MIA No More!

So as you can see from the date of our last post that we have been a little MIA for the most part. That is about to change. Keep an eye out for some fun stuff coming your way soon!

Callie<3

Let's talk about men's wedding bands...

One of the most difficult parts about wedding planning for me was trying to decide what kind of a wedding band to get for my husband-to-be! I wanted it to be special, and I hoped for something he'd really like. I was pretty uneducated about what types of rings were out there, and ended up settling on a beautiful Tungsten ring for my husband (he can no longer wear it, unfortunately, but we'll get to that below!). Let's take a look at a small variety of what's available and learn a bit about each ring's different materials.

Tungsten and Titanium

Buy them here and here.

These two materials are very much alike; both are extremely durable and ideal for the man who has a hands-on job working outdoors or getting his hands dirty. Tungsten and Titanium are virtually indestructable and neither will dent, scratch, or lose their shine. Neither will corrode or change color due to wear and tear or time. Titanium is also biocompatible with most skin types, meaning it is the least likely metal to give you a rash or cause discoloration of the skin. A bonus? Both are extremely cost effective (unless they are inlayed with a gem). Titanium is easily engraved and resized, but Tungsten on the other hand, isn't. Tungsten rings cannot be resized (and there's the reason my husband no longer wears his-- it's too big now!), and while they are engravable, engraving a Tungsten ring is not an easy task! Another drawback? Tungsten and Titanium are both very heavy, which may cause a bit of strain when worn every day.

Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver is a great option for a "placeholder" ring. Maybe you can't afford that gorgeous (and very pricey) wedding band right now, so Sterling Silver is an excellent choice for the time being. The reason I say this is because Sterling Silver is the most likely material to cause discoloration of the skin or rashes (remember me telling you about biocompatibility above?). Furthermore, Sterling Silver won't always stay bright and shiny; it darkens over time and has a tendency to easily tarnish, particularly in humid areas. With all that being said, Sterling Silver is an inexpensive choice, and is also available in lots of varying designs. It is easily accessible, and easily engravable.

Rose Gold

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I am a Rose Gold girl, myself. There's something about it's blush sheen that makes it so endearing to me! Rose Gold is beautiful, and has many of the same attributes of other golds (White, Yellow). It looks lovely in a variety of finishes as well. The main drawback here? It is very expensive. Expect to drop a pretty penny on a Rose Gold band.

Organic Materials


Buy both here.

I chose to feature these Titanium rings with Antler inlays for this portion of the post, but obviously there are many organic materials that rings can be created with. The thing that drew me to these was the fact that I could definitely see my dad, an avid outdoorsman, sporting one! They are cruelty-free, made from the sheds of deer and elk, and the coolest part? They're locally made in my home state of Utah, right in the Wasatch Mountains.



Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

xo
Brooke


**All of the rings featured in today's post are readily available on Etsy
by sellers who painstakingly create each piece by hand,
just because I believe in buying locally or hand made items when you can!**

Vintage Wedding Inspiration

When I was planning my own wedding back in 2008, I drew a lot of inspiration from vintage bridal magazines. I wanted a wedding that was timeless; something that wouldn't appear dated several years down the road (ahem, I'm talking to you, Mom... You 1980's, puffy-sleeved bride, you!). If you're hoping for a wedding that will always feel classic, I would suggest doing just what I did! It's amazing how dress and venue designs from long ago have the ability to still be relevant today.

Because it's the end of the week, and I'm one tired momma because I've got an almost-two-year-old who refuses to nap and is growing molars, I'm taking the easy route and posting some beautiful photos of vintage bridal fare to get y'all inspired. I hope you enjoy, and forgive me for my lack of an actual post.







How cute are these two?

Finally, I leave you with one of the most beautiful women ever
wearing probably the most timeless dress known to man:




Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

xo
Brooke

Who Pays For What?

Hey Dolls! 

So, this happens to be my first post for Borrowed&Blue and I can't be more excited. To be honest, I had a hard time deciding what to post first because there are millions of ideas that fill my head daily when it comes to weddings and wedding planning. I finally decided on starting with a question that I am asked the most by brides: Who Pays For What?

Your budget is a huge part of planning a wedding, and knowing who is to pay for what can take a load off of both families involved and is a topic no one likes to talk about so it is usually left in the dark. Who is supposed to pay for what can be tricky and an uneasy topic of discussion. So my advice to you, start this conversation early with both families and it will help relieve a lot of stress later! Discuss who is willing, and capable, of paying for what..trust me you will be happy you did! 

Now, having been in the wedding world for quite some time and this is one of the most asked questions I have had. I am all for tradition and so this list is something I agree with and will most likely implement in my own wedding someday.  Some of these items on the list will surprise you. 

Please remember that you are not required to follow this list as it is more of a guideline of the “traditional” responsibilities of all parties involved. It is a great place to start and you will be glad you read this!
Brides:
Grooms ring
Gifts for bridesmaids
Gifts for parents
Gift for groom
Hair and make up for bridesmaids day-of
Brides Family:
Wedding planner (Rachel Events!)
Bridal gown, veil, and accessories
Bridesmaids bouquet
Invitations, save the dates, programs, thank you cards, menu
Ceremony and reception floral and decor
Entertainment for the ceremony and reception
Transportation
Food
Photographer/videographer
Cake
Vendor gratuities
Groom:
Engagement and wedding band
Marriage License
Officiant Fee
Groomsmen and usher gift
Brides gift
Boutonnieres
Grooms Attire
Honeymoon
Grooms Family:
Rehearsal dinner food and beverage
Reception and cocktail hour beverages
Grooms cake
**Please note that this is just a traditional list and it does not mean you have to follow.
Until next time,                                                                                                                                                                                          Callie Sue

Let's talk summer weddings...

When planning a wedding, one of the first things many brides consider is in what season they'd like to say their I do's. Most of us get enamored with the details of certain seasons before realizing that each of the four carries many pros and cons, particularly where budget is concerned. In this four part series, we'll take a look at each season and the benefits of getting married whether the flowers are in bloom or there's snow on the ground!

Since we're in the midst of summer, let's begin there, shall we? I'm not a summer fan. Mostly because the humidity melts my face off and my clothes stick to my skin. Yuck. That aside, there's much to love about summer as well; where I live, the flowers are blooming in the summer months and the greens are at their greenest. This all goes without saying that the Fourth of July occurs in summertime, which is the sole reason in and of itself to adore summer. Most of all, summer is the perfect time for a wedding, particularly if your dream is to get hitched in the great outdoors.


Pros
  • The weather is great, which means that an outdoor wedding is totally feasible depending on where you're located. You could celebrate with a reception well into the evening and even after dark, because it will still feel comfortable outside late into the night.
  • Your flower budget could be cut significantly in the summertime by growing your own flowers to use for your big day. If you choose your blooms carefully and have proper growing conditions, your flowers will be at the height of their beauty during the summer months.
Cons
  • Spring and summer are huge seasons for weddings. Expect to be wait listed or even turned away by caterers/live bands/officiants, etc. who may simply not have the capacity to take on so many weddings at once.
  • The same can also be said for venues. If you plan on getting married in the summertime, plan on booking your dream venue far in advance. Venues fill quickly during the summer months and many charge more during the season.
  • If you're planning a fair weathered wedding, expect some major scheduling conflicts from family and friends. Since many people tend to holiday during the summer, your wedding date may work for Great Aunt Marge but not for your bridesmaid Cindy. It may take some doing to come up with a date that works for each one of your nearest and dearest.


Are there any summer brides out there? What pros and cons did you encounter from having your wedding during the summer months and what advice would you give to brides planning a summer wedding? Sound off in the comments below!

xo
Brooke

Wedding of the Week: Sarah from Egg Town

Hello, lovelies!  This week's feature is Sarah from Egg Town and her husband Dave AKA the most picture-perfect couple ever.  These two are adorable and I hope you enjoy their wedding details & pictures as much as I have!

Sarah and Dave were married on 04.28.12 in Bountiful, UT.

Where was your reception held?
A friend's home in Bountiful, UT.

What were the things you spent the most money on for your wedding?
My dress was definitely the most expensive, which I found at Bridal Image.  Second, would definitely be our photographer {although, this is the one thing you should spend the most money on}, we used my friend who I grew up with; Aimee Barker.  And last but not least, flowers.  I had the hardest time finding the flowers I wanted.  By the time we found the perfect ones, there was a week left until our wedding day.  We ended up going through Willow & Wildflowers.


Who were some of your favorite vendors? 
We did most things on our own. Our cake was designed by Dave and I, and was made by his sister. We catered our own food, with lots of help from family & friends. We were able to get a deal for Dave's tux at my uncle's tuxedo shop and all my bridesmaids got their outfits from American Eagle & Maurices, and were definitely able to wear them again and again.  Our ceremony and reception was held at a friend's home in Bountiful, UT.  Our invitations were probably the only things we didn't do... and we absolutely loved them.  We created them and had them printed from Tuellers Press.

How were you able to cut costs during your wedding planning?
Dave and I got engaged and then a month later we were married. So we certainly didn't have very much time to get all these expensive and extravagant things.  Which was totally a-OK with the both of us. We are both very laid back and wanted a simple wedding to begin with. However, with certain family struggles going on at the time we didn't have a huge budget so we made use with what we could get and it turned out even more than we imagined.


Did you end up over or under budget for your wedding?
Under, for sure!!!

What is your best advice for those planning a wedding?
Try not to stress!! Of course you want everything to turn out perfect, but stressing only makes things worse.  Also, do what you want. It's your wedding! We had a lot of problems with a lot of people telling us how we could and couldn't do things. And definitely enjoy planning what will be the best day of your life!



How cute are they? That picture in the bath tub is my absolute favorite. Picture perfect couple!  Thanks to Sarah and Dave for letting me feature you today!  Be sure to check out their blog here... It's the cutest!  If you have any more questions about the wedding, you can contact Sarah at sarahmeggett at gmail dot com.


Alternative Wedding Guestbooks

When my husband and I got married, we went the route of the fairly traditional guestbook. I made it myself to save some money, and put it together to read as more of a scrapbook versus the usual wedding ledger filled with names. It was special because it came from my own hands, and it felt very personal. It's proven to be a fun keepsake over the years, but before I settled on a final design, I juggled a few ideas around that were less-than-traditional.

Throughout the last couple of years and various weddings I've attended, I've seen more and more alternative guestbooks crop up and thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you today...

Quilted Guestbook


I adore quilts and the personality that comes with them. There's just something extremely special about giving something, or being gifted something, that has been created by hand especially for/by you. Obviously, I love, love, LOVE this quilt as a guestbook. What a sweet keepsake for newlyweds, not to mention a pretty special heirloom to save for your children and grandchildren.

Cost analysis: Fabric is not cheap, people. Depending on your number of guests, you could end up in $200 worth of fabric for a larger quilt. This idea wouldn't be the most budget-friendly but come on, is it great or what?


Map Guestbook


For the couple who enjoys travel! Guests sign hot air balloons and pin them to a map. You could turn it into an instant keepsake by having it framed and hanging it in your newlywed love nest.

Cost analysis: When it comes to price, maps run the gamut. Most quality maps start out at around $60 and can run upwards of $300.


Custom Couple Portrait as Guestbook

From left to right: Source, source, source

One of my favorite guestbook ideas! Had it been within my budget, I would have commissioned a custom couple portrait for my own wedding. Obviously, if you commission a beautiful portrait, the last thing you'll want to do is have people sign their names on the actual art piece. Instead, have your guests sign a matte and frame the piece later on. It's beautiful, personal, and there are so many talented artists out there to choose from.

Cost analysis: Custom portraits can cost just about anything. Work with the artist of your choice to come up with a size for your portrait as well as a price point.


As always, happy weekend and wedding planning!

xo
Brooke

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