Saturday, January 24, 2009
My brother-in-law Ben is getting married later this year. He and his fiancee, Katie, can always be found wearing Converse sneakers. So, the obvious decision was to have their entire wedding party wear Converse to the event (although, if you know my husband... it's going to be pretty interesting to see him in a pair of Chuck Taylors!). As most of you know, I absolutely love anything that can be customized... so I was excited by what I discovered on the Converse website.
Converse now offers a tool on their website that allows you to design your own sneaker. The potential combinations are endless! You can select different outside, lining, tongue, stitch and lace colors. Create a pair of Converse to perfectly reflect the colors you have selected for your event decor! There is even an option to have text printed directly on the shoe. This would be a great place to place your wedding date, your new last name, or your combined initials.
Even if you are planning an event that is a little too formal for casual footwear, you can always purchase a pair to wear as you get ready the day of the wedding or to bring on your honeymoon.
Personally, I've never worn a pair of Converse, but I am DYING to design my own pair. Here is what my design would look like. The colors were inspired by my own autumn wedding.
Take a moment to browse the website and have fun playing with all the possibilities!
Friday, January 23, 2009
(image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings)ribbon: Masterstoke Canada
calligraphy: Beyond Words
bouquet: Laura Seita
I’m sure there are lots of different ways to make fabric roses and other flowers, but these instructions from Portobellopixie seemed pretty straightforward. If you’re the crafty type who loves to add a personal touch to all that you do, give them a try!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Pick up one of these flashy file totes for a stylish way to organize all of your wedding ideas, fabric swatches, and vendor contracts. The totes have 8 dividers and come with 16 adhesive labels. ($20.00 each)
They have file folders too! ($8.50 for a set of 8 in 4 coordinating designs)
And while you’re at it, you might as well grab some of the matching sticky notes to jot down those ideas and to-do’s that pop into your head at the most random times. ($10.00 for 8 pads in 3 different sizes)
Be sure to visit the Galison website to see the full collection of file totes and peruse their other product lines.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
In my searches for a way to do this, I came across this little gem on the Pottery Barn website. Small cards elegantly printed with interesting tidbits and questions are nestled in a clear Lucite box and can be placed on each table for your guest's enjoyment. The simple and unassuming vessel will not compete with your table décor and the lively debates that occur as a result will lend a comfortable ambiance to your event.
This idea can be recreated on your own by printing up some of your own trivia on cardstock . Personalize it even further by asking questions and incorporating facts about topics and hobbies that you and your fiancé enjoy.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Check out Chenin Boutwell’s blog, where you can view more images from this wedding.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Here’s how it works: for every comment posted on our blog, we will donate $1.00 to a charitable organization. Donations will be made on a quarterly basis, and we’ll pick a different charity each quarter. A few other bloggers out there are doing something similar, and we think it's a great way to give back. Since Elizabeth and I are both animal lovers, our featured charity for the first quarter of 2009 will be The Humane Society.
If you’re an existing blog reader of ours, don’t be shy! Sharing a few words here and there will help a worthy cause. Be sure to spread the word to others as well and encourage them to stop by and contribute.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Place two of these Arbor Garden Wagons on either side of the arch at your outdoor ceremony. They can be filled with flowers, green plants, or pumpkins, depending on the season and theme of your event. After the wedding, display them in your own garden as a remembrance of your special day. ($69.95 each)
These Miniature Garden Gates would make charming centerpieces. Nestle them in weathered flower pots filled with soil. They can also double as table number holders: print your numbers on cardstock, cut a slit in the bottom, and affix them to the top of the gates. ($39.95 for a set of five) Candles are a classic way to create ambiance at an event, but why not change it up a bit? Replace a few candles with these Lighted Firefly Jars for a whimsical touch. The fireflies are battery-operated and activated by a switch on the bottom of the jar. ($18.95 each or $15.95 for two or more)
Be sure to visit the Art & Artifact website for more ideas and inspiration for your rustic wedding.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
As I mentioned in a previous post, I absolutely love wrapping paper. I take my gift wrap decisions VERY seriously. In looking at the various rolls of paper I selected, I was thinking about how much I absolutely loved my selection. And of course, the wedding planner in me thought about how the design could be used in reception décor.
This reminded me of an article I had seen not too long ago regarding how a length of wrapping paper can be used in lieu of a table runner. There are so many options available now. There are manufacturers that make high quality, gorgeous designs that would be the perfect accent to a tablescape. In fact, a beautiful piece of paper could be the jumping board for the style of your entire event.
There are just a few suggestions if you decide to use this idea:
If you select a runner with a lot of design elements, pick table covers and centerpieces that are very simple, as not to compete with the runner.
Make sure that the paper you select is thick and high quality.
Ensure that the paper doesn’t curl up on the ends by laying the paper out flat prior putting on the tables. You can even weigh the ends down by taping thing metal washers to the underside.
You can add another element by using a wide patterned paper and putting a more narrow solid paper on top. The inverse can also be very eye catching.
Many retailers offer a selection of papers that are complimentary and are meant to be used together. It’s a good idea to take a look at these. Contrasting yet complimentary will really create an interesting table.
Below are some wrapping paper designs that I think would look wonderful at an event.
(source: Paper Mart)
(source: Paper Mart)
(source: Superior Gift Wrap)
(source: Paper Mart)