Jul 25, 2011

Peacock Inspired Weddings

Peacock inspired weddings - a combination of royal blue, deep purple and iridescent green that is elegant and stylish any time of year. This exquisite peacock hand corsage - once featured at an Etsy shop that appears to be in vacation mode as of this writing, steals my heart away. It is designed with small, trimmed peacock feathers and curled plumes, teal and violet millinery leaves, teal spotted guinea feathers, and a sparkling rhinestone button. All of these are attached to a comfortable black pearl beaded wrist band that is less than two inches wide. A lovely corsage for a peacock themed wedding I wish was still available, but could be recreated with inspiration from the photo below.


Peacock Inspired Makeup

peacock boutonniere
Peacock Boutonniere with Spotted Guinea Feathers

peacock garters
Matching Peacock Wedding Garters
Peacock Inspired Wedding Reception

Jul 24, 2011

Candy Cane Wedding Ideas

Candy cane wedding ideas - here are a few of the many ways you can transform these affordable red and white striped holiday favorites into classy and elegant winter wedding decorations. Create incredibly cheap candle centerpieces with straight peppermint sticks (King Leo brand on Amazon) and red satin ribbon. Or serve these low fat sweets (just 50 calories each) at your Christmas themed wedding - in cookies, cupcakes, brownies or cake - because everyone loves the refreshing peppermint taste. At about $1.99 for a box of twelve (eight cents each from your local dollar store), they can be hung, strung, broken into bits, hot glued and wired into holiday wreaths.


candy cane wedding centerpiece
candy cane wedding ideas
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Jul 23, 2011

Looking Lovely in a Birdcage Veil

A simple birdcage veil has all the loveliness of traditional wedding veils without the big ticket price. And yet in April of this year we saw Kate Middleton wear a waist length, silk tulle wedding veil by Alexander McQueen on her wedding day and she looked absolutely breathtaking. Which kind do you love best? A low cost veil you can easily remove for an outdoor or destination wedding or a jaw-dropping, lace edged veil with hand embroidered flowers? The beauty of a bird cage veil is there are so many tutorials available on how to make your own. I have created several myself - each inside of one hour - and the results were as elegant and attractive as the lovely one featured here.

bride wearing a birdcage veil

Playful Polka Dot Wedding Cakes

Polka dot wedding cakes - what could be more playful, more joyful, more fun? Your mom and dad and soon-to-be in laws showed up to have a really great time. Lots of love and lots of laughs. Toddlers in tuxedos and little old ladies going crazy in the Conga line. A day like no other - the day you exchange vows with your best friend, your lover, your soul mate. Why not make it fresh and funny? Of course your clan will be impressed with the Baked Salmon with Horseradish Crust. But for young and old and everyone in between, nothing beats the surprise and sheer joy of a playful polka dot wedding cake.

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Scalloped Heart Tags

These vintage inspired scalloped heart tags - once available on Etsy - but no longer as I update this post in 2017 - are so breathtaking with their French style script and delicately distressed edges, I wish they were still online for you or I to purchase. Here is the original description from the Etsy listing to help you design and create - using Cricut, Silhouette, Sizzix or some other die cutting machine - of your own:
  • Vintage cream cardstock with scalloped edges.
  • Each tag has been individually stamped and distressed using deep expresso ink.
  • The size of each heart shaped tag is approximately is 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches - perfect for small favors and gifts - and are adorned with a 9/16 inch (blue or cream) satin ribbon.
  • The ribbon length is a full 15 inches long.

Jul 22, 2011

Purple Wedding Day

A purple themed wedding, it's what I might do if I had to marry the same sweet Italian-American guy all over again. Purple and green - purple and blue - purple and silver, all beautiful color combinations. Unbelievably, my wedding colors were pale pink and light blue. Thankfully enough, the marriage has worked out long and well in spite of my weirdly-chosen baby shower colored wedding theme. Today my choice might very well be purple...deep and delicious purple like this amazingly beautiful bouquet of dark purple tulips.
purple tulip centerpiece
white and purple ring bearer pillow
purple succulent wedding favors
rustic lavender centerpiece
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Jul 18, 2011

Rustic Grapevine Cake Toppers

This rustic grapevine cake topper is a great eco-friendly wedding idea that eliminates the need for paper, metal or plastic cake toppers that leave a heavier carbon footprint on the beautiful blue planet we all call home. RusticDesignsByAmie invites you to visit her cake topper album on Facebook to view her different styles. If you have a favorite font, she'll do her best to accommodate you. A six inch tall topper, with wooden dowels that insert into the cake, sells for $44.00 (plus about ten dollars more for shipping). Amie can create the grapevine thinner for a more elegant look, or wider for a more rustic themed wedding.

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Jul 13, 2011

The Joy of Short Husbands

With my Dad and brother both six feet two, I naturally grew up thinking all men were tall. When I reached my full height of 5’6” in seventh grade, I suddenly found myself looking down at top of the heads of boys the same age, one of whom I just assumed would one day be Mr. Right. During the summer between seventh and eighth grade happened. Boys that were five feet tall standing on their tippy toes in June now had to duck their heads going in the cafeteria door in September. So once again men were tall, just as I had been lead to believe.

Having witnessed the sketchy intellect of the tall grown-up neighborhood boys, one of whom told me Shakespeare was a brand of fishing reel (which it is), but definitely was not a person. Boys were fun to look up at but easy to look down on. A lucky chance encounter brought my future husband (from upstate New York) into my life at age 22, and you can guess the rest. A small, but very smart guy, but big on making me laugh, especially at myself.

Tina Fey and husband, Jeff Richmond

Jul 12, 2011

Flaming Red Wedding Bouquet

A red wedding bouquet is a top priority for many December brides, myself included. Even though the heat index is well over 100 degrees from Phoenix to Fort Smith, there's no better time to plan for the perfect winter wedding bouquet. With the huge variety of wedding flowers today - tulips, baby's breath, peonies, dahlias and daisies - roses are still the number one favorite for most American brides. Red roses have always been symbolic for passion and pleasure, courage and beauty. And there is nothing more breathtakingly beautiful than this bouquet of bright red roses with iridescent rhinestone jewels.