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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Favor

POSTED IN Design, Planning, Tips & Tools

Wedding favors can be a source of great concern for any bride or couple planning a wedding. Should I spring for them? And if so, what should I purchase? We have all been to weddings where the wedding favors were, how shall I say it, less than desireable. “Why yes, I’ve always wanted a miniature plastic typewriter as a thank you for celebrating your big day”–said no one ever! So when I discovered the treasure trove of wedding favors and reception products produced by Totally Promotional, an online manufacturer/retailer of promotional products, I knew I had to share them with my loyal readers.

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Through their website, totallypromotional.com, Totally Promotional has become America’s most popular internet source for imprinted promotional products at everyday low prices. And this includes a slew of wedding favors and reception items you would be proud to give your guests. Imprint your wedding logo or slogan on a variety of gift-worthy items such as wedding cups, wedding napkins, wedding can coolers (koozies), or wedding coasters. Or provide your guests with items for their everyday use, such as lip balm and wedding pens. Finally, you can create items for a wedding day photo booth such as a banner or wedding-themed sunglasses for your guests to use a props. The possibilities are endless!

Totally Promotional - Wedding Advice Coasters

You know how foil-stamping is all the rage in wedding invitation design? Well now this high-end look can be used on your wedding napkins and wedding coasters. Totally Promotional allows you to design your custom foil-stamped napkins and coasters any way you choose. They have dozens of product colors and the most popular shiny and matte foil imprint colors. You can select a template from their exclusive design gallery or send them your own artwork to create the foil imprint you want. These will serve as a great memento from your big day!

Finally, could there be a better wedding favor than the wedding koozie? Both functional and fabulous, Totally Promotional has dedicated an entire site to these favors–totallyweddingkoozies.com. Customers can choose from over 800 template designs and wedding sayings or you can submit your own artwork. Also, Totally Promotional provides free online artwork proof for customers as well as a free setup charge, which includes a one-color or full-color imprint, depending on the kind of koozie you order. Between the customized service and the price, there’s no other place on the internet to get a better deal on the ultimate wedding favor!

Trust me, Totally Promotional will save you hours of agonizing over how to choose the perfect wedding favor. With their variety of choices, top-notch customer service, and great prices, you can’t make a bad decision.

Totally Promotional - Wedding Favors

Happy Planning!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Totally Promotional. The opinions and text are all mine.

After “I Do”: Your Guide to Moving In Together

POSTED IN Budgeting, Design, Planning, Tips & Tools

Whether you’re moving in after your engagement or sticking to tradition and moving in together for the first time after your wedding, there’s a lot to think about when you make the decision to move in with your special someone. It’s a big deal, but this new life chapter can bring a great deal of joy and happiness—along with its fair share of frustrations.

Finding a New Place

If you’ve decided to find a new place, whether you’re buying or renting, take your time. Many Americans are choosing to rent instead of own these days, and for good reason—it provides a measure of flexibility, and with home prices soaring, sometimes it makes more financial sense. If you do decide to rent, be sure to look at listing sites like Zillow.com and use the filter options to help narrow down your choices by including both of your preferences. As you begin applying, be honest with your partner about any financial issues or evictions you may have in your past—it can affect your ability to find the right place. Prospective landlords will check your credit, so it’s important that you and your partner are honest about these types of issues to avoid any unsavory surprises.

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Decorate Together

Whether you’re moving into a new place or joining your partner in theirs, it’s important to decorate (or redecorate) together. The way our homes look and feel plays a large role in our happiness, and collaborating on décor will help both of you feel a sense of ownership and comfort in the space. Do an inventory of what both of you plan on bringing to your new home. More often than not, you’ll find a purge is necessary. You should each make piles of things you’re not willing to part with, piles of things to sell and donate, and finally, things to throw away. Compromise is necessary for both parties, but the ends definitely justify the means.

You’ll be amazed at how much clutter can affect your psyche; starting off with a clear mind and clean home is the best way to kick off your new life together. If you’re selling off items, use an easy listing site like OfferUp to find local buyers and get rid of old junk (and make some much needed cash) in just a few days. If you find your home décor styles are completely different (as many couples do), you may find it easier to dedicate a room to each of your styles, in which both of you can have complete control over the décor. For you, it may be the master bathroom. For your fiancé or spouse, it may be the library or den.

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Financial Talks

One of the top stresses in a marriage (and in wedding planning) are finances. Before you move in together, be sure to discuss money and the role it will play in your life together. Are you going to start a joint bank account? Will you split up the expenses? Are either of you considering a pre-nuptial agreement? You might think these conversations are uncomfortable now, but it’s important to get used to discussing financial situations and have a realistic idea of how your finances will play out in the years ahead. Sit down and talk about the total financial picture. This means detailing your income, credit score, lingering debt, loans, savings accounts, investments, and any other financial documentation. You need to know which obligations you’re taking on with your marriage, and it’s important to get everything out there, especially before signing both of your names on a lease or mortgage.

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Equalized Chores

You may find that in your relationship, one of you is fairly clean, while the other is, well, less so. However, it’s important to lay ground rules in the beginning about who will take responsibility for particular household chores. Perhaps you loathe doing the dishes; if your partner doesn’t mind, they can take on that role while you take on vacuuming. It’s a give and take, and these roles aren’t set in stone, but they’ll help you avoid resentment over housework. Marriage is about equal partnership, and setting this practice into place early on will save you frustration down the road.

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Nurture Other Relationships

Part of remaining happy in your relationship means fostering your own sense of happiness. While it might seem strange advice for a couple moving in together, it’s important to spend quality time apart. Nurture your relationships with your friends and family, and be sure to foster your relationship with yourself. This makes the time you do spend with your sweetheart that much better, and helps you cultivate a broad support base.

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The “After I Do” series is a collection of articles, think pieces, and advice columns discussing topics of interest once the wedding is complete. Wedding planning can be an exciting and stressful time period, but once all of the planning is over, two people will be tasked with sharing their lives. We hope the “After the Wedding” series will be a source of guidance and support for those entering into this very special bond.

How to Score a Custom Wedding Invitation at a Stock Price

POSTED IN Design, Planning, Tips & Tools

Let’s be honest, there are A LOT of wedding invitation sites on the world wide web these days. Brides and wedding planners can be inundated with all of the online possibilities. So when I come across a stationary site that stands out from the pack, I can’t help but get really excited. Basic Invite consists of a small and passionate team of stationary designers that have been creating the perfect card for every event since 2006. Through the development of unique technology, they are able to provide you with limitless options that allow you to instantly create the perfect wedding invitation that suits your specific needs. Brides and wedding planners rejoice–custom wedding invitations at stock wedding invitation prices have finally arrived!

Basic Invite Pocket Wedding Invitation

Unlimited Color Options

Have you ever been perusing wedding stationary sites and found the perfect invitation for your big day. I mean the font, the style, and the layout all line up perfectly with the vision in your head. But there is one drawback–it doesn’t come in your wedding colors. Well Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it–down to the littlest detail. This is what sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Customized Samples

After you chosen the perfect wedding invitation and color scheme, you are going to want to see a sample of your creation. Basic Invite allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place an order for 500 invitations.

Basic Invite Wedding Invitation

Complete Wedding Invitation Suites

Another great thing I love about Basic Invite is that is provides complete suites for many of their wedding invitations. If you are one of those brides that would like all of your stationary elements to coordinate, you’ve come to the right place. Each of Basic Invite’s wedding invitations are part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards to finish it off! And they’ve just recently launched a line of coordinating guest books. Could they be more genius!

Basic Invite Wedding Guest Book

Needless to say, Basic Invite has some great features that are hard to find with other online stationary companies. But the custom features would be nothing if the wedding invitation designs were not out of this world gorgeous. They’ve recently launched foil invitation designs that feature real gold and silver foil fonts. With all of their beautiful designs and their custom options, a bride is bound to find a wedding invitation that speaks to her heart!

Basic Invite Foil Wedding Invitation

Happy Planning!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Basic Invite. The opinions and text are all mine.