I was so looking forward to the holiday vacation because I knew it meant time away from my desk . . . but not away from the work. Upon my arrival home, my mom and I got right at scouring the holiday sales for the wedding. There are a few key items that we knew we wanted, it was simply a matter of finding the right price.
I knew I wanted some sort of candlelight lining the aisle in our church. We started with Pottery Barn because I love their glass hurricanes and lanterns, however to create the desired effect down the aisle we’d need at least 12 of them—and that got to be rather spendy. To Google! Online we found lantern wholesalers and cheap glass distributors at ¼ of the cost. I spoke with our floral designer and instead of simply using the fixtures down the aisle, we’re also going to use them to light the walkway into the tent. (And this is the part where I ask all of you to cross your fingers for no rain.)
Feeling rather slick with my first purchase, I decided to move on to my bridesmaids’ accessories. I realize the wedding isn't for 6+ months, but I'm a strong advocate of getting things done early that can be done early (since there’s inevitably going to be madness as the wedding gets closer). I’m also crazy about symmetry, so I wanted my bridesmaids to wear matching shoes and jewelry. Zappos has become my best friend, and I spotted a sale on an affordable pair of cute pink peep-toe pumps that I envision popping out from under the navy dresses—adorable. They also complement my white shoes (another post to come), so I clicked away. Free shipping? Glorious. 365-day returns in case a better deal comes along? Even better.
Then it was on to the jewelry. We were on vacation down in Florida and Nordstrom was having a monster sale. Because the neck of my bridesmaid dress is rather detailed, I would like everyone to wear their hair up (I'm not a bridezilla, I swear . . .), so I was in search of matching earrings to add a little sparkle to their attire. I found adorable three-stone drop earrings that are simple, yet timeless . . . exactly the look I was going for . . . and in theme with the weekend, on sale!
I also picked up a few other surprises for my bridesmaids on Etsy, but knowing that they read this blog (or at least they claim to), I'll leave those as a surprise.
Anther major deal was on the site beau-coup.com (a fantastic site for bulk ordering). Because The Fiance and I met on an airplane, we've always wanted to have some sort of travel-themed knickknack at our wedding. I toyed with the idea of wooden airplanes, luggage tags, passports, tickets . . . you name it . . . and I finally decided on a favor. I won't spoil the surprise, yet, but if you've read any of my past inspiration blogs, you probably have a good idea what it was. Nonetheless, everything was 20 percent off, which when ordering a bulk number of items, really makes a difference.
My final major score of the shopping weekend was on theknot.com. As much as I try to resist the urge to check out the merchandise in this store (I'd rather source locally for personalized items if I can), I couldn't ordering a smattering of mini bags as welcome bags for our out-of-town guests. They look like LL Bean bags, but were only $2!! Plus, they're cute, a little something different, and definitely reusable. I'm holding out for something more styling for my bridesmaids, but as wedding favors for our guests in the hotel. . . Done and done.
Major decisions will be made in the next two weeks regarding the honeymoon, the cake, and the decor, so I'll keep you posted. Meantime, happy planning. I know I'm sure having fun.