All About The Wedding Invitations

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.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Preview

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.

Women’s Clothing

  1. 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

1. Kork-Ease Bootie 2. Coach Handbag 3. Treasure and Bond Boot 4. Large Longchamp Backpack 5. Pendant Necklace

Skincare, Makeup, & Beauty Tools

1. Oribe Set 2. Mario Badescu Set 3. Lancome Set 4. Rare Earth Mask 5. Lightstim 6. Clinique Set 7. Brow Kit 8. Curling Iron

Home

  1. Wolf Jewelry Box 2. Silk Pillowcases 3. Barefoot Dreams Blanket 4. Bliss Blanket 5. Larq Bottle 6. Steak Knife Set

Men’s

  1. Polo 2. Shorts 3. Jacket

My Wish List

  1. Waffle Knit Sweater 2. Zella Leggings 3. Color Block Sweater 4. Thong 5. Popcorn Sweater

Planning A Wedding Again After Postponing It

It’s finally happening! My wedding is only about a month away. If you haven’t been following, in late June of last year my venue told me I will need to postpone my wedding due to the pandemic. Our original wedding date was 8.14.20 (we did elope on this day) but we rescheduled the ceremony and reception to July of 2021. With the wedding approaching, I got back in to wedding planning. I thought it could be useful for me to share how I have started wedding planning again.

What I’ve Recently Completed

I did decide to send out invitations again. I know I’m not the only one that seemed a little undecided about sending invitations again after a postponement notice but ultimately I decided it was best. I viewed the postponement notice (our postponements had the new date on them) as a new save the date so I figured I should send out formal invitations as well.

I also had my 1st dress fitting. I was a little nervous about trying on my dress again for the first time since 2019 but lucky it fits and I still love it! Everyone told me dress fittings are exhausting and I didn’t believe it until I experienced it. Standing still with perfect posture for 2 hours is exhausting!

We also rented my husband’s tux. Since so many weddings last year got postponed to this Summer there is a huge influx in tux rentals so if you are getting married this Summer I recommend renting the tux ASAP.

Issues Planning During A Pandemic

Because our venue furloughed it’s wedding team last year, unfortunately some of the staff left including the pastry chef and our wedding coordinator. Luckily the wedding coordinator position was filled quickly. As of last night the venue finally gave us a wedding cake solution so we get to have a wedding cake!

Unfortunately the girl I had my hair trial with also got furloughed because of the pandemic and subsequently left. The salon has two stylist so I’m still getting my hair done at the same salon just with a different person.

What I Have Left To Do

Finalize the shot list.

A shot list is a list of specific photos you want you photographer to take. I’ve looked to Pinterest to help me create a list and I’ve also gone through our engagement photos to determine what photos we liked best to give our photographer an idea of what we want.

Finalize Song List

I wouldn’t call myself an indecisive person BUT when you have made hundreds of decisions surrounding a wedding it does start to make you feel burnt out on decision making. For that reason, I’ve really been struggling we determining what songs we want played.

Seating Chart

Since I’m having an extremely small wedding the seating chart will be a breeze!

Day of Timeline/Ceremony Timeline

Creating a day of timeline and ceremony timeline will probably be an easy task.

Second Dress Fitting

I do have a second dress fitting next week. From my understanding the second dress fitting is easier than the first. I believe at second fittings you make sure you can lift your arms in the dress, walk around, sit, and learn how to bustle it.

Best Memorial Day Sales 2021

You all know I love a good sale and I always share the best deals so below are the best Memorial Day Sales for 2021.

Back Country

Up to 50% off

15% off your first order when subscribing to emails

J.Crew

25% off your purchase with code WEEKEND

Extra 40% off women’s, men’s, and kids sale styles with code WEEKEND

Banana Republic

40% off

Target

15% off select outdoor furniture

$5 gift card when you spend $25 on select sun care, hair care, and skin care

10% off select speedo items

Up to 50% off home decor, toys, clothing, and more

Nordstrom

Up to 50% off

S’Well

25% off sitewide with code MAY21

Dermstore

Up to 20% off with code SALEAWAY

Frontgate

Up to 40% off sitewide

Extra savings on sale items

ASOS

25% off everything when you spend $30 or more with code MEMDAY

Mango

30% off purchases over $120 with code EXTRA30

Revolve

Up to 50% off

Old Navy

Up to 50% off

Gap

50% off tanks, tees, and dresses

40% off everything else

Use code Sunshine

Anthropologie

Extra 40% off sale items

Pottery Barn

Up to 50% off

West Elm

Up to 75% off

Williams Sonoma

Up to 50% off

Baublebar

Take an extra 20% off sale with code Sale20

Mark & Graham

Up tp 50% off

Express

40% off everything

Nordstrom Rack

Extra 25% off clearance

Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Up to 40% off

Summer Dinner Ideas

Most people get excited for cooking during the Fall and Winter, but I’m here to say I really love cooking in the Summer. I think Summer foods/recipes are very underrated. I love all of the bright and fresh ingredients often used in Summer recipes. Below are some of my favorite Summer dinner ideas (that I honestly tend to make year-round).

Pasta al Limone from Bon Appetit

This pasta is to die for! I love to have it with grilled chicken and zuchinni.

Buffalo Chicken Salad from Delish

This is a recipe I have recently started incorporating into our “go-to” meals. It’s the type of salad that feels unhealthy but is actually healthy and satisfying. I don’t follow the recipe exactly. I mostly use the recipe for the chicken marinade then toss it together with romaine, blue cheese crumbles, corn, sunflower seeds, and blue cheese dressing.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp from Delish

This recipe feels like it takes no time to make and it’s healthy. I love to serve this with brown rice and asparagus.

Summer Corn Pasta from Laura in the Kitchen

I know this recipe might sound a bit strange but you’re just going to have to trust me when I say it’s delicious. We’ve had it on it’s own but it would also make the perfect side for a BBQ get together.

Baked Cod with Panko

This recipe I actually have not tried yet but I’m confident it will be good.

Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

Ceviche recipe from Jessica Gavin and Homemade Tostada recipe from Isabel Eats

This ceviche and tostada recipe is a match made in heaven. For the tostadas, I like to squeeze some lime juice and sprinkle salt on them immediately after they come out of the oven.