DIY Flower Girl Buckets

Thought I would share my most recent project–flower girl baskets.
I knew I didn’t want any of the typical white or pastel-colored satin baskets for my three toddlers to carry, so after seeing something I really wanted to duplicate and with the very helpful instructions of another Knottie who made hers, I decided to DIY.

Here is the basket that inspired me:

And here is what I came up with, incorporating the hot pink and black from our wedding palette and adding some whimsy for our 3-year olds ala the polka dots.  (Here are their little frocks, so you can see why this works…)



with silk flowers inside (will use fresh day of)

And, yes, the baby model:

Cost Breakdown:

  • 3 wooden buckets, Pat Catans Craft Center: $.89 each or $2.67
  • Hot Pink Grosgrain Ribbon:$3.00
  • Polka Dot Ribbon: $3.00
  • 1 Roll of white Bridal Trim: $.99
  • Can of pink spray paint: $3.25
  • Roll of pearl beads: $2.50
  • 2 tubes of Quick Hold Craft Glue: $3.00 each or $6.00
  • TOTAL= $21.00 OR $7 each
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April 28, 2008. details. 4 comments.

Dana Saylor Designs!


Ok, so since the time I came across Haute Bride jewelry I have coveted the bracelets and wanted to have one, bad, for my wedding day. But realistically–wasn’t happening.  I can remember very clearly the look fiance gave me when I told him I wanted a Haute Bride bracelet and told him the price–upwards of $300…
So when a girl is in a bind—gotta get creative!
Enter Dana Saylorwho also has an Etsy store.  And enter my bracelet—plus three bracelets for our flower girls, for a quarter of the ‘Haute’ price!
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April 23, 2008. fashion, reviews, vendors. Leave a comment.

Not So Haute:The Haute Bride Alternative=Dana Saylor Designs

Ok, so since the time I came across Haute Bride jewelry I have coveted the bracelets and wanted to have one, bad, for my wedding day. (HB bracelet at right)  But realistically–wasn’t happening.  I can remember very clearly the look fiance gave me when I told him I wanted a Haute Bride bracelet and told him the price–upwards of $300…
So when a girl is in a bind—gotta get creative!
Enter Dana Saylorwho also has an Etsy store.  And enter my bracelet—plus three bracelets for our flower girls, for a quarter of the ‘Haute’ price!
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April 23, 2008. fashion, reviews, vendors. Leave a comment.

Lasting Impressions Event Rental, Cleveland

So I visited Lasting Impressions while at home and was very pleased with their customer service and very shocked with their selection. I was helped by Kristen (I think) but also worked with Patty over the phone and both are great.
We’re using them for some of our rentals–highboy tables and pipe and drape.
Although we found a better deal for our dinner table linens, you can imagine my delight when this was the first thing I saw when walking into the store:

click pic to make big and clear!

You have to love that satin damask-print linen in their showroom!
So cute! And pops so well against the red so will surely pop well against hot PINK!

Well, trust me, the company knows this print is hot…because they are renting those things for literally an arm and a leg.
So I was thinking to use a few to break up my main linen color.
But then, as I was putting in my main linen order with BBJ Linen I happened to come across these photos on their web site (the bottom two images):


Not QUITE damask…but still really close….and equally pretty!

Well, the BBJ Linenversion is considerably cheaper….so…you know being the budget bride I am….!

April 23, 2008. decorations, details, reviews, vendors. 1 comment.

The Shoes that Could Have Been…

Sorry for my lack of enthusiasm in writing about this.
But I am not happy, because the crazy, ridiculous, pink and purple satin shoes I was counting on were too big and they have been sent back.
And now, I am still without shoes.
So here you go. The long awaited pics of the shoe, on its way back to the UK.




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April 21, 2008. fashion, shoes. 4 comments.

Florist Mock-Up

One thing I really love about our florist is that she is very patient and willing to work with me and change things until it is perfectly what I have in mind. This is a reason I highly suggest brides-to-be do mock-ups/trial runs of their floral components with their florists well in advance of the big day.

In the case of my trial run, I loved the mock centerpieces she made except for a few minor changes. The floral for the ceremony, however, was not what I had in mind. But that’s ok. Because we have plenty of time to fix it and after the trial I really feel like we are on the same page.

So in the name of NOT divulging entirely too much, here is a sneak peak at one of our floral elements….I won’t even say what it is, and I’ve majorly cropped the photo. But suffice to say we HAVE decided to use carns as part of our decor.

April 21, 2008. flowers. 2 comments.

A Wedding-full Weekend

Happy Friday ladies!

I’ll be MIA for a few days. I’m headed to Cleveland for the weekend for a mock-up with my florist; to sign a contract with DJ; to visit the showroom of one of my rental vendors; to pop in to my venue; to see and cry over the perfect pair of shoes that arrived at my mom’s house yesterday and that she told me matter-of-factedly would be way too big for me; to send the shoes back (but not before taking and posting photos of the tragedy); to do a cake tasting and last, but certainly not least, to have a get together with some Cleveland brides-to-be.

Yikes!! That is a whole lot to do in two days!!
But that means I have a whole lot to tell next week.

Enjoy the weekend!

Ciao~

April 18, 2008. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Damask Boxes

Would YOU ever think to look at Organize.com for reception table decor? I sure would not. But it is here that I found these super cute boxes. They are actually ‘photo organizers’ or ‘photo storage boxes’ and they were just $6.99 each. I have big, big tablescape-ish plans for them…

April 17, 2008. decorations, details. Leave a comment.

Polyvore

I think I am in love! Polyvore is a virtual ‘dressing room’ or ‘outfit creator’ where you can pull items from different web sites and import your own items to create sort of fashion boards. But of course the web site is great for creating wedding-ish inspiration boards too.
Here’s one I made of the types of things I’d love to see in my wardrobe this summer.
Enjoy!

April 15, 2008. fashion, inspiration. 1 comment.

The Big Shoe Reveal…

No worries fabulous ladies!

I WILL show the shoes.  Promise.
That would be really shady not to, as someone wisely pointed out, after all the ‘Shoe Saga’ drama!
The only thing is that…ummm…. the drama is not over, and there is a weird and annoying back story currently developing since I have ordered the shoes.
All I will say is that so far it involves me, my mom, and the United Kingdom.
Yes, weird indeed.

April 12, 2008. shoes. 1 comment.

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