I love Etsy

Etsy.com is one of the best websites out there for shopping. They have so many unique things. Some of the stuff  can be expensive but it is with good reason.  Learning to  knit and being a brilliant (chuckle) invitation designer has given me a greater appreciation of hand crafts.  The mass produced big boxed stores have gotten us away from artisan made goods. So I present to you the Best of Etsy Handmade Weddings.

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What’s important?

I’m not detailed oriented nor am I am perfectionist. However, this whole invitation thing has shown me that Aisha’s got talent. Now the whole thing started out as “hayell-no I ain’t paying that much for some mess that is going in the trash.” You know me I try to save a dollar but I still want nice stuff. I went to Target and a bunch of stores with coupons in hand but I didn’t like any thing they had to offer. I ventured over to etsy.com and they have some beautiful invitations but $4.50-$12 per invitation, yeah they have lost their minds.

So then it was all DIY from there. The only problem is that I failed coloring, glue and cutting in kindergarden and I haven’t made much progress since. How was I going to do this? I scoured the blogs for hours trying to figure out what I could do. Then I discovered stamping which you saw in the Save the Date. Since then I have learned how to do it correctly. Now the invitation has come to be a high priority on the list.  I’ve been to Joann’s an Michael’s so many times. I have a whole arsenal of supplies. So I finally finished my first sample and I am in love with it. I went a little overboard so the invites are not that cheap and will take me forever to put together. However, they mean a lot to me. Even B loved them and that is really something. Unfortunately  I can’t show them to you all yet because I don’t want to ruin the surprise

I know they are going in the trash but keep them for like 30 days after the wedding okay guys? They have been a labor of love.

Centerpiece Inspiration

Lucy Dylan Weddings

Back in the day when I was…

I happened on an article about wedding in the Chicago Tribune from 1987. It’s very cute and you see how much things have changed.

Do-it-yourself Grazing Buffet Slashes Costs Of Spring Wedding

In the 1956 movie, “The Catered Affair,“ starring Betty Davis, the wedding cost estimates came in so high that the cabdriver father of the bride was thinking of mortgaging his taxi. Luckily, for the parents, the couple eloped.

Unfortunately, wedding prices are even higher today. The cost for serving an average, four-course, sit-down wedding dinner (not counting liquor, wedding cake, music or flowers) in the Marriott Hotel is $22.75 per person, according to Douglas Jensen, director of catering, Chicago Marriott Hotel.

“For 50 people, that`s $1,137.50,“ he says.

There has to be a better, cheaper way to do it, and there is. First, forget about serving dinner. Have a modern wedding, with appetizers that you or friends have cooked yourself and set out for guests to graze among.

The following grazing buffet includes seven kinds of nibbles ranging from barbecued spareribs, made early on the wedding morning, to mango chutney pinwheels and goat cheese cheesecake, both made three days in advance.

We compared our made-at-home appetizers with the cost of having a caterer make them and deliver them to your house on the wedding day. Erwin Drechsler, chef and co-owner of North Avenue`s Metropolis Cafe, estimates that if Metropolis were to make and deliver our seven appetizers, it would cost $17.50 per person, or a total of $875. (more….)

Cool Bridal Resource

Photo Credit: Heather Carpenter Costello

Flowers are quite expensive and from the beginning I knew that I would DIY my flowers.  If that is also your flower plan then I have the perfect resource for you. Fiftyflowers.com has DIY flowers delivered to you by Fedex. They have lot of options. You can pick the flowers you want and they will arrive for you to arrange yourself. The second option is to order exactly what you need, a bouquet, corasge or centerpiece. The pricest  option but still much less that flower shops are full wedding packages. They have everything you need from start to finish for well under $1000. I plan to DIY my bouquet and this would be a tremendous help as it cuts out the trip to the flower store.