Thursday, December 17, 2009
In the meantime, here is a mini blog roll of some of my fave wedding blogs at the moment.. hopefully they can keep you occupied for a few more weeks..
Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bridezilla
And Stanley Makes Three
Honey My Heart
Eat, Drink, Marry
100 Layer Cake
Enjoy your holidays, eat lots of food and drink wine; I'll be back in the New Year with some awesome goodies to share!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Years folks!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Last June, my better half surprised me with an impromptu birthday weekend trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.Not only was this trip my first ever trip to the Southern states, it was also my first ever plane ride! (What a city! If you've never been to the Big Easy, I highly recommend you book a getaway trip)
The first night we got to NOLA (Short for New Orleans, LA), we took a haunted walking tour through the French Quarter. Our tour guide Holly, a local, was very entertaining and knew a lot about the city your average joe wouldn't know. She told us stories about Muriel's restaurant with the lone table set aside for the ghosts (in order to stop them from stealing the restaurant guests bread), Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carreactress.. She also recommended a few restaurants she thought we might enjoy.. (and we really did!!) While walking down one of the side streets, I noticed a very cute sign above a brick wall (cute things seem to stick out... I don't know why). The sign read Cafe Amélie. We took a quick peek inside, and we immediately decided to eat there the following night.
And we did. What a place.. cobblestones.. candle lighting, beautiful brick walls.. just beautiful. We ordered a bottle of wine (expected) and browsed the menu.. the smells coming from the kitchen were too good to not be tempted.
I'm gonna zip pass a few details to get to the crucial point of the story.
After we had finished dinner, we still had about half a bottle of wine to go. Coming from a household who tends to polish bottles before dinners end, we weren't going to let this one go to waste. To make things easier, my better half decided that if each of us took a sip after every toast we made, we would finish the bottle in no time. So one at a time, back and forth, we toasted to the city... toasted the cobblestones, toasted to Holly (for guiding us there in the first place), toasted the stars... toasted Brad Pitt (long story.. lol) and it went on and on... it was kind of slow going for a little bit. I almost didn't finish my last glass.. and then something happened.
To break the pattern, my better half says "I've save the best one for last..". I started to get antsy.. I think I got a little too excited for what I thought was going to happen.. I started smiling lots.. getting sweaty (don't get me wrong.. it was hot.. but I thought he was going to propose!!) He gets to his last sip, looks me in the eyes (by that time, I'm blushing so hard my head hurts)and says... "To Rufus". I don't think it registered, because all that was running through my head was.. "I'm going to be Mrs Bleep*.. OMG I'm going to be Mrs Bleep*." And then it hit me. He didn't propose.. He toasted to the damn dog!!! (* to keepanonymity!!)
I was a little surprised and confused.. how was that saving the best for last??So the night went on without incident. I really didn't bring it up because after all, he did plan this fabulous little getaway on his own and I couldn't have sulked the rest of the trip because of this little "oops" moment. We took a carriage ride through the French Quarter, went to Coyote Ugly for shots and hung out with the craw fish mascot at BubbaGump & co. We even walked on the set of Carmen Electra's new Flick "Mardi Gras". Overall, a great drunken night.
The morning after. We get a frantic call from my mother in law. ( I call her that because I've been in the family for 4 years now) She was freaking out asking if he'd popped the question.. (see I wasn't the only one with that on the brain!!) So he hangs up the phone, turns to me and asks me where she had got this crazy idea in her head from.. so I told him I too thought it was going to happen.. I think he felt bad about the situation lol
And then I added "When the time comes that you are ready to propose, it better beat a candle lit dinner, in a cobblestone courtyard in New Orleans.. and it also better not happen over the jumbotron at a Senators hockey game".
I think he got the picture.
Ohhh boys... How I love them ; )
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I found this area especially hard because I wasn’t really thinking specifically about which little kids would fill the spot. I know who we’d potentially have as our Ring bearer, but we aren’t planning on going the flower girl route. Even thinking about the ring bearer, It was harder to find something decent for them… Besides an engraved whistle (no thanks) and a silver plated yoyo… there wasn’t much choice around here.
You want to try to keep the personal feel throughout the gift, also throw in a couple things YOU KNOW the kids would love.
So I put together a little mock list of potential ideas.. and here’s what I was thinking…
Canvas tote bag (take out your fabric paints and Bedazllers ladies!!)
Dress up Paper Doll Book (personally, I loved this as a kid!)
Little baggy filled with personalized M&Ms of her fave colors
Little silver Jewellery box (engraved to add that special touch)
Cute little earrings or engraved personalized Charm Bracelet
Wicked cool Backpack (You can let your hubby pick it out.. he knows what’s cool)
Juggling balls (in a special tin)
Little bag filled personalized M&Ms of his fave colors
Little boy watch (to attach to his belt loop)
baseball jersey/bat set (personalized of course) with matching hat
Small Lego set (to keep him busy while everyone is running around)
I was pondering the idea of coloring books and pencils and a set of markers.. but there is a risk factor that isn’t 100% kiddie full proof. You don’t want to have to scramble around at the last minute if your ring bearer thinks it’s funny to draw on your flower girl's dress.. oh yeah… believe it or not, it’s happened!! (Rule #1, ALWAYS keep a Tide stick close... in case)
I really liked the idea of Fleece blankets as well. Go to Old Navy for these (they always have pretty funky colors and at a great price you can't go wrong) or have it specially ordered with their initials on it for that special touch.
FindGift.com also had a great box gift set with miniature pops, sweets & gadgets for the kids.
Oh.. one site I was looking at today suggested engraved paperweights for the ring bearers… honestly?? What does a 6 year old boy need a paper weight with his name engraved on it for??? It’ll end up being launched at his parents when he’s not happy… not so good!!
If you still have no clue where to start, here are great tips listed onBridal people :
Ask the parents for clues and ideas, chances are they will know exactly what to get the kids.
If that fails, take them out for a “Ring bearer”/ “Flower girl” day of fun! This can count as your gift by treating them to an activity packed day! If you still plan on giving them a gift, this is also a great way to find out more about their likes and dislikes. Should make your job easier in the long run.
The last thing to remember is to make them feel like they are an important part of your day. Don’t forget to have fun. Kids love to feel special too, they will always remember your wedding as being the coolest they've ever been to.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If I were going to go for a traditional wedding cake, I would have something like this in mind. You don't need to have a 15 tier cake for a wedding the reception. Chances are no one will end up eating it anyways! ( in my past experience with weddings, the bride and groom end up having a dessert at the end of the meal in addition to the cake. Who wants to eat more cake after they've already stuffed themselves with dessert??)
Some couples end up having custom 'fake' cakes (made of Styrofoam and fondant) to cut the costs and waste. The cost gets cut by at least half and the guests wouldn't even know the difference! In addition, you can ask your baker to make decorated cake slabs with the same color scheme for dessert to serve when the time comes for coffees and tea.
That sounds good and all, but I still think cupcakes are at the top of my list for wedding desserts...
I'm torn... This is a second.
I really like this.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I am going to hit the ground running with this one. I am official sold on this idea. The dress, the shoes, the vintage appeal, beautiful cake.. oh My god.
We talk about ceremonies and venues and different things. We like things that have meaning, family oriented things. That is just us. We don't plan on marrying in a church, or having the big bash In a sought after venue everyone dreams of getting married in. (If you haven't read the past posts and are just getting into this blog you will be quick to discover we are looking for a no fuss casual affair)
Amanda and Daniel were married at the beautiful Bartan's Garden in Philadelphia, PA. She wore a beautiful white tea length, strapless, 2 piece gown. He wore a Paul Smith black suit to complete the casual look. The bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choice and the groomsmen wore black suits to complement the grooms attire. (I love this look. Classic, timeless.. casual yet chic)
The details of this wedding are absolutely wonderful. From the hand made invitations to the custom upholstered furniture everything was thought out extensively and executed with charm.
The guests were treated to a delicious spread of baby lamb chops and mushroom risotto catered by Philadelphia's Jeffery Miller Catering. The cake, decorated with details of small and large buttons, was a creation by Old City bakery. (whoever thought this up is a genius.. such a beautiful cake)
As a personal touch for the end of the evening, the couple gave out smoores and hot chocolate to departing guests (This is my kinda of affair)P.S. who doesn't love smoores and hot chocolate??!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This brings me to the main point of this post. Since I'm only going to have a MOH (<-Maid of Honor.. just in case you didn't get that), I've decided to go the non-traditional bridesmaid dress route and splurge on something a little different that I KNOW she will want to wear again, and again and again. Before you say "well I've heard that one before", hear me out. I know a lot of brides say they want something that their girls will want to wear again, but %70 of the time, they end up picking out the most hideous dresses that will end up being worn once and then hidden at the back of the closet never to see the light of day again.. But in this case, since she is the only one deciding, she can pick whatever dress she wants; style, color, cut. Anthropologie's fabulous styles might be a great place to start looking...
Spirited Away Dress
Longest Night Dress
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
How amazing was the wedding scene? the beautiful fabric canopy, strings of clear beads and exotic white flowers.. just beautiful...
via Julianne Austin
via Celebrity Brides
Just a little inspiration to add to the book..
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I guess I'd just have a great story to tell the kids right?
photos via the very hilarious Cakewrecks
Monday, November 2, 2009
And now the winner *drum roll please*...
Congrats, Samantha T!!
Make sure to check back with us for more cool giveaways!!
Thanks again everyone!! : )
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Got any married girlfriends?
Crack open the wine girls, It's time to round them up and see what they have to offer.
Back in high school, my girlfriends would get together once a month for a clothing swap party. Here's how it works.
(This is where it gets fun)
Each girl brings a bag of clothes they are no longer attached to. The set up: throw everyones bags in one pile and organize the clothes by color. Set accessories like bags and jewelry on a coffee table near by.
**** Make sure you label your items before putting them in the piles. You wouldn't want to miss out on a good swap would you??****
The general idea of this is to find an item and swap it or barter for it. For example. You've been looking for a purple military style jacket in small f-o-r-e-v-e-r.. and your friend just so happens to bring one to the party for the big swap! You have your heart set on her jacket, but she doesn't like anything you've offered so far. Rule #1: Make her an offer she can't refuse. Use your imagination!
Here are a couple ideas to get the hamster wheel going.. Is your cousin a hairdresser? Try getting a free or discount chop in exchange for your items. Buy her coffee for a week or even better, try to snag her a date with the hottie accountant in your office (this one usually back fired, but it was always worth the shot!)
I could also see this concept being successful for brides to be! It gives them a chance to network with other brides to see how their events turned out. This would also be a good way to get rid of extra wedding stuff laying around the house (depending on the item or course) and get something awesome in return.
Another great way of doing swaps would be to visit social networking sites like Facebook for groups looking to barter/exchange/sell their lightly used bridal items. Check The Bridal Swap Shop out!! You know the old saying.. Someones junk is another one's treasure right? Always remember: A dress CAN be taken in. You can always dress up and style a boring item (clutch, shoes...) And ALWAYS keep an open mind. You'll never know what you'll find!!
P.s. Don't forget!! Our giveaway ends Friday!! Don't miss out!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have been getting into the holiday spirit lately and I thought I would spread the joy by giving away some of my fave beauty products!!
Entering is easy as pie!! Just comment on this post with the words GLAM, and be entered in a draw for a chance to win this AMAZING set of deluxe-sized essentials from Sephora! It will mostly likely add some glitz and glam to your holiday look!
(fine print below)
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- 0.3 oz Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion in Flash (iridescent pink)
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- 0.4 oz Tarte Lock & Roll in Bronze (shimmering true bronze)
- 0.28 oz Guerlain Meteorites Powder Pearls for the Face in Beige Chic (golden glow)
- 0.17 oz Tarte Cheek Stain in Eco-Cheek (coral with a touch of shimmer)
- 0.23 oz Sephora Super Shimmer in Desert Gold (rosy tan with pink and gold shimmer)
- 0.06 oz Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Sunswept (bronze, coral, and rose)
- 0.59 oz Smashbox Eyeshadow in 24K (true gold shimmer)
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PRIZE: Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler
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**please note The Marry Melodies is in no way affiliated with Sephora, We just wanted to be nice and give away an amazing prize pack to our readers!!**
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Since seeing this cafe, I have become enamoured with all things owls. It's not something we've been obsessing over, well actually I've never really said anything about owls up 'till now.. but as a theme, I would love to see this happen. (maybe not for the wedding, but a rehearsal dinner or an engagement party)
Either way, it would give me an excuse to order these gorgeous invites..
Friday, October 23, 2009
To end the week on a good note, I thought I would share with you a great story I read in the newspaper a few days ago. This was a very heartwarming idea and definitely made me think of something we could do when the time comes that we tie the knot. Besides who needs 4 blenders when kids deserve everything in the world?
Hope you enjoy it!
Wedding guests bring toys for kids
By DEBORA VAN BRENK
The London Free Press
LONDON -- Forget the blender -- cue the giant stuffed gorilla. A Strathroy-area couple who married last weekend made an unusual request of their guests and the result was a truckload of toys for needy kids at Christmas. Fiona and Rick Zwering dropped off "their" wedding gifts at the Salvation Army service office in Strathroy this week. "It was just amazing to see how much people gave," Fiona said. "I'm not an emotional person, but when I saw all the toys, I was crying."
This is the second marriage for both and, as single mother to two boys, Fiona said she's been grateful for the services of the Christmas hamper program in the past. "You know how everyone says, 'I'll give back, I'll give back,' and you never get the chance to give back? Well, this was our opportunity."
"We already have two blenders and three electric hand mixers . . . We joked that we didn't need another 50 blenders."
For pickup, they enlisted Const. Steve Pommer, who co-ordinates the Cops for Tots program, which helps provide Christmas gifts in Strathroy. His truck was so full of toys they couldn't all fit into the back of the SUV.
The gorilla rode shotgun.
"It wore a seat belt and everything," said Gloria Mullin, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies, which catered the reception. The couple's generosity came as no surprise to Mullin, who also knows the couple through the Strathroy Community Players. "That's so Fiona," she said. Guests donated about 150 toys, which ranged from remote-controlled trucks and games to cuddly critters. The surprise donation marked a first for the agency, said Maj. Edward Hayden, executive director of Strathroy's Salvation Army community family services. People often donate food and gifts in lieu of birthday presents but "not for a wedding," he said. "This is great. The quality and quantity of toys will go a long way this Christmas."
Last year's 275 Christmas hampers represented double the number of the previous year, he said. "This year, because of the economy the way it's going, we're going to see more need than last year," Hayden said. Pommer said Cops for Tots passed along the equivalent of $9,000 worth of toys last year for local Salvation Army Christmas hampers. Last year, though, an increase in need and a decline of giving meant Cops for Tots cleaned out its meagre bank account. "This is the first year we've had to start from nothing," Pommer said.
The Zwerings, meanwhile, were a bit embarrassed by the attention, which was quickly making its way through the Strathroy grapevine. Fiona Zwering said the generosity came from friends and family who, without exception, supported the novel idea and went beyond what was asked of them. She said it's a great example to the couple's children -- his six-year-old son along with her 16-year-old and 12-year-old sons -- and, she hopes, a challenge to others to be generous in turn.
Monday, October 19, 2009
visit Frocks online...
Jenny Yoo - Ella Dress in off-white silk shantung with flower by Alice Hart
I love them even more for posting this lovely photograph of their window display back in May. The colors work so perfectly together and the Jenny Yoo bridal dress? Hello, gorgeous!! This is definitely going up on the inspiration board.
p.s the feather flower is to die for...
Monday, October 12, 2009
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How beautiful are these shots??!!
p.s. can you believe they took their own wedding shots? Just Fab...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Click HERE, to view the rest of Sarah Marens wonderful shots!
Monday, September 28, 2009
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I've also been a fan of this set for quite some time now. I've printed out many photos from this wedding and stuck them in my inspiration book for future reference.. I love the red and turquoise combination..
And last but not least... the theme image logo/monogram.
via once wed
Friday, September 11, 2009