Monday, April 27, 2015

Miss Jetsetter's Top Honeymoon Spots

One look at her Instagram, and you'll want to jump on a plane and sip a drink on the beach with her! Who better than Nicole Isaacs, the Travel and Lifestyle Blogger behind Miss Jetsetter.com, to share with you travel tips and advice for your Honeymoon. If we're lucky, maybe she'll let us sneak in her suitcase for her next trip...







Be sure check out Miss Jetsetter.com for the latest in drool-worthy exotic vacations.  And UnBrides let's make sure to show Nicole some love Instagram, & Twitter!



Monday, April 20, 2015

Honeyfund Registry

When it comes to wedding registries, we all have the same vision of couples using a laser gun to zap items for their wishlist - pots, pans, vacuums, sheets. But in this day and age, more and more couples are living together before marriage. (Sorry Jesus, I know we're all living in sin, but if you had to pay rent in LA, I'm sure you'd do the same.)

So when it came to registering before my shower, I looked around my one bedroom apartment and realized, I really don't need anything, let alone have room for anything.

We decided that instead of asking for china (our Target plates have treated us just fine) we would register at Honeyfund.com, a honeymoon registry, and use all of the money we made toward an amazing trip to Bora Bora.

How Honeyfund works is you create a registry online, like the sample one below. Your guests can then buy you "gift certificates" toward airfare, massages, shark tours, etc. That money is then is directly sent to your PayPal account. 

Basically you are just receiving cash and can put it toward whatever you'd like on your Honeymoon. We paid for our Bora Bora trip up front, and then reimbursed ourselves with the monetary gifts we received through Honeyfund

Signing up for Honeyfund is free. The only fee is if your guests pay through credit card, which is around 1.8%, but there is no fee if they use cash or check. 

I would highly suggest registering with Honeyfund. The Honeymoon is often overlooked amongst the other surmounting wedding costs. And thanks to our family and friends, we were able to completely pay off our unbelievable trip to Bora Bora, as well as have money to put towards our new house. Totally worth it!

Sample Registry:

And stay tuned next Monday for a guest post from fellow blogger Miss Jetsetter who will bring us travel tips and her top Honeymoon destination picks!

Talk soon!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ikea Pinterest Fail

 
I don't know why we do it. But we always do it to ourselves...

Just when we think our house is finally all set - everything is decorated, every detail is perfect, we go ahead and decide to change everything

It all started when we visited my in-laws in Arizona a couple weeks back. They had a massive King size bed in which we slept in. It was so large that Kyle didn't even realize I was lying next to him, which meant one thing -- he had to have it.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm a mouth breather or that our dog, Harry, claims most of his territory, but there was one resounding idea that came out of this trip - our old Queen had got to go.

So the day before my parents arrived to stay with us for Easter (did I also mention we are masters at timing?) we purchased our new King bed. In typical guy fashion, Kyle said he was fine with just putting the box springs and mattress on the ground. To which I replied, "What do you think I am? Some kind of monster?"

He knew his fate was sealed. He had just opened the dreaded door to throw pillows, random decorative objects, and endless trips to Home Depot. 

And so it began. We lugged our old Ikea bed down to the crawl space, our old master bedroom Queen set (the horror!) to the guest room, and had the new King bed delivered to the master. Oh and we painted the guest room at some point during all of this. At which point I don't know, it's all a haze. 

Partaking in your own version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition always seems like a great idea until you are about halfway through and realize you live in a townhouse with three flights of stairs, kind of like "It's a Small World" at Disney - halfway through, you just want OFF THIS RIDE.

Once my parents had left and the ride had almost come to a complete stop, yesterday we decided to complete our final task- re-purpose our old Ikea dressers to match our new King bed. I had seen these Ikea hacks on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. Famous last words.

So once again we lugged the dresser and nightstands down to the garage. We bought the same spray paint and sprayer contraption this girl said to get and painted all day. At the end of the night we once again brought everything back up to the bedroom. We had purchased silver hardware to put on the drawers but said screw it - not because it didn't look good, but because these things are literally duct taped together on the inside and won't make it past these parts when we decide to move again. And we were straight up over it. Just painting them from brown to black was enough for us.

At last, in our darkly lit room we were able to sleep soundly, knowing we were finally all done. Until...

I opened the shades in the morning. 

Holy spotted spray paint dresser!

I care, but not enough to drag that thing downstairs again. I know it will irk me for a while until I cave in and repaint it, but for now I will choose to ignore it. Plus Kyle may off me if I make him do another thing with this place. 

No one is going to be in that room besides us, but if you do happen to come over, please simply lie to us and say, "Damn that is one fine looking dresser!"

If you are wondering what this has to do with weddings, the answer is it doesn't. It just goes to show that nearly three years later the groom will always be an unwilling participant in DIY hell and the bride will never be satisfied with the outcome.