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Yesterday prior to the fabulous Omaha Fashion Week Tuesday night runway show I had the pleasure of lending a hand in preparation for the Annual MCH Auxiliary Rummage Sale. I saw so many fabulous finds for the DIY bride. From beautiful candle stick holders to mini champagne flutes (so cute!) they have a little bit of everything and a lot if it is in bulk! The sale is held once a year so it is a collection of a years worth of goodies from households all over the metro. If you are on the lookout for the perfect pieces for your day be sure to check it out this weekend.

Rummage Sale

Where:
Washington County Fairgrounds — Arlington, Nebraska

When:
Thursday – September 16, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday – September 17, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday – September 18, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
BAG Sale Sunday – September 19, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Proceeds to benefit the purchase of a OBIX® Perinatal Data System. This state-of-the-art technology enhances the entire patient prenatal experience for high risk mothers to be.

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One of my favorite trends showing up in weddings are chalkboards. From menus, table names and directing guests to the key moments of the celebration chalkboards are making their mark. They can be easily personalized and are affordable, plus chalkboards are versatile enough to fit in with just about any wedding style. They would be a great edition to the garden party theme I highlighted in a prior post.

I love these inspiration shots.

Inspired by these chic homespun looks I created a line of chalkboard invitations. Check them out on my Etsy shop.

“They are seriously telling their guests where to sit!” is the response many people have when hearing about a couple’s plan to utilize escort cards and table numbers.

One of the most misunderstood parts of any wedding is the seating chart. Couple’s loathe the time consuming task of placing each guest at a table and guest seem to want to rebel against elementary idea of assigned seating. However, the seating chart is one of the simplest ways to alleviate stress on your wedding day and ensure your guests have a great night.

Why this is a must for the couple. You just made your grand reception entrance and found your seat. Everyone is in their chairs waiting for dinner service to begin when you look up to see a straggling couple walk into the reception. They stand there trying to figure out where to go. Do they split up and take one of the seats with your new husband’s second cousins and the other one with your mom’s co-workers? Or do they grab one chair and try to squeeze in at the other table. That is one bad scenario but worse yet, what do they do if there aren’t any seats left. Did one of your guests RSVPs get lost in the mail leaving you a few chairs short? I have seen this happen at a wedding. Nothing disrupts your reception like the staff quickly attempting to set up an extra table. With escort cards in place the couple would simply grab their cards and discretely take their seats.

Why this is a must for your guests. Of course ,this is your wedding day, but these are your guests. Being that late arriving couple without a place to sit is horrifying. Especially if you are left standing there waiting for your table to be set up. The odds that they were the ones who did not RSVP are slim. Weddings are a time to socialize, when you don’t know who you are sitting with this can make for an uncomfortable situation. By placing people of similar age group and interests at the same table you can set your up guests for an interesting evening. You can put all your husband’s college buddies at the same table far away from your grandmother and her sister but perhaps next to a table full of single girlfriends???. When your guests are having a good conversation and making new friends or re-connecting with old ones they will stay all night

My last reason is a purely a design one. If you have escort cards you can add another personalized aspect to your decor.

Like this garden inspired display from hgtv.com

Save yourself the stress, ensure your guests will have a great time and be sure to have a few blank seating cards for those who failed to RSVP.

We are all guilty at one time or another of not being able to find exactly what we are looking for. Once you have an idea in your head, nothing else will do especially when it comes to your wedding. Couples want their wedding to be unique and personal making it extremely hard to just pick something off the rack. If you are spending hours upon hours searching for the perfect anything, I strongly suggest you check out Etsy.

Just about anything in every price range can be found on Etsy, making the site very budget friendly. Plus, the sellers are accessible. If you find the perfect bracelet but it is slightly out of your price range. You have the opportunity to contact the seller, you can ask them if they can do a similar design in your price range. Perhaps they can use crystals instead of gemstones? However, do keep in mind that these artists skillfully craft their products from top quality materials when asking for a scaled down piece.

Feel an important need to support local business? Etsy makes it extremely easy to find a local vendor that suits your needs with their Shop Local feature. You can search by city or state to discover a local business owner whose product suits your needs. A definite plus when using a local vendor they may allow local pick-up to avoid shipping costs and you might even be able to see the item in person prior to purchasing.

After combing through the plethora of products on Etsy you still don’t see exactly what you are looking for there is another option. The site offers a custom request opportunity through Alchemy. Here you can list a custom request complete with images for inspiration and your ideal price. Etsy sellers will then bid on your listing and you can select the one you would like to make the item. This is a great way to guarantee you will get exactly what you are looking for and be the only one to have it.

Of course, Etsy isn’t just a wedding resource. It is a great place to find just about anything.

Since I love paper and am always looking for an easier, cheaper, greener way to create, it only seems natural that my latest obsession is paper flowers. I have an upcoming party where I am hoping to use paper flowers for the décor. I am using coffee filters and have tried painting them which is tedious and does not result in the look I was going for. I decided to try dyeing them. Here is how I did it using RIT dye.

Since I wasn’t planning on dyeing two pounds of coffee filters I couldn’t use the recipe on the package. I needed a formula to break up the dye into smaller batches. I used 1/4 tsp powdered die to about 2 cups hot water.

After deciding how many filters I wanted to dye I filled a bucket with enough hot water to allow the filters to move freely. I kept track of how much water I put in the bucket so I would know how much die to add. Next I mixed the powdered dye with a small amount of hot water.

Once the dye was completely dissolved I stirred it into the larger bucket making sure the dye was evenly dispersed. I then added separated coffee filters until the bucket was full but the filters could still move around. I have found that slightly balling the filters up before adding them to the dye bath will help you to separate them later.

The package says to stir constantly. I don’t think this is necessary. I experimented with time and treatment of the dye bath. Stirring the batch once every few minutes for about thirty minutes resulted in a nice even color. Leaving the filters in overnight produced bolder color. The less stirring the more color distortion I experienced. The variance is nice if you are using the filters for flowers. It gives them a more natural appearance. My best results came from reusing the dye bath to get various shades of them same color. I was also able to create some new shades by mixing different dye colors together. This is a great way to achieve your desired result.

After letting the coffee filters soak in the dye I put the bucket under a warm faucet gradually decreasing the temperature until it was cold and water coming from the filters runs clear. I then gently squeezed out the coffee filters, separated them and then hung them on a homemade clothesline outside. It takes them a few hours to dry based on them outside temperature and humidity.

There are hundreds of ways to add personality to your wedding. One that can be affordable and makes a great keepsake is your guest book. Use this opportunity to really show off your theme or unique personal style. When it comes to having guests leave their imprint on your wedding the possibilities are endless.

If you are a traditional couple than you will be looking for something that illustrates the classic, elegance of your day. However, this doesn’t limit you to what is on the shelf at your local bridal store. There are some beautiful options that still show off your personality like this music inspired one from Elegantly Bound.

Instead of just a signature have guests also leave their address. It will come in handy for thank you notes. Another idea I love is encouraging guests to leave notes with designated spaces. With a fun layout, like the one below, everyone will be more inclined to share.

Coffee table books are one of my favorites. They are still on the traditional side but allow you to show off your personality a little more. Destination wedding? Look for one that shows off the beauty and culture of your location. Are you into art or getting married at an artistic venue? Pick out a book that showcases your favorite artist or a dominant one from your venue. Can’t find a book that matches your extra unique style? Have your engagement photos made into a book with space for guests to sign. Blurb is a great resource for creating your own professional quality book. Be sure to look for pens that do not smudge to keep everything legible.

Utilizing art as a signing medium will leave you will a beautiful piece that you can display in your home. Have an artistic friend paint a canvas with colors that match your décor or purchase a simple graphic print. Pick out colored markers or pens that coordinate and ask guests to sign the art. Experiment with different colors and pen tips to get a unique effect. No artistic resource? Have your guests right their notes on small colorful paper cards and then later use a paper mache technique to attach them to a larger piece of paper or canvas.

Picking an object that shows off your style has also become a trend. From over-sized wine bottles and ceramic platters to guitars and even furniture, the possibilities are endless when it comes to having your guests sign something.

Make sure its you and you’ll have a guest book to treasure for a lifetime.

I am definitely not a girly-girl. However, there is something about an English Garden theme that I just love. Its crisp and classic and at the same time can have a funky vintage twist. Plus it isn’t so over the top that it must be confined to just weddings. You can use it for a bridal shower, birthday party or even a baby shower.

To start choose your main color palette. Going for girly? Pink is a must. If not, pick pale greens, blues or yellows and then accent with pink. For a dramatic twist throw in aubergine or peacock blue.

Keep your décor light and airy. I am loving paper right now. You can find instructions on how to craft just about anything out of paper online. A bird motif is always a nice touch. This paper bird project from MarthaStewart.com fits the garden party theme. Add some feathers to add a modern touch. If you are picturing flowers everywhere try crafting them out of coffee filters. Check out these on Craftster.com. You can easily get about 100 flowers out of a $2 pack of coffee filters. Very budget friendly! Scour garage sales and secondhand stores for milk glass vases in various colors to display your paper arrangements.

Collect vintage china to use at your place settings. Vary the styles among the settings to keep the tables from looking stuffy. Pitchers, bowls and even cups can be used as vases.

If you are having a hard time finding vintage china that goes with your motif or it doesn’t fit into your budget use paper printed with similar patterns under clear plates. Use white linens to keep your tables from being overwhelming.

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Image Courtesy of House to Home

Most of the time ideas come from an unexpected place. One of my favorite ways to use inspiration is  transfering it from one genre to another. I have created a lot of bachelorette and bridal shower invitations in the past few years. Recently, a friend requested a few design options for an event she is hosting. I was in definite need of some fresh bachelorette design ideas. The martini glass/trendy gal silhouette I have used as a fallback for so long was growing tired and over-done. Most recently my fixation has been with art deco-style furniture—bold patterns and finishes in classic styles. I stumbled upon this set-up from House to Home’s Room Inspiration page, while searching for a Louis XV chair.

While I love the the Louis XV chair (one of my favorites), the high gloss black bureau is even better. And there you have it. That little table led to a whole new era for bachelorette party and bridal shower invitations. Check out the one below, there are more to come!

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While any color combo can make a great wedding palette one of my favorite trends right now is yellow. You can dress it up for classic elegance, take it outside for a casual county-themed wedding or keep it clean and simple for a sleek modern look.

If you are looking for classic elegance use yellow as your accent. Mix in black and white to make it timeless. Keep your wedding party formal in black tuxedos and evening gowns. Give your maids beautiful topaz jewelry. Use Cattleya orchids, calla lilies, ranunculus and roses in your arrangements. Go with a lemon drop martini for your signature cocktail. Indulge guests with a Venetian hour, include lemon meringue bites, citrus cheesecake, apple tarts, and caramelized bananas.

For a casual outdoor affair mix mums, daises, tulips and ranunculus to create whimsical centerpieces. Use various milk glass vases for a fresh picked feel. Fill glass hurricane vessels with lemons for an extra pop of color. Have your maids choose their own light sundress in a combination of white and yellow. The groomsmen will fit right in with brown suits and yellow pocket squares. Be sure to have a great pair of yellow pumps for the reception! Serve various pies instead of cake. Be sure to include lemon meringue, banana cream and apple. Hand out old-fashioned lemon drops in burlap bags for favors.

Keeping it simple is the key if you are going for sleek and modern. Set up long tables with white table cloths and yellow runners. Use monochromatic clusters of the same flower, short arrangements of yellow mums in square tins work great. Add silver chargers with a yellow menu for an extra pop of color. Dress your maids in gunmetal gray cocktail dresses and have the guys keep it simple in charcoal suits. Pass around a modern Yellow Monkey Martini during your cocktail hour. Finish it off with a luscious white cake, filled with lemon and covered in metallic fondant.

If you’re loving the yellow trend, I hope this inspires.

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