Sunflower Style

September is such a wonderful transition month into the chilly October. And what I really love about September are all the sunflower fields in bloom. It’s the perfect flower to match with fall-like colors but also keep some of that summery feel. So today’s Pinspiration is a gorgeous sunflower wedding arbor.
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Happy September! My husband and I got out and went for a long bike ride in gorgeous weather. Fall is our favorite time of year!

Put Up Some Wedding Signs!

Today I was thinking about the signs to put up around the venue. Signs are really cute and can really look good along with the decor, but they actually serve a purpose too. If you have your ceremony and reception at the same venue, can direct your guests where to go, and show them what there is to do while they are waiting for pictures or dinner.

I put together a little montage of fun signs that are fun and functional!


Chalkboard signs are actually really easy to DIY. You can check out the tutorial here!

The Moving and Wedding Day Approach-ith

Today is the Two-Months-Till-Our-Wedding Mark! A normal bride would be touching base with all her vendors, talking over shots with her photographer, writing her vows, planning the nuts and bolts of the ceremony. Me? I’m picking up my whole life and moving it 8 states away.

In all the stress and planning, I have found a moment of excitement. We are renting a house this time, which is really exciting because we get more room to spread out and get to see what it’ll be like to own our own home. My excitement comes in figuring out how to dress up our rental house. As with any rental, we can’t paint, or alter the house in any way. But after doing a little research, there are LOTS of ways to make your rental house a home.

One of the most interesting things is decorating the bland counter tops that inevitably come with a rental. Apparently you can apply faux granite stickies to counter tops to jazz them up a bit, which is kinda cool!

I cannot vouch for the quality of the product because I’ve never tried it, but I think it’s kind of cool that there is basically a decal for your counter tops!

Lighting for your apartment is crucial. The lights that come with the place are usually horrible overheads. Invest in a few floor lamps, or sometimes you can replace the over head with a chandelier, just make sure that you can put it back when you leave!

To be honest, the biggest problem is the walls. I really want to know why landlords have to go with white. I understand the need for neutrals, but there are some really nice beige shades out there! So what’s a girl to do with white, unpaintable walls?

Answer: DECALS!

There are a TON of wall decals out there. They don’t harm the walls in any way so they are perfect for renters depressed by all that white. The website for the decals above is pretty pricy for the bigger decals, but there are some smaller ones that are affordable.

And last, but not least, my favorite way to dress up your apartment: Adorable Poster-Sized Pictures!

I think this would be great to do with wedding photos! Not sure I should tell him I’m going to blow us up to 10ft high and hang us in our house…

I have to find things to smile about during this time because if I stop and think about it for too long I’m pretty sure my head would explode. One more week here in Maine! I will miss it, but we’re looking forward to new things!

 

 

Flower Centerpieces Completed!

Happy Monday! So there are a myriad of things happening in my life right now besides wedding planning, and I can only leave you with promises of a catch-up post, but that is for another day.

Today I’m making a “Wedding Progress Monday” because my mom has completed all the centerpiece flowers! For those of you aren’t aware, my mom has been feverishly working on all the flowers for our wedding, and she has been making them out of paper!

So a completed picture and round of applause is a must!

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Since many of the paper flowers are very tiny, she is using some silk to fill in the gaps.

No rest for the weary though, she is now moving on to bouquets and boutonniere. I even have a little sneak peek of a boutonniere!

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I have to admit I’m really looking forward to the bouquets!

Mason Jars & Saving Money

I cannot have a rustic wedding without Mason Jars. It’s like an unwritten rule or something. The good thing is we’ve been able to *acquire* mason jars and have had to buy very few of them. We are using some as aisle decorations, but I think the best use for them is as drinking glasses.


If we do it this way we could end up saving some money in the long run. In order to have glasses for everyone at the wedding, we’re having to rent them from the venue. But I think we’ve acquired enough jars for everyone at the wedding to have their own, eliminating the rental expense. It’s not a huge drop in price or anything, but every little bit helps!

Now I’m not sure if any of you remember college parties with all those red cups? You would set your cup down, and since they all look the same, good luck finding it again! To eliminate such problems at the wedding we are going to have everyone put their name on their glass. I know this isn’t a new idea, but it is really simple.


We can even get some Martha Stewart chalkboard labels for each glass. They aren’t too expensive and since we don’t have as many guests, it’d be an easy thing to do.
Now to decide whether or not to get the colorful spiral straws…

The Wedding Needed More Cowbell

When you go to a wedding everyone always clinks their glasses so the couple will kiss. It’s a cute tradition but when I saw this photo, I liked this route even more.


I thought our wedding needed more cowbell. I had a fever…and the only prescription was more cowbell. Ok that’s enough. 🙂 So I surfed around online and bought a pretty nice cowbell. Now all that’s left is to paint it!

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I hope that the paint stays on!

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Nobody judge my painting…it’s pretty bad, but I’m just going with “it’s rustic.” Now all that’s left is to attach the twine. For right now it’s hanging up in our living room!

The Wedding Send-Off

Last Fourth of July we bought a TON of sparklers on sale. I love the Sparkler send-off where the bride and groom run through a tunnel of guests holding sparklers. It always seemed like a fun and festive way to leave your wedding.

Unfortunately the sparklers we bought came in a really awful box, and there’s no way we can give them out looking like that. Fortunately there are some really cute and easy way to dress up the sparklers when you hand them out to your guests!

I’m really excited to make my sparkler send-off cards! Are you having a special send-off?

A Ceremony Space

I truly have given little thought to the ceremony space. The grounds where we are hoping to get married are so gorgeous I think they speak for themselves. But it is important to at least spruce it up and tie it in with the rest of the wedding.

Of course the central piece of the ceremony space is where you and your hubby-to-be will stand. I have seen some awesome spaces for the bride and groom to stand. Some are simple, some are more grand, but they are always so beautiful!

These are some elaborate ceremony spaces. I especially LOVEEEEEE the paper backdrop! I wish I knew how they did it! Maybe I’m not as awesome as all that, but there are some pretty gorgeous DIY ceremony spaces too!

This is one of my favorites! If you are having a mason jar wedding, how perfect is this? It’s beautiful, natural, and is yet ANOTHER use for those mason jars! I swear those things do everything but cure cancer…

Photo By: Jessica Claire

Alright, I know this is a little out there on the DIY front, but it’s possible, and too beautiful not to share!

Just like the book cases, you can really tailor your ceremony to reflect you!

Photo By: Elizabeth Lloyd

Last but not least, my choice for a decorative backdrop:

And if all else fails, there is no more wonderful backdrop than nature itself!

What kind of backdrop are you using? Was it DIY?

Happy Halloween!!

How did all my east coast buds survive the storm?? I will say that a lot of my hang outs in coastal NJ are totally underwater, but at least my parents made it out unscathed!

I don’t know if I ever mentioned this, but I work in TV news…as a day job. I really love it, like geek-ily love it. That’s probably why I don’t mention it, because this isn’t a blog about TV coverage. But hurricanes close to Maine in any capacity equal major overtime dollars for this kid. I suppose I can even turn that into a financial tip: WORK LOTS OF OVERTIME/EXTRA SHIFTS. When people call out be the first one to snatch that up, because it equals lots of extra money for you!

Anyway, because I work in TV news, I had a front row seat to all this storm business. It’s pretty cool to watch everything go on behind the scenes…but also terrifying to watch the state you grew up in to sink into the sea. Here’s Atlantic City:

Photo Courtesy of The Weather Channel Facebook Page

I always look at pictures of the south underwater from a hurricane, I just never thought the same would happen so close! I hope everyone made it through safely!

Sandy may have made Halloween a little more damp, but she didn’t dampen my spirits! Halloween is still my favorite holiday, but now that I’m an adult I don’t find anyone my age that really feels the same way. So, maybe I’m a freak. While I love Halloween, I do think, that if you are going to do a Halloween wedding you can only do one of two things.

1) Go all out and make sure your Halloween wedding is a totally haunting experience. Like, get married on a farm where there is a haunted corn maze, insist that your guests dress up, and make all your decor super spooky.

2) Class Halloween up and make you wedding more “Autumn” geared with a touch of whimsy.

The #1 Thing I hate about Halloween weddings is when they are half-assed. Go big, or don’t, either is great, but don’t take it halfway. I know that a lot of people wouldn’t want to go BIG for Halloween, so I decided to show some inspiration for a more whimsical Autumn wedding.

First I really want to start off with the dress. There are MANY horrible dresses that have walked down the aisle in the name of “Halloween” but I FINALLY found this dress stunner. Originally pinned by the fabulous Sara from Burnett’s Boards.

This beauty is one of Glitter Wedding’s dresses of the week for this month. I can’t think of a more perfect, understated Halloween dress! I am not even a huge fan of orange and I would wear this in a heartbeat!

Here are some more ideas for an understated Halloween wedding!

This wasn’t exactly the Halloween I pictured. It was really nice to put these gorgeous fall colors together when the wind was blowing away all of ours! Even if the decor isn’t overtly Halloween I think the orange really lends itself to a pretty and haunting atmosphere.

I have to work on Halloween, so I’m leaving my dog Charlie to hand out the candy!

Pumpkin Season!

I have been pumpkin carving forever. Halloween was a pretty big deal in our household growing up. Not in any sort of religious capacity, just that it’s a super fun holiday and right around my birthday so my family always made a big deal. I love a good pumpkin carving session ESPECIALLY when you pop in “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” I think I know all the words to “This Is Halloween.”

Every year, it’s super important to me that I do a pumpkin. It’s almost like it’s not October without pumpkin carving and delicious pumpkin seeds to eat!

Some of my Pumpkin creations!

I know that if I was going to have a fall wedding, it would absolutely include some awesome pumpkin carves! But there is so much more that you can do with pumpkins! Here are a few ideas for a pumpkin themed wedding:

Pumpkins, especially the glowing ones, make great decor for your wedding day!

Or try serving some delicious pumpkin treats!

This is just the most wonderful season! I hope to see all the fall weddings have at least ONE jack-o-lantern!