DIY: Colts Letters

While I know that those “I Do” letters were all the rage a few years ago, I wasn’t a fan of the trend.  Instead, I bought some wooden letters to get the point across for our Groom’s Cake table. I bought a can of primer and a can of spray paint.  Denton sprayed the letters during commercials while watching some TV.

Traditionally, the Groom’s cake is supposed to be something all about the groom.  It isn’t supposed to match the look or feel of the wedding.  (Trust me, it did not!)
Buying and spray painting letters were the easiest DIY project we did.

Color Me Pretty

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color. For more than 40 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity.

Pantone has this amazing tool called myColor my Idea. It allows you to post your color schemes online as well as peruse ideas from others. They also have celebrities, like Patricia Field, design a color.

I love colors. In fact, picking my color scheme was quite an ordeal. My plan to do a monochromatic color scheme is not something you see that often. A great tool is myPANTONE! I was lucky enough to be able to use a specific Pantone color for my wedding invitations and ceremony programs. We used 7-o4-U, a deep scarlet color.

DIY: Cake Containers

Since we ordered enough cake for every person to have two slices, we knew that we would have leftovers.  Therefore, we ordered cake boxes.   We searched high and low for some Indianapolis Colts stickers but couldn’t find any.  

Instead, Denton took the image from online and copied it into a template for a blank, round white sticker.  He printed them off on a color printer.  One night over Law & Order, we stuck the stickers onto the boxes.  It was a really easy project but the results came out great!

There was cake and favors for guests to pick up on the way out!

Tiny Details

Although I was able to avoid making “useless” wedding purchases, one thing that I had to have was a few copies of the Art of Kissing book.  Written in the 50’s, the book instructs on different types of kisses as well as talking about the passion of “latin lovers”.  It’s hilarious.

We had a book two of the tables during the cocktail hour.

One copy never made it home.  Hmm, I wonder who took it…

Wedding Myths

Myth #1:  Bridesmaid dresses can never be worn again.  They are awful.
Truth: Fabulous dresses like this Jenny Yoo dress can be worn again and again!  As I had mentioned a few months ago, I won a gift certificate to Jenny Yoo.  I ended up wearing this dress to a holiday party.  I received several compliments on it!  

Myth #2:  No one is going to see your bridal shoes.  There is no reason to spend a lot.
Truth: Um hello, we are talking about shoes!   Of course you are going to see them. Photographers take loads of photos of bridal accessories.  I recommend getting a shoe in metallic color.  I chose to wear a deep champagne shoe that complimented my light champagne dress. My gorgeous de la Renta’s will be worn again next weekend!

Bridal Events, Sample Sales, Trunk Shows

It’s going to be a busy weekend for brides.  Need to get inspired?  Attend one of these fabulous events, sample sales or trunk shows.



Sunday, January 18th
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street
$40 per person

Preview 2009 Bridal Collections from Christian Lacroix, Christos, Reem Arca, and other world-class couture designers during the Ritz-Carlton Chicago Bridal Lunch. Brides-to-be with their family and friends will enjoy an elegant three-course lunch prepared by Ritz-Carlton Chicago Executive Chef Mark Payne.

One lucky bride will win a five-night honeymoon stay at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawaii or a luxurious weekend stay at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Brides also have a chance to win giveaways from Belle Vie Bridal Couture along with additional prizes from the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

 Luxury Bridal Expo Event

January 18th
323 E. Wacker Dr.

Geneva Wedding Walk
January 18th


Sample Sales 

A L’Amour 

Sample Sale
Sunday, January 18th

This one day only event will feature selections from the fabulous collections of: Lazaro, Reem Acra, Romona Keveza and many more.   Many gowns are under $1000 and in nearly new condition.  Call 847.381.5858 for an appointment.

Alice Padrul Sample Sale

January 16 – 17th 10-5PM
Alice Padrul
1338 W. Madison St.
For an appointment, call 312.455.8094

 Select gowns will be marked 50-70 percent off at this sample sale.


 Trunk Shows

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show

January 16 – 17th

Dimitra’s Couture
1011 N. Rush St. #3
For an appointment, call 312.787.0920


Amsale Fall 2009 Trunk Show
January 16 – 19th
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 E. Oak St.
For an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Receive 10% off bridal gowns, 25% off accessories and 15% off attendant’s gowns when purchased together. 


Green Weddings: Photography

Vrai, home of one of my favorite photographers, Kristina, is focusing on green weddings.  Kristina is a regular contributor to the Eco Photo Blog.  Additionally, Kristina is now part of Blue List, which is a collective of photographer across the country.  Vrai is based in Chicago but will travel to any location.
Here are some examples of her recent work.


Bubbles Anyone?

As I mentioned last month, I added champagne at the last minute to our wedding. I always love a good glass of champagne. A few days before New Year’s Eve, InStyle posted a Hot Finds of Tasty Bubbly Under $50. These are my three top picks from their list.

Perrier-Jouet is delish. It has to be fabulous if Victoria Beckham enjoys it!

For the bride that adores crystals, serve this at your Head Table!

For the bride that is obsessed with pink!