cyber monday guide}{ wedding style

Good afternoon, savings seekers. It's Cyber Monday and I'm sure you're looking forward to (or are already bragging about) some serious savings for your 2013 gift giving. You might have made your way through Amazon, Macy's, Target, and any number of other Cyber Monday staples for those on your list, but I'm here to give you a tip: Cyber Monday isn't just for Christmas or the Holidays!

Getting married in 2014? Cyber Monday is the PERFECT time for savvy shopping for your big day and for those making it special. Check out my picks for the best deals!

1. Minted is a favorite of mine for beautiful stationary. With so many customizable options and great customer service, it's a great way to go for your invitation suite or holiday cards. Even better? Get 25% off with code MON25. Concerned because you're not quite ready to commit to all the details for your invitation suite? Not to worry. WIth their "buy now, upload later" option, you can get the savings now without making those decisions. 

2. Possibly the best deal of the day is Wedding Chicks 50% off with code CYBERWEEKEND. The sale includes everything from tote bags and handkerchiefs to their adorable invitation suites. P.S. if you're not the one engaged, but are hosting a shower or bachelorette party, their goodies are just as good for those occasions!

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3. Fashion is a huge part of your wedding and all of the fun events leading up to it. There's the engagement party, showers, bachelorette, dress shopping... so many opportunities to sport something sparkly. Check out ASOS today for 30% off with code GIMMEMORE to find something fabulous for all these occasions. If you're looking for bridesmaids dresses, I'm pretty sure your maids would be ecstatic if you picked one of ASOSs reasonably priced numbers. 

While you're thinking about wedding day fashion, head over to Twigs & Honey for a rare 15% off discount with code THCYBER2013. The entire line of headpieces and bridal attire is totally swoon-worthy!

4. Bridesmaids can be difficult to shop for. They're your closest friends, your most trusted confidants, but they're also so different. How do you decide on gifts that will please them all? Enter some of my favorites! Lady-like polish from butter London (20% off with code CYBER13) keeps manis pretty and sophisticated and gold loafers from Henri Bendel (40% with code CYBER13) ensures your besties will be dancing by your side through the reception. 

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5. Your bridesmaids aren't the only ones you'll need to buy for before your wedding. There's your aunts who're throwing your shower, your neighbor who's helping you craft your favors, not to mention your parents. Now is the time to stock up on great hostess and thank you gifts for everyone who is helping to make your day come together. With gifts at every price and s many options for customizable goodies, C Wonder is a one-stop shop. Use code GIFTS40 for 40% off. And might I suggest stocking up on monogrammed cocktail napkins for the wedding itself? With 40%, you can't go wrong!

Another favorite is Lulu & Georgia with accessories and home goods galore. They're offering 30% off with code THANKS30 off all their fabulous and unique items from lamps and pillows to vases and candlesticks. 

Happy shopping! Here's to good deals!

decorate for fall on a budget }{ foraged decor

Happy Monday! I had a pretty big weekend with the last Vanessa Noel Events wedding of 2013. It was a pretty special one for several reasons. I grew up with the groom and his family in our tight-knit community... so tight-knit, in fact, my parents and in-laws were guests and my niece was the flower girl! The wedding was at Calamigos Ranch (hello gorgeous!) and the evening could not have been more beautiful or celebrated a better couple! More details on that fall beauty to come. 

I love love love fall. I love fall weddings, decor, food... everything about the season. Yes, I realize that today marks one month before Christmas and at this point, most people have (sadly) moved on to more "winter wonderland" themed discussion. But seeing as how locally, the highs for the day have just recently dipped below the high 70's, I'm finally feeling fully fall-y. (I love a good alliteration) 

One thing that I really love about decorating for fall is the accessibility of pretty decorations. Obviously, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and every other craft store has leave garlands, plastic pumpkins, and turkey figurines galore, but really, there is no better place to look for festive decorations than your grocery store or, better yet, outside your front door.

Last week, my husband and I went on a walk specifically to gather pretty elements of fall to bring inside. I took an umbrella as the forecast said rain, but used it more as a carrying case for my treasures. 

I sprinkled the leaves that I gathered throughout our apartment to add warm color here and there. I put the berries in apothecary jars along with some pears and persimmons from our fruit bowl for an easy and pretty accent in our dining room. 

(Please excuse the mediocre cell phone photos)

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As you prepare to host family and/or friends for Thanksgiving, don't be too quick to run to the store for decor. Take a quick walk in your neighborhood and don't underestimate the possibilities that abound at the grocery store. 

Hello Friends

Yes. I'm just now getting around to starting my blog. As late as I may be, I'm pretty excited about some of the posts that I have queued up. Shucks, I feel pretty great about actually having a blog queue!

The truth is, you can only have a blog if you have something to say... even if it's just for yourself. But, I'm a wedding planner. Chances are, you aren't here to hear about how stoked I was to make a successful online jean purchase or to read a recipe for a delicious bourbon cocktail (though these lifestyle posts won't be entirely absent on this new self-indulgent platform of mine). You came here to see pretty pictures, learn how to not have a meltdown (or just fewer meltdowns) during a most magical and stressful time in your life, learn a thing or two about etiquette, great vendors, and a lot more.

All that to say, I'm so excited and thankful to have all of that ooey gooey content goodness ready and waiting to jump from my brain to the page... er, screen. And I'm even more elated that you're here to gobble it all up. It won't always be perfect, but I've decided to stop allowing perfection to scare me out of moving forward. So please forgive the typos, spelling errors, and the obnoxious hyphens meant to be dashes (says the English major) and come back often to enjoy + share!

xoxo VV

 Photo by Anna Delores Photography

Photo by Anna Delores Photography