Yesterday among the bills and the Chinese food fliers, I received a little neon pink envelope in the mail. It was a save the date for a summer wedding (which is pretty much the golden ticket of postage items). Besides being adorable, it was also an ingenious little save the date! It was a scratch off ticket, mailed with a nickel, that revealed the wedding date as you scratched. After a little research, I found a great, simple how-to for the invites from (who else?) Martha Stewart. –Katie D.
Iâ€™m fresh off a family wedding in Cape Cod and while thereâ€™s a lot Iâ€™d love to share (and probably will!) today I have to mention the favors. As their parting gift to guests, the bride and groom gave these adorable note cards complete with honey sticks and a heart-shaped swath of wildflower seed paper from Botanical PaperWorks. Iâ€˜m thrilled! Weâ€™re all familiar with the debate about the value of wedding favors â€“ some appreciate them while others could go without another thing to throw away â€“ and I thought these were a delightful middle ground. Simple and thoughtful, they have a longer shelf life than food, and give guests the gift of beautiful flowers that will undoubtedly remind us all of the happy occasion. What do you think readers? Care to share some of the best favors youâ€™ve received? â€“ Sarah C.
Imagine this: Youâ€™re planning a bridal shower brunch for 80 (yes, 80) guests. The invitations have been sent, the favors ordered, the menu set and venue booked. The only thing that remains in this large-scale production is deciding on and making the centerpieces for the tables. This is the dilemma facing a good friend right now, and so Iâ€™m looking to you, dear readers, for a solution. Flower arrangements can be expensive so weâ€™re searching for some creative ideas that we can execute ourselves on a manageable budget. Weâ€™ve been looking into big, scene-stealing flowers, like peonies and hydrangeas, which might be able to do the job of bigger bouquets with fewer stems. Iâ€™m also intrigued by the idea of Martha Stewartâ€™s paper flower tutorial as a craftier option but please, weigh in! Have any flower suggestions to share? Know of a great, executable centerpiece strategy you could pass along? Sound off in comments! — Sarah C.
Wills and Kate are doing it: breaking tradition by having their wedding on a Friday. But they’re not completely trailblazers: lots of people have chosen to skip the usual Saturday afternoon affair and hold their weddings on other days of the week. Having your wedding on an alternative day can really save on the dough: our site cost significantly less because our wedding was on a Sunday. I even know folks who had their wedding on a Thursday night who saved $2000 off their venue — and that is a lot of money where I come from. And some event sites have Saturdays booked out years in advance, so being flexible can also add more options when searching for the perfect space. How about you? Was your wedding on Saturday or did you choose another day? — Megan B.
As Iâ€™ve been preparing for this yearâ€™s run of the summer wedding gauntlet, Iâ€™ve noticed a pattern: Crate & Barrelâ€™s cold beverage jar with stand, $49.95, has been on every single registry Iâ€™ve looked at. I love everything beverage dispensers stand for: summer parties, cocktails, refreshing drinks! But never have I actually attended an event where Iâ€™ve seen one in action. Yes, considering the trend the reason could lie in the fact that the friends that would have the type of soiree that calls for one havenâ€™t received them yet, but still, this item seems to be a popular one for these summer registries. It also calls to mind Anthropologieâ€™s designer version, $298, but with its equally Anthropologie price tag, my summer drink serving needs are best left to the registry specialists at Crate & Barrel. What do you think, readers? Any other hot registry items to keep on the radar? Did you ask for a beverage dispenser, and if so, do you use it? — Sarah C.