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2014 Printable Goal Sheet, Free Download!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s goal setting time! Write em down!

CLICK HERE (or on image above) to download!!

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Saying Goodbye to HBI

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Hey all! So today is a pretty bittersweet day for me (well mostly bitter) because this is my last blog post and my last day as an intern for Honey Bee Invites. I guess I can only say how much I LOVED working for this company and how much I learned even as an intern.

So why do I love HBI?
1) Allie is amazing! She is a beautiful person inside and out and truly loves everything she does for her brides.
2) The signs, paper, and calligraphy that we do are all things that will be must haves at my very own wedding!
3) All our fans! Everyone who has liked HBI on Facebook or followed us on Twitter are awesome! Going into this internship I was worried about how all the fans would react to my posts, but I am hoping you loved all of them!
4) Finally, I absolutely love everything HBI stands for. We represent love, romance, and a true understanding for each bride’s individual needs.

I have grown so much through this internship. I learned a ton about social media and how much influence it has over the entire world, I learned a lot about the wedding industry, all the different types of wedding trends, and all that it takes to put a wedding together!

Overall, I think that this internship inspired me to continue a career in the wedding industry as an event coordinator or wedding planner! I think that that would be the most fun job ever :)

Also, for those of you who read my introduction post all the way back in December and saw the picture of my boyfriend Nick and I, well we are still together! Here we are at my birthday dinner! Maybe someday it will be us working with HBI for one of their awesome signs!!

Thank you again to all of HBI’s fans! We love each and every one of you. Be sure to keep sharing the love for HBI and Allie. They certainly deserve it!
xoxo,
Nicole

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New HBI Giveaway: “Signs Up For Spring”

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog | 9 comments

Happy Friday ladies and gentlemen! Even though my internship is coming to an end, I still wanted to do another give away! Soooo what exactly are we giving away??

Drum roll please…..

 

One of our custom wooden wedding signs!!! Yay!
You could be the proud new owner of something like this:

Or this…

Or even this:

Now with every give away, there is a little (teeny tiny) catch! So here are some rules, guidelines, and how you can enter our contest!

  1. The sign we will be giving away is about $200-$250 value, which is HUGE, but it won’t be a large full sized sign. Instead, it will be smaller and about 16″x20″, but hey, it’s free and will be gorgeous either way :)
  2. The winner of the sign can have it for an event such as a baby shower, wedding, bridal shower, etc. But it has to be an event that is about SIX MONTHS out in order for us to have time to put it together, ship it, and make sure it is perfect.
  3. One awesome part of this give away is that there is no specific time frame, that means we can end the give away whenever we want. So be sure to enter as soon as you can and as much as you can!!
  4. For more photos or amazing designs from our wooden wedding signs check out our Etsy page here: HBI Etsy Page
How do you enter you might ask? Well here is how:
  1. If you see our blog post about this give away, visit our Facebook page and click “like”. After you’ve done that, share one of our soon to be many posts about this giveaway to your own page so that your friends and family can enter the contest too!
  2. Share our photos on Pinterest with the most enthusiastic description possible to let us (and your Pinterest followers) know how excited you are about this give away!
  3. If you have a Twitter account: follow us, and retweet or favorite one of our tweets about the giveaway!
  4. Finally, after you have completed one or all of these steps, make a comment on this exact blog post with a link to your Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook post and tell us what event you would most likely use the sign for!
If you have ANY questions, concerns, or words of praise at all PLEASE do not hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me a message on Facebook. I will get back to you ASAP. We always love getting in personal contact with other wedding sign lovers :)
Have a great day everyone! And good luck with this contest!!
xoxo,
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No Pain, No Gain: Get Those Bridal Abs For Your Big Day.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Once again, it is Friday and the closer we get to summer the closer we get to swimsuit season! I have been working out like a maniac the past few weeks trying to shed my winter “coat” before summer gets here. Not only do we need to get in shape for summer, but most women are in the best shape of their lives when they get married! So my theme for the post today are my favorite exercises to get those abs you need to walk down the aisle and to show off for your honeymoon vaycay in the sun. Also, Allie’s husband has opened his very own “Chucktown Fitness” in Charleston this past Monday! So this post is also a congrats to him, his team, and all their hard work.

Okay, so one of the simplest exercises you can do to help lose that pesky tummy “pooch” are your basic crunches. When I do my crunches I usually do 3 sets of 15 reps with my feet on the ground and with my legs sticking straight in the air.  For the first few reps I don’t really feel too much, but after a while I definitely feel that burn.  Other great lower ab exercises are leg lifts and scissors lifts.

After I warm up with simple exercises, I do things like the “90-Degree Static Press” or the “U-Boat”. I got these great exercise ideas and photos from www.shape.com.
90-Degree Static Press:

 

U-Boat:

Another work out that I love to use is the plank.  I normally do one minute normal plank, then 45 seconds on both sides x 3.  It is hard work, but I know that when my arms and hips start to shake, it means my muscles are working hard and burning fat!
I also really like to use the smooth wooden floors in my gym’s dance studio to do abs with a towel or carpet piece.  Here is a great video to show you what I mean:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/videos/m/52797431/magic-carpet-ride.htm 

On a side note, if any of you gals have an iPhone, I would highly recommend getting an app that is meant to talk you through an ab workout. They are really helpful and usually made by people who know what they are doing!
Oh! And something I learned through some web research is that you don’t want to do really intense ab workouts every day. If you work out 5 times a week, try to limit your ab workouts to 3 times a week.  This will help your body build muscle and get a little break at the same time!

With some of the ab work outs that I do, and all the others out there, you will be in the best bridal shape of your life. No pain no gain, am I right?
P.S. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and photos :)
P.S.S. A little buzzing bee told me that HBI is doing another giveaway soon!!! Keep your eyes and ears open for an update on that sometime next week!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
xoxo,
Nicole

 

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Best Wedding Veils and Headpieces for the Big Day

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s that time of the week again, the WEEKEND! Even though I am going to be incredibly busy these next couple of weeks and my Facebook posts have (unfortunately) been lacking a little, I never fail to make my blog posts :)

I swear I get half of my inspirations from Pinterest, and this week I saw a lot of posts about wedding veils. Short face covers, long trains, headbands, and more! Here are a few of my favorites:

To start us off, here is a gorgeoussss veil I found on Pinterest (shocker) from Style Me Pretty!

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I love, love, love this veil! It is definitely one of my favorites that I have seen, and trust me, I’ve seen a lot! I love the floral decal at the top and the elegant simplicity of the photo and the veil itself.

To see the full post click here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/photo/334940/

In Love My Dress‘s blog post “Two Weddings in One Day”, this traditional sari or saree worn by the bride in this wedding is absolutely stunning!! I love the sheer lace and like she says in the article, “not too bling”. When I found this picture I was looking through Love My Dress’s blog for another veil, but once I saw this one, I fell in love.

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To see the rest of this post follow this link: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2013/04/multicultural-indian-wedding-karma-kars-john-day-photography.html

Next on the hunt for my favorite headbands and veil pieces comes this amazing and jaw dropping hair decorative. If you paid a lot of money for a hair dresser or are just extremely talented with hair and you want to draw attention to your gorgeous locks, this is the piece for you! To see the full slideshow of more amazing veils and headpieces click here: http://www.fabsugar.com/Best-Wedding-Veils-Headpieces-Shopping-29210180?image_nid=29210194&slide=10

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This next wedding veil, courtesy of OnceWed , is not only gorgeous, but modest and very traditional. I am obsessed.

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To see more amazing photos and wedding from OnceWed, click here: http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/vintage-wedding-veil-ideas/

If you’re looking for that one of a kind and vintage veil, look no further! The beautiful Jackie Kennedy rocks this stunning, floor length, veil while doing the “cut the cake” tradition.
I found this inspiring photo and other vintage veils here: http://my-weddingdream.com/vintage-veils/

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I guess that is all for now!
xoxo,
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‘Tis the Season for a Wedding

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy Friday to all! On Facebook this week I asked you guys and gals which season you would like best for a wedding and I got a couple of great responses! Little did you know that, that question was only a precursor to this post! Today I want to give you my very own reasons why a wedding should be held in a certain season.  Personally, my favorite season for a wedding would be late spring or summer because you are still getting the warm weather without the sweltering heat of July, August, and September!

Why have a spring wedding?

  • Flowers: Probably the number one reason why I would ever have a spring wedding is because of the flowers. When we are just coming out of the dead and cold sights of winter, absolutely nothing is more pleasing to the eyes and nose than some beautiful spring flowers.
  • Weather: The weather is not always perfect in spring, in fact it tends to rain…A LOT. However, contrary to popular belief, I believe that rain on your wedding day means more good luck than bad.  This might be cheesy, but the rain is symbolic in the sense that it is “washing away” all your past worries and fears and clearing the path for you and your new spouse.
  • Venues: I remember reading somewhere that there is more of an abundance of venues in spring because more people want summer weddings.
  • Other Amazing Weddings Happen In Spring: Well one thing is for sure, other beautiful weddings such as HBI owner Allie’s wedding happened in spring! Shouldn’t that be a reason in itself?
Why have a summer wedding?
  • Guests: Usually in summer, your guests and loved ones are more likely to be available to attend your wedding or take vacation time off of work just for you!
  • The Dress: I don’t know if it is just me, but I have noticed that almost all wedding dresses are sleeveless. Therefore all those dresses are just screaming for a summer wedding.
  • Warm nights: One of my absolutely favorite parts about summer is the warm nights. After the heat of the day has passed and the sun has gone down, it is time to start that reception in an outdoor venue!
  • Colors: The colors in summer are more flexible than in other seasons.  Anything that is bold and bright is acceptable, and without the limitation on color scheme, your wedding can be perfect and unique just for you.
  • Venues: I feel like a majority of wedding venues are made for the summer which will allow for a lot of options and places to choose from.
Why have a fall wedding?
  • Off season: Fall is considered one of the “off seasons” because, like spring, it is right in the middle of the two more popular seasons to have a wedding. And if you like that uniqueness, fall is the season for you!
  • Travel Costs: If you have friends and family that need to travel a long distance to get to your wedding, the fall is the best time to do it for two reasons:  First of all, the cost of airfare will have gone down from the summer travels and second, the weather is more reliable in early fall compared to snowy winter or rainy spring.
  • Food: Fall means the beginning of the holidays, which also means the beginning of the “stuff your face” season. A lot of caters recognize this fact and are willing to bring you the most amount of food possible even for a discounted price!
  • Save Your Money: Again, since fall is one of those “off seasons” and is even less popular than spring, there will be markdowns on things such as venues, dresses, cakes, and invitations. So definitely take advantage of that!
Why have a winter wedding?
  • Save MORE money: We all know that winter means Christmas time, and Christmas time means mark downs and sales on a lot of items for your wedding. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS! Weddings can get very expensive and with a little help from Mr. Claus, you can have your dream wedding at a lower cost than other seasons.
  • Photos: Although it may be freezing, winter wedding photos are one of my favorites. With a little snow on the ground and that winter sunshine, the entire scene looks as magical as anyone could dream of.
  • Attendance: Like summertime, people are more likely to attend your wedding. However, unlike summer, there are usually no other conflicts with graduations, summer BBQs, or other receptions (gasp!).
  • Themes: To me, winter is the easiest season to pick a great theme for your wedding. Starting with the traditional “Winter Wonderland” theme, a bride can take her wedding anywhere! Not to mention the rich and warm colors that are more common in winter such as deep reds, glistening golds, and elegant greens to tie your wedding together.
Well that’s all I have for now!! If you all have any other helpful tips/hints/reasons as to why your favorite season is the best, let me know in the comments below! I always love hearing what ya’ll have to say.
I hope everyone has an awesome weekend and if you have sunshine, enjoy it! You deserve that vitamin D.
xoxo,
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