*StudioWedBox* review – August 2015

*StudioWedBox* review – August 2015

As part of my wedding planning, I have been subscribing to StudioWedBox. I like receiving this box every month as it helps me with wedding ideas and gives me plenty of inspiration.

Here’s what has been in the last few boxes.

May – Studio Wed Box #7


Theme – mailing out the invitations

Items received – cute thank you stamp and gold ink pad from A Sensible Habit, moistener bottle to help stick down all those envelopes, black felt tip pen, envelopes and cards from the Paper Source and a necklace trinket.

I am glad to have discovered the Paper Source – I love these So Happy Together Coasters, table numbers and photo prop kit.

June – StudioWedBox #8


Theme – All about the bridal party!

Items – Pearl stud earrings from Amy O Jewellery, make up pouch from Mainstreet Collection, Jack Black Shaving Kit and Mainstreet Collection bow tie.

July – StudioWedBox #9


Theme – It’s time to celebrate

Items – a dice game (to keep the kids entertained), small picture frame from Kate Aspen (suggested as a way to display your table numbers), confetti push pop from Thimble Press and Toss Me lavender buds from Pressed Cotton.

The suppliers from this box lead me on a little day dream adventure…

Pressed Cotton ship world wide and they have quite a few goodies that I like. I like these tiny clear glass bottles for little flower arrangements as table centrepieces. The Toss Me bag that I got in the box is pretty cute too. I think I could fill them with rose petals. I’d love to do confetti, but my ceremony venue has a no confetti policy, but you can do flower petals or biodegradable things. I’m also hearting this gold paper table runner and placemats.

Thimble Press ship world wide as well, from them I am hearting the balloons and cards.

The picture frame from Kate Aspen came with a 25% off with orders over $50 voucher. This is more for an engagement party, but I love the He asked, she said yes paper coasters. My other faves from this store include the Mr & Mrs straws, love cake topper and the country charm kissing bell.

August – StudioWedBox #10


Theme – Hit the road

Items help I’m tired caffeine alertness aid, Sky Ready travel kit, Keep calm and fly away luggage tag from Flight001 and The Laundress Wash & Stain bar.

I think this is a good little honey moon travel kit. I’m keen to try The Laundress soap, as I have been wanting to try this brand for a while. I like that it brings a bit of luxury to such a boring task.

How much does it cost?

StudioWedBox has a 12 month ($29.99US), six month ($34.99US) and monthly ($39.99US) option for the US and Canada. International shipping of $10US per month is available on the $39.99 option, making it $49.99 a month. The international shipping option takes approximately 15 plus days.

I’m in Australia so I am using the international shipping option. Using today’s US dollar it would cost $68.30 AUD.

Is it worth it?

I have really been enjoying my StudioWedBox journey. It gives me ideas for suppliers to check out and it’s a nice friendly reminder each month in the wedding planning process.

Who should subscribe to this box: brides-to-be! I also think that it would make a nice gift for a friend or family member getting married.

Want more? Read previous StudioWedBox reviews to see if it is the right fit for you.

StudioWedBox review – April 2015

StudioWedBox review – April 2015

This is my sixth StudioWedBox and I am very much enjoying the assistance it’s been giving me with my wedding planning. Each month is a different topic and it gets my brain on task with my wedding planning. This month’s theme was about organising the gift registry.

First look

The products

PaddyWax Jane Austen Tin Candle
Sample size 2.5 oz
Sample value $8 US

Illume Chanterelle Moss Envelope Matches
Sample size – pack of 50
Sample value $5 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘This PaddyWax candle is for you to enjoy and relax with and light with some cute matches from Illume’.

The PaddyWax Jane Austen Tin Candle is super cute and smells of gardenia’s and jasmine. It’s definitely a relaxing scent.

I usually light my candles with one of those gas charged turbo lighters from Dusk. But it will be a nice change to go old-school and use a match. These matches are nice and long, so I won’t be worried about burning my fingers.

Naiad whipped soap in Lemon Poppy Seed
Sample size 52 grams
Sample value $5.50 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Need to relax some more? Naiad whipped soap is luxuries, creamy, and delicate.’

This soap smells delicious and has a bit of a sugar scrub element to it. I love to treat myself with these kinds of products. I can see myself ordering a sample set of this at Christmas time!

Mini cutting board and recipe cards
Sample value $11.99

This is a cute mini cutting board and recipe cards set that would make for a nice gift. I’m not quite sure I would use it though.

BONUS – Handmade Custom Lip Balm by Botanical Bars in Herbal Peppermint
Sample size
Sample value $2.49 US

This cute bonus product is a sample of the Mint to Be Lip Balm Party Favours. These come with a custom label with your name and wedding date. The minimum order is $29.99 for 25 lip balms, making them cost $1.19 each. The lip balm is made from soybean oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, hemp oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin e and aloe vera.

The balm goes on nice and smooth, and has a cooling peppermint feeling. You could also use these for a small gift at your bridal shower.

How much does it cost?

StudioWedBox has a 12 month ($29.99US), six month ($34.99US) and monthly ($39.99US) option for the US and Canada. International shipping of $10US per month is available on the $39.99 option, making it $49.99 a month. The international shipping option takes approximately 15 plus days.

I’m in Australia so I am using the international shipping option. Using today’s US dollar it would cost $64.22 AUD.

Was it worth it?

This is not my favourite StudioWedBox but I still enjoyed it.

There was over $30US worth of goodies in this month’s box. So if you purchase a 12 month subscription in the US, you have come out just in front value wise. So for me with the extra costs in relation to international shipping it wasn’t great value.

However it did get me thinking and researching what kind of gift registry I would like to have. Personally I love the idea of an online gift registry because I think that makes it easier for people. The two that I have found that I like in Australia are From the Owl and  Wedding List Co. In the US the lovely team at StudioWedBox recommends NewlyWish.

I’d love to hear your recommendations for a gift registry.

Read my previous StudioWedbox reviews.

StudioWedBox review – March 2015

StudioWedBox review – March 2015

Yay! I love seeing the StudioWedBox waiting for me in the mail box. This is my fifth StudioWedBox.

This month’s theme was ‘old, new, borrowed & blue’.

This month’s tip was to make sure you book your wedding officiant early, at least 6 months in advance if possible.

First look

 

The products

Handkerchief
Value $4.33 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Something Old… A vintage handkerchief is the perfect hand me down for your wedding day. Personalize it by embroidering it with your wedding date and this will be something you will keep forever, and pass on to generations to come.’

Well I would never have thought of a handkerchief. Probably nicer than carrying around a packet of tissues. Although I always feel a bit weird about handkerchiefs, I’d rather just use a tissue and throw it away.

After browsing wedding embroidery on etsy I’m feeling a little crafty so I will give embroidering this a go!

Boutonniere pin by Susabella
Value $19.50 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Something New… A boutonniere pin, from Susabella, is a great way to your significant other involved when it comes to something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Not only can you keep this forever, but also maybe one day you can pass this onto someone else to become their something old.’

I actually didn’t know what a boutonniere pin was when I opened this box! Apparently it’s french for buttonhole and it’s a pin to help keep the flower on the groom’s jacket (as well as the groom’s men, father of the bride and father of the groom). So there you go. I’ll have to pay more attention to the groom outfit section of the wedding magazines!

This is made out of clay and feels quite nice. Maybe a little heavy?

Stubby cooler (Koozie) by Rook Design Co.
Value $6.58 US (based on a minimum order of 12)

StudioWedBox says – ‘Something Borrowed… You can borrow anything from jewelry, a veil, and even a garter! Since we are all about giving goodies (instead of borrowing) here is a fun koozie that plays a twist on this classic saying. Rook Design Co. has a ton of wonderful designs… Go check them out!’

I’m a big fan of the stubby cooler and I do have a bit of a collection going. It’s high up on my wedding favour list to do a stubby cooler, so I am glad to see a sample.

Value wise it costs $134US for 100 Koozies, which works out to $1.34 per item. That is pretty good value.

Ring dish
Value $10 (guesstimation)

StudioWedBox says – ‘Something Blue… Get creative when it comes to your something blue! A ring bearer bowl, from Down The Road With Me, can not only carry your something new down the aisle, but can make a great back drop for you and your new sweeties rings! You can also use this as something to place your rings in once you get home. This could be a fun way to introduce something new or blue!’

This is a cute little ring dish. I already have a ring holder, it’s a cute elephant that I got in a PopSugar Must Haves Box. I couldn’t find a value or the supplier for this dish online.

Freeze dried rose petals in bridal pink
Value $5.95US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Something to add… Once the kiss has happened and it is time for you to walk back down the aisl, freeze dried petals, from flyboynaturals, make a great option for your guest to toss, Not only do the look beautiful, they make for some great pictures!’

What a great idea! I wouldn’t have even thought of freeze dried petals. The website says these are non-staining, not slippery, all natural, eco-friendly and biodegradabl. So that’s bound to make the wedding venue happy. The rose petals come in lots of different shades and while they are based in the US, they do ship internationally.

Oh wow, a quick google and there is plenty of Australian suppliers for freeze dried rose petals. Who knew. These two supplier look good – Simple Rose Petals and Rose Petals by The Flower Factory.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has used freeze dried rose petals. How many is a good amount to get and how did you distribute them?

Extra bonuses

Also in the box was a coupon for The Garter Girl (this pink and ivory lace one is my favourite) and a cute 5 inch x 7 inch postcard from Five Dot Design.

How much does it cost?

US and Canada based subscribers have three options:

  • Monthly subscription $39.99
  • 6 month subscription $34.99 per month (save $5 per month)
  • 12 month subscription $29.99 per month (save $10 per month)

International subscribers (e.g. me!) pay $39.99 per month plus $10 postage. Bringing it to $49.99US in total, which on today’s Aussie Dollar is $64.78.

Was it worth it?

I love this subscription. It helps me to plan and think outside of the box. Every month it provides me with ideas and inspiration. Value wise this month I received approximately $45US worth of items plus the postcard and a garter 50% off coupon. So it is pretty much spot on what I spent.

PS – This month I’d love to hear what was (or will be) your something old, something borrowed, something new and something blue.

 

Just as Planned Review – January 2015

Just as Planned Review – January 2015

This month’s theme for the Just as Planned Bridal Box was wedding stationery.

First look

 The products

RSVP envelope in Tickled Pink
Sample value $0.99

Just as Planned says – ‘The perfect size for a rsvp and cost effective for mailing $9.95 for a pack of 10.’

C6 size Coco Linen (pette pink) envelope
Sample value $1.49

Just as Planned says – ‘These envelopes have a high fashion look of Linen $14.95 for a pack of 10.’

DL envelope in Diamond White
Sample value $0.99

Just as Planned says – ‘A classic colour with a sprinkle of glitter. $9.95 for a pack of 10.’

DL envelope in Cocktail
Sample value $1.29

Just as Planned says – ‘Black envelopes add a touch of elegance, Surprise your guests with the invitation inside. $12.95 for a pack of 10.’

Wow I’m surprised by how much envelopes cost! These envelopes are all nice quality. My favourite of the four is the Diamond White envelope. Very white wedding glamour 🙂

Ezra envelope seals in Beetroot
Sample size – 12 stickers
Sample value $1.95

These are quite fancy. I’ve noticed they also come in a pretty aqua blue colour.

Silver Heart envelope seals
Sample size – 12 stickers
Sample value $1.95 (guesstimation, I couldn’t find these online)

Pre-cut DL cards one in pink and one in silver
Sample value $2

Just as Planned says – ‘Create your own invitations with our pre-cut cards – available in a range of colours and sizes.’

I like that this are already scored for easy folding. I’m going to have a look into this a bit more as I think it would be fun to make my own invitations.

Designer Paper range samples
Sample size – Nine A4 decorative papers in different patterns and colours
Sample value $9

Just as Planned says – ‘Get creative and make your own invitations or allow Just as Planned to create and design them for you.’

I love paper craft so these will get used for a project somewhere along the way. I’m feeling pretty excited to make my own invitations. I feel like it will be a fun project.

 

Swish heart place card holder
Sample value $5

Just as Planned says – ‘Adding a modern touch of glam to your table decoration. These can be used as a way to display your place card or table number and can also be your wedding favour for guests to place a picture from your wedding on display.’

This is a cute little card/photo holder. It’s also quite solid, which I think is important. You don’t want something that falls over all the time! Included in the box was a table card nmber that is photo size. I think a slightly smaller card might sit better in the grove. PS – I have no idea why the groom has no mouth!

Mini scalloped tin frame
Sample value $14.95

Just as Planned says – ‘So versatile, it can be used as a welcome sign for guests, a ring bearers sign to carry down the aisle to announce “here comes the bride” or a unique table number sign.’

I like the idea of using this somewhere as a little sign. The sign is about the size of a DL envelope. They also have a larger sized one in their store for $19.95.

Paper Luminary Bag
Sample value $1.45

Just as Planned says – ‘Our paper luminaries create a romantic ambiance at your outdoor wedding. Use to line walkways of the perimeter of a reception setting. For outdoor use only. We recommend the use of LED candles for safety.’

What a clever decorating idea. I hadn’t even thought of this. I’ve seen something similar to this used at an outdoor dance performance and it looked really special.

Party Feet Foldable Ballet Flats by Scholl
Sample value $10.95

Just as Planned says – ‘Get your dancing feet ready. A unique idea is to supply all your female wedding guests with ballet flats. This allows them to kick off the heels and dance the night away.’

Yay! I love ballet flats 🙂 Only probably is that the pair I received is size 9 – 10 and I have itty bitty feet. So I’ll be giving these away to a friend. I like the idea though…

How much does it cost?

Just as Planned has the following subscription options:

  •  monthly for $39.95 per month
  • 2 months for $75 (save $4.90)
  • 3 months for $110 (save $9.85)
  • 6 months for $225 (save $14.70)
  • 12 months for $439.45 (save $39.95 which is really one free box)

I subscribed for 3 months and at the time there was a 25% discount. So each box cost me $27.50.

Was it worth it?

This month’s box had over $50 worth of items. Only thing is I don’t really feel like I got $50 worth of value. I guess because the items were mostly light paper based products. Funny how the brain works!

Getting this box has made me think about stationery and that I would like to make my own handmade ones. So it has been a good way to get my thinking. I also hadn’t even thought about table numbers or name cards! So that was a good reminder as well.

This was the last box of my three month subscription. I’m still trying to decide if to resubscribe for another few months. If you’d like to see more Just as Planned reviews please let me know in the comments.

StudioWedBox review – February 2015

StudioWedBox review – February 2015

This is my fourth StudioWedBox. I get pretty excited when I see this one at the Post Office. I’m finding wedding subscription boxes are great for wedding inspiration and tips.

This month’s theme was ‘Get ’em booked’ and gave some tips on how to pick your wedding vendors.

My fave tip was – ‘A good match with your personality is just as important as being a good match for your style and budget’.  I think that is so true, it is so much easier to work with people that you get along with! I’m yet to choose any wedding vendors still trying to decide on a location – in our home town or a destination wedding!

First look

 

 

The products

PartyLite tealight candles in Iced Snowberries 
Sample size – 2 candles (the candles usually come in a pack of 12)
Sample value $3AUD

Unfortunately I couldn’t see this item mentioned on the explanation card. However I do really like these cute tealight candles as they are good quality, smell nice and I like that the little base they sit in is plastic. I’m so clumsy and glass candles always worry me. I’m excited to try these out.

Mint nail polish in ‘I Do.’
Sample size 15ml
Sample value $12US

StudioWedBox says – ‘ Mint nail polish, “I Do”, is the perfect color for your big day. “Inspired by the color of blushing peonies, Mint’s premiere bridal color is creamy, classic, and effortless to wear.”

This nail polish is a super pretty light pink colour, perfect for a bride. This nail polish is also five free meaning that it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, DBP, torulene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin. So that is great to know there aren’t those nasties in this polish.

It’s so big volumising mascara by Elizabeth Mott
Sample size 4ml
Sample value $7.99US

Lash Card
Sample size – 1 card usually comes as a pack of 10 cards
Sample value $0.69US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Don’t forget to book your beauty needs early for your wedding day… many hair and makeup artists get booked very quickly! And for an extra bonus we threw in one of our favorite beauty finds, It’s so BIG Mascara and Lash Card by Elizabeth Mott.’

I have never tried either of these products before, so it will be nice to give them a whirl. I like that this box contained some makeup goodies for the bride to test out.

Love calico carry bag by the Wedding Chicks
Sample value $10US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Wedding Chicks is not only a great blog for you to follow, but also has a store filled with everything from personalized goods to grooms gifts. This tote is perfect to take with you when your meeting with your vendors to fill with goodies and contracts.’

I’m a huge fan of calico carry bags, and this is super cute! I’m also glad to have been introduced to the Wedding Chicks blog and store. The wedding calico bags and tea towels are so cute, definitely on the list of possible favour items for guests and the bridal party.

Learn to Speak Wedding Flash Cards for Beginners
Sample size five cards (the full set contains 50 flash cards)
Sample value $2.99 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Wedding vernacular seems foreign to those new to nuptials, but with these Speak Wedding flashcards, anyone can speak Wedding with confidence. It’s the perfect gift for a newly engaged couple and a fun new bridal shower trivia game!

These flash cards are really pretty to look at. I’m not sure how to fun a game it would be to play, though. One of the flash cards I received was FOB (Father of the Bride). I totally have to watch that movie again!

How much does it cost?

StudioWedBox has a 12 month ($29.99US), six month ($34.99US) and monthly ($39.99US) option for the US and Canada. International shipping of $10US per month is available on the $39.99 option, making it $49.99 a month. The international shipping option takes approximately 15 plus days.

I’m in Australia, so I am using the international shipping option. Using today’s US dollar, it would cost $64.40 AUD.

Was it worth it?

I quite enjoyed this box. I’ll use everything, and it sent me on a little adventure exploring ideas on the Wedding Chicks website.

There was over $35US worth of goodies in this month’s box. So if you purchase either a six month or 12-month subscription in the US, you have come out just in front value wise. However I think the value in this box is its curation, so for me, I got value out of this even though I spent that little bit more with the shipping and currency conversion.