Monday, October 9, 2017

All Things Wedding: David Gardner's Series Part 1

I am so excited to implement another aspect of my wedding series and share it with y'all, rings! I am collaborating with a local company in College Station, David Gardner's. I feel absolutely honored and blessed to be able to share my experience with them with you all. 
I'll be doing a three part blog series to showcase how special their company is, share how unique their pieces are and eventually share what I will be wearing once Zach and I are married. So stay tuned for November's post and then in December I'll be doing the big reveal of the bands! 

I don't know about you but walking into a jewelry store can be overwhelming, intimidating and I know a lot of people are thinking "how much is this going to cost me?" All these negative emotions can make the thought of ring shopping stressful or just jewelry shopping. The fun and freedom I felt the moment I entered David Gardner's was unlike any other. They are the sweetest most welcoming people and really just want you to have a blast in their store, whether you plan to purchase or not.

The first time I walked in was not for any shopping, it was for an event they were hosting for the sororities at A & M and it gave me the opportunity to go into their store with no strings attached and just experience the atmosphere and fun of the diamonds and bling. Let me tell you, I had an absolute blast and that was just the beginning of my relationship with Julia Gardner (who is pictured above). 

Julia and David are absolutely incredible people with a passion, dream and vision to help impact others by the jewelry they wear. Their generosity and love for others is contagious. They both have a presence that is unlike anything I've ever seen or been around. As I've gotten to know Julia and David more I had the opportunity to sit down with Julia and really hear her and David's story and how David Gardner's came to be. They are the definition of starting from the bottom and working their way up. When David and Julia first got married and started school at A & M, David was mopping floors at Zales which eventually led to drawing for a jeweler, which then led to them opening up their own shop. They had a few store fronts before the one they have now which is a completely unique design with the jewelry shop (where all the physical work is done) is actually in the middle of the store in order for their customers to see what is going on as they make and work on each piece of jewelry. 

Their business is unlike any thing I've ever seen and its truly exploded here in College Station! That's a sliver of who they are and as I continue the series you'll get to see more! Next month I'll be diving into their custom pieces! In December I'll be revealing our bands, but for now, you get a teaser.😉 

Now for the last exciting part of this post, I shared above that the first time I went to David Gardner's was for an event and it was the best time. Julia and I have decided to co-host an event where all my followers in the BCS area can come and meet me and also try rings and jewelry on! This is not just for the Brides-to-be but any ladies that love socializing and jewelry! Julia & David will be doing an incredible giveaway that night and you will only be entered to win if you attend! By incredible, I mean a $500 gift card! It's free and anyone can come!! It will be November 7th from 5-7 at 
911 University Drive East, College Station. You can RSVP here.

I hope you'll take this opportunity to come see their store and give me the opportunity to meet you! 

Thanks y'all for reading!! I'm excited to continue this series!  

This post is in collaboration with David Gardner's Jewelers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wedding Series Part 2: Save the Dates

Okay girlfriend, grab yourself a cup of coffee or drink of your choice and get ready to have your mind blown because I'm going to help you save a ton of money! 

You all know I'm a girl on a budget and I don't believe you have to sacrifice your style or taste to do that! Save the Dates can be SO expensive along with invitations. Minted (a popular stationary site) has save the date postcards for as low as $1.18. That doesn't seem expensive initially but if you're inviting 250 to your wedding that's about $300 without tax, shipping, postage, labels, etc.. before you know it, you've dropped $400 precious dollars from your budget on just something that says Save the Date. Now, some would say that Save the Dates aren't necessary. I know plenty of people don't use them BUT with our time crunch and wanting to get the word out to people they were important in our case. My mom and I started trying to figure out the best way to cut cost and here is what we found. 

Step 1: Head to Etsy and search "Save the Date editable file" 
Immediately you'll have TONS of options. Our particular file is for photoshop which is also easy to use. If you don't have the software, ask a friend or photographer if they do so they can quickly edit the file. If you want to copy us, which doesn't bother me one single bit, here is the link: 

Step 2: Choose your pic and edit the file. Every single file you purchase will come with instructions and they are extremely easy to use. If you have any questions, just message your Etsy seller. Every person I have worked with has been so accommodating. 

Step 3: Save your file and head to Vista Print. This is the postcard section where we made ours. You'll upload your file based on the size, if you used our file it's a 5x7. Then you'll select the number you want to order. We did 250 and had extras but it cost us $55 making each card $0.22!!! How much of a steal is that?! 

Step 4: Once they arrive go purchase labels from your local Office Depot and create them in Word. We used Times New Roman for the return address labels and a scripty font for the address labels. The most expensive part was postage which was $88. Now, if you get a true postcard size image, your postage will be less. Just consider all those things when picking which save the date you want. 

With Save the Dates $55 from Vista, $10 for the file from Etsy, Express shipping (because of our time crunch) $22, Labels $12,  and Postage $88, we spent a total of $187 on Save the Dates!! So you could essentially only spend $167 if you don't need express shipping! 

I hope this post was fun and exciting for you to read! I've linked up some adorable save the date files for you to browse! Post any questions for future posts below!

 Happy Shopping! 😉  Thanks so much for reading friend! 

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