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Have a drink and find your seat

August 16th, 2012 by     


A wedding in June is typically going to be very warm so we knew we wanted a nice, refreshing touch when our guests came into our reception venue. Plus they needed to know what table they were sitting at. So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what we did. It took quite a bit of work but turned out to be one of the most talked about things of the night! Our guests had some delicious lemonade as they took their seats. Here is the finished product:

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Didn’t they turn out cute?! Here are the steps that I took to make them:

1. Find bottles! I searched everywhere. Trust me. I ended up at a local wholesale glass shop and bought 200 Tabasco bottles. They were only a quarter a piece so it worked out perfect!
2. We worked out with our caterer to have them fill and place them for our guests (and we provided them with funnels to fill them since the opening on the top was a bit small!)
3. I found some fun straws on Etsy in any color you could pretty much want!
4. I went to Michaels and bought a paper puncher in the shape of that little scalloped circle along with plenty of coral colored card stock and some string.
5. The hardest part was punching out 200 of them, writing everyone’s name and table number, punching holes in them (we used nails), and stringing them on the bottles.

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Who doesn’t love cake!?

August 9th, 2012 by     


Well, I don’t love cake but I knew it was something we had to have at our reception and the bakery I grew up going to (North College Hill Bakery) was the only place I would get it from. I’m not a huge fan on the traditional flower and buttercream decorations so we stepped slightly out of the box on this one. The cake had different layers of either white cake with lemon filling, white cake with raspberry filling, or just plain white. We had a small layer of buttercream frosting on the outside. Then came the fun part—my MOH and I found some peach candies from a bulk candy distributor. We put them in ziplock bags and took out some pent up aggression on them. wedding wedding cake archived , icon smile

The cake topper says “I love you” in French but also looks similar to my name (Jaime) so we like things with that on it. I found the cake topper from an adorable shop on Etsy. The dishes with little chocolate covered pomegranates were purchased on Amazon.com. The cake was not only delicious, it looked awesome too!

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The cake was not only delicious, it looked awesome!

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The cake was not only delicious, it looked awesome!

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The perfect (and functional) gift for him

July 31st, 2012 by     


I tossed and turned over what to get Apricot Dude for a wedding gift. I knew I wanted it to be super special but I just couldn’t put my finger on that perfect gift. Then I realized that he didn’t own a watch so that would be the perfect gift! I was in search for a nice-looking watch and finally decided on a new Citizen Eco-Drive. I had “Groovy Kind of Love” (our song) and 6.9.12 engraved on the inside from a local shop that does engraving. It turned out to be an amazing gift. He was so excited to see me to show me how good it looked! Of course I put a long, thoughtful note in with it. Apricot Dude did pretty well himself. wedding gifts favors archived , icon smile He got me a beautiful diamond heart necklace. I love it.

We waited until the photographers were there to open our presents from each other so we could have pictures like these:

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Tips for Getting Ready

July 24th, 2012 by     


If I could give brides one tip when it comes to getting ready: make a timeline!!! I honestly didn’t and that was the only part of my day that was a bit of a cluster. I should have planned out better who was getting their hair and makeup done at what time. It was a free for all!  Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but drink plenty of water (not mimosas) and eat something! My sister was literally forcefeeding me because I forgot to eat!  Enjoy the time with just your ladies. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get dolled up with your best friends.

Here are a few pictures from our getting-ready experience.

(PS: We stayed in the most incredible Bed & Breakfast in Glendale, Ohio called The Glendalia. It was amazing and provided some great background for pictures!)

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Showing Our Appreciation

July 17th, 2012 by     


Some of the friends told me in advance that the rehearsal is the part of the wedding weekend that they remembered most and I didn’t believe them at first. Well, looking back on all of the events on the weekend, they were right. It’s time to spend with some of your closest friends and family only. You are relaxed and don’t have any pressure on you. My advice for those brides (and grooms): enjoy the rehearsal! Take the time to thank each one of you bridal party members and parents. Here is a list of what we ended up gifting to our bridal party:

For the gals: a customized bath robe that they wore while getting ready (I bought teal robes at Kohl’s, about $20 each after using a 30% coupon, and then iron-on letters at Hobby Lobby with their initials and viola!) and a Kate Spade idiom bracelet (all different ones). They loved them!

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The cute robes I gave my gals

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Well, We Did It!

July 10th, 2012 by     


Holy moly. What a whirlwind couple of months. I still can’t believe that it’s over. What an incredible experience – good, bad and everything in between! I’ll be sure to do some posts outlining all of the little crafty things we did leading up to the big day!

Oh my – I don’t even know where to begin! Let me start with how the whole bridal party ended up looking: FABULOUS! We were so thrilled with the coral and grey. It looks absolutely amazing in pictures and looked even better in person!

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Wedding stress is kicking in…

May 31st, 2012 by     


Well, we are exactly three weeks out for our big day and the wedding stress is certainly kicking in. My to-do list just keeps growing. Sometimes I do something, write it on my list and immediately cross it off just to keep like I’ve accomplished something. wedding wedding stress wedding planning archived , icon smile We are finishing up collecting RSVP’s which leads me to completely feel like this:

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I’ve been documenting all my little projects I’ve been working on so as soon as all this craziness is over, I promise I’ll post everything! wedding wedding stress wedding planning archived , icon smile

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You’ve got mail!

April 18th, 2012 by     


First of all, I’ve been the biggest slacker ever when it comes to blogging! I’ve been so incredibly busy with work, school and of course, making our dream day possible! I feel like I have so much to fill you in on! We have all of the major plans booked. Right now, it’s just little details like decorating and finalizing with vendors. Invitations are out–we’ve been getting RSVP cards back in the mail which is so much fun!

Speaking of mail, I made one of my favorite purchases the other day. In total, it cost me about $25 but I think it’s adorable. At the reception gift table, I wanted something different for everyone to put their cards in. Nothing against the traditional card box or cage, I just thought it would be fun to do something different. I went onto amazon and bought a regular plastic mail box. I tried to find one at a flea market, antique shop, etc but gave up after about a month of hunting. Oh well, the new one works! Then, I found a lady on etsy name Miss Prissy Paige who makes these adorable decals with your name! And viola! Here is how it turned out! I think it will be adorable wedding wedding reception wedding planning gifts favors archived , icon smile especially with the little red flag up saying you’ve got mail wedding wedding reception wedding planning gifts favors archived , icon smile

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The best $12 I’ve Spent on My Wedding

March 8th, 2012 by     


I spent $12 on a wood address stamp and it has turned out to be the best money I’ve spent on the wedding to date! We have used it for multiple things including the return address for the save the date cards, return address for our invitations and the address that the RSVP envelopes will go to. The process was SUPER easy (and obviously cheap). I first figured out what size I needed based on the size of the envelopes. I decided on a 2×2 inch square. I then simply used photoshop to design it. The website I used was thestampmaker.com. It’s so easy! Just upload the artwork, preview it, pay and viola! It was at my doorstep within 4 days. They are even on sale right now I believe! Check out ours (with our blurred out address…sorry, no creepers wanted). wedding wedding invitation ways to save finance archived , icon smile

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The finished product!

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Flower preview!

March 1st, 2012 by     


I’m obsessed with my wedding colors (which are coral, peachy, light green and yellowish) and my florist did not dissapoint in our most recent meeting! She prepared four different silk sample bouquets and 5 different sample centerpieces. Even though they were silk, it was still nice to get an idea of what they will look like. Here is a sneak peak of the bouquet (with my puppy, Lacey in the background):

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