9 Wedding Lessons We Can Learn From Black Friday

Nov 27 2015

9 Black Friday Wedding Planning Lessons

I’ll bet you didn’t know that wedding planning and Black Friday have a lot in common! Check out 9 Black Friday wedding planning lessons we can learn from one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

1. Get An Early Start!

Stores on Black Friday open uber-early, right?! Well, did you know that hosting your wedding earlier in the day is typically less expensive! Of course, 6am might be a little inconvenient for your guests but consider the fact that you can save a ton of cash by hosting brunch instead of dinner.

Early bird gets the worm! This time-honored idiom hasn’t stuck around for all these centuries for nothing! Motto of this story is to use a good wedding stationery and planning timeline to tackle your “to-do’s” in a timely manner.

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2. Break In Those Shoes!

Many Black Friday shoppers are on their feet all day long–and so will you be–come wedding day. So, break in those wedding shoes at least one week ahead of your big day! Be comfortable in your shoes to dance the night away!

3. There’s An App For That!

Every savvy Black Friday shopper charts their shopping course with laser precision—and so should your wedding planning be charted! Here are 3 popular wedding apps that couples have fallen head over heels with:

  1. Dropbox– for sharing photos, folders & links {great for contracts, guest list, correspondence with vendors}
  2. Google Drive-Another great option for file sharing! There are lots of templates here.
  3. Wunderlist-an app for managing your many, many to-do’s

4. Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching!

Black Friday shoppers and wedding planning couples know that credit cards can run hot this time of year! If you’re going the credit route, cashback credit cards pay you every time you spend on them. It’s like FREE money–and who doesn’t love that! Here’s how it works: get a cashback card and then set up a direct debit to repay in full every month (to keep the interest at bay). Your wedding budget will thank you!

5. Don’t Take On More Than You Can Carry!

Picture that consumer—pushing her {or his} way to the cashier, sinking under a tower of packages to remember that it’s much easier to take no more than you can handle. The point here is to delegate some of those wedding to-do’s. Your family and besties would love to help you with DIY projects, planning tasks, addressing wedding envelopes, etc–you just need to ask.

6. Shop Til You Drop {In Your PJs}

This one is glorious! Shopping online is so convenient–and a great time saver! The best part–no need to get out of your PJ’sor off your couch.

7. Take a Décor Cue From Decked Out Stores

Just as stores are adorned with cute, gorgeous or whimsical holiday décor this time of year … if your wedding is during a holiday season, you can benefit from venues that are pre-decorated with lights, sparkle, flowers, and more. This will help keep your décor costs low!

8. Keep Your Receipts

You never know when you have to take something back. You may not open all the wedding items you buy right away {from linens to decor items to accessories and more} so keep those receipts organized and handy–just in case.

9.  Giving Back!

Just as Black Friday has a lot to do with getting the best deals for Christmas gifts, it’s also a great reminder to think of gifts for those helping you along your wedding planning journey: your parents, wedding party, attendants, etc.

Now, remember the bigger picture–for the approaching holidays and your wedding planning as well. Don’t stress–enjoy this season of life. It will all work out!

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Dreamlike Destination Wedding In Iceland

Nov 25 2015

Beautiful Iceland Wedding!

Maja and Patrick braved a small, private destination wedding in Iceland. And by braved, we mean the winds and rain were fierce! Not a problem for this lovely couple–it only added to the drama of the spectacular surroundings and ultimately, memories of their special day! Why Iceland? Maja said, “We fell in love with Iceland for its romantic melancholy scenery. We just love the unearthly, dramatic landscapes. And, being multi-racial, our families are spread out all over the globe, we decided to have the wedding ceremony private–with local receptions to follow–as a way to not exclude anyone.

Looking for a destination wedding or honeymoon ideas? Hello, Iceland! Fall in love with the pure, raw beauty of this incredible country. We are so excited to share Maja and Patrick’s magical Iceland wedding from M&J Studio with you. We love-love Maja’s vintage dress, look and feel and her great big smile is irresistible! Enjoy!

Destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Beautiful bride getting ready for their Iceland wedding (photos by M&J Studios)  Vintage fur on Bride for their Destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Gorgeous black and white photo of destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Couple under umbrella at their destination wedding & honeymoon in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Beautiful waterfall in destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Bride and Groom wearing rain boots in destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Bride and Groom getting wet by waterfall in their Icelandic destination wedding (photos by M&J Studios)

Of the fierce winds and rain, Mait, of M&J Studio said, “We really fought with the weather, my lenses were constantly full of black sand and it was hard to move on the beach. But, it was so rewarding to see the most happy faces when we ended up on the iceberg fields called “ice lagoons” at the end of our first day.”

Destination wedding in Iceland (photo by M&J Studios)

Sunset in Destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Amazing silhouette of Bride and Groom destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Sunset beach photo of Bride and Groom--Iceland wedding (photos by M&J Studios)

Ice bergs on the water in destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Iceland Wedding

Destination wedding and honeymoon in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Bride and Groom-Destination wedding in Iceland (photo by M&J Studios)

Bride and Groom and the beautiful landscape Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Bride laying on mossy landscape in destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Iceland destination wedding (photos by M&J Studios)

Shoreline pic of Bride and Groom in destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Stunning beach destination wedding in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

“Iceland turned out to be the perfect destination–so much more breathtaking in person! Every turn of the road brought us to new spectacular views. We were so enamoured we drove 800km around the southern part of Iceland over the following two wedding days–ever in search of new vistas (which Mait so beautifully captured!) and we already can’t wait to go back.” Maja  

Destination wedding + honeymood in Iceland (photos by M&J Studios)

Best wishes Maja and Patrick. We hope you get back to Iceland soon!
{It’s certainly on my bucket list!}


Photographer:  M&J Studios | via Two Bright Lights

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Wedding Inspiration For Bold Optimists

Nov 23 2015

Ruby Red Wedding Inspiration

Hello, “Color Monday!” Today is all about a ruby red wedding for extroverts and optimists. Does that sound like you? If you love attention–you’ll definitely get it with a wedding bedecked in red! We must confess–we love the many shades of red–for its sassy boldness is undeniable. Its depth knows no bounds and always emanates passion and energy. If you’re such a couple–energetic, optimistic and bold–be inspired to put this color on display. Invite excitement right from the beginning by starting with a red invitation suite. Make a striking statement with red bridesmaid apparel and florals, and with a venue space that combines modern romance with extraordinary elegance. What do you think of ruby red for those with a bold and optimistic wedding style?

Colors: Custom Red {c-100, m-25, y-98, k-23} | Sugar | Ivory

Ruby red wedding inspiration

Regal Romance Wedding Invitation Suite

Classic yet modern, this Rectangle Wedding Invitation hails from our Regal Romance design suite. Framing your wording are ornate spires with look of antique elegance. Change the colors and fonts on this suite to reflect the tone you want to set for your wedding. See this suite personalized in your wedding colors.

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Modern elegant ruby red wedding invitation suite (get a free sample personalized in your wedding colors).

Photo Credits:
We thank the following for their permission to use their lovely images in today’s inspiration …

Flowers & Cherries by Annabella Charles {via Magnolia Rouge} | Bridal Party, Couple, Table Setting by The Grovers {via Green Wedding Shoes}

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