Monthly Archives: February 2010

Today, I’m excited to have a chance to highlight one of Snippet & Ink’s long-time sponsors, and an awesome company: Brilliant Earth. They make beautiful engagement rings (and wedding bands, and earrings, etc.), you can work with them to create a custom ring, and they’re known for excellent customer service. All of these things are reason enough to buy your wedding jewelry from them. But the thing I love most about Brilliant Earth is their commitment to ethical diamonds, cruelty-free jewelry, and eco-friendly precious metals. Here are a few of the gorgeous rings they offer…
{These two custom designed rings feature ethical sapphires.}
{Brilliant Earth offers both contemporary and vintage-inspired styles, all of them conflict-free.}

Brilliant Earth also donates 5% of their profits to communities impacted by the diamond trade. Learn more about their mission here, and spend some time looking through the beautiful pieces in their online store. Even if you already have your engagement ring and wedding band, it’s a great place to find classic diamond earrings, or maybe a Tahitian-pearl pendant, to wear on your wedding day.

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These days I seem to be drawn to lots of neutrals, white flowers, and subdued colors – I apologize to those of you looking for wild or unique color palettes! Today’s inspiration board is mostly white and silvery grays – a minimalist palette that allows for more ornate details, like the millefeuille skirt, the ornate silver frames, and the whimsical calligraphy. Things that might seem over the top* in outrageous colors.

(*This is not to say that you can’t have both a riotous color scheme and ornate details – it’s just more difficult to do so tastefully.)

Mood: simply refined
Palette: winter white, silvery gray (with bits of chocolate torte and orchid leaf)

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Top row from left: wallpaper table runner with potted orchids from Wedding Style Guide, potted trees from Martha Stewart via This is Glamorous, tiered mini dress from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: gray invitation with calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, monogrammed chocolate tortes from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: chocolate truffles from Coco Delice, framed photos via Curious Sofa, Mindy Rice bouquet photo by Jose Villa, pocket flower from The Sartorialist

When you’re trying to make every single element in your wedding totally original, you’re more likely to end up going crazy with DIY projects, or to spend tons of money hiring professionals to personalize everything for you. And if you know this going in, and still want to do it, then go right ahead. For everyone else, focusing on just a few special details should help to save sanity, and maybe even some money. Since simplicity is currently my favorite wedding word, here are some of the doable special details I had in mind when creating today’s inspiration board:

– Hire a calligrapher to create your invitation for you, then have them offset printed. They’ll look both custom and tasteful, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
– Tables are dressed up with a wallpaper table runner (some good wallpaper sources here), and a row of potted orchids. Orchids can get pretty pricey, so look for a nursery near you and find out if you can get a deal for buying more than a few plants.
– Is it just me, or have boutonnieres become as big as corsages? Instead, how about plucking a single flower from your bridal bouquet, and tucking it in to your groom’s buttonhole or pocket?
– Display parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos in beautiful antique silver frames. It’s a lovely, thoughtful touch (and less self-centered than a slideshow or photo display of the bride and groom).
– Instead of paying more for a wedding cake, purchase decadent chocolate tortes from a local bakery and personalize them with monogram stencils and cocoa powder. To continue the chocolate theme, place brioche molds filled with truffles on each table.

Update! I just came across phalaenopsis orchids on the IKEA website for as little as $13 each. They’re not available for purchase through the site, but you might be able to find them at your nearest IKEA store.

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