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You Rock My World Coasters…

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…Great Gift Idea For Music Lovers!

Have you ever seen Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist?  These letterpress record coasters remind me of something straight out of that movie.

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Imagine giving these as a gift to your fiance!  Or, perhaps you could use these to decorate the bar at your wedding.

The creative lil’ miss over at Maida Vale actually turned these coasters into a mini scrapbook!  To see how she did it, click HERE.  Now that would be something very cool to recieve, don’t you agree? 

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I could also see these being given as favors to guests!

 To grab your own set of letterpress record coasters, visit Etsy seller sarahparrott825.  Also, be sure to check out the designer’s refreshing blog,  Things Are Better With A Parrot.  Rock on!

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thUTCp30UTC04bUTCWed, 08 Apr 2009 12:42:50 +0000 11, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Customized Jones Soda Bottles…

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…Added Personalization & Pops Of Color To My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

Like the song by Counting Crows goes,Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones…believe in me, help me believe in anything, I want to be someone…who believes…yeah…”, Mr. Jones did help me believe – in drinking really good soda

Yes, Mr. Jones helped me believe in everything pink, orange, yummy and fabulous!  With customized Jones Soda bottles in Fufu Berry, Orange & Cream and Cream Soda for the guests, it was indeed a sweet, refreshing treat!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I love that Jones Soda allows you the option to customize your bottles.  It’s pretty simple – you just upload a photo, type in what you’d like the front of the label to say, then you type in what you’d like the back to say. 

For my sister’s bridal shower, we put, How sweet it is to be loved by you!” on the front, then the back of the label said, “It started with a kiss, so let us toast to this ~ sweet dreams and best wishes to the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs!  Brock & Lindsay 2009”.

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

Everyone was so excited to receive their own personalized bottle of Jones Soda, they had never seen anything like it!  I have to admit, they were pretty darn cool.  The pretty packaging definitely sold me at first, but the delicious taste is quite impressive too.  Everyone loved it!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I’m not normally a big “pop” drinker, but after the shower was over and the soda was gone, I ran to my local Super Target to pick up some more.  I had to stock some of that yummy stuff in my own fridge!  Of course, I also kept one of the customized bottles from the shower as a little keepsake after I drank it, so it’s now proudly displayed in our kitchen!  I know, I’m a sentimental pack rat.

Now my sister wants to get customized Jones Soda for her wedding!   Since the soda comes in a variety of different colors and flavors, I definitely plan on using it for future events too.  Yay! 

If you love Jones Soda as much as I do or perhaps have never even tried it, you’re in for a treat, my friends!  Just visit www.jonessoda.com to find store locations or to customize your own bottles for your shower, wedding or other event.  They even offer a Jones Soda Weddings page filled with inspiration!  Cheers and enjoy…I know you will!

More pictures and details from the bridal shower to come…stay tuned!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp30UTC04bUTCSun, 05 Apr 2009 06:54:45 +0000 11, 2008 at 6:54 am

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Favors…

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…How Can You Go Wrong With These?

Something sweet, something fun, something yummy for your tum!  Stuck on what to give as favors for your wedding or shower?  Why not keep it simple, affordable and delicious?  I love the idea of giving guests homemade chocolate chip cookies, especially when they’re personalized and packaged like these:

Discovered at Stuff:

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 If you really want to go all out, personalize each bag with the guests’ names.  Or, perhaps make special sugar-free cookies for any diabetic guests…what a thoughtful way to show your appreciation and thanks!

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I mean, come on – who doesn’t love cookies?  Compared to love and shoes of course, cookies are the next best thing!  The gal who originally made these claims she can’t cook – but she apparently can bake!  To see how she created these lovely bags, click HERE.  Happy baking!

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rdUTCp31UTC01bUTCSat, 03 Jan 2009 08:54:21 +0000 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

Stylish Bottle Stoppers…

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Make Perfect Favors Or Bridal Party Gifts!

Looking for some stylish gifts to give to your guests or bridal party?  I’ve featured unique bottle stoppers over at the Wishpot Wedding Blog this week, that most anyone would love!  Here’s a couple to get you excited, to see the rest, head on over to my guest blog by clicking HERE.

Black & White Monogrammed Stoppers from NapaStyle.com:

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 Versace Red Logo Bottle Stopper From Bluefly:

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Love them and want them for yourself?  Add them to your  Wishpot Registry, or pick one up just in time for New Years Eve!  To see these items and more, head on over to my Wishpot Lists.  Cheers!

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thUTCp31UTC12bUTCFri, 26 Dec 2008 18:27:57 +0000 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Ornamental DIY Wedding Decor!

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…Turn Ornament Ideas Into Decor Ideas!

Planning for the holidays and for your wedding?  Perhaps you can take the work you put into your holiday and use it for your wedding as well!  After reading THIS article, I thought I’d share with you my favorite homemade ornaments-turned-wedding-decor ideas from Martha Stewart.  Just click on the name of each ornament to learn how to easily make them:

Floating Ornaments  

 Sure, you could decorate your tree with these, buy why stop there?  Make several in the colors of your wedding and hang them low from your reception ceiling, perhaps above the dance floor or from the top of the bar:

Snowy Balloon Ornaments 

Imagine these lovely ornaments inside bowls or vases as centerpieces for your tables, in the colors of your wedding or ones complimentary to your flowers.  Or, hang them from trees outside or inside, to fancy up your ceremony or reception entrance!

Ribbon Bow Ornaments 

 These lovely ornaments could instead be created to decorate your table settings at your reception.  Just place them on top of each plate to add a pop of color!

Button Wreath Ornament 

These ornaments could be used in your wedding colors to hang behind your chairs at the ceremony or reception, or to hang on the side of pews.  Or, you could make button garland!  Just thread a long string of buttons and hang the garland over the front of your head table.  Decorate  doors, chairs, the bar, anywhere!  If you love the button idea, why not create a button theme?  Sprinkle several buttons in your wedding colors over tables, like confetti.  Place in the bottom of flower vases instead of rocks.  Dare I say it?  Cute as a button!

Tinsel Snowflakes 

Planning a winter wedding?  Create these snowflake ornaments in whatever colors you’d like, then place them in different spots such as the corner of the guestbook table, or on the table of favors.  Heck, you could even use these as favors!  Then each of your guests would have an ornament to take home and hang on their tree, year after year, remembering your amazing day.

To see more creative ornament ideas, click HERE.  Or, head over to MarthaStewart.com for even more great ideas.  Happy decorating!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp31UTC12bUTCSat, 06 Dec 2008 14:14:46 +0000 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Sexy Registry Idea…

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…A Newlywed Bar!

Brides, this is one registry idea your guy might actually get excited about registering for!  If you’ve got your heart set on finding the perfect bar for your home, why not look at these beauties from Crate & Barrel?   After your wedding, once you’re all settled into happy married life, have your friends or family over.  You and your fiance can play bartender!  Here are two of my favorites:

 

(Top:  Sloane Leaning Wine Bar (I love the option to buy just the one piece or how you can put several together to fill your wall).   Bottom:  Steamer Bar Cabinet)

Guests can pitch in together to either buy your bar or help you build it.  I’ve seen many wedding showers done around a wine or bar theme, where each guest brings a bottle of liquor to create a full bar for the couple.  Liquor can get expensive if you’re buying it all yourself, so I think this is such a creative and fun idea!

Whether guests pitch in for a nice bar, purchase a bottle of liquor or even add some cool things for your bar such as shakers, pourers, strainers, mixers and sugars, you can thank them later by inviting them over for your next soiree as a married couple, after the wedding!

Looking for more cool things to register for and other ways to help you build your bar?  See this week’s guest blog post I wrote on the Wishpot Wedding Blog by clicking HERE.  Cheers!

Designer Interview Part Two: Amy’s Wedding PLUS An Exclusive Discount!

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Yesterday, I featured the first part of my interview with Amy Snider, fashion designer behind Every Little Counts.  Today, as promised, I’m featuring the second part of our interview, where she shares with us all of her amazing wedding details.  Yes, this includes pictures of the wedding dress she designed for herself!

First, let me just say that tees from Every Little Counts would make fabulous bridal party gifts!  Interested in showing your bridesmaids some love?  I’ve got more exciting news for you – Amy is willing to give my readers an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT for ORDERS OF 6 OR MORE!  All you need to do is send her an email at: amy{at}everylittlecounts{dot}net, and she’ll give you details on how to use your discount.  Cheers!

Now, more about Amy, our interview and her special wedding day wearing the gown she designed.  What a talented lady!  Let’s all support her new adventure – her unique line and amazing talent.  I wish I could create a line as cool as hers!  However, I might have to learn to sew first.  Ha!

Do you mind telling us a little bit about your wedding and how you met your husband?
Adam and I met at bar in  New York City, where we were both living at the time.  We started talking and ended up walking around the city on that cold night, hand in hand, discovering how much we had in common.  Five years later we got married.

(Shown Above:  Amy and Adam on their wedding day!)

As for our wedding…it was amazing.  I remember wishing it would never end.  It was just perfect.  While we were dating, one of our favorite places to go was the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in Dumbo.  We always said we would want to get married there.  Although we were living in L.A., there was never any question about getting married in Brooklyn.  Luckily everything worked out!  The ceremony was held in the park and the reception was held at a nearby art gallery, Smack Mellon.

(Shown Above: A picture of Amy & her brother at her wedding.  “Because my father had passed away right before I turned 21, Todd walked me down the aisle. It was definitely very emotional. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us.” – Amy Snider)


(Shown Above:  The whole ceremony, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and Amy and Adam walking away as a married couple.)

What was your dress like, who designed it?  Tell us about your shoes!
My dress was very Grecian inspired, which is appropriate because we went to Greece for our honeymoon.  It was long and flowy with a braided halter, deep back, and small flowing train.  I designed the dress and my friend Carolina made it for me.  It was pretty stressful, but in the end I felt amazing in it.  For shoes, I wore these beautiful sandals from Nine West, which had a braided detail that perfectly matched my dress.  I still wear them all the time!

(Shown Above:  “Me and Sharon, my maid of honor (and only bridal party member… I wanted it small!).  Her dress was Moschino Cheap and Chic, bought at Loehmann’s.”)

(Shown Above:  The back of Amy’s beautiful wedding dress!)

What type of flowers did you carry?
I have no idea, but they were beautiful!  Very earthy and natural- ivory with shades of green and dusty pink.

(Shown Above:  Pictures of Amy’s gorgeous wedding bouquet!  She had a vintage handkerchief embroidered with her and Adam’s wedding date.)

Did you enjoy being a bride and planning your wedding?
I did…it was fun.  I definitely wasn’t wedding crazy though- not a “bridezilla” by any means!  We were very pragmatic about the whole thing.

(Shown Above:  Inside the gallery, Smack Mellon – where Amy and Adam had their wedding reception.)

Did you hire a wedding planner?
No..we did everything ourselves!

(Shown Above:  The centerpiece with bubbles and disposable cameras for each guest)

(Shown Above:  The wedding favors!)

Who were your favorite wedding vendors and why?
We used amazing vendors!

(Shown Above: Amy’s wedding cake by Almondine Bakery – “People are still talking about the cake, it was so good!  And…I got to work with Herve personally to come up with the flavors. It was heaven!”)

Scott Whittle Photography – He was our biggest expense, but well worth it!

Real Food Catering –  So many options and reasonably priced.

Seaport Flowers – We didn’t go overboard on flowers, but Amy did a wonderful job.

Do you have any advice for brides who are planning their weddings?
Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money and don’t over think things!  Think of it like a big party.  Try to make it your own – it should be a reflection of the two of you.  For us, we knew we wanted a small intimate wedding, surrounded by the family and friends we love the most.

 (Shown Above:  “This is one of my favorite photos of my mom- she’s looking at me in my dress, all ready to go!” )

We did as much as we could ourselves.  Adam made both the save the date postcards and the invitations, which he screen-printed by hand.  For wedding favors, we packaged jelly beans and Hershey kisses with a custom designed note from the both of us.  Music was another area where we saved a lot of money.  Since music was very important to us, we created our own play list on our ipod, the perfect combination of 60’s soul and 80’s new wave.

(Shown Above:  The lovely couple, Amy and Adam!)

Advice for marriage?
Communicate.  Have fun.  Respect one another.  Dedicate time to one another.


Name your top five favorite blogs to read, no matter the subject.
Refinery29.com
NYMag.com
The Sartorialist
FashionIndie.com
Oh Joy

Thanks Amy!  Looks like you and Adam had an amazing wedding day, congratulations! 

Don’t forget to head on over to Every Little Counts to check out her awesome new line, and be sure to email her about the super sweet discount she’s offering for orders of 6 or more – such a fun gift for bridesmaids!