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 you!

May 26, 2011

Pinwheel Wedding Bouquets

Pinwheel wedding bouquets - it’s an idea that’s sure to take off. Add a touch of whimsy to a serious and sacred day of celebration. Holding a brand new paper pinwheel out the window of my Dad’s old blue and white Chevy sedan on the last day of school - pure joy! Why should the wedding party have all the fun? Here's a great guide from Martha Stewart on how to make paper pinwheels or purchase these colorful wedding pinwheels shown below. A listing for a set of pinwheel bouquets and boutonnieres for a wedding party of 8, fully customizable from over 9,000 designs will cost about $148.

pink bridesmaid pinwheel bouquet

pinwheel boutonniere

flower girl pinwheel bouquets
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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 most affordable holiday centerpiece you'll ever make! Walk into any Dollar Tree and buy a colorful tube of Christmas ornaments - blue and silver looks sensational - for less than you'll pay for your morning Skinny Peppermint Mocha. A quick two miles to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and a bag of vintage Christmas ornaments, some good and some not worth keeping, are yours for just a dollar or two more. Which one of these DIY Christmas centerpieces would be perfect for your Christmas themed wedding?

purple ornament centerpiece

blue and silver wedding centerpiece

red Christmas centerpieces

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 Wedding Bouquets

Fall wedding bouquets are made of the loveliest flowers available September through November: sunflowers, marigolds, dahlias, daisies, carnations and cockscomb. And crimson roses with enchanting names such as Warm Welcome, Scent to Remember, Tequila Sunrise and Remember Me.

fall wedding bouquet
rustic sunflower wedding bouquet
fall wedding bouquet with eucalyptus
peach and burgundy bouquet
Colorful fall wedding bouquet with crimson roses, golden calla lilies,
seeded eucalyptus, wheat and beautiful red hypericum berries.
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May 18, 2011

Regional Wedding Favors

Regional wedding favors - very affordable little thank you gifts that reflect the unique charm of the city or 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 hometown a place the number one place to see between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year?  For Virginia, Martha suggests roasted peanuts.  It’s true we’re very peanut proud here, but living just a few miles from the cozy Atlantic coast also makes salt water taffy sound deliciously decadent for our beach-loving out of town guests (especially those enough to brave the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on a weekend in June).

Caramel Corn Favors from Nebraska

Salt Water Taffy from New Jersey

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Vintage Blue Damask Wedding Invitations

Vintage blue damask wedding invitations - a warm and dramatic 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 important festivities. Why should your wedding day be anything less? Lovely ornate 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

Beach wedding reception songs - it's hard to pick a favorite. But for me it would probably be the Drifters' sweet summer song, released in 1964, "Under the Boardwalk."

Under the boardwalk - out of the sun
Under the boardwalk - we'll be havin' some fun
Under the boardwalk - people walking above
Under the boardwalk - we'll be falling in love
Under the boardwalk, boardwalk!

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)

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.