DIY Honeymoon Postcard Keepsake Book


20131020-214101.jpgPostcard Image Source from Etsy Shop Sherdellah.

For our honeymoon we have the pleasure of partaking in the Cloud 9 Adventures organized trip called Mayan Holidaze in Cancun, Mexico. It is amazing because my fiancée loves all the bands and djs [like the Disco Biscuits], I get to eat and drink unlimited amounts, and – most importantly – I get to finally pay my fiancée back for THE INFAMOUS big drunken mess of 2007. At this time in my life I was still figuring out that I can’t drink an obscene amount of alcohol [that is what college is for, right?]. I was visiting him when he lived in NY and he bought us tickets to one of his favorite bands Sound Tribe Sector 9. As soon as we got there I drank way to much and I immediately went missing. He spent the night looking for me and found me in the women’s bathroom crying my eyes out for no other reason than I was drunk. It was one of those rare blackout nights I am not proud of. He missed the entire concert and, as fate would have it, that band will be playing on our honeymoon! Sometimes life just works out.

Back to the adorable honeymoon keepsake… While on your honeymoon, mail yourself a postcard each day with inside jokes and memories from your honeymoon. Then you bind it together when you come home. Yes, completely freaking adorable.

Two different websites have separate techniques, and great tutorials, on how to make this a reality.

Design Sponge shares how to do Japanese Stab Binding. This technique allows you to use papers of different weights and styles. It uses a binding needle and thread to bind pages together.

The other contender is Dream Green DIY using only colorful washi tape. You use the super cute fabric tape to bind together the postcards. It seems so simple with endless creative possibilities and washi tape as the sole item to purchase. Score!

Personally, I think I will try to do the stab binding as I have some knowledge with sewing and it looks a little more stable and durable. The idea is kind of perfect for any vacation, but since our honeymoon is in less than 2 months, it is a the best memento I can ask for.

love, Sarah

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DIY Vintage Inspired Printable Bookplates


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I have been trying to find the perfect bookplate to accompany a favor at our wedding. I have found some amazing bookplates but cannot decide what to do! While I go crazy with bookplates, why don’t you all take a look and see if anything strikes you!

Incase you don’t know what a bookplate is, shame on you. No, my goal is not to scold my readers but a bookplate is simply a label you put on all your books in your personal library. So when friends borrow your books, you can say, “Hey bitch. It has a bookplate on it with my name. Don’t pretend you thought you bought the book.” As you can see, I don’t like loaning out my books. I am a stingy librarian!

Free Bookplate PrintablesBOOKPLATE-DOWNLOAD

Besotted Natural History Bookplate

Besotted Brand Free Bookplates

Besotted Vintage Bookplate

B9Objects Free Bookplates

Benign Objects Vintage Bookplate

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Lunagirl Images Vintage Labels

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Design Sponge Made with Love Bookplate

Just to add a few other options that I love [but I have to pay for], check out this Etst store Oiseaux.  I am also considering buying these from Zazzle because they are very art deco. Do you think some of the free ones are better than this? Please share your opinion! I am stuck.

love, Sarah

Deco Wedding Invitations


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Here is a peak at our wedding invitations! They are from the online retailer Paper Wedding Divas called Deco Dreams. I added the glitter on the main invitation for a little gitz and glam to reflect our Gatsby theme.  Also, note the Gatsby quote on the back of the RSVP card!

I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby

Thank you to my great friend, and skilled photographer, Lauryn Ann for the surprise photograph! Check out her work here.

love, Sarah

How NOT to Buy a Wedding Dress


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Shortcut to this post is: Buy your wedding dress in the store, NOT ONLINE.

I am totally obsessed with BHLDN. If you haven’t looked at this wedding dress store, you are missing out on some awesome eye candy. This dress porn is everything I love: vintage, whimsey, unique, and a huge variety. So, I fell in love with a dress. As you know from this post Part 1 and Part 2, our wedding is themed Great Gatsby. I found a dress called Cyprium Gown and felt the look would totally complement my theme. It was on sale for $600 [originally $1000] and was only running large sizes. I talked to the sales lady, who was super nice, and she suggested I order a size 8 and get it altered. Why the hell not? Don’t all wedding dresses have to get altered anyways? My mom and I went on a limb and just did it! We anxiously waited for it to arrive a week later.

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Cyprium Dress from BHLDN

The packaging was beautiful, the dress bag was so well made, and then we got to the dress. It looked a lot different than online, but was definitely pretty. I took it to our guest bedroom while my fiance and dad waited.

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The beautiful packaging from BHLDN.

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BHLDN Dress Bag.

It just looked so blah on me. It was huge (as expected) but I didn’t get that “feeling” that you are suppose to get when you try on your wedding dress. As you can see from the pictures, trying on a dress in your own house just doesn’t feel very special. I didn’t have a huge mirror to examine the dress and didn’t have the proper tools to fit it to my body. My mom and I decided we would go dress shopping the next day to make sure this was the one. Needless to say, I found my dress that day and promptly returned the online dress. My new dress is very 20’s, was the same price as the online sales dress, and made me cry. Isn’t that how it is suppose to be? If I learned anything from Say Yes To The Dress, Randy likes a crier!

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Cyprium Dress BHLDN on Front View

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Cyprium Dress BHLDN – size 8 is way too big

The moral of the story is: go dress shopping in a store. There is something very ritualistic about this experience that trying on your wedding dress in your home bathroom doesn’t offer. You have a bridal assistant oh-ing and aw-ing over you, the dress is pinned properly to you, guests in the store commenting on how beautiful it looks, and you get to be a bride. If there is anything I have learned through this wedding experience it is that you should embrace the bride moments. You only get to be a bride once and you will be pampering all your friends when they are brides so … enjoy it! Just don’t be an awful bitch.

love, Sarah

Simplify your Wedding with a Little Notebook


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As some of you know, I am planning a wedding! I am continuing my love for old school planners and notebooks with another post about how to keep organized … but with a wedding as the central topic.

If you, or anyone you know, has ever planned a wedding you know how overwhelming all the checklists out in the World Wide Web can feel! I seriously printed one from The Knot and 13 pages later called my fiance and said “OMG Scott, we are so behind on planning! How will we ever do this? We have to catch up! I can’t breath.” To which he replied, “Calm down crazy. We are planning a wedding for about 15 people. We don’t need to do everything it says.” Oh, how wise he is. Yet, when you begin to plan a wedding your mind just goes crazy and you start to think of every possible thing, all the shit that could hit the fan.

How I have managed to keep sane [stressing the word managed because I cannot promise that it will continue to be a true statement] is my mini wedding notebook. Here are the steps to create/use a self made wedding notebook and spend about $1.99 rather than $25 on a book from Barnes and Noble full with stuff you really don’t give a damn about.

  1. Print up various “Wedding Checklists” from online resources. My favorites are from The Knot [link here] and Offbeat Bride [link here].
  2. Take your list(s) and start actually going through them, striking through things that you don’t need/want/already have figured out.
  3. Buy a little notebook from Target like mine. This was in the stationary section for only $1.99.
  4. Break the notebook into different sections by month, leaving plenty of pages in between to add tasks and ideas.
  5. Look at your print out list(s) and start hand writing your tasks by month (i.e. in August I need to order invites. In September I need to finalize ceremony wedding songs). You can add your own as you think of them – this is what the extra pages are for! See image 5 for an example.
  6. After you have given yourself a plan for a few months, turn to the end of your notebook.  Here I created an area where I can work out details, write down confirmation numbers, doodle if needed. See image 6.
  7. Keep it up to date a check off tasks as they are completed!
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Examples of how my wedding notebook looks – Messy but mine!

Another reason why this is such a great tool for me is because I need to be reminded to enjoy the ride and not “blow my load too early and all over the place…” as my friend L so delicately put it. I tend to over do things, so this has allowed me to slowly plan and enjoy the planning process. Whenever I get too ahead of myself, I just imagine sperm all over the ceiling and think, “No. That will not be me.”

love, Sarah