Friday, June 11, 2010

Rock and Roll Bride on

    I know that I usually post my favorite etsy finds every Wednesday. But I can't wait until next week to post these Rock n Roll Wedding inspirations! Happy Weekend everyone!

Steampunk Necklace ($65) by 19 Moons / Royal Blue Peacock Bridal Sash ($125) by Your Fairytale Wedding /Black Onyx Drop Earrings ($22) by Poppy Raye Studio /  Punk Rocker Wedding Dress ($699) by Your Fairytale Wedding / Burlesque Choker ($50) by The Tin Tiara / Back and White Necktie ($20) by Tux and Tulle / 5 in 1 Upcycled Vintage clip ($90) by Liaison / 
Purple Birdcage ($25) by Jade Rose Designs / Red Lipstick Bouquet ($185) by Croska / Mic and Guitar Cufflinks ($25) by Cufflinks Rock /  Jewelry Roll - Inked Girls ($28) by Handmade Classics / Queen of Hearts Ring ($52) by 19 Moons.

Wedding Day Check List

A couple of days ago I posted a few tips on what to include on Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit.  So I thought it would be a good idea to provide another list of wedding day must-not-forget-to-bring:

               Bride's Check List:
                       1. Dress
                       2. Shoes (Plus extra pair in case of swollen feet or shoe break)
                       3. Veil (if you have one)
                       4. Garter
                       5. Stockings (again if you are wearing them bring an extra pair)
                       6. Under garments
                       7. Makeup
                       8. Deodorant
                       9. Toothbrush and paste
                      10. Face wash
                      11. Jewelry
                      12. Perfume
                      13. Emergency Kit
                      14. Wedding Vows
                         For the Groom:
                      1. Tuxedo/Suit
                      2. Shoes
                      3. Socks
                      4. Jewelry
                      5. Cologne
                      6. Tie Clip/ Cuff links
                      7. Deodorant
                      8. Toothbrush and paste
                      9. Face wash
                     10. Tie
                     11. Razor
                     12. Lotion (for ashy hands)
                     13. Underwear (Recommended for those renting their tux :)
                     14. Wedding Vows

Last but not least - the License!!  (you don't want a guest to miss half the reception going back to your place looking for this. Or if you are planning a destination wedding - being without this all together!)

Homemade Cake Inspiration via the Kitchn

I found this super lovely homemade wedding cake at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Crafty Finds on

I can't believe it is already Wednesday and time to post my weekly finds.

OOAK handknit leafy scarf ($78) by Eveidas Neverland / Neo-Victorian Hamdpainted Cameo Locket ($28) by KHara leDonne / Corine Crochet Necklave ($28) by Tree and Kimball / Origami Peony Bouquet ($20) by Dancusa / White Heart Photo Clips (4 for $3.50) by Thitaree / Custom Cake Topper Couple ($295) by Red Light Studio / She Just Loved Print ($10) by Corid / Linen Napkins (2 for $18) by Bloomsong / June Rose Ring ($9) by Liz Hutnick

What to Delegate

Planning your wedding can at times feel very overwhelming. Especially if you have a giant checklist before you that has barely been started.  Well any good leader will tell you - it's time to delegate.  Now I know that if you are a control freak or what I like to call myself, 'a detail oriented' person, then you will want to have say in every part of your wedding.  And while you may not want anyone but you and your fiance to choose the flower arrangements or your photographer, there are several tasks you can easily delegate among your wedding party, family and friends.

Wedding Favors
   Don't be afraid to have some of your friends help you choose your wedding favors. Have them stick to your theme and budget and take the pressure of researching off of you.  If you are making your own favors - even better! Throw a little pizza party for your girlfriends and invite them over to help with your craft project or bake cookies for your guests. (Make sure they know that's what the party is for.)

Making the Emergency Kit
   Simply give your check list to a bridesmaid and request they pull all these item together for you. A simple trip to the drugstore can pull all this together. Just make sure that this person is someone who will be with you while you get ready - when u will likely need a majority of these items. (Please don't expect them to pay out of pocket though. This little emergency kit should be a part of the misc section of your budget.)

  Who is in charge of picking up grandmom? This is something that many couples forget about until last minute.  And getting you and your guests from one location to the next can be sometimes be tricky.  If you are looking to save some money on transportation, it is still a good idea to have a few people in charge of getting your wedding party around.  So you can delegate a few people with reliable cars to be in charge of driving.  You will also need someone to help you plan out the easiest route for your guests to follow.
  Even if you decide to rent a bus, van or limo for your guests, having someone (especially if they have already planned their own wedding.) help you find a transportation company will be helpful.
   And let's not forget about grandmom?! You may also need to make sure those elderly guests that do not drive have a way to and from your event. Grandmom may not want to party all night long, so keep that in mind.

  You may not want to have someone pick out the arrangements for you. But you may need to have flowers moved from the ceremony site to the reception. This is an easy job to delegate.

Set Up
  So when the day has arrived, there is much to do. And you cannot be at the salon or hotel room getting your hair done and setting up the ceremony and receptions sites at the same time. You may not even be able to approve of the final set up before guest arrive. But there are many people around you that have seen your idea boards and been with you while planning.  Unless you have hired a coordinator or your florist to do the set up work for you, it's a good idea to have a handful of trusted friends to work the set up so you can sit and relax. If you have specific ideas, let them know ahead of time. And part of delegating is trusting them to help get it done.

After the wedding day:

Returning the Rented Gear
  Make sure you know what arrangements may need to be made regarding rented chairs, tables, sound systems, linens etc. Check with the rental company about when these items need to be returned and who is responsible for that.  Also check with your location. They may need to have these items removed that night so they can have the space available for another event.  Delegating a wedding party member or close friend to follow up on this after the wedding is very helpful.
 Rented gear also includes the tuxedos/suits & shoes to the shop. It's always helpful to have a plan about their return before the wedding day. This way all the guys know what to do with them. Delegating someone be in charge of these items is a definite way to ensure you get your deposits back on any rented gear and for you to head off to your honeymoon without any worries.

Thanks to all who helped
   Remember, if you are going to delegate, you are giving that person the control. Trust they will take care of it. Breathing down their necks about it won't win you any more favors in the future. Make sure they know you appreciate their help. A little note to thank them can go a long way. You may also want to consider giving a special thank-you speech during the reception to acknowledge all your helpers.
  And if you are a super detail oriented person and having trouble letting go, talk with your friends. Consulting friends who have been through this process will give you pointers on what else you can delegate. But remember don't ask for advise unless you are willing to listen.

Helpful tips:

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

  As the 'Big Day' get closer and closer, there are a million little details that can go running through your head. This includes all the little things that can go wrong. So why not be prepared?  A great way to take care of some of the minor mishaps is to create a 'Wedding Day Emergency Kit'.
  For years, every time I worked on a photo shoot set I would pack my 'Set Emergency Kit'.  For me that included things like mini A-claps, double sided tape, bandages, and safety pins.  And I can't tell you how many times I was able to come to the rescue with my little kit.  And even today I carry a few safety pins, tissues, mints and bandages in my photo bag to weddings. You never know when you might need to save a bridesmaid from runny makeup or a mom from a runaway hemline.

So here is a list of must-haves in your Wedding Day Emergency Kit:

1. Sewing kit with needle, thread, buttons and safety pins in various sizes.
2. Toupee tape for keeping clothes in place.
3. Scissors
4. Stick-on instant hemming tape.
5. Clear nail polish (for runs) and nail polish in the shade you are wearing.
6. White chalk for masking stains (baby powder and baby wipes also are great to have for this too.)
7. Bandages
8. Blister protection
9. Antacid
10. Breath mints
11. Pain reliever

12. Cotton swabs
13. Blotting papers
14. Tweezers
15. Emery board
16. Lip Balm and a clear lip gloss
17. Mini Tissue packets
18. Bobby pins and hair elastics
19. Comb
20. Powder to help eliminate shine

21. Small mirror
22. Hairspray (Note: hair spray will help eliminate static on your veil in a pinch.)
23. Lint brush
24. Straws (to drink from before the ceremony)
25. Pencils (or rather eraser - in case you need to make an extra earring back.)
26. Lotions
27. Tampons or pads
28. Tooth Paste and tooth brush
29. Sunscreen
30. Deodorant
31. Crazy glue (No one ever mentions this in their check lists. But what happens if you break a nail or a heel? - crazy glue to the rescue!)

Click here for a checklist of other not-to-forget items.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to not get screwed by your florist via Offbeat Bride

   I found a great article on the Offbeat Bride blog about choosing a florist and how to make sure you are getting a fair price.  Florist, Tiffany Saul, shares with readers fifteen different tips to help brides-to-be. She offers friendly advise about what to do and not to do when meeting with a florist.

For example tip #6:
 When you ask to see a portfolio — a "Teleflora" book doesn't cut it. You need to see real photos of actual weddings and events that the florist has done themselves. If your florist cannot provide a "look-at-what-I-did" book, DROP THEM!

Check it out: Offbeat Bride.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cake Inspirations on the Knot

Ok so I started thinking about home, then about homemade, then about cookies. And the logical thought pattern ... is you guessed it - CAKE!

Inspiration Homemade

I read an interesting book recently that got me thinking about home and all the comforts that 'home' brings to mind. And what better way to make a place feel like home then some homemade cookies. 

I look forward to posting some new DIY projects and some other 'homey' inspired wedding ideas this week. Happy Monday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

String Gardens!!

I came across this website recently and thought what a neat idea. I would love to see this applied to a wedding ceremony/reception. If this inspires any of you to create something cool with this idea, I would love to post the images.

Check out String Garden's Website . If you have a chance also check out the section on their site titled 'moving'. The bumble be is cute and almost in rhythm with the music.

Neatest Proposal ever via Green Wedding Shoes

I was checking out some of my favorite wedding sites today and came across a posting on . And I would have to agree that this is just too cute not to share with all of you.  Talk about making it hard to say no. I truly wish them happily ever after!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wedding Whites on Etsy

Blusher Birdcage Veil ($27) by YJ Design / Ostrich Feather Accessory ($98) by Twisted Crystals / White Organic ring ($59) on La Chica De Los Anillos / Lily Ivory Shrug ($210) by Holly Stadler / White Angel Ring Pillow ($150) by Tiana Che / Anna Eco-Friendly Dress ($550) by Thread Head / Persophone Dress ($950) by Prizy Sebastian / White Blossom Corsage Brooch ($65) by A Alicia Wedding / Pearl Nugget Earrings ($16) by Wired Out Designs Vivienne Headband ($195) by LoBoheme / Melissa Mantilla Veil ($75) by Marisol Aparicio / Shabby Chic Birds Cake Topper by Romancing Juliet / Emilia Ivory Shoe Clips ($26) by Jurgita Handmade .

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tattoos : To Cover or Not to Cover?

  Many people have tattoos nowadays. And a commonly asked question for brides is 'should I cover it up on my wedding day?'  Well I say if you still love your body artwork and consider it very much a part of who your are then let it show.  There is no point in hiding who you are on your wedding day.

 But if you are having a formal wedding or just prefer your grandmother-in-law not know about the giant skull tattoo you have on your back from your renegade days in college - then go ahead and cover.  You can choose a dress that will cover over your art. Another way to keep from sacrificing your current fashion choice from your past, is to check out some makeup concealers. The two popular ones I hear about are Dermablend and Covermark. Other popular selections are Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier and Tattoo Camo.

  And as with your makeup and hair, it is always a good idea to test out the product way in advance. Make sure it won't be rubbing off on your dress, the guests you hug or disappear while you bust your moves on the dance floor.

Inspiration : BCBG Dress

Just love this strapless applique dress from BCBG.

This dress can be found at Nordstrom online for $398

California Mountain Elopement via 100 Layer Cake

I was checking out some of my favorite wedding websites over the weekend - as I am sure some of you were too. And I came across this very unique wedding on the 100 Layer Cake blog. And it wasn't the fact that it was an elopement to the mountainside or her cute pink shoes that made me want to share this wedding - it was her dress!  This dress was handmade by the bride and patterned after a deconstructed vintage dress and then crocheted doilies were added as the top layer.  This bride was a real trooper - she even had to be sewn into the dress that morning before her wedding.

I encourage your to read/see the rest of this article by visiting 100 Layer Cake's original posting.