The American Wedding Marketplace | Stylish, Personalized Wedding Invitations, Stationery & More!

Tell me if this describes you:

1) You’re engaged…

bouquet wedding invitation

^ I love this bouquet themed invitation ^

I’m just having trouble deciding which of the color combinations I like best… I think it’s all of them?

2) You have a million ideas, or absolutely no idea, what you want to do about your save the date cards or wedding invitations or anything else stationery-related.  All you really know is that you want them to be spectacular, not too pricey, and extremely you.

Enter: The American Wedding Marketplace.  Here’s why we like them…

First of all – this is very important – they have really stellar reviews on the internets.  Brides describe their invitations as “great price, great quality,” “I would recommend [them] to anyone,” “significantly cheaper than other popular invitation makers, but I saw no difference in the quality, or the options offered,” and “just what we wanted… we got so many compliments on them.”

We also love the fact that The American Wedding Marketplace comprises three distinct brands – The American Wedding, MyGatsby and The Green Kangaroo.  What does this mean for you?  It means the site is teeming with stylish options for every possible style a bride or groom may have.  Styles you may not even yet realize you like are just waiting for you to find them, right here.

Even better, they’re completely customizable with unique paper colors, font options and ink pairings.

Hey, want some custom coasters for your guests to take home?  Check it out:


A note from The American Wedding Marketplace: Every week in 2015, we will be launching a new design on our website.  We’re always interested in hearing about what brides want to see and welcome their suggestions for new designs they would like to see in our lineup.  We also run some amazing deals so subscribing to our emails and following us on facebook is highly recommended!

One of our favorite features of this marketplace is the ease with which you can coordinate your custom invitations with not only the rest of your stationery suite (save the date cardswedding programs, the list goes on)…


^ the Penny invitation suite ^

… but with a ton more fun little details, like personalized wedding napkins, custom stampers, wedding glassware and more.  It’s thrilling, really.  I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of exclamation points I use in my writing recently, so I may not be coming across as amped as I, in fact, am.  So just trust that I am very, very, VERY amped about this.  Next to marrying your true love, custom details are among the most exciting elements of planning your wedding, IMO.  Don’t miss out.



Head over the The American Wedding Marketplace and start having fun with their designs right now!  Or whenever, no pressure.  You can request a catalog for free if you’d like to browse the old fashioned way.  Oh, and they give you your first five wedding invitations samples totally free of charge.  Thought you might like that. :)



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

rustic floral burlap kraft wedding invitations

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


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



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).



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


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?

Invisalign Wedding Pin to Win Sweepstakes

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.


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…


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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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:


Here is another reason:


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



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.



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!


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 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…


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.


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.)


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.


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.



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 :)


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Design Your Dream Engagement & Wedding Rings with Joseph Jewelry!


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.


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.



Peace and love peace and love,


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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.



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


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.

30 DIY Rustic Woodland Bridesmaid Garden Party Inspiration Freixenet

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:

11 DIY Rustic Woodland Bridesmaid Garden Party Inspiration Freixenet

… 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.


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…


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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Markel Wedding Insurance | Because Sh*t Happens… And Your Wedding Day Is No Exception.

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When you think about your wedding day, what do you focus on?  Do you think about your dress?  The decorations?  Your walk down the aisle, and whether or not your sweetie’s gonna cry when he first catches a glimpse?  Maybe you think about your first dance as husband and wife, and what it will feel like.  Maybe you think about your family, and how everyone’s going to be together in one room, just to celebrate the love you two share.  Whatever it is, I bet you tend to focus on the good stuff, right?  I certainly do.

But if you’re smart, you’re probably also aware of the things that can go wrong…. the many, many things that can go wrong…. on your big day.  Or maybe you’re not at all aware of them.  Or maybe you’ve been told not to worry, so you put it out of your mind.

Because why stress over such things?  Wedding planning is stressful enough.

Here’s why: because sh*t happens.  And your wedding day is no exception!  So that’s where Markel Wedding Insurance comes in.

No one really talks about it, but wedding insurance is kind of a necessity in my eyes.  It’s also one of those things you don’t think about until you suddenly and desperately need it… and by that time it’s too late.  For example:

“As a little girl, Catherine’s mother shared stories of her wedding day while they looked through her mother’s scrapbook.  The pictures of her mother in her beautiful dress and her father gleaming as her mother walked down the aisle were what brought her parent’s love story to life for Catherine.  When Catherine thought about her wedding day, she knew she wanted all of those special moments to be preserved in the same way as her parents – awe-inspiring photos.  When she chose a wedding photographer, she made sure that no stone was left unturned – not only would she have gorgeous pictures and a scrapbook to share with her future children, she also would have a DVD album and a slideshow of the day. Catherine checked “Wedding Photographer” off of her “Wedding To-Do List” and went on with her planning…

A week after she booked her photographer, the photographer called and said he could no longer photograph her wedding for her.  The photographer (an independent photographer contracted through Catherine’s venue) refused to work with Catherine’s venue, as they still owed him money from a few previous weddings. Suddenly, Catherine was back at square one.  She had to find a new photographer that would work with her venue and provide all of the services her original photographer was going to offer.  Catherine would also have to pay for it herself, as the venue had already taken her payment for her current photographer.  Then she remembered that she had purchased cancellation insurance from Markel Wedding Insurance.  Catherine was able to recoup the deposit she had paid for her first chosen photographer, plus: Markel paid for another photographer to complete the keepsake DVD album and slideshow for her, as those were included in the original contract but the second photographer was unable to perform those services.”

Markel’s Wedding Cancellation insurance reimburses you for any non-refundable deposits you may have if you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, such as:
• Extreme weather
• Accident
• Illness
• Military deployment
• Vendor bankruptcy

Just because your event does take place, doesn’t mean you are free from the need for wedding cancellation insurance.  You also have coverage in case of the following:
• Lost wedding rings
• Damage to special wedding attire
• Vendor no-shows
• Lost / damaged photography / cinematography
• Lost / damaged wedding gifts

One more thing!  Markel also offers Wedding Liability Insurance coverage (which many venues now require), which would help protect you and your groom from financial loss if an accident occurred at your wedding.  That’s pretty neat you guys.  Like if someone accidentally fell on the dance floor and got hurt, or if a friend had a few drinks too many and got into a car accident on the way home.  See? This is the sh*t you don’t expect.  But it happens.  More often than we’d like it to.  So why not be prepared?

Visit Markel’s Reviews & FAQs page to learn more, if I haven’t succeeded at convincing you here.  You guys know I don’t write these posts if I don’t believe in them.  I strongly urge you to consider this option.

xo!  Alison

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SPOTLIGHT ON GEMESIS | 5 Things That Will Make You Feel Great After You Do Them.


*This is a partnered post, written from the heart.

Hey friendlies… jump into any one of the following 5 Things and you’re bound to start feeling pretty good about yourself.  Why not start today?  OK… TO THE LIST!

1.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of your time in a seat staring at a screen.  And have you heard what they say about sitting so long {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES’ SPOTLIGHT | Traveler’s Joy + $5000 Giveaway!

Sometimes I’m like “LET’S DO THIS, WE SHOULD DO THIS” about a thing or idea.  I’ll shout it out in the middle of dinner, or while one of us is in mid-pee, or after we’ve been laying in bed for 10 minutes.  It’s startling- it’s a startling thing.  But sometimes things hit my brain and I’m like, “WE MUST,” without thinking it through.

Like when I started this blog, that was a spontaneous decision.  Or when Honey took me to see some frenchies and I made the spontaneous decision to ignore my allergy to dogs and come home with our frenchie Bambino with our fingers crossed (so far not one sneeze).  There was also the time I enjoyed having wings during the Superbowl and I was like, “we should order wings again” and we did, we ordered wings again, this was last night.  (They can’t always be winners.)

Really the only thing all of these spur of the moment decisions have in common, is that they’re driven by an instinct that whatever the thing or idea is, IT’S A GREAT ONE OF THEM.  And guess what?  Eating the wings WAS a great idea; they were delicious and I have never been happier.  This morning in the bathroom was a different story but no need to go into any of that.

Well.  When Honey and I started thinking about actually starting to plan our wedding, one of the quickest decisions we’ve made so far is to honeymoon registry the shit out of our friends and family.  The shit out of them.  Undoubtedly going to be the bestest quickest decision we’ve ever made, as a couple (besides marrying and finally buying a place with two bathrooms).

This is where Traveler’s Joy comes in.  Have you heard of it?  It’s a honeymoon registry, and I have a feeling signing up for it will turn out to be one of the many smartest and most f**king joyful decisions you’ve ever made, too…  {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES’ | SPOTLIGHT ON: Jewelers Mutual | Have You Ever Lost A Sentimental Piece of Jewelry?

Question for you guys: Have you ever worried about losing your ring, or some other highly sentimental piece of jewelry?

Or, worse, have you ever actually LOST the thing?

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to take my engagement ring off quite a bit.  For example, usually when I wash my hands, it comes off.  I like to take it off when I go to bed, as I don’t like the imprint of an engagement ring on my cheek in the morning (not sexy).  And I especially like to take it off whenever applying lotion – which is usually when I’m riding the subway.

Terrible idea {Continue reading…}

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8 Secrets for a Honeymoon That’ll Leave You Both *Satisfied* (… ifyouknowwhatimean) | Honeymoon Pixie

Hello, lovers.  Today’s first post coming atcha faces.

Andrew Marino is dropping by today with some tips to ensure a super awesome sexy cuddly exciting honeymoon for you and your honeybunny with maximum sexual readiness and limited frustrations.  Well… he didn’t say any of that stuff specifically, but that’s what these tips will get you if you follow them correctly.  (Trust me.)

And who doesn’t want to have super awesome sexy cuddly exciting times on their honeymoon?  No seriously I’m asking.  I’m willing to make house visits to figure out what the hell is wrong with you if that is not your precise honeymoon objective.  For me, a honeymoon is about three things; relaxation, fun, and banging.  And not in that order.  So if you and I are on the same page… let me take you, now, to the tips…   {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK + WINNERS | Appy Couple Custom Designs + Princess Kate’s Royal TenenBoobs and Me: My (Embarrassing) Personal Story.

Happy late evening, bubbuhbears!  I just called you guys what we call Bambino, AWWWWWW.  I think that means I love you.

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT | Whimsical Prints: Affordable + Fast Invitations & Stationery

Happy Friday, loves!  This here’s your first post out of two for the day (crazy, I know)… and it regards something that I think might be very useful to a whole lot of brides and grooms out there.  [SPOILER ALERT/FYI: In post #2 today, I'll be featuring two of my new favorite things in a brand new column... so stay tuned, y'know, if you like becoming obsessed with amazing things that are cool, or whatevs.]

Here’s the deal… if you’re anything like me, when you think of wedding stationery – you know: the invitations, save the date cards, rsvp cards, thank you notes, table numbers, magnets, programs, etc. – you probably think {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES’ SPOTLIGHT: Honeymoon Pixie = My New Favorite Registry Idea, HANDS DOWN.

Ummmm.  This thing I’m about to blog about below, is sort of exactly the kind of thing the wedding world needs.  In my humble opinion.

Well here, lemme ask YOU: {Continue reading…}

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PINTERESTING GIVEAWAY | 3 Will Win A Free *Custom Design* Inspired & Named After You, from Appy Couple!

Oh, hey, happy late Thursday!  Just wondering… do you want to be the inspiration for a wedding app that’s literally named after you?  Not just abstractly based on your style; I’m talking NAMED. AFTER. YOU.  … you’re listening?  Cool.

Do you wanna win it by looking for pretty stuff on Pinterest (or creating an inspiration board without it, totes your call)?  I’m 99% sure you said yes.

Great.  LET’S DO IT.  {Continue reading…}

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The Five-Year Engagement + $1000 Gift Card! | Also, what’s your engagement story?

Happy Thursday, party people.  Ok everybody, real quick: put your hands in the air if you’re engaged to be married, were engaged at one time and have since gotten married, plan on someday getting engaged, or at least know a best friend, acquaintance or frenemy who knows someone who knows the guy at the bike shop whose friend from college just proposed to his girlfriend.

K, I totally saw the vast majority of you put your hands up just now.  AWESOME!  You’re gonna like this post, I can feel it.  Oh and hopefully you like the chance to win a $1000 gift card, too?  YEAH?  Ok, this is going very well.

Now you guys, {Continue reading…}

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