Even though it is still cold and it was snowing a few days ago, I can hear the birds chirping outside, store windows are touting warm weather frocks, and people are pinning bright springtime pins on Pinterest.
Suddenly I find myself loving peach again and other springtime colors. And I have flowers on my mind.
Never in a million years did I think I would start crying when I stood up to introduce myself to a room of 100+ ladies (and a few gentleman).
It was about 10AM on a Wednesday when it started. I was attending a 2-day workshop called Making Things Happen (or MTH for short) that focuses on helping participants accomplish what they want in their lives and their business.
Founded in 2009 by Lara Casey (who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, and founder of Southern Weddings Magazine), the workshop attracts a lot of folks in the wedding industry, plus a mix of people who are looking to start a wedding-related business, and some people who just want to make a change in their lives that’s completely unrelated to weddings.
Do you see this photo here? It shows some of the new items I posed on Etsy a week or two ago. Over the weekend half of what you see here was purchased (and then some!).
So I’ve been spending all my free time putting together this large order so that I can ship it tomorrow! And that’s one of the many reasons why I haven’t had a chance to update the blog this week. Continue reading
A photo of my venue taken by Lauren Fair Photography. I knew I may want to hang decorations from the ceiling so I made sure to ask before I signed the contract!
This post is part 2 in a series on finding the perfect(ish) wedding venue – particularly less conventional venues, budget-friendly venues, and DIY-friendly venues. In part 1, I provided some tips for finding venue options. But what do you do when you have found some options worth checking out? What questions should you ask before you sign the contract?
To answer these questions, I turned to wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Danielle Pasternak. Danielle was my wedding coordinator, and always had the best advice…plus she has worked with a lot of DIY brides with all kinds of budgets and venues. In typical Danielle fashion, I asked if she could contribute to this blog post and 12 hours later she got back to me with this…..
When it comes to venue hunting, it can be an incredibly overwhelming process. In fact, most couples compare it to house hunting. Your venue is going to set the tone and environment for your wedding and that is a huge factor.
As an experienced wedding coordinator, my first bit of advice when it comes to choosing your venue is to listen to what your gut/heart is telling you. Similar to when you are looking for that perfect house, dress, recipe, whatever – you’ll just know when you’ve found one that just feels right.
But listening to your gut isn’t always black and white, so it helps to have some solid information to make a good decision for you and your spouse-to-be. Especially before you sign on the dotted line. Continue reading
With all the amazing Valentine’s Day DIY tutorials I’ve been seeing online, I’ve been feeling pretty inspired to make something…but not inspired enough to go crazy and turn my living room wall into a fringe heart photobooth backdrop. More like inspired enough to make something that doesn’t require me to buy anything new…and can be made during a night of watching mindless prime time TV.
So this past week I grabbed a roll of parchment paper, a pair of scissors, some colored pencils, a sewing needle and string, and turned on the TV to watch the reality show disaster known as The Bachelor (my favorite show to hate-watch).
After two hours and a rose ceremony, here is what I came up with……
This garland is easy to make, scalable (can make a little one or a super long one), and you can decorate it any way you want! I used colored pencils and some gold glitter but you could use a regular pencil or Sharpie to draw dots or stripes, and it would look equally awesome.
Anyway if you want to make one here’s what you do… Continue reading
Yesterday evening I attended the West Elm Spring Social hosted by wedding designer extraordinaire, Michelle Edgemeont, and made the cutest boutonnieres using tiny air plants and paper flowers sold at West Elm.
These boutonnieres are really easy to make and a perfect DIY for anyone getting married, going to the prom, or for those in need of some floral flair to spruce up an outfit. And if you’re getting married you can make these several days before your wedding. Continue reading
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a super sweet (and easy!) Valentine’s Day craft – a fortune “cookie” valentine made out of Airheads Candy! Yum!
- Airheads Candy (I used Cherry, Strawberry, and White Mystery)
- Parchment paper
- A cup (to trace your fortune “cookie” circle)
- Two pieces of a drinking straw, approx. 2 inches each
- Scissors (make sure they’re clean)
- Rolling pin