Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Handmade Cake Stand...Ain't It Purrrrrdy

 The wedding thoughts were put on hold for awhile due to the holidays and my increasing stress level. I'm not really back to the planning yet...but had to share this beautiful stand that was made special for Jack and I.
I had asked Jack's Stepmom Terri's new hubby Stevie to make me a cake stand for the wedding back in the summer, and he totally came through. I could not have asked for something more perfect. It's rustic and whimsical...and handmade with love!
My friend Danielle and I have been tossing around ideas for what type of cake to make.  We are thinking a un-iced strawberry shortcake......sounds yum-o to me!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BHLDN = Great Ideas....

These items were pulled from http://www.bhldn.com/ which happens to be my beloved Anthropologies bridal site. Some things that I came across...WAY...expensive (the wedding dresses are amazing), but others I thought were pretty reasonable (toasting flutes and felted garland). These are just things that made me go "OH" and I just wanted to share. I believe that I'm going to attempt the felted garland at the bottom. Would be cute wrapped around napkins or around the entry to the pavilion...

Friday, November 4, 2011

I Love FREE!!!

Okay...so the other day we had a tenant appreciation event in the business complex where I work. Apples were given away from a local orchard so there were empty apple crates everywhere. I had called about the crates the day of the event and was told that someone from the orchard would come by and pick the crates up later in the day. So I was a little bummed out, but then received an email today saying that because so many people requested the crates they were going to let the tenants that wanted them take them. I jumped in the handy dandy elevator...then jetted to the area the crates were in and grabbed up six of them before anyone else had made it downstairs. I'll make use of them somewhere on the big day whether I turn them upside down and place my treats on top...maybe use them as planters...don't know yet. What I do know is that free is the best way to obtain items for your wedding, the crates are super cool, and I couldn't be happier with this freebie!!!! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cupcakes need clothes.......

Momma, Carly, and Adi picked these baking cups up for me last night...just imagine my Elvis cupcakes in the white and and lemon cupcake in the lavender....oh yum-o!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh Cake Toppers...

So I purchased these little guys last year off of Etsy from "CountrySquirrelsRUS"....I loved them...and still do! They are the same color as the ones shown as well. I'm picturing them sitting upon a rough iced cake just for Jack and I.

Pavilion 2...Side View

This only cost me $152.75 to rent for the day...not to bad! I see a lot of potential here...

The Spot...Pavilion 2

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A playlist fit for a wedding...

Okay so I'm really getting into the spirit of our union...and decided to put together a little playlist for the day. I don't really see a lot of dancing happening, but I could be wrong. I'll explain how the day is going to happen (or atleast this is how it's playing in my head)...Jack and I will meet before the ceremony and get photos taken around the park while we're still fresh (prior to heat and fake eyelashes lifting from position)...then we will meet back at the picnic area and greet our guests as they arrive..hence the "Arrival Tunes"...and then we will walk to the ceremony spot with friends and family...once the ceremony is finished we will come back to the pavilion and feed our faces to some relaxing alternative/indie rock songs...after the face feeding we will then move into some more upbeat stuff so we can shake our tail feathers if we so wish. I'll be adding to this list...and I have to time everything out....

Arrival Tunes:
Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose
Frank Sinatra - You Do Something to Me
Billie Holiday - The Very Thought of You
Nina Simone - Here Comes the Sun
Bobby Darin - I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Wanda Jackson - Stupid Cupid
Annie Soundtrack  I Don't Need Anything But You
Edith Piaf - Toujours Aimer
The Zombies - Summertime
The La's - There She Goes
Yo La Tengo - My Little Corner of The World
The XX - VCR
Joan Jett - Crimson and Clover
The Pixies  Here Comes Your Man
The Innocense Mission - Bright As Yellow
Amos Lee - Arms of a Woman
Amy Winhouse - Love Is A Losing Game
The Beatles - With a Little Help From My Friends
The Bird & The Bee - I'm Into Something Good
Jon Anderson - Loved By The Sun
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Troggs - Love Is All Around
Mama Cass Eliot - Dream a Little Dream of Me
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
An American Tail - Somewhere Out There
The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
Rod Stewart Have I told you lately that I love you (jacks request)
Salt -N-Pepa - Whatta Man
Junip - Always
Phil Collins - Groovy Kind of Love
The Black Keys  Howlin' for You
69 Boyz - Tootsie Roll
Matt and Kim - Daylight
Ingrid Michaelson - You and I
The Rolling Stones - Shes A Rainbow
She & Him - Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Sundays - Wild Horses
R.E.M - Shiny Happy People
Arctic Monkeys - Baby I'm Yours
House of Pain - Jump Around
Wheatus - A Little Respect
Said The Whale - The Light is You
B-52's - Loveshack
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Mat Kearney - Dancing in the Dark
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
Starfucker - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
MC Hammer - You Can't Touch This
Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistable
The Kooks - Young Folks
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Passion Pit - Little Secrets
The Turtles - Happy Together
The Yardbirds - For Your Love
She Wants Revenge - Take The World
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

Monday, October 24, 2011

I made you a favor....tag

I have found in the last couple weeks of wedding planning that if you can make it the less money you are going to spend....a lot less! I originally went to a local craft store with intentions of making little tags to tie around my mason jar center pieces, this little idea has turned into some serious work. I purchased for about $5.00; a set of twenty white gift tags on string. I took them home crumpled them up and tossed them in tea and soaked them for a day. Once out of the tea and dried I took a lighter to the edges then to finish off I took my trusty Creative Memories fine tip pen and went to town on the fronts of each tag.
Once the twenty tags were finished I decided that I wanted them tied on each one of my favors (little blue bird cookies) instead of around the mason jars. So to keep from spending any more of that precious green stuff, I just found a template online and printed out 80 tags on cardstock then got to cutting. This project has taken some hours to prepare, but the finished product is something hand made and special. The plan is to tie them onto my favor bags with twine or burlap. Oh...and I have to add that my momma (who is a fantastic cookie maker) will be making these little blue bird favors.

I Mustache You A Question...

If money grew on a tree in my back yard I totally would pick that money and get a photo booth for my wedding. Alas...there is no such thing as a money tree and photo booths are a little pricey. I decided to just craft some mustaches on sticks so everyone can class up their photos during the reception. They can also be used as favors to those that can't grow in their own luxurious lip warmer.
The mustaches were very quick and easy to make...and super cheap! I believe that I spent around $7.00 for twenty. I just purchased a bag of dowels (20 pcs) already cut to 12 inches in length and then two sheets of 12 by 12 brown cardstock. I made my stencils for the staches out of some old manila folders from work (recycling is cool). The staches were then hot glued to the dowels...instant facial hair! I love them and I think they'll be a funny touch.

The Invitation! This favor is Jerry flavor....

My friend Jerry just happens to be a kick butt graphics designer. So I asked him if he could help me out with a simple yet unique invitation for my wedding. I sent him a picture of my cake toppers (which he turned into the graphic for the invite), date, and venue. Within a few days (because he is AWESOME) Jerry sent me this little jewel back. I really had no clear direction until I received the invite. Now the theme that will be seen throughout our gathering...BIRDS, and not the kind that carry Avian Flu! All I had to do after receiving the invite was order some recycled paper and envelopes and print. I only have about $40.00 invested in 100 invitations...not to shabby!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Obligatory first entry...from the bride on a budget...

Jack and I have been together since the summer of 2004 and have been engaged for a year. I kind of decided on a whim about a month ago that it was time to start planning the "Big" day, but cash was an issue from the start. We had tossed around the idea of going to the JP for months, but then decided that spending a special day together with our friends and family was what we really wanted.
I'm attempting to pull this shin dig off with limited funds and the help of some kick butt folks, and I want to share this adventure with the whole wide world....
So enjoy and share your ideas and comments with me...Thanks!!