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Solved

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The Mystery of the Bridesmaid Dresses has been solved! We’ve found a super deal on bridesmaid dresses at Light In The Box.com. The reviews on the site seemed excellent and the dresses are exactly what my sister was looking for. Other than the color…we went with a dark green instead of the sage she was initially going for. But that’s ok! It’s going to go great with her decor and the winter feeling of the celebration.

I wish I could include a picture, but the photo isn’t saving properly. Click on the link  to see the exact dress.

The dresses will arrive two weeks before my sisters wedding, so if there’s any issues hopefully that will be enough time to make everything right.

Problem solved. Weight lifted. Phewf.

 

S.O.S

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

It’s my sisters wedding in just over a month. I’m the Maid of Honor, yay! Problem: We haven’t ordered or found our bridesmaid dresses. Yes, you heard right. No dresses for the maids.

We are waiting for color swatches from a site that has the exact dresses my sis is wanting for us, and it will take them a month to get us our dresses…once we order. But it’s cutting it close!

So I’m here at work, pretending to be busy, but really, I’m looking for sites that have dresses that might suit what we’re looking for. Forever 21, Anthropologie, Mod Retro, JCrew. I’ve found some options, mostly at JCrew, but they’re really expensive!

Our Wants:

  1. Long
  2. Flowy
  3. $200ish (less is even better!)
  4. Green (sage is perfect, but at this point, we’ll consider anything).

Any sites that we might find helpful? Any ideas?

Wedding Wednesday – Favors

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm

                         

I think the funnest thing about Weddings is the favors…and hardly any of the brides I’ve worked with have really paid these much attention! It’s so easy to make simple little things that make your guests see your appreciation for their support. Well, it’s easy to make things and also easy to buy things.

I remember when I was a kid, I used to love going to weddings because I wanted those candied almonds or pink and white mints. I was totally bummed when I was stuck with a book mark or something that wasn’t yummy! (:

Here’s some funky ideas to spice up the tables and make your guests talk about your wedding for years afterwards:

  • Personally, I’m addicted to M&Ms. Or just chocolate for that matter, but M&Ms are amazing. Did you know you can get customized M&Ms? You can pick the color and put your initials on them, how cool is that?
  • Why not put a splash of color on the tables? Jones Sodas offer customization (is that a word?) of their bottles! You can go with a toned down color like black or white or a bright color of red or blue… Either way, you’ll be able to have a picture of you and your lover, a funky saying and your choice of drink. All for your guests to enjoy at the wedding, or keep as a super cool remembrance of your wedding!
  • If you’re having an oriental theme, custom fortune cookies might be a great gift for your guests. I have a twisted sense of humor so I like the thought of saying something like “Thanks…for nothin'” or “This is a fake wedding, we actually signed the certificate months ago”.
  • My cousin made these great favors for her sisters wedding a couple years ago. There were containers of mints, pink green and white, beside these cute little bags and the guests just scooped the candies into their own bag. Cara made TONS of these bags, but if she can do it alone (and pregnant at the time!) it’s doable! She got the pattern for the bags by going to Michael’s and buying a prototype, tracing it and going from there. She bought a stamp with the bride and grooms initials and stamped every bag. Cute!

                         

I used to think that the candy was the best part of a wedding, but now that I’ve helped plan a few I find the best part is how it gives an excuse to get together as a group. Whenever I help a bride out I always plan events with her and her bridesmaids. We all get together, put decorations together, make the centre pieces, decorate the hall and it really builds a deeper relationship between the bride and her girls. It also gives her a time to have a cup of tea and just have fun!

The biggest piece of advice I give brides is this: Just think, all you really need at the wedding is you, the groom and the certificate. Have fun in the process!

If you’re a bridesmaid, help the bride have fun, plan get togethers to accomplish the wedding planning, ask if there’s anything you can take over or be responsible for. If you’re a bride, learn to delegate and take a deep breath every now and then. This is your day, that means you should be having fun! Do whatever it takes to get rid of that stress and enjoy yourself! Even if that means dropping everything and having a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

Wedding Wednesday

In wedding on July 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I’m so excited about this Wednesday entry! I had so much fun coming up with this project, and I’m really excited to get going on the next ones!

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is about place settings. Sounds boring, huh? They don’t have to be! Place settings are one way to make the guests tables look full and unique. Making the place settings match the rest of the decor means that you don’t have to have a huge centre piece, the place settings will look like they are part of it!

                            

For this type of setting, I started off with three little sprigs of faux fern, a 12″ piece of ribbon, a funky paper napkin and the cutlery.

  • The fern I got from Michael’s comes in a much bigger sprig. From this main piece, I cut these three little pieces. Each large fern will give you enough little sprigs for two settings.
  • I picked up the ribbon from WalMart, in a sale bin. If you’re getting married, always keep your colors in mind when you go shopping. You never know when you’ll find great sales bins!
  • I got the napkins from Extra Foods (kinda like Super Store) for two bucks. There was at least 50 napkins in one package. Like I said above, keeping your colors in mind, grab great deals when you see them!

                         

Instructions for Place Setting #1:

1. Take the three sprigs of fern and tie the ribbon around them.

                        

                        

2. Fold the napkin in half and place the cutlery on top.

3. Set the finished fern piece on top of the cutlery.

                        

This place setting is easy as pie and super cheap, just make sure to remember to be continually on the look out for good deals! When you see a coupon for an item you want, clip it out and make sure you use it.

                    

There’s a couple more options for this style of place setting. You can buy little envelopes at your local stationary store to place the cutlery inside.

                    

Fold the napkin in thirds, and place it in the envelope, making sure it sticks out a couple inches (depending on what you think looks best). Place the fern sprigs on top and voila!

                           

Here’s a couple other styles I tried:

                           

                           

With the option above, I sealed a regular white envelope and cut a couple inches off the top. I made the napkin into a fan, put it into the envelope and placed the cutlery in between the creases. I then tied a ribbon around the envelope.

                           

                           

You could also stamp the envelope, either leaving the ribbon off or still including it. In the picture below I just bunched a normal paper napkin, pinching it in the middle and smoothing it in half. 

Paper napkin might be a good option instead of renting cloth napkins or buying more expensive paper ones.

                           

Or you could use a couple of ribbons to funk it up a bit, like I did below. I really like the look of the napkin folded nicely into the envelope here. I cut off the top of it, to get rid of the perferated look.

                                 

If you need to cut down on the price here’s some options:

  • Use only one or two fern sprigs per setting
  • Cut the ribbons shorter
  • Or use a stamp you already own

Remember: Deals Deals Deals!!! Where ever you go, look for the sales bins first before you look at the fully priced item. You might just find what you’re looking for at a really good discount! Use coupons whenever you can, little purchases add up so coupons really can help cut the costs. Also, ask for discounts. This can be a bit intimidating for some people, but just try it! What have you got to lose? A lot of stores have sympathy for brides and will be more than willing to give you a deal. If they say no, don’t be humiliated! Store clerks have so many customers come through their tills, it’s likely they won’t even remember who you are next time you shop there!

Traveling Adventures

In crafts, etsy, store, wedding on July 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm

                         

Well, I’m back! Not that you missed me much since I was posting while I was gone out of town (:

Our trip to Yellow Knife, North West Territories was great! I’ve never been that far north, it was pretty exciting to see everything that I’ve been told about the area and to have that bit of adventure. The drive up was the most interesting part of the trip, we were surrounded by the biggest bolts of lightening at one point. I remember praying “Lord, please keep us safe. And if you decide not to, help us to live through a lightening strike because that’d be pretty awesome”.

I had heard tons of horror stories about the amount of bugs in the north and so I wasn’t surprised when we would park the car and be bombarded by a herd (yes, a HERD) of mosquitoes and flies. We decided to sleep in the car the first night and had brought mesh to tape over the window so we could leave it open. Somehow the tape slipped off during the night and we woke up to several (ha, that’s a slight understatement!) bugs eating us. You could hear the swarm of mosquitoes at the window even though our heads were at the opposite end of the car. Awake at 3:30, we couldn’t get back to sleep and decided to continue driving.

Probably the biggest excitment on the way up was the siting of a young black bear (not unusal but still pretty cool) and herds wild buffalo. I’ve seen buffalo before, although the ones in our area aren’t wild, but these ones were much much bigger than I’d ever seen.

We were going to Yellow Knife for a friends wedding and so the weekend was stuffed full of wedding prep and family visiting. Decorating the wedding ceremony and reception hall was something else. The bride had said she had been overwhelmed by the planning, but I looked around and couldn’t understand what she had done. There were no decorations at the ceremony, like…none…and if it hadn’t been for her new mom-in-law there would have been no table clothes at the reception hall. Matter of fact, the only thing that decorated the reception hall was the centre pieces which consisted of three roses and some babies-breath per table.

The new sister-in-law and I decided to take charge and help this bride out. We pulled several fake trees from the rest of the church into the ceremony hall, covered big baskets and old milk urns with white flowing fabric and put ivy in them, flowing down the sides. Then we went to Wal-Mart and bought some cheap fabric that matched the napkin colors (the napkins were bought days before by the new mom-in-law, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any at all), cut the fabric into 1.5 meter pieces and tied them around the back of the bridal parties chairs.

The flowers were another story. I knew I should have gone with the guys to the florist, I just had this feeling they were going to be screwed over and I was so right. The groom ended up paying $800.00 for 9 table centre pieces (like I said above, each with three roses and a bit of babies-breath), the main table centre piece, two bouquets and 5 boutonnieres. I couldn’t believe it. I wish I had lived closer to the bride so I could have helped her out some more…I could have even just given her more ideas on decorating. To make the price of the flowers even more shocking, the florist hadn’t even started on the flowers until the night before and the groom had to pick them up at 8 in the morning…even though the pictures started at 9am. If I had known the flowers were going to cost this much and cosist of so little, I would have offered to go to Safeway, buy some roses, and do all of them up for the bride at a quarter of the price.

On that note: If anyone is getting married, I’d love to hear about it! If you’re looking for fun, money saving ideas, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can come up with. First come, first served!

Now I’m back in town, exhausted and getting ready to go to the Farmers Market this weekend. I can’t wait, even though I’m going to need the sleep, it’s going to be worth it!