Love these Dove Notes

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Decor

Martha Martha Martha… you are so clever!

Here is a sweet DIY option for capturing well-wishes from your guests.  Firmly plant branches into something large and sturdy {shown: Manzanita branches in stones} and then wire the birds nests to the branches.  Place the paper dove cut-outs next to the gel pens {in a variety of colors} for guests to write their notes with.  All that is left to do is instruct your guests to place their well-wishes into a nest. Fun.  Sweet.  Interactive.

Preserve the notes… how fun it would be to celebrate your anniversary every year by taking the notes out of your scrap book and re-reading them!  So romantic…


Source: Martha Stewart Weddings


Pretty, Budget-Friendly Centerpieces

Categories Centerpieces + Inspiration

Pretty as a picture!  Especially striking… the cobalt blue bottle {Yowsa!}.  If you love an eclectic look and crave a variety of elements… here’s an idea for creating beautiful budget-friendly vases.  Use 3-4 colored glass bottles at each reception table as a centerpiece.

First, shop thrift stores and flea markets to find perfume bottles, canning jars, etc.  Think of these pretty bottles as a visual experience for your guests… delightfully adding color and drama to each table.


{Via Style Me Pretty this image was taken by {Justin and Mary Photography}

Give each table depth…  through smaller to larger flower arrangements in varying heights of colored bottles.  Think of the conversations you’ll evoke as each bottle catches and filters the light!

recycled-glassLove these!



Carry the theme… place sweet little colored bud vases like these  in the bathrooms… at the bar… at the dessert table…

from {TandemGlass on Etsy}

Here’s a discussion I found on  Wedding Bee that includes additional ideas and links for cobalt blue vases.

Let me know what you think and Happy Earth Day!


Signature Cookies to Sweeten Your Soiree

Categories Inspiration + Reception

Can sugar cookies be elegant?  I think so when they’re personalized with your wedding colors, monogram or other special design element, reminiscent of your wedding look. What a beautiful treat for your guests to take home or enjoy at the reception.

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This site has the sweetest designs… 

You or someone you know have a knack for baking? Why not create your own signature treats?  Look for interesting cookie cutters that fit your theme and practice making the perfect confectionery delight! Wrap them in cellophane and tie them with a beautiful satin, lace, organza… ribbon.  A conversation starter, your guests will go crazy for them!

How cute would these Love Boat cookies be for a small destination wedding and these purse and dress-shaped cookies be for a bridal shower?

Your Thoughts?

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Save Money On Your Wedding Cake

Categories Reception

You’re cake people~ pies and cupcakes are not options.  A beautiful wedding cake that wows guests and commands attention is all you’re asking for.  But, how do you have your cake and save money too…?

Options my dears…In the same style as your wedding, you could rent a fake wedding cake or purchase a wedding cake that has one or two fake tiers.  The fake cake/tiers are typically made of styrofoam, decorated with real icing and according to your wedding style.   A portion of the fake cake is real so you can feed each other while your guests never know the difference.   The fake cake is then whisked away to where real sheet cakes await and from which your guests are served.  Another option: Have a small real cake with separate sheet cakes to feed your guests.  Tip: Keeping mindful of your budget, a simply designed fake cake is going to be less labor intensive than a time-intensive, elaborately designed fake cake.

not fake…

Don’t you just adore this sweetly decorated carrot cake from Maple Sugar ?  Definitely, check out this blog for great ideas and confectionary inspiration.

Hump-day smile, check out this real wedding cake that looks like the bride~ exactly. Truth is indeed, stranger than fiction!

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