Walking down the aisle

Save the date(s)

Hi! Yes I’ve been dormant, but I will try to be better this year!

My wedding is less than 6 months away, and pretty much 85% things are taken care of. We have booked our honeymoon (separate posting coming up), 4 out of my 6 bridesmaids have found their dresses, we have decided on our wedding favours, and I’m having a meeting this weekend with my friend who will be making our wedding cake! So technically I could get married right next month 🙂

Anyways, back to the topic for today – SAVE THE DATEs. We don’t have the biggest budget for our wedding, so we decided to save a bit of money by going with e-version of Save the dates, rather than mailing them out. We’ve already sent one out exactly 1 year before the wedding, since ours is during the peak of wedding season and wanted to give people plenty of heads up! And now that we are less than half a year away, we will be sending a second round of Save the dates hopefully this weekend.

I’ve designed all our stationaries – from Save the dates to our invitation cards and RSVP cards, and also our website – and this certainly helped us with saving money here and there. So if you have the skills, this is the time to use it!

First thing I had to keep in mind before designing all these stationaries, was the THEME. I love peonies, and our wedding colours are blush, lavender, and gold, so I had to work these into all of them. Each with their own ‘oomph’, but with a common melody. I looked up and researched a lot of other available designs online for reference, since this was my first time designing anything of this sort.

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As you can see – there are lots of pink & lavender-coloured flowers (although no peonies :(), I kept it simple enough with a touch of gold. And our round 2 Save the dates looks like this:

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This one is a bit more ‘personal’, as now we have a bunch of pictures from our engagement session. But the colour gold stayed, as well as my lavender skirt.

What do you think? I think e-Save the dates are a great alternative to traditional snail-mail ones, as:

  • It’s cost-effective
  • You know it won’t get lost
  • Everyone is on their phones anyways, checking their emails constantly
  • And you’re saving trees!

Ahnyoung for now 🙂

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Walking down the aisle

Bling Boutique Bridal Show

Yesterday I went to the very first bridal show – Bling Boutique Bridal Show – of my life with my mom. They had tickets on sale for awhile for $35, but I couldn’t justify the ticket price since I already booked most of my vendours. Nonetheless, admin girl from my work got me this brochure that had promotion code for free admission, so I thought what the heck, why not! Also, my other concern for this event was that it’s at the new Trump hotel. Obviously I’m not the biggest fan of Trump, AND the building wasn’t even done with its construction works yet. So this morning on my way to church, I asked the concierge that was standing outside the building if the event is actually happening. Apparently the building connects to Fortis building, and he confirmed that it is still on. I was quite surprised that people were already lined up in front of the building 20 minutes before the doors were open!!

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After having brunch at Tableau with my parents, my mom and I went straight to Trump hotel to see what’s up. There were about 50 vendours, ranging from florists and makeup artists, to DJs and wedding dress shops. There were quite a few interesting vendours too, including Archimallows (homemade marshmallows!), Hugo’s Churros, and Jack Coffee which would’ve been great options to explore if I went ahead with my farm wedding idea! Anyhow it was just as great to try their samples at the event.

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At 3pm, Blush bridal put on a fashion show with dresses by Vera Wang, Hayley Paige, and Berta (I think there was one more brand, but I don’t remember…). Vera Wang is not my favourite(GASP), although I love HP and Berta. My actual dress is actually by HP!

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As I’ve mentioned, I pretty much have all vendours figured out, but my fiancĂ© and I have been talking about maybe setting up a photo booth as well. And I am very glad I found Pixstar at this event, as they were offering a special promo price. Plus, I got to try out the photo booth with my mom 🙂

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I think we were there for about 2 hours. If you ask me if it was worth the ticket price of $40, my honest answer would be a hard maybe.. but for free? I’ll definitely be back if I get a chance. At the end of the day, we got a little swag bag with magazines, chocolates and coffee from vendours, and tons of business cards.

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It was a great Sunday for this bride and the mother of the bride ❤

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