All Chalked Up

Monday, April 25, 2011

I heart the vibe of walking into a mom & pop style deli and seeing a chalk written sign with the specials of the day. It evokes a warm, inviting feeling and incorporating hand written messages to document  newly wed sentiments are great signage for guests who need a lil' direction!















Photo Credits:
Elizabeth Anne Designs
CreateLoveGrow
Eunice & Daniel
Dignified Rubbish
Wedding Bee

Infinity Wrap Dress

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Is it possible for one dress to fit all? I'm not talking sisterhood of the traveling dress here, but a cool find are these convertible wrap dresses from various Etsy sellers. Although there may not be one universally flattering dress, these may be as close as you can get AND they can get tons of use after the wedding because it truly does not look like the typical bridesmaid dress! The versatility of ways to wear it will be sure to please your bridesmaids, whether they prefer a halter, one-shoulder, strapless, maxi or knee-length, each one can rock a unique look that suits their individual style and body type. A bit plain? Yes, but add either a sparkly broach, dangly earrings, a bracelet and get instant awesomeness :) Did I mention they're priced between $75-150? Score!!

by: Christintina $138


by: CoralieBeatrix $79

by: Coralie Beatrix $79

by: TheJerseyMaid $79

by: Christintina $122


by: Katesy $89


Color swatches from Staysilee

Wedding Day Soundtrack

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I always knew what songs I wanted playing on my wedding day. However, as I was crossing things off my final 'to-do list', this was one of the items I put off, until two days before the wedding. I don't know why I did that, perhaps because I didn't think it would take that long, but for some reason it was somewhat challenging categorizing which songs we wanted for the processional, recessional, so on and so forth. I put together a sample playlist to get you started, especially those who seek non-traditional songs. As you can see, I'm partial to R&B/soulful songs :)

Leave us a comment and let us know what songs you suggest!

PRELUDE
Beautiful Day - U2
Clocks - Coldplay

PROCESSIONAL 
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
Whenever, Wherever, Whatever - Maxwell

BRIDE ENTRANCE 
Forever in Love or The Wedding Song - Kenny G

RECESSIONAL
At Last - Etta James
Bittersweet Symphony Instrumental - The Verve

COCKTAIL HOUR 
Songs by Michael Buble or similar
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder

GRAND ENTRANCE 
Forever - Chris Brown
Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night - Black Eyed Peas

DURING DINNER 
(R&B Love Songs) 
Spend My Life With You - Eric Benet & Tamia
Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge
By Your Side - Sade
Lost Without You - Robin Thicke
Ribbon In The Sky - Stevie Wonder

FIRST DANCE
Marry Me - Train
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat
It Had to be You - Harry Connick Jr.
Let's Stay Together - Al Green

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - The Temptations

MOTHER/SON DANCE  
A Song For Mama - Boyz II Men
Unforgettable - Nat & Natalie King Cole

BOUQUET TOSS 
All The Single Ladies - Beyonce
Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

GARTER TOSS
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Can't Get Enough of Your Love - Barry White

RECEPTION 
Holiday - Madonna
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
etc.



Raising the Bar

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mood lighting: check.
Photo montage: check.
Entertaining MC: check.
Not so predictable wedding meal: TBD.

I recently attended a wedding where the bride and groom had different food stations set up. Since their wedding was around lunch time, instead of a traditional lunch menu, they created a custom menu reflecting their fun personalities, which included: salad/soup/bread station, french fries station, ice cream flambe station and milk & cookies station which was such a hit with the guests!

Wondering how you too can personalize your wedding menu? Enhance your wedding day lunch/dinner with a creative curveball by offering thoughtful and fun food choices. Below are a few of my favorite drink/appetizer/dessert bar/stations!

Soda Bar
(Project Wedding)


Infusion Drink Station
(WeddingBee)


Dessert Bar
(Ruffled) 


 Ice cream (sundae & float) bar
(Bridalpartytees)


 Smores Bar
(Amy Atlas)


More Smores
(Jolynne Photography)


Mac & Cheese Martini Bar
(Melissa Jill Photography)



What I'd love to see.. build your own nachos!
(NachosGirl)