May 27, 2011

Monogram Unity Candle Set

Sometimes in the ever more complex world of wedding planning you just yearn for something simple.  Something like this classic and elegant monogrammed unity candle set.  The aroma from this vanilla-scented candle is cozy and comforting.  Choose between pure white or ivory and have your names imprinted with a chic, understated design - last name, first names and the day you pledged your eternal love.  What more do you need?  This stylish monogrammed unity candle is 9 inches long and 3 inches in diameter and the tapered candles measure 10 inches - sold together or individually.  So simple, so elegant...so you!

May 26, 2011

Pinwheel Wedding Bouquets

Pinwheel wedding bouquets - it’s an idea that’s sure to take off.  Especially to add a touch of whimsy to a serious and sacred celebration.  Holding a brand new pinwheel out the window of my Dad’s old Chevy on the last day of school.  Pure joy!  Consider yourself something of an unconventional bride?  Why not break with tradition, and traditional bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres and give your guests something to laugh about on your day full of joy and happiness with these colorful pinwheels from Etsy. 

pink pinwheel bouquet


pinwheel boutonniere


flower girl pinwheels

Beach Themed Save the Date Cards

Beach themed save the date cards -  promise your nearest and dearest to a day full of sunshine (hopefully) and sweet memories.  Here in Virginia Beach, weddings by the sea just got a little more pricey.  Virginia's largest resort city recently began charging $200 for the privilege of exchanging your vows on our sandy white beaches.  No matter what coastal area you choose (keeping in mind  most beach destinations are more affordable and less crowded after Labor Day and before Memorial Day) give your guests with a warm and welcome invitation with these beach themed save the date postcards.

May 24, 2011

Christmas Ornament Centerpiece Ideas

Christmas ornament centerpieces - the easiest and cheapest holiday centerpiece you'll ever make! After Labor Day, rain or shine, I can walk into any Dollar Tree and buy a colorful tube of Christmas ornaments for less than I pay for my morning decaf. A quick detour to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and a bag of vintage Christmas ornaments, some good and some not worth keeping, are mine for just a few cents more.  Each one of these DIY Christmas centerpieces is more beautiful than the next!

purple ornament centerpiece


blue and silver wedding centerpiece


red Christmas centerpieces
 



 

Winter wedding favors, gifts & supplies

May 22, 2011

Day of the Dead Wedding Stamps

Day of the Dead, why does it fascinate? It's all about love and loyalty.  A Mexican ritual going back as far 3,000 years ago,  honors and celebrates deceased loved ones. How great to be remembered so long after you're gone. The Spaniards must have thought it a little bit creeepy, and after conquering Mexico, and they tried to eliminate it with no success. These colorful Day of the Dead wedding stamps reflect the joyful belief of happily married life now and forever.

Fall Silk Wedding Bouquets

Fall silk wedding bouquets - lovingly handcrafted from Ardesign, available at Etsy.  For those of you who love feathers in your bouquet, she has an amazing selection.  I prefer this lovely fall wedding bouquet that features gold and green silk ranunculus, burnt orange roses, olive and brown hydrangea.  A matching fall bridesmaid bouquet also features beige satin ribbon with chocolate french knots and pearl pin accents.


 

Fall Weddings @ Beau-coup.com

May 18, 2011

Regional Wedding Favors

Regional wedding favors - very affordable little thank you gifts that reflect the unique charm of the state you call home.   Martha Stewart offers these suggestions for favorite hometown favors with easy to follow instructions on making your own.  What makes your state or hometown interesting?  For guests that travel here to Virginia, she recommends roasted peanuts and it’s true we’re very peanut proud here, but living just a few miles from the sea also makes the salt water taffy sound deliciously decadent for our beach-loving out of town guests.

Roasted Peanuts from Virginia


Caramel Corn from Nebraska


Salt Water Taffy from New Jersey

 

Vintage Blue Damask Wedding Invitations

Vintage blue damask wedding invitations - a warm welcome to a day of fun, family and free food!  What is damask?  A lovely weaving style or technique that originated in the early Middle Ages near Damascus, Syria. In history, damask was the linen of kings, queens, princes and princesses for feasts and festivities.  Why should your day be anything less?  Very ornate and bold patterns combined with the most popular color in the world and printed on 50% recycled paper, add a sophisticated elegance to these stunning vintage style wedding invitations.
Vintage Blue Damask Wedding Invitation invitation

May 17, 2011

Gold and Ivory Wedding Cakes

Gold and ivory wedding cakes - a marriage of two elegant Old World colors fit for a king and his bride.  William and Kate chose cream and white for their 8 tiered wedding cake.  Adorned with 900 delicate sugar paste flowers (sweetly symbolizing the four nations of the UK - roses for England, thistle for Scotland, daffodils for Wales, and shamrocks for Ireland), one slice of this exquisite cake sold for $4,160 at a Beverley Hills auction.

gold wedding cake with roses
 
 
gold and ivory wedding cake

May 15, 2011

Beach Theme Flower Girl Pomander

A beautifully crafted beach themed flower girl pomander - this one a wooden vine sphere holding seashells and a large starfish resting on a bed of naturally preserved green moss.  This "kissing ball" measures 6 inches in diameter with a six inch ribbon loop.  Natural jute twine can be substituted for the ribbon for a more rustic look.  A fun alternative to traditional flower girl baskets, this handcrafted pomander will cost you $29.00 plus $8.00 for shipping.  Lead time is 4 to 5 weeks. 
 
 

May 13, 2011

Vintage Style Wedding Birdcages

These vintage style wedding birdcages - not only make lovely and stylish place card holders but do double duty as petite tea light holders, casting a warm glow behind each name.  Each black metal cage has a charming hexagonal shape (measuring 4.25" tall) and an easy pop-open door and place card perch.  Sold in sets of 4 - each includes a bird themed place card and tea light, ready for gift giving, for less than five dollars each. 

May 11, 2011

Vintage Ads Featuring Married Women

Vintage ads featuring married women - don't even look unless you want a scary blast from a male-dominated past.  The world of advertisement used to be for men only and it showed.  Check out these hilarious advertising gimmicks from the 1940s and “fabulous” 50s.  Women just couldn’t catch a break.  Not only were they expected to be perky and cute, do housework in their high heels and make love with common household cleaners and appliances, they had to maintain those cherry red lips and an unforgiving 18-inch waist.  Steady yourself - something fruity with tequila will help - for the last two black and white vintage ads featuring the wacky world of married women.

 
 
 
black and white vintage ad
 
vintage housewife ad

May 10, 2011

15 Great Beach Wedding Reception Songs


1. Summer Lovin’ (from Grease)

2. Summertime (Janis Joplin)

3. Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin)

4. Come Sail Away (Styx)

5. Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)

6. Under The Sea (from The Little Mermaid)

7. Coconut (Harry Nilsson)

8. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)

9. Heatwave (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas)

10. Hot, Hot, Hot (Buster Poindexter)

11. Sail Away (David Gray)

12. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

13. Sea Of Love (the Honey Drippers)

14. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly and the Family Stone)

15. Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)

Beach Wedding Invitations, Favors and More

Starfish Inspired Wedding Bouquet

A stunning starfish inspired wedding bouquet. But look closely and you'll recognize many of these same affordable silk flowers (mostly roses and stephanotis with faux pearl centers) from Michael's and A.C. Moore's. And on Amazon today I spotted a set of 6 brown sugar starfish (2 or 4 inch size) for only $8.50. This beautiful mixture of yellow, buttercream and ivory flowers accented with real-life looking starfish and lime green berries is somewhere for sale at about $90.00. I say use this photo as your guide and make this starfish inspired bouquet for so much less!

 
Starfish Wedding Bouquet

 
Beach Wedding Invitations, Favors and More

May 2, 2011

Bridesmaid Dress Cookies

Bridesmaid dress cookies - freshly made to order, iced and hand decorated with sashes, petite roses and sweetheart necklines. Choose from these classic color selections: black and white, chocolate brown, pale blue, pale lavender, yellow (as shown below) and pink and white. Each cookie is presented in a high quality cellophane bag and tied with a beautiful, matching satin ribbon. Two sizes are available - small (4 x 3 inches) and large (6 x 4 inches) and if you have a special request about the color of the dress, they will be happy to accommodate you.

Robot Bride and Groom Wedding Topper

This sensational robot bride and groom are obviously two of a kind and ready for the big day!  Constructed from polymer clay and attached to a pair of wooden skewers, they have been hand carved and painted in shades of antique silver and gold.  The bride has a gorgeous gold flower bouquet and a heart on her chest and the groom looks dapper with a top hat and silver bow tie.  This handsome pair stands at 3 and 4 inches tall (plus an additional 3.5 inches for the wooden skewer legs) and has been featured in Model Life Magazine.