Wedding Planning Tips With Tash – Let’s Talk Stationary

Wedding stationary can get very pricey, we decided earlier on that we wanted to save on our invitations. The options are endless nowadays so we decided to do a bit of everything. Everything being DIY, paperless and print. I was looking to save as much as I could, so for our Save-the-Dates we went paperless. Electronic Save-the-Dates guarantees friends and family mark the day off in their calendar……hopefully.

Remember to start this process early. Save-the-Dates are sent out 6 months prior to the wedding and 8 months for destination weddings. There are a lot of great electronic options for wedding invites but one of my favourite is Paperless post

Paperless Post helps you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual aesthetic. Paperless Post collaborates with leading fashion and lifestyle designers, including Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and John Derian.

The invitation is virtual but the great part is it’s delivered in an envelope.

Another is Evite

Destination Invitation

Evite invitations are free to send and receive. So you save on stamps — and trees — while freeing yourself up from keeping lists and making phone calls to organize your events.

Wedding chicks is a very resourceful site for brides-to-be. I got a lot of free printables as well as our save-the-date download.

Wedding Chicks is a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, and vendor deals for the modern bride.

The save-the-date should include the couple’s names, wedding date, location and a notice of a formal invitation to follow. In our email we also asked for everyone to send us their mailing address because we decided on Printed wedding invites.

The reason for us choosing print is we felt there is something special about receiving a card in the mail for such a special occasion. However we know that it could end up in the trash as well, that’s why we decided not to go overboard with the cost.

When deciding on our invitations I looked at a few popular and affordable options. Minted

Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists and designers. We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses.

Wedding Paper Divas

Since 2006, Wedding Paper Divas has helped over a million couples make their wedding vision come to life. We believe your wedding stationery should reflect who you are—together.

If you can, order samples! I liked the samples that I received from Wedding paper Divas and found the customer service staff really helpful over the phone.  It would have been my first choice if I didn’t find Vistaprint. 

OMG guys, Vistaprint is soooo affordable! We got 100 invitations & 100 RSVP Cards for a $100.00 envelopes included. We used either a 40%-50% off coupon, I can’t remember. They always have some sort of promotion going on, just google vistaprint coupons and you will find one. We decided to stick with a simple & elegant design. But you do have the option of uploading your own design.

I wanted to glam it up a bit, so I spray painted the white envelopes with the Recollection Colour splash spray ink in Purple to tie in with our colours. I also did a DIY envelope liner with some gold wrapping paper I bought at Marshalls. I tied a black ribbon and made a bow around both the invitation and the RSVP card. To finish it off I used gold address labels. Everything took us about 3 hours to complete, the most tedious part of the process was the envelope liner but everything was fairly easy.

Link to our Invitation Template

To continue with our savings, the RSVP’s were done online to eliminate the reply cards, stamps can get quite expensive! We made other arrangement for those who didn’t have a computer. Our Wedsite covered all our wedding information (blog post to come)

Things to consider

  • When ordering invitations to get an exact count remember to list by each household not each guest.
  • Always get extras. Order an extra 10-20 just in case your invites gets lost in the mail.
  • When mailing out invitations don’t overstuff the envelopes because the price for stamps goes up based on weight.
  • Remember to PROOFREAD!

A look at our Menu also ordered from vistaprint. 130 menu’s for under $100.00!!

There are so many options out there, do your research to find the best style that fits your budget.

Tash ♥ xo

Wedding Planning Tips With Tash – Saying Yes To The Dress

Hey loves, Sorry for the lack of posts, I was busy prepping for our wedding and getting married! I can’t believe I’m a married woman!!! Ahhhhh! It’s been two and a half weeks and I’m still excited and in awe that I married my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Don’t worry I’ll be doing a blog post of our wedding once I receive our photos. Alright back to business.

Today’s post is about dress shopping.

Berta Bridal Dress

Start Early

Shopping for my dress was a stressful and overwhelming experience. I went in knowing what I wanted, but once I tried on the dress it wasn’t flattering at all, so I had to start all over. I’m a very picky shopper and with the setback it didn’t give me enough time to shop for my gown.  There was definitely a time crunch. I didn’t know wedding gowns are to be ordered six to nine months in advance to allow for delivery and alterations. I finally found my dress in October and I was getting married in June, talk about cutting it close!! Everything worked out in my favour, my dress arrived in March and I didn’t need any alteration.

Set a Budget

Set a budget and stick to it! Make sure the budget you set includes taxes and alterations. For the budget conscious bride like myself $1200-$1500 is a good price range.

Do NOT try on dresses out of your budget

I made this mistake and fell in love with a dress. The only reason I tried it on was to please my bridesmaid. I really didn’t like the dress so I thought no big deal. Boy, was I wrong! That dress made me do some quick calculations in my head trying to figure out how to make it work, in the end I stayed strong and said NO (it was never going to work, it was way over budget). Learn from my mistake and don’t do it, even if you think it is the ugliest dress on earth once it’s over your budget STAY AWAY from it.

Keep an Open mind

I am in love with the Berta Bridal collection specifically the gown shown above. However, I cannot afford to spend $8,000.00 on a gown, so I found a solution. Get something similar that’s affordable.

  Mori Lee

I was set on getting that beautiful Mori Lee gown but once I tried it on, it did not flatter by body. I was crushed and left feeling blindsided, I didn’t know what I wanted anymore. Luckily the consultant helped me figure out which silhouette worked best for my shape (very important step in finding the right dress). The dress that I absolutely fell in love with, the dress that made me forget all about the over budget dress, was something I didn’t envision for myself. Biggest lesson learned from this shopping experience is to keep an opened mind and don’t discriminate. The dress that looks so-so on the hanger could be the one,  you have to try it on because it could look Ah-mazing on your body.

Check out other Bridal Stores

I found THE dress!!

Mori Lee gowns are to-die-for

It was slightly over budget but it was definitely doable. I had a few appointments scheduled for that week so I went to the appointments looking for that specific Mori Lee dress (try to schedule appointments during the week it’s less busy).  I found my dress at Bella’s Brides and the best part was they were having a promotion $200.00 off their bridal gowns!! I got my gown and came in under budget. It pays to shop around.

I had a great experience at Bella’s Brides. Nadi was very friendly and honest. She was very helpful and made great suggestions.

Ladies in the end choose the dress that feels right for you it’s your day! Also when shopping I recommend checking out sample sales and bringing one to two people with you who have your best interest at heart. You don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen.

Here are some of the rejected dresses…they are all really pretty.

Can you guess which one is the over budget dress?

Tash ♥ xo




Wedding Planning Tips with Tash – Style, Colour & Decor

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Hey loves, I’m back with another wedding post. Today I’ll be talking about theme, style, colour and décor, the fun stuff…. well for me anyway.

Planning the theme or style of your wedding gives you the opportunity to express your personality and style as a couple. Your theme doesn’t have to be complicated it could be something as simple as “chic elegance”. It’s very important to be authentic and make decisions that reflects you as a couple.

Things to consider when planning

  • What inspires you as a couple?
  • What are your favourite colours?
  • How do you both want your wedding to feel and look?
  • What are your styles? (look at your home décor, clothing and accessories)
  • Your venue will also have an influence on the style and decor.

A great way to get started is by creating a secret pinterest board for ideas. Pin things you like and when your pinning gets out of control, step away and come back with fresh eyes and start narrowing it down to the important key elements.

When it comes to colour there are no rules!!! You don’t need to have a specific colour palette. If you want an all white wedding then go for it. If you want to mix and match things up that’s great too, Just make sure everything complements one another

Remember don’t get too caught up in the details, these are just materialistic things. Keep calm and plan on!

Tash ♥ xo