Tools for the Big Day

It’s been a little while since I blogged, it’s been so busy at our house! We hit warp speed by August 1st and it feels like just in the last few weeks we might be back to normal…whatever that is.

We married off Sweet Pea this fall. Folks came from all over to see her tie the knot. It was a  really sweet day…exactly what she envisioned.

And it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg! In fact, her goal was to keep it under $1000. That went out the window the first few months, but we did manage to keep it under $2k and I told her if we did that, I’d blog it.

Well, actually, I told her I’d write an article but then I have to send query letters and research who would even be interested in an article like that and let’s face it, blogging is so much easier.

So, if you are thinking about pulling off nuptials yourself, I have some tools you won’t want to be without.

Sweet Pea found a website that became her ‘Bride’s Magazine.’ 

Nope, don’t pretend you don’t know what I am talking about — we all did it. We bought more than one issue (maybe even bought a year’s subscription) even though each month was pretty much the same issue with a different bride on the cover. Remember the big dresses, even bigger hair (it was the 80’s after all, err, late 80’s! Well, pretty late 80’s. If you round up it’s late 80’s!) anyway…every issue had the department store ads for registry and this was long before Target had a registry — wasn’t that a great idea?

Getting back to the website…Offbeat Bride. This is the coolest site with the most creative people. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding, there is so much on that site that could apply to planning any party.

If you are going to have the big dress with the big hair you can still find ideas to use on this site. I should say, though, if you have ever looked through a Think Geek catalog and liked it…be prepared to spend hours on this site. You’ll know what I mean when you get there.

All the cool stuff to look at is in ‘porn’ categories. Hee Hee, don’t worry, it’s not really porn, it’s just cool ideas that you could  lose hours looking at…hmm, now I see why they call it porn. Annnnnyway, my favorite was wedding-porn/invitations.

I love the save the dates and invites.  Some people make videos and email them as save the dates/invites. Great idea!

I am not gonna lie, that site has lots of terrible ideas, too. But sorting through alot of it was half the fun.

We were both really inspired by how many ways brides found to reflect themselves. The big church ceremony/hotel reception, with the same cake as the last girl, DJ and champagne toast (I know all this because I moonlight at a hotel) is perfectly fine if that’s what you want. That just wasn’t Sweet Pea.

While the video was a cool way to go, it just so happens the mother of the bride luuuuuuuuuvs Photoshop — why haven’t I blogged about what a cool tool it is? It’s coming…eventually.

So, she looked around the web, who are we kidding, we all know it was Pinterest, which I would list as a cool wedding tool if it wasn’t such a cliché, of course everyone knows it was actually created for brides to post everything wedding-related.

Anyway, when she found a few she liked, we put them together and came up with her Save The Date & Invites.

and the invite…

 The printing would be the next tool…are you keeping track — you’re getting quite a few tools for the price of one!

VistaPrint did the SaveTheDates and SmartPress did the invites.

Let me tell you something cool about SmartPress. I uploaded the file per their instructions. During this process you have several chances too look over your item then several more chances to click “yes, I have looked this over and it’s ready to print”. When you click that, you agree it’s your fault if there is an error because you have proofed your item and it’s ready to print. I agreed and pressed the Order Prints button.

Well, the next day I get an email to call them they had a question. During the editing I had changed the colors of one of the design elements. See the circles around “Their Wedding Day” in the bottom left hand corner of the invite? Half the inside circle, not even the whole circle, was a different shade of brown and I missed it when I edited. Let me tell you, the quality control folks at SmartPress are on it! They caught my error and contacted me to see if that was, in fact, the color I wanted.  I was so impressed at their customer service because they would have printed all 150 of those things and I would have been stuck making paper airplanes out of them, nah, who are we kidding. I am way too cheap to not use them, I vacillate between perfection and frugal but frugal always wins.

Luckily, I didn’t have to make the choice because the folks at SmartPress saved me!

So, there you have it…a few tools to make the big day a little brighter.

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