The holiday seasons is officially upon us! Shopping for men can be particularly challenging, so below are some great gift ideas for the men in your life.
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Gloss I’m normally not one to like wearing lip gloss, but this is pigmented enough to wear on it’s own or layered with other lip products. It’s a your lips but better shade that I wore on my wedding day. I think the color would be flattering on most skin tones.
- Footed Dessert Dish I was skeptical of how often I’d use these, but I actually use them a lot. It’s great for dessert but I’ve also served overnight oats and yogurt in it. I like being able to serve things in serveware that seems specific to whatever I’m serving. To be honest, it just makes me feel fancy.
- Bath and Body Works Leather Candle Cover I love Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles but don’t love the packaging. The packaging tends to clash with my home and it’s not my style. This is a leather candle cover that slides on and off and hides the kitchy packaging. I have two of them, one in plain black and one in plain soft pink. The ones I have seem to be sold out but the one linked is the same, it just has an embossment.
- Bose Speaker I’ve had this speaker for a while but I’ve really been loving it this summer. The description says it holds a 12 hour play time but I feel like it holds a charge even longer than that. It’s small but powerful. With similar portable small speakers I feel like you have to put it in the right spot for the sound to carry throughout the floor it’s on, but I can put this in any corner and the sounds travels throughout the primary living area (I do have an open floor plan). It’s great to bring to the beach, lake, or summer BBQs.
- Musso Lello Ice Cream Machine I plan to do a full review of this so I won’t go into it too much detail now but I LOVE this ice cream machine. I’m an ice cream fanatic so I love being able to make homemade ice cream (I can taste the difference). It’s one of the kitchen items I have that I know I’ll have for a lifetime.
I found that the hardest thing about wedding planning was compiling a day of timeline. Before I get into the timeline, I want to say that it’s OKAY to not follow your timeline exactly. The only things that are really time sensitive are being ready on time and starting the ceremony roughly on time. Other than that, if something doesn’t happen at the exact time you plan it to, no one will notice and it won’t effect your day.
Below is my wedding day timeline for a 5pm ceremony time. Keep in mind we didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen which saved a lot of time when taking photos and getting ready. I did get my hair professionally done off site and I did my own makeup. You should also note that the “getting ready time” is for taking photos of us getting ready. We were already dressed. I should also mention that our wedding was at the top of the mountain in Vail and the reception was at the bottom of the mountain. It took about 15 minutes to get up or down the mountain.
9:15-10:15am Bridal Makeup
10:30-11am Groom’s Hair
11am-Noon Bride’s Hair
1:30pm Photographer Arrives
2pm Groom, Groom’s Mother, and Groom’s Brother get dressed
2:15pm Bridal Bouquet Delivery
2:30pm Vendors can set up the reception
2:30pm Bride and Bride’s Mother get dressed
3-4:30pm 1st look and Family Photos
5:05pm Ceremony Starts (for a typical wedding you probably don’t need to start the ceremony later than the time given to your guests HOWEVER our ceremony site required taking the gondola and we wanted to allow a little extra time for guests to find it and get seated)
5:20pm Ceremony Concludes
5:20pm Guest leave for the reception
5:20-6:30pm Bride and Groom Take Photos
5:30-6:30pm Cocktail Hour
6:30pm Guest move into the reception room and find their seats
6:35pm Bride and Groom make entrance into the reception and Groom makes a welcome toast
6:40pm Dinner Begins
7:20pm Father of the Bride Speech
7:25pm Brother of the Groom Speech
7:30pm Cut Cake
8pm Bride and Groom 1st Dance
9:45pm Bride and Groom Exit
10pm Reception Concludes
10-11pm Reception Break Down
We chose not to partake in some wedding traditions like the garter toss and bouquet toss because I personally feel it’s usually tacky.
On July 2nd my husband and I FINALLY got to have our wedding that we have been planning for over two years. I’ve shared some pictures over on Instagram but I want to go over some of the details of the wedding here. I ordered all of my wedding paper items from Minted because of their timeliness, quality, and customer service.
For save the dates, we knew we wanted to use one of our engagement photos while still keeping it simple. We decided on the Elegant Space Save the Dates in the petite size, on the smooth signature paper.
For our invitations, we wanted something simple and elegant. For this we ordered the Simplicity Wedding Invitations in 5″x7″ on the pearlescent finish paper. Lucky for us, these invitations were still available for the second round of invitations.
Like most couples that had plans to marry in 2020, we had to postpone our wedding. We ordered these postponement notices on standard paper in the petite size.
For all the save the dates, invitations, and the postponements we opted for address printing on the envelopes which saved us a lot of time (plus I don’t have nice penmanship). Thankfully Minted has free recipient addressing on envelopes.
Another thing that saved us a lot of time and effort is having return address stickers. I ordered the return address stickers from Zazzle. They also reinforced sealing the envelopes.
Back when we sent our our save the dates, Minted offered custom postage stamps. Fortunately we ordered enough for the save the dates, 1st round of invites, postponements, 2nd round of invites, and thank you cards. They no longer offer this but I believe you can create custom postage through USPS.
For our Thank You Cards we ordered these. We knew we wanted to use a wedding photo on the thank you cards so we made sure to ask our photographer in advance to send us a sneak peak of photos that we could use for thank you cards.
You will notice on the save the dates, invites, and postponement notices that we refer to a wedding website. We setup our website through the Knot, and I HIGHLY recommend having a wedding website. This came in handy when we postponed. It’s almost a necessity when you have a destination wedding because you will have tons of information to rely to your guests and it’s nice to have it all in one place that they can access from anywhere at anytime.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner and starting today you can view the preview of the sale. Below are my picks for the sale & what I have on my wishlist.
- Halogen Cardigan 2. Funnel Neck Sweater 3. Daydreamer Shirt 4. Caslon Sweater 5. Barefoot Dreams Sweaters 6. Ugg Sweater 7. Vince Camuto Top
Shoes & Accessories
Skincare, Makeup, & Beauty Tools
- Wolf Jewelry Box 2. Silk Pillowcases 3. Barefoot Dreams Blanket 4. Bliss Blanket 5. Larq Bottle 6. Steak Knife Set
My Wish List