7 Unique Save-the-Date Ideas

Can you believe it’s almost September?! Time seems to be creeping up on me pretty quickly – it’s less than a year now until I get married and I’ve been so caught up in my full-time job and helping others plan their weddings that my own wedding plans have taken a bit of a back-seat lately. I’m pretty much sorted with the major things like the venue, celebrant, band and photographer, but I can’t afford to become complacent, after all, a wedding planner planning her own wedding kinda needs to do a good job!

Given that we’re getting married back in the UK and 4 hours away from our hometown, I need to give our guests plenty of notice, so Save-the-Date cards are next on my to-do list. I’ve been searching the web for inspiration and sites like Etsy and Notonthehighstreet are great for handmade, quirky and unique wedding ideas. Here are my top seven Save-the-Date ideas…

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Love mason jars? Who doesn’t! These hand stamped round wood magnets by Etsy shop owner RedCloudBoutique are perfect for rustic and eco-friendly weddings.

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These fun and interactive Save-the-Date balloons are guaranteed to get your guest into the party spirit and looking forward to celebrating your big day!

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Roll-up, roll-up! Announce your big day in style with a beautiful, vintage Save-the-Date ticket.

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For vintage themed or Alice in wonderland esque weddings, why not send your guests a mini message in a bottle?

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Hanging or displaying cherished photos at your wedding? Keep the theme and give your guests a taste of what’s to come with these handmade photo string magnets.

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Having a shabby-chic or travel themed wedding? These vintage postcard Save-the-Dates are the perfect way to let everyone know in advance about the date you are getting married.

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Tech-savvy couples, send these unique QR code keyrings to your guests and have it send them to an online image, message or your very own wedding website.

Keep calm and marry on!
Jacqui.
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5 creative ways to ask your bridesmaids

Asking your bridesmaids to be a part of your big day should be a special moment…after all, these girls will be the ones keeping you sane throughout the planning process, helping you out with tedious tasks and putting up with your Bridezilla moments. You could keep it simple with a card and a heart-felt message, or go one-step further by popping the question to your girls in a way that will make them feel extra special and jumping  for joy that you’ve asked them to be a part of your big day in such a thoughtful and creative way.

I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to ask my girls yet, but I’ve spent a lot of time looking at different and unique ways of popping the question, here are some of my favourites:

1. Paper Chain Girls

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These nostalgia paper chain girls are a simple, inexpensive and much more personal alternative to sending a card. Click here for more more details and the DIY instructions.

2.  Vintage Handkerchief

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These keepsake handkerchiefs serve as gorgeous backdrops for the big question and for wiping away tears of joy when your girls see how gorgeous you look on your big day. Check out AllieRuth on Etsy to buy.

3. Wooden Spool

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These cute wooden spools unravel to pop the question. Buy them online from ChoosingYou on Etsy, or if you’re feeling crafy, learn how to DIY here.

4. Bridesmaid Box

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Give your girls the low-down on your wedding plans by filling a box with details of the wedding, photos of inspiration, colour schemes etc. That way they’ll feel much more involved in your big day. Read the full step-by-step guide here.

5. Scrabble Ring

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Want to know how your fiance felt when he got down one one knee and proposed? Pop the question to your girls individually with their very own ring, initialed either ‘B’ for Bridesmaid or for their first name. Find out how to make your own Scrabble Rings or buy them online.

For more unique ideas, check out my Pinterest board. Which ever way you choose to ask your maids, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to be a part of your big day.

Keep calm and marry on,
Jacqui.
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Sweet Inspiration: Top 10 Wedding Candy Bars

I’m so excited to do my own wedding candy bar and have already started buying glass jars, candy scoops and other bits & bobs! I know I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, given that the wedding is still over a year away yet, but you can never be too organised, can you?

A candy buffet bar is sure to be a big hit at any wedding. It’s also a great way to inject your personality into the reception room, create a focal point and get your guests talking. You really can have fun with this and it needn’t break the bank or your budget.

Over the past few months I’ve been pinning away images and inspiration. Here are some of the best candy bars I’ve come across so far:

1. Candy Brights

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2.  Contrasting Colours

Pink & Blue Candy Bar

3. Ombre

Pink Ombre Candy Bar

4. Traditional Candy Shop

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5. Secret Garden

Garden Candy Bar

6. Bronze Glamour

Orange Candy Bar

7. In Bloom

Tree Candy Bar

8. Sweet Love

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9. Candy Chic

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10. Taste the Rainbow

Rainbow Candy Bar