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Breaking Down the Details- The Bar   Leave a comment

When I look online for wedding inspiration I love to see the details. I think these little babies give the true esscence of the wedding. In an effort to organize the details and planning process. I have decided to break down the details in our wedding into areas and blog about them for you (and me). First up is the bar not a super over the top place, but an area to bring some life and pizzaz.

1. Barber Straws- I loved these babies since the first time I layed eyes on them in the wedding blogosphere. They are oh so cute and oh so vintage. They may not exactly fit my vision, but that’s okay because their fun and I want them.


2. His and Her Signature Drinks- We aren’t offering a full bar, because our reception is at 2 in the afternoon. We are having a cocktail soiree, though and I feel we should offer some kind of cocktail, enter his and hers signature cocktails. Mr. Darcy’s- Jack and Coke Miss Austen’s- Peach Bellini (and of course cute signage as pictured above to advertise said drinks)



3. Drink Stirrers- Again one of those adorable details, that I don’t really need, but I think adds a splash of personality and color to the bar.


4. Cocktail Napkins- I found this project on Wedding Bee from one of my favorite bees and thought it went so well with our book motif. I couldn’t help stealing the idea. (Thank you Miss Cinnamon Buns for all your blogging inspiration).


There you have it the oh, so important details that will be gracing the bar.

Did you have any special details that you added in unusual spots? Did you spice up your bar with a signature cocktail or cute bar accessories?


Etsy Goodness   1 comment

For those you who do not know what Etsy is, let me explain. (Since you obviously have been living in a dark room. Just kidding. You really should log on as soon as your done reading this post, though) Etsy is the most awesome craft site, ever. It is an online shopping site with a menagerie of artisans with a focus on the vintage and handmade. It is a bride’s dream. I absolutely L-O-V-E Etsy and want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy finds for the wedding.

1. Baker’s Twine- Seller Paper Souffle

Turquoise Divine Twine


2. RSVP Stamp- Seller 4 hands

Moniilee Wedding Stamp-Custom


3. Satin Ribbon Wrapped Decorative Book Bundle- Seller The Shabby Chic Cottage


5. Custom Wrist Corsages- Seller hART jewelry


6. Quiver Arrow Microfiber Necktie- Seller toy breaker


7.  Vintage Opulence Bouquet- Seller Croska


8. Personalized Bridal Walnut Hanger- Seller Wisconmon


9. Satin Bridal Clutch- Seller Fallen Sparrow


There is so much more, that Etsy offers. You can see some the gorgeous book themed invites here and here. Explore Etsy for inspiration, adorable wedding finds, and gifts.

Did you find any wedding items on Etsy? What was your favorite Etsy purchase?

The Six Month Mark…   1 comment

So we have reached the six month mark. This is seemingly unreal for me. I feel like I have been waiting so long for this moment and now it’s finally here I feel a bit overwhelmed. It just seems like so much. I have so much I want to share with you, like about the rehearsal dinner and registry and bridesmaid gifts and welcome bags and more decor decisions (I think Mr. Darcy may ban me from reading wedding magazines, because of fear I may get new ideas). I have lots of DIY projects I want to complete during the summer. My reasoning for this is two fold. 1. I decided to not take any courses this summer and 2. My work schedule will be changing and I will be finished earlier in the day. There is so much I have to share and do. I am feeling excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. Mr. Darcy and I will be taking a few days away just the two of us to celebrate his birthday and to take a break from it all, but before we left I decided to make a list of projects to complete this summer (by the end of August). So here it goes. Here is my list:

1. Order paper samples for invites (Mama Austen, Papa Austen, Mr. Darcy, and I have made a decision regarding these, that I will be sharing in the near future).

2. Deliver the bridesmaid bouquet tutorial and materials to my FMIL for the bridesmaid bouquets. In case you forgot here is what she will be making.

Source: Jewel Box Ballerina

3. Make fishing boutonnieres. On our last trip to Vegas Mr. Darcy and I found the perfect fly fishing lures (read pretty feathers) to make these with.

Source: Weddingbee

4. Baking test run for mini bundt cakes for welcome bags. My FMIL will be making Polish cookies for the welcome bags (Mr. Darcy’s great, great grandma’s recipe) and I will be making mini coconut macadamia nut bundt cakes, a la Martha Stewart to represent my Hawaiian heritage. The goal here is to see how far ahead of time I can make these babies. According to Martha I can freeze them for one week, but I am more concerned with how long they take to thaw.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

5. Paper Crafts. I have decided to add a few more details to the reception. These included a thank you sign for the card table and a bride and groom sign for the sweetheart table. Plus, I am playing with the idea of a photo display.

Just Married Sign for Sweetheart Table/ Source:Mrs. Seashell on Weddingbee

Thank You Sign for the Card Table/ Source: Mrs. Cheeseburger on Weddingbee

(To customize our sign I am thinking it will say Aloha.)

Source: Southern Living

(This photo has inspired me to hang pictures from the railing on the staircase, leading up to our reception space.)

6. Begin working on the programs, schedules, and other printed materials.

7. DIY bar accessories. I am planning on making drink stirrers and stamping cocktail napkins for the reception.

Washing Tape Drink Stirrers/ Source: Weddingbee

Book Themed Stamped Cocktail Napkins/ Source: Miss Cinnamon Buns Weddingbee

8. Decorate welcome boxes and kid’s boxes for wedding weekend with washi tape.

OOT Welcome Boxes/ Source: Mrs. Elephant Wedding Bee

9. Make the flower girl wands.

Tulle Flower Girl Wands/ Source: Sweet and Sassy Girls

So the goal for my summer is to complete as many DIY projects as possible. And as you may be able to tell Miss Austen is a stealer, stealer of ideas from the lovely ladies over on Weddingbee. I freely admit it, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Right.

Did you complete most of your DIY projects before the wedding or did you do them as the time came closer? Did you have a treasure trove of ideas, that you turned to during the planning process?

On a side note, I am leaving on a short get away with Mr. Darcy and will not be updating the blog, while I am away. I promise, when I return though I will bring you a delightful menagerie of updates and project successes (cross my fingers).

Decorating the Cake Table   Leave a comment

The cake table may be small, but it is a focal point at the reception and will be captured in the oh so important cake cutting photos. I am putting careful thought and consideration in how to beautifully display our cakes. This one of the details that is so important to me. No one else may notice our toasting flutes or cake cutting set or cake stand, but I will and it will forever be documented in our wedding photos. The other morning I pulled out my computer and decided to catch up on some of my wedding bee before getting ready to go to church and breakfast with my lovely mommy (Happy Mother’s Day Mama Austen). Well Miss Giraffe had posted about her quest for the perfect toasting flutes, well this set me off on my own search for the perfect wedding flutes. I had seen a set before, that I liked. I knew they were by Kate Spade and said Mr. and Mrs. on them. I quickly did a google search and walah there they were.

Kate Spade Darling Point Toasting Flutes/ Source: Macys

I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but one glass says mr. and the other says mrs. I really like these glasses, but think they may be to modern for our style. I decided to search for flutes on Macys’ website (what better way could I spend my Sunday morning lounging in bed, than internet shopping). I found this set from Waterford.

Waterford Lismore Crystal Flute/ Source: Macys

I love the unexpected color of this flute, but am still unsure if these are the right flutes. I think I may have to drag Mr. Darcy off to Macys to go look in person. While internet shopping for flutes I found this beauty.

Lenox Minnie's Dream Wedding/ Source: Macys

I saw this figurine and knew it had to sit atop our cake. Mr. Darcy and I are huge Disney fans. We love Disneyland and take a trip whenever we can. Here is some evidence from our last trip in October.

Miss Austen Posing with her Favorite Fairy/ Photo Credit: Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy Hamming It Up in the Lego Store on the Disney Walk/ Photo Credit: Miss Austen

Miss Austen and Mr. Darcy in front of the Waterfalls at the Disneyland Hotel/ Photo Credit: Brother T

Originally we had planned on adding jeweled brooches to the cake a la this cakespiration.

Source: Wedding Bee

But now I am totally loving the idea of leaving off the brooches and topping the cake with the gorgeous Mickey and Minnie topper by Lenox. I have to check with our baker to make sure that the topper won’t be to heavy and just smoosh the cake.

The only element left for the all important cake table is the cake stand. I had visions of a vintage book cake stand and have figured out just how to create it, thanks to Mama Austen. Last time we went on one our epic shopping trips, she found these babies.

Book Box from Michaels/ Personal Pic

This is actually a box made to look like a vintage book. Mama Austen bought three of these to create our card box with and now I will be making a return trip to Michaels to buy a few larger ones for our cake stand. I am thinking of stacking two or three of them and then having Papa Austen place a fabric covered board over the top to make sure that the stand is sturdy enough for our cake.

Are you carefully choosing the details for your cake table?

Dressing the Tables   Leave a comment

Let me just start off by saying that I love linens. I think they totally transform a table. Don’t believe me. Let me show you.

Source: Style Me Pretty

Source: Puerto Rico Wedding Planner

Aren’t they lovely? The ruffles. The draping. All the above linens are from Wildflower Linens. Although, it wasn’t within Mr. Darcy and I’s budget, we have chosen linens to drape our tables with. For the 5 banquet tables we have chosen we will be having a turqouise crinkle taffeta.

Source: Wedding Linens

This swatch is way brighter than the actual fabric. (This is a reminder, that you really should order swatches or see linens in person before choosing/ordering them). The second linen choice we made was for a gold pintuck to go on the sweetheart, guestbook, and card/gift table.

Source: Wedding Linens

My favorite part of our wedding linens is the texture. For me linens were of greater priority than the floral arrangements, that is why I chose simpler floral arrangements. Are you ordering special linens for your wedding? Did you choose simpler wedding centerpieces because of your linens?

Posted May 5, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Decor

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Sweetheart Table Decor   Leave a comment

In my quest to cut the budget one of the areas I quickly chopped into was our decor budget. I reviewed our florist proposal to see where I could cut, I chose our $200 worth of decor for the sweetheart table. Having cut our decor I had to come up with another idea. After I thought about it for a while I thought why don’t we use books? Both Mr. Darcy and I are avid readers and as much as I love my Nook, I love nothing more than a vintage book. I did a quick google search to see if there were any images that matched what I had in my head, a vague image of stacked vintage books and candles. Here is what I found.

Source: Zenadia Design

After finding this picture I knew I had found the perfect idea for our sweetheart table. I was so exctited. I just couldn’t justify spending $200 on decor, when we will be barely sitting there and this design was just so us. I figured we would just order some of our favorite titles from Penguin’s line of vintage books, but at $20 a pop it wasn’t exactly the savings I was looking for. I justified the expense in my head by saying the books would be ones we could keep in our collection afterwards. Well I had a stoke of luck on my last trip to Vegas. Not only had I won the money ($430) to pay off our wedding cake on the Sex and the City slot machine, I found vintage books for free. Yes I said, FREE. While staying at our honary grandparents’ house in North Las Vegas, a stack of vintage books caught my eye. When I asked Grandma Sprinkle if we could borrow them for them, she quickly agreed and offered even more before I could explain their purpose. I was so excited. We had the books for our sweetheart table. I forgot to take a picture of them while we there. I plan on doing a mock-up with our candle holders (we’re using the teal ones pictured below) and the books next time we are in Vegas visiting, which hopefully will be next month.

Source: Jamali Garden

 I am so excited for our sweetheart table. Did you strike gold in an unexpected place? How will you be decorating your head/ sweetheart table?