Freebie Friday! Thelma & Louise Party Invitation

Thelma & Louise Bachelorette party free invitation

If you’re looking for the perfect theme for a bitchin’ bachelorette/bridal party, look no further! This freebie was inspired by our bright and fun Thelma & Louise Bachelorette Party Inspiration board we featured earlier this week. We even made two different color schemes for you to choose from. There ain’t nothin’ better than two country chicks kickin’ ass and we think this “girl power” theme would be perfect for your party. Let’s just try to avoid driving off a cliff at the end of the night.

Besides being free, these invitations are also totally customizable. Just download, open in Adobe Reader, pick your favorite color scheme (or use both!), and fill in your information. If you don’t have Adobe Reader, download it for free here. This is a safe and secure download.

For best quality, print these invitations on white or cream heavy cardstock. If you are mailing your invitations we recommend using these square envelopes from Paper Source as a perfect compliment to this invitation. Additional postage may be necessary.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration, grab your bestie’s and hit the town running! We hope you love these invitations as much as we do!

free bachelorette party invitation download

If you used our free printables in an awesome project, we would love to see your work! Send your photos to sara@marrythis.com for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Happy weekend dearies!

Thankful for edible favors

edible DIY favors

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

In celebration of turkey, family and everything else awesome on this holiday, here’s a dose of edible DIY wedding favor links. I’m a huge fan of food favors as they usually don’t go to waste and the possibilities are endless. Favors have come a long way from the traditional Jordan almonds, which we can all be thankful for.

Clockwise from top left:

S’more Wedding Favors – Elizabeth Anne Designs: These gorgeous rustic-looking packages kick the traditional s’more up a notch, using small chocolate wafers instead of a chocolate bar.

Seasonal Fruit Favors – Martha Stewart: These tissue-wrapped fruits remind me of the fancy packages you would get in a fruit of the month club. Oranges would be great for winter weddings.

Apple Hand Pie Favors – Twig and Thistle: Although this DIY is originally intended for your valentine, these tasty hand pies and their cute boxes would work just as well for a wedding.

Tea Bag Favors – Ruffled:  These creative favors are a great and easy way to share your tea lovin’ with your guests.  Plus, you don’t have to be a sewing expert to make these bags.

Bread & Jam – Project Wedding: How can you resist a favor that you can have for breakfast the next day?

Chocolate Spoons – MarryThis!: Created by our lovely Sara, these spoons can be used for your morning coffee, hot chocolate or just for a sweet chocolate bite on its own.

Less than $1K:
The Black Gown

Budget Wedding Gown Ideas

I’ve still got black wedding gowns on the brain after Monday’s recap of Vera Wang’s gorgeous Spring 2012 collection, featuring black gowns and black gowns with touches of a nude beige color. I wanted to bring you a look featuring a black gown so that you could have some ideas how to accessorize it along the way. I love this particular dress because it’s a little less heavy-handed with the black. The bodice with the feminine ruffles sets off the long, flattering black skirt and I love the idea of pairing it with elegant black shoes, a black hair flower and pale nails. That smoky quartz necklace would be so nice together with it, too — can you imagine how chic you’d feel in this ensemble?

Budget Wedding Dresses

JS Collections Ruffle Trim Satin & Crepe Gown, $198 | Tasha Chiffon Flower Clip, $38 | Caparros Black pumps, $69 | In2 Design Nina Gold Smokey Quartz Necklace, $174 | Essie Nail Color in Show Me the Ring, $8

A Wedding Setting:
Thelma and Louise Bachelorette Party

Thelma & Louise wedding inspiration board

Is there ANY girl power movie better than Thelma and Louise? I mean, these bitches are TOTAL badasses.

So, in the name of besties everywhere I have decided to do a spin off of this week’s wedding setting and do a bachelorette party setting instead! You could definitely still style a wedding off this theme, but I think the “girl-power-drive-off-a-cliff” message might get lost while you vow your undying love for a man. Unless, you vow your undying love for another woman, in which case this would be the PERFECT theme for your wedding!

I love this theme because you can take it to both extremes of appropriate and still have a great time.
Make it demure and have a Thelma and Louise bridal shower with Mexican food and cowboy boots
-OR- rent a convertible with your best friends and get twirled around by a cowboy stripper named Cash. Win and DOUBLE win.

So girls, kick off your boots and read on for lots of fun Thelma & Louise party inspiration! (And don’t miss our freebie announcement below, either.)

Thelma & Louise wedding inspiration board

1. All Good Points cactus statue, $16 | 2. Polaroid One600 Ultra Instant Film Camera, $177 | 3. Meredith Marks – Leslie Silver Druzy Cuff, $795 | 4. Fancy Dinner Dress, $85 | 5. Lela Rose embellished woven organza dress, $1,895 | 6. Frye Billy Short boots in “Stone Stone Wash,” $298 | 7. Embrace Messy Hair lino print, $5

Thelma & Louise wedding inspiration board

These kick-ass girls conform to two style-themes: dusty-denim, and a more bright, Mexican-influenced theme. I am so completely in love with each one so I decided to build two different inspiration boards based on each theme. Pick your favorite or blend them both, but either way your bachelorette party will SCREAM southwestern girl power.

Thelma & Louise wedding inspiration board

1. 2″ Natural Twig balls in lilac, $4 for 12 | 2. Jeweled Python Belt, $138 | 3. Darice Leather Cord in natural, $4 | 4. 1lb. Thin Sliced Drilled Brazilian Agate, $40 | 5. All Saints Aztec Dress, $460 | 6. DIY Succulent favors | 7. Christian Louboutin metallic canvas pumps | 8. Partida Tequila

Make sure to check back this Freebie Friday for an awesome customizable (and FREE!!) Thelma & Louise bachelorette party invitation!

This for That: Wood vs.
Resin Folding Chairs

Budget Wedding Ideas

Chairs are one of those weird wedding things. You need them if people are going to be able to sit, so you usually have to rent them. But they need to match and they vary in price. From the fancy Chiavari chair to the lowly plastic deck chair, they range in price. I usually think a Chiavari chair is gorgeous, but it’s just not going to work at most budget weddings — unless your guest count is less than 25.

Usually, I think a great compromise is to go with white folding chairs. They’re classy, nice-looking and fancy enough for a party without costing nearly as much as the fancier varieties.

I do have one trick for you, though. This one depends on your rental company, but sometimes rental companies will have both white folding chairs in resin and in wood. Thing is, they are virtually identical, and sometimes the resin chairs will cost less. They’re also a little lighter if you’ll be moving them around your venue. It’s usually about a 50 cent difference per chair, but add that up and with 200 chairs, you’re looking at $100 in your pocket.

Budget Wedding Ideas

For extra bonus points and to save even more money, rent some low tables and some high bistro tables which will mean some people will stand to eat. That means you don’t need a chair for every butt, and you can cut back on the total number of chairs you need to rent.

Trend: Black Wedding Gowns

It’s so much fun to watch bridal trends as they come along. Sure, most of the time bridal gowns are white, but did you see Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 collection? A large portion of her collection are black wedding gowns, which look so chic and romantic. If only the unbeatable Vera was in most of our budgets!

I love the idea of a black wedding gown for a couple of reasons: First, it’s undeniably chic, and second, it’s budget-friendly. Because white dresses often equal dollar signs in the dress world, if you pick a non-white wedding dress, you’re most likely looking at a lower price point. Here are three of my favorite glamorous black gowns that would make a chic statement at your wedding.

Black Wedding Gown Trend

From left: JS Boutique Strapless Beaded Mesh Gown, $158 | J.Crew Claudia Halter Dress in Silk Chiffon, $385 | Watters Style 9531, $198

Freebie Friday!
Retro snack jar labels

free wedding snack jar printable

There isn’t anything I love to design more than a FREE, retro printable with a little sass. We first showed you these fun snack jar labels in our DIY Popcorn Trail Mix post earlier this week.

These festively fall trail mix jars are a great way to keep your guests munching while they wait for dinner to be served. Because we all know, there is NOTHING worse than attending a wedding that doesn’t serve dinner until 8:30. Hangry (thats, hungry+angry) guests are no fun. This is the precise reason why no one ever plays Baby Got Back until AFTER dinner.

So fill up a few jars with your favorite goodies for each table to share. We used vintage candy jars, but mason jars or clear plastic containers would also look great.

We recommend printing these labels on full-sheet label paper. Just print, stick, and enjoy!

free wedding snack jar printable download

If you used our free printables in an awesome project, we would love to see your work! Send your photos to sara@marrythis.com for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Happy weekend dearies!

 
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