Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Wedding Idea...

Hot Chocolate Station  

Want to WOW and warm-up the guests at your wedding? Offer a Hot Chocolate Station with a beautiful display of sweet toppings in tall vases and goblets like:
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate morsels
  • coconut
  • peppermint sticks
  • cinnamon sticks

Add yummy flavors like Irish Cream, Caramel and Hazelnut!

Don't forget the whipped cream!  

The possibilities are endless and totally up to you! 

pictures taken from: christinamontemurrophotography,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Wedding Project ... DIY Personalized Matches

Create personalized matchboxes to coordinate with your wedding colors! The following tutorial was submitted by Anna, a Do-it-Yourself Weddings Reader! This site is really great and helpful for all those DIY brides. (

It only took a couple hours for a couple nights while watching TV, $5, my printer, and some extra stationary I had lying around to complete 50 personalized matchboxes!

Step by Step Instructions for Creating Personalized Matchboxes:

You can find generic matchboxes are your local store. I was able to find these at my grocery store. They came in packs of 10 for $1 so I can make 50 for $5. I am also using a couple sheets of lilac paper I bought for various projects and scraps of 100# chocolate brown cardstock I used for invitations and other stationary needs.

In the beginning...

personalized matchboxes

personalized matchboxes
How To Make The Covers:
1. Take the matchboxes apart. Slide the inside "box" out from the cover and remove the matches. Because I didn't want little matches all scattered around, I kept the matches in their bottoms and placed them in an empty coffee can. I also only did 5 matchboxes at a time.

personalized matchboxes
2. Carefully unfold the cover of the matchbox by breaking the seal of glue. I used an eyeglass screwdriver because it was small and had a flat tip.

personalized matchboxes
3. Completely unfold the cover and measure it.

4. In Microsoft Word, design a label using the dimensions of the matchbox. If you'd like to put something on the back, you need to insert it upside down by adjusting your settings. We decided to do a simplified version of our monogram (without our names and date) since that was already on the front of the matchbox.

personalized matchboxes
5. Print out the design on your printer. When you cut the design out to wrap around the matchbox, make sure you'll have some excess paper on one side and at the bottom of the label. I found it was easier to glue the paper on and snip off the excess than it was to try to perfectly match the paper to the matchbox.

personalized matchboxes
6. Using a glue stick, smear glue all along the edges of the matchbox and smear it on the top edge of your paper label. Line the top edge of the paper label close to the striker strip.

7. Carefully cut off the excess paper along the matchbox lines.

personalized matchboxes
8. Now, carefully fold up the matchbox back to its original form.

personalized matchboxes
9. Glue the matchbox closed when it's in its original form. Because it's best to apply firm, even pressure to the inside of the box to ensure the glue sticks, I inserted a pen into the box and held it down for 30 seconds where I glued the matchbox closed.

personalized matchboxes
10. Now your matchbox cover is complete. Put it aside and let it dry for a while. I suggest clipping the pen onto the matchbox while it dries so pressure is continually applied to the drying glue.

personalized matchboxes
(Favor ideas submitted by Anna @ Do-it-Yourself Weddings) 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

1) Make sure to select a shoe that not only compliments the style of the dress but YOU as well. Divas can wear stilettos, hippie chicks: maybe a cute care- free sandal or if it's a beach wedding- no shoes at all!

2) Take your shoes with you when selecting your dress. That way you can check how the dress hangs against the shoe or if you can see them.

3) Consider the height of your fiance. Does your heel need to be flat, mid or high?

4) Think about the fabric of your gowns. If it is silk or satin make sure your shoes are as well. Crepe or raw-silk shoes look best with tulle or chiffon fabrics.

5) If there are rhinestones or embellishments like pearls on your gown or headpiece, match your shoe stones to those. Make sure to wear jewels with the stones, etc. 

6) Most important, BE COMFORTABLE! You will be standing and dancing in them all day and night so make sure your feet are happy!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Winter DIY Project...

Crystal Candle Table Numbers 

While we used petite numbers for our intimate table, they can easily be made larger, or adhered directly onto illuminated centerpiece vases if you are using your own.

Strips of small adhesive crystals
Small frosted votive candle holders

Step 1: Clean candle holders, assemble materials

Step 2: Decide on font/style for your numbers. If you don’t want to place them freestyle, print each number out and temporarily place inside candle holder to use as a template.

Step 3: Remove crystal strips from package, and place onto candle holder, tracing the template or creating each number freestyle as you go! Crystals can be removed and replaced easily until desired look is achieved. Cut off any extra crystals.

Step 4: Fill in any gaps with single crystals.
Further embellish the candle holders with more crystals, monograms or designs to suit your style.
Crystal Candle Table Numbers by Custom Paper Works


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bouquet Charms

Brides and grooms today are finding ways to honor the loved ones that won't be attending the wedding. Using bouquet charms can add a special touch to the bride's bouquet, and the groom's boutonniere and the mom's wrist corsage. You can also use them for your engagement pictures or give as a wedding favor. Find some of ours here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Use A Fake Cake

This is a fairly new service that  I just learned about and I wanted to share it!

In a bad economy, couples are looking for ways to cut costs and yet pull off special and elaborate affairs for their wedding days. Another great way to incorporate "WOW" in to your big day...FAKE WEDDING CAKES.

This is done by allowing a company like Ultimate Wedding Cakes to create your dream wedding cake. This fake cake is made of styrofoam decorated with either Perma Icing or Fondant Frosting. Most wedding cakes go for about $3.50/slice and for wedding receptions with 150 or more guests...well, that can be expensive.  A decorated fake cake from Ultimate Cakes can start as low as $110 dollars and can serve as a lovely centerpiece of your wedding reception. Sheet cakes are served instead to your guests resulting in amazing savings to your budget. 

Another great way to add some "WOW" to your day- and SAVE at the same time!

"Elegant Scrolls" and it's FAKE!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Need last minute wedding advice and don't have a planner?

Download Wedding 911 by The Knot to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and get all your last minute questions asnwered. 
  • Post your wedding questions and instantly get answers from other brides-to-be.
  • Scroll through 150+ top wedding Q&As and get expert answers from The Knot editors.
Best of all...It's FREE at the iTunes store! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aisle Decor
Flowers are a great way to perk up any party, but picking a reliable floral designer is the key. Here's a three-step guide to finding (and working with) a first-rate florist. Thanks to our friend at The Knot: Party Spot for these great tidbits!

STEP 1: Finding a Favorite

To find a florist, get recommendations from pals, enlist the neighborhood florist you call every Mother's Day, or call the American Institute of Floral Designers at (410) 752-3320 for referrals. Been to a party with fabulous flowers? Ask the hosts for the florist's name. Your site manager can give you names, too. If the florist has worked in the space before, he or she will have a good sense of the dynamics.

STEP 2: Allow Plenty of Time

Reserve your florist three to six months in advance. Party Pointer: Allow even more time if the florist is very popular, or if you're having your party/event during wedding season, when they're likely to be super busy (June through September).

STEP 3: Do Your Research

If you're no expert in flower types and terminology, visit your local bookstore or library and look for books about flower arranging. Pinpoint designs you like and flowers you favor. Bring these books (or color copies of specific arrangements) with you when you meet with your florist.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday October 5, 2010

Unique Wedding Bouquets

Every girl dreams of thea extra special something that sets them apart on their wedding day. Check out these unique wedding bouquets. Contact us to help you create your amazing bouquet for your special day!



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Dash of Damask

Damask is quickly becoming a big hit and is being used at weddings everywhere! Incorporate some in to your big day for that "WOW" factor!
A Dash of DAMASK

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Amazingly Long Wedding Veil

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  August 25, 2001
Wedding Gallery  2008

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why “Day Of Coordinator” is More Than Just the Day Of…

This is a great article that really depicts the life of a Day of Coordinator. Thanks Wedding Aces! Click on the Title to read the article in full!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Creation Idea...

 Movie Inspirational Wedding Ideas

Check out "UP"  and  "Alice in Wonderland"


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Creative & Inexpensive Centerpieces

For Wine Lovers: Have wine bottles do double duty by covering existing labels with large, graphic numbers. Guests can drink to your good fortune--& your good taste!

Citrus Arrangement: Tie taffeta ribbons secured with pins around ripe lemons & grapefruits & pile them into a beautiful glass compote. Coordinate them with your menu for a colorful and bright arrangement!

Cup of Tea: Flowers fade but beautiful china is forever! Collect teacups & saucers at flea markets, or for a sweeter touch borrow from family members. Stack & secure with museum wax, place votive in the cups & embellish with a rose or two. Cheers to an elegant & super inexpensive centerpiece!

Ripe Fruit Centerpiece: Let fresh tomatoes from your local farmers markets double as centerpieces & wedding favors. Display in cute baskets & tag with each guest or family name. Enjoy!

Tapered Candles: In lieu of floral arrangements, create a centerpiece of sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks. Find unique, inexpensive styles at your local home decor stores.

Visit Martha Stewart Weddings at for more centerpiece ideas.


Saturday, July 10, 2010


Here's how to address your invitation to some interesting guests for your wedding. Once you hear back from them, display their responses on your sign in table.

The Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama

The White House
Greetings Office Rm. 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500

Wedding invitations to the President can also be faxed to: (202) 395-1232

Invitation Tip: The White House greetings office handles as many wedding invitation requests as they can. Send your wedding invitation at least six weeks in advance. Be sure to include your old and new mailing address in case the RSVP comes later.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521

[for CA residents]

The Governor & Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California 95814

[for Catholics]

Pope Benedictus XVI
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00210 Citta del Vaticano, Italia

[for Brits -- you won't get anything back unless you are a British citizen]

The Secretary to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace
London, England SW1A 1AA

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding Transportation: 10 Great Wedding Transportation Tips

1. Don't limit yourself.

Okay, let's say you're the traditional types who just can't bear the thought of speeding off in anything that doesn't come with a mini-bar -- your local limousine service has the souped-up options to roll away in that you're looking for. Test-drive everything from the classic white Rolls-Royce (seats 2) to the stretch SUV (seats 22) to the super-luxe limo-bus (seats dozens). And while we're breaking the rules, who says your getaway vehicle has to be white? A shiny, black limo offers the high-society, I'm-with-the-President look.

2. Go all the way.

Many transportation companies offer more than just the wheels and will pull out all the royal stops for you and your groom, what they call the "wedding package." Often you can find the "red-carpet treatment" where the driver literally rolls out a red carpet (that's right!) to the door. You can also request that your favorite romantic comedy or your make-out CD be cued up in the car's entertainment center. And many companies will stock the vehicle with chilled champagne and caviar. But just when you think you've hit the ceiling of ultimate luxury, you can ask for one more thing...the horn that toots "Here Comes the Bride." Now that's class.

3. Keep an open mind.

Where in the bridal rulebook does it say that you have to leave your reception in a limo? (How many times do we have to tell you to throw that old book away?) We can think of scads of other options that'll zip you off in style. You can go for something with personality -- a VW Microbus (think Haight-Ashbury and free love, baby!); a Harley-Davidson with sidecar (straddling anything in a gown is just plain tacky); or an old-school trolley (it's not just a San Francisco treat). Or slip into something a little more Beverly Hills -- a cherry-red Lamborghini, a jet-black Camaro SS, or a silver BMW Z3 roadster.

4. Save in sneaky ways.

The great thing about wedding-day transportation is that it's the part of planning where you can save the most, and still ride in ultra-posh style. For example, think about a one-trip wonder. If you're making a grand entrance, rent a vehicle for the arrival (and drive your own wheels home). On a similar note, if you're going to take off with the whole party watching, best to get a fancy mobile for the farewell. Pinch pennies by signing up for an hourly rate, rather than an entire evening. That way, you'll pay for the car and driver combo only when it's being used -- and not when it's sitting idly in the parking lot of the reception.

5. Know the owner.

Although it might not seem like a big deal, it's a good idea to know who actually owns the vehicle you're renting. If the transportation company you're dealing with doesn't have the car you're looking for, they'll often "borrow" a car from another vendor (and basically pay them a rental fee). Here's where it gets sticky -- since you're one more middleman away from the wedding car of your dreams, you leave the door open for lateness or, even worse, a no-show. If you have your heart set on a particular car, you'll be better off finding a vendor that actually owns the one you've got in mind.

6. Express yourself.

You needn't feel limited to automobiles -- period. For example, a horse-drawn carriage has become the option of those brides looking for an all-out Cinderella experience (a bit much, we think, but to each her own). We're talking about a little self-propelled action: with one of you sporting "Just" and the other "Married" signs on your backs, hop into a pair of in-line skates or onto a scooter, or peddle away on a bicycle built for two.

7. Add variety.

Why be a one-car couple? In just one wedding day, you've got so many chances to get folks (and yourself) all revved up. If you can't decide between the stretch Hummer and little green Beetle, choose one for the way to the wedding and one for the way home. Don't think that you have to get the same type of car for everyone in the wedding party -- maybe indulge your attendants in some 4-wheel-drive action, but have Mom and Dad roll up in a sweet midnight-blue Porche. Show off more than just one set of hot wheels.

8. Spread the wealth.

While you're maxing and relaxing in all-out style, let your guests in on some of the transportation fun. A luxury bus (seats 50-75) has become a popular -- not to mention a super-safe -- way to transport family and friends (no drinking-and-driving worries, no guests lost between the ceremony and reception). And what's a wedding vehicle without a sign? Equip your party bus with an announcement along both sides: "We just watched Jen & Andy tie the knot!"

9. Get a contract.

We never tire of saying it: Don't even think about hiring your transportation vendor without getting everything in writing. And we mean everything: arrival time (pad an extra 20 minutes for safety's sake); reception departure time; addresses to and from where you're going; the size, color, and model of the car (with the license-plate number if you've chosen something specific); the name of the driver you want; gratuity; plus any special requests that you have. You'll have peace of mind -- and a piece of paper -- to ensure it all goes smoothly.

10. Stock the car.

When the party is over the real party will just begin, so make sure you've got the supplies. Enlist a bridesmaid to pack up a small after-the-festivities package for the two of you to indulge in as you make your getaway. Include something to eat because -- trust us -- you'll be hungry (the more protein, the more energy you'll have for after-hours activities); something to drink (water, soda); a comfy blanket (for snuggling); and something protective to slip on. Ahem...we were talking about slippers.
from our friends at the Knot