Shutterfly Free Photo Guest Book for Engaged Brides to Be!

I found this great freebie for engaged brides over at Style Me Pretty, (by the way, one of my must read bride inspiration blogs. Add that to your to read list, for sure!).

Shutterfly, from now until July 28th, is giving out a code for a free, customized guest book! Looks like it is a 8 X 11 hard copy book which is valued at least $40. It looks like a winner and I am definitely taking advantage of this giveaway… you should too!

Even if you already have your guest book idea planned you could make this into a cute engagement photo book gift for a family member. I’m thinking about passing it around at our “farewell brunch” the day most guests are leaving and asking them to share some memories of our wedding weekend & Jamaica. I’ll end up upgrading for about $5 to a different format, but I think it is still a great steal! Do you have an idea of how to use this?

Two of my favorite words are in the Shutterfly photo guestbook giveaway-- free & wedding!

Two of my favorite words are in the Shutterfly photo guestbook giveaway– free & wedding!

What kind of guest book did you have or are you planning to have?


Why I’m Having a Destination Wedding

People never fail to amuse me. Their reactions to the fact that I’m having a destination wedding in Jamaica have certainly lived up to that expectation. I’ve heard everything from people exclaiming that it is a genius idea to others who swear up and down my marriage won’t be legal and no one will attend. So, I thought I’d share with you a few reasons why a destination wedding was the right decision for me.*

*Remember, every persons situation is different. I certainly do not think everyone should have them. It is but one option to consider!

Families- Location & Joining Together: Our families have never met. Yes, you read that right. They live about 9 hours apart via car so no matter what someone would have to be traveling. The reason this is important is twofold– if people have to travel, might as well let them go somewhere amazing. And, this way they’ll get to know each other over more than just a couple rushed hours.

Small Number: Neither my fiance or I pictured our wedding as a huge gather with every extended family member and friend. By having a destination wedding we easily could have just our immediate families and make it a more intimate affair.

Travel: I’ll be honest here, I’ll take any excuse to travel! I’ve got that travel bug… big time. I also kind of feel like it is my duty to make sure my family travels out of the country. Time to get those passports!

I’d like to add one really important note. I don’t have “saving money” on this list. I actually think if we did something here we would have spent the same amount of money– what we can afford. We would have just had to cut in other ways since it would have had to have been a much larger guest list. Destination Wedding’s aren’t cheap… and I think that is a common misconception. We are doing a pretty budget wedding… but we are also paying for our trips, both of my younger sisters, and the photographers (flight & all-inclusive accommodation). That alone will be over 5k!

Would you consider having a destination wedding? Why or why not? I’d love to hear!

Me– an Obsessive Bride? No way.

I was never one to dream about my wedding day. In fact, that is one of the very reasons I decided to have a destination wedding… to avoid the stress and craziness. (Other important reason to note, I’m very cheap. I do not want to spend tons of money on this. I thought having a DW would be cheaper which may or may not end up being true. I’ll get back to you on that one.)

Surprisingly, now that I’m planning it’s like I can’t… stop… thinking about wedding planning. Even a year ago if you asked me if I’d attempting to write a wedding blog and be this far into planning, I’d think you were crazy.

But, there is something about planning your wedding that gets to you. I don’t know what it is. I’ve rolled my eyes at way too many weddings and maybe I was determined to make mine different. Whatever the reason, I’m here. I love weddings. And, I love planning mine. Even though the stress/money aspect is always tempting me back to the other side, somehow I’m pressing on. I’ve got to say I’m proud of myself for that!

Wedding Garters 101: One, Two, Seven, Zero, Sixty?

Even though I’m getting married on the beach at sunset, I do want to incorporate some traditional wedding elements into my big day. But, the garter is one that has baffled me for some time. They certainly look  pretty (and I’m all about pretty things!). I seriously can look at them for hours on Etsy. But, in the middle of one of those sessions today I started thinking… why do we even have these? How many am I supposed to order?

After a bit of research, I’ve compiled a very brief Wedding Garter 101:

  • Wedding Garter Set: 2 garters– one will be a keepsake and is typically more ornate and one will be for a garter toss. They usually come in super pretty, coordinating colors.  If you’re wearing two, make sure you position the garter you want tossed lower on your leg or else you might lose the wrong one.
  • One Garter: It’s fine to have one garter… especially if you’re not doing a garter toss. The other option is to make sure you’re okay with not getting the garter back. Or, be comfortable enough to ask for it back from whoever catches it!
  • History: I read some places that this goes all the way back to the Dark Ages and is one of our oldest wedding traditions. Since we are no longer physically escorted to our wedding beds by our friends & families (thank goodness!) it is sort of a carry over from that. If you’re interested in reading a much more extensive background, check it out here.

And what does all that mean to me? I’ll probably order one. Since I’m not doing a garter toss it’ll probably serve as another pretty item and maybe even will be my “something blue.”  What do you think of this pretty one from Something New Designs on Etsy?

Pretty Garter from SomethingNewDesigns on Etsy

So tell me, are you going to wear a garter (or 2) at your wedding? Will you do a garter toss?

Why Blog?

I’m a talker. I’ve always been talker. But something about planning my wedding makes me want to talk constantly.  

I’m a researcher. I like to look up every single detail about everything I possibly even consider doing. It’s not unheard of for me to research DIY Cake Topper options for 5 hours and then scrap the idea all together.

I’m a real bride. I enjoy saving money through deals, diy, giveaways. (Yes, I’m on a budget. Who isn’t these days?)

So, I might as well share with all of you what I come up with through this journey. Too bad we only get married once… while it is stressful and exhausting to plan it is almost intoxicatingly addicting. (I don’t think intoxicatingly is a word but it is the only thing that seems appropriate so it will stay!)

Join me as we go along for this ride?