Are you someone who likes to plan ahead? Or maybe keep a visual image nearby? Treasuries are a great way to keep your favorite ideas organized in a nice little photo gallery. You can create multiple treasuries for wedding cakes, cake toppers, fascinators, garters, dresses, shoes, rings, bouquets, etc. That list could go on forever.
You can even find fun ways to enhance your treasury (and shopping) fun with applications like http://enhantsy.com. Enhantsy allows you to zoom in on images directly from the search page (you no longer have to click on an image, be redirected to another page, decide you don’t like it, and have to click the back button to get to your search again). You can add items directly to your treasury (or cart) from the image on your search. Plus you also get infinite scroll on your searches.
Here is a treasury that I created for my favorite garters:
Treasuries are easy to create and beautiful to look at. This is how I create them:
Open a blank ‘Create a treasury’ page: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/new
Open a new window on Etsy and search for desired items:
When you see something you love, or that fits your theme (many artists will customize items) click on the heart in the upper left corner.
Go to your favorites: Click on your name at the top of the page, and then click on ‘favorites’ listed on the left side of the page. Right click on each item to ‘copy the image URL’ and then open the treasury page, right click again to paste that URL info in the box.
Rearrange as you like and save.
There you have it; 5 easy steps to creating a gorgeous treasury collection of your favorite items.
Here are some of my favorite items from the WedEclectic team:
Here is one I created for my bridal bouquet memorial charms:
You can also use Shmetsy to create lovely treasuries: www.shmetsy.com. However you make them, look at them as your personal, ever-changing, shopping gallery.
By Keri O’Hara
Delaney Jewelry Designs www.DelaneyJewelry.Etsy.com
You’ve heard of vision boards and style boards but have you heard of Pinterest?
Putting together your wedding is a big deal and involves planning from décor, to apparel to food, entertainment and beyond.
Lists are one way to keep ideas and thoughts together but sometimes it can be difficult to explain to your wedding stylist or friends what it is you really envision.
Pinterest is an online image gallery similar to Tumblr but with the added advantage of having multiple boards laid out with images and blends Twitter type #hashtags to make items easier to find.
Imagine putting together a board for a wedding dress, colours you want to use, bridesmaid’s gifts, décor, food, hairstyles, makeup and more.
Gone is the frustration of telling your hairstylist that you want your hair to swoop down in a single curl with two braids when you can simply show him/her a collection of images from your board.
All those magazines littering the floor with paper scraps and quite possibly paper cuts (if you were me) are a memory as you gather images from the web and add them to your categories.
I know, I know. Tip number THREE, is setting a budget? Most people want to jump right in and start here. But, trust me, this vital step will be so much easier if you’ve already taken the time to prioritize your wedding preferences and talk over money with the involved parties!
Let’s start by taking a look over your list of who is paying for what and figure out what you and your fiancé have to cover. Now draw up a quick list of those things and be realistic about what you think you can spend on each item, keeping in mind the priorities you’ve set! If you really can’t face setting it all down on paper from scratch, here are two budget planners I found through a quick online search:
Here is one which is a little “detail” lacking, but a good start. I do like that they’ve given you a column for “anticipated” cash flow, as well as “actual” cash flow. If you use those columns as you go along, you can make slight adjustments here and there, and will hopefully know if you have enough extra to cover any unexpected expenses.
Here’s another drafted budget. This one looks good, but I would highly recommend changing those percentages to better reflect what you decided your priorities would be! You may also want to break down those large categories into smaller, more manageable shopping lists.
I am almost certain there isn’t a bride-to-be out there who hasn’t heard the advice of setting and sticking to a realistic budget. And yet, isn’t it strange how many attempt to ignore that advice? Ignoring your budget not only encourages you to stop hunting for better deals, but it often causes greater financial stress among families, including the one you’re about to start! Having the budget written down and keeping it with the things you are using to plan the wedding will help you visualize the process and help you stick to it!
As I mentioned in my second post, my parents gave me cash to cover our reception costs. This worked out as a great budgeting tool for me, because I could quickly see just how much we spent, and how much we had left, as we went along. I also pulled certain amounts aside for specific, more expensive, things on our shopping list (like my dress and the rings) ahead of time, so that I knew I’d have that money when I needed it.