June 14, 2012

Little White Wedding Dresses from ModCloth.com

If you're getting married outdoors a little white dress might be just what you need.


On the left is the 'I Thee Web' dress from Eva Franco that sells for $419.99, featuring a silk, ivory lining.

See another four beautiful dresses from ModCloth.com after the jump.

June 09, 2012

Retro and Vintage Wedding Dresses Perfect for Summer

Whether you're having your ceremony at a state park or a city hall these five beautiful, retro/vintage inspired dresses are perfect.

A short wedding gown transitions perfectly to the reception and will keep you cool on warm summer days.

My personal favorite is the Masquerade Asymmetrical One Shoulder Dress In Cream by Ruche, featured to the left. I love how modern and unique this dress is while still retaining a romantic look. I also love that it retails for less than $70.

May 29, 2012

A Rainbow of Retro Summer Bridesmaids Dresses from ModCloth.com

I love bright colors & retro dresses so I put together six dresses that are both, in order of the rainbow. They would all look perfect on bridesmaids in a summer wedding. All of the dresses are from ModCloth.com, each with tons of reviews.

May 27, 2012

Who doesn't want to be a Princess on their Wedding Day?

Almost every girl at one point wants to be a Princess for a day, and that day my friends is your wedding day. The set below, mostly consisting of handmade items from Etsy, is one of the most expensive I've ever put together...Looking like royalty doesn't come cheap.

The 'Cinderella Silk Wedding Gown' is made in Italy by the Maison Matthan Gori. The gown features 3 layers of natural fabric, chiffon silk on the outside, silk satin on the inside and a layer of white gabardine to cause a pinkish shimmer and retails for the price of $3,500.

Printable Wedding Invitation Sets Perfect for a Summer Wedding

Wedding Invitations are expensive with the average cost at $1 to $10 per printed invitation set, envelopes, & postage. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a printable wedding invitation set and I've chosen my five favorite sets from Etsy, all perfect for a summer wedding.

The 'Old Fashioned' set to the right is from the Fine & Dandy Paperie, retails for $90 including custom colors, a Reception Invitation, RSVP Postcard, Accommodations Card, & a Directions Card.

If you're going for a vintage wedding theme I'd suggest the 'Floral Vintage Wedding Invitation Set' from Artsy Printables.

This beautiful set includes the Invitation, an RSVP Card, & a Save the Date Card for only $45 and would be perfect for any rustic, garden, or backyard wedding.

May 26, 2012

Beautiful Ceremony & Reception for Less than $5,000, Weddings for Less

According to CNN, the cost of the average Wedding is now around $27,000 and I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks this is ridiculous, if not impossible for most of us. Everyone has the right to get married and everyone should be able to do.

There are plenty of options to save money on your wedding and plenty of reasons to do so. On average the ceremony & reception venues, including catering, is the most expensive part of a wedding. Ceremony venues on average can cost $5,000 or more, so you save save a lot by having the ceremony in your (or a loved one's) backyard or at your local State Park.

May 24, 2012

Backyard Elegance, Country Chic Wedding & D.I.Y. Inspiration

Backyard elegance is far from contradictory. Your wedding can take place right at home (or at another loving relatives) and be absolutely beautiful. You also have the benefit of a free ceremony and reception site, not to mention the beauty of the outdoors. One of my best friends had hers right in her backyard and the lights she had from strung from the trees were amazing during the reception.

I could not get over how beautiful and inexpensive this Vintage Slip-Dress from Katie Jean Designs is. Not only is it made from entirely recycled materials, you can customize the length and it look's perfect for a warm summer night.


You can purchase both the Mason Jar Chandelier & Vials of Edible Honey Favors on Etsy as well or visit the D.I.Y. articles I found below.

I also found these amazing Custom Favor Gift Tags from Kindred Spirit Crafts and I can't think of anything more perfect for the Edible Honey Favors. For further presentation you can place them in a ceramic or metal bowl with foliage at the center of the table and they double as a beautiful centerpiece.

Simply Divine Invites has an amazing article about creating D.I.Y. Flavored Honey using everything from herbs to fruits. A quick search on Amazon for 'Glass Vials with Cork' and 'Organic Raw Honey' brought up everything else you'd need besides a little help from your friends and expecting to become quite sticky.

May 22, 2012

Need Something Blue? How About your Shoes?

If you're looking for 'the something blue' still, consider your shoes. If you plan on wearing  a long dress you might not see them all the time but you'll certainly be 'covered', and these shoes are unlike anything you can get at your local bridal store.

Featured to the left, are Betsey Johnson Wedge Pumps that will make everyone jealous with the polka dot upper and floral lower prints, retailing for around $100.


May 21, 2012

Vintage White Wedding: Inexpensive Etsy Inspiration

I've always loved birdcage veils & having a vintage themed wedding is a great reason to wear one! All of the items pictured are from Etsy and handmade.

The 1950's vintage style dress was made in Tacoma, WA by an accomplished seamstress. It features Silk Taffeta and Alençon lace; pairing perfectly with long silk gloves and a Fascinator. The beautiful clutch is made of green Dupioni Silk and can be fully customized including monogramming or a special date.

The jewelry is my favorite piece of this set because it's romantic, beautiful, and extremely inexpensive so you won't panic if you lose an earring in the grass.


March 07, 2012

D.I.Y. Lavender Bath and Beauty Relaxation

The scent of lavender has been proven to help many people with anxiety, insomnia, & stress, which makes it perfect for before or after your wedding, for you & your bridesmaids.

Take a luxurious bath using a D.I.Y. Lavender Vanilla Bath Soak that will leave you feeling relaxed & refreshed, or. try the Lavender Milk Bath. The lactic acid in goat's milk is a gentle exfoliating agent, helping to remove dry & dead skin cells. Epsom salts, used in both, have been used to ease pain, stress, and to eliminate toxins for hundreds of years.

February 13, 2012

D.I,Y. Classic Red Rose Wedding

If you're looking for a more classic style for your wedding, red roses and black tuxedos always work.

The 'Rose' gown by Conscious Elegance on Etsy is gorgeous and retails for less than $1,000. Each handmade dress can be fully customized for your wedding and colors.




February 08, 2012

Printable Invitations Sets on Etsy: My Top 5 Picks

I *love* Etsy.com and I love the idea of printable invitations even more. It's a lot less expensive to print them from home, or if I go with something really colorful, to pay an online printer like UPrinting.com.

As a graphic designer, I could, and may design my own invitations. As a bride, the idea of purchasing them ready to print, is highly appealing to me. I've featured my current top 5 favorites here and I hope you love them as much as I do.


February 07, 2012

Java Cupcake, More Summer Cupcake Recipes

Another great blog, Java Cupcake, has an amazing recipe collection including some wonderful cupcakes that would be perfect for summer. The site is easy to navigate, including a Directory of all the recipes.

The recipe for the cupcake to the right cab be found on on the blog Java Cupcake, Cherry Limeade Cupcakes.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
Limoncello Cupcakes
Aloha Cupcakes – Pineapple Topped with Mango Buttercream
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Blueberry Madness Cupcakes
Peach Bellini Cupcakes
Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Make sure to visit their blog, Java Cupcake, for more amazing recipes.

D.I.Y. Potted Herb Wedding Favors

Live herbs such as Lavender, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, or Mint in a terracotta pot are easy, charming, and inexpensive D.I.Y. wedding favors and perfect for a summer wedding.

You can find the plants at your plant local nursery, Walmart, or the Home Depot during the spring and summer and easily transfer them to small terracotta pots with seed pans a week before the wedding day.

Take a calligraphy pen, write the name of your guests on the name of your guests on the popsicle sticks & these beautiful favors double as place cards for your wedding guests.

Photo #1 is by Miki Duisterhof, #2 is by Leigh Miller Photography. Inspiration & photographs from IntimateWeddings.com.

52 Cupcakes & Layla, Perfect Cupcakes for Summer

You can find the Raspberry-Topped Lemon Cupcakes with Limoncello Glaze, featured to the right, on the blog 52 Cupcakes & Layla.

I chose her blog because the presentation is beautiful and the recipes are easy to follow.

All the cupcake recipes listed would work well in a summer our outdoor wedding.

Champagne Cupcakes with Kir Royale Frosting
Black Raspberry Lime Cupcake with Black Raspberry Lime Glaze
Strawberry Fields Forever Cupcakes w/Vanilla Frosting & Strawberries Soaked in Grand Marnier
Coconut Lime Cupcakes
Peach Cupcakes with Martha Stewart's Mascarpone Frosting
Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Coca-Cola Frosting
Martha Stewart's German Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut-Pecan Frosting
Martha Stewart's Pistachio-Raspberry Tea Cupcakes
Triple Citrus Cupcakes

View more recipes on 52 Cupcakes & Layla & check back for more recipes from another awesome blog soon!

February 05, 2012

D.I.Y. Scroll Wedding Invitations

WhenIsTheWedding.com
With nature surrounding you at your outdoor wedding, it's easy to see how a fairy tale theme could fit well and these D.I.Y. Scroll Wedding Invitations are perfect.

To create these beautiful invitations you'll need quite a bit of supplies but it will still be a fraction of the cost than if you purchased them as are.

You can read the full article on creating these beautiful scrolls at WhenIsTheWedding.com. Alternatively, you can create a simpler version perfect to hand out as programs at your wedding but a little harder and more expensive to mail.

If you don't have a ton of time you can purchase these types of invitations on Etsy from sellers like Violet Invitations, Adore Vintage Touch, & many others.

February 04, 2012

Cupcakes Vs. Wedding Cakes

Cupcakes have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional wedding cake and it's easy to see why. If you're a little crafty and either you, or you're very good friends, can manage baking, it's simply a lot less expensive.

You can make them weeks in advance, frozen in airtight containers. The day before the wedding you can even have fun with the task by having a 'Frosting Party,' or in other words, a good excuse to drink champagne with friends.


January 08, 2012

Retro Summer Dresses (All for under $200!)

Each of these beautiful, white dress retails from ModCloth.com for less than two-hundred dollars, two of them for less than half that. The floral wedges, white flats, and lace heels all retail for less than thirty each.

Ivory or white faux pearls compliment the dresses perfectly for only nineteen dollars a set, including a necklace and earrings. Of course, I created this set on Polyvore.com.

Summer Brides; Retro Styles for Less

January 07, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Bridesmaids Dresses

This beautiful set I created on Polyvore was inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The outfit on the left retails for around $1,500 and would be wonderful for an upscale, black tie event. The dress and shoes on the right retail for around $150 including gold or silver jewelry, affordable for any bridesmaid.
Through the Looking Glass

January 06, 2012

Sunshine & Daisies: Retro Bridesmaids

The 'Sunshine on My Mind Dress' from ModCloth is very affordable at $50 for your bridesmaids and the same goes for the floral wedges featured at the same price. The jewelry is a different story unfortunately but yellow cubic zirconia would be much less expensive and still a beautiful option.
Sunshine & Daisies

Vintage Dream in Gold & Cream: Vintage Bridal Set

This is another new set I created on Polyvore.com. The dress is the 'Capri' gown, a floor length, vintage inspired, wedding dress tailored from layers of printed silk retailing for around $1,800.

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Vintage Dream in Gold & Cream