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Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Party

We know that planning something as monumental as a wedding can be extremely stressful and unfortunately, as close as we come, event planners can’t do it all! Luckily, you can enlist the help of your wedding party to organize your bachelor and bachelorette parties and the bridal shower. However, it’s custom to give a thank you gift to your party for their help ensuring all of your festivities go smoothly. We have a few great gift ideas for your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make this process as quick and easy as possible for you.

 Breathe by Jessi

Breathe by Jessi

Accessories for Everyone

Jewelry is a classic gift for bridesmaids but it can be useful the groomsman too! When it comes to your girls, something that they can wear for your wedding, like a necklace, is always a smart idea. Take it a step further by getting something monogrammed so it’s more personal for them, this way, they will want to wear it long after your special day is over. We love a simple necklace that can be engraved with initials, a name or a date that is special to them. Another option is getting jewelry that doesn’t need to be worn for your wedding. While it may take more shopping around time, you can get a bit more personal by simply gifting a piece you know your girls will love.

For the guys, also think of items that can be used on your wedding day. Something like a watch, tie, tie bar or cufflinks are perfect for the occasion and, like the bridesmaids’ jewelry, will be used after the wedding for other special events.

 Christy Ofria Photography

Christy Ofria Photography

Pro tip: Jewelry is the perfect present when your bridesmaids and groomsmen aren’t in matching outfits. This way their looks are all tied together with a simple accessory.

Sunglasses for the Whole Party

If you are having a destination wedding or one that is sure to be on a sunny day, gift your whole wedding party stylish and high quality sunglasses. Now we’re not talking about those cheap plastic ones that you could give to every wedding guest just to be trashed during the reception. Take the time to pick out a pair that will complement each person’s style. That way you know that you are offering them a gift that will be used for years to come. Plus, bulk ordering on e-commerce sites like Warby Parker makes it easy for you to buy for the women and the men in one purchase and it can also save you money and time. You can order gender neutral frames that will tie together your whole party and you do this all in the comfort of your own home. It’s that simple!

 Jensen Larson Photography

Jensen Larson Photography

Bridesmaids Clutches

I think we all know how excited women got when their dresses happen to have pockets in them! However, it isn’t always easy to find bridesmaids’ dresses with such a luxury. Instead, gift the girls matching clutches that they can hold during your ceremony to keep all of the essentials like their cell phone, any emergency items for the bride and some tissues. Sticking with something simple is best here so you know that no matter the style of each person in your wedding that they will be sure to use it again.

 Kristiina Taylor

Kristiina Taylor

Personalized Growlers

If you have a group of groomsmen that’s filled with beer aficionados and then give them one-of-a-kind glasses or growlers. These can be personalized with their name, your wedding date, and even their favorite color. However, you don’t have to focus it on your wedding you can choose to personalize it with just their name to make it an exciting piece to add to their collection!

 Etsy

Etsy

Hopefully you have an awesome group of loved ones supporting you and your fiancé through every step of wedding planning! If so, consider one of these unique gifts to say thank you to your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

-The Just Save The Date Girls










Using Pinterest to help plan your Wedding


We are all guilty of it... spending hours upon hours scrolling through the drool-worthy pins on Pinterest. From the perfect decor to beautiful dresses and tons of details, I, myself, have probably "planned" ten or fifteen of my own weddings. Today, we are here to give you some tips on how to hone in your pinning and make boards that will actually help you and your vendors put together a day that truly reflects you and your wedding style.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

  Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

First thing's first.... you'll need to make a new board, something like "My Wedding (for real this time)" or "Wedding Inspiration." You can then go to either the main weddings tab or type in a search for ideas. Maybe you like something rustic, or a mountain theme. Maybe you are more traditional, or love a certain color.

  Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

  Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Our advice to you:

  • Keep your board focused.
    • Stay on topic don't mix themes.
  • Make sure everything you pin truly speaks to you!
    • Are you looking back at previous pin and think 'ehhh... this isn't thrilling me'? Delete it!
  • Share your boards with your vendors!!
    • Who better to help you execute your ideas than your planner or your florist?!

and MOST IMPORTANTLY

  • Have REALISTIC expectations
    • A LOT of what you see on Pinterest is 100% staged; a 'styled shoot' as we call it in the biz... there is ONE table, six chairs, professional models... you get the gist. The vendors who contribute to styled shoots do it for advertisement and exposure and while that is wonderful to draw inspiration from; PLEASE understand that they are using their best, and often most expensive products in those photos. You can achieve similar looks on any budget, just ask you vendors to help you get the look, not duplicate the photo.

Hope this helps! We can't wait to see what you are putting together. Happy Pinning! 

~Kelly & Leslie

DIY Disaster


DIY, or Do It Yourself,  is everywhere! There are blogs, books and even entire television networks dedicated to the growing trend. However, much like most important things in life, your wedding may be a project better left to the professionals. After all, this is the biggest day and most important party of your life, why not make sure you get it done correctly?

Here is a list (and some photos) of areas where DIY should be avoided, as these are better left to the experts.

Planning

While the cost of a planner can start at around $1,500, your planner will have contacts and relationships with all the vendors in town that will make for a much less hectic planning process than if you were to forge this process alone or have a friend or family member take care of it for you. A planner can also be there on your big day to ensure that all the loose ends are tied up in neat little bows and that you are not disturbed while relaxing and preparing to say your vows.  Moms, aunts and best friends may be great at planning parties and helping you stay organized throughout the planning process, but will they be able to take a time-out from their other duties that day to assist with every little hiccup that comes your way?  Your guests, moms and best friends included, should be able to enjoy themselves on your big day and partake in all of the special moments that happen and not be running around making sure place cards are alphabetized or candles are lit.

Florals

We have all probably all seen enough Pinterest "How-Tos"  and DIY shows to think that we are semi-professional florists, but the reality is, we are not! A professional florist can help tie the entire look of your day together into one cohesive whole making it look more like this-

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Photo Copyright PIxelFocus Studios

than this.

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Photo Copyright Google

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Photo Copyright Google

Another added bonus is that it keeps your friends and family from scurrying around making arrangements and bouquets on the day of the wedding if you choose to use real flowers instead of silk.

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Photo Copyright Google

Hair & Makeup

No one wants to look like a completely different person on the day they say "I Do", but there are some great benefits of having a pro pamper you for your big moment. First, you will want to have photo ready makeup that will  have an optimum outcome for all those up close and personal photos you'll be taking all night. Also, you need your makeup to be in it for the long haul. For crying, laughing, dancing and anything else you can throw at it, your makeup should be able to withstand and still look fabulous at the end of the evening. Finally your hair, is just as important to stand the test of time as your makeup. You will want to dace the night away, shake hands and kiss babies, all while looking just as fresh as when you first walked down the aisle.  Plus, a professional Hair Stylist or Make-Up Artist knows the tips and tools to use to stand up to the elements (hell, humid Florida weather and an always breezy Key West day) without feeling like like you have make-up caked on your face or like your hair is matted to your head with hairspray.

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Photo Copyright Studio Marie-Pierre

Photography

Your best friend/mom's coworker's kid/cousin is starting out as a photographer, and offers to do your pictures at either no cost or an extremely reduced rate. This sounds SO tempting at the time, after all your are spending thousands of dollars on nearly everything else wouldn't it be nice to just have this area for less? If you take no other piece of advice hear this, photography is the ONE thing that you will have to remember from your day! When all the candles are blown out and the cake is eaten, when all of the gifts are put away and thanks yous written, the only thing you will have to look back and reminisce your wedding day will be the photos (video if you so choose). Make sure you have seen and are in LOVE with the photography and the photographer! It's important that you are comfortable in front of them for them to catch those special candid moments.

  Photo Copyright Maggie Stolzberg Photography

Photo Copyright Maggie Stolzberg Photography

When Too Much DIY is Really TOO Much

When it comes to DIY projects, it is ok to incorporate some things into your wedding, but please take our advice, and know when to say when!  Everyone wants to be able to out their personal touch on their special day, and with the creation and popularity of Pinterest, it makes that much easier to add your own touch of creativity.  That being said, it also doesn't mean that you need to re-create everything you see and try to incorporate it into your wedding.  Some DIY projects are great additions to your wedding (Save The Dates, Seating Chart or Table Numbers, etc.) and some are not.  What we are trying to say is, pick 1-2 projects that you can take on and turn them into a top-notch DIY project and leave the other things to the experts.  After all, what can more challenging and stressful to deal with on your big day:  a box (or 80) of broken glassware and smashed centerpieces and bouquets with no time (or budget) to replace OR a beautifully set reception space with wrinkle-free linens and matching candle holders and centerpieces perfectly set by your planner?

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Photo Copyright Pinterest

Beach Wedding Theme Options


How to Have a Beach Wedding Without the Beach Theme

You must be thinking...WHAT?! Jump back!!!! I don't HAVE to play up the ocean theme just because we are tying the knot at the beach???

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Seems nearly impossible right?!  Well, the answer is an astounding...NO!  Today,  we are here to shed some light on just how you can have the BIG CITY or RUSTIC CHIC wedding of your dreams...at the beach!

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By incorporating unique seating options (cushions and pillows) or even a more finished looking chivari chair draped with fabric, you can add a big punch of elegance to your beach wedding without being over the top. Linens are also a good way to add a more luxurious feel to your beach wedding.

Are you interested in having a Rustic Chic Barn wedding just like all those Pinterest DIYers, but you are wanting to get married at the beach?  Just add some string lighting, a chandelier or two and some fabulous vintage farmhouse tables and chairs and voila...a rustic barn feel with the beauty of the water at your back and the sand between your toes!  Don't forget some rustic lanterns and a pop of color in the flowers to go the extra distance.  Think shabby chic cottage or nautical chic classy and not just beachy.  Don't just limit yourself to sand and seashells when it comes to a theme and decor.  Utilize the beach as your venue or backdrop and not your main theme element.  This will help you keep your options open.

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If you can dream it, it can be done... so don't let the sand, and the shells hold you back!

{all photos from Pinterest}

~Kelly & Leslie

Photo Apps


Welcome to the first ever Trendy Tuesday! We here at Just Save the Date have seen TONS of trends come and go and thought that we could share some of the best {and worst} with our readers.

This week... using social media to your advantage!

In the OLDEN days brides and grooms would be limited to the photographers pictures, which are priceless memories of your BIG DAY, sometimes feel like you've missed some of the "behind the scenes" details. The precious pre, during and post candids that are often some of the most exciting photos.

Then came along the disposable camera trend, which seemed like a great compromise. Guests could take pics all night and leave the cameras on the tables for you and your groom to develop post honeymoon. This felt like an extension of the celebration but had a down side. All the photos might not be great but you still had to pay to develop them all and you had to remember to take them in the first place. SO many cameras have ended up not being developed until after the first anniversary.

So what do we do now?! With literally EVERYONE we know (parents and grannies included) using all forms of social media we can count on them to snap those precious memories for us. Instead of asking for doubles from their personal cameras, you can just have them tag you with a personalized wedding hashtag. Here are some options out there for your upcoming nuptials:

1.) Printed Materials

Be sure if planning to gather photos from everyone you provide them early on with your hashags and user names. This is as simple as adding a line at the bottom of your invites and save the dates or a separate card similar to an RSVP card.  You can also include this information in the welcome bags that you distribute to guests upon arrival.

2.) Photo Apps

Almost all apps that you and your guests are using every day have the hashtag option! You can go at anytime and search your personal hashtag to view everything from hair and makeup photos taken by the MOH to first kiss pics taken by grandma.

Some ideas to gather these pics?

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Vine
  • Specialized "wedding" apps such as Wedding Party and Wedding Snap.

 

With these ideas brides and grooms are bound to have countless photos to wade through, and can relive their BIG DAY moment by moment.

~Kelly & Leslie