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Today Anthropologie launched their much anticipated online wedding dress shop, BHLDN. While the prices aren’t what I consider budget friendly the designs are fabulous and very inspirational. I am loving these…

Aside from gowns they also have chic dresses and accessories that go far beyond the altar.  You can view the entire collection here.

While we are on dresses I have to highlight a few of my Grammy favorites. I have to admit I felt a wave a jealousy roll through me when I saw Rhianna was wearing Dior Haute Couture’s handpainted and embroidered silk taffeta dress. I have been in love with that dress ever since spying it in the October issue of W.

Kelly Osborne looked fabulous in this purple ruffled Tadashi Shoji but my runner up to the Dior gown had to be the layered chartreuse frock worn by Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding.

Hmm…looks like I am having a ruffle moment. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

Happy Hunting!

why not a chicken wire frame. Huh?  Yeah chicken wire frame.

I stumbled across this project today on Ashley Ann Photography’s blog and had to share. It’s a great way to display escort cards and keep them from blowing away during your outdoor celebration.


For post-wedding use hang it in your kitchen, mud room or bill paying center to keep things organized. Such a cute idea, I think I will be incorporating on into my office makeover. Here is the how-to tutorial from The Project Girl. Enjoy!

There is something so satisfying about working with an artist to create a custom piece of jewelry. I love the idea of having something unique that represents your own personal vision. These ideals put my husband and I in quite the predicament when shopping for his wedding band. After countless visits to jewelry stores and looking at hundreds of rings we couldn’t find anything that was us. So we decided to find someone who could create our own. In the end the ring turned out amazing but the road to getting it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. Here are my tips on how make your custom jewelry journey as smooth as possible.

Search out an artist who style matches the piece you are looking for. If a jeweler has something similar to what you are looking for ask them to make adjustments to a piece they already designed. That way the artist is still working in their aesthetic.

Be patient. If you are thinking of ordering a custom piece for a certain date, i.e. your wedding, plan months in advance. And then take that times three. Things always take three times longer than you think they will. Leaving yourself a cushion so things can be re-worked if they aren’t just right will ensure your end up with perfection.

Use pictures. We all speak in different language and many people are visual. By showing the artist a sketch they will have a better idea of what you are expecting.

Research your metals. This is especially important no matter where your purchase your ring.
In the end we ended up finding a fabulous etsy seller, L R Jewelry to create my husband’s ring. We are absolutely ecstatic with the results. If you are looking for something local there are a some great jewelers right in Omaha. Check out Goldsmith Silversmith or Perspective Jewelry Design Studio both are located downtown or Silversmith Jewelry & workshop in Rockbrook Village.

My husband and I love to go to the Omaha Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. We love wandering around the old market checking out what’s new and chatting up friends while they work their fruit and veggie stands. And my husband can get his sugar fix with a cinnamon roll the size of his head courtesy of The Parthenon.

While we were down there this past Saturday we stumbled upon Renee Gabriel Designs. I am in love with her bags.

They are so unique and funky. Plus since she has a little something for everyone’s taste, her small clutches would make an awesome bridesmaid gift. An added bonus, the size is small enough to be chic but still holds your camera, keys, and cell phone. If you can’t make it down to see her at the farmer’s market, you can purchase her designs in her Etsy Shop.

Flower girls, if you choose to have them, can be one of the most adorable aspects of your wedding. Incorporating children adds innocence and purity to your wedding day.

In looking through the mainstream options available for you littlest attendants there seems to be few other options aside from the generic white flower girl dress.. While there are many who would disagree, there something about dressing a young girl up like a bride that I dislike. Not to mention the prices of these mini-bridal gowns are astonishing. I am a strong advocate of color on flower girls. It is a great place to throw in an accent that you were too afraid to put on your bridesmaids. A five-year-old will have no problem pulling off orange where your bridesmaids may not.

I am loving the whimsical “tutu” dresses I have seen popping up in weddings.

These lovely versions come from Omaha based Piccolina Designs. Definitely check out her Etsy shop. They add the perfect playful touch to any summer event.

To keep this style from looking a little over the top at your cathedral wedding consider letting it peek out from under something like this white frock from J.Crew. Then let your flower girl change out of the top layer for a fun transition to the reception. While your at J.Crew.com check out the other offerings in girls everyday dresses. Many of these would make a fabulous flower girl dress without breaking the bank. And they will wear it again!

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.