lifestyle, wedding planning

Creative Wedding Save the Date Ideas

While browsing through save the date ideas a couple of years ago, I found a unique approach that I instantly fell in love with.

I have been obsessed with reading from the moment I learned how, and although I didn’t want a literary-themed wedding, my husband and I found a lot of creative ways to incorporate my passion into the event.

The first way was by having a bookmark as our save the date! 

We got so many compliments on our save the date; people loved that it had personal meaning, but also that it was something they hadn’t seen before and could actually use. 

I decided to put together a list of other creative save the date ideas, for those who are interested in doing something a little different.

Here’s the list of unique and functional save the dates!

Bookmark
This is my very own save the date! We used one of the pictures from our engagement photo shoot. As I mentioned, we got a lot of compliments on these and people did actually use them while reading. They were made by RaspberryCreative on Etsy, who has a ton of beautiful wedding stuff in her shop! We also got door hangers for our wedding hotel made by her.

Photo via STDONexus on Etsy

Concert or event ticket
If you or your spouse are big music or sports fans, this could be a great option for you. I’ve seen this done a few different ways, all of which were awesome. This not only allows you to add some personality to your save the dates, it makes for a great keepsake afterwards.
The example above can be found here on Etsy.

Photo via Luckyladypaper on Etsy

Boarding pass/luggage tag
These are perfect for those interested in travel or for an actual destination wedding. My cousin and his wife did something similar leading up to their wedding in Puerto Rico and I still remember it years later because I found it so clever. A boarding pass can be very cute, like this one from Etsy, shown above. A luggage tag is also a great option and, depending on the type you send, your guests can use it when they travel!

Photo via BaileyandBeauPaperCo on Etsy

Confetti pouch
Get the celebration started a little early by sending your guests a mini bag full of confetti! These are so fun and adorable, and will likely make everyone on your guest list smile (as long as you ensure the pouch is sealed shut before sending them the bag, haha). Here is the link to the example shown above.

Photo via Pocketfoldinvites on Etsy

Scratch off
This is another fun one that your guests can interact with. Have your actual date be revealed after they scratch off the spots on their save the date card! This can be tied into a theme or stand on its own, but either way it’s something for your guests (and both of you) to remember. Example from above is here.

I love all of the ideas above, and I really love that my husband and I decided to think a little outside the box with our save the date.

It set the tone for our wedding early on; not in the fact that our wedding was book-themed, but that it was a perfect representation of who we are as both individuals and a couple.

I hope you find inspiration in these ideas, and that you’ll share your own wedding ideas or plans with me!

I love weddings and would be thrilled to hear about your own personal experiences, past or present, in the comments below.

Until next time…<3 🙂

books, lifestyle, wedding planning

Literary Wedding Ideas for Book Lovers

Hello and happy Monday!

We just got the rest of our wedding pictures this week, so I wanted to write another post about it!

I have loved books for my whole life, so it was important to me that our wedding have some literary elements.

I love the way everything turned out because there were little reminders of books everywhere, but they were subtle enough not to create a theme (which I didn’t want).

Here are some cool ways we incorporated my love of books into our special day!

Picture courtesy of The Palace at Somerset Park

Bookshelves at the venue

My husband and I knew our venue was the one before we even visited it, so when I saw the old-fashioned bookshelves and classics in the cocktail hour room, it reinforced that we’d found the perfect place.

Sitting next to a massive bookcase that held some of my favorites made our tasting an even more special experience.

Taking pictures in the purple lighting of a bar called Gatsby’s connected my best day with one of the best stories of all time.

Including books was not something on my original venue must-haves list, but it was such an amazing bonus to have.

Book flower bouquets

I knew I was going to have book bouquets in my wedding before I was even engaged.

I think it’s such a beautiful way to have your favorite words with you during a special time.

I also made it more personal by surprising each of my bridesmaids with flowers made from pages of their favorite books.

For those who weren’t avid readers I used quotes from their favorite movies, and for my one friend I used the lyrics of her wedding song.

Making the flowers myself was a bit tedious after a while, but it was so worth it! I was proud of how they turned out and we saved a lot of money on flowers!

I found a few different tutorials for making the flowers and kind of created my own method.

I’ll do a post on that soon. 😊

Books as decoration

I picked out a few of my favorite books, plus a few that had sentimental meaning to my husband and I.

We gave them to our maître d’ and asked that he put them out with the rest of our decorations.

He did a beautiful job displaying them among our pictures, candles, and signs.

Literary gifts

Along with their book bouquets, my bridesmaids got a framed, hand-written design of a quote from their favorite book/movie.

My husband and I also wrote love letters for each other to read before the ceremony that day.

Shots of us reading them out loud brought our wedding video to a whole new level.

There are a lot of ways to incorporate your own personal interests in your wedding—I know there are plenty more ways people have added books to their own.

These were little things that added up to make my wedding day really feel like my own.

I’m so glad we were able to make them happen, and that my husband was supportive of me carrying out each one.

Do you like these ideas, or are there some others you’ve used/heard of that are awesome? Share in the comments below. 😊♥️

advice, lifestyle blog, tips, wedding planning

Key Tips for Planning an Amazing Wedding

I can’t believe it has already been one month since the best day of my life! My wedding day truly felt perfect, and even though it took a lot of time and effort to make it happen, every second was totally worth it.

As I look back and remember the wonderful time I had planning and then attending my own wedding, I’m also reflecting on the process itself—what worked, what I could have done better, and what I wish I had known going into it.

I’ve wielded this down to four key things that I think it’s important to remember when planning a wedding. There are a lot of other things to consider, but keep these in mind to help take your wedding to the next level.

Do your homework

There are so many decisions to make when you start planning your wedding—where to have it, when to have it, what type of entertainment to include for the party…it’s a lot to think about, and going in blind can make the process even more complicated.

Before you meet with any vendors or commit to anything, compare your options online. Look at reviews written by other couples (The Knot and Wedding Wire have tons), and try to get price estimates (Wedding Spot has a calculator you can use that was pretty on par with the venues we actually got quotes from).

I would suggest doing a lot of your research online/by speaking with others rather than meeting in person with a lot of vendors up front.

Narrow it down to a few favorites and go see those in person—this will save you a lot of time and make your decision a little easier in the long run, because you’ll eliminate several before you even start setting up meetings.

Don’t be afraid to take suggestions from coworkers, friends, or family members (trust me, you will get a LOT of them). In the end, make your own decisions, but use the experience and advice of others to help guide you.

Make it personal

My husband and I really wanted our wedding to reflect who we are, both as individuals and as a couple. We tried to find fun little ways to incorporate our interests and passions into our wedding.

We got pretty into it and ended up adding a LOT of little details, but our guests thoroughly enjoyed them and my brother even saw it as a challenge to find all of the little “Easter eggs” hidden throughout the day.

Some of my favorite things we added that may spark ideas for you:

• Bitmoji cake topper

• Horror-themed hashtag/snapchat filter (#TheHillHaveIDos :P)

• Handmade book flowers (I surprised all of my bridesmaids with their favorite book/song lyrics for this!)

These things weren’t too expensive or difficult to add, and they really personalized the wedding for us. I definitely recommend integrating parts of yourself/your relationship into your wedding decor to truly make it your own.

Prioritize your spending

Ok, so you had to know something cost-related would be included in here. Throwing a wedding is so expensive, even for a discount shopping expert like myself.

Everyone’s budget and means are different, so you really have to talk with your s/o and anyone else who is helping pay for your wedding and set realistic expectations.

Once your budget is set, a tip for ensuring you don’t go overboard is to prioritize.

What can you absolutely not live without?

Where can you potentially cut back a little or go with something cheaper without sacrificing the vision you have for your big day?

My husband and I picked a few key things that we wanted to splurge on, and then found ways to make up the cost elsewhere.

We splurged on our photographer/videographer because we felt that it was really important to have the beautiful memories of the day captured, and once we found our company we knew no one else could do a better job for us.

We also chose to add a fireworks display offered by our venue, which we didn’t tell any of our guests about beforehand and definitely added a huge wow factor.

We got lucky with flowers; I wanted mainly book flowers for the bridesmaids, and since we got married 10 days before Christmas our church was already beautifully decorated.

We kept it simple with some pew bows and went with winter greens, pine cones, and Christmas lights for our reception centerpieces, which turned out beautifully and saved us a lot of money.

We put together our Christmas ornament favors ourselves to save a bit there, decided we could do without church programs, and I did a lot of cute DIY-type things for my bridesmaid gifts. I found a lot of great ideas and tutorials on Pinterest, so definitely look there if you’re going the DIY route.

Overall, we probably spent what the average couple does these days on a wedding, but felt that our experience and ambiance were well above average.

I’m so glad we decided to save money in certain areas in order to splurge on others, and definitely see it as an effective way of getting more bang for your buck.

Let go and enjoy it

When it comes to your wedding day, the only that actually matters is that you have fun. I repeat, the ONLY thing that matters on your wedding day is that you and your s/o have a good time. Seriously, things will go wrong.

My beautiful wedding gown actually ripped during our reception (you can see it in some of the pictures) but even as I heard the unmistakable tear of fabric as a guest stepped on my train for the 45394th time, I took a deep breath, smiled, and decided that I would worry about t later.

I was still fully covered, every part my dress was intact, and it certainly wasn’t preventing me from walking around or dancing, so…oh well!

I know it sounds crazy for me to be so aloof about a dress I spent a lot of money on and months getting fitted for, but the reality is, there was nothing I could do in that moment and I wasn’t going to let one little mishap be the thing to define the biggest day of my life.

I should add a disclaimer here that I am normally not this cool about things going wrong AT ALL. I’m a lifelong perfectionist who obsesses about every detail and I definitely tend to overreact when things don’t go as planned.

So, how did I let go and stay cool the day of?

In the months leading up to my wedding, I heard so many stories from friends, family members, and colleagues about things that had gone wrong at their weddings.

My one college buddy’s cake fell over onto the floor before it was brought out at the reception (honestly, I was at this wedding and had no idea the cake was missing…trust me, your guests don’t notice nearly as much as you think they will…) and her mom immediately started breaking down.

My friend, the bride, assured her mom it was fine, stayed calm, and asked the wait staff to cut up the remaining part of the cake that hadn’t fallen and serve it to the guests. The

night went on without anyone knowing what had happened and without my friend feeling disappointed on her big day.

Stories like this one helped me mentally prepare for the fact that things would inevitably get messed up on my wedding day.

Therefore, I decided in advance that I was not going to worry about things I couldn’t control when the day finally came.

Weeks before my wedding I started reciting to myself things like “the day will be perfect no matter what happens,” and “if I can’t control it I’m not going to worry about it.”

These became mantras that I would repeat to myself daily, sometimes even multiple times a day, and it worked like a charm.

The mindset almost became second nature, and by the time my wedding day rolled around I really was able to ignore all of the nonsense and just have a great time.

I cannot stress enough how big of a difference this made for me and how glad I am that I mentally prepared myself to make my own feelings and enjoyment the highest priority on my wedding day.

The big bonus was that so many of my guests told me afterwards that the thing they enjoyed most at the wedding was seeing how incredibly happy my husband and I looked the entire time.

There will always be another time to stress, to worry, or to get upset over plans gone astray. Your wedding day is the one time to take a break from all of that and simply be happy.

Planning a wedding is not easy. I gets really stressful and frustrating, and since a lot of us these days are planning on our own dimes and with plenty of other time-consuming priorities to work around, it can seem like an impossible feat.

But there are SO many resources and tools to help you plan the perfect wedding for you and your spouse.

The key thing to focus on is how you can make the day best represent the two of you, and how you can make it the most fun for yourselves.

With all of the craziness going on in the world lately, just finding someone you truly love and who loves you back is rare—I personally consider it a miracle. And that is the whole reason for having a wedding.

As long as you view your wedding as a celebration of your love and the start of a wonderful life for you and your s/o, you’ll be just fine.

And I am always happy to answer questions or offer up advice! Leave a comment bellow or send me a message on Instagram.

You can also leave a comment if you have some additional wedding advice you want to share with others.

Thanks so much for visiting this post and I hope to see you on my blog again! ❤

Laura

All photos courtesy of MPW Media Group