2010 19/04

DIY Boutonnieres

By Erin Frank

Even the least crafty bride can give her wedding a personal touch by making boutonnieres for the groomsmen and important  guests.  Boutonnieres are one of the simplest ways to add a do-it-yourself element to your wedding without getting in over your head.

To get started you’ll need:
floral wire (26 or 24 gauge should do [...]

2010 07/04

Razzle Dazzle With Zazzle

By Elizabeth Zachry
I was planning to make the bridal shower invitations for my friend’s wedding, but as the date neared I realized that I was going to have trouble making them and sending them out in time.  As an alternative, my sister found a great site called Zazzle.  On the site there are hundreds of [...]

2010 05/04

DIY Wedding: Serving it Up Yourself

By Erin Frank
My Do-It-Yourself wedding advice continues!  If you read my DIY Flowers post, you’ll know my husband and I were on a small budget for our wedding and took the Do-It-Yourself option to the max. We did the flowers, the decorations, the music (courtesy of my iPod nano), brought in the alcohol, and even [...]

2010 29/03

Budget Blooms: DIY Wedding Flowers

By Erin Frank

As vendor bids come in and your wedding budget gets more and more difficult to balance, I’m willing to bet you’ll think to yourself “I could make that for less!”  I wholeheartedly applaud a DIY wedding, but let me be the first to tell you—kid, it ain’t easy.   When my husband and [...]

2010 22/03

Take the Candy Bar to the Next Level

By Erin Frank

If you’ve spent any time on wedding blogs, you’ve likely come across photos of a candy bar. Candy bars—referring to containers of colorful sweets guests can munch on and/or bag up as wedding favors—are a great way to move beyond the traditional cake-only reception. Guests can self-serve, freeing your staff and family members [...]

2010 26/02

Dispensing The Myth – Let Them Throw Rice!

By Elizabeth Zachry
Rice, or no rice?  Traditionally, rice is thrown at the bride and groom to symbolize fertility, fruitfulness, or other good wishes.  This tradition has been passed down since the Middle Ages and there is no good reason to stop the tradition now.  In recent years, people began spreading the myth that birds would [...]

2010 18/02

How to Tablescape for Less

by Vera Devera

{San Francisco Opera President’s Dinner 2005 – by Vera Devera}

Above is a private dinner event San Francisco Opera held for a few hundred guests onstage at the War Memorial Opera House. The centerpieces were carnations — usually a bride’s last choice for flowers. But, I beg to differ as the carnations delivered high [...]

2010 16/02

Google Wants To Simplify Your Wedding Planning

Marry Me Live Guest Post
I was not entirely surprised this weekend when I came across Google’s dabble into the wedding planning industry. It makes sense. Wedding planning is a collaborative process with so many people inputting information and can often be overwhelming without the right organization. I already use Google Docs to organize and collaborate [...]

2010 15/02

Shopping That’s Off the Beaten Path

By Erin Frank

Call it “Recession Chic” or “Decor on a Dime.”  A lot of brides are looking for ways to save money on their weddings. This could mean DIY (I was on overly ambitious bride—we did everything from the decor to the food ourselves) or simply some savvy shopping to stay within a budget. When [...]

2010 29/01

Paperless Post – The Greener and Cheaper Way to Send Invitations

By Elizabeth Zachry
Lately I’ve noticed an increasing number of party invitations arriving via e-mail.  I know it is cheaper and much less time consuming than creating paper invitations, but how do you make an evite classy?  The answer…Paperless Post!
Invitations sent by Paperless Post arrive via e-mail and look like a typical envelope you would find [...]

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