Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Where has the week gone?

I cannot believe how fast the days are passing by! It's been too long since I've been able to browse my favorite blogs, inspiration sites and Etsy pages, let along blog about it! I apologize, but assure you, I'm still alive!

I started a new job last week, Monday to be exact, and it's definitely taken on a whole new role in my life. It's perfect for me, and very rewarding, but also drains me of any extra energy I may have left at the end of the day. I'm sure once I get into the swing of things I'll be back to my old self—posting weekly again!

Until then, check out some of my other favorite sites for inspiration!

Elizabeth Anne Designs 

Pearls Events (for all you Michigan brides) 

Style Me Pretty 

Twig & Thistle (for everyday inspirations) 

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Monday, March 15, 2010

DIY Dupioni Silk Yo-Yos

I just spotted this tutorial for Dupioni Silk Yo-Yos over at Style Me Pretty, you have to go check it out! Now! There are a ton of inspirational images that show you the endless opportunities to use these adorable embellishments.

I think I might create a few in some fun colors for our nursery, and then maybe make a few to dress up some plain cardigans I have for work. They look so easy, I might be able to actually get them done this weekend!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Guest Book Alternatives

The guest book—its one of those age old traditions that nobody really wants to break, but really, is it practical anymore? I had a guest book, and it currently sits at the top of our linen closet wondering what its purpose is in life. I concur.

While I still like the idea of capturing messages and names from your special day, I think we can do better than a traditional guest book. See some of these more modern ideas:

Typewriter guest book: Set out a vintage typewriter fed with some acid-free writing paper, or vintage note cards. You could even post a sign that encourages guests to write a wishful message along with their names. This would be a great item to frame after the wedding as well!

Song Dedication Cards: Have a stack of song dedication cards made up by your stationery (or DIY them), so guests of all ages can request a song. Leave enough room at the bottom for a sweet message to the bride and groom. Spread the cards all over the reception area—at the bar, at each guests’ place setting, or even at the guest book table (and don’t forget the little pencils). Your guests will love having their favorite tunes played in their honor, and you’ll love all the heartfelt messages you can keep later on.

Polaroid Photo Book: Set out a few Polaroid cameras along with a blank album with room to write next to each photo. Guests can take photos at will and fill in the album with memories and notes from the big day. Start them off right with a snapshot of the two of you, along with a note on what to do. You’ll get a variety of guest shots and hopefully some sweet notes to take home.
Note: since Polaroid cameras and film can sometimes be hard to find, also think about alternatives like the Fuji instax camera.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome Baskets on a Budget

Do you really need welcome baskets for out of town guests? I'm sure the thought has crossed your mind, especially if more than half of your guests will be arriving from destinations other than your wedding venue. It's definitely a luxury for guests, and will not be forgotten among the wedding bubbles and free champagne.

I think the best part about a welcome basket is the pure fact that the bride and groom had put some thought into leaving us with a little gift as we got settled into our new surroundings. To me, it really doesn't matter what you include, it's the thought that counts!

For those of you out there who just don't have the time, resources or budget for a gourmet welcome basket, think about some of these alternative fillers.

+ Swipe a handful of local maps and circle your favorite hot spots for those guests that have never been to this location.
+ Throw in a few items that guests may have forgotten at home, or ones that they just couldn't pack but would enjoy anyway: homemade linen spray for ironing that shirt before the wedding, or a nice fluffy roll of toilet paper (you know the hotel TP is cheap), or even an assortment of meds like tylenol, tums, and pepto—in the case of a hangover the day after.
+ Collect an assortment of postcards for guests to jot down a note or two in their down time.
+ Pass out a few coupons for breakfast the next morning or work with your hotel to welcome guests at a discounted rate.

Whatever you decide to do, guests will be honored that you thought of them, so don't worry about the details of gourmet goodies and high-class refreshments.

Source: Kate Parker Weddings

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Cupcake Cuteness!

I just laid eyes on these cute cupcake kits by Meri Meri over at the Happy Lady Eats blog. Oh my goodness! I’m thinking these would be geared more towards a shower or a fun children’s party, but still, love them! There are a ton of styles to choose from, here, even one for the bride and groom!

These would definitely make a batch of plain ol' homemade cupcakes shine!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Glitter and Lace Leftovers

If you went all out for Valnetine’s Day and are now swimming in extra doilies and sparkles, here’s a few innovative ideas from iDIY that will be sure to use up those supplies!

I love the candle holder… I’m thinking about trying that one out for a romantic dinner with my husband, or to accent my guest room.

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