I still cannot believe this year marks two years of marriage. It still feels like yesterday I was planning all those little details for our April wedding (along with my amazing wedding planner, Jen). From the moment we got engaged, there was a sense of urgency to get everything accomplished all at once. If I could have given myself one bit of advice, it would be to take your time and enjoy the process, be decisive and go with your gut!
After picking our date and venue, the first thing on our checklist was to create our Save the Dates. Since 95% of our guest list was from out of state, we wanted to get our big day on everyones calendars early. A lot of our family happen to be on spring break the week of our wedding, so many of them made a trip out of the weekend. If you have ever been to Scottsdale in April, you know the weather is just about perfect. I knew I wanted to use one of the pictures from our engagement shoot with Elyse Hall, so the first place I looked was Minted. I actually found Minted when creating our holiday cards the year before. The designs were so professional, unique and exactly what I was looking for.
If I could do it all over again, I would use their wedding services to create our entire invitation suite. You can completely customize EVERYTHING. From illustrations to custom maps to color selection, you can make your wedding invitations exactly what you want (and more)!
We have a really exciting/busy year full of weddings! So many of our best friends are getting married and I love being able to help plan the bachelorette parties, wedding showers, and bridal showers. I always go is Minted to find the cutest invites. They have so many fun options and free addressing (major time saver!). When I was searching for invites for my girlfriend’s upcoming bachelorette party, I came across party decor to matched the invites. Think banners, wine glass tags, table runners, and a fun photo backdrop!
We are headed to wine country and the theme of the bachelorette party is Vino Before Vows (I can’t take credit for the cute slogan, but I love it!). The bride-to-be loves pink, so naturally the Modern Marble Party Decor set was my first choice. My favorite part is that you can completely customize the fonts, colors and text on all of the paper goods and decor!
When it comes to planning a bachelorette party, there can be a lot of pressure to make sure everything is perfect. With a few parties under my belt, I have learned how to host a party the bride-to-be will never forget!
A FEW TIPS FOR PLANNING A SUCCESSFUL BACHELORETTE PARTY
When it comes to planning, you really can’t start soon enough! After the bride decides on a date and location, send an email to all of her/your girlfriends with the info. You can send the actual invite a little later, but this way you can estimate the number of girls that will be attending!
This is probably my best advice I can give! For the last three bachelorette parties, we have found some amazing houses to stay at that hold between 10-18 guests! This not only keeps the cost down for the guests, but also is so much fun! Since everyone is in one place, you can stock the fridge (with rosé of course!), decorate and all be together!
MAKE A “TENTATIVE” ITINERARY
Make a plan, but not over plan! I know this is a weird tip, but sometimes plans change and you have to be prepared to go with the flow. Especially with a large group, be sure to make reservations for lunch/dinner. My advice, have a few reservations and make sure everyone is happy with the choice. Remember, you can always cancel.
Plan some goofy games and customize it just for the bride!
If you are a bride-to-be or a bridesmaid, be sure to check out Minted’s wedding collection.
Also, if your curious, here’s our wedding pictures!
xox- a dash of details
*created in collaboration with Minted.