Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flower Girl

I love weddings.

As I've grown and moved past the time in my life when I planned my own wedding, I've wondered why I still hold this great love for all things wedding.

I started thinking about my own history in weddings. I've played different roles over the years. I've been a punch server (a running joke in college because of my mother's "try-outs" for her own punch server), a bridesmaid, an honorary bridesmaid, and a piano player (dreadful). But when I think about my time spent in weddings, I often forget where it all started. Today I stumbled upon a collage frame of this blessed event and it brought me so much joy that I had to share it here.

I present to you me, as a flower girl in my Uncle Tim's wedding (circa 1988...maybe?) :

I don't know if I only remember this day from pictures or if I really remember it, but it went down as one of my favorite days as a child. I loved everything about it. I loved that I got to dress up in what I thought was the best dress ever. I loved getting to carry my little basket of flowers down the aisle. I loved how my hair was done and I loved the flowers in my hair. And of course, I thought that my uncle and aunt were the best looking bride and groom I'd ever seen.

(I must insert here that it wasn't until much later in my life that I looked back at pictures from this wedding and realized that my Aunt Sheryl sported a dress with puffy sleeves and a butt bow. Classic 80s.)

It's been twenty-some years since the wedding and I still remember those emotions. How much more will I remember exactly how I felt at my own wedding? Isn't that reason enough to make sure that it really is the most fabulous day?


I loved the wedding. I love the memories. Thanks for giving them to me, Uncle Tim and Aunt Sheryl.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

2011 Wedding Trends

I spend a considerable amount of time checking on the latest trends in weddings. I'd like to offer my brides suggestions that are current and inspiring, not outdated and lame. The other day I spent about 3 solid hours looking at photos on The Knot. I am not ashamed. It was awesome.

So I figured I'd put all of that hard work to good use and let you all in on some of my personal favorite trends of 2011.  They are all great. I love them and I think you should too.

Trend #1
(If you know me, you know how very much I loved putting this wonderfully colored palette together.)

1. If you choose to have kids at your wedding, this cute little favor is perfect for keeping them occupied. And it's presented in a way that's so not kiddish.
2. This is just the best thing ever. If I were getting married tomorrow (and enjoyed playing pool), this would be seen at my reception.
3. A pretty way to display your seating chart. And I'm partial to outdoor weddings so it makes me happy.
4. Please, someone call me up and have me make these for you right now. Simply amazing.
5. So simple and modern. And I think lime green is my favorite. color. ever.
6. I am giddy just looking at this picture. How great is it?! So great. That is the only acceptable answer.
7. I'm in love with this type of font and extra in love with the fact that I can download so many like it for free. If you know how expensive fonts can be, you will appreciate that.
8. Oh, how I love orange. These programs are adorable and double as fans for your guest for those hot summer weddings.

And one more that was so awesome that it needed a space of its own.

Amen, and amen. We're all done here.

Trend #2

I love that I'm about to say this next statement as if I am an authority on wedding trends.

Grey is the new brown.

Take it in.  Accept it as truth.

A few combinations to try:
1. Grey/Purple. Not only are these colors adorable, the letters are adorable. Also, I need to immediately make a cake just like the one in the picture. The problem is that mine would inevitably fall apart and even though it would look like a completely hot piece of mess, I would still serve it because it was a Paula Deen and I knew it would taste good. Yes, this has happened to me on multiple occasions and it's a good reason why you shouldn't ever ask me to make your wedding cake. 
2. Grey/Green-ish. I love the simplicity of this menu card, as well as the fork/knife/spoon artwork at the top. 
3. Grey/Pink. This color combo is just so pretty. And though I am in no way the least bit scientific, I think this is a super cool idea for table numbers. 

Trend #3
Modern with a vintage twist

1. Add a little vintage twist to your tables with these super cute table numbers. You could use vintage postcards from places that are significant to you and your honey.
2. Bravo to whoever came up with this idea. It's so light and airy and is perfect for a spring wedding. You could either hand these out as favors for guests (vintage napkins tucked inside) or have guests write a wedding wish for you and your new hubby and leave it inside one of these vintage envelopes.
3. I'm not going to lie. I have no clue what this is, but I love it.
4. Super cute place cards. This would be a great DIY project.
5. Adorable little vintage flowers. You could line a walkway with these for a garden wedding.  Or line your aisle with them. Oh...I like that idea even more.

Trend #4
How can I mention wedding trends without mentioning that yellow is IN this year. I'm seeing it a lot in invitations. Here's just one pretty little picture from a happy, yellow wedding.

OK, let's do another. Even though only one of these is yellow, let's just add it in here. I think this idea is so cool. SO cool. I love it a lot. It makes me want to make a project out of it and hang these in my entryway, because it's really not only on your wedding day that you should remember all of the awesome things about your significant other, right? Right. 

I have nothing more to say. Happy Wedding Season!