Getting to Geraghty: Let’s Talk Stationery

Getting to Geraghty: Let’s Talk Stationery

Welcome back to another wedding post! Now although I’ll start by sharing how I found my perfect save the date; as requested, I’ll also be sharing some great places to find your stationery needs! The holidays are right around the corner, so if you’re looking to find some great, affordable options then this post is for you!

I’ll be going over each website; including the sales they have going on, what samples I ordered, where I purchased my save the dates, my stamps, the post office experience, and some invitation sneak peeks!

Almost all of these have discount codes and sales going on, so I linked them for you! A handful of these have email coupons when you sign up for newsletters as well. Each of these places have great options for wedding, birthday and holiday stationery!

I personally ordered samples from Zola, Minted, Basic Invite, Truly Engaging, and Zazzle. Definitely a lot more than I remember ordering…BUT it really did help me wrap my head around what I wanted. I had no clue what I was looking for in my save the dates. It helped me to narrow down paper vs magnet, matte vs glossy, and sizing options. I would highly suggest you order samples if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, but you definitely don’t need to go as crazy as I did.

After all the samples, I decided to go with a magnet and I chose Truly Engaging/ Magnet Street! They had a great selection and an awesome sale going on that included a discount on foil. The increments that you can also order were spot on to what we wanted which is something I was concerned about. Some sites are by 25, but they have 10 unit increments which fit our guest list better! You can see a peak of how they turned out below.

On our Save the Date, we included our names, the date, and our website. Usually people include the location and although we would have liked to, we didn’t have space. I chose to include the website instead since all the information is there anyways. We have almost 90% of our guest list traveling so accommodations and flight information have already been put up. I think leading people to the site now will also help when it comes time to RSVP as well, since we’re doing it all online through our website!

In addition to a peek of our Save the Date, I also wanted to share the Christmas card we did through Kodak Moments. They have great options and are also affordable.

Now let’s talk about how we sent these out. We decided to print our own addresses as I was obsessed with a font from DaFont that we went with. I also made a sticker with my Cricut to include on the back for a personal touch. As for the mailing process, if you are considering a magnet, know that you need to buy a special type of stamp for non machinable mail. I went to my post office to ask before anything else and I’m glad I did! If you aren’t doing a magnet, anything under 1oz can use a regular forever stamp, but just in case, go into your post office and check!

So now I’m onto the task of finding an invitation! Although we have not chosen just yet, we’ve gotten closer to picking one. We have looked at clear options, letterpress, foil, and so much more. I’m so excited to keep planning as we are just about at the 6 month mark! To leave you, below are some invitation samples I’ve been looking at. Anything catch your eye?

Let me know if you have any questions and as always, thanks for stopping by!

xx Alicia

Getting to Geraghty: Engagement Session Reveal

Getting to Geraghty: Engagement Session Reveal

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m so excited to share my engagement pictures with you all today. It was such an amazing day and our photographer was absolutely amazing. Every shot was stunning and made me reminisce back on the day over and over again.

We took our engagement pictures in Wilmington and were able plan two outfits. We decided to dress up for the look downtown and went casual for the beach. In each outfit, we still wanted to play off of a similar blue that will be a part of the wedding! I loved that we did it since it makes all of the pictures look cohesive.

I highly encourage you to make sure that you not only get along with your photographer, but that you LOVE their work. Something that drew us to Erin was the effortlessness in her photos. We didn’t want heavily edited photos that were blown out or moody- both which are beautiful, but not us. Not only did we love her style, but her personality was a true fit. She was laid back, joked with us, let us have a pit stop for beer (BIG WIN), and made us feel like we were in our own little world for a few hours! I have linked her below so you can check out more of her and her team’s work.

I plan to post about my prep for the day and additional details next week, but for now…here is a window into our engagement session with Erin Costa!

The weather was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! We took these photos mid-week on a Wednesday right before the Fall weather decided to visit NC. We chose both downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville beach as it’s where we spend most of our time when on the coast.

Dan and I have spent many nights walking the cobblestone streets and many days laying out in the sun on this sand. It was so important for us to take these pictures in the places we love since we are getting married away from home. We wanted to make sure that these photos were colored with our love and showed off what we call our “2nd home” here in NC. I think we accomplished both!

Picture overload? I just couldn’t help myself! I can’t wait to continue sharing more wedding updates with you guys. Always let me know if you have any suggestions for the series. See you next time!

xx Alicia

Getting To Geraghty: My Bridesmaid Proposals

Getting To Geraghty: My Bridesmaid Proposals

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today is 10 months from our wedding and is also just a week after I asked all my bridesmaids and maid of honor to stand by me on my special day.

The rule of thumb is to ask them 8 months to a year before the wedding so I figured right in the middle worked perfectly; especially as some are not here in NC. As I was preparing to ask them, I figured a call would honestly do. Then I really started thinking about everything they’re about to commit to… everything that I committed to at some point as a bridesmaid. The travel, cost, time, and patience is no joke, so I wanted to treat them and make them feel as special as possible!

Since I had to ship a few of these boxes, I wanted to keep the “breakables” to a minimum as well as not sending anything liquid or that could melt in transit, so I kept it as feasible- and as cute- as possible. Some of the items I made with my Cricut and some things I purchased.

You’ll notice that I did end up blacking out a few details on my card, but in time I will share that with you guys. I didn’t necessarily pick a theme for the boxes, but I just wanted it to feel beachy and fun. With everything I included, I’ll let you know where I got everything from below!

Box from Michael’s | Filler from Michael’s | Straw from TJ Maxx | Glass from Target – Created the etching myself| Stadium Cups from Amazon- Created the vinyl myself | All snacks from Target | Bubble wrap for shipping & tissue paper from Office Max | Cards & Envelopes from Michael’s | Notepad from Target | Daily Planner from Hadley Designs

All the informational papers were cut with my Cricut and printed at home on nice cardstock that I purchased. I made a card for my colors, attire & accommodations, information about our day and the days leading up to the wedding, as well as a cute note about being a bridesmaid! Although this seems like a lot information right off the bat, I just wanted to ensure they had all the information they needed right away; especially since I have some out of state.

So if you’re been in a bridal party, what’s been your favorite gift or gifts you’ve received? Let me know, as I can always use ideas! Thank you for stopping by for another Wedding Wednesday post in the “Getting to Geraghty” series. I’ll see you next time!

xx Alicia

Getting to Geraghty: Wedding Dress Shopping

Getting to Geraghty: Wedding Dress Shopping

Hi there! Today is the big day. The day I share my experience wedding dress shopping and what I learned along the way! If only you could see my giddiness behind the screen.

Two days and twenty dresses later- I said yes. With my mom and mother in law by my side I wouldn’t have changed anything. Since my mom lives in PA and my MIL doesn’t have any girls, I felt that it was extremely important to have dress shopping be very intimate and almost like a girls day. I knew I didn’t want a large entourage, but I wanted to ensure I was going to share this experience with family and women who meant a lot to me and that I don’t get to spend time with often.

Due to my mom not being in town often, I set up 4 appointments split up in two days. I was not aware of what I wanted in my dress, but I had an idea of what silhouettes I was interested in based on my body shape. On day one, we had two strong contenders. One from each boutique that I loved on and felt beautiful in. I had to walk away since I wanted to make sure that I would continue loving the dresses and seeing if I had an attachment to a specific one. After day one I thought I had a grasp on what I wanted in my dress, but man was I so wrong! So a day went by and we were on our way to two more appointments.

I would like to say that day two started well, but then I’d be lying- it was a rough experience. My first appointment did not go well. I will not name the boutique, but I will simply state that any consultant that puts you into a sample gown and then proceeds to say “This dress is great because it’ll make you look more skinny” and “I’m sure you’ll lose a few pounds” is not doing her job well.

DISCLAMER LADIES: Your body is a swimsuit body. It’s a wedding dress body. It is a crop top body. Your body doesn’t need to conform for your clothing. I’ll get off my soap box now….

I wasn’t going to let one appointment put a damper on my day. We had lunch and one more appointment to look forward to. Since we ended up leaving that appointment quite early, my mom roped myself and my MIL into going thrift shopping to kill time. Honestly, I can’t complain now as I look at my new vase I just scored!

As we went into our last appointment, I described the dresses I liked to the consultant Heather and started pulling dresses to try on. The pictures below were what I liked on the first day, but I pulled things that were so different this time around. Since this was our last appointment, I pulled anything that caught my eye and made me excited regardless of the shape, style, and details.

Boy am I happy I did that because my last appointment is where I found my dream dress! I will admit my actual dress is SO different than what I thought I wanted like my previous contenders. I had my bridal moment. It wasn’t just a moment of feeling beautiful. It was a moment of never wanting to take the dress off. Of feeling so overwhelmed with happiness when I looked at myself in the mirror. My intention was never to say yes on the spot, but there was no way I was leaving there without claiming the dress I fell in love with. Guys, I cried, I laughed, and I smiled so hard. It was a resounding yes in the room from my mom and MIL, which just confirmed my feelings times ten! So thank you to Classic Bride & Formals and my consultant Heather for helping find my dream dress. So although I cannot share my dress right now, I can’t wait to share in just about 365 days!

Now I leave you with the main three points I think are the most important things to keep in mind when you’re prepping to go wedding dress shopping. These aren’t your normal pointers: stay in budget, undergarments, and timing, so keep reading for some lessons learned!

First and foremost, at each boutique I made sure to stay open-minded for each dress a consultant or family member pulled. The hangers don’t do them justice! Throughout the process it was so important to take time to learn more about wedding dresses. The more dresses I tried on the better I got at articulating what I liked about the dress and what I didn’t. Spending the time understanding the shape, style, and details of wedding dresses honestly made my experience go so smoothly. I did not know much walking into each place, but I left almost everywhere feeling confident and happy.

As you continue to learn, be vocal. This is your time to shine. You’re not hurting the consultant’s feelings. You can appreciate a dress and find it beautiful and it just not be for you. That’s okay. I held back at first to not hurt feelings when I didn’t like something, but at the end of the day- they’re dresses! It’s a big investment, a big decision, but most importantly, it’s a big moment you’ll never forget.

Secondly, do not get discouraged when it comes to the bridal sizing. I literally said yes to my dress in a size 10 sample and I ordered a 20 due to my bust. The number means NOTHING. All that matters is that you found your dream dress which will end up fitting you like a glove! I got stuck in two dresses and instead of immediately putting myself down, I simply asked for helped and said “next”. This is an exciting experience so do your best to remind yourself that your body is the perfect wedding dress body!

I want to note that I don’t think I had my bridal moment in my first two contenders because I was battling the idea of whether I loved the dresses because I fit in the sample or because I truly loved the dress itself. Keep this in mind! You should love the dress regardless of the sample size you’re trying on.

Lastly, stop comparing. Stop comparing what you look like in a dress to others. Stop comparing your wedding planning process. Stop comparing the timing of you buying your dress. I bought mine a bit over a year to my wedding and I still feel confident in that decision. As you go through this experience, just remember that you’re planning the perfect wedding for yourself and your significant other. Your dress is only one part of the big picture. Please stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Some find their dress on their first trip, for others it takes days or months and that’s okay. So enjoy this exciting time with good thoughts, a glass of champagne, and a little wiggle of that ring finger!

See you next time and congrats to all my brides out there! Let me know how long it took you to find your dress.

xx Alicia

Getting to Geraghty: Venues

Getting to Geraghty: Venues

Happy Wednesday, I’m back with Wedding Wednesday and I could not be more excited! With the new year, Dan and I wanted to start planning the wedding to give ourselves plenty of time. I’ll go over some small details we have decided on as well as our venue selection experience.

We are aiming for March/ April 2020 and we know we’ll being getting married in the Wilmington, NC area. Ideally, with everyone having to travel, we’d like to treat this as a mini-destination for our guests! Dan and I are open to a Friday or a Saturday wedding that would start later in the afternoon. As we nail down more details, I’ll continue to share them with you guys, but that’s it for right now.

This past weekend, Dan and I were able to experience Courtyards and Cobblestones. This event is an innovative wedding tour that showcases multiple venues and wedding industry professionals in the area. Each venue was set up as a “show room” as a wedding with food, music, drinks, and décor. We identified this event as the perfect way to scout our venue since we were interested in each venue on the list!

Dan and I living in Charlotte means we are three and a half hours away from the Wilmington area and so we wanted to get the biggest bang for our time when starting to look for venues. We found that this event was perfect for us for a few reasons.

  1. Visually, we were able to see each space set up. As visual people, it was helpful to see how people maneuvered through the space, where you could set up items like the bar or a photo booth, and more importantly, we saw how the owners and event coordinators interacted with guests and vendors.
  2. Since we were interested in the venues included, it helped us focus on the facts of each option. This helped not to get too swept up in the extravagant set up at each place. We often asked if our guest list would fit comfortably, could we see ourselves getting married there, did it fall within our budget, and how convenient it would be for us and guests on the day of the wedding and for accommodations.
  3. Lastly, to be quite honest, we had no clue where to start! An event like this was perfect for us since we took six months not thinking about planning at all. Although we will have help going forward, the process of finding the venue was something we knew was important, but wasn’t sure when we would find time out to the coast to do. An event like this was a day and a half and as long as you go in with no expectations you don’t get overwhelmed. Instead you really identify your options for your wedding.

I know this is not everyone’s way of finding a venue and that’s okay! Dan and I didn’t want private tours and one on ones. We wanted to see the space in action and be able to dream up our vision within it. Honestly, we ate, drank, and danced a bit, which was the perfect date night out while planning for our wedding!

While in town, we also met with a wedding planner that we’re really excited about. I hope to share more about that experience as well at a later time! We have some big decisions to make soon, but I’m just grateful that our experience doing it has been an enjoyable one.

So although we have not decided on the venue yet, we have our favorites and will be making a decision by the first of February. I’m not sure how I’ll share our decision, but I will ensure that through this series I give you guys an honest look at our process. Anything from décor to invitations to events around the wedding. If you’re looking to have me share something specific, please reach out to let me know!

How was your experience finding your wedding venue? How long did it take you and was it in an area far from where you live? Let me know in the comments below. I love being able to connect with you guys through your experiences, everyone’s is different! I hope you enjoyed this recap of our weekend venue “shopping”, I look forward to writing more wedding content for you guys soon. See you guys next time!

xx Alicia