Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Friday Wedding Deals (Updated for Black Friday 2019)

Update: This list of Black Friday Wedding Deals is updated for November 2019 with pre-Black Friday deals. We'll be updating for Black Friday 2019 and Cyber Monday 2019 as the deals roll in.

For our monthly wedding deals and freebies link, check out our list, updated monthly, here.

I usually don't post deals on this blog. Yes, it's about saving money, but I'll usually just post deals on Twitter or Facebook because, well, deals expire. And I don't want you to come to a blog with a bunch of expired deals. That's sort of useless. But with Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 around the corner, so many stores are having really hot deals. Plus, this is engagement season, so now might be when you're planning wedding stuff. I put together a list of the best Black Friday wedding deals for 2016 and have been constantly updating it so you can get the best deals.

The deals are split into three categories: Black Friday Wedding Stationery Deals; Black Friday Wedding Deals; and Wedding Freebies.

Bride and groom. Text reads: Black Friday Wedding Deals Updated for 2019.


Black Friday Wedding Stationery Deals


Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

Artsy Couture
Deal: 15% off your first purchase
Code: HELLOTHERE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Artsy Couture
*Check out our review of Artsy Couture Save the Dates.

CafePress
Deal: 15% off sitewide
Code: THANKFUL
Til: 12/2/2019
Shop at CafePress
*Check out our review of wedding items at CafePress.

CatPrint
Deal: (nothing yet)
Shop at CatPrint
*Check out our CatPrint review here.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery

InkGarden
Deal: 25% off everything (includes wedding invitations) when you sign up for the mailing list
Code: (will be emailed)
Til: ongoing
Shop at InkGarden

Magnet Street
Deal: 50% off, plus free 2-day shipping
Code: (apply code at the top of the homepage)
Til: 12/3/2019
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: 20% off $150+, 15% off everything
Code: BF2019
Til: 11/29/2019
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: 55% off your favorites
Code: BFDEALS
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Up to 50% off Paper Source favorites
Code: (none needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Shutterfly
Deal: Up to 50% off everything, plus an additional 20% off
Code: EXTRA20
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Snapfish
Deal: 75% off all photo cards
Code: MERRYCRD
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Snapfish

Swoozies
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Swoozies

Tiny Prints
Deal: 40% off everything, plus free shipping
Code: GIVETHANKS
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Tiny Prints

Vistaprint
Deal: Up to 50% off cards
Code: NOVEMBER19
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 6% cash back

Walgreens
Deal: 60% off all cards and premium stationery
Code: CARDSTAT
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Walgreens' website


Black Friday Wedding Deals

Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

AC Moore
Deal: 40% off any regular price item
Code: None, but you need a coupon from their website
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at AC Moore stores

Alex And Ani
Deal: 30% off everything
Code: (no code needed)
Til: 12/2/2019
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 8.4% cash back
*See our post about using Alex And Ani as bridesmaids gifts.

Artsy Couture
Deal: 15% off your first purchase
Code: HELLOTHERE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Artsy Couture

Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!
Deal: Free gift with every order
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!

Beau-Coup
Deal: 15% off sitewide
Code: TURKEY
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Beau-Coup

Blurb
Deal: 35% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Blurb

Bold Loft
Deal: Clearance sale, plus free shipping on $40+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Bold Loft
*Cute couples gift ideas

Cufflinks.com
Deal: 15% off $150+
Code: DAPPER
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Cufflinks.com

Dollar Tree
Deal: Everything's $1
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no end date)
Shop at Dollar Tree
*See our post on why you should always wedding shop at the dollar store.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery
*Read our post about 5 Times You'll Wish You Had A Stamp During Wedding Planning

Frecklebox
Deal: Free shipping over $45
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Frecklebox
*Perfect gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls.

Indochino
Deal: Up to 70% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (while supplies last)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 2.1% cash back

Julep
Deal: Up to 70% off, plus an extra 25% off
Code: FF25
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Julep
*We've used this nail polish before and loved it. It would be great for at home manicures.

Men's Wearhouse
Deal: 40% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 4.2% cash back
*Find out how to get a free tuxedo rental from Men's Wearhouse

Michaels
Deal: 30% off entire purchase
Code: THANKS119
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Michaels' website

Minted
Deal: 20% off everything, plus free shipping
Code: BF2019
Til: 11/29/2019
Shop at Minted

Montage
Deal: Photo books starting at $29
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Montage

My Wedding Favors
Deal: 20% off $49+, 25% off $99+, 30% off $149+
Code: MWFBLKFRIDAY
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at My Wedding Favors

Napkins.com
Deal: 20% off sitewide
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Napkins.com

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on custom print orders of $75+
Code: CUSTOM75
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Personal Creations
Deal: Up to 40% off weekend deals and 25% off everything else
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 21% cash back

Deal: Free shipping on orders of $35+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at pinkEpromise Boutique

Pura Vida Bracelets
Deal: 50% off and free shipping
Code: (no code needed)
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Pura Vida Bracelets
*Bridesmaids gift ideas starting at $2.50

Shutterfly
Deal: Up to 50% off everything, plus an additional 20% off
Code: EXTRA20
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Snapfish
Deal: 61% off sitewide
Code: WIN61
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Snapfish

Sole Serum
Deal: Free shipping on orders of $30+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Sole Serum
*Read our review Sole Serum review.

Tiny Prints
Deal: 40% off everything, plus free shipping
Code: GIVETHANKS
Til: 11/28/2019
Shop at Tiny Prints

Visible Interest
Deal: Free shipping on all orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Visible Interest

Walgreens
Deal: 60% off all cards and premium stationery
Code: CARDSTAT
Til: 11/30/2019
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Freebies


Planning your wedding? Get Black Friday wedding deals, freebies, and more at this post from www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

Amazon
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Amazon.com

Bridal Guide Magazine
Deal: Free two-year subscription
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request here

Exclusively Weddings
Deal: Free wedding invitation samples
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Exclusively Weddings

Minted
Deal: Free wedding sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Minted

Target
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Target.com

The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly
Deal: Free sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly

Things Remembered
Deal: Free personalized silver keepsake heart
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Join the mailing list here

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 5 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: 5WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas


Looking for a fun bridal shower game? Get this Bridal Shower Word Search free printable at www.abrideonabudget.com.

*Be sure to check out all our free wedding printables too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Are you shopping on Black Friday?

Note: Deals are subject to change. A Bride On A Budget is not responsible if they do.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Should You Take Engagement Photos?

When we were living in New York, Pete and I went to Wave Hill , a gorgeous park close to his house. We walked around the gardens, through the woods, looked at the bridge and the river, and at the end, we both said this is where we'd take our engagement photos.

That was just wishful thinking at that point because we weren't engaged then. 

We did get engaged (obviously), but we ended up not taking our engagement photos in Wave Hill because we moved to North Carolina before he proposed. We did take them at a beach close to our home in North Carolina.

But they question remains: Should you take engagement photos?

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.
My friend Mallory, who got married in July 2012, got hers done too, and I borrowed some of hers for this post.

Should You Take Engagement Photos? 


The Pros For Taking Engagement Photos:
Engagement photos are a really nice way to capture how you look at the time of your engagement. In ten, twenty, fifty years, it will be so sweet to look back and see how in love and how young you were. Pictures are a great way to capture a moment and for that, I'm always for them.

And there are a lot of fun engagement photo ideas out there now: from a beach to a park to just showing your personalities. So it could actually just be a fun day to spend together.

Even better, taking engagement photos is a good excuse to test out your photographer. It also helps you get comfortable with them, which could do wonders for you being comfortable around them on your wedding day.

Reasons For Not Doing Engagement Photos:
If you take engagement photos, you can then use them for your Save the Date cards. But, realistically, you use one photo for the save the date and that's it. So to spend about a hundred bucks on one photo, that's silly to me, especially if you're planning your wedding on a strict budget.

So, if it doesn't fit into your budget, you should skip them. Or, do what we did. To save, we actually ended up taking them with a new photographer who was looking for photos for her portfolio. She didn't charge us, but we did tip her because I didn't feel right not giving her any money for her time.

We ended up using just one photo from the shoot for our save the dates and on a canvas print to hang in our bedroom. Other than that, I'm not sure what engagement photos are for, to be honest. I made wedding confetti out of a few of them, just to get more use out of our photos. You could put together our DIY photo banner with them. But other than that, you're just pushing it.

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.

When Should You Take Engagement Photos?
There's no strict timeline for when to take engagement photos. We took ours seven months after we got engaged, mostly because we didn't want it to be freezing cold on the beach when we took our photos. That was 14 months before our wedding.

You just want to make sure you take your photos after you get engaged, but before you need them. If you are planning on using them for your save the dates (which you mail out a year beforehand for a destination wedding and six months before a local wedding), use that as a factor for when you should take them. Also, double check the photographer's turn around time before booking them because you don't want to wait three months for these, like you can wait for your wedding photos.

Do You Need To Take Engagement Photos?
You don't need to do anything.

We took a selfie the day we got engaged, and that's what I used for our engagement party invites. Good enough for me.

wedding invitations

And, if you did take your photos already, you're in luck. Right now, you can get a free 8x10 at Walgreens. You can upload a photo, add it to your cart, and enter the code EIGHT10 at checkout. Choose in store pickup and your photo will be completely free. The code is valid through today, November 18, 2019, so don't miss it.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Did you get engagement photos professionally taken?

Need help with your engagement photos?

Check out our Engagement Picture Tips post.
engagement-picture-tips

Monday, November 11, 2019

Wishing Jar Guest Book Idea

A wishing jar guest book idea is super fun. We did something similar for our engagement party with a "Wedding Advice" box. It was really cute to see what everyone came up with.

I was in the dollar store recently and saw this cute wishing jar. It was the perfect wedding guest book.

Of course, me being me, I know you can make it. Sure, sure. It was only a dollar at the dollar store, but what kind of blog post would this be if I didn't tell you how to make it yourself.

Mason jar with black tag sitting on the floor.

Wishing Jar Guest Book Idea


What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Use the tag-shaped paper punch to cut a tag from the black card stock.

You can, of course, cut this out with scissors too and not use the paper punch. That's fine. But let me tell you. We got a tag-shaped paper punch when we were wedding planning, mostly because we were planning a destination wedding for everyone but us. Almost all of our guests were traveling from out of state, so we have a lot of travel-themed accents. So we used this tag-shaped paper punch a bunch of times because it looks like a luggage tag.

But, after that, we've used it so much too. Every time Christmas rolls around, I pull out that tag-shaped paper punch and use it to make gift tags. So if you're hemming and hawing about buying a paper punch for wedding crafts, I assure you that you'll use it after.

Anyway ... cut the tag.

Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the tag.

Draw some embellishments on the tag, then (if you want to follow this wishing jar completely), write the following on the tag: "Wishing jar: Add your wishes or messages to the wish jar"

Cut a long piece of the jute cording. Wrap it around the lid of the mason jar a few times, then string it through the hole in the tag. Tie it.

That's it. Your DIY Wishing Jar Guest Book is made. Well, that portion anyway.

For your wedding day, cut our large pieces of the black card stock. Leave the card stock, silver pen, and the Wishing Jar Guest Book out at the entrance table near the escort cards.

Your guests will see it as they pick up their escort cards and jot a wish for you and your husband.

If you would prefer to just buy a wishing jar, you can buy one below.



BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you rather make or buy this Wishing Jar Guest Book?