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Rookie Bridal Mistake -- IN ORANGE

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Jillian Beaudry


rookie bridal mistake
Don’t make my mistake! What am I going to do with all of these orange tags?

This is a tale of warning for all brides out there. Be careful when ordering!

Less than one full month of being engaged and I had already made a rookie mistake. I fumed, I may have thrown things, I may have needed a cocktail. So here’s my story. Please learn from it as I have.

It all started with colors. My husband to be and I were basking in the glow of my new engagement ring and planning an engagement party so our extended families could meet last winter. Also, because we had just moved to a new town, it would be kind of a housewarming party for us, too.

So, I went online and selected the invitations for our engagement party. Husband to be OK’d them, and I had seen in a bridal magazine a cute idea to get some bakers twine and tie personalized tags to the invitation. I’m a newspaper woman and the paper goods and how they are presented (and the spelling and grammar!) are VERY important to me. I double, triple checked the black and white invitation wording, ordered the bakers twine in licorice and ordered tags that say “Dane & Jillian, Let’s Celebrate!”

Two weeks later, I get a confirmation e-mail saying my tags have been shipped and will reach my small town soon. But, as I read through the e-mail, the tags are coming not in tuxedo, black and white, but tangerine … ORANGE.

Now, some of you out there really love orange and that’s OK. But, I really HATE orange.

When Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” laughs because “whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed,” she is speaking directly to me. Hunters wear it. Construction workers wear it for safety. Orange just doesn’t agree with me. And it would look TOTALLY wrong with my chic black-and-white themed engagement party. Orange and black equals Halloween, not engagement.

I went back to my order form and I couldn’t figure out if I had messed up and selected tangerine instead of tuxedo, or if the company had made the oops. The tags weren’t cheap, about $60 total. But, like I said, paper goods are WAY important to me and I was excited for this fun craft project!

So, I chatted online with a sales associate from the store and she was very helpful. Turns out, the mistake was mine. I should have double checked my order before I completed my check out. Dang, dang, dang! But, because I’m a journalist (read: poor) and always looking to save a buck, I asked if I could get a discount on my re-order. That small question saved me $10, or two lattes or two cocktails in this small town. That $10 could go toward my wedding dress!

So I learned my first lesson early. Like checking facts in a newspaper story. Or like checking your back side before you leave the house in the morning to make sure your underwear isn’t showing. Brides, please check, double check and triple check your quantity, billing and shipping address, spelling, grammar and color before hitting check out. Because we are budget-savvy ladies and we simply can’t afford to be so silly.

Now that I have had this moment of clarity, the real problem is what to do with 50 ORANGE tags with our names on them?

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Jillian Beaudry

runs a weekly newspaper in a small town in Eastern Washington State. She got married in 2012 - You can read her wedding planning posts here.