Even with the best intentions, even when you choose a dress for your bridesmaids that is absolutely beautiful, even then there’s no guarantee your girls will wear it again. Which usually means they’ve spent a chunk of change on something they’ll only wear once. Why not make it easier on everyone, and rent bridesmaid dresses from Style the Aisle!

Style the Aisle was founded by two friends who, as brides, struggled to find affordable, fashionable dresses that their girls could wear again, and ended up with dresses that were almost perfect, but not quite. To help other brides avoid the same challenge, they’ve worked closely with top bridesmaid dress designers to curate a collection of the brands’ most loved styles and colors, available to rent at 1/3 the purchase price.

I think their LulaKate styles are my personal favorites – so stylish and preppy! They also offer dresses from Joanna August, Swoon, Love,Yu, and Kirribilla, all in the loveliest, most flattering styles. Create an account to see the current collection!

Before committing to a dress, you can order a 3 day trial session months before the wedding, where you can see dresses in person and make sure your bridesmaids are getting the right size. Once you’ve decided on a style and a size, place your rental order, and the dress will arrive a week before the wedding, dry-cleaned and steamed, with a pre-paid bag for hassle free returns.

Wondering about the giveaway? I thought so! Style the Aisle is giving three Snippet & Ink readers FREE rentals for up to six bridesmaids, plus a 3-day in-home trial session (estimated value up to $930, depending on dress chosen and number of bridesmaids). Just leave a comment on this post telling us why you want to rent dresses from Style the Aisle for your bridesmaids.

Contest begins Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

And even if you don’t win, you can get a free 3-day in-home trial of three dresses when you use the code PERFECTFIT at checkout. Expires March 1, 2014.


This post sponsored by Style the Aisle. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

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Snippet & Ink LOVES Bario-Neal! And by the end of this post, I know you’re going to love them as much as we do… especially when you see the pretty pair of earrings they’re giving away to one lucky reader! First, can we talk about these wedding bands? Who needs an engagement ring when you’re wearing a band like this? Classic expectations and modern design coming together perfectly…

Bario-Neal is also known as much for their unique designs as for their commitment to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and marriage equality, so you can feel good about your purchase in every way.

Bario-Neal also has a delightful collection of earrings. I’d just love to see a totally chic bride rocking a pair of these on her wedding day!

See those pretty Large Cross Studs right up there? Bario-Neal is giving a pair away to one Snippet & Ink reader! That’s a $206 value! To enter, just hop over to the Bario-Neal website and shop around. Then come back to this post and let us know in the comments what your favorite piece of jewelry is and why.

Contest begins Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.


This post sponsored by Bario-Neal. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

Correction. The “Thin Aldine Band” was mistakenly referred to as the “Thin Aldean Band.” This post has been updated with the correct spelling.

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Dress shopping, budgets, family politics… wedding planning can be downright exhausting! Planning a honeymoon, on the other hand, can be completely stress-free if you go with a honeymoon registry from Traveler’s Joy. Not to mention, they’re giving away $300 to one Snippet & Ink reader, so read on for the details!

Traveler’s Joy makes it super easy to set up your honeymoon registry in just minutes. With 50 pre-made theme-based (think mountains or beach) or location specific (think Costa Rica or Paris) registries, you can instantly add items and experiences with just one click. Of course, if you’re finding all kinds of ideas on your own, you can update, edit, and delete items at anytime.

Whether you dream of strolling along the Seine, zip-lining in Costa Rica, or relaxing on the beach in Fiji, Traveler’s Joy gives your loved ones the chance to contribute to the trip of a lifetime. And because you can register for any portion of your honeymoon, you’re not limited to flights or hotel stays – you can register for experiences like sailing lessons or horseback rides, or even for items like items luggage or snorkeling gear.

Traveler’s Joy has thought of everything to make the process as easy as possible. Dying to take a $300 helicopter tour of the island? Split it into 3 gifts of $100, making it possible for friends and family to contribute to more expensive items and experiences with manageable gift portions.


The first $300 of honeymoon activities and experiences are on Traveler’s Joy: “Whether it is surfing lessons, a spa treatment, or an amazing bottle of champagne on the beach, let us treat you!” 

To enter:
1) Register here with Traveler’s Joy
2) Like their Facebook page here.
3) Leave a comment below sharing your dream honeymoon destination. Make sure to include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win!

In addition, this year, Traveler’s Joy is running an amazing special offer: every month between May 1 and October 31, they’ll pick one lucky couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they receive from their Traveler’s Joy registry! All you have to do is register before April 30, 2014, and you’re automatically entered to win!

So what’s your honeymoon style? Island? Urban? Gourmet? Adventure? If you’re not sure, check out the real member registries and honeymoon stories for inspiration!


Contest begins Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.


This post sponsored by Traveler’s Joy.

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Meet some of the wonderful vendors who help to support this blog. Without them, there would be no Snippet & Ink! Some of them are longtime sponsors, and others are new, and they’re all wonderful. It’s our hope that you’ll discover just what you were looking for.

Glamorous bridal accessories from Perfect Details.

Custom house portraits from Little House Shop.

Stylish letterpress wedding invitations from Parklife Press.

Unique handcrafted jewelry  from Bario Neal.

Find your dream dress with PreownedWeddingDresses.com.

Fast and friendly letterpress from Thomas Printers.

Playful calligraphy and custom maps from Trial by Cupcakes.

Lasercut wedding invitations from B Wedding Invitations.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Snippet & Ink, please email us at advertise@snippetandink.com to learn more about advertising options.

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Adam and Sarah, the husband and wife team behind InTandem Photography, take the kind of photos you’ll want to frame and hang on your wall for all to see. And they will travel anywhere to capture your wedding day in their signature style: Bold. Humorous. Beautiful. Let’s take a little trip through some of their favorite shots from previous destination weddings! (Also, read on for details on getting a free day-after session with InTandem!)



Washington D.C.



Even though their photography speaks for itself, we just love these little tidbits from their website: Through the lens, Sarah sees tenderness and humor, infused with fairytale-like whimsy. Adam sees drama, scale and perspective, and transforms a real life moment into art. 

Love their work as much as we do? If you’re one of the first three people to book your wedding with InTandem, and mention that you found them on Snippet & Ink, you’ll receive a free day-after session – a $1000 value!

New Orleans.




Cabo San Lucas.


Check out their site and blog for more beautiful pics, and remember: the first three Snippet & Ink readers to see this post and book InTandem to shoot their wedding will receive a free day-after session – that’s a $1000 value!

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