Wedding Wednesday: Bride Buddies

Back in December, one of my really good friends sent me a SnapChat of her engagement ring. I wasn’t sure if I’d seen the Snap correctly or not, since it only lasted for all of three seconds… I immediately texted her and asked if what I was seeing was real life or not? She of course replied YES! WE’RE ENGAGED. And I was flushed with a bunch of happy emotions, like joy, excitement, and thrill. But then of course, I was also hit with a small tinge of envy, as I was waiting for the same thing she was! When my engagement came a few months later, I texted my friend the news and she was just as joyous as I was when I received her news. I can’t remember her exact reply now, but it was something to the effect of I’m so happy we get to experience our wedding planning together. I had never thought about it that way, but when I did, she was right. It was quite an amazing feeling.

When I dove into the wedding planning, it was fun at first… Then, slowly but surely, I began to feel overwhelmed, highly stressed, and frustrated… Often, I found myself texting my sister (who just got married last August), and my friend who’d just gotten engaged. Let me just tell you, being able to talk to someone who knew exactly what I was going through was such a relief. It was honestly, like a slice of heaven and most definitely, a breath of fresh air.

LEFT: The ring pop proposal Kim, my bride buddy, sent me in the mail. :) // RIGHT: The Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card I sent to Kim in the mail. :)

So my Wedding Wednesday tip would be to… FIND A BRIDE BUDDY! Whether it be a once-was-bride, or a fellow bride-to-be, buddy up, SERIOUSLY!

The difference in what I’ve seen between the advice I get from my friends who are or have planned a wedding versus those who have not is this: solid, sound advice. What do I mean by that? The best way that I can put it is in this light… Getting advice from friends who have never planned is like getting advice from people who aren’t experts or even amateurs. (I’m really sorry if that’s offensive, I don’t mean it to be!) This is just in my experience, but I find that the opinions they throw out there are more reflections of what they want, as opposed to what you would like. Whereas, the advice I’ve received from my “bride buddies” are tailored 100% to me. :)

Having said that…. This Wedding Wednesday tip would be to… FIND A BRIDE BUDDY! Whether it be a once-was-bride, or a fellow bride-to-be, buddy up, SERIOUSLY!

Wedding Wednesday: Shopping Online

I have to admit, I’m not the greatest bargain shopper! In fact, I kind of suck at bargain shopping! Whilst shopping, a lot of individuals have a filter that say, “No, don’t buy it. It’s too expensive and not worth it.” My filter, on the other hand, says, “You like it so much, you better buy it before it’s gone.” And well, that obviously does not make for a good money saving technique. Eek!

While planning and saving for my wedding hasn’t fully shifted my money spending habits, it’s definitely helped me to be more frugal (especially since I’ve got eight bridesmaids to think about)! With that said, this Wedding Wednesday post are about my two favorite and go-to places for my online wedding shopping, ETSY & EBAY, and some other tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

etsy

ETSY // Ahh yes. :) I think every girl and their moms know what etsy.com is! If you look in my wedding binder, you’ll find receipts and invoices galore from dear old Etsy! The hugest pro to this site, in my opinion, is that they have very cute, unique, and one-of-a-kind items. When it comes to price, I find that it ranges, from dirt cheap to pretty darn expensive! BUT, my favorite thing? Because Etsy’s not some huge, corporate big wig and you’re dealing with actual individual “store” owners, it’s easier to work out a deal, or customize your items further.

While I haven’t ordered or worked out a deal that I’ve actually followed through on, I’ve messaged, or in Etsy lingo, started a conversation with a bunch of dress makers in regards to my bridesmaids dresses. And each and every one of them were happy to give me a discount of some sort! Whether it be $10 off per dress OR 10% off my entire order, I’m still saving. And that’s the beauty of it. :) Now instead of $100, I pay $90 and save $10 to buy something else. :)

EBAY // Similar to Etsy, eBay is great  for bargaining AND finding items that are hard to find elsewhere! The eBay community is so large, someone’s bound to offer what you’re looking for. Last week, for example, I found this crazy, adorable photo on Pinterest. The bride and her bridesmaids had gigantic paper roses as their bouquets. I fell instantly in love. I found a blog on how to make the flowers myself and thus, went off in search for the needed materials. I think I literally searched every nook and cranny of the world wide web and for the most part, proved fruitless. :( And then, low and behold, I found ONE person who offered teal crepe paper sheets on Etsy! I lucked out, as each set offered 6 sheets of crepe paper (I needed four). Each set was $10.75 and the shipping was $1.75… So $12.50 total, for one rose. After doing the math, I was a little hesitant to order more sets for my bridesmaids, as the total would’ve run me close to $100. So I messaged the seller and asked if she would give me a discount, since I’d be ordering so many sets. She said she’d happily give me $1 off each set. Then, I came to the realization that I actually only needed to order 4 sets of sheets, since my bridesmaid’s bouquets would be smaller than mine. I asked if she would still offer me the discount although I would only be ordering 4 sets and she did! I saved $4, but with that $4, I was able to buy two rolls of washi tape for my guest books!

SHOPPING.GOOGLE.COM // When I’m having difficulty finding items that I need (it just dawned on me that I must be really picky, because I’m always having trouble looking for items!), I turn to shopping.google.com. Why? Because it’s a metasearch engine, that pulls from a million websites and shows you the results in one place. The other day, for example, I was looking for aqua footwear (for myself of course). And none of the sites I was looking at were really giving me results. FRUSTRATING! Finally, I jumped onto Google and aqua shoes galore! I found a few prospectives, pinned them, and went on my merry way! I promise, this site will save you from a huge headache! A couple more awesome things about browsing through this engine? It allows you to find similar items to what you’re looking for and it allows you to compare prices for same items.

RETAIL ME NOT // Coupons ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND. While it’s hard to find coupons for sites such as Etsy and eBay, more often than not, you’re bound to find coupons for other stores. While I was searching for my wedding fonts, I found one that I really liked on myfonts.com. While they were pretty inexpensive, I still wanted to see if I could save a buck and sure enough, I could. I ended up saving 10% off my entire order. Which equated to two bucks and change, but as I mentioned before, that two bucks could’ve boughten me more washi tape or even a sample of a wedding sash. I even found a coupon for 20% off on JCPenney.com which would’ve worked out perfectly, if I had decided to buy a pair of aqua shoes. :) retailmenot.com has literally, the loads, of coupons (both for in-store and online)! There are often restrictions, like $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, but HEY. A coupon is a coupon, and a penny saved is a penny earned. ;)

 

Wedding Wednesdays: Pinterest!

If women were only able to associate the beloved social media site Pinterest, with one word, I can bet that at least 90% of them would say: weddings. It is seriously, every bride’s one stop shop for all things wedding! You can dress shop, you can find ideas for invitations (and even invitations themselves). 

While finding inspiration for your wedding is virtually limitless on Pinterest, I’ve found, now that I’m actually planning an amazing way to utilize Pinterest! So, I just thought I’d share. :) 

PinterestBoard

Now that Pinterest has created SECRET BOARDS, it makes planning for your wedding 1000x more effective. :) Here’s how I use my secret boards to my advantage.

  1. WEDDING DRESS + SHOES
    Naturally, your wedding dress is something you don’t want anyone to see pre-wedding. (My sister, for example, didn’t even want my mom to see it!) But saving photos of potential wedding dresses is kind of no use either, since you won’t know where you got it from, etc. SO, with the use of a secret board, you can easily pin your dream dress without having to ruin the surprise! For me, I pin the dress I want (all views, front, back, side) and in the description space I write: 
    Dress Description/Style | Where The Dress is From | Dress Price (And Original Price if on sale)
    This way, when I want to go back to this dress, I can easily view all views and the price as where it was from originally. 

  2. WEDDING INVITATION STATIONARY SUITE
    WEDDING FLORALS + DECOR
    ENGAGEMENT PHOTO IDEAS
    GENERAL WEDDING IDEAS
    Just like your wedding dress board, the rest of your wedding is somewhat of a secret to all of your guests… I like to think of it as the “awww” effect. When people show up to my wedding reception, I want them to “oohhh and aww.” And that won’t happen if they’ve already seen it all on my Pinterest! 
  3. ORGANIZATION
    I keep everything as separated as possible. Instead of having my entire bridal ensemble (dress + shoes) on one board, I have them in separate boards so that I can compare them all at one time, versus having to look at wedding dresses and stationary and floral designs and make up, etc. 
  4. BOOKMARK
    Instead of bookmarking things in my browser, I bookmark them on Pinterest. For example, I found two different suppliers of burlap table runners… One on Etsy and one on Koyal Wholesale. Browser bookmarks are not visual at all! They’re simply a list and that gets hard to sift through. But with Pinterest, all you have to do is look for the image you’ve associated with the site and voila! You’re back to where you once were. And just like my wedding dress + shoes, I like to write in the description the price (and shipping prices) so that I can compare them easily.

Not sure if this will help anyone, but I know it helped me a whole load! :) Pinterest went from overwhelming to useful and helpful in a heartbeat!

 

That’s what you get when you propose to the girl who’s been planning her wedding her entire life

Engagement RingSorry WordPress World! For boring you with all of my wedding crap, but uhhh… That’s what my world is nowadays! LOL. I don’t know if there’s any chick fiancé out there quite like me (but I’m sure there is), that’s pretty much gone nuts since they’ve gotten engaged!

Literally, since he asked me, to this very moment in time (which happens to be 11:04PM on a Thursday night),  I’ve done nothing but work and plan my wedding. Is that craziness or is that craziness? Uhh yeah, it’s insane!!!! =| Kai keeps telling me that I’m crazy, because I plan so much and I’m always doing wedding stuff, and I always tell him, “Well, that’s what you get when you propose to the girl who’s been planning her wedding her entire life.” Haha!

Speaking of… It’s kind of funny. ‘Cause as “that girl,” you go through life with this notion of what you want… And you always say, “I want this, I want that, this is how it’s going to be, this is what I am going to wear,” but then, low and behold, you start planning and it’s never what you wanted.

When A Cinderalla Story starring Hilary Duff came out, I remember thinking, “Her dress, is the dress I’m going to wear when I get married.” (It was that poofy, ball gown looking thing.) And for the longest time, I truly believed that that’s the kind of dress I would be caught dead wearing… But now that I’m actually in the midst of the search for my wedding gown, that type of dress is well, just not me. And the dress that I have found and (yay! lucky me) get to tailor to look exactly like I want it… When I show a select few what it will sort of look like, they say, “Oh my God, that’s totally you.” 

Anywho, I don’t quite know what the point of this blog is… Probably just a ramble since I’m still so excited! :) So I guess I’ll step to it and get some rest for work tomorrow!

PS: Introducing, my beautiful ENGAGEMENT ring. :)

Wedding Wednesday: Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I stumbled upon a blog today, ironically, that used the exact same template as mine. :) And as I was reading, the title of her blog was Wedding Wednesdays. So yes, I’m copying her! LOL. Shout out to her (can’t remember what her name was). Hahahaha.

Anyhow, I know I haven’t been on in a little while, nor have I announced my engagement like I’ve been wanting to, but for good reason! I have been so busy. With the complete rebrand of a local Hawaii Cake Company, work, and all the excitement of the engagement, I’ve really had no time to do anything else! But alas, here’s my first Wedding Wednesday Post. :)

If you’re like me, you know that Pinterest has a million ideas for everything wedding. One of them being, the “Will you be my bridesmaid?” card. Well, of course, as a graphic designer, there was no way in hell I was going to pass that up! I had originally wanted to do a really cute box that had colors, themes, and all that good stuff, but I was too impatient! I was still very pleased with the end result though! So, all’s good in the neighborhood.

Every bride is different and every bride has different tastes! But if your taste is similar to mine and you’re on a budget and pressed for time all the time (like I am!)… I would suggest something to the effect of this.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card Envelopes

Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

  1. Colored Envelopes | $5 | Fisher Hawaii
    Office supply stores in Hawaii are very limited. :( SO SAD, but true. So they didn’t have the exact teal/aqua color I was looking for. Instead, I grabbed the closest thing! :)
  2. White Paint Pens (Med. & Fine Point) | $2/ea | Fisher Hawaii
    I grabbed two paint pens, one thick (for the big name), and one fine (for the address).
  3. Heart Hole Punch | $6 | Fisher Hawaii
  4. White Cardstock
  5. Kraft Paper

And here’s what I did to achieve my cutesie cards:

  1. Design
    If you’re a designer, well, then… GET TO IT! :) Or, if you have an artsy/graphic designer friend, take them out for coffee and coerce ;) them into designing your cards for you! IF not, GOOGLE! There are many designers out there who love sharing their work… You should be able to find something you can use. And if that route doesn’t pan out for you, you can even design your cards in Word document! No, seriously… Typography looks just as good as any illustration does. :)
  2. Print & Cut
    You can either print them yourselves (like I did) and cut them yourselves (like I did), or you can outsource them to a company like Office Max or Kinko’s! For those of you who don’t have access to good quality printers, I’d suggest printing at Office Max and cutting them yourself to save money! (Office Max in Hawaii charges $1.17 per slice, which means AT LEAST $4.68!) Oh, and make sure it’s on cardstock (The heaviest pound they have! 80# works too.) so you can achieve the feel of a card.
  3. Address Your Envelopes
    If you don’t mind your handwriting (or are a calligrapher, I WISH I WAS!), address away! :) I don’t think I have bad handwriting, so I just went ahead and did mine on my own. You can always employ the help of a friend for this too… Just make sure they’re not one of your bridesmaids. :)
  4. Make Confetti
    With my heart hole punch and kraft paper, I punched away making little kraft paper heart confettis. :) I folded my kraft paper in half so that I got two hearts per punch! I punched about 20 times for each card. And, I punched them right into/on the envelope. :)
  5. Stuff
    When I finished with that, I simply stuffed my cards and confetti inside, sealed them and that was it!

Here’s the finished product:

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

It only took me an hour and a half (shopping for supplies included) to create these bad boys! All of my bridesmaids said they loved the heart confetti. :) Figured they would… It’s my favorite part! LOL.

Kiss Me Like Kai Kisses Her…

WARNING: This blog may cause one to puke from corniness, cheesiness, and the like. It may or may not turn into a very mushy gushy post about love. If you react negatively to this type of blog, I highly recommend exiting out and turning your attention elsewhere. If not, enjoy. :) LOL!

It’s no secret that my boyfriend Kai and I have been through more than our fair share of ups and downs within the span of a year. If I am being honest with myself, I can admit that there were multiple times in 2013 when I firmly believed that nothing would ever come of what we had. But, ask me what I believe now, and I’ll tell you something completely different.

Me & Kai Guy

Last weekend, Kai and I flew to the Big Island for a little weekend getaway. Going into the weekend, I’ll admit, I felt a little bit of stress… I wasn’t really sure what to expect. And sadly, I definitely didn’t think it would turn out the way it did. I thought that we would fly home and we’d have an okay time, but in the end, we actually had an amazing time. :)

I can’t tell you how much we needed that. The entire time during our little vacay, Kai kept teasing, saying, whenever he’d open my door, “Hope you’re having an excellent honeymoon Mrs. (insert his last name here).” It was dorky, but oh so cute. And it made my heart flutter. (PS: I’ll do a separate post on our Big Island trip.)

When we got back, I posted this picture on my Instagram (@jillybabes) and one of my friends commented on it saying, “Your guys’ love is so inspiring. ❤❤❤” Let me tell you, that just about my heart melt into a huge heart-shaped puddle on the ground. :)

You might be wondering, why? Well, I’ll tell you… When Kai and I first started dating (like, official boyfriend/girlfriend) so many people would tell us that through the way we interacted with one another, they could see how in love we were. And that they could just tell we were meant for one another. And one comment that will forever stick out in my mind is when Kai’s friend’s girlfriend said to me, “You and Kai are so cute together. When I see you guys kiss, I get jealous.” I started laughing when she said that. The idea seemed preposterous to me. I could understand getting jealous if you’re single, but she wasn’t. When I asked her why on earth us kissing would elicit such a response she said, “When Kai kisses you, I just want to grab (boyfriend’s name here) and tell him, ‘kiss me like Kai kisses her.’ Because I can see and feel the love you share.” 

I won’t ever go into the nitty gritty details of what Kai and I went through on a blog, but if I said that all the experiences Kai and I have shared could fuel the pages of an epic romance novel you wouldn’t want to put down, then you can draw conclusions for yourself. My point? That through it all, to have finally gotten back to the point that we once were? Truly, utterly, completely, amazing.

Waipi‘o: Kai & I

The White Crayola Crayon

Futon and Wall Art

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of redecorating and rearranging my little apartment. :) While I usually like to make projects such as these happen quickly (as in knock it out in one weekend), I know from experience, that unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

After I got home from work, I had no intentions of redecorating or doing anything “homey” for that matter. After a nice glass of red wine, I got up to do a little bit of cleaning. In doing so, I found the backing to the cubbies I bought this past weekend. I picked them up to toss them in the trash, before the light bulb went off in my head. Realizing that the back of them were of kraft paper coloring (which, by the way, I’m completely in love with), I thought hmm… Maybe I can turn these in to some kind of wall art?

Big Island Wall Art

Counting out what I will call my kraft paper squares, I found that I had five. PERFECT. :) I had originally planned on doing simple wall prints that I had designed that were very colorful. But I looked at the squares and my love for that kraft paper had me overcome!

Walking into my room and spotting a box of crayons, another light bulb went off in my head. I picked out the white Crayola crayon and grabbed one of the prints I’d designed and printed. I cut out the Big Island to use as a stencil and from there, I created what follows. :)

Big Island Wall Art - Close Up

While it’s not quite what I was envisioning, I must say that it’s even better than what I had originally expected and planned. :) I am very in love with the outcome and can’t wait to continue on.