I am loving all the Valentine’s posts going around lately. I think Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday not because of the actual day or the expensive roses, but because I love all the bright, cheery decor and all the love! You will never find stores more stocked with hearts and love related goodness than now. So planning Brides- take note! Now is the time to stock up on hearts and cutesy things that you could use either for your wedding or even as props in your engagement shoots. You might be tempted to wait until afterward when every thing is on clearance but I don’t suggest it. Clearance racks are generally picked over and unless you want heart shaped Peeps or goo filled chocolates, don’t wait for the sales! Many places -like Michaels and Hobby Lobby- are already offering great sales. Go get your supplies while the getting is good! With that being said… I have gathered my favorite little crafts from around the web that you can use for your wedding or just for Valentine’s Day!
This adorable little cupcake tag (via Michael’s) would be super cute attached to wedding favors or handmade Valentine’s treats.
This pretty little heart wreath is easy to make and would look great hanging in various places at your wedding venue. You could even make a little one for your flower girl to carry. Via Martha Stewart.
This is cute for just about anytime! Martha Stewart (or her peeps more likely) made these votive holders using lace, a balloon and fabric stiffener. The options are endless here ladies!
You could fill these with candy or flowers! Via Martha Stewart.
How cute would this be as a back drop for photos? Via Martha Stewart.
This could make for an AMAZING favor! Of course you could change the colors to fit your palette! Via Martha Stewart.
and last but not least…
A sweet banner using baker’s twine via I Love it All using letters from this Etsy Shop.
Some of my favorite suggestions: candy molds and felt hearts. Candy molds make for super easy, super cute favors and felt hearts can be used in various ways from garlands to embellishments on napkins. Trust me- go browse your craft store’s Valentine’s Day selection and you are sure to find some great items you can use for your wedding regardless of when it actually is!
Who is going to get crafty this weekend? There are so many easy things you can make and like I said, now is the time to buy supplies! Happy Crafting!
Happy New Years Eve! Today is the day that we celebrate our achievements we have had over the past year and welcome even more in the year to come! A group of ladies on Twitter decided to hold a Virtual NYE Party where we could choose any location, any outfit, and any details that would be a part of our ideal NYE party.
I don’t have any extravagant dreams of exotic locations or anything overly exciting. My ideal party would include an intimate dinner party with our closest friends. Everyone is dressed their best, the table is filled with delectable food, and the champagne doesn’t stop flowing. My excitement comes from my $2000 outfit… someday. It would look something like this…
In the midst of throwing a party at our clinic, I had to jump on to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy this time with your family and friends!
Jacin’s Winter Inspiration Series starts today on the She Said Yes Blog! Head over and see my post on boutonniere’s and stay tuned over the next week for more Winter Inspiration posts!
I spent the greater part of my afternoon and evening yesterday at The Bridal Happy Hour, a pseudo bridal show that is more about mingling and having a good time than it is about overwhelming brides with brochures and information. The quaint show boasts a manageable selection of some of the best wedding professionals Northern AZ has to offer. The goal is for vendors to be approachable and not just to stand behind booths with a stack of hand made pamphlets. Anyway, for the first time, my role was to talk to Brides about their weddings, offer congratulations, and answer a variety of questions for the many overwhelmed ladies present. Most asked question was, “Where do we even start?” I was manning The Charity Wedding display and telling couples all about how they could win a wedding by giving back. Confusion turned to excitement when I mentioned the word free and I couldn’t help but get excited when I heard couples instantly start brainstorming about how they could fund raise! So, for couples that might be interested I will list the full rules on the Contest Page at the top of the blog. If you need the application form or have any questions about the process please feel free to email me at TheCharityWedding@Yahoo.com. Specific questions on the vendors or what they are offering should be directed to Celebrations Studio. You can also stop by Celebrations Studio to pick up information and chat with the talented team that resides there. Celebrations Studio offers free consultations and advice for anyone that needs just a bit of help getting started.
Before you read the rules, please know this is meant to be fun and rewarding for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by details, we will be there to help you along the way! Spread the word to your engaged friends!
Here are just a few ways you can incorporate charity into your wedding:
- Vendor Selection: Check with your vendors and see if they support any charities or are active in the community. Essentially, by paying them, you are helping give back to what they put their resources into. Some vendors may even specifically designate a percentage of their sales to charity. If anything, you may inspire them to give back just by asking.
- Research What You are Buying: Companies like One Hope Wine and Sedona Woman Wine automatically donate a portion of their sales to charity. You planned to buy wine anyway, why not support a company who supports others.
- Registries: There are two great options here, either ask for charity donations in lieu of gifts all together or offer it as an option. You can also register through a charity registry like I Do Foundation who has a partnership with various stores like Target. If you register on Target as you normally would and guests purchase gifts online through the I Do Foundation, Target will donate a percentage of what is bought to charity. There are no additional costs for your guests and you still get a kitchen full of supplies. Win, Win.
- In addition I Do Foundation offers a partnership with a stationary company and even honeymoon travel. When you order or book through them, they again will donate part of that to charity at no cost to you.
- Attire: Organizations like Brides Against Breast Cancer offer charity gown sales where people donate their wedding dresses and then they are cleaned and sold. Brides get a major discount on a barely used dress and all the proceeds go to fund breast cancer research. In addition many Etsy shops that sell jewelry and accessories donate portions of their sales to charity. You can even find charity shoes for the men offered through Converse and Tom’s Shoes.
- Favors and gifts: 9 times out of 10, favors are junk that no one wants. You get them as part of obligation and if people even remember them, they likely end up in a junk drawer somewhere. Instead you could tell guests that you made a donation to charity in their name instead. No one will miss the little box of candy, trust me. You could do something similar for your attendant’s gifts or purchase gifts that support a cause, like from World of Good, which is a shop with handmade gifts from all over the world. Both the production of the products and the sale helps bring employment and dignity to developing countries.
- Clean Up: After the wedding is over many places accept donations of leftover food and even the flowers. Call hospitals and nursing homes and offer to drop off the flowers to their patients. They would be delighted to receive them and they will get an extended life.
- Trim the Fat: Downgrade your flowers, make a few things yourself, eliminate that extra dessert… in the end no one will notice, including you. Little efforts to cut back can make a big impact on a non-profit organization. Make an effort to cut your budget by just 5% and donate that to your favorite charity. People will be much more impressed by your thoughtfulness than by the personalized wine glasses you had to have. In addition, it can be a tax write off which might mean a lot to your parents who are footing the bill!
The Studio is still looking to complete the wedding package with even more awesome stuff for the winning couple, so if you offer a service or a product and want to be involved, let us know!!
I fully intended to write a great recap of all the wedding details today. However unfortunately I had to be in Phoenix for a funeral of one of my high school teachers. She was 36 years old, had three children under the age of 5, and she was truly an amazing woman. I remember my senior year when she got married and came back and told us the options for what we could call her. She planned to go by both names as her parents both died and she did not want to give up her name. So we could call her Mrs. Grimes as normal, Mrs Grimes Priebe, Mrs. GP or just plain GP. I graduated from high school 8 years ago. She was about my age when she started teaching and only slightly older than me now when she was my teacher. She was wise beyond her years, beautiful, funny, and an incredible teacher. She is solely responsible for the fact that I now hold a degree in psychology. No one should die at 36. If she knew on her wedding day that she would have less than 10 years to live, I wonder if she would have done anything differently. Having just celebrated my own wedding day I feel even more grateful for the people that were there and all the love and support we were shown. I hope to continue to live my life as she lived hers: with passion, with a deep love for others, and with a laugh that can not be matched. She touched so many lives and my heart breaks for her husband who she always talked about, for her children who will never know her like we did and for future generations of students whose lives will not be impacted by her zest for life. In his eulogy, her husband said, “At our wedding she took my breath away.” It devastated me but also reminded me not to take any day for granted, to always say kind words, and always let the people who are important to you know that you love them. We never know where our lives will take us or how many days we have left, all we know for sure is that we have today. Don’t take advantage of that.
I’m sorry to depress you and I won’t leave you with that. One thing I remember most about Mrs. GP is that she was funny. She was quick witted and generally always smiling. So I will leave you with a bit of ironic humor. Two of our groomsman were coming from out of state and we wanted to try and help them find accommodations. I ended up finding a two bedroom condo that was super affordable and close to everything. We were fully prepared to book it and they seemed content, but then called back and said they would rather stay somewhere with a pool. You know how weddings go, there is little time for lounging by the pool. So naturally I thought they were crazy. But I gave up and decided to let them handle their own accommodations. They found a hotel which I recommended with a pool. Like most public pools there was a list of rules posted. General pool rules include no running, no diving, maybe watch your children. These pool rules said this:
If a pool with an apparent history of being used as a toilet isn’t irony for a group of guys who wanted some place with a pool, I don’t know what is. I’d like to clarify for future situations, if you are incontinent please just stay away from the pool.
More on the wedding tomorrow!
You know what I’m talking about… CAKE! Yum. I’ll be honest if I had to choose between a list of desserts cake would rarely be my top pick but wedding cake is different. To me it is one must have tradition that I didn’t want to skip. Cake artistry has come a long way and wedding cakes have become more than just a dessert but part of the decor. I seriously can’t wait to eat mine and would even consider cutting it before dinner to insure that everyone got to enjoy it! Our cake will be Red Velvet and Carrot and my mouth seriously waters just thinking about it! In some bakeries beauty has replaced taste as wedding cake is often dry with a thick layer of rubber like fondant. While I do love the gorgeous look of cakes, I’d rather have a store bought sheet cake that tastes good, rather than a gorgeous wedding cake that doesn’t. Make sure you get to taste frosting, fondant, and the cake at your tastings. Ask how the fondant is made, homemade is obviously going to taste better than something they get out of a package. Of course you could eliminate fondant all together but it really helps everything stay together and gives the cake a structured look. If you are having an outdoor wedding that has even the slightest chance of being warm, the fondant will help prevent against melting. No one does both beauty and decadence better than Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts. I know my cake will be gorgeous but even more importantly I know it will taste amazing! Enjoy some cake inspiration!
What flavors of cake are you having? Or are you doing some totally unique dessert option? Are you offering other desserts besides cake?
I never realized I loved weddings so much until I entered the world of wedding blogs. I think it was because in my mind a wedding was a typical mold only made different by color scheme and the individuals involved. I had never seen so many unique weddings filled with personal touches that were not only classy but also completely represented the couple at hand. Now that I know weddings are about more than just cake, flowers, and a white dress, I can’t get enough! Weddings are and should be a celebration of a couple not a means to show off how grand you can make your event, therefore I think they should incorporate the couple in every last detail. When I came across this wedding shot by The R2 Studio (the ladies who shot our e-sesh) I knew it HAD to be featured. It is unique, it is personal, and it is beautiful. Trust me, you’ll agree.
A few words from Robin (half of R2): “Carissa and Dianna came to us with one of the most interesting and unique ceremony celebration ideas. All of their different unique and creative ideas really got us excited to work with them!”
To give you a brief run down… they took some pictures and then met up with their guests, did a roll call, and then all drove out to a beautiful location in the middle of the forest for the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with traditional elements from Carissa’s Navajo culture. Next stop was Heritage Square, smack in the middle of downtown Flagstaff for some fun drum music! The reception was held at Photography on The Square Galleries which came complete with a very fun photo booth. The decor and flowers were all made of paper and ordered from Etsy! The hanging pinwheels were suspended on helium balloons for a very fun floating effect. I can’t get over how fun and amazing this wedding was! Head over to The R2 Blog to see more and read more about their unique day!
I am not sure who came up with the idea of Thursday Purseday(Angela maybe), but I do know I am more than happy to be involved in the new weekly blog holiday. Most blog followers are familiar with Tuesday Shoesday so it is only fitting that one day of the week be dedicated to the perfect handbag. This is a lot of pressure and I had major anxiety choosing a selection (Not that this is a competition). I am in the running with some ladies who are sure to impress. Ladies that make their pick and then schedule their post ahead of time! WHAT?! I didn’t even know that was possible. They must have a WordPress upgrade that us hobby bloggers can not afford. Anyway my final choice is nothing short of shimmery, hand carved, floral fabulousity. I am so excited, my sentences might not make sense. I apologize, stay tuned for more made up words.
This isn’t your average metallic clutch ladies, this here is actual sterling silver.
It is like jewelry and a purse ALL in one! This makes a statement and I want it. But it wasn’t the amazingness of the silver smithery, (not a word? It is now!), it is not the detail alone that I love, or the fact that this is SO unique and timeless, perfect for any and all seasons, depending on your outfit. No, I picked this because this amazing piece of purse art benefits charity. Duh! This was designed and crafted by Ploy Intha, a young lady from Thailand. She spent her early years working from 2am-9pm with her sister selling food. Then she got into silver smithing and the rest is history. The parent company insures fair wages, allows women to work at home so they can raise their families and insures eco-friendly practices. Win-Win-Win. For just under $300 (I know a little steeper than I originally intended but come on, that is worth it. Suggested retail is over $700) you can have this outstanding clutch and support a community at the same time.
What do you think? Would this not be the most amazing accent to your little black dress?! AND if you spilled your drink on it, no big deal. If you drop it in the mud, not an issue. Set it on the bathroom counter in what you didn’t realize was a huge soapy puddle, eh just wipe it off! Why aren’t ALL purses made of metal?
Be sure to check out the other Thursday Purseday Participants to see what they found:
If you are participating and I forgot you, add a comment and I will add you ASAP!
Today is the day that my best friend gets married. We have talked about being married, complained about not being engaged, did a little wedding planning together, and now today is the day. I’ll be taking notes on what to do and what to avoid in hopes of things running extra smoothly when I do this in 5 months or so! Congratulations Jess and Corey, I am so excited to be a part of your day!