Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Casually strolling through the store, I got distracted by the bins of old house numbers and thought "these would make the coolest table numbers at the reception!" So we snatched up a bunch, all wonderfully mismatched.
Of course, then I got home and started checking all the wedding blogs I usually read to see if I could find some pictures of any similar ideas. Which I did. I think this has been posted on several wedding blogs, and I'm not sure where the original photo came from, but I found it via Once Wed.
A few weeks back, when trying to plan invitations, our wedding website, fabrics, etc., I realized that I needed to select some "official" colors. As I mentioned in a previous post, our color scheme will be green, chocolate brown, and marigold. But it seemed like a good idea to get some swatches to have a comparison point for everything.
You want to know a great place to find color swatches? Your local home improvement store! My good friend Laura and I ventured over to Home Depot's paint department on our lunch break and picked up dozens of paint chip cards in every shade of green, brown and yellow that we could find!
Looking at all these swatches also got me thinking about all the cool projects you could make with them...maybe paint sample placecards? Not something that I think we'll use, but it sure would be fun for an art-themed wedding.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I've seen photos of weddings at the Marston House online, but I thought I'd approach how we lay out our ceremony with a completely blank slate. Since my sister had never seen this place before, she was the perfect person to help us figure out the layout without any preconceived notions.
It happened that on the Saturday afternoon that we went by the garden, a wedding had just finished up. Most people set up their chairs facing this wall, using the fountain-turned-planter as their alter. But this particular wedding was set up to face the canyon.
The wall looks pretty bare right now, but in the Fall it is covered in vines and blooms.
This little structure will be perfect for the string trio to sit under (they request that they be provided with shade during outdoor weddings to protect the instruments. Bet you didn't know that!).
We decided that we will break with the set up patterns we have seen before and face the house. It's such a beautiful backdrop, and again, in the Fall, the flower beds right in front will be nearly 4 feet high with blooms.
One of my favorite hidden features about the Marston House garden is the little "waiting room." OK, it's not really a room...it's a gardener's station, but it's enclosed behind a separate wall, which makes it the ideal place for me to hide while guests are getting settled. Then, the bridal party and I can emerge from this door as we begin our march down the aisle!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So I've been thinking something along the lines of a low, side swept bun. With a super cool accessory of course. At first, I thought for sure I'd just pick a simple but dramatic flower. Like this one from Brenda's Bridal Veils.
But lately, I've been drawn in by all the gorgeous feather hair accessories to be discovered on Etsy. Like this one from Portobello.
And really, when else will I be able to pull off a feathered hair accessory?
But, perhaps my problems have been solved with Velvet Owl! A flower with feathered accents! The yellow matches our color palette wonderfully too, but I'd have to see about swapping out the blue flower for perhaps something green (or more yellow).
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The first part of this feature article was written by JT's brother and was posted on Inkfancy's blog. Well, you can now read the article in it's entirety, including section two's list of great first dance songs and a lovely introduction from JT, on Treble.
So, check out some great first dance songs that won't cause you to lose your indie cred, all while enjoying JT's fabulous writing skills. Not that I'm a fan or anything...
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here are the problems that I have with blocking hotel rooms. Our friends and family have very different taste in hotels. While our siblings may prefer more luxury or boutique-type hotels, our parents and aunts and uncles may want something more familiar (like a larger chain hotel) and cost effective, especially those that are staying the whole week. On that note, how do we decide which dates to block? I know that my parents will be coming for a whole week, but many of our guests will be more constrained by jobs, school, etc.
And many of our friends who come in from out of town will likely stay with other friends, bypassing the hotel altogether. How can we, especially considering we haven't even sent our invites out, be expected to know exactly what everyone else's travel plans will be? Most hotels seem to expect some kind of guarantee that you will fill all the rooms that you think you will need (again, how are you supposed to know?), and I'd be pretty unhappy having to foot the bill for 4 unused hotel rooms if they didn't get booked.
In my own experiences attending weddings, I have never stayed at the specially selected hotel where rooms were blocked (the only exception being my sister's wedding in Cape Cod). In fact, JT and I recently attended an out of town wedding where we had the option of going through the "block" and staying at a chain hotel close to the venue, but we instead opted to stay at a boutique hotel rather out of the way as a way of having a mini-vacation before and after the wedding. Plus, we got a great deal on the hotel at Hotels.com. We stayed at a luxury hotel for what we would have paid for a Best Western.
Which brings me to my final point...in the days of Hotels.com, Priceline.com, and countless others, how useful is a hotel block anyway? Won't guests have better luck searching online for something that meets their needs as far as location, amenities, and price?
I urge anyone out there reading this to share your thoughts. Have you used blocked hotels when attending a wedding? Have guests at your wedding used the rooms? Did they find it helpful, or did most just do their own planning?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
However, Barcelona has developed quite a reputation for street crime against tourists. Now, neither of us are the type of person to walk around with a giant map and a t-shirt that says "I Heart America," so I don't think that we'd be walking targets or anything, but having to constantly watch my purse for people sticking their hands in it while I'm on my honeymoon could be kind of a bummer.
On the plus side, Barcelona would be like heaven for two sangria-loving carnivores like JT and me.
But, being a little put off by the whole street crime thing, we looked at couple of other options and also fell in love with the idea of going to Dublin. Plus, with Ireland being so small, we could easily take little side trips out to the countryside.
Ireland has a safety-related catch too, and it has to do with driving. Obviously the whole left-side-of-the-road thing would be new (meaning our inexperience with it makes us somewhat of unsafe drivers). And it turns out the Ireland has the second highest rate of auto fatalities in the world (first is Greece!).
Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not really scared for our safety in either of these places. My indecision as to where to go lies more in the fact that I really want to go to both places!! Both would be romantic, but in very different ways.
Have you been to either of these places? If so, what were your experiences there?
Monday, April 13, 2009
When I was checking out the Nicole Miller gowns, many friends and family commented that it was difficult to get a sense of how the v-neck gown was "supposed" to fit since the one I was wearing in the photo was 3 sizes too big. Fortunately, this featured wedding on Style Me Pretty came to the rescue, as the bride, Katie, totally rocks the Nicole Miller.
But the best discovery was the fab Holly Stalder shrug that the bride is sporting at the reception! A+ accessorizing.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Let's all face it: fondant cakes look beautiful, but taste terrible (I know, there's ONE person out there who disagrees with me, but I firmly believe she is the only person I know that enjoys the taste of fondant). So the quest is to find a buttercream cake that's as visually appealing as a fondant one will be a bit tricky.
I recently learned that Twiggs, a coffeehouse in University Heights, also makes wedding cakes. Check out this beautifully decorated cake from their buttercream gallery:
Now, I haven't actually tasted any of Twiggs cakes yet, but the flavors sound darn good: a belgian chocolate with chocolate mousse, a double chocolate with raspberry (one of JT's favorite flavor combos), and a chocolate paired with cream cheese frosting (say what you will, but I LOVE cream cheese frosting!). Can you tell we're chocolate fans?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
But that was before I discovered Jennifer Murphy! If you don't think these are the cutest things you have every seen, then you must be dead inside.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
But then, once I had my dress selected, I tried the birdcage again. Totally different vibe this time. I think not having the right dress to pair it with was throwing me off the first time. Tell me what you think!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Hopefully Aaron won't mind me "borrowing" these rad images from his own blog. You can check out more fabulous stuff at his site iheartas.com.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I'm also not sure if I'm going with flats or heels. Most people seem to argue that heels are a necessity to help remind you that it is a "special" day. But there are two major problems with wearing heels for me. First, JT is only about an inch taller than me (I'm really, really tall). So in 3-inch heels, I've got two inches over him. And secondly, heels are much harder to dance in.
Either way, I'm already finding some awesome ideas. Check out these, all from Zappos.com:
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So when it came to selecting a color palette, I didn't have any particular colors in mind. Bleu Boheme has, of course, a lot of blue in it's decor, but I wasn't really keen on the idea of a mostly blue wedding. It just seemed like a very safe, typical wedding color.
Instead, I tried to pick up on some of the other colors that were more subtley included in the decor. Like yellow.
And green. And brown, from all the exposed wood. Then, searching for wedding inspiration on Snippet and Ink, I found these two inspiration boards: