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Moustache on a Stick


Obsessed, why? I have no clue. They’re they quirkiest little dealies, but I keep going back to them over and over and over again.

At first I ignored the fact that I wanted these really badly for my guest photo booth at the wedding.

But they keep popping up everywhere.

They’re quite draggish, in the opposite sense, but their appeal has overcome me.

Once again, I have given into another DIY project.

Damn you DIY angels, Ihavenomoretime!

I resisted – until I found the templates on Martha Stewart. Then I knew it was over.

The moustaches won.

I’ll detail my lovely lip project when I get to it.

Now . . .

Throwing a little obsession your way 😉






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Victory #10: The Registry


People started asking – so it was time to deliver.

If you remember back to this post, I talked a little bit about the problems I was having with registering and how I wanted a honeymoon registry only.  Afterall, we’ve lived together for quite some time now and aren’t in a permanent home yet – how am I supposed to know how I want to decorate my home if I don’t have it yet? How do I know what color drapes and dishes I’ll want in a year or two?

People kept encouraging me to register for traditional items, however, and added that some people may want to buy a gift for your home specifically.

To say the least, I caved. We did a regular wedding registry and a honeymoon registry.

The top three things the FI wanted going in:

1. California king-sized bed

2. Flat screen TV

3. Nike clothes

(that’s the wish list ;)).

Me? I had no clue, other than a couple cookware pieces I’d been eyeing (and I don’t even cook yet – key word) and some home entertaining fun stuff.

Registering sounds fun, and I’ll admit I did have it, but I was a little anxious for the following reasons:

1. I don’t know what I really need/want yet – I just don’t, it’s hard for me to look forward in that sense.

2. What we’re in now to me, is a house. I don’t have the will or want to completely decorate and style something I’ll be moving out of in a year – and with our pattern, we move every year :/

3. I don’t want to offend someone by putting something down that costs $75 – in the same turn, I don’t want to put the cheaper $25 version of that item down only to find it rust or break in a few years.

4. I don’t want china – does anyone even use the china sets they get for their wedding? Unless the Obamas are coming for dinner, regular dishes will work just fine.

However, walking through the aisles at Bed, Bath & Beyond (loooove btw), I realized a few things:

1. I like cleaning supplies – good, get-the-grit-out, cleaning supplies. Afterall they are my Friday night dates lately (am I already married?? :)).

2. I like to bake. I like cookies, cakes, pies – you name it. I like the supplies that come along with baking.

3. We entertain a lot – especially in the summer, or anytime near basketball playoffs, any Sunday with football, family birthdays and just this past year, holidays. So, a lot. And right now, we don’t always have enough stuff to entertain with (e.g., place settings, warmers, trays.).  BB&B had a lot of great ideas to choose from.

The conclusion: we registered mostly for the stuff that fell into categories 1, 2 and 3 above.  Oh yeah, and silverware. We never seem to have enough spoons. And wine glasses. Needed those too, red and white.

All in all, we registered at thee places – Honeyfund (for the honeymoon), Bed, Bath & Beyond (way practical and our fave) and Macy’s (Yakima doesn’t have a BB&B :().


At BB&B and Macy’s both – you can add to, and edit, your registries online, definite bonus.

At the point of registering too?

Check out these Yakima gift registry resources

Here are some wedding registry tips including the top 5 things you should splurge on and a comprehensive checklist.

Thinking of registering at Macy’s too? Check out their FAQs for more info!

Be victorious,


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{the sweet tooth bride}

HAD to share this absolutely fabulous candy buffet via Green Wedding Shoes.  It’s perfect for my very own wedding candy bar inspriation, the colors are even perfect! Mouth watering yet?

bridal shower ideas

bridal shower dessert bar

bridal shower dessert bar

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Map It!

{via Little White Book}

1. thefuturemrsdarcy 2 & 3. LHCalligraphy 4. InvitaPaperStudio 5. EmilyInk

6. InvitaPaperStudio

Since my wedding-planning-research saga began, I started seeing a trend with these adorable, handmade + customized maps featured in blogs, bridal magazines and online craft shops like Etsy.  A DiY junkie, I fell in love with this {adorable} twist on the usual ho-hum diagrams found with most wedding invitations.

However – I don’t have a budget which allows me to spend $285 on a customized, hand drawn design . . . so I decided to take a stab at it myself! The result below:

{this definitely is NOT my first version or my last – I haven’t even added the Greenway yet!}

As long as you have paper and some colored pencils (or watercolor paints) you can create your own customized map too – NOTE: I have a scanner which made this process a lot easier. Here are the steps I followed:

1.       Know your wedding location and a general idea of where your guests will be setting up camp for the weekend.

2.       Have a few of your fave restaurants in mind to note on the map: remember variety and proximity though when considering where to direct your guests.

3.       Know the major attractions in Yakima and evaluate what you think your guests would most like to do in their down time. My map has some pretty general ones but check here if you want to send your guests on a weekend adventure or here for a more extended list 🙂!

4.       Click here for a real-view layout of the area (i.e. streets, parks, airport, etc.)

5.       Start drawing!  The scaling is hard at first but make sure you do it in pencil and mark light so you can erase without leaving too many marks on your map.  I did this step several times and used a full 8 ½ x 11 piece of computer paper.  Some pieces I even did on a separate piece of paper, cut it out and taped it on then would scan it {which eliminated the “erased” lines and allowed me to re-scale it}.  I continued these steps until I achieved my desired look . . . well, the current look anyway ;). 

6.       The last step is coloring, re-scaling it to your reproduction size on the scanner + making copies!

Not quite the artist type but love the idea? Check out this fancy little online tool {Wedding Mapper} which allows you to create a layout of your wedding city and mark your fave restaurants, cocktail lounges, shopping centers, etc. It also lets you add personal notes about each place you choose AND attaches the website! Even better, the website generates directions FROM any point TO any point on the map your guests choose! What a great addition to any wedding website and IT’S FREE! Can you see why I fell in love 🙂?

Here is the one I made for my personal wedding website . . . how fun, it’s like playing SIMS (kind of) :).

Anyway hope this helps + inspires your creative abilities! I’m hoping to have a finalized map soon {crossing my fingers}.  Until next time readers . . .



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real life DiY photobooth

Good morning readers!  Remember my DiY photobooth post ? Well Amy, of Memory Montage Prodcutions , sent me this real life DiY Photobooth from a wedding they shot this September.  I absolutely {love} the pictures from this session — they look SO fun and almost mirror exactly what I showed in my post! It makes me even more excited to set one up for my own wedding  :).




hot chicks

don't talk back




we love gina



 I hope my guests have as much fun with my photobooth as these guys seemed to have had! Thank you Amy for sharing all these {fabulous} pictures . . . it makes me so excited to try my own :).



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{the purpose of fun – is to have it}

While planning a wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in the details, the food, the music, the activities, etc. that entertain you and your kin alike – what we {I} tend to forget are the wee ones that will be attending.  This though sparked another one of my great wedding investigations 🙂.


Here is some of the ::fun:: inspiration I found to keep the kiddos occupied, entertained and happy at the wedding (not to mention the parents):



The Little White Book

{see the coloring on the paper table cloth? – brilliant :)}


The Little White Book




LOVE the idea of DiY coloring books – I’m thinking My Little Pony and Ninja Turtles –a  few of my faves as a child that I’d love to share with the little ones ;).





Queen City Bride

{love the idea of the sign for the table}

Intimate Weddings also suggests these inexpensive ideas to add to the kids’ tables:

  • Play Dough
  • Bubbles
  • Crayons and coloring pages
  • Simple (non-messy) crafts
  • Beading
  • Make a monster or robot
  • There’s also the option of having a DVD player with a kids movie, complete with popcorn.

Hope these help spark some inspiration in your inner child as well – these are definitely going in my “planning book” – more thoughts on these later!



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DiY Photobooth

I love pictures. I love taking them. I love posing for them. I love posing other people for them. I love making collages. I love giving picture gifts. . . . you get the idea. Pictures, to me, represent those moments and the details that add that extra little bit of spice to your life; they spark joyful memories, begin conversations and tell your story to those who didn’t know you when. To me, they are essential accessories to life. 

So, what does this have to do with weddings in particular? Well, a recent trend that I have absolutely fallen in love with, is taking pictures of your guests for the guestbook (maybe it’s not the trend that’s new, maybe it’s just me ;)). Remember, not everyone will make their way into the professional wedding photos, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important.  These people are here for you and this is a great way to keep them close to your heart when you look back. . . a wedding is just as much about the people who surround you, support you and love you in life as it is about the couple starting their journey together. 

Anyway, last year, my cousin had rented one of those retro-looking photo booths for her guests and EVERYONE loved it and kept going back for more of its {charming} fun.  However, photo booths don’t always fit into the budget, but there is another option: go the DiY route {always think DiY :))!

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my photo booth DiY options and found these cute little pictures for inspiration:


Wedding Bee

{love the idea of using props – gives the camera-shy something to smile about ;)}



Monolo Brides

{what a cute accessory}


The Wed Hub

{so delightful}



{colorful fun}

First thing to do is make sure there is an area that would be appropriate for the photo booth at your venue. Next, find your backdrop. Check to see what you have around the house that would match the theme of your wedding. Ikea is another good option for something playful and fairly inexpensive.  Drop It Modern also offers a variety of {ultra chic} and pretty cool backdrops; my favorite is Urchin :).

From there, decide whether you are going to build a frame, string it or hang it. 

I also really like the idea of offering props to your guests. It can help ease the nerves and lighten the mood of having to pose for a picture they may not want to be in. Try searching Value Village and costume stores right after Halloween for some cheap finds on wigs, big sunglasses, hats, boas etc.! Another cute idea is to purchase a small chalkboard and colored chalk and let guests send a picture message. Make sure to have a few though, or your line may get too backed up!

Anyway this a chance to let your guests have fun and relax before your ceremony, it sets the tone for the day and gets everyone involved. . . I love it!



P.S. A link {for you} to a more detailed DiY instruction list for your photo booth . . . enjoy!


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