport Wedding Invitations
  5. Kraft And Ivory Beach Wedding Invitations
  6. Seashells and Starfish Custom Invitations
  7. Only Fish For Me
  8. Painted Sea Wedding Invitations
  9. Beach Union Wedding Invitation
  10. Perfect Watercolor Wedding Invitation

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Flip Flops In The Sun
Flip flops are such a perfect beach wedding image. We actually had fondant flip flops on the top of our wedding cake. So cute! So these flip flops in the sun wedding invitations are perfect for your beach wedding. 

The enclosure cards also have a cute cartoon wave to them, making them just a little more special.

Purchase here.

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Palm Wedding Invitations
When I go to Florida, the thing I always notice most are the palm trees. We don't have them here in North Carolina, despite living so close to the beach. So if you're having a beach wedding, these palm wedding invitations will really have your guests ready for the sand and sun.

Plus, there's something that I love about the banner wrapped around the tree, like the wind took it and the palm caught it.

Purchase here.

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Sunset Silhouette
These Sunset Silhouette pocket invitations are the most important to my heart on this entire list. See, there are more than just invitations and enclosure cards in this design. You can also use it for your wedding programs. And we did use these for our wedding programs.

We even cut one up and used it in our card box.

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Passport Wedding Invitations
Our wedding invitations had a plane ticket in them, since it was a destination wedding for everyone but us. These passport wedding invitations were the closest I could find, without hiring a designer.

I would suggest picking up a corner rounder paper punch and rounding these corners to look more like a boarding pass.

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Kraft And Ivory Beach Wedding Invitation
This Kraft And Ivory Beach Wedding Invitation is beautiful, but I would be worried about all the embellishments falling off in the mail. So I'm super excited that you can actually order a sample of this before placing an entire order.

Honestly, I think more invitation companies should do that.

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Seashells And Starfish Wedding Invitation
Don't mind that this Seashells And Starfish Wedding Invitation has bridal shower text on it. What's great about this one is that you can customize the text to say whatever you want it to say.

So, as long as you like the design, go with this invitation.

Purchase here

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Only Fish For Me
I'm in love with this Only Fish For Me beach wedding invitation. It's so playful and cute, but still really classy.

It also really meshes well with the Two Less Fish In The Sea craft I created a long time ago.

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Painted Sea Wedding Invitation
I'm obsessed with this Painted Sea Wedding Invitation. Ob-sessed. The ombre of the water, the subtlety of the words on the beach, I just can't with any of it. It's incredible.

And you want that sort of effect when you send your wedding invitations, don't you?

Purchase here.

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Beach Union Wedding Invitation
I love the foil accents in this Beach Union Wedding Invitation, so of course it had to be on this list. I don't love that the image of this is actually a gif and swaying side to side, but you need it in order to see the shine.

And, really, that's what your guests will be doing when your invitation comes in the mail.

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Perfect Watercolor Wedding Invitation
Check out the texture in this Perfect Watercolor Wedding Invitation. It just looks like it would feel amazing when your guests take it out of the envelope. I love it just for that.

If you love it, but blue's not your thing, you can actually change it to purple or the most perfect salmon. 

Purchase here.

Planning your beach wedding? You'll love these unique beach wedding invitations from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Our Actual Wedding Invitations
As an added bonus, I'm including our actual wedding invitations because I just think they're the most perfect beach wedding invitations of all. I had them designed for us, then I had the components printed locally.

I did spend 13 hours between cutting the components, stuffing the envelopes, and stamping them, but it was absolutely worth it.

Check out more images of our wedding invitations here.

When you're picking your beach wedding invitations, there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure to choose beach wedding invitations with RSVP cards that match. It doesn't make much sense to choose a beautiful invitation that matches your theme and then have some plain white enclosure cards.

Also, 

If you're planning a beach wedding, be sure to check out our beach weddings board on Pinterest. Plus, if you want to see what we went with, you can check out our beach wedding invitations here.

Unsure about your wedding invitations? You can get a few samples to help your decision making. You can get eight samples from Wedding Paper Divas here.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these beach wedding invitation ideas is your favorite?

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If you need a favor idea for your beach wedding, check out the DIY Chocolate Seashell And Sand Favors from www.abrideonabudget.com.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

When my cousin got married a dozen or so years ago, I remember noticing that all the bridesmaids had the same earrings. That's because she got them all matching jewelry. And that's when I started thinking about my own bridesmaids gift ideas, even though I wasn't even close to being engaged at that time.

I kept the idea in my mind and, when it was my turn, I bought jewelry for my bridesmaids. But there are tons of gifts to give bridesmaids. If you're looking for ideas, you're in luck. I put together a Top Ten Bridesmaids Gifts Ideas list.

This list is filled with practical bridesmaids gifts because it's important to give your bridal party something they will use later. If not, it will just collect dust in a drawer

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas



1. Personalized Jewelry.
I always love the idea of jewelry for your bridesmaids. That way, they'll all have a coordinated piece. I got my bridesmaids a pretty necklace. I gave one to my maid of honor too, but I also gave her a matching pair of earrings.

I wish I had seen this Personalized Pearl Of Hearts necklace from Bridesmaids Gifts Boutique before my wedding. You can choose the initial of your bridesmaids and then select a card for bridesmaid, maid of honor, and matron of honor. There are also two more generic ones in case you need to thank people who aren't specifically in your wedding party.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Bikini Bag
2. Bikini Bag.
I so badly wanted to get my bridesmaids bikini bags, so I'm not really sure why I abandoned the idea. They're perfect for summer weddings, especially if it's a destination wedding. And ours was a destination wedding (for everyone but me and Pete) during the summer.

When I go to the beach, I take a plastic bag with me so I can put my wet bathing suit in it before I go home. These bikini bags are so much cuter than a plastic bag. And they're great if your bridesmaids are staying at your wedding destination after your wedding is over. Especially if there's a beach where you are.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Monogrammed Spa Robe
3. Monogrammed Spa Robe.
If you're asking your bridesmaids to come over in the morning and get ready, a monogrammed spa robe is perfect. I know that satin robes and kimonos are really popular for photos, but they're not that great for practicality.

I bought one for my cousin's wedding because she wanted to take pictures in them. The photos do look really cute, but I haven't ever used it since. I tried but it's not the kind of robe you can lounge around the house in. So it has just sat in my guest room closet for five years. Now, a spa robe, that's something your bridesmaids can use after your wedding is over.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Hand Painted Wine Glass
4. Hand Painted Wine Glasses.
The morning of our wedding, I set out wine glasses with personalized wine charms, orange juice, and champagne for my bridesmaids for a mimosa bar. I didn't buy a wine charm for myself, so I ended up having orange juice (sans champagne) in a stemless wine glass we already owned.

I was happy to have gotten the personalized wine charms for them because it just made things a little easier during wedding morning chaos. What I really would have loved would have been hand painted wine glasses. That's another gift idea that I had in the beginning, but I ended up not getting (and I'm sort of bummed I never did pick them up).

Purchase here.
You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Tote Bag
5. Personalized Tote Bags.
The morning of your wedding, your bridesmaids have so much stuff. If they're getting dressed with you, they leave wearing their bridesmaids dress and have to carry their old clothes, their old shoes, a shoe box, a dress bag, a hanger, make up, hair accessories, etc. Help them out with a personalized tote bag.

I love this idea so much I actually wrote a full post on it here. And I ended up getting personalized totes for my parents and Pete's dad. I'm not sure if any of them actually use the bag now, but I like to think they do.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Coach Wristlet
6. Coach Wristlet.
I absolutely love all my Coach bags. They really hold up better than any bag I've ever had. They're well worth the investment. If you live near a Coach Outlet, you can head there and pick up real Coach bags at a very discounted price. It's a lot better than getting a knockoff from Chinatown.

If you can't get to a store, you can always order a Coach wristlet online. Keep in mind all the items and parties your bridesmaids are paying for, plus all the time they're spending to help you. They deserve Coach.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Beach Towel
7. Personalized Beach Towels.
I wasn't sold on these originally until I saw them. And now I'm obsessed with personalized beach towels. Even if your wedding is in the winter, these are perfect. We live at the beach so I'm always looking for a towel. In fact, I just packed five this weekend when my cousin was here. So you really can't have too many towels.

And when I travel, I make sure to pack my own because towels, just in case we end up at a beach or water park. Which happens. And then there's your friends who just tan in the backyard (guilty!). There's no one who wouldn't love this and no one who couldn't use a few extra beach towels.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.

8. Foldable Ballet Flats.
I bought a pair of foldable ballet flats once upon a time and brought them with me to every single wedding. They came with a small bag that fit in my purse. Brilliant. They were one of the most convenient purchases I ever made.

Your bridesmaids may not wear these at your wedding (they did just buy brand new footwear for your big day), but they'll definitely use them in the future.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Passport Holder
9. Passport Holder.
You know, this seems kind of silly, but it's actually a great bridesmaids gift idea: a passport holder. My mom actually bought one for her and another for my dad not too long ago. Too bad I didn't think to get them as thank you gifts for our wedding.

They're one of those practical things that no one ever buys. They're a great thank you, for a destination wedding or not. Fill a "passport" with photos of you and your bridesmaids, little notes, or a thank you card. It will make the gift that much more special.

Purchase here.

You definitely want to spoil your bridesmaids as a way to say thank you. If you need gift ideas, check out the Top Ten Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Cosmetics Bag
10. Cosmetics Bag.
I don't know a single woman who doesn't need another cosmetics bag. They're very useful and you can never have enough. I don't buy them for myself ever. And I'm sure your bridesmaids can say the same.

So a really cute thank you gift would be a cosmetics bag filled with emergency items: aspirin, clear nail polish, a nail file -- all the things she might need on your big day. And trusts me about the aspirin. Someone is always looking for that at a wedding (or the morning after).

Purchase here.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of our top ten bridesmaids gift ideas is your favorite?

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