Sash or No Sash

Last weekend I had my final round of alterations for my wedding dress and everything went great! I lucked out with not needing a lot of alterations. Trying it on again made me re-think about getting a sash/belt though. My style and the dress is simple and minimalistic but a part of me wants something that will jazz it up a bit for the reception. I have found a few sashes that I am considering. I found this one etsy and love the elegance. It isn’t over the top so it won’t take away from the rest of the gown.

Little White Dresser

Here is another belt that I love. It is so different from the other one! It isn’t near as flashy but I love the rosettes and whimsical look.

My third option is a mix of both, as it has simple flowers but some rhinestones to add some charm. I love it!

Since it’s not possible to see the sashes with the gown, I am having a really hard time making a decision. I think I need to order and keep my fingers crossed.

Win Tickets to The Wedding Salon

The Wedding Salon is having a Chicago bridal event at the W City Center on Monday, October 3rd. We are having a contest and will be giving away free tickets. To enter, leave a comment with your big splurge plans for your wedding. Contest ends on Friday, September 30th!


With our love for wine, I knew it needed to have an important part in our big day…besides just drinking it 🙂 I had been struggling with deciding on a guest book for awhile and had settled on a picture book. I was satisfied but not thrilled with my decision. To be honest, I didn’t want to spend anymore time brainstorming. Click here for some ideas of other guest book options.

Then, one of my brides I worked with this fall used a large wine bottle with her own label as their guest book. I loved it! I want a large wine bottle like the one below and silver markers for all of our guests to sign. Eventually, we hope to live in a home where we can put this on our bar.

But then, I changed my mind when I saw this idea. We are going to pick two bottles of wine, one for our one year anniversary and one for our five year anniversary. Kyle is already excited to choose the two bottles! We’re doing to do both ideas and give the options to our guest to choose.
We won’t have as many bottles as this picture, but the overall look is beautiful and what I want to recreate. I like the candles and signs to let the guest know what each bottle represents.

The only thing I did not like about the wine bottle as a guest book is that guests can’t leave us notes or messages. So I’m going to include an advice jar. My only challenge is for these two ideas to go together and for it to fit into the rest of my theme.

Off to Paper Source to find some great options!

J.Crew bridal line

J. Crew has debuted its first bridal boutique on the Upper East Side. Don’t you think that they will be the perfect fit for Oak Street? For all of my New York City Brides, call for an appointment at 212.824.2500. The J. Crew store in 900 North Michigan carries limited bridal.

Groom Attire

I was inspired by an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” when Randy complained how often grooms do not put enough effort into their wardrobe. Groom’s usually settle for a tuxedo that is horribly fitted and/or not tried on until the day before the wedding. I see this all of the time in my job! It’s ironic how a groom will pay little attention to his attire, yet a bride spends hours picking the most important dress of her life! So, my desire is to have Kyle look as equivalently elegant as me. Fortunately this was not difficult as Kyle is well dressed and agreed with me, but he did almost take as long as me to make his final decision.

Anyway…a few stores later and many months of debating whether to buy or rent we are satisfied with our decision (This picture was our initial inspiration for a fitted suit ). I really love everything about this duo! We ended up choosing to rent a fitted tuxedo, not suit, with a black skinny tie. The reasoning for a tuxedo and not suit was all because of a fitting. Kyle liked the suit look better but after trying on both items with the correct measurements, he decided on the tuxedo. I am so glad we did a fitting so he knows exactly what it will look and feel like on our wedding day. I can’t wait to see him all dressed up!

For the groomsmen, we are having them wear the same black tuxedo but with a different tie, like the one below. It is polka dot, which I usually hate! However, I saw it in the store and it looks stunning. Its subtle and brings in the black and white theme perfectly. We will be providing our own ties, which means it will be one of the gifts to the groomsmen!

DIY Cake Pops

Last weekend, I had my first try at a DIY project. I attempted making cake pops, which I want to give as favors. I found a great recipe online with detailed instructions. I also decided to go back home since my Mom is always a great help (and I am not the best in the kitchen).

This first step which is mixing the cake mix and a can of icing. I used Funfetti since it was my favorite flavor as a kid. It brought back great memories!

Then we hand rolled them into small 1 inch balls.

I made most of them into cake pops.

I also left a few without the stick to just try as normal cake pops.

After leaving them in the freezer for six hours we iced them with candy coating. Since we were just trying them out we experimented with sprinkles, chopped peanuts, and different designs. My favorite were the ones with the peanut coating.

This is the final product. I used ribbon that we had in the house, but will upgrade the ribbon for the wedding. I also want to add a cute tag that says thank you and the flavor of the cake pop.

Not only was this a lot of fun, but they were extremely yummy. I hope my guests like them as much as I do!