An Easy Bridal Shower Activity

I recently shared with you this super simple bridal shower game — And today I’d like to share another easy shower activity to do with your guests. I know when planning a shower it’s nice to have these little extras to make the event just a touch more special.

IMG_3131This is a cute way to have guests give their own little bit of advice to the couple. Have each guest write her advice on a postcard, addressed to the bride & groom — Then mail one postcard a week to the couple for their first year of marriage, so each week they receive a new tip in the mail!

You can frame this little poem to leave out as instructions:

Please share your wisdom
about marriage, love and life,
the secret to being a good husband
or a thoughtful, caring wife.

We’ll send your advice
throughout their first year,
so please address
your notes to them here:

IMG_3133As an extra touch we ordered vintage postcards from different places the bride & groom had traveled to together — You can purchase some pretty awesome postcards on Zazzle, here.

So simple! It gives the bride & groom a little something to look forward to after the wedding – and it makes your guests feel included!

Hope everyone has a nice, short week and eases into what is my favorite month of the year!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

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Mood Board Monday

Happy Monday dear readers — Hope everyone has a good week as we look forward to the last holiday weekend of the summer and dive into September next week (umm woah!). Before we get to the actual weddings (it’s been all showers and bachelorettes for me this summer), I’ve got a mood board full of summery yellow details from my (almost) sissy’s shower.

We threw her a champagne brunch complete with mimosas and an omelette man. Mason jars tied with burlap ribbon and raffia (made by my sister) were filled with sunflowers on every table. Each guest received a wooden spoon with the inscription “The Perfect Recipe” — a nod to the bride’s love for cooking, as well as homemade lemon bars.

It was a perfect summer afternoon… And now I’m ready for the fall weddings to begin!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

The Perfect Honeymoon Accessories from Fly DIY

FlyDIYI love a good, catchy title. And Fly DIY is just that — But I love what’s inside this new e-book and the woman behind it more. Jourdan Fairchild and I go way back. We’ve spent countless hours in dance rehearsals — shared not one, but two apartments — and have seen each other go through quite a few job changes. When I told Jourdan I was thinking about starting a blog, she was the one who said I should definitely do it. (Thank you!)

So I’m so excited to share with you Jourdan’s brand new e-book, Fly DIY: Crafts for the Modern Traveler. These 12 insanely unique, totally affordable and completely adorable DIY projects can all be yours for just $10, where 10% of the proceeds goes straight to Watering Malawi — the travel assignment that sparked her brilliant idea. You can read her whole story on her blog (and here, and here)!!

LingerieBagsOh yes, I just gave you a sneak peek of one of the 12! I love these cheeky lingerie bags — Perfect for stowing away all those pretty lace things you received at your shower or treated yourself to for your honeymoon!

This and so many more easy and practical ideas for all you busy brides and jet-setters can be yours, right now. You’ll be flying high!

ps. Congrats J! So proud of you, lady!

photos c/o Jourdan Fairchild

Father-of-the-Bride Gifts {on a budget}

I already gave you my picks for Mother-of-the-Bride gifts (here) — So in honor of Father’s Day this weekend, it is only appropriate to share my picks for Father-of-the-Bride gifts.

Cheney_2107_09072013_JK1542-2I actually gifted these cuff links to my dad last Father’s Day as a little pre-wedding gift (and so he would have time to incorporate a French cuff shirt into his wedding suit). You can personalize them as you wish, but I went with the classic “Father-of-the-Bride” (a nod to a movie my family has probably watched 1,000 times), our wedding date and “Forever Your Little Girl.” Like many of my favorite wedding gifts, these can be found on Etsy (here).

Cheney_2113_09072013_JK1548You’ve already seen my mom’s handkerchief, but I had to get one for my dad too! Another sentimental gift guaranteed to bring a tear to anyone’s eye — But the perfect keepsake for years to come. Found on Etsy (of course) — here.

And the best part is that at $35 and $25, respectively, these gifts won’t break your wedding budget! Happy dads, happy brides, happy shopping!

ps. This is my 100th post! How did that happen?! This little blog has been around for 6 months now! Thank you all for your continued support and readership! xo

photos by Jenelle Kappe Photography

Getting Crafty {on a budget}

There’s no doubt that photo booths are a wedding trend that’s here to stay — they’re just so much fun! But when planning a wedding, especially on a budget, there are always things you need to cut back on or details you can’t include. So a professional photo booth may not be in your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one. You just need to get a little creative, but that’s where I’m here help.

It’s safe to say there will be a few cameras (or a few dozen) at your wedding. And while your photographer may not be stationed at your homemade photo booth the whole time, he or she will still be able to get a few shots there. All you need are a backdrop and some props. For the backdrop you could find a cool wallpapered wall in your venue or just hang up a sheet (like my friend did below) or some streamers (see here).

IMG_7161{We may have been too big of a group for the sheet in the back, but you get the idea}

As for the props, here’s where you get to have a little more fun. Hats and sunglasses are always crowd-pleasers — and I’m sure between you and your friends and your old Halloween costumes and kids’ toy bins, you’ll be able to scrounge up enough of them. The best part?! That’s all free!

If you want to get a little crafty, you can make your own themed props. You’ll just need some popsicle sticks or sturdy paper straws, some cardboard, tape and colored paper. I was so impressed by my sister’s DIY graduation props, that I just had to share!

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She got the idea off of Pinterest, no less — and you can buy these all over Etsy (here) — but why not, make your own?! Your friends will be impressed. I love a good hashtag – and this is another great opportunity to share your wedding hashtag with your guests!

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Fun photos. Great memories. Happy guests. And more importantly, happy wallet.

Did you or are you planning on having a photo booth at your wedding? Leave a comment below!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

Getting-Ready Robes {on a budget}

I absolutely love the trend of brides and bridesmaids in matching robes while getting ready for the wedding. It makes for some adorable photographs – and the robes themselves make great gifts for your ‘maids! But these pretty little things can cost a pretty penny – especially when you have a large bridal party.

A reader – and long-time friend – asked me for some suggestions on robes for her bridal party. Because even though she adores Love Ophelia, she also has eight ‘maids – and those beauties add up fast! So I did a little digging around and came up with some other pretty fabulous options.

Memento Monogrammed Bridesmaid Robes

These monogrammed robes are by the adorable shop, Memento. And when you need five or more, they’re only $33 each! They come in a bunch of different colors and have a few different monogram options. They also carry white oversized shirts, which is another cute look too!

You’ll never guess where these are from. Only everyone’s most favorite store ever… Target. Yup. And they’re on sale for $17.59. You better hurry before these things sell out!

And just because they’re too darn cute not to share, crowd-favorite Plum Pretty Sugar is now making rompers. Take a peak for yourself here. 

Mother-of-the-Bride gifts {on a budget}

I was asked yesterday for some mother-of-the-bride gift ideas… and of course, it got my wheels turning. So today, I’d like to share my picks for mother-of-the-bride gifts – which just so happen to be budget friendly. And who doesn’t like that?!

vegan leather clutch

First up, this absolutely adorable handmade clutch – made with vegan leather no less. I bet you could even get the leather flap monogrammed (if that’s your mom’s thing). Find it on Etsy for $33 – here.

mother of the bride frame

Next – You can never go wrong with a picture frame. They always make perfect gifts – personalized or not. For a wedding, I’d just write a cute little “I owe you” note inside and then give your mom a photo of the two of you from the wedding! Another Etsy find for $32 – here.

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And my personal favorite – the embroidered handkerchief. Above is the one I gave my mom (photograph c/o the lovely Jenelle Kappe). We got these for both our moms and my dad – And they really went over well! Along with being a practical gift for the wedding day, they make a beautiful keepsake afterwards – and can even be framed! I’d recommend this Etsy shop for them – here – and only $25!

Mother-of-the-bride gifts don’t have to be expensive. For such a momentous day, a little something special is the way to go. Oh, and you can totally steal these ideas for your bridesmaids too!

Bridesmaids on a budget

I’ll be sharing lots of pretty pictures from around the web, but I also want to make sure to keep things in perspective – That’s why I’ll be doing a series of budget posts for different elements of your wedding. Since we’ve already discussed bridesmaid dresses, I’d figure we’d start there. And why not stick with the blush/champagne color family!

Thanks to online shopping there really are so many more options for bridesmaids these days. I know many women will shy away from online shopping (especially for bridesmaid dresses) because they can’t try things on before purchasing, but as along as you read the return policy this can be a great option that shouldn’t be ruled out. Plus, your out-of-town ‘maids will thank you, because they can shop from home and be included in the process too!

Under $200: David’s Bridal has a bridesmaids line and so many are the same cuts and silhouettes as your favorite designer dresses! This and this are personal favs! Nordstrom has some great options too – This dress is online only, but just look at that back!

Under $100: Two online shops I came across during my own wedding research were Modcloth and ShopRuche – Both have “bridal” sections on their sites – and you seriously can’t beat their prices! Like this, and this!

Every little penny saved while planning your wedding is a good thing – Hope this helps your budget!