The PDF for this adorable bathroom sign is available above, just print and frame!! Perfect to frame and place in the bathroom so all your gentleman guests remember to hit the dance floor!! For personal use only. © the polka dotted bee 2014
Our Libby Invitation Suite is named after this lovely bride, who had her wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings today!
The PDF for this adorable bathroom sign is available above, just print and frame!! Perfect to frame and place in the bathroom so all your guests remember to hit the dance floor!! For personal use only. © the polka dotted bee 2014
Nothing is better than a perfectly embellished gift! These tags are prefect for your wedding day gifts. Below you will find a PDF file for these pretty tags!
Here's what you'll need:
Paper of your choice to print the file below. A standard 8.5" X11" sheet is perfect. The PDF is already formatted for standard paper size containing 10 tags per page.
A large tag punch (3" X 2") or you can simply cut them into squares if you don't have a punch.
A small hole punch to create the hole for your ribbon to go through.
Ribbon or twine of your choice.
For personal use only. ©the polka dotted bee 2016
Let’s face it. We register for things we don’t need; sometimes for the sake of just finally getting to register somewhere! Truth of the matter is, we don’t really need the things we register for and are all just hoping for cash on the big day. Yes, cash is king!! But no one is handing out cash on the day of your shower. How meaningful are a set of towels or a cookbook? Lingerie from a Great Aunt, I’ll pass, and so should you. Truth is, there are a million wonderful and sentimental gifts that we can opt for that don’t break the bank, and will have significant meaning to you and your husband for years to come.
I was thinking the other day of the items I have in my home that I love and treasure. Truth be told, the all came from places that you can’t really register. Memories or feelings aren’t evoked from items that can be purchased from a big box store. The items that I cherish most (and I suspect you too) are items that have some sort of significance to me. Jewelry (valuable or not so much) from my grandmother, quirky items I have collected over the years from flea markets or thrift stores, an old serving plate given to me by my husband’s grandmother, a copy of a favorite childhood book from my mother, an old photograph, an old and tattered recipe card. These collections of items tell a story about who I am, where I have been and where I am going.
Sure, this idea may not be for everyone, but how great would it be to open up a box, and there was something inside that no one else has? A “Something Old Shower” is a chance for your guests to have a little fun, especially if you are in a situation where you don’t need a thing. If you thought about registering for a pair of shoes, I’m talking to you!! Allow your guests to share a special moment with you. Allow and encourage them to be mushy and sentimental. Maybe your friend has some great old pictures of the two of you, but she feels cheap giving you a gift like that. Aren’t those friends and memories what truly count anyway? Maybe your stepmother has a great cocktail ring she would like to give to you and is looking for the perfect time. Maybe your sister found the exact book that you used to read as children. Maybe that crazy Aunt who was going to opt for scratchy black and red lingerie has some truly quirky salt and pepper shakers that she knows you would get a hoot out of.
Who would gift these things under normal circumstances? Truth is, probably no one, because they wouldn’t want to look cheap.
Some suggestions and how to gift vintage items:
Vintage Table Linens: Look for great quality table linens. There are so many vibrant and quality options. Be sure to inspect them for flaws. Don’t give something stained or tattered. Launder them. Wrap them in a gorgeous way!
Glass Pitchers, Vases, Knick Knacks: Again, look for quality pieces, pieces that coordinate with the Brides style. Wrap them beautifully in a heavy duty box. Incorporate something to go with the item, like Lemonade mix, or a favorite recipe for Sweet Tea. Vintage cake toppers are also something that I find really interesting and intriguing. Salt and pepper shakers are great too! Who doesn’t love some vintage S&P shakers that are comical and just off the wall.
Jewelry: Anything special that is in good condition and that the Bride can possibly use on her big day. Value is of no factor, if it’s interesting and fun, she will love it.
Vintage post cards: Try to keep them meaningful. Like of special locations (hometowns, college towns, old vacation spots, etc) to the bride and groom. Group them together so the bride could frame them if she wishes
Serving trays: These are a great and very practical item. Again, chose wisely. Condition is key and make sure it has some sort of meaning. And PS, they are cheap, cheap and cheap!
Notions and Haberdashery: Perhaps the bride is doing a lot of DIY for her wedding. Some great notions like paper ephemera, old millinery flowers and antique ribbons would be great gifts for people like myself!!
Handkerchiefs: Perfect. I don’t think I of all people need to say anymore.
If you are a total control freak, you can still curate your post nuptial home with some great items. You can register for vintage goods on Etsy or create visible “Collections” on Ebay to guide your guests in the right direction.
Excited?!? Me too! Stay tuned for some great invitation designs to set the tone for this fun and memory filled day with the important ladies of your life!
My little girl turned two!!! Peppa Pig is her world right now! So naturally, a Peppa Party was in order for her big day. We traveled to Grandma's Cabin with other family members to celebrate the big day. As you can imagine, I am always tempted to go all out for a party, but this year I challenged myself to keep the budget in check and be realistic about my expectations for the party. Sometimes is a difficult balance between trying to execute the little nuggets you found on Pintrest and planning a party suitable and enjoyable for children. I think I managed to accomplish both. I found some really reasonable party decorations and activities from Oriental Trading Co. Including the umbrellas, which we hung from the trees, the ceramic rain boot planters, which the kids painted and then planted. And the blow up balls, which I thought were just going to brighten the space, but turned out to keep the kiddos entertained for hours. It was a happy day.
It’s often difficult to narrow now an exact wedding style. Sure, you know what you like and you’ve Pinned a million ideas, but how do you narrow it down? How do you stay within your budget? What is wedding branding? And can I really do that on my own? Of course you can! You don’t need a marketing degree to figure out a cohesive look for your big day! Here are some simple, budget friendly tips and tricks for creating a thoughtfully curated and unique wedding.
Know what fonts you like and why. Know their names. Use them!!!! Don’t be afraid to ask a designer what fonts are used in your invitations. This should be a font that is used repeatedly throughout your wedding in some way. Don’t choose one font, chose a variety that coordinates well together. Don’t feel married to a traditional script font. Chose something that reflects the day you want. Use a casual font for a casual wedding, and a formal font for a formal wedding. Easy right?
Use PDF’s!!! There are many resources, such as Etsy and Creative Market that sell PDF’s. These items are professionally designed and you print them on your own. They are very budget friendly and are a great option for Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties. Your friends will thank you for considering their wallets, and you will get a beautiful product that relates back to the rest of your wedding.
Create a color palate that is more than 2 colors. Using a variety of colors helps, even if they are slight variations of the same shade. There are a ton of websites dedicated to color palates. They are easy to browse and FREE. You can also browse paint chips from your local hardware store.