Monday, August 31, 2009

Dessert Wedding Favors

I always like practical wedding favors, and edible ones are twice as great. Have you considered sending your guests off with a couple delectable desserts? Stop by your favorite bakery and choose a variety of dessert that are favorites for you and your fiance. Remember you should take advantage of every opportunity to incorporate your personalities into your wedding.

Consider setting up a dessert table at your wedding, possibly one that could be rolled in towards the end of the evening so that guests don't start eating the favors early. Have the MC or DJ announce that the guests can help themselves to the dessert tables.

Have the table filled with all types of delectable bite sized desserts. You should include boxes or bags filled with tissue paper and ready for packing. Take this opportunity to use personalized labels and tags in your wedding colors on the boxes or bags. Use coordinating ribbon, my favorite ribbons for favors are satin, cross grained and organza.

To save money consider choosing one type of dessert such as Cookies or brownies. You can get cookies in all shapes and sizes. Brownies are not just made of chocolate anymore, they come in a variety of sizes, shapes and flavors.

mini gable boxes by Beau Coup

personalized wedding favor gift tags

Personalized Kraft Gift Bags

Be Inspired by delectable desserts!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bed and Breakfast Weddings and Honeymoons

When I think of a Bed and Breakfast setting, I think of a romantic getaway to an intimate location; casual and unplanned days of relaxation. Ever thought of bringing that feeling to your wedding? Well as I sat and thought about it I thought I would do some research. Here is what I found:

I came across the BNBfinder. It is an in depth directory of Bed and Breakfast locations all over the world. They also sell B and B Finder certificates accepted at over 1500 Inns all over the world. You could consider adding these certificates to your wedding registry. Here are a few of the Inns listed.

Alexander Homestead

The Alexander Homestead is an all-inclusive full service Inn located within Charlotte City limits. It a historical jewel listed in the National Registry. Recently restored and renovated it sits on a five acre estate. The bed and breakfast boast a peaceful and tranquil experience in their Historic Queen Ann Victorian style house.

This location would be great for an intimate getaway or honeymoon. If planning a wedding keep in mind that it is definitely geared for a more intimate wedding, accommodates only about 40 guests. If you are using this as a destination wedding please call ahead to make sure all of your guests can be accommodated. This location is not geared for children. A full gourmet breakfast is served to guests each morning of their stay in the dining room. There are a host of activities that you can participate in or not. Please contact them to see if this location will fit you wedding needs.

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant

I was drawn to this location for its size and because the have a wedding coordinator. The fact that they have a designated individual just to assist you with your wedding plans is a great start to a beautiful destination weekend.

The Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant is one of the most distinctive bed and breakfast inns in Charlottesville, Virginia. Located on a picturesque property it is the perfect setting for a Charlottesville, Virginia wedding. The backdrop of With flower gardens, meadows and a pond, will be great for wedding photos.

The Inn offers thirteen fireplace rooms and suites, most with Jacuzzis, and an irresistible array of amenities in a quiet setting on 50 acres of grounds, fields, and woods. They can hosts wedding receptions for up to 200 guests.

Casa Lima

I was born in San Jose, CR. I have been in the US for many years but still enjoy the memories of this beautiful place. Known as the "Switzerland" of Central America because it has no army, it has become on of the most popular vacation destination.

Casa Lima is listed as a small paradise. Located 20 minutes from the airport an 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, and two blocks from the American Embassy. Casa Lima is a small exclusive Costa Rica bed and breakfast nestled in one of Costa Rica's unique and privileged neighborhoods, Rohrmoser. and two blocks from the American Embassy. It offers the perfect strategic location when visiting the Central Valley and exploring. It has 20 bedrooms, 3 suites. 3 apartments. This Bed and Breakfast offers tours to nearby Volcanoes and rainforest.

Casa Lima in San Jose, Costa Rica

This a perfect honeymoon destination!!!!!!!!!!!

Find a location that suits you needs at the BnBFinder directory

Friday, August 28, 2009

Beach Weddings

Beach weddings are fun. You basically have a blank canvas to work with. Usually couples choose a blue and white or blue and sand color scheme. However, with a beach wedding the "color waves" you ride are endless.

Product Sources
Center bouquet: Floral Design Studio

Green bouquets: Bridesmaid Bouquets: Pedestals Floral Decorators, Garden City Park
Photo By: Silk Studio, New York

Beach Wedding Shoes by Beaded Foot Jewelry

Wedding Dress
Alfred Angelo

Monday, August 24, 2009

Well rounded "Green" Wedding Invitations

Aleximani Events social division offers these great eco-friendly wedding invitations. Take a look a the great selection of products.

Spring Blush

This great invitation will be great for a spring wedding. This is a seal 'n send invitation. This invitation has it all with fuchsia and pink daisy accents with a white background.

Yellow Flowers

This invitation is printed on paper that is Green Seal Certified, made with 100 percent post-consumer fibers and created without the use of chlorine compounds. The paper manufacturer uses a significant amount of renewable energy resources and responsible forest management practices. Even more impressive is its beauty.

Planning a "Green" wedding has never been easier than with eco-friendly wedding invitations from Carlson Craft.

Elegant Evening

This invitation would be excellent for an evening wedding anytime of the year. This silver and white z-fold invitation features a white swirl design.

Christmas Wedding

A new spin on a Christmas wedding. This red wrap features a blind embossed regal design. The soft white insert card and matching enclosures feature a matching regal design and are made of 30% post-consumer fibers.

Be Inspired by elegant "green" options!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

And the winner is.........................

I am proud to announce the winner of the first Inspired! Bridal Giveaway 2009. (Drum roll please)......The winner of a set of Fabulous Toasting flutes is Christina of Christina has won her choice of flutes along with an additional gift from Aleximani Events. Thank you Christina for taking the time to stop by and comment on various posts. I hope you enjoy your prizes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Creating your own bridal Style!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you ever look through a bridal magazine and see several dresses that you wish you could combine to create one. Maybe you wished that if you could just change one particular feature of a dress it would be perfect. I found your solution.

Design your own dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On my web surfing expedition I came across a site Kathlin Argiro. This site allows you choose the silhouette you want for your bridesmaids dresses, select from a number of different fabrics and add your own accessories.

I thought that this company had something going, after going through their site you will not feel you sacrificed one aspect of a dress to get another. The color choices are unbelievable, all the newest fabrics and textures to choose from. I wish I had this option when I was getting married. You could use this site for selecting bridesmaid dress or dresses for other pre-wedding parties.

Dresses can be ordered through them directly or through a specialty boutique near you. They ask that if you have already started to work with a boutique, that you continue to place your order through them.

To order from them directly, please print the appropriate forms for you and your girls. Fill them in, and fax them back, together with your payment. If you have any questions, please call them at 212.268.8774 or

Be Inspired to become your own designer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wedding Guest Books

Wedding guests books are a way to have a keepsake of those that were in attendance on your special day. Unique details add a special touch to your wedding, why not make your guests book be one of those details your guests will remember.

And the winner for most creative wedding guest book goes to.......(Drumroll please)

Etsy Shop Memories for life

Creativity is streaming out of this flip flop wedding guest book, made from REAL flip flops. I had to take a couple of looks before I realized that it was a guest book. I am trying to imagine Edi, owner of Memories for Life, sitting one day looking down at her flip flops and saying "hmmmm a wedding guests book". Creative is all that comes to mind and for that this Etsy shop has earned the Inspired! award for Creativity.

Next up Wedding Mountain with their Seaside Jewels guest book

The image on this guest book brought me back to a wedding I attended in the Bahamas, you really feel you are standing on the beach witnessing a wedding with the still water of the Atlantic ocean in the background. So for setting the mood.. we award Wedding Mountain the Inspired! award for mood setting.

Receiving the Inspired! Award for most romantic is Wedding Mountain Pink Sequin Guest book

The lace, the pink reminds me of a beautiful wedding dress made of the best lace adorned with a beautiful satin bow at the waist. This is romance at its finest.

Practical is always on the back of my mind. Why should your guest book be a book at all. Check out this creative option that will be a great and practical addition to your home decor. For its very practical aspect , Shop for Weddings, recieves the Inpired! Award for practicality

A unique shape brings us to our next Award recepient, Alfa Wedding, with its guest 6
Elegant Satin Arched Wedding Guest Book

Monday, August 17, 2009

ETSY Fabulous Find: Moment in the Sun

Sometimes the way a wedding favor is packaged is as exciting as the favor itself. While on my weekly Etsy expedition I came across Moment in the Sun. Tracey owner of this fabulous shop, has a little bit of everything. However, I would like to focus on her large selection of paper products.

Are you planning on giving out CD favors at your wedding, well don't select any old packaging for your favor. Check out these CD/DVD envelopes in a variety of styles and colors. Handcrafted from heavyweight cardstock, I could see them wrapped with organza ribbons for a perfect favor presentation. Set of 4 CD/DVD envelopes, each envelope is 5" or 13cm square, tab close. Add a monogrammed round label to the closure for a personalized touch. Your CD envelopes can be customized with a "Thank you" rub on at no additional charge. Just wonderful!!!!

I absolutely love these for a favor boxes. She has a variety of colors, however these were my favorite; I just pictured them for a spring wedding. These boxes can be use for your wedding favors or for presenting your bridesmaids with a thank you gift.

Black Tie anyone? try these appropriately named "Tuxedo Heart Box"

These beautiful tags would be great for favors, seating cards or table numbers. Print clear or opaque round labels with names, table numbers or "thank you" and place on the back of each tag. Simply stunning flower gift tags in spring green and chocolate brown with a hint of robins egg blue. Chocolate and blue flowers grace the front of the tags, while the tag backs are a beautiful tone on tone green damask. Other colors and styles available.

With 158 products listed in her shop they could not all be featured here, check out Etsy shop, Moment in the Sun for great paper products and more

Be Inspired by creative packaging!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Bare Essentials: Wedding undergarments

You have labored over the details of your wedding. You have purchased your dream dress. You spent hundreds even thousands on your gown, a pantie line under that gorgeous mermaid style gown would be a travesty. We want your wedding to be the talk of the town for your fine attention to detail and unique touches, not the fact that you wore the wrong underwear.

Selecting the right undergarments for your gown is as important as the gown itself. knows the importance of your undergarments. They have gone as far as identifying specific product selections based on the fabrics of the dress you will be wearing.

With the popularity of strapless gowns the Slim Cognito Seamless Mid-Thigh Bodysuit would be a great match.

This Hide & Sleek Strapless Lace Trim Cami from the Hide and Sleek collection would also be great for a strapless gown.

You will know best which trouble spots you want to hide or accentuate, check out to view all of their collections.

Check out the for great and very sexy wedding undergarments.

There are many resources to ensure your best look on your wedding day. Make sure that finding the bare essentials will be on your wedding "to-do" list.
Other resources to help you take care of the bare necessities:

Be Inspired by what is hidden!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Something Blue

Here is some blue inspiration for your wedding.

Top: Photo by T. Rafalovich, Garter Peekb4 Etsy Shop
Cake Photo by T. Rafalovich
Hydrangeas Photo By Arrowood Photography

Be Inspired by Blue!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ETSY Fabulous Find: Dawn Correspondence

Networking is always a great thing and I have been blessed to network with some of the finest artisans and vendors in their fields. Now if you have read previous posts you know how much I love Etsy and the fabulous things to be discovered there. Most recently I have had the pleasure of meeting Amanda owner of Etsy shop Dawn Correspondence an Etsy shop, what a lovely combination.

Are you planning a wedding in paradise?

This a Gorgeous wedding invitation in a square petal that fits perfectly in a 5.75" square envelope. The 3.5" x 5" reply card fits inside the petal.

I love the color of this invitation. Your wedding invitation is the first element used to set the theme for your wedding. To be ushered into your wedding in paradise by this invitation is simply awesome.

Mums the word

I love the combination of purple and red on this invitation. I would love to use this color combination for a new spin of a fall or winter wedding. Nice warm colors.

Words of Wisdom
Often when I host or help plan showers I make a suggestion of a wisdom journal or wisdom notes for the happy couple. Well look what I came across on this wonderful Etsy shop.

Spring Fling

When I saw this invitation I thought of a Spring wedding, the cool colors were light and airy.

Indian Inspired

I thought that this invitation would be great for and Indian or Asian themed wedding. The sunburst actually reminded me of bracelets that dancers put on their feet during any of the ceremonial dances performed.

Be Inspired!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Choosing your wedding colors

Choosing your wedding colors is a decision that will affect many other to come. A lot of the vendors that you will meet will ask you about your color selections. I actually believe that florist ask about your color before they ask you about your favorite flower. The bakery where you will get your cake from will ask about the colors that you have chosen for your wedding. Your color selection will allow your wedding professional to offer you the best direction.

Help us help you!!!!

For some choosing the color for their wedding is an easy decision, they always loved pink, we are both football fans and our favorite team’s colors are blue and white. Whatever inspirited your color choice, this will be an easy task crossed off from your “wedding to-do list” . For some it will be a little harder, since your wedding will reflect your personal style, making your color selection work is very important.

If I have no clue what color I want for my wedding where do I start? Well what inspires you? When you see a room decorated in a picture, are you drawn to lighter (cool) colors or intense (warmer) colors? Do you like a neutral background? What makes you say wow? Inspiration can come from fashion, interior design, nature. Do you love the beach? Maybe a light (cool) blue and tan might work for you, reminding you of the ocean and sand. Maybe you like fall, like me, and so greens and browns and oranges make you feel happy. These are great starting points.

Here are some great locations to find the right color combinations for you:

Color Schemer

You'll need to create a free account, but this wonderful site has to create color palettes and search for other palettes already created. Time to remember your favorite season, enter in the search box for inspiration, i.g , Fall (can you tell fall is my favorite season. How about a catchy adjectives like peaceful or modern.

Sherwin-Williams Color Generator

After finding a color it selects accent colors to go with it.

I found a great blog that has shown me some color combinations I would have never thought of, that are simply phenomenal. Check out The Perfect Palette

I actually love it allows you to bring different elements together and you could create color boards that inspire you and others.

Be Inspired by everything around you when choosing your wedding colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Join the Party!!!!!!!!!

There is a party bug in the air and has caught it. Join on Wednesday, August 5th from 9 to 10pm EST on Twitter...follow #preparty as OneWed, Savvy Scoop and wedding experts throw a Launch Party!

This Twitter Launch party celebrates the marriage of Social Networking and Wedding Planning. Click here to RSVP for the online party of the year

Stop by for a chance to win lots of great prizes.

Experts to be in attendance are:

Jaime , It’s A Jaime Thing: I'm a wedding blogging, high-heel wearing, dark chocolate loving, red wine drinking Chicago girl who loves to plan, create, try to inspire & make people smile!

-Chris, The Man Registry: is an online resource for grooms and is the Internet leader in wedding advice for men. The centerpiece of the website is a specialized wedding registry featuring wedding gifts tailored toward grooms.

-Dana, The Broke-Ass Bride: The Broke-Ass Bride chronicles one bride’s pursuit to rock her wedding without rocking her bank account. By trading on her talents, using innovative planning and negotiation tactics, and pioneering the concept of Bride$hare, Dana managed to plan a wedding worth over $20,000 more than her budget.

-Terrica, Fabuluxe Events: Believing that every bride deserves to be beautiful, confident and fabulous on her wedding day, she infuses her brand with her couples' personality to create event experiences of a lifetime.

Be Inspired by a great party!!!!!!!!!!!!


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