Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Favors & Monograms

We've thought a lot about favors and decided that we might not even do them if we couldn't come up with an idea that was cute, within our budget, and suited us both. It looks like the winner at this point is personalized tea tins. Check out the DIY tutorial over at Style Me Pretty for some pictures of this idea.

Also, I've been playing around with Photoshop to create a cute monogram for our out of town bag labels. Here's what I've got so far:

There are some great tutorials over at Brianna Nichole's Wedding Monogram Blog, so I might be learn some more and then play around with it again until I'm completely happy with the final product.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Flowers & Fun

It was fun meeting with Donna at Beautiful Blooms today. She was super-nice and is clearly very good at what she does. The studio and library of floral books were quite impressive. We talked about what we were looking for, now she's going to review the info and provide a quote for us sometime this week. It was also fun spending time with my mom and Jenny. Here's a picture of Jenny & me in the very cute Northern Liberties area in Philly:


When I got home tonight, I arrived to packages containing possible wedding shoes and some possible decor. I ordered 2 pink parasols to see if they might work for an idea I saw on another blog. The idea is to decorate the sides of the aisle with colored parasols-here's a picture:


Anyway, I figured that even if I decided not to follow through on this idea, the parasols would be cute for the flower girls to carry. Here's a picture of the one's I ordered (I am very pleased with them!):


As for the shoes, I'm undecided. They are cute, but my feet are just so narrow that I'm not sure if they're going to stay on comfortably. I'll see if there's anything I can do about that....

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our Wedding Bands

Our wedding bands came in, and Scott picked them up yesterday. Here they are!




Giveaway at Broken Saucer Ends Today

Broken saucer is giving away a Le Creuset bakeware set. Contest ends today!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Flowers

Jenny & I (and I my mom- I think!) are going to look at flowers on Saturday. We have a 2:00 appointment set up at Beautiful Blooms (blog) in Philly. Their work looks amazing. They recently did a Bridal Event at the Please Touch Museum and here is one of their beautiful displays:
I'm excited!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

DIY Update

As I worked on the invites this weekend, I also decided to take on one of my more "fun" do-it-yourself projects. I wish I could remember where, but a while back I saw this idea to make bride & groom signs. The signs can be used to hang on your doors while you get ready the day of the wedding, you can hang them on your chairs at the reception, and if nothing else, they're a good photography keepsake. Here's the finished product:



Here are the pictures of the votives I've been working on. I printed the damask on vellum (instead of regular paper) because it had a nicer glow to it when the candle was lit.

Also, I heard from the lady at the bridal shop and the orders were placed on Thursday morning!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Giveaway at My Purple Wedding

Planning my Purple Wedding is giving away 100 4x6 custom designed cards that can be used for printing recipes, invites, etc. Check out the giveaway here!

Giveaways

As you guys know, I have been entering some giveaways lately. I might be mentioning some of them in my blog posts because that is often one of the requirements for entering the contests. Just wanted to explain!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lucky Me

I've never really had much luck when it comes to winning contests, but I decided to enter a few since there seem to be so many for brides-to-be. I've won 2 so far! (I've entered about 5) Most of the giveaways are for little things, but every once in a while there is a giveaway for a honeymoon or something big like that. Looks like I'm going to keep entering! Click the blog links to see the winnings with my name posted on their blog : )

Monday, March 15, 2010

Food I Like

I know you guys were asking about some of my favorite foods that are within my dietary restrictions. Since I know I won't be able to think of everything at once, I decided to do a blog post rather than an email- that way I could keep updating it as I thought of things to add. I'm assuming you're asking for grocery store items, so I will list lots of my favs from Trader Joe's in mind (although some of these things you could obviously get anywhere). I also don't know exactly what kinds of food you're curious about (snacks, apps, desserts, meals, etc.), so I'll try my best to add a little of everything. I'm just going to pretend I'm making a shopping list.... Feel free to make comments or email me if you have more specific requests!
  • roasted red pepper hummus
  • 3-layer hummus (layers are: roasted red pepper, original, cilantro)
  • everything bagel chips
  • pita bite crackers
  • organic baby spinach salad
  • organic blueberries
  • organic strawberries
  • organic baby carrots
  • organic apples with organic creamy, unsalted peanut butter
  • organic corn chips
  • Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or any FRESH salsa without additives or preservatives
  • T Joe's all-natural vanilla cake mix (if you were looking for a dessert item)
  • chicken shu mai (T Joe's all natural asian apps in the frozen food section)
  • all natural egg rolls (I'm pretty sure Trader Joe's has these too)
  • organic white wine (I generally don't drink, but could make an exception for the shower if there is going to be alcohol- if not, that's completely fine too :)
Just to sum up the restrictions/foods that I avoid again (along with a few strong opinions I threw in), here they are:
  • organic when possible
  • when organic is not possible (b/c there are many times it's not), all-natural is the best alternative - just make sure that it is really all-natural (meaning nothing artificial is included and there are no preservatives used)
  • no dairy products (almond milk is my milk alternative)
  • for chicken or beef (which probably will not apply for the food you guys are getting, but just in case...) I will only eat chicken or beef that is all-natural, free-range, vegetarian fed, never treated with antibiotics or hormones - if it doesn't say this on the package, that means that you're eating medicated meat that's been caged in a dark, unsanitary living area on top of other animals that are sick and sometimes dead... yup, pretty gross... I highly recommend watching the documentary Food Inc. if you'd like to see what I'm talking about. Oooh, I just learned that I can post the trailer for the movie. Watch below.
  • NO artificial sweeteners (this includes sweet n lo, nutra sweet, splenda, anything with aspartame, etc.). Aspartame causes cancer, this is a fact. Another documentary, Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World (while very informative, it is rather boring...) that I will post clip of below.
  • avoid gluten when possible (this can increase my symptoms, but it won't hurt me if I have it here and there)
  • no alcohol (I haven't drank since New Year's and don't plan to drink again until the bachelorette, so I don't think a glass of wine would kill me)
*Will update more things as I think of them!

Food Inc Clip:

Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World Clip:


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bridesmaid Dresses - Final Decision

I made the final decision that the bridesmaid dresses will be the Priscilla of Boston, style 1608, in the color azalea (the color shown in this picture is not azalea).

Hopefully the orders will all be sent out this week- we should expect them to arrive in about 4.5 months.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Invitations - Wording & Etiquette

I have had to search this stuff so many times that I've decided to put links up on my blog just to make it easier to find. Also, it seems that there are samples for bridal shower invites, rehearsal dinners, and many other occasions- so they might be useful for you guys too!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

RSVP Sticker

It dawned on me that I left out the "R.S.V.P. by..." date when I did the reception cards. Since I already printed most of them, I tried to come up with a creative idea so I wouldn't have to re-do everything. So, I made a sticker that will serve as the seal to hold the envelope together, but also has a little message that says "R.S.V.P. by August 1st". Also- I printed a matching name label for the front of the envelope (not the one that is mailed, but for the inside envelope). I know stickers sound tacky, but I think that these ended up looking pretty tasteful. Here are some pictures to try and help explain my idea....

The sticker that holds the envelope together:
Name sticker on the front of the envelope:
Envelope standing upright to show where the 2 stickers are located:

Monday, March 8, 2010

DIY Distraction

Since I wasn't feeling great today (recovering from my vacation illness and now herxing after restarting my antibiotics again), I decided to distract myself with a new project. I've seen some ideas for decorating your own votives, and I decided to experiment. I made one with patterned vellum, another with pink paper and heart cutouts, and another with ribbon. Here's how they turned out:
Vellum Votive


Ribbon Votive

Heart Votive
I really like the first 2 for inside, and I think they would look pretty on the reception tables in 4 clusters of 3. (I keep seeing that look, and I really like it.) I think the pink votives with the heart cutouts would look cute outside. Maybe they could outline the terrace, which would look really pretty after the sun sets.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaids- check your email for an update on the dress situation. Please get your measurements to me ASAP because I am pretty sure that I am going to go ahead and order the Priscilla dress. I will be out of town Wed-Sun so I won't be posting much, but am probably going to try to get the order started over the phone (if that's possible) because these dresses take 4 1/2 months to come in. Will update more about the dresses as soon as I get some more information from Stefanie at the bridal shop.