Favored Guests

Wedding favors are a bit of your big day to take home. I’ve seen many ideas for favors, ranging from treats to trinkets. I think one of my favorites is giving your guests disposable cameras and having them take all the pictures before the end of the wedding reception. Another I like is giving the guests seedlings to take home.

I found a great site dedicated to handmade weddings that had some really cool favor ideas. It’s called Do It Yourself Weddings. I can’t decide which idea was my favorite, the hot cocoa in a bottle or the CD favors. They do make a good point on the CD favors, if you do them wrong they are illegal. However there are tones of indie bands out there, that if you pay a small fee to would let you use their music on the CD if you give them credit. Make a good little CD insert with info on each of the artists and where to find more of their music and they’d probably be more than happy to be part of your wedding.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

lavienrosebakery, MaroDesigns, SatinandBirch, SucculentsGalore, fostersfrostings, caughtredhanded, HowardsHome, bhmalpacas, thecottagemarket, sbpreserves, naturefavors, bewitchingscents, RedElmDesigns, TheCaramelJar, handmadevents, peperapothecary, Buttonhead, bradensgracewallart, TabbyCat13, TortoiseLovesDonkey, paintedwithheart, TheShabbyChicCottage, Studio30Creative1, 2birdsinlove, jjbox10, gloilocksandbody, miaMallows,  and PastryGirls

A Place to Remember

You know people make a big deal about the dress, the cakes, the ring, but what really seems to make a wedding memorable to me is the place. Even those quick chapels in Vegas where you get married by a fake Elvis seem to pay attention to this. I never liked the idea of spending hundreds on a dress I would wear once, but I am a sucker for an awesome location.

There are a lot of ways to make a place memorable. It doesn’t have to be a fairytale castle or a fancy church. (although there’s this storybook mansion up the canyon that does weddings that is just freaking awesome). Well placed Christmas lights can make a backyard magical, airy fabrics give a basic reception hall an exotic allure, and personal touches such as a photo garland remind everyone there that this is your day.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

TimelessPaper, lilmissi, teresab123, crearting, inspiredbymarie, MagicalHedgehog, rubydollcreations, luly612, magartsypartycrafts, woomi, aphroditescanvas, katskrafts, PomLove, RumpelstreetBoutique, familyattic, WicksnCandlesticks, funkyshique, bragginbags, RiverBird, and bookity

You’re Invited!

So the big question has been asked and answered and now you need to tell everyone. And then get a bunch of them together in one place to celebrate. This is also an opportunity to, without being a bride/groomzilla, this is your day. Yeah it’s suppose to be a piece of something that tells people where to show up and when, but it should also have a bit of what to expect. Catering? Registered? Not actually accepting gifts? (Hey I’m all for the forget the gifts, send money to this charity instead idea.) Just need a head count? Include this all in the invite and have an RSVP card or a link to RSVP online.

I wish I could have found it again. There was one item I really wanted to include in this one but I couldn’t find it (Etsy, you really need to make the favorites searchable and sort able. I have almost 200 pages of favs now!) A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon invitations made out of plantable paper. I freaking love this stuff. It’s the coolest for tags and wrapping paper and all that. What these were though were plantable paper as the tag with the invite stuff on it tied to a little bag. Inside the bag was a biodegradable mini pot with planting soil in it. The tag said something about joining them as they let their lives together begin to grow.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

upup, edencreativestudio, doodlebugdesign, vohandmade, lvandy27, ampersandstudios, EverlastingInvites, LaurenLoweDesign, jamiekonet, papernclay, Storeyshop, goldenrectanglepress, AngelEllie, PapierLapin, kreativekelors, swelser, drippyink, mybluetulipdesign, inkylivie, laurenalexab, EliminateUgly, ItsMelC, EarmarkGatherings, and BeeMineDesigns

Popping the Question

Marriage is an oddball subject for me. Out of the three of us I am the only one not married (albeit as long as my boyfriend and I have been together this is only a technicality). We live in a state where people marry young, only a couple years out of high school. Somewhere from 23 to 26 around here you start feeling like an old maid if your not married, which is a little bizarre when you consider that most of the country this is when people barely start looking at marriage. A big reason I haven’t taken the plunge yet is money (weddings can be pricey and it means a lot to my family that the ceremony is a big to do), but the other big reason is it doesn’t feel right getting married when so many people that I hold dear can’t. That whole debate pulls me a lot of ways. In a lot of ways it’s just a word being fought over. If it comes down to the word is so important I’ll hand over that battle, take a new word and give it equal legal rights and leave the marriage itself battle to religion, then go have the double wedding me and my best friend promised each other when we were twelve and didn’t know that when we grew up I’d be able to get married and she wouldn’t even though we already knew we’d be shopping for three dresses and a tux instead of two of each.

The other thing I’m a little odd on is the proposal part of the whole process. There’s a lot of unspoken promises that go into a proposal. To me the elaborate popping the question is both silly and necessary. It’s silly because I don’t like being wasteful. I hate the idea of dropping a ton of money on a ring just to ask a question. I’d much rather something practical. But the spending the money means something else. I’ve heard before an engagement ring should be equal to two months wages. This is a lot of money regardless of how much you make. It takes a lot of financial discipline to save two months of wages, and in many cases a lot of time. This shows two things 1) you have the financial maturity that is necessary to take care of a family and plan for a future (how many couples do you know that fight endlessly over money problems that just can’t seem to save) and 2) the time it takes to save the money helps to give the time to get to know the person and really be sure you want to make that kind of commitment.

But like I said I don’t like the ring thing. Now if he proposed with an awesome custom comp equal to the whole two months wages thing then you got me. We can get a pretty ring later when shopping for wedding bands.

The proposal itself is important too, but not because of how much you spend. Really making that moment something memorable shows you care. Shows you are willing to take the time to plan something like that. That’s why a good proposal is important. And it doesn’t have to be flashy to be memorable. Little details that show they matter to you can over shadow all the glitz in the world in a heart beat.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

ecoblingcouture, cottonbirddesigns, peacecreanegreetings, MyPrimitiveBoutique, CosmicGirl, icehousecrafts, HudsonBlockCo, justgivemepeace, saplanet, chanyeevon, WalkerWorld, AvivJewelry, greenleafpickcompany, sideproject, boxx, JensJewellery, AutumnSkyAdornments, ccj2, stephcraig, dillondesigns, theriveriseverywhere, MinterandRichterDes, guyincognito, and stoutwoodworks

Wedding Week Announcement!

So this next week we are doing something special. We are going to have a theme week dedicated to weddings, start to finish.

Starting with the proposal and working our way to the honey moon, there will be a new gift guide up everyday for a week. So here is the schedule:

June 27th – Popping the Question

June 28th – You’re Invited

June 29th – A Place to Remember

June 30th – Favored Guests

July 1st – The Cake is Not a Lie

July 2nd – Why is the Bride Blushing

July 3rd – Honey Mooning

New Creations!

So got into a new craft. I have discovered wire working!. Ok, so with the wings I was already do wire working, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to do wire jewelry making. Especially earcuffs. And just before the Utah Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Festival I did just that.

These are going to be available in our Etsy shop very soon.

Found Some Flair

I used to collect these like crazy in high school. Still have quite a few, most of them pinned to the ceiling in my car. Maybe it’s the way they can make you laugh, or maybe it’s the broadcast of your personality when wearing one. Either way something about flair seems to catch people of all types.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

ticklebuttons, Buttonhead, hownice, DAMEcreations, beanforest, poptacular, theangryrobot, BAYMOONSTUDIO, fadingendlessly, WeiOpenSecret, Gnipmac, FlareExtraordinaire, picturama, KarmaBoxCom, buttonarcade, pinkfairywand, shortsleevealliance, thishandmadelife, BarrelOfMonkeys, manhandled, indiepin, abbeychristine, LittleMommaErin, and flirtbuttons

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