Tag Archives: #wedding details

90 Days to Go!

12 Aug

My wedding is just 90 days away! The invitations are in the mail and now it really feels real. The entire process of designing the invitations has been incredibly symbolic for me. I had such a clear vision in my head of exactly what I wanted. I’ve drawn inspiration from other examples but never saw one that made me say “this is it.” But since I’m not very creative it was difficult for me to describe what I wanted. But our awesome designer, Sarah of Fuzzynk Designs created a beautiful custom invitation suite that came out better than I could have ever imagined.

The Suite: invite, insert, rsvp card, pocketfold, outer envelope, tag & twine

What’s so important about this is that seeing the final product finally gave me the confidence that my vision for this wedding can actually be a reality.

But of course, the process was not easy or without just a little bit f drama. We went through several design drafts and I really struggled with the wording. The biggest challenge was infusing the destination wedding theme without being cheesy or using one of the go to destination wedding symbols like a palm tree, star fish or airplane.

Instead we included some wording in Spanish with English translations. We also tied on a “luggage tag” to the pocketfold. Finally, it was important to emphasize the formality of our wedding. It’s not a casual beach affair, this event is black tie optional!

fit to be tied!

Something else that was really important for me was getting the envelopes addressed with outgoing and return labels. Because my handwriting isn’t great and to save time. Unfortunately, using a calligrapher was cost prohibitive for us but Sarah offered a pretty alternative based on something she saw on Martha Stewart Weddings. This wrap around label seemed like a nice and economical solution. However, the post office would not accept them because it was possible the scanner would read the return address as the outgoing address. Really? So my timeline was blown and we had to come up with another solution. We had to cover the return address label on the back with our monogram and affix a return address label in the traditional spot. It definitely changed the look but I didn’t want to take any chances on them not being delivered. But thank you anyway, Martha, for the inspiration.

envelope label solution via marthastewartweddings.com

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Wedding Details: budget friendly favors

4 Jul

6:45 a.m. I waited in this insanely long line. 5 hours and 2 stores later, I had the goods. My goal is to create a “shoe valet” with creatively displayed flip-flops available for guests. A friend did this at her wedding and I thought it was such a thoughtful and fun touch!

via Love Is All You Need

Score! 35 pairs of flip-flops

line in front of Old Navy at 6:45am!

I battled the crowds at the Old Navy One Day Wonder $1 Flip Flop sale. It was madness. I had no idea so many people got so hype about flip-flops. There was a limit of 5 per customer so I had to get creative. I dispatched my mom and aunt to Old Navy stores in their city and I headed out on my own at 6:30am. I recruited a group of 14 year olds that were only getting a couple of pairs each to help me max out the limit. I got all that could from the first store, picked up my family and headed to store number 2.

But for needing 50 pairs, I never would have endured these shenanigans for the 5 pair limit, I’d rather just pay full price and avoid waiting in line for over an hour.

Up next I need to add a decorative label and figure out how to display them. More importantly, I have to figure out the best way to transport them all the way to Mexico.

After all this drama I better see a packed dance floor full of flop-flop clad guests! This is any easy to do and affordable favor that I hope my guests will use again.

Pinning v. Planning

17 Jun

Time to stop pinning and actually start planning. If only perusing and pinning on Pinterest translated into action in the real world – I would have the most fabulous wedding planned, be incredibly fit, be the most amazing chef, be a DIY queen and have perfect hair, nails and make-up. Meanwhile, back in the real world, time is running short and my to-do list is getting long.

In an effort to progress my planning process, better assess where we are and figure out what to delegate to all the people asking how they can help – I’m staying up late (very rare for me to be awake past 10pm) and creating the ultimate timeline/to-do list. A few years ago I purchased Mindy Weiss’ “The Wedding Book” for a friend and nabbed a copy for myself as well. It’s been buried in the closet but now I’ve got it out to use as my template. So within the next hour my goal is to have my to-do list and budget spreadsheet created via Google Docs.

Going back to one of  my primary purposes for starting this blog – accountability – if I write it here, I have to get it done. Here we go…

Wedding Details: save the date!

16 Jun

With a destination wedding, save the date cards are especially important. Not only did I want to give our guests an early heads up, I wanted to try to set the tone for the wedding weekend. I set out to find a unique save the date card. I couldn’t be happier with what I found! It’s unique but still makes sense and has become an inspiration for our colors and design scheme for the entire wedding.

Michele of Michele Purner Designs created these beauties. You can find her shop on Etsy. The final design had rounded edges, making it look even more sleek. We also added custom yellow envelopes that matched the string. Michele printed the outgoing and return addresses. So I just had to stamp them and drop them in the mail. This was a huge time-saver and the primary reason I managed to get the cards out 7 months in advance.

Up next, equally unique invitations. I found a young, up and coming stationer to design custom invites. There is no shortage of custom stationers but the $2400 minimum is just not in our budget! Fingers crossed that this young designer works out!