Friday, March 27, 2015

What You Need To Know About Your Save The Date Post Cards

Save the date post cards are really popular. They're generally a bit more budget friendly than save the date cards because there are less components (you don't need envelopes and you only need half the amount of paper when compared to a folded saved the date card). Stamps are also cheaper for save the date postcards -- and believe me, wedding postage adds up.

Lydia (who you may remember from these amazing bridesmaids boxes) told me she ordered save the date post cards. Initially, I was super excited. I mean, anytime someone takes a step in wedding planning, I get excited.

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How could I not be thrilled? Her save the dates are beautiful. Lydia and her fiance Deon look so incredibly happy in that photo. They are absolutely glowing. And the fact that she is wearing white and he's in black, it's casual wedding attire. Bits like that are so perfect when you're taking engagement photos, so keep that in mind.

And the glittered pink is gorgeous and goes really well with their fiesta-themed wedding. They're simple and stunning. She really hit the ball out of the park on this one. So of course, initially, I was so excited for her.

And then I got worried. See, there's a concern no one takes into account when ordering save the date post cards.

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But you can. Because I'm here. Here to help anyone who wants to send a save the date post card. Because I'm not saying don't send them. I actually really like them and think they're great for your stationery budget. I'm just saying keep this in mind.

What You Need To Know About Your Save The Date Post Cards


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See, this is part of the email I sent Lydia when she showed me her save the dates (the part after I gushed about them being gorgeous):
Second of all ... don't hate me. When the post office mails them, they'll put a tracking sticker. We got a save the date post card once where the tracking sticker was on the bottom left on the backside of the post card, blocking all the information. You have info in the same place (the phone number of the hotel and the following text).
But at that point, her save the date post cards were already in her home. All she could do was address them and cross her fingers.

(I should mention, quick, that I removed part of the information in some of these pictures. After "by calling" she put the hotel's phone number. And between the words "the" and "wedding", she put her and her fiance's last name's, since that information is necessary when calling the hotel. I blocked them out, though, to save Lydia from potential wedding crashers. I also blocked out her friends' addresses because no one likes unsolicited pen pals except me).

Her post cards started arriving at their destinations and one of three things was happening.

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First, there was the dreaded sticker I worried about. You can see text sticking out from the left side, so the recipient knows something is there. He can easily pull the sticker off and read the text underneath. He'll still know how to call the hotel. And, worst case scenario, if the sticker pulls off a number or two, the recipient can just text Lydia and ask her what to do (and, honestly, a ton of people ended up texting us to get the hotel information for our wedding even though it was printed on our invitations, so be ready to field calls no matter how accessible you make the info).

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Then there was the dreaded stamp. Same tracking reasoning as the stickers, but this time, it was printed right over the text. The phone number and last names dodged this bullet, but the hotel's name got mangled. You can read it if you know what it says, but it's a little bit of a pain. But again, wedding guests, just text Lydia. She'll get you where you need to be.

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And then there's door number three. This time, there's no sticker. No dreaded lines. Just a nice postmark up top. I'm guessing the tracking sticker was on the other side somehow, but that speculation hasn't been confirmed.

This save the date post card is the best, obviously, because all the information is easily readable, but you can't guarantee that this is how they will arrive. So you have to be mindful when you're designing your postcards. Leave space at the bottom for the dreaded tracking and leave space at the top for a potential postmark. Basically, if you split the left side of your post card into quarters, focus on keeping your text in the second and third quarters and leave the top and bottom ones blank. It'll save you from worrying about how they might arrive (and if you're like me, you worry about anything so if you can put out a fire before it starts, it's worth it).

If you're looking for save the date post cards, you can check them out at Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, MagnetStreet, and Zazzle. And you can find Lydia at @lgtz85 on Twitter. Be sure to tweet her and tell her you saw her amazing save the dates on A Bride On A Budget.

Big thank you to Lydia for being so kind and sharing these with us and helping future brides plan out their save the date post cards.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Is this something you thought about when deciding on your save the dates?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kisses From The Mrs. Wedding Craft

I've really been in the mood for cold coffee ever since my mom visited last month and we got Japanese cold coffee. There's nothing like it.

When Pete and I were at the grocery store over the weekend, he grabbed me a Starbucks Frappuccino. It wasn't the same, but it was close. I saved the bottle afterwards because I just knew there was a craft in it somewhere. And then it hit me: A Kisses From The Mrs. wedding craft.

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It was really easy to put together and, if you're a Starbucks drinker, it gives you an excuse to pick them up when you're shopping. You're not buying coffee, you're buying crafting bottles. Sounds good to me anyway.

These would be perfect to give to your vendors as a thank you gift. Whoever does your hair, makeup, alters your dress, those sort of people usually get a thank you, but wouldn't it be nice to give them something extra? This Kisses From The Mrs. bottle is perfect since the thank you is really coming from just you and not you and your groom. You could even add these to your bridesmaids' gifts too (I just wouldn't make it a full give for your 'maids).

Kisses From The Mrs. Wedding Craft


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What You'll Need:


  • Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, 13.7oz.
  • Hershey's Kisses, 9oz. bag
  • Cardstock (in your wedding color)
  • Pencil
  • Felt pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Strip of tulle (mine was 12-inches by 3-inches ... and flying away. I wanted to do this craft outside for a change of scenery and it was windier than I anticipate. As I tried to snap the photo, the wind blew the tulle. You can see it flying away in the top right corner of the photo. I had to chase it. Luckily, I have cat like reflexes and caught it before I had to run down four flights of stairs after it.)
What You'll Do:


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Pull the labels off the bottle and wash it. Personally, I use a little olive oil and elbow grease to take off the sticky backing. Really. Put a bit of olive oil on a paper towel and scrub, hard, and the stickiness will come off. Be sure to wash and dry the bottle after.

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Fill the bottle with the Hershey's Kisses. The 9oz. bag filled the 13.7oz. bottle perfectly, leaving one left over. Feel free to eat that one. Or don't. It's up to you.

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Trace the Starbucks Frappuccino bottle cap, upside down, twice.

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Cut out the circles. Tape one down to the top of the Starbucks Frappuccino cap (since you don't really want the logo showing).

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On the second circle, write: Kisses from the Mrs.

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Twist a section (in the middle) of the tulle to make it tight. Tape that to the circle you wrote on.

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Tie it around the bottle's neck.

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That's it.

I really love how this came out. I would absolutely love to get this as a thank you gift, so I definitely support you giving these out.

If you want, you could actually write "Kisses From The Almost Mrs." on them and give them out as bridal shower favors. That would definitely be cute (and would give you a good excuse to drink a hefty amount of Starbucks).

BRIDAL BABBLE: Who would you give Kisses From The Mrs. favors to?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Sole Serum (& A Giveaway!)

A Bride On A Budget received this product for review. All thoughts, opinions, and heels belong to A Bride On A Budget.

Part of the fun of being a wedding guest is getting to dress up. The times that normal people get to wear fancy dresses and amazing shoes is slim, so you have to take full advantage of that when you head to a wedding.

Especially if you're someone like me who works from home. The times I actually spend in shoes is minimal, so when I have a chance to wear pretty heels, I'm excited.

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Those are the heels I wore to my brother's wedding in August. Super pretty ... but super high. And for someone who wears flip flops the majority of the week, I just don't have feet that are used to the pain heels can bring.

I'm good with walking in heels. I'm never wobbly. But there are times when I just want to stop standing and rest my feet.

Unfortunately, at a wedding, there's not that much time to do that. Between mingling and dancing, there's not much time to sit. Plus, you're at a wedding, most of which consist of an hour cocktail hour and a four hour reception. You don't want to spend any part of that (besides dinner) glued to your chair. And if you're a bride, you don't even get the luxury of sitting during dinner. I mean, there's a very good chance you don't even get dinner.

Enter Sole Serum.

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We were two tubes for this Sole Serum review, right in time for my brother's wedding.

The product is made of lidocaine and a trio of oils (lavender, peppermint, and tree). Lodocaine, actually, can be used as a local anesthetic for minor surgery, mostly because of its rapid efficacy. Basically, it works quickly.

But how does Sole Serum work, you wonder.

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When your feet start to hurt, pump twice onto your foot, then massage. Wait about a minute until it dries, then put your heels on and get back to dancing. You should feel better within 10 minutes.

But ... does it work?

I think it depends on how much pain you're in when you use it. When I used it the first time, it was after I had been wearing heels while getting ready, then all around the church parking lot prior to the ceremony. I was talking and walking with no seat in sight. I took off my heels to drive an hour to the venue, giving my feet a rest. I changed back into heels right before entering the reception and was on my feet during the entire cocktail hour. By dinner hour, my feet were really in pain. I used the Sole Serum and stayed in my heels a bit, but I ended up changing into flip flops to make my feet happier.

The next day, though, my feet were sore (I know, I'm a wimp). So I decided to have an experiment. I used Sole Serum on my left foot but not on my right foot. It actually eased my foot and calf pain, so I was really happy about that. Of course, it was less pain than the day before, so I would definitely suggest you using this as soon as you start to feel pain if you really want it to be effective.

And yes, I used it on my calves. I know, that sounds silly since it's meant for feet, but I get calf pain a lot (it's one of the things that has been passed through generations in my family -- lucky me). I actually liked it for that. It calmed the pain, which is usually just relieved by aspirin. And really, I would prefer a pump of this instead of popping pain meds.

Would you like to try it? Right now, if you head to the Sole Serum website, you can save 15% with the code BUDGETBRIDE  (yay for a code that's exclusive for A Bride On A Budget readers). The full size (15ml) Sole Serum is $29.50, so just $25.07, plus tax, after the code. Even better, when you purchase a full size bottle, you'll get the mini (5ml) for free.

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Because we love Sole Seum and know you will too, we are pairing with the brand to give away a full size (15ml) and a mini (5ml) bottle. To enter, you must be a US resident who is 18 or older. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on March 30.

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BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you feel pain when you wear heels?

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