Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Martha's Centerpiece Roundup

It seems like flowers and centerpieces are constantly evolving. There are so many more new and innovative ways to decorate your ceremony and reception sites, more than I even had merely 3 years ago!

While perusing Martha Stewart Weddings the other day, I ran across a few of my favorite, breathtaking floral inspirations. I'm just amazed at the sheer number of ideas out there—use it to your advantage ladies, and check out Martha's 50 favorite centerpieces now!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Have It Sweet!

Have you ever gotten to that point where your google reader is so backed up that you find yourself just avoiding it all together? Over the holidays I spent little to no time on my computer, as the real world took ahold of me. I hate to admit it, but I actually pushed that Mark all as read button once or twice. I know! I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t bare to look at those skyrocketing numbers any longer!

Well the good news is, I’ve finally caught back up with some of my favorite daily reads, and have come across some wonderful ideas in the process. Check out this post on Have It Sweet via The Inspired Bride last week.

Not only would these gourmet sweets make a yummy favor, they’re beautiful enough to display for the world! Don’t even think about tucking these little morsels into a paper box, they definitely need to be in a clear cello bag at the very least! Or display a variety of them in vintage candy dishes for a gourmet candy buffet.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Baby Feet

Oh look, a reason to post about baby stuff... because it’s wedding related! I have to admit, I love wedding planning and all the beautiful things that come with it, but lately I’ve had nothing but baby on the brain. I ran across these darling little slippers via aisle walk, and about died! If you’re blessed enough to have a tiny flower girl gracing your aisle, or maybe just an extra special attendant, these would be the perfect pair of shoes for the occasion!

Visit the etsy shop of Mia Joie for more eye candy!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Relax for Rehearsal

While I’m sure you have a very distinct look for your wedding day, what about rehearsal? It’s still very much a part of the wedding activities, but many brides and grooms are opting to keep it a little more casual and fun. I love these dinner invitations from Cheerupcherup, perfect for a more laid back rehearsal dinner!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DIY Ice Lanterns

One of the few perks of living in a frigid tundra like Michigan, is that the temperatures get low enough to do projects like this one, found via Design*Sponge. I’ve seen something similar to this at a recent family holiday party — it was so welcoming to be greeted with flickering ice votives as we strolled up the driveway. In this instance, I really like the addition of some little green sprigs frozen into the ice lantern, it adds a nice pop of color and pattern!

If you’re daring enough to have a wedding in the middle of a Michigan winter, bless your heart. These ice lanterns would be a great addition to welcome guests into the chapel — staggered on the stairs, or at your reception venue — lighting the entry way.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

The Giving Tree

I just saw this idea on one of my new favorite blogs garnish. The idea and photo came from Amy Atlas via the iced blog, to give due credit. Anyway, how cute is this giving tree! Here it's intended use is for a birthday party or holiday gathering, but I love it even more for a wedding! Placing a little treat inside a simple paper bag and tying it with pretty ribbon would be more than enough to make guests jump for joy.

It seems you can DIY it for little to nothing, as long as you have a few substantial branches hanging around your yard, a bulk supply of white goodie bags and some ribbon. This would really dress up some simple sweets like jelly beans (in your wedding colors of course) or chocolate covered cherries! And if you have the time and resources you could seal them all with a customized sticker to say thanks.

If you’re having a fairly large wedding, it may be smart to plan for two giving trees, or just hang a few dozen goodie bags among the branches and the rest can be situated in tidy rows below it.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Covered Votives

I love the romantic glow of candlelight, there’s just nothing like it! I saw a few DIY projects in some of my favorite crafting magazines over the holiday break, and they inspired me to add a little light to my home decor.

You could definitely transform these ideas into wedding d├ęcor; like these tall glass pillars with table numbers, or add a sprinkling of tiny votives around each table. I love the idea of using vintage papers or sheet music to decoupage the votives as well, it adds an elegant pattern to the mix.

There’s about a million different ways to cover a votive, so look into it and see what fits your style. Just make sure it won’t catch fire halfway through the wedding!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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