Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 1st

July already, huh? Is it me, or is this year getting out of here in a hurry? It's really funny, but pretty much every weekend between now and September 6th is taken up for me. Except the weekend of August 21st. Anyone getting married August 21st? Because I'm free...for now.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle In Style

I told you I was going to let you in on this cool thing Dana, the Broke-Ass Bride, is doing. It's called Bride $hare. And I quote, "Bride$hare is a social networking site designed to help brides save money by sharing wedding-related resources and goods. Decor, apparel, rentals, and even vendors can be shared, swapped, or sold through Bride$hare connections."Pretty cool. I've already joined, because this is going to come in pretty handy bride-wise. Speaking of which, Erin, did you ever get a taker for those 100 mason jars? Ellen and Patrick may be able to use those.

What are you going to put YOUR Wedding Pictures On?

Shutterfly.com has expanded their wedding collection. Thank you cards! Canvas prints! Coasters! I have to confess, the idea of wedding coasters with your wedding pictures on them amuse me. I know just who I'm going to get those for.

You ever wondered who those artists/photographers are that have their art up on the walls at Whole Foods? Me, too. Well, if you're at the Santa Monica store on Wilshire, that photographer is April Rocha, who I wrote about back in May as one of the few both great and reasonably priced photographers in L.A. April says that her pictures are on the wall near the restroom, which we all agree is a prime location, traffic-wise, right? Yay, April! Also, while you're on her site, check out her etsy store - pretty, pretty, pretty.

Bridal Back-up To the Extreme

Mrs. Bee over at Wedding Bee created the Ultimate Bridal Emergency Kit for a friend. This is pretty much all you and yours will ever need on your wedding day, and trust me, it will come in handy afterward. Set it out when you're having guests at home, keep it in the car, keep it in your office. And, since you'll have a little bit of time, you can do what Mrs. Bee couldn't do and bargain shop for most of it. For instance, she got the Tide pen for $3.99, but you can easily find it at the 99 cents store for, well, 99 cents. Or hit up Target or Walmart. You get the idea.

The prettiest email wedding invitations of all!
Over the past few weeks, I've introduced you to a few email invitation possibilities, but I am officially in love. Paperless Post let's you customize beautiful, beautiful wedding evites, and the cost comes to $5 for 60 of them, and no ads. Sigh. I really, seriously, want to have a ceremony renewal so I can use all this stuff. We wedding planners are not immune. The New York Times did a great article on the company, too.

Returning Favorites:

Last but not least, The Wedding Outlet is having a Fourth of July Sale - 10% off everything from now until July 6th. And while you're over there, check out their various inspiration boards, which pull different colors and themes together. It'll give you some ideas, mostly good ones.

That's it for now. I re-designed my website a little bit more, so check it out. Next Recession Bride's Workshop is July 19th, and you can still take advantage of the $10 "Early Bride" Discount by using the code WEDCHARMEARLY at checkout. Happy Fourth, everyone!
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