So much has changed when it comes to the old guest book idea! Talk about obsolete. No one ever really looked at that book again anyway! I love seeing the different ideas my customers have used instead of a book.
One of my favorites is the photo I’ve included of a bench. My bride’s fiance made this bench…..knowing they were planning to buy a house and wanted a swing on the porch. They had their guests sign the bench and then he sealed it. Love it!
When my son, Zack and his wife, Kaysha were married, I bought them a platter. Guests signed the platter and then it was put in the oven to cure. They can hang it on the wall and use it for holidays for the roast, turkey or whatever!
I’ve also had one bride who’s grandmother was a quilter. She made them a quilt using 4″ blocks. Every other block was ivory and the other block colors matched their wedding colors. Each guest wrote on the ivory block with a special fabric pen. The blocks are then ironed to seal the ink. That is such a memorable item to have and use!
Pinterest has so many ideas that you can look up. Whatever you decide to do, remember it’s especially nice if you can see it and perhaps use it, like the bench, quilt or platter.
It’s your big wedding day! It’s an exciting day…but now you have dropped the push back post to one of your earrings on the floor…and you just can’t find it! Problem? No it’s not…because you have downloaded my Wedding Day Emergency Kit and you have spares in your kit! Whew…aren’t you glad you had that packed?
I have had this list on my website for years…and have added many items as I think of or read about them. Then I came across this idea and thought….wow…what a great way to stay organized. And a tackle box is so inexpensive!
Before your big day check out my list to the right of this blog, Magnolia Court Emergency List. There are just too many items to list here.!
Remember….some of these items you may not feel you need, because they just don’t pertain to you or your wedding party. Just leave those items out. But I promise you…this list is very important!
Especially the first item….DON’T FORGET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE!
Photo by Bryan Blon Photography
So you’ve planned your wedding budget. That’s a good thing. But remember the fifty dollars spent here or a hundred dollars there…..that you didn’t figure into your budget….adds up!
Let’s talk about “your look” for the day. Make sure to add everything into your budget for “your look”. Take into consideration not just the dress……remember to add all of the other expenses that come into play.
Let’s just say you decided on $1500….that doesn’t mean you can buy a $1500 dress….there is tax to consider. What if you ordered it instead….there will be shipping costs involved.
And don’t forget the alterations! Many of my customers are surprised with how much alterations cost! And then you need to figure in your undergarments, nails, pedicure and jewelry as well.
Are you having your hair done by a stylist? If so, this cost needs to figure into your budget as well. And speaking of hair….what about your veil….that can be costly….so make sure to figure that into your budget.
And of course your shoes are very important! Try to stay away from buying shoes that are marketed as “bridal shoes”….instead buy a nice pair of pumps or sandals that you know you will wear in the future. Your comfort should be your only real concern…you want to enjoy your day…hurting feet will not be fun!
My son, Zack, met and married a wonderful girl, Kaysha, who had a daughter, Jenna, then four. ( Oh, my…she just turned 13 this year and now they have two children of their own, Addison and Molly…how time flies!)
When Zack and Kaysha got engaged, Jenna would say, “we’re getting married”. After Zack and Kaysha exchanged vows and the rings, Zack bent down to Jenna, who was standing next to her mom, and put a ring on Jenna’s finger too! Jenna was so excited and surprised. It was very touching to watch as Jenna was included in this very special way. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the reception hall…it was a surprise for everyone….including me!
Remember, when you are getting married and there are children, to include them in some kind of way. This is a special and big day for you, as well as for them.