Sunday, February 28, 2010

the chain gang




Which one do you like better in sterling silver?  


{the baby ball chain from Mignon Faget}

{the figaro chain from Mignon Faget}

To be worn with the wedding cake pulls/pendants once pulled from the cake...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

adorable floral dress

{Silk Floral dress from BCBG}

Such a cute dress - is it too daytime for a going away dress?  I am obsessed.  It would also be adorable at a bridal shower.  

Still no progress on the white dress for the rehearsal dinner... 

Monday, February 22, 2010

bridal jewelry

I have been avoiding thinking about what jewelry to wear on my wedding day - mostly because I am not a huge jewelry person (well except for the engagement ring)!  I tend to wear the same jewelry for years on end - pearl stud earrings, my Tiffany "a" necklace, and my watch.  That about describes my look for the past 10 years.

So yesterday I was looking for a rehearsal dinner dress.  Again.  I can't seem to find a white dress that is affordable and available. Sigh.  Anyway, I stumbled across some seriously beautiful jewelry that seemed so feminine and bridal.

{Crystal Lattice Necklace from J. Crew $325}
This necklace had me at grosgrain


{Starlight Earrings from Banana Republic $25}
Love the vintage feel. 

I don't know if I will wear (fake) diamonds or pearls yet, but this jewelry certainly is beautiful.  Any ideas or favorites?  Honestly, my ideal would be to borrow some fabulous jewelry from friends or family.  Maybe I could wear my mom's (via my grandmother) dragon brooch somewhere...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

hostess gifts

Lindsey, a fellow bride and southerner, recently asked me what I thought about hostess gifts for people throwing showers.   I was so happy to get this email, because I had honestly forgotten all about that very important gesture!  With all the wedding parties coming up - I set about thinking about what would make a good gift in a few different price ranges.  I tend to like hostess gifts that are either something for the home or something delicious.

$50 or more (+shipping) 
Ceramics
Whitney Smith - Lidded Vessel $44
(you can get a matching creamer and the set is $80)

Pretty Soap on a Dish
Soap dish from Rae Dunn ($32)
I know that some people might not like this, but I think it is really cool.  You could get a beautiful soap somewhere and wrap the two in pretty fabric or a hand towel or tissue. 

$25 or under
Tea Towel + Champagne
Mr. Darcy's proposal tea towel ($11) at the Etsy shop Brookish
My plan is to wrap it around a bottle of champagne! Seems very romantic and who doesn't love champagne.You could also wrap the towel around one of the cute Brookish Mugs and fill the mug with something interesting (candies, chocolates, etc.). 

Homemade Treats
homemade vanilla sugar (I made some today)
You just split a vanilla bean and put it in a couple of cups of sugar for about a week.  Then you have amazingly fragrant vanilla sugar.  You could put it in a cute canning jar covered with fabric and then tie a recipe for shortbread on with twine.  I might try this for Christmas gifts.


That's all I can think of right now!  Hope that helps.

Monday, February 15, 2010

bridesmaids!

My bridesmaids will be wearing a mix of different caspian blue taffeta dresses from J. Crew.
I am now thinking about shoes and accessories and silver seems to work better in my head.  Here are some cute examples (out of the price range of course)... but just looking!

{Jimmy Choo at Saks}

{Badgley Mischka at Zappos}


My real price range is more in the Nine West Category.  Wore these shoes to my brother's wedding, which were a good deal at $39.99.   I have now worn them several times because they are comfortable and a versatile color.  I wish that they were still in stock or I would recommend them!  

Thursday, February 11, 2010

rustic wedding bridal party gift?

I was checking out the newest issue of lonnymag and I saw these bracelets from Col Littleton.  I think that they would make a cute bridesmaid favor at a rustic outdoor wedding. I think they are cute. Am I crazy?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

my married monogram

My mom saved this picture from an old issue of Martha Stewart Living.  She loved the "M" on the central fork.  I have sent this picture to our calligrapher to use as inspiration for my married monogram.  I am excited to see the results!  I'll keep you posted. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

necklace lengths

I have written about my plans to have cake pulls at our wedding.  Since the Mignon Faget cake pulls are their sterling pendants on ribbon, I am planning to give chains to the bridesmaids as gifts so that they might wear the pendant later as a necklace.  I love Mignon jewelry, so I hope that they like them.

I was talking to my sister about how to pick the perfect chain length to go with the dresses, and she sent me this diagram - which is really helpful.  Thought you might find it useful too.   I think I am going to go 16" or 18" - what do you think?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

DIY wedding veil?

So I have been doing some research about how to make your own bridal veil (with a little help from Mrs. Bower). I am not sure if I will end up making mine (I might borrow my cousin's actually), but I thought I would share what I have learned so far. Even Martha Stewart was no help on the subject of DIY veils - which I could hardly believe.

I think the site with the most complete instructions was on a blog called Chica and Jo - "Make your own wedding veil" post/tutorial (complete with lots of diagrams).

I then found a site that seemed to sell them for pretty cheap. If you wanted to use expensive heirloom quality materials, you could buy a cheaper veil and then deconstruct it and then use it as a pattern for your new DIY veil (this may not be the most cost effective option)! I went toBritex in San Francisco with Audrey and they have some insanely beautiful coutour lace from Paris (it isn't cheap, $$$/yd) - see below. I thought about using nice silk tulle, and then purchasing a small piece of this and placing the lace on the edge of the veil.


Finally, if you want to buy a pattern, there isn't a huge selection (only about 4 or 5 options). I found a site that sold many different patterns, in addition to all the patterns sold at each pattern maker's site below. For what it's worth, there isn't a whole lot to a veil - it just seems that handling the materials (which can be expensive) can be difficult.

I hope that you DIY-ers out there find this consolidation of resources useful! I couldn't find anything like this when I was looking. I'll keep you posted if I decide to make my own veil or have it be my "something borrowed." If you have made your own veil and lived to tell the tale - please share!


p.s. If I don't end up doing my own, I might try to do it for a friend getting married a year or so after me (I need time to recover from wedding planning). I am curious to see if I could make something nice. :)
p.p.s. If you can't tell, I like all the pretty, girly parts of the wedding.
p.p.p.s. also published on my other blog

Monday, February 1, 2010

you're invited

I spent most of my three day weekend organizing the addresses for our wedding (invites will go out soon). Basically I had to figure out what would go on both the inner and the outer envelopes of the wedding invitations. To get a feel for the numbers, check out this shoe box that we used to hold our addressed save the date cards.


Most of the weekend was spent with this book propped open on my lap in front of the computer - The Crane Blue Book of Stationary (online version available at crane.com). It is by far the most useful book when trying to figure out how to address envelopes to wedding guests. It is the absolute best book for that kind of thing - blows Emily Post's wedding etiquette book out of the water when it comes to stationary. Seriously.

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