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Thrifting Bride

{ignore the writing on the blue bag – the pic was cute so whatev}

I’ve definitely developed quite the thrifting skills since I’ve been engaged. For the past year and a half I’ve scoured the shelves of Value Village, Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul’s.  Oh, and yard sales – when applicable. The vintage fluff and knick knacks you can find really are amazing, so whatever preconceived notions (e.g., thrifting = grungy) you may have – get rid of them.  Secondhand stores are quickly becoming the new fad, don’t you know? Plus, it’s green, saves YOU money and allows the DIY bride to do her thing (I really wanted to put thang, but then realized I wasn’t 14).  And there is definitely an art and a skill set to develop when taking on this endeavor, though consistency alone will get you far.

Anyway, my current thrift obsession right now: vases. 


I’ve mentioned before how I love the look of multiple vases and minimal flowers.  And from all the budget + wedding blogs I’ve rummaged through (much like my resale stores), there tends to be a consensus that says it’s the cheaper way to go. Oh yeah – and I need vases + jars for my candy bar. Perfect.

My top two reasons for the large amount of vases + jars for my wedding:

1. Flowers die so you don’t need to spend an outrageous amount of money on them to get a cool look for your reception tables. 

2.  The thrifty vase idea is chic + trendy. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to sell them as a package via Craigslist.  Ah the beauty of a virtual yard sale!  You’d be surprised at the stuff I’ve searched for and found on that site – vases, mason jars, left over wedding candles, Chinese paper lanterns . . . you get the drift.

Below are a few links and some tips for the newbie thriftier bride (hint: also take this into consideration for flea markets):

Thrift shops in Yakima – my favorite is The Olde Lighthouse Shoppe, which didn’t make that list

A few more on the outskirts

Flea Markets

Virtual Yakima yard sales

Real life Yakima yard sales 


10 Tips for Shopping at Thrift Stores via The Bargainist

 1. Don’t be afraid of used. If you’re not a veteran of thrift shops and garage sales, you might be someone who only buys new stuff. Break free from that predjudice, because even if it’s been owned before, an item can be perfectly good (sometimes great) — and more importantly, it costs much less.

2. Be willing to spend a little time looking. Thrift shops can have some real gems — but sometimes they’re buried in piles of stuff you’d never consider buying. You’ve got to search, to sift, to rummage, to be patient. In fact, you may have to go through several thrift shops before you find what you’re looking for, if you’re picky. Think of it as a journey, not a quick stop, and you’ll find many more great things.

3. Sell your old stuff for credit. Before you go to a thrift shop, pull a bunch of old clothes from your closet, old books and magazines, anything you don’t need anymore. Put them in some boxes, and sell them to the thrift store for credit. You’ve purged a bunch of clutter while allowing yourself to get some great used stuff for free.

4. Bring cash. Most thrift stores don’t take anything but cash, so if you’re used to using plastic or checks, be sure to remember to stop at an ATM and get some cash.

5. Shop outside of cities. If you live in a city, you might find that most of the thrift shops closest to you have been picked through thoroughly. Many times the thrift shops in cities don’t have much to offer. But drive a few minutes just outside the city, and you’ll find many more great things. It may be wiser to wait until you’re going outside the city, and take advantage of that trip by stopping at thrift stores in the area.

6. Go with friends. Make it a fun outing. Hunting for great stuff in thrift stores with friends can be a real blast. Even if you don’t find anything, if you’ve spent a good afternoon with friends, making jokes and making fun of the stuff in the stores… well, it’s not a wasted day.

7. No dressing rooms. Most thrift stores have no place to change. So be willing to eyeball it and alter the clothes later to fit better. Or wear a tight-fitting tank top so you can try shirts on over it.

8. Look beyond the surface. Furniture, especially, can be scratched up, but still be a great find. Instead of paying attention to the nicks and scratches, consider how it’ll look if you sand and varnish, or give it a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes an hour of work can make it as fresh as new.

9. Enter your zip code on this site and you’ll get all the thrift shops in your area, ratings and reviews of each, and tons of great info.

10. Test things out. If you’re buying electronics, insist on testing them. For toys with batteries, open up the battery case to see if there’s corrosion. Look closely at other items. A few defects are OK, but you want to look closely, because you don’t want to take it home and find that it’s useless.

 Thrift it. Find it. Love it. Own it.

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Photo Display

I love this DiYphoto display idea for weddings. Like a lot.




big cartel

While google imaging the word twine, I also found this. Love.

Twine – my new fave.


Hoping to inspire the shabby chic in you.

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Life’s Details

“Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.”
Theophile Gautier

I’m very detail-oriented and I find it severly irriates me when people fail to notice the little things – whether it be my matching pillows and drapes (not that I have them yet – but I would if I did); the special touches on a birthday card; or the extra frosting I put on the cupcake . . . just for you. 

I believe details make all the difference, and my wedding day will be no exception — it’s how we distinguish between a special day and a party, between your wedding and long lost Uncle Eddie’s – after all, it’s a celebration of you.

I want to include everything that makes us, us in our big day.  A childhood favorite, family photos strewn about, the words he he tells me everyday weaved into our vows, mom’s barbecue bean receipe, the pretty little flowers on my dress which is the sole reason why I chose the dang dress in the first place . . .

Well, the rest is a surprise so I stop there with examples.

But anyway, why not? This is when you really get to show off your relationship.  These particulars tell your guests what you’re about, what you like to do and who are you in a different light.  Why not let them in on it?  Transparency is charming.  After all, they are there to witness this special union – you don’t need to keep that 6th grade picture – full of braces and pimples – a secret anymore ;).

Deatils – they’re also that stolen kiss from your new husband, the tear drop that falls during your father’s speech or the shared look of love and admiration as your mother prepares you for the first kiss of the rest of your life.  Those little tiny moments are what make this day live forever in your heart and mind. The ones that will make you smile and make you remember when you see them in the photographs . . .

These elements are defining.  They’re fun. Enjoyable. Unique. It’s definitley worth the extra effort to incorporate those splashes of you throughout the day.

Show it off,


See, details. How awesome.

aaron delesie











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Aisle Decor

I’m in love with this new tissue paper pom-pom trend going on right now – courtesy of the one and only, Mrs. Martha Stewart!

The only catch is, I don’t want to force them into my decor to where it wouldn’t look right.

I also don’t want to use them instead of flowers.

And I don’t want to hang them.

Tissue paper pom-pom hanging is more for tea parties and store windows . . . I think.

I am in love with simple garlands though – they seem so whimsical and fairytale-ish.


In the midst of a little wedding discussion with my MOH yesterday, we came up with the idea of making tissue paper pom-pom garlands (similar to the ones above) and stringing them along the chairs for the ceremony aisle decor – much like in the picture below.

The garlands, however, would look a little more like these guys and be used to usher peope in through the opposite side of the aisle:



directions for the cloth ones

We could even use one to drape across the food serving stations – you know, give that area a little “pretty” too.

see bottom left: 

wedding table decor backyard wedding


 I love it! I’m so excited for it.  It’s not forced.  It’s inexpensive.  It adds the perfect touch to areas that can easly be forgotten.

And I know it’s trendy. Maybe too trendy, but I don’t care. Pretty garlands are my new obsession and with my budget, these are the only ones I’m going to get.

So all we need is time . . . oh yeah, time. Not a whole lot of it these days.

I think this calls for another DiY party with the girls – wine and apps included of course!

Let it begin,


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DiY Chandelier

I found sunshine on this cloudy Seattle day . . .

I am in love with this crafty, handmade chandelier from Sunset Magazine!

Shoot – it’d be beautiful in a garden or as a part of your home decor!

All you need is a wire basket, some votives, pretty jewels to string and a chain to hang it from.

You could even add flowers to make it more appropriate for a garden-style wedding.

Hmmm, where can I put this at my wedding?

Directions here.

🙂 makes me smile



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DiY Sweet Love Garland

I found this absolutely adorable DIY Sweet Love garland via Style Me Pretty, and just had to share it with you all.  It would be a perfect addition to your candy buffet or cake table decor. 

darling dexter

Here are the step-by-step images that coordinate with the instructions below…

Several sheets of cardstock for the front (preferably white)
Several sheets of cardstock for the backing (a contrasting color)
Glue Stick
Decorative Paper Punch (I have a doilie punch from the Martha Stewart Craft Line)
Xacto Knive or Ribbon Paper Punch


1. Decide on what you would like your sign to say and then head to the computer to print out the individual letters. If you are looking for a more interesting font to use but don’t want to invest a lot of money on a high-price font, check out sites like which offer mounds of free fonts.

2. Now is the time to decide how big you would like each of your individual letters to be–depending on where you plan to display them and how far away they need to be read. When cutting out your color backing be sure to make it large enough that when you punch your design into the edges, it still peaks around the sides of your letters.

3. Glue the two pieces of cardstock together.

4. Using an xacto knife or a ribbon paper punch (I know the Martha Stewart Craft Line carries one of these handy tools) — make the slots for your ribbon to pass through

5. Lastly, weave your ribbon through the individual letters and voila!

How Sweet It Is,

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the way to “I DO”

I love the look of these rustic wedding signs . . . they’re simple and so so so adorable. Perfect for a garden summer wedding in Yakima — and something that makes the day that much more YOU 😉 in memory chair 100 Layer Cake sign and flowers

100 Layer Cake wedding sign

100 Layer Cake

oncewed 38


oncewed chalkboard wedding


oncewed vows


oncewed sign




Hope you enjoy these simple decor ideas, I sure did . . . let’s see what we can do dad ;)!




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