The Power of Candlelight

I won’t blog in full about the beautiful, vintage wedding of Knottie 99 Vintage Glam, as it has splashed through the blog world!
But I WILL say that her budget wedding (under $15,000) according to Snippet&Ink, has further convinced me of something I’ve already known…candles go a LONG way and, in my opinion, give more bang for your buck than flowers ever can. Unless, that is, you are using someone crazy like Preston Bailey or working with an outrageous budget.
But for any bride really seeking an intimate and dually dramatic look, candles are the way to go.
This is great news especially for budget brides!

Tonight I am basking in the candlelight of some of the pillar candles I have purchased for our wedding…and certainly planning on buying many more:)

my hodge podge of after-work candles!

convincing me more and more

to cut my floral bill!!

March 31, 2008. candles, centerpiece, inspiration. 2 comments.


I don’t watch tv, so I only saw this video because I heard and love the song and was just curious. So I sought it out on YouTube.
I love it!!
No, this is not off (wedding) topic, because I really love Estelle’s eyes in the video! I also really love her first outfit (the halter neck dress)! Such a feminine look, perfect for spring. And the pretty damask back-drop at the end. Not to mention the song is just crazy hot! Definitely qualifies as inspiration (in odd form).

March 30, 2008. inspiration. 1 comment.

PSA: DIY Pocketfold Invites=Tape Guzzlers!

So, as you probably know, I am in the process of assembling our wedding invitations which are vertical pocketfold invites with three inserts, including a “Directions” card, a “More Information” card and an RSVP postcard.
The only thing on each invite that needs to be adhered down is the main invitation, which I have to attach to the top portion of each pocket…
But this is using up an exorbitant amount of double-sided tape!

pile ‘o tape

My pockets were very cheap to have created and printed…but the cost of tape is adding up fast!
I’m using simple 3M Scotch permanent 1/2 inch double sided tape, which is working just fine. But one small roll of the tape only gets me through FIVE invites!! That means I am going to need 25 rolls of this tape to finish the 125 invites I still have left!! That’s $1 per roll (they have it at Dollar Tree)= $25 added onto the final cost of my invites…just for sticky stuff! And that’s not counting glue dots I will need to secure the decorative ribbon for the closure.
There must be a better way. Help!

March 30, 2008. invitations. 2 comments.

The Brooch!

Came yesterday. It’s so beautiful! I am using it for my bustle. Pics don’t do it justice AT.ALL, but here goes…

And as a very boring added bonus–our $1 ring bearer pillow from the Dollar Tree!
Of all the details of our wedding, this is prolly the one I care absolutely least about. It prolly won’t even be used!
And yes I know it is plain and cheesy, but NO, I am not going to decorate it…Because I don’t care!


March 28, 2008. details, fashion. 1 comment.

The DJ…Or….Party Music!!

One way fiance and I have been able to cut wedding costs is by hiring a club DJ instead of a ‘wedding’ DJ to spin at the reception. This is right up our alley because we love a mix of music and we really appreciate ‘turntablism’ I think it’s called, and DJs who are great at mixing and really getting the party started. A nice flow of music is important to me and I’d really love a ‘club’ feel for the dance floor the last few hours of the reception.

Of course, I was set on hiring one of the hot club (and mix tape) DJs right now and one of my faves who happens to live in Cleveland and be the official DJ for the Cleveland Cavs, Mick Boogie.
BUT, he couldn’t commit because he is likely moving to New York City this summer.
(If you’re a hip-hop fan check out his website to see how hot he is! And, there are some very worthy downloads there, namely a mix tape called “Brooklyn Soul” which is a fusion of Marvin Gaye and…Jay Z. Ridiculous.

DJ Mick Boogie

But, over the holidays while fiance and I were in Cleveland we heard another DJ, Majette (who spins with Mick Boogie) play a party at the House of Blues–and he was oh-so-fabulous. We loved the way he intertwined classic soul with classic 90s hip-hop, new soul, jazz…it was perfect! So we booked him. And at an unbeatable price.

The savings also allowed us to add some other nice touches for our guests, which I’ll talk about later.

What’s important to you in a DJ and how did you go about finding yours?

March 28, 2008. vendors. Leave a comment.

Whatcha Doin…?

After about three weeks of bombarding you with an insane number of posts–sometimes two a day–things have calmed down a bit.

Save-the-dates are out, our guest list is finally stabilizing, and I am happy to report that fiance is getting really excited about the wedding now, as he sees it inching closer and has heard from many of his friends about the save-the-dates (he was largely opposed to save-the-dates at one point…)

Soooo….I am slowly assembling our DIY invitations at a rate of 25 a week so I don’t get burned out. They are scheduled to be sent out May 15th.
Here’s what’s happening right now and what I’ll be doing in April and what you have in store:

  • Assembling my pocketfolds! Cute but super tedious!
  • Waiting for my clutch to arrive. Ok. So I ordered this from a China-based Ebay seller and it is taking entirely too long to come! I have already sent the seller an email and if I don’t get it by Friday I will be opening (my first) Ebay complaint. If it comes I get to show it to you!!
  • Waiting for the brooch I ordered last week for my bustle to arrive. I have tracking info for this, so I will show you when it gets here.
  • Waiting for my stamp to arrive. It was destroyed/lost in the mail and the Etsy seller is graciously making me another.
  • Working with a jewelry designer who is making my bridal bracelet and a few other goodies. WAIT until you see the fabulosity that she is concocting!!
  • Deciding on a shoe. I’m sure you know about this from the Shoe Sagas…
  • Going to Cleveland to finalize our menu with the venue and tie up loose strings. Meeting with my florist for some mock-ups!
  • Craft project for April: Placecard trees. Woo! I’ll be getting started on these soon, so stay tuned!

Happy Thursday!

March 27, 2008. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

The Card Box of All Card Boxes!

So, I almost had a heart attack when Knottie Poetic Justice (see her blog here) showed me this over the weekend:

It’s from the Ebay store Modernbrides, which will make this baby for you in your wedding colors.
Now, I almost had a heart attack at the price of this card box, too, which can be up to $125 for a box piled 8 gifts high. For two stacked gifts, you’ll pay $70…
Examples of other styles:

Now, as excited as I got about the look of that first box in my color scheme…I have had to decide against getting it because I already have a card cage–and because that Ebay store says it is booked with orders through August.
But if I didn’t have a cage, I know I could make that card box with relatively little effort using either nesting boxes or hat boxes, hot glue,a utility knife and embellishments.
If you’re interested in making something like it, check out Nashville Wraps or Box and Wraps.

March 24, 2008. art projects. 2 comments.

Another Pink Pump

If you don’t follow, please see the shoe sagas:
Part I: What A Girl Wants
Part II: What A Girl Needs
Part III: The $15 Shoe Risk
Part IV: The $15 shoes arrives

The Tyrie Fuschia Satin shoes from Moda in Pelle–apparently a UK brand not readily ship-able to the United States, at least not through Amazon.    The brand’s web site will ship to the U.S.–but for a shipping fee of 59 pounds!!!  Which of course is probably about $100 given the weak dollar.  (They only charge 4.95 pounds for shipping in UK mainland)…. *sigh*
The shoe is 70 pounds…which again, is about double that when converted to dollars.  Not bad, until you add on the shipping!

Looks like the shoe saga will be continuing…

March 22, 2008. fashion, shoes. 1 comment.

Four (4) (IV) Friday Finds

Since I’m not doing anything wedding-related today (I started assembling my pocketfold invitations last night…and let’s just say I’m glad I started early)

<—sneaky peaky

me with tape roller that kinda sucks…

I thought I’d share a few cool things I’ve recently come across.

1. Custom Family Signage
What a thoughtful Wedding/Housewarming Gift this personalized sign would be!  $28 from Etsy store, Nestlings 

2. Envelope Back!

In case you missed the original discussion of envelope back…
An alternative to the decorative stamp we are using on our invitations are these very fab stickers that give you a three-punch value: decoration, color AND information (your return adress). Hey, that’s one up on our stamp…well, depending on what kind of ink we use…From Etsy store Zoopri.

3. Couture Stationery!
From Studio Ayt. I have had this photo saved to my desktop for some time now. So I thought I’d share the porn. I mean look at it!!!! These are somewhere around $15 a piece! But I’m sure you creative ladies could if necessary, create an “inspired by” version for cheaper!

4. Hot Necklace
I’m not wearing a necklace for the wedding, but if I was, I would love something like this with a simple gown. Absolutely stunning.
Just $75 from DesigningBride–a website I don’t hear cited that much–so check it out of you haven’t.

And yeah…that’s all. Have a great weekend!

March 21, 2008. inspiration. 1 comment.


From what I know, the save-the-dates I mailed and yes, hand-cancelled, Saturday afternoon have been received from those as far south as Florida, so I can now share! This may be sorta deja vu for those of you on The Knot, but you can always pretend!

100 Azalea Pearlescent Metallic from PaperandMore:$22
Save the Date Postcards: 100 from Vista Print: $4.99
Seals: 100 from Littlebean Boutique:$17
Stamps: “Beautiful Blooms”
1 Fine Sharpie (for my self-adressed envelopes): $1

And there you have them!

March 19, 2008. invitations. 1 comment.

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