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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wedding Favors

I've been trying to come up with a not-too-expensive-but-still-cute idea, for the wedding favors. So far, my only two ideas are either bottles of Round Barn Rootbeer, or maybe some cupcakes. Let me explain.


Since Round Barn Rootbeer is the signature soda at Pop's on Route 66, it's easily available. They have all of the stock of it, at the location in Arcadia, in a warehouse. The problem is the price. Once I get a better idea of the actual guest count, I can get a real price, with a possible discount. At least a 20% discount would be ideal, but who knows if they'll give it to me. It probably won't be until the end of August before I'd know for sure.

The other idea I had, also plays on the theme of the venue.

I think making mini red velvet cupcakes with either spice cake domes, or maybe maple frosting domes, would be way cute. The problem with that, is that there would be no sort of keepsake aspect to it, which I know would be ok with some people, but then others (family mostly, probably) would want something they could keep afterward.


So, I don't know. I still have some time to think on it, but I really hate not having things decided in advance.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Build Your Own Sundae Bar

I think we've moved on from the idea of a chocolate fountain. $250 just seems like such a waste for something that you don't even get to own afterward. And remember, that doesn't even include the food to dip into the chocoalte.

So, we've sort of mostly decided on a build-your-own-sundae bar. I'm really excited about it. We're going to go brave, and do homemade ice cream too, so I think that'll make it special. And yes, we will have to buy the super-duper ice cream maker that Keith's been wanting, but at least it's something we'll get use out of, after the wedding for years to come.


These are the toppings we've come up with so far:

Chocolate Chips
Gummi Bears
Sour Patch Kids
Chocolate Syrup
Strawberry Syrup
Pineapple Preserves
Cool Whip

We'll probably have to narrow those down to a select 5 or 6 though.

Needless to say, I'm really glad I've got all of this milk glass now. All of the extra peices can be used to hold the candy toppings. I think it will look SO pretty.


The one bad thing, is that this means I'll have to have at least 1 more server. Courtney has already agreed, and Diana is willing, so I think I'll probably also ask Heather and maybe Shala. I still need to think that through though.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ring Corsages!

For my future sister-in-law, Shanna and for my good friend JenniferW, who are going to be my usherette and greeter respectively, I decided to do something a little different than the traditional wrist or pin corsages. I saw a simple idea on Flickr one day, and went with it. I decided to make ring corsages for them.

So, I talked to the craftiest person I know, Dana, and she give me a couple of ring blanks to practice with. Thankfully, I never had to use them, because I found someone on Etsy who could do exactly what I was imagining.

So, I contacted Kirsten at FlowerThyme and she jumped right into her task. I requested that they be "sort of absurdly large" and she complied.

I just received the finished rings in the mail last week, and they are wonderful. I hope the girls like them as much as I do!

Ring Corsages

Ring Corsages

Aren't they neat???

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Milk Glass

I took about a week off from posting. Most of the stuff I've been working on, I can't really post publicly, because it all has to do with the bridal party gifts. I've also ordered my veil and my cake topper, but I'll wait to post about them. I want to have the veil in hand before I give my thoughts on it. I hope I'm as excited about it, when I see it, as I am right now. So, on to some things I can post about right now...

I've loved milk glass for a long time. I've always thought it would be a nice addition to the wedding decor, but didn't really know how I should incorporate it.

Well, this blog post kind of put me over the edge, and I knew I HAD to find a way to get it to all work together. Thank god I chose white as an accent color, instead of ivory!

So, for the past week or so, I've been hitting up all the thrift stores in the metro, looking for milk glass. I'm now up to 73 pieces, and I think I've got enough. I'll still keep looking, but don't plan to buy any more duplicates.

Here are a few photos of all of my finds. Some of these pieces (about 9) are ones I already had. The rest are all new.

I hope to be able to use this plate for my wedding cake.

So, now that the china cabinet is full, including the top, I have no idea where I'm going to store all of these, for 4.5 months. I told Keith he needs to build a display case, but he doesn't seem too keen on that. After the wedding, I will be selling a good deal of these pieces, but I know I'll end up keeping quite a few of them. I love them all!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bouquets & Bouts

This is my original inspiration board, for all of my wedding party flowers. The images are all from WedIdeas.com. I had originally planned on ordering from them, but I'm going to try to pull it off cheaper, on my own. Basket Market, here we come!

At this point, I'm leaning toward adding in some of the dark purple callas to my bouquet and to also 1 to Keith's bout. I still like the idea of black ribbon instead of white, for everything. I might try to add some sort of smaller purple flower into Jenni-fer's bouquet and to Mark's bout.

I'm also going to try to make some sort of ring corsage, for JenniferW and for Shanna. This is the inspiration for that.