April 2009


I just read this post from Vintage Glam Weddings and thought the ideas (found in the Country Living magazine) are incredible.

I love the freshness of the garden location. The mismatched place settings are gorgeous. I’d love to have a china collection like that of my own one day!! The simpleness of the chairs and bench is so lovely.

However, I also know from my own garden themed wedding that all these beautiful touches are time intensive. The table settings from my wedding were only center pieces since we were having afternoon tea, buffet style. We used a combination of small flower arrangements of wild and garden flowers with tea cups of ivy and pictures of family weddings. Smaller cafe-style tables had teapots with small arrangements. At the end of the afternoon, we gave the teapots to my mom, my mother-in-law, my grandmother, my sister, and the female half of our marriage counseling couple.

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Regretfully, we didn’t get any good shots of the tables, but these pictures might give you an idea. We set the centerpiece accessories on top of tiered cardboard boxes (we put slightly deflated volleyballs underneath the biggest boxes to provide stability for the floral vases which had the green foam instead of water). The boxes were covered with gold silk sheets and pillowcases we cut into smaller pieces and a brown shimmery fabric. Every table had a floor length chocolate brown table cloth.

It was really lovely :o)

To get an idea of the way we added height to the tables at the reception, see the post about Chase & Kristie Elliott’s wedding.

Just found this great blog Celebrate It!

It’s got all sorts of information about planning events…the most recent post when I went was on the new trends in Spring Wedding Invitations.

Check it out!!

Last weekend I headed to David’s Bridal to get fitted for a bridesmaid’s dress (pictured). My friend ended up going with the dress in black, but I loved it with the orange poppies! It even has pockets!

Picking out bridesmaid’s dresses can be one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding. I’ve been there! I had four attendants, each very different body types, ages, and heights, not to mention two of them were pregnant when they had to order their dresses and would have newborns by the time the wedding rolled around.

I was fortunate to have three of my ladies available on the same day to pick out dresses. We headed to Davids Bridal where they tried on at least one dozen dresses.

We settled with this tea length, v-neck dress that looked stunning on each of them in the “truffle” color. It was really important to me that all four felt comfortable, not to mention gorgeous, in their dresses that day. I think we pulled it off!!

WEDDING GAME TIP: Buying your wedding gown and bridesmaid’s dresses at David’s Bridal is a good way to save some money. Bridal attendants get $20 off if the bride bought her gown there as well. It works the same way for the guys at any David’s Bridal brother store (Mr. Tux, Men’s Wearhouse, etc).

I found this article fascinating:

A Wedding to Remember: Shopping for the “Perfect” Dress

The short version is several brides took part in an experiment to see if friends and family would support the bride’s choice of a hideous dress (or wedding outfit, as it turns out), or would they force her to choose something different. The bride had the chance to step out of the room and observe the true feelings of her friends and family as they discussed her choice of wedding gowns.

Most were not gracious.

What do you think? Should you support the bride’s taste and instinct since it’s her day or should you perform an intervention to make sure she looks stunning?

A great place to get ideas for Vintage Weddings.

I love the pictures posted with gorgeous vintage looks!

If you’re interested in planning an eco-friendly wedding, here’s a great place to start: Earth Friendly Wedding

Courtesy of In This Instance, here’s a list of lots of great wedding blogs: Wedding Blog List

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