Friday, February 28, 2014

20 Wedding Costs Brides Often Forget To Budget For

I am a is almost 6 months to the day since I said "I do" to my handsome. I have a background in the wedding industry as well as a sister who married three years earlier, so there were not many financial surprises for us when we were wedding planning. However, not every bride has the inside scoop to how much a wedding is REALLY going to cost. 

This post is dedicated to helping brides plan financially for their big day. Everyone knows to plan for the obvious: the dress, the photographer, the floral, the food, the music etc. but there are so many less obvious items you have to have (or really want) but do not necessarily think of when budgeting. Most don't appear pricey alone but everything adds up so it is better to be prepared for the unexpected.

Here are 20 things I think you should know when budgeting for your big day!

1) Beauty Treatments: 
Leading up to the big day you may want to have a couple things done. Before you panic...I am not talking about surgery. Some things to keep in mind are waxing, spray tanning, hair and make-up trials, getting your roots done, your split ends trimmed, mani and pedi and even a nice massage the day before. Sound reasonable? This can end up adding on over $600 to your budget and if you treat your bridesmaids to any pampering, this could double depending on how many and what you do for them.

Side Note: I Love Essie's Colors...they have great nudes, neutrals and blushes for brides. 

2) Marriage License: 
This is something you do not want to forget and that you need before the ceremony. This will cost you anywhere from $20 to $100 depending on where you are getting married. Also, after the wedding, you will need copies to legally change your name and this is usually an additional fee.

3) Paper Products:
The invitations are not all you need to think about. You still need the programs for the ceremony, the escort cards for the reception, the menus for dinner and don't forget stationery for all those thank you cards. Even if you keep this category pretty basic you will still be adding at least an extra $400 depending on the size of your wedding and how detailed you want things to look. 

4) Postage: 
Don't blow your entire invitation budget on the actual invitation. Be sure to set aside enough money to send the invitation to your guest and for your guest to reply. Keep in mind, the heavier the invitation the higher the postage. If you are having a smaller wedding (less than 150) you can expect to pay at least $300 in postage...don't forget, thank you notes need stamps too. One of the 2014 wedding trend perks is that smaller invitations are in! 

Fun Fact: This was our wedding invitation. I love feathers and had them throughout our wedding decor and style. We bought these at Paper Source on Santana Row. See our wedding here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Birthday in Carmel

This year my birthday fell on a Tuesday so my husband and I took off work to relax, celebrate, shop, dine and drink wine (it was also National Drink Wine fitting). Luckily, for us we didn't have to go far for some of the best food, wine and shopping. Carmel-by-the-Sea is right in our backyard. 

Below is our day (my day) described in pictures!

Cheers to the last year in my 20's!

What I wore to celebrate being born!

Hat: H&M
Boots: Great Boutique Find
Jeans: Gap
Sweater: J. Crew
Jacket: Bebe
Sunglasses: Armani
Purse: Target 
Does everyone else get really excited about a great Target find?
Scarf: Vintage from my Grandma's closet

Friday, February 7, 2014

Go Red For Women!

Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. It claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined, claiming the life of approximately one woman every minute! When I read that I realized, "I don't even know much about heart disease in women." Do you? For instance, did you know that 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease? Or, that 1 in 3 women lose their lives to heart disease each year, while 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer? Crazy right?

Many things can put you at risk for heart disease, some you can control, and others that you can’t...hello, some we can control...let's focus on that! Studies over the years have shown that healthy choices result in over 300 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Below are a few lifestyle changes you should make starting now!

  • Don't smoke
  • Manage your blood sugar
  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Know your family history
  • Stay active
  • Lose weight
  • Eat healthy

Easy Peezy People :-)

There’s much more research and effort to be done before heart disease becomes a thing of the past. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research for women’s heart health for this very reason.
Here is the fun part. Today is WEAR RED DAY! Join women across the country to raise awareness by making a statement in red!

How will you go red for National Wear Red Day?

The truth can no longer be ignored!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Leather Inspirations!

It is no secret, I love leather!

Leather jackets, leather pants, leather shorts, leather skirts, leather dresses, leather details...should I go on or just show you some great ways to wear leather?  

Below are some ways to incorporate my favorite trend into your day-to-day wardrobe. And, if you are not a fan of leather for animal loving reasons...fear not...there are great pleather options that still give you that fantastic "yes, I am rockin' leather" look that are not only nicer to animals but to the wallet!

Get ready to be inspired!



Love the accessories!

Jennifer Aniston

Love the color!

Absolutely Love this!


I want this!

I love how effortless this is.