She’s crafty!…Bachelorette Swag DIY style

MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED IN ONE MONTH! ONE MONTH YOU GUYS!

This is exciting stuff. And in honor of her countdown to the chapel, I’ll going to be posting some of my fav. wedding Robin Hooding loot over the next month.

Starting with one of my very own!

When my little Pocket Jenny (because she is literally the size of a Polly Pocket…I kid you not) decided to have her bachelorette in LA, to say I was excited would be an understatement. I had pretty-woman-sans-prostitute-thing-with-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills-a-dash-of-clueless-and-a-splash-of-beaches visions dancing in my head. This would be epic.

But the reality of anything destination for a wedding is that it’s all about mixing your splurge-worthy items with your savvy-saves – unless you’re marrying a millionaire, then splurge all the way to Bora Bora where there are huts OVER WATER. So to make sure it was an unforgettable weekend, the bridesmaids all collaborated ideas, personal touches and big plans for a girly, special and personalized weekend at the beach.

One of our savvy-saves were theses fun “kits” that I made as a surprise “Welcome to LA – The Real Bachelorette of Beverly Hills” gift for everyone. Based on the “kit” idea, they mixed a little practical (PINK DRINK CUPS) with unnecessary fun (mini-tiaras). So for any of you looking for a sweet, savvy way to gift your girls, hope this give you some inspiration!

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What you need:

  • Drink Container – There are tons of options. Target has little mason jars with straws, you can get any number of water bottle varieties or make your own. I chose pink ones similar to this from Sports Authority.
  • Adhesive labels (basically stickers to stick your design to the cup) – You can also find these a few places, but I found ones large enough at Staples and chose opaque ones to make sure you could read the saying. However, we found out that when they were wet from condensation the print would rub off, so next time I’d put a protective spray over top.
  • Mini charms – These double as name tags and drink tags! {I can’t find them online, but they are in the wedding section of Michael’s Craft stores and come in packs of 4 I believe}
  • A Metallic Paint Pen – To write on the bottles {Also can’t find the link but got it at Michael’s}
  • Then you just fill the inside with any fun, personal items for your bride and girls! Fun ideas include mini tiaras or something to all wear during the party weekend, snacks or gum, chap stick, lotion, nail polish, anything cute and small!

For the outer decoration, I wanted to have a quote for the weekend which is what I used the sticker for. I went with “Tan Lines May Fade, but Memories Last Forever” inspired by our beachy theme {My Pinterest Inspo}. Using the paint pen, I also added each girl’s name and role or relationship to the bride.

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On the lid I used the mini charms for each girls initial, which I tied to the top with a small ring as a “drink tag”.

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The inside was filled with fun snacks including Luna bars, some favorite candies and gum, as well as some bachelorette necessities like heart-shaped sunglasses and of course glowing rings! Then I topped them off with mini-tiaras (I got these from a party supply store, but this link also has them on Amazon) and voila! Cute DIY gifts that any bachelorette party can enjoy!

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Hope you enjoy this super simple, fun idea to shower your girls!

What are some of the fun DIY projects have all your crafty brides and bridal party pro’s whipped up?

xo

Nordstrom does it again

Nordstrom White Dress

{Nordstrom}

Nordstrom celebrates spring with The Little White Dress! Check out this lovely collection of white dresses for all your bridal events on the way to the chapel.

And in other news. My first official impulse Pinterest-to-purchase:

Millionaire Darling

{Darling}

When the hubby’s away, the wifey will play…But seriously, it’s obviously a sign, no? 😉

Gift It: DIY Ideas for an Engagement Party

A couple weeks ago my life erupted in sparkles when my adorable Maid of Honor announced she and her cute as can be fiance just got engaged. Skip forward to multiple cups of coffee, some anxious may-not-make-it early AM standby flights, and a secret airport rendezvous with a very special co-conspirator to one very shocked, tearful hug and operation Surprise-Jenny was a success!

Another success for the weekend? An super cute, totally practical and thoughtful (toot my own horn? don’t mind if I do.) DIY gift for their engagement soiree! I wanted to get something that would be good for both the groom and bride-to-be. Something that would get them excited for their engagement. So in a moment of inspiration I decided to make them a Wedding Fund!

What you need:

1.) A jar: You can find great apothecary style jars at Michael’s or any kitchen or container store. Mine was a large cylinder with chalk name tag from Cost Plus World Market.

2.) A label: If yours doesn’t have chalk you can add on a ribbon and name tag or even paint or make a chalk area like mine.

3.) Cash, cash, money! However much you want to contribute, just go to a bank and ask for 1’s or coins. You could also mix in little notes of love and well wishes for the couple.

4.) Some ribbon or charms to tie around and decorate.

They had a cute inside joke called “Project Wedding Cake” when referring to their plans to get married, but you could label yours any way that makes sense for your newly-engaged-couple.

So pen a creative name and voila!

Project Wedding Cake Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What creative ideas do you have for showering your favorite couples with love?

 

Excitement beyond containment! Engagements galore!

Shivering with excitement.

That’s how I felt when I got off the phone with my best friend and the world’s most amazing Maid of Honor. I could not be more thrilled, ecstatic, gleeful, filled with joy, and all things sparkles and smiles for her recent engagement at Mt. Zion. Beyond gorgeous ring. Breath taking backdrop. And to quote he who has a way when hair gel and hairspray…

A love to make story books jealous.

Love you mucho my sweet Pocket Jenny! And in honor of the most exciting announcement this month, here’s a little sneak preview of the board that’s been patiently waiting for this momentous day!

{Left: Pinterest}{Right: Xenia}

And For the Love of Scrabble…

{Studio La Touche}

{Pinterest}

For the cardigan addiction.

{Grey Likes Weddings}

For the musician who stole your heart.

{SurroundingsOnline}

{5 Dollar French Market}

And last but definitely not least.

Go Cougs!

{Sugar Plum Garters}

2014 is going to be an exciting year!

Lovely in lace

This weekend was doubly exciting as a bride to be! Not only did I try on my dress for my mom, but I also had an appointment back to back with my darling friend and got to see her lovely lace leading pick! My friend in her beautiful lacy, fitted gown is today’s inspiration.

And if you haven’t noticed, lace is definitely trending this wedding season. So whether you’re going to be donning a delicate, lace dress, or just looking to add some dainty details, you’re sure to find gorgeous ways to do so! Here are just a few of my favs…

{1} One of my absolute to die for favorites this year has been the beautiful garders showing up on Etsy, La Gartier and of course Pinterest. Emily Riggs Bridal starts us off with a gorgeous lace garter with jewel detail, which takes my top pick, because who doesn’t need a little extra bling to match their ring?

{2} But if you’re really going to embrace lace this year, you have to get it in full length. This dress has been all over Pinterest and is sweetly romantic with its edged sweetheart neckline and slight flair. THANK YOU Watters for bringing us the Natalia.

{3} And every bride needs some fabulous hair flair to complete their ensemble, especially for after the ceremony when the veil will no longer be worn. Number 3 is near and dear to my heart as the exquisite creation of Sally Crew, a local Seattle designer with talent for miles. And she just happens to be one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! Seriously contact this wonderful designer. She works wonders to capture your full “vision”. Customized. Brilliantly beautiful. What’s to consider?

{4} StudioWedbyMirela. Get ready to show some leg ladies, because these yummy designs are obviously meant to be seen. And you can kiss the garter toss goodbye – these are keepers!

{5} DIY + Lace?! These envelopes are a bride’s holy grail of lace love.

{6} Why leave the lace to the wedding day? Don’t forget to style up your Rehearsal or Bridal Shower with this stunning lace cocktail dress by Vera WangOr this one from Asos.

{7} Manolo Blahnik. That is all.

Saving before you’re engaged? That’s crazy talk!…Or is it?

One thing that Pinterest continues to remind us is that all women were once little girls with big dreams. Dreams about their perfect wedding day. About the beautiful ring. About their knight in shining armor. And about The Dress.

So we all plan our whole lives and then we wait. Wait until the day we meet The One. And then we wait some more. We wait until The ONE  asks us to be his wife. And THEN we frantically scramble to pull off the jaw-dropping, fairy tale wedding of our dreams within ONE YEAR!

But.

What if we didn’t. I don’t mean stop dreaming and scheming about the big day (that’s just crazy talk). I mean what if we didn’t wait until we were officially engaged before we started saving to make the wedding of our dreams a reality? Again. CRAZY LADY.

Or not.

Just think, the average wedding was almost $27,000 in 2010 – not including the honeymoon, and seriously who doesn’t want a killer honeymoon!? With the average engagement lasting 14 months that means you need to save NEARLY $2K A MONTH. That doesn’t even factor in vendors that require up front deposits (which you haven’t started saving yet).

Ironically the first time I heard about the idea of saving for a pre-engagement Wedding Fund was from a guy(Ramit Sethi in I Will Teach You To Be Rich). Then again, maybe it’s not ironic since most women are afraid of seeming crazy by having a “Wedding Fund” without even having a man. But what’s crazier? Starting to save a couple hundred a month in college or when you land your first job? OR waiting until you get to save $2K or more per month? [Note: No judgement here. I didn’t read Sethi until post-engagement, when my fiance and I started talking about finances – oh the irony…So that places me firmly in the latter group. Bring on the Top Ramen dinners!]

Not only will you be cutting out one of the biggest stress factors of a wedding. Planning early means you can still enjoy those Starbuck’s lattes and splurges along the way (hello facials and shiny new shoes I obviously need for my bachelorette party…and bridal shower…and honeymoon). Or if you need to skip a month, you can without hitting your carefully set wedding budget.

Maybe it’s not for you. Maybe you’re afraid he might think you’re crazy. But do you seriously think his reaction will be, “I’m out! She’s nuts. Wedding Fund!? What is that!?”.

Or do you think he’ll be all like, “Dude, SWEET! I’m the luckiest man on the earth. Not only is my fiancee super hot, intelligent, witty and A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. in bed. She already has a Wedding Fund for us. Woot! Woot! No living on Top Ramen for a year!”…It will be something like this. Trust me.

P.S. You can check out an overview of Ramit’s wedding budgeting break down on his blog here.

P.P.S. GUYS (and girlfriends who love their guys and big, shiny engagement rings) – You should also think about a pre-engagement fund. Because unless you seriously think you’re never getting married, when you finally know – you’re going to want to immediately get that girl off the market. So why not already have enough saved to buy the woman of your dreams the ring of hers.

[Photo Credit: 1.) Pinterest: A place of imaginary weddings and kids – Pinned via Web/Jessica Martin 2.) Infographic on the True Cost of Tying the Knot – Credit Sesame]