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Top 10 Unique Tips & Tricks for fellow Brides

Bride Tips
Plain & Simple: Here are the top 10 random tips I have for fellow brides (with a little sneak peek of our big day)….

1. Do as much as you can in advance
If you feel like it’s too early to start dress shopping, choosing invites, buying bridesmaids’ gifts, or doing wedding DIY, it’s NOT! The sooner the better is quite the understatement as far as this bride is concerned. If you have some free time, get to work!! You’ll thank yourself later… trust me. 

2. Buy Forever stamps now!!
The price of stamps are going up next week, so my advice to you: stock up now! Buy enough Forever stamps for your invitations, shower thank you’s, bachelorette thank you’s, and even your wedding thank you’s so you can save a few bucks and skip any extra trips to the post office. Plus, costs don’t seem as hard to swallow in wedding planning when they’re spaced out. Once you get closer to the wedding and money feels like it’s flying out the window, you’ll be happy your splurged early! 

3. Address your shower/bachelorette thank you note envelopes prior to the party
I know this sounds crazy, but trust me when I say this was one of the best decisions I ever made. Writing thank you’s is definitely time consuming and to me, half the battle is addressing those puppies. By pre-addressing each envelope in advance, the thank you card process is cut in half and seems a lot less daunting! Plus, it helps to make sure you didn’t miss anyone!

4. Designate a spot in your home for wedding “stuff” and don’t fight it
Yup, weddings come with “stuff”… lots and lots of STUFF. Stuff for your outfit, stuff for his outfit, stuff for the ceremony, stuff for the reception, stuff left over from the shower, stuff that hasn’t been put away from the bachelorette party, stuff for your wedding party, stuff for the rehearsal dinner and even stuff that may or may not make the cut for the big day… (still deciding on that kind of stuff). Regardless of what kind of stuff you’re working with, don’t fight it. Accept all of the stuff and the mess or clutter that stuff brings and don’t fight it! Rest assure that the stuff will eventually find it’s home after the wedding and in the meantime, it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be- piled up in your extra bedroom embarrassing you whenever guests come over. 

5. Be careful picking your invitation envelopes- size is money
Yup, when you are picking invitations, there typically isn’t a disclaimer that says “90% of these invitations costs more than one stamp so don’t buy me”. Although, as far as I’m concerned… there should be!! The size of the invitation (and envelope) is everything. So if you’re on a rookie budget, do your research before you pick your invites and make sure the envelopes don’t require extra postage. (Not a cool wedding surprise for the bride-to-be)

6. Choose your usher carefully
The usher has the hardest, most thankless jobs of the day. Allocating tips, communicating to vendors, passing out ceremony pamphlets with a smile, unrolling the runner, you name it- the ushers are doing it! Make sure you choose carefully and you won’t have to worry about a thing!

7. Make a Pinterest board of photo ideas for your photographer
This will help you and your photographer have a similar vision walking into your day. It’s a great way to identify your own style and expectation for the day while also communicating that same style to the photographer. For extra credit: Make a list of “Must Have”, “Would like to have” and “Don’t need” pictures to share with the photographer as well. 

8. Call all of your vendors to confirm, ask questions, give directions
During the week of your wedding, call ALL of your vendors to personally confirm the details of the big day. Times, directions, addresses, specific tips, questions- cover everything because this may be the only time you actually get to talk to these professionals. (As much as you think you may have time to catch them on your wedding day to give them tips or ask last minute questions- don’t count on it) 

9. Get your engagement ring cleaned before the wedding and don’t wear it until the Rehearsal dinner or wedding
Because who doesn’t want their ring to be extra sparkly on the big day? Your jeweler should be available to do this… hopefully even for FREE! 

10. Perspective is everything. Life goes on after your wedding so make sure you are good to the people around you as you prepare (and they help you prepare) for your big day!
Yes, a wedding is extremely important, but the people in your life after your wedding are far, far more important. Keep this in mind when you’re preparing for your big day. Make sure you make them feel special, appreciated, and honored to be a part of your day…. because when it’s all said & done, it’s all about your new +1 and those important people that made it all possible. 

I hope these random tips help you prepare for your big day just a little more. Whether it’s saving you a few extra bucks, keeping your stress levels a little lower than before, or making you feel just a little less overwhelmed by the endless demands that come with planning a wedding, every little bit helps! Happy planning fellow brides!

Tune in tomorrow to see Bridget’s venue all dressed up for her big day! 
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  1. Katie Mcnamara

    Your tips are dead on! I was married last October and did many of the things you suggested and had such an UNstressful wedding experience! Also, people told me to expect a few things (that no one will ever notice) to go wrong. They did and no one noticed. Congratulations 🙂

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  2. Maribeth Purtle

    Hey Bridget, your wedding decor and venue looked beautifully artistic . I am the hunter of the original vintage glass on your tables ( Aunt Maribeth, Lianes sista) your Playbook ideas are great and very inspiring. Luv ed the bar cart. You rookies would love this old timers house and really , really! really! love the treasures in the basement. Come for tea someday , would love to have you. Keep on junk’in ! Loved the winter white on the gals, Maribeth

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  3. Kevin Morrison

    Congrats Bridget and great tips indeed!! I love your color choice and wedding place. Pinterest and invitation envelop ideas are great. For marriage planning Leonard’s Palazzo’s Banquet Hall Long Island
    offers a prime location and the perfect ambiance for any occasion. –
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    more at: http://www.leonardspalazzo.com

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  1. Katie Mcnamara

    Your tips are dead on! I was married last October and did many of the things you suggested and had such an UNstressful wedding experience! Also, people told me to expect a few things (that no one will ever notice) to go wrong. They did and no one noticed. Congratulations 🙂

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  2. Maribeth Purtle

    Hey Bridget, your wedding decor and venue looked beautifully artistic . I am the hunter of the original vintage glass on your tables ( Aunt Maribeth, Lianes sista) your Playbook ideas are great and very inspiring. Luv ed the bar cart. You rookies would love this old timers house and really , really! really! love the treasures in the basement. Come for tea someday , would love to have you. Keep on junk’in ! Loved the winter white on the gals, Maribeth

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  3. Kevin Morrison

    Congrats Bridget and great tips indeed!! I love your color choice and wedding place. Pinterest and invitation envelop ideas are great. For marriage planning Leonard’s Palazzo’s Banquet Hall Long Island
    offers a prime location and the perfect ambiance for any occasion. –
    See
    more at: http://www.leonardspalazzo.com

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DIY Cake Topper

cake topper

(Disclaimer: If you’re not a current bride, stay tuned! This DIY cake topper can also make one darlin’ book end. Intrigued?)

When I set out looking for a cake topper, I was excited to find a treasure that was unique, meaningful, and within my rookie budget. I didn’t think this mission was going to be too difficult. Boy, was I w.r.o.n.g.

Apparently, cake toppers are EXPENSIVE, a little too cliche for my liking, and not as plentiful as I originally imagined. After some serious searching, I made the commitment to DIY a cake topper. Oh boy…

My guidelines:
1. Affordable… well, let’s be honest here- I really meant cheap.
2. Reflective of our wedding’s theme & meaningful to Matt and me
3. Not very time intensive. (I only had about a week before I had to turn it into our caterer) #oops

That’s when I hit up the local Hobby Lobby.

I simply added this….

….plus this….

…. and then hot glued on this…

…to create…

… this gold and glamorous ampersand. Easy enough, right? (Sorry for the blurry cell-phone pic. This was the exact pic I texted to Casey the night I finished my masterpiece). #proudrookie

Minus the frigid temperatures in my garage when I was trying to spray paint this sucker, the DIY cake topper was easy as pie, or maybe easy as cake would be more fitting?

I submitted the ampersand in to the caterer with two extra strands of pearls I had left over from my tree and held my breath until the big day. Low and behold, this little “&” didn’t let me down.

She was gorgeous, meaningful, and my favorite part… AFFORDABLE! For under $15, we topped off our cake and didn’t break the bank.

If ampersands aren’t your thing, you could use this idea to create the letter of your new last name or a meaningful number? And if you don’t need a cake topper, this gorgeous letter could be placed at the gift table, next to the place cards, used as a photo prop or just placed on your bookshelf to enjoy as a not-so wedding DIY. Wow, who knew a cake topper could be so versatile?!

For all of our fellow brides out there, any other creative DIY cake topper ideas floating around out there? We’d love to hear about them!! 
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Lucky Bridesmaids

LuckyBridesmaids
Remember when I got engaged a few weeks back? Well, my future groom was super creative and incorporated bagpipes into his unforgettable proposal. He clearly knows me too well and knows my love for all things Irish, including him of course.
It only seemed fitting to follow Matt’s creative lead & keep the Irish engagement train rolling by incorporating this “lucky” theme into my bridesmaid proposals. I’m sure you’ve heard it before… but seriously, my team of ladies aren’t just any old bridesmaids; these amazing women make me one lucky lady. I feel so honored to have each of them in my life, and I could NOT wait for my chance to make their St. Patrick’s Day a little luckier with a green surprise filled with lots of love!
how to ask a bridesmaid
Each St. Patrick’s Day surprise came in the form of a March 17th survival kit that included a little note to show them how truly lucky I feel to have them all in my life.
st. patrick's day bridesmaid
I gathered as much green, gold, sparkly, st. Patrick’s day gear that I could find. I mean, you can never have enough Irish gear… right ladies?
Irish bridesmaids
I created these tags to top off each box o’ bridesmaid.
bridesmaid proposal free printable

The tags read… “I am lucky to have you…”

free bridesmaid printable

“Will you make me even luckier & be my Bridesmaid [Maid of Honor]?”. I know I’m a little late… BUT you can get your very own printable version of these tags here!

box 'o bridesmaid

After stuffing as much green goodness into each box as I could…

Irish bride

…these treasures were all set to go! Unfortunately, 2/5 of my team lives out of town.

lucky bridesmaids

I sent those two in the mail and the remaining three?

irish surprise

Well, my favorite leprechaun and I got up really early on St. Patrick’s Day, picked up breakfast to add to the packages and did some good ol’ fashion ding-dong ditching.  #leprechaunsleftasurprise

irish sisters

Thankfully, each Irish lass said yes to the soon-to-be Mrs. O’Matk, and once again, made me one lucky lady!! I mean seriously, how lucky am I to have this gorgeous Irish princess next to me on my big day?

Asking your bridesmaids in a creative way definitely kicks off the wedding DIY projects in a fun way. What creative bridesmaids proposals have you heard of? 
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  1. Jan

    I think your bridesmaids are “lucky” to call you “friend” and “sister”, Bridget! What a creative way to do the “ask”!! Love it!

    Janimal

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  2. Lisa

    LOVED your idea, theme, and package!!! (If only I read the entire thing the first time around ;)) So LUCKY to have you in our lives!!! Can’t wait for the big day 🙂

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    I think your bridesmaids are “lucky” to call you “friend” and “sister”, Bridget! What a creative way to do the “ask”!! Love it!

    Janimal

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  2. Lisa

    LOVED your idea, theme, and package!!! (If only I read the entire thing the first time around ;)) So LUCKY to have you in our lives!!! Can’t wait for the big day 🙂

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