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Monday, August 30, 2010

Garters to Go!

This artisan at All For You Bridal's on has been designing for fifteen years. The artist has designed delicate super sexy and delicate garters for your wedding day.  Made in a variety of colors and textures with high quality fabrics, you have your choice of simple lace (although it's so gorgeous it's not so simple) or brighter colors or designs.  The garters are all absolutely stunning and gorgeous. Garters stretch to a comfortalbe 25 inch. Plus sizes are available.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Keepsake Tiles by Sadie Ryan -- When You Want To Display A Piece of Your Wedding Day

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Sadie Ryan Keepsake Tiles are unique gifts and the perfect way to display a copy of the invitation to your wedding. The tiles are crafted by hand using the age old practice of sand casting. This process results in an antique white finish that is a perfect foil for your wedding invitation. Each tile has a design at the edge to highlight your invitation information. At this time they offer The Fleur-de-lis & Scroll Antique Finish shown on their web site. Tiles come in two sizes: 8.75 x 7 inches or 10.75 x 6.5 inches. If there is some information you do not want on your tile, talk to them when you place your order and they will try to accomodate you. The stand is sold separately, but this makes the perfect keepsake for the newlyweds. They also do birth announcements and baby tiles.

Designs for the DIY Bride

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Dover Publications designs books filled with monograms and designs perfect for the DIY bride.  Also if you sign up at their web site they will send you freebies that you can use to design wedding accessories or for other DIY projects.  Many of their books come complete with a CD-ROM filled with designs. 

Looking For Something DIfferent?

Photographs courtesy of Mike Garibay

If you don't want to use a photobooth like the rest of the world, or depend on tabletop cameras for your guests to shoot photos, why not hire a caricaturist?  Mike Garibay, formerly a caricaturist at Disneyworld, now from suburban Philadelphiam will draw your guests for unique mementos of your wedding day.  Contact Mike directly for costs and travel information.  Email:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cherry Blossom Wedding Accents

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Looking for a simple yet romantic accent for your tabletops? These artificial cherry blossoms in simple white vases are an easy DIY project for the bride. Since they aren't alive, no watering required, so you can put them together well ahead of time. Consider sprinkling some pink 'diamonds' on the tabletop or adding some pink votives if you think it looks a little bare. $10.99/set of two.

Wreaths for Weddings

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For your wedding why not consider bringing the warmth and beauty of nature indoors and compliment any room with Organic Bouquet's eco-friendly and sustainable wreaths and swags. Simple yet attractive designs.  Great on walls, doors or windows.  Around $50. each.  Organic Bouquet also ships large quantities of flowers, just check their web site for which flowers are available and for costs.

Favor for Bridal Shower

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Remember your first love note in school, passed from pupil to pupil until it fell into your hands? These "Love Notes" Sticky Notes are designed to bring back that old feeling! Each sheet, etched with "Love Notes" in pretty pink, lets that special someone know how you feel. The perfect favor for wedding showers! The 2" x 2" notes come in a perfectly fitted, white box sprinkled with pink hearts and enduring sentiments like "Hold Me Tonight". A shining, silver heart charm and a pink-and-black bow of sheer organza and satin complete this "notable" favor.

Perfect Placecards

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Looking for chic and modern place card holders?  Try these sleek silver cubes with a slot for your placecards.  These are highly polished silver plated heavyweight stylized place card holders. The bottom of each holder is velvet lined and cubes measure approximately 3/4" square.  The best thing about these holders is you can use them after your wedding.  Perfect!  If you're going to spend money on something like this, being able to reuse it later is a real bonus.  Each set of 12 is $24.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Grooming Your Groom

My favorite suggestion was offered to me by a newly married friend as what she considered a 'must have' for her groom--AN EXTRA TUXEDO SHIRT.  During the day, especially if you're having a summer wedding or if you're serving pasta, tuxedo shirts can take a beating.  So rent an extra for a back up--just in case.  This way your wedding photos will have a groom who looks well groomed, even at the end of the day.

Jones Soda With Personalized Labels

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Jones Soda will personalize bottles of their fabulous soda for you, but the only problem is it's almost thirty dollars for twelve, a pretty pricey wedding favor.  Instead purchase cases of their soda at less than half that price and make your own labels.  Choose your favorite soda or a combination of flavors so guests have an option.  Be sure to ask for discounts if you are buying this in bulk.  Most stores will offer you a discount for large bulk purchases.  If the first place you try won't do it, just keep trying.  Even a 10% discount when you're planning a wedding adds up in a hurry.

Create Table Interest Using Napkin Origami

Napkin Origami available at Barnes and Noble Stores or Web Sites

Napkin origami is an inexpensive and creative way to add interest to your table.  There are both web sites and books available for you to learn the art and decide if it's right for your wedding reception. 
Why just fold your napkins in half, when they can become an ice cream cones or swans?  Use paper  or fabric napkins and turn them into restaurant-worthy eye-catchers and transform your table.

napkins with a twist by David Stark, available at and other fine booksellers

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chic Ink's Creative Designs for Your Invitations and Stationary

Thank You Notes
Photos and All Creative Design courtesy of Heather at Chic Ink, web site:

I have to admit I saw the Thank You card above and fell in love with Heather's designs! Go to  to see her entire line of custom stationary.  The imaginative stationary at Chic Ink is created by Heather Hildebrant. Heather's classes where she taught others the art of rubber stamping and paper crafting turned into a strong customer list of people who appreciated and wanted to purchase pre-made invitations, scrapbooks, and party favors so it was only natural to turn her talent into a business. Her business, Chic Ink prides itself on high quality, unique, and custom-made paper projects, all of which are perfect for inviting your family and friends to join you on your wedding day.  Heather's paper projects that are perfect for your wedding and party favors can be seen on my blog on wedding favors at as well as on her website and blog.

Invitation Set

Contact Chic Ink today to get started on your custom designs for any of the following items:

Save the Date
Extra insert (ie. accomodations card, directions card, etc.)
Deluxe envelopes for invitation and response card (ie. colored and/or lined envelopes)
Wedding Program
Wedding Favor
Escort card
Place card
Table number
Digital invite (use this on your wedding website, email to friends, or save as a keepsake)
Return address printing
Guest address printing
Thank you card
Wedding announcement
Other special items.

Heather's Referral Bonus: Everytime you refer a new client to Heather, you recieve a gift of 20 free greeting cards, your referral also receives a gift of 20 free cards.  So share Heather's talented stationary with your friends and family!  

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Red Wedding Reception Ideas

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Red ginger jars dispensers for your lemonade and tea are a perfect way to serve lemonade and iced tea at an outdoor wedding.  Easy, neat, and an attractive accent for your wedding. 

Cocktail Caterers also offer some bright red fresh and juicy strawberries, coated with milk chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate and spinkled with fine gold dust.  Perfect for your sweet table.

Be sure to contact Cocktail Caterers for all your wedding and rehersal dinner catering needs.  They also cater bridal showers.  Have a relaxing day, let someone else do the cooking and prep work!

Lace and Bling Wedding Shoes

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Everlasting Fashion's Etsy store is the home of a great selection of wedding shoes with lace and assorted other bling.  Stop by and find just what you want.  If it's not available email the vendor and ask!
Web site:  This is a web site where footwear is not your everyday shoes!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Balsa Wood Bridal Bouquet

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Balsa wood bridal bouquets? Who would have thought? They are handmade from tapioca wood peel, also called sola wood, a naturally derived paper product. Since they aren’t technically a live flower, they never die making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative to a floral bouquet.

Contact your local florist and see where you can get them. If for some reason your florist can’t find them check out Save on Crafts, they offer art and craft supplies at discounted prices!

Orange Inspiration Board From Kate Parker

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Visit Kate Parker's web site if you are looking for a wedding planner.  It will give a good overview of Kate and her team's design skills and show you why it's worth the money to hire a good wedding planner.  Sometimes it's those little touches that a designer adds to your wedding that make it a day to remember for both the bride and groom and all their guests.