Monday’s Finding: Unique Escort Cards

Im loving this post. Such creative ideas…

Belle Memorie

I love a good escort card display and love out of the box displays even more. Today I have a roundup of some of my favorite unique escort cards and I hope you enjoy them!

Think of your escort cards as an extension of your overall wedding design and ditch the old fashioned tented cards. Remember, escort cards refer to “cards” that are placed at the entrance to your reception so that your guest will know what table they will be sitting at not at the place setting. Even something so mundane as seating your guests can be a fun and beautiful detail to help you carry out the theme and/or color palette of your wedding. I hope you enjoy this little round up. Have a great day!

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Taking things one step at a time – Wedding calender of events

I’ve been engaged for 4 months now and it recently dawned on me that I’m going about things completely the wrong way… luckily I managed to get my ducks in a row before it’s too late.

I came across this great guideline that assists you planning your wedding one step at time.

6 – 12 months before

  • Determine the wedding date
  • Discuss the wedding budget – will your parents contribute? Who pays for what?
  • Choose your colour scheme
  • Book your church & venue
  • Choose your attendants,bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Select a wedding gown
  • Select bridesmaid gowns and accessories
  • Interview caterers if not included in venue
  • Compile guest list
  • Book wedding photographer , videographer and DJ

4 – 6 months before

  • Find a wedding cake baker
  • Order wedding invitations and stationary
  • Reserve your florist
  • Choose wedding music
  • Consult travel agent to discuss honeymoon destinations

3-4 months before

  • Select tuxedos for groom
  • Arrange transportation for the wedding party
  • Discuss final menu options and costs with caterer
  • Arrange for rental of items needed for ceremony and reception
  • Begin counselling sessions with wedding official if required

4-6 weeks before

  • Discuss and finalize details with your :
  • Pastor/ Official Church Soloist
  • Caterer,Florist,Baker
  • Bridal Shop/Tux Shop/Limo Service
  • Photographer/Videographer/Travel Agent
  • Schedule appointment with hairdresser for bride,attendants & mothers
  • Send wedding invites 6 weeks prior to your wedding date.

2-4 weeks before

  • Apply for a marriage licence
  • Arrange to move belongings to your new home
  • Arrange for name change as necessary

1-2 weeks before

  • Confirm final guests to caterer
  • Bachelor party should be at least one week before the wedding
  • Begin packing for honeymoon

The day before

  • Decorate for ceremony and reception if possible early in day
  • Keep appointment for manicure and pedicure
  • Give the best man the official fee in a sealed thank you card for delivery after ceremony
  • Get a good nights sleep

My chinese wedding dress experience continued.

I made contact with the dark side. I contacted a chinese online dress shop called dressilyme. The name sounds super dodgy because if u break up the words it sounds like dress silly me? Well they seem to have gotten the most positive reviews so maybe its worth a try.

The great news is they can make the dress I want for $149(R 1296.30) That sounds like a great deal. I can also get a veil for about $11(R95.70) and postage will be about $50(R435) If I want them to make a custom sized dress add an extra $15(130.50). Everything added together will give me $225(R1957.50)which is not a fortune.

Its fairly easy to set up an account on their website and then you can start communicating with them. My questions have been answered by someone called Paris. She is extremely helpful but bear in mind that English is not their first language so try to make your questions very basic and simple.

She informed me the dress I’m looking for is not in stock and will take 20 – 25 days to make. Then also allow about the same amount of time for shipping. If you going to consider this you need to do this at least 6 months before your wedding.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to go this route but ill definitely keep you informed on project wedding dress from china.

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Killing two birds with one stone

Hello again fellow bride to be. If you just got engaged or you still searching for the perfect venue you need to read this post!

My venue search has been a logistical nightmare thus far. The challenge is the following. I stay in Paarl and my fiancé is from Mitchells Plain. We want to accommodate both families and guests but finding midway is not a easy task.

I mention two birds with one stone. Yes you can find your venue and photographer in one go. A lot of the venues I’ve found so far I found through real life weddings on photography blogs. You can get the feel of the venue and also imagine how your day will look like at the same time you get exposed to the photographers style.

Not all of us has all the time the go and view a certain venue and these pictures can give us piece of mind. I found some real treasures that would not even have considered and didn’t find on google. I also found some nice restaurants that do private functions which could work nicely when you have a smaller budget.

How do you find these blogs? I started by looking at friends wedding images on facebook. Usually the photographer adds their name at the bottom of the picture. You can also google wedding photographers. Most of them are on have a facebook page with a link to their blog. I really just wish they would blog more about budget weddings.

I really don’t know why the wedding industry is so secretive. It like if you find a nice venue , you don’t want to tell anyone because they might use “your”
venue. I believe sharing thoughts and ideas will make this industry more affordable and competitive because people will compare, ask the right questions and not just pay the price.

I hope that you manage to find some lovely venues and continue reading my blog for tips. Until next time…

Happy planning…