a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

Yes, please. January 26, 2009

I wasn’t sure I wanted toasting flutes until…

“Amor Vincit Omnia — Love Conquers All. Efva Attling is a designer of jewelery who has now brought her considerable experience and skills to the creation of glass. Each glass has a silver ring encircling the graceful stem. The ring is inscribed with the words “Amor Vincit Omnia”. The glasses making up this luxury collection are evocative of the art deco of the nineteen-thirties.”

Sign me up!


Buying in Bulk January 25, 2009

I’m not going to lie, when Drew casually mentioned that he wanted us to get a Costco membership I had a brief moment of panic. I stumbled over myself trying to give excuse after excuse (they won’t have enought organic food, how will we possibly store an 80 pound box of toilet paper etc) but my real problem was that a long time ago I filed Costco away in the “only if and when we have kids” segment of my brain. Still, I let Drew drag me along one Sunday afternoon to check it out. I was reasonably sure we wouldn’t find anything, and leave sans membership, with our early 20’s independent pride intact. Of couse I was wrong.

I won’t bore you with tales of all the fabulous organic items we found, the way cheaper energy efficient lightbulbs, or the eco-friendly showerhead we got totally excited about, because this is a wedding blog after all. And after one trip, my mind was already spinning with possibilities

Since we’re having an outdoor rehearsal dinner, I started eyeing up all the pre-prepared catering trays. You could easily cater a whole party or reception pretty economically, with food and booze, all from Costco. Their turkey wraps are pretty delicious, actually. And while we’re on the subject of food, you can definitely save money by filling up welcome bags with snacks and candy you bought in bulk.

Who knew Costco had wedding invitations? They have every type of wedding stationary imaginable, and some of it is dirt cheap. You could also make use of their Photolab to print thank you postcards or create a book of your wedding photos.

Or you could do like this bride, and order flowers from Costco which she says are cheaper than wholesale. I would trust her too, her wedding was so fresh, modern and gorgeous I’ll probably write up a whole feature about it later this week. If you can’t wait, go here to check out the rest of the pictures, they are amazing!


Happy 2009! January 4, 2009

I’m back! Sorry for the long absence, like many other bloggers I took some time off to travel, spend time with family, and get snowed in for eight days in Seattle. That’s right, the city of drizzles and fifty degree weather got hit with a rare series of snowstorms, which the quick quip news stations named “Deep Freeze 2009.” Hilarious!

The upside of being marooned inside (besides board games fireside with Drew and the family) was lots of time to what else, plan the wedding! While I was on vacation, I got an e-mail from The Knot marking the 5 month countdown. This may seem like a long time to some, but when you’ve been engaged for a year and a half already it feels like the home stretch! Fortunately, we’re in great shape with all the major decisions made and deposits down, which leaves us until May for the fun stuff…details!

I have lots to share in the next few weeks, but first up I wanted to share an awesome template I scored from the always fabulous Vintage Glam. I love pretending I know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, or any design program but it helps to have something to get me started. Lindsey shared her template for personalized water bottle labels that would be great to have at the reception or in the out of town bags, which is where I think we’ll use ours. The design is far from finalized, but here’s what I’ve been playing around with so far:


I made one that plays with patterns and one that is a spin on our nicknames for each other. Head over to Vintage Glam to download the template and try it yourself!


An exit that takes the cake August 20, 2008

This particular double entendre title might not make the most sense, but I’m going to make it work! So without further adieu, the cake from Pennsylvania Wedding Round One. I love the hexagonal layers and the fresh flowers, and despite the bride joking about how “plain” the cake was (her now husband rejects all flavors like double bourbon chocolate raspberry) it tasted great too.

The whole wedding was full of sweet personal touches, like adorable handmade programs and a waltz first dance that the groom choreographed himself. The second wedding we attended had a similar feel, although their exit from the ceremony was pretty much the most awesome thing ever. I give any girl who can climb onto the back of a firetruck in a wedding gown, complete with train, major props!


Bonbonerie Cakes July 27, 2008

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How ironic. Just when I had decided (and posted) that we weren’t going to do a wedding cake, I got an e-mail from Marit Hanson about Bonbonerie. Apparently their cakes are not only gorgeous (which they are) but taste incredible too. I love the traditional looks like “Alsatian Lace” and “Wicker Basket” but “Cherry Blossom” is my favorite for a modern look. Check out the site for lots of pretty pictures, but be forewarned that the list of flavors will make you crave cake like never before. Whoever thought of a White Chocolate Latte flavored cake is my kind of baker. Maybe we’ll have ice cream and cake…you can never have too much dessert!


Berry Details July 26, 2008

An obvious detail to incorporate into a summer wedding would be berries…because they’re everywhere this time of year. And they’re yummy. What else could you want? I’m especially craving that berry sorbet. Drew and I have decided to most likely forgo a wedding cake in favor of a gourmet dessert and ice cream is at the top of the list right now. There is an amazing shop in town called Jeni’s that manufactures the most incredible ice cream with flavors like grapefruit hibiscus and salty caramel. I think it would be fun to play with presentation and give each guest a trio of unusual flavors, or to see if they have an ice cream cart to come to the wedding so each guest can choose their own. They also have a pink champagne sundae which is pretty tempting…

cranberry centerpiece, berry boutteniere, blueberry martini, bride and groom strawberries, bridal shower invites, berry sorbet bar, berry favors, betsey johnson strawberry dress


(W)edible Flowers July 3, 2008

While I love the idea of edible flowers (I’m a sucker for anything that combines fashion and function) I used to have a hard time imagining how to make the flowers look appetizing. Of course they’re pretty, and even though I’m definitely of the “eat organic and local as much as you can” school, the idea of just popping a pansy into my mouth from the backyard is a little intimidating. However, I think I could get over that fear pretty easily with inspiration from some of these florists. Incorporating edible flowers would not only be a cool novelty for your wedding, but a great conversation piece and eco friendly too if you do it right!

These miniature pecan muffins with crystallized pansies look adorable and delicious. They would make an unusual hors d’oeuvre, or a good wedding cake alternative. Floral Concepts also makes a wide array of entrees using edible flowers, if you happen to be in the Florida or DC area.

I’ve already written a lot about cupcakes as a desert alternative mostly because…I just love cupcakes. I think they’re just as decorative as a cake, and so much easier to serve. The addition of the flowers really dresses these up and makes them look more swanky.

If you do want to go the more traditional cake route, this lushly decorated cake from Osage Gardens would be a beautiful option. I’m sure you could also request that they use specific types of flowers to match your wedding colors or theme.


Favorite Favors March 23, 2008

Wedding favors are another one of those traditions that I have issues with. The idea, in itself, is great. Guests spend a good deal of money on attending a wedding between the travel costs and gifts, so it only makes sense that in addition to giving them a party to remember, you would reciprocate with some sort of gift of your own. However with the cost of weddings rapidly rising (in my state it is $26,000 people) favors can turn into a cheap necessity. You feel obligated to get them, but don’t want to spend a lot of money so your guests end up with some rhinestone emblazoned chotchke which they will never use. This seems like a lose-lose situation to me.

I’m not anti-favor. But I do believe strongly that if your wedding budget is already stretched, no one will notice or even really care if they get a shot glass with your wedding date on it, or Jordan almonds in your wedding colors. Instead put the money you save toward better food, another hour of music, or an open bar. I guarantee your guests will appreciate these things.

If you do have money to spend on favors, there are lots of creative options out there that both you and your guests will enjoy. In general, anything edible (or drinkable) is a crowd-pleaser as well as adaptable to whatever type of shindig you are hosting but there are plenty of other choices too. Here are some ideas I love.

Customized *Beverages


I start with this, because bottles of wine are most likely going to be the favor we give our guests. We love wine, most of our friends and family love wine, and it strikes a good balance between something immediately enjoyable and a keepsake if you choose to save the bottle. There is a company here in Columbus (Camelot Cellars) that lets you help make the wine itself, bottle it, and design the label so you get the satisfaction of a do-it-yourself project without all the hassle. If you or your family doesn’t drink, or if you have kids at your reception Jones Soda allows you to make custom labels fairly inexpensively, comes in every color of the rainbow, and tastes pretty excellent too.

Interactive Favors


This could go several different ways, but I do like the idea of anything that allows your guests to create their own favor. Candy buffets and vintage photo booths are two popular options right now but you could personalize this as well by having a sundae bar instead of wedding cake or a dance instructor teach salsa lessons. Whatever you’re into really. This gist of this type of favor is creating memories instead of just giving things.

Favors that Do Good
And while we’re on that thought, some couples are doing donations to their favorite charities in lieu of favors. This is a worthwhile option on a lot of levels, because the donation can be as big or as small as you like, and doing something like this not only benefits a cause that means something to you, but is a reminder of the more important things in life.


Corpse Bride Inspired Cakes March 20, 2008

I admit to having a thing for all things Halloween and Tim Burton, so I was excited to find these Corpse Bride cakes. Kitschy though they may be, I think its fun to see a dark and a more cheerful interpretation of the movie for weddings and the cake topper is pretty adorable. I don’t know that I would use one of these for my own wedding, but I may just have to find an excuse to throw an elaborate Halloween party when the time comes, and order the cake on the right…                             


Alice in Weddingland March 17, 2008

After seeing the incredible Alice in Wonderland inspiration board from Style Me Pretty, I had to make one of my own. Normally I’m not partial to themed weddings, but Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are high on my list of favorite books, and I really think the whimsical world that Lewis Carroll created lends itself to weddings or parties. Plus, I also happen to be on Spring Break for two weeks so I have lots of free time 🙂

This theme is also one of those rare ones that is easily adaptable for kids or adults, or both at the same time (like the cute party hats I had to include!). My favorite part of the board though, not surprisingly, are the dresses. This Reem Acra dress definitely has a fairy-tale quality, the pale blue color is gorgeous, and I love the bubble hem on the bridesmaid dresses. There is so much more that you could do with this theme, hopefully someone somewhere will have a fantasy wedding like this!