Dec 15, 2011

Wedding Thank You Favor Tags

Wedding thank you favor tags - with so many options available now you can easily make your own in less time than it takes to check your Email. Fiskars - who make the finest scissors I've ever used - sells a standard 2 x 3 inch tag maker that comfortably cuts the heavier cardstock you'll want to make professional looking thank you tags for about twenty dollars. (You'll never want or need store-bought Christmas tags ever again.) To save even more, pick up a pack of 20 small craft tags - strings included - from Michael's and choose a thank you stamp that suits your unique personality.

Nov 23, 2011

Corset Cookie Favors

Sexy corset cookies - fun and affordable for your next bachelorette party. If sifting flour and baking from scratch is about as attractive to you as changing a flat tire in a thunder storm, you have to appreciate anyone who can make a perfectly shaped hand-cut sugar cookie. And that’s just the beginning. Making the perfect royal icing with consistency fine enough to make intricate designs and yet firm enough to hold its shape is pure magic, or mad skills or both. Between $2.00 to $3.00 each (for a set of 12), these hot pink corset cookies are about 5 x 3 1/2 " and made from a delicious sugar cookie dough recipe and then individually wrapped in a cellophane with matching ribbon.

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Sep 24, 2011

Origami Flower Bouquets

Origami flower bouquets - would you pay up to $300 for a wedding keepsake of folded paper flowers? What if you knew it took hundreds of hours to make compared to a traditional bouquet of fresh flowers or silk - put together in let's say - under an hour? These bouquets were available at the time of writing this post at Posh Studios on Etsy - although I don't see them listed as I update this in 2017. Maybe not enough brides were willing to pay that much for a handcrafted bouquet, I just don't know. I do know fresh flowers like the lovely white roses I carried will eventually decay and die, but a bouquet like one of these would look as cute and colorful twenty years from now as it did on the day you first walked down the aisle.

Aug 27, 2011

Wedding Candle Centerpiece Ideas

Romantic candle centerpieces - they don't need to be complicated or expensive, just very well placed. I love the long weathered table, dressed only in a rustic burlap runner with simple white tapers and surrounded by fresh, fragrant eucalyptus. I know I would feel well-loved here, sipping ice cold champagne over Grilled Tuna with Lemon Butter Sauce. All of us love a table that's warm and welcoming. Even white dollar store candles can make it so.

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Aug 25, 2011

Rustic Pine Cone Boutonnieres

I absolutely adore this pine cone boutonniere I found this morning on Etsy. A lovely little perfectly-shaped pinecone, some twine, small satin ribbon and a corsage pin for just over ten dollars. If you're comfortable with a pair of pliers and a mini handsaw, you can easily make your own. Create your rustic boutonniere from the "flower" that appears at the bottom of every pinecone. Here's a great guide from Martha Stewart on how to make a pinecone boutonniere.

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Aug 22, 2011

Crystal Bridal Headbands

Crystal bridal headbands - carefully handcrafted featuring countless rhinestones and hand-wired crystals, gold plated metal leaves and stunning gold flower accents. Available in gold or silver, these elegant headpieces are wired to rhinestone trimmed headbands and finished with imported ribbon. Turnaround time is three to five weeks so plan ahead. Expect to pay between $200 to $300 for these crystal headbands and headpieces, which have been featured on The Today Show and on the cover of The Knot Magazine, among many other magazines nationwide.

crystal beaded bridal headband
crystal bridal headband

Aug 21, 2011

Caramel Corn Wedding Favors

Caramel corn wedding favors are fun and easy to make with popped corn, peanuts, corn syrup, butter and brown sugar. And if you do make your own, keep it in an airtight container - away from heat and humidity - where it should stay fresh up to one month (obviously, the sooner you use it, the better). If you purchase store bought caramel corn, keep it in its original packaging until the time you get ready to display it in small kraft bags or Mason jars wrapped in burlap and tied in baker's twine. Unlike the type you make at home from scratch, this caramel corn has preservatives and will stay fresh from 30 to 60 days.

 Delicious homemade caramel corn for your fall themed wedding.

Aug 6, 2011

Stylish Table Number Holders

Stylish table number holders - elegant and affordable (just $2.25 each) that you can use for wedding receptions, formal dinner parties or to display your favorite family photos. Available in black, gold or silver - a set of twelve for $27. These round shaped number holders will hold names, numbers and other messages and are ideal for a 5 x 7 table number or photograph. Made of lightweight aluminum, you can expect to pay $7.00 for shipping whether you order a set of 12 or twenty five.

Aug 3, 2011

Wedding Chalkboard Ideas

Chalkboard wedding ideas - where you download a free wedding printable, or paint and produce a custom chalkboard sign yourself, many of these add a touch of whimsy to a celebration that is both sacred and serious. The wedding memorial sign, "In honor of those watching from Heaven - We Love You!" is so sweet and thoughtful I hardly know where to start.

Download these free chalkboard wedding arrows from Evermine.
Check your local craft stores but Amazon carries two sizes of these oval tree slices
(Wilson Basswood) - the 12 inch is $10.85 and 14 inch is $15.99, sanded on both sides.
Whimsical chalkboard reception sign in vintage style gold frame.

Jul 25, 2011

Peacock Inspired Weddings

Peacock inspired weddings - a combination of royal blue, deep purple and iridescent green that is elegant and stylish any time of year. This exquisite peacock hand corsage - once featured at an Etsy shop that appears to be in vacation mode as of this writing, steals my heart away. It is designed with small, trimmed peacock feathers and curled plumes, teal and violet millinery leaves, teal spotted guinea feathers, and a sparkling rhinestone button. All of these are attached to a comfortable black pearl beaded wrist band that is less than two inches wide. A lovely corsage for a peacock themed wedding I wish was still available, but could be recreated with inspiration from the photo below.


Peacock Inspired Makeup

peacock boutonniere
Peacock Boutonniere with Spotted Guinea Feathers

peacock garters
Matching Peacock Wedding Garters
Peacock Inspired Wedding Reception

Jul 24, 2011

Candy Cane Wedding Ideas

Candy cane wedding ideas - here are a few of the many ways you can transform these affordable red and white striped holiday favorites into classy and elegant winter wedding decorations. Create incredibly cheap candle centerpieces with straight peppermint sticks (King Leo brand on Amazon) and red satin ribbon. Or serve these low fat sweets (just 50 calories each) at your Christmas themed wedding - in cookies, cupcakes, brownies or cake - because everyone loves the refreshing peppermint taste. At about $1.99 for a box of twelve (eight cents each from your local dollar store), they can be hung, strung, broken into bits, hot glued and wired into holiday wreaths.


candy cane wedding centerpiece
candy cane wedding ideas
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Jul 23, 2011

Looking Lovely in a Birdcage Veil

A simple birdcage veil has all the loveliness of traditional wedding veils without the big ticket price. And yet in April of this year we saw Kate Middleton wear a waist length, silk tulle wedding veil by Alexander McQueen on her wedding day and she looked absolutely breathtaking. Which kind do you love best? A low cost veil you can easily remove for an outdoor or destination wedding or a jaw-dropping, lace edged veil with hand embroidered flowers? The beauty of a bird cage veil is there are so many tutorials available on how to make your own. I have created several myself - each inside of one hour - and the results were as elegant and attractive as the lovely one featured here.

bride wearing a birdcage veil

Playful Polka Dot Wedding Cakes

Polka dot wedding cakes - what could be more playful, more joyful, more fun? Your mom and dad and soon-to-be in laws showed up to have a really great time. Lots of love and lots of laughs. Toddlers in tuxedos and little old ladies going crazy in the Conga line. A day like no other - the day you exchange vows with your best friend, your lover, your soul mate. Why not make it fresh and funny? Of course your clan will be impressed with the Baked Salmon with Horseradish Crust. But for young and old and everyone in between, nothing beats the surprise and sheer joy of a playful polka dot wedding cake.

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Scalloped Heart Tags

These vintage inspired scalloped heart tags - once available on Etsy - but no longer as I update this post in 2017 - are so breathtaking with their French style script and delicately distressed edges, I wish they were still online for you or I to purchase. Here is the original description from the Etsy listing to help you design and create - using Cricut, Silhouette, Sizzix or some other die cutting machine - of your own:
  • Vintage cream cardstock with scalloped edges.
  • Each tag has been individually stamped and distressed using deep expresso ink.
  • The size of each heart shaped tag is approximately is 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches - perfect for small favors and gifts - and are adorned with a 9/16 inch (blue or cream) satin ribbon.
  • The ribbon length is a full 15 inches long.

Jul 22, 2011

Purple Wedding Day

A purple themed wedding, it's what I might do if I had to marry the same sweet Italian-American guy all over again. Purple and green - purple and blue - purple and silver, all beautiful color combinations. Unbelievably, my wedding colors were pale pink and light blue. Thankfully enough, the marriage has worked out long and well in spite of my weirdly-chosen baby shower colored wedding theme. Today my choice might very well be purple...deep and delicious purple like this amazingly beautiful bouquet of dark purple tulips.
purple tulip centerpiece
white and purple ring bearer pillow
purple succulent wedding favors
rustic lavender centerpiece
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Jul 18, 2011

Rustic Grapevine Cake Toppers

This rustic grapevine cake topper is a great eco-friendly wedding idea that eliminates the need for paper, metal or plastic cake toppers that leave a heavier carbon footprint on the beautiful blue planet we all call home. RusticDesignsByAmie invites you to visit her cake topper album on Facebook to view her different styles. If you have a favorite font, she'll do her best to accommodate you. A six inch tall topper, with wooden dowels that insert into the cake, sells for $44.00 (plus about ten dollars more for shipping). Amie can create the grapevine thinner for a more elegant look, or wider for a more rustic themed wedding.

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Jul 13, 2011

The Joy of Short Husbands

With my Dad and brother both six feet two, I naturally grew up thinking all men were tall. When I reached my full height of 5’6” in seventh grade, I suddenly found myself looking down at top of the heads of boys the same age, one of whom I just assumed would one day be Mr. Right. During the summer between seventh and eighth grade happened. Boys that were five feet tall standing on their tippy toes in June now had to duck their heads going in the cafeteria door in September. So once again men were tall, just as I had been lead to believe.

Having witnessed the sketchy intellect of the tall grown-up neighborhood boys, one of whom told me Shakespeare was a brand of fishing reel (which it is), but definitely was not a person. Boys were fun to look up at but easy to look down on. A lucky chance encounter brought my future husband (from upstate New York) into my life at age 22, and you can guess the rest. A small, but very smart guy, but big on making me laugh, especially at myself.

Tina Fey and husband, Jeff Richmond

Jul 12, 2011

Flaming Red Wedding Bouquet

A red wedding bouquet is a top priority for many December brides, myself included. Even though the heat index is well over 100 degrees from Phoenix to Fort Smith, there's no better time to plan for the perfect winter wedding bouquet. With the huge variety of wedding flowers today - tulips, baby's breath, peonies, dahlias and daisies - roses are still the number one favorite for most American brides. Red roses have always been symbolic for passion and pleasure, courage and beauty. And there is nothing more breathtakingly beautiful than this bouquet of bright red roses with iridescent rhinestone jewels.

Jun 14, 2011

Pepe Botella Wedding Gowns

Pepe Botella wedding gowns - "a symphony of creations for women of today with the taste of the detail of yesterday." Kate Middleton was breathtakingly beautiful in her lacy, long-sleeved, sweetheart-neckline wedding gown with lace overlay and ivory silk tulle veil trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers. Sarah Burton obviously knows her way around a needle and thread. But I can’t help but think what if Spanish designer Pepe Botella had created just for Kate - a sexy ruffled wedding gown instead? Unthinkable that the future queen would look that dramatic on her wedding day, but somehow I wish she could.

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Jun 13, 2011

Football Grooms Cake Ideas

Football grooms cakes - a great idea considering seventy five percent of all American men are obsessed with the game. Unlike basketball where all of the drama comes down to the last few minutes or even seconds, football can keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. How many times have I seen a team, positioned on their opponent’s one yard line, so close they can almost taste it, and they can’t seem to get the job done? And just two minutes later, a new receiver, a fresh-faced graduate from Ohio State, receives the kick off and sprints a full ninety nine yards past all the overweight, overpaid pros and becomes the hero of the day. That's why, along with fifty five percent of other American women, I'm a huge football (Giants) fan.

Pittsurgh Steelers grooms cake