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.