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Eco-Cool Wedding Invites

There’s something so playful and unexpected about this stationary line by Night Owl Papergoods (made in Birmingham, Owlabama, no less!)

I just love how they etch modern shapes or folksy flowers on a thin piece of wood for an earthy, natural quality that never feels the least bit hippie or granola-y.

Do-It-Yourself brides will love their blank wood line, which gives them the freedom to stamp or draw their own designs. And eco-conscious couples will appreciate that the wood used is from sustainably harvested birch, and the paper envelopes are 100% post-consumer recycled. Just gorgeous! 

Save The Date with Red Rosette Design by Night Owl Papergoods

Squirrel Vows Pistachio Wedding Invitation by Night Owl Papergoods

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 19, 2009.
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Flower Girl Dress Up

I was never a flower girl, but I know I would have been fantastic at it. Dressing like a princess for a day and throwing stuff in public? What more could a little girl want? 

I admit it was fun bringing out the little girl in me again when choosing the flower girl dress and accessories for my wedding. Here’s my favorite flower girl ensemble of the moment (and don’t forget to include a coloring book to keep her occupied during the reception!):

Flower Girl Dress by Advantage Bridal, $141

White Flower Girl Dress withYellow Sash

Molly Jr. Children’s Shoes by Touch-Ups, $28.99

Molly Jr. Children's Shoes

Sarah Parchment Rose Wreath by Orange Blossom Tiaras, $95

Sarah Parchment Rose Wreath

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 16, 2009.
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How To Stay Friends With Your Bridesmaids

There are a lot of wedding plans that can be made well in advance, but some to-do items are better left to the last few months. Case in point: Don’t buy your bridesmaid dresses more than two months before your wedding.

Nicole Miller Bridesmaid Dress, Perfect for Expecting BridesmaidsI recently attended a wedding where two drop-dead gorgeous bridesmaids sheepishly walked down the aisle in too-tight dresses. Between the time the dresses were purchased (over a year ago!) and the wedding day, two out of five bridesmaids got pregnant, and there was no time to find a new dress for all the bridesmaids.

At the last minute, the ladies swapped dresses with each other to ensure that they were all…er…covered, but sadly, their plan wasn’t entirely successful. One busty bridesmaid was on constant Nipple Watch, pulling up her strapless gown to make sure “the girls” were kept under wraps. Even so, it took only one Michael Jackson song before she was resembling another Jackson, if you know what I mean.

The moral of the story is, don’t commit to bridesmaid dresses (or at least the final tailoring session) until shortly before the actual event. Your friends will thank you.

When you are ready to shop for bridesmaid dresses, here’s a hint: Nicole Miller has some stunning flowy gowns that would look gorgeous on your ladies, whether they have a bun in the oven or not.

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 12, 2009.
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