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Month: February 2017

5 Helpful Links and Tips on Planning a Wedding.

5 Helpful Links and Tips on Planning a Wedding.

Congratulations!  You (or someone you are very close to) are engaged to be married! Or are you planning a wedding in hopes of being engaged soon?  Or whatever your reason, I’m so happy you decided to check out this post to skip a few tedious site-searching minutes.

Since I just married my husband 8 months ago, I have a few things still fresh in my mind that I found most helpful.  I know several people getting married within the next year, so I hope they have time to check these sites out.  Our wedding budget was $10k, so this list might be more helpful to those that are going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route. We had a budget for many reasons, and I’m glad we were able to go well under it. However, if you have the budget for an extravagant wedding, then just get a wedding planner and save yourself the stress. You can still look at Wedding Wire (see below) to find a good wedding planner. I hope you find the following links as helpful as I found them.

Five Helpful Links for Wedding Planning

Helpful Wedding Websites

If you’re planning a wedding, you might have already found a few helpful websites. These are some of my favorites. (Some of you may already know about theknot.com, which I found to be rather confusing and too high-class for my taste, so since I didn’t really use it for my planning I decided not to list it.)

weddingwire.com

Wedding Wire has a list of a lot of venues and vendors (including ratings) from Wedding Wire members. I mainly used this site to find vendors, but they also have an inspiration tab. Their app also gives you the checklist you need to stay on track before, during, and after the wedding date. I liked how the app was accessible through my phone for me to check what I needed to complete and how my overall budget was doing at that time. They also have a wedding website creator; however, I didn’t use it.

ewedding.com 

Ewedding is a free hosting wedding website maker. You can personalize it to your liking. I found it to be more appealing than the website creator from theknot.com. I think I must have made my wedding website through Ewedding, because it had the most flexible design options.

honeyfund.com 

Honeyfund is the site I used to make a credit card wedding registry. They charge you 1.50 for each transaction. So if someone gives you $50 then you’ll only get $48.50, but it’s convenient for those who can’t send or give cash/check in the mail or in person, respectively.

vistaprint.com

Vistaprint’s site can be a little expensive; however, they always have coupons and special deals. I made my invites for 25% off and then my thank-you cards were on sale too. INVITE25 is the coupon code I used — not sure if it is still available. If you’re on a budget, try using postcards as thank-you cards. They also have Groupon deals for Vistaprint every once in a while.

weddingfavorsunlimited.com

Weddingfavorsunlimited.com is where I purchased my wedding favors. They had the best prices for travel tags. Shipping prices can be a bit steep though. I would still look around at other websites if you’re thinking of a different type of favor. This website at least offers you good ideas.

Bonus if you didn’t know already…

pinterest.com

Okay, I know I said five and this is number six on the list. I figured probably 95% of people who are planning a wedding already know about this website, because it’s a MUST! Basically, it is a visual/virtual bookmarking site that lets you find and save ideas (pinned by people all over the world) in which you may be interested. I use this for researching pretty much everything, from how to create anything “DIY” to what I should make for dinner. I’ve discovered a lot of my favorite hobbies through Pinterest. I would have never started a blog if it weren’t for the pins I found through Pinterest on how to “easily” make a blog. It also has many funnies in there if you’re looking for a good laugh. And Pinterest provided me with the inspiration for the main design of my wedding. If you don’t like it after using it for about 15 minutes, then I guess you’re one of the lucky non-addicts.

Enjoy Planning!

I hope these websites will be as easy for you to navigate through and enjoyable as they were for me. If you found any websites I didn’t mention to be very helpful, please mention them in the comments below so other readers (and myself) can learn more.

DIY Gift “Open When” Letters

DIY Gift “Open When” Letters

open when letters

“Open When…” Letters are a DIY project for the creative spirit, as well as the lazy ones.

Open When… letters is a fun way to show someone how much you care about them, without spending more than a few cents on ink and paper, and as much time as you want.

Oh, the days are creeping up to February 14th… and the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for that special someone. Heck, even for your best friend or family members. Valentines Day doesn’t have to be something we only celebrate romantic love, it is a day to celebrate all love. If you’re single, you don’t need to be discouraged by this post. I think you could make these cards for anyone that makes your life a whole lot better, that could be a friend, cousin, sibling, parents, etc.

If you do decide to give this a go I hope you customize it to your heart’s desire!  I didn’t come up with this idea myself. How dare I share an idea that isn’t mine. I found several posts about it on Pinterest so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to add more ideas. After reading a couple I decided to customize this idea to my heart’s desire. Several people have posted this, and honestly, I have no clue who came up with this idea originally so I can’t share a link to the original creator.  However, this blog is the one that inspired me.

Another Note

“Open when” letters aren’t for Valentines Day only. You may use them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or if you have a child going to live somewhere new.

I made six letters total.  There are plenty of letter topics to choose from. Besides I made these two years ago and my husband hasn’t opened one of them yet. It’s great he hasn’t had any of the feelings, but now I wish I made one for when he has a cold, or when he’s had a crummy day.  If you’re giving it to a lady you could give Open when it’s that time of month.

Within each envelope, I added photos that went along with each subject and a coupon that he could use to give to me.

Here are the letters I made to my husband… He still hasn’t opened them yet.  For each envelope I had a personalized letter that I wrote to him, just saying what I would do if I were with him during that time.

Open when you are stressed out

When Stressed Out

For this letter, I added a picture of us when we were being silly.  I don’t even remember the circumstances. Sometimes bubble wrap helps with stress so I added that.  Then lastly, I included a little coupon for a massage, I don’t know anyone who thinks a massage doesn’t relax the mind and body.

Open when you need a good laugh

This was one of my favorites letters to make.  I was able to find a few things from Pinterest that made me laugh. My favorite was a Will Ferrel meme that says “Why Periods? Why can’t mother nature just text her and be like, “Waddup girl, you ain’t pregnant. Have a great week, talk to you next month.”  I figured my husband might find that funny considering how much I complain about periods.  I also added a coupon for a tickle attack.

Open when you are angry

I don’t know if I should have made this envelope, because one, I’ve never seen my husband angry, and two I really had no idea what to put into this letter.  I just added a few photos of being calm and a baby looking angry.  Lastly, I added a coupon for support, which I am embarrassed to say I didn’t come up with anything else.

Open when you can’t fall asleep

I did a little research for this letter. I found on a how-to site that had “12 ways to help you fall asleep” and printed it out with a little color.   Also added a calm chamomile tea and a lullaby coupon.

Open when you are feeling sad & lonely

So Puss’n’Boots is one of my favorite animated characters, the “I hopes you feel better” meme made me feel better, so I thought it could help him too.  I added little things to this one, as well as a cuddle time coupon.

Open when you need to be reminded of why I love you

Finally, with this letter, I had a hard time to express how much he means without being there in person.  Of course, I wish I picked another topping because I don’t think he would ever doubt I love him, and there isn’t much to show without being there with him.  I added a picture of tigers caressing (because our spirit animals are tigers) and a coupon for a great kiss. The red hands are cut outs of my hands that say “I love you… this much”. I placed a long ribbon taped between the hands.

So now that you’ve seen what I created two years ago, I would love to see/hear what you decide to do for Valentines Day. I’m still stumped on what to do for this year.