Did you catch the news yesterday? We launched our online store! Haven’t heard, check us out for all your stationary needs. We look forward to working with you ! (Click image above to be linked to our website)
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT !!
Our Grand Online Opening is tomorrow
Friday, February 14
Link to website will be available at 9am EST
The first 10 WEDDING ORDERS will be entered into a drawing* for their chance to WIN $150 CREDIT towards their wedding photography**.
*Drawing ends on March 14, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. All orders must be received on or before March 14, 2014 at 11:59pm EST to be considered. Winners announced on May 1, 2014. If your order is entered into the drawing you will receive an email notification. Other restrictions may apply please view website for more details.
**Wedding orders must provide Custom Designs with a signed and ratified photographer contract. All checks are payable directly to the contracted photographer on behalf of said purchaser.
***Gas Gift Card will not exceed the amount of $25. Will be shipped via priority mail to said winner.
In my own quest to find the PERFECT outfit for Friday, February 14, 2014 I thought I would share some amazing dress ideas for you ladies, or gents (this could be a great gift for that special someone.) These options are perfect for any event, and if you are in a not so warm area pairing some of these cute numbers with a blazer, or short accessory coat would be fab!
All of these can be found online, and I have included the designer information above each set.
Whether your love or hate Valentine’s Day there is no escaping it. We have created a top 10 list of budget friendly dates for the “day of love” .
1. A romantic picnic in front of the fireplace
2. Play tourist in your own city! Explore your city, spend the day taking pictures, checking out monuments, discover neighborhoods you have never been too, and maybe even book a room for the night.
3. Depending on where you live…going ice skating (or roller blading) for a quaint date can be very enjoyable, and work up an appetite.
4. Create a spa ambiance in the privacy of your own home. Light some candles, play some soft music, run a hot bath complete with oils. Following the relaxing bath give each other a nice full body massage. For some information on massage techniques check out this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Give-a-Back-Massage
5. Check out a local poetry jam for a light sip and see. It will be a nice and enjoyable time, in a relaxing, romantic setting.
We wish all of you a magnificent and enjoyable Valentine’s Day! Stay tuned to our blog posts and other social media outlets for updates and announcements about the launch of Custom Designs website on Friday, February 14, 2014.
How many ladies are going to be #Yonce ready for Valentine’s Day?
Originally posted on Yours In Bridal blog:
How many of you saw the Grammy Awards? I’m sure there were quite a few women who wished they could be that much in love or at least have the corset Beyonce was wearing. If you are lucky to be that much in love (and want to be that sexy)This Valentine’s Day, with the help of La Perla you can make those wishes come true.
Beyoncé Knowles wears La Perla Cage collection to perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. The three-piece 2013 ‘Cage’ Capsule Collection, which spans a strapless bra, briefs and a high-waisted short, is inspired by the iconic ‘cage bustier’ which was first released by the brand in 2007 and worn by the likes of the ever-glamorous Victoria Beckham in the Spice Girls reunion video “Headlines”.
Epitomizing the highest level of craftsmanship for which the brand is renowned, the cage collection created entirely by hand using…
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The amazing proposal story of Ryan Leak to Amanda Roman ! Engaged and Married all in one day! Such an inspiration
Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
MIAMI — (CNN) By chance, Ryan Leak, a 27-year-old Texas man overheard his girlfriend Amanda Roman tell a friend that she thought it would be cool to get engaged and married on the same day.
Inspired, Leak spent a whole year trying to figure out a way to make a surprise like that happen. The problem was, Leak needed to know the specifics. What kind of dress would she want? What about the flowers?
Enter Pinterest, the ultimate wingman, the virtual collage site that allows people to visually organize pictures and ideas by “pinning” them to different “boards.”
Leak found his beloved’s Pinterest wedding board, on which she had pinned more than 200 wedding-related ideas and inspirations. Jackpot.
“She planned the entire wedding, without even knowing she planned the entire wedding,” Leak said.
As operation Stealth Pinterest Wedding went on, Leak, who lives in Texas, decided to base the festivities…
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Any bride will tell you, every dream gown comes with a price tag. I have come up with a few suggestions to decrease the price tag without compromising your idea of the perfect dress.
Shop sample racks, trunk shows
Every bridal boutique holds sample sales a few times a year, and if you’re a size eight to 10, you’re in LUCK. Most sample dresses come in sizes close to a 10. Even if you’re close to this size, you can buy a sample dress at a discount, pay for alterations, and still save money on your gown. You also can find discounted accessories such as veils and shoes at sample sales.
Another alternative to shopping for full-price gowns at a bridal store are Trunk shows. At trunk shows, dresses might not be sold at a very high discounted price, but designers are willing to make it a package deal by including other items (i.e. embellishments, bows, or straps) with the dress.
David’s Bridal also offers outlet sale prices on many of their dresses. You can shop the online store to find discounted gowns, and they will usually match that price in store.
Consider department stores
You would be surprised at the number of department stores that carry white and ivory dresses intended for formal events. Not only that, some department stores even have a bridal section (i.e. Macy’s, Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth). These dresses typically have the same look and feel as most weddings gowns, but sell for about half the price. Your bridal party also can save money shopping at department stores for bridesmaid dresses.
I know some brides do not like the idea of purchasing a used wedding dress because they want it to be there own, but you do not realize how many brides are giving away (yes, giving it away because cost is nearly cut in half) after their nuptials. Buying a used dress is a great option if you’re looking for that designer gown but are shopping with a strict budget. There are numerous online sites that act as trading grounds for brides who want to sell their dresses for reuse. Many of these sites offer ways to contact sellers directly, so you also can negotiate price.
Check out: PreownedWeddingDresses.com
Before you buy a dress online, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for. Find the retail price of the dress you are about to buy so you know if you’re getting a good price.
Be sure to ask the right questions about the dress before you make your final purchase. Obtain pictures, especially of the areas where the dress touches the ground, or other parts that could possibly have damage like the zipper area. Also request the measurements of the dress, not just the size, so you know for sure if it will fit you. Be sure to order the dress well in advance so you have time to get alterations if you need them.
What not to do
Now that you have been given the strategies for finding the best wedding gown on a budget, below are some other things to take into consideration in search for the perfect dress.
- Avoid extensive alterations. Making changes to a gown, even something as simple as altering a sleeve, can cost hundreds of extra dollars.
- Keep it simple. Don’t choose a dress with over-the-top embellishments. Ruling out dresses with lace or beading on the hemline, waistline, sleeves, or train will keep you within budget.
- Stay on budget. Do not try on a dress you know is well over your budget. You are setting yourself up for disaster. No need to fall in love with a dress that you know you cannot afford to purchase.
Regardless of what style or type of dress you are looking for it is more than likely you will find it on a discount. If you’re set on not purchasing a used dress, keep an open mind and hit up sample and trunk sales to find the perfect dress within your budget. By keeping the things in mind I mentioned above, you should be able to find your dream dress while still saving money.
This “Bun in the Oven” topic I find perfect since I currently do have a “Bun in the Oven”. It has been an amazing 29 weeks, and myself and my husband are more than excited to meet our little girl. However, finding ways to save money while raising children may be more important than ever, given that the cost of raising a child is rising, according to Mark Lino, Ph.D., economist for the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).
“The cost of raising a child has increased 23% after accounting for inflation since 1960, [when the] USDA starting tracking costs associated with raising children,” says Lino. “Costs associated with childcare and health care are major contributors to these increases.”
The bare necessities (of life)
Deciding what your baby really needs vs. wants of your own is a great first step. In this day and age we are led to believe that our children will not be healthy or happy without each and every new gadget or material item, but that isn’t true.
Determine a budget
From working in the financial industry for half a decade I can say that developing an individual budget is always a successful tactic, thus implementing a budget for your child will be a great way to save money. We will always have those impulse buys, but setting monthly estimates and sticking to them will save money in the long run. Create projections for food, clothes, toys, furniture etc.
In my opinion the toys should be far and few between until they can physically request certain toys. Let the child master a particular toy before purchasing a new one because then you end up with a house full of toys that the child literally spends 2-5 seconds on and they are on to the next.
Hungry Why Wait
Because for the first year you will be most likely feeding your baby breast milk or formula it is important that if you are doing formula to buy in bulk.It’s MUCH cheaper than purchasing here and there. Once you start solid foods purchasing baby food will be the most expensive route. These are typically things (carrotts, green beans, apples, etc) you can make at home and blend well to provide the same nutrients that any baby food will provide.
You’ll likely want to purchase a crib, dresser, rocker, changing table, bookshelves, and toy chest.
A great investment is the convertible crib that changes—as your child grows—into a toddler bed, then a day bed, and finally into a full-size or queen bed. Convertible cribs may have a higher initial price tag but can save money in the long run.
Instead of buying child-scale furniture that will last only a short time, buy an adult-sized book shelf and dresser that get use after the baby outgrows the crib and changing table. Furniture in neutral colors such as black, brown, or white are your best bet because they can be utilized in any part of the home.
Basic is best. Consider buying a comforter and window coverings in neutral colors and adding stuffed animals and a mobile as accents. Soon the little one will grow fast and you won’t be using Winnie the Pooh or Cinderella forever.