RSVP Cards A Thing Of The Past?

It’s a typical day you get off work, pick up the kids, maybe run to the grocery store you come home and before pulling into your driveway you check the mail- Junk, junk, bill, oh wedding invite! You quickly pull into the driveway and put the mail you’ve collected in your designated mail pile on the counter. Then your evening turns into your daily afternoon routine and the next thing you know weeks have passed before finally opening and actually reading the invite you received. You put it on the fridge and go about your life. Next thing  you know its 2 weeks before the wedding and you haven’t filled out that RSVP card saying you’re coming. Surely the bride and groom know you’re coming right? I mean after-all you’re family or close co-workers and you’ve spoken to them about the wedding, you’ve talked to them on the phone about details, but you forgot that one thing – mailing the dang RSVP card back!

The point of that story is – Life gets in the way and yes maybe we as humans shouldn’t be THAT busy where we can’t even get to the mailbox but it happens, it happens all the time. There has to be a better way right? I know I’m not the inventor of the alternative RSVP card but I’m here to bring awareness that there are other options.

Ideas that make the process easier for you and them:

  • Set up an email specifically for RSVPs – quick and easy set up and you’ll still have a ‘paper trail’ of everyone who said they were or weren’t coming.
  • Add your phone number with a simple line that says text or call us if you’re coming!
  • Add your wedding planner or designated person’s phone number to the invite – this way it’s one less thing you have to worry about while still getting your headcount.

Not only will this make it easier for your guest to say their coming but this will also save you time and money since you don’t have to buy postage, another envelope, and address another card for them to maybe send back.

So, are RSVP cards going to be a thing of the past? I would love to hear your opinion on this, leave comments below!

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Themed Engagement Photos

Hey guys! I just wanted to share some ideas and tips when taking engagement photos. My husband and I over the years of dating had many photos taken together so I knew I wanted my engagement photos to be something fun and different. I looked all over Pinterest and decided to do this “Old-Timey” “Retro” if you will- themed photo shoot. So I got together my ideas and went shopping. The end result turned out better than I could’ve hope, to me the theme has a whole ‘The Notebook’ feel to it.

Here I’ve compiled a list of themed photo shoots you could do:

Vintage Themed (20’s, 60’s, 80’s, whatever era fits you guys)

Movie Themed (Masterminds, The Notebook, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)

Sports Themed (Jerseys, football, golf, baseball, stadiums)

Disney Themed  (UP, Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast,)

Carnival Themed (Ferris wheels, cotton candy, stuffed animals, candy apples)

Music Themed (Guitars, banjos, pianos, music sheets, dancing)

Country Themed (Camo, hunting, fishing, boots, fields)

Big City Themed (Classy, tall buildings, taxis)

Star Wars Themed (Jedi masks, lightsabers)

Woodland Themed (Trees, suspenders, plaid, blankets, fire pit)

Lifestyle Themed (At home, in the car, everyday life happenings)

Whatever you choose to do it make it yours and have fun with it! If you’re still not sure what to do but still want to do something unique for your engagement photos, ask your photographer. Likely chances they have some ideas that they have been wanting to do for a while just haven’t had the chance or the models to do it yet.

My dress: Goodwill (tied with a red hair ribbon around waist)

My Shoes: Goodwill

His Suspenders: Belk

His Hat: Belk

Location: This is in my hometown – this sweet older couple ‘general store’ / gas station / and cars all next to their house. They do allow photos to be taken there but mainly use their space for when their car club gets together.

Photos Taken by: Storyteller Photography (http://yourstorytellerphotography.com/#!/HOME)

Note: These photos were scanned so quality is low.

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Tips for Planning A Short Engagement

A little backstory for you guys. I got engaged on June 4, 2015 and was happily married by October 16, 2015… Yes you read that right only FOUR MONTHS! Here are a couple tips I learned along the way.

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6 Months

  • Announce Engagement- Whether it’s a clever social media post or a phone call, let the people know you’re engaged!
  • Choose Venue & Date- Venues are usually booked months in advanced so this is important to get done as soon as possible. With a short engagement it’s good to keep an open mind when picking a date. I got married on a Friday!

*Note the venue I chose was a life saver for my short engagement- a stock room full of decor, speakers, silverware, drink ware, plates, chairs, lights, you name it they had it. May have been a little more pricey but totally worth it.

  • Book Photographer- Much like the Venue photographers are booked months in advanced so do your research and call them asap.
  • Book Caterer- Again caterers are booked months in advanced so it’s a good idea to get ahead here. The great thing is on the first phone call you don’t have to know exactly how many people just a rough estimation.
  • Choose Wedding Party- Get your gals and guys together! Ask them in a cute way or just talk to them over dinner more than likely they knew the moment you were engaged they were going to be a part of your big day #BFFS

5 Months

  • Buy Wedding Gown- Who knew a dress could take months to arrive and when it does arrive a couple of more weeks to alter it. So get your group together and try on some dresses!
  • Order Bridesmaid Gowns- Much like the wedding dress these things take time to order and alter. It’s not a bad idea to just go ahead and pick these out the day you purchase your wedding dress.
  • Book Florist- You may be “DIY-ing” this one – but either way get an idea of what flowers will be in season and what you want your bouquets, boutonnieres, center pieces, etc to look like.
  • Book Wedding Cake- Find a local baker or bakery and show them samples of what you want your cake to look like, if they offer different flavors be sure to take the time to taste test them. Don’t forget your wedding cake topper!

4 Months

  • Start Guest List- Figure out who you want to invite to your wedding day. I had a rule that if I haven’t spoke to them in the past 4 months they weren’t invited.
  • Find Addresses for Guest- This comes a long with starting your guest list. It’s harder than you think finding addresses for people – some I googled, some I just messaged and said ‘Hey what’s your address”, and others I just handed out.
  • Figure Out Any DIY Projects- Saw a cute centerpiece on Pinterest that you fell in love with? Get to work on it. Buy your supplies or get one of your bridesmaids to help you out on this. The sooner the better!
  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner- If your into traditions this would be the Mother of the Grooms job but you still have to help the lady out. Tell her what type of food, if you want it casual, formal, etc.

3 Months

  • Order Extras- Want a cute personalized guest book? Wedding Favors? Bride and Groom signs? Order them now. I found everything I wanted via Etsy.com
  • Plan Honeymoon- Book that honeymoon! Do your research find the perfect get-away destination and book that baby!

*We ended up going on a totally unplanned road-trip which was a total blast!

  • Order Groomsmen Attire- The men’s tuxes or whatever you end up doing is a little more laid back than the women’s. So get those men styling and profilin!

*I rented tuxes from menswarehouse.com supereasy for our groomsmen that lived out of town.

  • Register for Gifts- Get that wedding registry together! No you don’t have to walk around aimlessly in a store with a scanner. Most retail stores have the option where you can do it online! (target.com, walmart.com, bedbathandbeyond.com)

*I did all mine from the comfort of my couch which made it seem less of a hassle because I could take my time and change my mind as many times as I wanted.

2 Months

  • Send out Invitations- Get those bad boys in the mailbox. I live in a small town so I handed a lot of mine out which saved on postage.
  • Book Hair Dresser- Book your hair dresser for your wedding date. Let her know whose hair she will be doing that day and what time the wedding is.

*I’ve gone to the same hairdresser for years.. she did my hair, my mothers, and mother-in-laws. I let all my bridesmaids do their own hair. As far as make up I did my own as well as everyone else did. (Saved money)

  • Final Dress Fitting- By now your dress has arrived and will need to be fitted again after alterations. Don’t forget your shoes!
  • Attend Wedding Shower- Sit back and enjoy your event. Wedding showers can happen anytime but 2 months is a good timeline for these festivities.
  • Start DIY Projects- You know those supplies and ideas you gathered a couple of months ago? Start and finish those bad boys!

1 Month

  • Figure Final Guest Count- Hopefully you have gotten your RSVP’s by now and can start getting a final count of the number of guest that will be attending. Let your caterer and venue know the final count.

*Seriously who sends those pesky RSVP cards back? I had an email account set up and on my invitations had printed “Email us if you’re coming” so much easier than mailing back a card!

  • Confirm Time and Date with Vendors- Make sure your vendors know what time they need to be there and where.
  • Get Marriage License- Go to your local courthouse with your birth certificate, driver’s license, social security number, and proof of residence in hand.
  • Pick Out Music- Whoa what? Yes pick out the songs you want during the whole sha-bang! That means the music your wedding the parents walk down to, the wedding party walks down the aisle to, the song you want to walk down to, the exit song, your first dance song, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, and any music you want playing at your reception!

2 Weeks

  • Figure Out Hair and Make Up Style- Pinterest is a great resource. Send your hairdresser some pics before the big day of some of the styles you like.
  • Cut/Color Hair- Speaking of hair, get those roots covered up, get your grooms hair cut, your hair cut, whatever else hair situations you have now is the time to get them taken care of.
  • Pick up Groomsmen Attire- If you’re like me and rented your tuxes now is the time to pick them up. Remind your groomsmen to run by the store or pick them up for them.
  • Whiten Teeth- Photos, photos everywhere in every direction. Make sure that smile is pearly white and ready to shine. I’ve always just used Crest White Strips.
  • Steam Dress- Your dress at this point has been in a bag for a little while hiding from your groom in some closet. Get it out and make sure it’s wrinkle free.

1 Day

  • Manicure/Pedicure- TREAT YO’SELF. Seriously relax and get your nails done because you know those ring pictures are coming.
  • Enjoy Rehearsal Dinner- Go through the motions of the big day, eat some food, and enjoy time spent with friends and family.
  • Get Packed for The Big Day- Spend your evening making sure you have what you want for tomorrow. (Rings, accessories, dress, shoes, make-up, etc)
  • RELAX- You’ve made it tomorrow is the day, enjoy the evening whatever you end up doing.

Wedding Day

  • Drink Water- Stay hydrated!
  • Eat Something- This is easier said then done. You’re feeling all these emotions and the last thing you want to do is eat but EAT!
  • Hair/Makeup- Get glammed up!
  • Finalize Decorations- Before slipping into your dress walk to your ceremony area/reception area and make sure everything is where you want it.
  • Enjoy the Day- Take time to enjoy it. It flies by so quickly, slow down, and really enjoy the moments happening.
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