Archive - May, 2008

Pretty As a Picture and Good Enough to Eat

I know, I know, NtB just wrote a great article on centerpieces, and here I go copying her again. Well, not quite. I think this is more continuing on a theme. After all, she talked about using tea tins as containers…well, this is about using actual edibles as part of your centerpiece.

After all, there’s no law that says you have to limit yourself to flowers and candles on your table. There are dozens of edible things that are as pretty as they are delicious. For instance, I find myself wishing I’d thought of this for my outdoor, summer wedding:

Not only is it bright and festive, but the fresh scent of lemons (or oranges, or limes, or grapefruits) is delightful in the air. Oh, and this is easy, too. If you’re interested in trying it, the instructions can be found here.

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Feeding your nuptial nostalgia

I love my wedding guestbook, even if our hundred guests only used about six pages of it. As it turns out, a lot of people have small handwriting even when they’re penning loving messages on huge pages. Plus, a good portion of our guests also attended the rehearsal dinner, where they were asked to sign a poster. Maybe they were all sick of writing “best wishes” and similar messages?

The fact that so many pages remained blank even after I tried filling up the unused space with cards and other stuff tells me that the guestbook idea is one that is open to extreme levels of interpretation. Before you do anything else, try to envision a guestbook without the ‘book.’ I’ve read about guests filling out postcards that are sent to the newlyweds, writing on engraveable plates and platters that can be displayed or used, and even doling out salutations on river rocks!

Mélangerie created this unique guestbook for an outdoor wedding. Attendees were encouraged to “air out” the bride and groom’s dirty laundry. The instructions were printed on a modified detergent bottle and the cards were shaped like shirts, socks, and trousers, which were then clipped to a laudry line strung up in an entranceway.

Then again, it’s hard to lose the ‘book’ completely. Things like postcards usually end up being pasted into books.

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LOVE/HATE: the Jessica Rabbit edition

Emerald Bridal specializes in fairly run-of-the-mill wedding gowns*. My favorite thing about the company has to be the photographs they use to advertise their frocks…model brides do their best to appear natural in a mansion utterly devoid of furniture, they pout in front of bales of hay topped with shirtless cowboys, and they scowl at us from back alleys.

Ooh la la, hot stuff!

But this…this is hot. Maybe even too hot for a wedding, depending on the wedding. The New York Times asserts that tight, slinky, barely-there gowns are what brides in the know are wearing, but I just can’t wrap my head around the trend. I was taught that the really sexy stuff goes under the frock. Maybe it’s because everyone I know — including me — wore a fairly traditional wedding dress?

My verdict: I would love to wear this saucy sequined dress to a party, but while I’d certainly applaud any gal with the cajones to wear it as she tied the knot, I still think I’d hate it on a real-life bride. What do you think?

*With the exception of this and this.

Happily ever after after after after after after…and after

For Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, it was love at first sight. And that love? Well, let’s just say it was way too potent to keep to themselves. Sprinkle is an internationally known multi-media artist, a former porn star, a Ph.D. sexologist, and “a pivotal player in the 80’s ‘sex positive feminist movement,”’ whatever that means. Stephens is a professor as well as a “an inter-media artist who works in sculpture, video installation, photography, web based media, performance art and home renovation.”

Together, they are two artsy people who have unsurprisingly turned their desire to tie the knot into an nuptial art project spanning years. Love Art Labachtung: sound — is where the pair documents the weddings they’ve had since 2005 and presumably where they’ll document the weddings they will have in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Each year’s wedding is based on one of the seven chakras…the latest one was green.

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Recycling made beautiful — DIY green wedding accessories

I want some of whatever is in that bottle!

Martha Stewart — or one of her many clones — popularized tea tin centerpieces ages and ages ago, and people jumped on the idea. By people, of course, I mean bloggers and writers, because the only place I’ve seen ‘em is on blogs and in the pages of magazines

I’m not sure I get why. These centerpieces are so easy — loose, unpolished arrangements tend to look better — and you can coordinate without being too matchy-matchy by buying teas that come in tins that compliment your wedding colors. I’ve seen mismatched Mason jar vases and glittery pop bottle vases at actual weddings, but never tins.

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A Finger-Lickin’ Good Barbecue Wedding Reception

Many a USian will bust out (and dust off) the ol’ barbecue today, if they haven’t already done so. I was invited to at least two Memorial Day eatstravaganzas, but I declined both invitations for reasons I’ll likely talk about over at Manolo for the Home. Nowadays, I tend to just “stop by” most barbecues because I don’t eat meat and man cannot live on sides alone. But once upon a time…

The Beard and I weren’t always vegetarians. Our original intention was to have a DIY barbecue wedding limited to family only. That bit was scrapped when it became clear that my ginormous family would dwarf his tiny one. Then we started adding friends to the barbecue wedding guest list — first his, then ours, then mine — and the whole thing just plain fell apart.

Questions rained down upon us from critical loved ones. Who would man the smoker while a hundred people waited for their meat? Would there be enough time to whip up sides in the days and hours leading up to the wedding? The first element of our reception plan to go was DIY… all of my relatives who’d for years waxed poetic about how they were going to pitch in when I got hitched were suddenly nowhere to be found. Like Twistie recently said, help is a big (and usually necessary) part of successful DIY wedding.

We were frankly surprised to find that the catering menus of local barbecue joints weren’t all that cheaper than other restaurants, so we decided to shop around before settling on any one kind of cuisine. A few months later we stopped eating meat, found a catering company with an awesome veg menu, and that was one more item crossed off the pre-nuptial To Do list.

She made an OOPS
Image by soozums

So how does one have the perfect DIY barbecue wedding? I’d say that the first thing you want to do is order yourself some bulk napkins because sauce is a crafty beastie that will find some way to hitch a ride on clean formalwear. Oh, and don’t forget to solicit some assistants.

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Hello Kitty, Goodbye Lunch

Sometimes it’s fun to head on over to YouTube and see what pops up when words like ‘wedding’ and ‘bride’ are typed into their search engine. And sometimes what pops up is…I think disturbing is the word I’m reaching for here. But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at what I found the other day:

I have to admit, there are a couple small touches I kind of like. The bride’s tiny, off-kilter tiara really does appeal to me for some reason, and there’s no denying how happy the couple look. Alas! Those disembodied Hello Kitty heads festooned about like some surreal trophy room have haunted my nightmares since I found this video. Look at them! They’re even in the boutonnieres! Were they felled with tiny popguns? Or do they grow that way, waiting to be harvested to lie on some poor schlub’s lapel? Either way, the subject has left me in need of a bit of a lie down and a well-fortified cup of tea.

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