Latest YouTube Obsessions

I’ve been totally obsessed with organizing and cleaning videos on YouTube lately. And I thought I would share some new and well-loved channels that gave me so many ideas and some motivation!

Brittnay Vasseur

Brittany Vasseur's YouTube channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Brittany’s channel

I’ve been following Brittany for over a year now. I love her videos because it is short and to the point, which I totally love. She specializes in organization, cleaning and a bit of lifestyle. I should also mention that she has the cutest son that makes his appearance in many of her videos.

She also recently started her own essential oil company called Vasseur Essentials.

At Home with Nikki

At Home with Nikki YouTube Channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Nikki’s channel

This lady is all about the aesthetics in your home! Her whole house is a dream and she shares how she keeps everything organized and you better believe it that everything comes in coordinating colors!

She is also a successful business-woman and her first book will be released in April 2019!

Some of my favorite videos of her are handbag organization videos. Such inspiring work. She also has two other channels: At Work with Nikki and At Home with Bently and Albert (which is her pets).

Alexandra Beuter

Alexandra Beuter Youtube Channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Alexandra’s channel

This girl is absolutely gorgeous and so is her home! Her channel is mostly related to lifestyle, but she also does cleaning videos and organizing.

She and her husband also shared the renovations that they done inside their home, which is straight up my alley! What I like about her videos is that it is not too long and easy to follow!

Live Your Style

Live your style YouTube channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Sharrah’s channel

Sharrah Stevens’s channel, Live Your Style is a home decorating and home organization channel. She helps you find your style. And when you know what your style is (mine is definitely glam farmhouse) she gives helpful tips on how to shop for your style.

She also made a few videos on how to decorate on a budget and she had great videos over Christmas. Definitely check her channel out!

Kate Murnane

Kate Murnane YouTube channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Kate’s channel

Kate has a lifestyle channel. But I love her because she shares her home with you. She also shares how they renovated some of the rooms in the house and it is a bonus that I love her decorating style!

Jordan Page

Jordan Page YouTube channel
Picture Credit: Screenshot of Jordan’s channel

Jordan is a self-proclaimed frugal guru and she shares all her tips and tricks to living on a budget. Oh, I should mention that she is a mom of six (yes, 6!) kids! She is a real superwoman! Thus she also shares her routines and hacks for getting stuff done!

I know her channel does not really fit into the rest of the ones I mentioned, but I love Jordan’s humor! She brings so much character to her channel! She also has a blog called Fun Cheap or Free where she shares even more information!

So there it is, my latest YouTube channel obsessions! I would love it if you share some of your favorite YouTube channels in the comment section so that I can have even more motivational content to look at!

If you want to look at my previous post on some of my other favorite YouTube channels, you can check it out here!

Until next time – Keep it Classy!

Organizing a Dining Room Server

After we moved a cupboard out of our dining room with all of my special cutlery and crockery, I knew it was time to turn the TV-unit into our dining room server.

finally organized the server like I wanted to #diningroom #server #organized #organize #sideboard

Hubby made a beautiful dining table just before Christmas, but there was one problem with it. It was so much larger than the one we had been using! But to me it was a nice problem to have. So with much consideration and measuring, we found a different space for the large cupboard.

Unfortunately, this large cupboard housed all of my nice crockery, cutlery and some odds and ends that had no place. Luckily there is still a sideboard/server that was close to the dining room that we used as a TV-unit. This TV-unit also housed a lot of random stuff, but I knew it will be great for my special occasion dining room things.

The server before I started to organize it
#diningroom #server #organized #organize #sideboard

I got organizing…

So I got to work and brought all of the inventory that I wanted to store inside the server to the living room. After everything was in the living room I categorized it into different categories.

Brought all of the inventory of the other cupboard to the living area so that I can organize it 
#diningroom #server #organized #organize #sideboard

While I was categorizing, I through away things that I was no longer using. This mostly was packaging holders that I was still holding on to, but this took up unnecessary space!

Next, I cleared the drawers and wiped it off with a damp cloth. After cleaning, I organized them. I don’t have nice organizing bins or cutlery holders, but I used what I have. And I think it turned out just fine. One drawer even fitted all of the cutlery!

After the drawers, I cleared everything from the bottom part of the sideboard and wiped off the shelves with a damp cloth. While I was putting the crockery into the bottom part of the sideboard, I realized that I have more space than I thought. And this sparked an idea. My kitchen cupboards are also quite full of wine glasses and other special occasion glassware. So you can probably guess what came next?

I went to the kitchen and took out all the glassware that I wanted to move. Some of the glasses we haven’t even used yet and they were so dull. So I gave them a quick wash.

All of my special occasion crockery found a place in the server!
#diningroom #server #organized #organize #sideboard
All of my special occasion crockery found a place in the server!
#diningroom #server #organized #organize #sideboard

There weren’t enough drawers for my tablecloths, so I found a basket that I didn’t have a use for and used it for the tablecloths. And I loved it!

The dishtowels found a place under the kitchen sink where I’ve been using it regularly. I love that It is now so close to the sink and not in the next room.

Tips to organize a space

I thought that I would include some tips on how I normally go about to organize a space.

  1. Take everything out of the space (or cupboard or drawer) and clean it out! You will feel so much better after!
  2. Organize your things into categories.
  3. Purge everything you don’t need or use!
  4. Start organizing and put everything into its place!

If you have more ideas and tips or tricks on how you organize your space please let me know. I would love to learn from you as well! I will be doing more organizing projects in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

Until next time – Keep it Classy!!

My Birthday 14+14 = 28

Get to know me a bit better in this blog post of 14 things that you didn't know about me and 14 things that I've learned in this past 28 years

This year I am turning 28, which is crazy to me. It feels like I’ve only started high school yesterday and now I am already done with school for 8 years already.

Like most bloggers, I thought I would write about what I’ve learned in this past 28 years but with a twist. I am going to write 14 things that u might not know about me and 14 things that I’ve learned in this past 28 years. Which is going to be challenging for me to say the least because I already covered most things on my ‘about me’ page.

Let’s start with the 14 things I’ve learned this past 28 years.

  1. First and foremost the biggest lesson that I’ve learned this past 28 years, is that not everything is going to go as you’ve planned it and you cannot control everything. And that’s okay.
  2. I am still trying to figure everything out, who I am and who I want to be, I guess this will change as the season in my life changes. For now, I am a work from home girl, married to my best friend.
  3. Everything has a time and a place. It may not be my time but it is sure God’s time.
  4. Learn from your own mistakes and those from others. Sometimes it is so valuable to listen to other’s stories and learn from it.
  5. When you cannot figure out a difficult task or situation, get up take a deep breath and make some coffee. Then go back to it – coffee really change your perspective
  6. Your mother really knows best!
  7. The experts are totally right, exercise really does put you in a better mood
  8. Do it now, even if you don’t feel like it – you will thank yourself later.
  9. You cannot expect anything from anyone, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and resentment.
  10. Do you want to be right or do you want the relationship?
  11. Sometimes things are really simple – don’t overcomplicate it.
  12. You are worthy and there is nothing wrong in taking care of yourself first before taking care of others – I am still struggling with this.
  13. Make the time to do those things you want to do, otherwise, you will never get the chance or time.
  14. Asking (or hiring) for help will make your life so much easier. Don’t try to do ‘all the things’!

Wow, when I started going with this, it was much easier than I thought! Okay next…

Get to know me a bit better in this blog post of 14 things that you didn't know about me and 14 things that I've learned in this past 28 years

14 things you don’t know about me

  1. I really love computer games. I played The Sims from the beginning up until now that I am playing The Sims 4. Assassins Creed is also a game I love. I play it once in a while on my husband’s Play Station, and I just started playing Fortnite… Can you believe it
  2. My dream car must be a BMW. Even though I am driving a Hyundai Getz at the moment that I totally love, I will someday, when I grow up, buy my BMW.
  3. If I have to choose only one beauty product that I can use for the rest of my life it will have to be a foundation.
  4. This is something that I just recently learned of myself too, I actually enjoy a bit of exercise. I’ve started to do home workouts on an app on my phone every morning, and I am totally excited to do it.
  5. I enjoy sewing and I recently made my own roman blind for the kitchen.
  6. I wouldn’t call myself a neat freak, but I am definitely a tidy person. My immediate surroundings do affect my mood if it is not all that tidy.
  7. Even though I have a B.Tech degree in Architectural Technology, I’ve found myself really more drawn to interiors. I am really considering taking a course in interior design.
  8. I am constantly trying to find ways to make my day to day life easier and do things with the least amount of effort. Some people will call it lazy, I call it efficient. Nobody’s got time to stand around washing dishes all day! #dishwasher #lifesaver
  9. I love to entertain friends and family at our home.
  10. If I can brag a little, I am a totally awesome gift giver! I love listening to people and making little mental notes of things they would like to get. But I must admit, there are a few persons in my life that I struggle to buy presents for!
  11. I am such a procrastinator! But it comes in two categories: 1) I get stuck in planning mode and never move forward. 2) I just keep putting something off that I should be doing. But then when I finished it I realized point #8 on the things that I’ve learned list!
  12. I am a dreamer, but I grew up a little. I must admit when I was younger, I was living life more in my head than in real life sometimes. But life happens and I grew up a little, and maybe I became a bit pessimistic. But lately, I am choosing to see the positive.
  13. I am such a type-C person – I analyze everything and everyone, I am a true introvert, and I am so task oriented!
  14. I love the mountains more than I love the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, the ocean is beautiful and there is something about an awesome ocean holiday. But sometimes the crashing of the waves makes me more anxious than calm. So if I could sit in the forest near a mountain with a lovely stream and a few chirping birds I would be in my element!

Phew!!! That was a mouthful! If you stayed to the end you deserve a good cup of coffee!! Thanks for reading to the end and getting to know me a bit more.

Leave me a comment of what you’ve learned in your ‘x’ amount of years here on earth! Would love to read it.

Till next time – Keep it classy!

Valentine’s day gift guide – 2019

Well, it is already February and I haven’t done much on the blog. But what better way to start again is with the month of love and with Valentine’s day gift guide!

Valentine’s day for me isn’t about spending a lot of money on gifts, but rather celebrating what it means with the one you love. But if you have to buy something, here is a few ideas all under R300.

(Disclaimer: all of these products are from Woolworths, but this post is not sponsored. I just love Woolworths products)

For Her:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

You just cannot go wrong with flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter. But maybe you do it differently this year and actually give her flowers that last longer than a week. Orchids are such a special flower and will brighten up any room in the house and also her mood!

Most women appreciate a cute bag and why not spoil her with a new makeup bag. A makeup bag is one of those things that are versatile enough to be used for other things as well, and you are more likely to win this round on Valentine’s Day than buying her a handbag she might not like.

If she is into fitness, why not help her fitness wardrobe out with a cute new cap. I would even take it a step further and wear it out on the town on a sunny day.

Is she a coffee or tea lover? Then you cannot go wrong with this mug set. And a bonus – it is dishwasher safe, so she doesn’t even have to do the dishes this special day when it is obviously meant for pampering!

Satin is such a luxurious fabric, so treat her with a cute nightie. And better yet this one comes in a set of two! Make it extra special by getting her size right the first time!

For Him:

I don’t know why it is so difficult to buy things for men. I always struggle to find something that is different than just socks and clothes. But if you think about it, if you give it to your man, he will use it sooner or later. But let’s get into these 5 gifts under R300 for your Valentine.

Valentines gift guide for him 2019
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I think biltong is to men like chocolates are to women. So why not treat him with his favorite biltong snack and or maybe his favorite alcoholic beverage?

Talking about his favorite alcoholic beverage, maybe you can surprise him with this nice Carafe set to display his favorite brandy or whiskey in? Also a very nice touch to his man cave!

If he is in the corporate world, a nice leather belt will do wonders to elevate his suit or work outfit. Or maybe he is a more casual guy, this belt will even work with his casual shorts that he is strutting around the braai!

Or what about a nice leather wallet if his’ is starting to look dated.

Something totally different is to get him a weekender bag. Maybe to hint on a special Valentine’s weekend away, or to plant the seed that he should treat you on a special weekend away.

Well, that is it for my Valentine’s gift guide, I hope you found it insightful or gave you an idea. I know it is a bit different than the normal guides, but it is nice to get something different once in a while! Have a blessed Valentine’s Day filled with love.

And as always … Keep it classy!

2018 so far… self-love journey

2018 is closing very fast (I mean it is October already!) and I thought I would share with you how my ‘self-love journey’ so far. This is going to be another rambling post on what is currently going on in my life, so grab a coffee and let’s get to it!

2018 so far and my self-love journey

Related: My word for 2018 was provided

So as I mentioned in a previous post, my word for 2018 is self-love and I also shared that I wanted to do things that I love to do more. But, It only feels that I am starting to do the things that I wanted to do all year now! I know right, at the end of the year!!!

So here is the list of things that I wanted to do in 2018:

Make my quiet time a priority. 

‘Loving my body’

Doing things that I love

So the results…

Make my quiet time a priority:

I am still struggling to get into a healthy habit for my quiet time. Being married and finding a new routine is harder than I thought. We have been married for 4, almost 5, months and I still don’t have a routine that I love. But I strive to do my quiet time every morning.

Related: Our Wedding Journey, Wedding budget break down 

‘Loving my body’

I started to do more exercise in June. I subscribed to Studio Tone It Up, which is a fitness app that is developed by the awesome girls of Tone It Up. The app allows you to schedule your workouts for the week and gives you a notification before the workout. This has really helped to keep me accountable. I love the difference I can see in my lower body since I started. I didn’t lose any weight, cause I haven’t changed anything drastic in my diet. They are currently running the 31 Day Challenge (which I am doing in the app), so feel free to check it out.

I opened another Instagram accountability account to help me stay on track with my workouts.

I was hoping to up my skincare routine a bit more than I have achieved so far. But at the moment this is how my skincare routine looks: Every morning and evening I wash my face with this facial cleanser, then I use a toner from Avroy Shlain that I ordered from my mom. Lastly, I moisturize my face every day with this day cream and this night cream from African Extracts.

I have normal to dehydrated skin most of the time, so I love how the African Extracts classic range are so creamy and moisturizing. I also use the Garnier Micellar in Oil to get rid of leftover makeup and it also hydrates my skin. Once a week I try to incorporate a skin scrub or a mask. I ran out of a serum a while ago and I haven’t purchased a new one yet. Another product that I want to get is an eye cream. My under eye area are very dry at the moment and my fine lines and wrinkles quite deep, so need to give the area a bit more attention.

Doing things that I love

Reading is still on the list, but haven’t got any more attention other than being on the list. 

I love to bake, so I have been baking some bread at home when we ran out. Then there is the occasional pudding or cake here and there.

I want to branch out my interest so that I can find new things that I love. I have researched a few hobbies that I am willing to try but will let you know when anything takes off. 😉

Thanks for sticking to the end! Have a great day and join me next time for another cup of coffee!

Keep it Classy! 😉

The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Makeup Expiration dates

I think most women are guilty of wearing their makeup past the expiration dates. I must confess, I am one of those women. So it got me thinking, why do women use makeup past their expiration dates. And on the top of my head, I made a list why I think that they do…

Make sure when your makeup reach their expiration date. #makeup #makeupexpire #expirationdate

Firstly, they don’t know when the makeup expiration date is or how long they should be using it.

Secondly, they don’t know how long they had the product. “Did I buy this last month or last year?” (I know it is an extreme example, but I am trying to make a point…)

Thirdly, they don’t wear makeup that often, so they don’t mind that the product is a bit older, as long as it still works.

Fourthly, they don’t have the money to spend on something new, so they keep using what they have.

And lastly, a sentimental reason for holding on to certain products.

(If you can think of  other reasons that women don’t toss their makeup and still use it, let me know!)

A few years ago, I constantly struggled with eye allergies and infections. When I saw the optometrist, she recommended that I threw away my mascaras and sanitize my eyeshadows. Because the makeup may be harboring the bacteria of the infection, and applying the products I am infecting myself over and over again. After a while, I realized it was not my makeup that was irritating my eyes. I was allergic to the environment that I was living in. But that is a story for another day…

But I think it is really important to be mindful of when your products expire. When you keep products for too long, there is a change that they start harboring bacteria. This can be very harmful when you apply it to your skin and your eyes. (Side note, It is also important to wash your makeup brushes regularly and also that beauty sponge)

So how long should I keep my products?

When unopened, products can last a very long time. According to this article of Instyle, makeup can last 1 – 2 years and other body and hair products 2-3 years.

Make sure when your makeup reach their expiration date. #makeup #makeupexpire #expirationdate

Most products will have a little symbol on the label that shows you how long you can keep it. For example, mascara will have a symbol with a ‘6m’ – meaning 6 months. This is really helpful for when you are decluttering your makeup, but it will only really help if you know how long you have been using the product.

But back to the makeup expiration dates. These are just a rule of thumb and if you are not sure if you should keep a product.

Foundations: 6 months to 2 years

Blush, eyeshadow, bronzer and other powder cosmetics: 1-2 years

Mascara: 3-6 months

Eyeliner: 6 months – 1 year

Lipstick: 2 years

Also, if you notice that the product is not performing the way it usually does, rather get rid of it than trying to make it work.  If you take care of your products and don’t store it in direct sunlight, but rather in a cool dry place, you are already extending the product’s shelf life!

There are many wonderful articles on the web on makeup expiration dates. So make sure to educate yourself and save your skin from a future breakout!

‘Till next time…

Keep it classy…

Blog Topics, Narrowing It Down

After I created my ideal reader, it helped me soo much in narrowing down my blog topics. So today I thought I would share what the topics would be. After reading this post I hope you will click away knowing what I love and how I will be able to help you in a certain way.

I've narrowed down my blog topics! Find out what my three blog topics will be, #creatingcontent #content #blogging # niche #findingyourniche #posts

Three Blog Topics

I decided that I would focus on three main topics. This includes Beauty; Homemaking and Organizing. These topics occupy my thoughts on a daily basis. And I hope to find a way to enrich my own life by writing about it here on the blog.

As of late, I would like to think that I am on a journey of making the spaces around me better. And ultimately, making my life easier and more beautiful in the process.

Beauty

Disclaimer alert! I am not a beauty expert and I have no background in beauty. I just love it!  So I would like to share the products that I love to use and what I’ve found works for me.

So you can expect reviews on products (both skin care and makeup), beauty routines, makeup that I love to wear. I am not sure if I would make tutorials, but ‘never say never!’ And maybe a smidge of fashion…

Homemaking

I think homemaking means different things to different people. But for me, ultimately, it means creating a beautiful space within walls where everyone is happy and calm. Now getting to that calm and happy space can be quite challenging. Especially if you are living with a spouse that doesn’t have the same temperament as you. Or maybe you face different challenges that I am not even aware of. But I digress…

In this category, you will find how I am decorating our home and finding ways that work for met in new routines. Thus, how I run our home on a daily basis!

Organizing

This category will sometimes overlap with the Homemaking category. But the Organizing category will most likely be where you find things like organizing under the kitchen sink or organizing the pantry. In a nutshell… various organizing projects around the home.

I would love to hear what you think about these categories, and if you have any suggestions for blog posts, please leave me a comment!

My Ideal Reader

When I read posts on how to create content for your blog, most of the bloggers suggest creating your ideal reader to help you pump out content. And that got me thinking, how does my ideal reader look like?Creating a fictional reader for your blog to help you create content. Let me introduce you to my ideal reader. #blogging #creatingcontent

I must admit, the thought of creating an imaginative person who would like to read my posts, intimated me. Where do I begin? How old is she or he? What are her or his hobbies? If I created this ‘person’, would they really stick around to read my blog? So I left the whole idea of ‘the ideal reader’.

But one day, when I thought about what content I can create, ‘the ideal reader’ idea popped up again. Suddenly it dawned on me… the person who would find my content interesting would probably have the same interests as me! Someone who I would love to hang out with at a coffee bar and chat about all-the-things!!

My ideal reader…

So, let me introduce you to Viccy. She is a romantic at heart and love to hang out in her favourite coffee shop with a friend. Viccy has impeccable personal style and loves a well-organized home. Her interests include everything that a classy lady would love. For example, beauty, fashion, self-care, entertaining her friends, homemaking and decorating. And don’t forget about baking!

She just got married to the love of her life and is in the transitioning stage of living on her own to now living with her husband. She is learning what it means to be a wife and has started to change their house into a home.  A more healthy lifestyle has become more important to her recently, and she wants to incorporate it into both her and her husband’s life and their home.

Things she is frustrated with at the moment include: finding new routines for cleaning, cooking, the ever-expanding laundry pile, keeping up with her husband and still find time to do the things she loves! Above all, hubby doesn’t agree with her decor decisions, which he never had a problem with?!

Oh, and did I mention that she loves coffee?

Finally, I must say, creating Viccy helped tremendously! If you are a blogger, I would love to hear from you! Did you also create an ‘ideal reader’? Did it help you with creating content?

If you want to know why I started a blog, you can read this post!

Honeymoon in Thailand, Phuket

Honeymoon in Thailand, Phuket here we come. #Phuket #Thailand #honeymoon #destinationhoneymoon #packing #researchWe’re going on a destination honeymoon in a month!! (Yes I know it is late, but to me, it still counts!) And the destination we are heading to… Phuket for 7 days!!! I can hardly believe it!

It will be the first overseas trip for both Wiehann and me, and to say that we are over the moon of excitement is an understatement! (You can tell by all of the exclamation marks right?)

The first question that comes to mind is: “Why didn’t you go right after the wedding?” My answer is simple. We only had enough money to pay for the trip in advance and didn’t have enough left for spending money. The wedding totally wiped out our funds. So we both decided to go a bit later.

Related: Wedding Budget Redo’s,  Wedding Budget Breakdown 

The other benefit to me for going on honeymoon later is that we are both rested and will enjoy the trip more. Let me explain: after the wedding, we totally felt exhausted!

The week leading up to the wedding was stressful. (And on some of the photos you can see the fever blister on my nose to prove it!) Everything was under control and I didn’t really have a reason to stress, but I think it came with the territory.  The few days after the wedding we were both recovering and resting. But now we are totally rested and we will enjoy our honeymoon to its fullest!

So the last few weeks, I’ve been researching everything related to Phuket as a honeymoon destination. We are going in August, which is the rainy season, but according to my research, it is still warm and humid and doesn’t rain all day. So fingers crossed we will have some pleasant weather!

The thing that I research the most is “what to pack for Phuket”. Apparently, you need a lot of mosquito-repellent and obviously a lot of sun-screen (Phuket is close to the equator). I don’t know what it is, but mosquitos just love me. I will be in the middle of a crowd and that darn mosquito will find me and leave everyone else alone, yes I am that person! So I will stock up on Peaceful Sleep and Tabard to be safe.

Bucket List for Phuket:

I know we are only there for 7 days, so hoping that the weather plays along so that we can do all of most of these items on the list.

Other things that you might want to know about the honeymoon:

We are staying at Sunset Beach Resort, a resort is a must for a honeymoon right?

We used Flight Centre, a travel agency, to book our trip. Like I said, this is our first overseas trip, and we wanted all the help that we can get.

I will be doing a follow-up post about our packing and organizing of our luggage when we have everything together. I already have a list of to-buys and to-dos. So watch this space

Is there any packing tips that you have for our first international flight. Or have you been to Phuket? I would love to know your thoughts.

As always,

Keep it classy!

 

Wedding Budget Redo’s

What I would have done differently with our wedding budget and planningWhen I did the last post of our wedding budget break down, I thought of the things I would do differently. The one thing that I noticed is that the budget can quickly go out the door if you don’t keep track of the things that you spend money on. And the small things are the budget breakers!

There were a few purchases that I regret. For example, I bought two pairs of shoes that I thought would make great wedding shoes, but I ended up wearing old shoes that I love and planned on wearing from the beginning. Oops!

Don’t get me wrong, I was adamant to keep within our budget, I checked the budget regularly and we paid for the wedding in cash. I am super proud of ourselves for this. We even had money over and we are planning to use it for the honeymoon!

Regrets

Small Purchases 

One thing that I regret is that I didn’t keep track off is the small items. For instance, the stamps for the invitations that I posted. I did in a way keep track of them, but I didn’t put the receipts into my wedding binder. If I look hard enough for the receipts, I will find them.

I also ordered things from Aliexpress, and I didn’t make a note of how much it cost. Aliexpress uses USD currency and the exchange rate changes all the time, so I am not sure what I paid for the items at the time. I know it was so inexpensive though that it couldn’t have broken the bank!

Wedding Binder

I loved my wedding binder, you can see how I put it together in this post, but one thing that I regret is the size. The large A4 binder made it difficult to take everywhere with me. I did take it with me most of the time or sometimes left it in the car if I traveled. But I really wished that I made it in an A5 binder or a book. That way I could’ve just put it in my handbag and take it where ever.

There are a lot of pages in my binder that I didn’t use. Which feels like a waste of paper now. But it did keep all of my information in one place and I knew exactly where to find everything. Which saved me a lot of time to not search through loose papers!

Another tool that I didn’t use is my phone! My phone is always on me, so I should’ve used it as a budgeting tool as well. I could’ve put my small purchases on my note-keeping-app. It wouldn’t have taken me 2 minutes to do that!

Tips for keeping your wedding budget in check:

So if I could give my past self some advice it will be:

  1. Get a smaller binder that fit in your handbag;
  2. Have another file or binder where you file other information (for example quotations; ideas for the wedding);
  3. Update your budget every day, or as often as you can (this one is just a reminder)
  4. Make a note (in a notebook or on your phone) of small purchases if you get home or put the receipt in the binder immediately;
  5. Make a note if you purchased something online, or print out the receipt to put into the binder.
  6. When paying cash, ask for a receipt.
  7. Take the binder/planner with you even if you think you don’t need it.

A few months ago I discovered Alexa Lily, an online shop that sells beautiful planners. And what blew my mind is that they already had a pretty Bridal Edit Planner! This would have saved me so much time and it is the perfect size to put into my handbag! It is basically my binder that I made for myself, just better! So kudos to them for making such an incredible planner!

I don’t regret making the binder at all. It was a lot of fun and I will treasure it always. It is now memory binder, keeping all the wedding planning alive.

This post will be bringing my wedding journey to the end. Now that the wedding is over, both Wiehann and I are so much calmer and are enjoying married life. One doesn’t realize how much stress comes with planning a wedding. But like I said, I wouldn’t have changed anything of our wedding day for the world! I loved every moment of it!

Hattingh Wedding, the best day of our life!

Till our next coffee, Keep it classy!