Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The rustic invites..

lilribbers shop via Etsy

Numbered bottles..

via Martha Stewart

DIY seems to be the hottest trend in weddings for 2009. Martha Stewart Weddings posted on these cute bottle labels that double up as table numbers! If you're not big on using these at your dinner tables, try using them at your rehearsal dinner the night before the big day!
For a "How To" session on making these labels, click here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

just a thought..

How perfect would this be... this is totally us.

via green wedding shoes

Monday, June 22, 2009

Converse with me..

via Kelly Oshiro Events

Real Weddings: A Caribbean Dream

Last month, the better half and I attended our friends Destination Wedding extravaganza in Cayo Coco, Cuba. Besides a few minor setbacks, everything was perfect for the Mr. and his Mrs.

I am very grateful the Mrs. agreed to spill the beans and give us her take on planning the big day. If you're flirting with the idea of having a wedding abroad, this should give you a few ideas on what to expect during the planning process.

Why a destination wedding?
We wanted something casual, less formal and definitely something different compared to all the weddings we had previously been to. (basically all the same except: remove and insert new bride and groom) We also didn’t want a huge affair with tons of people in Ottawa, we just wanted our closest family and closest friends. We were able to hang out with everyone all week and actually spend time with them on the resort. We love the beach and we love to travel, it just made sense to do it somewhere down south.

How did you find the experience of planning a destination wedding?
Because the agency was very unorganized, I found it really stressful. There were times where I was fine with everything but then she would screw something else up and then I would have to go back in and do damage control. Other than the agency, the coordinator on the resort was amazing...he really came through for us. Everything was simple, and amazing.

Tell us about the Travel agency?
How did you find them?
We were referred to this travel agency. We met with them and all seemed okay - until we booked it. One month later, our travel agent quit to work in the public service and we were left with the GM who quit 4 months later. It was one thing after another. Un-confirming our guests, losing credit card information and failing to tell us really important details. I would highly recommend to really research your agency before going with them, SUPER IMPORTANT. (be sure to ask for referals!!)

Describe your thoughts on the day of the wedding.
Was it everything you'd hope it would be?
It was definitely all that we hoped for. It was simple, it was elegant, it was casual and it was tropical. That’s all we wanted and that’s what we had...it was perfect. We were both calm the day of the wedding, no stress, no cold feet. We were quite calm and just enjoyed the day. it flew by! […] we wouldn’t have changed a thing! Our families and friends were there to share this day with us and we couldn’t have been more happy and grateful.

Would you recommend the resort, getting married in the Caribbean to anybody?
I would most certainly recommend it to others. We had such a great time and the location was perfect. The spa that did my hair was fantastic as well. People from the Caribbean are more relaxed and may not be able to provide EVERYTHING you want, so consult with them before you book. For the most part, they will do everything in their power to accommodate you and your guests and make the day one to remember. BE OPEN MINDED. 2 hours before the wedding ceremony a water main broke which resulted in water being shutdown across the whole resort. My groom and some of the groomsmen had to shower with bottled water!!! But what can you do? It was really funny at the time!

Any tips for couples considering going the destination wedding route?
BE OPEN MINDED, the things that happen not as planned, end up making great stories for later on!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

one hundred wishes..

I've always been a fan of the raffle tickets idea for a carnival themed event. Sticking them in albums and in invitations for photobooth sessions, drink vouchers..

But since I've seen this..

photography by the marvelous Max Wanger

I will forever be obsessed with these...

People with this kind of imagination amaze me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

revisiting vegas..

So I've been thinking.. is a Vegas wedding too cliché?

Sunday, June 14, 2009


This is it..

this is THE inspiration boards of all inspiration boards (well for me anyways) Now if we could fuse this board with this post and this post, it would be perfect.

Photo Credits:row 1: Victor Sizemore Photographyrow 2: EyeSpy Photography, Gertrude and Mabel via Snippet and Ink, Jupiter Imagesrow 3: EyeSpy Photography, J. Crewrow 4: Jupiter Images, EyeSpy Photographyrow 5: Gertrude and Mabel, EyeSpy Photography

So um.. What do I wear??

So you get an invitation to your best pal's wedding.. it's an outdoor August affair starting mid afternoon.. no specifications on attire. What do you wear?

Here are a few tips from msn lifestyle.. hopefully this will help shed some light on what you should plan on wearing to your next grand affair.

The invite says: "White Tie"
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think the Oscars). He should wear: A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate. She should wear: A formal, full-length ball gown in a neutral color like dark brown or black. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.

The invite says: "Black Tie"
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair.He should wear: A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. She should wear: A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color like brown or black. The bride, wedding party, or friends can help answer questions about the appropriate dress length.

The invite says: "Formal" or "Black Tie Optional"
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.He should wear: A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.She should wear: A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black.

The invite says: "Beach Formal"
This suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate.He should wear: A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.She should wear: A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

The invite says: "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual"
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.He should wear: A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.She should wear: A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.

The invite says: "Casual"
Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.He should wear: Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.She should wear: A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

For the love of shoes..

amina @ still motion via weddingbeepro
Taking the shoe shot to the next level.. just amazing.

Linens, tables and chairs.. oh my!!

Photography by Tim Chin
Seating charts are probably one of the the most dreaded areas in the planning process. This is most likely why we are thinking of throwing the formal dinner/buffet tradition out the window and sticking to heavy Hors d'oeuvres and lots of mingling instead. We know this is a big nono in wedding etiquette, but we'd like to have a chance to meet and greet every single one of ours guests and have a great time doing so. We always hear stories about how newlyweds barely saw their guests the night of. We want to do things a little differently.. our way. We'll have several tables and seating areas set up and guests will be able to sit where they like. (maybe set up a little V.I.P area for the older folks) No head table, no fuss.

But again.. this is the "idea du jour" guaranteed it's going to change when the time comes…

On that note, you shouldn't have to butt heads to figure out the seating charts. Here are a couple
ideas from past weddings we've attended..

Draw from a hat:
Sounds kinda funny, but it works! We attended a wedding last year where most of the the bride and groom's guests were mutual friends or knew each other in some way. This was a no brainer for them. Family guests were grouped together near the head table (you don't want to stick grandma Pearl with Bob your un-ruly college friend right?) and the rest of the tables were figured out with the draw of a hat.

The idea is to cut little pieces papers and assign them to your guests (single, or with guest) and draw from a hat.. and tadah!! You have a table roaster. It ended up working out perfectly. This is a really great way to get your guests to mingle and meet new folks! Because the better half was in the bridal party, I ended up at a table with the grooms men's wives, the photog and a few of our single friends.. We had a blast.

Group friends/family and cliques together:
This is probably the most effective way to go. Simple. You don't have to smash your head trying to figure out who will get along with who. There shouldn't be any complications there.. Unless you're trying to avoid some kind of confrontation..

Save yourself the headache and plan ahead. The more you worry about it, the more stressed you'll be the day of. But in the end, just remember to have fun. No matter what happens, it always works out in the end..

How did you figure out your seating charts?

Friday, June 5, 2009

more to come..

What a crazy couple weeks!! More posts to come soon...
but for now...

Melissa Gill Photography via Zimbio