I think now is a good time to do a round-up of the discounts featured suppliers have provided especially for readers of the SayIDoOnABudget blog. Over the past few months many awesome suppliers that have been featured have provided discounts off of their products and services especially for you that are still available for you to use!
5% off of a photo booth with Giraffe Monkey
The photo booths available through Giraffe Moneys are incredibly small budget friendly to begin with yet they were kind enough to extend a 5% discount off of any of their packages for all SayIDoOnABudget readers. For further details and the code you have to use at check out see the original blog post…
25% off your Alexem Boutique order
This discount from Alexem Boutique can be used when making a purchase via the website or the Etsy shop. Alexem Boutique are a stationary company with a twist, you can order everything from your save the dates to your place cards, where you work with Alexe on the design that you’re then sent to print yourself or upload to a service such as Vista Print. For the special order code and the T&C’s see the full original post from January 2017…
Free Delivery on your order from The Hand Dyed Shoe Co.
Simon founded and set up The Hand Dyed Shoe Co. to create incredible, custom, hand crafted mens’ shoes. All of you Say I Do On A Budget readers have been kindly given free delivery on your orders with The Hand Dyed Shoe Co. when using the code detailed in the full original post published in May 2017…
Wedition is a magazine that is completely unique, bespoke and personal, as you decide everything that goes in to it.
When planning a destination wedding getting all of the information required about the wedding day to all guests can seem like a daunting task. To be fair if you have decided to get married anywhere a good distance away from where most of the guests live, you will probably find yourself having to provide as much information as those planning a destination wedding do. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you could provide details of everything all in one handy place?
Wedding websites such as gettingmarried.co.uk are a great way to do this, but, you may have some guests who aren’t on the internet, and a website may not be easily accessible all the time for everyone.
Here is where Wedition can be the saving grace you need. Imagine having a magazine you can send to all your guests, that would work as the invitation and the ‘information pack’. Within your Wedition magazine you could include all of the following (and more):
- Travel & Accommodation details
- Local area information
- Gift List
- Expected weather conditions; including expected dress code
- Order of service and of the whole wedding day
I thought it was about time I did a round-up of some of the best Hints Tips and Advice from Professionals that have been featured on the blog. One of the aims of Say I Do On A Budget is to provide real advice that will actually help you plan your wedding with ease irrelevant of how big or small your budget might be.
Occasionally the help and advice that is presented with the blog posts isn’t simply from humble little me, but is actually from industry professionals who really know what they’re talking about. Some of the best advice that has been featured on the blog over the past couple years is highlighted below. If you like the sound of the snippets below then pop over to their sites or click the link to the full post to read more.
Wedding Stationary: Advice from the Professionals
Say I Do On A Budget has featured a lot of wedding stationary professionals who have kindly provided advice and tips to help you.
In September 2015 Suzanne from ‘Paper Tree Design‘ along with Rosie from ‘Little Vixen Designs‘ provided their pearls of wisdom on how to save money on your invitations in a post entitled Invites For Less.
Their professional industry experience meant they were able to provide advice such as:
“Using someone local can cave you money on postage if you decide to collect your order” – from Suzanne: Paper Tree Design
“Check the size, weight and thickness of your invitations if you’re posting them. Postage can shoot right up even if you’re slightly over the limit.”
You may have a clear vision for your big day of how you want everything from stationary designs to table decorations to look. Or you may be like I was – absolutely clueless about exactly how you want everything to be. You may know what colour scheme you want and what theme you’re going to have but struggle to visual how you’d like things such as your invitations to look/be designed.
Personally, I found trying to choose what I wanted my invitations to look like, what I wanted included on the invitation in regards to font types, imagery etc very hard, and I struggled to know how to communicate my ideas on how I wanted the invitations to be to a stationary design company.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with the brilliantly talent and extremely friendly Mark and Frankie, the Husband and Wife team who created BigDayPrint.co.uk to bring you their expert tips and advice on how to make up your mind and how to communicate your ideas to your chosen stationary designer…
Advice on how to choose what you want from your wedding invitations and how to communicate that to your stationer from Big Day Print
Preparing for your big day can be very daunting – many people have no idea where to start on the hundreds of things to do in preparation for the wedding. I know Mark and I sure didn’t, and I was so determined not to be a “Bridezilla” – for months I wouldn’t even talk about our wedding with anyone just to avoid this. I was in my own world … lost in Pinterest boards and Etsy with no clue what I was even looking at half the time. That’s when I realised, I had to talk to people (just maybe not the family).
Today I bring to you an interview with Alexe, a wedding stationary designer based in Montreal, Canada. Alexe started Alexem Boutique about a year ago and in that short space of time the business has boomed.
Alexe and I connected on Twitter after I tweeted her about how much I loved her unconventional stationary business.
You will find plenty of different designs on her website or Etsy shop that are usually the starting point. Her clients then advise they want to have / to change in order to get to their desired invitation. She then does all the changes, sends them different versions, etc until they end up with the final PDF file that they can print how they want, or upload the design to a service such as Vistaprint.
What inspired you to start Alexem Boutique?
Initially I didn’t plan on buying the tree. The plan was to put sticks/twigs into a pot filled with stones/sand to keep the twigs in place. I’m not sure why this plan didn’t happen and why we ended up buying the tree…
But anyway, we did buy the tree, from Hobbycraft no less, although we did manage to get it for £25.00 which is probably no more than a nice pot and stones/sand to fill it would have cost us.
I’d always wanted to get married in Autumn, I couldn’t ever imagine myself getting married in any other month. I also knew from the start I wanted to bring the natural bounty of autumn into the decorations of the day.
The colour theme: Navy blue and Gold
Other themes: Autumn with a small nod to my husbands love of classic cars
First of all, choose which leaf you want to use, then pick them and press them.
Choose a good sized leaf as it has to be big enough to write your guests names.
In all honesty, I thought I could wait until the leaves fell naturally before collecting them, however the wedding date was 8th October, and I wanted to get the place names sorted three weeks before the wedding, as my hen was two weeks before and one week before felt like it would be cutting it too close. This, along with autumn starting a little late, meant that I had to pick the leaves from the trees. It just so happened that I stumbled upon a Hazel tree that had wonderful leaves the perfect size for place names, so picked more than I needed for just incase purposes.
Picking the leaves only three weeks before the wedding, meant I didn’t press them. This was a risky strategy, so if you can prepare further in advance I recommend you do.
What You May need:
Based on what I used
- PVA glue
- Leaves (in my case, Hazel leaves)
- Spare cardboard
- Spray paint in your chosen colours
What I did step by step:
- Apply a thin later of PVA to every leaf on one side. Allow the PVA to dry before doing the other side. I PVA’d both sides of the leaves as I thought this would slow the decomposing process and would give the spray paint a better effect. Applying the PVA with a sponge is much easier and quicker than using brushes.
- Take your leaves outside and using cardboard as a backing spray each leaf. It is up to you if you spray both sides or just one side. I sprayed one side of each leaf. Allow a good length of time for the spray paint to dry. Using spray paint is efficient and gives a good result.
- Using sharpie write your guests names on each leaf
- Once the ink is dry you can then spray clear paint over them or apply another thin layer of PVA.
I had my MOH, her boyfriend and my (now) husband helping me with the process from start to finish and the whole process (due to drying time mostly) took pretty much all day.