Happy New Year all! Have you decided on a resolution? Mine might involve posting a bit more regularly this year … *cough *cough, sorry guys. I’ve had some pretty exciting news that’s kept me away from the computer a lot — but more on that another time.
I think there’s no better way to start a new year than to reflect on the awesomeness that you already have. And since I think MarryThis is pretty awesome, I’ll do the same. So here, my friends, is a list of our top 10 posts (based on views) from 2012. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this blog in 2013!
#10 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
In case you hadn’t figured it out: This blog is for cheapskate brides, NOT cheap brides. We like to think of our brides as fabulously broke. This favor came in at less than $1 a piece. Now THAT’s a favor we can get behind. Don’t forget to download our free printable “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts” labels, too.
#9 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
We know better than anyone that it’s not easy to keep a budget wedding from turning “cheap chic” to “trailer-park trashy.” Use these 5 tips to keep your budget down, without sacrificing class and style. You might be surprised at just how expensive common wedding items actually are.
#8 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
I’ve always swooned for sliced agates. Even before they were popular. And now that they ARE trendy, why not save some moolah and try making your bridesmaid gifts? Not only are these necklaces super easy (no jewelry skills needed) they also only cost $6.26 each to make! Now THAT’s a win win.
#7 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
A well-balanced and effective seating arrangement is NOT as easy as it sounds. Blending personalities and common interests to help everyone have the best time possible is definitely hard. Our icebreaker place cards will help those guests who might not know everyone at the table. Write each guest’s name on the front (with their table number) and then describe who is sitting to the right and left of them on the back. Sharing a fun fact about each guest will get the conversation flowing (see our example, above).
#6 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
It seems like there are a TON of fun guest book options these days. In this 2012 edition of Freebie Friday, we posted a fun set of double-sided guest book advice cards with an included instructional sign! Because really, what couple wouldn’t benefit from a few tidbits of advice from friends and family members who have been there before? The best part is that wedding guests who aren’t married can still contribute their advice with the “we wish you…” cards.
#5 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
Asking a best friend or loved one to be your bridesmaid is a very special moment that should be celebrated. I love this little gift because it’s SUPER adorable, affordable AND shows your friends how special they are to you without the added pressure of a large gift or gesture. I almost forgot the best part … our cute inkjet transfer “Will you be my bridesmaid” napkins! Your girlfriends will be so surprised to see their hidden message waiting for them!
#4 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
While we do LOVE beautiful fresh flowers, if you can’t afford them, you can’t afford them. And in our opinion, no wedding is worth going into debt over (GASP!). Why not consider making your own paper flowers? Read on for a roundup of some of our favorite paper flower tutorials.
#3 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
This post was no doubt so popular because it’s just so practical! Many soon-to-be-brides get a sense of “now what?” after they’ve gotten engaged. Download our free wedding planning timeline and you’ll have a month-by-month list of all your wedding to-dos up until the actual wedding day. It really can’t get much easier.
#2 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
Am I surprised that one of our only booze-related posts has made it to the #2 spot for 2012? Not at all. We knew that you readers (*cough* alcoholics) were that awesome. I got this idea while trying to figure out the perfect bachelorette party gift. ‘Cause lets be honest, you’re NEVER going to wear that “one last ride for the bride” T-shirt again. This fun “Pick Your Poison” gift box filled with mini liquor bottles is the perfect gift for any bachelorette and her posse.
#1 – 2012 Best of MarryThis
Oh boy was this post a doozey — it came in at #1 for 2012, with more than DOUBLE the views of our #2 post. It probably also tied for our “most hated post” of 2012! These 5 reasons sure did stir up some controversy in our comments section. The whole point of this post was to encourage brides to focus on their HEALTH, not their weight, before the wedding. We (and your fiance) love you for how you look now, and we think you should, too. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s definitely worth the read.
2012 was a great year for MarryThis! Thank you so much to our loyal readers — you can expect even better from us in 2013.