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The Bride Box 2015 Vendor Spotlight

The Bride Box 2015 Vendor Spotlight

Hey there ladies! We thought we’d take some time to tell you more about some of the amazing vendor partners that we have featured in The Bride Box – a monthly subscription box for brides!

Waterfall Designs

Waterfall Designs, is a family owned business specializing in personalized glassware and clothing for wedding parties and events. After years of growth, their shop has become a personal favorite for brides all around the world who are searching for unique and personalized wedding gifts. Visit their website and you will find exceptional apparel for brides and bridesmaids such as aprons, tank tops, T-shirts, canvas tote bags, and adorable baby onesies! They also feature stunning glassware such as wine glasses, champagne flutes, and mugs. Be sure to check out their stainless-steel flasks. Your hubby and groomsmen are sure to love them.
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Prepare Wear

Prepare Wear is a team based out of California that specializes in bride and bridal party apparel, and is dedicated to making products that are tailored and customized to YOU. Visit their Etsy shop and find lots of gorgeous clothing to help make you feel special before your big day! They have everything from neon “Team Bride” hats to sparkling rhinestone “Bride” Tees and “Mother of the Groom” tank tops. Custom orders are available upon request, so make sure you scoop up their bachelorette party hats and give your gals something to say thank you.
The Bride Box 2015 Vendor Spotlight

The Crafty Smiths

 The Crafty Smiths are a husband/wife business based out of Washington state. They specialize in high-quality laser cutting, etching, and other various crafts. Visit their website at CraftySmiths.com to see their amazing collection, which ranges from awesome wine cork stoppers to customized, plywood save-the-date announcements. They even have solid wood thank you cards that come made with your choice of 20 different wood species. If you’re looking for something original and unique for your wedding guest book, check out their wonderfully-crafted wooden snowflake ornaments guest book.
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Bin’s Creations

Bin’s creations is a wonderful shop started by Binny Anthony in 2011. They specialize in custom leather products that are completely handmade  in a way that ensures you’re getting the most personalized and customized leather around. Visit their website at BinsCreations.com and check out a wide array of elegant leather goods such as save-the-date cards, adorable polka-dot wristlets, and wallets. Make sure you take a look at their set of 10 monogrammed luggage tags, which would make perfect gifts for the groomsmen, and any other fine gentlemen in the wedding party.
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Featured Vendors in The Bride Box

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Featured Vendors in The Bride Box

Listed below are some of our talented vendors we have featured in The Bride Box – a monthly subscription box for brides!

Let’s Tie The Knot specializes in custom sandblast engraving. Visit their website and you will find beautiful glassware that you can have engraved with your wedding date, special saying, Mr. & Mrs., etc. to remember your wedding day! Subscribers – make sure to get your Mr. glass to go along with your Mrs. stemless wine glass!

Featured Vendors in The Bride Box

Take part in a fun New Orleans tradition with Bayou Accents’s Cake pulls! This tradition comes from an Old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling.” Charms of luck are placed into the wedding cake for the bride’s single friends. The cake pulls are nestled in the icing of the bottom layer of the cake, and each woman pulls a ribbon from the cake to reveal her destiny. Visit Bayou Accents to learn more about this fun tradition and to get your cake pulls!

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In need of some natural beauty products to get ready for the big day? Zaaina Skincare is a handmade and natural skincare product line, made with simple but very effective ingredients. Lip balms, soap, face masks, and more are all available here.

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Check out Bella Cuttery for custom and personalized vinyl gifts for weddings and many other special events! Subscribers – be sure to pick up your corresponding Groom sunglasses to go with your Bride sunglasses you received in The Bride Box!

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Must Have Wedding Pictures

Must Have Wedding Pictures

Here are some of our favorite must have wedding pictures you need to have taken on your wedding day:

The number one must have – A romantic shot of you and your husband!
Must Have Wedding PicturesPhoto: Rachel Kara

The rings. Show off your gorgeous bling!
the ringsPhotos: Adaigon Studio; Lara Rios Photography; Chris Joriann Fine Art Photography; Alain Martinez Photography

You have to get a picture of your bridesmaids helping you get ready for your walk down the aisle.
Must Have Wedding PicturesPhoto: Knotting Tree Photography

Have a fun wedding exit planned like sparklers, confetti, etc.? Don’t forget to get it on camera!
wedding exitPhoto: Kati Mallory Photography

You need to make sure to get a good shot of your wedding dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses!
the dressesPhoto: Kylie Martin Photography

Your Invitation Suite. This might be the most forgotten photo.
invitationsby: April Lynn Designs

Your delicious wedding cake will go fast – don’t forget to get capture it in a photo!
cakeby: Deliciously Decadent Cakes

Reception details. You don’t want to forget how beautiful your reception was on your big day.
reception detailsPhoto: Rebekah J Murray

You spend a ton of time talking and educating yourself about flowers with your florists, so don’t forget to capture your beautiful bouquets!
bouquetsPhoto: Love, The Nelsons

This is a given. You need to make sure you have a great picture of everyone in your wedding party!
wedding partyPhoto: Jessika Feltz Photography

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Vendor Spotlight: Melissa’s Jewelry and Accessories

Vendor Spotlight: Melissa's Jewelry and Accessories

Vendor Spotlight: Melissa’s Jewelry and Accessories

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A bride-to-be is always looking for beautiful keepsake jewelry for herself to wear and as gifts for her bridal party. This is why we loved working with our March featured vendor, Melissa’s Jewelry & Accessories. Her wonderful jewelry company offers handcrafted pieces for everyone’s individual style, budget, and occasion. From earrings to purse charms, to military jewelry and bridal jewelry; there’s something for everyone to love. Melissa specializes in hand-stamped custom pieces like the silver Mrs. necklace pictured below. Whether you would like your piece of jewelry to show an important date, names, and/or initials, Melissa can make sure to create that special piece for you. We’re really eying that knot bracelet!

Vendor Spotlight: Melissa's Jewelry and Accessories

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Melissa’s Jewelry & Accessories offers a great deal of 15% off if you order 4 items or more for your bridal party! Have a unique design in mind? Contact Melissa and she will be able to make your vision come to life.

Do you have a product you would like to include in The Bride Box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Vendor Spotlight: BTB Jewelry

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Vendor Spotlight: BTB Jewelry

The Bride Box was introduced to a fabulous mother-daughter team, the owners of BTB Jewelry! Aside from their love of fashion, they also believe in helping others through charities such as Saint Jude Research Hospital, The American Heart Association, and the ASPCA. They do regular contests on their website and social media channels for opportunities allowing their customers to give back to their favorite charity.

Some of their product line includes statement jewelry pieces like the Belle of the Ball earrings we featured recently in our subscription box, as well as monogrammed jewelry, apparel and humanity bags.

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You can follow BTB Jewelry on Instagram and Facebook.

Subscribers of The Bride Box – don’t forget to use your discount to get more fashionable items from BTB Jewelry. What are some other items you love from BTB Jewelry? We’d love to hear what your favorite items are in the comment section below.

Have a product you would like to include in The Bride Box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Vendor Spotlight: Shop Allie Anderson

Shop Allie Anderson

Vendor Spotlight: Shop Allie Anderson

Shop Allie Anderson

One of the biggest challenges of being a bride is finding the perfect gift to compliment your amazing bridesmaids. Your main girls put so much love and effort into making you feel like a a Queen on your wedding day and oftentimes it’s hard to find them the perfect gift. Lately, one of the trends we see is tote bags for the wedding party and of course the Bride! Another reason why tote bags make a great bridesmaid gift is because they can serve as a day of emergency kit for everyone in the wedding party! No one wants to be a disorganized bridesmaid or a bride who forgot to pack an extra waterproof mascara after the tears start flowing!

Our favorite vendor for tote bags and other bridal party swag is Shop Allie Anderson. Her tote bags are custom made and include hand sewn monograms to make your girls feel extra special. You can choose the colors, patterns, and really create a special gift that matches the theme of your special day.

Shop Allie Anderson takes pride in following the latest fashions & trends to help fabulous fashionistas feel beautiful during extensive wedding planning. They are building a one-stop shop for all of your wedding gift essentials.

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Shop Allie Anderson was founded by Allie Anderson in the summer of 2014.

As a bride herself, Allie wanted the very best gifts for her very best bridesmaids. She was overwhelmed with all of the bridal items out there, but couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for. So why not make it herself? Her Etsy site was a hit in the first year, and from there, she had to share it with the world.

We think Allie’s designs are a little bit of Vera Bradley mixed with the right amount of Lilly Pulitzer at a price that no one will be able to pass up!

Thank you Allie Anderson for being one of our favorite featured vendors! We can’t wait to see how your blossoming business flourishes!

Have a product you would like to include in The Bride Box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Vendor Spotlight: Wedding Essentials

Vendor Spotlight: Wedding Essentials

The Bride Box has worked with some wonderful brands and artists this year! All of these unique items can help make your wedding day exactly how you envision it to be! Here are just a few of them that you should check out:

Nothing But Glisten
This talented artist makes custom hand stamped utensils and jewelry. Use Nothing But Glisten’s “I Do” and “Me Too” forks for the cake cutting at your wedding reception and order a wedding bouquet charm with your initial and wedding date to attach to your bouquet.

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Smock Paper
We love how this great brand creates everything on bamboo paper or 100% recycled paper and are powered by wind energy. Use their notebooks to keep yourself organized during the wedding planning process and have them help you create the wedding invitations of your dreams on their luxurious bamboo paper by customizing a design to make it your own.

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Burlap and Linen Co.
They use a unique blend of natural and vintage inspired products to create memorable pieces for your big day. Whether you would like shabby chic wedding table decor, a custom ring bearer box or anything else special for your wedding, Burlap and Linen Co. can help you make your dreams a reality.

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Lauren B. Beauty
We loved featuring their blue shades of nail polish in The Bride Box! The quality and color is simply stunning. Their polish is made in the USA, is vegan-friendly, has not been tested on animals and is free of harsh chemicals. Their collection features a wide range of shades from dark to light; you’ll be sure to find that perfect color nail polish for you at Lauren B. Beauty!

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Have a product you would like to include in The Bride Box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Vendor Spotlight: Shabby Chic Wedding

Vendor Spotlight: Shabby Chic Wedding

Vendor Spotlight: Shabby Chic Wedding

Having a shabby chic wedding? The below wedding ideas can help you create exactly what you want for your special day. Look out for more shabby chic ideas and other wedding theme ideas in future blog posts from The Bride Box!

Happily-Ever-After

The Bride Box is excited about the launch of our own line for all things bridal! You won’t forget to stay hydrated as you look at venues with your BPA Free Mason Jar Bottle exclusively available in The Bride Box Shop. Look out for more wedding items from us inside your monthly subscription box.

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We love Upcycled Whimsies. Redesigner Ashley Schmitt creates fabric banners and Upcycled Home Décor. She loves working with brides on specific color and fabric schemes to create the perfect shabby chic decorations. These banners can be used for adorable chair flair at your shower, bridal luncheon and more. Check out more of her shabby chic designs at www.etsy.com/shop/UpcycledWhimsies.

Cupcake Toppers

Handmade by Seventh & J – these adorable cupcake toppers will be the talk of your bridal shower, engagement party, or any other pre-wedding event! They come in customizable colors and prints to match your wedding style. Visit their online shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/seventhandjThe-Adorable-Studio-Wedding-Mints

The Adorable Studio specializes in affordable & customizable wedding mints that will become delicious favors for your guests. The chic wrappers can be designed with your wedding colors, initials, date and more! Check out their adorable designs at: www.theadorablestudio.comthank-you-cards

Pinwheel Studio is the perfect stationary store for a shabby chic bride. Pinwheel offers customizable, hand drawn designs and uses craft paper for an extra rustic, handmade feel. Pinwheel Studio specializes in stationery, as well as custom design paper goods. Check them out: www.pinwheelstudio.etsy.com

Visit our Featured Vendors Page to see a list of all our wonderful vendors we’ve featured inside The Bride Box.

Have a product you would like to include in The Bride Box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Our Story: Laurie Mascia and Kemal Ajan

Our Story Laurie Mascia and Kemal Ajan

Our Story: Laurie Mascia and Kemal Ajan

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How We Met (First Date was March 29, 2011):

Kemal and I met at our previous job. We worked at a marketing agency, and I was the proofreader, while he was the IT guy. A coworker told me that “someone liked me” in the company. It was pretty funny; it felt like high school. I found out this someone was Kemal. I debated on adding him on Facebook, and a friend convinced me I should. He accepted and asked me out for coffee. I told him that all I could promise him was coffee; I wasn’t looking to date anyone or be in a relationship. We went out for coffee. Then for lunch. Then dinner…and well, the rest is history!

How We Got Engaged (March 23, 2013):

Anyone that knows me well knows that Sadie (my dog) is very important to me. I rescued Sadie several years ago, when I was living alone in Boston. Kemal learned early on that Sadie had to be a part of the family, no matter what! And Kemal loves Sadie now, too.

While we had a mild winter, it was still rather chilly on March 23, 2013, but Kemal really wanted to take Sadie to the dog park with me. Even though the sun was out, Kemal and I were freezing as they stood in the dog park and watched Sadie play. After enduring the cold as much as we could, we decided to see if another area of the park was a bit warmer.

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We drove to another section of the park, and discovered a nice area with a dock surrounded by beautiful trees (my favorite). They got out of the car, and I immediately began taking pictures of the trees and the other scenery (something I always do ha). There was no one else in this part of the park. We all made our way to the dock and looked out at the beautiful, glistening lake.

Then, all of a sudden, Kemal fumbled around in his jacket and said he and Sadie had a present for me (our two-year anniversary was coming up on March 29). He took out a small box that was wrapped up in a doggie poop bag (haha — don’t worry, it was unused!).

I asked, “What is this???”

“Just open it!” Kemal said.

I ripped open the bag (which was tied with ribbon, by the way) and saw a small jewelry box. I looked at Kemal nervously as he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry both of them (Kemal and Sadie, of course!).

I opened the jewelry box and was stunned by the gorgeous ring inside and immediately began freaking out. In all the excitement, I hadn’t even answered his question! But I said yes, of course!

And at that very moment, on the lake that was previously empty, with no human or animal in sight, a white swan appeared right next to us at the dock. We didn’t realize at the time how significant this was, as swans are a symbol of love, and a reminder of the blessings found in our relationships. Not to mention, swans mate for life…Ever since the proposal, swans have been following us around, too!

Our Wedding (June 1, 2014):

We had a rather long engagement, I suppose. But we wanted to have an early summer wedding, since I am in graduate school and very busy during the school year! My goal for the wedding was to keep it simple and sophisticated. I also wanted to add a personal touch to everything I could. The two weeks leading up to the wedding, I slightly regretted this (haha), but once I saw how much everyone loved everything, I realized it was all worth it.

Our Story: Laurie Mascia and Kemal Ajan

Luckily, when our wedding day arrived, the weather was perfect. We had a very long day. We had two ceremonies, and several Bosnian traditions to uphold (Kemal is originally from Bosnia). I started getting ready around 8am, and our night wasn’t over until 1am the next day! It was all a blur, really. But at the same time, I was able to savor a lot of the special moments. The day really does fly by though.

DIY Bride:

My Aunt helped to create our wedding invitations. She also helped me create all of the “Day Of” printables, including programs, menus, table numbers, and thank you notes. Everyone loved these!

For our guestbook, we decided to do a quilt. The actual quilt is still in progress (thanks to my Stepmom!), but at the wedding, we had everyone sign pieces of fabric. I can’t wait to have this keepsake in our home!

I painted and glittered a lot of items that were on display at the wedding, including signs for our card box, guestbook, our initials, and a Mr & Mrs sign at our table. I also created the display for our escort cards, and my other aunt wrote the names on them.

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I had a special “In Memory” table with pictures of my grandfather, and Kemal’s grandfather and grandmother who have passed away and couldn’t be there. It meant a lot to my grandmother and his parents to see these pictures there. In addition, I had a picture of my grandfather on my bouquet, so he could “walk down the aisle” with me, even though he wasn’t there.

I crafted my own card box, and painted my own “Happily Ever After Starts Here” and “Pick a seat, not a side” signs for the reception.

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Invitations

For the most part, if I saw something online, I tried to make it myself instead of just simply buying it. I saved some money this way, and it made everything more personal. I did buy some things like the 100 fabric flowers we wanted to pin on each of our guests. The Bride Box gave me so many great ideas as well – I had my photographer take some fun shots of the I Do shoe stickers and me wearing the “I Do” Promovizion Sunglasses featured in The Bride Box! It expanded my original ideas, and really helped tie everything together. I loved receiving packages every month with wedding related goodies! I love trying out new things, and I really didn’t know some of these things even existed!

Promovizion Sunglasses featured in The Bride Box

I’m very happy with how everything turned out, and I am super grateful to have worked with such an incredible photographer. I now have these gorgeous pictures to stare at, since the actual day goes by so quickly!!

I Do shoe stickers featured in The Bride Box

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VENDORS

LONG ISLAND, NY

Photographer: Lindsey Light Photography lindseylightphoto.com/index2.php

Flowers: Sayville Flowers www.sayvilleflowers.com

Venue: Mansion at Timber Point lessings.com/corporate/venue_home.aspx?ref=10

Wedding Dress: Designer, Mori Lee; Purchased at Bridal Suite of Bay Shore www.bridalsuiteofbayshore.com

Tuxedos: Rented from Black Tie Tuxedos www.blacktieofny.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Designer, Bari Jay (girls could pick their own style in chiffon), from www.bridesmaids.com

DJ: Tommy’s Tunes tommytunes.com/main.html

Hair and Makeup: Sadaf Mahmood (sister in law of one of my bridesmaids)

Limo: All Star Limo www.allstarlimo.com

Invitations and Printables: Anne Marie Mascia Design and Illustration www.behance.net/annemariemascia

Laurie Mascia is one of The Bride Box’s featured brides! If you would like your wedding featured, please fill out the online application here: www.thebridebox.com/submit-your-wedding

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Vendor Spotlight: Bachelorette Wedding Favors

Vendor Spotlight Bachelorette Wedding Favors

Vendor Spotlight

Listed below are some of our talented featured vendors who were include in The Bride Box. All of them have something unique to offer you to use for your wedding events and beyond!

Featured Vendor: Glamour Sash

Glamour Sash creates classy, high end looks at a price point that anyone can afford. Their sashes can be used for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or tied around chairs at your reception giving brides multiple uses! All of Glamour Sash’s designs are original, each sash is handmade specifically to the bride’s requirements. They are proud to offer more color and font options than any other handmade sash company. You can also find Glamour Sash on Etsy, Ebay and ArtFire.

Promovizion Wedding Eyewear

Promovision is another great company offering a fun and unique way to celebrate your engagement! They make custom printed sunglasses where you can design your own by choosing a frame color, saying and more. Promovizion’s product line includes Wayfarer and Aviator style frames in an assortment of colors that have a protective UV 400 coating.

Bride-to-be Wine Glasses

Sticker Shop Unlimited is the ultimate shop for all your personalized and monogrammed needs. They offer everything from wine glasses, koozies, tumblers, cutting boards, tech cases, and the list goes on!

Visit our featured vendors page to see a list of all our wonderful vendors we’ve featured inside The Bride Box. Have a product you would like to include in the box? Click here to contact us.

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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The Best First Dance Songs of 2014

The Best First Dance Songs of 2014

These are the top 20 songs we think are the best first dance songs of 2014. What will you be dancing to on your wedding day?

The Best First Dance Songs of 2014

1. All of Me by John Legend

2. Somebody Loves You by Betty Who

3. Make You Feel My Love by Adele

4. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg

5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

6. You and Me by Lifehouse

7. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

8. Marry Me by Train

9. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton

10. Wanted by Hunter Hayes

11. Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake featuring Majid Jordan

12. I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

13. Chasing Cards by Snow Patrol

14. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain

15. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

16. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles

17. Let’s Be Still by The Head and the Heart

18. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

19. Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

20. Back at One by Brian McKnight

Get other great ideas for love songs to dance to on your wedding day on the Billboard website.

Cheers,

The Bride Box Team

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Vendor Spotlight: Craft A Beautiful Life

Let us introduce you to one of our featured vendors, Craft a Beautiful Life! These custom handmade bridal hangers were featured in our February Bride Box this year! Brides are adding a special touch to them by attaching a pretty flower to them or ribbon to make them stand out even more in wedding pictures.

February Bride Box

Wedding day bridal hangers are an important must have item in our for your big day. They make for great accents to your wedding dress pictures as well as keepsakes for after you say “I Do.” You can have these customized to say anything your heart desires – your first name and fiancé’s, you new last name, bride, and so much more! We are also seeing custom wedding hangers made for flower girls, mother of the bride and bridesmaids as well. What will your custom bridal hanger say?

Vendor Spotlight: Craft A Beautiful Life

Visit Craft a Beautiful Life’s Etsy Shop to order many other custom bridal products like tumbler’s, wine glasses, wooden signs and much more! Etsy is a really fantastic place to check out creative bridal items if you would like a handmade, personal touch to your wedding day. Many of the vendors accept custom orders so you are able to practically design how the item will look from start to finish!

Cheers!

The Bride Box Team

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Wedding Ready Skin for Every Bride

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Wedding Ready Skin for Every Bride

As a bride-to-be and skincare specialist I totally get it- flawless skin is an absolute MUST on the big day. That’s why I’ve created a timeline for all you future Mrs. (fill-in-the-blank)s! I did some research and found out around 40% of couples say their “I dos” after 13-18 months of engagement, so I’m basing this timeline on a year. However, great skin is certainly obtainable for shorter engagements too!

Wedding Ready Skin for Every BrideONE YEAR:

Begin a monthly facial routine (if you don’t already have one). Choosing the right skincare professional is key to getting your skin in tip-top condition; make sure she/he really listens to your concerns and goals before committing completely. A good home-care routine is also necessary:
Results = 70% homecare + 30% professional treatment
Ask your esthetician what she/he reccomends you use at home for your specific skin concerns.

NINE MONTHS – ONE YEAR:

Really buckle down on a cleaner diet. Your skin is your largest detoxifying organ in your body, which means everything you put in it comes back out. Eek! This is also a good time to cut back on the alcohol and coffee consumption, neither of which are good for the skin.

NINE MONTHS:

Have your eyebrows shaped perfectly, by a PROFESSIONAL. Not to knock any nail salons, mall kiosks, or do-it-yourselfers, but be certain your brow pro really knows what they’re doing. Your eyebrows frame your entire face and can compliment or take away from certain features (depending on how well they’re done).

THREE – TWO MONTHS:

Have your makeup artist booked and do a trial run. Trial runs prevent any mishaps or boo-boos from happening on the big day, plus you get an entire day to look _extra_ gorgeous for no reason! Date night? I think so! Win-win!

TWO – ONE MONTH(S):

If you’ve been on any sort of deep exfoliation series (i.e. chemical peels, lasers), it’s best to end it now so your skin has plenty of time to recover and replenish.

ONE MONTH:

If you’re planning on having a spray tan for your wedding day, try one now. You’ll want to be completely comfortable with your spray tan tech and the color you choose plenty of time before. If you’re a spray tan newbie, get all the aftercare info you need to maintain your color.

TWO WEEKS:

Schedule your last facial before the wedding. A couple of weeks ensures that any strange and unpredictable reactions won’t forever haunt you in your wedding pictures. Although a chance of this happening is highly unusual (especially if you’ve been following a professional’s advice and have already received prior treatments), we just want to be on the safe side. Also, if you book your treatment any closer to the wedding you’ll be too distracted to enjoy the relaxation benefits of your service!

ONE WEEK:

Have any needed facial hair removal done NOW! Red brow areas & upper lips are NOT cute with a wedding dress, I promise.

FOUR – THREE DAYS:

If you bikini wax or sugar, have it done now so you’re honeymoon-ready! Some skincare pros offer “blemish treatments” where they use high frequency to “zap” any pesky breakouts. If your trusted professional does this service, take advantage of that now as well!

ONE – TWO DAY(S):

Get your wedding spray tan, and purchase any recommended maintenance products if you want to stay bronzed for the honeymoon vaca. Most spray tan solutions take 24 hours to completely develop (no showering before then), so give yourself plenty of time before rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding events.

Wedding MakeupDAY OF:

Don’t stress! Someone wise once told me to plan on two things for your big day:

1. Expect at least one thing to go wrong. I hate to be the one to break it to ya, but sometimes the flower girl leaves her shoes at home, the cake doesn’t make it all in one piece, and the DJ is running a hour late. It’s YOUR big day- everyone will wait, and everything will all turn out exactly as it’s supposed to. Keep your focus on why you’re they’re in the first place: your marriage.

2. Have a designated buffer. This person may be your maid-of-honor, mother, or third cousin twice removed, but as long as they’re there to deal with any “situations” it makes your special day less stressful and more enjoyable for you!

Some extra tips for you shotgun wedding brides:

Have at least one professional facial, no closer than two weeks before your wedding. The exfoliation will give you the perfect bridal glow!
Start eating clean and upping water intake ASAP! Nothing makes you look more beautiful than healthy skin!

Just my two cents:

  • Even if you’re not a regular lip waxer, take into consideration outdoor weddings can make the blondest hairs appear dark (especially if you wear any makeup bronzers). You don’t want to realize that when you’re looking at wedding pictures a month later- take extra precautions now.
  • Drink plenty of water! Hydration is key to healthy, glowing skin!

 

Guest Blogger:

Paige Brewster
Skincare Specialist
Clarity Skin Solutions
“Like” my page at: PaigeBrewsterSkinTherapy

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Subscription Boxes on the Rise

Subscription Boxes on the Rise

The Bride Box joined the subscription box world just over a year ago and we are excited to be a part of such a large and growing movement!

Subscription Boxes on the Rise

Subscription boxes have been on the rise the last few years becoming one of the most popular trends in the e-commerce world. It’s no wonder why they are so popular, who doesn’t want to receive a pseudo-Christmas gift every month. The element of surprise is a major contributing factor of the subscription box craze. If you’re thinking of a subscription box for yourself or as a gift, there are 1,000’s to sort through. They range from food boxes, beauty boxes, craft boxes, children’s boxes, there are even boxes for when your pesky Aunt Flow comes to town. These gifts are exciting to receive because you’re learning about new products to try and may just find your new favorite brand.

The Bride Box brings subscription boxes to a whole new level. As the original subscription box for brides, we connect with our subscribers on a different scale – bringing a box full of gifts straight to the bride-to-be’s doorstep. Brides who receive The Bride Box on a monthly basis will receive gifts to help them plan and pamper themselves for their wedding day as well as professional advice and tips from wedding industry experts. It’s more than a bridal show in a box, it’s like a wedding planner in a box that gives you gifts to remember why being a bride is so exciting and the most memorable time of a person’s life. The brands you learn about in The Bride Box are hand picked and selected by our Co-Founders Katie and Noell. Katie interviews every prospective vendor to find out interesting facts about our vendors that will also be useful to our brides.

The Bride Box makes wedding planning a personal experience again. Taking big ideas from the online market and delivering them to the doorstep of our brides each month where they can feel the products, see the quality, and really envision them on their wedding day.

This innovative wedding box for brides not only offers our brides a monthly box full of gifts, we help them find the perfect vendors from favors to décor on their exciting road to I Do! Check out how you can receive the box here.

Many Cheers and Happily Ever After’s

The Bride Box Team

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DIY or Not to DIY

DIY or Not to DIY

DIY projects can help save money and add a little more sentiment to your big day, but they come with much added time and sometimes added stress. We think that DIY projects, big or small help make your handcrafted wedding even more unique and personalized. Figure out what types of DIY projects you want to try out by measuring the time and cost of each project. Are you really going to save money, or if you are saving money, is the savings really worth the time commitment?

DIY or not to DIY

These questions should help you decide how involved you would like to be in your own DIY projects. Remember to start small with projects that are close to your skill set of craftiness. If you don’t believe us, check out some Pinterest Fails here and have a good laugh. Remember that planning a wedding is stressful enough & almost a full time job for many brides to be. Don’t add more stress than you can handle!

  • Are you a hands on bride? You know that every tiny detail will be better and more authentic if it’s YOUR creation.
  • Are you on a tight budget but don’t want to skimp out on little details? Every bride has a budget, some budgets just have a few more zero’s than others.
  • Are you over the top sentimental? You love handmade details from someone special in your life.
  • Are you even slightly a crafty bride? You would be surprised about the amazing projects you can create with just a hint of creativity.

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may want to consider DIY projects for your wedding.

Some questions to as yourself before beginning any DIY project:

How much time is this project going to take me? Some simple decorations could take a few hours, where as wedding favors for 200 guests could take weeks or even months to finish.
Will it cost more to buy supplies for the project rather than order on my own? If you aren’t a heavy crafter there are lots of supplies to consider: ink, card stock, an exact knife, cutting board & cutting tools, stamps, fabric, etc. These items are not cheap and sometimes buying items from scratch can cost even more than buying the item from a seasoned pro.
Is this project within my skill set? Go back to Epic Pinterest Fail & have a good laugh and do-over.
What is the sentimental value of this project? Even if it costs more and takes longer – a lot of time the sentimental value is there & well worth it.

The Bride Box is excited to announce that starting with our one year anniversary box this May we will be including a monthly DIY tutorial in every edition of The Bride Box from different bloggers that we love and wish to share with our brides! Subscribe to The Bride Box today at www.thebridebox.com/subscribe to start receiving the best wedding tips and gifts from our wedding experts every month.

Use code DIYBRIDE to save $10 off your first month of The Bride Box!

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10 Tips and Tricks to Save Big on your Wedding Day!

10 Tips and Tricks to Save Big on your Wedding Day!

1. Slow down. We know you are filled with excitement the second you have that shiny diamond on your finger. Your heart is racing with the need to plan, plan, plan. You start pinning thousands of glamorous ideas on Pinterest, making purchases on Etsy, even (prematurely) throwing ideas out to every one of your besties about the perfect Bachelorette Weekend and Bridal Shower ideas. Take your time and make your choices carefully. If you make decisions or purchases out of eagerness, you’re likely to waste money on items that don’t end up belonging on your big day.

10 Tips and Tricks to Save Big on your Wedding Day!2. DIY DETAILS. Give yourself lots of time for planning and projects that you can do your self or with your girlfriends over martini’s and a movie. DIY’s cost much less money & make you feel more connected to the details of your day. Another cost saving tip? Remember that details are an extra. If you don’t have them in the budget don’t worry, no one will think something is missing.

3. Utilize The Key Three. This will help you know where you and your fiancé deserve to splurge and where you can save for the honeymoon. Focus on areas that make your heart skip a beat, and you’ll feel OK about skimping on the rest.

4. Bring in your own booze & hire a couple bartenders. While this isn’t possible for every venue, buying liquor, beer, and wine in bulk and hiring a bartender will dramatically cut your costs since venues make a profit on the alcohol your guests consume. Remember to buy enough! Running out of alcohol is a definite way to upset guests and end the party early into the night. RealSimple has a very helpful Wedding Wine and Liquor Calculator to help you with your shopping list.

5. Ditch the reception hall & party in a grassy field, barnyard, or historic home. Hotels are expensive & don’t always provide the ambiance that your reception is calling for. Do some shopping around and find a unique venue that will be memorable for your guests and your partner. A great idea is to get married somewhere you can go back and visit as often as you want, enjoy the afternoon & reminisce about the day you became a family.

6. Hire a Wedding Planner. If you’re planning an elaborate wedding weekend, a planner may actually help you save money by negotiating costs and getting in the biz deals for that you wouldn’t be qualified for on your own.

7. Be Ruthless with your Guestlist. Newly engaged couples have the constant problem of acquaintances and old friends suddenly “popping up” in their lives in an effort to be invited to their wedding. A good motto to follow for all of your wedding guests: If you won’t miss them, don’t invite them. After all, typical per person is at least $50. If you don’t want to spend $50-$200 on them don’t. This night is about you and yours.

8. Friday I’m in Love. Weddings on Friday’s or Sunday’s are up to 30% less than Saturday Evening weddings. That’s not just in the cost of the venue either; entertainment, catering, photography, rental services may all be less expensive on nights that they don’t sell out on their own. Embrace the off-season.

9. Look for an All-Inclusive Package. Choosing a venue that comes with loads of extras means significant savings. Many All-Inclusives come with Entertainment, Photography, Wedding Coordinators, Ceremony & Reception, Florals and much more. An All-Inclusive may equate to saving thousands off of your wedding budget.

10. Borrow Something. You all know the saying, “Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue.” Something borrowed means something you haven’t spent money on.

We hope you find these 10 tips and tricks to save big on your wedding day useful! What would you add to this list?

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The Key Three: How to Save Big & Know Where to Splurge on Your Wedding Day

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The Key Three: How to Save Big & Know Where to Splurge on Your Wedding Day

When you become engaged you are suddenly enamored with a to do list a mile high & dreams of a wedding that you probably can’t afford. You begin to think of all the guests, details, gifts, drinks, pictures, entertainment, favors, THE dress, and so much more… It’s easy to become completely overwhelmed and think that it will be impossible to have the wedding of your dreams. Well, it’s much more possible than you think.

Discuss the three most important items to splurge on between you and your partner. I like to call these The Key Three.

The Key Three: How to save big & know where to splurge on your wedding dayOnly splurge on these items and save on the rest. This is the first question I ask any couple when they begin planning for their wedding. Most couples go way over budget & figuring out what your priorities are from the beginning can help you stay in check.

When I married my husband the key three for us was photography, location, and music.

We knew that pictures and video would be all that we kept from our wedding day so we wanted the best photographer & videographer we could find. One thing you will be told over and over by anyone trying to give you advice is to be “in the moment” because “it will be over way too fast.” This is the truest and most important reason to have tons of amazing pictures and video on your wedding day. When it’s all said and done pictures are the way to preserve that special day. Your wedding day will be such a blur & pictures help keep the memories in focus.

The Key Three: How to save big & know where to splurge on your wedding dayLocation was important to us because that is what sets the mood and makes the memory. We were married beneath a beautiful Kapok tree that grew next to the intracoastal waterway in South Florida. Our romantic spot definitely set the mood & we spent less in decor because the natural beauty of our ceremony spot was all we needed. Think outdoor spaces: a beach, under a tree, a field with mountains in the background or beside a lake. Every state has natural beauty – what special spot do you have as a couple?

Wedding entertainment

Finally, music was important to us because that is what lifts the mood from romance to dance and turns your nuptials into the party of the year! Our DJ was also our emcee, and he literally dragged wedding guests on to the floor and danced with them! He was a riot & kept the party going until the lights forcibly came on!

Your key three may be completely different like: food, drinks, THE dress, wedding decor, flowers, etc.

Whatever your key three are it’s important to decide with your partner and agree as a couple where you can afford to splurge & where you can save.

Entertainment/DJ: http://mbcentertainment.com
Chris Joriann Photography: http://www.chrisjoriann.com

Many Cheers & Happily Ever Afters,

Katie Myers
The Bride Box Creator & Co-Founder

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The Best Tools for Wedding Planning from Credit Card Insider

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The Best Tools for Wedding Planning from Credit Card Insider

The Bride Box has teamed up with Credit Card Insider to help you save & stay in budget for your wedding day! We’ve found these tools very useful for all of you brides-to-be wedding planners.

The Best Tools for Wedding Planning from Credit Card Insider

Click the image below for a very useful calculator tool based on the budget allocation in the infographic to help you stay in budget. Remember, the calculator is not the exact amount you should spend based on your buget, it’s a guide.

Wedding Budget Calculator from Credit Card Insider

For example:
If your budget is $30,000 but you find the dress of your dreams for $800 then you have room to go a little over budget in another category. It shouldn’t be to goal to hit your budget, if you do, you will probably exceed with surprise costs along the way. If you’re under budget, enjoy the extra cash you have saved for your honeymoon. That romantic helicopter sunset tour will thank you later!

We hope you find these tools helpful in your wedding planning venture. Happy planning!

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Vendor Spotlight: Rachael Ryen Jewelry

Vendor Spotlight Rachael Ryen Jewelry

Vendor Spotlight: Rachael Ryen Jewelry

Rachel Ryen Jewelry

Rachael Ryen Jewelry has partnered up with The Bride Box as our exclusive partner for gemstone jewelry. Bridging the gap between “costume” and “fine” jewelry selections. Rachael’s semi-precious gemstones and raw diamond jewelry will make the perfect gift for anyone in the wedding party.

We recently featured Rachael Ryen’s beautiful gemstone jewelry in the March edition of The Bride Box.

Rachael Ryen Jewelry

We love Rachael’s designs because they each carry that simplistic yet timeless look that will be captured in your wedding photo’s and cherished for years to come. The different genuine stones she uses in all her pieces is what everyone needs in their jewelry collection.

Rachael Ryen Jewelry

These beautiful diamond initial necklaces would make a perfect wedding gift for the bride to be from her future husband.

“Rachel Ryen Jewelry fills the dark void between cheap costume jewelry and fancy “fine” jewelry with classic, creative colors and designs that work for everyone. Accessible, attractive accessories.”

Simply put, beauty that won’t break the bank. Join The Bride Box by clicking here to receive the best bridal gifts sent straight to your door!

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Vendor Spotlight: Pretty Please Nail Polish

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Pretty Please Nail Polish

Bridal Nail Polish Colors

Please and Thank You to The Bride Box’s lovely nail polish partner, Pretty Please Nail Polish. We were lucky enough to feature this innovative brand in our December edition of The Bride Box. Pretty Please Nail Polish is built around the simple concept of making nail polish personal. On the Pretty Please website, anyone can create their own custom nail polish and give their polish a pretty name. 
 
Planning a bachelorette weekend? Why not give your maids a gift that will not only name the weekend but also add some color.
 
Pretty Please Nail Polish
 
Pretty Please will make the perfect wedding gift, too!
“Your sister, your best friend or your co-worker is getting married (congrats!). Pretty Please is a unique gift that will connect the bride to her nearest and dearest (you!) during the milestones surrounding her big day. Think how cute the pictures will be with the bride’s entourage manicured with pretty painted nails in her honor!”
 
We love Pretty Please Nail Polish & hope you do too! They will help you get creative on your road to I Do!

For more information on our featured vendors please visit our vendor page here.