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Hello, hive! We’ve got another great giveaway for you today! Keep reading to find out how to enter for your chance to win a $250 gift card to Blue Nile!
What’s not to love about Blue Nile? They’re exclusively online and the biggest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings, and fine jewelry. Is bigger better? YES! The perfect diamond for you—size, cut, clarity, and price—is definitely at Blue Nile. They have over 100,000 diamonds to choose from…yep. 100K.
If s/he already put a ring on it, but you’re still looking for that perfect “something blue,” we love Blue Nile’s selection of jewelry in sapphire, topaz, and aquamarine—a blue for every color palette!
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You have until 11:59 PM PST on May 28 to enter. Good luck!
So, funny thing. When we were a little less than a year away from the wedding, we decided to sign our contract for our rehearsal dinner venue. Why so early, you might ask?
I knew our rehearsal dinner venue before I even knew we were getting engaged. It wasn’t even a question for me, so when we were engaged, I asked Sparky if he was on board and he was.
Farestart Restaurant—good food, great charity via Seattle Dining
There is a local restaurant that serves great food, has a wonderful atmosphere, and, amazingly enough, is a charity. I love to go to the restaurant for lunch when I can, and every Thursday night they have a guest chef night. The reason I love this place so much is that they use the money they make to do something I am very passionate about: help people.
Hive, I can’t believe I’m finally getting married tomorrow. I’m sitting here in our amazing room, blow drying my hair, and just had room service delivered because I realized I forgot to eat today. I spent a glorious morning at the spa getting a massage and pedicure…and remembering to eat completely slipped my mind. I got back to the room, and Mr. M came about 30 minutes later, gave me crap for not eating, and immediately ordered me room service (this is why he’s a keeper). Saying that the past few days have been a complete whirlwind is an understatement!
All photos are personal.
Incredible room—this is where us ladies will get primped tomorrow.
Three hundred sixty-five days ago I said “I do.” I said “I do” to a lifetime of love and commitment, to sharing my life with another human being, and to embarking on the great adventure that is marriage.
Three hundred sixty-five days ago, I was wearing a big puffy white dress and too much makeup. You were standing in too tight shoes and smelling like Ivory soap. You held my hand at the altar and the world faded away. In that moment I knew I was at exactly the right place at the right time. Every decision I have ever made, some way or another, led me to you, to that moment, and to today. Here I stand, 365 days more in love, one year of marriage under my belt, standing in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, holding your hand, and looking forward to the future.
Kristin is selling white tulle for ceiling draping. She is asking $100.
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Well guys, I am getting married this weekend. Our 14-month engagement is finally at an end! But what would a wedding be without some last-minute DIY crafts? I made these programs and had them printed at a local print shop for cheap. With a dedicated assembly line including my dad, Mr. C, and myself, we were able to assemble 80 of these wedding program fans last night. We tied on little blue, cream, and pink ribbons to tie in with our wedding colors. I ran out this afternoon and bought a basket to put them in for the ceremony. And here is the final product:
I used the wreaths and cameo graphics that I made for our save the dates, so that made these pretty simple to create. I was really inspired by the layout that Mrs. Bunting created for her wedding programs and used that as a guide for ours.
Check out these great projects hive members have uploaded to Weddingbee’s DIY section! Click on the title of each project for tutorials.
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Organizing some of the bridal-show takeaways had me thinking about how much wedding planning has changed over the last 20 years.
Two decades ago—maybe even only one—most of the planning was done on paper in one of those massive binders or spiral-bound books that you can still find in bookstores. Online involvement was spotty at best, and we definitely didn’t have tools like Pinterest!
These days, the temptation to go 100% digital with the planning is strong. It’s eco-friendly and easily portable if you can access the files via your phone, laptop, or tablet, and with so much inspiration online it just. makes. sense.
If you go to bridal shows, if you pick up magazines, what do you do?
Last fall I decided I was going to hand address all of our save the dates and invitations. I’m not entirely certainly sure why, but it likely had something to do with an article I read by Martha Stewart that said that you might as well tell your guests you hate them if you don’t write your addresses by hand. OK, that’s not actually what it said but I definitely read it to mean that. (Am I the only one who thinks that Martha would totally be blunt like that if you peeled away all of her shiny, well-crafted veneer?)
So I started playing with calligraphy and quickly realized that wasn’t going to work. Then I just tried my regular old cursive, and that was OK but not great. After that I gave up for a while and kept looking for inspiration.
Then I found fake calligraphy.
I gave it a shot. And I loved it.
I loved it so much that when Miss Panda posted about being uncertain about going with calligraphy or something else, I fully encouraged her to give the fake calligraphy a shot. She wasn’t sure how nice it would look, so I made her a tutorial to prove how easy it would be.
Now I’m going to prove it to you all, too.
Step one: Write the address in fancy cursive. (Note: that’s the first zip code that popped up for Boston, not Miss Panda’s zip code.)