Friday, March 30, 2012

Aisle Do

The simple, extra wide white aisle from the Clinton wedding has to be one of my all-time favorite aisle looks.  I love how there is nothing distracting from the bride who seems to be walking on clouds.  If you are looking to take a step away from the traditional, then we have found a few of our other favorite ways to add style to your aisle.


While most aisle runners are around 36" wide, Signature Wedding Aisle Runners has extra wide options that can be as large as 66"-72" in width.  This look is going to cost you quite a bit extra, however.  If a clean white aisle is what you are aiming for, then be sure to push the chairs right up to the edge of the runner to maximize the look.

Exclusive Elements                                        Allen + Roth Wallpaper

Add an unexpected pop with a patterned aisle runner.  Exclusive Elements has a wide range of patterned runners available in anything from a fancy damask to a funky chevron.  If your aisle's surface is hard, try a less expensive option by laying down a roll of wallpaper.  A heavier, washable wallpaper works best such as the Allen + Roth Wallpaper we found at Lowe's.

  Exclusive Elements                                     Allen + Roth Wallpaper
  


If you have a friend (or a planner) who can hem, then fabric can be a pretty option.  Start by searching sale and clearance rows of fabric for colors or patterns that match your wedding decor.  This can keep the cost down to under $50 for shorter aisles.  As with all runners, be sure to secure the fabric well to avoid any slipping and sliding.

Postcards and Pretties                                                      A Swanky Affair

Another one of our favorite aisle looks are rugs.  This look works well for the more laid-back affair and adds a welcoming vibe for your guests.  Buying lots of mismatched rugs can get extremely pricey, so we suggest borrowing rugs, scouring thrift stores, or simply buying one runner that can be found at places like Overstock.com for under $50.

Whether the look you choose is classic, funky, or relaxed, make sure your aisle reflect your style as a couple and you can't go wrong!

Jen

Thursday, March 22, 2012

GO GREEK: Attire for Brides & Maids

Embrace the weather and go Greek at your wedding this summer with these sophisticated and romantic Grecian inspired gowns.  Dress up with gold embroidery or dress down with flowy pastels, either way, you're guests are sure to be wowed! 

celeb style


designer


etsy
Untamed Designs                                                        Katie Jean Designs

off-the-rack

summer lovin', 
Jen

Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY Vintage Matchbox Favors

While wedding favors are certainly not a must these days, it is always nice to send your guests home with a small thank you if the budget allows.  Our personal favorite wedding takeaways are the edible ones, but there are other cute options that can be enjoyed by all.  

We set out to find inexpensive and useful, yet personal and charming favor options for guests.  One idea that we came up with were these decorative matchboxes.  To open the box, the guests pull on the ribbon tab and out pops not only matches, but also a message of gratitude.

These matchboxes can be put together in an evening with the help of your craftiest friends and a favorite movie.  Select colors and patterns that reflect your personal couple style or wedding colors.  Make them even more personal by adding the guests' names and using them as place cards (the ribbon could be pulled to reveal the table number).



You will need:
-Matchboxes of your choice size (We used Coleman matches. Best deal was $1.88 for a 4 pack at Walmart)
-Lightweight card stock paper, contact paper, or paper bag
-Adhesive spray found at Michaels or any craft store
-Scissors and/or paper cutter
-Ribbon (polyester works best for stamping)
-Letter stamps and ink 




Step 1: Carefully open the outside sleeve of the matchbox so that it lays flat. 




Step 2: Use the flattened sleeve as a pattern to trace and cut your paper of choice to fit the size of the box. 




Step 3: Spray the back of the paper with adhesive spray, let set for 1 minute, and then apply to the flattened matchbox cover.  Be sure to leave one striker side uncovered. (If using contact paper, adhesive spray is not needed for this step) 


Step 4: Allow adhesive to set for at least another minute before folding the matchbox cover back to its original shape.  Use a small amount of adhesive to secure the shape. 



Step 5: Leaving half an inch of room on both ends of the ribbon, use letter stamps to spell "thank you" on the ribbon.



Step 6: Adhere one end of the ribbon to the inside of the matchbox.  Trim the raw edge.  Neatly fold the ribbon inside the matchbox, leaving the trimmed edge as a pull-tab.  (For another personal touch on your matchboxes, you can add your wedding monogram, logo, or we added a "You are striking!" message to the guests.)


Happy Crafting! 

Enjoy,
Jen

Friday, March 16, 2012

Silver Screen: PJ & Amy

Without further ado... a video montage by LeBella Wedding of PJ & Amy's wedding day!  Enjoy!

video by LeBella Wedding

Vendor Love
Coordinator- Four Leaf Events
Photography- Carpenter Photography
Videography- LeBella Wedding
Reception Venue- Conrad Downtown Indianapolis
Makeup- Karen Hall
Flowers- Kathy's Kloset
Transportation- Naptown Trolley

Four Leaf Wedding: PJ & Amy


I have been so excited to finally play catch up and share some more fabulous weddings with you all like this one!  Amy and PJ have to be one of the classiest couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  I love how romance and sophistication oozes from every photo.  I had a difficult time narrowing down my list of favorite photos taken by Carpenter Photography as they were all simply beautiful and classic.  (p.s. The above picture is one of my all-time favorites!  Amy looks like a bride model out of a magazine.)


Amy and PJ were married on October 15th, 2011 at Meridian Street United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Conrad in Downtown Indianapolis.  If you're having vendor envy after looking at this wedding, well... you should! The classic all-white flowers were provided by Kathy's Kloset (check out Amy's 3 dozen rose bouquet!), video by LeBella Wedding, cake by none other than Heavenly Sweets, flawless make-up by Karen Hall, transportation by Naptown Trolley, and the always fabulous Endless Summer Band kept the party going.



Amanda Coffey with the Conrad arranged for these amazing photos to take place on the roof of the hotel!  This was an incredibly romantic moment as the sun set over Indianapolis, Amy and PJ enjoyed a quiet little escape before the reception began.  Melody with Carpenter Photography captured the view perfectly!


Amy, PJ, and their classy, gracious families were an absolute delight to work with!  I hope these first 5 months of marriage have been blessed and I wish you tons happiness in all of your years together!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this once in a lifetime occasion. 


With Love,
Jen

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March's Flower: Daffodils and Jonquils

The month of March can be a rough month when it comes to weather, and these flowers are just the trick to brighten up any day.  Usually associated with spring, they are a taste of what beautiful blooming flowers are to come.  Their cheery colors can make even the grayest of days happier, so if you are planning a wedding day in March, and you can't rely on the weather, you can rely on the happiness that daffodils and jonquils bring. Referring again to our trusty guide, meaning-of-flowers.com, the daffodil means unrequited love, and the jonquil means affection returned, so even though their meanings may be a bit contradictory to one another, their looks are very similar. 

Daffodils



Jonquils


Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life, so while planning your wedding, whether it's in March or another month, consider this beautiful and happy flower, and as always, have fun!



Jaimee




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