things we love, peacock shoes…

9th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - 2 Comments

The jewel colors and delicate silhouette of peacocks and their feathers can make a gorgeous focal point for your wedding. If you don’t want to fully commit to this unique decorating trend and prefer a more subtle approach why not opt for peacock shoes! We love this hand-painted pair designed by Nora Karen!

 

 

And here’s another pair with peacock flair! Love, love, love!

 

Photo source (Blue shoes): Junebug Bride & Stylemepretty.

diy “s’more” wedding favors…

9th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Who doesn’t like s’mores? Why not give your guests a treat they can take home and enjoy later. This do-it-yourself project is simple yet elegant as well as being budget friendly yet thoughtful. You can even play around with the ingredients and come up with exotic variations  by using chocolate grahams, white chocolate squares and  homemade coconut marshmallows. Use your imagination and be creative, as long as you use good quality ingredients you can’t go wrong!

 

Cost breakdown for this project (using basic ingredients):

Gusseted Cellophane Bags: $35 for 100 / 6 boxes Honeymaid Graham Crackers: $18.00 / 6 bags Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: $10 / 100 Hang  Tags: $6.99 / Silver Pen: $3.00  or Custom Stamp & Ink: $30 / Hersey’s Chocolate Bars: Pack of 36 $23

Total: $96, or $.96 each per 100.

Custom Tags: $126, or $1.26 each per 100.

 

Photo sourced at www.pinterest.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding invites, from frugal to extravagant!

9th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I was absolutely shocked when I saw how expensive all paper products for weddings are! Who would have thought that something so tiny and thin would cost me 12 percent of my wedding budget! Here are some fanatic ideas for your wedding paper invitations regardless of your budget. There’s always something for everyone!

Note: Many people automatically assume that an e-invite would be the cheapest way to go because it’s….well, free. Don’t even think about it. This fringes on tacky! Spend the extra money to purchase some paper goods and stationery to notify guests of the occasion!

For the budget savvy bride: Clearly DIY is the way to go here. There are many kits you can purchase to DIY or purchase the materials at your local craft or paper good store. Your best inspiration for something like this would be Pinterest– type in keywords like DIY invites, DIY wedding invites, and DIY paper goods and you love what you find! Most of these give a how to as well. Invite your bridesmaids over and have an invite making day, it will be fun and inexpensive!

 

Image Courtesy of www.bridesmaidsandweddings.com

 

For the techie bride: If you’re anything like me, you will enjoy and take advantage of all that technology has to offer frazzled brides. I purchased my save the dates from a smaller printing company with vintage and mod romantic designs (PearTreeGreetings); order over 150 and you can get your cards for as little as 53 cents each. They’re amazing designs and if you order in bulk, will save you a ton of money. Many smaller printing companies like this have templates online you can create your invites with customizable colors, shades, themes, and your own photos . ( Check out wedding paper divas too!) Once you’re done, they send you a proof to approve or deny and then you’re on your way!

 

Invites available at WeddingPaperDivas.com

 

For the non-existent budget bride: *Sigh*  Don’t we all wish we didn’t have budget constraints? I envy you ;) if you’re one of those brides who does not have a strict limit on funds, you can hire a graphic designer through a friend, freelance site, or places like Etsy.com and they will create your own original design based on what you want or have envisioned. It will be a one of a kind design and invitation set, created just for you! For extra money they can have them printed as well, just depends on your time frame and how busy of a bee you are. Looking for a more elaborate invite? Stick them in aged bottles for ” Message in a Bottle”,  have 3-D invites, hire a videographer to create a video story for  DVD invites, or hire  a techie for an iPhone app invite with details to location, registry info, couples stories, and a slide show of engagement photos.

 

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com