Weddings can get expensive. Here are three ways to recoup some of the money you’ve spent on your big day:

Rent or sell your wedding dress at Borrowing Magnolia. Raise your hand if your wedding dress is sitting in your closet collecting dust. Mine was too, until a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, I had been struggling with whether or not to keep my wedding dress. One one hand, I paid a pretty penny for it so it was tough to just get rid of it, and on the other hand I was so tired of it just collecting dust and taking up space. A few weeks ago I saw a friend post about Borrowing Magnolia so I signed up and sent my dress in and guess what... each time someone rents my wedding dress, I get paid $180. Every. single. time. it’s rented. That’s a heck of a lot better than getting paid zero dollars for my dress to collect dust and take up space in my closet!  

Sell unwanted gift cards for cash. Did Aunt Agnes get you a gift card to her favorite store, but it’s the last place on Earth you’d ever shop? You can trade that gift card in for cash at Cardpool. It's super easy to sell your gift cards, and the money is sent to you instantly or via check depending on which method you choose. (Sorry Aunt Agnes we've got wedding bills to pay!)

Tell your friends and family about Aisle Always Love. Do you know a boutique owner, wedding planner or wedding photographer that is looking for client gifts or new items to carry in their shop? Become an Aisle Always Love affiliate and get 10% of each referred sale. It takes less than 2 minutes to sign up and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Just promote your affiliate link and make money in your sleep!


If try any of these ideas or have any to add, share in the comments section below!

xoxo,

Kendra

This company had very humble beginnings. Humble and completely spontaneous. I started this business on a whim and it grew faster than I could have ever dreamed. As this company has grown, I've shifted and pivoted with the changing tides. (Like that one time I started my own sock line to keep up with demand.) It's been a really amazing ride, and I've learned so much along the way.

Okay I'm sure you're like..."Will she quit with the dramatic intro?! Just to get to the point!"

The point is- We are completely shifting to wholesaling our products. (Yep you read that correctly!)

Over the past few years, I've been fortunate to build strong relationships with some of the best creatives around the globe. Our products have been carried in boutiques, featured in subscription boxes The Bride Box, Pretty Perfect Packages, Tulle LaLa and the Natural Hair Bride Box and sold in online shops like Beau Coup and Groovy Groomsmen Gifts.

Since the Journey Journals launched last year, I've collaborated with hundreds of wedding planners and wedding photographers that were looking for the perfect addition to their client gift boxes. Working with creatives has been AMAZING. This company has come full circle and as I look back on getting kicked off of Etsy, it all seems worth it now. I would have never reached this point if I didn't get out of my comfort zone as a business owner.

In this season, getting out of my comfort zone and shifting to 100% wholesale orders only just feels right.

Friends, I want to thank you for the support you've shown throughout the years! I am excited for this new season!

So  here's where you can find AAL products from here on out:

We've partnered with Beau Coup to offer our Groomsmen Tie Boxes exclusively in their online shop (yay!).

Journals, State Etched Rocks Glasses, Monogrammed Rocks Glasses, Gold Foil Pencils and Argyle Socks can be ordered in bulk quantities here on our site. Below is a chart detailing prices and minimum quantities.

Free printables can be found here.

You can shop the Society6 collection here.

And if you are wondering... Yes, you can still participate in our affiliate program! If you know of any shop owners, wedding planners, or creatives that want to purchase wholesale quantities of our products, you can earn 10% commission on all referred sales! Sign up here. It's easy and doesn't cost you a dime.

Let me know if you have any questions! Drop me a line here!

xoxo,

Kendra

Product availability for Wholesale

Product
Wholesale Price
SOCKS

Yellow and Light Gray Socks
$1.25 per pair (minimum of 48)
Gray and Black Socks
$1.25 per pair (minimum of 48)
DRINKWARE

State and Monogrammed Etched Rocks Glasses
    $6.35 per glass (minimum of 10)
JOURNALS

Navy Blue and Gold
$4.95 per journal (minimum of 20)


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So let’s just say I’ve got a few new entries on the Lessons Learned page in our Journey Journal after my doing my own version of the Love Your Spouse Challenge.

(If you missed the last post about what prompted the challenge, check it out here.)

Here are 2 quick takeaways:

1.) Discomfort Makes for Amazing Memories. My husband and I have a pretty hectic schedule. Between working full time, running a business + an Airbnb and traveling, we are always going non-stop. When we do have time to relax, our activity of choice is binge watching Netflix. We are professional Netflix binge watchers. Professional! So, I decided to switch things up a bit and take my hubby on a fancy date. We went to a snazzy new restaurant where the music was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other, and ordered overpriced food and cocktails that left us hungry (oh and did I mention that this was wayyy past our bedtime, on a week night!?!). When we left the restaurant and started walking back to the car I decided to be spontaneous and make a pit stop at another bar to have a couple more drinks. <--- BAD IDEA. That spontaneous pit stop was a bit too much for us. We don’t get out much. Haha. So we were up at 2 am frantically searching our house for Pepto, trying to sooth our upset stomachs but it was awesome. We stayed up for 2 hours and just talked about life. It was actually fun! It reminded me that marriage is like one never ending sleepover with your favorite person. When I think back on that night…I will NOT remember what we ate for dinner but I will remember staying up on a week night talking about life with my love. 

2.) Getting Back the Basics Is Always a Good Idea. I did something pretty scary. I asked my husband to name something that he liked about me when we first started dating that I didn't do anymore. You can see how that would be scary right?! He said- "“Love letter emails.” - and I couldn't have agreed more! When we first started dating, we would email each other a love letter email every morning once we got to work. Nothing long- just a few sentences each day about why we were grateful for each other. Once we got married, we stopped and I’m not sure why. Last week, I sent my husband a love letter email and his response just melted my heart. I almost cried at my desk. Going back to the basics was a win!

These are just two takeaways. The rest, I've noted in my Journey Journal so that I can reflect and think of ways to implement what I've learned every day, because marriage is a Journey.

Did you do the challenge? If so, share some of your takeaways below!
How to Dress Your Groomsmen

Grooms often get the short end of the stick when planning a wedding – and even during the wedding commencement! But if there’s one thing that the groom can (and should) definitely decide on, it’s who he asks to be a part of his side of the entourage. Groomsmen are typically the husband-to-be’s closest buddies, and as such, are the special guys who would be standing behind him as he closes the chapter on bachelorhood. However, there’s an important decision to be made regarding groomsmen: how do you dress them?


                        


1. To match or not to match
Traditionally, a groomsman would wear something that matches what the bridesmaid is wearing. Nowadays, it’s not so much the need to be all matched up than it is to look like a cohesive and well-put together bridal party. A pair of fun groomsmen socks could add flavor to it.


2. Offer choices
Groomsmen are the groom’s friends, so naturally, grooms would want their groomsmen to be comfortable while looking stylish during the wedding. Offer clothing choices so there’d be no need for a friend or two to have to buy a new suit of a specific color when he doesn’t even really like that color. Of course, this should still be in line with the general theme of the wedding.


3. Set a basic standard
Avoid having your groomsmen look like they were just randomly selected out of a pool of guys you met at a soccer game by setting a standard of what they’re expected to wear (like a 3-piece suit, or a black tie) so they won’t turn up wearing a ratty old coat they had at the back of their closet. Don’t forget the shoes, either!


4. Discuss vibes and themes
Discuss the theme that you and your bride-to-be are going for, and explain what that theme entails and what it doesn’t. This is so you can avoid having one or two groomsmen show up in something that doesn’t really blend well with the rest of your groomsmen. Not only will it look like you just plucked him out from a sea of strangers to complete your set of the wedding party, you’ll likely get a side-eye from your bride. Explain the vibe that you’d like for your guys to project, say dashing debonair or chic nerd – whatever floats your boat and won’t alienate your friends! One thing you can do is to make awesome groomsmen gifts such as personalized flasks to complement their unique personality. Theme: check! Vibe: double check!


Ultimately, these guys are the groom’s friends, which means they’re there not only to serve as the guys you pose with in the background during pre-wedding ceremony photos, but also to wish you well in your new journey as a husband. They certainly deserve the best groomsmen gift ideas to make them feel loved. It’s also important dress them well in order to avoid going all groomzilla on your buddies and possibly kissing that brotherhood goodbye.