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!

My Dream Place Setting Pinspiration

All of the wedding things are in about 50 different places…or at least it feels that way. So I have an idea of how the place settings are going to look but I’m not entirely sure.

Today’s Pinspiration is pretty much my dream place setting…which sounds so stupid saying out loud, I mean who has a “dream place setting?” God, I’m such a girl.Pinspiration


It’s so beautiful! It reminds me of eating on the porch on a hot summer day. I hope my place settings come together half as well as this!

Confetti Pinspiration, Etsy Finds!

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Today’s Pinspiration is all about fun Etsy finds!


Confetti is so much fun at a wedding, and it is made even more fun by different shapes and sizes. So I looked around Etsy for some cute confetti!
All of this confetti is best used indoors because it’s not exactly natural. If you want to use confetti outdoors, make sure to get all natural confetti.
Remember, it’s a party! If you want to make some of your own confetti, check out the tutorial here!

Saving Money…On A Move

I am beyond tired. I wasn’t sure I could reach this level of exhausted, but here I am. Moving is the worst. Getting all your affairs in order is probably one of the most difficult things.

Our latest challenge: can you fit 1,100 square feet into a 16 foot moving van? I really hope so, because I’m pretty sure we can’t afford the 24 footer. It might mean trashing some furniture, but the difference in price is huge.

A few tips on saving money for a move:

1) Do the hard work yourself. It sucks. It’s stressful. But it’s also cheap. Buy some pizza, invite your friends, and you have instant movers…and it will only cost you about $40. Movers help take the stress off you, but to me, the lifting of stress isn’t worth the $3000 the movers would charge.

2) Get quotes from all the truck company rentals. Budget seems to be the cheapest for us.

3) Look up coupon codes. It’s really easy, just Google “Truck rental coupon codes.” Different sites can probably provide you with different coupon codes. We got a coupon code for AARP…and of course we have AARP…yup…

We have to take a look at the 16 foot truck to make sure we can actually fit our stuff in it. Fingers crossed!
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Have Wedding? Will Travel!

So since our crazy selves are moving out-of-state before we actually tie the knot I thought it would be fitting to showcase some Wedding travel Pinspiration!

My fiance is working on getting job down there sooner, rather than later, so that we can move down together. If he gets the job, we will have to buy plane tickets and fly in for our own wedding! So I suppose it really has become a destination wedding!

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Writing a Ceremony Pinspiration

So we finally nailed down the ceremony details! We aren’t having an exclusively Irish ceremony but I picked a lot of great Irish ceremony passages that I think will go really well with our non-traditional ceremony.

Before I got In contact with our officiant I had no clue how to structure a ceremony. Now, if your ceremony is religious, you are quite lucky because its pretty much all structured out for you. Non-traditional ceremonies are basically whatever you want them to be, so if you have nowhere to start and no basis of how to begin…how could I make it come together?

Our wonderful officiant sent us the bare bones and all we had to do was fill in the gaps. And now, for those of you lost in this area, I am going to share it with you!

Here is what a bare bones ceremony looks like:

Greeting- The officiant greets the guests and announces the intention of marriage. You can change this up by adding a quote or a funny anecdote for the officiant today.

Declaration: The bride and groom declare their intent to marry. This can be made to be simple statements or quotes. You can also go traditional, “Jane, will you have John to be your husband…”

Reading: This doesn’t have to be a specific reading. This can actually be anything you want, it’s basically a break from the two of you and allows for friends to speak or sing.

Exchange of Vows

Second Reading: Again, another change to personalize the ceremony and get friends and family involved. We are actually skipping this one altogether because we want a short and sweet ceremony.

Exchange of Rings: You can keep it traditional or customize the readings however you want. We found a passage that was perfect for the ring exchange and very non traditional.

Special Ceremony: The place for the sand-pouring or Handfasting (like us)!

Declaration of Marriage, Blessing, and sending forth: It is as it sounds and totally alter-able to your needs!

Now that you know how to set up your ceremony, customize it! Today’s Pinspiration is of different books that have wonderful passages to use your ceremony.
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“Pooh” whispered Piglet
“Yes, Piglet” replied Pooh.
“Nothing,” answered Piglet,
“…If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
“It’s so much more friendly with two…”
“Some people care too much, I think it’s called love.”

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“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…He’s always in my mind; not as a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

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“…Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take…It is indeed a fearful gamble… Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature.”

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“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment….a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

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“A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not who we’re pretending to be…
Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction.
When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person
Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”

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“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day…
“Real isn’t how you’re made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse…”When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt…”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. ” You become. It takes a long time…Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

These are just a few of the passages I love! Are you having a non-traditional ceremony? What kinds of things did you include to make it personal?