Archive for January, 2009

Shiver Me Timbers, Boys

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Okay. I admit it. I’m a sucker for a good theme wedding. At one time I even seriously considered the possibility of having one. Then I couldn’t decide between Renaissance and Victorian, and I decided to just have a simple, pretty wedding and not bother with a theme.

But to this day I have a certain fondness for those couples who are so dedicated to a particular era or subject that they can look at one another and say ‘I want a pirate wedding,’ just as a f’rinstance.

A while back, a couple on Whose Wedding Is It, Anyway? had just such a piratical wedding. It was held on a ship, and the couple had eyepatches and bandanas on hand for any guests who chose to get into the spirit of the event. The bride wore a gorgeous eighteenth century-style gown and a dashing hat with a plume. The groom wore breeches and a coat with gold buttons and braid, as well as his own quite dashing hat. The planner seemed a bit flustered and mystified with the whole thing, but the wedding itself was quite lovely and the guests all looked like they were having a grand time. It was one of the rare instances when I watched one of those shows and found myself wanting to be at the wedding.

It just looked like fun.

The most important thing in a theme wedding is that you have to go all out with it. You can’t be timid, or it will look like you just have a couple of odd touches to an ordinary wedding. If you’re doing pirates, do pirates. Choose whether you’re doing Johnny Depp, Captain Hook, or a more historically accurate pirate, and then take it to eleven.


DIY Wedding: A Review of the Epson Artisan 800

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

DIY Bride

Experience has taught me that y’all like wedding book reviews and wedding product reviews less than you like, say, posts about trainwreck wedding shows or unusual proposals. Nonetheless, I do like to post the occasional review when something really strikes my fancy, and today it’s the Epson Artisan 800 that’s really striking my fancy. (And I’m not just saying that because Epson hooked me up.)

You see, in all my life I’ve never had a new printer — every printer I’ve had has been second hand, older than dirt, and crappy as hell. The Beard and I briefly, and I mean very briefly, tossed around the idea of whipping up our own save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, and ceremony programs, but one look at our crap printer negated that idea. In fact, I’d just about started to believe that DIY wedding stationery was doomed to be crap. (I know that’s not true now, but back in the day it’s what I believed.)

It was only after my wedding when I decided that my wedding photographers did a subpar job with my wedding album that I started looking into printers, specifically photo printers. I figured that even though I didn’t DIY much for the wedding, there was no reason I couldn’t start DIYing afterward, and I picked up a no-frills secondhand Epson PictureMate. Long story short, I loved it, and put together my own wedding album that was just a gazillion times better than what my photogs had put together for me at premium prices. Lesson learned!

Naturally, when the Epson people got in touch with their offer, I said “Bring it on,” and then I said “I know, I’ll whip up a bunch of stuff with it to see what all it can do.” That explains why I’ve had the printer forever and haven’t gotten around to posting the review until now. Creating stationery and other stuff for a fictitious wedding wasn’t exactly high on my list of priorities! But this morning, the baby in my belly woke me up at 4 a.m., so I figured I might as well get the whole Epson thing out of the way.

Above, you see some of what I created, from a sepia cover image for my wedding album to a framed picture of my grandparents’ wedding day (including my first warped try) to a table number in a lovely robin’s egg blue to a somewhat tardy save-the-date card for my 2007 wedding. I made other things, too, including a custom wedding invitation and bookmark wedding favors, but those didn’t photograph as well. Trust me when I say they came out pretty darned good.

My verdict? Other than the paper being somewhat hard to load — once you figure out where it goes, it takes a little tweaking to get everything aligned right — the Epson Artisan 800 seems like it would be a great resource for the DIY bride. The photo quality is awesome, it prints really fast, you can scan and that’s fast, too, and you can print right on blank-label CDs/DVDs. I’m thinking mix CD wedding favors? Reception menus? Wedding programs using the two-sided printing capability? Wedding favor tags? Custom candy wrappers?

LOVE/HATE: The Added Bulk Edition

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I know that since I was a little girl I’ve been dreaming of a wedding gown that would emphasize my saddlebags… a wedding gown that would perhaps even add girth where there was no girth to begin with. I think I have finally found that gown.

Strapless wedding gown with saddlebags built in

No really, what exactly am I looking at? Is that where the bride stashes the bridal bouquet (and the bridesmaids’ bouquets, apparently) while visiting with her guests? Is this wedding gown for the bride who absolutely, positively does not want to have to keep tabs on an clutch? Can you fit a bottle of something naughty in each bulge?

Hahahaha, hate. What say you?

“I… Brrrrrr… Do” *Shiver*

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The always handsome mkb sent me a link to this exceedingly cool wedding photo:

Ice chapel wedding

And when I say cool, I mean cold.

After being pronounced husband and wife, Michael and Sigret Cook — they’re the ones in the wedding finery, obviously — exit the ice chapel custom built for their wedding on Christmas Day in Fairbanks, Alaska. That’s right, they had an entire ice chapel built just for the wedding.

The temperatures outside were hovering below zero – it wasn’t much warmer inside – but it was the perfect culmination to a whirlwind, Florida-to-Fairbanks romance that was sparked by a chance meeting on the Internet.

Ball had asked Cook to build her an ice chapel for their wedding “Lots of people get married in chapels. I will be the only one married in this chapel,” Ball said.

The chapel occasionally emitted groaning noises during the wedding, making some of the guests nervous. Terry Martin, who officiated the wedding, reassured the guests that the ice structure was sturdy as he led the wedding ceremony.

No one built me an ice chapel for my wedding (I didn’t even get a regular chapel!) but after reading about the groaning of the ice, I’m not sure I would have really enjoyed the experience.

Let Them Eat… Cookies!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

So you’re leaning toward wedding desserts over wedding cake or you’ve decided that edible wedding favors are right for you and yours. If you want to lose the cake, but not the colors — you have to admit that wedding cakes are growing ever more gorgeous — custom cookies can be a pretty and unique alternative dessert or favor.

wedding cookies

These tasty examples come from Better Batch Bakers, a cookie company in MA that ships its sweets via postal mail. The bakers and cookie designers at BBB will work with you to extend your wedding theme (or color scheme) into your dessert or wedding favors. Sure, they’re a little pricey at $3.25 per 2.5″ cookie, but that’s no more expensive than most other wedding favors or wedding cake serving prices out there.

Wild Pretty Things On Cake

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I usually poo-poo most wedding cake toppers, but these handmade cake toppers created by Jennifer Murphy are just too cute.

wedding cake toppers by jennifer murphy

From birds to bunnies, her wedding cake toppers are pricey, but you’re not going to see them duplicated on your best friend’s wedding cake six months down the road. Unless, that is, she loves your topper so much that she just has to order one for herself.

If these tickle your fancy and fit into your wedding budget, check out Murphy’s web site.

Centenarian Bride?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Will Wang Guiying be the oldest first-time bride on record? At 107, Wang has decided that at long last it’s time to marry. The reason is that she doesn’t want to be a burden on her nieces and nephews.

Wang’s story started in the southern Guizhou province of China. As a child, she saw her aunts being bullied and beaten by their husbands and decided she wanted no part of marriage. Determined to live independantly, she took up farming and supported herself until she was 74, when she was no longer able to work in the fields.

Since then, she has lived with nephews and nieces. Now, though, the youngest of those relatives is 60 and their children have children of their own to worry about. Wang fears becoming more of a burden than her family can cope with.

Wang has decided it’s finally time to marry. She’s searching for a husband…one around her own age so they can have something to talk about. Local officials have announced they will help Wang in her search for a husband.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I hope she finds what she’s looking for…including married happiness.