So, You’re Getting Married in a Month? 12 Things to Check Off Your List
Congrats! Mazel tov! And all that other good stuff. Whether you’ve been engaged for 6 months, 12 months, or 2 years, your day is finally almost here. You’ve seen all the checklists with the practical things you need to do (seating chart, menu selections, favors for guests), but what about those last minute things people always forget? We’ve partnered with Zazzle to put together 12 things to check off that pesky list of yours, from easy-to-order programs to a digital guestbook. Now, go get hitched!
Order Thank You NotesPrepare to thank all of your friends and family! Not only are they making the trek to see you and your honey get hitched, but they will probably give you a gift or two. We’re big fans of these Chalkboard and Mason Jar Cards ($2.60 per card). The great thing about Zazzle is there’s a solid option for just about every style. If you want to use a photo from your wedding, we love this Slanted Wedding Postcard ($0.88 per card).
Prepare to Change Your NameIf you’re changing your name, prepare yourself for a pretty involved process. Fortunately, we happen to have created a guide for getting it done, from getting 6 marriage certificates to changing your name online. (photo via Estate Weddings & Events)
DIY Photo Booth + BackdropIf you can’t spring for an official photo booth, why not make one yourself? Armed with a tripod, camera, and photo printer, you can totally do it up. The key? An awesomely creative photo backdrop, of course.
Change Your Registry Shipping AddressIf you’re having a destination wedding or going on your honeymoon right after your wedding, don’t forget to change your registry shipping address so that all your gifts go somewhere that someone can receive them. Your office is probably not the best place, but your maid of honor’s apartment is :) (photo via Tin Cans Unlimited)
Stock Up On GamesWe’re all about unconventional wedding entertainment, and who can argue with lawn games? For cocktail hour or your after party, set up a few sets of cornhole and create a bracket so people can bet on winners. (photo via Emmaline Bride)
Order Table Number CardsOh yeah, and table cards! Sure you’ve got your bridesmaid with the best handwriting writing up everyone’s personal escort card, but you’ve gotta label those tables too. Our favorite options on Zazzle? Obviously Eat, Drink, and Be Married ($0.88 per card)!
Make Backup Playlists + Save OfflineWhether you have a DJ, a band, or playlist you think will last the whole weekend, we’re telling you now: make backup playlists! No one wants to run out of music and hear that theoretical record scratching when everyone stops dancing. We recommend using Spotify to make your playlists and saving them for offline listening. This way you can have the same playlist on multiple devices, and can play from anywhere.
Wedding Party Gift TotesThanking the folks in your wedding party with a whole bunch of goodies? Then you’ll probably need a tote to put ’em in. Zazzle has tons of great options for pre-designed tote bags as well as custom ones. And you can totally get them within a month! Which do you like best? Team Bride ($17.95 per bag), Hipster Bunny ($17.95), Eat Drink and Be Married ($15.95), or Day of the Dead Bride and Groom ($15.95)? Tell us in the comments below.
Set Up a Digital GuestbookOne for the techie generation! Everything is online now, so create an online forum for your guests to post their love notes to you! You can also create a hashtag and use it on all existing social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter allowing you to see your guests tweets, pics and updates while they were at your wedding. For more unusual guestbooks, head here.
Make a Whole Batch of Easy Paper GarlandsNeed to drum up a whole bunch of decor in a flash? Each of these projects is easy and affordable to make, and with tools you probably have access to. On the left we have the paper garland, which literally takes 10 minutes to make. On the right, the slightly more involved paper pom poms – a great project for a bunch of bridesmaids to take on!
Create Custom ProgramsDid you forget to include programs in your plan for wedding stationery? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. And luckily, Zazzle makes it ridiculously easy to create a program based on one of their many templates. We’re fans of the Chevron ($0.50 per card) and clearly have a thing for Chalkboard ($0.50 per card).
Get a Bridal Beauty Emergency KitYou know what you’re gonna need in a pinch? No? Well, the folks at Pinch Provisions do, and we’re all over this Minimergency Kit for Brides ($16). Ready for what this kit includes: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, safety pin, emergency tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, adhesive bandages, facial tissue, blotting tissues, bobby pins, antacid, and extra wedding bands. Whew!
The idea of home took on a whole new meaning as soon as sheltering in place and lockdowns became a regular thing in 2020. And it wasn't all bad. We got back to cooking at home, bonding with our partners/families/housemates and pets, and we did a bit of redecorating. In fact, home decor and furniture sites saw huge growth (more than a billion global visits in March 2020 alone) as a result of the pandemic.
The New Hygge<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4NDU0MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDc3NzY4NH0.b5mMkAr53ylATx1FegOBQ82rORssRzwzb5mnDnh9v2I/img.jpg?width=980" id="018a4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="83ebde83c7fe24dc26f3daaa7b1af7b2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1100" data-height="1650" /><p>"2021 will be about creating connections to each other, to ourselves, to nature," says Etsy's trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. "We're embracing <em>friluftsliv</em>, the Norweigan concept of getting outdoors – think of it as the new hygge." That means turning your home into a nature haven, with <a href="https://www.brit.co/easy-to-care-for-indoor-plants/" target="_blank">indoor plants</a> that clear the air, provide peace of mind, and hint to the great outdoors, especially giving us a boost during grey winter days.</p>
Spaces Reimagined<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4NzkxNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODU5Mjc5Nn0.WgkbktVSlXqGCnNT2UhoIliWO5XiIcre48caYgoPK1Y/img.jpg?width=980" id="76852" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ca514cb2b31357e78a497bda001dcb12" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="3200" data-height="4800" /><p>"We added workspaces to our living rooms, classrooms into our kitchens, and gyms to our bedrooms," says Isom Johnson.This year, she says we're reimagining our homes and incorporate pieces that help restore balance to our multi-functional spaces. (On Etsy, there has been a 399 percent increase in searches for wall or foldable desks, a 159 percent increase in searches for Murphy beds, and a 134 percent increase in searches for room dividers.)</p><p>"Halls and entrances now have a new function: sanitize ourselves before entering the rest of the house, plus a place to store loose items we don't want to bring into our clean areas," says Alexa Backal, head of design for <a href="https://casai.com/en?currency=USD" target="_blank">Casai</a>, a boutique travel rental company, which brings us to a new Covid-era of design.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SHOP FOR THE HOME</strong></p>
Grandmillennial<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4OTc1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTQwMTY5Nn0.nZqEgs6NFRmJrw9e-dos53XWsY423940LmI9iMSxV6A/img.jpg?width=980" id="9fa52" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a65d79167844cfcb8385749390e443f2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1920" data-height="1440" /><p>From cottage-core to crochet to neoclassical design, millennials are feeling nostalgia for (and coveting) their granny's decor in what some are calling <em>Grandmillennial</em> style. "I think Grandmillennials and sustainability actually go hand in hand. This trend is all about younger generations who love design and decor that we might culturally view as "old lady" or grandma-ish," says Alessandra Wood, VP of Style at online interior design service <a href="http://modsy.com/" target="_blank">Modsy</a>. That means ruffles, Victorian wallpaper like William Morris prints and antiques, anything you'll find at a flea market or your grandma's garage!</p>
Art Deco<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MDc1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjQ3NjMwM30.RvCyBBpv0YcYWCM-6Zwr3tPOEAG7QHTdSz3UzhgimSg/img.jpg?width=980" id="31b79" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0ad097073d69d3108491bb37d1a39c80" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="5087" data-height="3634" />
Photo: Marius Chira<p>"Art deco is here to stay in 2021," says <a href="https://nylonconsulting-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=13SlMtNZ76DV52bZyncUCPPsHCtfpzs3A1r9yZk0xJSo-831740962&key=YAMMID-22079569&link=https%3A%2F%2Falexanderdohertydesign.com%2F" target="_blank">Alexander Doherty</a>, interior designer based in NYC and Paris. "Art deco design works very well in contemporary decors because of its sleek minimalism and the quality that comes from the pureness of lines. It is the mixture of what is old and new that gives a space character." After all, it is the roaring '20s!<br></p>
Joyful Botanicals<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MTAxNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzkxMTg1N30.p669TTpFJHTRZqoemHVmQKRjW2s2VAfjHgWXmARn7JM/img.jpg?width=980" id="b257d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="34ccde6398e515c833739e0b86c8cf37" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2400" data-height="2833" /><h1></h1><p>Get ready to embrace blooms in winter and beyond. Botanical walls, bedding, upholstery and more are making a big comeback. Barbara Karpf, founder and president of DecoratorsBest, says wallpaper like this <a href="https://www.decoratorsbest.com/products/york-garden-party-mural-ri5190m-wallpaper" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">York Garden Party Mural</a> ($128) are an affordable way to add drama to your home. "Murals are art in their own right. They cover the wall and provide unique art at the same time," she says.</p>
Flexible Design<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MTI1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjEwMTY0Mn0.8FFkw5ekcndjbALUND8nW-vcKMqjjAFMJcjtFu4WVVk/img.jpg?width=980" id="2a5e4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1cc77c1b0fcce3a4f67d32cbaf8d158b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="3000" data-height="4500" />
Photo: George Ross<p>"I am seeing a lot of enclosed kitchen spaces as opposed to large family room/ kitchen areas that are open to the rest of the home," says CEO and cabinet designer <a href="https://nylonconsulting-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=13SlMtNZ76DV52bZyncUCPPsHCtfpzs3A1r9yZk0xJSo-831740962&key=YAMMID-22079569&link=https%3A%2F%2Fpeacockhome.com%2F" target="_blank">Christopher Peacock</a>. But within the closed kitchens are more open plans and less built-in cabinetry. "An eclectic organic feel of mixed textures and materials is very welcoming and bistro like, and this is certainly popular," says Peacock.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SHOP FOR THE HOME</strong></p>