Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Trends’

Virtual *free* Save the Dates………… I'm in love

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

So I stumbled upon some free virtual save the dates.  There are many designs to choose from, you can edit and design the way you like and you can send them via e-mail to as many of your guests as you want- and the best part is…….. they’re free!  Sent some out, but found out you need to invite ten more people? No problem- your design is saved and you can send out more at any time.

Check out http://www.cocodot.com – your source for online invitations, announcements, and greeting cards.

The code you’re going to want to get your free save the date is as follows “COCOWEDDING”(expires March 1, 2011).

Are most of your guests tech savy? Want to cut down on paper waste and save on postage? They have great plans that allow you to create all of your wedding stationary and work off of your already uploaded e-mail list.  If you use the “COCOWEDDING” code you can get a one year deluxe on-line invitation package+cards+stationary at half price for only $49.

Worried about having to type out all of your pals e-mail addresses? It imports from yahoo, AOL & Outlook.  Pretty nifty.

So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Back to my wedding website.  I’ll write more on that later.  Also, my hall excursion and booking.  Stay tuned.


the search for the perfect centerpieces

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I keep searching on-line for the perfect centerpieces…………. something whimsical, something fun, something that captures us as a couple.  Nothing with flowers, mirrors or candles.

I’ve found some cool ideas.  Old books, you could even use books of quotes about love and place empty journals with pens around for loved ones to write in on your special day.

Then the idea of beta fish came about (gold fish usually go belly up in a plain bowl mid reception, so it is best to use something a bit heartier), with stones to match our wedding colors.  That is fun, but I wanted something a little more personal.  Note- if you do decide to go with fish and not all of your guests take them home after the night is through and you don’t have a use for ten fish with bowls; offer them new homes on CraigsList, FreeCycle, or even call local nursing homes & adult foster care homes and ask if some of the patients would be able to have a fish in their room and donate them.  There are people out there just waiting to give your fish a loving home.  Please find them homes if you are going to use them for centerpieces.  Do not buy fish just for looks then flush them.

Nothing really hit me………… so I kept looking, and thinking………….. and then it dawned on me…….. PEZ dispensers and travel board games! Yes, I’m serious………… there’s a method to my madness.   Read on.

I have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 15 years and I have hundreds, I could display some of my favorites as table centerpieces.  Then around candy filled dispensers we will place travel size board games.  I’m thinking the classics…….. battleship, finger twister, uno, cribbage, scrabble, yatzee, chess, checkers, hungry hippos.  Just a warning to Mr. Culberson……… I am totally going to rule the tables in a game of bride vs. groom wedding night battleship, you’re going down.

My objective ——–>To bring tables of people together.  To break the ice a bit…… and most of all to provide an alternative form of entertainment for people who don’t want to dance.  They can sit and just chill, enjoying the music, playing a game or a hot game of cards.   I think if it is done right, it will be pretty cool…… and it is something our guests will definitely remember.

So that is my new mission, the search for cheap travel games for the tables.  I have already bought the finger twister game.  Found that bad boy on E-Bay for $3.99 with $1.99 shipping.  Not too bad for a game brand new in box.  I have posted wanted ads on both CraigsList & FreeCycle.

If you haven’t heard of FreeCycle & CraigsList or checked them out, they are a must for anyone looking for deals.  CraigsList is a local on-line market place for buying/selling/trading  (great place to resell your wedding stuff when you’re done) http://www.craigslist.com you find your state and closest city and get started that way.  Both buying & selling are free.  FreeCycle is a group where everything is free, that is the one rule- everything must be free.  You can post things you are giving away, or things that you want/are looking for.  Check out http://www.freecycle.org for more information and to find a group near you.  I find this to be a great way to recycle unwanted items.

Also, if you haven’t heard of it (but really, who hasn’t?) check out E-Bay http://www.ebay.com .  I have bought so much for our wedding there.  It is the ultimate on-line marketplace with sellers from all over the world.  I love E-Bay.  It doesn’t cost anything to become a member and buy things, all you pay for is your purchases.

Thoughts?  Tacky?  Creative?  Clever?  Boring?  I’d love some feedback.  My bridesmaids think it’s a great idea…………. but something tells me their job is to think all of my ideas are great ideas.  After all, I am the bride.

Anyway- I am off…………. my lady is on her way and we’re having a fun filled weekend.  Going to be doing some baking, and we’re going to go see the new Alice & Wonderland.


The beat goes on……. and this time I have new shoes to dance in

Friday, February 26th, 2010

All day long I have been rotating between two jobs, cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes…………. and looking for the perfect reasonably priced $200-ish wedding venue.  I think I just may have found it.  I have called galleries, campgrounds, VFW, UAW & K of C Halls……………  e-mailed private homes, ski lodges, recording studios………….. and relief seems to be coming in the form of a small American Legion Hall in town.   I think I’ll confirm the date tomorrow and get it set in stone.

As far as bands go, they seem to be coming together.  We have one already lined up.  Super excited.  This band is one of my favorite local bands.  I wear their t-shirt on a regular basis and see them at every opportunity.  More details on that to follow……… I’ll let the suspense build a little bit.  We are still looking for a good cover band that we can dance all night to.  If you are in the Traverse City, MI area and know of one, give me a shout.  I’d love to check them out.

Other wedding related nonsense…………..

I think I found my shoes.  At least I ordered my shoes.  Hopefully they will fit and everything will be good, so I won’t have to return them.  Also, I had a coupon…………. so I saved $8!  Here’s the shoes……

It was a strong tie between the turquoise and a pair with buckles on the toes in zebra print……………. but the turquoise pulled through because they matched the invites and will match the tux vests.  (I’m getting matchy on this here occasion)

Good news, if I do have to return them I can return them in store.  I ordered them from famous Footwear http://www.famousfootwear.com/  I found my $8 off coupon on this great website- retail me not.  On-line coupon codes for over 50,000 stores.  All you have to do is search by store name.  Check it out, best of all, it’s free http://www.retailmenot.com/

Moving on to other great deals…………

I was on E-Bay the other day looking for a Russian veil, and I happened to find one, with feathers & flowers for cheap.   So I bid on it.  I was outbid, so I bid again.  I won!  I got my veil!  It is on its way right now from Brighton, MI.  I am so excited.  This veil is exactaly what I was looking for.  It had never been worn, and originally purchased for $125.  I won the auction at $22.  With out further ado………….. here are pics.  Glorious pics.

Russian blusher veil................. some think they're tacky & dated...... THEY ARE! That's why I love them <3

Close up of feathers & flowers

I went and did a little shopping today, at one of my favorite on-line printers, Vista Print.  I was able to pick up 100 save the date postcards, a big vynal banner, a 2 sided yard sign & stand, custom letterhead, custom notecards, a stamp with our name & address, 250 businesscards for Mike, magnets (large & even larger), and return address labels WITH shipping for under $40.

Here’s a peek at some of the stuff I was able to pick up……….. as long as you can pick out one of their pre-made designs to work with, they have a ton of free stuff.  Want to use your own design or have them custom make one for you?  They do that too for pretty cheap.  These were all one of their presets though, and in our colors.  I was happy.

vynal banner

Yard sign with stand

I have had them print business related stuff for me too, it always comes out nice.  Check them out.  http://www.vistaprint.com  Be sure to sign up for their e-mail news so you get all of the free news sent to your e-mail box.  They will send you all of the specials that you can’t always find on the website.  You can also find coupons on the coupon site listed above.

Other than that, still waiting to hear back on the hall.  The little art gallery that used to be a church ended up being out of our price range.  Still more reasonable than many places we’ve checked out, but at $70 an hour for the entire place we can’t swing the length of reception we want there.  So, the search continues.


………the whole nine yards………..

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Hi- I am the future mrs. culberson.  I am moving over from another blog site, so I will post a brief version of what has been posted on the other site.  I will warn you-  I am a broke ass bride (total budget around $1,000), very DIY, and I am totally in love with the man of my dreams.  Almost everything I write about in regards to our wedding is either second hand, homemade, or talked down from the original price…….. cause’ that’s the way I roll.

So sit back, relax, put on your sexy specs………… and here we go………….

Woah………….. here we go!  My first real blog. “Like a virgin…….. “ Everybody- sing it together!

Ok, I’m quite over that.   Moving on…………..

I have always wanted to write………….. about everything.  My life, the chaos, art & love I create………….. more recently my family, my engagement & wedding planning, finding God in a devil driven society, and what it’s like to be bi-polar trying to hold it all together while staying sober.

I am recently out of rehab, and almost two months clean……………  and everyday is an adventure.

I invite you to join me in this journey I call life.  See things through my eyes, and together we’ll take it from there.

P.S.

Comment…………. give me your feedback.  Tell me what you like, what you don’t like……….. what you’d like to see, etc.

 

I went to one of my favorite stores the other day (TJ Maxx http://www.tjmaxx.com/ ) and was pleased to find wedding invites, favor bags, and a batchlorette party in a box all on sale for under $10!  In our wedding colors none the less.  (We are going with turquoise, white & black with hot pink accents)  I was able to get all of our invites, and other goodies for under $30!  What a steal.  I love that store.

Here’s the goods:

Invites- Retail $19.99, I paid $9

Favor boxes- retail $9.99, I paid $4

Batchlorette Party in a Box- Even includes the rhinestone tiara! Paid $4

I am so thrilled with the way the little things are coming along, this week I am going to look into renting our venue.  I have about $200 to work with.  (I warned you, I am broke ass)  I am also going to look into booking the two bands I want……… hoping to get them.

I was browsing CraigsList (one of my guilty pleasures) when I came across a size 8 first communion/flower girl dress.  My curiosity got the best of me and I checked it out.  Only $15 and this dress was beautiful.  I called and talked to the lady, and we agreed that maybe I would find a way to pick it up later this week.  In my mind I could not fathom a way to make this happen though because she lived out of town, and I don’t drive or have access to a car.  So for me to get out there is near impossible.

Anyway………………

Fast forward two hours ————>

I am napping and the phone rings.  It is the woman with the dress.  She is coming into town and wants to know if I would like to meet her.  I am psyched.

We end up meeting within the next thirty minutes at my house (I am so low on cash I have to use laundry quarters to buy the dress, lol) and the moral of the story is that it ends up being mine!  I walked away with Jades dress for our wedding, and for only $15.  The dress is beautiful………… and is everything I had ever wanted.

The beautiful $15 treasure

She is going to look so beautiful walking me down the aisle with my father in this dress.  All I can say is God is good….. and boy does he ever work in mysterious ways.

new day-

SO I had an hour to kill this afternoon.  I was waiting for the bus and there happened to be a resale store near the bus stop.  I figured I’d take a look.  Last time I was in there I found a hair crimper from the 80’s………. God only knows what I’d find this time.

I ditched my latte’ on the curb (no food or drinks) and worked my way into the store.  Something told me to look at dresses, though I never find cute dresses in my size at a reasonable price.  I pushed through the racks and worked my way back to formal gowns, then to wedding dresses.  Then I found one stuffed way in the back that actually was pretty cute, and the tag……….. well the tag must have been a misprint.  The tag said a 20.  It was a gorgeous halter style white Davids Bridal wedding gown,  and it was clearly marked as a size 20.  Odd, because I am a size 20………… and I needed a weeding dress.  Fate?

I figured it was just the dress size, and that it was maybe a 14/16 actual size….. but I’d try it on for shits & giggles.  I picked it up and worked my way towards the sales counter with the bulky dress bag.  I asked the ladies, did they know if it was a street 20, or a dress 20?  They weren’t sure, but they were confident that if I just tried it on it would fit.  I figured, why not.  I had an hour to kill and nothing to loose.  I ditched my street clothes and got out the dress.

It was as if that dress was made for me.  It fit perfectly.  It was even the exact length……….. and usually everything is too long for me because I am only 5′6″.  This was too bizarre.  The first dress I try on, and it fits.  Under the dress in the bag I find another bag, in it contains the crinolin slip…… everything to complete the look.

I had to call my friend who was going to make me a dress, Rochelle.  Could a dress be made for $$ (what this cost)?  It would work out to be about even.  Surely it would be cheaper to make a dress……….. not really.  The two worked out about equally.

I need a 2nd opinion…………… another girls opinion.  My friend and her mom will be getting out of work soon.  I call Karla and ask if they can stop by the store and give me some feedback.  They agree.  I am relieved……. and feeling a bit like a princess all dressed up in a wedding gown in the 2nd hand store.

Fast forward about an hour and a half ————>  I wait while they run a couple errands around town…….. just chilling at the store, donning full out bridal gear.  At this point I am in jewelry too, and heels……. just waiting.  La-tee-dah.

Finally they show up, and exclaim that I look beautiful!  Exactally what I needed to hear.  Music to my ears.  Now my soul could rest and I could buy the dress with ease.  Someone that knew my personality say a bit of myself in it.  This I like.  This makes me happy.

I undress quickly and put back on my jeans…………… and pack the dress up to head to my house.

Another thing on the to-do list crossed off…………… another day down, another day closer to wedded bliss.

To see pics of the dress, copy & paste this link in a new window……….. will post actual pictures later……….

http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&categoryId=-49995489&currentIdx=21&subCategory=-49999486|-49998998|-49995489&catentryId=6096907&sort=

trust me…………… you want to see it, it’s beautiful!

 

Last night Prince Charming & I stayed the night at our friends Rochelle & Matt’s house.  It is beautiful……….. and we had so much fun!  Imagine the eccletic contemporary, mixed with everything vintage, splashed with bold colors, and chalk board walls………….. toss in a lot of owls and vintage deer, and you get amazing wonderment that is their home.  To top it off we did some beautiful bridal dress pictures in their home.  I will be posting them as soon as they are edited.  Vintage hats, a turquoise vintage typewriter, brass knuckles, a silly mask, unique umbrellas…………… toss in my tattoos and the wedding dress & crinoline underneath.  With bare feet and pearls.  They are great.  I can’t wait to show you folks!

Bad news on the venue…….  the hall I was hoping for is booked on the weekend we want.  I am moving on to choice number two, playing a vicious game of phone tag hoping for a call back soon and an open space.  maybe this one won’t be zoned residential and noise won’t have to stop at 10pm.  One can only hope.  I am also waiting for a call back from a small art gallery in town.  It used to be a church, so it is a big two story building with the cathedral ceilings and such……  but it is decorated fun & funky like.  I’d really like to have it someplace like that if it will fit the budget.  Time will tell on that one.  If I can’t get it, we’ll make the hall look bad ass.

Other than that, not much is going on………… just another manic Monday…………… er, wait…………. it’s Friday.  My lady is coming this weekend………. super excited.  I haven’t seen her in about a week and a half and I miss her like crazy.  This weekend is also Taylor’s birthday party.  My other lady is turning 6! Woo-hoo! Time to celebrate.

So many wonderful things happening this year, one can’t help but feel blessed.

Anyway- I am off to take a bubble bath and think about doing the dishes.  Somehow in my own little world, that counts as housework.  After all, they always say it’s the thought that counts.


2010 wedding trends to follow and to avoid

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Okay, so we have all been victims, at one time or another, of getting sucked into believing that certain trends are must-haves.  Check your closets and you will find that you did, in fact, drink the kool aid at some point.  I can bet that you  have at least one of the following items:  high or low waisted jeans, skinny jeans, leggings, biker boots, huge over-sized bags, huge over-sized sunglasses, anything sequined….well you get the point.  Don’t be ashamed – I have most of those items myself, and more.  Point being, fashion trends have the ability to make us feel that we need to have certain items.  And in every day life that’s fine – but on your wedding day, falling victim to the latest trend can be something that you regret for years to come, or at least for as long as you have your wedding album.  Here are some of the most talked about wedding trends for 2010:  the good and the bad.

The Good:

  • Green weddings: This is something we can definitely stand behind.  Environmentally friendly weddings are becoming a huge trend.   LED lighting, candles, seasonal flowers, organic food and invitations and party favors made from recycled paper/products are definitely “do’s” this year.  It is also in our humble opinion that you once and for all ditch the tree killing, 3 ring wedding binders, to get a more Eco-friendly online wedding planner – My Wedding Binder for example….
  • Going retro: We love the retro trend – up until a certain point (see more under “the bad”).  Retro themed engagement shoots (picture a 1960’s diner), glamorous 1940’s old Hollywood hair, and fun additions like Polaroid photo booths, retro decorations, or 1930’s art deco invitations can add a fun, quirky, or glam feel to your wedding.
  • Alternatives to flowers: If done right, this can be a great trend to incorporate.  We are digging the fruit themed centerpieces, candle lit aisles, and even (when done right) the non-floral bouquet (we happen to be a big fan of the button bouquet – although we realize it takes a pretty daring bride to pull it off).

    Floral Bouquet Alternative

  • Eclectic: Mixing verses matching is a refreshing change.  Allowing your bridesmaids to wear different variations of the same dress or of the same dress color has been the going trend for several years now.  An emerging trend is having your girls wear completely different colors as well.  This can be especially cute when the dresses are the same and each girl can pick the color that suits them best.  Mix it up for the reception as well and have a variety of tablecloths, centerpieces, or even plate patterns for a fun and festive look.

    Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses

  • Motion picture videos: We are loving the idea of revamping the traditional wedding video and making it unique.  Using a super 8 for that grainy old fashioned look, or having your videographer create a cinematic experience or a wedding documentary can be a fun alternative to the stale digital wedding videos that we have been seeing over the years.
  • Unique registries: More and more couples today are living together before marriage and therefore have more kitchen appliances than they know what to do with.  Alternative registries are popping up more and more, allowing the bride and groom to get things that they really need or want.  Register at Home Depot for home improvement items or even register for your honeymoon and save yourself some of the cost.
  • The after wedding photo shoot: The latest in wedding photography trends has brides saying “no” to paying hundreds of dollars to clean and preserve their dress and saying “yes” to a post- wedding photo shoot of them, for lack of a better term, destroying their dresses.  All in the name of art, of course.

    Trash Your Wedding Dress

    Trashing Your Wedding Dress

The bad:

  • Wedding gowns that take inspiration from current trends: In particular ruffles and asymmetrical (one-shoulder) neck lines are being seen on all of the runways.  But wearing the latest trends out and wearing them on your wedding day are two totally different things.  That’s not to say that ruffles and interesting necklines can’t be worn at all, but try to keep the look elegant rather than over-the-top.

    A Ruffle "Don't"

  • Shorter hemlines: When it comes to wedding gowns, there are some things that you just don’t want to mess with – particularly hemlines.  The latest trend, allegedly, is the mini dress.  This is just a big no for me!  Unless you are doing a Wedding Singer themed wedding, there is just no way to pull off a mini dress without looking totally tacky.  I’m not even a big fan of the tea length wedding gown, but I am way more likely to get behind that than a mini dress.

    Mini Dress

  • Birdcage veils: Now hear me out.  I know people are just raving about these things, but lets be honest for just a second.  How many people are going to look back on their wedding pictures in 10 years and be happy that they chose to wear a small hat/flower/feather/piece of fabric with a short veil attached to it on their wedding day in 2010.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there might be some regret.  Forget the fact that some of these “headpieces” are just plain ugly, even the nice ones are really hard for the average woman to pull off.  Unless you are quirky and offbeat all of the time, your wedding is not really the time to go out on a fashion limb.  I’m all for ditching the veil, but I am just not feeling this alternative.

    Birdcage Veil

  • Skyscraper cakes: Does having the tallest cake make you the better bride?  Do people even care?  Perhaps worse than a gaudy cake are the cupcake wedding cakes.  Do yourself, your guests, and your wallet a favor – get a normal cake.  Personalize it by putting a modern spin on it or by decorating it to match the theme of your wedding.  Then leave it alone, you have more important things to think about!

    Bigger Does Not Equal Better

  • Sit where you want receptions: It is becoming more popular these days for brides to forego the traditional assigned seating and to let their guests seat themselves.  Now I know that putting together the seating chart can be, perhaps, the biggest pain of your entire planning process, however, it needs to be done.  Not having assigned seats means that your close friends may end up stranded at a table with your great aunt or your 12 year old cousin.  And that,  is NOT ok.
  • Quirky groomswear accessories: These are just wrong on so many levels.  If your not into flowers, its probably cooler to pin a piece of asparagus onto a lapel than it is to put a baby birds nest…or hotdog…or banjo.  Just saying.  There are times when you have to just leave well enough alone…

    What Not To Wear

    And there you have it!  Feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts of these 2010 wedding trends.

Happy Planning!

Mrs. N