{Wedding Wednesday} Red, White & Blue Weddings

An early July wedding would be a perfect excuse to demonstrate patriotism & decorate with some Americana flair!

Delicious summer berries make a fresh and colorful Escort card display.

From Martha Stewart Weddings

A red, white and blue wedding invitation lets your guests know you are embracing the day.

Image from After Yes

Cake pops are a trendy alternative to the traditional wedding cake- and this star-spangled display would surely be remembered!

Image from One Wed

A sparkler send-off is essential for a July 4th wedding- and I love this beautifully styled, patriotic display.

Image from United with Love

Happy Fourth of July, and happy planning!

{Wedding Wednesday} Say What?

I’ve been scouring the reviews on The Knot and Wedding Wire, searching for a hair & makeup company that will travel to my wedding location and beautify me & my bridesmaids on the big day.

I found one with a beautiful website & loads of rave reviews. I called and spoke to a lovely women who informed me that the cost for my hair and makeup would be $500 dollars. Not including travel fees.

Say what?

This confused baby agrees.

I want to look stunning on my wedding day just as much as the next girl. I also want to be able to make regular payments on my enormous college loan debt after I get married. (Turns out changing my name will not cause all loans registered to my maiden name to suddenly evaporate, as I’d assumed. Huh. I suppose that’s what I get for going to my happy place every time my dad brought up finances- nodding, smiling, and singing Hanson in my head rather than listening).

Anyway, $500 to put my hair up & smother my face in makeup? I can’t be that ugly that the forty pounds of makeup required to total $500 is really necessary. And while we’re out it, I’d like to point out the cost for my bridesmaids would have been $250. So, either I am twice as difficult to beautify, or this is yet another example of the big, bad wedding industry robbing poor couples- already blinded by love- even blind-er.

I believe my predicament is made worse by our proximity to NYC. As everyone knows, women who get married in the Northeast are much richer, and therefore should certainly be able to afford wedding costs that nearly triple those in other parts of the country. right?

If I sound overly cynical, I apologize. I am completely obsessed with weddings, love, & shiny things. I love and hate the wedding industry at the same time. I bemoan the cost, yet simultaneously crave a wedding that meets the expectations in my mind’s eye. And in my mind’s eye, my face is flawless & my hair is not in a ponytail on my wedding day. And since my makeup skills are limited to the application of my Rite Aid makeup products, still wearing makeup in a way almost identical to when I began wearing makeup in high school, and my ability with my own hair stops at braiding (regular braiding, I can’t even french braid…), I have little choice but to pay somebody else to do my beautifying.

$500 dollars, however, I will not pay. Although I would consider dishing out five benjamins for the late-night snacks & extended bar tab at our reception. You can see where my priorities are.

Am I overreacting? Do reasonable prices exist anywhere the words “wedding” or “bridal” are involved? Do you think you can teach me how to french braid? Talk to me- lend me some advice! And in the meantime, take my poll:

{Wedding Wednesday} Unique Wedding Favor Ideas

When deciding on favors for our wedding, I want to be sure I do not spend a valuable chunk of our budget on something that will either a) get left behind because guests do not want it/care to take it home, or b) get taken home, only to be thrown away a few months later.

I’m interested in favors that are edible (who doesn’t like candy or chocolates?) and/or eco-friendly. (I dig these DIY bird-seed favors & the idea of seeded paper for day-of things like menus or programs. How cool for my guests to take my menu home, plant it, water it, & watch it grow? Very symbolic of the care needed to help love grow, yes?)

The favors below are all sweet little mementos to commemorate the day, but each serve a purpose. Candy bars, S’mores kits, & blueberry preserves are all delicious, edible, and can hopefully be enjoyed on the car ride home from the wedding, or at breakfast within the weekend. The mini succulent is a great idea for a favor that lasts, but can give the guest some zen-like peace wherever they place it. And a personalized mini bottle of Jack Daniels? I think we all get the purpose that serves. 🙂

1) Blueberry Jam

2) Mini Succulent

3) Personalized Jack Daniels

4) DIY S’Mores Kit

5) Rustic Candy Bar Wrappers

What do you think? Did you/would you DIY your wedding favors? Did you/would you have wedding favors at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~Laura

{Wedding Wednesday} Something(s) Blue

It’s time for Wedding Wednesday! (P.S. I can’t believe I am almost at the 5 month mark… CRAZY!)

Every bride (and groom!) gets to put their very own unique mark on their wedding- planning a celebration (no matter the date, guest list, cost or colors) that fits the personalities of the couple. Some weddings are true to standard wedding traditions, while others break the mold a bit.

From the weddings I swoon over in magazines and wedding blogs, it seems like most brides choose to honor the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” in their special day. According to The Knot:

“This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms. Don’t stress too much about them — they are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and attendants will give you at the eleventh hour (although you can give them to yourself, too). Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom”

A sixpence in your shoe? Who knew!

Anyway, I’ve seen some adorably creative ways in which brides incorporate their “something blue” into their day-of attire. Here are a few of my favorite blue somethings for that special day:

From top left, clockwise:

Sweet Love Custom Hanky from Wedding Chicks

Custom Blue Wedding Toms from The Crystal Slipper

Michael Kors Cord & Pave Bracelet from Nordstrom

Blue Gardenia Bridal Flower Hair Pin from Olini Floral

Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan in Orchid Blue from J.Crew

Classic Leather Ballet Flats in Turquoise from J.Crew

Blue & Pink Paisley Clutch from Mod Dot Textiles

Blue Alda Sunglasses from Kate Spade

Blue Drop Earrings from Anthropologie

Married? If so, what was your something blue? Planning your wedding, like me? What will you do to honor this old tradition?