Entries in wedded bliss (60)
this was our wedding cake. it's from cake love, one of the best cupcake spots in the dc area. we chose their "my downfall" cake, which is just as ridiculous as it sounds, with mocha frosting. (we aren't shy about our love for chocolate). p.s. bravo zulu means congrats in the navy alphabet!
if you know me, or have ever eaten lunch with me in a city that has a potbelly's, you know how much i love it. and if you've met my husband, and ever heard him talk about italian sandwiches, you know how much he love's potbelly's. and if you were to do a pie graph of our courtship, and where we ate the most, potbelly's would steal the show.
so, ellothere has one of the cutest, most creative wedding presents out there. with four different versions, one is right for your favorite soon to be newlyweds. this one is my fav. so amazing to have something up on their walls to remind them of their big day! i just love 'em. for another one of my go to gifts, click here. for all my etsy favs, here!
so, i am in love with this dress. it's a monique lhullier, and i'm about to let you in on a little secret -- i got it on once wed -- an amazing site for brides who want to sell their designer gowns and brides who would like to buy gently worn dresses for way less than designer prices. an incredibly sweet bride in charlotte, north carolina listed this one. i went and tried it on and it. was. perfect. and looked BRAND new. and, if you can stand it, it needed no alterations. and on november 7th, it was one of my favorite things about the whole day.
so paloma's nest is by no means a new all-star on etsy, but i just love it. these "ring bowls" are such an heirloom to have. we didn't even have a ring bear and i got one to have that day and put on our christmas tree every year. i could also totally see having it on a dresser or bookshelf. you can have the edges gold painted like the one above. or just plain white.
candy bars are the "it" thing it seems and my guess is it's because they're so darn cute AND practical. jars with brightly colored candy looks great, but after a long night on the dance floor, your guests are grateful for a little snack for their way home.
we went the ultra simple route. these jars are from ikea (my budget thanked me), the candy (all our favorites) bought in bulk from costco; and the yellow bags are from michael's (to extend our subtle yellow theme through small details in the wedding). we hand stamped them and called it a day. the signs sticking out of the jars were an amazing DIY from style me pretty, found here.
this was a huge hit-- especially with our youngest of guests.
on the big day, this table of candy, was next to the postcard table, which was across from the photo booth. it made it a mini-fair at our wedding. guests could get candy and write a postcard to us, all while waiting in line for the photo booth!
for our wedding table numbers, we decided to pick numbers that are significant to us. so we did the day we met (5), the day we tied the knot (7), each of our lucky numbers (4 & 14), our combined height in inches (132), how many miles from our house to the beach (15), and a few others. the fun thing was, on the seating chart, it just had the number. our guests had to wait until they were at the table to see the significance. table 2? the number of desserts we order (always). table 18 vs. 4? peyton manning vs. brett favre, the central quarterback rivalry in our lives.
we used these from paper source to make them. there are tons of great ideas out there. you can do places that are significant to you. books you love. and the best part is it instantly gives the guests at that table something to talk about!
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so, remember how i told you i had this idea that i wanted our reception in a rustic barn? (if you read wedding blogs, you know how much incredible inspiration is out there!) well, the best bet for us in old town alexandria, was an old torpedo factory turned arts center WITH farm tables! so, I searched high and low and found out party rental ltd. had just what I was looking for! so...
in terms of wedding planning, one of the most important things we did was decide what was really important to us, invest our limited budget there, and be smart about the rest. in case you can't tell, i love paper. i cared that our invites were works of art, so we invested there. there were other areas where we are able to save big on.