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Dresses for my Bridesmaids

20 Apr

We decided on bridesmaids dresses awhile ago but I never shared them with you!  We decided to go with long dresses, when we started I thought that I would like the cocktail dresses but I think we all actually like the long dresses the best.

Picking the dress was quite the adventure.  We looked a little at David’s Bridal when I bought my dress, then we met in Illinois and went to some lame prissy store, then we went to David’s Bridal,  also in Illinois.  I fell in love with the Barry Jay Chiffon dresses that they had at the prissy boutique, we looked the designer up online later to see if we could get the dresses in Wisconsin anywhere.  The girls went to a boutique in Wausau, WI to try on some Barry Jay dresses and sent me some photos.  My mom and sister, Gabrielle, drove out here for a visit and we tried looking at dresses again.  We went to another lame prissy boutique, I hate bridal boutiques, I feel like they are judging me.  I guess they can tell that we don’t want to put a ton of money into the bridesmaids dresses, we like getting a good deal!  So, when we saw that the Barry Jay dresses were around $200 we decided to take another look at Davids Bridal.  I really loved the Barry Jay dresses but I don’t want to make my sisters pay that much for a dress.  So I took another look at the photos we took of the dresses the girls tried on, looked on the Davids Bridal website and went back to DB to look at the dresses again.  I made my decision and e-mailed the girls.  They’re on board! So, the dress we chose is the Long Jersey Dress with Charmeuse  Straps and Waist in the Lapis color (dark purple).

I think the dresses will look great with the grey suits that the guys are going to wear.  The bouquets that they will carry are similar to the picture to the left.  Their bouquets will have more fuchsia with purple and green accents.

My fiance and I are going to Wisconsin for Easter.  We’re doing our taste testing at our new reception location and we will be looking at suits for the guys, I’ll post some photos.


Project: Mercury Glass Vase

18 Jan

I started my first project!

I like the look of mercury glass for candle holders and vases, but I’m having a hard time finding the sizes and shapes that I want.  I attempted to make a faux mercury glass vase.

I bought a kit that has gold leaf, adhesive and sealer.  The kit was only $10 at Hobby Lobby and I had a 40% off coupon.  I would have rather used silver leaf to get the look of mercury glass but they only had the kit with gold leaf, they do sell silver leaf and the adhesive and sealer separately but I wanted to test it out before I put more money into the project.  It was $4 for a jar of sealer or adhesive and $8 for the spray, I think the silver leaf was $10.

To start I washed a clear, cylinder glass vase and dried with a paper towel.  Coated the inside of the vase with the adhesive, the instructions said to let it sit for 30-60 minutes until it was tacky but it only took about 5-10.  Next I tore small pieces from a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ gold leaf sheet and applied it to the inside of the vase with my fingers.  It’s a little tedious, but I really like how it came out.  I used 3 of the gold leaf sheets to fill in the vase.  The vase is about 5″ tall and 5″ wide.  After I finished putting the gold leaf on I ran my finger along the inside of the vase to break off any loose pieces and make sure everything was pushed down. Then I applied a layer of sealer with a paint brush.  Now I just have to wait until it dries and I can test it out with some water and see how it holds up.  I’m assuming the adhesive and sealer are flammable so if I do this for candles I’ll have to do it on the outside of the glass or find another way of adhering the leaf to the glass.  Here are some photos of the process.


My FI gave me flowers yesterday, he brought them home after work! I took this as an opportunity to test out the gold leaf vase.   Unfortunately the sealer doesn’t do well with water, it looks like it did when I first put it on the vase before it dried clear.  It’s foggy where the water is but fine above the water level. (See photos above)  If I do the gold or silver leaf for vases and candle holders it will have to be done on the outside of the vase.  I’ll try it on a candle holder next.


Project to do list

14 Jan

I’m hoping that, by putting this up online, it will help get me motivated to actually start a project! Aside from getting started I need to work out a budget for my DIY projects, I have no clue as to how much anything is going to cost, let alone what materials I want/need to buy. That’s not the fun part, so I keep putting it off. I like coming up with the ideas and making them, I don’t want to plan what I need and figure out how much it’s going to cost. I guess if I want us to stay in our budget it’s something I’m going to have to do. I think if I tackle one project at a time it will be a little easier.

So, here’s the list of projects. It most likely will change as the Wedding gets closer (239 days!). At least it’s a starting point.

Stationary – Save the Dates, Invites, Programs, Table Numbers, Place Cards
Aisle Runner – With our names and wedding date printed, matching our invites
Pew Decorations – Not really sure what I want yet
Unity Candle –
Decorations for the Church –
Decorations for the Reception – String lights(bought), Fabric to hang? Candles, Photos of us?
Photo Booth – Buy software, Make backdrop, Lighting?
Guestbook – Scrapbook for photos from booth, pens in wedding colors
Props for Photo Booth – Felt and dowels, chalkboard paint, foamcore
Cupcake Tower – Cake Circles or Nice Plates, Styrofoam Cylinder as base or candle stick holders
Cake Topper – Wooden Dolls, Acrylic Paint
Decor for: Cake Table, Gift Table, Fireplace Mantle, Escort Cards
Fascinators – Feathers, Fabric, Netting
Garter – Elastic, Ribbon, Fabric
Jewelry – Beads, Chain, Findings
Boutonnieres? – Not sure if I want the Florist to make them or if I want to do something different
Pillow for the Ring Bearers – Fabric, Ribbon, Stuffing
Basket for Flower Girl – If we decide to have one
Just Married Sign – Paper, Ribbon
Card Box – Boxes, Paper, Ribbon
Send Off – Need to decide what we’re doing – Sparklers?

This is all I can think of right now. It looks like I still have a lot of decisions to make…

Save the Date Font

10 Oct

I’ve been playing around with different fonts, colors and the wording for our Save the Dates.  I want to add a pattern to the final design too.