Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Great bridesmaid gift idea

So being that I am all about practicality I have come up with the following that I have recently purchased for my six bridesmaids as their gifts:
1)  A blue parasol for picture taking...the nylon kind (not paper) so it can actually protect well from sun AND rain.  Matches our pretty wedding colors (not exactly but a good shade).  And I found them on sale on for $4.99 each!

2)  A jewelry roll...a pretty silk roll up holder for the girls to pack up jewelry neatly when traveling.  I ordered them in 6 different colors so the girls can fight over which one they like best.  But I have also seen them on the net with monograms and personalization...there are tons of them in many price ranges but these were only $12.95 each, are silk and were some of the bigger ones with the most pockets.  Found these on but you can search google as well:

How cute will we all look like this?

3)  And finally, I will be buying them some type of bracelet or necklace to wear on wedding day...but that will be something different for each girl.  All in all, I think am spending about $35-40 per girl for some pretty and useful things that they are sure to use/wear in the future.
What have you gals come up with for bridesmaid gifts?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why you shouldn't wait to purchase wedding items

My wedding is still 8 months away but I have already purchased some kids favors, welcome basket items, our toasting flutes, cake topper and some samples of favors. Now I know some people ask why I am purchasing these things so far in advance because what if something else comes along that I like better? Well, truth be told, I had already had most of these type of accessories and items selected 3 years ago when I was helping my sister plan her own wedding. But I'm glad I didn't wait until the last minute to purchase some of them for a few reasons:
1) I received my order of personalized/engraved memorial vases honoring our deceased loved ones today and they sent me somebody else's vase with the wrong names on it! So thankfully, I still have plenty of time to have the new one shipped out.
2) No rush charges...if something does go wrong then you won't have to pay rush charges to have something corrected or re-shipped.
3) No worries about backorders or discontinued items. If I get something I fall in love with now, I don't have to worry if it is on backorder for 3 months or if it has been discontinued 4 months down the road when I finally decide to buy it.
4) Not as costly on my pocketbook. Buying a few things every month or two is much easier to swallow cost wise rather than trying to come up with $500 the month or two before the wedding.
5) Plenty of time to bargain shop. Since I already know what I am looking for I can search tons of wedding and online market shops to find it at the best price and take my time doing so. The items I bought today (the flutes, cake topper, etc) were all 75% off on so I found things at cheaper rates than what I originally planned to pay for them.
And if I do get something that I find I no longer want to use or don't need further down the road, I can always sell it on ebay or an online market with today's technology.

So, what are your thoughts on early purchases? Have you made any? Do you regret it?

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