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Memorial Day Weekend Wedding Deals

May 24th, 2015

Greetings from Big Bear where I am both enjoying the holiday weekend and taking care of some serious wedding planning including finding a florist, a bakery, locking down our videographer, meeting Tammy -our day-of coordinator and ordering our fab-tastic invitations! I am thankful for my bridesmaid, Monica, for spending the day with me meeting vendors. Now, wedding gods, we just really need a DJ.

For anyone else taking care of wedding business this weekend, below are some great online deals. Enjoy and happy holidays!

1. 40% off Wedding Paper Divas Ceremony and Reception Essentials with code 0521DEAL: ends 5/26

2. 15% off all MINTED wedding stationary with code MEMORIAL15 5/26

3. It’s also time for the Nordstrom half-yearly sale (aka one of the best times of the year): ends 5/31

The Newlywed Cookbook: Cooking Happily Ever After

April 27th, 2015

Attending a bridal shower and looking for a fab gift for the bride-to-be? Try The Newlywed Cookbook: Cooking Happily Ever After by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore. This beautiful, hardcover book is not just counter-top worthy, it will also help couples put their new registered items to good use. A whole portion of the book is dedicated to menus by kitchen appliance that will ensure that registered-for slow cooker gets some action.

What I also appreciate about this book is that it has recipes for two as well as for entertaining groups; including small plates. Wyss and Moore even include an “In-Laws Visit” dish of Chicken Paillards with greens and peppered parmesean dressing. The end of the book also features kitchen and pantry basics, full of great tips, which are quite perfect for newlyweds exploring all their new wares.

The Newlywed Cookbook is available in stores and online. It retails for $29.99 – which is great price point for a bridal shower gift. Survive Wedding Season gives this new cookbook two ring fingers up!

On Now: Minted’s Entire Site Is On Sale (3/10-3/16)

March 10th, 2015

Save the Dates

Today marks exactly seven months from when I will walk down the aisle and get hitched. I am beyond excited and know that the next few months are going to fly by. This weekend my parents are coming to town to join my fiance’s family, and some members of our bridal party, for an intimate engagement party. This truly is a special time and I want to enjoy every moment (I even ordered a white dress from Rent The Runway for this weekend’s occasion).

What are my March goals:

  • Finalize the budget (or get closer)
  • Select and send save the dates
  • Find THE dress
  • Set up a registry (or three)
  • Create a wedding website

As far as the budget, we’ve locked down our guest list which means now we can determine just how much we are over our estimated budget and define both what we have left to spend, and how much more we may need to budget. My fiance and I started this process with a modest budget (that we thought would cover everything) so at least if we go a little over it’s not astronomical. See the Business Insider article my fiance sent me last night: 7 financial talks to have with your partner to keep from arguing about money (this is one of the reasons I love him so).

Save the Dates: A lot of stationary sales are happening right now. Most notably, today Minted kicked off a 15% off sale on EVERYTHING. What I love about Minted is their paper quality and sense of style. They are modern, yet classic and value making an impression with celebratory accents. They have a new Foil-Pressed collection (I’m all about these little details) and have newly-launched THE MINTED ENVELOPE – a service that provides envelope design and addressing which right now is FREE for a limited time. Minted’s sale ends next Monday, 3/16.

THE dress is coming along! I’ve narrowed it down to two – both are gorgeous and glamorous, and right around the same price (both which is within my budget). They both make me feel amazing and I truly never realized how incredible it is to go wedding dress shopping – especially as I make most of my purchases online. My two favorite bridal boutiques so far have been Lovely Bride in West Hollywood and La Soie Bridal in Pasadena.

Registry: this past Sunday we went to Crate & Barrel‘s Wedding Party and registered for a few starter items. In preparation for this event we took some time on Saturday to take inventory of our home to see what we really needed. For me it’s all about the kitchen and a honeymoon registry. Yesterday I signed up for Zola for our honeymoon fund (and some Kitchenaid accessories, and some knives).

As for the wedding website, I’ve reserved a domain on GoDaddy and took advantage of a promo code that turned the $15 site into a $1 investment. If you also need a wedding website use promo code: cjccoup99 which is valid all month long. Now I just have to decide which wedding website application to engage and start putting together useful information for our guests.

Another little investment I made: a $15 return address stamp from Vistaprint. I can use this all wedding season long and it’s far more economical and environmentally-sound than mailing labels or paying for printed envelopes (see Minted above…right now they are doing it for free). Next up in April: sort out the honeymoon, finalize the bridal party, start researching photographers and get ready for the Bachelorette weekend!

Have any tips or just want to share your planning process? Please feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading.

Joanna August Fall 2015 Trunk Show (1/16-18 NYC)

January 13th, 2015

We here at Survive Wedding Season sure do love Joanna August, including her new exclusive collaboration with BHLDN! Looks like New York’s Wedding Library is having a Joanna August Bridesmaid trunk show this weekend starting January 16th and closing on January 18th. This event is by appointment only so call 212.327.0100 or email The Wedding Library is located in Manhattan at 14 East 60th Street.

Survive Wedding Season 2015: From Guest To Bride

January 5th, 2015

I said YES!

I said YES!

Happy New Year! I know for most of 2014 I was missing in action from the wedding scene, but 2015 brings a new chapter as I am newly-engaged and going to experience wedding season from a new perspective – that of the wedding-planning, bride-to-be! More to come throughout the process. I couldn’t be happier!!!!!

Ten months away from the big day,


Why I Don’t Want To Be Your Bridesmaid (Video)

April 29th, 2014

Completely in love with this YouTube video by Taryn Southern. If you are currently, or have ever been, a bridesmaid, you will appreciate this – even if your bride bestie is the bestest. Oh the things we do because we love our friends. Thanks Taryn Southern!

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