Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Post Delay

The hectic season of the holidays has come upon us, and my season has become even more hectic with transitioning to a new position. For these reasons, I plan to pick back up with the regular posting on January 2, 2017. To all of my viewers--I love you, and I can't wait to get back into the posting rhythm again! Enjoy your holidays!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Memories: The Bouquet

There are so many great ways to remember your bouquet, but these are some of my favorites. If you've got real flowers, then preserving them is something you may want to think about.

This framed shadow box option is a great way to display them all, and you can add some other wedding elements, too.



You could even use your initial to style the flowers around.



Another fun option is filling a Christmas ornament with a portion of your bouquet.



A practical option that could be used year-round is a wedding flower paper weight.



One of my favorite options is turning your bouquet into jewelry which you can wear over and over again!

https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/rose-beads


Wishing you all a happy day, worthy of a wonderful remembering!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Paper Printing Palooza (Keyword: DEALS)

This week will be short and sweet. If you haven't bought your save the date or invitation packages yet, here are three great places to look for stunning products and wonderful deals!



Shutterfly- Around holidays they have a lot of sales on holiday cards, but often you can use the deal on cards in general, so that may be a great time to buy your save-the-dates or wedding invites! [As a side note, if you get the app, 4x6 prints are always unlimited and free (+shipping) this may come in handy for a post-wedding photo album]. This is my personal favorite.



Wedding Paper Divas- work with Shutterfly to print all things wedding, and you should be able to find stellar deals here too





Vista Print- this printing site offers entire invitation and stationary sets with great deals. Bonus, you can upload any design that you like







Monday, October 24, 2016

Cue the Cuffs

We know the bride will be bedecked on the big day with the perfect dress and sentimental pieces of jewelry, but men can have that metal dash of personality too. The ticket: cuff links!

These lovely links will let everyone know that your man is high class.



For men in touch with nature, these wooden links are a simple reminder to breathe and flow with the breeze.
 
 

There are several links for car guys but this fuel dial and speedometer are my favorite.

 

For "Mr. Fix-It" these cuff links are the perfect way to go and will also be handy in the case of an emergency repair.

 

Again, these cuff links are semi-functional for actual use, but wholly functional as a conversation starter.

 

Loveable nerds will love these fictional character cuff links (I know I do!!).

 

For the eclectic man, there is a huge amount of cuff links that are perfect for YOU!



If you can dream it, you can link it! Wishing you all a life linked to love.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Guest Sign-In

Making sure you thank everyone who came can be a hard task, but guest books are here to help. Traditionally, the sign-in procedure has been pretty simple. Find the book. Write your name (and sometimes address). But let's be honest, the guest book is going to be closed after your ceremony, shoved in a box or on a shelf, and probably won't be reopened for decades following the thank-you process.


So, to make sure that your guest book doesn't go to waste, here are some fun alternatives that bring the guest book to life.

If you want to stay traditional with a book, you can spice it up with pictures and quotes. Books like this are simple to make with Shutterfly. The basic 8 x 8 size starts around $15.99 plus shipping and tax, but to this day I have never paid full price for any of these books. Shutterfly constantly runs sales, so you can check here to see what deals they currently have available.



If you want something a little bit different, you may like the sign guest sign-in. These are great for offering plenty of space, but being decorative enough to display.



One of my favorite ideas is to showcase nature, and one of the most popular nature options is signing a tree. This choice is both decorative and fun.



A little bit more interactive is having guests stamping and signing leaves on the tree. You can either buy a leaf stamp, or simply have guests use their fingers, as shown in this picture.



Another great idea is signing rocks, which can be beautifully displayed in a large jar.



Signing a vintage globe would be really fun and unique, and this would be a great decorative addition to any room.



Another vintage idea is this library-inspired sign-in. Guests can leave any sort of message for the happy couple and then place it in alphabetical order based on content.



Having a date idea jar is another interactive idea.



Finally, using polaroids would be a fun and interative way for guests to document their attendance. As an added bonus, you can send guests their fun selfies in the thank you cards.


These sign-ins are so fun and simple that the hardest part is choosing your favorite. Wishing you all a snappily every after!

(Polaroid pun intended!)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Awkward Social Time

As uncomfortable as arranging the seating plan may be, the actual experience may be ten times more so for your guests seated with strangers. If they are awkward like me and are lost for conversation starters, then your beautiful ceremony may be overshadowed by the fear of the awkward silence at the reception. To encourage guests to open up with each other and promote light-hearted conversation, you may consider placing games and other ice-breakers at each table.

Here are a few of my favorites:


This wedding version of Mad Libs is sure to bring back some fond memories while making new ones too!






This I-spy game is perfect for those extra observant guests!





This game will ensure guests are listening close.





This game would be a fun way to test guests memory and remind them of some of their own good times with the bride and/or groom.





This is one of my personal favorites that allows the guests to get to know one another.




And of course guests will be motivated by prizes and fun times. And I also wish you a fun ever after!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pick a Spot or Seating Chart?

For smaller weddings or when guests on both sides know each other fairly well choosing a seat may be a breeze for guests. However, if your guest list is large and seating is fairly limited developing a seating plan may be wise.


From my own experience, when someone is looking for a seat and they don't spy anyone familiar they will often leave a seat between themselves and their table neighbor, even when the place is filling up. Creating a seating chart and having name plates verifies that all guests have a place to sit and ensures that the space is maximized.


If you decide to do the seating chart, here are some fun ideas to display this at your venue.

You can display them alphabetically so guests can easily find their names.







You can display them by tables.







If you don't want to use this fancy frame or have a custom huge x huge print of your seating chart, you can have more manageable sized paper on this beautified chicken-wire alternative.







Using a variety of picture frames would be a great alternative for a vintage wedding.







Again, guests can find their name alphabetically and then find their table number. A perk to this choice is that guests can choose where to sit at the table they have been assigned.







There are so many ways to customize your seating chart display, and perhaps one of these options will be perfect for you! Wishing you a happily ever after!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Vroom Vroom!

There is nothing like the sight of a classic getaway car zooming off into the distance to top off a beautiful day. If cars just aren't your thing, and you decide to just use your normal car, don't be disappointed. There are many ways for your loved ones to spruce up your set of wheels with glass paint, stickers, and the infamous tin can. :)

But if you decide to rent a hot rod (new or old), then here are a few of my favorite options. These beauties will steal the show, so buckle your belt, and off you go!

You could opt for a new sports car. Though there are plenty of them out there, you may have to pay a pretty penny to have one imported if they have not crossed the pond yet.



On the opposite end of the spectrum is this lovely carriage. This option would be perfect for an area where automobiles do not fit or are not allowed.



Another option is the horseless carriage, like one of these models from the early years of automobiles.



A little bit newer, but still with that classy feel is this beauty.



Using an old truck would also be a fun vehicle to depart the scene in.



Moving up through the years we enter the age of the muscle car.



Enter the retro van.



And don't forget this Bug!



There are so many options for getaway cars, but whatever you choose- may it take you down the road of your happily ever after!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Where's Where? (and the rest of the signs)

As guests get closer to the ceremony site, to clarify where the ceremony and the reception are could ensure that guests get where they need to go.



When approaching the ceremony seating area there is often a lot of things going on. There's traditionally a picture display, a guest book, a seating plan, decorations and sometimes a gift table. Also appropriate for the entry area is a sign welcoming guests to your wedding.



Also, if you are ditching the programs in favor of one large sign, the Order of Events signage would be useful to have at the entrance so that guests are fully aware of how and when things are happening.



Another great sign to have out front, if you are being non-traditional, would be that which declares that either side of the aisle is up for grabs.



Whether you have the card box at the ceremony or reception or both a handy sign will make sure guests know this is the spot for gifts and cards.



Some couples ask guests to keep their phones hidden during the ceremony, but others fully embrace the modern trend of #instagram. If you're the latter, giving your guests your official wedding hashtag will make finding all your friends' and families' pictures that much easier.



Once inside the ceremony, signs can be helpful to mark certain sections off for close family and loved ones who will be escorted in, to ensure their seats are available when they get to the front.



At the reception, you can direct youngsters to the kid's table with this cute sign.



If you decided to get rid of the program, the reception hall would be a great place to display a thank for all of your important friends and family members that helped you through the process and every guest that attended your happy occasion.



Lastly, merely for decoration, and as yet another declaration of your love for each other you could display signs with various scripture and quotes.



Though signs are very fun and handy, I wish you a life-long love so obvious that no signage is necessary!