WEDDING OBSESSION | Rustic + Vintage + Lace + Floral + Birch Wedding Invitations & Accessories | For Love Polka Dots

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I’m a big fan of insanely personalized weddings.  The kind where everything’s really specific to the couple’s taste, where each detail has been meticulously thought out and decided upon.  I certainly wouldn’t wanna do the work of course – I just like seeing the fruits of others’ labor.  Of course, no one really wants to do the work.  And DIY’ing that ish is paaaiiinful.  It always takes so much more money and effort and time than you anticipate.  So when you’re really into meticulously thought-out details, like I am, but you’re short on patience, it’s companies like For Love Polka Dots that REALLY come in handy. Here are just a few of my favorite things that they create:

this particular rustic wedding invitation suite

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(you can view their entire rustic selection here)

this birch bark guest book

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(their selection of wedding guest books is like UNPARALLELED)

this lovely vintage lace wedding invitation suite

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their WHOLE SELECTION of adorable baskets, pillows and shoes, including this cute shabby chic duo right here..

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The team at For Love Polka Dots is crazy talented, and wants to provide couples with something not only unique, but expertly handmade and well-crafted.  They consider their ideal client someone who’s “tired of the typical wedding printing” you so often see out there.  That pretty much describes me, and I’m thinking it describes a lot of you guys, too.  Definitely adore that they make all their invitations by hand, and are deeply concerned with the satisfaction of their clients.  Obviously that’s pretty key to a good experience and happy results.

They exist on facebook, too, if you’re looking for more inspiration!

Ok, SO – do you love this whole rustic vintage lace chic thing as much as I still do?  I really cannot get enough.  Makes me pretty excited that I haven’t even planned out my wedding yet (yes I know I’m taking FOREVER, LAY OFF).

xo,

Alison

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I’M PREGNANT… + PRETTY SHEER, LACE DRESSES | Claire Pettibone’s Romantique Collection + No, Seriously, I’m Pushing a Baby Out My Vag Soon. (Even Though My Doctor Wants Me To Have a C-Section.)

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Hey everyone!

So Wednesday I went to Claire Pettibone‘s runway show for her new Romantique collection.  I bout died.

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Anyways not much to say other than THESE ARE AFFORDABLE DRESSES Y’ALL.  LIKE, I CAN ACTUALLY BUY ONE AND WEAR IT.

But before I get into it– remember this?  Well I want to expand on that news I sort of nonchalantly dropped in the title.  I am like a zillion months pregnant.  Just thought I’d tell you?  Sorry that I’m just now getting up the balls to announce it.  I’m {Continue reading…}

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STATIONERY | Chalkboard, vintage, floral, you name it… when it comes to weddings, Zazzle gets it.

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Here’s the thing about Zazzle, I love it.  This may sound weird but I visit the site several times a week – it’s addictive.  There’s just so much to ogle and you can get really creative.

Did you know they have wedding stationery there?  They do.  But not just any old wedding stationery.

PRETTY stuff.

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Pretty stuff you can fully customize on the site.  In real time.

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And it’s not just stationery, oh no.  They have like EVERYTHING else you could possibly need; menus, paper napkins, seating charts, stickers!, place cards, their infamous personalized postage stamps of course, even wedding gifts if you’re not the ones getting married.  To make things even more fun, they have all this stuff organized by style.  So if you love the vintage look, they’ve got you covered.  Same goes for the modern-loving couple.  The rustic section is crazy popular right now.  I’m also loving the floral and beach themed sections.  With Zazzle you can choose from innumerable designs all created by professional designers – and all of this at unbeatable prices.  <== why I love it so much.

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Details matter, this is undeniable.  And I’m digging the details you can achieve here, people.  Their coordinated suites make for some stellar eye candy for your guests to eat up, from the moment they receive your invitation in the mail to the moment they sit down for dinner on your wedding day.  Who doesn’t love that?

Affordable and beautiful = ideal in my book.  I don’t think any of you would argue with me on that, but I could be wrong.  Fairly sure I’m not wrong though. :)

xo, Alison

Pictured: Photo Peach and Mint Wedding Typography Wedding Invitation / Sweet Floral Wedding Invitation / Vintage Floral Wedding Invitation / Chalkboard, clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 

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GIVEAWAY | Win a brand new smile + wedding photography package, with Invisalign!

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Every once in a while something comes along that I swear is made just for me.  Like when they made the Real Housewives shows.  And sleeping.  And coffee.

Today that something is the miracle-working teeth-straightening product we all know and love, Invisalign®, and I’ve decided to partner with them here on The Knotty Bride so I can spread the good word to all you brides out there potentially stressing over your smile.  Because when you’re confident in your smile, you don’t think twice about smiling and having fun while people are taking your picture.

Now if you’re not already stressing over your smile please don’t let me go and get you started stressing over your smile.  You do YOU.  But if you are like me, and smiling is fun, you like it, and you want to do it on your wedding day without worrying about how those few crooked teeth you’ve sort of always been insecure about are going to look in the one million bajillion photos you’re bound to take on your wedding day… all of which you anticipate rejecting outright thanks to your mouth situation… then this product is for you.

Invisalign is awesome because it’s discreet while it’s working AND it starts showing results in just a matter of months; I mention that because the photo opps and parties start pretty soon after you get engaged and kind of don’t stop – engagement party, engagement shoot, bridal shower, bachelorette party – so it’s not like you have a ton of time to get things straightened out, face-wise.  With Invisalign you can go confidently into that engagement session without a worry about the pictures not turning out great.  If you’re someone who’s not in love with your mouth situation right now, you get how key this is.

According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 92% of brides said a smile is the most important wedding day accessory.  That’s telling.  So I figured, why not launch a massive Invisalign prize package today on the blog?

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You read correctly.  In addition to the free Invisalign treatment and a wedding photography package valued at $8500, four runner ups will win a $250 American Express gift card!

So.  Anyone want to win a new and improved smile from Invisalign?

Here’s how to enter the Invisalign Smile Ever After Pin to Win Sweepstakes:

  1. Visit Invisalign on Facebook to start your entry
  2. Follow @Invisalign on Pinterest
  3. Check out Invisalign’s wedding planning tips and other inspiration pins on the Smile Ever After Pinterest board and then repin to one of your boards and you are entered to win!

Best of luck!

xo, Alison

This post is sponsored by Invisalign.

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BRIDAL BEAUTY | Look + FEEL Better with the Best Natural Cleanse I’ve Found, Y’all.

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If you guys know me, you know I’m not a big fan of fad diets and cleanses.  Unless they work.  And it’s a mega bonus if they’re gluten free (gluten is BAAAAD, whether or not you’re allergic to it).  Soy and caffeine free = even better.  So that’s why, today, we’re gonna talk about Kaeng Raeng.  Because it works.

I like things that work, especially when they’re HEALTHY and make your colon happier.  There is literally nothing not to love about that.

I have to say, I’ve always been wary of trying out a cleanse – everything out there seems so unhealthy.  Just the idea of “cleansing” my body shouldn’t feel unhealthy to me.  This is why I’m a Kaeng Raeng fan; there are three all-natural flavors and each contains an ounce of freeze dried fruit (legitimate real fruit – I feel like I have to say that in this age of food fakeness), plus other important healthy components like protein, fiber and everything you’d typically get from your likely synthetic daily vitamin.

It’s pretty easy, too.  Drink three pouches per day (in addition to a healthy diet, ideally a raw vegan diet but I’m not your mom).  You mix the pouches with plain water, or you can make it interesting with some frozen fruit and ice <== smoothie time!

Recently, Kaeng Raeng launched Kaeng Raeng Bride.  These bridal packages are discounted cleanse packages made especially for the bride, the bridal party, even the happy couple.  I love a good discount and I imagine I’m not alone in this.  You can take a look at these packages (and the pretty significant savings) here.

I do want to note that if you check out Kaeng Raeng‘s reviews on the interwebs you’ll see people really rave about this cleanse.  Even Lauren Conrad is a fan.  I wouldn’t be sharing it with you if I didn’t think it was worth your while.  Duh.

Have you considered a cleanse?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.  I used to be super frightened of cleanses but this one took the fear away!

xo, Alison

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MARKEL EVENT INSURANCE | No one really talks about it, but wedding insurance is kind of a necessity…

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Think about it.  Instead of a down payment on your home, or a brand new car, or maybe that fabulously expensive piece of jewelry you’ve been coveting for a while, you’ve decided to spend a s**t-ton of your hard-earned cash on one single day of celebration – your wedding day.  Congratulations!  People do it every day without batting an eye.  But here’s my question: have you considered protecting that day the way you would all those other fantastically expensive things?

If not – why not?  You insure your home.  You insure your car.  You’d insure your jewelry.  Your wedding day is no different; it’s just another huge expense that can go horribly, horribly wrong… in seconds, and through no fault of your own.  That’s why we’re taking a moment today to talk about Markel Event Insurance.

Unfortunately, wedding insurance is something most don’t consider.   I DO NOT GET THIS.  Well maybe I do get this – it’s not something we normally talk about when we talk about our weddings.  It’s boring, and it’s not all that intuitive.  But that’s a definite shame, because we’ve ALL heard the horror stories.  Even the most calculating, think-of-everything brides fall prey to completely random and wholly unpreventable emergencies.  And then what?  What does one do?  Nothing.  There’s nothing you can do when something crappy happens.  And I’ve seen and heard about this exact thing happening to too many brides, in my opinion, for me *not* to talk about this today.

Let’s get more specific.  With Markel Event Insurance, you can be reimbursed for any non-refundable deposits you may have, in case you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, like:

-       vendor bankruptcy

-       extreme weather (think hurricane)

-       military deployment

-       an accident or illness to the bride or groom, or one of their immediate family members

-       vendor no-shows

So trust me, and decide to protect one of the most important days – and investments – in your life with Markel Event Insurance.  Once you’ve taken care of that, you can feel free to rest easy as the big day approaches.  Because that’s the point.  Well, the point is to get your money back if something you can’t control goes wrong.  BUT- the other point is to give you the peace of mind that having insurance provides.  And who doesn’t benefit from a little peace of mind when it comes to one’s wedding day, eh?  (That’s a trick question.  EVERYONE.  No one is exempt from desperately needing peace of mind when it comes to wedding planning.  Just ask anyone you knew, EVER, who has planned a wedding.)

By the way, Markel also offers Wedding Liability Insurance.  Why is this important, you ask?  I’m glad you asked that.  Because you’d be surprised how many venues require such a thing these days.  At weddings people drink.  And then they go home.  Usually not by flying through the air on wings.  And unless you’re Moneybags McGee, you may not be providing them with a limo to and from the venue/hotel.  Take a moment to think about that, and what could potentially happen in that kind of situation.  Wedding Liability Insurance COVERS your liability due to guest-related accidents during and even immediately following your wedding.  Because paying the hospital bills for someone’s accident is the last thing you need to worry about on your special day.

Hopefully I’ve convinced you of the importance of getting wedding insurance, because I am dead serious about this.  It’s obviously your call, but it’s something I find uniquely important, and I want to encourage you to do things that I find important.  It’s kind of my job.  You can click here to get an instant quote for your wedding on Markel’s site or give them a call at 1-855-480-9757 to find out why wedding insurance is such a necessary thing to have.  And may I note: plans start at just $75, you guys.  It’s more affordable than you’re probably thinking.  Best part.

xo, Alison

You’re reading MARKEL EVENT INSURANCE | No one really talks about it, but wedding insurance is kind of a necessity… originally posted on The Knotty Bride



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LETTERPRESS STATIONERY + 25% OFF CODE! | Invitations By Dawn

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Here’s the thing about letterpress: I LOVE IT.

Do you guys love it, too?

Today I’m bringing you guys a special deal from one of the leading letterpress invitation makers in the industry – Invitations By Dawn – that may prove hard to resist once you comprehend how significant the discount is.  High kick, woot!

Here is one reason I like Invitations By Dawn:

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Here is another reason:

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But you probably want to hear some more specific reasons, here they are:

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But seriously folks, here’s the deal.  Invitations By Dawn has game.  They’ve been doing this whole wedding invitation thing for more than 30 years, and they get what the words stylish, chic, tasteful, fun and pretty mean, when it comes to crafting the perfect invite.  They’re also not afraid to be trendy, BUT- in the prettiest way possible.  That’s not something I can say for every invitation company that comes my way.  (And that’s why I don’t talk much about invitation companies.)  This one just has my heart.  The designs they offer are exclusive to Invitations By Dawn by the way; you won’t find them anywhere else, and they’re pretty much completely customizable.  They’re also printed on 100% cotton, heavyweight paper, making the quality ahh-mazing.

Also, NEON ANYONE?

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It is difficult to deny how fun neon-anything still is.  Just look at the invitation above and it’s easy to see why I am obsessed with this trend!

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Ok now here’s that special offer I mentioned: Invitations By Dawn is giving Knotty Bride readers 25% off your wedding invitations, with the code KNOTTY25.  YEAH!  This offer includes their premium collections, by the way, like Letterpress and Foil-Stamped (it excludes Disney Invitations, fyi).  The offer remains valid through 8/31/14, so probably hop to it if you’re interested.

Hope you dig!  Aren’t they pretty?  DEAR GOD I LOVE ME SOME LETTERPRESS.

xo, Alison



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DESTINATION WEDDINGS | 5 of My Favorite Knockout Wedding Venues for an Intimate Beach Wedding

I don’t know about you but I’m a HUGE FAN of a little thing called the destination wedding, for so many reasons.  Usually it involves a location that has sand and warm water nearby.  Usually it means you don’t have to invite as many people as your mom and in-laws would like you to invite.  And usually it means backdrops that will make your pictures more mind-blowing than you ever could have imagined in your wildest dreams.

A destination wedding is my personal favorite type of wedding, mainly because I haven’t had a vacation in way too long and I want anyone reading this to have one and invite me.  Just kidding, not really.  But anyway – today I’m sharing five intimate destination wedding locations that are so eye-poppingly gorgeous they’ll make your eyes bleed (in a good way) (ok I don’t think eyes bleeding can ever be a good thing but YOU GET ME).

(Quick note: you can check out a ton of intimate wedding setups over at DestinationWeddings.com right now, if you’d rather just get on with it.  They let you browse resorts by inspiration categories!)

El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Maroma Beach is where it’s at.  If you don’t trust me just ask the Travel Channel, which ranked it one of the top ten best in the world.  For your wedding it’s quite perfect because it’s got these super unique thatched huts (read: palapas) where you can have a wonderfully intimate beach ceremony that everyone you know will likely want to replicate the moment they get engaged.  Only reason to avoid this location is if you don’t want to deal with jealousy and copycat weddings in your family. :)

Did I mention the suites at this resort have SWIM-UP ACCESS and a little something called INFINITY POOLS???  I believe I’ve sold you on this location, moving along…

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Gran Caribe Real – Cancun, Mexico

Tell me, do floor to ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of the Mexican Caribbean appeal to you, when you imagine your wedding ceremony?  Then you’ll love the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” Oceanfront Catholic Chapel.  Obviously this spot is right on point for the couple seeking a lovely religious ceremony.  The religious among us deserve a gorgeous setting (and backdrop for photos) on their wedding day, and that can be hard to find for this set.  That’s why I love this location.

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Isla Mujeres Palace – Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres Palace is for you if what you desire is a small and private occasion.  It’s not touristy here; there’s a really amazing small town vibe going on and many of the beaches are untouched.  Who doesn’t LOVE THAT?

I’d like to note that the setup at Isla Mujeres Palace was literally made for your intimate beach wedding – it was custom built for just these types of occasions – and the pictures you’ll get, exchanging vows under a gauzy canopy pocketed by palm trees, will be the kinds of pictures you return to again and again for years to come.  You guys know how I feel – pictures are everything.  (Aside from the love you share of course.)

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Couples Tower Isle – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

First of all, Jamaica.  Second of all, WE’RE TALKING JAMAICA, PEOPLE.  But I’ll try to be more specific about why I think you should have your wedding there – privacy.  If privacy is important to you as a couple, then you should very seriously consider this location for your wedding.  You and your honey can wed on the property’s secluded island – and it can be as private as just the two of you, or you can throw in some close friends/relatives.  One thing I can tell you for sure is I’ve never heard a couple complain that they regretted having a really private wedding.  So there’s some food for thought.

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Dreams Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico

So I can’t say enough good things about Los Cabos, that’s the honest truth.  I was there recently and my goodness the weather was perfection. <== this is very important to me, and usually determines my like/dislike for a place.  So there’s that.

Los Cabos is pretty well known for things like its celebrity crowd, its breathtaking mountain views and its killer spas.  But what I’d like to make you more aware of is its truly lovely gazebo beach garden setup – the thing is so perfect for an intimate sunset ceremony, you guys.  I cannot recommend it enough.

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What do you think of the concept of a destination wedding?  Any of you had one, or are planning to have one?  Lemme hear your thoughts :)

Alison



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DIY ON A BUDGET: Bright, Glowy Light-Up Letters! | A Tutorial By Kindred

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Hi lovely readers!

Today we’re sharing a DIY that requires *drumroll*… fake greens!  Eeek!  What would invoke such a thing?!  Well, clearly, we’re usually the #1 advocates for using fresh greens whenever possible… but occasionally, just occasionally, fake greens’ll do the trick.  In this case, it’s for what could be a more permanent fixture… a piece to hang over the bed, over the guest signing table, in front of the wedding party reception table (yes, those last two weren’t necessarily permanent but they can then be reused!).  Of course, if you prefer, you can also do this with real greens, but for all you who are looking for a DIY that might last a little over a week, this one’s for you ;) {Continue reading…}

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Design Your Dream Engagement & Wedding Rings with Joseph Jewelry!

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There’s this myth out there that since birth every girl’s been dreaming of her wedding, her engagement ring, her future babies and of course the person she’ll be getting all that from and doing all that with.  Now I don’t know about you, but I never fell into that category (and I felt like a full-on weirdo for a long time, not falling into that category, since that’s what a real girl is according to every single advertisement I’ve ever seen made about women).  These days, I finally know we’re all different and I’m not some crazy exception.  We all dream – or don’t dream – of very different things, and that’s fine.  But one thing’s for sure…

Whether or not you’ve grown up dreaming of the ring your beloved would eventually place on your finger, I’d like to bet that the *specifics* of that ring have been very well thought out.

Case in point.  A friend of mine got engaged a couple of weeks ago.  Almost everything went perfectly.  She loves the man who did it.  She loves the way he did it.  She’s a private person and didn’t see herself being able to express her true emotions in that moment if he’d done it in front of a crowd or their families; knowing this about her he dressed up in a three piece suit and proposed to her in the middle of their living room.  She even loves how quickly he did it – they’ve been dating for four months (courting one another at a little macaron shop in NYC for six months before that – I know, HOW ROMANTIC).

But there’s one thing that… if she’s honest… she hates about what went down.

The ring.

Designing your own ring is probably the one thing that I suspect every one of us would ultimately choose to do, if we were given the choice.  You’re going to be wearing that thing presumably for the rest of your natural life.  You should at least like looking at it, AMIRITE?

So, one of my favorite jewelers to hit up for just this purpose?  Joseph Jewelry.

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Joseph Jewelry is located in the Seattle and Bellevue area where you can drop in to start up a design with one of their artisans or, if you’re not in the northwest, you can work with a designer online to create your custom piece(s) using their website.  They’re all about pleasing you, design-wise; you can customize one of their already existing pieces to make it more you, or you can work with a designer to build your own special design from scratch!  If you’re a purest and want your partner to handle the design based off of pointers from you, that’s easy too.  These designers seriously know what they’re doing.  By the way, they also offer engravings (I love me some engravings), both machine and hand engravings, and they’re done by a master hand engraver they have on staff.

You guys, I die over the designs they share online.  And I am someone who is ferociously against using the phrase “I die.”  So you have to see them.  I can easily spend an irresponsible amount of time browsing their engagement ring section, and I’ve already got a ring of my own, so yeah.

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SEE, I WASN’T KIDDING.

Peace and love peace and love,

Alison

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Affordable Wedding Invitations You’ll Actually Like | Ann’s Bridal Bargains | BONUS: Discount Code Inside!

Everybody knows it.  But nobody’s talking about it.  Wedding invitations have gotten pretty crazy expensive these days.

I’m sure you’ve noticed; it is RIDICULOUS what you can end up spending on something as simple as PAPER.  It’s like, ungodly.  So – what do you do when you’re sensible, meaning you don’t want to blow your budget on invitation paper, BUT- you’d like to be able to send something out to your guests that doesn’t scream that you a) have terrible taste and/or b) are incredibly cheap?  Today’s answer is Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains specializes in discount wedding invitations and accessories that aim to fit a couple’s style and vision for their wedding day.  They understand how quickly and easily wedding expenses can add up, and they get that today’s couples are focused on making their wedding day an expression of who they are.  They want you to know that it really is possible to stay on budget AND plan a wedding that’s uniquely you.

Now.  We may be calling these “cheap wedding invitations” but there’s really nothing cheap about them.  Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if it’s not printed and presented on the right kind of paper – Ann’s Bridal Bargains actually gets this.  So you get to select from a bunch of different paper options, and they offer free samples so you can see the things before you purchase them!  WINNING!  (I’m bringing back winning.)

Here are some selections from their rustic section I thought I’d show you:

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You can see more of their rustic invitation selection here (this’ll take you to their site, where you can peep the whole rustic enchilada; for the wider selection view all invites, and other cool stuff).

Invitations are a personal thing.  You start out innocently enough wanting to get the perfect invite to fit your party, but then realize that if you’re not making it yourself, you’re likely going to have to spend some crazy amounts of dough to get the things made.  Like today I went out to get some invitations for a party for just 20 people and customization was going to bring it to around $100.  Think about that.  And there are better places to spend crazy dough, you guys.  Like on food.  Like on photography.  Like on cinematography.  Like on your dress.  If you ask me, it simply doesn’t make sense to spend exorbitant amounts of moola (unless you hit the lottery recently, or come from money, or elaborate costly invitations give you LIFE, or you want to live fast and die young <– the only exceptions) on a piece of paper that people will put on their fridge for a few days before marking your wedding date in their calendars and throwing the piece of paper away (right after they’ve used it to scoop up a dead spider they just swatted – I have done this, I’m sorry).

Invitations serve a specific purpose: informing the recipient of the date of your wedding.  Let them be just that.

A special offer for our readers – Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code KNOTTY15. That’s a deal on top of a bargain! Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

Little note: I have some BIG news coming up, that I’m finally going to announce.  It’s the kind of news you’re probably not going to believe, especially coming from me.  So stay tuned if you’re into life-changing news and stuff.  Or don’t.  Your call.  P.S. I miss and love you.

Love,

Alison

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BRIDESMAID GARDEN PARTY INSPIRATION | How to Have an Outdoor Garden Party, Indoors + Freixenet Bubbly Giveaway!

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Want to have an outdoor party, but the weather’s lousy?  NO PROBLEM.  Here’s a hack… sort of.

One of the most coveted styles of party these days remains the outdoorsy, woodsy, greeny, lush and naturey look (I definitely just made up some words but whatever).  That usually means: wood elements, at LEAST a few succulents because SUCCULENTS ARE EVERYTHING, other types of plant life, generally a rustic vibe and – because who doesn’t love it – a bit of gold speckled throughout.  Not too much, because that’s tacky.  But just enough.  By the way I might have thrown in a bit too much gold.  Hopefully it’s not tacky, though.  Sorry I LOVE GOLD.

Featured in today’s shoot are some sharp mini cava bottles, because – cool giveaway alert - Freixenet is doing a giveaway of their adorably packaged sparkling bottles.  Would you like to win 125 beautiful little mini bottles of Freixenet bubbly, plus a ginormous Memory Magnum bottle as well, to use on your wedding day, all for the low low price of free?  The appropriate answer is who wouldn’t.  So yeah if you’d like a shot at winning one of six of these prize packages, pop over to Freixenet’s All Love Sparkles sweepstakes, which is taking place over on their facebook page.

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Now, as I was saying — while we’d all like to have a lovely little garden party outside, sometimes that just doesn’t work out.  Depending on where you live, it’s possible your only viable option for parties may be indoors!  In other cases, the weather for an entire week leading up to your party day could be full of sunshiney rays, and then BAM, rain all day.  Huge bummer.

Not so fast.  It doesn’t have to be a bummer!  I decided for this shoot I’d show you guys how to have that coveted outside garden party look, indoors, if the weather just isn’t cooperating.  Stupid weather, doesn’t it know who you ARE? :)

I really wanted to show you that you can still have the garden party of your dreams, even on the dreariest of days!  I DIY’d a crapload of the things you’re about to see, like these terrariums in lightbulbs for example:

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… so lemme know if you’d like me to share how to at some point later on the blog.  Aright, to the pictures…

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Yes, that’s a Pez dispenser spray-painted gold.  Because why not?

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That little golden cake is an eraser!  Just another little favor for your bridesmaids to take home.

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Lovely little botanical-inspired notebooks from Rifle Paper Co., again, for your lucky bridesmaids to take home!

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Watch out, btw, if you decide to introduce wildlife in your indoor styling… they may steal your treats..

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Remember, if you wanna win one of those enormous prize packages, enter here, friendlies.  You get 125 beautiful little mini bottles of Freixenet bubbly, not to mention a ginormous memory magnum bottle as well, all for you to use on your wedding day.  What’s not to love about that :)

What do you think of the inspiration today?  I’m no professional, but I did my best!

xo, Alison

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GIVEAWAY | Shop Your Way & TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” Will “Sweep” One Lucky Bride off their Feet with a Dream Wedding!

It’s me again.  I have a giveaway to share with you guys today!  YayYUH.

Ok, so – if you’re like most brides, planning your wedding can be both emotionally and financially stressful.  There’s the struggle to find the perfect dress, the perfect accessories, not to mention plan that perfect honeymoon – and all within a budget.  Talk about overwhelming.

That’s why I’m pretty pumped to introduce to you this killer opportunity.  Shop Your Way Sweeps & TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” are offering you access to win a dream wedding prize worth over $30,000.  YESSSSS.  Not only is that a whopping helluva prize, but it’s super simple to enter to win it, too.  The prize includes a dress credit, a fitting from one of the top bridal shops in Manhattan, a dream honeymoon, and jewelry and apparel from Sears and Kmart.

Shop Your Way and TLC Say Yes To The Dress

Enter now through April 14, 2013 – click right here to enter, sweeties.  While you’re there, you might want to check out all the other great benefits of Shop Your Way Sweeps.  There are 1000’s of sweepstakes live now, and lots more added daily.

Lots of luck, my friends!

xo, Alison

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TRAVELER’S JOY + A GIVEAWAY! | Here’s my favorite way to reconnect as a couple, once the wedding is over…

New experiences bond couples.  It’s a fact.  Sharing a new experience, like traveling together to a foreign land or even just hiking up an unfamilar trail does something chemical in your brain, the result being that you feel happier to be with your partner and that much more connected to one another than before.  It’s science.  And I think that beats getting a blender any day.

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I don’t know about you but honestly the last thing I want is a blender for my wedding.  I have a blender.  I have plates.  I have flatware.  We’ve been living together for a while, we have acquired the basic necessities of living an adult life.  What I don’t have is a sensational 7 night stay in St. Lucia for zero dollars out of pocket.  I WANT a 7 night stay in St. Lucia for zero dollars.  Or Bali.  Or Italy.  Or Greece!  Or all of the places all in a row.  And Traveler’s Joy can give this to me.  Therefore, I love Traveler’s Joy (and I’m far from the only one).

I’m inclined to think you’d agree, too, that make out sessions on the same old couch can get kinda boring.

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Bambino and Little Guy enjoying a makeout sesh on – where else? – the couch

A couple needs a change of scenery every once in a while.  Especially after they’ve gone through the emotional ups and downs of planning a wedding together.  That shit can get hectic.

So that’s where Traveler’s Joy comes in.  Traveler’s Joy let’s you have your cake and eat it, too.  It lets you go on a totally free-to-you dream vacation on the backs of your dear wedding guests.  This is a win-win situation, since nobody in their right mind actually wants to buy someone a blender to celebrate the fact that they got married.  What a SNORE.  I’d much rather contribute to a couple’s adventurous sexcapades on an island in the southern Aegean Sea…

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You can go ahead and get started on your registry right now if you’d like: click here to get going.  It’s mighty easy and super fast.  Or click here to see some of the best and coolest honeymoon registries already crafted by other couples, for inspiration.  It’s arranged by region of the world.  ORRR, check out some of the most romantic honeymoon getaways possible.  I could spend all afternoon in there.

How it works: you can have a complete registry in just a matter of minutes.  Couples choose from a list of 50 theme based (think beach, cruise, or mountains) or location specific (think Italy, Hawaii or St. Lucia) item lists.  With one click, the items and experiences your hearts desire are added to your registry.  You can edit or delete any item at any time and/or add more later on.  And it’s not just the voyage you can register for; couples can register for physical items, like cameras and video-cameras.  Even flip-flops, people.

Btdubs, group gifting is what makes this so special: it’s easy to divide the cost of expensive items into manageable portions.  This way your guests can spend what they personally feel comfortable spending on you, while still contributing to what you really want.

But wait, there’s more!  If you dig giveaways you’ll want to sign up with the quickness, because between May 1st and October 31st of this year Traveler’s Joy is running a stellar special offer — every month they’ll pick one lucky couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they receive from their registry.  What?  WHAT?  It’s just too good a deal to pass up.  If you register by April 30th you’ll automatically be entered to win!!!

In closing, let me just say that at the tippy top of my list of fun things to do with my person are a) travel to amazing vacation spots and b) spend absolutely none of our own hard-earned money facilitating these travels.  Suffice it to say, the two rarely (never) go hand in hand.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY PEEPS.  I promise you, it’ll be the second best decision you ever made, second only to marrying your beloved.

*This is a partnered post.  Of course, I hand-pick all sponsors of TKB to make sure they’re a perfect fit for you guys and for the blog.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Friday!  -Alison

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‘THE BACHELOR’ RECAP | Season 18, Episode 2 | Naked Photo Shoot For a Good Cause, Drunk Victoria & The Hymen Maneuver.

It’s Saturday.  Here, finally, is your Episode 2 recap.

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LET’S BEGIN.

The show starts with previews of the show.  EVERYTHING is going to happen.  Yet nothing at all.  I’m ashamed at how excited I am for such manufactured nothingness to unravel.

Flash to Dog Lover’s dog, Molly, who is swimming in the pool.  Molly couldn’t swim before The Bachelor but this pool is filled with the salt of 27 women’s tears so she’s practically floating.  It’s really good to see that at least one of the girls is growing from this experience.   {Continue reading…}

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‘THE BACHELOR’ RECAP | Season 18 + Episode 1: You Guys, I Don’t Juan To Watch This Show Anymore…

I haven’t showered in almost three days and if I had an office job this would be the point where I decide I’m going to sprinkle baby powder on my scalp tomorrow morning to cover up the grease.  I am a disgusting manifestation of a human being.

In comparison, these girls are immaculate.  They look like they shower every day.

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Somehow, however, this show still manages to make me feel really good about myself.

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I have to start by saying,  {Continue reading…}

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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS | Gold Leaf + Twine + Tags = Easy Holiday Place Settings That Shimmer! | By Kindred

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Happy Holidays lovelies!

It’s been so long since I’ve been back here to write a DIY and am excited to share this pretty place setting for all your upcoming holiday parties!  Easy, fresh, and a little bit of shine… what every table needs!  {Continue reading…}

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LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE | For you procrastinators out there…

All of these items were currently still in stores as of this morning in my area…

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(Fun Tip: Still searching for a gift for your parents?  Assuming a baby’s out of the question ?? then may I suggest {Continue reading…}

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CONFESSIONS | installment 1 | 25 Things That Shock Me About Myself, and The World. [NSFW-ish]

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I think I’m getting my period and there’s no chocolate in the house, so I’ll be writing some pretty emotional stuff today.  Even though I would rather be eating chocolate.  Here goes.

The following is a stream of consciousness list I put together about things that still manage to shock me, as the world has become so frigging shocking to me sometimes that I don’t even feel like I have the ability to be surprised anymore.  I think I’m making this sound too upbeat.

 

THE LIST

1. How much “likes” and “favorites” {Continue reading…}

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THANKFUL FOR… | Cool Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration + The Prettiest Gold Dress + Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes I Love

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Pretty big deal in these parts.

Walmart didn’t get the memo. {Continue reading…}

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Looks like it’s that time of the year again…

So it’s that time of year again, known these days as any time of the year.  When a populated area of the world is rendered suddenly dangerous and uninhabitable due to extreme weather.

Meanwhile…

Somewhere a mayor fights for his right to do lines while officially running a city.

Somewhere women are fighting while sitting on couches wearing (hideous) couture.

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Somewhere a young superstar is arguing the point that nudity and sexually suggestive gesturing on stage at a music show for teenagers is feminist.  And she really believes this.

And somewhere in the Philippines, people just lost everything.

But the first three I mentioned have gotten a much bigger chunk of airtime in comparison to the last.  Which is weird right?

 

Sometimes my dog is like, “I’m gonna shit in your kitchen.”  That is something that pisses me off.  But then I remember I have a kitchen, and I calm down.

Dude we are so lucky!

We have a kitchen.  We have a grocery store stocked with food and water, too, pretty much at all times.  (Though it does close at midnight which gets annoying since cravings usually hit around 1am.)

Point is I didn’t just have my house and community literally ripped from under me by harsh winds and torrential downpour.

So what I’m getting at is,

 

It’s lovely to pray but praying doesn’t put food on the table.

It’s lovely to tweet thoughts of love, and send your good vibes to areas of the world via the internet but none of that rebuilds infrastructure.

It’s lovely to do any of those things, of course, and I encourage the continued doing of them, but obviously it’s most helpful to donate hard-earned money.  Whatever little or lot you can, as I’m really into – and I’d like to bet you are too – actually doing things that change lives tangibly, especially when I can do it by passively clicking some buttons on my computer screen and then getting back to watching those women word-murder each other in prom dresses (<–this is my personal shame).

The best reward is knowing your money will have real impact on the place you want it to, imo.  You feel me?

You can donate here.

Thanks to For Philippines With Love for getting this off the ground in coordination with the world-changing Shelterbox.

Here is the hashtag for this awesome fundraising effort: #ForPIWithLoveFromMe

-Alison

 

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I’M OBSESSED… | This Sale On All The Things I Didn’t Know I Wanted For The Holidays

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Found this little sale going on at West Elm on everything from monogramming to gold flatware this week and I fell in love.  I usually don’t fall in love with sales.

But when free monogramming is involved and it’s not cheesy, I-look-like-a-self-absorbed-little-fuck type monogramming, but instead pretty simple lettering that adds some attractive umph to the item, I’m all for it.  Which essentially means this is the first time I’ve ever been for it.  Makes a great gift for your bridesmaids in my opinion – or for yourself because we all deserve a little reward now and then, yes?  The answer is yes STOP PUNISHING YOURSELF.

Btw- I feel shameful about this but I am still hopelessly into little arrows and a touch of golden trim and shit like that.  I try to limit my purchasing of these things because I’m trying to avoid looking like someone on Princesses Long Island.  You have to admit though all the stuff below is just too cute to ignore.

For example…

This metal-wrapped wood tray, $59:

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This metallic case, $9:

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This little leather case, $34:

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(except the mustache one – ENOUGH with the mustaches)

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Comes in small, medium and large, $24 – $49

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This tray, $29 – $34:

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This jewelry box, $59:

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This jewelry box, too, $24 – $49:

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The snowflake stocking, $24:

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This ipad case, $34:

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And the rest of the Baggu Bag Collection – Navy + Gold, $34 – $99:

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p.s. – I also love some things that are regrettably not monogrammable but I just had to include in this post:

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this wireless bamboo keyboard, $69 // these color blocked utensils, $8 – $12 / this gold flatware, $23 – $84

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gold serving set, $23 // gold cheese knives, $23

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So guys, am I just smitten because they happened to burn my actual name into a lot of these things, or are these actually really fun and happifying-to-look-at additions to a lady’s wardrobe and daily life?

I have a personal post coming up, it’s taken me only a thousand years to finish it so I’m sure that’s not weird.  That’s not weird, right?

I missed you guys.

-Alison

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