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Sunflower Bud

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

June 3rd, 2013 by     

The age old tradition that still lives!  Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!

Nowadays, there are so many ways to incorporate these things into your wedding.  From nail polish to sewing a blue patch into your dress, to blue “I do” sequins on your shoes.  All of these are supposed to be just a good luck charm, but there needs to be some significance to decide what you’re going to carry with you (or wear) on your wedding day.

I’ll tell you my items, if you tell me yours.

My old and borrowed were actually the same item, a pearl necklace that my husband’s grandmother gave to me. I matched all of my jewelry to go along with it, and even my veil had some pearls sewn in.

My new, this one seems the easiest to me, was literally my veil down to my shoes!  I couldn’t even list you ladies all of the things!

And last, my something blue. I thought this idea was super unique and really fun, it was my pedicure (which even lasted through the honeymoon).

How did you ladies decide what to use?  Was it the significance behind the item or was it just a quick decision to fill this tradition?

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Sunflower Bud

Bridesmaids, Head to Toe!

May 24th, 2013 by     

Just wanted to ask you ladies about how you incorporated your theme into your bridesmaids’ attire?  Our theme was a rustic, fall wedding, and I think the dresses, down to the jewelry fit so perfectly.

My girls and I went to several dress shops before we found the dresses, turns out it was a little shop down the road where we did find them.  I have a bridal party of 8 ladies, so of course not each style falls perfectly on each figure.  They ranged from 5’2 to almost 6′ tall and of course varying sizes.  The dresses we chose were almost exactly the same, minus little details here and there.  I chose a cocoa color for the dresses and matched them with a nice, rustic ivory lacing, which were laid differently on each dress, perfect.  To compliment the dresses. I bought the girls pearl necklaces and matching bracelets.

After seeing the beautiful dresses, I decided to sunflowers to complete our look.  What would a fall wedding look like without a pretty pop of color?

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Morning Glory Blossom

Personal Details

March 22nd, 2013 by     

Every bride has all sorts of details throughout the wedding planning process that mean something special to her, but mine especially were my accessories.

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry other than a necklace and my rings, so I wanted to keep my accessories simple. I decided to wear my great grandmother’s pearl necklace that was given to me years ago, along with another great grandmother’s ring that my mom had let me borrow to use as my “Something Old.” I based my other jewelry around those items and purchased a pearl bracelet (not real though!) with a fun gold bow on it and my “Something Borrowed” was a set of (not real, again) pearl drop earrings.

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Violet Bud

With this ring…

August 22nd, 2012 by     

About a month ago, Violet Dude and I went to the mall to look around and go to a movie. We didn’t really have any specific plans for that day, but we wandered into the jewelry store where he bought my engagement ring to look at wedding bands. We had looked at bands in the display cases, but we had never really settled on anything we both liked.

My parents both had matching gold wedding bands, and as much as I love the idea of matching bands, I knew that our tastes were so different we would never be able to agree on one. He wanted tungsten, and I wanted white gold with diamonds. So, we settled on buying rings that we liked rather than matching ones.

We went into the store and the sales people were really helpful, and when I said that I didn’t really want just a plain band next to my beautiful three stone engagement ring, the saleswoman brought me a wrap band that my ring sat inside. She showed me a few different options, but I fell in love with one of them instantly. I knew it was the one, and Violet Dude agreed that if I wanted it…it was mine.

We then went on to find his tungsten carbide band, which was very simple but also very him. I loved it, he loved it, and with that it was decided that we were going to buy our wedding rings on that impromptu trip. I wish all wedding planning decisions could be that easy.

After we bought our rings we were walking around the mall (with Violet Dude constantly making sure the rings were still in my purse and hadn’t miraculously been stolen or lost before we could get them home and put them in the safe) and he said “I think it finally hit me that we’re getting married.” It was a sweet moment, because although it hit me when I found my dress, I didn’t realize that it hadn’t hit him yet.

I’m sure you’re waiting for the pictures of the rings, but we both decided that with the exception of our mothers and grandmothers, that we weren’t going to share the rings until the wedding day. So you’ll just have to wait another year! (Just like I have to wait another year to wear it!)

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Apple Blossom

The Groom’s Ring

June 28th, 2012 by     

I’ll have to admit, I was pretty clueless when it came to what type of ring or material my fiance would choose for his wedding band.  That’s where Tungsten World came into play.  Beautiful rings, a great selection, and fabulous customer service really made this experience a great one for me.  Not to mention their prices are super reasonable!  I ordered his ring and within a week it was at my door.  Here’s the ring my fiance picked out:

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Poinsettia Blossom

It’s All About the Details

April 30th, 2012 by     

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again…wedding planning is stressful!  Unless you are a bride {or a very involved groom}, it is hard to understand why we stress about every little detail!  After my own wedding, I have to say that the stress is worth it. All of those “little” details add up to something much bigger!

{my custom-made white feather & brooch bouquet added a unique touch}

{art deco-inspired boutonnieres from Etsy}

{a bridal shower gift that came in handy on the “day of”}

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Snapdragon Bud

A Snapdragon Proposal

April 11th, 2012 by     

I figure the best place to start my wedding-planning journey here on Bridal Buds is with the very beginning of every bride-to-be’s journey: the proposal!

On the Friday before Christmas 2011, Mr. Snapdragon and I were getting ready to head back to his hometown to spend Christmas with his family. We woke up early to get the car packed, and also to exchange our presents before hitting the road. Now, Mr. Snapdragon had my gifts wrapped and under the tree for a week, and for the life of me I could not figure out what was in these four odd-sized boxes. We traded turns opening presents, and he brought mine over to me, one by one. Two cute prints to put up somewhere in the house and an avocado cuber I’d added on Pinterest. I truly liked these things, and when he brought over the last present, I was curious to see what was in it.

Now, to help you understand the background on my last present: Earlier that season we had gone out and bought  these two cute S’mores ornaments to help decorate our Christmas tree. Mine had popcorn on it and Mr. Snapdragon’s was a baseball player.

We loved our new, sweet little ornaments!

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Daisy Bud

The Ring Thing

April 9th, 2012 by     

All the money we don't have right now...

Being a smart with money is essential to the wedding planning process. Trust me, if funds were unlimited, I would order everything I’ve pinned on Pinterest and more. And unfortunately, because funds are limited, the ring I painstakingly picked out had to be put on layaway. I swear that I am not one of “those girls” that picked out my own ring and told my fiance, “By the way, a ring is on hold, so be ready to propose at some point.” We did talk about marriage before we went ring shopping, and it is something we both really want. We had a vague budget in mind, and I had an idea of what I wanted, but to say we were prepared is probably inaccurate. So allow me to share with you how we muddled our way through making this rather astronomical purchase.

So I probably should have my girl card revoked for not knowing this one, but ladies, the diamond and the setting come separately. Every jewelry store we went to, we would pick out a few settings I liked, and the jeweler would say, “This is beautiful, it is white gold, with tiny diamonds here, and here. This costs around $3,000.” Ok, we think, $3,000 is something we can finance and pay off in a reasonable amount of time. Then she speaks again, “And over here we have the diamonds for the setting, this one is lovely and will run you about $3,000.” WHAT?! So the total cost is $6,000? You sneaky people you! The lesson learned here is, when you budget for a ring, keep in mind the cost diamond is usually separate from the cost of the setting, so have you budget and stick to it! Needless to say, we did not go with the $6,000 option. I want pretty things…but think of all we could do with that money!

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Lilac Blossom

Our Wedding: The Details

November 16th, 2011 by     

I’m a detail-oriented person so I think as I begin to share the elements of the Lilac wedding with you, I’ll share some details first. Bring on the pictures….


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Poinsettia Blossom

Bridesmaid Gifts: Jewelry Edition

August 18th, 2011 by     

A bridesmaid gift is one of the best ways to say “Thank You!” to your lovely ladies.

Make it special!!

Your gift will say thank you for all the things you forget to say, such as, “Thank you for spending $300 on the bridesmaid dress you will never wear again!

One great idea for your leading ladies is JEWELRY! What girl doesn’t like jewelry!?

Here are my top picks!

1. First up is a cute little necklace from ($26-$54)! Lots of different charms and colors to choose from with a poem that is way better than what you could ever think of on your own!

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