Dear Brides, it’s Time to Stress Less & Celebrate More

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I came across an article on by Kara Wahlgren entitled, “5 Wedding Details You Can Stop Overthinking,” and this got me thinking… there are WAAAYYYY more than five!  I mean, let’s be real.

I’ve been in more than my fair share (“more” and “than” being the operative words) of weddings, and as such, I feel as though spending a decade of my life as a habitual bridesmaid, I’ve earned my stripes.  Heck, not just my stripes!  I’ve also earned my plaids, polka dots, patterns, prints and plains, as well.  Oh, you think I’m kidding?  I’m not.  Stop by any time and take a gander at the good ‘ole closet… you might be shocked at first, but you’ll soon realize, you’re looking at the real life 27 Dresses :)

And because I’ve been so closely involved in so many weddings, I’ve also been privy to so many brides.  Trust(&)Believe.  I’ve seen them all.  The Normals – those who fall somewhere between one or more of the following groups… The DIY Disasters – the ones who need help with e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  The Good Managers — which sadly, is the smallest selection.  The Freaker Outters — you know who you are :)  The cool-calm-and-collected-until-the-very- Last Minuters — guilty :)  And last, but certainly not least, the Bridezilla-er’s (haha!) — whhhhy??  Haven’t they seen the show?  Haven’t they heard the term?  Have they no shame?  Why, ladies… just why?

Now, what stinks about being involved in a wedding – be it as a ‘maid, a mom, a planner, an extra, etc. – with a Bridezilla is that the entire celebration becomes lost.  It’s no longer about the day and what they day means.  It’s all about drama of all the must-be-perfect-or-I’ll-just-die details… and the just checking in phone calls… and / or text messages… and emails… and fittings and run-throughs and “quick” trips and invitation creation sessions… ugh, you get the picture…  Everyone is haphazardly buried under and suffocated by the knowledge that everything HAS TO BE RIGHT that they lose site of and interest in the actual and awesome reason behind what started the bridezilla takeover in the first place — you’re getting married and joining your life with the man you love! I mean, hello!??!  Can I get a “Yay!”

With all that said, best advice I can give any bride must first be met with an urgently important disclaimer.  Bridezillas, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down for this…

DISCLAIMER: something – despite all the planning and hours and double / triple / Buzz Lighter to infinity and beyond checking – something WILL go wrong.

<GASPS!>  That’s right, ladies.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the sooner you accept this knowledge, the sooner you can start to relax and get back to the real reason of the day… You get to say “I do” to your #1 boo :) <SQUEE!>

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here’s the advice, which I urge you all to remember:

BEST ADVICE:  No matter what goes wrong (I know, I know – you don’t like thinking about it – sorry!), at the end of the day, you still get to be your man’s Mrs.  You get to marry him and love him and be with him for all future bumps, blessings and otherwise.  So, smile, breath, relax, and above all, love that this is the day you get to say, “I do.”

Toast to You: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Day

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Alright, ladies, if it isn’t clear to you by now, let me lay it out in the simplest English… Your.Wedding.Day.Should.Be.All.About.You+yourgroom :)

Working at Marilyn’s Keepsakes, I have the distinct pleasure of seeing how personalizing your wedding can truly make all the difference. Every couple’s love is incredibly unique; so, why, oh why, should any his and hers celebration not ooze with their own personal awesomeness?

I was totally inspired by an article I read in InStyle Weddings about how to tailor a wedding to your style and would like to share some of my favorite picks with you! Feel free to check them out, pick them up or put them down, but regardless, just be sure to live it up!

  • Let your pets strut their stuff:  Whether ring bearing down the aisle or simply joining in the festivities and smiling in photos, letting your favorite furred friends be a part of your day and have an event that includes all those you love :)
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  • Make your chairs fit for a king (and queen, of course!): If you love flowers, which basically includes every girl under the sun, talk with your florists about what kind of arrangements they can do with your initials. The lettered bouquets are a super chic alternative to traditional chair covers and will bring structural and modern appeal to any setting!
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  • Let your guests sip on a signature drink!  I’ve been to several events where couples concoct their favorite poison, name it after themselves and toast to its genius all night long (all night!). Even more inspiring is when brides and grooms center their witches’ brew around their décor and have them served in clear glasses. It really makes a nice, three dimensional color pop to any setting… not to mention, a great prop for photo ops!
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  • Let them feast on your favorite foods: What better way to accompany your signature drink than with gourmet cuisine, centered around your cultural, traditional or simply favorite foods? traditions? Whether there’s a certain food your families have made a tradition or one your culture tells you to grub, bringing a part of who you are into your wedding day buffet is a delicious way to add a personalized touch of you to your wedding!

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  • Gain greater impact from your place card holders: Is planning a seating chart for 200+ causing you painstaking amounts of stress? Well, fear not my friend, because dreaming up cool place card holders will be your perfect cure! Because the place card will be one of the first things they seek, it’s a great place to put a piece of you!
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New! Personalized Aisle Runners: Because Every Bride Deserves a Proper Runway

Due to the runaway success of our previously launched Personalized Aisle Runners, we’ve received some seriously high demands to create even more personalized fabulousness for your wedding day celebrations.  Well, ask and you shall receive, my dear brides-to-be; because here at Marilyn’s Keepsakes, we like nothing more than to please…

… And yes, I totally just made that amazeballs rhyme up.  All I need now is two turn tables and a microphone :)  But until then, I’m SUPER PUMPED to introduce to you our 4 NEW! Personalized Aisle Runners!  Still available to be accented in one of today’s hottest wedding colors and still personalized at absolutely no extra cost to you… I give you, your proper runway…

Classic Monogram Aisle Runner

Classy Aisle Runner

Our New Monogram Aisle Runner

Modern Love Aisle Runner

DIY Decorations for All Occasions… Made Easy!

Looking to make a real statement?  Well then, do yourself a favor and check out our DIY Video on Paper Pennant Bunting below for great ways to create a one of a kind look without a one of a kind price!

Both fun and simple, bunting is one of the industry’s latest trends to hit the scene, and we’ve made it simpler than ever for every bride to use! 

Wedding Trend Alert: DIY Paper Pennant Bunting

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At Marilyn’s Keepsakes, we recognize the importance for the DIY bride to shine in all her shabby chic goodness!  We also recognize, however, that she can’t shine fully if not provided with the proper tools.  After all, not all of us our born killer crafters with do-it-yourself goodness infused into our DNA!

We can, however, own the right to fake it ’til we make it with our line of DIY Stationery.  Among the most recent addition is our DIY Paper Pennant Bunting Kit!  This do-it-yourself, dream project kit will leave your guests “oohing” and “awing” from the minute they step onto the scene to the minute they bid you adieu.  Because of its versatile nature, this one of a kind flag banner ensemble really lets your creative side shine by garnishing all your favorite events with a personalized touch of charm.

And by kitting these items altogether in one, simple package, we leave the fun part up to you for making everything from outdoor weddings and baby showers to anniversary extravaganzas, birthday parties, holidays and more a little bit more fun and a lot more personal!  See below for product details and decor options:

Paper Pennant Bunting Kit Includes:

  • 50 Flag Pennants
  • 12.5 yards of White Satin Ribbon
  • Complimentary CD with 40 pre-designed Templates for mixing and matching
  • Test Printing Sheets and Instructions for use

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Wedding Trend Alert: DIY Heart Fan Programs Have Arrived!

Modeled after our best selling program fans and shaped to curvy cutie perfection, our DIY Heart Fan Program Paper Kits are an ideal source for trendy brides to get really creative.  Whether you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony or taking your guests on a dream destination, it’s easy to see why these fun, heart shaped fans are one of the wedding industry’s leading accessories for brides to la-Louvre!

And because each kit comes with a complimentary CD of designs (see choices below), brides can choose to edit one and make it their own or start from scratch for a wedding day original. It’s truly up to you and will leave your guests with a breezy attitude for your beautiful day!

Click here to pick up a set today or check below for an example of the designs featured on our complimentary CD!

All templates available on complimentary CD!

For Your Viewing Pleasure: MK’s Latest YouTube Video Has Arrived!

Hello again, ladies and gents!  As some of you may already know, Marilyn’s Keepsakes has our very own YouTube Channel, chalk full of personalized goodies!  Most recently, we added a how-to webisode on our DIY Designer Program Fans. 

Not only does this beaut provide you with great ideas, but it also provides step by step instructions on how to create your very own, custom programs!  And who can’t appreciate that?  So, without further adieu, I give thee our video…

And for even more of a “WOW” factor, check out the pre-designed templates that come readily available on our complimentary CD – complete with purchase!  Leave them as is or jazz them up to your liking!  Either way, we’re sure you’ll love it!

All above designs available on Complimentary CD, which is included with each DIY Designer Fan Program Paper Kit purchase!

Wedding Tested / Bride Approved: Personalized Aisle Runners 4 Your Big Day!

My dear ladies in waiting, it’s time to roll out the red carpet (literally!) on your wedding day entrance… and here at Marilyn’s Keepsakes we’re oh so happy to help!

Because weddings are transitioning more into personalized events, rather than traditional affairs, it’s key for brides and grooms everywhere to find their ideal blend of modern day style and time honored taste.  And there’s no better way to do this than by putting your own personal spin onto wedding’s most traditional accessories.

<Enter: The Aisle Runner>

As your guests all anxiously await your arrival, set the stage with a personal note and choose an aisle runner that has been made custom for your newlywed debut!  Not sure what I mean?  Well, then, let me introduce our hostess with the most’est, Ms. Fabulous herself, Adrienne, as she gives you the dish on our latest YouTube Channel video on Personalized Aisle Runners: