Today is an update on our wedding planning. According to the count on our wedding website, we are 87 days out! Today’s post covers what we’ve done for invitations, bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, my shoes, hair, and favours. This might be the second last, if not last, wedding update, because other than a DIY post or two, we’ve covered all of the big items!
I asked the girls to pay for their own dresses, so I wanted to keep costs as low as possible. My vision was for them to wear dusty blue dresses, but I couldn’t find any styles in this shade unless they were $300+. I ended up ordering online from a website called Light in the Box for only $87 each. Ordering dresses online can be a little more than sketchy, especially when you’re ordering from a Chinese website like this one, but my MOH ordered her bridesmaid dresses from the same website when she got married, and the quality was great, so I felt pretty confident that these would turn out well. They arrived in three weeks, and look exactly like they do in the pictures!
We went the completely opposite way with suits. Again, the guys are paying for their own suits, so we looked for less expensive options such as RW & Co and Express, but we finally decided on this navy Ted Baker suit from The Bay. Although it’s more than I had wanted the guys to spend on suits, at least you can wear them again for many different occasions. People always say that you can wear bridesmaid dresses again, but let’s be honest – you won’t, so I didn’t want the girls to splurge. Funny story, when we saw this suit in stores, my fiancé didn’t like it, but I convinced him to bring all of his groomsmen to try it on. When we go try it on, they all love it and tell my fiance he did a good job picking out the suit – so I pick the suit and he gets all the credit, ahem! We bought the guys light blue ties and funky socks from Express, as well as brown shoes and brown belts.
We ordered our invitations from a website called minted.com, which I had tumbled upon on my own. I originally had a very specific style in mind, but the cheapest quote I got back from places in town was $6 just for the invitation itself, and every insert (RSVP cards, direction cards, etc.) came with additional costs. I would have loved to get all fancy with our invitations, but I feel like people just lose them somewhere in the house or chuck them in the trash, so it wasn’t something I wanted to spend a ton of money on.
Minted allows you to choose custom colours on all of the invitations, but they only give you so much room to edit the text. In that sense, it’s not 100% customizable the way it would be if I were to get them made from a supplier in town, but I was willing to sacrifice customization for price. We ordered this watercolour-themed invitation with foil-pressed letters, as well as a Reception card with reception and RSVP info on it. I didn’t want to take a full picture of our invitations since they have our names and information on them, so I made example invitations for Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd instead…I haven’t even watched Grey’s Anatomy in three years, haha.
Minted is based in the US, and I was incredibly impressed with the shipping. We made our order on a Wednesday night, they emailed us the proofs the next afternoon, we approved the proofs late that night, and the invitations arrived at our door on Monday. However, we were charged for duties when it arrived 😦 In total, the invitations cost us ~$350.
I handlettered all of the envelopes, which was a huge undertaking, but I was happy with the way they turned out – my parents were kind enough to let me use their envelope as an example. We also saw a coupon on Groupon to order a stamp with our names and address, which was a fun way to personalize the envelopes.
I can’t remember if I’ve talked about my shoe choice yet, but I’m a tiny person and therefore have tiny feet. I wear size 5 because that’s usually the smallest size that stores carry, but even those are usually too big, so I think I’m actually a 4.5. I wanted to wear new shoes, but haven’t really found any wedding shoes that have caught my eye, and even if I did, there’s no guarantee they would fit. I fell in love with these shoes last year in either ivory or gold, but the closest I found to my size was a 5.5 in a pewter shade at Town Shoes when we were in Toronto. Long story short, I can’t find shoes so I’m going to wear a pair I already own. I bought the shoes pictured above two years ago at Nordstrom – they were size 4.5 and on clearance for $45, so I didn’t even think twice when I bought them. I’ve only worn them once since, so they’re pretty much still in new condition.
I have FINALLY booked a hairstylist for the day. I have so many issues every time I put my hair up, because it’s very fine, slippery, and lacks volume, and usually ends up falling out after a few hours. I did a few hair trials and they never looked right, but I finally found a stylist who was super helpful – I told her I couldn’t decide between an updo or a half-up, half down look and she tried both on me. I ended up deciding on an updo, since our wedding will be outside and an updo may be less fuss if it’s windy. The hair above is the one I showed her for inspiration.
We didn’t want to spend TOO much on favours because a lot of people don’t even bother taking them home. We thought about using the money to donate to a charity of our choice, but then we thought that some guests might complain about not getting favours – just goes to show you that you can’t please everyone! I mentioned doing macaron favours once, and for some reason my fiancé was SUPER into that idea, but we asked around and it was over our budget. My other idea was to use little jars of honey as favours. We’ve found a local supplier who has about 25 different flavours of honey to choose from, and even with the jars included, was less than half of the price of macarons! My fiance is worried that honey will look too rustic, so we’ll just have to glam up the jars.
That’s it for today! Hopefully, there will be one or two more DIY posts to come! I currently have a few projects on the go, but I haven’t fully finished any of them 😛