Amazing DIY Wedding Projects on Ruffled!

Ruffled is one of my favorite wedding blogs, and I have been blown away by their recent DIY contest entries! (I’m also amazed that all these people who entered have such great photography skills, but that’s a whole ‘nother topic…) The entry deadline has already passed, and below are some of my favorite entries. Check out the links for step-by-step instructions for each of the projects and many more pictures. If I were a bride, I would totally be inspired by this creativity!

Entry #4: Vintage Postcard Save-the-Date by Heather

This dedicated bride scoured antique stores for vintage postcards (which already were used/written on):


And painstaking bleached the ink writing off and typed her Save-the-Date message with a vintage type-writer. Wow!


Entry #10: Vintage Bridesmaids Necklace by Lisa of Ink and Buttons

Now this is one of my favorites because I totally WANT this necklace… but am too lazy to make it for myself, despite the detailed instructions! Anyone want to make it for me?! hehe. It’s made with a strand of chandelier crystals!



Actually, upon second reading, I may have to attempt this necklace at some point because I love it that much.

Entry #17: Faux Milkglass Centerpieces by blogger Annie of Marry You Me

Milk glass is seriously all the rage these days, but can be hard to find and/or pricey. So this resourceful bride found regular glass vases at the thrift store, and SPRAY PAINTED them! What an Ah-Ha moment, duh! And they turned out amazing – all the look – without the all the price. I’ve never actually attempted to spray paint anything, but I’m seriously tempted to try now…



I also think her choices in glassware were perfect!


Entry #18: Vintage Lace Headband by Jessica

Three simple ingredients became a swoon-worthy headband. How perfect would this look with a flowy, Grecian-style gown?





Entry #20: Tin Can Vases by Cori Cook Floral

Ok, this project is completely affordable and SO do-able for a crafty bride without a big budget for flowers!






Entry #23: Photobooth Wall by Laura

How cute is this photobooth wall? If I could go back in time, I would love to have something super awesome like this at my wedding! Oh well, no such luck…


You can find all of the entries linked here. Trust me, so much DIY goodness you may just be tempted to head over to your nearby thrift store/craft store/hardware store!


Indiewed: A Little Bit Vintage…

a little bit Rock ‘n’ Roll!

After a deeeelicious brunch at Sola up on the north side of Chicago, friends (and fellow vendors) Cindy, Grace and I were excited to check out Indiewed at the Ravenswood Billboard Factory. Indiewed was the antithesis of the typical hotel convention center bridal show and showcased some of Chicago’s best independent wedding vendors, some established, some up-and-coming. I loved seeing a ton of familiar, friendly faces and meeting many new vendors for the first time.

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Cindy, Grace and I hamming it up in the fun, vintage photo booth from Magnolia. The print quality was impressive, and the speed a mere 30 seconds!

Ravenswood Billboard Factory
The Ravenswood Billboard Factory is full of nifty artifacts all around. A visual feast for the eyes, and I have no doubt that there are many grooms who would absolutely love this venue!

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Vintage cars!

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There was definitely a good showing of attendees! I heard they sold a thousand tickets, something unheard of for a first time wedding show! Hmmm, gonna see how I can get in on this next year! :)

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There were some adorable displays that were so charming (sorry, can’t recall this vendor!)

Fabulous cakes by my friends at Tipsycake.

Pollen romantic pale pink bouquet Pollen succulent acorn purple bouquet
I was excited to meet a fabulous new Chicago florist, Lynn of Pollen Floral Design, who focuses on local, organically grown flowers.

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I was enamored by these adorable customizable cake toppers by The Small Object.

We had a chance to take a tour of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the venue which are also available for rent ($5,500 for the entire 1st floor; $5,500 for both the 2nd & 3rd floors combined; $8,500 for all 3 floors)

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Charlene Sweetchic Natalie I was so happy to run into my 2008 client/turned planner/fellow Weddingbee blogger/new mommy, Natalie!

I wish I had taken more pictures because there were some gorgeous displays from some really creative vendors! I was also happy to see great booths by friends Jeremy Lawson, Nika Vaughn, I Do Films, Toast & Jam DJs, and Kim of Inspired Goodness, who came all the way from the east coast to participate!  Hopefully there are more pictures floating around on the blogosphere. If you missed it this year, you definitely should check out Indiewed next year!

Hello, Gorgeous: 2010 Paper Source Wedding Invitations!


With my post yesterday, I happened to check out the Paper Source site. And wow, was I blown away by their new 2010 Wedding line! Not everyone wants or needs custom wedding invitations, so I think PS offers the perfect solution for those couples.

They have four different lines – Embossing, Type, Borders and Artwork – and here are some of my favorites from each line (but there are SO many more, so be sure to visit the site!). The fabulous thing is that not only do you have tons of design choices, but within each design there are so many customizable options! Flat printing or letterpress (save money with flat printing!) font styles, font colors, etc., etc. I love choices!


Cherry Branch Invitations:


Closeup of the beautiful embossing.

Faux Bois Invitations:


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Carnivale Invitations:


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Playbill Invitations:


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Calligraphy Scrolls Invitations:


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Victorian Gardens Invitations:


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Ticket Invitations:



Peonies Invitations:


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So, what do you think!? I wish I could order some just because they are so darn beautiful!