His and Hers Wedding Showers
For me, one of my favorite parts of wedding festivities are all the fun events that happen right before the big day itself. Even when I was a little kid, I loved attending people’s wedding and baby showers with my mom and grandmothers. I love the games (I’m super competitive), and drinking the fancy punch and eating little finger sandwiches always made me feel so elegant and grown up! I also love shopping for other people, so as I came into my teenage and college years, it was always so fun for me to pick out shower gifts for friends and family.
My nanna generously offered to host my bridal shower with my great aunt and MOH K as co-hostesses. We’re in the South and tradition still reigns supreme, so massive showers haven’t really made their way to my circle of friends yet. Only those ladies who are closest to the bride are invited to a small shower, and in my case, this included my grandmothers, mom, aunts, female cousins, and bridesmaids.
My shower hosts laid out a beautiful spread of cucumber finger sandwiches, a cheese ball and crackers, a fruit tray, chicken quiche and chicken salad stuffed celery, and petite fours. Nanna also made her famous red punch for that beautiful punch bowl! And, of course, she had a Frozen crown for me because I’m her only granddaughter and I’m rotten (and I still love Disney princesses).
Candy Bar Jars and Scoops
nichellelynn is selling a set of candy bar jars and scoops. She is asking $80 for the set of 10 jars and 5 scoops.
Have a wedding item for sale? Post it with pictures in the Weddingbee Classifieds, and you might see it featured on the blog!
Other great items for sale:
Morganite Engagement Rings
You guys are passionate about your morganite engagement rings. We got some stunning real e-ring submissions in this category, and we’re sharing the (sparkly pink) goods with the hive today.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, Moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
Get ready to wipe the drool off your faces…
blkarachnia‘s oval morganite ring in cathedral rose gold band
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? We loved the beautiful vintage inspired style and that it was a good quality stone for the price.
Where did you purchase your ring? Peoples Jewellers/Zales
Color: peachy pink
Metal: rose gold
Price: < $1,000
Week Before Your Wedding: How to Survive
The week before our wedding was a bit of a blur. People say your wedding day will go by fast and that you won’t remember much of it. I feel like this statement also applies to the week directly before your wedding.
Mr. Horseshoe and I both worked until the Wednesday before our wedding, meaning we had three days to prepare for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding. We pulled it off, but I would have done things a little differently if I could do it all over again.
Here’s my advice for navigating the week before your wedding.
Meal plan. Set aside some time a month or two before your wedding and cook some meals that you can toss into the freezer and eat the week of your wedding. We had little to no time left for cooking the week before our wedding as we were running errands and working. I, as a result, ate so many Subway sandwiches for lunch and dinner that they memorised my order. Yes, another turkey sub, please.
Although I really don’t regret having this sandwich from Peasant Cheese Shop…
One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had / Source: personal
Round Diamond Halo Wedding Ring
sscott06 share a photo collage of her round diamond halo wedding ring and anniversary right hand ring.
Keep on loading your inspirational wedding pics to the Weddingbee Gallery to see them featured here on the blog! Remember, your images must be under 1MB in size, or they won’t load.
In an effort to curb spending, you and your partner have thought of the elements that you really want for your wedding and dropped the things you can live without. You can’t wait to bring the vision to life and cross your fingers that your vision matches your budget.
You finally hash out the big ticket items—like food and the wedding dress—to create a budget that you and your fiancé can stick to. But, there may be a few little details that can add up to big bucks once the final bill comes in for your special day. So, before you finalize your budget, don’t forget these 12 wedding costs that can really bust your budget!
1. Photo Printing
It can be hard enough to find the wedding photographer of your dreams for the right price, let alone the extra cost of actually printing your pictures for albums and thank you cards.
Many photographers only include online galleries in their photography packages and charge extra for physical copies. Or, your photographer may have similar wedding packages that include printing, but watch out – the mark up might be substantial. You can do your own printing at many chain stores or online for much less.
2. Taxes and Tips
When looking for reception venues, make sure to take into account how much it will cost per plate with taxes and tips. Some venues also charge a flat gratuity fee, so be sure to inquire before you book a venue.
3. Cake Cutting and Corkage Fees
Along with taxes and tips, corkage and cake cutting fees should be added to your costs when shopping around for a reception venue. Some venues can charge up to $10 per slice to cut and serve the cake and up to $100 for a corkage fee!
Accessories are almost always considered, but rarely fully accounted for in a wedding budget. Before shopping for all of the elements that will pull your entire look together, budget how much you are willing to spend for your complete wedding outfit. Veils, shoes, undergarments, wedding night lingerie, jewelry, wedding garters, hair accessories, and additional embellishments can add up to the same cost (or more) than your dress itself.
And don’t forget the groom: he has a tie, pocket square, shoes, belt, cufflinks, and potentially a cummerbund to consider too.
5. Wedding Day Meals
Getting ready the day of your wedding can be an exciting and hectic time. If you choose to stay in a hotel the night before you wedding, it may be a nice treat to have breakfast delivered to your room so you don’t have to worry about tracking down food.
Another part of your day to make sure you have food or snacks is after your ceremony when pictures are being taken. You don’t want anyone in your bridal party getting “hangry” and looking grumpy during photos.
6. Overtime Costs
So, your wedding night is a total blast and everyone is having a great time, but the DJ or live band is only booked until midnight. What are you to do?
Before you book any entertainment, ask if they are willing to go overtime. If they are, be sure to ask how much it will cost per hour and include it in your budget. If the party doesn’t feel like it should stop, be prepared to pay some extra cash for the services.
7. Outfits for Pre-Wedding Events
You won’t be wearing your wedding dress to your engagement party or bachelorette party, so be sure to include these outfits in your wedding planning. To save, plan ahead and shop around to get the best deals. You can even scout for coupon codes online too.
8. An Extra Round of Alterations and Trials
You have envisioned your total bridal look – your dress fits your body perfectly and you feel absolutely gorgeous. You’ve finally settled on an idea for your hair and makeup, and can’t wait to get a trial.
Hopefully all goes well during the first round of trials and alterations, but there is a possibility that you’ll have to go back two or more times to feel great about your final look. Perhaps the makeup you envisioned doesn’t quite work on your face and you changed your mind about the hairstyle. Or, maybe you want your dress to be cinched just a little bit tighter at the waist. These things alone can add up to hundreds of dollars.
9. The Marriage License
You’ll definitely want to include your marriage license in your budget. This is the bread and butter of your wedding – the marriage itself! A marriage license typically does not cost a huge amount, but it can add a few extra dollars to the bottom line.
10. Gifts for Parents and Wedding Party
You’ll want to show your appreciation for the wonderful people in your life that have helped make your day so special. They’ve listened to all of your ideas while planning your day, been your rock when you felt overwhelmed, and will almost guarantee have to pull some strings behind the scenes so you don’t stress on your own wedding day.
Gifts of course don’t have to be expensive, but even a small personalized memento to show your gratitude can add a few extra dollars to your budget.
11. The Little Extras
Though welcome packages for out of town guests and cute bridal party proposals aren’t necessary, they can add a personal touch to your wedding.
If you choose to do something special for your out of town guests, hotels can charge a delivery fee for welcome packages to be delivered to your guests’ rooms. This can be charged as a flat fee or charged per package.
For bridal proposals, there are many DIY ideas that you can do yourself if you want to be cost effective. Still, everything costs money so make sure to add these as a line item in your budget planning.
12. Dry Cleaning and Dress Storage
Just when you think your wedding and the cost of it is over, you drop of your dress for dry cleaning and find that most dry cleaners charge a premium for wedding dresses. Some dry cleaners may also provide the option to preserve your dress in a nice box or chest for an extra fee.
Outdoor DIY Wedding
Hive member BeautyofDreams and her husband were wed in a gorgeous purple, cream, and green outdoor DIY wedding.
We are now opening this series up to nominations, so if you’ve seen a wedding on the Weddingbee boards that you think would be perfect for this series, send an email to guest (at) weddingbee (dot) com with a link to the recap thread you want to nominate, or you can directly PM Mrs. Mouse with your nomination.
Weddingbee username: BeautyofDreams
Venue: Belmont Manor
City: Elkridge, Maryland
Wedding Date: August 13, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Tara Keely
Florist: Flower Bud Florals
Photographer: Amy O Photography
Videographer: This Day Fwd
Cakes: Cakes by Cynthia
Wedding Coordinator: Wild Lillies Events
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal Vera Wang collection
Honeymoon: Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort