December 14, 2016

Affordable Handmade Nature Inspired Wedding & Engagement Rings

Finding the right ring, something unique & affordable, can be very, very difficult. And Etsy is here to save the day by offering a ton of beautiful options.

Featured to the left is the Leaves Engagement Ring by Doron Merav, and it starts at $580 with a .1 ct non-conflict diamond, and is made from recycled gold.

I suggest visiting their Etsy Shop to see all their beautiful designs, many of which retail for under $700.

The Simply Elegance Eco Engagement Ring - in Recycled Silver (shown to the right) by Fernando Jewelry is perfect for an outdoor wedding.

It sells for only $315 and features 3 small conflict-free diamonds.

And you can find a beautiful and simple twig wedding ring in silver from Tazzie's Custom Jewelry for only $50.

And possibly my favorite ring is shown to the left and sells in the Etsy shop Emily Chelsea Jewelry.

The Platinum Scattered Diamond Twig Ring has 7 inset diamonds, molded from an actual twig, and made from all recycled materials.

It sells for $610, and you can get the same ring in 14k yellow gold.

November 06, 2016

Ten Amazing Chocolate Cherry Dessert Recipes - Perfect for a Summer Wedding

We agree with Charles M. Schulz who said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

These ten amazing chocolate cherry recipes are perfect for a summer wedding. We've focused on alternative desserts like pie and no bake recipes - perfect to beat the heat & save you time.

By far the most amazing pie recipe I've seen is the Black Forest Pie, shown to the left and featured on A Cookie Named Desire.

The only thing you'll need to bake is the crust which will take 30 minutes, and can be done days ahead of time.

A Cookie Named Desire also has an amazing recipe for Black Forest Ice Cream Cake.

And the most delicious other chocolate cherry recipes are:

3. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Almond Tart from Eating Richly

4. No Bake Double Chocolate Cherry Tart from Taza Chocolate

5. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar from Center Cut Cook

6. Chocolate-Cherry Ice Cream Pie from Taste of Home

November 02, 2016

Seven Honey-Bee Themed D.I.Y. Wedding Ideas & Projects

When I think of summer with all kinds of flowers blooming in Upstate N.Y. I think of the fresh local honey abundantly available at the local farmers markets. I love the idea of using honey and bee themed items in an outdoor wedding.

Idea #1: D.I.Y. Local Honey Jar Wedding Favors
With a little ingenuity and time you can wow your guests with small jars of local honey. You'll need local honey, glass jars, wooden dippers, ribbons, bee or flower charms, and labels.

Important things to know include that the flow of honey doesn't stop on it's own - use a butter knife to cut the flow when the containers are almost full, you do not need to seal or heat treat the jars in any way, and to keep the jars in a dark area so the honey doesn't crystallize. If it does happen to crystallize before the wedding, place the jars in lukewarm water until it becomes runny.

October 26, 2016

D.I.Y. Wine Bottle Wedding Centerpieces

Upcycled wine bottles make beautiful table centerpieces, and, if you're anything like me, you'll be able to gather quite a few before your wedding.

I found my favorite D.I.Y. wine bottle project on All you'll need are a few wine bottles, some chalkboard paint, and a few inexpensive daisies for an awesome vintage look. I also love the idea of roses in these.

To show guests the table number you can group bottles together, corking one and placing a small card on top. And if you're using chalkboard paint, you can easily write the table number and guests directly onto the bottle.

October 22, 2016

300+ Free Printable Wedding Invitations

Save money, time, & stress by printing your own wedding invitations. You won't need to meet a minimum order - great for small weddings, there are a ton of beautiful options available, & you'll be able to make changes on the fly.

You can print them at home or head to your local printer, which you should definitely consider if you're looking at a design with a colored background. And we've put together a collection of over 300 free templates - everything we could find on the web in two days of searching - just for you.

WeddingChicks has an amazing collection of 23 wedding invitation suites you can fully customize on the site. I am in love with the blue & green mason jar design to the left & plan on using it myself.

Printable Invitation Kits has over 200 amazing and unique invitations to download for free. Their designs include flowers, watercolors, cats, & more. The downloads are in PDF form. To customize them we suggest using PDFEscape, a free online PDF editor.

Love and Lavender features 48 beautiful free printable PDF invitations, but for some reason offers a few that would be very difficult to customize. Remember that when editing a PDF most of he time you will need to erase the current text and input your own.

You should only choose an invitation with a solid background, where the text does not overlap the images.

October 19, 2016

Flowers, Science, & Scent Make a Memorable Wedding Day

The sense of smell is our only sense that runs through the sections of our brain responsible for creating and storing emotions. This means choosing a scent for your wedding can help you and your guests remember how wonderful the day was.

Below we've compiled a list of twelve of the most sought after aromatic flowers you may want to incorporate into your bouquets or arrangements, and we've included some interesting facts you should know about a few of them.

September 23, 2016

Spring Flower DIY Bouquet & Floral Inspiration

With a little free time and inspiration, anyone can create a beautiful DIY spring bouquet.

Step One - DIY Bouquet Supplies

BloomsbytheBox Wildflower Pack - $190.64
You'll need fresh cut flowers & there are quite a few very inexpensive places to purchase them. Your local florist may be a great place to start but you should also consider warehouse stores (BJs, CostCo, Sams Club, etc.) & online flower wholesalers (BloomsbytheBox, FiftyFlowers, etc.) that can save you a lot of money.

To save even more, consider using some of the beautiful flowers in season in the spring including; Narcissus (commonly known as daffodils and available in multiple varieties), Hyacinth, Freesia (red, yellow, or pink with a sweet citrus scent), Iris (available in a multitude of colors), Paper whites, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Pea, Alstromeria, Calla lillies, Cornflower, Delphimium, Gerbera daisies, Lilac, Lillies, Lisianthus, Peonies, Ranunculus, Roses, Snap Dragon, Stock, & Sunflowers.

September 08, 2016

Dance the Night Away w/these Eight Tips for Wearing Heels

Want to wear a set of pumps to your wedding but you don't want to suffer? Take these eight tips to heart, consider wearing a pair under 4", and you'll be fine.

August 18, 2016

Six Eco-Friendly Favors to Delight Guests & The Planet

Impress your guests and save the trees by giving your guests a tree to plant. Eco-friendly favors are 'usually' a less expensive option and a gift everyone can feel good about. Here are six great wedding favor ideas to make your friends & the planet happy.

1.) A Tree to Plant - For a refined look add in a cardboard box/insert before wrapping or simply wrap your tree seedlings in burlap bags placing them on the tables/in a wicker basket. To create perfect gift tags search for a craft punch, i.e. "oak leaf craft punch."

2.) Food for the Birds - Even if your guests live in an urban area, they'll appreciate having a bit of bird seed around to lay on the windowsill. Another great option is to cut cardboard into a heart shape, apply peanut butter or corn syrup, coat with birdseed, and hang for guests to grab.