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I LOVE THIS! A friend of mine stumbled upon these amazing cookie-cutters from Williams-Sonoma, via the amazingly adorable Creature Comforts blog,  and passed them along to share.Also be sure and check-out the video on the WS website to get your very own tutorial. We love these, and at $19.95- it’s a totally affordable kitchen addition. A super sweet favor for guests at bridal showers, or engagement parties. Love.

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Here’s a very special wedding that I can’t wait to share with you. Christina and Jason are serious DIY-ers and this wedding was both beautiful and totally unique to them. Christina and Jason married on September 19 of this year at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Christina and Jason met through  friends- although Jason’s version is that he won a date with Christina in a bet. Love that.

There are so many things that I love about Christina and Jason’s wedding, but I’ll let Christina give you the details herself…

From the bride… The Brooklyn Historical Society was our backup choice when our original space closed, but after seeing the library I knew it would be perfect. Plus it was only a few blocks from our apartment so it really allowed us to show off our neighborhood to all our guests, as did the grill out we had for all the out-of-towners the afternoon before on our roof deck overlooking Manhattan.

From the bride… We tried to make our wedding as personal as possible by including our friends and family during the planning and big day as well as adding personal touches to the ceremony and reception. Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Escort Cards, Menu wraps, Signs, Cake topper, Wedding Ceremony Musicians/Speakers/Officiant, Biscotti, Cupcakes, Mojitos: made by us, friends, and family. Also the favors were little honey jars with honey from Jason’s mom’s farm. Our rings were made by Jason’s sister friend, my engagement ring is a black pearl.



I love all of the DIY that went into this wedding. So beautiful.Check out these amazing amazing table numbers too. Fitting for their venue, and absolutely elegant.

From the bride…   The song my dad and I danced to, Una Noite, a Spanish waltz, was the same song my grandmother used to play in Cuba to let my grandfather (then her neighbor) know it was a good time to come visit. When the ceremony recessional song (Black Eyed Peas: I Got a Feeling) was played later in the night and Jason and I were dancing surrounded by all our friends and family. That was the best part of the day.

And her advice to other brides (and grooms out there)… Relax and enjoy the process, at the end of the day you just want to enjoy a wonderful ceremony and party with your new hubby. Jason’s advice to grooms-to be is just be available 🙂

From the bride…
Vendors Included:
MUSIC: DJ Gaza/Gary Hoffman (He was amazing)

FLOWERS: Vine NYC
*plus orchids from the flower district that my family helped put together

CATERER: Naturally Delicious

NAILS: Perfectly Polished
*treated the bridesmaids to Breakfast and Pampering the morning of the wedding, it was a great, relaxing way to start the day


Oh. my god.

I’ve died.

Seriously.

I cannot explain how much I adore Merrilee Liddiard’s whole entire world.

I love this so much that my whole entire WED Favorites post today, is all about her.

My friend Shauna who works with me in my “real life day-time job” sent me this magical link, of Merilee, who moonlights as a pretty amazing illustrator.

I clicked on the link, where I subsequently died.

Immediately.

Look. Not many people these days can pull off amazingly crafty and cool well. Ok so I don’t even know where to start. First, her illustrations are amazing. Her line drawings of couples are my absolute fave, WHICH, she has parlayed into super fab wedding gifts. Seriously how awesome is that? Best wedding gift ever. She even has an ETSY STORE! Hooray! I love Etsy.

Josh & Lauren

Gemma & James

This photo was just after she gave her best friend Angie’s husband Jonathon a sneak peak at their wedding gift- a customized portrait. The actual portrait is below.

Merilee Portraits

Angie & Jonathon

Also, and I don’t know if miss Merilee would do this, but it’s probably worth asking if Save the Date’s are possible as well with these super fab couple drawings.

Ok moving on. So little to see, with so much time. Strike that. Reverse it.

Fabulous hostess she is. Check out this Moody Mod Tea time party she threw, with all the amazing details.

Moody Mod Tea Time

Ready… the tablecloth is Ikea fabric, and the fabric banner is all vintage fabric she sewed together herself. Love.

But the absolute best part… is these crazy invitations. DIY- Easy peezy.

Bananas.

Moody Mod Tea Time Invitations

Cut out a little fabric tape, and sewing a stitch across the invite. Plus it doesn’t hurt it your everyday handwriting is this amazing…

DIY Invites...

Easy Peezy Invites...

Ok so clearly I think Merilee’s work is insanely amazing. She’s also super fabulous, and her husband and two boys are totally charming and vintage. I love it. Check out all of her amazing work at her blog here, and her illustrators work here.

Martha’s talking about it, and so is everyone else. This season’s hottest color trend… Sea Glass. I love it. Subtle, yet elegant and totally chic. Get inspired with some ideas below.

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Here’s the “BUY-IT” breakdown…

Wafer Cake: Necco wafers– Mint shade available at necco.amazonwebstore.com; Invitations: HammerpressFavor Boxes: Materials from your local ARts Store. See How-To- Here; Bridesmaid Dresses (Blue): “Bellini” strapless dress, Siri, 415-431-8873. “Mallory” sweetheart crisscross halter dress, Jenny Yoo Collection; Collective Sea Glass Inspired Jewlery; Get a shot of something blue with a sparkling piece of jewelry that’s seaworthy and wedding-worthy. 1. Pendant necklace, by Danielle Welmond, from Twist, twistonline.com. 2. Beaded necklace with freshwater pearls, Rina Limor, rinalimor.com. 3. Quartz and chalcedony necklace, Suzanne Kalan, suzannekalan.com. 4. “Cleo” hoops, Rachel Leigh, rachelleigh.com. 5. Topaz and gold necklace, by TenThousandThings, from Ylang 23, ylang 23.com. 6 & 7. “Snowman” topaz earrings, and gold and topaz bangles, Ippolita, 877-865-5500. 8. Aquamarine chunk necklace, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, 212-473-3000. 9. Brazilian agate bib necklace, Jennifer Rose, jenniferrosejewelry.com. 10. Bracelet with smooth fluorite, Becky Kelso, beckykelso.com. 11. Peruvian Amazonite earrings with diamonds, by Jamie Joseph, from Ylang23, ylang23.com. 12. “Stellar Mix” earrings, by Dana Kellin, from Fragments Prince Street, 212-334-9588; Earrings: Style GS688AQ, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com; Bridesmaid Dress (Green): “Orchid” jade shantung dress, Simple Silhouettes; Bottle Favors: Shop vintage shops, good will and $1 stores and then complete each favor with a typed out message inside from the you! ( Photo Courtesy of Brides.com)

It’s that time again… Salute your inner prepster. It’s summer. Why not? If you bestie frequently sports a string of pearls, a popped collar, madras flip flops and anything with a whale… this post is for you lady. Listen up.

A shower should be a reflection of all that the bride is, so if your bride-to-be is a seriously put together, pink and green model of preppy perfection make your life easy and follow suit for her bridal shower.

Here’s everything you need to know to plan a perfectly preppy bridal shower.

THE INVITATIONS
This is your first clue to guests that this shower is going to be pretty-in-prep. So shop around and set the tone here.

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

THE DRESSES
I’m a pretty firm believer that bridal shower attire should always still remain a little bit on the dressy side. Not over the top evening wear obviously, as they used to say, your Sunday best. But if you’re a pretty little preppy I shouldn’t have to tell you that. You wear your pearls to sleep don’t you? What?   I do.

These fun new “Summer in the Vineyard” dresses from Kiel James Patrick are PERFECT for a preppy shower, whether it’s the bride, her maids or her lovely ladies in waiting, these sweet summer frocks are perfect for a preppy shower.

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

OR

go traditionally preppy and sport something in Lilly, and J.Crew or Vineyard Vines with looks like these…

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

THE CENTERPIECES
If you were lucky enough to hit up the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale last weekend (which was amazing) you can make use of the seriously discounted and seriously adorable planters they have to decorate tables. If not, you just have to dig a little deeper in your pocket. Plant adorably simple herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme and DIY your own adorable plant sticks with materials from your local craft store.

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

THE DECORATIONS
Keep it simple and in the same color scheme as your invites. Using varying shades of fewer colors is a good way to keep things interesting without going overboard. I love this faux rose kissing ball from Special Occasions Designs. Perfect for decorating outside the venue on iron stakes or on the doors.

Floral Kissing Balls  $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Floral Kissing Balls $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Hang personalized tags on chairs as place cards instead of using table cards.

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Buy up sets of fun and flirty party poms to hang from the ceiling from Etsy seller Party Poms or DIY with this easy tutorial from Martha over on In The Details Blog!

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

THE FAVORS
Fill tiny monogrammed boxes with flower seeds for guest to take home and plant.  If you’re more of a traditionalist fill with small candies, nuts or dried fruits for guests to take on the way out, or place at each place setting.

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

GIFT GIVING
Distribute these adorably preppy recipe cards from Dabney Lee at Home with the invitations and have guests bring their favorite recipe for the bride to the shower.

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Kate Spade Posy Vases are perfect to brighten up a room…

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Don’t forget to say THANK YOU…
Mind your manners and get your thank you notes out pronto on some super preppy paper.

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

I think welcome baskets are one of those details that go a really long way. Let me just say this, and I’ve said it before. If someone is going to spend money to buy a new dress, buy you a shower gift and a wedding gift and pay for gas/airfare/train ticket and a hotel to celebrate your special day.  The LEAST you can do is offer up a little sumpin’ sumpin’ in their hotel room. I’ve seen just about everything from a well thought out basket with local treats to a simple gift bag with aspirin, water and snacks with guest hang tags.

Thanking the most important people in your life by making them feel a little bit more at home is a wonderful gesture that will go a long way no matter how you decide to welcome them.

Here are a few of my favorite Welcome basket ideas you can whip up yourself…

First up the FANTASTIC gift baskets from Kate Parker Weddings. Kate Parker is one seriously FAB wedding coordinator, holding court in New England. She helps those design savvy brides focus and create an incredibly classy and memorable affair. But let’s talk about the gift baskets. Each basket is filled with locally-made products and information pertaining to your wedding weekend, including a personalized map highlighting your event locations from the rehearsal dinner to the reception site.  They offer baskets for an array of locales including Baltimore, Napa, Boston, NYC, Santa Barbara, Vermont, Chicago, Maine, Miami and more!

If that wasn’t enough, Kate Parker Weddings will ship your custom baskets directly to the hotels of your choice along with a guest rooming list for east distribution!

Want to personalize each basket event further? Kate Parker Weddings will create a personalized welcome letter to be included in your basket. Just send in a copy of what you’d like to say and they take care of the rest! Here are a few of my favorites!

The Nashville Basket $34 plush s&h

The Nashville Basket $34 plush s&h

The Newport Basket $36 plus s&h

The Newport Basket $36 plus s&h

The Vermont Basket $27 plus s&h

The Vermont Basket $27 plus s&h

They also make theme specific baskets which are great as well!
My personal favorite…

The Red Sox Basket $32 plus s&h

The Red Sox Basket $32 plus s&h

The Green Basket $42 ($45.50 w/ Nalgene bottle) plus s&h

The Green Basket $42 ($45.50 w/ Nalgene bottle) plus s&h

You can also mirror Kate’s fantastic work and attempt your own DIY versions of theme or city specific welcome baskets for your guests! You can find great containers at yard sales and flea markets, but if you want to stay uniform with your containers try places like Oriental Trading, The Bucket Outlet, Bliss Weddings Market, and Artistic Gift Baskets. Also don’t be afraid to shop your local Home Goods, Dollar Store, TJ Maxx and Target.

Also, check this out…

I LOVE THESE!

The Out of Town Tote from Bliss Weddings Market. Fill with city specific treats and you’re guests will be able to take it with them… literally.

Out of Town Gift Bags from Bliss Wedding Market $14.99 each

Out of Town Gift Bags from Bliss Wedding Market $14.99 each

Another fabulous company that does really wonderful welcome baskets if you opt for outsourcing is Navy & Lavender. They create custom welcome totes in a variety of themes to fit any wedding including City Chic, Beach Bliss and Country Charm.

Some others include…

Summer Lovin' Tote Set $37-$47 from Navy & Lavender

Summer Lovin' Tote Set $37-$47 from Navy & Lavender

Spring Awakening Tote Set $37- $47 from Navy & Lavender

Spring Awakening Tote Set $37- $47 from Navy & Lavender

Plus most baskets have the option of adding the Navy & Lavender “Rescue Me” Kit which includes all your basic essentials in a pretty little package. Too cute!

Navy & Lavender Rescue Me Kit $10

Navy & Lavender Rescue Me Kit $10

 

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Today’s Happy little Martha Wedding tip is adorable so I decided to share with ya’ll.

Yes I said ya’ll. Well Mason jars are southern right? People sing about them, and drink out of them. It’s pretty great. I love it.

So now you can use them to light the pathway to your reception venue, or place on your tables as easy-peasy centerpieces. I kind of love them. Plus… they’re super inexpensive. This version plays with the aqua and emerald color scheme which, yes is pretty darn great, but you can do this with anything. Use clear mason jars and adorn with pretty pink ribbon, or bright yellow polka dot ribbon or go effortlessly classic with simple white. Whatever works for your particularly fabulous soiree. You can buy mason jars in bulk from craft stores or online at Amazon. Or shop thrift stores and garage sales for unique glass blown mason jars in a variety of colors and shapes for a more casual vintage feel.

If you want to hang them, check out this easy DIY tutorial from A Backyard Wedding.

 BEWARE: Jars can get very hot!
*Martha’s tip: Fill each jar with 1/8 inch of water before setting votives inside.

 

 

How much do I LOVE Balloons? About as much as I did when I was 5-years-old. A whole freakin’ lot. I think that balloons, much like cheap flowers like daises, mums etc. appear more beautiful en masse. Here are a few images that make life a little bit sweeter, and your party  pretty. 🙂

 

It's a Jaime Thing, image by Simply Seductive

It's a Jaime Thing, image by Simply Seductive

 

 

 

From Oh Joy image by Tiara Mia

From Oh Joy image by Tiara Mia

Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing? I Love it. Simple, Fun and perfect for the couple who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

 Oh programs. So annoying. So left to last minute. So easily the bane of the day before the wedding. Here’s a tip. Get it done as early as you can. Try to make sure your music, your altar posse and your readings are confirmed early so you can print these out and get it done ASAP. It’s also a REALLY good idea to bring one to the rehearsal. It serves as a nice guideline for “what comes next” with a room full of people who are probably just thinking about dinner. 

Here are a few ideas for DIY Programs to get you started…

TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of The Knot.com

Photo Courtesy of The Knot.com

This specific set of instructions is from Caitlin & Mike’s Blue Ceremony Programs from The Knot

What You Need:
•  8 1/2″ x 11″ navy blue card stock
•  3″ x 3″ light blue invitation liner paper 
•  2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ white paper card stock printed with your monogram
•  20″ to 30″ light blue ribbon (about 1/4″ thick) 
•  *7 1/2″ x 10″ paper printed landscape-style with the ceremony info
      •  Mini hole puncher
 •  Glue or spray adhesive

How to Make Them:
•  Fold the sheet of navy blue card stock in half width-wise.
•  Glue the light blue paper square onto the middle of the folded navy blue card stock. Let dry.
•  Glue the monogram-printed white square on top of the recycled paper square. Let dry.
•  Fold the inner page(s) width-wise and tuck into the inside of the blue program cover so that the pages come together like a booklet.
•  Close the booklet with the pages still inside, and punch two holes exactly on the fold line and 2″ to 3″ away from the program’s top and bottom.
•  Open the booklet and loop the light blue ribbon through the holes. Close the booklet and tie a bow around the outside to bind it together.

* Tip: Don’t have 7 1/2″ x 10″ paper? Use an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet for the inner pages — just set the print area for 7 1/2″ x 10″ and then trim the edges after printing. Print pages 1 and 4 on one side and pages 2 and 3 on the other. 

 

 

“COOTIE CATCHER” Programs

 

Program "Cootie catchers" from Kat's Krafts (Etsy)

Program "Cootie catchers" from Kat's Krafts (Etsy)

 

I was chatting about days gone by with some of my girlfriends on the beach this weekend and we started talking about cootie catchers. You know that “foldy game” you played at the cafeteria tables at lunch or during recess on the playground. I actually don’t know if that’s what we used to call this, but it’s the one with colors and numbers and fortunes inside 🙂  “You will marry Michael Stiles.” False. (thank god)  Turns out there is a useful and practical way to incorporate this childhood game into your ceremony… programs. You can buy these (show above) from Kat’s Krafts, which have been featured on Brides.com and New York Weddings Summer 2009 issue. You can attempt to fashion your own, which might be a little more difficult with nice paper and printed ink instead of loose-leaf and a ball-point pen, but knock yourself out. If you give up, and prefer the best, go to Kat’s Krafts and shop around there. Her prices are: First 25 = $37.50 ($1.50 each), each additional up to 100 (add $1/each), each additional over 100 (add $.75/each). Prices are subject to orders though so go and look around.

 

PROGRAM POCKETS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

The paper is from Paper Presentation. You’ll need ribbon and a rubber stamp to customize the pockets, but all you have to do is fold up the bottom of the pocket, secure with a adhesive, and place smaller cards (print on a computer in sheets if need be) into the pocket. Loop colored ribbon through the top and hang.

 

BOW PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

To Make:
To make these programs (one letter-size sheet yields two programs), arrange your text horizontally on the page in landscape mode over four columns. Cut the sheet in half, wrap a 10-by-7/8-inch band around the center, and tape in back. Bend the ends of each program toward the center and tuck them under the band, making sure they overlap slightly.

 

LUGGAGE TAG PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Perfect for the traveling couple. This program is put together to resemble a bundle of luggage tags.

To Make:

1. Six “tags” can be printed on a sheet of thick 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. Choose an ink color that coordinates with the paper for the covers. Print your program text onto the paper, along with cut lines that divide the sheet into six rectangles; then cut out rectangles.

2. Make a tag template from sturdy paper to use as a guide in trimming each rectangle: Cut the top two corners using scalloped shears. Punch a hole in the top of each page; add a hole reinforcer over each hole.

3. For covers, glue patterned paper to plain, and cut into the same shape; add a hole reinforcer. Tie the bundle of tags together with twine, yarn, or embroidery thread.

 

And when all else fails…


DOWNLOADABLE  PROGRAM TEMPLATES

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Customize your programs right at home. Choose from different motifs, and three different shades: orange, aqua or gray.  If you want to add more visual punch, we suggest you experiment with the paper color. MSW chose paper in a range of soft, complimentary hues like peach, coral, and pale sage for a palette that’s at once soothing and arresting.

To Make:
Type in your wedding date, print on letter-size paper or card stock, fold in half, and bind with rayon cords.

Printable Directions
Template in Black
Template in Gray

 

It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of scripty scrolly text, but play with the details of your program so that they are very “you.” Change up the type using fun fonts like typewriter settings (Courier) or use two different patterned ribbons with similar color themes  that compliment each other or Use stylized paper cutters to add flair to plain square programs/ (See Below)

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

For more ideas check out 25 Perfect Programs on Martha Stewart Weddings. She wins in the DIY Program category.

 

CUSTOM FAVORS: Flour Seeds Gourmet Baking Mixes

CUSTOM FAVORS: Flour Seeds Gourmet Baking Mixes

 

 You all know how obsessed I am with cupcakes… well this is the perfect favor for your cupcake themed bridal shower, or wedding reception. I’m a big fan of giving away favors that people can actually enjoy instead of trinkety nonsense  they’re going to throw away. So what better favor than food. Seriously.

These adorably packaged favors from the  Gourmet Gift Co., are gourmet baking mixes in beautiful customized boxes for your guests to enjoy! The cupcake mixes come in four tasty flavors including vanilla, chocolate, champagne and red velvet. YUM! Each mix is made with Nielsen-Massey Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR PRESERVATIVES!  Wooo! Plus their amazing frosting recipes are available right on their website so your guests can replicate Flour Seeds incredible frosting right at home!

All you have to do is combine the ingredients from your own kitchen, bake and enjoy! Easy! You can personalize the label with a variety of colors to match your theme and add your own custom text. I so love this. Plus, the Gourmet Gift Co. is a Style Me Pretty Little Black Book member, so you know they’re good people. She doesn’t let just anyone in there you know.

Now here’s the best part… The Gourmet Gift Co. is giving away a $50 gift certificate toward a custom order.
This is the perfect addition to your champagne and cupcakes shower! 

All you have to do is tell us why you love cupcakes, and you can do it in THREE PLACES!
Comment here, send us a message on Twitter or post on our Facebook wall

We’ll pick a winner at random and announce a winner next Wednesday April 29th.

Be sure to check out The Gourmet Gift Co.’s founder, Tawnya Zebrowski’s blog Stylish Giving for more stylishly fun and easy DIY favor ideas!

HOORAY for Cupcakes and THANK YOU to The Gourmet Gift Co. for this incredible offer!

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