Wedding Planning Tip #173: How To Pick The Perfect “Save The Date”

Wedding planning can be full of stressful decisions – decisions you never thought you’d have to make, or you’d ever need to stress over. They start to seem petty once you put them on a list… but you do and you will continue to until The Day. Save the dates can set the tone for your wedding theme, or just be a creative way to let everyone know you’re getting hitched! You can spend a lot, or a little. Your rules no one else. I’ve put together a small list of things to consider when picking your extremely important (and at the same time maybe not so crazy stressful decision you’ll have to make) save the dates.    [Read more…]

Throw A Bridal Shower via Etsy For Under $100

Ahh, spring time is here. The season of new beginnings, gardening, and endless bridal showers. Hosting the party? If your budget is tight, take some notes. Here are 7 items you can purchase on Etsy today and spend under $100. That’s right, $88.48 to be exact (minus food and drinks). From the invites to games, Etsy and Clingks have your bridal-shower-back!

1 – Invitations – $13

When you buy a printable invite, you buy the template, so all you have to do is print at home!

From ForwardPraises

2 – Drink Markers – Clingks – “Wedding Bells” – $9.99

Add a set of Clingks’ Wedding Bells drink markers, or design customized wine glass charms with endless color options and your very own witty sayings! Here is the list of all the static-cling drink markers included in the Wedding Bells Clingks set:

blushing bride  —  gallant groom  —  wedding survivor

just here for the drinks  —  lord of the ring  —  always a bridesmaid

the crazy uncle  —  re-gifter   —  single on purpose  —  dances with anyone

chicken dance master  —  reception line budger

From Clingks

wedding bells clingks

3 – Party Favors – $0.75 each (Budget for 30 guests – $22.50)

Customizable soaps with labels are a great way to say “thanks for coming!” Little favors are all you need – no one expects a fancy-shmancy gift from the host, just something that says THANK YOU!

From RogueValleySoap

4 – Mimosa Bar Sign – $4

Adorable sign to place at the brunch and mimosa table. Another printable.

From BlueBunnyBride 

5 – Photo Booth Props – $6.99

Photo booths are still in people! Whether it’s a home made booth with a cloth back-drop or a full-out rented booth, having some cute (and family-friendly) sayings!

From CastilloPK

6 – Printable Games – $12

Printables printables printables! They will save you time and MONEY! You buy the template for super cheap, and then you can print it at home if you want – or even take it to your local printing company, like a Kinkos or even

From BrideandBows

bridal shower games printables

7 – Gold Giant Balloons “Bride To Be” – $19.99

This we can label as a SPLURGE purchase. Is it needed? Eh… probably. But if it comes down to purchasing these balloons or another 5 bottles of champagne, uh… no brainer. (And yes, I’m implying you buy the $4 bottles of champagne :))

From ABridalShop

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke


Instagram Pics Featuring Clingks in This Month’s Bride Box!

I am so excited that Clingks were chosen to be included for The Bride Box subscribers this month!! To see all the pics on Instagram from excited brides-to-be is so fun! Here are a few of my faves!

Congrats on your big day!!

#thebridebox #bridebox

A photo posted by Tiffany (@tiffany_jennay) on

My first Bride Box!! 👰🏻 If you’re engaged, #thebridebox is the coolest thing ever! 😝 #bridetobe

A photo posted by Melanie_G (@atx_fit_chick) on



8 Table-Setting Ideas For Your Next Dinner Party

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Having some guests over for a meal, but you’re not sure how to set the table? What the theme should be? How matchy-matchy do you have to be? I also found some inspiring table stetting for all-too-popular weddings. The main idea here is to have fun! It definitely doesn’t have to be a formal affair every time you have a dinner party. So go crazy.

brunch table setting
Winter Wedding

winter wedding table setting

Garden Party

garden party table setting


beach coastal table setting

French Farm

french farm table setting


outdoor table setting 1

Mix and Match

mix and match table setting

Rustic Wedding

rustic winter wedding table setting


autumn table setting

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke